Digestion, trauma, and the inner child

Trigger warning: brief mention of sexual assault

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If you have tummy troubles, it is likely that you also have…

  • childhood trauma
  • money woes
  • blocks in the creative “spark”
  • fatigue
  • anxiety and/or depression
  • chronic pain and/or inflammation
  • unwanted weight loss or gain
  • bloating and gas
  • indigestion
  • upset or painful stomach

If this sounds like you, your digestive upset is caused by childhood trauma, stored in your gut. Gut health is severely limited by childhood trauma, which prevents your digestive fire from working properly.

The “tummy troubles” I’m referring to might include (but are not limited to)…

  • IBS
  • IBD
  • GERD
  • SIBO
  • candida overgrowth
  • leaky gut
  • gastropareisis
  • Crohn’s
  • and sooooo many others — any chronic digestive issues are born of childhood trauma stored in the lower belly and stomach regions

The gut is a particularly icky place to carry trauma, although most of us store at least some here. Trauma from the ages of 7-10 usually show up here, along with our issues of self-esteem, the inner child, and our ability to give and receive love.

If these areas are blocked, we also tend to suffer from social anxiety, money traumas, setting boundaries, and getting our needs met (along with a host of other problems).

As an IBS and candida girl myself, I’ve spent a loooootttt of time working through traumas stored in my gut. The gut is the second brain, after all. So much of our mood and emotional regulation is tied to how well we digest. It’s like we’re literally “digesting” our emotions (or not, as the case may be).

Although I use a variety of lifestyle choices–such as diet, exercise, supplements, essential oils, and the like–to manage my symptoms, the single biggest thing I have done for my digestion is to physically release the trauma stored in my gut. Letting go of the trauma in that area has helped these other methods work better, since the trauma is no longer re-routing the healing process.

Before I started releasing my trapped traumas through meditation, none of these things really made a dent in it. They helped, sure, but only like a Band-Aid would help a bullet wound. The problem was still there, and still VERY obvious.

My digestive issues started after a round of Accutane…and got worse after I experienced a sexual assault in an alleyway behind my home. These two events, occurring a few months apart, left me extremely…well, “ahem,” blocked. I grew mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually constipated.

Trauma, of course, damages the nervous system. Not only was I now emotionally scarred, I was physically spent. My digestive flow was essentially non-existent. I couldn’t eat, I could barely sleep. It got pretty bad.

Since then, I have tried almost every supplement, diet, oil, exercise, pill, schedule, trick, tip, hack…you name it…in the book. All of them help, a little. But none of them help like using meditation to release the early childhood traumas that were the real source of the problem. The adult traumas were more like the icing on the cake, as it turned out. They mattered, of course. They still do. But my older patterns were the root issue of my gut health.

These days, if I regularly meditate into my gut and release whatever traumas are stored there, along with watching what I eat and keeping up with my herbs and essential oils, I do pretty well. Really well, considering. That’s what I want for you, too.

Here’s a meditation I created to help you find and release whatever you might be storing in your gut. It will help you release the trauma that leads to IBS, Crohn’s, GERD, SIBO, IBD, leaky gut, candida overgrowth, and so many other digestive issues. Your intuition may tell you where the original trauma came from — I’d love to hear from you and see if your experience in any way matches mine!

And, as always, you can sign up for an individual session if the guided session isn’t cutting it. Blessings to you on your trauma healing journey ❤

Published by Sarah Beach

Born and raised in rural Kentucky, Sarah Beach finds that healing is both a hobby and a passion. When she's not writing books or recording meditations, you will find her reading anything she can get her hands on, taking long walks in nature, or gulping large quantities of herbal tea.

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