Spiritual practices can help build resilience when healing from a trauma which in turn supports spiritual growth.
Trauma looks and feels different for everyone as our lives are very unique.
Spirituality is the belief in one’s own higher power and it has to do with the spirit as being separate and distinct from the body and other material things. Spirit is the invisible energy which is the source of life on this planet.
My spiritual journey began after a very serious motorcycle accident in which I had a near-death experience and sustained numerous life-threatening injuries.
The surgeries I had to undergo included Neurosurgery, Open-Heart surgery, Lung surgery, General surgery, Vascular surgery, Orthopaedic surgery, and Reconstructive Plastic surgery to my face.
I had been in a deep coma for more than two weeks when the doctors told my parents that I was ‘brain dead’ and would not survive. They advised my parents that there was no hope and they should have the life support system that was keeping me alive, turned off.
Many people do not realize that there are no limits in life.
There are some things that exist in life today that do defy logic and they don’t have a scientific or medical explanation. Anything is possible.
I couldn’t rationally explain why I had a motorcycle accident and I had no idea how to go through life with a new brain that was very different from my pre-accident brain.
The Traumatic Brain Injury that I had sustained forced me into a world of “Real Magic” – a place where I was forced to change my mindset and learn how to create miracles in my life.
In order to create miracles in my life I was forced to learn how to go beyond the rational mind and enter the dimension of spirituality in order to cope with all the changes in my life. Your world changes when you change your perspective. I focussed all my attention on what I wanted to create in my life and my actions followed my thoughts.
It was with the “Real Magic” mindset that I realized there was an intelligent, invisible energy within me that could not die.
When I was able to change my perspective, my life changed and I discovered the power that I had to overcome my perceived limitations.
“If we are to have magical bodies, we must have magical minds.”
Reference: “Real Magic” By: Dr. Wayne Dyer
“We are born into the world of nature; our second birth is into the world of spirit.” Bhagavad Gita
Anthony Aquan-Assee is a survivor of a Traumatic Brain Injury. He works as a Teacher with the Toronto District School Board and volunteers with in The Neuro-Trauma Intensive Care at St. Michael's Hospital in downtown Toronto. Anthony is also a Motivational Speaker and an Author.