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Open Minds: Shaking Off Trauma with David Berceli (October 2015)

Season 5, Episode 47
Available worldwide

David Berceli explains how traumatic events can have long lasting effects on our lives, unless we learn effective ways to shake off the trauma. The emotions resulting from traumatic experiences can embed unwanted emotional triggers deep within the subconscious mind. But there are techniques that can help us learn how to release these trapped emotions. This interview with Regina Meredith was originally webcast October 8, 2015.

David Berceli, Ph.D, founder and CEO of Trauma Recovery Services, is an international expert in the areas of trauma intervention and conflict resolution. Along with individual trauma counseling, he has provided specialized trauma recovery assistance to U.S. military personnel, national and international relief agencies, and government and non-government organizations. He is also the creator of a revolutionary and unique set of Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) that helps release the deep chronic tension created in the body during a traumatic experience.

Regina Meredith
David Berceli


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manticore, posted on October 26, 2015

Thank you so much Regina for this interview. This was a mind blowing discovery! It may be the best therapeutic technique I've ever heard of. I'll get his books and learn to practice this technique and perhaps learn to teach it. I'm curious to find out if this was studied with people suffering from chronic or autoimmune diseases. I wouldn't be surprised that it would help them decrease the symptoms of their illness or even heal them!

Luc Therrien, MN, RN

becky.loucks, posted on October 20, 2015

Thank you so much for this fascinating interview. I am a psychotherapist and I'm inspired to look more into David's work!

fraudbynumbers, posted on October 18, 2015

I love these people!! IMPORTANT work...would LOVE to see Regina interview them!!

titidevi, posted on October 14, 2015

Fascinating stuff. Wonderful man. Looks to me that this complemented with EFT would be of great therapeutic use!

Kat_Starwolf, posted on October 13, 2015

Absolutely phenomenal information! Thank you so much, David and Regina.

Bioedjc, posted on October 12, 2015

Thank you so for bringing pertinent information into a fractured world. I have PTSD from a challenging life. I have been engaged with information to discover ways to live life in a more peaceful, healthy manner. This added greatly to my knowledge base.. thanks for sharing.

ferom111, posted on October 12, 2015

I really like TRE. I've used it since I came back from Afghanistan (served in the special forces there 2002). Today I still use TRE, but more so as a relaxation and meditation technique. If you want to learn it you can actually do it online here:

look, posted on October 12, 2015

Thank you <3

rosaluna, posted on October 10, 2015

This was simply a revelation. What a deep personal gift to know about this soothing technique in response to harmful stressors. It makes such evolutionary sense to have a built-in physical mechanism already in place to deal with fear. And so unkind to actively try to induce kids from the earliest age to try to suppress it intentionally by hiding our needs, sitting quietly, and playing like we have it all together. In my life I could have used this so many times as I was growing up. Parents, kids, everybody who has fear about being alive and in need will benefit from this approach to self-calming and releasing stored energetic traumas in the physical dimension. Next to yoga, I am putting this new technique at the top of my most important goals for my next life. I am just so grateful for this interview. Thank you so much Regina and David.

n2dzone, posted on October 10, 2015

I would support David Berceli for president, for sure

Pam M, posted on October 10, 2015

So helpful, so useful and so simple! I found the technique interesting but all the information he shared on trauma really hit home for me. I saw myself and my family in so much of what he described as the causes and effects of trauma. Another great job Regina! Thank you.

fraudbynumbers, posted on October 10, 2015
watch marions beautiful life documentary above fREE!!

Thank you David for pulling and putting the World zeitgeist on the table for discussion and HEALING!!!

Outtakes of Marion re: the BODY/addiction (fundamentalists "effect") below

the ladies that continue the cause; “Coming Home to The Body” in Santa Barbara shortly!!

fraudbynumbers, posted on October 10, 2015

Just starting to watch this...SO THANKFULL!! I am so very very life for 8 years has been horrific...fighting 4 multi international lawfirms on a sham merger proceeding......I think Yesterday I just found the final bust!hahah

I THANKYOU so much for gifting healing GAIAM!!! BUT go to the Goddess that helped start this very RECOGNITION...tribute to the body....look up Marion Woodman on Youtube she goes straight to "Addiction" and the effects of Life wherein we DENY the existence of our Bodies...he speaks almost Marion Verbatim.....4 minutes in!! Yeah!! Respect for Marion

I was very very blessed to have worked for and become friends with a person, a Jungian analyst, that studied with Jung's assistant Helen ,in Switzerland, she was a purveyor of the "Sandtray" therapy and introduced me to Marion in SB years ago....Sacred Work

Would love to have Regina interview the women carrying on Marions work at this time...God Bless him for
bringing this IMPORTANT work to us for Healing!!

seek255, posted on October 9, 2015

Great interview. I love David's energy. I purchased the book and started the exercises last night. Hopefully this helps my anxiety with past traumas.
Thank you David and Regina!

aarcudaman, posted on October 9, 2015

cm, posted on October 8, 2015

Thank you Regina for bringing this info to us. This topic is fascinating to me. My body has been doing this since my kundalini opened a few years ago. Often moves from the shaking into kriyas and mudras. Also happens a lot on bodywork tables when I'm getting various work done. And also during EMDR sessions. This really helps explains what is going on ... the releasing of various held energies. Mine and for me I also believe it is trans-generational trauma and maybe other trauma that I'm also clearing (not necessarily all my own). Very excited that people suffering from trauma are finally getting more informed help and assistance with how to process. Dr. Berceli's method and site looks great. I'm adding him to my list of resources to explore and tell others about. Thank you for your continued excellent research and interviews!

rmeredith, posted on October 8, 2015

Glad you enjoyed it....its a useful topic.

aprillies, posted on November 18, 2015

This was a very interesting interview and well done on a topic that is very salient to healing ourselves and our communities. I'd love to see you do an interview with Dr Peter Levine/ Somatic Experiencing to continue exploring this fantastic topic of tools for trauma healing and trauma first aid. Thanks Meridith!

Puptart, posted on October 8, 2015

wayne, posted on October 8, 2015

Really good stuff. I have done this shaking/twitching exercise without knowing why. I just feel the urge, and it feels good. All the stuff about trauma and tension is right on the money. When I first learned meditation back in the 1970's, I had a very pronounced and incredible release of muscle tension in my shoulders during my very first meditation.

The stuff about animals was very enlightening. I really like this guy. Excellent interview.

Satsy, posted on October 8, 2015

Love this.

rmeredith, posted on October 8, 2015

I have done this with David's tutelage, and I can say its extremely stress reducing. Give it a try!

karaokeklinik, posted on October 8, 2015

Very useful technique for anyone. Thank you Regina for presenting this.

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on October 8, 2015

We're happy you enjoyed this episode.


jbrand1997, posted on October 8, 2015

This makes complete sense. I'd like to take a class or two.

adrianbeau, posted on October 8, 2015

I vibrate with the religious understanding. I grow up in this type of world. I withdrew from this as a teen and left the "comfort" of home.

What happen to your eye? Are you ok?

rmeredith, posted on October 8, 2015

I know it was probably rather chilling to look at my eye...we tried to keep the camera off me. A blood vessel blew while eating lunch with the Gaiam TV crew, i have no idea why. Jerry Wills was resent, however, and did a healing on it, which cleared it in two days rather than the normal 10-2 weeks it takes for a blown vessel to disappear.

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