Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, has been described as the face of the invisible wounds of war. At a major US military hospital a unique art therapy class uses mask-making as a tool to help servicemen and women see that the trauma is separate from their identity.
When I heard about this program, it reminded me of a concept I have learned in my study of Christian Science that recognizes the pure and untouched spiritual nature of each one of us. The masks of trauma or anything else that would attempt to obscure our true, pure, and spiritual selfhood, truly have no permanence in our lives.
The Bible tells us that God created us in His perfect image and likeness and that the love of our divine Parent awakens us to who we really are, reaching and saving even those who seem to be mentally far from help. The book of Isaiah in the Bible records: “bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him” (43:6, 7).
As we open up our thought in prayer to feel God’s great love and care for us, we become receptive to the love that replaces dark thoughts with peace and stability. My friend Bill experienced something of this peace while serving in the Vietnam War as a rifle platoon leader in the 101st Airborne Division.
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