How do you view trauma in relation to Spiritual Realization?
Any unconscious or partly-conscious trauma or karmatic events must be brought to the light of consciousness for conscious digestion. The processing itself is different for different people and for different events.
The digestion could take a one minute bout of weeping or months or psychotherapy. It does not matter. What matters is that if things stay in the dark they will keep pulling our attention there causing unconscious suffering until they are properly processed with clarity, compassion and all the necessary forgiveness.
This applies to both trauma that we suffered and trauma that we caused others.
Guilt and blame are definite obstacles for spiritual realization.
Although it can happen that the very realization of “Who We Are” puts an end to guilt and all emotional accounting on the spot for the simple reason that it is understood that there is no “I” who is the author of anyone’s actions. Remove the “I” from the equation and the root of all psychological suffering is removed.
Blame and guilt are emotions and frames of mind based 100% on imagination — the imagination of “I”. But the emotional charge they carry makes it very difficult to recognize them as such and becomes the basis of the payment of karma.
So, if we know we have a sore spot in the back of our minds, it makes no sense sitting and waiting. At the stage where trauma and karma are present it is wise to seek methods of becoming fully conscious of what happened in the past. And I must say that it can be as far back as a previous life, which requires specific techniques by skilled practitioners to access.
Tarot, for example is a method I used for myself. As well as psychotherapy, cellular memory release and Life In-between Lives regression. Depending on our degree of self-awareness meditation can help too.