The easiest way to understand how the completion process works is to understand how traumatic events split the consciousness into parts or fragments and to view the process as a way to reverse the split. Think of the consciousness as a river flowing from the source and getting manifested here as different bodies (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual) that make up a human being. When traumatic event happens a victim copes by going into fight, flight, fawn or freeze and if the event is too intense for the victim to process, a part of the victim’s consciousness stays in the event, replaying it over and over in a loop. This frozen in the traumatic event fragment continues its existence in the subconscious mind, while the rest of the victim continues on to live with “echoes” from the event – PTSD or complex PTSD symptoms. These fragments in the subconscious mind are parts of the personality that the victim suppresses, and these parts could be called sub-personalities because they “keep” some of the qualities of the victim such as fears, needs, wants, traits and talents.
Even though these fragments reside in the subconscious, we can still access them through PTSD symptoms such as physical symptoms and emotional triggers. By spending time in emotional vipassana and connecting with the emotional response to a trigger or a physical symptom it’s possible to travel back in time to the original event of the trauma. Once the original trauma event is accessed being guided through the completion process allows to integrate the frozen in time fragment and bring it back to the present.
The completion process consists of series of steps that create a safe and nurturing environment in which the fragment that holds the trauma is able to unfreeze and complete the cycle of trauma.