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Transmuting Trauma Triggers & Healing the Soul

Transmuting Triggers is a mindful and alchemical practice of working with triggers as symptoms of soul fragmentation and soul loss. Healing means to become whole and Melanie Ryan’s unique method of soul retrieval is about returning to wholeness at the core of your being where trauma lives. Transmuting Triggers is a commitment to working on your inner world and the wounded versions of you that live in your psyche and become activated. Triggers are one symptom of soul loss, and there are often other symptoms including depression, anxiety, insomnia, addiction, nightmares, negative patterns, and chronic illness. These symptoms are significantly decreased or disappear using the Transmuting Triggers Practice. 

What are Triggers?

Triggers are messengers of the unconscious. They have a very profound story to tell and you need to learn how to be a good listener. Triggers are teachers. They require that you slow down and become more reflective so you can hear their wisdom. Triggers tell us that we have work to do on ourselves. Inner work is needed and there are things from your past that need your attention. Making a commitment to working on your triggers is key to your success. 


Triggers, Trauma & the Soul

Traumatic events cause emotional and physical harm, and they also cause a wound to the soul. Triggers are messengers of the soul, telling us that we have a soul wound. The origin of the word healing in Old English is “Haelin” which means return to wholeness. Triggers guide us directly to the versions of ourselves that have been lost and separated, helping us become conscious of what was once repressed. This provides us the opportunity to return to wholeness. 


Transmuting Dark into Light

Hidden under our triggers are powers that can transform our lives in a positive way. We do not want to pathologize our triggers, we want to search for the messages and meaning. In this unique Transmuting Triggers Practice designed by Melanie Ryan, you will learn techniques to transmute your triggers into treasures and find the hidden gold waiting for you. We must go through darkness to find the light. This is the hero’s journey that the famous philosopher Joseph Campbell taught. 


The Transmuting Triggers practice is designed for you to have an encounter with the psyche. It provides a series of exercises that include meditation, active imagination and alchemical techniques that result in the elimination of triggers and an awakening of your true Self. Over time, you feel lighter, healthier, and a deep sense of inner peace and compassion. You discover gifts you always had and feel more creative and playful. 

Becoming Whole

“The process of becoming whole is what Dr. Carl Jung, MD called individuation. It is the search and integration of all the parts of the Self. Suffering and struggles become meaningful parts of our lives when understood, and life’s hardships can initiate us into a more profound sense of being. Individuation was the centerpiece of Jung’s legacy, a path that shows us how self-knowledge not only helps us navigate the most difficult encounters with ourselves and life but also becomes the creative force behind expanding our psychic structure and attaining a fulfilled life.”

Bud Harris, Ph.D. author of Becoming Whole, A Jungian Guide to Individuation


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Professional Testimonials

Melanie‘s work has truly transformed my life. Her expertise and guidance facilitated my growth and evolution, gave me a roadmap to offer myself compassion, and cultivated me to be a more present and attuned therapist to my clients. Melanie’s vast knowledge on the dark shadow and golden shadow is inspiring and incredibly informative and relatable. I have referred many others to her because of how helpful and valuable her guidance has directly been for me. I feel extremely fortunate to have connected with her. My life will never be the same. I’m feeling more empowered, hopeful and fulfilled which is a direct result of my work with Melanie. She’s truly a blessing and a conduit for personal growth and development. 


Michelle Maidenberg, Ph.D., MPH, LCSW-R, CGP 

Award Winning Author of “Ace Your Life”: Unleash Your Best Self & Live the Life You Want 

When a person experiences trauma, it is “soul crushing”. They often disconnect from their body and the accompanying feelings get frozen inside. Melanie is a Master at facilitating integration of these missing parts of the wounded soul that are split off during trauma so one can feel whole and vibrant. Her trigger work and Golden Shadow work are gentle and healing of disintegrated trauma in an unequaled way. As her student and as a psychotherapist myself, I can attest to the fact that her work is transformative and gentle and reaches the inner world in a way that other kinds of talk therapy and trauma therapy cannot. I highly recommend that all therapists learn from her work. Your patients will heal more quickly and less painfully than imaginable. This work is moving, healing, meaningful and enlightening to everyone who experiences it. 

Sheri Perlman, OT, LCSW

Neuro-psychoanalytical Informed Trauma Therapist

I regard the Soul and the Self as one, as the wise "core" or "source" within. I was in my own process of integrating Soul/Self into my psychotherapy practice for some years when I found my way to Melanie's writing and course offerings. Her approach has served to deepen my own personal and professional developmental. The Golden Shadow Methods are simple, actionable, gentle and yet potent, particularly for individuals struggling with a sense of meaning, purpose and disconnection. These practices are intuitive and offer a sensitive, imaginative, and respectful way to connect with many aspects of the Soul/Self. Melanie is a skillful guide and teacher who is passionate about helping others on their healing paths. Her courses offer a safe container to practice unlocking the “doors” to the psyche for inquiry, contemplation and for learning what is necessary for continued growth, integration, and self-realization. The Golden Shadow concept offers insights and approaches that are transformative and hope inspiring. It inspires courage and the will to explore the landscapes of our “shadow” parts, sifting through and finding the gifts that live there...the golden nuggets...the Golden Shadow. Melanie’s work is invaluable in teaching therapists to do their own inner work as well as to guide others to their essence.

Andie Iatrou, LCSW-R,

Trauma-Certified Psychotherapist, C-PTSD specialist, IFS-informed

I have been studying with Melanie for several years and her work transforms lives. After years of traditional talk therapy, I was seeking something deeper. Melanie’s transmuting triggers practice did that for me, taking me into the depths of my soul. I have gone through a death and rebirth, and Melanie has been there the entire time, providing a supportive, nurturing container as I embraced the powers of my inner healer. Using the golden shadow method and transmuting triggers practices of meditation, active imagination, and shamanic journeying, I have been able to become my true self. The wounds I used to carry and the triggers I experienced regularly, are now gone. I am more present, happier and healthier. I now share these teachings in my own private practice and see the transformation happening for others. This method brings profound healing and compassion to our world. Everyone needs to learn it! 

Mary-Kay Kallergis, MA, LMSW

Educator & Psychotherapist


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