How to heal when abuse is all you have ever known

How do you know when you are being abused by narcissistic parents, siblings or close ones?  You may have thought the abuse was normal because that was all you ever knew. And then as life progresses you go on to attract narcissistic adult relationships.  

There is a horrific consequence that happens when abuse is all we have known.  That is, we can find ourselves going towards our abusers rather than away from them.  We have learnt to associate abuse with love.  We have clung to the crumbs of “love” they have given us, and we crave it so deeply and we often do anything to get it at the detriment of our needs, our sanity and our self-respect.  

We haven’t developed a sense of self and a solidity within our own selves.  As children we were completely dependent on our abusers, unable to protect ourselves. We were in mere survival and we have carried this survival thinking into our relationships, unable to be a source of survival, protection, love and acceptance to ourselves.

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Forgiveness: the vital piece we must do before we can forgive

We have all been taught that forgiveness is vital so that we can be free from the binds and hurts of the past to move forward.   Truly, forgiveness is not about letting those who have hurt us off the hook or condoning their behavior, rather it is an act of compassion to ourselves and allowing ourselves the freedom of letting go.

One of the biggest gifts we can give to ourselves is to compassionately forgive ourselves, and we may often find this more difficult than forgiving others. I believe that having regrets, beating ourselves up and blaming ourselves for the way things have turned out contributes significantly to keeping us stuck in old patterns which in turn perpetuates the very experiences we don’t want to have.

So just how do we forgive people who have hurt us and also forgive ourselves? (more…)

Recreating our childhoods through our adult relationships

When we have been abused or traumatized in childhood and have not had our basic needs met, we subconsciously develop a fixation on trying to get the love we didn’t have then in our adult relationships.

For example, if our father abandoned us or did not give us the love and acceptance we needed, we subconsciously spend our lives looking for someone to provide this for us. We look for someone to be the parent we did not have, hoping it will be different this time. In other words, we enter our adult relationships as a traumatized, wounded child rather than as a healthy adult, and we end up recreating our relationships and marriages through our childhood lens.

When we are viewing the world out of this lens, we are naturally attracted to people who replicate the abuse we have suffered, and they are attracted to us. We don’t even realize why we are so drawn to them, and it occurs as though we keep meeting the same abusive people time and time again, without understanding how this is happening through us. The urge is so strong to find a parent that finally loves and accepts us. (more…)

Living from the Inside Out

A very Happy Holiday weekend to you, I hope you are enjoying a little break and relaxation.

Thank you for all of your wonderful feedback on my last article about trauma. I am so glad it resonated with so many of you.

I would like to stay with that theme and go a little deeper.

To recap: almost all of us have experienced trauma, whether in the womb, in our childhoods and/or adulthoods and through our ancestors, our DNA and even in past lives.

We experienced a traumatic event, and the resulting trauma became wedged in our bodies. At the same time, we took on a belief or “view of the world” on that particular topic. (more…)

Why can’t I “let go?”

I want to talk about a topic that has become more and more close to my heart.

We are continually told that we need to “let go” of our limiting beliefs.  We need to heal them. We need to release them. We need to transform them into beliefs that serve us so that we can manifest what we want in life, including a loving partner. Indeed, I taught this myself for a very long time myself.

I know many of you have been committed to your spiritual journey and self-development for years, making your best efforts to evolve from the pain of the past.  Even the highly acclaimed Law of Attraction teaches us that if we “think” good thoughts in alignment with what we want to create, we will attract it. (more…)

How to Identify and Heal from Narcissistic Abuse

I want to address something that I believe so many women and men are suffering from in silence as I have myself in the past. This is a vital message.

That is Narcissistic Abuse.

Many people do not know they are or have been in a relationship with a narcissist until it is way too late and an untold amount of damage has been done.

Firstly, it’s important to understand that Narcissism carries a whole spectrum of behaviors. There is the extreme end; people diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Sociopaths and Psychopaths. However, there is a whole range and varying degrees of narcissistic traits and behaviors within the spectrum. (more…)