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Releasing Shame

We can’t escape our childhood sexual abuse without shame. It sticks to us no matter how much we achieve and in spite of loving relationships. This disempowering feeling is one of the big challenges in healing… which means it also holds some of our richest insights to help us live our potential.

For me, healing this misplaced belief about myself meant going back to the moment shame seeped into my being and took root. That’s when I got to see the circumstance in context… through the eyes of childhood, trauma, powerlessness, and betrayal. That’s when I could see the shame I had taken forward was not mine… and release it.

Road to Recovery

The journey begins in the deep, dark, and intimidating forests of our experience where no path is visible. Finding our way to the sunny meadows of our lives is a daunting adventure of self-empowerment, but we don’t have to travel alone.

Since sexual abuse was first declared a “crime” in literature of the 80’s, many allies have armed themselves with knowledge, compassion, and tools for helping us. Each survivor has to choose each step we take, but therapists, survivors groups, and books can provide light. So can body work, energy insights, healing touch, shaman ceremonies, hand analysis, and other healings of heart and spirit. Only we can choose the pace or who we will invite in our circle of support. That choice is part of our healing. It defines us and calls on us to trust our inner wisdom.