In my podcasts I wish to educate, empower, validate and help open the door to healing from individuals who have been trapped in narcissistic abusive relationships. Never wanting people to play on the victim role but, rather look for ways to grow and heal from hearing my real life experiences, hearing others or sharing their own. I've learned that a lot of healing comes when we start to share in a safe environment with others who have similar wounds, and with others who have overcome. May the seeds be planted and healthy fruit grow! And remember, love should NEVER hurt!
Hatred and Forgiveness
Here is another recording I did from a couple of years ago. I remember that early morning very clearly. I had just done my quiet time with God and was reflecting while my family slept. I am very emotional as I talk in this recording. None of it was prepared or thought out. It was straight form what my heart was feeling at the time. Raw
As I listened to this recording today, my heart felt heavy yet thankful! Thankful I am no longer that person sitting there crying and reflecting on what has wounded me. I am now a year out of my narcissistic marriage and my heart and spirit heal more everyday. I am actually thankful for the things I have been through. Thankful for the things God has carried me through. All for a greater purpose, a purpose to be able to help others and to understand their hurts, wounds and fears as well as healing.
It makes me uncomfortable to think of myself as a victim. As I listened to this recording I felt like the woman speaking(me) was a victim. What I do love is that I was becoming aware of what was holding me back.
My view on forgiveness still, is that it is important to do so. My forgiveness came with boundaries to protect me. I cut my adoptive father out of my life to protect myself and my children. I divorced my narcissistic ex-husband because he was abusing me and was very toxic for my well being. Do I still struggle with hating them? Yes, of course! I really don't put a lot of time or emotion into it any longer because I have let it go. I am not their victim any longer. I am stronger. I am healthier mentally, emotionally, spiritually. I have set an example for my children that they do not have to tolerate inappropriate behaviors from others, no matter who the other is.
Forgiveness is for you and only you. We are human, we will hate. We just can't let that hate consume us. We must forgive the person and hate the actions. It means letting go but not forgetting. We don't want to forget the pain or the feeling of hate. It's what protects us from allowing such behaviors again. I have found such peace in forgiving, not forgetting and cutting out the unhealthy person in my life. I hope in your journey of healing you will find the tools and strength to do the same!
Dealing with triggers well after you have left the Narcissist
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The aftermath of being with a narcissist
Learning to cope with the emotional triggers that hit us after we've gotten out of an abusive narcissistic relationship
What It Means When A Narcissist Says "I Love You"
Here is my voice recording of the letter titled above. When I first read it I had to read it over and over to let it sink in. It was the first time something validated me in such a powerful way.....as if it were written directly to me. I hope this gives you the same validation and empowerment it did me. Happy Healing
The Author is Athena Staik, Ph.D.
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Letting go of unhealthy relationships
Why are you holding onto the unhealthy relationships in your life? What keeps YOU hostage to them like it did me? I hope you are able to dig deep and find out why so you can start changing that toxic bond!
Wishing the monster dead
Here is another voice journal from a year and a half ago while I was still in my marriage. In this I talk about the desire for the one abusing me to disappear.... In my research and my own counseling for years I learned this is a very "normal" thought process of the one subjected to the constant verbal and emotional abuse, control, gas lighting and manipulation. We have a bond or trauma bond with our abuser(More on that in the next episode). The reality is we feel trapped and hopeless. As if there is no way out. We are scared and constantly told,
"We are nothing without them!"
"I'll take our kids from you..."
"We will never survive on our own, that we will come crawling back!"
"We are nothing without them!"
"You came with nothing you'll leave with nothing!"
"No one else will want us or 'love' us the way they do!"
I now know that was NEVER love! If you've fantasized about something happening so the monster never comes home again, you are not a bad person and there is nothing wrong with you. It is called survival. It is the way our minds and hearts feel and process the abuse. This, in our minds is the only way to be free of the abuse and control. Let's be honest, most of us are afraid to leave. One, because we believe the lies they feed us and two, we are afraid they will hurt us or kill us.
This was recorded 1 and a half years ago. I chose while I was still in the madness that I would prep, learn, talk to others, get professional counseling, my counselor was one of the best things that ever happened to me! She validated me and started me on the path of seeing my true worth. Not the worth that had been spewed at me from my husband and past abuses. She helped to show me I was stronger than that. I gathered an army of help and support(I was very blessed in that department), I bought many household items and furniture and stored them at different friends and families homes. I stashed cash when I could and I bought gift cards and stashed those as well. I took a women's self defense course 2x and became so passionate about it that I was invited to become part of the team to help other women. I was planning my escape. That was probably the smartest thing I did. I went through 2 attorneys. I fired the first one. She was a woman on a mission and she wasn't on my side. I decided that if I was going to go through something so scary that I needed someone who wasn't going to give me opposition. I had had enough of that over my lifetime! I should also say that it took me over 3 years to file. When I finally found the perfect attorney for my case, my papers sat in his office for a year. I was scared of the unknown and afraid of the monster I was up against. Tiny and I mean tiny step by steps I moved forward and became more empowered. Fear still gripped me tightly to the point I couldn't breathe some days, but I was determined. I would look at my beautiful children some days and cry. I wanted so much more for them! I wanted them to have a whole and healthy family. That obviously wasn't my choice because my monster wasn't capable of such things.
So today I sit in my very own office and write this.....and I'm free of him. Well....to some degree. We share children together. I'm just not his to control anymore. There is hope for you! You aren't stuck forever. It may take you a long time as it did me, but everyone's journey is different. Today as I remember wishing my monster to disappear and never come home.....honestly there are days I still wish that with him being difficult....it's just not a daily thought anymore. That feeling in it's self was torture. Take a tiny step forward of getting away from your abuser. That tiny step leads to bigger steps til one day you look back and see how far you've come!