Where do you go from here? How do you move on to live a good and happy life? Is it even possible to move on?
What if I told you that you are the only one who has the power to free yourself from past traumas? What if I said that whether or not someone gives you an apology, the healing and recovery is completely within your power?
Empowerment is taking whatever situation you find yourself in now and owning the fact that this is where you are. This is your starting point. Empowerment is making a conscious decision to free yourself from the chains of the past. These chains may be wrapped tightly around your heart and may have been there for a long time. The problem with keeping the chains where they are is that you will continue to feel hurt, broken, trapped and stuck.
Why am I using the image of chains around the heart? Because when I was going for counselling several years ago for past trauma, I felt as though there were chains around my heart that I couldn’t break free from.
When the counsellor asked me what I wanted to achieve from the sessions, I replied that I just wanted to free myself from my inner chains. I went on to say that I wasn’t looking for happiness because I didn’t think it was possible for me. I said that I’d be satisfied if I could stop feeling trapped in the pain of the past. I was looking for some rest from the bad dreams and the constant worries. In short, I was looking for peace.
The funny thing about looking for something is that you’re probably going to find it – eventually. It took me a lot of time and a lot of effort to face the fears and the demons that haunted my dreams. What I can say, having come through the healing process, is that it is possible to heal yourself if that’s what you want. It starts with a choice.
You can decide that you no longer want to carry the chains of past trauma around with you. The chains are heavy and they hold you back from experiencing the good parts of life.
Once you make the decision to heal yourself, your individual path toward healing will be shown to you – through ideas that pop into your head, through feelings that inspire you take certain action, through synchronicities and opportunities that show up in your life. We are all unique and because of that, we all have our own ways to find peace and carry on.
You, and you alone, have the power to break the chains of past trauma. My hope for you today is that you will find your way to a place in life where you can look around and see the beauty in everything and everyone. When you can do that, you’ll know you have freed yourself.
One more thing. Remember when I said I was only looking for peace, and that happiness seemed too far of a stretch? Well, somewhere along the way, I did find the peace I had been looking for. Strangely, when I found the peace, I realized that happiness came along with it.
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