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Unread 01-23-2017, 02:10 PM   #1
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Is abuse, well any kind but especially spirituality is used against you...is it abuse? I have alot of PTSD from it? Advice?
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Unread 01-23-2017, 03:05 PM   #2
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How were you abused??
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Hmmm...lots of bad things done in the name of spirituality/religion/faith. Too personal to get into. I still have issues with my own spirituality and belief and faith bc I always hear the abuser in my head. But I am a spiritual being but still hear I am eternally damned.
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i used to have this 'tape' in my head that played over and over, undermining me, and making my life hellish: "No Damn Good".

i learned to focus on all the good things i had done, the general inclusion of Goodness which we all deserve, and otherwise to refute and remove the energy from that saying. eventually, little by little that voice faded away. now i am working on the one that says: "Do It Yourself".
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There are those who abuse and use the avenue of spirituality to convey it to their victims.

I saw a lot of abuse within many different places of "worship"...mainly in their other programs and of course in some of the members who were, well, mentally unwell. I've been the target of many of them.

It's important to realize that these are abusive people using this avenue. Those who truly have the Good Spirit do not abuse, but love unconditionally, and forgive.

May you find the latter.
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From my experience I have encountered many many people who have suffered this even to a small degree. But significant enough for it to turn them away for life from matters of spirituality. Evangelising works both ways. But then they may find they lack something in their lives but won't turn to heal themselves from the soul outwards as they have been turned off that aspect to the point where they become aggressive when the topic is brought up.
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Abuse is about control.

Are you able to leave the situation? Is there another place of worship open to you as an alternative? Is there a counselor or spiritual mentor you feel it's safe enough to turn to. How do you feel about seeking advice from a spiritual advisor in another place of worship? If you have been taught that other denominations are bad, that too is a form of spiritual abuse - and is a good sign the church isn't so 'healthy' and enriching.

No religion or belief practise should be demanding, manipulative, and controlling. For that matter too no religion or denomination of such should be exclusive or spout hate in others.

I do hope you feel empowered enough to evaluate what it is that is abusive, missing, or just plain wrong. There is something out there that is the right place for you.
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BelleValentine - I forgot to ask:

Are you safe?
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Yes it is. Sending supportive thoughts
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As was said before. Take away the power that you are giving the abusers. Stop letting them rent space in your head. Ask them to pay more rent !!! A lot more. Forcing them to move out !!! You seem to have survived a great deal of pain. Add this to the list of something you not only survived but defeated!!! :hug
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