Dream: Overcoming Rules from the Past

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 in Dreams

Dream: Overcoming Rules from the Past

Abused children grow up with a lot of restrictions that don’t make sense. Sometimes they’re in the form of outright rules, as in “you’re not allowed to bring friends home” or “you can’t go out trick-or-treating on Halloween.” But many of the restrictions that are placed on us are more subtle. When we want to do something, we get disapproval, ridicule, lectures, and so forth. These rules work themselves into our brains and are tough to let go of, even when, as adults, we can see they don’t make sense.

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Yule/Winter Solstice

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 in Spirituality

Yule/Winter Solstice

The winter solstice, also known as Yule, is the longest night and the shortest day. The previous Neo-Pagan festival, Halloween/Samhain, was a celebration of death in the sense of the old dying out. Yule celebrates the coming (though not yet arrival) of the light. In assessing the past year without judgment, you can let go of what you no longer need to worry about and prepare for what you still need to achieve.

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Emotional Abuse Sanctuary–At Last!

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 in Emotional Abuse

Emotional Abuse Sanctuary–At Last!

For 3 years and 9 months, I’ve been trying to get an online business going. In that time span, I’ve put up and taken down four online businesses. Here I am putting up a new one called Emotional Abuse Sanctuary. What makes me think this one will be any different? Because as one of my business teachers once said, “If something makes you uncomfortable, go there.” And that’s where I’m going.

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Lunar Month Reflections: December 2014

Posted on Nov 29, 2014 in Spirituality

Lunar Month Reflections: December 2014

I’ve been tracking the lunar months for a while now. Nick Fiorenza is an astrologer who generously offers a free lunar calendar at his site Lunar Planner every lunar month. He does a little write-up of the month’s theme, which he’s titled “Metamophosis” for this month. There are two things in this month’s theme that really resonate with me right now: moving from “lower-order” concerns to “higher-order” concerns and taking deliberate action for positive change.

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Memories of Holidays with My Family

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 in Journal

Memories of Holidays with My Family

When I think of the holidays with my family, I get a mixture of nostalgia and horror. There were certainly good times, but there was also torture of a special kind. In general, I hated family holidays and am happy not to have to endure them anymore. During the holidays, you’d think people were more relaxed, but in abusive families, holidays are often a time of greater stress.

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Samhain/Halloween

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 in Spirituality

Samhain/Halloween

The festival known as Samhain, or more commonly Halloween, is coming up. For many Neo-Pagans, this is the end of one yearly cycle and the beginning of a new one. This links closely to the harvest when the last of the abundant crops are picked and a winter mindset begins setting in. It’s a time to bring closure to the year, honoring the process of death and rebirth, and to play around with some new possibilities, at least for a while.

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Autumn Equinox/Mabon

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 in Spirituality

Autumn Equinox/Mabon

This is the time of the autumn equinox. From an astronomical point of view, equinoxes are times when day and night are about equal. Symbolically, we can see this as a balance between light and dark. Light is life and darkness is death, so the autumn equinox is a time to appreciate both sides of our experience but to recognize that we’re headed into the darkness with the coming of winter. We can feel this on a physical, personal, and spiritual level.

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