What comes to mind when you think about religion? Have you ever heard about religious trauma? Maybe you’ve experienced it yourself? This episode is part 2 of our conversation about Emily’s story of dealing with religious trauma. Listen to learn...
What comes to mind when you think about religion? Have you ever heard about religious trauma? Maybe you’ve experienced it yourself?
This episode is part 2 of our conversation about Emily’s story of dealing with religious trauma. Listen to learn about the thing that has hurt Emily the most, the tools she has used, and how she navigates the world today after she has left limiting and harmful belief systems behind her.
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- This episode is part 2 of our conversation about Emily’s story of dealing with religious trauma – if you haven’t already, make sure to check out part 1 first to get the full picture of what we’re talking about.
- While dealing with religious trauma, Emily felt as if she was holding space for people who needed help dealing with it.
- If you’re dealing with religious trauma, hang in there! True, there aren’t as many tools to help you with it as there are for other topics (like addiction) but you can and will make it.
- Until just a few years ago, almost nobody had heard of religious trauma – and the main resource about it was the book Leaving the Fold.
- Emily feels that if you had to move out of any type of all-encompassing indoctrination, you essentially have to disassemble and reassemble your reality and sense of self. Do you agree?
- Time to get vulnerable: what’s one of the things that are or have hurt you the most? For Emily, it was the ‘I can’t trust myself because my human nature is sinful and bad’ belief that really left a scar.
- Have you ever noticed how, if you’ve talked with someone who has suffered from religious trauma, they often tend to defend their abusers? It’s sad but they do defend those that hurt them so badly, just because they don’t want to disrupt anything.
- Don’t live life as if things are just happening to you, but focus on feeling like an active participant in your reality. #WakeUpAndShowUp
- Emily uses meditation as a way to go on an inner exploration journey – have you ever tried using it that way?
- What are your biggest epiphanies? For Emily, it was believing that her reality was not consensual...
- What comes to mind when you think about healing? Talking a lot? Wanting to do more? Wrong! Healing is actually about doing less – it’s about taking things off, unlearning, and even, potentially, looking at simplifying.
- The book Leaving the Fold, Alex Elle’s message and affirmations on Instagram, and learning how to set boundaries and say no are all things that helped Emily in her healing process.
Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
Inner Archeology Email
Sarah Turner on Instagram
Emily Pennystone on Instagram
@Inner.Archeology on Instagram
InnerArcheology.tv (video version)
Leaving the Fold by Marlene Winell
Alex Elle on Instagram
Part 1 of Religious Trauma: Emily’s Story of Overcoming Lies and Pain