It was a tough therapy appointment yesterday. I am really regretting having my tooth out. I don’t seem to feel any better at the moment and not being able to chew food well is really affecting me. I am aware that I need to be patient as what I am going through is as huge adjustment but I just wish I had stuck with the crack in the tooth as I am not really sure it was giving me an infection, as my body is still full of phlegm and gunk. I also felt very disappointed in my therapist and wanted to throw the whole therapy over yesterday but at the same time I was aware of the state of mind I am at and it was poisoning my right view of the value of what Katina does give to me. So I just went to it and fully expressed all my feeling to her.
She was amazing, she sat there and empathised and then apologised for influencing me because she had said to me several times “if you do have an infection it is probably poisoning your entire body”. I am not sure that is really what has been happening, the poison is the anger I sometimes feel that I don’t use effectively to assert boundaries at times. Anyway we discussed it all and I left the session feeling a whole lot calmer basically because of the empathy Kat showed to me. And I am adult enough to know no one has the answers always for me. They may be able to understand or empathise but they may not know how things will turn out for me if I make a decision and they can advise but they don’t have to live with the consequences which is something my niece and I were discussing the other day.
Have you ever decided you wanted to do something that may be good for you, but when you mention it to others, they try to dissuade you or pour cold water over your decision? I think it happens a lot and its something we were also discussing in therapy yesterday, how do we know who to truly trust with our decisions? After all no one else has to live our lives.
I have been on the end of discouragement when I have asked for advice on doing what would have ultimately been good things for me. I look back to those times and see I didn’t stay strong and own my own power. And afterwards I felt resentment but also had to accept I was responsible for the decisions and choices I make. As a people pleaser it is sometimes hard for me to say I wont do something that I think may bring joy to another person or to take care of me when you are hurting or in need. As I shared the other day, when I have the energy to give to others, I will give it, naturally it is what I want to do as an empathic person. But there are times I just need to take care of me. And I guess that is where discrimination comes in as well as a good sense of connection to my inner energy levels, feelings and needs. What I am talking about here are boundaries and on some level we can say that on the spiritual plane boundaries don’t fully exist as we all come from the source, that grander sphere where we are connected to each other beyond words and other human constructs and as our egos form we learn what is ours and what is not ours if we are lucky enough to have good help to build healthy egos but if not we can be in trouble.
And that is why empaths and highly sensitive people can struggle a lot. We instinctively feel the feelings of others and want to reach out and to do so is natural and good most of the time. When others have defences against us though we suffer. I heard a saying a long while back and its a major lesson that I learned in my last intimate relationship that a person can never reject you, just a part of themselves they see in you that they have not befriended in themselves. This is the defensive ego that may want to reject you if you are feeling sick or vulnerable. This is the protective ego that doesn’t want to see that you may have hurt and a deep longing for love hidden beneath anger. For if you think about it if we get rejected for anger the person is not seeing that on some level we felt hurt and are trying to get that hurt addressed. Then the hurt has no where to go, and we are left holding it and then as someone asked me the other day “where do I put this anger?”. I responded by suggesting prayer. It seems to me the only thing I can do when my anger gets too much, I pray to my higher power for help with it. And if someone won’t address it with me and I see that my anger is justified I have to beware of how I relate with that person in future. I may need to forgive so I don’t keep holding onto the pain and hurt myself more, but I may be better off not having that much to do with them if they express no concern for how their actions affect me.
It can take a long time for some of us (like me) to see we have the right to set this kind of boundary if people have blown us off before for expressing how we feel. And we also don’t have to take every hurt we feel to someone else, for in the end its really up to us to care for ourselves and protect ourselves and we all have the right to do this .
If we were sensitive and hurt a lot in childhood. If we were teased, humiliated, made to feel small, gaslighted or invalidated developing the wisdom and power to develop and set boundaries may be a process fraught with peril. If we were led to believe that emotional abuse was not emotional abuse we may be very confused as to our boundaries. That is why we absolutely need an empathic person to go to, to express our truth with and get a reality check. And we need power and strength to know we have the right to take care of ourselves and that we are not bad or wrong or selfish for doing so. And some of us can keep chosing to love even when on the end of shitty behaviour from others once we have learned to practice self care, we can learn to positively detach not with hatred and anger but with love, a true honest love that comes out of respect, maturity and a deeper empathy for suffering.