I’m also thankful for the resources, love, compassion, and care from places like The Trevor Project
in the US and Kids Help Phone
in Canada that are available 24/7/365 so that humans like Andrew have someone to help them go inside to find even the smallest glimmer of hope.
I personally believe that these organizations are doing the real work that Jesus commanded from all of us. It’s shameful that these organizations need to exist to help protect humans from some of the harmful and toxic ramifications that individuals like Andrew have been forced to live through by individuals and institutions who hide their abuse under the “name of god”.
Religious trauma does not come from God
Religious trauma is 100% manmade. We need to name this manmade hate for what it is. Religious trauma is psychological, mental, emotional, and spiritual abuse.
As you listened to Andrew what came up for you? What are your thoughts on religious trauma? Have you ever done any research into that topic? Like Andrew, I remember something shifting inside of me the first time I saw the term ‘religious trauma’. A lightbulb went off and I was finally able to clear away years of gaslighting to clearly see the abuse I was living through.
Have you been taught that it’s wrong to doubt? What about questioning authority? What’s parts of you are you repressing or hiding in a closet? What questions have you been holding back so that you don’t rock any boats?
Perhaps now is a time where you can be courageous in your own life? Perhaps now is a time where you can get a little messy?
As you journey forward, take some of Andrew’s advice along with you. Be your own hero. Have love for yourself as you journey towards healing and finding who you were created to be.
It’s absolutely okay to take it slow and know that the journey is different for everyone. My journey isn’t your journey and Andrew’s journey won’t be your journey.
You discover your own unique journey when you go INSIDE and listen to God. God does not require any intermediary. Your unique direction from God is only found inside of you. And when you start to listen to that direction, that’s where you start being your own hero.