Leaving Shame

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To leave shame behind is also not to worry anymore about what people might think of what you have to share.  The only yardstick is to speak honestly, to tell your story, and to express your art without shame.

 

Shame is something to which I had not paid much attention, until two traumatic events that took place in my life four years ago.  Both of those traumatic events are outlined more specifically in articles you will find in Leaving Shame Stories and Articles, but suffice it to say for the moment that they shook me to my core, and brought about a loss of identity and self esteem to a degree I had never before experienced in my life.  I was at the bottom.  Fortunately, I found a gifted counselor and guide who led me through two separate experiences with consciousness medicine therapy.  As a result of that medicine work I have been able, in the months and years that have followed, to put my life back together again.    

In the process of getting in touch with the depths of my psyche, I found compassion and love for myself, and was healed of my past shame.  I have come to see clearly not only the shame I carried, but also the shame we all carry.  I wouldn’t argue with someone who said that they had no shame, it’s not worth an argument.  Arguments do not connect people, compassion does.  Still, I know what I saw and experienced.  Shame comes in so many different forms. Whether it comes from discrimination, abuse, hurts, disappointments, or fears of not being seen or recognized or loved, life brings its share to each of us. Some of us wear it well, building beautiful lives of family, community, and connection, others never end up feeling that they can measure up to what others expect of them, and some live in denial.  I believe that shame is a part of all of our lives, no matter how well or poorly we deal with it.

These pages are dedicated to all of us who would like to have better insight into the shame we carry, and inspiration to deal with it and move through it, for on the other side of shame is a world of freedom and light and love and compassion and connection and peace. May we each engender that in ourselves, in each other, and in a world that so desperately needs to be healed.