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Some think abuse is just violent treatment of another person. But when people’s freedoms are restricted or violated, this is a subtle form of abuse. It’s violence against the human spirit. Like this cartoon, spiritual abusers don't tape people's mouths, cuff their wrists, shackle their feet, put them on a leash, or set them in a cage.
Not literally. But they might silence people, restrict their movements, prevent their freedom, limit their involvement, and control their lives.
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Healing from spiritual abuse and religious trauma involves unearthing and confronting the harmful beliefs that once confined you, while embracing a newfound freedom to explore your own spirituality and beliefs that resonate with your authentic self. I encourage people in such situations to trust their gut.It takes time for some of us to learn when we are being violated, when a personal boundary is being trespassed, or when a line is being crossed. The lesson is to train your gut to notice it right away, to not deny it or doubt it, but to trust it and say, “Wait! No!” and to stop it if you can.
I’ve been spiritually abused. It took me years to figure it out. But I’ve gotten to the place now where I recognize it in an instant, sometimes even before it starts. And I won’t take it. Not anymore. And neither should you! You can read more about why it's important to heal from spiritual abuse in this blog post.