“You are not the darkness you endured. You are the light that refused to surrender.”
― John Mark Green
One of the darkest places a person can find themselves in is living in a domestic violence environment. I have been in that dark place more than once and though I rarely speak about it, it was a huge part of my spiritual growth. I know that sounds contradictory, right? When we go through any of the struggles and challenges of life, we always grow in our understanding of our worth, our light and what true love looks like and what it is not. Statistics show that on average, almost 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. In just the span of a single year, over 10 million men and women will experience intimate partner violence. If your partner controls what you can and can’t do, humiliates you, threatens you, or otherwise makes you feel small and insignificant, you are being abused. I was one of the lucky ones. I got out of the relationships before a fatal incident occurred, although it was touchy at times. Many do not make it out alive and if they do are so scarred emotionally that some never heal.
Dear Angels, sometimes the road we travel is full of potholes and treacherous unseen danger. Speaking for myself, I know I was carried to safety and am so grateful for that. What can you share with us regarding this all too common occurrence in our world?
Dear Ones, you did not come to this earth journey to be abused in any form. Nor did you come here to abuse others. There is a commandment of utmost importance to consider as you make your way through your life experience: love God with all your heart, soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself. The type of love that is referred to is agape love. It comes from your spirit and not your ego. It does not seek to hurt anyone but rather to lift each person up and want only the best experience for them. If you find yourself at the point of wanting to strike out either with words or actions, we encourage you to pause and step away to gather your emotions, become the observer and breathe. If you are finding yourself caught up in a situation where you are being abused, we encourage you to seek help to remove yourself from the situation. A volatile situation can be diffused with loving intention and communication in many instances as love is the energy that heals. Sometimes, however, the situation requires outside intervention and we encourage you to do what is necessary for your safety. Seek to show only love in all that you do.
Dear Angels, thank you. I love you. Namaste y’all.
Today, I promise to see my worth every day and stand in my Divine authority against any form of abuse.
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, call the National Domestic Abuse Hotline at 1–800–799-SAFE or go to www.thehotline.org.
The hotline is free, anonymous and available 24/7 to all.
Teri Angel is a Happiness Coach, energy healer, best-selling author, spiritual teacher and mentor, and a motivational speaker. Teri is the Peace Campaign Coordinator for We, The World and the founder of a nonprofit organization, Angelspeakers Inc., which offers educational workshops and events centered around environmental awareness to include animals and nature, peace advocacy opportunities and ancient wisdom teachings. Teri’s movement “Peas For Peace” involves strengthening our awareness of the oneness of all, unifying mankind through compassion, peace, love and joy. She was named "She Who Blesses the Sacred Land" during the Peace On Earth Tour and embraces that title with loving grace. www.angelspeakers.com
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