Oprah, talk show superstar and rape survivor, says that for victims of abuse, their trauma is not about the sex it’s the shame that is so destructive.
Dr. Brene Brown, shame researcher, defines shame as that painful feeling that we all have that says we are unworthy of love and belonging.
What empowers our shame is our denial. Any emotion that we push down into our ‘shadow’ (emotional cage) controls us. It sabotages our ability to create the freedom and happiness we deserve.
So, what is the solution? Transparency and empathy to the rescue. Shame does not want to be outed! It does not want you to flex your courage muscle and admit that shame is in your face. Shame does not want you to treat yourself like you would treat your beloved child if they came crying to you that they felt shameful. Would you judge them and withhold love or would you empathize with them? Empathy is lethal to shame. It collapses the shame and opens the heart; whereas, judgment closes the heart and empowers the shame.
Here’s my challenge for you: When you notice your shame rearing its head, invite it forward and give it empathy. “Oh, there you are, shame. Thank you for being so vigilant and protecting me. I give you all the space you need.” Counterintuitive as this may seem, it is one small step you can practice to erode shame’s grip.
Next time you catch yourself in an inner battle, turn it into empathy. It’s the small steps you take with consistency that will collapse shame’s strong-hold over your life. Ahh relief…
Listen to an amazing 4 minute chat with Oprah and Dr. Brene on Shame. Click here
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and hypnosis are effective practices for opening the heart. Laurel is skilled in assisting you to achieve freedom from challenging emotions, to live your life with grace and ease. Go to: www.EFTSoulPath.Com to sign up for her blog.