A deeper acceptance
Dear Marty Karabin (Sage),
Your pain only seems to scare others away until it no longer scares you away and divides you from yourself. As you learn to become the courageous one who faces pain, simply by experiencing what doesn't know how to be felt, seen, or heard without initially feeling threatened -- whether surrounded by community or suffering alone -- you begin to see how okay it is for each aspect of self to equally exist within you.
As each part is given its rightful permission to exist, such a depth of acceptance allows for deeper relationships to grow within you, replacing any fear-based belief or likelihood that your pain will reach through you to harm others. From this space of inner harmony, you will have an easier time being yourself, sharing your feelings, and even sensing the normalcy of emotions that once made you feel weak, less than, unworthy, and unlovable.
This becomes an opening that allows others to know themselves as you, whether they accept the invitation, ignore it, or reject it at every turn. Either way, you are less likely to make anyone else's choices mean something about yourself as you continually turn inward to face the inner despair that no other person can free you from. This is the heart of emotional freedom.
All For Love,