Subtle forms of violence.
The deeper and deeper I settle into peace the more changes that have washed over my life. Some of those changes have been subtle and others have altered the way I will live on this planet forever. One of the many things I am grateful for learning about and then ridding my life of is the energy of emotional violence. Emotional violence is real, it is hurtful and it is a degradation of your psyche, spirit and well being. Emotional violence can leave you feeling hollowed out, exhausted and weak. But what is emotional violence?
Emotionally violent people are those who invest in the dynamic of conscious manipulation, which generally covers all manipulation; it is also a person who knowingly holds and indulges negative thoughts toward those around them. I, like most of you reading this, have been raised in a culture where emotional violence is not only accepted but actively encouraged. Growing up I watched all forms of emotional violence play itself out around me and learned to accept it and tolerate it in my life right up until my late twenties. The second I learned that I deserved love at all times from all people in my life there was no longer any room for this violent energy. I cast it out of my life along with all those who carried it and put a clear boundary around myself. A boundary that lets me and all those around me know that only love and kindness is now welcome around me.
We all also engage in some form of emotional violence in our lives. I will hold my hand up and be counted in that respect but the second I grew passed it I understood just how dangerous and bitter that energy is. This is part of the reason you must at least try to think good things about all people and love without condition. Every person reading this will have an emotionally violent person in their lives, it is epidemic, but spotting them and loving them anyway is a good way to ensure you don't become like them and/or fall victim to their energy. Let love be both your sword and shield.