"I had no concept of the difficult, painful, inspiring, transforming journey that lie ahead. I would soon discover that the 'team' of parts inside of me would be the key to my healing. There is something merciful and God-sent about the mind's ability to 'split off' into parts during extreme trauma. Each part carries certain memories or emotions that would be overwhelming if let out all at once. These internal personalities served me well in holding their pain for many years.
"The gift of dissociation, however, is a temporary gift because eventually the child matures enough to 'take back' the experiences and memories, freeing the undeveloped child within from permanently languishing in his or her traumatized world. In a sense, the healing cycle requires a mature adult who is better able to deal with the previous trauma, who can step in and 'rescue' the child parts from their abuses. In what appears to be an unusual 'quid pro quo,' the child parts who were rescuers early in life, become the rescued as the adult 'takes back' and 'owns' her memories and pain." (My Tears Fall Inside, page 56)
I am extremely grateful to the parts of my personality who suffered so long to hold onto my memories and emotions. They were true heroes and I am grateful I got to know them. I will begin introducing a few of my 'parts' in the next few blogs, but if you can't wait to learn more about them, you can read about them in my books.
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