Monday, January 26, 2009

What I Have Been Keeping From You

In my experience in the world of blogging, I have come to a few conclusions that have helped me to better determine and focus on the views that I am learning of and would like to emulate.

First, I have learned that every person needs to feel loved and accepted in their lives. This doesn’t remain solely on the issues that arise with same gender attraction, but include the lives of all those who experience a myriad of challenges. In my case I have remember always craving the attention, affection and acceptance of others. Perhaps this stems from a circumstance in my early life that made me feel like I wasn’t important, or that I was unacceptable.

I have opened up my life concerning same gender attraction to few people, and have unfortunately been forced to deal with people with whom I had not entrusted my heart with, due to the poor calculations of others who felt it their responsibility to become involved with my life when it was not my desire.

With the few people that I have shared with, I was hoping to gain a feeling of true acceptance from them, and in most every case I had. Yet I knew of the temptations that I had faced and even with those who knew of my challenges, I was afraid that if they only knew how I felt, that I would lose their acceptance and would become unloved.

With the creation of my blog, I almost immediately felt loved and accepted. I feel that because of that experience, I learned that I could be worthy of such emotion from others, and felt that I was on a spiritual high. As the weeks passed, though I felt thoroughly accepted and loved, the high diminished and I realized that with that knowledge, my blog wasn’t helping me learn that knowledge any more. I know that I am acceptable, and that I am loveable. I don’t need my blog for this purpose.

Yet when my blog was brought to my wife’s attention, I realized that I hadn’t learned my lesson. Her reactions to feelings of betrayal from hiding my online writings from her made me fear that I was unacceptable and worst yet, endangering the love that we have nurtured and developed over the past seven years of our marriage. Whenever Ginger grew quiet, I instantly feared the worst and would constantly ask what she was feeling. I would continually apologize to her for my actions of hiding my blog from her and she would forgive me, time and time again, and I would always reply ‘why? I don’t deserve it.’

We have a close friend who is a practitioner of Brain Gym, an alternative health method for helping people to overcome learning disabilities. What many people don’t realize is the ability that Brain Gym has to release negative emotions and fears, enabling us to heal emotionally in our lives (an example). My practitioner is an angel in her early seventies who has a firm testimony of the gospel and is active in the LDS church. I have worked with her for several years and my life has been changed completely through the work that we have done together.

Many emotional issues that people face come to us for a reason, some experience in our lives cause us to think a certain way about ourselves and in almost every case, a negative view is born and the way that we think and act is altered in a way that is not emotionally healthy.

Through a process called muscle testing, a practitioner can ‘sleuth’ their way to the root of an emotional problem. After we learn as to what the emotional blockage is, through a series of physical exercises, the blockage can be removed, with a goal written in positive affirmation that we call a balance. Most often, only the knowledge of the emotional blockage is needed to overcome the issue, without needing to know the specific reason causing the blockage.

While many feel a need to learn why they react the way that they do, as I progress I have learned that I most often do not care what caused my issues, but I look forward with hope for a renewed existence.

Yet in some cases, I do feel it is important to know the reasons for my issues.

For example, through the process of working on overcoming panic attacks, I learned that I was molested by a female caregiver when I was a toddler, something that I was never aware of. I learned that I could feel safe with a member of the opposite sex, and through some physical actions ‘prescribed’ for me, I overcame my panic attacks in a matter of days, if not hours.

Sometimes, emotional challenges are passed down through generations as a negative belief called a miasm. These issues are passed down from parent to child without knowledge or action. When I was ready to start overcoming my same gender attraction, my practitioner and I discovered that this issue was passed down from three different ancestral lines, three generations back.

We discussed one theory for same gender attraction, which we both feel inspired to be the cause for my issues. In at least three separate incidents, male progenitors of mine were sexually abused by another male. Even with being forced or coerced to engage in a sexual act, I imagine that there is or can be some degree of arousal or pleasure that the victim feels. The individual undergoes severe consequences because of the abuse, but can also wonder about his sexual orientation. Others become the abuser at a later date.

I will state that right now that I do not claim that this is the only reason for the creation of same gender attraction.

Through this balance, the emotional link via miasm was broken. This means that the negative belief has been removed and it not only breaks the emotion for me, but for all in my immediate and my extended family. This does not break habit, but only removes the emotional need caused by the miasm.

I have wondered if there has been any change in my two living uncles who are also same gender attracted. (I had one more, but he died of AIDS several years ago)

How has this changed me? Almost immediately I felt different. I felt that a large percentage of my same gender attraction burden was lifted from me. Perhaps I would say that maybe 70% of my sga was relieved and now I am only at 30%.

So, what of the other 30%? I am positive that I have more issues that revolve around my same gender attraction that I must overcome. I believe that I cause issues for myself in thinking too much about my situation and that negative beliefs are implanted into my psyche.

I fear that in stating that I can completely overcome my same sex attraction I might not experience it and then what state would I be in then? I am too scared to hope for the best because I don’t want my hope to be taken from me, now that I have gained it.

In any case, does it matter how much I have left? The important blessing that I have experienced is a long sought relief from the feelings that have left me at odds with myself and the gospel of Christ. I feel so wonderfully blessed from Brain Gym. I go as far as saying that the reason that Ginger and I felt inspired to move to where we are is because of the proximity that we have with our wonderful friend.

Going back to my feeling unworthy of my Ginger’s love: I had a balance on Saturday and I feel like a new man once again. Never in my experience with Brain Gym have I ever felt disappointment in a failed balance. In fact, when I turn it over to pure sleuthing, muscle testing to find out what the most important issue is to overcome in that stage of my life, I feel the most dramatic difference. It is like being reborn again and again, with a new view, and a new outlook to life. Heavy burdens that once seemed insurmountable are overcome in even as short as a few hours.

Do I believe that in the afterlife that same gender attraction will be removed from us? Definitely! No question in my mind. I know that this is a question for many who fear the worst, but as I have learned and progressed, I have come to realize how much change is possible, even where we expect it the least.

Do I believe that it can be overcome in this life? I really, truly believe that it is possible. The only things that keep us back from it are our lack of faith, and not having the tools.

I have learned in the blogging world that there are many views concerning this. I do not judge others for how they feel, but I do recognize when views are different from mine, and I feel the spirit bear witness confirming my testimony.

I am uplifted by many of you. You are true friends, and I hope that we will all remain true friends in this life, and that after this life, I look forward to experiencing complete relief to our challenges with each of you.

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