Sunday, January 3, 2010

Awareness Is The Key To Growth

Awareness is the key to growth. In typing the word "awareness", instead I typed "awakeness". What an odd slip of tongue or should I say slip of hand since I was typing instead of speaking? I will need to think about that for awhile.

Where did this idea come from? I was visiting and commenting on one of the blogs that I read written by another abuse survivor who goes by the name of Just Be Real. That is also the title of her blog about her spiritual journey through recovery from sexual abuse. JBR says that her blog is about "Recovery into Greatness!" I really like that. Both of us write from a position of power over our abuse and abusers rather than as a helpless victim that we were as children when the abuse happened.

Another statement that JBR has posted on her blog says, "I WILL STOP GIVING OTHERS THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR MY JOY!" What a great message that is to all survivors and the world. Thanks for sharing that JBR. You are such a brave soul and a bright light to all who visit your blog. Seeing your courage and struggle gives me the courage to continue in my own journey through recovery.

The title of the article that inspired my article is "ADMITTING I AM WEAK". You will find this article at the following site:

My comment to this article was "The awareness that you get from Spirit is such a blessing to your recovery. Until you are aware, you can't change anything. ..."

Awareness is so very important as my above comment states. I believe that my awarenesses come from Spirit, my Higher Self, my Higher Power, God, intuition. Whatever you choose to call it isn't as important as what you do with the awareness. If you don't act on it, nothing happens. If you choose to act on the awareness, your whole view of your world can sometimes change. Some changes are small. Some are huge. Sometimes all you get is a minor shift in attitude.

Like I said in my previous article, sometimes the changes you choose to make can have a ripple effect that goes out from your center and can bring about small or enormous changes in the world and the people around you.

I keep using the word "choose". Such a little word and it can have such a huge effect on your life.

For example: I choose to no longer be a victim.
I choose to take responsibility for my own happiness.
I choose to take responsibility for the choices that I make in my life.
I choose to continue to grow in 2010 and beyond.
I choose to be real in all of my relationships.
I choose to continue to be involved in the community of sexual abuse survivors that I have found online to share my strengths and my weaknesses in order to be real.
I choose to continue to visit and read other blogs and leave comments on those blogs because as survivors we can support each other in our moments of strength and weakness.

Thanks JBR for your inspiration and courage in choosing to be real. It inspires me to do that same. Have a glorious 2010.


Colleen said...

Excellent post. Awareness is definitely the key. We all need to take time to stop, listen, pay attention! I love JBR's blog posts, too. And I love your list of "Choices." I agree with all of them. Happy New Year!

Patricia Singleton said...

Colleen, thank you. Happy New Year to you as well. JBR is another example of a courageous survivor of sexual abuse thriving despite her past abuse.

Alene said...

Thank you for guiding me to JBR's blog. I loved what she said here:
"He orchestrated my circumstance perfectly in order to show me what needs to still be worked on and to take this opportunity of quiet time away from the situation and reflect and draw nearer to Him."

I have been working on awareness, and awakeness, too, a big part of personal growth in 2010. For me, awakeness is discarding the numbness in order to feel. Only then I can be aware.

Thank you Patricia and happy new year.

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Patricia Singleton said...

Alene, you are very welcome. I hope that you and others will read more of JBR's articles. They are full of courage and recovery.

Just Be Real said...

Pat, wow, I am so very honored that you should be inspired by what I feel the Holy Spirit leads me to write. Sometimes, I wonder if my writings are silly. But, then again, I am trying to be real, and if I think and come over silly, then I am being real at the moment. Again, thank you.

Now onto your post. Wonderful. Awareness is central to a lot of healing. Blessings and much hugs.

Anonymous said...

Hi Patricia,
Stopped by from JBR's blog. I say a loud amen to all you have said. I thank God for His Spirit and bringing awareness into my life.

Patricia Singleton said...

JBR, what you write about is very real and so are you. You are welcome. Thanks for the blessings and hugs.

Patricia Singleton said...

Tammy, thank you. Awareness is so very important to my recovery and growth. Have a glorious day.

Patricia Singleton said...

I am glad that you liked the article.

April_optimist said...

Great post. Choosing--the most powerful thing we can do is be aware that every day, all the time, we ARE making choices and that we have the power to choose how we will live our lives NOW.

Patricia Singleton said...

April, thank you. Yes, the choices you make are so very important to the direction that your life takes.

Nikki (Sarah) said...

wow. I love that you typed awakening for awareness....that is the best b/c that's what it feels like...waking up to truth. Sarah

Patricia Singleton said...

Sarah, thank you. Oddly enough this isn't the first time that I have substituted the word "awake" for the word "aware".