1. How can a woman be silenced and not even know it?
She may believe with absolute conviction that the sexual abuse she suffered in the past was erased. Gone. She may believe that she has not been broken in two by that trauma. She may not recognize that the vast and crippling agony lurking in her past has any impact her “now”.
She may wonder what the past has to do with anything? It simply does not exist. And since it doesn’t exist, she is free of it. And since she is free, how could she be silenced and broken.
That’s the subtle and frightening reality about being silenced: victims swear they’re not.
It is hard to understand that agony — its truth suppressed, its words unspoken, its pain not validated — never goes away.
There will come a moment of weariness when her resolve wavers and she will catch sight of a shadow lurking beneath the pandemonium, a hidden clue…pointing to that past trauma and she will know how she has been silenced.
2. Facing the Truth.
The shadow of the dark past calls you to go back and seek truth. To find your natural spirit that was lost, the spirit that belongs to you, that belongs with you — waits to be reclaimed. You have an invitation to return to your darkest time. You can sense the tiniest notion that unknown truths are waiting to emerge from the hideous, to surface out of the deathly lies, and the smallest hope
that the truth will do for you what it does for others: it will bear your weight and the weight of its own witness. Even as you are too terrified to look. But you must look. The extraordinary, dynamic characteristic about truth: it is strong enough to bear its own weight and support you at the same time.
3. Claim your own authority.
Kathleen Hoy Foley delivers her third book in a trilogy traversing the landscape of traumatic abuse, each demonstrating truth as the path to freedom:
Woman In Hiding, truth as personal and social advocacy.
Breaking Through Silence, truth as mentorship and education.
Forget About Heaven, truth as individual comprehension and ultimate personal
illumination, freedom, and power.
Forget About Heaven presents the supernatural world as a natural and necessary progression of soul-life. It inspires questions. It seeks answers. It puts forth perspective and allows for all possibilities.
Connect with her on line at www.womeninhidingpress.org