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Going Back to Go Forward

In this episode of our series on Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, we are talking about the importance of going back in order to go forward. We all carry wounds and struggles from our childhood into adulthood. Oftentimes, it comes from the dysfunction of our families of origin. No matter how well-formed a family is, there are likely vows or beliefs that affect every member’s ability to live a life of emotionally healthy spirituality. We invite you to look back on your life, and invite God into the places that need healing. We cannot change our past, but we can change the ways our past affects our present. We encourage you to seek healing in these areas so that you are able to Go Forward on your journey to emotional health.

Reflection Questions:

1. What keeps you from going back? Invite God into those feelings, whether it be fear, shame, anger or sadness.

2. Do you believe that wounds can be passed down generationally? Can you see any ways this has happened in your family?

3. In which of the categories of the “10 Commandments of the Family” do you notice a rule/belief that you carry from you family of origin?

10 Commandments of the Family Categories:

Money, Conflict, Sex, Grief and Loss, Expressing Anger, Family, Relationships, Attitudes Toward Different Cultures, Success, Feeling and Emotions

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Resources we mention:

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero

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