Disclaimer: This post, “The Healing Way Of Words” contains content about abuse, assault, grooming, drug abuse and domestic violence. If that is triggering for you, please don’t read ahead.
I’m Claire and thanks for letting me be part of creating a guest blog post. I feel very honoured and grateful.
I am here to share with you how I over came my trauma using the written word.
Words can have so much impact and being able to write what I was feeling through blogging. Own personal ramblings and poetry, helped me heal in ways I did not know was possible.
A little bit about my journey…
I grew up in an abusive household, got bullied for being so shy and quiet at school.
Turned to drugs at 15, which led me onto being groomed. And heading for a total path of self destruction, self loathing and dangerous behaviours.
Into my adult life, I found myself in several domestically abusive relationships.
The first being my daughter’s dad at aged 20. I had my daughter at 21 and finally got clean from drugs and alcohol.
Fast forward 4 years and 2 partners later. I met someone else where I fell off the wagon into a pile of snow for 18 months. By this time, I had met my sons dad,became clean and sober ( of which I still am 15 years later). Whilst pregnant and being in a really awful, traumatic abusive relationship with him.
We split up when my son was 6 months old, damage long lasting. I soon fell into another abusive relationship when he was just over a year old.
This was by far the worst, where I was raped.
After this I swore off men until 2013 when i met my now ex husband.
We split In 2016 and I have been slowly but surely rebuilding myself , cutting out toxic people and dealing with my trauma the best way I knew how… to write and to work on self improvement through learning.
There is something cathartic and empowering being able to share your story with people through
writing rather than bottling up what you can’t always say verbally.
Using your voice in a different way to express what needs to be said. Learning how to turn negative self talk into positive, using more nurturing words, finding magic and beauty in words , starting to love and appreciate the magnificent human you are.
Sitting with yourself in those dark moments, allowing all the feels to just flow onto a page.
I realised how powerful my poetry and words were for the first time when I was volunteering, guiding women through the next stage of their own healing, being a peer mentor in women’s self improvement groups.
The first time I shared my poetry was terrifying.
I’d never shared with anyone other than family and friends before.
I had written it especially for the group and the response was over whelming, all the ladies asked for a copy and I ended up writing them another one for the end of the group to help empower them.
I really started to find healing in words as I started intense coaching and therapy at the start of our first lockdown.
My coach would make me write each week, to try and unearth what had been held onto for many, many years.
This is when I decided to start my own blog. Documenting the reality of coming through trauma, struggling with mental health, sharing my vulnerability and stepping into authenticity. I had masked how I was feeling my whole life, never being honest with myself, always the people pleaser.
From this sadness, my darkest times whilst processing, I have written some of my most raw and honest work. This highlights that in fact, from pain, something beautiful can grow, we can indeed bloom into who we are all capable of being if we choose.
I never thought I would be able to, but I have literally dug so deep and have used my experiences to write my first book, which has just been released on Amazon.
This has been a dream come true and i never expected i would get to this stage in my healing, find the courage and bravery to step out, be seen, baring my soul to the world and doing it unapologetically.
I feel sharing my journey from Trauma to Truth is so important as the more of us that can unite and share our stories, the less we will all feel alone.
Please feel free to add me on socials or my blog , as I share my work on there.
Which is where you will find the links to all my socials and where you can by my book if you so wish.
With that I will leave you with my most recent piece of work, written 8 th of April …
I believe magic lies dormant in us all, like a seed in the earth, waiting for the right mix of sunshine and rain to make it grow.
Starting with roots, embedded keeping it stable, fed and nurtured.
When it peeps it head out above the safe home of the earth, taking in the light and its surroundings… until finally a magnificent alchemy occurs and the magic within, can bloom for all to see.
Blessings to you all, Claire.
Copyright ©️ Claire Louise Robinson
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