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Childhood Trauma, Spirituality and the Human Condition

Eliza Blooms

Childhood Trauma, Spirituality and the Human Condition

I just want to quickly preface this post by noting that I am not a medical or mental health professional, this is purely an explorative opinion piece discussing my thoughts on spirituality and mental illness.

As a deeply spiritual individual who is living with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), I have come across a few hurdles – or cognitive dissonances – with my spirituality in the last few years. I deeply value practices to deepen my awareness of the self and the structures and patterns around me and within me, but I struggle with trauma responses that I’m still working through and will likely need a lot more time to unpack.

Does this undermine my spirituality? How are trauma and spirituality linked? Does the development of mental illness have any karmic value? Is mental illness linked to the ego, and if so…

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