After several years of being quite distinctly (and, to my mind, quite permanently) “Off the Market,” I abruptly found myself back “On It,” or “In It,” or however that works. It was all a little disconcerting, really, since after an epically bad break-up (I won’t flatter myself by saying it was “The World’s Worst”…. But it was up there…), I had absolutely no business dating anyone. I was so emotionally fragile, romantic involvement was resolutely out of the question. Until it wasn’t. That is, I started thinking, “Hey, maybe I should give this another shot.” What had actually happened was that I realized that I really was strong enough to move forward. I had done a lot of work on myself, and confronted many deeply sequestered demons. I had reconnected to who I am and emerged stronger, with a renewed sense of purpose and commitment to myself. And what if it isn’t terrible the next time? What if I actually do find love – real love? So, I dusted myself off and waded cautiously into the dating pool.
Almost immediately, a few things became pretty clear. First, I must have started out in the shallow end of aforementioned pool. Next, I realized I had no idea what I was doing. But most importantly, I realized that dating is veritable gauntlet under normal circumstances, let alone for someone like me. Several men had made it through the initial screening process (e.g., I was fairly sure they weren’t serial killers), but I quickly discovered there were a whole bunch of other sorts of predators out there. And, as one of my would-be suitors put it, there’s a lot of “false advertising.” Which I completely understood, since his online profile said he was 5’9″. He may have been 5’2″. Maybe.
But back to the predators. That sounds like it may be rather harsh thing to say about someone, when in reality, these were actually very nice (albeit, boring) men. But they had developed predatory behaviors that I just couldn’t let myself fall for. Not again. I met men who preyed on my time, my energy and my good will. I had men lure me in with promises of a bright future, only to catch them in lies. I have to admit, it was an exhausting process. And I hated it. I constantly felt like I was interviewing someone, instead of getting to know them. My friend Jessica (The Engineer), says that dating is a numbers game. The more you do it, the more likely you’ll actually find someone worth spending the rest of your life with. My friend Janelle (The Scientist), said that I needed to give each man three dates so that I could get a statistically representative sample of their personality. See? Exhausting. And it just doesn’t work well if you happen to energetically sensitive in any way.
What I was running into was a whole lot of inauthentic individuals who were desperate to be completed/healed/saved/coddled by someone else – namely, me, or anyone. (Gentlemen, if this is you, I am not your girl.) And I’m not looking down on these guys; that was me for so many painful years. I am actually really, truly thankful for them and thankful for the immense insight that my previous experience has given me. Each one of these bad dates was a lesson in reinforcing what it is that I actually want in a partner. They also reinforced my own method for dating. That is, I’m a psychic and an empath, and my intuition is damn good (so say my clients, anyway). So when my Spidey senses say get the hell out there, I get the hell out of there. But when my intuition prompts me to stop and look deeper, I honor that. If this process has done nothing else for me, it has helped me to re-learn how to feel my way through, to trust my discernment, to realize that true partnership and love is possible. The more I honor myself and stay close my authentic self, no matter what is going on around me, the more I can sense the quickening of what’s to come.
And maybe it’s already arrived. Who knows…
If you’re reading this, and if you’re walking this same path, please take my insight to heart (pun intended). You don’t need to give your power away to find love. You don’t need to rely on someone else’s ideology or methodology or psychology to find out what is actually right for you. You have the same intuition that I have. You have the power to discern what is right for you and what isn’t. Sure, you might be a little out of practice, but I assure you that that personal power of yours is there. Guard it and hold it fiercely. And do not, under any circumstances, give it away to anyone who will do anything other than honor it.