1994 Inaugural Speech

Nelson Mandela

(I have since heard from several sources that Marianne Williamson actually wrote this.)

Of course that amazingly wise and wonderful woman is also very wounded . As with all of us, her relationship with herself is shattered and fractured. She has an amazing, powerful wise woman teacher within her who has taught me so much. She has a wild wolf woman in her that would howl and dance naked in the full moon if she hadn't been so wounded by the Catholic Church and all the other physical/sexual imbalance of this sexist, sexually abusive, patriarchal society. She has a wondrous Loving heart with so much to give - and I got to experience how sublime it can feel to Truly feel Loved by her for a short time - but she also has the Romantic in her who has caused her to be wounded greatly and when she got scared she threw that Romantic into an inner dungeon and slammed the vault closed on her heart. I think it was the physical connection that really terrified her. It was excruciating, exquisite ecstasy to touch each other and when this musician affirmed to me that I was playing her body like a musical instrument it set off her alarms.

All her fears about losing herself in a relationship surfaced. Her fear of being a victim of the Romantic yearning within her - "I don't believe that stuff anymore"; of the power of the animal sensuality that would be unleashed because of her own sexual deprivation due to the relationship phobia that had kept her isolated most of her life; really terror, of being emotionally needy and vulnerable - growing up in her family being vulnerable was not a safe place to be so she got tough; her absolute lack of any permission to be dependent on, or ask for help from, anyone, anytime; of a man who could cry and be emotionally vulnerable with her, who allowed her to be afraid and was willing to listen as she talked her way through it; of a man who maybe was too nice, too Loving, too vulnerable, too happy to be with her; of her fear of being smothered and taken hostage.

So the part of her that has been her defender came out. The raging counter dependent who set boundaries with a harshness bordering on cruelty. The Loving friend disappeared and was replaced by someone who was always on guard, always defensive.

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Here is something that I wrote on January 24, 1999 the day after I saw her last:

"It looks like my friendship with what I originally thought was my twin soul may be over. I have had to set a boundary and remove myself from her life. She was stuck feeling like a victim of her issues with men and victimizing me out of her fear and hurt - so I got to tell her that I deserved to be treated better than that and that until she was ready to work through instead of run away from the issues I was exiting. Sad really - also really good that I am so clear now that I deserve better and will not allow such treatment. Very big deal for me to not sacrifice myself in the now for the potential of the future - doesn't work to hang on to the dream when reality is not working.

So I am feeling very sad about her being out of my life - but feeling great Joy about all the wonderful gifts I received from knowing her. This was the first time that I have entered into a relationship - and exited also - without my self-esteem being involved. What freedom!!! I knew who I was going in and the events that unfolded only made me stronger and better - there was never any threat to me, to my self worth - really cool. This is truly a new and different way to do relationship - I might even try it again sometime soon. "

We opened our hearts to each other and had a magnificent connection - then she got scared and started running away - but I didn't have to close my heart down because of her leaving. It was obvious to the people at the workshops I just did the new heart level that I am at - several had been to 3 or 4 of my workshops before and they kept going for the Kleenex because my openness and vulnerability was touching them so deeply. I am very grateful for this person and the experience of Love that I had with her - it was an incredible opportunity for growth. It is also very sad and I cry every day for the loss of that connection. I see this incredibly powerful wise woman that she is - unfortunately she can't own that because she is in her disease reacting to fear, right and wrong thinking ('maybe it was a mistake!!!' - such bull shit), guilt and shame, pain from old wounds, and really just a terror of making another mistake - instead of accepting that it is all perfect and being able to let go completely in the moment.

And of course it was a perfect part of her process that she did what she thought she needed to take care of herself, to not lose herself. And it was perfect for my process that she pulled away - if she had not I would never have experienced that it was possible to retain the level of Love even when my worst fear came true and she did go away.

I learned so much from my interaction with her - the "relationship" as in romantic part of it basically lasted about 2 weeks from the first time she told me she Loved me (10 days from 1st passionate kiss to last passionate kiss - no actually sex per se, but much of what felt to me like making Love [making Love, to me, not being about a destination but rather about the quality of the Touching]) - and that 2 weeks was the most incredible, most successful, most wonderful relationship of my life. I felt more Love & Loved in those 2 weeks than in the entire first 50 years of my life.

So, there is pain but there is much more Joy and gratitude. It Truly is a completely different experience to have a relationship where my self-worth is not at risk - that is the pay off for the Spiritual belief system that says we can't screw it up and there is no shame - if my self-worth is not at risk then another person can only add to me, they have no power to diminish me. What a gift."

Now, I need to just go on with my life and if she decides to open up to me then she will call. It is pretty strange because the Universe actually lead me to do a couple of things (a visit and phone call) that I am sure appeared to her to be her fears about me needing her too much coming true. It is so ironic and sad too - but at the time in my life when I am the most free and healthy - when I am being less codependent than I even knew it was possible to be in a relationship - she thinks I am giving her too much power. Never have I been so clear that I don't need someone in my life - though I sure want her to be a part of my life. Never have I felt so strong and powerful and centered in myself - and what she thinks she sees is someone who might be too dependent and needy, clingy, which is a reflection of the part of herself that she is most terrified of surrendering to owning. She loves and hates that I can be vulnerable - and she is too terrified to surrender to being vulnerable now because she doesn't trust herself.

So I get to Let Go, and Let Go and Let Go again.

I wrote to a friend a few days ago;

"What is so infuriating about this disease of codependence is that it is so insidious and powerful and it folds back in on us. When we discover we have a pattern then we want to avoid that pattern at all costs - but in effect we are letting the disease rule us because we are reacting to our reaction. As long as we are reacting - and trying to figure out what is right and wrong - we are in the disease. It is the fear once removed that is paralyzing - the fear of being hurt, the fear of how afraid we feel, the fear of our anger, etc.

What is frustrating with my friend is that when she was trusting her gut she opened her heart to me - when she got into her head is when she started giving all the power to the fear, and started reacting out of fear of her reactions to old wounds. She is terrified of making a mistake, doing it wrong, etc - which is the disease at work. There are no mistakes only lessons - which are painful but not that painful if we are not judging and shaming ourselves.

What makes lessons so painful is the shame the disease lays on us - in other words - the disease creates all of this fear about getting hurt until we are terrified of being hurt - but what is so painful about being hurt is the shame that the disease beats us up with after we get hurt.

The hurt itself passes - the shame and judgment the disease abuses us with is what is so painful.

In the situation you describe it sounds as if your gut was telling you "no" all along and you let your head talk you into it - which is the disease at work. Our intuition/gut/heart tells us the Truth - it's our head that screws things up.

I understand perfectly why my friend is in reaction the way she is - I am just very sad that it means she can't be in my life. She and I both come from a place of having so much terror of intimacy that we were relationship phobic - sometimes what is necessary for someone with a relationship phobia is to jump right in, that may be the only way past the fear.

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I am happy to say that I don't have a relationship phobia anymore - I welcome another chance to explore a relationship now that I know that my worst fear can come true and it can make me stronger and better and happier. The reason for that is that I did not give power to the shame - what a miracle! What a gift! I am so grateful.

So, now it has been over a month since I have seen her and it hurts.

The hurt has actually been present more of the time the last couple of weeks than it was before. I believe this has to do with healing that is taking place on subconscious and superconscious (having to do with the accelerated process and Karmic settlement) levels that are causing me discomfort but don't have a clearly identifiable cause.

I know that much of it has to do with letting go of the dream of having a partner - of not having to walk the path alone anymore. I know some of it has to do with my Twin Soul and some of it has to do with my recent friend - and I don't know if they are one and the same. She - my recent friend - is the type of counter dependent who can kill people off in her mind and move on with hardly a glance back (at least they can practice that level of denial until they are so full of pain it doesn't work anymore.) So, if we are not Twin Souls - or have some other powerful Karmic connection - then she has probably been successful in blocking me out of her mind. If however we do have some strong connection that requires us to be together than she must be pretty miserable. More will be revealed.

I will be seeing her in a week or so - and that will be an interesting adventure - or not. But this chapter needs to be brought to a close. If there is to be another chapter, it will be in a different way - from a wiser perspective on my part. This chapter was a marvelous, wonderful adventure which unfolded perfectly and taught me so much. I am very grateful - but I will do the next chapter differently.

I have learned:

That when I know who I am and have my self-esteem rooted in my Spiritual connection then I have nothing to fear from intimacy. I can be hurt for certain because I will be choosing to give some power away over my feelings - but hurt is part of life and well worth the adventure of Loving and Losing.

That it is Truly possible to do enough healing to be able to open my heart to someone and then not take it personally when the other person rejects me - because I Truly know in my gut that she is just reacting to her wounds not to some inherent flaw in my being.

That I can have my worst fear of abandonment and rejection appear to come true and not give it any power because I do not have to buy into the disease telling me that it is my fault - that I did something/said something/am something that is wrong/a loser/a mistake/unlovable/unworthy. This is such a gift - to know that I can keep the critical parent shut up and out of the game is Truly an Amazing Miraculous reward for being willing to do my healing.

So, my friend, you can see that it has been an exciting time for me. And there is more excitement to come. I was at a place where I had given up on having a relationship in this lifetime. I had truly accepted that I could be happy and fulfilled without it. Now I have been pointed in another direction. The Universe has shown me that taking the risk is very much worth while. I have seen how little power the shame has in my process any more and I rejoice in the gift of having been willing to do my healing. There are new horizons to explore and new dimensions to experience. I am so very grateful to be so passionately ALIVE. I am going to be exploring more of the issues around my Twin Soul and the Karma that remains to be settled there - especially around the Atlantis lifetime that I will be talking about in my Trilogy books - but that is another chapter. I will just end this chapter with a goodbye to her:

I am very grateful to God/Goddess/Great Spirit - The Holy Mother Source Energy for the gift of having this Amazing Women Being come into my life and I wish for her all blessings and the Highest possible good - Love Joy prosperity success happiness - may all of her dreams come true - and in the process may she find out what an Amazing Being she Truly is.

I release you, my Love, with a Great and Tender Love - May we meet again at the "River where the Son comes down".

And for me I will repeat and reaffirm the words that I was moved to write months ago:



Fuck the fear - full speed ahead in the direction of Love!

Vaya con Dios my friend,

next: Romance

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Staff, H. (2008, December 12). 1994 Inaugural Speech, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, May 27 from

Last Updated: August 7, 2014

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