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“Why Bother To Get Involved In A Relationship Anyway?”

Do you sometimes have confusion regarding the value of a relationship?

Jeanine asked me the following question at one of my free webinars:

“Hi Dr. Paul, thank you so much for your wonderful work and for these complimentary calls. Dr. Paul, my parents divorced when I was 9 years old. I am 37 and single. Part of me resists serious commitment because I feel like, ‘What’s the point? It’s all impermanent anyway, so why even bother?’ I am afraid that after the honeymoon is over I will be taken for granted and trapped in a loveless relationship/marriage. Can you help? Thank you!”

Jeanine, I can hear how scared you are to end up like your parents. But the truth is, everything is impermanent. Life in a body is impermanent.

Your parents didn’t role model for you what a good relationship looks like, so it sounds like you are stuck with some major fears and false beliefs about love and marriage.

The point of a relationship is to learn, grow, share love, and enjoy fun and companionship. I believe we are here on this planet to evolve in our ability to love ourselves and others. Relationships offer us the most profound arena for learning about love. Relationships trigger everything that is unhealed in us – everything that prevents us from loving ourselves and others – giving us the opportunity to heal our fears and false beliefs.

Your fear – that you “will be taken for granted and trapped in a loveless relationship/marriage” – is coming from some false beliefs.

Let’s look at your fear of being taken for granted. Since others tend to treat us the way we treat ourselves, you might want to look inside to see if there are ways you are taking yourself for granted, or ways you do not speak up for yourself and take loving care of yourself when others are treating you un-lovingly.

I assure you that if you do your inner work of learning to love and value yourself, and learn to take loving care of yourself around others, you will not end up trapped in a loveless marriage. If you were loving yourself and sharing your love with others, you would attract a partner who is also loving themselves and sharing their love with you.

I’m wondering why you believe that you would ever be trapped? Obviously, your parents divorced, so neither of them was trapped. You might want to go inside and explore where you got the belief that marriage means being trapped.

I suggest you focus on learning to see, love and value your own beautiful essence. The more you learn to love yourself, the more you desire to share your love with others. Loving yourself fills you up with love, which you then want to share with others. When we love ourselves, we generally desire to have a partner with whom to share our love.

In my experience, sharing love is the best experience on the planet. The more you love yourself, the more you find yourself wanting to fully manifest the magnificence of who you really are, and a loving relationship is one of the major ways of doing this.

The part of you that “resists serious commitment” is your wounded self, who got programmed by your parents to fear relationships. This is the part of you that believes there is no point in relationships, and this is the part of you that needs healing. The more you open to learning about your true, core essence, and learn to love and value yout essence, the more your wounded self gets healed.

I hope you embark on the journey of learning to love yourself. It’s a wonderful journey!

[Margaret Paul Relationship Toolbox]

CO-CREATOR OF INNER BONDING Dr. Paul is the author/co-author of several best-selling books, including Do I Have To Give Up Me to Be Loved By You?, Inner Bonding, Healing Your Aloneness, The Healing Your Aloneness Workbook, Do I Have To Give Up Me to Be Loved By My Kids?, and Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By God? Dr. Paul's books have been distributed around the world and have been translated into eleven languages. Margaret holds a Ph.D. in psychology and is a relationship expert, noted public speaker, workshop leader, educator, chaplain, consultant and artist. She has appeared on many radio and TV shows, including the Oprah show. She has successfully worked with thousands of individuals, couples and business relationships and taught classes and seminars since 1967. Margaret continues to work with individuals and couples throughout the world -- mostly on the phone. She is able to access spiritual Guidance during her sessions, which enables her to work with people wherever they are in the world. Her current passion is working on and developing content for this Website, as well as distributing SelfQuest®, the software program that teaches Inner Bonding® and is donated to prisons and schools, as well as sold to the general public. Margaret is passionate about helping people rapidly heal the root cause of their pain and learn the path to joy and loving relationships. In her spare time, Margaret loves to paint, make pottery, take photos, watch birds, read, ride horses, and spend time with her grandchildren.

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