I Painted the Light

Using Spirituality to Heal from Childhood Sexual Abuse

by Jeanne Grimes

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/05/2013

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 262
ISBN : 9781452569987
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 262
ISBN : 9781452570006

About the Book

When I was five years old, I painted the Light. I painted the happy space I went to while being sexually abused by my father. When the abuse would start, two adorable cherubs would appear and take me by the hands. Off we would go into the Light! We would fly about and tumble, laugh and be filled with joy. It was a glorious, fun and safe place to be. The Light saved me.
So when I was given the chance to create my first ever painting in kindergarten, I naturally wanted to paint this beautiful, glowing space. I painted the Light! I covered every square inch of my flip chart paper with bright yellow paint. I was so happy to recreate this space and share it with my dad. But my joy was short-lived once I actually unrolled my painting at home and explained my bright yellow space to my father. His violent reaction became one more incident that further buried the memories of the abuse.
I tell my story here to help those of you who have also been sexually abused. I went beyond the counseling and cognitive therapies, and found other spiritual and experiential techniques that brought me to a place of peace and wholeness. These practices helped heal my mind, my body and my spirit. I offer my experiences here so that you may apply them to your own healing journey. My goal is to help you see the Light within you, to find the peace within you, as I have finally found in me. May Divine Love be with us on our journey.

About the Author

Jeanne Grimes Brooks is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse that lasted over twelve years. She used traditional counseling and metaphysical methods to heal her mind, body and spirit from the abuse. Jeanne currently works on the Training and Documentation team at a computer firm. She lives on a lake in Ohio with her wonderful husband, Wayne, and their brilliant cat, Maggie.