TWISTED ROOTS, STANDING TALL: My Journey to Heal, Learn, and Rise from the Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse by Anne de Nada
Childhood sexual abuse is the most traumatic of all wounds, for it is a betrayal at the very root of our being. It turns us against ourselves in such a way that, more often than not, victims become convinced that the fault is theirs. To find a way back from that injury, to prevail and rise above it, is to do the seemingly impossible.
In Twisted Roots, Standing Tall, the author recounts her long dance from the darkness of the soul into the love and light of an open heart, as she courageously heeds her soul’s insistence and clears away her legacy of trauma from both infant sexual abuse and incest.
Born into both emotional and economic poverty, the author’s early life consisted of many obstacles and challenges. But she never gave up. She continually trusted in her own guidance, being rewarded with insight and wisdom. Whenever it felt like her life was not flowing, she took that as a sign that it was time to do more healing, clearing away the trauma that lay embedded deep in cellular memory.
Anne’s story speaks to the gift of grace and the indomitable courage of the human heart. As she continued to heal, she discovered many essential truths about life. Among them is that we are never given something we cannot handle. Life is about manifesting the deepest desires of our hearts, and that the thing we most fear is our own greatness.
The author’s philosophy rests on two tenets:
1. Exploring One’s Inner Landscape
Exploring one’s inner landscape allows us to awaken ourselves and discover our genius and create our true potential.
2. Facilitating and Validating the Healing Journey
Facilitating and confirming the healing journey from trauma allows one to travel a path to discover their greatest gift-the gift of validating our own self. We each are our own creators of our lives moving towards happiness or its opposite.