The key to unlocking new potential in your relationship
You and your partner each developed unique coping strategies to navigate your relationship dilemmas. To a large extent - these adaptations were shaped by the families you grew up in. Your coping strategies may even be the opposite but underneath it’s very possible that the struggle is the same.
Odds are that your partner’s ‘solution’ or way of being in the world was magnetizing to you at first because it felt different or expansive and probably opened you up to ways of being or expressing yourself that you’ve had to shut off long ago.
The same is true for the promise and possibility your partner recognized in you.
The trouble is, the same qualities we adore and idealize in our partners at first become the most frustrating to deal with because they represent the shadow parts of ourselves we don’t allow ourselves to be or feel (which leads us to reject them in our partners too).
You probably recognize by now that your partner’s solutions are just as human and imperfect as your own. For many couples, this painful realization leads to a phase of disappointment or relationship distress.
Conscious couples who are willing to learn how to transform inevitable disappointments into opportunities for shared growth, understanding and connection are the couples who can truly work with the unconscious purpose of their relationship, rather than against it.
This is what separates the couples who get stuck in destructive cycles of blame and resentment, from the couples who learn how to cultivate and enjoy a lasting bond that supports them in being even more of themselves.
So, are you ready to stop the cycle of blame so you can unlock the potential of your marriage to be a powerful force for healing and growth?