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A Former JW's Journey to Self Love and ENM
Episode 7221st February 2024 • Breaking Free Authentically: The Sex Positive Relationship Podcast • Karine Bedard
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Episode72: A Former JW's Journey to Self Love and ENM


Today my special guest is Ariel.

I will keep her anonymous as she was kind enough to share her vulnerable story with us and allow me to interview her.

This beautiful girl has had quite a journey growing up as a Jehovah's Witness and eventually leaving the church. There is so much shame associated with leaving a religion that is deep rooted since childhood. When you are taught that you have the absolute truth, your mission on earth is to basically tell others they are wrong your whole life. It's exhausting and it is a challenge to truly love without expectation.

You are taught that self love is selfish and that you must love only God/Jehovah, or your life is basically meaningless and you risk being shunned and ostricized by the only community you have know if you question anything.

Ariel was able to leave and rebuild her worldview as well. She has learned to deeply treasure herself and has overcome the shame around sexuality and body image. Modesty is revered in these communities and anything else is sinful. It is so hard to shed that programming and become sex positive.

Now, she is a beautiful example of self love and successful Ethical Non-Monogamy. She is able to embrace who she is to her core and make deep lasting connections with people in this beautiful world that are based on love and true authenticity.

I want this for all of you! Enjoy this week's episode.

Love, Karine

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