I See Sanctuary

ISEESANCTUARY

When I first meet you and I look into your eyes I find a certain sanctuary. Your optimistic eyes seem like paradise to me. I can see the hope, the desire and the adoration burning in your eyes. Be they brown, blue, green or grey I can see the promise of salvation. That is why I try so hard to win you over. I apply everything I can think of to ensure that you stay with me so I can gaze deep into your eyes and drink the delight, trust and admiration that flows from them. You have no idea how much I need to see those things. The more I show you love, affection and how interested I am in you, the greater the radiance that shines towards me and the sanctuary that you have created for me remains in place. It surrounds and protects me, keeping the pain and the hurt at bay. It is a simple formula; I shower you with affection and attention and you return to me that magical protection in the form of how you look at me. The admiring glance across the restaurant table, the wide-eyed desire when we are in bed together, the simmering passion as I undress you and the sheer adoration as you quicken your pace to cross a room or a road to meet me. I need that place of safety and respite. A sanctuary where I know that the whispering, taunting voices will be silenced. A place of salvation where that cold-fingered dread cannot grip my throat and silence my scream of terror. Those draining shades that manifest from a past which I try to consign into oblivion cannot reach me in this place. That is what I hope for and believe every time somebody new enters my life. If I can just keep you sending me the power and the protection arising from those magnificent eyes then I will be safe. I apply my every effort to maintaining that gaze which will keep the darkness and the foul creatures lurking amongst it at bay. Everything I do is geared around making you feel happy, loved and wanted so that you will keep looking at me in that way and preserving my sanctuary.

Yet, no matter how hard I try, notwithstanding every effort I apply to maintaining your state of joy and happiness, you let me down. Each time someone new appears I am given renewed hope that this time the sanctuary will be permanently preserved and each time you fail me. Why do you do this to me when I try so damn hard for you? The burning admiration that you exhibited towards me suddenly dims. The adoration that blazed across the room has lost its intensity. The shining lustre of desire has become dulled. You do this to me and in so doing you turn the key of the gates, lift the heavy bar and push them open. You do this on purpose don’t you? You breach the citadel so that the screeching, moaning and howling tormentors that have gathered beyond its walls are admitted to assault me once again as they try to pull me into the abyss of insanity. The craven creatures slither forward, their mucus-covered tendrils slipping and sliding as they seek me out, determined to coil about me and drag me silent with terror into that place I must not go. Why do you do this to me? What have I done to deserve this treatment? All I have ever done is love you with a perfect love to cause you to generate that sanctuary and now, with no warning or help, you allow the paradise to be violated by those that seek to harm me.

I am left with no option but to fight them. To muster my strength and seek to defeat these agents of darkness by gathering my rage and anger. I must lash out in all directions, often and without restraint in order to stop my tormentors from destroying me. It matters not who is caught up in this frenzy, it is incidental whether you or anyone else finds themselves collateral damage from my necessary defence of my being. I fight and fight and fight, it is exhausting but it must be done. I have to survive until the next promise of sanctuary is identified and drifts my way. There I will find peace and a place to restore my waning strength. Is it you? Perhaps this time the sanctuary will remain intact.

 

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22 Comments

  1. Hello, H.G.Tudor.
    Unfortunately you and I know that there is no such sanctuary and if there were it will never remain. It is paradoxical because the narcissist runs behind the utopia of his perfect sanctuary, and the empathic runs behind the narcissist a perfect love. But both are certainly illusions.
    The low and mid-ranking narcissist, being unaware of this, continues to run after that dream.
    But come on, H.G. you know. You don’t go after any sanctuary because they’re just dreams as he said: “Calderón de la Barca”.
    The dreams,
    dreams are…
    and the sanctuaries, they are to be profaned, aren’t they?

  2. Is this the prequel to the film Sixth Sense?

    Beats seeing dead people. Although, I did fall in love with a dead person. Once.

  3. In your opinion, why would an inverted narcissist co-dependent find sanctuary in an empath? Normally, they need a narcissist’s construct to be satisfied.

    1. Hello It Depends, I do not use the term inverted narcissist. So I can answer, do you mean – why would a Co-Dependent Empath find sanctuary in any other kind of empath (including a co-dependent one)?

      1. Hello H. G. Tudor. I am aware you don’t use the term but I assumed you had studied the scholarly work that has addressed co-dependency. Your work implies that all do-dependents are empaths. I disagree but that’s for another day. Let’s assume for now that you’re correct. Yes, my question would be, why would a Co-Dependent Empath find sanctuary in any other kind of empath (including a co-dependent one)? Normally, they HAVE to have a narcissist’s construct in order to be happy.

        1. The ordinarily choose narcissists for the reasons explained in Chained. It is unusual for them to couple with an empath, but may well do so where they have worked on their co-dependency issues.

          1. I hope one day you’ll expand on your thoughts on “Chained.” .I’m still trying to figure it out. Some seem to have genuine empathy and others just a mirror of it. Neither are especially harmful but I find the dynamic interesting.

          2. For anyone wondering… My husband is a co-dependent whose empathy is mirrored. He is wonderful to me and takes very good care of me. He would only become vicious and overly control freak if he thought I was abandoning him. He takes such good care of me, I have no reason to ever leave him. Yet, I still try to understand the underlying issues.

        2. It Depends,
          I know what you are talking about. Co-depenedents have narcissist traits such as need to control, they give with conditions, etc. They may have a dependence on a Savior Empath type, but they will still gravitate towards Narcissist because of emotional wounding on both behaves. That’s just my opinion.

          1. Yes, I agree, the attraction is always there. Even I am still attracted until I see their mirror, then my logic and learning kicks in.

  4. Now that I can spot them, I still don’t want to run. It’s like a game. I want to push tgeir buttons and control them. What IS this polar magnetism? Even armed with knowledge, it doesn’t change the mental lure.

    1. I AGREE TOTALLY.NOW I HAVE MY ENJOYMENT.NOT TO HURT HIM , JUST MYWAY OF LETTING HIM KNOW I CAN DISTURB HIS DAY, OR PLANS , SCHEDULE. MY LITTLE BIT OF FUN ❗❗❗❗❗👿😇

    2. YES I AGREE TOTALLY. NOT AS TO HURT NARC. FRIEND BUT I WANT TO SHOW HIM I CAN PLAY THE GAME ALSO , I HAVE POWER TO . BUT I KNOW THIS MOST LIKELY NOT A GOOD IDEA. NARC HAS TOLD ME , STEP BACK WE BOTH CAN’T BE STRONG , AND I SAID WELL I’M VERY STRONG AND. YOU WILL NOT SILENCE ME AGAIN.🌟💃.

  5. This is a very active site…I dont remember getting so many emails in so few days before….nice work HG

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