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Journey of life 07 Sep 2017 05:10 #319944

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Hi all, first post here.

I've been lurking on GYE for the last year or so. I've logged in a few times but never actually did much with it. I'm sure my situation is not unique but I haven't seen any posts that specifically address my matziv, so here goes...hope this is considered appropriate for this forum.

First a little background: I'm in my mid-20s, from a "regular", frum family. Been through the yeshiva system, currently working.

I've struggled with lust since I was kid, and I guess it just never really let up and I never did anything about it. I've always recognized that it's a terrible thing and made a few attempts to kick the habit but nothing came of it. I've NEVER mentioned my struggles to anyone, I'm not a very open, heart-on-the-sleeve type of guy in general.

But aside from that, I've come to realize over the past year or so that I have a much bigger underlying problem: I have no connection to hashem or yiddishkeit. I believe there's a god and I believe judaism is the only true religion; I've heard all the speeches and I've seen all the R' Leib Kelemen/Daniel Mechanic/Dovid Sapirman etc stuff. But there is no connection. I just want to run away from it all like an angsty OTD teenager. The last year of my life has been hell as I realize I'm living a complete lie, and I constantly feel empty and alone. There's just a void in my heart that gets deeper every day. Not to mention all the mounting pressure about shidduchim (I haven't started, and don't see myself ever getting married for these reasons, unless something changes)

I don't mean to turn this into a psychological help forum, but I feel like I need to address all this before starting to work on breaking free from lust. I'm spiritually empty - unless I fill the void first, I don't think I'll ever succeed.

Like I said, I'm not an open, publicly-emotional person and haven't shared this with anyone. In fact, this is the first time I've put my feelings into words. But the thought of talking to someone in person about this is totally foreign and absolutely terrifying to me.

Has anyone been or know someone in a similar situation? Any advice, comments, questions etc. is very appreciated!
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Re: My sorry state... 07 Sep 2017 05:40 #319945

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Join the club. Many of us have experienced the same.

Great first post especially if being open doesn't come naturally to you. Honest and courageous. You will iyh be helped here.
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Re: My sorry state... 07 Sep 2017 06:00 #319946

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As was written on the chat, this is how our thoughts progress.
we feel disconnected when we think we are fakers hypocrites reshaim and losers we find out that many nice frum normal otherwise healthy successful people struggle with this  we start to realize that this aspect of our lives does not define us. we are good people who have a weakness. we keep other mitzvos. we want to be good but we beat ourselves up so much about this issue that we view ourselves as rotten cursed and worthless we cant even begin to help ourselves because we are so low, so hated by Hashem. If others would know who we really are they would vomit and run away  we expect to receive the worst hell after 120 and our escape mechanism is to shut down and stop caring  yiush sets in and its downhill from there. Hashem hates me anyway. My ancestors in shomayim are embarrassed from me

Sorry that I didn't copy more from the chat but you got the idea
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Re: My sorry state... 07 Sep 2017 06:20 #319947

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Join the club. Many of us have experienced the same. 

Great first post especially if being open doesn't come naturally to you. Honest and courageous. You will iyh be helped here.



Thank you.
It wasn't easy to write. I've officially been a member here a year...it took about that long to work up the courage to post this.
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Re: My sorry state... 07 Sep 2017 10:54 #319949

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I'm not a very open, heart-on-the-sleeve type of guy in general.

But aside from that, I've come to realize over the past year or so that I have a much bigger underlying problem: I have no connection to hashem or yiddishkeit.



Welcome brother



Amazing dov recording posted yesterday (below) where he elaborated on the point that if you cannot open up honestly to another person, there is NO WAY that you have a connection to an invisible Gd



So what you wrote first is the BIG underlying problem.

Maybe call a close rebbe and ask him what to do about the big problem, and other problems will fall away too ;-)



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Re: My sorry state... 07 Sep 2017 11:08 #319950

Welcome fellow Lakewooder/Lakewoodian

Nice share for a first post
In my humble opinion you should give Dov a call he is very experienced in this matter
You can email him to get in contact his email is on the site by the phone conferences 

Hatzlacha and keep on posting we are here for you

(I'll be in Lakewood around Sukkos if you want to meet maybe we know each other!) 
my thread:guardyoureyes.com/forum/4-On-the-Way-to-90-Days/300426-I-will-make-it-bh" option="guardyoureyes.com/forum/4-On-the-Way-to-90-Days/300426-I-will-make-it-bh">I will make it b"h











very important thread: guardyoureyes.com/forum/20-Important-Threads/19180-FEEL-THE-HUGS%21%21%21" option="guardyoureyes.com/forum/20-Important-Threads/19180-FEEL-THE-HUGS%21%21%21">FEEL THE HUGS!!!

Re: My sorry state... 07 Sep 2017 14:20 #319955

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Welcome brother

Amazing dov recording posted yesterday (below) where he elaborated on the point that if you cannot open up honestly to another person, there is NO WAY that you have a connection to an invisible Gd

So what you wrote first is the BIG underlying problem.

Maybe call a close rebbe and ask him what to do about the big problem, and other problems will fall away too ;-)

[checkout dov calls, and his recordings are at [url]guardyoureyes.com/kosher-isle/shiurim/category/dov-s-recovery-talks[/url] ]


Thanks. I guess that makes sense but it's kinda disheartening...I don't really have anyone I can open up to

Re: My sorry state... 07 Sep 2017 14:22 #319956

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Welcome fellow Lakewooder/Lakewoodian

Nice share for a first post
In my humble opinion you should give Dov a call he is very experienced in this matter
You can email him to get in contact his email is on the site by the phone conferences 

Hatzlacha and keep on posting we are here for you

(I'll be in Lakewood around Sukkos if you want to meet maybe we know each other!)


Haha thanks. I'm not actually from Lakewood, was just in yeshiva there....

Re: My sorry state... 07 Sep 2017 17:48 #319958

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Hi Brother.
Thank you for opening up, it will only bring you closer to hashem, talking to people, listening to people, and getting chizuk from each other.
listen, when we live the life we lived before working on our struggles, it only makes sense to have all this kind of thoughts, its very normal when you live a double life to have all kind of questions, and feel like a piece of garbage, and a liar.
start working on your issue, this place is THE place to work on it, i was struggling for many many years on the same problem, and finally the last half year im doing BH great, thanks to the members of GYE... so, please get yourself a partner with whom you will be very very open, every detail, so he will be able to help you on every step, read the GYE hand book, post and read on the forums, use the chat option.

You will do great, im positive, because im doing great, and all of these thoughts will dissolve, promise….

Stay strong buddy….

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Re: My sorry state... 07 Sep 2017 19:36 #319971

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Welcome!  Many of us have been in your situation, at least parts of it.  I was terrified and never told anyone until my wife caught me.  I wish I had gotten help sooner, but you are right, it is terrifying.  Posting here may make it a little less terrifying.  You can post and see that you are understood.  You can see that you don't die of embarrassment.  Take it one step at a time.  Get comfortable here.  Read the handbook.  Keep posting.  Maybe at some point you will feel comfortable enough to speak to someone on the phone.  One step at a time.  And yes, I'm sorry to say they will be uncomfortable steps, but they will be worth it.  Just ask anyone who has taken those steps.  I never wanted my wife to catch me, but my life has dramatically improved since she did (after I went through a small period of hell on earth - but I digress )

Anyway, you have taken a small step which is really a BIG step.  It is the beginning of your journey.  Don't look back, and NEVER EVER GIVE UP!

Re: My sorry state... 07 Sep 2017 20:56 #319973

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congrats on opening up
the fact that you,'re feeling empty about feeling empty is a good thing.
and going otd will only make things worse.in the secular world you will get alot of thoughts and prayers and thats about it.out there nobody gives a damn.
i think a good first step would be to set aside 5-10 minutes every day to talk to g-d,tell him your struggles.ask him for help.tell him you want a relationship.
i'm not talking about during davening,but at a quiet time and place.and no i'm not a breslover

Re: My sorry state... 07 Sep 2017 21:17 #319974

Yes, I agree: from what I can see it's not abnormal to be worried about an all-consuming spiritual crisis and addiction, if it's addiction. Listen to the Dov calls and read the book. If it's addiction, you have a lot of support here to face it. Your relationship to Gd will inevitably change in ways you can't imagine if you commit to the recovery program. That's what I found, at least, and I thought I understood where I stood in my spiritual life. I didn't. Stay strong!

Re: My sorry state... 11 Sep 2017 02:47 #320082

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thank you all for the supportive words and advice.
I hope to keep checking in here...still not quite sure where to start but I guess just being involved is an improvement

Re: My sorry state... 14 Sep 2017 19:50 #320270

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Hi great letter.
i dont want to be nosy at all, but have you seen a psychiatrist before? its sounds from your letter that you might be suffering from depression. feeling empty and numb definitely can be systems of depression. 
i suffered from depression and anxiety for a decade before realizing. so if its a possibility then please help yourself and dont be stubborn like i was. 
  

Re: My sorry state... 15 Sep 2017 05:02 #320290

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hopfulshimon wrote on 14 Sep 2017 19:50:
Hi great letter.
i dont want to be nosy at all, but have you seen a psychiatrist before? its sounds from your letter that you might be suffering from depression. feeling empty and numb definitely can be systems of depression. 
i suffered from depression and anxiety for a decade before realizing. so if its a possibility then please help yourself and dont be stubborn like i was. 
  

Hey, thanks.
I'm pretty sure you're right. However the problem I have with seeking help is that I'm unable to open up to anyone. Like I wrote, just typing out this post with all my issues and struggles was an ordeal.

Having to discuss it, in-person, face to face with another human...I just can't.
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