Midlife affairs are actually common. At this time of life roughly forty percent of the people I work with will need help working through and healing from the repercussions of a midlife affair.
I have helped many people work through the consequences of a midlife affair. Do not underplay the finesse you will need to approach this time. The fact is, once you are reading this, it means you have entered a difficult situation, with very real consequences that will effect the rest of your life. It takes skill, deep patience and kindness to gracefully work thru the complexities of a midlife affair. Since you will likely be within deep emotional turmoil, finesse will be hard to achieve on your own. As a result an experienced guide is often the advocate you will need to help you navigate the, all too often, counter intuitive choices required to move through the overall process ahead of you.
How to Tackle a Midlife Affair
The core truth to handling a midlife affair is to remove judgment.
Judgment traps a person into having an midlife affair, judgments force affairs to go deeper and finally judgment creates conflicts that make affairs even messier situations than they need to be. Judgment prevents people from learning from their mistakes. Judgment after a midlife affair prevents the healing of everyone involved in the aftermath.
So to repeat, the baseline of resolving problems from a midlife affair is:
Three Angles of a Midlife Affair
We can break down midlife affairs to three different cases to consider:
- Pre Affair
- During the Affair
- Post Affair.
Lets look at each case separately.
Pre Midlife Affair
If you are considering a midlife affair, it means it’s time to take a deeper more honest look at both yourself and your current relationship. The desire to start a Midlife Affair often represents being afraid to directly work with your partner or that your partner has stopped communicating with you.
Many midlife affairs happen because a person is seeking to move past feeling stuck in their current life. The affair represents motion and new options. Affairs also represent the seeking of another person to provide comfort and finally often are an attempt to validate oneself through another person.
If you are longing towards an midlife affair the first step is to realize that your current relationship is already having serious enough problems to end it.
Finding a counselor to help you begin work out issues is often the more graceful path to explore rather than suppressing your feelings. The problem is individuals are often blind to personal problems so they cannot spot and fix them on their own (hence the pull to an affair). Understand that an affair rarely fixes personal problems, rather affairs usually only add additional complications into the mix.
The common approach to avoid having an affair is by suppressing personal feelings. Suppression of personal feelings will always fail as an answer. Suppression of feelings leads to (a) you breaking down to having the affair, (b) the pent up feelings coming out volcanically to break your current relationship later in a much more painful manner or (c) pent up feelings slowly rending your heart apart to the point you spiritually die, or even worse (d) the pent up feelings slowly tear a person up inside to the point they stop caring about life, many early deaths come out of not taking care of your body properly.
During the Midlife Affair
The truth is sometimes the midlife affair has to happen. Too much tension exists or the need for freedom is so strong that a person finds themselves in a relationship with another person. Part of this attraction comes out from that fact all new relationships are relatively judgement free still. New relationships are fresh, this opens up new experiences and kick starts the exploration of life again. The pull to live again is very irresistible. The pull to be with a person that doesn’t limit one down with judgements or measurement is intoxicating.
The only problem is this: having started a new relationship by breaking trust, this also sows the seeds of hidden judgements, judgements that will grow and circle back around to slowly eat away at your choices. A person can run only so far before having to start dealing with the very issues that created the previous set of relationship problems eating away at the earlier relationship.
The first few months of any affair may feel magical, but at some point judgement and past patterns will creep back into the situation to cause most people to repeat the seeds of crisis they were running away from.
Post Midlife Affair
One of the worse moments in a person’s life is when events catch up to a person and an affair becomes public. Most people fall back to the common tools taught to them by society to handle the after effects of a midlife affair: anger, judgment, hate, despair, feeling wronged or feeling morally right… The post affair situation commonly ends up as an emotional battle field.
Conflict accomplishes nothing and in the end judgment results in conflict.
The strangest truth is this:
It is possible to teach a person new ways to examine the whole situation. The midlife affair is not the primary problem. Most people living fresh from the results of the midlife affair won’t believe this statement. But this is true: What truly matters is what did you learn and how can you make changes to improve life? The past is gone and it’s time to fix and make life strong again.
If you focus on the midlife affair, you will get stuck in the past and judgements which limit how you can grow from the situation. Learn from the affair but don’t focus upon it either. The affair can be a stepping stone towards a better life for everyone, if used as a stepping stone. For most people midlife affairs become swamps of despair due to the way they linger within the past event. Such a place is not a place worth living within, so instead drain the swamp and create a new baseline to grow into a better life.
Many people color the experience with only hate or regret. Hate is a very sad limited way to hold an experience. Hate allows no room for growth. In fact, hate dissolves the heart away, it eats a person away until they are left with nothing. Those resorting to hate often will fall prey to depression and slowly pull away from others.
No this whole process means being brave enough to stand up and learn from the experience. To be willing to live life honestly and not hiding away from others.
The Real Truth About a Midlife Affair
This is a very delicate case by case situation that most of the time will not be resolved smoothly without outside assistance. The fundamental value of trust that a marriage was based upon is broken and a whole new tact is required to create a new trust.
Here is the secret:
Mid life transformation is all about starting a new life. You and your partner are in mid life transformation. This means it’s possible to start and build a fresh new trust between partners, to create a whole new relationship, since you both are in transformation!
The process runs like this
- Remove judgement. No one is guilty.
- Release the Relationship. (All relationships)
- A new friendship is the baseline for a new beginning.
- Work with kindness.
- Help each other grow
- In time, if love reignites then remarry, if not then help each other move on
Is this easy? No it isn’t. The over whelming response of our society is to push guilt, to force relationships and want answers right away. Yet the mid life transformation process takes roughly two years to grow within. It takes time to grow, find one’s nature and then create a new trust.
But to those who take the time:
This is literally becomes a magical process,
truly the stuff of stories everyone else reads about and wishes would happen to them.
The only trouble is this: wishing for your story to have a happy ending is not the same as actively changing your lifestyle to create a happy ending.
To live the happy ending is a slow process requiring patience, it means making mistakes and growing from those mistakes. Feeling and lashing out in pain is not the same as working thru your process. It’s a long and hard continued effort. For most people this will be the hardest test they ever face in their life and relationship…
Finally and most importantly:
Hiding from an midlife affair or truth only diminishes you in this process.
Be Brave: so you can live your life and grow.
Right now, it won’t seem possible that the whole midlife affair can ever resolve out gracefully, but having work with many people, all my students and clients say the same thing, they would go thru the process again: because it allowed them to truly live again, honestly and completely as themselves! In this process, we free those involved to live to heart, without judgement. The whole affair literally just becomes a past story to be shed as each person transforms into a newer wiser person.
- Shed your judgement of what things should look like or your judgements will shred you against the realities of what are actually in play.
Many people reading this are probably feeling shredded by the thoughts of an affair…The shredding feeling is your soul eroding away. Stand up and live your life.. or watch it erode away in pain.
It really is a personal choice. Sadly most people in this culture choose the painful path, only because they haven’t been shown this graceful path I am teaching here. This article is to help show you a better path that does work.
As a note: Many times people are stuck in abusive situations and a person will have an affair to help break free of abuse. Understand in abusive situations call immediately the abuse hotlines that exist and find assistance. No one should live through abuse. Abusive relationships require special helping conditions and local help. While I work with people around the world, I don’t work with abuse cases as it requires local assistance and professional help specially trained to help break of the abuse.
Start to Find Answers Now
If you need help right away you can start here with this 30 minute video.
Mid Life Crisis Affair Video
Learn how to regain control of your life.
This 30 minute video talks about:
(1) Working with trust issues that arise from a midlife crisis affair.
(2) Changing how you interact with your partner.
(3) The state of mind of you and your partner.
(Changing the way to work with marriage)
(4) How to regain control of your life.
The keys of communication and non conflict. (Saying Less is More!)
(5) How long does it take to resolve everything?
(6) How to grow stronger rather than being destroyed by the midlife affair.
(7) Letting go of things said and how to listen.
(8) Dynamics of an midlife affair relationship. (Looking ahead to avoid common mistakes)
(9) What are true dangers of a midlife affair (Don’t repeat old patterns).
(10) How to grow from midlife mistakes.
(11) What are my next steps?
How to take personal control of the situation.
(12) Turning it all around to be strong.
Professional Assistance in Handling a Midlife Affair
I have helped many people thrive in the most beautiful ways after affairs have occurred, but it only can happen if you are ready to change. Otherwise, the conditions that led to the midlife affair will only get worse, the problems will repeat and you ensure leading a very unhappy future life.
Strangely and most sadly people often choose hate and pain as the answer to the midlife affair. Look around to how many bad divorces that happen that end up in hate, and you will know the truth of this statement. Refuse to let pain define your life, Choose to change and grow.
I can help you grow and thrive. But the process I teach isn’t for everyone. Of all the services I provide, this is the most serious and complicated one I offer. In the hardest cases, it even requires exploring the process of a Spiritual Divorce. No matter what path is taken: understand you will need to look to the future not the past, explore personal commitment in taking care of yourself and have a deeper patience to be true to your heart. It requires releasing all judgement to instead embrace acceptance that this is a time to grow.
Some in anger may not agree with what I write here but I know, from the hundreds of clients I have helped over the last decade resolve a midlife affair, that this process works with amazing results.
To quote one client:
Grace and Kindness were two unfamiliar words to me before Casey came into my life. As a result of his kind and non judgmental teachings my life has gone from a place of chaotic despair to a never before known place of peace and tranquility. Challenging but rewarding the way of the teaching has set me on a path to live to heart with kindness and grace.
If you are ready to step ahead and truly thrive after an midlife affair then contact me and lets start now.
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