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Is Your Relationship Really an Entanglement?

Lesbian couple sitting together

The purpose of a relationship is for two souls to come together to demonstrate the power and the presence of God’s love on the planet in the way they treat each other and the good they do in the world together. —Rev. Dr. Iyanla Vanzant

How often does a person see someone they think is fine or at least interesting, go out a couple of times and then before you know it, they’re in a relationship? Reminds me of that old joke: Question: What does a lesbian bring on the second date? Answer: a U-Haul.

Too many times, we jump into relationships before we really know anything about the person. Or we do so before we really know anything about ourselves. We haven’t asked some important questions such as, what does this person bring to the relationship? What do I bring? What are the expectations? What may need to be revealed or healed? What do we really want out of the relationship? Are we in it to win it?

As a result, we allow ourselves to become entangled in “conflama;” that’s conflict plus drama – either theirs or our own. We get caught up in a tangled web of unresolved and unhealed stuff, popularly known as baggage. We find ourselves in a codependent trap: “I won’t call you on your stuff, if you don’t call me on mine.” And, even when we become aware, we aren’t necessarily equipped to deal with it in a healthy way. Problems arise that neither person knows how nor is willing to resolve. And the beat goes on.

For example, there is a woman who experienced 19 years of what can be called serial monogamy – three or four years with one person, one or two years with that one, and on, and on, and on. Ugh. It wasn’t until there was a willingness to get clear within herself and to set some boundaries about what she was and was not willing to accept or settle for, that she was able to create a healthy, loving, and long-sustaining relationship with her now wife of 27 years.

Ideally, when we enter into a relationship, we want to do it with:

  • a conscious intention to be authentic, being clear and upfront with ourselves and the other person;
  • a person of the same consciousness (what or at least how they think, what they believe – not necessarily in terms of faith or religion – what thoughts have become infused with energy such that they color the person’s perspectives and perceptions);
  • someone who wants the same things out of life and is committed to bringing those things to fruition;
  • someone who accepts you for who you are; rather than someone who wants to change you into their image of who you should be (unless, of course that person is supporting you in your personal and or spiritual growth with your permission and willingness).

Of course, these are some foundational things that contribute to strong relationships. There are other things that help us build healthy and thriving relationships. For now, do your own independent investigation and begin within. Ask yourself, “Am I in a relationship or an entanglement? Do I need support in shifting if the answer is the latter?” We get to do our own inner work to produce the outer results that we desire.




Rev. Beverly Saunders
Rev. Beverly Saunders Biddle
Rev. Beverly Saunders Biddle is a Minister of Spiritual Consciousness and Spiritual Life Coach who lives in Prince Georges County, MD with her loving wife. Rev. Beve, as she is known, works with individuals and couples to support them in manifesting the fullness of life.