Sex Q&A: What to Do When the Marriage Fails

Make it About You

Jeanne from Westport, Connecticut asks:

After 33 roller-coaster years, really good and horribly bad (his year-long affair, financial disasters), I can no longer use the children as a reason for creating this false sense of family security in this marriage. Single life at the age of 61 is more than a little scary, especially financially. How does one tap into our inner knowing to find the answers of what to do?

Liam’s Response:

Greetings, Jeanne, and thank you so much for writing. Your quandary is shared by many and I applaud you for having the courage to demand alteration to an existence you no longer find satisfying. Change and novelty are paid great lip-service in our collective ideology, but in truth human beings have always been inclined to perpetuate habitual behaviors even when the greatest joys might be waiting just around the corner if we for one moment act other than we usually do. It takes more fortitude to change our circumstances than we ever admit. And 10 times that to actually change ourselves. In your case, I sense the approaching advent of a profound transformation. A ferocious ember of rebellion has begun to glow in the depths of your desperation and not much longer, you’ll know the ecstasy of release. But first, you will have to understand matters essential to accomplishing the task before you.

By my reckoning, you have a few major hindrances to achieving your ends. That, of course, is not atypical, and with some work you can provide yourself with the remedies you need to assist in the season of change that will surely follow. First, you need to address your perception of certain matters. Perception is truth. Subjective though it might well be, the way you personally interpret data is all that you can ever truly experience of anything. Just now, you own perceptions are gltiched, mired in sticky modes of traditional morality. It makes you feel as if you have to justify your every action, to yourself and the world around you. It also tells you only a damn fool leaves the safety of hearth and home… even an unhappy one… at the age of 61. We all have a script playing endlessly in our minds that mutters and murmurs around every single decision we make. In your case, the script was written by a duty-bound system of family-based honor codes in your younger days. And while there is nothing wrong with that, you need to be able to understand and usurp the ideas that bind and direct your mental processes. Another issue that will have to be addressed is the fear of making bold strides at your stage of life. Most of our social hangups about age are the same as the ones we have about appearance, and neither has anything to do with actual human ability. It’s just the regurgitated drivel that issues forth from Hollywood and pours like a busted sewer main into our lives on a daily basis. Among many indigenous tribes, and in more “primitive” human settings, you would be considered just coming into your own at your age. And even here, in the youth-obsessed West, there are people far older than you tackling marathons, new careers and climbing mountains constantly these days. Stripped of its modern stress and processed foods, the human body is able at 60 to do pretty much what it did at 30. So I have to wonder how much of our “aging” is mental. We are told we are done at 40 or 50… and so we are.

Here’s my advice to you, bold, champion Jeanne. Strip yourself naked… get yourself raw… and then go out and conquer this crazy world for yourself. You asked how to find inner answers, and I’m here to tell you that it’s a good deal easier than people like to think. It’s also sort of uncomfortable. And lots of times it’s downright terrifying. Because you’ll have to get beyond all that social programing and move into realms of instinct and emotion, down past all that conditioning into the sensual, the orgasmic and the experiential. There’s no real identity there. No hidden “self” to discover as many new agers will claim. It’s a place of chaos; wild, brazen and even poetic. But it is your own, and it is natural. You start your journey there by getting back to nature, to the elements; by spending time in the flow of the seasons. Nature is one road in. Art is another. Art is cathartic. So take up writing and painting and dancing. It doesn’t matter if you suck at it. Perfection is definitely not the point. Nor is anybody else’s good opinion. This isn’t for them. It’s for you. Make a pilgrimage to the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. Go up a few stories and stare at Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” And while you’re standing there whisper to yourself, “I’m free, I’m free.” Hand in hand with art and nature comes what I dread to call the spiritual. So once you’ve returned to nature and reclaimed your art, then go out and find your god. Not the god of your fathers… not the god of your culture… but the god of yourself… The one that lives inside you. For companionship, get a pet. They work wonders. Stay away from romance, but do take up with other expatriates, people who’ve dropped out of the quest for all the great American bullshit and are doing just fine; people who go to Rainbow gatherings, grow their own beans, read books and have orgies just for fun. Yes, people your age do all those things and more. What has the security of that unhappy hearth and home gotten you so far? I say from here on out, make it all about something bigger. Make it about you.

Liam

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8 thoughts on “Sex Q&A: What to Do When the Marriage Fails

  1. athena

    God Bless You Liam,

    Your perception and truth is truly liberating. I consider myself lucky to have spoken to you in the recent past when I was going through transition. Your “guruship” is beautiful. I have always been a “free” person but felt different. I now understand that it is okay to be your own woman. My own father encouraged that independence in me, and Liam with your guidance I have taken it to the next step. I have discovered my own kind. Birds of a feather flock together is true and that can be a very satisfying experience without entering the legal and self-defeating contracts made up by society.

    Thanks for your perceptive article and Thanks for your gifted person; may the spiritual forces continue to work through you to guide the masses.

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  2. Gina Rose ext.9500Gina Rose ext.9500

    Hail & Well Met !!!
    Loved your response Sir Liam !!!!!

    It takes courage to start over at any age, but I’m reading for many older Ladies, and Gents now too, that are taking back their power, and in doing so, creating the life that THEY want to live.
    Go for it, Jeanne !!!! The best is yet to come !!!!

    Blessed Be )O(
    Gina Rose ext.9500

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  3. Brenda

    Liam that was a fantastic answer. From a lady who left her unhappy home and hearth after 30 plus years you hit the nail on the head! Great, great advice which I have come to have lived and have found every word of it true! Jean life can be so much better even alone than with someone who is really not there spiritually OR emotionally. I was married to a man like that and now I see that I was in the marriage all by myself. He was married in name only. Take the leap it is worth it. YOU are worth it! Have a happy life.

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  4. jennifer spase

    Learning to live with change is a big art for traditional women marraige gone broke and then learning to pick up the pieces. Harder it is when your resources are limited after wards and sometimes one thinks it is easier to share the path with someone which reaches a different maturity level that men don’t want to raise a kid.
    As for a woman u wonder what the point in sexual relations if a man has nothing to offer.
    Women may need the emotional love more than the physical only to discover men have the power trip to be selfish unless they get their ends met.
    We got birth control so sex is supose to be given up for free right?
    I don’t think so. I don’t think it is natural for women to give free sex and not protect their bodies from diseases and their offspring. I believe that God designed men to protect women and secure them. In the day in age we traditional women have to find a way through the jungle called the system of new change.
    It is important to focus on oneself and learn how to heal and finding meaningful elements to satisfy us. I namely got a kitten who thinks I’m momma and I don’t feel the lonliness or being idle as much. I lack money to do art, but I compenasate once in awhile to dabble in art , paint and garden. I still have more than most people. It is also important to find your own God for healing and connection and prayer.

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  5. marc from the uk

    hello to Jeanne from Westport, I did what you are considering and I would say the thought of doing it is more fearfull than the reality of living it, feel the fear and do it anyway! I am two years in to my journey and have experiences that are from mundane to fun, discovering myself, the stress has fallen away like autumn leaves and the new eperiences are like the new sun rays of life itself. We are prisoners in our own mind and perceptions, open your mind and stop peeping back and thinking oh if I stayed I could of had this and that!! I am learning that we cannot take those kind of things with us in to our spiritual journey but we can take our selve’s and enriched lives from our journey we are setting!!! I have also learned that how we think it will turn out, fears, dreams, losses, gains, generally end up different. My life is stress free from my ex wife who I am good friends with and she has every right to live her life how she feels fit which destroyed our journey together but you have an absolute right to take yourself into a new life and embrace it. Listen to wise Liam, where was California Psychics when I started my journey! Keep reading the blogs and enriching your journey with understanding, knowledge and reinforement of doing the right thing. I will say good luck but mean you are your own luck !

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