FORGIVENESS OF SELF
In each course that Take Back Your Life Recovery has offered, the concept of forgiveness of self has always come up in discussion. Participants asked questions about how to move on when they cannot let go and forgive themselves. While we did the best we could to answer these huge questions in the time allotted, we knew it wasn’t sufficient. So, we started having discussions about how we worked through their own guilt and shame.
As survivors, we understand that being part of a closed system in which bounded choice is the only choice leads to poor decision-making. Knowing that, developing an answer to the question of forgiveness became a priority for us – thus, the Forgiveness of Self course was created.
The course is structured around 4 two-hour sessions (over 4 weeks) and costs $200. The maximum enrollment is 20-25 participants. There are short presentations on relevant topics, as well as plenty of time for questions and answers about the many common cult and trauma concepts that have affected each participant’s journey with forgiveness.
BEFORE EACH SESSION
Before each session, handouts and/or supplemental reading material will be sent out via email to share background information on the concepts or topics that will be discussed in the upcoming session.
Additionally, optional homework is also sent to hopefully assist you in understanding the power of the group in which you were enmeshed and to deepen your understanding of why you acted (or did not act), given the self-sealing system (or bounded-choice environment) you were in at that time.
Homework assignments help clarify how PTSD, Complex PTSD (CPTSD), and moral injury can impact survivors’ lives, as well as how to make progress regarding these difficult aspects of trauma.