‘The Forgiveness Story’ is first and foremost a workshop. You will get some theory and a few basic assumptions but when it gets down to it, the meat of the process is in the process itself.
The truth is, all the theory in the world won’t help me forgive anybody. Reading about it isn’t going to do it. If I’ve gotten to the point where I feel I need to forgive someone then that person has hurt me so badly I just can’t let it go.
But why can’t I let it go? Because it still hurts. Why does it still hurt? Because it needs to heal.
But healing is a funny thing. So often we know we’ve been hurt but we’re not sure how. And until we know how we’ve been hurt, we’re leaving the healing to chance. We’re just as liable to make it worse than to heal it.
Say you step off a curb and tweak your ankle – you could’ve hurt a muscle, a bone, a ligament, a tendon; it could be a lot of things. All you know is it hurts and you can’t walk.
But you don’t go back and kick the curb – well, maybe you do, but that doesn’t help, it just makes it worse.
That’s where a lot of us get stuck when it comes to forgiveness; we just keep kicking the curb and never find out how we actually got hurt in the first place. So we never heal and we can’t forgive even if we want to.
That’s where ‘The Forgiveness Story’ comes in – identifying ‘how’ we’ve been hurt and giving us specific tools to heal what hurts.
‘The Forgiveness Story’ is a technique, a method, a process by which you will work through your own personal forgiveness ‘issue’ by creating your own personal forgiveness story.
You will build this story piece by piece and each piece will be unique to you. There are no generic stories here so pick a real ‘issue’ from your own real life. Nothing general or vague – choose a real person who’s hurt you – someone you really need to forgive.
This is not a sit by the fire with a glass of wine easy read – this is a get your hands dirty, grunt and sweat real-life exercise.
I’ve designed this online workshop to cover seven EXERCISES in seven days. You will create a Protagonist and an Antagonist. You will develop your Conflict, your Climactic Moment and Resolution. Finally, you will write an Affirmation just for you. I know that’s only six things but the Climactic Moment is divided into two parts so that’s seven.
There will be a bunch of accompanying articles supporting these Exercises but the EXERCISES are the ‘must do’ part of this workshop. So be diligent and thorough. They will allow you to view your‘issue’ as an observer – as a Storyteller. They allow you a detached perspective you’ve never had. They will allow you to see how you need to heal and help you to do it.
You’ll need a password to get to the ‘EXERCISES’ – you’ll receive this password when you Register.