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I CAN be safe here and now. I CAN have a job and income that supports me. I CAN be peace.
* The following is an update from the artist, submitted on June 26, 2013:
As I look at my hand, all I can read is "I can be safe here and now." Recently my mother has been needing my assistance. She is now 91 years old. I cannot remember spending more than a day and a half with her because there was just too much resentment and anger from me towards her because she left me in the care of my uncle who abused me sexually. I thought I had done a lot of forgiveness work with our relationship but I guess I still need to work on this.
This summer I spent 8 days with her. I took her to the doctor, who treated for a foot problem. I spent some time with her as she healed. I lost my composure on the 6th day when I told her about some of my anger toward her actions. But, I have since asked her to forgive me. I realize that I need to give her a break. When I was with her I felt, "I can be safe here and now." I really believe that is why I was able to just be present with her for most of my visit. I don't know how long she will be with me on this earth and I certainly don't want those times with her to be full of anger and resentment.
* The following is a second update from the artist, submitted on July 25, 2013:
I just went back to my mom's for three days and it was amazing. Basically, she apologized for her anger, rage and for hitting us, her children, in the way that she did when we were kids. She talked about how she grew up with a father full of rage who hit her and how he also grew up with a rage-filled, angry alcoholic.
Thank you for the safe space to heal the past!
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