‘Forgiveness for me has been nothing more than an act of self-healing and self-empowerment. I call it a miracle medicine. It is free, it works and has no side effects.’ Eva Cor, Auschwitz survivor.
In 2010, I began researching the people who had experienced some of the worst possible situations in life including murder, rape, torture and kidnap. From their stories of recovery, I began to map the territory you might understand as forgiveness. My findings are fascinating, humbling, and inspiring, and I want to share some of these with you in this talk.
Forgiveness is one of those subjects that just about everyone has an opinion about. You may too.I became interested in it when I was studying a two-year programme in conflict resolution – there was not a single mention of forgiveness.
Nobody was talking about it as a vehicle for peace.
The reasons for the dismissal and silence revealed themselves as I explored.
So did the extraordinary stories of ordinary people who had experienced some of the most terrible things, and yet had navigated a fierce, courageous and often lonely path, through anger, rage, and fear, to a place of healing, freedom and peace.
At this talk your invitation is to explore with me, and discover the extraordinary and ancient path of Forgiveness, and be inspired and humbled by some of the most important peacemakers alive today – ordinary people who have chosen peace over hatred and revenge.
Helen is a Trainer, Coach and Creative Psychotherapist with an extensive portfolio of working nationally (including seven years as Charity Director) and internationally (including New Zealand, Botswana, Tunisia and post-conflict Libya, South Sudan, Kosovo, and Belfast). She is a Rotary Peace Fellow, and holds an MA in Conflict Resolution and a first degree in Law. She is passionate about forgiveness and the transformation of pain, misunderstandings and hurt into peace with ourselves, eachother and the planet.
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