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When we are anxious in public, nervous around others, or feeling uneasy in company there is a real possibility that one of the reasons stems from the over-attention received as a child from the adults in our life.
Every generation is raised in societal, cultural, religious, and family expectations. I call them the collective lies of our society. These collective lies are made up of the ideals, the hopes, and the dreams of every generation.
To resolve this secondary guilt we have to stop looking to our external world for validation.
Guilt stemming from not living from our values is more prevalent with women because of their role as mother.
I don’t read a lot of help-self books anymore. In fact, I almost stopped reading that genre of books completely about fifteen years ago because I was bored out of my tree.
I’m a big believer that we all play out archetypal stories in our lives. Think about the stories that we have all grown up with – Cinderella, Snow White, Peter Pan, the list goes on. Take Harry Potter for example – he is a male Cinderella story. Drew Barrymore played Cinderella in Ever After. Once Upon A Time, a TV show, is based around all the Walt Disney movies and the characters are living as real people showing us how the archetypal stories play out in everyday life.
Leonie makes you feel ‘it’s okay to have feelings, be human, and have baggage,’ and that we can work with it and still grow and blossom. She has a way of making everyone feel nurtured, at ease and at no point did I ever feel judged. Yet she has a way of dishing out the hard truth without sending everyone running out the door or fighting over the box of tissues. Leonie sees life like nobody I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. To realize how others treat us and how we treat others and ourselves is an amazing insight and something all of us need to learn. Thank you so much.
Amanda Walsh – Workshop Participant