To be sure, the Program is challenging. The workbook exercises—stages of the journey into the self—are deep and intimate, and sometimes emotionally difficult. Staying with them took discipline and will power. How rewarding it is, though, to see clearly and non-judgmentally into the hows and whys of my own unhealthy behavior! This awareness now radiates into every corner of my life, clarifying my career goals and transforming my personal relationships. Along with it, also because of the Program, has come an acknowledgment and embrace of my particular qualities and skills, the gifts with which I can constructively engage the world.
I feel as if I've come out from under an enormous, gloomy cloud. I'm excited about moving on with my life, more real and alive with everyone and everything than I've been in a very long time.
C. B., New York, New York
S.B., New York
What you have is a godsend for people like me and I can only believe there are still thousands out there you need to be there for. There was just nothing else out there like it. I feel that it’s at the core of my soul that I changed. I am a very different person today, thanks to you."
L.S., Sandusky, OH
From the coursework and my shopping journal, I became aware that impulsivity was a lot of the problem. Taking "shopping breaks" − having things put on hold − was a very effective technique to counter my impulsivity; it gave me time to evaluate things calmly.
Through the group and your personal help, I became aware of my interior self and began to question exactly what I was trying to accomplish through shopping. The answers ranged from sadness to boredom to a lack of self-esteem that I sought to find by shopping. Now shopping is a pleasurable, carefully thought out plan, fulfilling and not disappointing."
T. S., Houston, TX
M. F., New Jersey
G. G., New York
Whenever I took vacations, went away on business, or traveled to visit friends, I'd buy and buy. Regional music, clothes, books, and a great deal more—all meant to remind me of the pleasure I experienced in those places. Now I asked myself what I was really buying. The answer was an eye-opener: there was stress at home I believed I needed to get away from.
This awareness led to two commitments. First, to deal with, rather than escape from, the stress at home. And second, to enjoy my getaway experiences more deeply in the moment rather than shopping to somehow bring them home with me. Again, thank you! You've taught me that shopping can be an unhealthy way of dealing with issues that have nothing nothing to do with money or "stuff" and everything to do with who I am and how I live my life."
L.L., Benecia, California
K.C., New York, New York
S.T., Minneapolis, Minnesota