I understand what it’s like to be stuck in a cycle of resentment or the constant burden of shame. I lived the first thirty-three years of life just managing the pain I felt.
I didn’t earn a Ph.D. or study human behavior for 20 years to get to where I am today. I forgave. And, as a result, everything in my life transformed. I chose to move through the pain I carried and to let go of the limiting beliefs I had about who I am and what the world is really like.
Fifteen years ago I was destitute. After losing everything, I had a moment of awakening. I could see my entire life—from cradle to grave—in front of me as if being played on a movie screen. At the time, I saw my life as a series of tragic events. I saw the impact I had had in the world.I realize I was going to die and as I watched the pain my son and mother felt having to bury me, something deep within me changed. Instead of responding with the self-contempt I was so familiar with, a deep sense of self-compassion emerged.
In that moment I vowed to not live a tragic life. I vowed first to survive, and later, to thrive.
I have since spent the last decade and a half focused on a healing journey centered on forgiveness. I studied spiritual and religious texts from around the globe. I studied psychological theory and practice. Most importantly, I forgave everyone who had ever caused me harm. I forgave myself for the extraordinary pain I had caused.
From this work, I have been gifted a deep sense of love, compassion, and empathy for others. I liberated myself from the bonds of the past and the illusion of my story to emerge as an ever more empowered version of myself.
After many years of doing the work of forgiveness in my life, I had another truly miraculous experience. This time the miracle was masquerading as an everyday conversation. Someone asked me to help her forgive her mother after hearing my story of forgiveness and how it had transformed my family. Before that day, I’d never had a conversation about forgiveness. In fact, no one in my life knew the source of my transformation.
As this new friend and I worked together, I began writing. Within six months I had written the curriculum for the Forgiveness Academy™ framework and the book, The Power of Forgiveness. It simply flowed out of me. I wish I could say this happened painlessly or with ease but, in truth, I was kicking and screaming the whole time. It took a little time to finally surrender to my higher purpose. I can be stubborn like that.
Today, I travel throughout the US sharing my story and a message of true and absolute healing through forgiveness. One of my favorite things to do is facilitate workshops and seminars because I get to see that a-ha moment in the eyes of the participants. A lightbulb goes off and they can finally see why resisted their own healing for so long. I also work with individuals and groups, guiding them through this practice and helping them to realize their potential.
I believe as we heal the world heals. I believe our purpose is to contribute to the evolution of human consciousness. I know that your part in this evolution is as important as everyone else’s.
Emily's approach is both engaging and compassionate and I look to her as my forgiveness guru!
I am more grateful for my past experiences; I have learned to be more joyful and more compassionate.
With just the short amount of time spent in this workshop, I became aware of some very startling revelations about who I needed to forgive and what for.
I have been involved in healing work for over 30 years, and this has to be one of the most beneficial workshops I have taken.
Meeting Emily has opened my eyes up to how forgiveness can impact a person.
It's been really important to me to have a safe space and work with someone who is completely accepting and non-judgmental. Emily Hooks has provided all of that for me.
Emily has transformed the way I look at forgiveness—I mean, truly
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