The workshop was life changing. It changed my internal soap opera that has kept me in victim mode. I am reading the book and have many a-ha’s. Since I had written a book, Living Happily Ever After; Releasing Wounds, Hurts, and Resentments that is a how-to to get to forgiveness, I thought I’d better find out what she had to say. It was worth it. Even though I had gone through my process many times, there were still some lingering hurts. I recognized them in my fantasy life – my inner soap operas. In Emily’s workshop, I found an a-ha: neither my husband nor I knew how to develop and sustain a mutually satisfying and supportive relationship. I did not know how to set boundaries nor how to ask and get my needs met.
— Molly N. Tucson, AZ
As a person who has done a lot of self-reflection and therapy as well as being a therapist myself, I find Emily’s work very meaningful. The idea of forgiveness for yourself and others has huge positive rewards and is often overlooked in our lives. Emily’s approach is both engaging and compassionate and I look to her as my forgiveness guru!
— Julie Spears, LCSW Austin, TX
Thank you so much for being such a great influence. You have been a huge part of my personal development, it has been a journey learning not only to forgive those who once impacted my life in a negative way but I am also learning to forgive myself and my past mistakes. I’m learning to love myself and this is huge for me…. and even though I am still a work in progress today I can say that I am more grateful for my past experiences; I have learned to be more joyful and more compassionate and I know it will only get easier from here…
— Ana R. San Diego, CA
With just the short amount of time spent in this workshop [The Power of Forgiveness Workshop], I became aware of some very startling revelations about who I needed to forgive and what for. I also realized that I am living my life is based on these things. Thank you for your time and knowledge.
— Dott R. San Angelo, Texas
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. Not only is the material and instruction very valuable, but Emily not only creates a safe environment, but exudes compassion, love, kindness, and support. I recommend it highly, and can’t wait for her book release!
— Rev. Carmela V. Asbury, NJ
Forgiveness is such a powerful tool because it allows us to move on from a situation; not ignoring it but truly feeling it and then taking the lessons from it. Meeting Emily has opened my eyes to how forgiveness can impact a person. She is very down-to-earth, which made conversing with her not only easy but also enjoyable! I learned about how I can harness situations that brought me down and change them into lessons for the highest good. Impressions we have about certain scenarios are what our minds make up. The person I was at that stage in my life is different from the person I am now. Thus, viewing the situation from an objective standpoint allows us to understand it and fix whatever is holding us back. Thank you, Emily!
— Aparna V. Singapore
Thank you, Emily. You helped me in such a tremendous way. I cannot thank you enough. I had learned much of what you had mentioned going through my trials last year and had forgotten to do much of that which I had learned. You helped to awaken that sense in me and I am so grateful.
— Tara J. Ocala, FL
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.
— Tyffany H.
Emily has transformed the way I look at forgiveness—I mean, truly. When I began coaching with her, I believed that I knew everything I needed to know about forgiveness. I was wrong! I’ve been on a personal spiritual journey my entire life, and I know I’ve made a lot of process, but Emily—with her characteristic candor and compassion—helped me see where I was still spinning my wheels. She takes the concept of forgiveness out of the realm of abstract New Age principles and makes it an actionable process. She guided me to see that I don’t need to be a victim of my past. She showed me that I was capable of walking into a newfound freedom that years of resentment, grudges, and regrets have kept me from experiencing. With her guidance, I am learning to embrace my wholeness and to see that I don’t need to rewrite my past in order to live and love fully in the present.
— Nirmala N. New York, NY
Emily has been a blessing in helping me acknowledge my true feelings, and deep rooted hindrances that have gotten in my way of my forgiveness process. With Emily’s guidance I have been able to honor where I am at, gain self-compassion, own my own story, have empathy for others and work through unwanted feelings such as shame, anger and hurt to realize I am not a victim, and I have self-empowerment and I get to choose to forgive others, including myself and to be happy.