LOADING... Emily J. Hooks

About Me

Hi! I’m Emily.

I understand what it’s like to be stuck in a cycle of debilitating resentment and the burden of unwavering shame. I lived the first thirty-plus years of life just trying to manage the emotional and spiritual pain I felt. My childhood, like many, was filled with trauma and fear.

didn’t earn a Ph.D. or study human behavior for 20 years to get to where I am today. I relentlessly 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 was and what the world was really like.

In 2003, I was destitute. Then, I had a moment of awakening. As if being played out on a movie screen in front of me, I could see my entire life unfold. Something deep within me changed that day; self-compassion emerged. 

At that moment, I vowed not to live a tragic life. I vowed first to survive, and later, to thrive. Today, my promise is to contribute as fully as I can for as long as I am able.

I have spent the last decades 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 pain I had caused.

Through this work, I have been gifted a deep sense of love, compassion, and empathy for others. It is possible to both mourn the loss of what was not and fully embrace what was, accepting that struggling against the past only causes more suffering. 

My first book, The Power of Forgiveness: A Guide to Healing and Wholenesswas published in 2017. Today, I share my story and a message of 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 participants’ eyes. A lightbulb goes off, and they can finally see why they resisted their own healing for so long. 

I believe as we heal, the world heals. I believe our purpose is to contribute to the evolution of human understanding. Your part in this evolution is as important as everyone else’s.