A message from Christina Pearson...
Dearest Friends and Family of Heart,
For those of you who do NOT know me, my name is Christina Pearson and I am a woman who suffered greatly while growing up from both hair pulling and skin picking. At the age of 33, upon discovering that there were others who were suffering in devastating shame, inner isolation, and profound silence, just like I was, I set out to change how the world views our community by developing resources and creating a platform for our voice to be heard. I succeeded. Truly amazing. With no money, no degree, and missing 40% of my hair and looking like I had chicken pox, I succeeded - why? I have a hunch it is because I opened myself to the love within us all and the work I did eventually unfolded to touch the hearts of millions who suffered as I did.
My first action was to establish Trichotillomania Learning Center, now known as the TLC Foundation for BFRBs. In the midst of my personal anguish I experienced a truly amazing and life-changing vision - in order to reach the children who are suffering, I would need to reach the parents, pediatricians, teachers, and nurses.... and THAT was a scary assignment! I gave up my home, my business, my assumed future, and laid down my life willingly to traverse the scary path of making public what had been shaming humans for many generations.
Early on, I was ridiculed, I saw a lot of rolling eyes. People would say to me, "Nobody does those weird behaviors!" Well, I proved them all wrong, and the fact you are reading this today is the proof of that. The organization I founded in 1990 has gone on to reach millions of sufferers, and today I feel a deep sense of gratitude to having brought this community together.
So why am I sharing this with you today? After walking through fire and ice, I decided to start the Heart & Soul Academy as I believe there is an inherent need for this community to continually come together, to help kickstart and fortify the process of healing. To normalize the reality that BFRBs are behaviors that almost all humans do to some degree, and they only become a problem when they move outside a certain parameter. make available the practical skills I find are necessary to moderate them. My goal is to pass on the gift I have been given, working to help our community learn to better navigate life with our extraordinary nervous systems. Basically teaching what I like to call BFRB Living Skills, which allows one to take responsibility for moderating them, in a gentle, self-caring way. And to do this in our normal every-day environments (because that's where the rubber meets the road…) with ongoing, loving support!
This year, from September 13th-17th, our Academy will be hosting an Annual BFRB Retreat (the 23rd of it’s type) at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, CO. We are incredibly grateful to have some of the most compassionate BFRB Practitioners in the field donating their time, expertise and presence to teach over 17+ workshops designed to help support those suffering from unwanted behaviors transform to a place of authentic healing. Several of us who will be presenting also have many years of recovery from picking and pulling; we understand the journey from the inside out, and are honored to offer a guiding hand!
As a long term puller/picker, who after 27 years of suffering, now has 24 years of strong recovery, I have to say - If you are hurting and feel like you have tried everything PLEASE don't let money, time or fear be your reason for not attending. If you want to get close to the heart, get out of your head, transform your relationship with your behaviors, experience the amazing stillness of hands that stuns me to this day… and flourish within your own life…...and for the rest of your life, this is your chance.
2017 Annual BFRB Retreat - We are currently offering reduced rates until August 1st!
Learn more at: Heart and Soul Academy Annual Retreat
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- For those that are interested in seeing some pictures from our visit to the Sunrise Ranch Retreat Center we have posted some below.
All my love,
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | (970) 644-5333
If any of this touches you or moves you in a particular way, I hope you will get involved in making my dreams for this Academy a reality by spreading the word to those who are still suffering in silence!