I have been at El Cielo eight times – not quite the record but close. There are a number of reasons for all those trips (no pun intended), but the main one is very simple – it’s my happy place! Now, if I’ve learned anything from Choose Again and at El Cielo, there is no such thing as a happy place – only a happy heart and that heart can be happy anywhere. That’s true, but like a touchstone, I keep coming back for more of the good feelings I get when I am there.
At El Cielo, the staff are trained to do two things:
I’m convinced that the good feelings I experience at El Cielo are the result of being immersed in a culture that treats everyone as the inherently worthy beings they are, no matter how damaged or beaten down they feel themselves to be and no matter the behavior that results from their negative beliefs. Client healing depends in large part on beginning to feel loved, which can happen when their barriers come down and when unconditional love is offered.
This is the family model that I promote to parents who access my talks or workshops and about which I teach on my website www.anneandrew.com. Parents have a wonderful opportunity to raise mentally-healthy children when they work on their own negative beliefs in order to be able to love themselves first. They are then able to extend love to their children and “hold the space” for them to grow into. I teach parents about the negative beliefs that their children are developing and with that in mind they are able to challenge these beliefs by making sure their children know that they have inherent worth – and therefore cannot possibly be stupid, bad, guilty or any of the other mistaken self-concepts they may have.
I’m excited about the possibility of using the El Cielo model as the blueprint for helping parents to raise an addiction-free generation. Please contact me for more information if I can be of help to you, your family or your community.
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