It was in February 2017 that I first heard about Diederik Wolsak’s work and the Six Steps to Freedom Process.
At that point I had been a student of the Course in Miracles for 4 months and had been hoping for the miracle that would take me out of the deep anxiety and the feeling of hopelessness that I felt on and off for years. My life had become one coping mechanism after another for years, between a desperate spiritual practice, tools and medicine journeys, workshops, study groups and I had spent thousands of Dollars and countless hours in online courses to try to find out what was wrong with me – I figured there had to be something wrong with me because despite all the efforts, and the deep spiritual journeys, realisations and having lived in an Ashram for years nothing seemed to last more than a couple of days or weeks at best, before that same old feeling of desperation and being a failure came back. What was wrong with me??
I wanted to let you and the rest of the team know that my time at El Cielo was life changing. I know that I have only been home a couple of weeks but I have been using the tools and feel so free. It is amazing how taking responsibility for my own happiness and giving up responsibility for anyone else's can flip the world upside down.
I have had no symptoms of anxiety or depression since I arrived in Costa Rica. I feel like a different person.
"I went to El Cielo in 2014 when I was fifty-eight years old. I had been receiving talk therapy for PTSD and Asperger Syndrome, which provided a measure of symptomatic relief, but I wanted more: I wanted my self-relationship to be healed. I spoke with Diederik on the phone to ask whether Choose Again might be appropriate for me. I look back on that conversation with bemusement because I know now that Choose Again is an appropriate course of learning for anyone (irrespective of the name he gives his unhappiness.) The daily
As I sit here at the Choose Again Intensive Retreat Centre in Costa Rica, I still have to pinch myself that I'm so blessed to be here. Only 3 short weeks ago, I arrived here not knowing what to expect but have been so truly and pleasantly surprised and delighted by the beautiful transformation that's taking place within me here.
The Costa Rican name for the Choose Again centre is El Cielo, which means Heaven. The name could not be more apt because the change of mind that is taking place since being
"I am a professional therapist. I lived in the Eastern countries for a number of years and I am somewhat versed with the concepts of self awareness and the practice of yoga and meditation. Yet, while being in El Cielo (the Residential Centre in Costa Rica) I found a whole new dimension of being and living that enriched my life." - DY
"The impact of Choose Again has been huge in my life. I have been involved with Choose Again for ten years, and can honestly say life is getting better for me all the time!" - DH
"Choose Again has been a great benefit for our family. Diederik Wolsak’s patient and steady counsel through quotes like “be gentle with yourself” have provided me with a guide on my journey to ‘get over myself’. Association with Choose Again and its counsellors have helped me in my personal life and my job." - D H
"Today all is for me. For my healing, learning or growing. Today, I am responsible. Today I am happy. Today I am free. Today I know peace. Today I am alive. My gratitude knows no bounds." - R. A.
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