Reading about other's experience at Intensives can help you to decide if this is something you want to do. It can also help to allay any fears you might have about attending an Intensive. While most people are nervous when they first come, by the 2nd or 3rd day they are having a wonderful time and wishing it would go on longer!
"In this, my second intensive, I found I was able to focus much more on my work and my goals than in the first. The work I did in dialoguing with the wounded adolescent was, I think, an excellent start on my future dealings with the problem of rejection, anger, guilt and depression engendered by battling elements of the wounded adolescent." Los Angeles, May, 2000
Noel Sorrell,Aged non-pensioner and editor
"During the seminar I realized how hurt I was and how I was treating myself and my inner child. In the intensive I discovered a whole new world for my healing. I'm really committed now. It's worth every effort. Thank you very much." Los Angeles, May 2000
Pedro Alvarez,Economist, advertiser
"[Of greatest value was] the unfoldment of the inner child in myself and every other individual in the group. Also, the love and safety of finding my wounded self in the comfort of my 'new family' as the group has become I finally got, on a feeling level, what it means to 'Let go and let God' and [realized that asking] 'What would Jesus do?' [is the same as asking] 'What is the loving action?'"
Kendra Bevans,Business Assistant
"By being in a group with others learning the process, not only was I able to benefit from my own work, I also learned just as much and more from everyone participating. The intensive gave me the tools, through hard work, to give myself the greatest gifts I have ever received: connection to the Universal Energy (or Spirit); freedom from fear of being alone; discovery of my personal power; and joyous anticipation of my life's journey and lessons. I believe Inner Bonding saved me from having to be numbed out with drugs (antidepressants, etc) to get through life. It literally saved my life. I was able to heal my deepest shame (that I'm currently aware of)."
Tom Thorpe,Computer Programmer
It gave me a safe place to face, explore, experience and express some of the deepest secrets, pains, and hidden areas of the forming of my entire life - family, parents, personal relationships - the actual make up of my entire life. Now I have the missing pieces to the puzzle of my life and the tools to really be more loving to myself and therefore have a much more fulfilling life. Margie's attention, love, support and intuition is so profound. I got to heal a core profound issue in my life. Much healing was present here.
"I like the sense of community that develops with the group over the course of the intensive. Lacking this in my everyday life, it is incredible to experience what a loving, open, sharing community could/can be like."
Karen Schnell,Director, Chaplaincy Program, Children's Hospital
During the five-day Inner Bonding Workshop I could feel my heart unfolding, opening, as I faced my core issues and felt myself move through blocks that have stood for most of my life. I feel a deep sense of joy and aliveness and a vastly increased capacity to love. We have been on a spiritual path for many years, but not until Inner Bonding came into our lives did that spirituality really come alive. Our lives have changed, both individually and in our relationship. What we always knew was possible, but didn't know how to get to, is now truly happening. Its wonderful - the ultimate joy! Joy to know that we are growing to be our real selves, towards God, to see it and to feel it in our everyday lives. I walk around in love with myself and Bruce and everyone, and the great thing is knowing that it can just continue this way. It's been different with the kids, too....A deep calm is welling up in the family...its already leading to more fun! Oh, its good.
Diana Grace Reininger,Psychotherapist
Throughout my adult life I have felt immature and would flinch inside when someone referred to me as a man. It did not seem to fit. Now, after attending the Inner Bonding Intensive Workshop I understand why. I have been operating from an Adult-Child state rather than as a functional loving Adult. During the workshop I was able to make a solid connection with my Inner Child which seemed to empower my functional Adult. Now, for the first time in my life, I can say I feel like a man inside. I feel much more self-assured and capable.
This was one of the most extraordinary experiences in my life. Through years of therapeutic and spiritual work, I was able to become very competent in my outside world. However, my primary relationship with my husband suffered. I had never healed a lonely, wounded Inner Child, and was protecting her with an angry adolescent. Through this intensive - connecting with G-d and embracing my wounded self in a non-judgmental, supportive environment - I am beginning to feel whole, connected. Recharged. That feeling of helplessness and despair is being replaced by desire and love for a new way of life. Thank you.
[Of most value was] "the intense work with Margaret and Charlie - the guided exploration with other participants, i.e., sometimes 2 people worked at the same time if they had a common issue. this approach is unique in its ability to help participants achieve inner clarity and truth which ultimately leads to serenity. Thank you so much."
Mai Lon Gittelsohn,Retired Teacher, Writer, Singer
The couples intensive allowed my wife and me to delve deeply into the nature of our 18 year marriage. Through our joint exploration at the intensive, our eyes were more fully opened to the splendor and divinity of our individual souls. This in turn allowed us to more fully embrace the sanctity of possibility that sprouts from our relationship. We left the intensive filled with a sense of wonder, awe and excitement. We revel in the vision of what lies ahead as we join our creative energies to forge a more synergistic, transcendent love.
The most outstanding moment for me in the intensive was when I saw [a member of the intensive] as a one and a half year old, isolated from family and all that was familiar, faced with the decision of whether to live or die. And she chose life. As I understood the majesty of her decision, deep respect for her poured into me and filled me to overflowing. I was awed and honored to be in her presence.
I had similar moments with many of the others in the group. I believe that it is from that position of deep respect for a person that I can actually be a conductor of love and light from God to his child. I want to do that.
Today is Sunday, our Sabbath. We are fasting today, and I was reading in Isaiah:
Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thy own flesh?...
And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:
And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
...and thou shalt be called , The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.' (Isaiah 58:6-7, 10-12 King James Version)
So, Margie, that is my name for you : Margie -The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. I think it is a beautiful name that fits you well.
I love the new path that I dwell in. There is more light here. Thank you for the true reflection of who I am. I remember the look on your face when you told me about meeting me for the first time. It has been a great source of peace and comfort to me. Thank you."
"I have let go of significant self-limiting behaviors and false beliefs and moved more fully towards thoughts and actions that are truly loving to myself and others. With Margie's help, I have seen, felt and started to reclaim my spontaneous, creative essence. This process has helped me feel more deeply the reality that we are all God's children."
"[Of greatest value was] working with my issues and connecting with God to ask for resolution and assistance and acceptance of self."
[Of greatest value to me was] the loving atmosphere where there was no blame or shame and I was safe to explore myself. Leaving here to continue my life's journey with the tools necessary to be loving to myself was a gift that will always be with me.
In this world there are so many different kinds of instruction manuals and books for ways to cope with life's problems. Inner Bonding is so much more than a 'how to' or 'fix it' process. It is a conscious way of living, which allows anyone a physical way to tune in to what is really going on whenever they need it, and it provides a healthy alternative to conventional ways of dealing with fear and conflict. We all can tap into the Higher Power - Inner Bonding is a marvelous way to do that and heal our wounds as a result.
Barrie Hurst,Executive Assistant
What I liked best was the energy that Margie and Inner Bonding created in the room, the bonding that was then created within the group. And the feeling of safety that resulted was of greatest value because it allowed me to be unafraid and completely truthful.
Margie's work with me and others gave a concrete demonstration on how to connect to Spirit and take loving action. I realized that I saw taking loving action for myself as being selfish. Now I am empowered to know that taking loving action for myself is the very key to being loving to others.
Stephani Victor,Actress, Speaker
[When asked if the Inner Bonding Intensive was of value to her] Are you kidding? Yes, of course! Being in a group is invaluable. You learn so much from everyone else's work. Somehow God brings all the right people together to touch off all of each individual's issues. Having the support and energy of the group, and a safe place, is an essential ingredient to letting to. [Margaret is] great, compassionate, insightful, gifted. I would and will recommend it to anyone who is ready.
I am not new to personal growth. The intensive propelled me to a whole new level of understanding myself, my life and what I still need to do to heal. Nothing I have ever done has had as deep an impact on what it's like to be me as did this workshop.
Phyllis Stein,Cardiology Research
Inner Bonding is a tremendous tool for the business world. I feel confident and assured that I can go about getting what I need in the work place and being loving to myself and others in the process.
I feel total freedom...and total freedom is a whole new world for me. Now that I have encountered [Inner Bonding] I can't imagine not doing it. I think the pain would be too intense to bear if I didn't continue this work now that I have found the peace that is possible.
I learned how important it is to trust God and invite him in every time my Inner Child feels unsafe.
It gave me answers to the unanswered questions. It is a turning point in my life - for the better.
Raya Johansson,Bodyworker, Zone Therapist
Of all the workshops I've taken on my journey to heal my childhood wounds, this was the most beneficial. As a therapist, I recommend it to my clients and their experiences have been transforming.
This has been a life-changing experience. It was very valuable because it was instrumental in identifying the root cause of many major obstacles in my life. But Inner Bonding not only identifies the problem but provides a methodical means of solving the problem in a gentle/spiritual/holistic manner. I was also extraordinarily impressed by the possibility of this technique being utilized as a means to overcome the wounds of racism.
I find it somewhat ironic that I'm writing something that is impossible to articulate. The truth is, the message cannot be conveyed in words. It is an experience. One beyond any I've ever encountered. One cannot accurately describe miracles. You must encounter them first hand. I know that I am still only a short way down this enlightened path, but now it is not a daunting chore, it is a wonderful and exciting journey. I'm going back for more. Life is great.
Bill Lae,Special Visual Effects Director for Television and Film
For years I wanted someone to hear my pain and my anger. This is the first place I felt safe enough to fully experience both.
Probably the best gift I ever gave myself!!! I felt emotional shifts and a sense of peace and freedom on issues I have struggled with all my life.
Bob Ahlmeier,Electrical Engineer
Through Margaret Paul's modeling and loving guidance, I experienced the necessary shift in consciousness to connect with my loving Adult, my own Higher Source, my Inner Guidance system. Inner Bonding works. My life, my relationships and my practice are better than ever.
The changes since the Inner Bonding intensive are fundamental. I'm enjoying the best relationship ever with my spiritual Teacher. The days of working hard to heal my wounds are over. There is an ease to the healing and living process now that is exquisite. As a result of this wonderful inner relationship, my outer relationship is changing. Everything I have dreamed of is becoming a reality just because I'm in love with myself. I feel deeply loved a lot of the time.
Hanna Hammerli,Polarity Therapist
It has brought God back into my life. I feel love for the first time in my life.
Tom Dvorak,Horse Trainer
It taught me a new process of life. A new beginning. A new way to behave, to look at difficulty - at adversity; to live in peace with myself.
Maria Elvira Salazar,TV News Anchorwoman
I cannot recall five days in my life when I have loved more fully, loved more intensively, spoken more honestly and felt a fuller potential of my humanity. And what is most exciting - it is only just beginning.
Joel Brokow,Entertainment Industry Executive
It was the most incredible experience of my life. I got in touch with more issues in 5 days than in 17 years of prior counseling. The beautiful part is that I have tools that will help me to resolve the dysfunctional patterns in my life.
Ruth Von Schwerdtner,Nutritional Counselor
Inner Bonding has changed my life. I now realize that inside of me and all of us is a beautiful, unbroken, loving, joyous child that can help me to learn who I really am and enjoy life through love. I never had realized how important my connection with God is.
Nancy Anderson,Mainframe Administrator
What I liked best was the comaraderie created through Margie's direction - a real feeling of being in a safe environment in which to explore and grow. What I value most is the new insights I have discovered about my wounded self and how to go about healing my pain. What a great beginning!!
Joyce Sawyer,Caterer, Actress
The environment was beautiful in its setting and a safe place to do this work. Margie created the safety. The great value is in the recognition of intention to act in a loving and compassionate manner toward myself.
The intensive is a power pack of love for myself. A place to safely explore, learn and grow.
Serena Lai,Student, psychology
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