As someone who was born in a small city in China, I grew up mostly with a sense of isolation. Naturally, I learned to seal my lips and hold my breath. Obeying my culture and upbringing, I successfully turned myself into a “standard” Chinese female, meant to appear as pretty and silent as a picture on the wall. Only I knew, the inside of me was hollow, sad and lifeless. To survive the anguish, I stilled my heart.
Gifted by a rocky succession of losses in my marriage, career, health and savings, I woke up one day and started a journey to find the truth of life.
Over the past ten years, I’ve learned and practiced many types of healing arts. I found Nonviolent Communication (NVC) as an exceptionally practical and powerful practice that radically changes people’s lives. I resonate so much with this statement on BayNVC.org : Imagine a world where everyone’s needs matter and people have skills to make peace.
I’ve practiced and shared NVC in my personal work as well as working with others. The profound transformations from despair to hope that I’ve witnessed have gone far beyond my wildest imagination. I’m clear now, this is my calling.
I am holding a vision. This vision says, one day, every human being has access to abundant resources and everything we do nourishes all lives. I’m committing to actualizing my vision to as far as I can go. In order to do that, I am showing up with maximum transparency and vulnerability to ask for your support.
My goal of this GoFundMe Campaign is to raise the funds needed for attending CNVC International Intensive Training (IIT) in San Francisco between 12/1 to 12/10 this year. The funds will be only used for the tuition, accommodations, and travel. This IIT has a special focus on Power, Privilege and Body. You can read more here about how impactful this training will be.
I’m calling out to my allies because I know I am not the only one who’s having this dream.
If you feel moved to joyfully support my growth and vision, here are three different ways (choose one or more) to contribute:
1. Love as the Sun: Contribute ANY amount you can through GofundMe. Please make sure to leave your name and contact info.
2. Pay it forward: For every $100 you contribute, I am offering a full session to you for any of the following: Healing work, Conflict-resolution coaching, Relationship coaching. In-person or Skype. Please visit my website www.JourneysToReturn.com for more info.
3. Heart connection: Feel free to email me at [email redacted] to schedule a meaningful conversation to share visions, exchange ideas and experiences. Your presence on my journey is invaluable.
I am aware of the time urgency of this fundraising campaign. It’ll be extremely helpful if you can offer your contribution before 11/30 Thursday. If you can only contribute after 11/30, please still do so.
I’m thanking you with my whole heart for your generosity to support and your willingness to join me in change-making journeys that serve all lives.
I matter. You matter. Every life matters.
- Phil Cashman
- Rob Williamson
- Sally Steiner
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