Going through the workshops which the center offers was by far the most impactful experience of my life. A few years prior to attending, I had heard about transformational workshops and their benefits from many different successful people I had met in my life. Most of the executives as well as the CEOs of the company I work with had all gone through these types of workshops in the beginning of their careers, and their obvious results spoke loud and clear. A couple different friends referred me here, and after much procrastination, I finally decided to attend.

It was one of the best decisions I had ever made.

For the sake of not ruining the experience for newcomers, I cannot reveal too much about the details of workshop itself.

This work is not a magic pill. I did not walk in and walk out as a different person. But what I gained were tools that I can and now do apply to any and every aspect of my life, to enhance the quality of my life.

With that said, there are certain parts of my personality that have shifted. I used to be very judgmental, of myself and others, and also very impatient. Since then, these qualities rarely come up in me. The reason why is that a lot of the negative feelings which used to lead to that are no longer there, and that is a direct result of the work.

For example, if someone cut me off while driving, I would be pissed off for the next few hours, and in turn I would take out my bad mood on the people that were around me. Now, this does not bother me AT ALL. Although it sounds like a very small thing, these and other similar kinds of little nuances happen throughout our daily lives, and when we learn to move past them very quickly, it lets us spend more time enjoying ourselves and being productive rather than being angry and resentful.

Another breakthrough I have had is being able to choose to have peace of mind. Naturally, I am very in my head. I am constantly thinking. And although that helps me in many parts of my life, sometimes it goes out of control. Over thinking situations would most often lead me to not taking any action at all, and because of that, I have missed out on many things in my life. The workshop helped me to calm my mind and be peaceful, making it much easier to focus back on what I actually want and how to get there, instead of letting my mind take me in circles.

Another important breakthrough I had was the enormous improvement in my communication skills. Most people do not listen to understand, they listen to respond. I fall into the second category, and prior to this, I did not understand how much of a negative impact this had on my life. It was keeping me from having better relationships with my family members, friends, partner, clients, and co-workers. Since I have become aware of it and started working on it, I have had huge improvement in my business and in my relationships, especially with my parents.

It was a very humbling, satisfying, and completely in-my-heart kind of experience, and it provided a lot of closure for things I had been holding onto for a long time. Most people come out feeling more “human” than they ever had.

People who have difficulty loving their fellow human beings, find that they now truly from their heart enjoy the presence of other people around them. And I believe that this is one of the keys to having true happiness.

Prior to the workshop, the way other people acted could be extremely irritating to me, especially if they were to do something very ignorant or just plain stupid. Now, when people do these kinds of things, I have learned to accept and enjoy them being who they are, rather than judge them and feel resentment towards them for acting in a way that did not align with my ideals. This has probably been the most important thing I took away from the work.

I could go on and on about the things I received from going through this experience, but I want to leave potential newcomers with one thing in mind.

This is NOT a workshop just for people who are “messed up” or have gone through traumatic experiences in their lives. It is for EVERYONE.

I come from a fairly privileged childhood and adulthood. I have not had any major deaths/illnesses among people close to me. I did not have any major traumatic experiences. I was not abused in any way as a child. I myself do not have any mental or physical illnesses or handicaps. I consider myself having had a very satisfying life so far.

However, this still had a major impact on my life, and it helped me overcome things which I DID NOT EVEN KNOW that I was struggling with.

If you find yourself reading this and thinking “there is nothing wrong with me, I don’t need to be fixed,” don’t let ignorance get the better of you, this is ABSOLUTELY for you.

And if you have by any chance gone through any kind of a traumatic experience in your life, you can consider this work to feel like a home that you have been looking for, for a very long time.

Sina Salehi