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Day Four - Graduation

Day 4 Sunday - Graduation

We were told to attend the fourth day being "dressed for success". There was dancing when we came in as well as after each break. We had been given homework to do a "completion" or reconciliation of a past relationship. People shared their experiences of contacting parents and other relatives to heal old wounds. There was also sharing from the "hold-backs" or people who needed further catharsis.

Much of the morning focused on goal setting. An exercise was performed where we were to visualize and write goals for 10 years, 5 years, 2 years, 1 year, 1 month, 1 week. After this we did an exercise where we were given two weeks to live and were to write goals for that.

During the lunch break we were given an exercise to give hugs to strangers and perform random acts of kindness. After we came back the numbers of hugs and acts of kindness were tallied.

During the afternoon there was a sales pitch for the advanced course. It was presented like the good feelings we had would not stick and we would fall back into our old ways of doing things unless we signed up for advanced. We were also asked how many people we would bring to the Tuesday night guest event. There was an exercise where one is to define what one stands for. Share your stand with the other participants.

The Graduation - At the end of the day is a candle lighting ceremony where the trainer lights her candle and then lights the staff's candles. The staff then lights the candles of the participants. At the end is an emotional reunion with friends and family members who have come to the graduation. It seems like all the trauma and catharsis is somehow magically forgotten.


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