Forgiveness can be a powerful catalyst for change, benefiting anyone who hopes to let go of the past.
Experts at the Hoffman Institute believe they have a unique take on personal development. At the Institute, staff provide an eight-day intensive residential course of self-help workshops in which participants are “skillfully and compassionately shown how to let go of the past, release pent-up stress, self-limiting behaviors and resentments, and start creating the future they desire.”
The process has been used over the last 40 years by an estimated 70,000 people wanting to improve their relationships, communication skills and personal strength. The approach was originally developed by Bob Hoffman, and refined by other health professionals and therapists.
Tim Laurence, founder of the Hoffman Institute in the UK, strongly believes that forgiveness is an essential part of healing. Over the past 15 years, he has been amazed by the courage he has witnessed as people let go of anger and pain.
“I have seen people whose lives have been determined by a grievance that has affected not only themselves, but also generations after them. To then see that person forgive and be able to move on in their lives is like watching them unlocking the door to their own prison and stepping out into freedom,” Laurence said.
The Hoffman Process claims to be suitable for people who are just starting, or have been on a path to self discovery for a long time. It is described by Patrick Holford, author of the Optimum Nutrition Bible, as “a psychological detox.”
The Hoffman Process
During the first half of the course, the layers of ‘scar tissue’ created by past experiences are stripped away, in sessions with individual therapists and in groups of other students (usually about twenty per course). Methods include visualization, where students are asked to picture past experiences and relive them, and externalizing emotions by shouting, punching cushions, and letting off steam. Students are asked to produce written accounts of their childhoods.