Seminar on Meaning
Columbia, TN
Seminar on Grace, guilt, forgiveness, unconditional love and compassion



Grace: The Hub

Grace—the Divine love and protection bestowed freely on people—can only be understood in the light of guilt. In this seminar, we examine guilt as the control beyond control—emotional and psychical power through fear of punishment—when a person is beyond visual and physical contact.

We look at power and control, beginning with home, and moving through school, and society, to religion and eternity. We look at how moral precepts have developed over time.

The biblical concept of grace is studied as mercy and agape—love and acceptance that is the "gospel" of good news, the "good tidings of great joy"—in order understand the psychology of atonement in the mind of both the person and society. How many of our powerful stories have been of atonement for wrong-doing? In The Lord's Prayer, do we want forgiveness of "debts" or "trespasses?

This seminar views the prism of grace through the lights of love, sin, forgiveness, ego and control.

Grace is unmerited favor. Grace is a gift!

Healing the Shame That Binds YouJohn Bradshaw shows us how toxic shame is the core problem in our compulsions, co-dependencies, addictions and the drive to super-achieve. The result is a breakdown in the family system and our inability to go forward with our lives. Using affirmations, visualizations, "inner voice" and "feeling" work plus guided meditations and other useful healing techniques,Bradshaw realeases the shame that binds us to the past. Read More
Unconditional Love"There may be days when disagreements and disturbing emotions may come between us. There may be times when psychological or physical miles may lie between us. But I have given you the word of my commitment. I have set my life on a course. I will not go back on my word to you. So feel free to be yourself, to tell me of your negative and positive reactions, of your warm and cold feelings. I cannot always predict my reactions or guarantee my strength, but one thing I do know and I do want you to know: I will not reject you! I am committed to your growth and happiness. I will always love you." Read More
I cannot study this very serious problem of guilt with you without raising the very obvious and tragic fact that religion -- my own as well as that of all believers -- can crush instead of liberate.
Guilt and GraceDrawing upon a wealth of experience as a practicing physician and counselor, Dr. Tournier probes behind our daily irritability, over aggressiveness, and indifference. He exposes the hidden source that gives rise to these attitudes: guilt.

With examples from everyday life, Dr. Tournier shows how to handle the inevitable guilt that arises in human relations so that guilt becomes "a friend because it leads to the experience of grace." Read More

Columbia, TN