All personal growth rests on the foundation of relationship.

When we know that we are seen clearly, without judgement,

we are able to relax our habitual defensive patterns

and look more deeply and compassionately at ourselves.

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We begin to see how much power and subtlety there is

in simply seeing ourselves without distortion, without shame, without guilt or desire.

We begin to develop a faith, born of experience rather than belief,

that we can and will grow and evolve

if only we pay attention and stay present for what happens to us.

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We begin to trust our own lives,

and to value ourselves as unique and necessary.