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Dear Harry,

Just when I thought it couldn't get better, it did. I returned last night from a 5-day visit to my mother, to celebrate her 89th birthday. It was just last November at Integrity that I said to John through my tears, "If I had thought that coming to Avatar would mean that I'd have to spend more time with my mother, I would not have come." This was after owning my part in a very hurtful interchange that I had recently had with her.

During the visit that I just concluded, I did several things differently. First, I went with the intention of being compassionate and helping her enjoy her birthday. Secondly, I called another Avatar master, a Jr. AI, for help on about the 2nd day when I was getting short of patience. She reminded me of doing Label-Its #5. This was a big turning point. I began doing Label-Its #4 on everything. Oh, that's complaining. Oh, that's judgment. And so on. When I was jogging and saw a woman spraying Round-up on her grass, I practiced Creating No Response rather than stopping to lecture her on nontoxic ways to kill her invisible (to me) weeds.

So, the Label-Its practice helped me to resist who my mother is less and less.

Then, on Saturday morning, near the end of an intense cycling workout, I got it. Another big epiphany. I felt suddenly how my mother being who she is has allowed me to do the spiritual growth work that I have done. I felt how I owe her everything. She is unwavering in being who she is, no matter how many times I butt my head against her rock solidness and want her to change and lose some of the characteristics that I detest. Her solidity has provided me with a launching pad for my own expansion.

I was able to complete the last1½ days in harmony and with more compassion than I have ever been able to muster at that stage of a visit with her. We had a great farewell, without the histrionics I have come to expect and of course have helped create. I entered the airport in good shape - relaxed, not stressed, not resentful and angry, but rather grateful for this different way of being with my mom. I have known intellectually that her long life was a blessing for me. Now I feel it. Perhaps I will have the chance to create more loving interchanges with her in the coming time. If not, the healing I know we both experienced this weekend is irreplaceable and beyond measure.

Thank you Harry for the Avatar materials and the tools and the network of wondrous beings who help me put them into practice. My expectations have been met and quadrupled and quadrupled again. I am so grateful.

Love,
JC

Dear Avra and Harry,

I know that you are aware of my student, Alicia Radt's recent passing. What you may not know is how much Avatar meant to Alicia. My favorite memory is of Alicia saying in exasperation, "They're conspiring to help us." She was referring to the QM's and Trainers as well as other masters who supported her.
Before I came to the June International Course, Alicia was in Roswell Park Cancer Institute exploring her options. It was there that I asked Alicia what she would like for me to do for her. The cancer had already spread to her brain and she had difficulty finding words, but clearly without missing a beat, she said," do Avatar exercises with me. " We did a CHP on the pain she was experiencing and there was relief. She recognized and acknowledged that she had created all this. She was very much at peace. People around her, friends and family, were in upset and turmoil. All the while, Alicia was radiant with a reassuring smile saying that it was all ok.
After the International Course, I stopped to see Alicia at the nursing home where she was under Hospice care. My partner, Ron, had been visiting her while I was on course. We fed her, held her hand and sang to her. She was calm and snuggled into the crook of my arm, squeezing tightly when a wave of pain would hit. Friday evening Alicia passed away peacefully, and unexpectedly by medical standards. She did it on her own terms with a knowing that consciousness never dies.
Today, I was asked to do the announcements for the congregation of our church. At the end of the service people came to the living room and shared their memories of Alicia. Most shared what a beautiful change they had seen in Alicia since she did Avatar. She was a young woman who had had a life of struggle yet in her dying she showed a dignity and grace unlike anything I have ever seen. Avatar is the key. Thank you for the tools that allowed Alicia the gift of faith and a legacy that will live far beyond her and for the gift of Avatar that allowed me to share in her journey. I am grateful beyond words.

All my love,

Karen Kuhn
Avatar Master/Wizard

Dear Harry,
I just returned from the June International course and I wanted to thank you. The largest Avatar Course ever! What an amazing experience.

I grew and learned so much in just 10 days of being an Intern. I know that without you and these tools it would have taken me lifetimes to learn and grow as much as I did in these 10 days. I integrated 2 identities in the way of being in service to others. That alone saved me lifetimes of experiencing and causing others suffering!

Your care and love for us all is so palpable and provides such a space for all of us to grow leaps and bounds! All my life I wanted to be of service in a spirtual way but from the Chatholic paradigm of my younger years it was going to be in a funny black and white outfit with rosary beads. Once that idea no longer felt right (around 8th Grade when I discovered boys) I felt lost and spent years searching for the right avenue to help others. Because of you I found it. I am happier than I've ever been and each day the joy in serving others grows. All because of you, your love for others and your perserverence in not giving up. So many times my little ego tries to talk me into giving up but I think of you and keep going. I will keep going Harry and I will create more Avatars - more awakening beings.....

ALL BECAUSE OF YOU!

I LOVE YOU MORE THAN WORDS CAN EVER EXPRESS!
M.F.
What an inspiring article in Ode, and also nice to see that it refers to the Compassion Exercise from the Avatar Training. I also think the quote from George Bernard Shaw is very sharp: 'Care for the world is what remains after care for yourself.'. This is exactly what I experience after following the Avatar Training (www.avatar.nl). In the past I used to think that 'taking care of myself' meant that I had to obtain more things: more money, a better job, more leasure time, more holidays etc. But that never stopped, and to be honest it did not really make me happy. Then I got interested in the question: "What does make me happy?". I followed the Avatar Training and it gave me insight in how I did not allow myself to be really happy, right here and now. The tools that I learned in the course allowed me to take better care of myself in this respect, and I simply started to feel happier - just with that which I already have and with who I am. This created much more room. I noticed that this room automatically filled with compassion and respect for the other, and that what really interests me is care for the other and care for the world. I notice that helping others to take steps gives me real fullfilment, not because this is expected of me but just because it feels natural. I am less concerned with survival, more with giving and that is really nice!

Patrick Kools