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Dear Harry,

I am an Avatar from last May and will be going to Masters in Orlando on June 3rd. I want to share with you my wonderful experience with an Avatar exercise recently. I was feeling depressed about my relationship with certain friends and called Audrey. She suggested the Walk for Atonement, so I did it two ways--self-criticism and criticism of others. The self-criticism way was easy, and I felt better immediately. But doing it on criticism of others was much harder (and took another call to Audrey for help), because I thought, "But they really do deserve my criticism!". But with Audrey's help I finally realized how I was causing myself so much unhappiness and separation from people by being so judgmental (especially with my husband)--not to people's faces, but in my secret unkind thoughts.

Anyway, after I finished the exercise, I noticed an IMMEDIATE improvement in my relationship with my husband! I didn't even have to try to not be judgmental, but if I even CONSIDERED it, I would say to myself: Oh, oh, there I go again!, and I would choose not to do it. Then the next morning at church, I felt so much closer and more connected to people (even a particular person whom I formerly indulged in a lot of secret judgment about). (As an aside, since I was at church, it occurred to me that there really is something to the old biblical exhortation to "judge not".) It seems obvious to me now that people really could feel it when I had all those secret unkind thoughts about them.

At any rate, it is the Avatar exercise that allowed me to stop being judgmental and brought all this improvement about (including great peace, happiness, and energy!), and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for developing the Avatar principles and tools!

C. S.
New Orleans