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WHO WE ARE


The Soul Restoration ceremonial workshop is a program offered by Opus Peace, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization responding to soul injuries generated by unmourned grief and unforgiven guilt that occurs during trauma, abuse, self-neglect, and serious illness. Our goal is to help soulfully-wounded people love, forgive, and trust themselves to navigate in the world again by disarming their heart while cultivating personal intimacy with fractured aspects of their own self.


WHAT WE DO

We train Soul Injury Affiliates in providing Soul Restoration Ceremonial Workshops. These workshops provide an educational and experiential program for people who have been traumatized, as well as personal and professional caregivers. We create a safe haven so people can re-own and re-home the parts of themselves that may still be carrying unmourned grief or unforgiven guilt. Re-owning is a process of deliberate discovery of hidden parts of ourselves that previously we had only wanted to avoid. The re-homing process opens a nurturing relationship with our disconnected part of self so it can feel safe enough to reintegrate. Participants will experience some level of healing even if they only witness the ceremony without participating in it. The next Facilitator Training course is January 15-18, 2016 in Parrish Florida at DaySpring Retreat Center.


WHO WE HELP

  • Victims of Sexual Assault, Crime, Accidents, Natural Disasters, Abuse, Neglect, Burn-out
  • People who have Experienced Loss of Personal Health or a Loved One’s Health, Death of a Loved One, Betrayal by a Significant Other
  • Families of the Traumatized
  • Personal and Professional Caregivers
  • Veterans
  • Civilians who have lived in War Zones

Soul Restoration Ceremonial Workshops:

Healing Unmourned Grief and Unforgiven Guilt

Soul Restoration Ceremonial Workshops are 3-dimensional providing education for the mind, safety for the heart, and courage to develop a new relationship with pain in the soul. In the process, participants discover that, paradoxically, the thing they were fleeing is the very thing that will free them up. The program is designed for people who have sustained trauma, abuse, self-neglect, and serious illness, as well as their families, and personal or professional caregivers. A safe haven is created so participants can re-own and re-home the parts of themselves that may still be carrying unmourned grief or unforgiven guilt. Participants experience some level of healing even if they only witness the ceremony without participating in it. The ceremonial workshop is flexibly designed to provide tools and resources for healing soul injuries in a 5-8 hour format, depending on the agency’s need. Participants receive “Soul Buddy” dolls to help them give voice to the pain and anger they might experience due to the soul injury. Following the program, mental health counselors, massage therapists, chaplains, bereavement support, veteran resource programs, and others are available for follow-up care and referral. Exhibits provide resources for continued information, care, and support.

At a Soul Restoration Ceremonial Workshop, you will learn how:

• Soul injuries are stored in the body, mind, and spirit, as well as how this affects whole family systems.

• Unmourned grief from losses, as well as unforgiven guilt and shame over things you think you should or should not have done can subtly and not-so-subtly sabotage your life.

• To love, forgive, and trust yourself to navigate in the world again by disarming your heart while cultivating personal intimacy with fractured aspects of your own self.

• Experience some level of healing even if you only witness the ceremony without participating in it.

Civilians and Non-Traumatized Supporters will learn how to:

• Accept their role and responsibility in helping traumatized people recover from soul injuries.

• Create a safe haven for unmourned grief and unforgiven guilt.

• Heal the unconscious wound that civilians and families sustain when a nation is at war or a family is in chaos.

Soul Restoration Ceremonial Workshops:

Revitalizing the Weary, Wary Heart

Caregiving, whether personal or professional, takes a toll! Caregivers encounter emotional pain on a regular basis. Understandably, we often disconnect from the pain. By disconnecting from the part of self carrying the pain, we unwittingly contribute to the loss of energy, emptiness, and  compassion fatigue that can ensue. This ceremonial workshop provides a restorative experience of self by re-owning and re-homing parts of self that may still be carrying unmourned grief. The program is 3-dimensional providing education for the mind, safety for the heart, and courage to develop a new relationship with weariness in the soul. This ceremonial workshop will be a gift you give to your staff and to the families of your patients. The length (5-8 hours) can be flexibly designed to meet your needs. Following the program, mental health counselors, massage therapists, chaplains, bereavement support, and others are available for follow-up care and referral. Exhibits provide resources for continued information, care, and support.

He Restoreth my Soul… (Psalm 23:3)

www.OpusPeace.org

Soul Restoration Ceremonial Workshops are provided by Opus Peace, in conjunction with local affiliates and their sponsors. Opus Peace, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, provides programs and resources that respond to soul injuries generated by unmourned grief and unforgiven guilt that occurs during trauma, abuse, self-neglect, and serious illness. Our goal is to help traumatized people and caregivers love, forgive, and trust themselves to navigate in the world again by disarming their heart while cultivating personal intimacy with scattered pieces of self.

Our vision is to:

• Educate individuals, companies, and communities about Soul Injury, its impact on veterans and their families, and the role and responsibility of civilians in fostering reintegration and healing of our nation’s warrior heroes.

• Apply principles of Soul Injury to non-veteran segments of the population who have been traumatized.

• Educate individuals, companies, and communities about the need for Soul Restoration for caregivers, as well as staff who are at high risk for developing weary hearts: Hospice and Bereavement Workers, Trauma Counselors, Emergency Room Staff, Long-term-care Facility Staff, Chaplains, Social Workers, Physicians, Nurses, Case Workers for Children & Families, Funeral Care Professionals.

• Provide a 3-dimensional program that provides education for the mind, safety for the heart, and courage to develop a new relationship with pain or weariness in the soul.

• Promote a simple, highly-effective, efficient interventional workshop that responds to Soul Injury and Soul Weariness so participants can learn to love, forgive, and trust themselves to navigate in the world again by disarming their heart while cultivating personal intimacy with fractured aspects of their own self.

• Support a nation-wide network of affiliates who can provide Soul Restoration Ceremonial Workshops that allow traumatized people to come forth to re-own and re-home the parts of themselves that may still be carrying unmourned grief and unforgiven guilt.

• Develop a network of like-minded associates who live and promote the mission of Opus Peace.

• Receive tax-deductible donations and grants from individuals and organizations who passionately promote the mission and vision of Opus Peace.

Opus Peace Tenets that Support

Soul Injury and Soul Restoration:

• It is one thing to witness trauma; it is another to cause the trauma. This is a deeper level of injury – a soul injury. We were not made to kill each other. When killing is necessary, such as in the military, it leaves an indelible mark upon the soul that needs to be addressed so that peace can prevail again.

• There is a gaping hole in our society comprised of unmourned grief and unforgiven guilt that our combat veterans often carry for decades. Our society has a responsibility to heal our nation from the aftermath of war.

• The principles learned from healing the wounds of war can be applied to other traumatized populations: victims of sexual assault, crime, accidents, natural disasters, abuse, neglect, burn-out, as well as people who have experienced loss of personal health or a loved one’s health, death of a loved one, or betrayal by a significant other.

• Being willing to open ourselves to the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of our selves bring freedom, allowing Grace to restore wholeness to our being.

• It is hypocritical to arrogantly blame others for the violence in this world while we blindly contribute to its creation by allowing aspects of our selves to remain lost and unconscious.

• Peace permeates our deepest levels of being when we do the artful work (opus) of re-owning and re-homing scattered pieces of self that have been silenced or exiled through abuse, trauma, or war.

• Re-owning and re-homing forsaken aspects of self is a rather straight-forward, two-fold process: abiding and reckoning.

• It requires courage and humility to want to love forsaken aspects of ourselves that are unconsciously clamoring for our attention so they can come back home, becoming integrated rather than left isolated.

• Forgiveness is an essential component of the re-owning and re-homing process.

• Management and healing are two different processes; modern techniques often focus on managing distress to keep it contained or controlled, producing “pseudo-peace,” which is counter-productive.

• The ego acts as a mischievous imposter of peace, fooling us into a false sense of comfort or security that separates us from authentic, interior peace that is independent of external circumstances.

• Ceremonies, retreats, workshops, and education that sensitively and courageously confront our resistance to who we are and who we are not can help our ego feel safe enough to let go of its fear so we can LIVE an Opus of Peace.

THE OPUS PEACE PRAYER: Cultivate in me, Oh God, the willingness to re-own and re-home scattered pieces of myself so that I might be restored to Your wholeness. Grow in me the honesty, courage, and humility to release my fears of who I am and who I am not. Fuel me with your Grace. Amen.

Gaps Soul Injury and Soul Restoration

Ceremonial Workshops Address

Acknowledge and respond to the neglected wound of “Soul Injury.”

Help people not only re-own wounded parts of self by acknowledging their pain, but also help them learn how to re-home the part of self generating the pain, integrating it into wholeness.

Provide an effective, succinct forum to begin the healing process for people who are reluctant to attend inpatient programs, retreats, long-term therapy, or receive care associated with a government facility.

Utilize civilians and families of victims to participate in healing soul injuries.

Provide a unique approach to Soul Restoration for Caregivers that focuses on the source generating the weariness, rather than providing temporary relief measures that are typically offered at Caregiver workshops.

Offer an opening into the “train-the-trainer” program for people who want to help others through Soul Injury or Soul Restoration Ceremonial Workshops.

Offer an introduction about a retreat for those who have completed treatment programs and now want to recover their non-traumatized self.

Upcoming Ceremonial Workshops

Soul Injury Ceremonial Workshop, April 23, 2016, 8:00AM-4:45PM

Location: Cartersville, Georgia. The Clarence Brown Conference Center, 5450 GA-20,
Target Audience: General Public
Contact: NWGA.HPNA@gmail.com.
Fee: $85

Soul Restoration Caregiver Workshop. May 6, 2016
Location: St. Petersburg College, 8:30A – 4:00P. 6 CEs. Contact Robinson.Lanona@spcollege.edu for more information.

Soul Injury Restoration Workshop, May 14, 2016
Location: Kenton, OHm St. John’s Evangelical Church is located at 211 E. Carrol St
Contact: Scott Johnson / 571-420-8758 / scott.johnson7579@gmail.com
Target Audience: General Public
Fee: Donation

Soul Injury Restoration Workshop, November 1, 2016
Location: 3010 N Perry Ave, Tampa, FL
Time: 9AM-4:30PM
Target Audience: General Public
Contact: Pat McGuire 727-755-4265 or pat@OpusPeace.org.
Fee: None

Fallen Comrades Ceremony, November 2, 2016
Location: 3010 N Perry Ave, Tampa, FL
Time: TBA
Target Audience: Veterans, Veteran Families, First Responders, Civilians
Contact: Pat McGuire 727-755-4265 or pat@OpusPeace.org.
Fee: None

What participants say about Soul Injury Ceremonial Workshops

Lawrence Rivera

“I’ve now learned that I can grieve on my own terms. It no longer sabotages me. For example, Father’s Day can be great with all my family, and then in an instant I can become miserable with the realization that lots of families aren’t having this moment because their Fathers aren’t with them because I had taught them things in the military that got them killed.  After the Soul Injury ceremony, it’s different because the grief is no longer in ME, it’s in the bag and I can take it out and put it back as I need to so it doesn’t make me miserable. The most important thing the ceremony taught me was that I need to mourn instead of feel guilty. So, my guilt has transformed into grief and I’m able to carry that. Guilt, on the other hand, can really get unreasonable and play tricks with you.”

Lawrence RiveraSpecial Operations Command; Care Coalition Conference Tampa
Patty Ann Surprenant

“The power of the Soul Injury ceremony was that you were able to achieve what usually only happens in therapy. In therapy, you have to form a relationship with the therapist. You all bypassed this. You did it without having to form that relationship. You were able to create a comfortable environment with people who live in a world that is frightening. You gave us something to manage plus there’s the power of being in a room with other people who are working out their stuff and the permission of that so that there is both privacy and community in a way that provides safety, security, and even comfort.”

Patty Ann SurprenantSt. Petersburg, FL
Gary Armstrong

“I now realize that we, as a society that sends men and women to war, have a responsibility to help them integrate back into society and try to understand what they’ve been through.”

Gary ArmstrongAustin, Texas
Ellen Castillo

“I now realize that what my husband has experienced is more widespread than what I may even know and have more patience and understanding to what he goes through.”

Ellen CastilloAustin, Texas
Steve McSwain

“I had never thought of “Soul Injury” before and it has opened my eyes to the reality of it! I have told many about what you spoke about that day. I never thought about the soul being able to have problems. We think about our mind as a living entity, but don’t think of the soul that way. Thank you Opus Peace for your involvement with this cause.”

Steve McSwainAustin, Texas
David

“I almost didn’t come here today. Thank goodness I did! I’ve been through therapy after therapy, I’ve read all the books you can read, but I’ve never experienced the release that I did today. Thank goodness I came.”

DavidSoul Injury Ceremony, St. Petersburg FL
Alan Eisenhour

“This was a perfect introduction to civilians and the public to hear about the traumatic experiences veterans have experienced. I hope we can all grieve and share to prevent further suicide.”

Alan EisenhourAustin, Texas
Tommy Bills

“The Soul Injury ceremony released unforgiven guilt I was still carrying. I discovered how unreasonable guilt relates to feelings of helplessness I experienced in combat. The ceremony was eye-opening for my wife too.”

Tommy BillsInverness, FL