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The heart of Restorative Peacemaking is to understand & define the emotional barriers that disconnect us from God, and divide our families & communities. Our mandate is to create a culture of forgiveness by defusing the culture of codependency in which we live. Founders Kyle and Kelsie Meyers aim to partner together with various organizations to cultivate shame resilience & true compassion through holistic training in the areas of conflict mediation & spiritual direction.
The commitment to Restorative Peacemaking is an intentional act towards creating a culture of forgiveness. Conflict between us is understood as an opportunity for humility, growth, and intimacy. We assist one another in the process of moving from a reaction to a response, self-justification to self-reflection, antagonism to resonance. We pursue reconciliation & understanding by being emotionally honest, creating space for our diversity, and honoring each other’s talents. Trust is developed through vulnerability & transparency.
This cultivation requires us to first develop an awareness of the hidden rules of codependency, perfectionism, and our worth being bound to “performance” & “achievement”. The heart of codependency is emotional dishonesty with self, which consequently results in dishonest relationships that neglect space for vulnerability, failure, and weakness. Because most of us have not been given the grace to understand or learn from our failures, we have created masks in order to survive in a culture that thrives on comparison & judgement. Our value is determined by rank or grade, rather than acceptance & growth. Becoming human requires us to remove our masks, “peel away the layers of brokenness”, reveal our imperfections, and begin to learn about our real self.
The process of Restorative Peacemaking is designed to create safe spaces to have this conversation with ourselves, others, and God regarding our experiences with guilt, shame, and insecurity. Through this process, we will begin to develop shame resilience by reincorporating the fragments of our identity. As Dr. Brene Brown suggests, "When we can let go of what other people think & own our story, we gain access to our worthiness - the feeling that we are enough just as we are, and that we are worthy of love & belonging. When we spend a lifetime trying to distance ourselves from the parts of our lives that don't fit with who we think we're supposed to be, we stand outside of our story & hustle for our worthiness by constantly performing, perfecting, pleasing, and proving. Our sense of worthiness - that critically important piece that gives us access to love & belonging - lives inside of our story."
We believe this narrative process is the gateway towards emotional intelligence & authentic spirituality.