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"The retreat was a godsend for me. I feel so much lighter. I feel clarity. I feel a sense of hope that I haven't felt in a long time. Thank you so much for your time, attention, understanding and nurturing. With Love, Shiela." 10/4/2016
Shiela Withey-Phoenix, AZ
Sharon A Stephens is a practitioner and teacher of love; real love, unconditional love, and she is better at it than anyone I have ever known.
I am a Christian, and I have spent my entire life listening to priests and preachers read the New Testament’s words about loving one another. Loving one another is so important, that Jesus put it in the top two of all the commandments; to love God and love each other, and that all the prophets and scriptures rest on these.
Yet, I realized after two failed marriages that I didn’t know how to love another person. I thought I was doing the right thing for my wives. I thought I was doing the right thing for my children. I thought I was doing what Jesus said to do. I looked pretty good to the rest of the world, but I was deluding myself, and the people in my life were suffering because of it. I finally realized I was not loving very well at all, but I didn’t know any other way to do it. I prayed for an answer.
That is when I heard Sharon Winningham speak on unconditional love at a church in Kansas City. She explained how most of us were taught to ‘trade’ in relationships and why that never works. Then she spoke about unconditional love, how it always works and how to practice it. That talk changed my life. I followed her advice and began reading and studying books she recommended. But the books were not enough. Eventually, I decided to move to Phoenix, to be a part of a growing, unconditional love community under the guiding hand of Sharon. Learning how to love is not just about acquiring the knowledge, but about practicing unconditional love with the people in my life.
Practicing unconditional love turns out to be easier than I thought. The real hard part is recognizing and doing away with a lifetime of habits and behaviors that work against being an unconditionally loving person. For this, I needed more intense help and began coaching with Sharon. Her wisdom, insights and compassion have exceeded my expectations, and stand alone at the top of my experience. While my sessions with Sharon were never ‘easy’, they were precisely what I needed to continue healing, and put an end to the co-dependent behaviors that helped destroy two marriages and put my children at a disadvantage in life. My children, all adults now, are seeing the benefits of a wiser, more loving father.
When I first started this journey, I was concerned that the principles Sharon Winningham was teaching might conflict with my Christian faith, since religion is not a part of the program. Now I realize that these principles are not only consistent with my faith, but actually take my Christianity to a new level. For the first time I understand what Jesus really meant when he said: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you love one another.” John 13:34
Sharon A Stpehens has made it her life mission to teach as many people as possible how to fulfill this commandment, and she has the knowledge, wisdom, faith and love to change the world for the better!
Jim Clarke- St. Louis, MO
The retreat was so awesome. I felt so deeply seen, loved, accepted, and taken care of. Once again I'm amazed at your capacity and courage to do what you do. I'm not sure if coming from me would make a difference for you but when you have doubts about the validity of what you do you are welcome to call me and I will tell you that in my opinion the difference you make in people's lives is the greatest and most important gift I know of. ...Mike Nicosia July 20, 2015
Mike Nicosia-Dallas, TX
That was a question you asked last time you held me...at the time it wasn't a question that needed any answer, and I suppose is doesn't really need an answer now, but something came up as I was thinking about it.
I cried because it's been SO rare that I have ever felt so vulnerable and cared for and safe simultaneously...it's a wonderful feeling, not one of despair. I suppose there may have been others that cried for their own reason(s), but mine was simply that I've rarely been cared for like that...and it's all I've ever wanted.
I wanted you to know that I was not saddened while in your arms, I was soaring free.
Tomas Tesky ~ Prescott, AZ
I love this Sharon. I have had enough pain and I chose to align myself and I feel so peaceful, so much joy. I have faith that no matter what the outcome maybe I will be ok. And once I realized it I chose differently. So grateful for your teachings and love and support.
Debera Donovan ~ Dallas, TX