Voices of Significance

What women who have done alabastron have to say

I Have Regained Mutual Trust and Love With My Teenage Daughter

My 13 year old daughter seemed to be going through some difficulty in how she was processing her emotions. Although we are very close, it seemed like something was eluding me. I took her to Alabastron to understand her better and to have clarity on what she was facing. She was having emotional challenges; she looked sad and stressed most of the time. She was dropping in her school work and was beginning to be an easy target for bullies

During the Princess Princessa progam, she was happier than she had been in ages. She looked lighter and fearless as she downloaded every issue in her heart to the coach and in the small groups. As she listened to others, she realized she was not the only one facing teenage hood issues. That realization came as a shock to her and she realized that she can overcome her challenge with a good support.

She is now easier to relate to. We are friends. She now shares her challenges with me effortlessly. She even requests to see a counselor when she feels overwhelmed. This self-awareness made us understand that the anxiety and ADHD medication have enabled become more efficient. This made us realize that our decision to not medicate when she was younger was costing us our daughter. Her school performance has improved. She is less secretive. [...]

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My Relationship With My Daughter Has Blossomed to a Unique Experience!

I always worked towards a relationship with my daughter where there is mutual trust, confidence and healthy expression in each moment. I longed for her to have a solid foundation of her own identity and who she belonged to. Now, our relationship has blossomed into a unique experience for each of us.

I was concerned that my relationship with my teenage daughter, Myanla Kabaki, was experiencing poor communication and that she had began withdrawing from me when she was sixteen. Her value systems had seemed to have changed since she was rejecting what I had instilled in her growing up.

Initially, even when she came for the program she did involuntarily. During the program, I would find her doing the assignments from class, which I found hopeful. Until one day, she asked me, “Mum, what were you hoping to achieve when you signed me up for the program?”

This question led me to share with her how a program by Alabastron, Renewing Self, had impacted me at a personal level candidly. This way I was able to express to her that I felt enrolling her for the program would also transform her. This aspiration was confirmed when she went back to the school after the holiday she had taken the program. She was more assertive with her choices. She began engaging with teachers and expressing her struggles with various subjects. I could easily see her become her own self! This influenced my parenting as it came from a place of trust and love. [...]

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I Am in Pursuit of a Limitless Life!!

What would you do if a relationship you had depended on for a decade ended? How would you deal with a situation that tests your limits? At Alabastron I faced myself and how I had been living life and now I am in pursuit of living a limitless life.

I had known about Alabastron years ago when my aunt did Renewing Self season 3. I was quite young then and didn't think much about it. Years later I mentioned it to a good friend of mine. She went ahead and did it. She would prompt me to take the program, but I always had an excuse not to. Deep in my heart, I knew I wanted to do it, but it took me awhile to make the step. I admired the peace Mwende had, and having hit rock bottom, I decided to give it a shot. Furthermore, Mwende believed it would help me and that's all it took. God bless her soul!!

Recently I was lost. I was battling an autoimmune condition (Fibromyalgia), and just ended a 10 year relationship. I felt like I was broken physically, mentally and emotionally and there wasn't anything I could do. With my health deteriorating and my heart broken, I had lost all zeal for life and merely existed. Honestly, I was just SO TIRED!! Ouch! [...]

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Move from Pain to Inner Peace

We are products of the societies that brought us up. These societies shape what we belief and the perspective we have for what is right or wrong, normal or abnormal, good or bad. However, living life to please other people, robs us off the joy of living a life where we make decisions based on what is right for us. Esther (not her real name) shares her story on the cost of living life to please other people.

I always believed education would liberate me to achieve all my dreams in life. So, when given an opportunity I poured myself to it and succeeded. I graduated with a first class honors degree in campus. Consequently, I received a scholarship to pursue a master's degree!! It was fulfilling!!

You can imagine what this meant for me. I would take an opportunity to grow in my education with the seriousness it deserves. These kinds of opportunities were like tickets from a life I never wanted to live to a life of my dreams. I would do anything necessary as long as it would grant me the life I had always dreamt of. My passion to get an education was greatly driven by this motive. [...]

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A Crown of Clarity and Inner Peace

I leant about Alabastron from my internship. It did not make sense for me because I thought it was for women with issues. I thought that my issues were minor. Through the program, I began opening up as the process you get to meet with the deepest self of your entire existence. This sharing gave me a sense of calm and I would feel safe.

I began having the confidence to open up about issues that hurt me. My relationship with my mother was strenuous as she would share intimate matters in regard to my father that I felt drained. However she would always tell me that I am a firstborn hence I will have to endure what she was sharing with me. It left me feeling violated, helpless and disturbed. These words I had been hearing since my childhood.

“You are a firstborn. You must mature so that your siblings have someone to look up to.”

These words forced me to always live up to standards and life perspective of other people in my life. I would end up feeling powerless and timid. This would show up in how I was working even on tasks on my area of competence. I was always defensive when receiving feedback with an intention to prove the other person wrong. I would lose my voice in some instances hence I was not able to speak out my opinions and ideas. [...]

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