None of this would have been possible without the insights and contributions of these amazing individuals; they are all blessings in disguise.
Through my research efforts, I was able to find not only a considerable measure of peace, but also the spark of Divinity. It was found in the faces and actions of my friends, family, and exceedingly worthy adversaries.
‘Yea though I walk through the valley of the Shadow of Death, I shall fear no evil, for Thou art with me…’ -excerpt from the 23rd Psalm.
A.H. – The insights gleaned from our interactions were priceless, as was your Holy Book.
B.H. – You were a step in the right direction.
B.P. – Thanks for making this possible, and for your insights, encouragement, patience, and understanding. For all the late nights spent exchanging messages until the wee hours of the morning. For your unwavering support. For not backing down. For teaching me how to let go, and inspiring me to be better, stronger, and more open. For pushing me into the Shadows. When the entire negotiation for a session consists of a head nod and the phrase ‘Don’t tell me, just do it!’ I know I’ve found the right sparring partner. You are a damn good friend, and a worthy adversary.
B.V.R. – Thank you for giving me the freedom to conduct this research. Thank you for letting go.
J. & J.M. – Thanks for the priceless distractions when I needed them most.
M.G. – Thank you for teaching me about the Voice Within.
M.H. – Thank you for all of the conversations, meditations, and the OUTSTANDING photography. Thank you for being the Guardian at the doorway of my Sanctuary.
The Jewel – Thank you for being both a mentor and a friend. For teaching me about monsters. For teaching me about grace and strength, and for getting me through both my first and last nights in service. Most of all, thank you for introducing me to A.P. Just sayin’!
The Lifestyle and Lucky Club Staff/Volunteers – You work ceaselessly to make these places into second homes and sanctuaries. It was an honor to spend time on such sacred ground. Yours is mostly a thankless job, but your efforts do not go unnoticed. You make miracles happen.
V.P. – Thank you for being a tempest. For being right there with me, setting aside your own traumas and fears to help me overcome mine. Thank you for the amazing aftercare and your unending courage and support. Thanks for being my twin in spirit.