I grew up in a small religious cult up until I was 12. At that point, I was able to finally break free —- although my decision resulted in serious consequences. And of course, there was also adulthood, for which I was not prepared.
At first, it seemed that my childhood and raising had been “normal”, but I later came to understand my childhood for what it had actually been. My younger years were piled with abuse in every form — emotional incest, spiritual abuse and other forms of trauma which have caused me to suffer with PTSD — leaving me mentally unstable and on an intense quest, to try to find any sense normalcy.
I spent a few years devastated and overwhelmed by depression and trauma. I didn’t know it at the time, but I lacked a sense of purpose — something to hold on to.
My ARCS experience just reached the one year mark this past August. I must say that this journey is amazing. I am learning more about myself and how to deal with my past trauma.
I have been to therapy in the past, but this journey is something different. I didn’t feel like I got as much out of being in therapy. I felt that something was missing there, for me.
ARCS definitely filled that void for me. It is the link that I was missing.
I think ARCS is a very valuable tool for people to take a detailed look at their lives, to heal form their past, and to live their best future.
My teacher has been very patient. She is a great listener, and she encourages students to share their stories —- and to talk about whatever they are going through, during class. This not only helps the people that are speaking, but it helps all of the students who are listening.
There is so much information in the coursework, reading materials, and required books. The ARCS Program is just a wealth of information.