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I was born into the Unification Church, a religious group more commonly known as β€œthe Moonies,” referred to by popular media as a primary example of a cult. The group achieved notoriety in the 1970's and 80's during the height of the cult hysteria in the United States.

I'm the eldest of five children who are considered "Second Generation," and were believed to be born without original sin.

Many parents believed that this meant we were going to be sinless, perfect children.

No pressure.

I left the organization at 21 after fighting for several years to leave an arranged marriage.

For many years afterwards, I did not share my background out of shame and fear of judgment.

Slowly and selectively I began to trust the "outside world," which I had always been taught to fear.

In safe, supportive spaces and relationships I began to share my story.

It was through this process that I learned we need to share our stories.

There is an inherent healing process that takes place when we acknowledge our history; we move out of shame and into a space of resilience and integration.

I believe that when we share our stories, it gives others permission and a safe space to share their own.In our sharing, others find the words they needed in order to begin articulating their stories and begin their own course of healing.

Today my mission remains rooted in sharing my stories as a means of healing and for others to discover their own inner authentic voice, and permission to use it. My artwork, my writing and my mentoring all focus on helping others tell their stories and heal through their own creative practices.