#MeToo - Hope in Release Your right to freedom is much more valuable than your right to be hurt
This 48" x 72" acrylic painting is available for purchase for $3,500. The painting was hosted by the Lantern Coffee Bar and Lounge in Grand Rapids, MI for ArtPrize 10 in 2018. #MeToo-Hope in Release was included in this article by Michigan Live.
There are 3 kinds of forgiveness: Exoneration, Forbearance and Release. Release is for those unforgivable situations where the perpetrator hasn't asked for forgiveness and never will. It's for #MeToo victims who will receive no acknowledgment and no justice. Victims don't have to carry around the stinking trash of those unforgiven memories that replay rent free in their mind. Victims seem free because they can walk to infinity North and West on the pier. Victims think they can carry all the wrongs done to them because they're floating on the barge, but this trash is strangling them and keeping others at a distance. This painting highlights the options: incarceration to the wounds of your past OR letting go of the mountain of wrongs so you can do what you really want to do. Take the rope off your neck at any time by releasing the wrongs done to you and sailing away into a limitless future where your past doesn't rule you. There is hope for everyone in release.
This conversation with Kathy Christopher started it all. Thank you friend for sharing your story and this image with me. Thank you for challenging me to name and release the rubbish I carry from my past and paint my hopeful freedom.
Terry and Sharon Hargrave (PhD and MA, LMFT) helped me understand myself and the behaviors of people involved in my past drama. This lecture gave me hope that I can move from pain into peace. If you like the talk I recommend you purchase their book here.