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Barbara Shulman-Kirwin

Certified Forgiveness Practitioner

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give yourself the gift of healingTM

Barbara Shulman-Kirwin

Certified Forgiveness Practitioner

About Barbara

Shulman-Kirwin

Barbara’s journey to Radical Forgiveness (RF) began in 1988, when she earned her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Boston University—long before discovering and embracing RF. Her lifelong passion for helping others became even stronger as a result of using RF to successfully conquer her own challenges, both physical and behavioral in nature.

Understanding the complex nature of health and well-being is an ongoing process. For Barbara, that process began while pursuing a career in physical therapy. She studied the science of function and mobility, and the processes of rehabilitation and healing. Yet, her training focused solely on the physical aspects of illness, rather than on appreciating the spiritual, or ‘mind/body’ connection critical to healing the whole person. She began seeing beyond the merely physical—striving to connect with the person experiencing injury or illness.

After 15 years as a practicing Physical Therapist, Barbara left PT to satisfy her artistic soul through pottery. However, she began experiencing increasing joint pain and immune system issues, eventually preventing her from working at her potter’s wheel. Her concern for treating the whole person of years earlier came rushing back into sharp focus when learning that she had Chronic Lyme Disease, and that it had gone undiagnosed and untreated for 16 years. After years of misdiagnosis and 18 months of failed drug trials with marginal improvement, Western/Traditional Medicine, alone wasn’t helping Barbara. Finally, she turned to Eastern-inspired healing, or what is known as Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM). Undaunted, Barbara discovered the magic of glass. She began designing architectural glass and dichroic glass jewelry—which she creates and markets at her BSK Design Studio/Chroma Gallery.

In 2008, Barbara reached a milestone, both in her career and personal life. A close friend introduced her to a seasoned therapist renowned for his innovative approach—who attributed his own contentment and inner peace to living through the tenants of A Course of Miracles. He suggested forgiveness as a path to conquering Barbara’s Chronic Lyme Disease. She began turning everything she had once accepted as the truth upside down, relearning many life lessons. Having never known the gift of forgiveness, Barbara started to understand its beauty and extraordinary value in terms of her quest for health, and in her personal life, as well. At first, she had no idea how to forgive herself. Her anger and shame were deeply rooted in her childhood, resulting from not being allowed to express or release anger in natural, healthy ways. Barbara needed a bridge to help realize her self-forgiveness, enrich her relationships, and help make her Chronic Lyme Disease more tolerable.

Serendipitously, a friend mentioned a process called Radical Forgiveness, which Barbara began to embrace through a series of intense workshops and training with RF Founder, Colin Tipping. The more she learned about it, the more she knew in her heart that RF was not only key to her own challenges, but a profoundly valuable tool for making others whole, as well. RF became key not only to solving Barbara’s own issues, but to her ability to promote the health and well-being of others more effectively—a seminal moment in her journey. Learn more about Radical Forgiveness (RF).

Now, trained in both Traditional Medicine (MSPT) and various CAM modalities in addition to being a Certified Master RF Coach—Barbara knows the value and importance of balance in healing.

Barbara’s passion for her art also complements her work in RF. She draws parallels between the ancient art of glass and the timeless origins of the principles of RF. Just as Barbara creates artworks of functional beauty, she helps others by dissecting and understanding their challenges—while seeing and appreciating the beauty in their lives from a fresh perspective.

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Barbara enjoying participating in a native ritual dance while on a cleanse in Bali.

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