Codependency Recovery / Inner Child Healing Workshop

in Akron, Ohio on May 9th, 2009

The appearance in Ohio went great.  We had 67 people for the workshop.  Here are a few comments I received by e-mail in the days after I got home. ~ RB 5/15/09

"It was wonderful to met you and hear you speak on codependency recovery.  I found the inner child healing  information especially helpful to me .  I just loved seeing  your face light up when you spoke of your grandson.  What a wonderful gift you have been given in him. "

"I have heard great feedback from event attendees. Thanks again for all you have given us by sharing your own personal recovery story."

"We loved your workshop and your wisdom.  It has come in handy for me several times since Saturday." 

"Hello my name is ______ and I was at your seminar in Akron, OH this weekend. I am originally from Akron but currently reside in Harrisburg, PA. I kept being drawn to your site as I was doing research on obsessive thinking and codependency. I knew it had to be a God wink when I saw that you were coming to Akron, not even 5 minutes from where I grew up and where my mother still resides. So, my sister and I attended the seminar as both of us have been doing Inner Child/One Brain work for a little while now.

I thought the information was great, insightful and honest which made it real and applicable to my life. You really made me see that first and foremost I need to stop running from doing the inner healing because it is the key to everything else. So, thank you for that.

My sister and I did take great pleasure in hearing you describe your parents as that seems to be the role that both of our parents adopted in life. And my sister took great pleasure in poking me in the ribs when you were talking about picking unavailable women for relationships. Umm, that would be me too. All makes sense since my 5 year old Princess _____ has been doing most of the picking! LOL Which I just realized that this weekend.

Again, thank you sooo very much for your work and sharing it with others.  I'm sending you much energy, love and light for your to continue your work.  Thanks a bunch."
Robert would be pleased and happy to be invited to speak at any twelve step meeting or convention.  For any location that is more than a reasonable drive (about 2 hours) Robert will need to get expenses and lodging to help him afford to take time out of his regular schedule.  For any CoDA or other 12 step group that is a distance away - especially any location that will require travel by air - Robert will need to be able to make some income on the trip in addition to expenses as part of having a healthy boundary that honors the value of his time and his need to pay the rent every month.  The best way this can be handled on any trips of a distance, is to have Robert speak in the 12 step setting where he can share his story as a recovering Codependent - and schedule a separate workshop independent of the 12 step group - as is being done in this Ohio appearance.  That way there is no violation of the traditions by charging for admission and selling the book and CDs of Codependence: The Dance of Wounded Souls at the workshop.

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Robert Burney will be appearing in Ellot, a suburb of Akron Ohio, on May 9th, 2009.  He will be the speaker at a Co-Dependents Anonymous Speaker Meeting at 10 am on that Saturday morning and is offering a workshop from 2:30 to 5 pm followed by a Q & A session and book signing that afternoon.  

The workshop is $15 in advance, $20 on the day of the workshop.  
Church in Akron
Wedgewood Church
Family Life Center
2350 Wedgewood Dr
Akron OH  44312


Robert Burney
Codependence: The Dance of Wounded Souls has been called "one of the truly transformational works of our time" - and it's author Robert Burney referred to as "a metaphysical Stephen Hawking."  A counselor/coach and Spiritual Teacher whose work has been compared to John Bradshaw's "except much more spiritual" and described as "taking inner child healing to a new level" - Robert  has developed a unique approach to emotional healing that is the next level of recovery from codependency so many people have been seeking.  He has pioneered an inner child healing paradigm that offers a powerful, life changing formula for integrating Love, Spiritual Truth, and intellectual knowledge of healthy behavior into one's emotional experience of life - a blueprint for individuals to transform their core relationship with self and life.
 
Some some comments about his book and work:

"I have made more progress on a personal level in the few weeks I have had Robert's book and tape than in the preceding eight plus years when I first found out what codependency was."

"I just read your wonderful book, thank you for writing it. I have been a spiritual teacher since childhood, however, your book let me organize my thoughts a new way, a new perspective. I now have a much deeper understanding and am still learning from it. Dance, is one of the truly transformational works of our time thanks again"

"Why isn't this book on the bestseller list?  I think it certainly will be someday.  You have incorporated many concepts of Truth into one beautiful, soul touching, and integrated piece of genius."

"When I found your book, I found myself."

"I have been telling anyone who will listen about you and your work because it is literally saving my life and I feel it could help millions get well."

"Robert carries an amazing message of healing for the entire human race.  Anyone who is ready to face their issues would benefit tremendously from this simple recipe."

In his book Codependence: The Dance of Wounded Souls "A Cosmic Perspective on Codependence and the Human Condition" he postulates that Codependence (i.e. outer or external dependence) is The Human Condition - and that we have now entered a new Age of Healing and Joy in which it is possible to heal the planet through healing our relationships with self.  He combines Twelve Step Recovery Principles, Metaphysical Truth, and Native American Spirituality with quantum physics and molecular biology in presenting his belief that we are all connected, we are all extensions of the Divine, and that ultimately Love is our True essence.

Some
quotes from Codependence: The Dance of Wounded Souls:

"This dance of Codependence is a dance of dysfunctional relationships - of relationships that do not work to meet our needs.  That does not mean just romantic relationships, or family relationships, or even human relationships in general. 

The fact that dysfunction exists in our romantic, family, and human relationships is a symptom of the dysfunction that exists in our relationship with life - with being human.  It is a symptom of the dysfunction which exists in our relationships with ourselves as human beings. 

And the dysfunction that exists in our relationship with ourselves is a symptom of Spiritual dis-ease, of not being in balance and harmony with the universe, of feeling disconnected from our Spiritual source."

"It is necessary to own and honor the child who we were in order to Love the person we are. And the only way to do that is to own that child's experiences, honor that child's feelings, and release the emotional grief energy that we are still carrying around."

"The point that I am making is that our understanding of Codependence has evolved to realizing that this is not just about some dysfunctional families, our very role models, our prototypes, are dysfunctional. Our traditional cultural concepts of what a man is, of what a woman is, are twisted, distorted, almost comically bloated stereotypes of what masculine and feminine really are."

"In order to start be-ing in the moment in a healthy, age-appropriate way it is necessary to heal our "inner child."  The inner child we need to heal is actually our "inner children" who have been running our lives because we have been unconsciously reacting to life out of the emotional wounds and attitudes, the old tapes, of our childhoods."

"I loved your talk at the CoDa Conference yesterday - it was the most eye-opening, heart-opening couple of hours of the day for me. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and your wisdom with us. The idea of the Critical Parent being deeply embedded in us really hit home for me.....and answered a question people who know me have asked: with all that you have going for you, _____, why can't you just relax and be happy?  Anyway, I wish you all the love and happiness in the world for doing such good work."  Feedback from a 2 hour workshop at a Bay Area CoDA mini-conference in October 2004.
 
Robert would be pleased and happy to be invited to speak at any twelve step meeting or convention.  For any location that is more than a reasonable drive (about 2 hours) Robert will need to get expenses and lodging to help him afford to take time out of his regular schedule.  For any CoDA or other 12 step group that is a distance away - especially any location that will require travel by air - Robert will need to be able to make some income on the trip in addition to expenses as part of having a healthy boundary that honors the value of his time and his need to pay the rent every month.  The best way this can be handled on any trips of a distance, is to have Robert speak in the 12 step setting where he can share his story as a recovering Codependent - and schedule a separate workshop independent of the 12 step group - as is being done in this Ohio appearance.  That way there is no violation of the traditions by charging for admission and selling the book and audio tapes of Codependence: The Dance of Wounded Souls at the workshop.


Although my book and articles make reference to Alcoholics Anonymous, the principles and Twelve Step program of A.A., this does not mean that A.A. has reviewed or approved the contents of this writing, nor that A.A. agrees with the views expressed herein. A.A. is a program of recovery from alcoholism only - use of this material in connection with programs and activities which are patterned after A.A., but address other problems, or in any other non-A.A. context, does not imply otherwise.

January 8, 2005 - a message from Robert.
I included the above disclaimer in my book - and on any of the pages of my site where I am writing directly about AA or the twelve steps - out of respect for Alcoholics Anonymous.  However, it is the black and white thinking of codependency that causes many in AA to be rigid and closed minded - to insist for instance, that drugs not be discussed in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings (alcohol is of course a drug.)  Since many of the people who started CoDependents Anonymous came from AA, there is a certain level of black and white thinking that sometimes comes up in CoDA business meetings and affairs.  Because of this type of right and wrong / black and white thinking, I included this note at the bottom of the page in one of the articles in my series on The Miracle of The Twelve Step Recovery Process.

"I am inserting a note here for anyone who feels offended by what they see as a violation of the Eleventh Tradition of AA's Twelve Traditions.  The 11th Tradition of AA is:
Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.
I routinely break my own anonymity in regard to the fact that I am a recovering alcoholic / addict and codependent because I do not believe I would be alive today if Betty Ford had not broken her anonymity in the late 1970s and brought the subject of alcoholism out of the closet into public view.   She is one of the people I dedicated my book to because I believe that I personally owe her a debt of gratitude for her courage and honesty.  Breaking my own anonymity is one way that I carry the message of hope that saved my life.   Anyone whose black and white thinking is causing them to rigidly interpret the Twelve Steps and Traditions enough to be offended, desperately needs to get into codependency recovery in my opinion." - Robert Burney 2/10/04 The Miracle of The Twelve Step Recovery Process  Steps 10 thru 12 - The Maintenance Steps Part 1


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"Codependency is about having a dysfunctional relationship with self!  With our own bodies, minds, emotions, and spirits. With our own gender and sexuality. With being human.  Because we have dysfunctional relationships internally, we have dysfunctional relationships externally.

Codependency is an emotional and behavioral defense system which our egos adapted in early childhood to help us survive.  We were raised in shame based, emotionally dishonest, Spiritually hostile environments by parents who were wounded in their childhoods by patriarchal, shame based civilization that treated children and women as property." - Robert Burney