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Happy Thanksgiving:

It's hard to believe that it is almost six years since we started our Seek the Truth website. It seems like only yesterday when my family first awakened, and decided to leave "the Message" for freedom. We have all come a long way since then, and have much to be thankful for.

I never will forget how it felt those first few months. Like so many of you have experienced, we had both good times and bad. No matter what situation is the cause, starting over in life is a difficult experience, especially when it feels like so many are against you. I read a motivational speech recently, describing that feeling when one overcomes life's battles with fierce opposition. At the end, the speaker said something like, "but they haven't walked in our shoes, and they have no idea how worn those shoes are from the journey". I feel that way sometimes when I watch members of religious cults are responding with unkind words to those escaping. They've not yet begun the journey to freedom; they have no idea how hard it is to walk away. Hopefully, they do awaken, and see how many miles those shoes can travel!

For the past few years, when I struggled with the loneliness and sorrow that results from "unplugging" ourselves from the group mindset, there was one thing that kept my spirits lifted: my children. Each time I watch my children playing with new friends, experiencing new things, and enjoying life to the fullest, I am thankful. I'm thankful that we removed them from the cult before their late teenage years. Those are the most difficult time for all children coming of age, but are especially difficult for those in a religious cult. My younger two children remember very little of the cult outside of a "man who screamed a lot", and my oldest remembers just enough to think he would have left anyway of his own will. I'm thankful we awakened in time for him to feel that strong, unbroken willpower, and thankful that my children were not programmed to the same level that we were. They have very bright futures ahead of them, and without the chains that held us back, have the entire world to explore, learn, enjoy, and contribute to its improvement. I'm thankful for the future they will help create.

I'm thankful for so many of you, our new friends and family, who have been by our side all this time. We've laughed together, cried together, felt like we were losing our minds together, and then started healing together. I can only imagine what it must have looked like when we all began to discover the many flaws of our belief system, especially during the "angry stage" every former cult member suffers through. One by one, I'm noticing so many of you healing and finding balance in your lives. We may not all heal at the same pace, and it is definitely more difficult for some than others, but we all are on the same journey. Our "shoes are all worn" in much the same way.

I'm thankful that our new family and new friendship is built on something that will endure the test of time. As I watch those who have escaped and started healing working so hard to help those who are hurting, I see new bonds being made that are unbreakable. Giving hope and courage to others, sharing love with those who need it most, each are doing their part in the healing process. I'm thankful that our faith, hope, and love will never fade.

From the Collins family to yours, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving. You are all a very special part of our lives, and have given us memories that our grandchildren will one day talk about as they share future Thanksgivings in freedom. For those who are on the brighter side of healing, we are thankful you overcame. For those who are having a difficult time, we are thankful in knowing that healing will come. For those just starting your journey, we are thankful so many are here to help, and that your journey is down a road that has been formed, packed down firmly by many, many "worn shoes".

Happy Thanksgiving!

John Collins
Author and Webmaster, Seek the Truth