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John Chupka, LCSW

Founder and Director of The Forgiveness Center in Troy, New York, John has taught the Course In Miracles, for more than 25 years. The Forgiveness Center is a spiritually based practice of psychotherapy and transpersonal education. John founded it to provide opportunities for clients to release painful past experiences, be fully present in the moment and create powerful futures. He treats clients of all ages, including preschool students in inner-city day care centers.

A psychotherapist in private practice for 35 years, John was a co-founder of an innovative, private mental health clinic, which utilized the pioneering principles of Brief Strategic therapy.

Certified in Brief Strategic Therapy and Ericksonian Hypnosis, John conducts seminars, workshops and retreats based in spiritual teachings of both the Eastern and Western disciplines he has studied, including transactional analysis, gestalt therapy, and kundalini yoga.

A creative humorist, John is a musician, singer-songwriter who’s CDs of healing mediations, Transcending for Men and Transcending for Women produce dramatic results.

John, with his wife Joyce, is a leader in the transformation of the City of Troy, a demonstration project in how to actively transform communities, one neighborhood at a time. Together with their daughter, they have just completed their soon to be released novel, IT Went Without Saying. The book is a personal story told through conversation of the power of Love, Life, and Forgiveness in the face of Addition.

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The Journey to a Meaningful Life

I am grateful to offer my perspective on the pathway to a meaningful life. I hope that these insights assist you on your journey. I have found these to be the basic principles of a well lived life: Know we are life itself Express life with passionate loving intent Experience the privilege of forgiving others and accept forgiveness graciously Celebrate daily Live life a moment at a time When we understand that we are life itself, it frees us from the unconscious terror of feeling alone. We become aware that we are the very breath that sustains the bodies we inhabit.…

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