I invested tremendous time, money, effort and intellectual capacity over many years toward my personal and professional growth. But it is the Love, Courage and Achievement Project (the LCA) that simply, yet profoundly, reawakened my heart and taught me how to keep myself continually awake to an infinite expectation of the dawn. I am forever grateful to Randy and Bill Ferguson for reconnecting me to my life purpose: to serve.
I am free from the bondage of the pain of my past, and I now have the tools and the insight to manage any pain caused by new changes in my reality or the upsets of life. Through inner work and the support of so many others walking the journey alongside me, I essentially released my protected and guarded heart in a safe and nurturing environment where I could feel joy and not just think joyful thoughts.
I am awestruck by the wonder and strength of everyone who courageously enters into the inner work that is the LCA. As I traveled the path to rediscover my heart, it was as if I were cradled in the souls of new friends who embraced me in their hearts, like a set of gently cupped hands holding a precious butterfly in safety and grace-filled love.
When I first shared my intention of participating in the LCA experience, I said, “I long to be heard and feel cherished.” As is so often the case, God had great plans for this experience, which so far surpassed my expectations that I am completely inspired! Through my courage and within the safe environment of the LCA – the mentorship, friendship, sharing of souls, and divine empowerment – I attained tools that will take me forward into my life without the false sense of security and the numbing affect I previously acquired from the use of antidepressants.
For the first time in five years, I am going into the late Fall without an antidepressant! People ask me, “Are you still depressed?” My response is humbly and assuredly, “Yes, I am still depressed.” But now I have tools to help me rewire my thinking, adjust my attitude, cope with upset and pain, and feel empowered to set a vision for expectations of a life of joy and possibility. Releasing my attachment to an antidepressant responsibly (with the guidance of my doctor), and keeping the promises I made to myself during the seven follow-up weeks of the LCA, represent a huge milestone for me: my realization that the numbness I created over the years to encase my heart with protection was, as Thoreau referenced, my “mechanical aid.”
The Love, Courage and Achievement Project restored my emotional well-being and gave me my heart back – vital, strong and ready to be filled with great love! Each day, I can now awaken and feel the content joy of the infinite dawn by “simply being!”
—Cheryl S, LCA Champion Team Apprentice
"Randy, I really do not know how to thank you and the others in the group for the contributions I have received during these seven weeks. The growth, the new insights, the releasing of pain and old beliefs has been so great; I do not have the words to express my gratitude to you. This has been the best personal growth experience I have had in over 20 years. As you read my evaluation you will see what I mean. There is still more to do, but realizing that it is a process and that I have some good tools to work with gives me a great sense of confidence. Thank you, thank you, and thank you." - Richard A. Butler, Husband, Father, Friend, and 35 years as a Community Social Worker.
"Working the 'Healing Through Upset Tool' actually released my resentment totally. It brought growth and freedom from my upset. This seminar has lifted my very deep depression. It brought me back into life. I now have my light back. I love life again and I can't wait to experience the next gift." - Lisa Millette, Entrepreneur and mother.
“In January of 2013, almost a year ago, I felt that my life had imploded. There was not one aspect of my life that was working. I was the only common denominator in everything that was happening but I didn’t know what I was or wasn’t doing that was causing all these things to happen. I was seeing a therapist but that didn’t seem to be very helpful at all. Let me share with you what was happening.
I had been unemployed for a year and a half. I’d submitted about 1200 applications and had some great interviews, had gotten up to the top one or two only to lose them the next day. Only a month or two before I found out that my former boss, the one where I did the best job of my life and covered her back like I’ve never done before, had been giving me a very negative job reference and that was causing these potential jobs to disappear, seemingly overnight. I’m talking about jobs that paid well over $120,000 per year. I was living only on my retirement and savings. Actually in January I ran out of savings and started living only on retirement, which I thank God I had.
My daughter, Stacy, suddenly started having horribly painful headaches and migraines. They became so bad and debilitating and she became so ill that she thought she was going to die. Stacy and her husband, Pete, asked me to fly up there immediately instead of waiting to come up later as planned. So after 2 ½ weeks, I came home feeling exhausted, ego way below the cellar, self esteem way below that, depressed, cried a lot, was unproductive, etc. I knew I was the only common denominator but I didn’t know why.
Per chance, a gentleman named William, who was running into church at the same time I was, asked me to have breakfast with him and I did. At breakfast a man named Randy Ferguson stopped by the table to talk with William and others and introduced us. Several more weeks passed. After church one Sunday, when I was feeling so incredibly blue, I saw Randy and knowing that he did spiritual counseling (whatever that meant), asked to set up an appointment with him. All the while I was struggling to keep the tears from flowing. We met later that week and that started 20 weeks of an adventure with him that certainly changed me and my life.
Boy, there was a lot of worthwhile work. I was able to challenge my beliefs, thoughts, and finally forgive myself for some past behaviors, a past lifestyle that was so out of character, etc. I found my worthiness, I found myself, I am still developing in all aspects. My biggest gift from all that work was gaining the mind-set, the truly knowing that God only wants the best for me, that He is always working for and through me. The Universe has brought that and so much more to me through Randy.
Each week Randy taught me new skills and provided tools to further advance my understandings of the barriers, beliefs, and unacknowledged old mind tapes that prevented me from becoming all that I want to be, all that I can be. Some of the homework took some time but I still use it and think about it daily. I’ve incorporated many of the things he taught me into my daily life.
When I think of the wonderful things I learned through Randy and the time I spent with him I think about personal accountability, setting and meeting each of my personal goals, and getting rid of all the old naysayers in my mind. Now when I think of a negative thought in my mind, I say to myself, “That isn’t true, I am worthy.” Personally, Randy taught me to put the past to rest, to heal past wounds and put them away, to be all I can be and even more.
During my time with Randy, I started two new businesses, had major developments in those businesses, and again felt worthy and good about myself. These were things that I never got from seeing a therapist. Those feelings continue to grow. Not everything I want has yet to come to fruition, but it’s coming. That trust, that knowing is something that simply wasn’t there a year ago.
Another huge gift is letting the past go and living in the now. That is where I’ve definitely grown. The past is now if I think of it and choose to let it affect me. The future is now if I don’t live in the present and only think of the future. I choose to live in the present. As a result, I am living that already received attitude I believe. I know that I am prosperous, have great abundance, success, and abounding love.”
So on this day before Thanksgiving, I thank you, Randy, first and foremost this year.
"I discovered my life purpose; it's helping people understand they need to take care of their families and the peace that comes with that. I realize how great it feels when someone says, 'you changed my life.'” - Steven Bishop, Husband and father (diagnosed with ALS also known as Lou Gehrigs disease).
“To actually get my life purpose written on a piece of paper. Wow! A direction to go toward is amazing. You truly bring out the good in me.” – Jennifer Bishop, Mother and wife.
“I have met some of the most extraordinary and wonderful people. I’ve fallen in love with several, a love that will last the extent of time. I’ve had several sleepless nights just thinking of these magnificent people.” Mark Herman, Computer Scientist.
"I now have the greatest lifemate and the career of my dreams." – Donna S, Director of Client Services/Financial Planner.
“I no longer let others determine my emotional state. I’m willing to fail…I’m willing to succeed…and I’m willing to trust again. In fact, I just fulfilled a long-term dream, the opening of my new Hypnotherapy office.”– William Phillips, Father, grandfather and hypnotherapist.
“My greatest victory is the realization that I have the ability to change my career. There is assistance out there. All I have to do is ask.” Carole Ann Ball, New real estate investor.
"Over the last several months, I have witnessed absolute miracles, both in my life and the lives of others.” Sandy Forte, Addiction counselor.
"I have to say, I was so skeptical about the whole process when I signed up. However, I have 0 concerns now because it really works if you work with it. All you have to do is follow the instructions, and truly want to make a change for the better. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I feel I have accomplished so much over the week end that I can hardly stand waiting to see the results at the end of 6 weeks & beyond." Love, Ellen Rees
"What can I say about the LCA workshop? For me it has been a life changing experience. I am happier, I have more energy and I now have an incredible relationship in the making. I think the most important change is that I finally learned to love myself 100% as apposed to the 75% that I was previous to the workshop. What makes this workshop so distinct from any other workshops or books I have studied in the past are the “Tools”. In other workshops my “core issues” have been brought to the surface, but this is the first time I have been given tools to deal with them effectively and permanently. I know and understand that other issues will arise in my life, but these tools I have learned will allow me to deal with them as they come up in an “empowered” manner, instead of just realizing the issues but not knowing how to deal with them.
I can honestly say that I have already recommended this workshop to at least 10 people and plan to encourage as many people as I can to partake in this life affirming and altering experience.
I truly appreciate the fact that Randy has not only taken on the task of teaching as many people as he can, but he obviously truly embodies these teachings and it shows!
Thank you Randy! Donna Herman, Love Courage and Achievement GRADUATE!"
These graduates of The LCA Journey have been kind enough to offer their names and e-mails for any questions you may have: Donna S. email@example.com