June 8, 2015

Calm Amid Chaos – Program Reviews

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“The best program I have taken to date. Exercises are well designed to make it clear that we actively choose how to respond to life events and that we have a choice to regard the universe as benevolent creating happiness in the present. The choice for me is clear.”

Ted McCarthy, Physician,, Maine

“Calm Amid Chaos… a life changing program to view the world, my life and the universe in the most trusting and benevolent way. The content and teaching tools really helped me understand and use the “Intelligrid” in every aspect of every day. I am truly blessed and grateful for this program.”

Steven Williams, Residential Mental Health Counselor, New Hampshire

“Calm Amid Chaos is life changing from day one. The “Intelligrid” both as a noun and a verb presents a loving challenge to dance with God. It is my guidepost and lifeblood to choice, acceptance, love and gratitude. Thank you.”

Sue Kirck, Massage Therapist/ Educator, Connecticut

“I expanded my universe in the most fantastic way. I learned why being a victim has been seductive to me and I don’t ever have to choose to be a victim again. I now see everything that happens to me as an opportunity. When I’m uncomfortable about anything, my discomfort is not being done to me – I am doing it and nothing is random. I am never a victim and always in a benevolent universe. Using the grid has made all of this possible for me”

Robin McCarthy, Social Worker/ Artist,, Maine

“My life seemed chaotic until I took Calm Amid Chaos. Nothing about my life will ever again be chaotic or seem random. Everything is changing so I won’t be digging in but will change with it and loving myself and the changes.”

Murry Epple, Secretary, Treasurer And Housewife, Canada

“Fantastic program! In some ways Calm Amid Chaos seems to be the foundation for the Option Process. The “Intelligrid” provided me an opportunity to see clearly where I was not fully committed to taking ownership for my own thoughts, feelings and behaviors and thus I can now more easily strengthen this aspect of my life. Resolving this one issue then will have major consequences in terms of my authenticity, my ability to deal with fear and self-trust.”

Phil Lomas, Psychiatrist, WI

“The tools of Calm Amid Chaos have probably impacted my life in ways that allow me to be happy, comfortable and much to pursue my dreams in life than any other I’ve taken at the Option Institute. I love this stuff!”

Dodge White, Entrepreneur, Washington

“In Calm Amid Chaos, I finally really got how I create chaos inside and outside myself with my perceptions. I can now approach myself and the world around me with the loving perception and strong belief that the universe is benevolent, change is constant and that I don’t have to understand something in order to feel happy-I can feel happy anytime and anywhere.”

Jan Hafner, Social Worker / Student, Minnesota

“Calm Amid Chaos is the pinnacle by which to embrace the Option Process – intelligent, organized and full of bountiful learnings. I can see taking this class again and again.”

Jenifer Westphal, Home Engineer, Pennsylvania

“I struggled with a decision for two years, after one morning here I was completely clear and profoundly free of confusion. Not only was a dark cloud lifted, but I saw that the dark cloud itself was a beautiful thing.”

Maria Sando, Program Coordinator, Canada

“Calm Amid Chaos is such a great program. It is provocative, innovative, challenging and so useful. Having done other programs over the years, Calm Amid Chaos gave me a whole new perspective on familiar concepts. I feel I am leaving with a powerful tool (a power tool!) to deal with whatever this benevolent universe serves up to me!”

Tony Dalton, Company Director, Ireland

“I came here to deal with my husband being killed. I came to realize over the five days that I can let the pain and grief go, but keep Paul forever in my heart. Change my beliefs – change my life. Now I see a future, I used to think my life was over. This is indeed a place for miracles for it has given me and my two boys back our lives. It’s time to be happy! The best week ever – thanks guys. I felt loved and secure being amongst the other participants – some will be friends forever.”

Linda McGinn, Son-Rise Mom, Scotland

“Absolutely awesome! This being week five of the Grand Summer Sequence was definitely the climax of it all. The first four weeks were learning the inner tools and Calm Amid Chaos was how to put it all into life practice, sinking everything we’ve learned deeply within, like a solid foundation, and now I can build my “house”; my relationships, my career, my family, and create the life I dream.”

Shaya Talbot, Community Service Worker / Reconnective Healer, Canada

“Having been to the Institute several times over the past fifteen plus years, it is amazing that I always seem to take away learnings that are precisely what I need at that point in my life. Calm Amid Chaos is no different. For many reasons, the ability to handle what seem like chaotic situations in a more peaceful and accepting manner, makes room to make decisions with greater clarity and self-trust. I am confidant that I can begin to implement the practical techniques to use the minute I leave the place”

Bob Blenn, Training Consultant, New York

“The Option Process is a delightful way to embrace your inner self with love and acceptance. You get to learn brilliant, original and carefully designed material. It is helping me to change my life and the door is open to anyone who desires happiness.”

Vicki Blackburn, Special Ed Teacher, MI

“There is a watershed moment in everyones life that changes the course of your history forever. Calm Amid Chaos is now the next – I have gained a powerful sense of self through the simplest of grids and yet a grid of pure poetry in its very simplicity. I now have a filter system that I can use in every new piece of information that comes my way – life is so easy – it’s that simple.”

Nancy Haas, Realtor / Writer, PA

“Calm Amid Chaos was all and more than what I hoped for. I received and felt so much love and affirmation from my fellow participants. Perhaps most important I achieved a new appreciation for Bears and saw more love from and through him that I’ve ever experienced before. The grid is very real for me and I’m already using it daily. I got what I came to receive from this program.”

Marian Rose, Supervisor, Massachusetts

“Each time I come to the Option Institute, I gain a greater understanding about what life’s about. This time I really got it in a very deep way, like it’s now cellular and solid. I feel I will be able to meet life’s challenges, both big and small and give them the same importance and trust that the answer is in the future and that everything makes perfect sense in the end. I am a much happier person after this week!”

Denise D, Lawyer, Ireland

“Calm Amid Chaos was an absolutely magnificent program, filled with amazing exercises. The meditations were incredible. I came to so many wonderful conclusions for myself. It was truly gratifying to walk into the room every morning knowing I was untouchable because I believed in the benevolence and rationality of any and everything in the world!”

Emmy Zappa, Student, California

“I met such incredible people this week. I’ve made friendships that I know will last forever. I learned that no matter what happens in my life, I have the ability to see beauty.”

Erin Sullivan, Banquet Server, South Carolina

“The Calm Amid Chaos program is mind blowing. It gives you answers about the questions “What is the meaning of life?” “Who am I?” or “Who do I want to be, and how do I want to live my life?” You can change your perception of life and decide where and how you are going to go on with it. Absolutely the top if you want to know what life is all about.”

Bright Tellegen, Director, the Netherlands

“I came to this program anticipating that its value for me would be to renew and deepen concepts and perspectives with which I was already familiar. I came away from it not only with what I expected, but a whole lot more: a very different, almost upside-down perspective of the world compared to what I came with, and the new perspective is so very much more useful, fun and easy compared with my old view.”

Erika Bro, Mentor, New Jersey

“It’s really been a powerful week full of possibilities. Possibilities I never saw or experienced before. This week I dug through my beliefs about how “loving myself” and seeing that though the Calm Amid Chaos made me so much stronger. I know and feel that the universe is indeed benevolent and everything that “happened” to me in the past brought me right up to now. So I can really love myself no matter what the situation is.”

Esther Iepema, Social Worker, Holland

“After ten years of coming to The Option Institute—Calm Amid Chaos is the best program yet! It provides an integrated grid you can use to navigate your life with comfort and ease. I really feel I’m leaving with a tool that provides a solid foundation to create peace and happiness in my life.”

Sue Davis, Physician, Massachusetts

“The Calm Amid Chaos program took me away from the defeating idea of “why is this happening to me” to “where this will take me next.” Trusting the momentum of the universe in all that change is drawing me to my future with love and caring as opposed to humiliation and defeat. I want to live my human experience as it unfolds before me.”

Gina Roman, Real Estate, Connecticut

“I loved Calm Amid Chaos—I learned to celebrate and embrace a continuously changing and benevolent universe by letting go of resistance into the loving flow and wonder of life with joy, ease, and trust in each moment, no matter what!!! I learned a splendid future enters into us long before it ever happens as a loving embrace pulling us forward with limitless benevolent possibilities for joy and delight.”

Patrick Davenport, Free, Massachusetts

“Calm Amid Chaos is not just intellectually stimulating, it’s life stimulating! I’m now set up to interact with my world from a place of flexibility, strength, awareness and curiosity. Through the learnings of this Program I will approach everything differently—and it’s going to be a blast.”

Evan Denbaum, Journalist,, Connecticut

“This program helped me to reach in straight to the heart and core of my fears and to see them without leaving the space and time to dwell on them. The beliefs taught in this course are the most expansive and beautiful tenants I have ever adopted in my life.”

Natalie Orieson, Registrar, Massachusetts

“Only attend Calm Amid Chaos if you want to change your life in ways you’ve never dreamed of, only if you dare to be someone you never thought you’d be, only if you want to make love, comfort and happiness a central enduring part of your life.”

Mary Church, Business Owner, Indiana

“Wow! Each class seems better than the last. This has been going on for quite a while for me. Either the classes are getting better and better or I am growing with each class so that I can grow even more and more with the next. Through my many classes at The Option Institute I have gone from a meek, sweet, scared into bold, fun though always grounded in comfort and acceptance. Calm Amid Chaos is so far the best and most liberating of the classes—I am free to be joyfully me.”

Gretchen Pfuetze, Real Estate, Massachusetts

“The big let go—through Calm Amid Chaos I became aware I was still attached to being a victim (wow is me!)”

Kevin Taul, Student, Canada

“Calm Amid Chaos is the most mind-blowing, mind-shifting experience I’ve ever had. It is beyond any other program and goes directly to the core of all teachings at The Option Institute: Love.”

Ernie Tellegen, Entrepreneur, Netherlands

“Calm Amid Chaos is profound. I have taken many programs at the Option Institute and this has taken my understanding of my life to a whole new level. Calm Amid Chaos has given me the tools to look at life through a new lens, to see the Universe as Benevolent has been so freeing. I am going back to my life with a new sense of confidence and love for myself in this ever changing world.”

Tilly Larment, Family Counselor, United Kingdom

“Calm Amid Chaos taught me that at whatever level I am with my understanding, efforts in time there is always a way to make things deeper and more beneficial in my life. I must trust.”

Ron Holland, Designer, Ireland

“Beyond my wildest desire– I realized a few years ago that everything that happened in my life was connected and had a purpose, so Calm Amid Chaos confirmed this.”

Therese Thompson, USA

“We all have an existing mindset that is supposed to be helpful in life, yet when we experience so called negative situations, we get unhappy. The Calm Amid Chaos is an intelligent grid, which enables us to go through life with curiosity, intention, vigor and joy—because we believe three cornerstones: 1. the universe is benevolent, 2. the cause is in the future, and 3. Change is continuous.”

Georg Peterseil, Architect, Ireland

“My experience with the Calm Amid Chaos program was a very wonderful and transformational time. I am excited to begin a new and benevolent journey upon my return to life. I now have some tools to carry me through life in a loving and fearless manner regardless of the journey ahead”

Terry Parkin, Electrical Design, Canada

“I would recommend Calm Amid Chaos for those that want to formulate and strengthen central beliefs in their lives that will keep them happy and increase their self love and acceptance. As always, The Option Institute outdid itself in creating a model for happiness in the world.”

Isis Maria Cohen, Spiritual Healer, New York

“Calm Amid Chaos really gave me a practical and valuable method of how I can become a grown dad, centered, loving, peaceful calm person. I fully experienced the feeling of comfort that came when I viewed my life through a specific and amazing “grid.” I can now face whatever life has in store for me with strength, peace and calm!”

Leonard Cooper Haas, Actor, Pennsylvania

“I have an amazing lens to view life through now. I look around and the world is beautiful. Even the things I once judged as terrible have a place in my beautiful, peaceful new world.”

Athena Ellis, Child Facilitator in Training, Massachusetts

“By far the best program I have taken at The Option Institute! I will never be anxious or scared of the future again! The Intelligrid is the most amazing tool. I finally feel safe and happy because the cause is in the future!”

Jessica Reisman, Student, Florida

“The Intelligrid, presented in the Calm Amid Chaos program, is a very powerful, pragmatic and loving framework through which to see both personal and world events. If it is true, that heaven is here on earth, then Intelligrid is one way to reveal it.”

Dayton Semerjian, Software Executive, Massachusetts

“High flame!!! A journey that lead me to understand myself and the universe around me. After this week I will be in the world what I want to see in the world. Thank you all.”

Nikki Lynn Tanzi, Mom, New York

“Now I finally know that my life is a walk with God! Learning and adopting the Intelligrid in Calm Amid Chaos program will forever affect my life in the most beautiful way you could ever imagine! Thank you for this new and beautiful life!”

Sanne Schroll, Economist and PHD Student, Denmark

“Calm Amid Chaos is the segue to choosing happiness in any and every situation. The Intelligrid if used is a blue print for indestructable peace.”

Mary Lee Bednarek, Actor, Pennsylvania

“Calm Amid Chaos is the greatest exposure of my self limiting belief system that no longer work. The five days have allowed me to peel back my personal worldly controls and self righteous attitudes to be substituted with acceptance, calm joy, happiness and daily celebration about the flow of life.”

Shawn Draisey, Corporate Recruiter, Canada

“Calm Amid Chaos has been truly life changing. My experience has allowed me to look within and understand my anxieties and feel fine with them. I have learned to love, trust and be present with myself. I no longer have the need to fear the future or rationalize anything that may happen. I know whatever happens will be perfect!”

Relcha Neilson, Son-Rise Program Mom, United Kingdom

“Calm Amid Chaos is one of the best, if not the best course I’ve taken so far. The philosophy taught and the teaching methods are excellent. The idea that one universe is benevolent was huge for me and the use of the Intelligrid will undoubtedly change my life. The course hugely impacted my ability to trust myself and to approach each moment of my life without judgment of either myself or those around me. I am most grateful for having had the opportunity to grow in this way.”

Cynthia Thompson, Professor, Illinois

“Calm Amid Chaos brought together many threads that were not firmly stitched into my web of beliefs. I had the most profound insights and experiences this week and will have the grid in place when life experiences give me opportunities to use what I know.”

Vick Krier, Retired Math Professor, Colorado

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