Eleven sisters, abandoned, and abused,
reunite after forty-three years,
and tell their stories.
I was three years old when I entered the orphanage. Here is a picture of me with a sister's arm around me. I wasn't unhappy. I didn't miss my mother. I was surrounded by the love and nurturance of my sisters. But, as is the case with most abandoned children, we were eventually separated and placed into foster care.
I was traumatized by the separation from my sisters. I would carry that within my broken heart for forty-three years. Until...
"Broken Water" tells the true story of my journey to survive an abusive foster home while seeking to reunite with my sisters. It invites the reader to journey with me through a miraculous reunion followed by a fifteen-year effort to learn my family's history and to write each sister's heart-wrenching story of abuse and abandonment. It shares our experiences while living in orphanages, foster care and adoptions. The stories of children in the system today are hauntingly familiar.
"Broken Water" is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, the strength of a bonded sisterhood, and the power found in having faith in miracles and something greater than the self.
"Broken Water," will be available for your personal library on May 9, 2023.
The curious, brave, strong and magnificent child you once were is still within you just waiting to be honored! During my twenty-plus years in practice, I have sat with many who have struggled to come to terms with their past. I am no different. I have had my own struggles and presume I will have more.
Healing involves challenging the negative messages you carry around inside your mind and replacing them with words, stories and expressions that define your magnificence and the child you once were.
The world can be a dismal place, adding stress to those who are already struggling. I have worked with individuals from all walks of life--all races, cultures and creeds, often referred to me from rehab centers, counselors, psychiatrists and physicians. In addition, I spent many years working as a child advocate for abused and neglected children.
I retired recently from my practice to pursue my love of writing. I have since completed my memoir, "Broken Water." With that task accomplished, it is now time to once again open space in my life to share my work with a few individuals via phone or zoom.
This work would involve reading and utilizing a small workbook I wrote entitled "Living Beyond Childhood Pain." The program includes nine one hour sessions, and can be scheduled once per week to cover the following topics:
As a Ministerial Counselor, my work is soul-healing, spiritual and enlightening. During my 25+ years of practice, I have worked with individuals from every walk of life, religion, creed and culture. I do not require that you align with a particular religion or belief system. I do require that you have a willingness to invest in learning how to embrace and love the child you once were. I would be delighted to walk with you through your path of recovery.
Each session begins in prayer. Here is how the first session opens:
Dear God (Or what reference you are comfortable with)
Every new journey is a path full of discovery.
Journey with me as I revisit the innocence of the child I once was.
Journey with me as I embrace that innocence.
Journey with me as I grow in my understanding of my life’s path.
Help me to seek out loving and nurturing support for my ventures.
Help me believe that I am worthy of this and more.
Help me to find the light in the world.
Help me find my way back to myself.
If you would be interested in learning more, please call 540-513-3030. Be sure to leave a message with your name, phone number, and the time and date of your call. I will either answer if available, or get back to you personally.
Pain, when felt honestly, understood openly and addressed directly, provides a path toward healing the heart and soul. A healed heart lives fully, joyfully and productively. A healed soul spreads light into the darkness of the world.--Rev. Barbara Lane, MA, OMC
I first started working with Barbara about 2004. When I first came to her I was suffering from depression, anxiety, and self-hatred as a result of many years of abuse from my father as I was growing up. She is absolutely the best counselor that I have ever worked with, and she very likely saved my life.
She is the first person in my life that I ever experienced unconditional love from, and she put me on a successful healing path that continues to this day. I now speak publicly about my years of childhood abuse and my eventual recovery, and I always talk about the most vital part of my recovery, which was working with a fantastic counselor. That counselor was Barbara Lane.
Kelvin Pierce, Author
Sins of My Father: Growing Up with America’s Most Dangerous White SupremacistI
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