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Delightful Diederik Wolsak, of Dutch origin, was born in the Dutch East Indies in a Japanese concentration camp, where he spent the first 3.5 years of his life. Back in the Netherlands, he was sent off to a foster home. Having experienced enough hardship in the early years of his life to last him a lifetime – by then being labeled as unmanageable and uncoachable by teachers – Diederik turned to sports, alcohol, drugs or whatever he could get his hands on, to suppress his pain and self-hatred. As Byron Katie likes to say “I know you love me, you just don't know it yet”, Diederik had his own version: “I know you hate me, you just don't know it yet.” All the while, it was his own hurt he was stubbornly seeing out in the world.
At age 50 he came to a point where life became nearly unbearable: it was surrender or die. Luckily for Diederik, and the thousands he has inspired, Grace intervened. It was at that time, after crying out in exasperation that “there has to be another way”, and having decided he would give ‘that other way’ a chance, that A Course in Miracles fell in his lap. A period of intense spiritual practice ensued, from which his counseling work organically grew.
At one point he noticed few things triggered him anymore. So he started the Choose Again center in Costa Rica. A loving place where he would be surrounded by people nonstop, providing ample opportunity for getting triggered and the forgiveness work that follows. As Diederik likes to say, and which constitutes Step 2 in the Choose Again Six step process: everything is FOR me. His life is a reminder of that.
The Six step process is part and parcel of Choose Again. In a (tiny!) nutshell it is a process of inquiry that takes you along 6 steps:
- I’m upset
- It’s about me
- Feel the feeling
- Remember the first time you felt the feeling
- Establish what the judgment was in the memory you retrieved in step 4
- Embrace the truth of who you are
There is incredible depth and richness to the Six steps self-inquiry – much more than what can conveyed in this short bio. Diederik has arrived at a point now where he sees the beauty in everything: be it a beautiful bird, or a dead cat lying by the side of the road.
Wise, erudite and cheeky, Diederik delivers his message with compassionate directness. He'll be sure to shake you out of your convenient or inconvenient slumber. Relentlessly, he keeps pointing at the Truth within ourselves.
He currently spends his time between the Choose Again center in Costa Rica, and Vancouver and Victoria in Canada. Diederik teaches workshops in Costa Rica, Canada, the Netherlands and France. He has just – after being persuaded by students and teachers – published a book, Choose Again: Six Steps to Freedom.
During our free online Awaken to Love conference, Diederik will be doing a live workshop. Not to be missed!
You can learn more about Diederik on the Choose Again website: https://www.choose-again.com.