You are beautiful.
You are free.
And you can shine again ~ without shame.
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If you have experienced sexual assault, you are a hero on a journey … whether you know it yet or not.

My name is Lisa Foster. My Hero’s Journey began 24 years ago when I confronted my father about sexually abusing me.  As I began to heal from self-hatred, sexual trauma, and self-protection, I noticed something: the shame-based lens of our culture condemned me to a lifetime in the Recovery stage as a “survivor.”  But I was determined to pioneer a path beyond survival, to an abundant, free, fully-expressed life without limits.  I created Parillume so others, like you, could join me.

Learn more about Parillume’s mission and the Hero’s Journey for sexual assault survivors.

"It's never too late to be what you might have been." George Eliot


The name Parillume is derived from para (near or alongside) and illume (to shine). Parillume empowers those who have experienced sexual trauma to continue past the survivor stage and heroically reclaim the treasure of their true selves shining in the world without shame. No matter where you are on your Hero’s Journey, there are recovery resources and a lit path waiting to you. You are not alone, and you are a treasure worth fighting for.

The Hero’s Journey for Overcomers of Sexual Violation™

Stage 1: Awakening

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The Hero’s Journey applies the work of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell to the challenge of reclaiming the treasure of your true self after sexual assault. In the Awakening stage, you recognize that today’s pain is rooted in your violation, and you embrace the possibility of healing. You move from the known world, with its false sense of security, to the transforming world of recovery.

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Stage 2: Recovery

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In the Recovery stage, a safe, loving network of healing recovery resources empowers you to slay the dragons of shame and PTSD. Your mental, emotional, physical, and relational symptoms – manifestations of underlying trauma – begin to fade. You become fully immersed in the transforming world, and you begin a new life.

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Stage 3: Reward

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In the Reward stage, you reap the benefits of your Recovery work by actualizing the dreams, designs, desires and delights inside you. You reclaim the treasure of your true self — your freedom, child-like joy, spirit, and integrated story. You feel Big inside, and play Big in the world. You shine again, without shame.

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Stage 4: Shining

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By the time you get to this final stage of the Hero’s Journey, you are Shining with freedom and ease. As author and hero of your story, you return to the Known World bearing the gift of your unique self, and – on your terms – inspire others to begin their own journeys.

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"After the final 'No' there is a 'Yes' on which the world depends." Wallace Stevens


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