Many special thanks to my family and friends, for always being there for me during my unusual and so demanding adventure.
To my son, Matthew, and his wife, Merrylene — your love and support gave me the strength to go on, always. I am proud and honored to be your mom.
To my grandparents — thank you for your kindness, deep wisdom and for showing me the world through your loving eyes. Even after you passed away your love has been with me, at every step of my life.
To my mother — thank you for your strength, intelligence, sensitivity, amazing support and for always sending me in the right direction.
My deepest thanks to my editor, Brian Van der Horst, for his ongoing encouragement, huge wisdom, vast knowledge, and his gigantic help with bringing this book to its current form.
Special thanks to Dr. Stanley Krippner and Dr. Jerry Solfvin for their invaluable input, expertise and support, and for finding the time to read and evaluate my book.
To Iwona Majewska-Opielka — thank you for encouraging me, for not letting me give up. Your outstanding support, wisdom and contribution to human growth have touched and helped numerous lives, including mine.
To Ella T. Nojd — thank you for your beautiful friendship of many years, and the enormous help in typing the chapters of this book. You often enriched and brightened my days, and helped me to carry the load, in so many different ways.
To Richard P. Geer — thank you for always being there for me, no matter how big or small the subjects. For your invaluable insights, deep wisdom, knowing and celebrating who I am, and for the always generous and unfailing readiness to help in editing the chapters of my writings and books.
To Basia Kwasek, Irena Jarocka and Miss Stella Kara — you will never be forgotten. You will always live in my heart. Thank you for every single moment we shared, for every tear and smile.
To my beloved husband, Patrick Kern — thank you for your love, your bright smile, your tenderness and strength (all in one!), your outstanding intelligence and insights, and your dedication to the Master Teachings. You have become my home.
And to You, dear Reader — for everything you are. For your beautiful Heart, Mind, and Soul — thank you