Faith and Adult Development

This week’s vlog is going to be a heavy one. I almost didn’t even record it, but I’m glad I did.

 

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  1. Marty

    Excellent Vlog today. Thank you Susan. I feel all the topics you shared and talked about today, is valuable food for thought and feeling, how we chose and try to move through life.

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    1. Virginia Forgatsch

      I agree with the above person. It is an excellent blog. Thank you for posting it. I am currently in maintenance and a Bright Lifer. I am also straight and have gay friends and hate the discrimination.

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  2. Linda Watson

    I thought this was going to be really heavy, but it was a no-brainer for me! Thanks for sharing! I’m straight but have relatives who are lesbian. God loves us all!

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  3. Deborah

    Love you too Susan, great vlog, well done you!
    I applaud your courage .

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  4. Charlotte

    I am a Christian. I know that God loves people. He hates sin. One day everyone will see the Truth. Jesus is coming back to set up His kingdom here on earth during the Millineum. The day is coming when every knee will bow to Jesus the King. I pray for all who don’t believe and don’t have a relationship with Him.

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    1. Kelly

      Nah.

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    2. Janet

      Amen, Sister.

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    3. Diane demarco

      Thank you! You are not denying your Lord!!

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  5. Constance

    Yeah… same reason I denounced the religion that I was raised in. When the priest denied my brother, who was dying of AIDS, of his last rites unless he denounced his homosexuality, I cried BS to all of it.

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    1. Kimberly

      Peace joy love to both you and your brother. I a m sorry you witnessed that suffering in the past. Those are things that helped to create our crazy eating patterns, and what we are working hard to put in the past to be forever without power to drive us negatively, in at least one way, regarding food. The world is full of negativity that causes us to cry BS. I need to seek joy instead of focusing on religion, sexual orientation, my mother, and the many other personal demons that I have cried and eaten over. I love you and hope you love me for the good we both are however we are, were and will be.

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  6. Jodi

    Thanks for sharing your truth!
    This is the first Vlog I have ever responded to. Just thanks so much for keeping it real!
    I wish health and peace to all who listen, those who agree and those who see it different! Love to all!

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  7. Laurie Moore Skillings

    Thank you Susan!

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  8. Kathleen Lawler

    You continue to inspire. What a beautiful heart you have. Thank you. So glad you shot and aired this, the planet needs this more than ever. Love for all. I also appreciated you breaking down adult development and how it applied to Brite Line Eating.

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  9. Bondell

    Thank you, Susan, for sharing this Vlog. It took courage and great vulnerability. In my opinion it is your best Vlog ever.

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  10. Paul B

    Thank you for your thoughtfulness in this blog today, I understand your difficulties and would not even try to walk in your shoes and fully comprehend, I do agre with the idea to step beyond the community view into self authoring. I had not considered that as a growth stage but love the idea that we can grow to be internally critical about our belief system. As a person who gives ministry, the responsibility to be ever vigilant to be inclusive is paramount. Blessings dear one, I appreciate your candidness.

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  11. Joseph

    Wow! That’s a 600′ grand slam! Yes! You’ve captured the meaning of to thine own self be true. This one rocked!
    Joseph in Missoula

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  12. Tammy

    You are amazing – I really identified with what you had to say – thank you so much!

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  13. Sam DuBois

    Dear Susan – Yes, ma’am, we are going to have to make some of these beliefs more flexible – and I have no idea how this will ever happen! Perhaps the mainstream Bahai Faith will be overshadowed by a more reasonable organization! (You know as well as I do that what I just said is anathema to the mainstream…)
    Abdul-Baha is the perfect Example precisely because he was NOT perfect – he was an incredible human, so we can learn from his best efforts!
    And clearly none of the rest of us is infallible!
    We will have to loosen up, learn to adjust, or go the way of other blind-obedience religious movements…
    Bless you for withdrawing – this courageous, totally coherent action may be the kind of thing that enables change.
    I have not been thrown out yet. And even when I do get thrown out, I will still be a Bahai – but there are AT LEAST eight issues we are going to have to straighten out!
    Thank you for this!
    Sam

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson

      Wow, Sam.
      Thank you for your loving, supportive, broad-minded response. That it comes from a Baha’i, of course, makes it all the more buoying. You are not the only Baha’i I have told who has responded this way. The principle of “Individual Investigation of Truth” is dear to us all, and I have not, by and large, felt resented for raising these issues and withdrawing over them. And now that I’ve been public about my withdrawal, to have further support feels just fabulous. Thank you so much.
      xoxoxo
      Susan

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  14. Linda Barankin

    Amazing Vlog !! Thank you Susan.

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  15. Bridget Hill

    Though I am not a perfect BLE er, I continue to stay connected because of your continued AUTHENTICITY. …and the science behind it all as well. Thank you.

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    1. Cyn

      Bridget, you expressed my sentiments exactly. Setting BLE aside, these VLOGs offer value for many parts of our lives. Susan, please keep on sharing!

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  16. Janine M Wanee

    I support you in your very even-handed approach to what needed to be said in support of a marginalized group that many religious dogmas have made feel unwelcome. Please know that this heterosexual woman thinks you’re outlook is wonderful, loving, and intelligent. Best wishes to you.

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  17. Andrea

    Excellent and informative as usual. I was fairly apprehensive at the beginning and was really relieved to hear that it was ‘only’ this. As adults, we have the responsibility to continually sift through what is out there to seek the truth and I suspect many in our community do this better than most. But what bothers me is that you, Susan, seem to be allowing people to hold you responsible for things for which you are not responsible. It reminds me of the firestorm over fasting and the people who were charging you with being insensitive to those with eating disorders. They actually made you apologize and this was just not right. None of us can be all things to all people and there is nothing wrong with this. My concern is that the mantle will become too heavy and we will lose a wonderfully enlightened voice. I just don’t see how this can be sustainable. But thank you as always, for being who you are.

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  18. Anne

    Thanks for this. What I appreciated was how you encapsulate all the different ways of eating. In my journey, I get several different views. Some represent “this is the only way to be healthy” and will literally contradict what another says. I think in the end your saying you are free is needed right now. It’s about what are the similarities and what works for you personally. There is a lot out there right now and the functional along with the fanaticism, is something we all have to decide for ourselves. Hopefully, what you decide, makes you happy.

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  19. Sue White

    Just Wow! Best Vlog of them all. We all deserve respect and love regardless of whom we choose to love. Thank you for all you do to live as close to your own truth as possible and for understanding that we are all a work in progress. Unstoppable!

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  20. Cathy Sutter

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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  21. Robin

    I really appreciate this awesome Vlog, and how you brought so many complex and interesting subjects together.

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    1. Nili Marcia

      I agree with you Robin!

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  22. Sharon

    Love, love, love this vlog! You are amazing Susan. Thank you for sharing. You are in my heart.

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  23. YVONNE

    In my opinion, this was the best vlog you ever presented; not because it was about gays and attitude but, for me, because it was about freedom of thought. Thank you.

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  24. Linda Watson

    Really excellent information!

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  25. Lisa

    Thank you so very very much Susan! This blog was beautiful, I always appreciate you putting your heart on your sleeve. I really respect what you say during the first part about faith and sexual orientation, I personally am totally on board with you.

    The information and insight you shared during the second part about the adult mind and self-authoring was so very powerful and really helped me understand myself. I just made some decisions related my recovery path and support group related to “sifting” and now I know why! Thank you for helping me be that much more confident.

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  26. Michele Sneed

    Dear, dear, Susan. This vlog is a beautiful testament to courage and a demonstration of living in integrity. True to your genuine humility, you shrug off being a thought-leader. Thank heavens, for the position of influence you do hold because as I see it, you are making the world a better place in many more ways than weight loss. Your inspirational message rivals any of the thousands of “sermons” I’ve ever heard. Why? Because not only are your words compassionate and non-judgmental, but you have paired them with solid action (disassociating from a plumb line with which you don’t completely resonate) and then taking the next step by making this public declaring your truth to all , thus opening your door of invitation even more widely. Once again, your underlying message of unconditional love elegantly shines through.

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    1. Nili Marcia

      Beautifully said, Michele. I agree!

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  27. Cathy

    That was a wonderful, deeply inspiring vlog. Thank you for your honesty.

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  28. Michelene

    Today’s vlog was a demonstration of your integrity. Thank you. I admire your courage, and I am continuing to follow.

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  29. Judi Krogstad

    Susan, I’m not just kissing up when I say this was my favorite vlog of all time! Love you so much!

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  30. Mare

    WOW! I really appreciate you even more after this vlog! You continually show that you do not just talk the talk – you truly walk the walk. Your authenticity in the book is what drew me into BLE and I am thrilled that you continue to remain authentic.

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  31. Christine Murphy

    I Love you too Susan – you are a gutsy broad! My kind of person.

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  32. Jane Rosebrough

    Thank you Susan. You walk the talk. Is it possible that
    you could make the principles that you spoke of about
    Human Development available? I really resonated with
    those ideas you shared about them.
    Jane Rosebrough 🌹

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  33. Julia

    I love your courage and transparency…. and as an ally to all oppressed by isms, I hug your ally-ness. OXO

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  34. Nancy

    Susan, thank you for this. It is hard to turn your back on something that has served you well for 20 years, and also hard to examine BLE for the any of the same exclusions. You have never shied from the hard things. And every time you say “I love you”, I feel it in my heart. Sending love back.

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  35. Carol1one

    If only we could all believe/not believe what we want AND be kind to one another! I love thinking it is a possibility. What a good start, right here.

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  36. Mardell

    Never have responded to your vlogs before… this seems important.. So, So appreciate your incredible dance of holding and presenting your realness while becoming more and more of a public figure. Truly a gift that we need as an example in our world. If ,and when ,you ever get ready to look at a faith organization again, you might want to check out Quakers (unprogramed) The words you spoke in the vlog are so aligned to Friends way of thinking .

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  37. Elaine

    Interesting. Ever since I questioned the priest in 10th grade about the discrepancies in the bible and was told to shut up, that I couldn’t possibly know the wholeness of the work being 1) young and 2) female I’ve realized that I have to use the “fine tooth comb” on pretty much everything. Thank you Susan.

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  38. Cheryl

    Thank you for this vlog! I have so much respect for you as a thought-leader.
    Were you referring to Robert Kegan’s 5 stages of adult development?

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    1. Susan Peirce THOMPSON

      Yup. 🙂

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  39. Jenny Boughton

    Love you Susan thanks for sharing what was on your heart and for walking with such integrity – I have thought deeply about many of the things you raised and still continue is some of those tensions – I believe that God sees and knows are hearts. 🙏🏻👍🏻 Thankyou for your candour and courage

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  40. Susan

    Thank you, Susan, for this heartfelt and informative vlog. I loved it!

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  41. Tracy wiseman

    I love you honesty and vulnerability. I love your bravery. I have struggled with my religion as well amd have come down to love trumps everything else. That is how i approach my spirituality which i feel is vital to my recovery from alcohol and food. thank you for sharing . I’ve never commented before but i think you need to know that we love you, we are encouraged by you – your failures as well as successes. I love the blogs and the science. Just keep doing what you’re doing. Being honest, being real.

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  42. Mary Hall

    Susan! Well done! Thank you for your honesty. You really rock! I totally appreciate your stand. You are a fabulous person and an extremely caring, loving woman. I know what it’s like to have to step away from a religion. It’s really hard, but there is a higher power that will guide us through. Blessings to you.

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  43. Mary

    A very important topic. We do need to stand up and support others’ paths, even if they are not our own. Thank you!

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  44. Vicki

    I believe everyone’s truth is always right when it comes from the heart with love and acceptance. Thank you for sharing and reminding your whole tribe just how welcome we all are in BLE.

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  45. JoAnne

    Amazing – Thank you so much for being honest!!!!!

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  46. Barbara Huhn

    Thank you! I just heard about you from your presentation on the Diabetes Summit 2018. This vlog affirms your soul of grace and I will be following your content. Best wishes–

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  47. Gina

    Thank you Susan. I just LOVE how BLE is totally NEUTRAL and truly a safe place! I will never EVER regret joining this group as it has changed my life for the better. Today’s VLOG is just another example of why I love being a part of this community. Its unlike any other program and I know I will be involved in BLE for the rest of my life 💜. Thank you, thank you!

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  48. Claire

    Thank you for your heartfelt openness, honesty and your stance regarding this subject, it has helped me understand and see BLE in the multi facets it is. Again thanks Susan

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  49. Carol

    And I thought I could not love you more…

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    1. amanda wright

      it is exactly like that….

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    2. Mary Beth

      Me too!!!

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    3. V'Anne Betts

      Exactly!

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  50. Lynn Ellis

    This blog is really about Susan’s integrity and courage. I so love this woman, I feel even better about being in the BC. Bravo!

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  51. Mary

    Thank you Susan for sharing yourself as you do !
    As a food addict and alcoholic in recovery, through 12 Step program, I have learned that we all must find and follow the God of our own understanding !
    It is obvious you are doing that “One Day at a Time”
    Love,
    Mary

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  52. Jeanne

    I, too, have never responded to one of your vlogs prior, but wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the way your words and actions align — truly a lesson for all of life as well as our journey in BLE. I understand how difficult it is to walk away from an organized religion, but so appreciate how love and acceptance is at the heart of ALL that matters for you. Blessings and best wishes to you and your family as you continue inspiring us to self-author our own lives. Your children are fortunate to have such an authentic role model of integrity in you.

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  53. Lauren

    Bless you, Susan; your journey, your honesty, integrity, and your willingness to be vulnerable.

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  54. Cilla

    Brilliant!
    Thanks.
    Cilla

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  55. Sara

    Thank you for being so brave and sharing your
    truth when it’s not comfortable. It is especially meaningful
    and important in today’s crazy world!

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  56. Sue Crawford

    Susan, what I really appreciate about you is that you are conscious and apply intelligent thinking to the issues at hand. Most folks, I think, don’t want to do the critical thinking. They aren’t schooled in it (why not??) or they are too lazy or too caught up in the minutia of their lives to deal with it. That is why your program is beneficial to people. I wish everyone in government or leadership had those thinking skills. But whatever, it is why I continue to follow you as a thought leader (NO don’t shrink from that title) because your clarity has a lot to offer people.

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  57. Eve Mcwilliams

    I enjoyed this vlog very much.

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  58. Ki

    As always, love and so appreciate your authenticity!
    Thank you for your willingness and courage to share so openly with us.
    Sending much love,
    K

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  59. Maids

    Such important topics , you really clarified for me some topics I had been thinking about and have articulated them well !
    Some topics do bring up strong emotions ( and suppress clarity of thought / discernment ) , and of course just because it works for us it may not work for others ….
    We share our experience , strength , and hope …
    It is very wise to have the latest science too ….
    And test that fit for ourselves …
    such a beautiful brave honest and necessary share

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  60. Kate Dashiell

    Thanks for this vlog. When I first began BLE i described it as a weight loss cult -because it was so ruly and you are such a compelling leader. I am unruly by nature (until I retired last year I was a criminal defense attorney) and followed many of the rules for the first 6 months and experienced about a month of amazing freedom. I’ve since obliterated the bright lines and I’m having difficulty resuming – the memory of the freedom (within all the rules) keeps me from abandoning BLE. Your amazing vlogs are one part I’ve always watched and they keep me sort of attached. Thanks for all the information.

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  61. Lisa

    You are courageous and authentic. You’re also very articulate! Spot on and very clarifying where you stand and where BLE stands. I happen to agree with you wholeheartedly. I never would have been able to say it as well, however, so that is a special gift you have. Big hugs and blessings to you and to all beings moving forward! XOXO

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  62. lily

    Susan I have thought and still think you are doing a terrific job with Bright Line Eating. I admire your character and professionalism. This vlog, however, was WAY too much information much of which had little to do with BLE. If you felt the need to explain your religious choice and why, you could have done so w/o the long justification, some of which sounded a bit judgmental and self serving. It is your passion to help others by talking about BLs that has attracted so many to your program. Please don’t lose that.

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    1. Judith Linden

      Lily, Sorry, can’t agree with you on this. The message was not too much! It was necessary! There is still a stigma in this country that is felt deeply by the minority, making them feel unwelome and afraid to share. Let’s let everryone in with love. Susan is/was not “judgemental and sef-serving” in my opinion. Love you.

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  63. Victoria Romero

    Congratulations! Excellent blog…. well said! I admire you more now

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  64. Cass

    Thank you Susan. I experienced the same thing a few years ago. You have just freed me from my aloneness.
    Loved this blog.

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  65. Juliet

    I’m a Baha’i because i love Baha’u’llah, and i do think the legislation we have about homosexuality flies in the face of most of the teachings. Even worse, the community offers safe harbor to anti-gay bigots. I stay because it’s right for me and my path. However I respect that you are acting with integrity and living in such a way that you have a clean conscience. Solidarity.

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  66. Jonny Katof

    Nam Myoho Renge’ Kyo

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  67. Shelley Solomon Cull

    Oh Susan!! Amen sister. Love this Vlog.

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  68. Joanne Hinsperger-Scott

    Hats off to you, Susan for facing your fear of sharing this. As you know, it takes courage. Whether I agree or disagree with what you shared doesn’t matter. Know you are loved for being you, not whatever faith/religion/belief you are a part of or not a part of. It doesn’t affect my BLE. BLE has been a blessing to me.
    Blessings and HUGS from the heart,
    Joanne

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  69. Kimberly Young

    Thank you! As always you speak from the heart.

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  70. Heather Emoto

    I feel compelled to reply because you were just so vulnerable and I got the very strong sense that you need support right now. I could be wrong, but that’s how I feel.

    What you do and believe in the privacy of your own home (as long as you aren’t hurting anyone, or you ask me to join you) is none of my business. I legit don’t care. I am here for help with my relationship with food, not to judge someone based on their personal relationship or lifestyle. You do you the best you can. That’s all we can do.

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  71. Lauren Newman

    I genuinely think in order for more of us to achieve the “self-authoring” stage, we need to be exposed to as many ideas and perspectives as possible. We don’t have to agree with you, but I think we all benefit from hearing your thoughts on controversial subjects. Maybe I’m a unique case because I don’t watch your vlogs for nutrition/BLE advice, more so “thought leader” advice (and marketing edu).

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  72. Roberta Walters

    You are so real and beautiful! It’s refreshing to know you will always be open and honest and I respect you so much for that!!!

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  73. Sue Campbell

    Thank you!!!!!

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  74. Carolyn Mayo

    Love is the foundation and basis for all life. Loving ourselves and loving each other. Thank you for giving me some “food” for thought!

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  75. Kelly

    Thank you! Self-authoring! What a perfect concept. I love it. On the rest of your vlog, well done.

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  76. JeanMH

    I am 84 and only need to lose 10 pounds. I am way down on the addictive scale, however I have watched your blogs for over a year. You have so much to offer to all of us “out there” in so many ways. Because you are so honest and informative, l will continue to watch and listen. I don’t eat the Bright Line way, but believe me I have gained from your wonderful sharing of ideas. More power in what you do! I send you much Love back!

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  77. Brandon

    I can’t help but respect everything you said, even though I may not have agreed with your viewpoint. Thank you so much for your help and support. We love you too.

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  78. Nancy Adams

    Your courageous vulnerability founded on your truth and willingness of self-examination is profoundly inspiring, Susan. Your 36 minute vlog was riveting and just what I needed to help stay the course. Synthesizing all the layers of your personal beliefs with the stages of adult development was brilliant. I hope I can be as honest and true to myself and others and continue to evolve as you have demonstrated today. Thank you.

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  79. Lynne G.

    Thank you for your openness and for sharing your heart and your freeing thoughts concerning religion and concerning orientation. Your choice to leave a faith that did not serve you in all aspects has not only given you freedom but you extended your thoughts to include this program. Ultimately, you have given us freedom to make decisions so that we can feel free with our eating and our life. There’s no better way to be present and know what works for us to be happy, 9eventually) thin, and free. Thank you for your wisdom and candor.

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  80. Mary

    Excellent vlog! I was riveted. I so appreciate your candor, sensitivity and insight.

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  81. Melissa

    Awesome vlog. Yay for you Susan!

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  82. Claire

    Blessings to everyone…we are citizens of the world… pointing fingers is not the solution to any of our challenges!
    The many ways we understand and express love are enriching and provide a wholesomeness to our human experience. I have a much cherished sentence on my bulletin board from my La Leche League years-I apologize for not knowing the author-but it is

    “May love be the first awareness of your life and the last. May all that lies between be filled with discovering its many faces.”

    Thank-you so much Susan-for putting this out there-as there are so many right now who live in constant fear of being beaten, rejected, deported, jailed, ostracized, or otherwise “unwelcome” in the world today-whether it is their size, color, religious preference, sexual orientation or social status, sex (both men and women), age, you name it….. I appreciate immensely your clarifying stance-even though it should be a no brainer for all of us! It is just heart wrenching to know how much people feel they have to hide in order to survive .

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  83. Ellie

    Outstanding Vlog! Thank you forsharing your heart with us. Xoxo Ellie

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  84. Joyce Cameron

    The best vlog thus far. Thank you Susan. I feel much better for being both BLE fundamentalist and fanatic!

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  85. Grace Sternad

    You go girl! As a Bible believing Christ follower, I focus on what Jesus said was the most important. “ Love God with your whole heart, soul, and mind, and love others ‘as I have loved you’.” You are following what Jesus said was most important.

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  86. kris

    Great blog! I appreciate the acknowledgement of the importance of critical thinking. I also see the utility in following the rules when getting started on the bright line diet. It’s a tricky process trying to find what works best for me and what rules I can and cannot break and still lose weight. I did much better when I was a fundamentalist bright line dieter. lol

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  87. Ann Nolen

    Being true to yourself is always the right thing to do. Good for you, & glad you choose to accept everyone.

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  88. Rita Franklin

    We as Christians are taught many things about each subject. We are to love (like u did to ur friend) and know that God is the Judge. In the Old Testament it says ihomosexuality is an abomination to GOD. I do not understand any of it except I have not lived a perfect life, don’t open my closet door!! When the Saducees were going to throw stones at the lady adulterer, he said he who has not sinned throw the first stone. They all walked away! And he told the woman to go and. Not sin anymore. I just think we should have the live GOD has for each one of us. Thank u.

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  89. Malkah Geller

    Yes, outstanding vlog, dear Susan! Thank you for your courage and your integrity. I too was a bit worried at the beginning and then relieved to hear it was “only” the gay/lesbian issue. But it is still a big issue. People are being stoned in some countries for being gay. Your courageous stand in front of your church means a lot, and perhaps it’ll be a catalyst for change at some point in the future. I sincerely hope so. Although not gay myself, I’ve been an advocate for the LGBTQ community for many years. Thank you also for helping me be a better person, a more critical thinker, and to keep my eyes on my own plate!

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  90. June

    Hi Susan, thanks for sharing your heart. I’m a Bible literalist, but I am also so glad that BLE is neutral in religion and politics! My parents always said you shouldn’t discuss religion or politics in polite company, and looking at the world, I can see why.

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  91. Sophie Spencer

    Amen! Beautifully and bravely expressed! Thank you for sharing and for the inspiration you are! And you are a thought leader & one of the best! Your transparency is awe-inspiring. If someone is hurt or traumatized by your vlog, well, sorry, but maybe they need to be shaken up! Fanaticism is the problem. We’re here to unconditionally love one another, serve one another, and all good things like that. Any faith that doesn’t stand for this and any faith follower who doesn’t understand this—well, this is the reason for pretty much all the divisiveness and unrest we see in our world… Also, fyi, I’m a 10 on the susceptibility scale & from day 1, adapted “my” BLE program (I came in at maintenance, not needing weight loss). And it’s worked beautifully as long as I stick to my adapted program & follow the 4 questions. I just never have had it in me to follow anything so “strict” – it’s not my path in my life across the board (because of family of origin issues that were based in fanatical, fundamentalist, obsessive mind). And, BLE works for me fabulously not following it to the letter. And i think it’s because you are who you are, you are the inspiration you are & the overall program is brilliant & works! And hearing you “give permission” for customizing the program so it works for ME, well, I cried! That was such a validation & my tears made me realize that I felt ashamed I wasn’t following BLE to the letter. I knew there was no BLE police but always told friends who I recommend BLE to, don’t listen to me, listen to Susan because she’d be disappointed in me. Wow, what a liberation this vlog has been for me! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  92. Gail

    Excellent example of pure love, understanding and celebration of diversity.

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  93. Erin

    A big thank you. Your intellect as channeled through your heart is truly inspiring. Sending love and hugs.

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  94. Dianne McCleery

    Thank you for your honesty, support and love! Love back.

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  95. Toni LaChine

    Great Vlog. Thank you, Susan

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  96. Jan

    You are awesome.

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  97. Gary Labute

    Over 400 prophecies talk of Jesus as being the Son of God from writers hundreds of year apart Susan.
    This makes Jesus truly God’s Son. As His Son the bible is true and that means the homosexual lifestyle
    is not correct. That doesn’t make me a fundamentalist. It just is and nothing more. There is many kinds of diversity
    in the world but homosexuality isn’t one of them.

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  98. Nancy

    Like your total flexibility and open mind. Don’t like to hear the religious comments from the ‘fanatical’ Christians. Please don’t pray for me – keep your praying to yourself – that is a personal choice and is not appropriate.

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  99. Nancy

    Like your total flexibility and open mind. Don’t like to hear the religious comments from the ‘fanatical’ Christians. Please don’t pray for me – keep your praying to yourself – that is a personal choice and is not appropriate.

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  100. Dilia

    Susan,

    You are brilliant! Thanks very much for sharing such an important part of who you are. Your connection to bright line eating is incredible and so true. I appreciate your definitions and connections with many other aspects of life.

    I have admired you from the first time I learned of your journey.

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  101. Lynn

    You “gave” permission for what I have so often felt, since a teenager, about religion, sexual roles and mores, authority, etc. I always appreciate guidance and direction at the beginning of a process or journey, but then quickly feel I need to figure my own way through.

    I am continuously impressed and honored by your candor and courage, and I am glad I found you to journey with, or alongside, or within eyeshot of, as the case may be! Best wishes to all of us in healing and becoming our most authentic selves.

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  102. Claire

    Thank you, Susan. While I always appreciate your heartfelt candor and non-dogmatic approach to BLE, as a gay woman, Ithis video was particularly meaningful to me.

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  103. Gary Labute

    God isn’t restricted by “our finite viewpoints” He is INFINITE. Look at the world around you and above you, We are but specks of sand in a extremely vast universe which He created and He is bigger than it all. My viewpoint, your viewpoint, means nothing in the grand scheme of things to an INFINITE, Omnipresent, Omnipotent God.. The Bible tells you who He is and we follow His Word. If you want to term that being fundamental, so be it, but it really isn’t that per se. It just is what it is — viewpoints mean nothing. Jesus Christ came to this earth because there was no other way to pay for your sins or mine, but to suffer and die as the perfect Son of God without sin, to pay for your sins and mine. We cannot pay for them ourselves. That. Susan, is NOT a viewpoint. We repent believe and trust in Jesus alone, and nothing and no one else, to be saved from our sins. Sins are not just mistakes, they are far more than that. These sins separate us from God for eternity without the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ. If we choose not know Him as Saviour, then we only go to one place and that place is not heaven. It is hell – no matter your viewpoint. Regards Susan and all who might read this. – Gary

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  104. Mary

    Susan, you have so much courage to allow yourself to be so vulnerable
    and to speak your own truth. You are admired and loved.
    If I were to look up the definition of SISU, it would show a photograph
    of you!💓

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  105. Denise

    Susan, I know this was a painful decision for you. I hope you are finding a peace about it. You are a caring loving person and I know you’ll find your own way forward. Blessed be, dear friend.

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  106. Misty Anderson

    Wow, You have my utmost respect Susan Pierce Thompson! I Loved the “Self authoring mind”

    You get some serious kudos from me, I get how hard that had to be.

    Love that you always keep it real.

    Misty

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  107. Judy

    Well, when I finished watching your vlog, Susan, I was bawling …not sure why, except that your heart touched my heart! I just finished reading every, single one of the other comments written, to this point, and the only thing new I might add is …I hope my heart touches yours when I tell you that I sincerely hope a weight has been lifted (no pun intended) from the burden you’ve carried (for who knows how long, not just the last month) over whether to share this personal aspect of your life, or not!! …and, over other aspects of your personal life that you somehow feel obligated to share with the “world!” Please make sure that you don’t spread yourself TOO thin! xo 😉

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  108. Ariann Thomas

    Susan, Thank you for speaking your Truth in such a heartfelt and authentic way. We all need to stand up to the prejudice and unloving attitudes of the old religious forms. Until we can see all people as Divine Children of God we will never have peace in the world. The only reason I can stick with BLE is that you give us permission to be adults and choose what is in our best interest with the information to back up the decisions we need to make. thank your for your courage and loving support. I know how difficult this way for you to bare your soul. I appreciate your bravery.

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  109. Victoria Gress

    Susan, Never apologize for being your authentic and insightful self. It makes you human , approachable dnd relatable. Great leadership qualities for certain!

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  110. Katie Gates

    You articulated beautifully something I’ve thought about a lot and been struggling with a little bit lately, and something that I think everyone experiences when they transition from weight loss to maintenance, which is moving from a less fanatical program to a more critically minded one. The hardest part about transitioning to maintenance for me (and the ongoing challenge) is learning to discern which voices in my own head to trust – which are the self-authorizing and critical thoughts, and which are those of the sabetour and addicted mind? Those can sound the same sometimes. I wish there was more support for that issue in the BLE community and toolkit. As I’ve self-authorized my own program (which has ended up looking looser than what you offer in the boot camp but it brings me peace and freedom with food) I’ve had this nagging idea that I’m doing bright line eating “wrong.” Thank you for the permission and validation to work our program in whatever way serves us and to be critically minded, while still recognizing that being a zealot for the food plan and program as written IS a valid choice too that can serve us at times. I notice that I cycle between a “trust phase” where I loosen up and trust my own decision making and deviations with my food, and a “surrender” phase where my peace starts slipping and I surrender to measuring my food and following my food plan again. I’ve come to trust this “trusting myself/surrender” cycle as what my maintenance dance looks like, and I am truly living happy, thin, and free in a way that works for me. It feels like I’ve landed on a nice balance between my self-authorizing mind and a blind faith mindset. I appreciate the terminology and framework that you offered there. And as always, thank you for being your amazing, courageous, authentic self, and for your sensitivity to the needs of this tribe. <3

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    1. Terry

      I hear you Katie!w

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  111. Amy

    TRUTH always sets us free! Thank you for being brave and honest–you’re glowing.

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  112. Mary Shy

    Excellent, excellent vlog!

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  113. Laura

    Wow, seeing this overwhelming support for your vlog on this topic should tell you, you did the right thing. I too have struggled with religion’s approach to homosexuality as I have many friends who are gay. Thank you for putting your stance out there, being authentic to your audience (and the world for that matter), and being willing to take it in the chops from those who might disagree.

    I see there is more agreement with your stance in these posts. So, I guess we are all glad you put into words how many of us feel about this topic and how it is treated by man’s created versions of belief.

    You are a wonderful person. Thank you.

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  114. Annabelle

    Thank you!!just wanted to show my support because as this vlog was exceptionally vulnerable for you to share. Thanks for having the courage to voice the truths that people are normally too afraid to voice. You’re authenticity and courage are beautiful , insightful and inspiring.

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  115. Marilyn Hunt

    Susan, I love and appreciate who you are and the knowledge you have and are willing to share with us. Also, I believe you share your heart and I love to hear you speak as it feels like you really care about us.

    I also am a Christian and believe in One Eternal God existing in three persons, the Father, the Son which is Jesus Christ and the person of the Holy Spirit. I believe Jesus came to seek and to save ALL who are lost. He gave us the Word of God for us to follow and it is up to each person to make that decision. The Bible tells us “For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son that ‘whosoever’ believeth in Him should not perish but shall have eternal life.”
    Lord bless you and guide you in all things!!

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  116. Sunny St. Pierre

    Amazing blog! You called it candid – I call it fearless. I have so much love and respect for you.

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  117. Sharlene

    I love you too Susan.

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  118. Karen

    Loved this vlog! Thank you for sharing. P.S. also love the new way you are wearing your hair. (-:

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  119. Dian

    I always appreciate how candid you are and the peek you allow us into “your world”. It was obvious you had put a lot of thought into this vlog and it wasn’t easy to do. Thanks for doing it anyway. I have one wish… and that is that you would find another way stress something strongly besides using the f-bomb or making reference to it. I know it is something the world seems to have accepted as almost normal these days, but I for one wish we could go back to a little less crude and a little more class in our speech. There now! I’ve said it! 😉 Thanks for letting me share!

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  120. Ellen

    Thank you – brilliant. It was personal but deeply applicable to the community, and you tied the two together so well.

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  121. Kelley

    I’m grateful I learned about BLE…I’m struggling to follow it faithfully but like that it’s easy to jump back on the plan! I rarely read your emails or watch your vlogs but the title to this one captured my attention, so I watched it…I’m glad I did as I found it very interesting…I appreciate your knowledge, discernment, vulnerability, love and care for others and willingness to share your story so to help others have better health! Thank you …I look forward to learning more about BLE as I read your book… I hope you will come to know and understand the great love of your Creator God one day and won’t give up on your spiritual
    journey! ❤️

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  122. Mary

    Excellent presentation!!!

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  123. Carolyn

    “God gave each of us incredibly rich powers of discernment”. We all need to be sensitive to the needs and feelings of others and embrace our differences. Powerful vlog! Thank you.

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  124. Liz

    This is my first comment about one of your vlogs. Your bravery, wisdom & compassion for your fellow human being is beyond inspiring. We are so fortunate to have the benefit of you, your brilliant mind and your stunning talent for verbalizing the limitless benefit of of independent thinking and integrity. Thank you Susan and bless you.

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  125. Julie K

    Sometimes we need to take a train to stay on a set track because in life we are always on a journey and at some points, we aren’t able to direct ourselves so well. As our journey continues though, we might take the road or walk so we can explore and grow as we feel able. The more ways we explore and learn, the greater our appreciation for all things. Diversity is balance.

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  126. Roberta Iggulden

    Congratulations on leaving a religion you could no longer fully buy into!

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  127. Renate Kasak

    Hi Susan.
    I think you can live a meaningful and fulfilled life without religion in the dogmatic sense. But you can join an open minded church that does not prescribe any dogmas. I found one in the UUChurch. We are ex-Catholics, Methodists, Jews, Pagans, Atheists, Agnostics…all that we believe is that every human is of value, that science is a valuable means of knowledge (although always a work in progress) and that we have to care for our planet. There are a few more principals… So you can be religious in your own way, and have a congregation of other openminded caring individuals. Your blog was not shocking at all, I’m glad you made up your mind and you seem happy and free now. cheers!

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  128. Nancy Payeur

    Susan – I can only reinforce what other have said more completely – that is, my support for you and what you have said here today. You are a beautiful soul and your honesty, intelligence, compassion and thoughtfulness shine through in all you do. Thank you.

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  129. Patricia Thompson

    Susan – VERY few humans maybe none! are more open, real, and true, than you. What a wonderful, refreshing, soul you are. I LOVE that you feel, speak and show SO much respect for each unique individual and our own versions of what is right and true for each of us. Now, during these politically charged and hateful times in good ole USA, it seems that our public world is FILLED with those who are fanatical about their views and do not so much respect the individual views of others. Blessings to you for all that you bring to each of us, for speaking on topics that can be applied in so many ways, and for reaching our hearts in ways that our hearts need to be touched. May God shine light upon you for the life that you wish for and are meant to live. Thank you. xo

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  130. C

    All I can say is thank you SO much. I really needed that, “I love you.” Right back at ya. C.

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  131. Guy Proulx

    Congrats Susan on speaking your truth. Personally, I feel I’m much better off being spiritual rather than religious. I think the main action is really within, not coming in from the outside !

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    1. Kimberly Evert

      Amen!

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  132. Patricia

    Thank you, Susan for this vlog. Your depth of caring & respect for others are some of the things that set you apart. I appreciate your willingness to be open, honest & vulnerable in deeply personal & sensitive situations. How could Brightline Eating be an important road map of how to live clean & free without that?

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  133. Bill Bedor

    Susan, thank you so very much for opening your heart and soul to us. You are truly an inspiration. No matter one’s religion or personal beliefs, I believe that love and understanding are the two highest emotions. I personally struggle with my faith, and so I don’t have the strong belief that many do. And I understand and respect those that may feel strongly and absolutely about certain aspects of life. But for me life is about so many of the things that BLE teaches and that you demonstrate leading by example. Don’t worry, I’m not putting you on a pedestal, I understand you wouldn’t want that. And as I approach my 50th birthday later this year I’ve lived enough and seen enough to know that doing so just isn’t a good idea for anyone. Still, I listen to your voice on the audio book, and I look forward to your weekly vlog, and no matter what the specific topic it helps me. I’m so very grateful for you and for BLE. Down almost 30 lbs since Feb 1 with another 100 or more on the horizon. And for the first time in decades I have real hope….because of you. Thank you!

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  134. Sarah Boyle

    Dear Susan thank you for being the true, honest woman that you are . By opening up to all of the BLE community in your vlogs, and this one in particular, demonstrates such bravery and courage. Thank you, thank you, thank you.💗

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  135. Kelli Smith

    Dear Susan,
    I just wanted to say that I am sorry for your loss. It could not have been an easy decision to leave your faith, even with the many reasons you mentioned for doing so. I do not practice an organized faith myself, but do know what a sense of community and comfort it can provide. I hope you will hold all of the positive things it provided you close to your heart and just let the others go… so you always have it with you as you move forward. Thanks for sharing this part of your journey.
    Best, Kelli 🙂

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  136. Mireille

    Susan, just so you know: I do not have a specific weight problem, yet I watch and listen to all of your vlogs for the sheer pleasure of seeing and hearing the splendid person that you are.
    Congratulations on your latest decision, on your generosity which matches your diamond-clear moral and intellectual standards. The best though: when you laugh !!!
    Thanks for being out there
    With love and respect 🌷

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  137. Monica

    So courageous of you, dear Susan. What a great vlog. Thanks for your openness.

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  138. Josie

    As usual Susan you are SO brave. Respect to you and I loved this vlog. Just a shame that not everyone acted on your request to keep their spiritual views out of the comments. What a tough job you have overseeing your tribe! Thanks for showing up and being authentic, always. Big love to you x

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  139. Christine

    This was great. I love it when people are just real and daring. You should never have to apologize for that.

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  140. Kerry Howarth

    Susan, you are SO BRAVE!! Brava!! So well done. You are a blessing! <3

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  141. Barbara

    Thank you for sharing..I’m joining on Monday no getting all in place first…I’m so happy to have met you in this vlog

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  142. Tiia

    Awesome! Well done, Susan! ❤️🤗

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  143. Michelle Medrano

    This was my favorite Susan Vlog ever!!! Wise, profound, relevant on many levels. You just touch my heart, soul, addictive mind SO much. Thank you!! Wow!!!!!!!!

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  144. Peg

    Well done. I found Bright line eating about 8 months ago and have watched your weekly vlogs consistently. This vlog clearly demonstrates how deeply you feel for this community and that all are welcome here. I know it had to be painful for you but your pain has helped us all grow. Thanks for sharing your vulnerability.

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  145. Nancy Yu

    Good one, Susan.

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  146. Kelly

    Great program! Appreciate your vlogs.
    Wish you could avoid comment on other programs.
    11th tradition

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, PhD

      Hey Kelly,

      To my knowledge and memory, I have never once, in any VLOG nor in my book nor in any interview, mentioned any specific 12 step program. Nor did I do so here. I assure you, the 11th Tradition is firmly on my mind at all times when I speak at the public level.

      I get all kinds of hate mail and messages from people accusing me of violating one or more of the Twelve Traditions. I’ve studied the traditions deeply, over a span of 23 years, and have consulted with literally hundreds of people far more educated than I on this topic. The traditions of each program speak specifically to that program. The tradition of anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films (and, by extension TV and the internet) is not being violated unless someone claims membership in a specific 12 step program by name, and puts oneself up as a spokesperson for that program.

      That said, I appreciate and understand if my general commentary on the ideology and practices of various sorts of 12 step programs, in a general way, bothers you. I can get that. As a person whose life was saved by a 12 step program, and whose whole being and growth and viewpoint on life was forged in the crucible of the 12 step movement, I assure you I offer all reflections with love and as much temperance as possible. I weigh the potential downsides of what I say (any actual or perceived criticism I may be leveling at the ways that various 12 step programs do things) against the potential benefit of putting out into the world a thoughtful and potentially helpful perspective, taken from first-hand experience and a lot of soul-searching and, sometimes, personal suffering. In general, I come down on the side of it being better to share than not share, as long as it’s done carefully.

      If you wish I wouldn’t share anything at all about 12 step programs, or at least anything potentially critical, that’s fair, and I get that. But I assure you, no traditions are being broken.

      With love,
      Susan

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      1. Nili Marcia

        What a beautiful and clear response.

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      2. Kimberly Evert

        I didn’t hear you mention any other specific programs and for that I thank you. All the sponsors and past programs have created a great tangle in my head that you are helping me sort out. Religion and sexual orientation are also part of the tangle. I feel your love when listening to your vlogs and truly appreciate your authentic delivery each week. This week was especially important, since I was facing heart disease in the hospital and today faced for the first time that I am eating to live, seeking the joy of living here and now, and can be content today. I thank you for being real and showing me the way I can be true to myself. Thank you for being my sponsor!

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  147. Sydney White

    Susan, I appreciate your candor and comments regarding your recent decision to leave the faith you have practiced for so many years.
    You made the comment that homosexuality has a scientific basis. That comment needs to be backed up with evidence for that statement. Please give your resources for making that statement. Thank you.

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    1. Kathy

      You could politely ask “Out of curiosity, can you give me resources that provide evidence that homosexuality has a scientific basis?” if you feel you would like to know more. But telling her that her comments NEED to be backed up with that evidence is arrogant and rude, not trusting that she can evaluate the facts after attaining a doctorate in Brain and Cognitive Science. She’s not debating homosexuality, nor is she beholden to you to prove her own conclusions. She’s talking about herself and about how everyone can use their own judgement and evaluation in everything, including BLE.

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    2. Judith Linden

      How about “born that way”? Is there scientific basis for heterosexuality?

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  148. Julie M

    THANK YOU SUSAN! thank you for recognizing so many of our experiences in this VLOG. Thank you for acknowledging that there are often significant barriers to intimacy between GLBTQ people and those they perceive as belonging to a religion that condemns them. Thank you for acknowledging that the fundamentalism and fanaticism of some twelve step programs and approaches can be a barrier to the self-authoring mind. Thank you for developing this program that combines the best of 12 step recovery with modern understanding of the human brain. I am so grateful for your work.

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  149. Phoebe

    Thank you, Susan! I appreciate your publishing this vlog. While I am “straight”, I do have family and friends who are not, and I value, accept and appreciate them.

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  150. Riana Hayes

    Thank you Susan, for your honesty. I appreciate you.

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  151. Tony Straka

    Susan, I continue to be amazed by your openness and honesty in your vlogs. Although I am not personally involved in BLE, I find myself watching each of your vlogs and I’ve learned something from all of them. There is a refreshing quality in watching and listening to all that you discuss. This has been no exception. Great job!

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  152. Stacey Smith

    So much love poured back to you, Susan! This was such a brave thing for you to do! Those who search for light and knowledge find it – and it is a squiggly line… One truth I hold that is very universal is this – we see through a glass darkly. How we perceive the light and knowledge we encounter is indeed colored (or shadowed) by our earthly experiences that give each of us such a unique perspective. I read the writings of our ancestors keeping that in mind, regardless of their title or what book their writings are found in. While they may have experienced having their hearts and minds lit up by a Higher Source, their ability (and ours) to perceive this light and knowledge was just as clouded as ours. I think the Creator intended it to be this way – so that through experiencing this darkness or ignorance, we might feel joy in creativity and discovery. To me, freedom to love others around me despite our differences is the greatest joy (and freedom) I have ever felt in my life! I feel that this is the pure message that Jesus Christ taught! Access to His love and redemptive power is highly personal and healing to the inmost parts of the soul. This is my personal experience. To me, He is freedom. His Bright Lines are clear: first, to love God with all of our hearts, and the second, to love others as ourself.

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  153. Margaret Dexter

    Thank you for your beautiful and very touching post. I’ve been on your email list for years and don’t remember why. I have not been reading your emails and this is the first time I’ve listened to your YouTube post. I am not familiar with the religion you discussed. I do not know why I watched this post but am so glad I did. I felt your love do deeply and totally got your heart. I have followed JJ Virgin’s diets off and on for years and realize I must think for myself and not take what she says as necessarily true. And the same holds true for other teachers and mentors in other areas including the Unity church I attend. Your post had results beyond your tribe. Again I thank you.

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  154. Jackie Richer

    Dear Susan, this is one of your best vlogs yet!!! Your heartfelt, candid nature is why we love you so much!! And I really appreciated how you explained how fundamental and fanatic thinking relates to BLE!!

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  155. Melisa

    Susan,
    Thank you for your vlog. One of the things I have loved about BLE from the beginning is the feeling of unconditional love and support and keeping your eyes on your own plate.

    I know many of us are working towards being better people. You have been such an incredible role model for us on how to be supportive and just love one another. You should never feel the need to apologize for that. The fact that you also share your flaws for all to see also reminds us that we are human and will make mistakes in our lives. Hopefully we can learn from them.

    Thank you for sharing and just being true to yourself.

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  156. Nancy Goss

    Great vlog! Loved the entire piece!

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  157. Betty

    Beautifully spoken. You speak for many of us. Thank you from my heart to yours.

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  158. Barb Conte

    A beautiful message, Susan. As always, thank you! <3

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  159. Maria

    Congratulations Susan ! A very courageous vlog … thank you !!!

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  160. Ann Holley

    Spot on, loved it and you. Thank you and I know your personal faith journey will continue simply because of the love and intimacy you give to us .

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  161. Marcia

    As my Mother was born & raised in the South and her religion ruled her life, I was extremely fortunate that she didn’t raise me the same way. My Father is probably the reason for that and I am thankful each & every day for him and miss him more than I can say.

    I admire you & also believe this is the best Vlog I’ve ever experienced. Honesty is an important part of our lives. Sharing our thoughts is a challenging way to reach others but YOU do it so gracefully and with so much love, that it only solidifies the you we all know and love. You are one of the bravest people I know and you inspire me to be stronger in life as I move forward. Thank you for your message of love. I agree 100%. All we need is love.

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  162. Susan Dickinson

    I really appreciated this blog so very much! It is a gift to the world that you are candid! So good for us to see people taking steps that cement their integrity.
    You’re showing us how to live consciously and ethically.
    We need role models like you!

    Thank you!

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  163. Senise

    Wonderful post Susan. One of the things I love about BLE is your purpose is to help us recover from good addictions or problematic behavior around food. I’m glad I don’t have to hear about religion, politics or those types of issues. I don’t think they belong in our program. We’re all welcome, the door is open to all of us.. one of the turn offs for me are underlying tones from members in outside issues.

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  164. Denise

    Wonderful post Susan. One of the things I love about BLE is your purpose is to help us recover from good addictions or problematic behavior around food. I’m glad I don’t have to hear about religion, politics or those types of issues. I don’t think they belong in our program. We’re all welcome, the door is open to all of us.. one of the turn offs for me are underlying tones from members in outside issues.

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  165. Penny Schmitt

    Thank you! Thank you!!! I loved this blog.

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  166. Nili Marcia

    Susan, I am in awe of the example you set for us of kindness, compassion, clarity, critical thinking and candor. I empathize deeply with the turmoil you must have gone through as you made your decision to leave your faith, a faith you love in many ways and with which a number of your family members are still associated.

    I enormously appreciate your example in saying that allowing yourself to be a spokesperson while wearing the badge of a faith which takes a harmful stance to the gay, bi and otherwise gender identified community is not something you could in good conscience continue doing—and you not only said it, you took action and topped it off with sharing it in such an open way.

    I am so very, very sorry you receive hate mail about ANYthing. You do so much good for so many and are an absolutely exceptional role model. Disagreements, sure, and I know you are open to those too, but hate mail, I wish all the haters would just bask in the glow of your beautiful heart for a few moments—they would lose the need to attack.

    I was interested in your description of adult stages of development and now understand better why I’ve often been the odd one out in groups or situations where everyone is following the party doctrine and I’m examining and questioning it.

    Thank you for sharing this very special, intimate, vlog with us.

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  167. Wenche- hugs from Norway

    Susan – you are a strong intelligent woman. Keep up the good work !!

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  168. Deborah Morris

    Girl, you are Awesome.

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  169. Munchling

    You totally rock Susan! You find and bring out the good in me.

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  170. Brandie

    Thank you for being open and honest!! Your honesty and sincerity is what has drawn me to you!! Thank you for sharing such a tough topic. Love to you!!

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  171. Stefi

    Best 36:05 min I spent listening to ANY topic without hearing 3/4 before any key points are made. At first I gasped wondering what this is about but phew! Ultimately, about being good to another . Really loved ALL the explanation of many things & words . The definitions being refreshed( as we are constantly on the go )we forget things , dont we? I’m so glad you posted this!😘

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  172. Diana

    Thank you Susan, for sharing that with us. I have had many of the same revelations concerning organized religions because I felt that if the religion could not include all people, no matter what their race, creed or sexual orientation, then it falls far short of what a loving God wants for us. Thank you for your continued honesty and wisdom!

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  173. Susan J Edwards

    Susan, You are Brave. Bless you,

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  174. Janeen

    I don’t care who you love as long as you love….

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  175. Sharlene

    Susan, I have been thinking of your vlog since yesterday. So glad you posted it. About BLE being fundamentalist… one of your vlogs a while back talked about deviations from the plan, and why we shouldn’t do that. The first reason you gave was because sometimes BLE knows, from experience, things that you might not, like a little bit of stevia in your coffee can trigger you. I totally agree — there are things on my journey that I don’t know — if I did, I would have gotten slim long ago.

    However, the second reason you gave was basically, just do it because it’s the plan, and by inference, because I said so. It doesn’t matter if that point is important or true for you, just blindly follow and you will be rewarded in the future. (Of course I’m paraphrasing, but that’s what came across for me.) That was the only thing I’ve heard you say that did not sit right with me. That everyone must follow your teachings exactly with no deviation, regardless if it’s relevant for them.

    Thank you so much for this most recent vlog which puts those statements in context. Yes, at the beginning, follow the plan until your brain heals, then use your critical mind and use the tools you’ve learned to make the plan the best one for us, whether it’s straight by the book, or something slightly different. Thank you <3

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  176. Karen Cummings

    Ahem!!

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  177. Shirley

    Ever the teacher. Other people’s sexual preference is none of my business. Hope you slept better after getting this off your mind. Bless you.

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  178. Diane

    Wonderful vlog on your spiritual journey! And it is YOUR journey you shared-each of us has our own journey. I so love how you have opened your heart!

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  179. Wendy

    I enjoyed your vlog this week. I admire your courage to share your personal decision and the “WHY”! I also enjoyed hearing your take on fundamental /fanatical. I live in Israel and that is a hot topic for obvious reasons! Keep holding by your convictions and YOUR truth. You’re spot on!

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  180. Narelle Cassar

    Just wanted to thank you for your courage in sharing such a personal part of your journey. Your willingness, honesty and openness to take a big breath and commit to your ethical stance is really appreciated. You are always an inspiration! Love you heaps xoxox

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  181. amanda wright

    such an amazing moment , the way you truly speak to us from your heart , even though we are ” abstract” to you.. I still felt so moved by your sincerity.. I am constantly in awe of your incredible ability to articulate in such an informative, interesting , clever, engaging, deep and meaningful way… You are a word genius and it just seems to roll out so effortlessly albeit obviously tons of thought and soul searching went into ..What a huge thing to do , to leave a faith … I know you haven’t left G-d though and he/she for sure hasn’t left you… much respect and blessings.

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  182. Dawn Heffernan

    Well done Susan..have you seen Jordon Peterson’s course on self authorship ?.

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  183. Joseph Meyer

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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  184. Doreen Thompson

    Susan, thank you. Be at peace, please continue to do what makes you free- you deserve it. I am so grateful you have trusted us enough to share your path. I hope you can feel the love that I am sending to you today and everyday. Your courage and integrity continues to inspire me.

    With love and gratitude,

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  185. Constantina Gaddis

    Thank you, Susan, for explaining how socialized mind and self-authoring mind relate to our belief systems and BLE journey. I am grateful that you keep BLE a neutral and welcoming place for us to find our own path, with much guidance and many tools offered for success.

    I am reminded of a verse in the Holy Bible, about working out one’ s own salvation (Philippians 2). In socialized mind, we “obey,” and that’s perfectly fine. In self-authoring mind, we work out our own salvation, with God’s help and in accordance with His will (surrender).

    God bless you always, Susan!

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  186. Brett Mentuck

    Your authenticity inspires me. This was important, intelligent, and heartfelt. Thank you.

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  187. Deb

    Brilliance. Open mindedness. Self-reflection.
    This is how we will all get through this life in one piece with no regrets.
    Once again, you display them all.

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  188. gloria green

    I so appreciate your heart in this topic and the mindful understanding of our development as adults. The transparency and clarity was a gift for sure!
    Totally understand your withdrawal and the courage and pain that took. But we need to be true to ourselves. I have been on a similar journey and the
    freedom to evaluate and question is so releasing. These principals can be seen in BLE but your guidance and love are a huge shining spotlight for us.
    Thanks Susan for this important blog. xoxox

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  189. Lenora Taylor

    Great vlog. . Thanks for sharing such a personal topic. You’re the best.

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  190. April Driggers

    You are beautiful inside and out and you have just proven that ten-fold. Brave, beautiful and inspiring. I wish more people would adopt this point of view.

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  191. Linda Hoffman

    I so appreciate you and your open communication that encourages people to think! Refreshing in our world. Thank you!

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  192. Bettina Blanchard

    SPT, honestly, you inspire and amaze me with your depth, intelligence, and thoughtfulness. I appreciate your candor, courage and love. I have made BLE my own, using my self authoring mind as you say. And I am so greatful it exists and beyond grateful you and your BLE community & leaders exist. Carry on!

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  193. Maryann Conner

    Fantastic. Really freaking fantastic! Loved all of it. If I spot you again at Wegmans, I’ll come up to you and tell you this was courageous, purposeful and worth the risk. Makes me feel better knowing there are some good people in this town we moved to a few years ago. It’s been hard here. Thank you for being an authentically lovely human being, on top of all I’ve learned from your book.

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  194. Laurie

    Thank you! I am glad you shared this. Left my church for many of the same reasons. Doubt I will ever join another one again either. This program has saved my life in so many ways. I am loving it!

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  195. Lisa

    I applaud you for standing for your beliefs. I am straight and I have family members who are gay and one who died of AIDS. I knew nothing of the faith. Thank you for sharing. On a lighter note. I really love the color back drop. The maroon one was nice. It sometime fought or competed with the colors you were wearing as well as the color make up that was chosen. With the background for today’s video. You and your message were the star. Also I love your hair! You go girl.

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  196. Caroline

    Not sure if this was about science or psychology….or B.L.E…
    Not sure the boundaries were intact. Just saying.

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  197. Sylvia

    Thank you for well said! As always your honesty is the best.

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  198. Sylvia

    Well said .thank your for honesty as always.

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  199. Sara

    I’m Canadian and I admire you more than ever after listening entranced to this vlog. I love your honesty and your self examination, and your sharing. You’re the hight priestess of Bright Line Eating/conquering addiction!
    God Bless You are so strong! And a great communicator! And a pleasure to watch … and listen to!

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  200. Arlene Geres

    God bless you, Susan, for your thoughtfulness, your love, and your honesty. You have made some tough choices, but staying true to yourself is the most important one of all! As a 40 year twelve stepper, I can get addicted to just about anything, but food has always been the hardest. Bright Line eating has helped me to understand myself in relationship to food, and for the first time I am gaining some freedom. I appreciated your explanation of fanaticism, as this is what has kept me from really hooking into 12 step food programs in the past. I feel that BLE gives me the knowledge, choice and freedom to not have to be rigid in my eating. I do occasionally slip, but don’t have to beat myself up over it. I also don’t have to make a big fuss about my eating plan, or try to make others feel bad for eating differently. Above all, I appreciate your discussion about homosexuality. I have so many friends who are gay, and every one of them talks about being deeply wounded by the judgements and prejudice of others. I left mainstream religion over this issue, and although I miss the ritual and the community, today I choose to practice the religion of LOVE. Anything that doesn’t fit into that box isn’t allowed into my psyche. BLE feels loving in every way, both the way it is presented and the way it is practiced. Thank you to the entire community. I hope this grows and spreads beyond your wildest dreams.

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, PhD

      Arlene, thank you for your comment. It warms my heart and soul. xoxo

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  201. Judith Cashin Lerma

    Thank you.

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  202. Kathleen Glennon

    Wonderful! As a lesbian with over 30 years of recovery in AA, work ing to get and keep bright lines, having do e Gray Sheet…i appreciate your reflection s

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    1. Judith Linden

      Thank you for your response, Kathleen! From a “sister”.

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  203. carole

    As I started to watch this, I was texting my buddy my morning commit and I told her that even though I’m frustrated with the scale right now, I’m a Bright Line Eater for life. Watching this vlog which had very little to do with BLE, confirmed that text for me. I’ve been on an up and down food journey for so many years and I know that I’ve finally found a home. Thank you for your honesty.

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  204. Judy McQuinn

    Thank you, You have amazing strength.

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  205. Wendy

    I especially appreciated your explanation of fundamentalism and fanaticism as they relate to Bright Line Eating. I have been hovering on the sidelines for awhile. The principles seem sound, but I was worried that BLE might be a cult of personality with a little science thrown in. Now I’m starting to see it as a science-based program with a lot of personality thrown in. If you get to a point when you want to connect with a religious community again, you might check out Unitarian Universalism.

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, PhD

      Hey Wendy,

      I think/hope that it’s more the latter. For what it’s worth, I don’t intend on being the “figurehead” of BLE forever at all…the way I see it, I’m consenting to be used to help grow the movement because it seems to be helpful (and others tell me it’s helpful), but the plan is very much to phase me out as the spokesperson/figurehead over time and let the principles and the science stand for themselves, and let the Bright Lifers and BLE Team Members be the torch-bearers. I want BLE to live much longer than I, and, at the end of the day, the effectiveness of this program’s got nothing to do with me. It works because it works. So yeah, there’s personality here, but it’s not the foundation. It’s an add-on, and if you want it to be an irrelevant add-on, it can be that.

      As for the UU thing, read my comment a short bit below this…I wrote it before I wrote this comment. Kind of funny coincidence. 😉

      xoxo
      Susan

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  206. chris

    Almost turned vlog off when you said you were Bahai. I have friends who are; I am not uninformed; and would like to see them come out of Bahaism also. Glad I continued watching.

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  207. Laura

    It might be helpful if you (succinctly) mentioned the genetic research that causes males to be homosexual. Isn’t it five or six different genes? Was research ever done on females? Of course once you look around, you realize how gayness is like having blue, green or brown eyes. When I’ve spoken more deeply with gays I know, they always identify their brother(s), father, uncle(s), grandfather(s) as probably being gay as well as some straight. That gave me insight into the shame, guilt and fear that’s run in families for centuries.
    Congratulations for risking leave a group (Bahai) which has worked for years but now stifles, restrains you. Your heart has expanded and expanded. I personally hope you find a community that works for you as the UU group did for my parents who were expansive, and the way another group has encouraged and supported me for decades. Continue your spiritual reading and growth. My husband, our daughter, her family have help me ground and yet blossom. “Buon camino” – good journey to you!

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, PhD

      Hey Laura,
      Thanks for this sweet message. Interesting–I attend a 12-step meeting in a UU church in town (the meeting just rents out a room in the basement–there’s no affiliation) and I was using the microwave this past Saturday to heat up my lunch and found myself talking with one of the members of the UU church and getting curious about what it teaches. I don’t know if I need or want another faith home, but I’m not closed to the possibility. Probably not now.
      As for the research on homosexuality, I could have talked about that, but I think that would have been getting too far afield into topics that are not pertinent to this particular forum. I hold and affirm that my PERSONAL perspectives are appropriate for this forum, as that’s the very definition of a blog–an individual person’s ongoing thoughts and reflections–but when it comes to science or other people’s perspectives, I think they’re only relevant if they’re food/weight/addiction/BLE/psychology type topics. People can Google the science on the genetic basis of homosexuality of they want. There are also environmental factors, but most of them have to do with the environment of the womb…hormonal gradients in the placenta and the like. The environment after birth has very little effect in the vast majority of cases. But again, this is getting off topic for this particular forum.
      So glad you have a spiritual home that feeds you. I think for me, 12-step groups and BLE fit the bill.
      Love!
      Susan

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      1. Judith Linden

        Great response, Susan! Thank you.

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  208. Josephine Darling

    Love the dress Susan! xxx

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  209. Kathy

    Hi Susan, great Vlog! I have struggled with the Fundmental viewpoint this way of eating for life takes – afraid to fail forever if I step out of line… But now, I think I can do it. I think I can do Brightline eating for life now. You did not break my heart with this Vlog, it does not mess with my personal faith. Can’t wait to listen to you on the Food Revolution!!

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  210. Marianne

    I have trouble with “self-authoring” as being a standard for truth. “Critical thinking” is important, yes. But the human mind and the human heart are often guided by personal desires or agendas. Human nature is flawed, and our own reasoning will not always be pure and serve the greater good. Truth must be objective, and that brings us back to God, the “author” of truth. Yes, we have free will to live however we want, but God’s truths don’t change. He created us in love, and He will always love us, no matter how we choose to live. I’m just concerned about anyone suggesting that fundamental “truth” is subjective, as that eliminates any objective, universal standard, which is what keeps society from descending into chaos.

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  211. Sally Robbins

    A true leader is authentic. A true leader is courageous in speaking her truth. A true leader knows that she’ll rock a few boats and takes the hits anyway. Thank you for sharing at this deep level about a polarizing subject. It makes me love you even more, Susan.

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  212. Wendy

    Susan thank you for always putting honesty and integrity on the forefront no matter how difficult it may be. And you
    ALWAYS relate your point back to bright line eating. Thank you!

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  213. Yoly

    Susan, THANK YOU so much for being Candid. Thank you for your Courage, your honesty and speaking from your Heart. The vlogs you post where you share from your raw personal experience, are very enriching, are moving and are full of insight. Discrimination of any kind is very hurtful and destructive. I hope people can have the emotional maturity to listen without judgment or without ostracizing you and moving away from this wonderful community. I am a very spiritual person but I do not follow organized religion for some of the very same reasons you shared and other personal ones. I am also gay and I truly appreciate the fact that you shared about this important topic. I remember when I “came out” and told the truth about my sexual orientation to my family and friends how **scary** that process was. I have the Gift of been involved in a relationship with my Partner in Life for 20 years (yes through ups and downs, sometimes very downs, but we have been able to seek help, work things through and continue growing stronger together). Please continue to move forward. Continue to speak from the Heart even if they are polarizing subjects. Open Hearts, Love and Support to better ourselves so we can help others along the way is the real treasure about this community that you are spearheading. From my Heart to Yours – Thank you! LOVE and BRIGHT Life to you my dear friend.

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  214. Cindy Smith

    So grateful you made this vlog! Really important topics!
    Well said – communicated – articulated.
    I honor your courage.
    Wow! Thank you, Susan!!

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  215. Berniece Hammon

    Once again, you show us your depth of knowledge and discernment. I love your Vlogs and how heartfelt each one is, as you are yourself. We love you back. I am so glad you talked about the social sphere that most people live in and then the adult discernment, that can grow from that, using critical thinking skills. I grew up in church, married in church, had a family in church, and then gave up church. For me, there was too much hypocrisy. Not that I am not a spiritual person and not that I do not use prayer or meditation. But, I do think there comes a time in a person’s life when growth happens if you make space for it. When you realize the archetypes of many religions flow throughout history and there are many more similarities than differences. I am happy for people who love their church and faith, as I hope they are happy for me in mine. We are all on a journey here together and it is lovely when we can support everyone as having their own journey too and not judge people if they don’t believe like we do. So Amen sister, we love you and support you and for me, I feel so blessed to have you in my life.
    Thank you for the courage it took to make this Vlog and post it. You are amazing!!!

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  216. Suzanne

    You are so open, brave, and real. I enjoyed this vlog.

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  217. Peter Smith

    I’m so impressed with your wisdom and depth, Susan. If you ever decide to start your own religion, I’d be tempted to follow you! 🙂 Thank you for being you, for being open, and for being so willing to tell us about your truths. As a gay man, and as a Christian who belongs to a church that embraces the LGBTQ community, I am grateful for your honesty, and for the way you’ve crafted Bright Line Eating so there is room for ALL of us at the BLE table. My love and respect for you continues to grow. Love, Peter

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  218. Veronica Monet

    I love the concepts of the “socialized brain” and the “self-authoring brain!” Thank you Susan for introducing me to this. I as describing the “socialized brain” as a “tribal mentality.” But this captures what I have observed much more succinctly.

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  219. Mona

    Good job!You have such a big heart. Thank you!

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  220. Sharon

    Oh Susan, brilliant and heart felt. You are a luminous soul. Thank you for sharing. I hear you, I see you, and your bravery and I applaud your candidness.

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  221. Deborah Garrard

    Beautiful. Brilliant. Grace. Gift. You. Grateful. Me! I learn from you every single week. I am an Eating Psychology Coach (now called Mind-Body Eating Coach, trained by Marc David) as well as Whole Food Plant Based Nutritionist. I long to help others. Period. Mind. Body. Emotions. Spirit. You inspire me. Every. Single. Time. Blessings to you, dear Susan!

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  222. Charlotte Williams

    I see that this was hard for you to record, and it was hard for me to hear! I appreciated the scientific discussion on adult development, which I found valuable. As a Baha’i and a BLE’r, I felt that this personal issue of yours should have been kept private and I’m sure that there were many other examples to illustrate your explanation of adult development. Your reasons why you left the Faith are your reasons and hopefully people can independently investigate on their own, their thoughts/feelings about the points you made about the Faith. Baha’u’llah made one reference to homosexuality and that was that sodomy is prohibited. Just as sexual relations before marriage are prohibited, and so is alcohol. When I meet someone who drinks alcohol, I see them just the same as anyone else, I don’t judge them. The Baha’i teachings promote loving everyone, that we are all part of one human family, we don’t judge others and we see all as our brothers and sisters. I love my homosexual friend just as I do my Christian, Muslim, atheist friend, etc. There is one mention of this by Baha’u’llah and hundreds of writings about promoting the unity of mankind, how we should embrace all, help the poor, be humble, be unified as one family. And I have always loved the principle of independently investigating the truth – when I learned about the Baha’i Faith I knew I already was a Baha’i, but I still investigated it in its entirety – and *then* I declared as a Baha’i. I knew that Baha’u’llah appointed Abdul-Baha as His successor and I understood the implications of that. So I do feel that your talk did misrepresent this valuable principle – if you do independently investigate and you do decide to declare, it’s not a game of picking and choosing. I think that most important thing to recognize is that we all spiritually have so much progress to make in our own spiritual awareness and understanding, there are so many things we can’t comprehend about God and that’s fine. But I think having and appreciating that awareness, so that we remain humble, is important. I’m not writing this to be conflictual, I see that everyone was very supportive and that’s wonderful. I hope just as I am being respectful of their views, they will be of mine too. Bright Line Eating has changed my life, it is a well-needed remedy to food addiction and I am so grateful for it. I just think there’s a place for certain things that are sacred.

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  223. Ida Alleman

    Hi Everyone , as a lesbian, and a Compulsive Overeater I could not knowingly join an organization led by someone who was a Baha’i.
    It was really about loving myself first and needing to be met with unconditional love, not mere tolerance. I am not saying Susan would not have been kind and supportive. I am saying, after 57 years of living around churches and organizations that have been hurtful and intolerant I could not possibly take the chance.
    Reading just a small piece of the Baha’i doctrine, I clearly would not be
    embraced. There is a great deal about BLE that interested me, caution and previous harm prevailed. It is what it is.

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    1. Judith Linden

      Hi Ida,
      I’m with you. Been there with the church and and hurtful organizations, Susan is a blessing. Hope we lesbian sisters can get through this compulsive eating thing, which was probably brought on by big time rejection, starting at an early age. Hugs and love to you!

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  224. KT

    I love everything about this. Yay for grown-up decision making.

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  225. Sandy Lotz

    Thank you for being so authentic and sharing this with us. It was very brave of you to open up like that and I applaud you. You’re such an amazing person, thank you!

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  226. Celeste Treadway

    Love everything about this vlog. Thank you Susan!

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  227. JessiLee

    Thank you for the way you teach this community. I watch for multiple reasons , but #1 is that I will learn something that is interesting and growing to my spirit. You bless me.

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  228. Beth Matthews

    I’m a Day 2 Boot Camper and I have to say, I don’t think anything could have more confirmed my decision to join the BLE community. Thank you for you heart, your honesty and vulnerability.

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  229. Lois

    Appreciate your honesty on these sensitive topics. Hugs!

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  230. Judith Linden

    You are smart, brave, and beautiful. So glad for this blog. Thank you!

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  231. Lynn

    Dear Susan- As always I am amazed and impressed by your candor, intellect and passion for helping others. It took me a year of watching and listening to you to get up my courage to do the 14 day challenge. 26 pounds later – doing the program in a way that feels comfortable to me it has become a way of life. This vlog addressed so many issues that I work on everyday. Thank you for sharing yourself with all of us- I only hope you feel the love coming back at you.

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  232. Stephanie

    Two years into BLE, plan to be a lifer-Bright Lifer. I’ve been able to change my life for the better in countless ways. I feel absolutely giddy after watching this vlog!!! Susan, not only are you a brilliant scientist, critical thinker, and communicator, but you are a person of character, conviction, and wicked courage. 💚

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  233. Pamela

    Dear Susan, Thank you so much for this … I can’t thank you enough for your vunerability to be open… because I am a deeply committed Christian, I have been very concerned about all the ‘mind’ blogs and offers and was concerned that somehow I would get off into ‘left-field’ in a way that would leave me confused about what I believed. Your openness today helped me to know how ‘safe’ BLE is and that I can do this without being ‘led’ in some wrong way or a way that would cause me deeper frustration in my belief system. I had never heard of some of the things you described about adult development but I very much identified with what you were saying as to how most of us deal with life. I am some what of a ‘mavrick’ in my believe system in that I also seek to ‘love them all’ and if there is changing to be done, then allow them the freedom to do that on their own. Again, thank you for BLE…I’m getting back on board today and am excited to have the freedom you speak of! You have put my mind at ease!!!

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