Make All Relationships Easier

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With Friends. With Family. With Co-Workers. With Significant Others.

If you have ever been in a relationship, you will know that they are not always easy to navigate. Sometimes you may not see eye-to-eye; there could be conflict; you might have trust issues from “past experiences”; Family dynamics that feel difficult. Whatever your relationship challenge… it doesn’t always feel easy to you.

Yet… How many of us create an intention to nurture our relationships to make them easier? This course is here for you to do EXACTLY THAT!

The truth is that many things happening in our relationships are out of our control… people leave us, our children grow up and learn to make their own decisions, our loved ones die, etc. However, we ARE in charge of one MAJOR component of our relationships, and that is OUR part in those relationships. Let’s begin there! Revolutionize your relationships by learning simple, but completely new, techniques for relating to the people in your life… this will make the hard bits much easier and the easy bits much sweeter.


Make All Relationships Easier

Check out some of these relationship-shifting components you will learn during the Option Institute’s
Make All Relationships Easier course:

The Principles of Happy Negotiation: It’s natural for two people to want different things. But, with these techniques, you’ll be able to discuss and negotiate to a positive conclusion without arguing, blaming, or having winners and losers. And you’ll be able to motivate the other person, too!

Emotional Independence: Even when the world around us seems like it’s imploding… even then, we can still create emotional independence. Is it okay to be comfortable and at ease, even when someone you care about is unhappy? Yes. We’ll show you why and how to make that happen.

Caring without putting yourself last: Love is one of the most consistent ways to care for yourself. People think to care about somebody or to take care of somebody is to delete taking care of yourself, no actually… caring about ourselves gives us the opportunity to be the biggest and best version of ourselves with more care to give.

Conflict Resolution: Learn to transform conflict into connection. It’s possible.

Letting go of judgments: Underneath, it’s not relationships that are difficult or painful. The pain comes from our judgments, not our caring. Our Option Institute Teachers will give you the tools to release those judgements.

Getting more of what you want: In the past, you might have used anger, guilt-tripping, or withholding love as a way to communicate what you want, what’s important to you, or what you’d like the other person to change. We’ll show you a much easier way to communicate what you want.

Two LIVE Sessions via Zoom
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Course Fee: $600.00 USD


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I found that Make All Relationships Easier helped me to feel empowered to be responsible for my own happiness. It gave me tools for negotiating conflict with others by looking into myself and my own beliefs to understand why I react the way I do and how I can change to make these relationships more loving, which is what I ultimately want.

Lori W.

Retired RN, Colorado, USA

Make All Relationships Easier is in two parts with precise hands on tools and exercises. I really enjoyed it, and I recommend it to everyone, both new to the Option Process, or experienced. I am very glad I could take this course, it’s a blessing.

Charlotte G.

Opera Singer/Yoga Teacher, Switzerland

My experience of Make All Relationships Easier E-Learning course was very eye-opening. A lot of these concepts have been taught to me since I was young, but putting them into action and really spending time to think about implementing them is what the course enabled me to do. This course taught me to understand why I would respond to a certain situation and how adopting new beliefs can dictate my life experience. Stan and Suzanne both did a great job explaining these concepts and bringing in our real life situations to create solutions. I really believe that what I have learned will benefit me, my family, and anyone I choose to have a relationship with.

Zavier Abraham Kaufman

Finance Manager, Illinois, USA

Make All Relationships Easier is a wonderful way to plug back into the Option Process for those who have studied and learned from the years of going to the Institute. Great review of your core teachings yet also introducing new learnings.

Jeanne C.

Grief Support/Bereavement Counselor, Michigan, USA

During Make All Relationships Easier, I learned that prioritizing being loving in conflict resolution is much more powerful and rewarding than being right. The idea of letting go of judgements, rightness and wrongness, opens me up to understanding my partner’s point of view, and therefore being able to negotiate in a fun and loving way to achieve a win/win resolution. And, I was reminded not to attach my happiness to getting what I want, or ask for.

Dave C.

Manufacturing Engineer, Ohio, USA

In Make All Relationships Easier, I learned that loving is greater than being right. I never realized I have been being impatient and judging myself. Everyone behaves the way one does due to their beliefs. We have the power position to understand and change our beliefs.

Jithesh R.

Software Engineer, South Carolina, USA

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The Option Institute and its teachers have had the honor to present programs (during the last four decades) that explore the attitudes and beliefs we have (and may want to change) and to help program participants find their own answers to questions about relationships, careers, family challenges and health issues. Our new program, Health & Healing: Navigating Life’s Health Challenges (formerly '5 Days to Live') , focuses on navigating significant health challenges and decision-making with greater ease, clarity, and clear purpose.

We are not a medical facility and we do not dispense any medical advice. We have and would always guide our program participants, to consult with their doctors, healthcare providers, and family members in making medical decisions for themselves and those they love. Neither Mass General Hospital nor any member of its medical staff endorses any program being offered by the Option Institute and its teachers.

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PRE-REQUISITES for attending Advanced Power Dialogues are:

  • Completion of The Option Institute’s PowerDialogues program.
  • If it’s been more than 5 years since you attended PowerDialogues, please call 413-229-2100 to discuss options.

NOTE: Attendance of live sessions via Zoom are required to complete this course.

Please note, this is a per-person registration


Dear Donor,

Jeannie Reid was searching for answers to the challenges she and her family were facing. Jeannie and her husband Stuart’s son, Carson, had been diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, a condition on the Autism spectrum. For Carson that meant being completely involved in obsessive behaviors and only using minimal words to identify objects, as well as frequently and completely melting down.

Soon after, Jeannie found the book, “Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues” and when she read it, she KNEW she had found what she was looking for. She began using some of the Son-Rise techniques described in the book on her own until she was able to come to The Autism Treatment Center of America for the Son-Rise Program Start-Up. As she put into practice what she learned there, Carson’s world was opening up. Today Carson is attending a Montessori school as a 'typical' student and functioning at or above typical grade level, being fully verbal and conversational, and very interested in learning about the world and interacting as much as possible with other people. He is even taking swim lessons at the local YMCA and doing great!

“It has been wonderful to get, and stay connected with other people and Son-Rise parents from all over the world. My son’s progress had already come very far, but now I truly believe we can go all the way!”

Jeannie wrote.

Stuart Reid then attended the Empower Yourself course and brought home a new sense of clarity, balance and personal power. He shared his new empowerment with Jeannie and she in turn gained in confidence, strength and enthusiasm. Their own relationship began to flourish anew, as well. Life-altering changes were happening for Jeannie and her family.

Jeannie journeyed again to Sheffield, this time for the Fearless course at The Option Institute to help her recognize and overcome her personal obstacles. Jeannie wanted to continue her amazing journey as she had found using the techniques she learned in The Son-Rise Program and in Fearless had absolutely changed the lives of everyone in her family.

But, because the Reids’ finances had been seriously stretched by then, their next steps were put on hold. Then an amazing event changed everything. Jeannie’s college roommate and lifelong friend decided to start a Son-Rise Program scholarship fund for people from the Cleveland area. Since then Jeannie has been able to move ahead with her courses, taking Radical Authenticity, Son-Rise Maximum Impact and Son-Rise Wide Awake ... and eventually she became a Certified Group Facilitator.

Jeannie Reid’s story is about wanting BIG and making it happen. She is about to embark on her renewed private practice as an art therapist, and plans to be a super advocate for The Son-Rise Program in her area. Her wonderful new life is a product of her persistence and belief, and of the wheels she helped set in motion for others when her friends learned of how she and her family had been impacted by The Son-Rise Program.

“I know I will be able to give back by helping others, and that will be the top of my personal mountain! Thank you to everyone who donates! You are making a big difference in the world!

Jeannie Reid


Dear Donor

Two years ago, Antonio's kindergarten teacher told us something was not quite right with our little boy. He was not socializing, he somersaulted all the time and hardly spoke at all. At the time I was working for a municipality close to Florence, Italy and basically I had nothing left after seeing to basic necessities.

In the meantime, I looked up Autism with Google and as I was also looking for happiness and personal growth, I was guided to The Option Institute, thence the Autism Treatment Center of America. I read up as much as I could and started trying to apply the “Happiness is a Choice” suggestions. I'm not quite good at it but it has helped me with attitude, and everything else that seemed trying is really different after all this.

When I decided to come for The Son-Rise Program Start-Up, I really had little or no money to pay for it. I spoke to my friends, old and new. My mother helped me, friends I thought couldn't [help] tried their very best and the scholarship did the rest.

What the scholarship did was give a HUGE boost to my fundraising. About six friends contributed the rest, at the travel agency a very kind lady who I may now call a friend helped me some more. I am overwhelmed with gratefulness. Here I am, happy to have attended the Start-Up program and looking forward to learning more and praying to God for guidance.

So the gist of the matter is, I am a happy mum who hopes to implement a wonderful relationship with her child and is riding a not so easy moment with lots of hope in her heart and THANK YOU is not enough for what I feel. I still remember William's words, “If you do what you've always done, you will get what you've always got.” Now I'm trying to do different, bit by bit, day by day. I feel the difference already.

About Antonio ... we are going on with the Italian program and I play with Antonio after school in a quiet room in the house. Knowing what the little guy is exposed to (he's always putting his fingers in his ears and he seems to have problems with too much light in his eyes), I find him very brave as he bears it tolerably. Drums a lot to digest it all.

When we went to the doctor, just weeks after starting the program at home, she told me that she found him more attentive. His attention span has increased. He is also tagging or pulling at one's arm when looking for attention. The child psychologist last Saturday reported the same thing and what's more, my son has always required that I enter the room, hence assisting in every session. Well, this time he went in along with the doctor and told me, “See you later.”

At school, his teacher who speaks English as well, read up and watched my DVD (Kyle’s Journey, Jade and “I want my little boy back”). Now she's changing, bit by bit and I do appreciate that very much. He seems to be OK with her and actually sent me away from class this morning, again telling me, “See you later.”

He is now ONE HUGE GREENLIGHT and I'm hoping to be able to really have volunteers (still looking), raise funds and settle down to business.

God bless,



Dear Donor,

I am the mother of three children, all on the Autism Spectrum. Before I heard of the Son-Rise Program and the Option Institute, I was a desperate, angry and depressed person…. I was on Anti-depressants, sleeping multiple hours of the day, and for a period of time, using alcohol to run away from my pain.

Then I heard of the Son-Rise Program. I called to find out more about it and thought “this if for me!” But I could not afford it. You see raising one child with Autism is very expensive but raising three is just outrageously expensive with all the therapies and dietary interventions that we were doing.

But I was offered a full scholarship to the SRSU program. I have since attended all of the Son-Rise Programs and many of the Personal Growth programs offered by the Option Institute.  Each time I have been given a scholarship and each time I go I learn more about who I am and I change for the better each and every time.  Because of your most generous support, my children are recovering from Autism, I have found happiness in my life!  I am no longer on anti-depressants and I have so much more energy.

YOU are the reason that my family is in recovery. It is because of YOU that my oldest son now is enjoying school.  YOU are the reason my second son is speaking. YOU are the reason my daughter is no longer as rigid and controlling as she once was.  Thank you does not even begin to cover how much gratitude I have for you.  I thank God every day for you and I do not even know you.

Please know that you are changing lives with your donation to ATCA and the OI.  It is because of you that every day people are getting the help that they need. Thank you, thank you and thank you!

With so much love,

Kerry Rihtar