Born in England in 1941, Colin Tipping was raised during the war and in early post-war Britain by working-class parents. He had an elder brother and a younger sister. By his own account his parents were good people, loving and hard-working, and he considers himself blessed by having had a stable and enjoyable childhood in spite of the social hardships of the time.
Even as a boy, he seemed to inspire the trust of people who needed to talk about their feelings, they finding in him a person who would listen to them and not judge. After a four year stint in the Royal Air Force, and three years in the corporate world after that, he became a college professor, but even then often found himself being sought after to provide counseling for people.
At the age of 43 and at that time recently divorced, Colin left a secure teaching job at a British university and, in 1984, immigrated to the United States. He had no idea at that point that he would eventually become the leading expert in a form of forgiveness that was little short of revolutionary and totally life-changing for hundreds, if not thousands, of people, as well as for businesses and organizations.
Originally, he had come to join another Brit who had already settled in America having created a school of woodworking in Vermont. Their goal was to write a series of 12 books on European woodworking. One book was produced but basically the project fell apart so Colin launched out on his own and became a clinical hypnotherapist.
The Cancer Connection
He began practicing in Atlanta, Georgia in 1987, and for no apparent reason that he could discern, he began to attract people to his practice who were, or had been, challenged with cancer. He researched the scientific evidence for the emotional factors in the causation of cancer and found there to be a strong link between that disease and a resistance to forgiveness.
The research clearly showed that the typical cancer patient was the type who stuffed their feelings deep down and appeared then not to be angry at all.. This has been dubbed the Type-C personality. The internal rage which they had so expertly repressed tended to come out eventually as cancer.
The Georgia CancerHelp Program
Colin and his wife JoAnn formed a non-profit corporation, Together-We-Heal, Inc., and began doing cancer retreats in the North Georgia mountains dedicated to the spiritual and emotional healing of people who had, or were experiencing, cancer. Colin realized that conventional forgiveness was never going to work with this folks. It was far too difficult and took years to achieve if it happened at all. In any case they had spent a lifetime avoiding it.
Born Out of Necessity
He needed a form of emotional release similar to, but infinitely more effective than mere forgiveness, that would be quick, easy to do and a simple step by step process. So, drawing on ideas rooted in a work entitled A Course in Miracles as well as other texts, and adding his own ideas to the mix, he created a form of forgiveness that was radically different and special. Radical Forgiveness, then, was born out of the necessity of helping people with cancer.
He wrote his first book, Radical Forgiveness, Making Room for the Miracle in 1997 and the rest, as they say, is history. He has been teaching it to people all around the world ever since. His workshops are renowned as life changing experiences. They transform peoples’ lives virtually overnight.
He has saved many a marriage with his “Make-It-Or-Break-It, Couples-in-Crisis Clinic in which he works with between 2 – 6 couples over a period of time comprising two weekends sessions and coaching in between.
The main characteristic of his work is a practical spirituality that is simple, honest, straight-forward and unpretentious. He has a knack of making spiritual issues simple and practical. He believes that spirituality is useless if it cannot be used in a practical way in our everyday life. His books all have a practical side to them as do his workshops.
The Radical Forgiveness Ceremony
He developed a Radical Forgiveness Circle Ceremony based on one taught to him by a Native American which enables people to forgive themselves and everyone else in their lives all in the space of two hours. He has done this ceremony in Unity churches around the United States and in venues all over the world with up to 250 people participating.
More than mere forgiveness as we know it, then, it is as much a radical philosophy of living as it is a method of healing the lives of those who have suffered at the hands of others. Over the years he has developed a way to apply the underlying core message of Radical Forgiveness to all manner of problems and situations commonly part of humanity’s everyday experience.
His latest book, 25 Practical Uses for Radical Forgiveness, A handbook for Solving the Problems and Challenges of Everyday Life in a New Way, provides the proof.
The Corporate Connection
In addition to working with individuals, couples, families and groups, he is also taking a specialized form of the Tipping Method into corporations and other organizations as a way of resolving and preventing conflict, raising morale and increasing productivity. It is called the Quantum Energy Management System (QEMS).
He consults with business owners and specializes in working with small to medium size family-owned firms which have beome dysfunctional due to family issues becoming mixed in with the business. He maps the dynamics of the family and and overlays that over the map of the company so see where the energies are getting stuck. He then uses the tools associated with QEMS to smooth out the energy flow in each case, and to get the business back on track going forward.
Expanding the Core Technology
To the core technology of Radical Forgiveness he has added Radical Relationships, Radical Self-Empowerment, Radical Manifestation, Radical Awakening, and Radical Transformation all now existing under the inclusive umbrella of Radical Living and the Tipping Method
Training Others to Teach The Tipping Method
Colin Tipping is the co-founder, with his wife JoAnn, of the Institute for Radical Forgiveness Therapy and Coaching, Inc., based in Atlanta, Georgia. The Institute trains and certifies professional Radical Living Coaches and Radical Forgiveness Therapy Practitioners in the U.S., as well as in Europe.
Speaking Around the World
Colin Tipping is an inspiring speaker, author and an accomplished professional educator. He is equally comfortable speaking informally to a small group or to a large group of more than 1000 with audio/visual support. He is very experienced at lecturing and teaching in foreign countries and is totally comfortable working on-stage with an interpreter.