Tuesday, July 3, 2018

70 On Seeing Clearly Perhaps for the First Time

EXPERIENCE has taught us that the process of being out of touch with our true feelings induces grandiosity and compulsivity. 
Grandiosity and compulsivity are clear symptoms that the demon is quietly waiting, and that the core problems have yet to be addressed. This insight often comes forward during some form of counseling or intimate sharing; it is generally when we get the first indicator that something is hiding in our blind spots and is having a profound effect on our lives. 
Often it gets pointed out to us that we really don’t have friends or that our primary relationships are becoming progressively more non-intimate or . . . and there are hundreds of “or’s,” and our journey does not truly begin until we begin to notice. 

Know this,
Noticing and Accepting
Are Two Different Places

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

69 On Seeing Clearly Perhaps for the First Time

EXPERIENCE has taught us that the process of no longer using any mind-changing, mood-altering devices (chemicals, or otherwise) can induce a twisted form of thinking for the first while.  This twisted form of thinking sets into motion a false belief that the worst is over (this is called the pink cloud effect) and that all our problems are fixed. 
Not true, but . . . well, not really true is a better way to try to describe it. If we really stopped and thought about it, not really is not even close to the truth of the matter, but we have taken a step in the right direction, finally.  More land mines up ahead, though. 
The truth is, life’s conundrum has just changed faces. It just sits there in another form, waiting, like a huge, silent demon, waiting and wanting to control everything in our lives that it can.

Quietly It Waits.
. . . You Stumble . . .
. . . It Stirs And Smiles . . .
Yet Again.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

66 On Seeing Clearly

EXPERIENCE has taught us that as we begin to come from a place of deeper understanding, from a place of connection with a Higher Power or with the Way of Things, we may begin to notice that there are several truths quietly at work in our lives.
First: if we try to escape from life’s situations without allowing them to heal or to come to completion, the need for the completion will rise again someplace else in our lives, sometimes changing its form or appearance, but still being of the same necessity: that’s Karma at work in our lives.
Second: there is a thought that seems almost inconspicuous in all this, yet it is probably one of the more important principles in recovery.  It also has a Catch 22 quality to it: what we believe is what we will experience, and healing takes place only in our minds, although it seems to manifest itself in other places as other things outside ourselves.  When we remove ourselves from a dilemma without resolving it to the soul’s satisfaction, and thereby avoiding the healing process contained in the resolution of that dilemma, we are not allowing the spiritual forces to prevail.  What we are doing is simply mood-altering, and that is avoidance.  So, the need for the process to take place will follow us around like a lost puppy dog from situation to situation.  The circumstances will be recreated again and again as the soul attempts to have us resolve these deeper conflicts it perceives as needing completion.  This seems to be The Way of Things.
Third: when you try to fix a situation all by yourself and you choose to rely only on yourself and your own resources, know this: You Are In Serious Trouble. 
The Way of Things is simply to address life with gratitude in our hearts. To face the tasks that arise on the path before us. Then to ask for the guidance we need.  Then to allow the healing to come to us. 
Put another way:
Round Pegs ... Square Holes.
Larger Mallets
Simply Don’t Work.