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May 01

Recovery

Recovery is one of the most beautiful words I know.  We’ve been to the very bottom of the pit.  Climbing out of that dark place has been far from easy but as we step out into the sunlight we realize that there is something waiting for us that is more wonderful than we ever could have imagined…

“Like myself, he had admitted complete defeat. Then he had, in effect, been raised from the dead, suddenly taken from the scrap heap to a level of life better than the best he had ever known!”  ~ Bill Wilson

So who is in recovery? It’s a loaded question. Very few people make it into adulthood without suffering some sort of trauma or dysfunction. The details vary but whether from addiction, grief, abuse, depression or just insert your personal burden here – most of us have had some pain to work through. For some the cause has been entirely outside of their control while others have made decisions that led them to this point but no matter how you got here you have a choice about what you’re going to do next.

Recovery means taking responsibility for what happens next, knowing that we do have some control over our lives and our choices even if that just means changing how we feel. Recovering from addiction requires a physical change, an action that has to be stopped for any meaningful healing to begin but that isn’t where it ends. In AA you often hear people refer to a “psychic change” when the burden of addiction is lifted. From the Doctor’s Opinion in the Big Book, “…unless this person can experience an entire psychic change (also known as a “spiritual awakening”) there is very little hope of his recovery.” A quote by Jungian Robert Johnson applies nicely here, “The process can be summed up in one sentence: it is the relocating of the center of the personality from the ego to a center greater than one’s self.”

This site’s only real goal is to assist those seeking to free themselves of the ego, to reach out to those who still suffer with encouraging methods for natural healing. No matter what we are recovering from I believe that the general process is the same. There are a few basic components that seem to apply to everyone: some sort of program that offers a community and direction, a relationship with a Power greater than ourselves and natural alternatives for healing and happiness. Different things work for different people so the resources explored here reach out in many different directions. I am not endorsing or promoting any product, technique or program, simply offering a place for personal exploration to begin. Click around, do some research of your own and see what works for you.

No doubt there is often physical action that we must take, things we absolutely must stop or start doing today no matter how hard it seems at first.  That alone might seem like a tall order but it’s just the beginning. What I’m interested in is healing, the psychic change, a new life.  I want the whole thing…. I want the miracle.

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