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In the Doctor's Opinion in the Big Book, as I was studying the Big Book again, the antidote for recovery from alcoholism is stated thusly --- "...unless this person can experience an entire psychic change (also known as a "spiritual awakening") there is very little hope of his recovery."
Alright, it got me to thinking and writing again. What is a "psychic change," what is the nature of a "spiritual awakening?"
It is a very simple thing (although not easily achieved), It is simply a radical change in our system of beliefs, our belief system we have been living with and operating under all our life ..... in the case of the alcoholic, a belief system based on fear and hate and illusion .
A very wise man a few centuries ago said there are ony two rules for a very happy and successful life, "You are to LOVE your Creator with all your heart and mind and soul and energy", and the second is like unto it, "You are to LOVE your neighbor as YOURSELF."
Ah-ha, therein lies the heart of the problem... we could not LOVE ourselves ... therefore could not truly love anything else. Consequently we developed an EGO problem, we were either better than or less than, fearing and hating both aspects greater or less than ourselves, and creating illusions (self lies) to deal with our problems in life.
There are many formal belief systems (philosophies) in the world .. humanism, existentialism, naturism, rationalism, non-rationalism, communism, etc, all of which are common in each person's thought system to some extent. All of which diminish the sovereignty of Man in his own life and the lives of others as he tries to pull himself up by his own boot straps, forgetting theTrue Sovereignty of the Creator.
Does the giant Oak Tree have a belief system? Does it not do the Creator's Will perfectly? When that tree was an acorn laying on the ground, it had all the information in-dwelling that it needed to fulfill the Creator's Will. Don't you think the Creator has blessed mankind as he has blessed all the lesser forms nature?
That same wise man said "Seek ye first the kingdom of the Creator within." and "If you bring forth that which is within you, it will save you. If you do not bring forth that which is within you, it will kill you."
What is it we bring forth?? Simply a Belief System based on LOVE, encompassing an understanding as stated in AA's 2nd Tradition.
Two—For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience.
That is exactly what the 12 steps of AA and the fellowship are all about, to bring froth that which is within us which will save us from the lies we have told ourselves ... as stated on page 55 of the BigBook...
"Yet we had been seeing another kind of flight, a spiritual liberation from this world, people who rose above their problems. They said God made these things possible, and we only smiled. We had seen spiritual release, but liked to tell ourselves it wasn't true.
If we pray and meditate and practice the 12 Steps of AA to the best of our ability we will discover the Creator's Will for us.
Our constant struggle to make contact with our loving Creator is not easily achieved in organized religion, because typically organized religion does not understand the alcoholic's problem. The problem is the EGO, the sum total of all the lies we have told ourselves. The Elimination of Ego-Self is the answer. The ONLY answer. As the EGO leaves, the Creator rushes in to fill the void. That's how it works. The EGO is our enemy, not the religion fabricated "Devil".
All of AA's 12 Steps and the fellowship are Ego deflating spiritual guides that ultimately teach us how to LOVE and experience the wise man's two rules in all our affairs, as we discover and learn truly that we, each of us, is a localized intimate manifestation of the Creator's Divinity.
It is my wish for each of you that this day be one of Grace and Gratitude, That you may know peace and be content, Fully Alive to the Sufficiency of God's Grace, and the Generosity of our Earth Mother.
One Golden Day At A Time, as we go with the flow, keeping our heads up and celebrating each other... These attributes of life are so easy and simple to attain, for they are our natural inheritance as we come to KNOW and BE the LOVE that we truly are . . .
WE Are The ONE We Have Been Waiting For. .
Hokh!!! Mitakuye oyasin, hecitu welo!!!
With Much Gratitude for Each of You,
Love and Peace, Barefoot Windwalker
On the Web June 24,, 2008 in the Spirit of Cooperation
Three mighty important things, Pardn'r, LOVE And PEACE and SOBRIETY