Completing Ourselves

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While we are never complete we are always engaged in the process of completing ourselves. I like the seemingly paradoxical words, the journey is the destination. By settling down into the feeling of just being on the journey though, we find the destination.

Continuing this particular journey of discussing the Traditional 12 Steps of AA and the Integral 12 Steps here slowed down a bit for a while. Now it seems that the other pathways that my energies are flowing down ...

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Is Freedom a Choice?

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I attended the Integral Twelve Step Meeting at Alaska Wisdom Recovery this week and the topic was freedom. The thoughts went down so many great branches! So many that today, while those branches spread, I am going back to the roots.

This Summer Solstice weekend also marks Fathers Day and my three-year anniversary of sobriety. I have talked about transparency here quite a bit and am going to offer up some more. It is what keeps me sober and with ...

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Let’s Get Real – A Personal Inventory

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Hooray! Fourth month, fourth step talk. As always my approach is a Personal Recovery Plan that includes counseling, group meetings/support and 12 step involvement. That mix is as individual as each person’s recovery and I always like to offer a balanced look at personally interpreting the 12 Steps for one’s own growth. Again I present the Wisdom Traditions Integral Twelve Steps along with the traditional as an inclusive approach more than comparative. Find the message for yourself that clicks for ...

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Allowing Our Success

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Ok… The third month and two-thirds of it gone. Talk about going with the flow!

The demands of the new position I accepted as Program Coordinator at Alaska Wisdom Recovery has proven to be very demanding of my time and attention. It is also proving to be rewarding beyond my imagination of what it would be like.

Again, life is showing that allowing things to simply flow into place, along ones held intention, proves to present possibilities that exceed what ...

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Bringing It To Life

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The discussion here this month of a higher power and finding that connection within ourselves has led me to another thought. I’m thinking about how finding that for ourselves is absolutely essential to our own establishment and growth of self and Self. Growth of our self in our day to day lives of “being better people” and behaving in interactive constructive ways. Not the destructive methods of addictive, unhealthy behaviors. This being fostered by the growth of Self. The capital ...

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Time for a Higher Power

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In following the suggestion that the most effective recovery programs include both 12 step program involvement and personal/group counseling. I want to present a look at the second step here. I commented on the first Step in the post First Things First.

As I stated there, these 12 Step Principles are especially effective when they are stated in an integral way. That is, non-specific to any one area of addictive or unhealthy behaviors that create a ...

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Flipping the Switch

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In discussing the change that comes into a life in recovery we can find many common elements. People comment all the time that they went to a meeting and heard “their story”. They thought they were alone and unique but then find others stories and realizations about their lives to all too familiar. the characters may be different but the story is the same.

There are the common stories of ‘hitting bottom”. The bottom… when we come to a place that ...

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Moving Toward Clarity

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Our Starting Line is all about clarity. The clarity gained in recovery and all the new meanings that word has for us. The new meanings it has for us now and will have as we gain more of it.

There is clarity of thought of course. Not being dope sick, hung over or in full on regret and guilt mode over an unhealthy behavior is an obvious leap forward in clarity. Removing this weight frees the mind to use its energy ...

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It Is So Much More

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I like words. I like to delve deeper into the meaning of words. The root of words in old language is always interesting and gives new perspective on their meaning. Not just for us but for society, who just takes the word for granted, and doesn’t have time to get wrapped up in the significance of what is really being said.
A simple example is the word DISEASE. it is a “DIS” ...
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First Things First

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I‘ve mentioned before the effectiveness and importance of 12 step programs. There is a strong reason that so many organizations have seen success with the 12 steps. They are more than a means of personal recovery, they are an effective road map for life. I feel it is important to emphasize that map metaphor. The map is not the journey. The interpretation of the 12 steps and other resources needs to be made for each person to develop their Continue Reading →

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