Sunday, September 16, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
It’s happening NOW in real-time. For the first several months of my sobriety I felt tugged into the future or the past and now I feel like I have been warped into the present time – it is happening NOW and I feel slightly more empowered to make decisions from the powerful place of being present in this NOW moment. It’s not going to help to run from things any longer – it’s best to dive straight in – the harder the situation the deeper I should dive. I have been playing small, deathly afraid of the resistance I feel, mistaking it for truth instead of the fear that it is. Perhaps it’s the un-layering of the cloaks of doubt and shame and fear that are occurring in the 9th step that are allowing me to center more fully in the NOW. But just because I find myself centered here doesn’t mean that it’s not scary, there are things from my past and my future that I wish to cling to so badly but those that are meant to be a part of me now will simply be here NOW. If they are still embedded in my heart NOW than they belong. I’m not really sure exactly what I am talking about when I say this – but it’s that inner guidance that is revealing itself through this Spiritual Practice of writing and as it always does – it will inform me throughout the coming days. I have come to trust that still small voice within me – “the occasional hunch or inspiration is gradually becoming a working part of the mind.(BB, P. 87)” Being present and watching thoughts fly through my mind and deciding & knowing which are my disease, which are my thoughts and yet always remembering that my thoughts are not me. I am not my thoughts, I do not have to identify with them…. I can simply let them be a separate entity from me. So can you, drawing yourself into the present moment through actively working the steps and committed to being here now you will find yourself increasingly empowered to make choices that serve you and to do so with Ease, Grace & Dignity. Being here NOW is about embracing the beautiful mystery of the Universe. As your practice deepens you will fall in love with the mystery of the Universe as I sometimes am :)
Friday, September 7, 2012
Today I wake feeling empowered, alive and filled with hope. I used to shy away from the word “hope” as it somehow implied to this New Thought persons mind, that my good was outside myself. Nope, I feel that hope right there deep down inside of me and it is rising to the surface of my being and it feels good. A couple of my spiritual mentors have so lovingly pointed out to me lately that perhaps in an area or two of my life, I am still seeking my good outside of myself. This was the case with drugs and alcohol and now after almost 17 months of sobriety I am discovering this to be true in other areas of my life. I have come to understand that we are endogenous beings – meaning our life unfolds from within us outward and not vice versa so as I explore my desires for life and begin to look at them with an eye of “is this something outside of me that I am seeking” I begin to have a deeper clarity and freedom than I am used to in certain areas of my life. SO today I am going to share my practice with you. My practice is an affirmation that I repeat 15X a day and it is this. There is no lack of Spiritual Integrity in Universal Good, therefore there is no lack of Spiritual Integrity in me, My Good is %100 alignment and expression in and of Spiritual Integrity. Any Good that I am seeking is within me. I stop reaching for that which is outside of me and turn my attention and intention inward to the Source of All Life. Happy Trails in your sobriety today. If today is a dark one, grab a mentor, a friend and share your pain openly and honestly. Tomorrow is a new day and chances are you will wake feeling completely different than today. This too shall pass. Many Blessings.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Yesss – there is a reason that the 9th step has promises – isn’t there? I’m in the midst of my 9th step and my excuses of business has seen it’s day. More deeply than ever I am sensing in my depths that there is a link between the stuff that is hiding deep down inside of me that the 9th step is intended to heal and my prosperity is awaiting the clear reflection of right alignment that comes as a result. I’ve been so busy fooling myself all of these years with false pride but when it comes down to really knowing what I believe at my core, one may look to my life to find out – I spoke of this on Sunday at our service. As vulnerable as this feels to put it out there, I know that I must, in faith that there will be another chapter to the story to share with you if I am honest about this stage of my journey - a chapter which reflects great financial abundance and prosperity in my life and as my life. There must be some part of me which really believes that “I am not good enough to be supported freely and consistently” because that is what continues to reflect in my world. I know that God does not punish but that I have the capacity to punish myself through holding a belief, which is absolutely creative and operative in my life. These beliefs could very well have been adopted from all of the “bad stuff” that I was up to in my addiction. I think I am harder on myself that almost anyone I have ever met and I have to remember that we all make mistakes and addiction has a particularly messy and destructive nature to it. Living my amends is the most powerful restitution for the damage caused but getting in there and making amends whereby not only is it possible that others will forgive me but more importantly that I forgive myself. You see my inner self critic or as Julia Cameron calls her “my Censor” has rich and fertile soil to grow and live in the “stuff” that happened in my life around my disease. The 9th step is about clearing this so that my inner Critic can just relax already. Eventually as I continue to work these steps I hope to see my inner critic fade into the nothingness from whence it came and to feel the abundant nature of my soul expressed in my attitudes of being more than enough for the fact that I am a Divine emanation of “the One” as is each and every soul on this planet. Beliefs rooted in Truth unlike the false beliefs I picked up in my addiction have nothing to do but shine health into every area of my life including my financial health and well-being. Today, I pursue the next section of my 9th step with vigor for I am ready for, accept and expect my freedom. I liken this experience to standing at the door knocking, expecting the door to be opened and the God of my soul to welcome me home to the Truth of my being which has never changed – I just temporarily forgot. Thank you 9th step for being the roadmap for remembering the Truth about me.