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A Hungry Ghost is Never Satisfied

Drug Addicts, Behavior Addicts, Bloggers BOOK REVIEW: In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Mate, M.D.  Drug addicts have a limited stock of substances to choose from. A limited repertoire. Drug addicts have fewer escape routes than those available to behavioral addicts. How is the choice made? Why am I…

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IN THE REALM OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS

The question is never why the addiction? The question is why the pain? BOOK REVIEW: In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Mate, MD. The hungry ghost of Buddhist lore has a huge mouth and belly but his tiny throat prevents the ghost from ever being satiated. The hungry…

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12 Step Mysticism

Obsession with Mysticism Thank you for your interest in 12 Step Mysticsim. My lifelong obsession with mysticism helped me to recover from alcoholism and become a 12 Step Mystic. My obsession with mysticism also led me to become a Freemason. A true yogi must transform himself. Thank you to B.R. for your email about 12…

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SYMBOLIC

Black & White Symbolic Power This is the continuing story of how I was miraculously healed of postherpetic neuralgia using symbolic representations of ancient cosmic power. I did it spiritually by using meditation and visualization. My meditation is a constantly evolving practice and an enduring subject for yet another blog. I just lifted my practice…

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THE KINGDOM OF RECOVERY IS WITHIN: SELF-LEADERSHIP

The Body Keeps the Score, (2014) by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., CHAPTER 17 – PUTTING THE PIECES BACK TOGETHER: SELF-LEADERSHIP, page 284:  “The critical insight is that all these parts have a function: To protect the self from feeling the full terror of annihilation. The final stage of healing is developing self-leadership skills to manage the…

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BUDDHIST MEDITATION MEETING VENICE CALIFORNIA

A Buddhist Recovery Path. The location of my new apartment was carefully chosen to be near recovery meetings, enlightened community and the beach. Randy Mermell’s excellent Principles in Application Primetime A.A. meeting will probably soon be live and in-person a few blocks from me at the Westside Hope Center. But it gets even better. I…

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PTSD & EMDR

EMDR Heals Traumatic Memories. Eye movement desensitizing and reprogramming (EMDR) has brought about a miraculous healing of my posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). EMDR is one of the greatest things to happen in my life since I got sober on January 21, 2004. Step by step, bit by bit, my brokenness has been repaired. All it…

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ROAD TO RECOVERY

The road of recovery is the road of life. Working with trauma is as much about remembering how we survived as it is about what is broken. I survived my traumatic upbringing by self-medicating with drugs and alcohol. The most effective trauma treatment available to me was the plant based medicine called alcohol. However, no…