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EGO

Super-ego fears its own annihilation in bowing to higher power. BOOK REVIEW: In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Mate, M.D.:   When people refer to the ego, oftentimes they really mean the super-ego. Even Dr. Mate uses ego the same way Freud used super-ego. Dr. Mate writes that, “Resistance to…

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Liberation

HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS

The higher power concept need not be concerned with a deity. BOOK REVIEW: In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Mate, M.D.:  This post is a verbatim condensation of Chapter 34 – Addiction and the Spiritual Quest. Dr. Mate believes that “For many people, the higher power concept need not…

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THERE IS A SOLUTION

Pure grace allows some people to escape alcoholism BOOK REVIEW: In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Mate, M.D.:  At page 307, Dr. Mate says that: “It is useful to study and consider what combination of self-knowledge, strength, supportive environment, good fortune, and pure grace allows some people to escape…

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Attunement is the Language of Love

Attunement is the conduit by which a preverbal child can realize that she is loved. BOOK REVIEW: In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Mate, M.D.:  According to Dr. Mate, “Attunement is a subtle process. It is deeply instinctive and is easily subverted when the parent is stressed, depressed, or…

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HAVE YOU TAKEN YOUR RECOMMENDED DAILY DOSE OF VITAMIN G THIS MORNING?

Gratitude gives me a dopamine rush FROM PREVENTION.COM: “Studies have linked living a thankful life to fewer aches and pains, better sleep, and more. “Making gratitude a daily practice is like taking a vitamin,” says David DeSteno, PhD, a professor of psychology at Northeastern University in Boston and author of the book Emotional Success. He’s not being hyperbolic: He…

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Liberation

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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THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE – EPILOGUE: SEEKING SAFETY

Trauma victims are constantly seeking a sense of safety. In his 2014 bestseller, The Body Keeps the Score, Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk predicts that we will become a trauma conscious society. I think Dr. van der Kolk has been proven correct in his prediction. Trauma…

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REGISTERED FOR LIFE

Because the life of crime led by John Herriot never ends. The crimes of John Herriot just never end. To wit, In 2010, when Mr. Herriot moved from 920 N. Kings Road in West Hollywood, he failed to change his address with the proper law enforcement authorities as required by law. When child sex offenders…