May 26

May 26 – “…5. A belief-conclusion instance troubling me almost all my life is my condition/disease of addiction with booze being my drug of choice, followed by pot, followed by OCD behaviors. Intellectually I conclude I have a deadly case of addiction to almost anything, but emotionally I’ve often in the past and probably sporadically in the future have an emotional belief I can control my using.
 
5.a. This is an example of how beliefs are more emotional than intellectual, and how managing my/our emotional/irrational beliefs is a matter of getting emotions and intellect to be team members rather than competitors.
 
5.b. In the case of addiction*, the slang term “hitting bottom” refers to a debunking of the emotional belief that one can control one’s addiction; usually through such devastating losses that even the emotions say “This is a losing game.”
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Endnotes:
 
This is posted at http://thugsinsuits.com/the-difference-between-a-conclusion-and-an-opinion/ and http://www.facebook.com/notes/peter-voluntaryist-walker/the-difference-between-a-conclusion-and-an-opinion/823241497703672
 
“First you don’t know that you don’t know,
Then you know that you don’t know,
Then you learn,
Then you achieve mastery, aka HOW – – honest, open minded, willing; admitting there are other things existing you are unaware of, so not only do you not know, you know you don’t know about those other things.” – Paraphrased from multiple anonymous sources
 
Paragraph 5.b.: “addiction” – http://www.facebook.com/notes/peter-voluntaryist-walker/brainbinding-how-mainstream-cultures-are-the-parent-addiction-and-others-are-rea/1265306576830493, also posted at http://www.aara2.me/brainbinding/.
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May 25

May 25 from the book Daily Reflections by AA World Services Inc.:

PROGRESSIVE GRATITUDE

Gratitude should go forward, rather than backward.

AS BILL SEES IT, p. 29

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Resentment

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May 24

May 24 from the book Addiction Is the Symptom by Rosemary Ellsworth Brown, PhD with Laura MacKay:

“As you share your fourth step inventory with your facilitator, you will begin to understand two things: the power of your thoughts and choice of words to determine how you experience any given incident, and how and why you may have co-created it, via thought or deed.”

 

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May 23

May 23 – Another problem with “slipping” is I’d have to lie about it or be truthful but not trusted by those I love.

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May 22

May 22 from Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life by Joe C.

“There is often a vast difference between Group conscience and group opinion, as dictated by powerful personalities or popularity. Some of our most painful growing experiences have come as a result of decisions made in the name of Group conscience. True spiritual principles are never in conflict; they complement each other.” Narcotics Anonymous 5th Edition

Joe C.’s comments in the book, others as post comments.

 

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May 21

May 21 from Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life by Joe C.

“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford (1863– 1947)

Joe C.’s comments in the book, others as post comments.

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May 20

May 20 from Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life by Joe C.

“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin—real-life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.” – Fr. Alfred D’Souza

Joe C.’s comments in the book, others as post comments.

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May 19

May 19 from the book Daily Reflections by AA World Services Inc.:

GIVING WITHOUT STRINGS

And he well knows that his own life has been made richer, as an extra dividend of giving to another without any demand for a return.

AS BILL SEES IT, p. 69

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May 18

From the book Addiction Is the Symptom by Rosemary Ellsworth Brown, PhD with Laura MacKay:

And so it is that day by day, year by year, we learn the meaning of the “rigorous honesty” the program rightly calls for. The payoff is considerable. A consciousness that has no secrets is the first step toward gaining the freedom we need to create a healthy and satisfying life.

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