Discover the Universal Recovery Clock.

We need to come to understand that life is also happening to you. You are ‘being-done’ as the Sufi’s used to say. A human life is not a one-sided deal, where we alone get to make all the choices and decisions that will lead us to where we are going. Science and religion are starting to agree that we are all moving towards a place of inner awakening, expanded awareness and consciousness. Whether we like it or not. When you Discover the Universal Recovery Clock, you start to realize that it seems to insist on moving us from birth, through life’s challenges, which will include some inevitable suffering, towards a better understanding of ourselves, Creator and Creation and reality itself.

THE RECOVERY CLOCK

Imagine that your life is like a giant chronometer. Visualize a regular clock face that we can use to map out our lives. The parts we are in control of the parts that are as they are, like puberty, growing up and brain development. It has been ticking from the moment you started forming a body. Right from when you were less than the eye could see, as a single zygote protoplasmic cell. Carl Jung was one of the first people to explain what he saw as the first and second halves of life. Bear in mind these halves are not chronological.

They suggest in the first half of life we build up an ego and defences and then, in the apparent obscurity and absurdity of life, we then learn to let that go, as the quote opening this chapter suggests. But many are addicted to the first half of life, and even to the not letting go of what they have created of it. This is real and raw addiction. We are addicted to our thinking not our drinking. Everything from the twelves steps of alcoholics anonymous to almost every religion, philosophy and system that has been created that are invariably about letting go and change. This may suggest that this pattern of the two halves has always been around, and has been something that every human being is destined to traverse and journey through.

Discover the Universal Recovery Clock

Life is much like a clock. First of all it only goes one way, moving from one, down to six and then back up to twelve o’clock. There is nothing you can do as a human to stop completely. Just like you it can’t stop while it’s alive. Our minds, bodies and emotions are buzzing twenty four hours a day. There is always movement towards something.  Life is always unfolding. Even at death your body will continue to decompose and return to the earth, without your help. There is a definite pattern to life. We all start out in one way and then end up one way. All of us, no exception. Life unfolds in a countless series of forms, both good and bad. Both tragic and epic. Both beautiful and ugly.

PREGNANT WITH POSSIBILITY

Have you ever noticed the look on a pregnant mothers face as she has given birth. Notice how their expressions are all so similar at the moment of birth, as they are passed their child and fall into a restful state of motherly bliss. These expressions uniformly hold a most wonderful look of peace, and you can see it again and again through many births. As the child takes their first breath of life, the big journey of life, bliss and suffering begins. A journey that we can metaphorically liken to a clock.

Generally speaking, at around three years old, psychology tells us that we make one of the biggest decisions of our lives. We decide whether the world is a malevolent and violent place, or a good place to live. This decision is part of what shapes our reality as we grow up towards having to make similar decisions at pinnacle times of our lives again. Even this decision of recovery you are embarking on, can be a pivotal and life changing tipping point that changes everything.

How to Recover Spiritually from Life.

As early as three am on the clock we start to move away from ourselves. As we grow we become obsessed with competition. We become nasty trying to get ahead. We are desperate to be loved, noticed and recognized as beautiful talented, smart and loving. But the rejections, non-nurturing etc. gets in our way.

“Whosoever you are, you will come to a crisis in your life, and after the crisis, if you are open to it, you will enter a space of spiritual refreshment, peace and compassion that you could not have imagined before. If you are closed to it, you will stay in crisis. In the crisis of addiction. In the crisis of depression. In a constant state of flux and tension.” – Richard Rhor

At the bottom of our metaphorical life clock rages a dark ocean, that we will refer to as the dark night of the soul. Way down at 06 o’clock, we are the furthest away from our starting point that we will ever be again. Our true nature, innate values and true selves are a distant foggy memory. Some people spend more time than others moving away from their true selves. This metaphorical low point is where many people become ill, die or become addicted or depressed. Just remember that this game of life doesn’t stop here. There is a corner to turn, but the problem is most of us don’t know it. Remembering we can’t go back, we become afraid. Many long to go back and become paralyzed and feel it is unfair that we can’t go back to the innocence of that happy child.

It’s a swim we must all eventually traverse. This is the recovery we must all face in life. Not one, but all. First, many of us try and shy away for it. We can be successful at avoiding looking at the dark night of the soul for a long time. We can zone out on drugs and distraction. We can try and be someone else, or we can pretend, as most of us do, that it only exists in nightmares.

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Embrace your Darkness and Suffering to Heal

We will have suffering, you can be guaranteed of it. But you can ease it, transcend it. Use it. Grow profoundly from it, and most importantly overcome it. Further you can not only do this for yourself but for other people as well. Now, imagine that on a worldwide and universal scale.

Embrace your Darkness and Suffering to Heal and grow in your life. Suffering is very much a part of re-birth and life rather than a part of death and endings. Suffering is a great teacher and it is through times of personal darkness and despair that we can transform the most.

When we crash emotionally into the dark night of the soul and experience suffering in life, it can be overwhelming. We can go into a slump, without warning, overnight. But we can also choose another path and find a way to heal and grow through suffering. What data shows is how much time that takes can be a personal choice.

Between pleasure and pain, pain is the better teacher. It brings about more transformation than pleasure, which oftentimes leads straight back to suffering.

Friedrich Nietzsche said that “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how” Nietzsche was an expert on suffering and obsessed with the pursuit of pleasure which he wrote about in his book The will to Power. He eventually drove himself mad in his pursuits and never found the pleasure that he believed was the meaning of our lives. Not love or God, or meaning as most of us perceive it today; nor as the greatest teachers of old, Like Jesus, or Buddha, or Lao Tzu ever did. Interesting in his madness and suffering, he once saw a horse being whipped in the streets and ran out, embracing the horse, to free it from the cruelty. Almost a total contradiction in terms to his life-long beliefs! In the end he showed kindness, love and mercy. Traits he never valued until the end. Until the suffering took his life, which happened shortly after the incident. Love is the desire to see unnecessary suffering ameliorated.

We will have suffering, you can be guaranteed of it. But you can ease it, transcend it. Use it. Grow profoundly from it, and most importantly overcome it. Further you can not only do this for yourself but for other people as well. Now, imagine that on a worldwide and universal scale.

As our world suffers today, so it grows. The softening, opening up and internal shifts we are taking towards love and vulnerability for planet, self, other and God is palpable today, as it rises from a depressed, addicted and stuck culture that has already started to believe hedonism, self-obsession, glorification of busy, and personal gain don’t work for anybody. We are the most technologically advanced, comfortable and most oblivious generation that have ever lived. With everything on demand, we are able to change our very feelings on a whim. We can eat any produce from anywhere in the world, all year round. We can have almost anything we want. But the big issue is what we have got is more suffering. Not more pleasure. With about 50 percent of Americans on depression meds, or addicted, things are starting to change. Drugs, hedonism, obsession with sex, selfishness and personal gain and the idea of excess is being reconsidered as suffering rises in our collective consciousness.

Today, no one needs to suffer unnecessarily more than they have to. When suffering comes we can and will bear it eventually. We will always be able to overcome, even if it is just through acceptance and surrender to what it is that we are suffering. When we argue with reality, when we go against yin and yang, laws of attraction and even human values like patience, generosity and kindness or mindfulness, our own suffering and that of those around us will increase. Rather, today, you are encouraged to embrace your Darkness and Suffering to Heal and grow in your life.

If there is a meaning in life at all, then there must be a meaning in suffering. Suffering is an ineradicable part of life, even as fate and death. Without suffering and death, human life cannot be complete – Viktor E. Frankl

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The Buddha Path to Healing Your Life

How to understand The Buddha Path to Healing Your Life and put noble truths and spiritual principles into practice in your own life can change things drastically, and quickly for you. Learn to walk the right path, and understand what that actually means in everyday life. Suffering is a major part of life. Staying stuck in suffering is not. This is the Nirvana that Buddha talked about. He encouraged us to take the road less travelled and to ease our suffering and that of the rest of the world. Healing from depression, addictions, anxiety and the stuckness that life can bring, is not necessary in today’s modern world. Learn the art of self reliance, healing and growth with us as we explore the principles and noble truths of walking a righteous path.

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Religion and The Buddha Path to Healing Your Life

As a modern Christian, or Universal Christian, I am coming to understand that division among people is just a mind-trap. Our minds are always looking for division by nature. This we call our ego, or shadow selves as Carl Jung, my favourite psychologist of all time put it. We are designed largely with a need to win, to be right, to be on the top and to be better than other people. This dichotomous thinking is always separating us from others. The protestants from the Methodists or Catholics. Even worse from the Muslims, Jews or Buddhists. It defeats the whole idea of Christianity as loving God and our neighbour. We somehow made our neighbour smaller and smaller as we evolved over the last two thousand years. We split the field more and more and in so doing created war. We killed off all our neigbours and loved only what we thought was like ourselves. So we have a lot to make up for as Christians for sure. But also as a species. We have all in one way or another created sides and divisions, which must fall if we really want to consciously evolve to any real degree. One thing we know from data and research is that Buddhism and Christianity have more similarities than differences. Perhaps we need to start appealing to the former not the latter thinking.

The Buddha Path to Healing Your Life

Buddhism can teach us a lot about how to do that. Their belief in karma, or cause and effect is beyond useful to an egoic mind and so are their ideas about the Three Universal Truths,

Discovering The Buddha Path to Healing Your Life

the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, which together are known as the Dharma, many of which are displayed in our short Youtube video on The Buddha Path.

The Three Universal Truths are:

  1. Everything is impermanent and changing
  2. Impermanence leads to suffering, making life imperfect
  3. The self is not personal and unchanging.

The Four Noble Truths:

  1. All life involves suffering (the Truth of Suffering)
  2. Suffering is caused by desire and attachment (the Origin of Suffering)
  3. Desire and attachment can be overcome (the Truth of Cessation)
  4. The way to overcome them is by the Eightfold Path (the Truth of the Path).

The Eightfold Path:

  1. Right seeing and understanding – e.g. the Noble Truths
  2. Right thought or intention – e.g. acting considerately
  3. Right speech – e.g. avoiding lies or gossip; saying what you mean
  4. Right action – e.g. honesty and not harming living things
  5. Right work or livelihood – e.g. avoiding jobs that harm other beings
  6. Right effort – e.g. seeking to overcome desire, selfishness and attachment
  7. Right mindfulness – e.g. thinking before acting; meditation
  8. Right concentration – e.g. freeing the mind of distractions before meditation

It seems that so much of our suffering these days, and there is a lot of it, is caused and exacerbated unnecessarily. We argue, fuss, fight, blame and accuse. We judge the field and then cause one division after another. Rarely do I meet a client these days who doesn’t have at least one family member they don’t talk to, generally speaking.

Love is greatly underestimated. When we love, we leave the judgments and become open, not closed. Defence is the first act of war. Our million year old minds are always on the defensive. So, psychologically speaking what we need to do is show up without our armour with intentional vulnerability and connection as a core purpose that we hold mindfully above all else. If we start to show up not only psychologically but emotionally and spiritually as well, we will see things start to change from the bottom up. From our family and career lives, outwards. The Buddha path emphasises mindfulness, right effort and focus that we need to keep in mind in an ever changing and imperfect world. When you and I can sit together and relate through our imperfections, the ego will have no place in our relationships, marriages and decision making processes. From this standpoint, we can create better schooling, stable and inclusive societies and relationships with each other. In this way, unnecessary suffering, manifest through addictions and depression for example, will dissolve with love and oneness.

Benedizioni, Shalom and Namaste

The Story of the Cookie Thief

Don’t Make Assumptions

The Story of the Cookie Thief is an inspiration story, offered as an insightful poem that offers a brilliant life lesson to you on why we should not make assumptions too quickly. Everything is projection, and when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

This teaching will help you focus, question assumptions and help you give the benefit of the doubt to others. It will help you to choose your responses carefully. To remember that attitude is everything. It will remind you that things are not always as they may appear to be. It will remind you of our inherent judgmental sides, locked deep within our shadow selves. It is only when we are pressed and squeezed like a bunch of grapes that we can truly see what is inside of us.

This inspirational work presented as The Story of the Cookie Thief, helps us to remember to keep the main thing, the main thing. We should always focus on self first, and then give and respond from that standpoint. Our minds are geared to make assumptions at lightening speed to protect us from threats. However, our million year old brains tend to over do this and we end up being defensive in our thinking, as well as our approach to others. The first act of war is defence.

So, learning to be open minded, letting go of our harsh judgmental natures, will help us transform our lives and connect better with other people. So many of us have good intentions to spread love and peace in the world, yet we get bamboozled by automatic thinking time and again.

How many times in our lives, have we absolutely known that something was a certain way, only to discover later that what we believed to be true … was not? Be inspired. Namaste.

The Story of the Cookie Thief, the poem by Valerie Cox

A woman was waiting at an airport one night,

With several long hours before her flight.

She hunted for a book in the airport shops.

Bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop.

She was engrossed in her book but happened to see,

That the man sitting beside her, as bold as could be.

Grabbed a cookie or two from the bag in between,

Which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene.

So she munched the cookies and watched the clock,

As the gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock.

She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by,

Thinking, “If I wasn’t so nice, I would blacken his eye.”

With each cookie she took, he took one too,

When only one was left, she wondered what he would do.

With a smile on his face, and a nervous laugh,

He took the last cookie and broke it in half.

He offered her half, as he ate the other,

She snatched it from him and thought… oooh, brother.

This guy has some nerve and he’s also rude,

Why he didn’t even show any gratitude!

She had never known when she had been so galled,

And sighed with relief when her flight was called.

She gathered her belongings and headed to the gate,

Refusing to look back at the thieving ingrate.

She boarded the plane, and sank in her seat,

Then she sought her book, which was almost complete.

As she reached in her baggage, she gasped with surprise,

There was her bag of cookies, in front of her eyes.

If mine are here, she moaned in despair,

The others were his, and he tried to share.

Too late to apologize, she realized with grief,

That she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief.

One of the most profound things that I have learned by teaching people self-reliance over the last decade, is that almost everything out there is a projection. It is a projection of what we are experiencing on the inside. One way of describing that is when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change, and that can be very, very true for a lot of people, for example, who have left treatment, left a wellness experience, and have gone home and said to people in the home, “guys you can stop mucking about now, please stop being so nice. I really don’t need you to be anything other than yourselves…only to have the family say, “But we’re not putting anything on, we have always been like this!” And, the person who had to go through a spiritual awakening has gone home to something completely different. And nothing has changed except themselves. So change can be really profound.

Rumi said we are the mirror, as well as the face in it. We are tasting the taste of this eternity in a minute. That is exactly how the yin and yang of life tend to go. You know, people talk about projection in terms of how we see a movie. We see a 2D image on a screen, and we could fall in love with those characters far more than we fall in love with the real ones in our lives.

The family for example, of the person who went home and saw that everything changed, and felt the love and the warmth of people that was there all along, which she could never feel inside, although she yearned for it.

There is an inspirational poem by Valerie Cox. It is called the Cookie Thief. It is about projection and about us making egoic demands on ourselves, where we perceive and get the wrong picture in the end.

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12 Big Promises of Addiction Recovery

12 Guarantees you’ll make it

The 12 Big Promises of Addiction Recovery of alcoholics anonymous will work for you. Boom! That is confidence that you don’t see very often, and after thorough testing, we have come to believe every word of it. How to start recovering from Substance Abuse issues and other addictions is not always easy. How to heal from addictions may be best understood with knowing why we should do it. Nietzsche said that He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how. If we can understand that we can replace so many of the negatives in our lives with real, high quality positives then we are set to benefit greatly from doing the work.

The 12 step promises of alcoholics anonymous, in the first step, offer you a guarantee of switching out addictive desperation for real hope. So here are 12 Big Addiction Recovery Promises for you. Namste. THE BIG BOOK AND THE THE 12 STEP PROMISES OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS So what exactly does the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous say about addiction recovery? Well, it tells you that if you work their system of recovery, you are going to heal your addiction problems. It is either absolute madness, or one of the most remarkable promises that one could make. In my experience, since 1997, I can say that the latter is true. It is oddly amazing that the program actually works. Developed in 1930, it has helped millions recover. It is super simple. It is comprised only of 12 simple steps that can be done, for the first time, in four hours or so. It is also a addiction recovery program that can be repeated for a lifetime.

The 12 step promises of alcoholics anonymous is something worth taking a second look at, if you may have overlooked it in the past. Although it is a simple program of addiction recovery, it does contain a ton of wisdom. People like Carl Jung were involved in its development. It was designed to foil the mind out of unhealthy habits. Not an easy feat at all. It was designed as a system that would allow people to go above themselves, or in other words transcend their own thinking. Get into a program is our suggestion. Start today, and stop bloody staying stuck! It is not worth living a low quality life. You can and will recover, if you follow the steps, or a similar system of recovery. We offer all of them. So this is the original wording about the 12 step promises of alcoholics anonymous that the Big Book offers us. Read it carefully and consider each line. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.

That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves. Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly.

They will always materialize if we work for them ” – From the 12 step promises of alcoholics anonymous ABOUT OUR CENTER Ultimate, modern addiction, depression and anxiety recovery resources for people wanting to recover through addiction treatment and transform their lives, heal, enrich and grow. Providing unique and advanced 12 step and alcoholics anonymous options as well as alternatives to depression clinics, drug rehab centres and other places that may not suit an individuals needs to grow, develop and heal holistically from whatever is holding them back from improving their personal lives. Residential stays at our center through to state of the art personal development systems, that help people in addiction recovery to heal, renew and grow in the long term. Boost, exceed, inspire and create your best life in the manner which suits your personal preferences best.

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