This week we are pleased to reprint an article by Patricia Boyer, an accomplished author and editor. Ms. Boyer skillfully traces a powerful line of connection from Transcendentalism to New Thought to Alcoholics Anonymous. She briefly mentions the influence of Fox’s Sermon on the Mount on AA, a topic we plan to explore in greater depth on this blog.
It happens to all of us at some point in recovery: Life feels overwhelming. And for whatever reason, in that moment, we experience the “urge.”
We are human, after all, so beating ourselves up for momentarily considering reverting to an old behavior (drinking, using, gambling, etc.) is never effective. It is neither bad nor wrong to have these feelings or urges; what matters is how we choose to navigate the challenge.
Today we are honored to share some inspirational words of wisdom along with an amazing example of “how it works” from Reverend Carol Wilke. She is the Founder and Senior Minister for Heart, Mind& Spirit Recovery – a Center For Spiritual Living Focus Ministry.
Our guest author this week is Rev. Karen Linsley, author of the newly-released book, A New Thought Journey through the 12 Steps. Be sure to check out her book and visit her site via the links below this post. Enjoy!
I have read this provocative article by Stanton Peele a few times, each time finding parts with which I agree, and many with which I could not disagree more. Maybe I don’t understand what he means by “natural recovery from addiction.” Are his 12 Concepts of Recovery a play against the 12 Steps of Recovery that work for me and for many? Certainly each of his 12 Concepts is encompassed in my personal recovery program – which also includes 12 Step work, and a consistent and deepening relationship with my higher power…. what could be more natural than that?
We are so pleased to have Carol Davis, author of Changeless Change, as our guest author this week. The topic of surrender is ever timely, for it is a daily choice––not a one-time decision. Enjoy, and be sure to read all about Carol and her wonderful book below the post.
Humbled by the honesty and clarity of gifted and highly respected teacher Rev. Dr. Maureen Hoyt, I invite you to read her article that explores her lifelong journey of self discovery along with her respect for the underlying problem that precedes addictions. Thank you for your beautiful share, Dr. Maureen, and for reminding us of that which cannot be found in any teaching or any program, but only from deep within, and that is the power and gift of choice.
Even though I am not an agnostic, I relate to so many of the questions it hits on. I’ve had those same thoughts before, and often felt out of tune with the masses. I am grateful I find a connection to the spiritual approach to life and to AA.