A.A. & Energy of Mind Therapy
A special parallel exists between Alcoholics Anonymous and Energy of Mind Therapy. Both call upon the power of Religious Therapeutics and are designed with flexibility to ensure efficacy amongst diverse spiritual beliefs. Here are some of the principles that both Energy of Mind and A.A. believe are essential in one’s initial steps of recovery…
Arriving in Your Situation
A.A.: We admitted we are powerless over alcohol-that our lives had become unmanageable.
Before we move forward, we must know precisely where we are. Recognition and acceptance of our current situation is, and will always be, the first step. We also need to take responsibility for our lives and let go of victim-stance. Excuses, blame, denial and resistance stall our progress for growth. They signal our lack of readiness for change.
It can be scary and/or painful to fully arrive and let go of the defense mechanisms which appear to protect us, but only keep us stuck. However, arriving constantly is the most essential step. It is the grounding we need to find balance as we pick ourselves up from where we once fell. Energy of Mind: A Sauhu Therapy diverges from the A.A. view in the recognition that we are not forever powerless in the face our complulsions, but it is imperative that we admit and accept when and if we are out of control.
Finding Refuge in the Mandala
A.A.: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Asking for help is a powerful way to arrive as we accept our weaknesses and shortcomings. Rekindling our lives can feel daunting, confusing and/or frustrating. Finding refuge within a power greater than our selves can help. We can align with icons of essence by anchoring to a revered hero or heroine for guidance and inspiration. We can join a supportive group to find strength in the energy of other group members. We can worship our intuition as sacred, listening to our inner-wisdom as it discriminates between the beneficial and the destructive.
At the beginning of our journey to recovery it is useful to consider this “higher power” as something outside of ourselves that can help us. But, eventually, we at Energy of Mind recognize that this Power is found within and is, in actuality, our very own True Nature. Realizing this state inside frees us from all compulsion and we are able, without a doubt, to be forever free from addictions that cause suffering.
The Power of Self-Reflection
A.A.: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves
There is no greater gift than sitting in the “hot seat” of searing self-reflection. Patterning, both conscious and unconscious, influences how we perceive, think and act. If we truly want change, we must see our darker selves. However, it is easy to get stuck in ruts of guilt and shame when we take a deeper look at our limitations. We simply must commit to letting go of guilt as many times as it arises, logically deducing that it only makes matters worse. Taking responsibility for change is imperative and useful. Guilt is a useless, self-fulfilling prophecy.
Recognizing the way in which we create suffering for our selves and turmoil for others is a blessing. Engaging in continuous self-reflection and inviting reflection from others (we may or may not agree with them) is imperative for change. It may feel invasive, threatening and humiliating at times (hence the term “hot” seat). However, when we let go of these defense mechanisms we often fall into a space of gratitude for this “tough cookie” opportunity.
Total, radical acceptance of our “dark force” as well as our “light force” births a state of compassionate-awareness that is beyond morality. In this state of our True Nature we know intrinsically what is appropriate versus what it is not and we are naturally attracted only by that which will benefit us and others simultaneously.
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