Everyone requires help at times in their lives. Everyone. There is a part of us though, and not a good part, which routinely suggests we do not need help or direction, we can, or worse should, do it on our own, figure it out. Now if it is failing to follow written directions and finding ourselves with a half assembled something or other that has to be disassembled because we left a key part out or refusing to ask for directions when driving are one thing, but what of our spiritual life?
Thinking we can “do it on our own” in this area invariably leads to needless difficulty and suffering. The problem lies in self, manifesting as baseless fear; that we will either be judged negatively by others or worse, we are supposed to know how to live spiritually, the truth of being just “popping” into our consciousness unaided. Nonsense. Every spiritual teacher and leader have stood in this place, without exception. Whether it be Jesus, Buddha, Moses or Muhammad all received direction and guidance from the Great Creative Intelligence at the heart of everything and learned as they grew spiritually, their consciousness raised as a result. Now you and I may not currently have the kind of direct access the aforementioned had, but it matters not.
Spiritual guides, teachers and fellowships, both sectarian and religious based abound. Our job is seeking where we are, and as has been said, when the student is ready the teacher will appear. There will be missteps along the way, but these often provide some of the most powerful lessons. And when the adversary, Fear, often cloaked in pride, whispers in our ear that we don’t need help we now understand this is the moment to reach out, for if we fail to do so we become prey to all manner of spiritual unease and disease opening the door to the bondage of self. Oh, and just a thought, maybe this Christmas read the directions before assembly?
Miracles Of Recovery
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Silk sheets or city streets, Park Avenue or park bench, addiction is an equal opportunity destroyer of lives.
My name is Vincent Lee Jones and I have been in recovery since September 1985. My professional career began when I was nearly 20 years in recovery and was asked to work pro bono with at risk students at Huntington Beach High School. At the time I had developed a reputation within the at large recovery community as an effective communicator and was known to some of the faculty. After the death of two students from prescription drugs I was asked to start working with at risk students, which I did for nearly 5 years. Word of mouth lead to offers of compensated freelance Facilitator and Director positions with numerous local treatment facilities in the ensuing years.
As a retired Building Contractor/Designer, working in conjunction with a treatment facility, I created a construction program utilizing a workforce comprised almost exclusively of people new or returning to recovery, helping them to not only learn a trade and start making a living but since many of them had relapsed numerous times, to begin truly building a foundation with real aftercare to live free of active addiction. This program changed many lives.
In my 30+ years in recovery I have worked with thousands of individuals from all walks of life, teenagers to the retired, famous to infamous, prosperous to those living hand to mouth, adamant atheists to those embracing strong Religious beliefs; suffering from all manner of intoxicant and behavior-based addictions as well as those who love and care about them, both as a member in recovery Fellowships and as a treatment professional. I can be contacted at 714-366-1725.
I write and publish daily a recovery based nondenominational spiritually based blog at https://livinginspirit.blogspot.com with accompanying videos that can be found as well on YouTube and LinkedIn at Vincent Lee Jones.
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