Please, Help Yourself

Please, Help Yourself

As a young man I proudly wore the coat of the agnostic. Having heard so many state that God was love but if you broke a certain rule you would suffer for all eternity, that the Devil battles with God and actually wins from time to time never made any sense to me so I walked the agnostics’ path. I had always believed there was “something,” some power or intelligence, but the idea of a punishing, score keeping, testing God that could lose battles just did not pass muster. As life progressed, the one thing I did right was keep an open mind, continuing to seek and learn. I studied and investigated everything from Catholicism to Islam, Dianetics to the Rosicrucian’s, learning much but never convinced. Finally, I found myself in a position where I had to face the proposition of God not from some supposed intellectual hilltop but from the depths of depression and pain. Nothing sharpens the mind, cutting away the superfluous like pain, for in the dark night of the soul esoteric knowledge and philosophical debating points lose their significance. Lost in pain and doubt I reached out and my plea was answered, lacking any ambiguity and I was convinced.

Today I know we are all connected in Spirit but each of us walks our own path, daily choosing pain or peace. Our path of awakening following the decisions and choices we make, and in ultimate truth: pain is the only instrument sharp enough to cut away the excess of self.  I now know in my heart of hearts that God desires all His children to be happy, joyous and free and He guides us through the process of enlightenment, freeing us from the bondage of self; as long as we remain open minded and willing, Forgiveness in Spirit our birth right and though there will be painful lessons along the way, suffering is a choice.

So, if you are struggling with the concept of a punishing score keeping God, please borrow mine. When I make a mistake, a daily occurrence, He directs me with the patience of a loving parent, showing me the correct action to take, if I but ask. The price for this connection: pray regularly in the manner that suits you, meditate daily, smile and treat all in the manner you wish to be treated in. Please no pushing; there is plenty of Him to go around. 
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Published by Vincent Lee Jones

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 with accompanying videos that can be found as well on YouTube and LinkedIn at Vincent Lee Jones.

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