Mankind’s history is replete with dozens upon dozens of boom and bust cycles. Add to that the seemingly never-ending line of prophets of doom and gloom stating with absolute certainty “the end is nigh” and there is nothing we can do about it; woe be to us. These joyless individuals have been around since man first started keeping records. The one thing they all have in common is their perfect batting average: 0. Every single one has been wrong, the world has not ended, their dire predictions not withstanding and today’s doom and gloomers are as wrong as those who stood at the center of Rome prophesying the end of days 2000 years ago.
But for fun let’s say one comes along and gets it right, now what? Let’s be clear, no matter how much we exercise, eat right or take care of ourselves, this fleshy conveyance carrying around our eternal consciousness is going to stop functioning at some point. So, the most essential question at the heart of everything is: are we this body or something more? I believe the evidence is overwhelming we are much greater than this limited flesh, so physical death as far as our True Self or Spirit is concerned really is meaningless. For in truth, we are timeless Spiritual beings experiencing the human condition as part of our enlightenment and growth, not human-beings searching for the miraculous. Our Spirit eternal, death a mere change in perception, the journey of awakening continuing, in another form, an undying journey unlimited in any manner. So, when the next “expert” delivers solemnly the latest prophecy of doom, we can smile and be of good cheer because we know the truth.
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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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