A journey to embrace, explore, and honor the Freedom and Power inherent in active recovery.

No more shame...

No more shackles....

No more secrets.

The path--and the Power--are within. Be Free.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

A.A. Life Lessons

The average person's experience with Alcoholics Anonymous can
actually prove quite enlightening, especially if one is still possessed
of a ridiculous notion that there are still good folks in the world!

Oh well...we all know where those 'good intentions' lead!

Here are some quick and easy life lessons so you can skip the
meeting and just absorb this into your consciousness!

1. Trust no one.
2. You really are completely on your own. So, D.I.Y.!
3. People never say what they mean or mean what they say.
4. 'Cliques' don't end in high school.
5. People will show you who they really are; believe the worst.
6. Ego never dies.
7. People never really change.
8. The nicer someone seems, the more afraid you should be.
9. Everybody has an agenda, and everyone wants something from you.
10. There is no such thing as charity.
11. Just because people believe in and promote something, it
       doesn't make it any more true.
12. Look out for yourself first, last, and always.
Learn them well...these are the real 12 Steps to a better life, free
of naive, delusional, fantasy-thought.

Heal yourself, and just don't drink. It really isn't that complicated.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Hyding in Plain Sight

Unfortunately, it's never this simple!
Predators are drawn to particular positions and
places of authority where they are granted power
and influence over vulnerable and impressionable
minds. Where the idea of a system ordained by god
itself (how's that for some first class humility for
ya?!?) tells you to put your faith and trust in these
other sick folks in order to get your 'one and only' shot
at becoming clean and sober! What a racket!

The chance for a sociopathic drunkard to get their
fingers slid up into the mind of a hurting young
person, confused and ready to graft onto someone
who proclaims to hold answers and even--my word!--
salvation? It's a very seductive situation....and very
much orchestrated as such.

And oh, for the narcissistic personality becoming
intoxicated on having power over someone else in
their hands! A whole new addiction emerges.

There are plenty of places this occurs; Boy scouts,
youth sports, church youth group and Sunday
School classes, and most especially the religious-
based groups, such as A.A. and N.A.

They can use not only their position but also their
self-professed 'connection' to the Almighty Super
Power to falsely legitimize themselves and build up
unearned, disingenuous respect.

Representing a fictitiously holy place, thing, being,
and concept is a Free Pass for Emotional Vampires.
And setting people up and taking advantage of them
is an even better high than the old drug and alcohol
halcyon days.