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.

Monday, March 25, 2013

How it Works

As long as there are
people desirous of letting
other people do their thinking
for them, not having to make
decisions for themselves, and
having someone (or something)
else be in charge,
12 Step Programs
will continue
to flourish.

is not the same
as being proven.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Truth in Advertising

Like all Religion,
the Cult of 12 Step
that there is
only One Way,
One Truth,
One Light...
and all others
who cannot
'see their wisdom'
are lost.

Doesn't sound
like hope
(or any new message)
to me!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

One of these things is not like the other

I've seen all sorts of change in the form of
new laws, new resolutions, new cities, and
new leases on life. Everything old eventually
comes back around to present itself anew.

And I know from personal experience and
witnessing the hard work of others that change
from active addiction to sobriety that such a
monumental change is possible. Even many times
over, if need be.

But while patterns can be broken, some things
in this world never change.

The basic nature of humanity isn't reformed, not
even by supernatural or magical means.

Liars, con-artists, and fundamentally fictitious
creations do not alter how they see and interact
with the world. Using and manipulating people
and twisting facts is not a sickness most can give
up once it has become their life.

The pretense of changing, certainly. Actual
personality change? Not so much. Turns out that's
harder than the pills and hooch to beat.

Fabrication cannot stand in for transformation.


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Where There's Smoke; The Danger of Words and Concepts

It isn't that the promotion of a concept like being
'brilliant, beautiful, divine creatures' is a bad notion.

It's that such ideas need not be dependent on a
specific set of rituals and subservience. The results
of loving one's self and being content come from
internally, not externally.

There is no one's permission--earthly or otherwise--
required for people to begin caring for self. No one's
forgiveness required. No one's approval nor control
needed for folks to start loving themselves.

The idea that the key to freedom is through protocol
or one exclusive school of thought or following precisely
in others' footsteps is erroneous as well as dangerous.

Take care of yourself...
Believe in yourself...
No gimmicks required.
No allegiances prescribed.
No more declaring yourself worthless or mentally deficient or
insane or lousy or whatever cluster fuck of low self-esteem
helped bring you low in the first place.

You're just human.
Roll with it.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Misdirection & Distraction Don't Heal

There is no other
who can provide
insights on you
better than you can.

There is no other
who can be trusted
to care for you
as well as you can learn
to care for yourself.

There is no one looking out
for your well-being
the way you must do so
for yourself.

'Salvation' generates exclusively
 from within, and it doesn't
have stipulations nor caveats.


Saturday, March 9, 2013

"Long After the Thrill of Livin' is Gone"

The newness of things and situations (and, yes--relationships)
wears off. Always.
Intensity and thereby interest cannot be maintained extensively.
Look at a child and the way they get accustomed to the presence
of an older pet, or a favorite toy. The personality has become
commonplace, the regularity taken for granted. The child gets
bored, complacent.
Then a new and exciting unknown new pet or toy is introduced,
and the child rejuvenated, revitalized with expectation, curiosity,
infatuation, anticipation. The simple allure of new and unexplored
territory has snagged their soul.
In AA, the surge of emotions from constant new blood is enough
to keep coming back long after the initial thrill of attendance is
gone. They remain addicted to the opiates in a heady froth of
New Member smell, similar to that sense of ownership that
overtakes us in a new car.
There's only so much endless reiteration and hearing the
repetitious old timers' stories that the average person can
withstand, and even the constant revelries wear thin after
exposure and losing their mystery.

A never-ending stream and supply of emotional surges and
anticipation to keep addicts distracted from their bottom line;
what more could you ask for? (Besides a vulnerable target
that can be fooled into thinking the fiction that the addict
presents is real, and engendering them to you, even if only

It really does take a special kind of person to make it through the
'recovery' process inherent in a 12 step meeting.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Fundie-Mental Truths

EVER  advanced
by accepting others
or refraining from
promoting an agenda.

Religion persists
because it assimilates
all that stands
in its way.


Monday, March 4, 2013

We're Always Promoting!

Presenting A Liar's Club production!

(There's always plenty of vulnerable, unsuspecting meat to feast on at 'The Clubhouse!')

The Stage is Set--
The Lines are Learned--
The Players in Place--
The Master Afixed on his Throne!

Let the Games begin!
Abandon Hope, All Ye Who Enter Here!
What Fools These Mortals Be!

We Welcome You, Weary Travelers;
The Donalsonville Players
long to bring you into the fold!*

Seminole Group AA;
Where evil gets a free pass,
and mindful questioning gets reviled!

*(Predators eat free all the time!)

Friday, March 1, 2013

False Bravado:Faking It to 'Recovery'

People often say that they
want the Truth,
(or speak the Truth,)
but invariably
what they seek and desire,
what they really want, is
a comfortable lie
they can live with.

(Shockingly, one that also is
 in keeping with their
current thinking and beliefs.)