1. Melbourne, Australia
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    28 Jun '12 14:15
    Came across an article by George Feuerstein in reading about Gebser.
    Says some very helpful things about addictions of any sort, and develops a different "Twelve Steps" to the well known AA one.

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    "...Realizing that "light" through voluntary self-transcendence is the ultimate form of healing both the person and the planet. That is the purpose of authentic spirituality. Spiritual life can usefully be pictured as a progressive recovery from the addiction of ordinary life, which is inherently schizoid and hence lacking in fullness and bliss. The well-known twelve-step program of
    recovery used in the literature on addiction also can serve as a convenient model for the spiritual process.
    Spiritual recovery is an uncovering of the spiritual dimension, whether we call it transcendental Self, God, Goddess, or the Ultimate--the dimension that is ordinarily covered up by the self-divided ego-personality, especially when it comes under the influence of the rational consciousness.

    Here are the twelve steps of spiritual recovery:

    1. We admit the fact that our ordinary human condition, based on the dualistic perception of life, is a stubborn habit that we normally conceal from ourselves through denial.

    2. We begin to look and ask for guidance in our effort to cultivate a new outlook that embraces the spiritual vision of the interconnectedness of all existence. The means of doing so are varied--from supportive spiritual environments to uplifting books.

    3. We initiate positive changes in our behavior which affirm that new outlook. It is not enough to read and talk about spiritual principles. Spirituality is intrinsically a practical affair.

    4. We practice self-understanding; that is, we accept conscious responsibility for noticing our automatic programs and where they fall short of our new understanding of life.

    5. We make a commitment to undergoing the catharsis, or purification, necessary to change our old cognitive and emotional patterns and stabilize the new outlook and disposition, replacing the egoic habit of splitting everything into irreconcilable opposites with an integrative attitude.

    6. We learn to be flexible and open to life so that we can continue to learn and grow on the basis of our new outlook.

    7. We practice humility in the midst of our endeavors to mature spiritually. In this way we avoid the danger of psychic inflation.

    8. We assume responsibility for what we have understood about life and the principles of spiritual recovery, applying our understanding to all our relationships so that we can be a benign influence in the world.

    9. Guided by our new outlook, we work on the integration of our multiply divided psyche.

    10. We cultivate real self-discipline in all matters, great and small.

    11. We increasingly practice spiritual communion, which opens us to that dimension of existence where we are all connected. Through such communion and through continued growth in self- understanding, we become transparent to ourselves.

    12. We open ourselves to the possibility of bliss, the breakthrough of the transcendental reality into our consciousness, whereby the ego principle is unhinged and we fully recover our spiritual identity. Through this awakening the world becomes transparent to us and we are made whole. "

    Source:
    http://gebser.org/download/IEX/IEXvol1.pdf
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    30 Jun '12 17:41
    seems a bit wordy and open to interpretation. here is the condensed voidspirit (tm) interpretation.

    -know that you are the master of your own destiny.
    -your mind is programmable, it may be programmed by negative and positive influences as well as your own will.
    -eliminate negative influences and take control of your own will.
    -take control of your own will by developing self-discipline and having a skeptical outlook on everything you experience.
  3. Standard memberkaroly aczel
    the Devil himself
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    30 Jun '12 21:51
    Originally posted by VoidSpirit
    seems a bit wordy and open to interpretation. here is the condensed voidspirit (tm) interpretation.

    -know that you are the master of your own destiny.
    -your mind is programmable, it may be programmed by negative and positive influences as well as your own will.
    -eliminate negative influences and take control of your own will.
    -take control of your ...[text shortened]... will by developing self-discipline and having a skeptical outlook on everything you experience.
    Thats worth a bump.

    voidspirits simplicity has always been a blessing in these parts.
  4. Donationrwingett
    Ming the Merciless
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    01 Jul '12 02:181 edit
    Originally posted by Taoman
    Came across an article by George Feuerstein in reading about Gebser.
    Says some very helpful things about addictions of any sort, and develops a different "Twelve Steps" to the well known AA one.

    *******************

    "...Realizing that "light" through voluntary self-transcendence is the ultimate form of healing both the person and the planet. That is the ...[text shortened]... us and we are made whole. "

    Source:
    http://gebser.org/download/IEX/IEXvol1.pdf
    1 and 2 I get, but 3 through 12 just seem like word salad.

    Edit: Actually, I get 3 as well.
  5. Melbourne, Australia
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    01 Jul '12 06:04
    Originally posted by VoidSpirit
    seems a bit wordy and open to interpretation. here is the condensed voidspirit (tm) interpretation.

    -know that you are the master of your own destiny.
    -your mind is programmable, it may be programmed by negative and positive influences as well as your own will.
    -eliminate negative influences and take control of your own will.
    -take control of your ...[text shortened]... will by developing self-discipline and having a skeptical outlook on everything you experience.
    Thanks. Academic-speak can be an obstacle. Your simpler is better.
  6. Melbourne, Australia
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    01 Jul '12 06:10
    Originally posted by rwingett
    1 and 2 I get, but 3 through 12 just seem like word salad.

    Edit: Actually, I get 3 as well.
    Greetings Ming. We need some merciless around here for a change. The evolution posts flood endlessly. But don't go there, its pointless. *sigh*

    Yes, it is a bit word salad.
  7. Melbourne, Australia
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    01 Jul '12 06:24
    You know, on reflection, the last thing one is ready for when down spiritually or begging for your next drink is a wordy list. Not that it's wrong, and it's something to try and ground or find some reference point but one needs something besides. I reckon someone who cares a bit for your plight is equally or even more important.
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