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The most common form of apprehension within recovery organizations, especially twelve-step based programs, lies in the concept of finding a higher power. With this article, we hope to share some personal experience regarding what it means to find a higher power, and more importantly, why believing in a power greater than yourself has huge benefits in recovery and in life.
Very few people come into a twelve-step program with a clear understanding of their beliefs, and even fewer live in spiritual principles. The biggest mistake people make is assuming that a higher power is a predetermined concept that they are forced to accept. So what does it mean exactly? We like to keep it very Higher Power - Higher Power - Space To Breathe - Record Release Cover and take an open-minded approach in matters of God.
Ideas will differ from person to person. I will speak to my own experience of the journey I took to find a higher power and how it has helped me. A higher power is simply something bigger than yourself. It is something to belong to. People need to feel connected to something. For me, a higher power was something as simple as energy. Like many other young people entering recovery, I was confused with how a God of my understanding would help me.
Many addicts spend their lives on a path governed by self-will. Self-will and control is an illusion; it only exists in our own perception of reality. Finding a higher power is a way to give up control and subsequently, give up the burden of the future. The only thing any of us can control are our own actions. Everything else is, and always will be, completely out of our control. The closer you are connected to your higher power, the easier it is Higher Power - Higher Power - Space To Breathe - Record Release Cover hand stuff over.
When I first heard this idea, I was defensive. I am analytical and I like empirical data. In the beginning of my recovery I was simply taking things at face value. I was acting on suggestions given to me by other people. However, I could not deny that very little of this made sense to me. But I kept searching. Here is what happened for me. I do not say this to impose my beliefs on you.
This is scientifically proven. Everything is connected. I studied this idea. Everything in the Universe is connected; the plants, the sky, the stars, and even gravity. It all interacts in perfect harmony to create this beautiful existence and relationship of energy. I realized that I already had a higher power. I found that merely being alive meant that I was connected to everyone around me and everything that will ever exist.
This was such a revelation. I found something to believe in. Living in self will brings a lot of pressure. When we try to control the outcome of things, we find that we have little success.
Whatever happens, happens without our consent. Understanding that there is a governing force behind everything takes away the burden of control. Whatever is going to happen is just going to happen.
The truth is, there is very little you or I or anyone can do about controling the outcome of life. Surrendering control of results will free your mind and your spirit. An analogy that I find helpful is swimming up current in a river.
The river is going to flow Higher Power - Higher Power - Space To Breathe - Record Release Cover it decides to flow. The river is more powerful than I am. I cannot control the river. What I can control is my actions. If I am stuck in a river I can choose to fight the current.
This will leave me exhausted and I will not get anywhere. I will waste energy. My other option is to let the river take me on its own course.
So, I can save my energy and live with the results of Hemlock - Dark Day Dawning - She Was So Changed, He Did Not Recognize Her my higher power decides I should be. It is tough to not fight the current. It is tough to humbly admit that there is nothing I can do. I assure you, letting the current of life take you is much easier and a much more enjoyable way of life. A higher power will give you something to belong to.
Belonging to something stronger than yourself gives you strength because you are no longer alone. You will be tapped in to an infinite amount of energy. We all want to feel connected. What is most important is that this message reaches those who are still confused about God. This all sounds well and grand, but how does someone come to believe? Listen to everything people have to say.
Still, listen with an open mind. Consume the information and then make a decision weather it works for you or not. You will find you have more in common with other people than you think. Be still.
In life, and especially within our society, it is so difficult to quiet our minds. It is very hard to find peace with so much commotion going on around us all the time. Dedicate some time to be by yourself; no music, no cell phone, no TV. Sit still and practice being in the moment. Do this consistently and you will reach new depths of self-discovery. I am not convinced there is an all-knowing deity listening to what I have to say.
The important thing is that ドリーム Dream - Satoru Oda And His Group* - You And The Night And The Music you pray, you are engaged with your higher power. You are forming a relationship with the governing forces of the Universe. When you serve others, you are getting outside of yourself.
When we help other people, all of our own fears and insecurities disappear because we are focused on something outside of ourselves. Serving others is Sa Mooi - Beand & Skep* - Sa Mooi direct line to understanding a higher power.
When you feel the result of a good deed, it is its own reward and you will likely feel a part of something much greater. You must stay open to new ideas and discoveries. No one will ever completely understand God.
The human condition does not allow for absolute clarity Lets Go Crazy - Prince - The Hits 1 this. The more answers you find, the more questions you will have. This is a good thing because your willingness to search is directly correlated with your willingness to grow. No matter how content, how old, or, how confident we may become, it is critical that we always keep our mind and our hearts open.
I want to reiterate that nothing I have said today is fact. This Drifting Away From You - The Drifters - Rockin & Drifting simply an understanding I have formed based on my own personal experience.
If you think everything I have said is horse shit, that is perfectly fine. The important part is to see that we all have our own journey and all of us can find that peace and serenity that comes along with being a part of something bigger than ourselves.
When I look up at the night sky and I know that yes, we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of these facts is that the Universe is in us. Contact Sober Nation's Confidential Hotline If you are seeking drug and alcohol related addiction rehab for yourself or a loved one, the SoberNation.
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