Who you are as an individual is no accident. An Infinite Being with extreme precision designed you. You are you, because you were meant to be that way. You can’t escape it, and if you try, you will be both unhappy and fall short of your potential.
Recently I pondered what was the most important thing for me to share with my children. I was meditating/praying for an answer. “What is it, that you, My Higher Power, want me to say to my kids?”
The answer was “Be yourself.” That’s what they need to hear from you.
So much of life is spent acting or pretending to be something you aren’t.
Society pushes and pulls us in so many directions that don’t feel right. But we go with the flow. We don’t want to stick out. We don’t want to seem out of it. We want to be part of the “in” crowd.
Find a place to seclude yourself in order to find yourself. Seclusion is one of the most powerful tools for spiritual growth, and was used throughout history by prophets, spiritualist, yogis and holy people. To make sure you’re using the tool correctly, it’s good to have a mentor for this type of activity.
If you find it difficult to get away, you can make a space in your home for seclusion and introspection, meditation and prayer. But ultimately, the goal is to live amongst society, while retaining your integrity.
You may be thinking, “I’ve always heard that recovery is community oriented.” That is correct. The glory of serving the Infinite Being is increased, and the full power and holiness of the individual is only achieved with a community. We need to be apart of the lives of others. We cannot remain reclusive. We must go out into the world and make it a better place. But we can only do so if we have perfected the individual our Higher Powwer created us to be.
Practice your trumpet alone in a room, away from others. When you have perfected your instrument and found your own music, come to the band, share what you have to offer, and join the holy orchestra.
As the great sage Hillel used to say, “If I am not for me, who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I?” (Avot 1:14)
Spend time this week meditating on the thought: Be yourself. Try to discover ways to make yourself more of the real you
By Corey Shader
Website Link: http://treatmentcenterfinder.org/how-stephen-king-overcame-addiction-became-more-creative/
Stephen King almost lost his life to alcohol and drugs, but he felt reluctant to give these substances up because he worried that it would cost him his creativity.
His belief that these chemicals were the source of his talent almost cost him everything. Luckily Stephen King saw through this lie, and he has released some of his best work since becoming sober.
Stephen King had to struggle as a writer for many years before he finally found success with his book ‘Carrie’ in 1973. He became a household name when he followed this up with other great horror classics such as, ‘Salem’s Lot’, ‘The Stand’, and ‘Pet Cemetery’ – many of his books were later made into hit movies.
The addiction problems of Stephen King crept up on him slowly. His increasing popularity in the seventies gave him to justification to drink heavily, but by 1980 the negative impact of this behavior became more noticeable. It is also around this time that he began abusing prescription drugs, cocaine, and cannabis – his life spiraled out of control.
The addiction problems of Stephen King could be described as a real-life horror story. In fact, many of his stories of the time were inspired by his struggles with alcohol and drugs. The most memorable of these has to be ‘The Shining’ where the main character (Jack Torrance) is an alcoholic who becomes easy prey for evil forces.
One of the lowest points came when Stephen was found unconscious in his office covered in blood. He had been drinking heavily and snorting cocaine. It came as a terrible shock for his loved ones to find him in that state – they thought he had died.
Stephen King’s family and friends couldn’t just sit by and watch him kill himself, so they staged an intervention. He agreed to enter a drug rehab, and he has managed to stay sober ever since – this means that he has been free of alcohol or drugs for over a quarter of a century.
Stephen King believed at the time that drinking alcohol and abusing drugs gave him his talent. He worried that if he stopped using these substances, he would not longer be able to write his books. He used his credentials as a successful writer to justify his excesses – he acted as if he took these substances as a type of medicine for his creativity.
The reality is that people are creative despite their alcohol and drug addiction and not because of it. A good example of this would be the painter Jackson Pollock.
He became almost as well-known for his drunken exploits as his art, so it can be tempting for fans to believe the two things are related. The truth is that Jackson Pollock created all of his famous art during a two-year period when he managed to stay away from alcohol.
It did take Stephen King a few months to get used to writing without alcohol or drugs in his system. He has since written some of his best work including: ‘Needful Things’, ‘Dream Catcher’, and ‘Under the Dome’. Stephen has completely debunked the idea that you need to high on drugs in order to be creative.
Stephen King continues to use the struggles of addiction as a theme in his book. His latest book is called ‘Doctor Sleep’, and one of the main characters is Dan Torrance (the son of the main character in ‘The Shining’) who is a recovering alcoholic.