In one of his motivational PBS programs, Wayne Dyer shares about a teacher telling him if he really wanted to reach the heights of spiritual enlightenment he was seeking, he would have to leave substances such as alcohol behind.
“The alcoholic years teach us that we are stronger than any substance.” ~ Wayne Dyer
The phase of my life that fed an unhealthy relationship with alcohol is over. I can feel it in every fiber of my being: I made it through! I endeavored to become a nondrinker, and while it may not have been easy or instantaneous, it was a clear intention I held in mind and moved towards.
Understanding the power of counselling, I worked with a trusted mentor to help me heal any underlying issues that may have been contributing to my desire to ‘numb out’. It took longer than I’d hoped, and I had some ‘false starts’ of quitting and resuming, but it caused me no concern. They were only practice runs and I knew I would be a nondrinker.
And then one particular morning it happened. I woke up. I mean I really woke UP. I woke out of the hazy dream of the illusion of my powerlessness and I felt a flowering strength. There was a lightness of my being where a ‘monkey on my back’ used to be. It was gone.
“Our most important problems cannot be solved; they must be outgrown.”
~ Carl Jung
At last I claimed my true power and rose above the sense of weakness that alcohol insisted was my reality. I now choose to not drink alcohol and in my world, it’s a non-issue. I have simply had enough. If an explanation is expected, I tell others I have an allergic reaction to it because I avoid the stigma. Stigmas have emotion, and I give that past error zero attention and no emotion.
Mind you I will always remember and there will be no ‘slipping’ but there are no ‘white knuckles’ in my peaceful view of life. It is a problem I experienced in the past, and I have risen above it. I have now outgrown it.
I choose to celebrate with grape juice and smoothies; delicious herbal tea blends and well-made lattes. In this way I am really present with my nearest and dearest and every one of the moments that make up this wondrous, beautiful life I am blessed to enjoy. I am free to shine every day, and I do. Thank You God for this day!
Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE
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