Kabbalah's Twelve Step Spiritual Method to End Your Addiction: A New Proven Approach to Cure Dependence on Alcohol, Drugs, Nicotine and Compulsive Behaviors

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SP Books, Nov 1, 1997 - Religion - 247 pages
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We Are All In Recovery.... Perhaps you (or a friend) have trouble freeing yourself from the clutches of any one of a long list of addictive substances or behaviors that are limiting or even threatening your physical and social well-being. You may have tried conventional therapies, but you still remain in a painful, losing struggle with your problem. Your addiction remains with you because your optimal self (you at your best) has remained on the same level of awareness. You need to END your addiction by transcENDing it. Your problem will always catch up with you if you fail to rise ABOVE it. This book shows you precisely how to do this! You can learn to gradually climb the mystical Tree of Life, step by step, until you find yourself OVER your addiction. The exercises, meditations and readings in this book will prepare your mind, body and spirit to make this ascent to recovery. AA's Twelve-Step program is an excellent framework on which to build. It is a foundation that allows for the spiritual growth necessary to reverse the "spiral of addiction". Modern psychology also has much to offer the person suffering from substance abuse and addiction. But psychotherapy by itself -- even in conjunction with a Twelve Step program -- may not bring about the transformed, higher con-sciousness necessary to truly leave your addiction behind. This book integrates the strengths of the Twelve Steps and contemporary psy-chology with the fundamental spiritual teachings of Kabbalah. The result is a new path that will energise and facilitate your process of recovery, as it lifts you towards a life of enriched spirituality. We are all on a journey to spiritual recovery. Kabbalah is your roadmap. Kabbalah, the ancient, mystical and meditative tradition at the root of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, is not merely a philosophy -- but a way of life. The Kabbalah's Tree of Life is shown to be the blueprint of existence that provides you with the strength and the restorative path to take you beyond the grasp of your addiction. You will learn to be in recovery of yourself.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Introduction to Kabbalah
11
The Tree of Life
27
Twelve Steps Up the Tree of Life
39
The Addictive Life
41
A Kabbalist Interpretation of the Addictive State
49
Beginning the Ascent
67
Awakening the Soul
77
Beyond the Controversies in Recovery
157
Exercises and Meditations for Kabbalist Work in Recovery
177
Introduction
179
Constructing a Tree of Life
183
B Creating the Tree of Life in a Twelve Step Recovery Group
187
Affirmations from the Tree of Life
191
A Kabbalist Twelve Step Meditation
195
Twelve Step Work with the Tree of Life
203

Preparation for the Spirit
89
Developing the Spiritual Body
97
Living in the Divine Light
111
Service and Revelation
121
A Summary
133
A View from the Tree of Life
141
Kabbalist Meditation Exercises
221
B A Kabbalist Healing Exercise and Prayer
232
Appendices
237
Bibliography
241
Index
243
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About the author (1997)

Gerald Gillespie is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychology and Director of the Addictions Counseling Program at Kansas Wesleyan University. He is also a Director of the Kabbalah Society and teaches classes and workshops on this subject in the US, Japan and Spain.

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