Category Archives: Healing Circles

The Power of Authentic Listening


Healng through We-ing and the power of authentic listening and authentic sharing. Continue reading

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STEPPING STONES TO HEALING


Originally posted on The Felt Meaning of Recovery:
Hello everyone. I am wanting to start a¬†“STEPPING STONES TO HEALING (and H.O.W. To Facilitate Recovery Focusing Groups)”course, primarily for my own enjoyment! ūüôā I love these group encounters. … I need…

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The Power of Principles


Hello everyone. I was working Step Two today (Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity). I was thinking about a power greater than myself. Whenever I get stuck on this, I remember that … Continue reading

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STEPPING STONES TO HEALING


Hello everyone. I am wanting to start a¬†“STEPPING STONES TO HEALING (and H.O.W. To Facilitate Recovery Focusing Groups)”course, primarily for my own enjoyment! ūüôā I love these group encounters. … I need four people to organize this. … This will … Continue reading

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A Personal Inventory


Step 10: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it. I like to make my personal inventories more personal by applying my H.O.W. model and waiting for my personal experience of it to emerge so … Continue reading

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The Tools of Recovery


This morning I was thinking about resources that help us with our recovery. As I closed my eyes to hold this idea, an image came to me of a warrior with a sword and a shield. I remember this from … Continue reading

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TO SEE WITH THE EYES OF THE HEART


TO¬†SEE¬†WITH¬†THE¬†EYES¬†OF¬†THE¬†HEART Yesterday. There¬†we¬†were:¬†newcomers,¬†relapsers,¬†a¬†few¬†people with¬†more¬†than¬†a¬†month,¬†and¬†me,¬†the¬†Recovery¬†Focusing group¬†facilitator¬†at¬†Costa¬†Rica¬†Recovery¬†Center. Despite¬†it¬†being¬†Monday,¬†we¬†looked¬†forward to¬†discovering¬†what¬†was¬†going¬†to¬†emerge from¬†our¬†group¬†process. We¬†had¬†arrived¬†at¬†Step¬†Two: Came¬†to¬†believe that¬†a¬†power¬†greater¬†than¬†ourselves could¬†restore¬†us¬†to¬†sanity. I¬†invited¬†us¬†all¬†to¬†go¬†inside¬†and¬†P.A.U.S.E. as¬†we¬†held¬†the¬†concept¬†of¬†“a¬†power¬†greater¬†than¬†myself.” The¬†P.A.U.S.E.¬†for¬†addiction¬†is: Pause.¬†Attend¬†Urgency.¬†Symbolize¬†experience¬†with¬†Empathy. We¬†went¬†into¬†our¬†inner¬†silence¬†and¬†waited¬†for¬†something fresh¬†and¬†new¬†to¬†come¬†from¬†inside¬†us¬†about “a¬†power¬†greater¬†than¬†ourselves.” I¬†soon¬†saw¬†an¬†image¬†of¬†a¬†white¬†light¬†like¬†the¬†life¬†force, moving¬†up¬†my¬†legs¬†and¬†through¬†my¬†core. It¬†seemed¬†like¬†the¬†light¬†was¬†removing¬†all¬†the¬†blocks that¬†are¬†in¬†the¬†way¬†to¬†its¬†flow¬†through¬†me¬†and¬†out¬†of¬†me. I¬†sensed¬†in¬†my¬†body.¬†In¬†my¬†heart¬†area,¬†I¬†felt¬†open,¬†spacious. I¬†stayed¬†with¬†this¬†open¬†feeling¬†and¬†soon¬†got¬†a¬†sense of¬†“seeing¬†with¬†the¬†eyes¬†of¬†the¬†heart.” I¬†was¬†very¬†moved¬†by¬†this. My¬†understanding¬†was¬†that¬†my¬†Higher¬†Power sees¬†with¬†loving¬†rather¬†than¬†judgmental¬†eyes. Others¬†shared¬†their¬†experience: “I¬†feel¬†bodily¬†power.¬†It¬†is¬†comforting¬†and¬†serene.” “It’s¬†like¬†I¬†am¬†riding¬†a¬†big¬†wave,¬†riding¬†the¬†edge¬†of¬†it, and¬†I¬†am¬†actually¬†enjoying¬†the¬†fact¬†that¬†I¬†have so¬†little¬†control.¬†I’m¬†really¬†digging¬†it.” “I¬†see¬†a¬†star¬†filled¬†sky¬†at¬†night¬†and¬†feel¬†warm¬†and¬†full.” “I¬†connect¬†with¬†nature¬†and¬†feel¬†safety.” “I¬†feel¬†an¬†inner¬†power¬†and¬†have¬†a¬†sense¬†of¬†hope¬†and¬†openness.” “It’s¬†like¬†all¬†the¬†galaxies¬†and¬†solar¬†systems are¬†inside¬†me.¬†I¬†feel¬†comforted.” I¬†knew¬†I¬†was¬†seeing¬†with¬†the¬†eyes¬†of¬†my¬†heart. … Continue reading

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