Breathing Under Water, Chapter 12

“Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” Step 12 of AA

Until people’s basic egocentricity is radically exposed, revealed for what it is, and foundationally redirected, much religion becomes occupied with rearranging deck chairs on a titanic cruise ship, cruising with isolated passengers, each maintaining his or her personal program for  happiness.

…much of organized religion says, “Come join our group, and maybe we will get to some actual healing some day.”

most of church history has done loads of preaching and very little healing. Seminaries are set up to train preachers and teachers, not healers.

We must learn to distinguish what looks like loving and what is actually loving for such codependent members of our churches.

Passive membership creates not just passive dependency but also far too often passive-aggressive behavior–when such stalwart members do not get what they have become accustomed to.

God loves and respects freedom–to the final and full riskiest degree. God lets evil take its course, and does not even stop Hitler or people who torture children.

Good religion keeps God free for people and keeps people free for God.

Addiction is a spiritual disease, a disease of the soul, and illness resulting from longing, frustrated desire, and deep dissatisfaction–which ironically the necessary beginning of any spiritual path.

You need more and more of anything that does not work.  If something is really working for you, then less and less will satisfy you.


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