Beyond the 12 steps: A System for enhancing Recovery

Beyond the 12 Steps: A System for Enhancing Recovery

While supporting and embracing both abstinence and harm reduction principles for people personally affected by drug use, ReDiscovery has developed this System to enhance risk reduction, recovery, and developing actions for removing blocks to your continuing growth.

12 Step meetings often if not always require that you share only what relates to the specific addiction of the group. This method as helpful as it is for some, does not always allow for discussion of concurring issues, some as unhealthy and dangerous as the addiction or use itself.

In this System you will delve into issues that continue to block you from fully developing beyond the restrictions of 12 Step programs while supporting anyone’s method for bettering themselves around addiction or use: abstinence, harm reduction or other methods.

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Healing Wounds

Rod_of_asclepiusMost of us hold ourselves back from FULLY living our highest purpose…

Have you thought about what might be holding YOU back?

If you could dissolve whatever that is for you… the fears… the resistance… the old wounds…. would you?

If your answer is “yes,” then you MUST join meWednesday, September 14, at 5:30pm Pacific to discover a proven method for identifying what’s holding you back and helping you move beyond your earliest and deepest woundings.

Respected change agents Tim Kelley and Jeffrey Van Dyk will share these healing steps duringGetting Your Wounds Out of Your Way: How to Heal Your Deepest Patterns & Liberate Your Purpose.

You can register for this FREE virtual event, here:

Tim is a global change agent and internationally renowned expert on higher purpose. Tim’s methodology, True Purpose, has been featured internationally in magazines, newspapers and on television. He’s worked with top leaders and executive teams from companies such as Nabisco, ING, Oracle, Lexmark and AOL.

Jeffrey is an international speaker, strategist and guide working with leaders and founders who feel called to transition into their life’s legacy and make a meaningful, lasting impact on the world.

Together, Tim and Jeffrey have helped thousands of people break free of their deepest, most persistent mental and emotional patterns so they can step into their true purpose and greatest joy!

During this powerful hour with them you’ll:

  • Discover how to free yourself from the core patterns that hold you back
  • Understand the relationship between your wounds and your purpose
  • “Decode” the gifts of your wounds so you understand how they prepare you for your mission and purpose and actually help you succeed in life

You CAN move beyond your wounds and limiting patterns and finally step into your purpose — and experience more love and freedom…

It’s free to attend, but you’ll need to register here:

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10 Ways of Living with Chronic Pain 

10 ways  of living with chronic pain and having a healthy lifestyle

1. Take a holistic approach including Western medicine

    Beware of your own self judgments  and other judgements from well meaning others. Try to keep an open mind; take in all the information you can. Something may make sense to you or work for you that may not for others. This is about self healing, not about opinions of others. Despite some other people telling me I shouldn’t, the prescribed use of morphine and other medications continue to help me. I also have found some Western movement practices useful, as well. My point is to seek information and tools that work for you whether they are Western Medical practices or other, what are called, alternative healing practices.

2. Take your pain medications as prescribed.

    If you are taking medications of any kind please take it as prescribed. It is easy to think that if something is working well that taking more of it will make it work better or faster. This kind of thinking is called magical thinking because it is  not based in reality.Take them only as prescribed. It they are narcotic, be extra careful because both physical and psychological addiction is a  possibility. It you have a history of addiction, be extra careful. But if you and your doctor think it will help you by taking them, then please do. Don’t let fear deter you from your healing path.

3.  Find all the ways to reduce stress in your life that works for you( not everything works for everyone)

    Here is a list of potentially helpful stress reduction practices for chronic pain management:






        Guided visualizations

        Self- hypnosis

        Autogenic training

        Progressive muscle relaxation

4. Breath work is vital

    Breathing is a natural treatment for chronic pain. Once one learns a few simple breathing techniques, pain management and control can happen. The simplest toll of breathwork is noticing the breath. This mindfulness practice of noticing where one is in the here and now, in the present moment slows one down, and as one senses the breath stress is reduced. The second technique of having a slightly longer exhale will relax you, as more carbon dioxide is produced and the amount of oxygen intake is still constant. I try to take 3 minutes of breathwork in a calming way at work every couple of hours; part of the things I practice that improves my health while at work.

5.  Share with others who also have similar experiences to yours.

    Acute Pain is not chronic pain. People who have not experienced the effects of chronic pain, either in the own or loved one’s life, can not really understand. There is a stigma attached to chronic pain that some other diseases do not carry. We are often told our pain is imaginary or is the sign of mental illness. The stigma is a kind of badge of courage we chronic pain sufferers wear. We, and only we, can really understand what we go through. It is therefore strongly encouraged that you find and utilize a chronic pain support group. I am lucky, the hospital in the city I live in has a full pain management program, with classes and access to thing like biofeedback and Feldenkrais movement classes, among other things. Local hospitals are a good place to start looking for a support group. I am also a member of a 12 Step group, that has also taught me some helpful tools, though not specifically targeting chronic pain management, have none the less proved useful tools.

6. Try nutrition and eating that reduces pain  ( inflammation )

    There are anti inflammatory diets on the internet or available from your doctor. It is highly useful to access your own diet in regards to chronic pain. The major dietary recommendation for patients with chronic pain is to eat protein foods with each meal and to not eat or drink carbohydrates without eating protein at the same time. There are also foods to avoid and foods that can be added that can help. Seek the advice of your doctor or a licensed nutritionist. If you have other complicating medical or other issues, let them know this information as well, as some foods, and herbs can be toxic in certain circumstances.

7. Enjoy life

    Have some fun, whatever that means to you. Go karaoke with friends. Write a poem. Try not to sit in your pain, find a way to enjoy yourself in spite of it!

8. Use movement,  physical therapy , and exercise as appropriate,  but do it.

    There are many modalities of movement practices that could be useful to you. Explore them and practice at least one. Myself I practice Feldenkrais movement and I walk for exercise. I am about to add warm pool movement/exercise classes twice a week as well.

9. Try biofeedback, acupuncture and other alternative treatments including energy work.

    Alternative therapy encompasses a variety of disciplines, including acupuncture, guided imagery, chiropractic treatment, yoga, hypnosis, biofeedback, aromatherapy, relaxation, herbal remedies, massage and many others.

In the past decade, strong evidence has been gathered for the benefits of mind-body therapies, acupuncture, and some nutritional supplements for treating pain. Other alternative therapies such as massage, chiropractic therapies, therapeutic touch, certain herbal therapies, and dietary approaches have the potential to alleviate pain in some cases.

10. Be Intuitive

    You are your own best advocate. You know best. Trust your intuition when it comes to your health care. You may “know” things intuitively about your body and its reactions to pain and your responses to it than a clinician can. Follow others advice only after checking in with yourself. This is, after all, all about you. A pain management treatment plan that doesn’t have your own input will be hard to follow. One in which you participate in creating, guided by both science and intuition, will serve you best.

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Meditation Heals

Science has unequivocally confirmed it: a consistent daily meditation practice leads to better results for body, mind and soul.

Meditation can lower your stress, enhance your can-do capacity, improve your sleep, make you mentally sharper, ease negative emotions and enhance positive ones… it can even optimize your work performance!

So the question isn’t IF you should meditate, but rather HOW. There are so many choices when it comes to choosing a practice. How are you to know which is the best one for you?

Good news! Yogic scholar and spiritual teacher Richard Miller will present a free online workshop, Deepening Your Journey of Yogic Meditation: Practices for Realizing Your True Health, Wholeness & Optimal Wellbeing.

You don’t want to miss this opportunity for Richard to support you in fine-tuning your meditation practice based on the latest brain science as well as the instructions left to us by ancient seers.

You can register for this FREE virtual workshop, here:

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A daily spiritual practice

I have had a daily spiritual practice for at least 10 years and over the years it and I have changed dramatically. Being open and willing to change is one of the gifts and challenges of sustaining a daily spiritual practice.


When it was first recommended by my spiritual teachers that I find and have a daily spiritual practice I must say I rebelled against the idea of it and the practice was nonexistent. It wasn’t until I let go of all my preconceived notions of what it meant to be a person who had a daily spiritual practice, to be seen as a spiritual person. The hardest part for an old punk rock school art damaged person like me was the being seen as a spiritual authority as I had negative feelings and ideas about the world’s great religions and the spiritual lack of leadership they show. I knew I didn’t want to be one of “them”. So I avoided for years my own spiritual life in reaction against what I saw the the hypocrisy of religion.


It was only in the actual doing that I learned to show up for me, not in reaction to others, but for my own good.I have since learned through patience and perseverance to continue just showing up for my spiritual life and maintaining a regular practice. When I finally took on a daily spiritual practice I made it very complicated with things in complex order. In the end my daily spiritual practice has become more of a grounding and letting go process than holding on to old ideas and emotions practice. In the beginning I thought i had to do it “perfectly”, whatever that is I don’t know but I spent some time frustrating myself trying to find out. After time I realized it was the actual just showing up for a set time to be with myself that mattered more than it I did some complex pre planned ritual at that time. Instead my daily practice first involves sensing where my energy is, and exploring and then a loosening of energy where there are blockages.


Because of blockages and purification being vital to my daily spiritual practice and to my life I include some kind of purification in my daily spiritual practice. This ranges from the long and specific Kala rite, which is a grounding and realigning process in the Feri tradition to a short drinking down of water as I visualize it clearing away that which no longer serves me.I love water purification and sometimes use my morning shower as part of my daily spiritual practice as a purification hot shower. Other times I drink down a glass of cold water, drinking in positiveness. Still other times I will put salt in the water and use it as a salt water purification by releasing negative charged energies from me into the salt water to be transformed; and then bless my forehead with the purified salt water.


Once I learned patience and got out of my own way I could relax and just do the best I could each day. My daily spiritual practice became necessary for my emotional and spiritual life because it was time I could spend apart from the world’s troubles. Before long my trying to meditate became a regular Zazen practice. I went to San Francisco Zen Center for training and practice sitting with others. Before a couple of years had passed Zazen, a Zen meditation practice became a regular part of my daily spiritual practice. These days I sit at home 20 minutes. If I don’t sit for a day I feel out of sorts, but I just let it go and try the next day. It has taught me to be kind to myself in my spiritual practices.

Purification and meditation are the two vital components of my daily spiritual practice. Lately, because of chronic health conditions I have added a physical exercise component to my daily spiritual practice and I find it nice. I am not an exercise person so even saying it’s nice is a big step for me. The thing is that the exercises are for muscle strengthening around my knees and legs, which is helping with my chronic pain and my physical flexibility. I suspect more exercise, as i can take, will be added to my daily spiritual practice.


What is your daily spiritual practices and how do they work out for you?. For me adjustment and perseverance has paid off.


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Looking to interview 10 people

Blockages in emotions, thoughts and feelings are transmuted through self evaluation; followed by change in behavior towards previously negatively emotionally charged situations, events, and people, “things” we shall call them.

Think of all the “things” in your life and notice your attachments to them and how that attraction attachment or engagement with that “thing” is for you.

If money, financial abundance, fears around scarcity of financial abundance, poverty, etc is one of those “things” to which you have negatively charged or conflicted feelings thoughts or emotions about, then you are the exact kind of person uniquely suited for my services events and products.

If you’re willing to give 15 minutes of your time to me so I can “interview” you so that I may learn, grow and improve three areas of my coaching business, I will give you some concrete tools for working on your “money issues” as a gift.

Gifting is one of my ways of staying in the flow of financial abundance. To give freely of myself and turning the world towards a “gifting” culture gives me fulfillment and great joy.

PM me if you’re interested.

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