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25 Apr The Gateways – Release Into Freedom – Gateway 7

“Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.”
Rumi

Gateway 7 opens us into the realm of the Spirit.
After we have gone deep inside and done a fearless and searching inventory of ourselves, have shared that with God, ourselves and another human being the exact nature of our wrongs, and after we have waited by the Fountain of Bethesda and waited for the angel of God to trouble the water…after all of that…we humbly ask.

We ask to have our shortcomings removed.
We grieve the loss of who we thought we were, and we open unto who we are to become.
We allow the light of our true self to call us into the rest of our lives…in humility and service…as we pray this prayer:

Seventh Step Prayer
>My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding.
Amen

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11 Apr The Gateways – Do You Want To Be Made Whole? – Gateway 6

Do you want to be made whole?

Gateways Six deals with letting go of an old identity as the victim and being brave enough to tolerate the emptiness before you really know what might replace it.

Step Six resides in the silence between this question, and the answer.  It follows a deep personal inventory and the sharing of our best-kept secrets with another and with God.

Step Six says, “Became entirely ready to have God remove these defects of character.”

This is a whole Step just about becoming ready.

And in this time of contemplating just who you will be when you let go of your previous idea of who you were trying to be…you can also ask yourself the question:

Do I want to be made whole?

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28 Mar The Gateways – Freedom – Gateway 5

Medical science has begun to recognize what metaphysicians have known for a long time. Our thoughts can make us well, or ill, and to hold things inside that are painful or shame based can literally make us sick!

It takes a huge amount of energy to keep memories of trauma submerged in our subconscious mind. A part of us is always on Red Alert when that is our situation, and seemingly unfathomable physical symptoms can emerge when some of the conditions of the original situation occur.

One of the reasons many people become addicted is to keep that struggle at bay for a while and to give the “cop on the beat” inside us who is always watching for danger, a break. Trauma literally resets our endocrine system so that our stress response is more of a hair trigger. We release cortisol, can sweat excessively, our hearts beat wildly as though we are experiencing a trauma for the first time. This is PTSD, and many people suffer from it.

So this process of first doing the deep inner inventory work, and then sharing that with another human being is an amazing first step toward reconnecting with our true inner perfection- that part of us that has never been damaged.

Step Five – Sharing with God, ourselves and another human being, the exact nature of our wrongs, is like opening the pressure valve on a powerful steam engine. The Gateways open us into a world of freedom from bondage. Through utilizing these simple but profound tools, our false persona can let go of its protective grip, and our essential self can come out of hiding.

There is a slogan in 12-Step rooms: “You are as sick as your secrets.” Step 5 is the first experience for many, of safely sharing our inner pain, and creating room inside for healing.

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14 Mar The Gateways – The Inner Journey – Gateway 4

We’re Going In! The Inner Journey of the Dark Night

One of my favorite quotes is from Thomas Merton: “The real journey in life is interior, and ever greater surrender to the creative action of love and grace in our hearts.”

This interior journey is embodied in work of the 12-Steps, and the Steps are the foundational work for The Gateways. The inner walk also correlates with The Hero’s Journey, first popularized in epic Greek poem, “The Iliad and the Odyssey”, by Homer, and described centuries later as a distinctly spiritual process, by Joseph Campbell, and then of course in Star Wars!

On the Hero’s Journey, it is essential to go deeper, and into the unknown places, in order to find true home again. The 12-Steps are indeed a Hero’s Journey, and after the foundational work of Steps 1-3, we find ourselves at the place of needing to go into the inner dark. Saint John of the Cross calls this The Dark Night of the Soul, and we all encounter it at some point or another.

In the classic Hero’s Journey, this is called “The Descent”. Often we discover that we are in the process of descending, and we feel fearful, but the good news is that addressing the cause of fear is at the heart of working the Hero or Heroine’s Journey of Gateway Four.

Following The Descent is the “Not Knowing”, and if you are like me, this is worse than descending! Not knowing scares me, and probably does most people. It seems though that once we have accepted that we are on the inner descent, meaningful questions begin to emerge.

“What have I created in my life? I don’t want this anymore!”

From this place in the limbo of the “Not Knowing”, we turn a corner, and actually begin to embrace the emptiness, and are able to see what is next for us. This is the beginning of the way out and up, classically described as “The Ascent”. It seems too, that the more self-aware we become, the more we may go through multiple descents and rebirths, so this Gateway Four work can be understood as the beginning of a lifelong evolutionary process of renewal.

Gateway Four is the fulcrum upon which a life of inner work that transforms pivots. To begin this level of work, it is always advised to be working with someone who is able to accompany you on the journey, to reflect back to you, to really hear you and to bring safety to the journey.

Bless you, as you begin the work of the Inner Journey of the Dark Night, of Step Four.

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07 Mar The Forgiveness Solution: Forgiving the Addict in Your Life

If you’ve experienced emotional heartache because of a loved one’s addiction, you’re not alone. The disease of addiction drives people to lie, cheat, neglect, and abuse.

How do you forgive someone you love when his or her addiction has caused chaos in your life?

Join Rev. Misty Tyme as she shares her personal story and gives you practical advice when someone you love struggles with addiction.

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28 Feb The Gateways – Making a Decision – Gateway 3

You may have heard the writing that says “Until one is committed there is hesitancy”, and ends with one of Goethe’s poetic lines, “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”

The Step that correlates with this Gateway is Step Three: “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of god as we understand God.”

The Third Gateway is really my favorite, because without it, nothing of lasting value is possible. The idea of making a decision is so powerful, and once we make a decision about something, then providence moves too.

POWER!!

Once we have admitted powerlessness in our own attempts to control the Universe, we open into a whole new realm…the realm of the possible in which we COME TO BELIEVE that a Power greater than Ourselves has the power and the inclination to restore us to wholeness.

But the third leg of this three-legged stool only in place when we not only admit and come to believe but DECIDE to turn our over to the care of this Higher Power.  Then Providence moves too.

I would like to share one of my favorite Rilke poems with you in closing.

It is called Magic

“From indescribable transformation flash
Such creations—: Feel! and trust!
We suffer it often; flames become ash;
Yet in art: flames come from dust.

Here is magic. In the realm of a spell
The common word seems lifted up above…
and yet is really like the call of the male
who calls for the invisible female dove.”

Rilke
August 1924

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Rev. Dr. Galloways best-selling book The Gateways is available through Sacred Stories Publishing, Amazon, and all major booksellers and combines a strength based approach to utilizing the depth principles of the 12-Steps, combined with Psycho-spiritual tools and practices to anchor in the practice of each step.

 

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14 Feb The Gateways – The Way In – Gateway 2

I attended an AA meeting the other evening, and when “new people” were asked to identify themselves, the leader said: “Stand up and tell us your name and your disease”.

Something in me really reacted negatively to that.

I have come to question the illness model of AA.

Not the disease model, but the illness model.

What do I mean by this?

A disease cannot stay acute forever without a person just dying. Chronic? Yes. Acute? No.

But a culture of staying ill to remind oneself not to drink isn’t recovery.

The 12-Steps are an amazing, life giving, scaffolding for arresting the disease and transforming broken lives. They are invaluable in giving a person who is hopelessly mired in a physical addiction, self -hatred, basic cluelessness about life, a way back to who they really are, and tools for restitution and restoration.

Rev. Dr. Galloways best-selling book The Gateways is available through Sacred Stories Publishing, Amazon, and all major booksellers and combines a strength based approach to utilizing the depth principles of the 12-Steps, combined with Psycho-spiritual tools and practices to anchor in the practice of each step.

The Steps really are a miracle, and they facilitate a spiritual awakening in millions of people.

The GOAL of recovery is to:

1. Have a spiritual awakening
2. Help others who haven’t found this amazing path to know it exists

Some return to their religion of youth, but many others don’t know HOW to find a spiritual path that coincides with their spiritual awakening

The Gateways are designed to support the spiritual path of recovery, using the 12-Steps and offering a toolkit of Body/Mind/Spirit tools for Stage Two Recovery and beyond.

Defining a pathology isn’t the goal. Healing is.

Welcome to The Gateways- The Wisdom of 12-Step Spirituality.

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24 Jan The Gateways – Power in Powerlessness – Gateway 1

We all need power to get up and go, to make anything happen in our lives, to start and to stop and to basically function! Another way to describe power could be Life Force, or Chi. One of the great paradoxes of any spiritual path is that it deals with paradox. Think of the Zen Koan, or riddle, “what is the sound of one hand clapping”? That is a kind of paradoxical question, for which many answers may be possible, but for which no easy literal answer emerges.

Rev. Dr. Galloways best-selling book The Gateways is available through Sacred Stories Publishing, Amazon, and all major booksellers and combines a strength based approach to utilizing the depth principles of the 12-Steps, combined with Psycho-spiritual tools and practices to anchor in the practice of each step.

The first Gateway deals with Power. Bookshelves are full of titles about it. From political scientists to feminist scholars and gurus and self-help experts, the topic fascinates. we all need power!

The First Step is about Power too- “LACK of power, that is our dilemma. we admitted we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable.”

Once we have tried chemical power, personality power, money and success power and even star power, it is a huge relief to let go of the struggle and allow a higher power to take over! It has been breathing us anyway and making the trees grow and the tides go in and out.

Once we admit we are powerless over attempting to run the Universe, we discover that there is actually Power in Powerlessness!

On this episode, you will experience how body/mind/Spirit tools can combine with the basic foundational work of Step One to really lock in a base for a lifetime.

Enjoy!

Rev. Dr. Galloways best-selling book The Gateways is available through Sacred Stories Publishing, Amazon, and all major booksellers.

Welcome to The Gateways.

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10 Jan The Gateways – Let’s Get Off The Bridge!

“How do I know what I think until I hear what I have to say?” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The Rev. Dr. Jane Galloway has written – The Gateways- The Wisdom of 12-Step Spirituality a phenomenal book detailing a downloading of the amazing system of 12-Step Spirituality and Body/Mind/ Spirit tools she has used for the last many years as both a wisdom walk and a practical Strength-based approach to living.

Rev. Dr. Galloway wrote the book because it was finally clear that in order for her to teach these tools that work for her, she needed to get them clearly into a system people could access. So she did that, and immediately realized that the questions people were asking her were requiring her to actually get at the deeper meaning of this work both for her and as a wisdom path.

In this introductory episode, Rev. Dr. Galloway talks a little about the process of discovery her book continues to open for her, in the hope that you will have the same experience in exploring the depth path contained in this amazing 12-step system.

Rev. Dr. Galloways best-selling book The Gateways is available through Sacred Stories Publishing, Amazon, and all major booksellers.

Welcome to The Gateways.

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10 Jan The Gateways – Rev. Dr. Jane Galloway

As a 30+ year member of Alcoholics Anonymous, ordained minister with a doctorate in ministry, and highly successful stage and screen actor, the Rev. Dr. Jane Galloway is just the person to usher in a new way of working the 12 Steps that incorporates the full spectrum of spiritual practices available to us today.

Explore as Dr. Galloway shares that The Gateways are… A Gateway, a Bridge, an Opening into living the Spiritual Life that the Steps promise! What YOU get from this is TOOLS, Inspiration, Time to release the Shame and move into the FREEDOM.

Rev. Dr. Galloways best-selling book The Gateways is available through Sacred Stories Publishing, Amazon, and all major booksellers.

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24 Sep Sacred Stories ~ The Gateways: The Wisdom of 12-Step Spirituality

Is there more to recovery than just staying sober and clean? Listen as Rev. Dr. Jane Galloway offers an emphatic “yes” to this question in her groundbreaking 12 Step companion guide, The Gateways: The Wisdom of 12-Step Spirituality.

As a 30+ year member of Alcoholics Anonymous, ordained minister with a doctorate in ministry, and highly successful stage and screen actor, the Rev. Dr. Jane Galloway is just the person to usher in a new way of working the 12 Steps that incorporates the full spectrum of spiritual practices available to us today.

Explore as Dr. Galloway shares that The Gateways are… A Gateway, a Bridge, an Opening into living the Spiritual Life that the Steps promise! What YOU get from this is TOOLS, Inspiration, Time to release the Shame and move into the FREEDOM.

Dr. Galloway presents the 12 Steps squarely in the context of 21st-century spirituality with breadth, skill, and sensitivity that helps readers of any faith (or of none) experience profound spiritual awakening.

Incorporating ancient developmental systems like Chinese meridians and the Kabbalah Tree of Life, as well as more recent psychological systems like Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Erik Erikson’s Eight Ages of Man, Gateways presents 12-Step Spirituality as a Wisdom Path. Galloway’s 12 corresponding Gateway Essences unlock the power of the Steps through spiritual practices and rituals that make up a customized, holistic Mind, Body, Spirit tool kit.

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