resilience Tag

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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