I had my first beer at 13. I was drinking every week by 14. I was known as the party girl at 15. I was raped while unconscious at 16. I became addicted to a cycle of numbing my shame and pain of current reality instead of facing it and making positive changes. I nearly died several times. I have had these experiences and overcame them so that I can support others of walking through the dark night of the soul and coming though the other side with clear vision and new purpose. My elimination of alcohol was a slow process. I listened to my body, I asked myself some serious questions like, “Why am I drinking? and more. And soon I stopped completely. I was in a relationship with someone who had to drink and started hiding his beers etc from me. I could not be in that environment or relationship.
I see how these “spirits” suck the spirit right out of someone’s soul and they get lost in the haze and the darkness. Many years ago I went to some meetings and I just could not stomach it. They were so disempowering. Everyone recycling the pain story. Several months ago I said to a friend that had been struggling, ” What if I walked into a meeting and said, ” Guess what, you are not an addict. Stop identifying with that label.” You have had a hell of an experience, but that is not WHO YOU ARE –F’CK That! Yes, there are people who suffer tremendously. We have a “spiritual” epidemic that we need to address in a holistic way and we need to bring the love and power and freedom back to these souls that are struggling. Not constantly tell them they are an addict and shame the f*ck out of them, NO.
It’s about restoring the True Spirit and recovering the aspects of the soul, pieces of you, that have been drowning in pain, fear, guilt shame, grief, lies, illusion, and attachment. These are the seven demons we all deal with and can overcome in this lifetime.
Let’s talk about Disease.
We have an epidemic of diseases in our world. When you break it down (dis-ease) it’s about our state of being. We are not at ease in our mind and it affects our body, our overall health and it’s affecting our brilliant Spirit. It’s everywhere and many times hidden behind great masks. It’s not just about drugs and alcohol. Pick your poison that is distracting you from yourself. It manifests in a myriad of ways from health conditions, behavioral-emotional patterns, relational issues and the list goes on. It’s time to blow the lid off of all the stigmas because we are in this together and many of us are ready to assist with solutions. It’s time to reclaim our mind, our body and our vibrant Spirit. We have the right to be here, to feel, to act, to love, to speak, to see and to know… that there is a better way of life for everyone to live in harmony with themselves and the world around them.
I want to share a related story from a friend of mine, Guillaume Gauthereau:
Celebrating 2 years of not having drunk any alcohol. I have to say it is probably the biggest gift I have given my body, mind, Spirit, and LIFE!
I can say it was a very difficult process mainly due to the push back and judgment of family and friends. But when I decided to stop it was the easiest thing to do, I was ready. I, in fact, took an amazing wine bottle I kept for many years for a special occasion, cooked a beautiful meal, and got ready to open the bottle to drink “my last glass”. As I was going to open it, my body got a very strong physical reaction, a big “NO”, so I never opened it, it was over. A year later I tasted a bit of wine, literally a few sips, and got sick for 2 days.
I never had a personal history of alcohol abuse but definitely felt it was taking “something out of me”. From the will to change to the courage to do deep inner work, to the energy of my body. I could see it was numbing my emotions and pain. It kept me away from truly knowing some dark place inside of me.
You might think “What about just a glass of wine a few days a week, is that really a problem?”… We talk about this in the podcast below…
Although it is mass-produced, mass promoted, legal, and ingested by a multitude of people all over the world, most people don’t ever consider or understand the spiritual consequences of drinking alcohol. The word “Alcohol” comes from the Arabic “al-kuhl” which means “BODY EATING SPIRIT”, and gives root origins to the English term for “ghoul”. In Middle Eastern folklore, a “ghoul” is an evil demon thought to eat human bodies, either as stolen corpses or as children.
To celebrate, I have recorded an interview/podcast with Zharah Sita, author of the article “The Spiritual Consequences of Alcohol Consumption“, we explore this fascinating and essential discussion around the use of alcohol in society and it’s consequences for our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.
We also talk about the consequences of alcohol consumption for society and our planet, and the ravage alcohol does to traditional and tribal communities.
So even if you only drink one glass of wine in a social context and don’t consider alcohol a “problem” I invite you to listen to the podcast and to read Zharah article. Let that seed be planted.
With Love, Gill The Sanctuary
An article from Science and Non Duality shares, “Since the start of the war on drugs many decades ago, the drugs themselves have often been blamed as the root cause of addiction. The story goes something like this: chemicals in the drugs cause people to continue craving the drugs long after they have stopped taking them.
This view, though, is slowly changing. Many scientists and writers now point to a fundamental problem with our modern society as the reason for the continuing epidemic of addiction.
“The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection,”” Read More
We have been thrown into a PTSD circus where fear is on stage. Our “culture” has created this mental loop that goes against our very nature and we have been struggling to bring everything back into balance, back into ease.
We are all dancing with the Shadow at an individual and collective level. In Jungian Psychology The Shadow archetype is the unconscious parts of us that the ego personality suppresses or denies. These are typically the root causes of the seven demons we all share that we have tucked away from our life experiences, particularly some kind of trauma. This unconscious material that has not been invited to tea can unknowingly drive your life.
Psyche in Greek Means Soul.
I am passionate about assisting others in their soulful recovery; connecting with themselves, and restoring their true spirit! Many of my clients have suffered some kind of trauma or stress. Many have had experiences with drugs, alcohol, depression, anxiety. I am here to tell you all. YOU ARE NOT ALONE and healing happens. Several years ago I worked with a sweet women that struggled with drugs and alcohol. I spent two hours with her. A day later she said, “You have helped me more in two hours than in 20 years of therapy.” Tears just fell from my eyes, I was so grateful that I could support her recovery.
Shamanic Reiki + Recovery.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese healing art that means “Universal Energy”. It is a natural and safe method that uses a light touch to channel universal energy to a patient’s energy body. The purpose is to promote relaxation and stress reduction, restore balance, eliminate blockages, support the immune system, and to foster all around healing and well-being. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit. Reiki does no harm.
What is Shamanism?
Shamanism is an ancient healing tradition and a way of life. It is a way to connect with nature and all of creation. Anthropologists coined this term and have used it to refer to the spiritual and ceremonial leaders among indigenous cultures worldwide. The word shamanism can be used to describe the ancient spiritual practices of these indigenous cultures, their connection with nature and their ancestors.
One could view shamanism as the universal spiritual wisdom inherent to all indigenous tribes. As all ancient spiritual practices are rooted in nature, shamanism is the method by which we as human beings can strengthen that natural connection within ourselves and the Spirit of Life all around us.
How does this support Recovery?
The practice Shamanic Reiki supports the whole person, mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. It’s about bring you back to a state of ease where your personal, intuitive and innate healing can be activated. It can be used to complement any other therapy or treatment, or on it’s own. It depends on the individual.
From a shamanic perspective, all illness, all dis-ease and addiction is a disconnect from Spirit. Restoring the Spirit in us all will support restoring the Spirit of Humanity.
It’s time to unleash and bring heightened awareness to the epidemic of addition and bring more solutions and connection to those with the intention of a full on recovery. It’s also time to blow the lid off the forces that are feeding the cycle of addiction. Dave Tieff, lead singer of One Nation Underground has just launched their mission: