… are bio-chemical reactions stimulated by our primordial desire for survival.
… are not good or bad; they just are what they are.
… are not facts, but result from our perception and translation of the “facts”.
… are messy and not efficient.
… are the source of energy for:
- fight, leading to anger and resentment;
- flight, leading to fear;
- freeze/camouflage/hide, leading to dishonesty and secrets.
… are constructive or destructive.
… are signals that:
- tell us what is healthy or unhealthy in our external environment;
- sustain us or create suffering;
- provide comfort or discomfort;
- nourish us or kill us;
- meet our needs or warn of a source of danger.
… are conditional [learned] habits of responding
… are lenses that magnify, clarify or distort perceived reality.
… are dulled or eliminated by trauma and/or addiction [anesthetized/frozen].
… are able to thaw out through recovery.
… are messages that need translation for meaning to enable appropriate action.
… are never controlled but do require management.
… are signposts that reveal what we perceive, allowing us to determine what we want or don’t want; what we need or don’t need; what fosters our equilibrium or creates chaos.
Herb K. was given the gift of freedom from alcohol February 21, 1984. As a result of the application of the Twelve Steps as contained precisely in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, he experienced a profound spiritual awakening in 1988. Since then he has been very involved in carrying the message of recovery through presentations, facilitating workshops, and leading retreats.
He has authored three books to help people access the instructions and confirm the actual process contained in the Big Book for experiencing a spiritual awakening: Practicing the Here and Now: Being Intentional with Step 11 (2017), Twelve-Step Guide to Using the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book (2004) and Twelve Steps to Spiritual Awakening: Enlightenment for Everyone (2010). His books are available on Amazon and other locations.