Theosophy (via a Jungian seed) contributions
May 21, 2011 11:17 PM
by John E. Mead
I found the reference to Jung and AA at
So, the idea is more or less that inner-experience of "god" that is in
"each of use" can be captured, encouraged and used to transform one's self.
I think that the key "AA" approach (dynamical method) is to believe in a
higher power first (an atheist can use Science and Logic as a higher
power?) which then allows one to seek help "from", "through" and
"within" as an Atman approach to self-identity and self-realization
from an addiction. Christian "Faith" (not my favorite flavor of
spiritual approach) behaves similarly, in a sense.
There is some concepts that AA teaches people to find god "outside"
themselves. However, one has to understand that the program is built to
apply to everyone, such as very non-spiritual people, and somehow "boot"
them into a spiritual existence. It is definitely exoteric on the
surface. However the AA members I have talked to (not average AA
members) state that it can lead to an esoteric-like existence. New Age
books have been written to guide one to your inner power/atman by a
12-step-like program..... I remember those. I think that is what
several people saw happen.
One can only halt drug relapse by understanding the world they live in
(MHO). Flip burgers, empty trash, all at minimum wage for a boss who
makes a lot of money... Or, sell drugs and make lots of money.
What about stress? Why do people over eat, smoke, drink etc. They are
coping responses to the outside world (or, often are). That would put
stress as the number 1 killer in society.
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