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True Story – Decrees And The 12-Stepper

True Story – Decrees And The 12-Stepper

It had been a rough road through drugs, alcohol and bulimia. Susan hit bottom in 1983 and she joined Alcoholics Anonymous. “Without alcohol in me, I felt so totally alone,” she says. “I felt like I was in a black hole in life and that I was just going to die. And I was glad, because I couldn't figure out how I was going to live.” She was fearful and depressed. “I was so full of fear, I could hardly relate to people or talk to people,” she says.

She began decreeing again. (She had started, then stopped, three years before.) She saw the decrees as an adjunct to the 12-step work she was doing in Alcoholics Anonymous. One of the goals of the 12 Step program is to put your trust in a higher power. She felt that the decrees were helping her accomplish that goal. She began decreeing two to two and a half hours every night to help overcome the fear that had swept in once she had removed the artificial high of alcoholism. “Nighttime was the worst time,” she recalls. “I'd be scared to death of anything.” But she soon found that the decrees “helped lift my consciousness out of the human realm.”

“I would just stand there and decree and feel a part of the light,” she says. “Little by little, the levels of fear that had been plaguing me were replaced with the love and security of the I AM Presence.”

By reconnecting her to the I Am Presence, the decrees helped her overcome the sense of separation from God that had led to her drinking in the first place. She found that in her communion with her I AM Presence, she was able to enter a state that she calls “total joy and love and understanding of others.” This helped her get over feelings of hurt from past problems in relationships. And it helped her accept one of the principles of the 12-step program: Don't rely on other people, because they will always let you down. Instead, rely on your higher power.

“People are not going to give me what I want,” Susan says. “What I want I can get from the ascended masters and my I AM Presence. My satisfaction comes from God.”

Today Susan is happily married with two daughters and a fulfilling career as a social worker. She believes she overcame her alcoholism by using the 12-step program and her decrees. She needed the systematic approach of the 12-step program, but she also needed the light she invoked in her decrees to get her through. The two systems “correlate perfectly with each other,” she says. The decrees helped her stick to her program and find “true wholeness,” a feeling of oneness with God that replaced the “false wholeness” she got from alcohol.

Monks Report Extraordinary Mystical Experiences

Monks Report Extraordinary Mystical Experiences

The Eastern Orthodox Church has also preserved a tradition of repetitive prayer. Their story demonstrates the immense power of the spoken word. For hundreds of years, Greek Orthodox monks have reported extraordinary mystical experiences that stemmed from their repetition of a simple prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me. They repeated… Continue Reading

Harvard Study: Repeating Mantras Relieves Stress

Harvard Study: Repeating Mantras Relieves Stress

In the early 1970s, Dr. Herbert Benson, president and founder of the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard Medical School, documented a phenomenon he dubbed “the relaxation response” which he says is the opposite of the body’s fight-or-flight mechanism. Benson experimented using Sanskrit mantras. He told his subjects to sit quietly and repeat the prayer either mentally… Continue Reading

Study – The Energizing Power of Gregorian Chants

Study – The Energizing Power of Gregorian Chants

One group of Benedictine monks discovered an unexpected benefit from their Gregorian chants: their chanting seemed to energize their bodies. In 1967 Alfred Tomatis, a French physician, psychologist and ear specialist, studied how chanting affected the Benedictine monks. For hundreds of years they had kept a rigorous schedule, sleeping only a few hours a night and… Continue Reading

Study – Some Doctors Treat Their Patients With Prayer

Study – Some Doctors Treat Their Patients With Prayer

Eighty-two percent of Americans believe in the healing power of personal prayer, and 64 percent think doctors should pray with their patients if the patients request it. But many doctors are uncomfortable with this role. However, it may be time for a reassessment if the experiences of Andrew, a surgeon, and Nancy, an anesthesiologist, are… Continue Reading

Study – Prayer Works

Study – Prayer Works

Scientists don’t know why or how it works, but an increasing number of studies suggest what people have known intuitively for thousands of years: prayer does work. One well-known study found that coronary patients at San Francisco General Hospital who were prayed for did better than those who were not prayed for. The prayed-for patients… Continue Reading

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