January 16

ACCEPTANCE MONTH: DAY 16: “The first step to the knowledge of the wonder and mystery of life is the recognition of the monstrous nature of the earthly human realm as well as its glory, the realization that this is just how it is and that it cannot and will not be changed. Those who think they know how the universe could have been had they created it, without pain, without sorrow, without time, without death, are unfit for illumination.” ― Joseph Campbell

I love, love, love this quote. I would, however, like to disagree with Mr. Campbell, (whom I respect and revere deeply), about the last part of this statement.

I do believe, that we, as humans, all have the misguided notion that we know better how to run this show. It is part of our development, along spiritual lines, to take on this battle.

That is MY belief. Perhaps it is completely self-centered (imagine that!), because I am able to see the progression of my own belief systems and coming to terms with the ways of the Universe.

We are all on this footing, as I see it. None of us got here (to recovery), with a spiritual belief system that worked. We may have had conception of that Power, but not a working system for living with what we believed, or addiction could never have come to pass.

So, in this process of uncovering, discovering, and discarding (thank you Chuck C!) those old ideas and dysfunctional structures of belief, we get to this place.

We live in a world that is horribly broken spiritually; and therefore emotionally. That only happens when we do NOT understand the nature of how it works. Learning this lesson, I believe, IS the SOLE purpose of what we come here to do. Not all of us will die with this understanding, but it IS our process.

I do not believe that makes us unfit, per se, but perhaps unable to attain illumination. I do believe we are all fit for illumination, but without the process of getting there, we are unable to attain it. That has been my experience. And I do love this quote. It tells it like it is.

We are here to see and recognize how we fit into the scheme of all of this; to appreciate and bow before its magnificence and beauty, along with the tragic aspects of humanity and nature. It will break us open and teach us how to walk in awe. There is no Power we can exert to control or tame any of it. That IS the point, I believe.

The rest is an arrogance so vast it makes me cringe to see it in operation. And the pain, rage and anger of those who don’t GET IT are sad to see. It is the perfect place for us to sit in surrender to the Power of all of it!

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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