Thursday, December 4, 2008

Friday 12/5 - DR. JUNG - MY HERO!


"The afternoon of human life must also have a significance of its own and cannot be merely a pitiful appendage to life's morning." - Carl Gustav Jung

I love Carl Jung. He was a famous psychiatrist who not only knew a lot about life and people, but gave hope to otherwise hopeless alcoholics.

I am in the afternoon of my life (maybe the dusk -grin-). My sobriety, Alcoholics Anonymous, steps 10, 11, and 12 have made it possible for me to find the most significant moments of my existence at these "beyond the midpoint" days of my life.

My life's morning was filled with a lot of "bad thinking, bad behavior, and misery". I'm so grateful I have made it to the afternoon of life and it isn't a pitiful appendage - it is a vibrant and full life of its own. Hallelujah!

In our Big Book - "Alcoholics Anonymous", p. 27, a description is written of Dr. Jung trying to help an alcoholic (Bill W.) he eventually came to label as "utterly hopeless". The doctor told this alcoholic that he had the mind of a chronic alcoholic worse than any he had ever seen and had never seen anyone in that state recover. The man asked if there were any exceptions, was there any hope at all?

Dr. Jung responded, "there is. Exceptions to cases such as yours have been occurring since early times. Here and there, once in a while, alcoholics have had what are called vital spiritual experiences. To me these occurrences are phenomena. They appear to be in the nature of huge emotional displacements and rearrangements. Ideas, emotions, and attitudes which were once the guiding forces of the lives of these men are suddenly cast to one side, and a completely new set of conceptions and motives begin to dominate them. In fact, I have been trying to produce some such emotional rearrangement within you. With many individuals the methods which I employed are successful, but I have never been successful with an alcoholic of your description."

This man had a vital spiritual experience, was relieved of his alcoholism, and became a free man.

As for me, after slipping and sliding in and out of Alcoholics Anonymous for maybe six months, I woke up from what was to be my last drunk, with a completely different set of ideas, emotions, and attitudes than the ones I held when I passed out the night before. I had what turned out to be a vital spiritual experience. I had passed out and come awake hundreds of times before, but this time was different.
Some complement of God's will and my cooperation took place.

I awoke surrendered, knowing that somehow all would be O.K., I understood that alcohol would kill me, I understood what it meant by "it's the first drink that gets you drunk", I had an understanding of "one-day-at-a-time", and there was a kernel of hope present. I was sick as a dog. (It does get worse even when you are not drinking. I had almost 3 months sober when I drank for the last time.)

There was absolutely "no reason" for me to have this changed attitude, yet there it was. I still call it a miracle.

Love you all,
Prayer Girl

(Photo credit: Jessica Jenney)


Zanejabbers said...

You, my dear lady, are living proof of not leaving (again) before the miracle. Thanks for the post.

Anonymous said...

I can only relate with my food issues and I'm sure it doesn't compare. I do know that God is the only way to truly get out of the hell of addiction. Thank God for AA.

Shadow said...

that is a truly magnificent quote!

thank you for this positive uplifting post. just goes to show. never say never...

Lou said...

I didn't know that about Carl Jung.
So glad you had your miracle!

steveroni said...

Prayer Girl, this is one of your 'better' writings IMHO! (In My 'Humble' Opinion!). Thank you, girl.

And have a happy Thanksgiving...Oooops, that has come and gone--well, what's next? You mean I gotta go out and buy a tree? today? How about, let's see...TUESDAY! OK? (That's my next free morning -grin).

NOTE: Some day we'll have to 'talk'!

~Tyra~ said...

Yes, it is a miracle, love it.

indistinct said...

Good stuff.

I was trying to explain what happened and how my life changed and the only thing that makes sense is to point to my Higher Power. 'Cause I could never stop on my own.

I get a daily reprieve based on my spiritual condition,according to the big book. So I take that mean that I get to keep my miracle as long as I stay close to God. Keep growing towards my Higher Power.

Thanks for sharing.

J-Online said...

I love this post. It is a miracle and I'm glad you shared this today. Thanks PG.

Gabriella Moonlight said...

The miracles are amazing! I have often thanked my higher power for Jung's influence on the work of AA and the spiritual experience, thank you for the most brilliant post!


♥Shann♥ said...

IT IS A MIRACLE! I love sitting in a crowed room of alcoholics anonymous, and see us all there, in differnt states, BUT sober. SOBER regardless of what is going on. Being in a meeting for ourselves and each other. WHAT a MIRACLE. thank you for posting this this morning