By Seth Haines
“I believe we’re all under the influence of alcohol on something.”
Seth Haines used to be within the medical institution along with his spouse, making plans funeral songs for his or her not-yet two-year-old, whilst he made a really unsleeping determination: this used to be the final day he ever desired to believe. So he requested his sister to smuggle in a few gin, and his habit began.
But even if you’ve ever had a drop to drink on your lifestyles, we’re all searching for how you can cease the ache. Like Seth, we’re all looking balms for the anxiousness of what we think is an absent God—whether it’s via people-pleasing, buying, the net, nutrition, profession highs, or perhaps solid works and elite theology. we strive to anesthetize our nervousness via addiction—any outdated habit. however it frequently leaves us feeling much more empty than before.
In Coming Clean, Seth Haines writes rawly in the course of the first ninety days of a piece of sobriety, illuminating the way to face the discomfort we’d quite run from, or even extra importantly, how Jesus meets us there. since it is simply after we face our anxieties with the tenacity and tenderness of Christ’s ardour that we really become aware of that we're certainly fresh, surrendered, and entire.
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Extra resources for Coming Clean: A Story of Faith
It does not need to be analyzed. What arises is, for the most part, unresolved conflict within us: emotions we’ve never allowed ourselves to feel fully, experiences we’ve never allowed ourselves to experience fully, pains we’ve never allowed ourselves to feel fully. All of this arises. This unresolved material within us yearns to be experienced fully, without being relegated to unconsciousness. So when our repressed material arises, we need to allow it to arise without suppressing it. Without analyzing, we allow these feelings to be experienced in the body, in our being, and to unfold as they will.
Silence is the non-state in which all states arise and subside. Silence, stillness, and awareness are not states and can never be perceived in their totality as objects. Silence is itself the eternal witness without form or attributes. As you rest more profoundly as the witness, all objects take on their natural functionality, and awareness becomes free of the mind’s compulsive contractions and identifications, and returns to its natural non-state of Presence. ,” can then reveal one’s self not to be the endless tyranny of the ego-personality, but objectless Freedom of Being—Primordial Consciousness in which all states and all objects come and go as manifestations of the Eternal Unborn Self that YOU ARE.
In True Meditation, we’re in the body as a means to transcend it. It is paradoxical that the greatest doorway to the transcendence of form is through form itself. And so, when you sit down to meditate, connect with your senses—connect with how you feel, what you hear, what you sense, what you smell. Your senses actually anchor you in the moment. When your mind wanders, anchor yourself in your senses. Start to listen. What are the sounds outside? Start to feel. How do you feel in your body? Enter into the felt sense, the kinesthetic sense of your being.