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Title: The only right and legitimate way to such an experience [union with God], is, that it happens to you in reality and it can only happen to you when you walk on a path which leads you to higher understanding
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.You might be led to that goal by an act of grace or through a personal and honest contact with friends, or through a higher education of ...
.You might be led to that goal by an act of grace or through a personal and honest contact with friends, or through a higher education of the mind beyond the confines of mere rationalism. (C. G. Jung, personal communication, January 30, 1961)
Francis Vaughan Vaughan (1991) reported that the significance of spirituality in therapy and psychological health are inseparable. The natura l instinctual drive to seek wholeness can lead to a spiritual obsession and become an addiction unto itself manifesting as an escape or denial from life challenges. David Lukoff, Robert Turner, and Francis Lu Lukoff, Turner, and Lu (1992) analyzed existing research on psychoreligious perspec tives in the clinical profession, including the category of addiction. Within this category, they focused on the spiritual component of recovery, specifically spiritual emergence and its spiritual crises. Lukoff et al. (1992) found a paucity of scientific research on the facets of human challenges, healing, and the psychopathological variables of religion. More im portant, they also noted that professionals in the field of psychotherapy are not trained in spiritual competency. Thus, they are not knowledgeable about religious beliefs and practices. This may be due to the finding that behavioral health professionals tend to have less personal involvement with organized religion and even religious beliefs than the general population. In addition, religiosity is honored in the general population but pathologized in the clinical community. It is interesting to note that existing religious research recognizes the healing potential of religious intervention.
10 Lukoff et al. (1992) also stated that clinical research on the treatment of addictions is beginning to focus on the spiritual aspects of recovery, particularly the concept of spiritual emergence. At the same time, existing research shows a negative correlation between religiosity and recovery. “Numerous studies have found that alcohol and drug abuse are negatively related to religiosity. In particular, substance abuse is associated with the absence of religion in a person’s life” (p. 54). Hence, the solution to addiction may be spiritual and not religious. Lukoff et al. (1992) noted that this concept is similar to AA’s spiritual orientation and its focus on a belief in, desire to be in relationship with, and rituals and behaviors surrounding a higher power of the individual’s understanding, but not a specific religious tradition. Twelve Step Programs purport not to have a religious, but rather a spiritual orientation. In the AA program , one step mentions “A Power greater than ourselves” and the final step mentions a “spiritual awakening.” However, five of the 12-Steps make a specific reference to God, and the phrase “as we understand Him” appears twice. (p. 54) Ralph Metzner Metzner (1994) wrote about addiction as an altered state of consciousness. He likened addiction to a cu rable disease and defined it as follows: addictions and compulsions . . . are exaggerated or pathological expressions of norm al and natural human behavior. Most, if not all, people have compulsive and addictive tendencies. When the behavior becomes so habitual as to dominate the individual’s life to the detriment of interpersonal and occupational functioning, then we have the clinical diagnosis of addiction or dependency. (p. 1) The key to recovery, according to Metzner (1994), is the ability of the individual to “recognize, identify and som ehow deal with one’s addictive or compulsive tendencies [as they become] a normal process of human development, a kind of maturing or growing up” (pp. 1-2).
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