Beyond Recovery: Nonduality and the Twelve Steps

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9781908664273: Beyond Recovery: Nonduality and the Twelve Steps

BEYOND RECOVERY offers the tools that we can use to move on from mere abstinence to the natural freedom that is our true nature. Rupert Spira writes in the foreword, 'Beyond Recovery's real quality lies in the honest, humorous and warm-hearted ways in which Fred explores and exposes the complex patterns of avoidance and denial that characterise the resisting, seeking self and the non-judgmental way in which he describes it. Drawing on numerous examples from his own colourful life, he speaks with passion and humility of a path that started for him as an obsessive search for happiness in the acquisition of objects, relationships and states, evolved through addiction, recovery, spiritual seeking and self-enquiry, and continues in an ever-deepening surrender to the undeniable, unnamable reality of what eternally is.'

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THE ADDICTION THAT BEYOND RECOVERY really addresses is the addiction to a separate self, a make-believe entity who's carving out its own destiny with or without the help of a Higher Power.  The book was begun as a "bridge book" between the Twelve Step and Nondual communities, something I'd been working on in my mind--and in my community--for years.  However, what it really attempts to bridge is the apparent gulf between organized insanity--what we call 'normalcy'--and the great, boundless ocean of still, silent, causeless bliss that is our True Nature.  We can come to know this for our very own selves.  I hope you'll join me in this ongoing exploration.  I hope you'll tell someone else about it.  Together we can bring a new peace, and new hope for survival to our planet--and to all One of us.
~FRED DAVIS, editor, Awakening Clarity and Beyond-Recovery.org.

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FRED DAVIS is no armchair philosopher and has wrestled with all the highs and lows of addiction.  With deep affection and gratitude to the 12 Step program and community who helped him become free from addiction, he felt that something was still...not complete.  Today that rock bottom, which addicted people know so well, has become a rock steady understanding of the 'natural state' that is nonduality.  Beyond Recovery offers the tools that we can use to move on from mere abstinence to the natural freedom that is our true nature.

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