Thinking Differently

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

- Albert Einstein

How can I start thinking differently? The book, Alcoholics Anonymous, has much to say about this issue: “Therefore, the main problem of the alcoholic centers in his mind, rather than his body.” (page 23) If the problem is my mind, what is the solution?  In the Doctor’s Opinion, Dr. Silkworth says that the alcoholic must experience “…an entire psychic change…”. Dr. Carl Jung, an early supporter of Alcoholics Anonymous and one of the world’s most famous psychiatrists, said that this type of psychic change most often occurs with a spiritual awakening, or spiritual experience. So, the main problem is my mind. The solution is an entire psychic change through a spiritual experience. How then do I bring about this spiritual experience? Again, from the book, Alcoholics Anonymous: “Well, that’s exactly what this book is about.” (page 45) and: “12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps…” (page 60). The purpose of working the steps outlined in the book Alcoholics Anonymous is to create a spiritual awakening, cause an entire psychic change and allow us to beginning thinking differently. This is exactly what has worked for me. It was essential to my recovery and continues to be the foundation of my continued sobriety.

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