Step Prayer Flags- Spiritual Tradition with 12-Step Principles

12 Step Prayer Flags

 Art Therapy at South Orange County Detox and Treatment this week was a beautiful collision of spiritual tradition and 12-step principles. Rather than merely adopting the Tibetan prayer flag practice of painting mantras, the group designed flags that represented their understanding of the first 7 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. The idea was to paint a symbolic representation of their knowledge of the steps in the hopes that, like the traditional Tibetan prayer flags, they might blow in the wind and spread their intentions and understanding into to all pervading space. While some participants had a deeper and more rich understanding of the principles that underlie these steps, others had less history within AA and were excited and determined to harvest this essential understanding that is so integral to one’s recovery. During the introduction and initial presentation of the project, most of the group was able to regurgitate the first 6 steps word for word, however, as the discussion evolved, there seemed to be a general understanding and recognition that they may not necessarily know how to apply these steps in a pragmatic way. The group began to really immerse themselves into the processing of unpacking the meaning behind the readings, and through these insights, they were able to experience and gain flashes of wisdom that should prove to be of great help in their ongoing recovery process. During the first 3 steps, they learned how to demolish the foundation that they had built up which had preserved their self-destructive patterns for so long. They began to discover ways to build a stronger and more resilient foundation for living that works in any situation and under any circumstance. In steps 4-7, they learned that working these rigorously and honestly would help aid them to develop a positive concept by encouraging authenticity, promoting self-awareness, and learning to keep personal accountability in order to keep their side of the street clean. All in all, the group was able to extract their own personal meaning from these steps and transfer it onto their flags as a reminder that they can become their best selves if they continue to put in the work.
 

The Humble Path of Teachability- Humility

The Humble Path of Teachability- Humility

"The more I accepted that, as Socrates put it, “the one thing is know is that I know nothing at all”, the more I became able to investigate all sides of personal dilemmas and existential conundrums. After that realization, I could start to grapple with my emotional handicaps, and that is where my real healing began".

Humility, A New Beginning- Word of the Week

Humility, A New Beginning- Word of the Week

Humility is non-existent in the midst of our addictions. Our behaviors are based solely upon our desire to ease our next craving. In recovery, we must obtain a new meaning of self.

Humility Misunderstood- Word of the Week

Humility Misunderstood- Word of the Week

Being of service and helping others without expecting anything in return is a great starting point to practice humility. This has allowed me to have a greater sense of integrity and acceptance, which has developed and strengthened relationships.

"Humility"- Recovery Word of the Week

"Humility"- Recovery Word of the Week

At South Orange County Detox, our treatment team has a keen understanding of the bright power of humility, and the dark power of humiliation.  We know how to help clients discover freedom in humility.  We know how to help clients achieve liberation from humiliation.  We realize that humility can indeed serve as an effective antidote to the poison of humiliation.

Integrity in Recovery

Integrity in Recovery

With integrity, we no longer have to have the stigma of being untrustworthy and having our words mean nothing. We no longer have to be known as a “low life” or a “disappointment”.