Do you have any prejudice? Dictionary.com describes prejudice as any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable. We all have prejudices, yet the Bible declares we should, “Judge NOT”. We are urged to come to God as children. If we watch young children we see that they live life with wonder and awe because they have not begun acquiring prejudices or opinions of good or bad. God is not all or nothing. God is all and nothing. Thank God, it was not necessary for me to get good enough for God or I may have never recovered from my bout with addiction.
So where does most of our prejudices come from? We live our lives and acquire experiences. Each experience teaches us something. So we apply our misguided judgment to all future experiences in fear of making the same mistakes we made before. The problem is that we never make mistakes. We only learn lessons. All lessons show us something new if we don’t apply prejudice. Prejudice pushes us away from a totally new experience by creating a fear of whatever may have happened to us in the past. The reality is that we can never experience the exact same experience.
The less I apply prejudice in my life the more dynamic and colorful my life gets. I may have the ugliest resume in the world with sixty jobs and seven careers. The truth is that I wouldn’t trade my life with anyone. I spent most of my life, prior to recovery, believing the people who judged me by their standards. I am satisfied with my life and it took every experience to guide me to God’s plan for me. I can see that it took every experience I had to properly perform the tasks God asks me to accomplish. When I work with clients I am challenged to look deep within myself and far beyond myself. If you want to know how to move beyond prejudice remember…
Your Life is PERFECT!
Dr. Randolph Ek, Mpsy.D
As a metaphysical psychologist, I work primarily in the field of addiction recovery. A word thrown around a lot is the word treatment. Treatment, according to Dictionary.com, means action or behavior toward a person; management in the application of medicines, surgery. In the field of addiction recovery, I believe it is more specific toward a proven action plan. The most successful treatment facilities base their action plans on the spiritual treatment as practiced by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many other treatment modalities claim success but only Alcoholics Anonymous, and their spiritual foundation, has long term case studies sixty-plus years in the making.
I have been studying treatment modalities for over thirty-seven years and if the spiritual “angle” is not addressed, recovery, if any, is short term at best. Most addictions are multi-faceted, being that they are physical, mental and spiritual. Physically one must abstain from the substance of their addiction. Mentally one must find their negative principals, or what I call “slivers”, that irritate their mental abilities. Spiritually one must connect with a Power greater than themselves, other than a physical or human form. A God of one’s understanding is the best and most beneficial of powers.
If we put our lives in the hands of another, they are seldom much better than if they ran life by themselves. One can use a stable mind to lean on while one is healing but eventually one must find the power within other than their Ego. This is where I help people befriend their soul, which with proper prayer and meditation, will rise one’s thoughts to inspiration or intuitive thought. The knowledge I have achieved, along with the treatment I use from Alcoholics Anonymous, provides long term recovery from terminal addictive illnesses. If you want to know what treatment modality you should be following remember…
Your Life is PERFECT!
Dr. Randolph Ek, Mpsy.D.