Happy 2013 to all.

I wish all of the readers of this blog to take a breath and hang on…It gets better.

Jamie Lebish 2012

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Monday, December 10th, 2012 Focus: I look at everything in my life as a gift.

Following the Sacred TrailI look upon the very sight of the rainbow as a gift, just as I look upon the very sight of the eagle as a gift, and the squirrel, and the ant, and the rock, and the little dandelions, and the rain, and all living beings in the Circle of Life.

I know that a rainbow is not a rainbow without all of its colors, just as the Sacred Web of Life cannot exist without every one of its strands in harmony and balance. We usually don’t look upon a rainbow and think about how much prettier the red looks than the blue or how much nicer the whole thing would be if it were curved in a different way or not curved at all.

We usually either look upon the rainbow as something of great beauty in and of itself, or we may just ignore it almost altogether. The point is, when we look upon something as a gift, we tend to accept it as it is, to appreciate it as it is, and it just makes us feel good. There is a sense of connection. It touches something within us and somehow grants us sacred moments of harmony.

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Following the Sacred Trail

by Michael Garrett.

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Sunday, December 9th, 2012 Focus: As I change my life, my world begins to change.

It may be that instead of the Ten Commandments, we require just three simple rules for living:Be Healthy: We are, each of us, like a cell in the body of the human species. The health of all of us taken together determines the health of our species and civilization.

Be Kind: In all our relationships, what matters most is whether or not we are kind to one another. We need to treat each other, our friends and neighbors, better. We must stop exploiting each other.

Respect the Environment: If we destroy our environment, we destroy ourselves. It’s that simple.

Three rules, seven words. If we follow them, our lives will change. As many of our lives change our world begins to change.

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Just Three Simple Rules To Live By

by Joseph R. Simonetta.

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That Can Change the World by Joseph R. Simonetta. It may seem impossible that seven words could actually change the world. In “Seven Words That Can Change the World”, Joseph Simonetta reminds us of three basic truths — in seven simple words — that must become the new commandments of the modern world if humanity is to survive. Click here for more info or to purchase this book.
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Saturday, December 8th, 2012 Focus: I listen to, as well as obey, my inner voice — and stress begins to feel like a condition of the past.

Adding Stress to
Your Life?As we change our attitude about life and change our thinking in the process, we can do much to eliminate old, stressful reactions. Further, as we learn to let go and let God, new patterns emerge within us that project a new approach to life. Our thinking changes, thus bringing about new, more positive conditions to us.

Then again, as we become interested in delving deeper into the spiritual, we discover that learning to be still greatly reduces tension on all levels, and we become peaceful as we learn to enter into that calm place within us. Once accustomed to this space where we can come for serenity, comfort, guidance and direction, we begin to develop trust in our Creator as well as in our ability to make such contact possible.

As we work together with our Creator, learning to listen as well as to obey the inner voice, stress begins to feel like a condition of the past. Although we may continue to experience it periodically as we test ourselves, we don’t remain in a tense situation for long. For we know that all we need to do is seek within for all that we need, whether it be comfort, love, guidance or wisdom and it will be there for us as we have asked. Further, because we’ve remembered to ask for God’s Divine light and that all that comes to us be for the highest good, we will be safe and secure.

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Adding Stress to Your Life?

by Jill Downs.

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FROM METHADONE TO RECOVERY – The British government plans to change drug treatment in a drastic reorientation away from harm reduction.

Drug addicts will now receive help in overcoming addiction rather than primarily seeking to reduce the harm caused by drug use which was the main emphasis of the previous government’s policy.
In the future, substitution treatment will play a “limited role” while fighting addiction will become the overriding treatment objective.

James Brokenshire, the Drugs Minister tells Daily Telegraph that “there should only be a limited role for methadone in treatment. “[Methadone] should be seen as part of a pathway taking people to a position where they are clear of addiction.”

The policy change would reflect better what drug addicts actually want. Research has shown that a large majority of drug users want abstinence as a goal of their treatment (read more)

Recovery, the overriding treatment objective

Brokenshire, the UK Drugs Minister, stated that “we are looking to have greater emphasis on recovery rather than simply on treatment itself. The aim is to get people clear of addiction.”

Treatment services that are unable to get people off the addiction could risk losing government funding. This appears to be a reversal of the previous trend where recovery oriented services lost government funding while funds were directed towards harm reduction and substitution services instead.

Part of the pathway

Substitution will not be seen as a treatment aim in itself, as has been the practice. The new approach appears distinctly different. “It [substitution treatment] should be seen as part of a pathway taking people to a position where they are clear of addiction,” Brokenshire says to UK News Reporter.

The policy change is not a fare well to harm reduction as such, but to harm reduction as the overriding aim in treatment or as standalone interventions.

“A radical change”

EURAD welcomes the change. “Harm reduction while having some strengths has shown to have significant limitations and unintended negative consequences that cannot be overcome by simply amending them,” Anders Ulstein, EURAD secretary general says.

“While it is still early to tell what exactly the new policy will look like it does seem like a groundbreaking change,” Ulstein says. “I think the drug problem will still be seen predominantly as a health problem.

“What we will see is a broader recognition of what the health objectives are in drug treatment. Underlying social factors and the addiction itself will have to be seen as important as the acute symptoms of drug use”, Ulstein says.

The UK policy change will be noticed internationally since the UK for a decade has been seen as a pioneer in promoting harm reduction strategies. Its reorientation may induce other nations to reconsider their reliance on substitution and harm reduction, Ulstein thinks. “Fundamentally it will open up for a debate about the limitations of harm reduction.”

Limitations of harm reduction

“The fallacy of harm reduction was the idea that if you take a drug addict from the street, replace his/her dirty street heroin with a pharmaceutical substitute that would put the addict on track to be stabilised, to find a job, build up his/her sense of self-worth and start contributing to society, etc”, Ulstein says. “It is this particular assumption that has proven to be a miscalculation.”

“Substitution and other harm reduction services have failed to bring about a reduction of much of the associated harm that was anticipated. Indeed the numbers of overdoses and the spread of blood borne diseases have increased. The number of HIV infected injecting drug users in England and Wales is higher today than it was in 2000”.

With regard to Hepatitis C the development is equally dismal. The prevalence among IDUs has increased from 33 percent in 2000 to 42 percent in 2006. One out of five IDUs has Hepatitis B, an increase of about 200 percent since 1997 (all data from the UK Statistics Authority). Misuse of methadone is widespread. In 2006 325 drug users died from methadone poisoning alone (British Medical Journal, Sept 2008).

There are also signs that drug related crime is on the rise. The UK government (Home Office) estimates that there was 178,502 drug related criminal incidents in 2005/6, an increase of 23 per cent compared to 2004/5.

Clients in substitution programs are still suffering from lack of social integration and feeling of self worth. The prospect for many is a life long dependancy on methadone. “I think the short term rationale for substitution was relatively solid. It has contributed to the reduction in numbers of overdoses in Europe. But the consequences of large populations in lifelong substitution dependency were not well explained or debated neither with the users nor the public at large. In the early days of substitution it was presented as a limited intervention. It clearly wasn’t,” Ulstein says.

Rehabilitation ignored

One of the consequences of harm reduction dominance is that recovery oriented treatment services have been systematically neglected for years. The previous government acknowledged that only 2 percent of drug addicts now seeking help are referred to treatment and rehabilitation. The remaining 98% receives harm reduction or counseling or various community based services.

One often thinks of harm reduction as a service provided to older problem drug users that are hard to treat. In fact the summer of 2007, as many as 17.000 adolescents were registered in “community treatment” where the central component is harm reduction where they learn to minimize the harm done by their drug use and where many receive substitution.

“It seems increasing obvious that harm reduction programs have major limitations and even unintended negative consequences, in particular when they stand alone”, Ulstein says. “The way forward is to integrate them in a true continuum of care and treatment”.

Acknowledging the root causes

Finally, the UK turnaround acknowledges one vital part of the drug problem, namely that medication and hygienic measures regardless of their appropriateness, will not address the underlying root causes of drug problems and addiction.

“Harm reduction has primarily addressed acute harms while ignoring root causes,” Ulstein says. “The fact is that the majority of problem drug users have had serious problems in the past such as a broken childhood, neglect and abuse or in other ways come from disadvantageous backgrounds.”

“Obviously, methadone or a clean syringe will not adequeately address that. When the harm reduction programs become isolated from the wider recovery and addiction oriented treatment the users end up in a backwater.”

Friday, December 7th, 2012 Focus: I find the path that I’m meant to walk, one step at a time.

As we allow our authentic selves to guide us, trusting our inner vision, our way emerges in bits and pieces. We find the path we’re meant to walk in the same way that we walk over rocks to cross a stream, one step at a time.

We yearn to have the entire picture spelled out in front of us in block letters, but I don’t believe that is how it works. We have to put effort, often for many years, into finding the parts of our sacred nature that will form the foundation of our life work.

Our spiritual journey gives us the tools to see differently. We are no longer fooled by what looks like a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The real pot of gold isn’t out there; it lives within us as our sacred natures.

Excerpted from the article:

Being a Vision Keeper: Using Our Authentic Self To Find Our Life Path

by Meredith Young-Sowers

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 Focus: I sincerely ask for the learning and the gift in every experience.

Whenever we have a problem, especially a recurring or chronic problem, it is always an arrow pointing directly to some aspect of our psyche where we need more awareness.

If we accept that life is always trying to teach us exactly what we need to learn, we can view everything that happens to us as a gift. Even experiences that are uncomfortable or painful contain within them an important key to our healing, wholeness, and prosperity.

We may have difficulty understanding what the mirror of life is trying to show us, but if we sincerely ask for the learning and the gift in every experience, it will be revealed to us one way or another.

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Mirror Mirror on the Wall: What Lesson Are You Teaching Me Today?  —  by Shakti Gawain.

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Creating True Prosperity by Shakti Gawain.Using a fresh approach, Shakti Gawain challenges the Western tendency to equate money with happiness, encouraging readers to examine their longings honestly, follow them to their roots, and separate them from false desires or addictions. Writing with authority and warmth, Shakti Gawain shows readers how to create true prosperity in satisfying relationships and the kind of happiness not dependent on possessions or circumstances.

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