I just wanted to let you know that I just finished your book and I think it's amazing. Engaging, humorous, insightful, simple, playful, there's a whole garland of great advice, and I feel more conscious, grounded, and secure in my practice after reading it.
In addition, I did my first 3-2-1 Shadow work today with myself in relation to five different people. Two ex-romances, a mother, a father, and a friend. I found myself laughing hysterically, feeling grounded and released after a few of them. Others, I will need to work on persistently, but I think I've discovered some issues I didn't know about before. Also, I swear these binaural beats are just elevating the shit out of my functioning, capacity for learning, focus, meditation, etc.
As a recovering alcoholic and a student in a doctoral program in psychology, I am familiar with the many approaches to addiction treatment. In my personal opinion, Integral Recovery is hands down the most revolutionary recovery program in existence today. John Dupuy has created a program that treats the entire person - not just the symptoms of addiction. Integral Recovery addresses the mind, body, and spirit of the addict and provides him/her with a set of simple proven tools that puts them on a path to lifelong sobriety.
Many of the existing residential treatment programs do a great job of addressing one of these core components of addiction but ignore the others. For example, many programs offer amazing therapy but neglect the body. Other treatment facilities promote a healthy spiritual life but do not convey how essential spiritual practice is to long term recovery. What makes Integral Recovery stand out is how no area is neglected. Integral Recovery combines time tested addiction treatment with cutting edge science. The result being, in my opinion, the most balanced and effective form of addiction treatment in existence today.
I got sober at 17. I spent the first two years of my recovery living in very supportive environments. I then spent four years living on a college campus. I maintained my sobriety but it is fair to say that I was not flourishing in my own development. I wish I had a program like Integral Recovery during these difficult years to help me get the most out of my sobriety. For the first time in over 7 years I am excited about recovery again. John Dupuy's approach to addiction treatment is proving to be my personal missing link in my evolution as a recovering alcoholic. In a short period of time it has improved my quality of life, and I know it will do the same for men and women just beginning their sobriety and for the many people such as myself who need to see their recovery in a new light.
Integral Recovery is where the rubber meets the road and integral theory gets a glorious vehicle of sacred practice to literally save lives. John Dupuy is a true hero of practice and authentically embodies the principles of his pioneering work to treat the disease of addiction. Integral Recovery is tough love in its highest expression, and you know what: it's not just for addicts.
Just when we need it the most, John Dupuy has appeared on the addiction recovery scene with a new and more integrated approach that dramatically speeds recovery and reduces relapse rates. Using an innovative Integral approach that treats the addict physiologically, psychologically, and environmentally, John covers all the factors that must be addressed to help the addict step from a self-destructive lifestyle and into a new and addiction-free life.
I am totally blown away by John's awareness and knowledge about recovery from addictions. After only one session, I have the tools to start changing my perspective on reality. After using the tools for two weeks, I feel like a new person. There is hope and excitement where before there was depression and anxiety. I love John's holistic approach, which takes into account mind, body, and spirit. This is a groundbreaking approach to addiction recovery like no other out there. Thanks, John.
He has hands like the cinematic box office legend Rocky. Like Rocky, he uses his hands to fight and to pray. He radiates selfless purity. John "Rocky" Dupuy is an American drug addiction therapist, a pioneer of Integral Recovery. John explained to me: "In the advanced stages of the disease of addiction, the addict will lie, cheat, steal, give up his family, his friends, his work, his honor, everything and anything, to safeguard his source of the addictive substance. Other people are no longer equal subjects, but objects to be used and manipulated in order to get and remain high." The addict is the opposite of selfless. He is trapped in Himself. A slave of his darkest, most egocentric aspects. He is imprisoned by the poison of the drugs: "A hundred thousand years of human evolution is lost due to the disastrous rage of the addiction," says John.
Perhaps you are not being consumed by the ravages of addiction, but you may know the feeling when the pure rays of light, which could shine from our center, find no passage through our blocked channels. We look within ourselves - but it reeks of garbage rather than flowery fragrance. No matter how highly developed we may be, some days it feels as if all the years of our personal progress have gone missing. We are stuck firmly in ourselves. So, with people like John, I like to follow their example. His purity touches me. I admire the cheerful sincerity and the shining presence of this strong fellow. His work with his clients has served to cleanse him from the drug of the Self. Again and again, he has merged with the Selves of his clients. He has adapted himself to every different level, depending on where his clients are at - he surrenders himself to them. He gets rid of his own Self, in that he always asks himself, what is the true desire of the person I am with.
Selflessness sounds like high morality - but really it is nothing more than a simple action that everyone understands. We give to others what they want (not what we want). This is the whole secret of selflessness: understanding what the other desires. Good gardeners understand what trees want. Good kindergarten teachers understand what children want. Good cooks understand what a tomato wants (and it is only when they give the tomato what it really wants that the tomato tastes truly delicious).
Selflessness requires no further theories - the challenge is in the practice. Don't start with high morality. Meditate on selflessness in everyday life - the outside world is your teacher of selflessness. Observe your room and devote yourself to the question of how it could be arranged into a beautiful space. Turn to your houseplants and establish where each wants to be and exactly how much water it needs. Find out how your partner really likes to be touched. Promise yourself this, with every interaction with the outside world: "Not my will, but thy will be done."
Every time we get radically involved with another being, we act selflessly. To be one with the other, we must free ourselves from what binds us. With time, you will notice that you thereby become freer and more relaxed. The drug of your Self is washed clean. With every selfless action toward the outside world, the mud of the ego is rinsed away. Without the deep cleansing of catharsis, a spiritual life becomes one in which our selfish ego manipulates spirituality to its own devices - to remain high.
Open the pathways of your soul with simple selflessness, and the pure rays of light - which form your true center at every moment - begin to shine effortlessly through your pores. Catharsis is the cleansing of all our blocked channels. "We are immortal to the same degree to which we allow our Selfhood to die." In this sentence, Rudolf Steiner shows the true meaning of selflessness reached through catharsis. It opens us to the undying powers of the universe, which can now flow freely through us into the world.
When John "Rocky" Dupuy makes his hands into fists, he fights not for himself, but for the next person. And when he folds his hands in prayer, he doesn't say just words - they have become part of his flesh: "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done."