Family: The Greatest Spiritual Work

Family: The Greatest Spiritual Work

by Dustin Hawkins

The greatest spiritual work that we can participate in is when we spend time with our children, or within our family. God could even feel far away from us, and the call in our mind to escape could be loud, but if we will engulf ourselves into the patient service of our children then we will experience a special kind of peace that can quite our mind and will allow for God to come back into our system.

Our children are pure and Christlike, and have not yet experienced the world and its shiny objects. They are submissive and meek, both of which are attributes that we as adults should hope to obtain so that we can become as them in our character while being adults. I’m not proposing that we act childish, but more along the lines of being child like in our innocence and meekness. You see, pride is linked to those worldly shiny objects, and as we get older and participate in them longer, then we lose our humility and now have less of an ability to allow the spiritual into our life.

We can learn a lot from children. And though at times they may test our patience and pose the challenge of monotony and slow living: it is then by our willingness to go through the experience of father and motherhood that will teach us how to become as children again, so that we can regain those attributes that have been shined out and lost to our character.

We should all have the goal of becoming fathers and mothers so that we can be coaches and teachers to our children. What is the purpose of life? Is it for us to be escaping always, never having any responsibility, and living selfishly in a shiny world of false pleasures? Or is it to walk this life being clear and looking for opportunities to help and serve others? The latter would include the creation of a family, and then being a coach within that family on how to live the abundant happy life; by demonstrating and teaching to them the importance of staying clear of all the worlds shiny temptations that by no means bring any sort of lasting happiness. Furthermore, one would do well in life if they would “love thy God” and “thy neighbor”– two simple enough laws that are so easily overlooked.

Everyday, I’m thankful for these kids of mine, and we’re it not for them then I’m sure my motivation to change and become who I am today would’ve never transpired. I love being a coach within my family. I love teaching my children about God and being healthy. I love giving them reproof and hard counsel when it is called for, but then bringing them back into my loving arms for a hugging experience just in the same way as my father in heaven has done for me each time I have made the wrong decision.

Therefore, being fathers and mothers is directly linked to God and his spiritual system. The greatest spiritual work that we can embark on in this life is the creation of a family.

Back to Being Kids

Back to Being Kids

by Hawk

As kids, everything was simple. We didn’t always feel like everything had to be a better time. When there was downtime, we dealt with it, since we knew of no other way. When the fishing was slow, we hung out in the shade under a tree and waited. We played basketball by ourselves, or we hung out with friends in a backyard eating apple’s from an apple tree, conversing, laughing, and having a great time being simple. When we were kids we were actually more mature than we are now. Our addictions have since made us immature, making it so we can’t see the simple nature of life anymore; and our attention span has regressed due to us taking of our mind out of reality all too often.

When we were kids we were not yet tainted; therefore, we hadn’t allowed too much to enter. Now as young adults and adults, we have allowed too much to enter into our minds, and that too much has proved to be too much, now causing our old childhood ways to be lost, and even forgotten.

Go find those old childhood memories by creating experiences for yourself that will help you to relearn that old way of life. Don’t be afraid to be unique. You might be surprised as of to what you might find along the way. You might find a way to be young and innocent again, free from your addictive mindset.

The Cycle Is Repeating

The Cycle Is Repeating

by the Dragon

And now you have severe back and leg pain once again, making it easy for me to float the idea of opiate into your mind. You can’t get comfortable can you? Your back aches, your left leg throbs, but you won’t stop training because you need training to help you stay sober right? You love the high you get from setting a new PR and feeling stronger than most. You love making your vain posts on Instagram and Facebook as you try to get people to follow you in an effort to raise your popularity levels so that you can promote your cause of leading people out of the depths of addiction. But how in the world are you ever going to totally rid your own self from addiction if what you are doing through intense weightlifting is causing you to crave the opiate escape due to you always being uncomfortable and in pain? What a fascinating paradox this forms, and when it’s all said and done my hope is that you will give into the belief that opiate will be a necessity in your life in order for you to feel comfortable, safe, and even normal in the world.

Also, with all of the new ideas concerning the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is making you lean on the concept that if you smoke weed then it is surely better than taking opiates. Is it better for you to smoke weed than to take opiates? It just may be, however, such a practice is merely a bandaid and will not fix the opiate problem and will more than likely lead you to the constant want to escape through weed in the same way that you constantly want to escape through opiate, ultimately holding you back from making real progress in this life. Remember, I don’t like progress, and yes the pot is my second choice for you, but I will take it for now since I know that it will stall you out and will eventually lead you back to opiate.

Also, God is constantly trying to get you to experience His spiritual highs of exercise, reading of Him, and of course prayer and obedience to His lifestyle: so when you are off escaping in my world then you experience a disconnect from God that causes you to feel empty, scared, and lost; therefore, you never can feel content or comfortable. When you try and escape your physical and mental pain by way of opiate or weed, then you experience spiritual pain. And when you go on and participate in Gods spiritual lifestyle, then you feel uncomfortable physically and sometimes mentally, which throws the opiate craving back into your mind since his memory tells you that he can help you with both the physical and mental pain.

But you do know that opiate and weed are not the answer, and that Gods way is the solution to you finding lasting joy and peace in this life. It’s not as if the back pain is completely unbearable, nor are the stresses of life, but for the reason of pain and stress being linked to the memory of past opiate abuse as being the cure, is now causing a constant mental WAR to take place in your mind that poses quite the challenge. Your family, friends, and all people seem to notice when you are in such a mind battle; and when they notice you feel an even stronger desire to feel normal, which feeds your want for opiate even more, since opiate makes you feel warm and normal.

What are you going to do?

Family: The Greatest Spiritual Work

 

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Family: The Greatest Spiritual Work

by Dustin Hawkins

The greatest spiritual work that we can participate in is when we spend time with our children, or within our family. God could even feel far away from us, and the call in our mind to escape could be loud, but if we will engulf ourselves into the patient service of our children then we will experience a special kind of peace that can quite our mind and will allow for God to come back into our system.

Our children are pure and Christlike, and have not yet experienced the world and its shiny objects. They are submissive and meek, both of which are attributes that we as adults should hope to obtain so that we can become as them in our character while being adults. I’m not proposing that we act childish, but more along the lines of being child like in our innocence and meekness. You see, pride is linked to those worldly shiny objects, and as we get older and participate in them longer, then we lose our humility and now have less of an ability to allow the spiritual into our life.

We can learn a lot from children. And though at times they may test our patience and pose the challenge of monotony and slow living: it is then by our willingness to go through the experience of father and motherhood that will teach us how to become as children again, so that we can regain those attributes that have been shined out and lost to our character.

We should all have the goal of becoming fathers and mothers so that we can be coaches and teachers to our children. What is the purpose of life? Is it for us to be escaping always, never having any responsibility, and living selfishly in a shiny world of false pleasures? Or is it to walk this life being clear and looking for opportunities to help and serve others? The latter would include the creation of a family, and then being a coach within that family on how to live the abundant happy life; by demonstrating and teaching to them the importance of staying clear of all the worlds shiny temptations that by no means bring any sort of lasting happiness. Furthermore, one would do well in life if they would “love thy God” and “thy neighbor”– two simple enough laws that are so easily overlooked.

Everyday, I’m thankful for these kids of mine, and we’re it not for them then I’m sure my motivation to change and become who I am today would’ve never transpired. I love being a coach within my family. I love teaching my children about God and being healthy. I love giving them reproof and hard counsel when it is called for, but then bringing them back into my loving arms for a hugging experience just in the same way as my father in heaven has done for me each time I have made the wrong decision.

Therefore, being fathers and mothers is directly linked to God and his spiritual system. The greatest spiritual work that we can embark on in this life is the creation of a family.

Walking & Pondering

Walking & Pondering

by Hawk

I’ve been doing a lot of walks lately, and they’ve been great. I plug in, and either listen to an audio book or beautiful music, or sometimes both (book on the way out, and music on the way back). These walks seem to get my mind off things and afford me the opportunity to escape and work on my spiritual self. I have come to love how the audio books and music lead me to day dreaming about beautiful concepts that are grown out of charity.

I love when I act on the promptings to call or text someone I haven’t spoken to in a while. Such feelings and emotions can only be from God, since He is the author of charity.

On this walk we might stop at our grandparents to say hello and chat, and then on our way home we may get stopped by the car of someone we know and haven’t seen in a while, now giving us an opportunity to experience a brief but beautiful conversation.

We never know where such experiences might lead us; however, if we stay inside we will stay dark in our head. But if we will get outside and participate in a walking experience we can feel better almost instantaneously, especially if our formula for music is in order. The magic, then, is in the musical playlist, since it can lead our thoughts to a higher plane. We have to do our part to search for those songs that have the ability to lift our mood and spirit as we walk. It is the hope that this music will lead us to day dreaming about positive, beautiful things; and it will if we are carrying a prayer in our heart for the entire walking experience.

Pondering is a gift, and walking while listening to a spiritual audio book can help us to ponder on those life principles that matter the most. Our family will pop into our heads, and a greater understanding of their importance will improve within our minds. We might now see the importance of spending our time wisely by not running around and participating in those activities that take away from our family.

The slow and patient life is what we are seeking. It is through this way of life that we can find happiness, though it takes courage and diligence on our part. We cannot be spurters, where we try real hard for a few weeks, but then stop doing everything. Being slow, steady, and consistent wins the race, after all, life is a bit of a chipper; where we chip away each day, a little here, a little there, with doing our best and never giving up and before long we will have made a beautiful life for ourselves.

Keep chipping

To Mentors & Life Coaches

To Mentors & Life Coaches

by Hawk

Keep living the WAR lifestyle, and all of it. The only way you will be able to teach people how to live it is by you first living it. You must participate in the track work, the remote work, the reading, the strength and conditioning, the circle meetings, the classroom, the nutrition, and much more. In order to become a good mentor / war life coach you have to first live it so that you can teach it. You need to be able to draw upon those experiences of you living the Art of WAR so that you can be persuasive and believable. You’ll never be able to run a classroom concept in the way that you’ll need to if you are only participating half assed in the WAR lifestyle; and why limit yourself to only being able to teach a portion of the lifestyle.

Many know and understand nutrition, as well as components of the gym experience; and that’s all great. However, being able to teach the spiritual is where the real coaches rise up. Everyone can feel their way through teaching nutrition and strength and conditioning concepts; but can you teach someone how to find God? Can you persuade someone to read out of the best books? Can you convince someone to go and work on their spiritual selves through doing jogging and track experiences? Can you tell them how to get around cravings by using the WAR lifestyle?

If you can’t do all of these things and much more then you aren’t really on your way to becoming a life coach — but are nothing more than a personal trainer. I wan’t life coaches to rise up — ones who have the ability to teach all of the WAR lifestyle and not just the portions of it that are easy and comfortable.

 

Student & Coach Growth

Student & Coach Growth

by Hawk

If you want to get good at this sport then you must practice in repetition, which means that you must work on the things that you do not do well, and you must work on them a lot. It is the same in all of life: the one who practices more than most will find success more than most. The one who stays clear, and places a huge emphasis on getting good at lifting weights, will have far the advantage over the one who is in a constant lazy escape.

So it goes as well with nutrition: when we fall off back into the land of sugar, but then have the discipline to fight our way back to being locked in, we then learn a great lesson: one that teaches us a thing or two about drug and alcohol relapse. It was hard for us to hop out of candy land, and because of our repeated experiences in doing so, we’ve created new memories that have given us a confidence that we can hop out of other lands that are posing to be pleasurable but are merely false.

Participate, practice, read, and then study. You first have to come in and participate. If you don’t show up, then how can you expect to get good. If you are not always reading, then how can you expect to learn more about the spiritual. If you are not doing the track, spiritual, remote, and weekend work, then how can you expect to become a person that can coach someone else on how to live the full WAR lifestyle.

If you are a student in WAR now, you are expected to eventually become a coach and a teacher. However, if you have only participated in the strength and conditioning and nutrition component, but have failed to participate in the spiritual component, then how are you going teach the spiritual in the classroom if you are not trying to live it yourself? If this be the case, then in the classroom, you will only be able to present on the simple concepts, and will be pigeon holed in how far you can lead someone to change; you will only be able to teach them a portion of WAR, which isn’t enough.

The Spiritual Mind Frame

The Spiritual Mind Frame

by Hawk

The spiritual mind frame is one that sees God in everything. It’s the mind frame that tells us to not escape back into the world; and that if we do, then we will lose that heightened frame of mind, and will be implanted back down into the regular old world — the one of which most people reside.

Obedience to a set of spiritual laws is what implants the seed of the spiritual into our system. Remaining clear is of a great importance, but so is what we think about, how we treat others, and how we speak.

Pornography is a mind drug that can eat the human spirit and soul with a quickness; and there is no way that the spiritual can reside in a mind frame that has been polluted by such videos and images. Therefore, if you are one who is seeking a better attitude and behavior, then it would be wise for you to seek out the spiritual mind frame by making a valiant effort to abstain from more that just drugs and alcohol.

This means turning your head when you want to look; this means treating people as you would hope to be treated; this means being a person who does not speak ill of others when their character flaws and faults seem to get in your way and inconvenience you.

The disease of addiction is more that just a drugs and alcohol problem; its a character flaw problem. One can dry up and be free from drugs and alcohol for a great amount of time — but that does not mean that they are still not running rabid with the disease, because they are. If they have not gone to work on the 12 step repentance process then they will remain hindered, hard, and blinded, with leaving no room for the seed of the spiritual to take root within their mind and heart.

Turning our complete life over to God, and then asking Him to remove our impulsive thinking and character weaknesses are the first steps in the repentance process. This act alone shows that we are humble, scared, and cannot do it alone anymore: we are powerless on our own against the Dragon and we now know this to be true — which now the spiritual can take root because we are humble enough to receive it.

….to be continued.

Another Replay

Another Replay

Part 4 of 4

“Listen to you again? Why are you like this? You truly are pathetic” – The Dragon

I wonder if he will give me another Adderal? No, I don’t need another Adderal, I’ve already had three; however, my buddies only think that I’ve had one because I strategically asked each one of them for one without the other knowing, since all three of them have their own private stash in their pack. I do want another one though, but that would mean stealing one out of their pack- but I don’t want to do that. Maybe I’ll just ask the one buddy, who I’m fairly confident will give me another one. My other two buddies won’t do it, but my one buddy shouldn’t have a problem with it if I pitch it the right way. In the mean time I’ll have another cigarette. If I can’t get another Adderal maybe I’ll start drinking a little bit; I know that there is whiskey back at the camp. I need to slow down with these cigarettes. I don’t usually smoke cigarettes, but they are great right now since the come down off of Adderal hurts so badly. Maybe I should try fishing for a little bit before I have another- yeah, that’s what I’ll do.

Man this come down hurts so bad, maybe I’ll read my scriptures. I have to read my scriptures because this come down hurts so bad. I want to get back on the light path, but my mind seems to be so dark right now. Is it time for another cigarette? What about some pot? -I don’t want to take another Adderal. Oh please God help me to stop. Please help me to not take another Adderal; please help me with my thinking. Please give me some happy thoughts; I hate how I feel right now.

That last cigarette made me feel better, and it’s getting late in the day. I don’t want to take another Adderal. I’m just going to smoke some more pot, and maybe take a horn off of that whiskey. It’s been five hours since my last Adderal; hopefully some happy thoughts will start creeping back into my mind. The weed helped a little, but now I seem to be worrying about things I can’t control. I feel like God is so far away from me right now; I need to go read my scriptures. The constant scripture study seems to bring some slight peace back into my soul, but it’s only followed by the want to have another head change from a cigarette, or some pot, or some whiskey. Thank goodness for the scriptures, for without their guiding light right now I’d be completely lost. I hope I can get the spirit back into my heart and soul, for without the spirit I can’t be who I need to be; I can’t fight the WAR with my addiction without Christ’s guiding influence in my life.

I still feel really irritable and down even though I have drank a bunch of whiskey, and have smoked pot and cigarettes in abundance. I still can’t feel how I want to feel. I brought some Valium to help me sleep since we are in the backcountry for three days, and I don’t usually sleep very well in a tent. I know the Valium will help, but have I drank too much to take a Valium? I always get a little nervous when I mix drinking and tranquilizers for fear of the combination slowing me down too much to where I might not wake up. Maybe I’ll just take half of the Valium to just to play it safe. Hopefully this half of Valium will slow me down, but also lift my mood, so that I can then relax and enjoy the night’s campfire; if it doesn’t, then I will take the other half, and possibly another half until it does.

Read Part 1: The Trip

Read Part 2: The Trip Replay

Read Part 3: The Power of Amphetamine

The Trip: The Power of Amphetamine

The Trip: The Power of Amphetamine

A Story Told by the Dragon

Part 3 of 4

You know that your buddy has Adderal in his pack since he has a prescription. You can tell by the way that he is fishing that he is on it but of course him and your other buddies are trying to hide it from you because they know that you have had a problem with it in the past and they are not ones to help you relapse.

Fishing is so much more fun on Adderal; it keeps you focused, and provides a euphoria when it first kicks in that is indescribable. Fly-fishing is a sport that takes patience and focus; Adderal assists with this patience and focus, and even creates a proactive character for when the fishing is slow, which then causes the fishing not to be slow since you are speeded up.

Now the thought of Adderal has burrowed deep into your mind in which you can almost feel its effects even though you haven’t taken any yet. You know that if you ask in the right way that there is a slight chance that he will give you one; and then after you get that one, if you ask in the right way again, that he may give you two, and then the game continues. Now those packs of cigarettes in your pack will prove to be a great tool, since Adderal always leads you to wanting more. More alcohol; more weed; more cigarettes; more Adderal; more Opiate; more Valium; more of everything. Now the trip won’t be about fishing anymore, it will be about the chase.

Read The Trip Part 1

Read The Trip Part 2