No Other Way

No Other Way

by Hawk

I know of no other way to make progress in this life than by searching for those spiritual experiences that help me to slow down and pay attention to what matters most. If we don’t find these times to capture the moment, then we will not see where and when we might be of assistance in a struggling persons life.

The road of life seems to be one that is bumpy and rocky, and if we are not in a constant search for a brighter character, then we will get trapped in the rocks and crevices; and will not be able to grow in the way that we influence people. A brighter character is what we need to seek after the most, and before anything else; which if we do, then our own circle of influence will grow and it will not be hard for us to find success.

So we must take time out of our day to read out of the most powerful books, and then we must walk in the light of those books. We must hold true to a moral law or code so that we can find ourselves being clean and clear in mind, body, and spirit: making it so we can feel the spiritual guiding and directing us in our lives.

So there is also the importance of not acting like you are too busy to participate in the WAR lifestyle. Such a way of acting hurried and busy will only lead you back down the perpetual road of addiction. If, then, someone asks you what you are up to, then say casually: “not a whole lot”–even if it is true that you are involved in a whole lot. Don’t appear to be overwhelmed or busy, but stay poised, temperate, and composed–so that the spiritual stays in you. The spiritual cannot dwell fully in one who is always acting busy and stressed. Therefore, it could be said, then, that if we don’t have the spiritual running through our system at all times then our chances of staying clear are slim to none.

Finding Our Patient Selves

Finding Our Patient Selves

by Hawk

You must find your patient self if you are to experience the spiritual working in your life. A spiritual person is a patient person, and if you are one who is always finding yourself being upset or impatient, then you are one who is lacking in your character.

So we must be patient with our family members and friends, and when someone cuts us off in traffic then we must wave and not get upset. At home, and after a long hard day, we can practice being patient around our families; and when there calls for a time to get upset or lose our cool, then we don’t, because we stay poised and patient.

When money struggles arise, we carry a special type of faith and patience, where we rely on God’s help, with knowing perfectly that he will help us to improve our situaltion as long as we stay clear, obedient, and true to His timetable.

And then when we are pushed to our final limit; where the want to escape becomes at it’s greatest height–then we choose to endure a little longer because of how our mind frame has been conditioned in to knowing that endurance and patience is what it takes to achieve greatness in this life.

The WAR Lifestyle does help us to change, however, it is slow develop in how it changes us. The years of learning our addiction takes time to become unlearned, though it is true that the progressive WAR way of life will change an individual faster than any other way of life will, that is, once it’s carefully learned. Learning the Art of WAR takes time, since the arts of strength and conditioning, nutrition, and spirituality are disciplines that are complicated by nature, and take time to develop.

For those that are patient and have the discipline to stick with it, then the WAR art form will change them for the better, and will cause them to rise to a new way of life; and their addiction disease will become manageable and far way, making it so their life is manageable, progressive, and even enjoyable.

Lack Confidence In Staying Sober

Lack Confidence In Staying Sober

by Hawk

Some lack confidence in themselves, others lack the confidence that they can stay sober. I guess for me, I am of the latter group; I do believe in myself in a lot of ways, though I am not so confident in my ability to stay sober, which scares me. It’s such hard work trying to stay sober: the meetings; the gym experiences; the remote experiences; the weekend experiences; the nutrition; the therapy; the church; the reading; the prayer; and after all of that I still can’t find any safety from opiate. He still tugs on me everyday, and I’m coming to believe that it’s never going to change, and I’m okay with it. I’m okay with having to work as hard as I do each day to stay clear, and for those of you that share this same struggle–you should be okay with it as well; at least we have the WAR lifestyle to participate in each day.

Being an addict doesn’t have to be all that bad of a deal, especially if we work hard each day 0n our recovery. We can find God in our recovery, and I know for me–were it not for addiction, I would’ve never found God, which makes me wonder if becoming an addict was a blessing. By me becoming an addict I have found out who I truly am, and what I’m supposed to do in this life, which is another blessing.

I have had to become a searcher of another way to experience life so that I could shed the dark soul that I was carrying for so long. You, too, can shed the dark soul by living the WAR way of life. I wish I could say that it is an easy process, because it’s not; it takes hard work, sweat, and lots of tears, but if there is any way at all to feel better, then it is through the WAR way of life.

I just want you to know that I am not perfect, nor have I ever claimed to be; and if I felt like I had to be perfect then I couldn’t do this–so there I said it– I am not perfect. I am one who struggles with the disease of addiction everyday just like many of you; and I use the WAR program to help me stay sober just as much as anybody. And yes, I am scared of not having what it takes to stay sober; and I do lack confidence–but I’m hopeful that if I keep trying, each day, then I will soon find my confident self when it comes to my addiction.

The Trip Replay–Part 2

“You’re pathetic, and I love it; let me replay how you sound”

–The Dragon

The Trip Drive

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I just need to make it through the five-hour car ride. If I can make it through the car ride without escaping, I will be happy with myself. It does, however-sound fun to smoke a little pot, but I don’t want to smoke pot right now, it’ll make me weird and will completely change the day. Maybe if I just have a few beers it will make the car ride a lot funner, and plus, my one buddy who is driving has no problem staying clear all of the time. Nope, I’m not going to do it. I’m going to stay in reality the entire car ride, and then when we get there maybe I’ll reward myself with a few beers, but I don’t want to.

Yes, I made it; well, I pretty much made it. We are only an hour away–should I get a 12-pack for when that hour ends? I don’t really want to, but I’m tired of battling in my head, and a few beers does sound nice–so why not. Maybe I should get some prime time cigarettes as well. I like to smoke prime times when I’m drinking, and I’m on vacation now–so why not again.

That first beer went down nice and fast, but I need to be careful of how fast I drink these because everyone else is just casually sipping their beers, but I seemed to have downed mine with a quickness. I don’t want them to think that I’m weird, but they probably won’t even notice so I’ll just keep going at the pace that I want to go at. Everything will be fine, and I’m on vacation so it really doesn’t matter anyway.

These beers have got me lifted, and now I’m starting to think about some pot. Yeah, it’s time to smoke some pot. It’ll make me even happier, and I love the eight-beer pot combination; that combination always seems to put me on top.

Oh wow, I’m really lifted now. I hope my families okay. I hope everything’s okay at home. Why did I do this? This trip is going to be so hard on me. I’ve got five more days of this battle. How am I going to do it? I already want to escape at a high level right now, imagine what the days to come are going to be like. I’m tripping out right now; I just need to relax; everything will be fine–I hope. Maybe if I drink another beer it’ll even me out from the affects of the pot. Yeah, that’s exactly what I’ll do; in fact, maybe I’ll take a horn off of that whiskey, I’m sure that’ll do the trick.

The Campfire

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I’m so glad we are finally here around the campfire; I should stop drinking though. These cigarettes make me feel so good while I’m drinking; I’m so glad that I bought this pack of Marlboro Lights, which should be plenty, at least for tonight. Maybe I’ll buy some more for the backcountry. No, I won’t get more for the backcountry. I don’t even smoke cigarettes, so why would I need some for the three days in the backcountry? I’m planning on remaining clear anyway while I’m back there–at least that is my hope. I’ll just keep partying tonight because this is it; I’m spending the remainder of the trip clear. I can do it.

The Prayer

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Please help me to slow down Heavenly Father. I don’t want to continue on this dark path for the remainder of the trip. Please help me to go into the backcountry tomorrow and be content with being clear. I can’t do my life without you; I’m scared to do my life without you; I’m scared right now, so please help me to get back on track, and please forgive me of my weaknesses. I want to live the clear life so bad, and I do pretty well while I’m in my safe routine, but once I step out of that safe routine, I always seem to falter and fall, then regressing back towards my old self. Thank you for my life and my family, and please watch over them while I’m off escaping; and please watch over me while I’m off escaping.

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The Trip…Part 1

The Trip

A Story Told by the Dragon

Part 1

Don’t keep worrying about your upcoming camping and fishing trip with your buddies. Fly-fishing used to be a sport that you loved. You grew up fly fishing with your dad, so it truly is an incredible past time hobby that you need to continue to enjoy; however, you haven’t seemed to be able to enjoy fishing these past years and you and I both no the reason as of to why.

You started taking yourself out of reality while fishing a few years back, where it started with weed, then alcohol, then amphetamine, then opiate, then smoking cigarettes; and now when you try to go fishing again with this new chosen healthy spiritual lifestyle that you have since embarked on, you are no longer able to enjoy the simplicity of fly fishing. What used to be a child hood passion of fishing and living in the moment while enjoying the beauty of scenery, has now diminished, causing fishing to become the ultimate trigger since your memory has developed a worldly concept; or the escape concept; or the escape while fishing concept.

It’s going to be interesting to see how you do on this trip. I know that you want to believe that you can do this trip clear, but I’m playing a powerful role in the back of your mind. I’m making you very unsure aren’t I? You can’t stay in your safe routine at home your whole life, and I very much agree with everyone who keeps telling you that you need to go on this fishing trip so that you can be with your friends since you rarely get to hang out with them anymore. Just take everyones advice, and go have a good time, you deserve it. You don’t need to fight the WAR on this trip, just let go and progress back down my path. My path is the fun path; my path is the pot path; my path is the alcohol path; my path is the primetime cigarette path; my path is the Adderal path; my path is the Opiate path; and most importantly, my path is the uneasy path, where I want to lift you up quickly, but then drop you in to a non-peaceful state. My hope is that you’ll come my way on this trip, and then, re-become, once again, my long lost prisoner.

My Name Is Boredom

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My Name Is Boredom

by Hawk

I am downtime. I am apart of everyone’s life. I am what occurs when any lifestyle change away from Addiction takes place. I am not fun, and until you can learn to deal with me I will lead you back to Addiction time and time again. Some people have become great at dealing with me, and others can’t stand me: in fact, most can’t stand me, which is why the Dragon has given me such an important role. You see, He knows how hard I am for people to deal with; he knows that, more than likely, most will fail in their attempt when trying to overcome me, then making Me one of the main reasons as of to why people don’t end up making it: simply because they cannot deal with me.

I am also great at leading people down the perpetual road of addiction; I do help them to get started, because once again, no one can deal with Me. Everyone wants to be entertained at all times nowadays. Now with the smart phones, the internet, the television, the gaming, the TV’s in cars, the TV’s in Gyms, and on and on the list could go, point being is that all of these things are now making what I do more effective, because in a sly and hidden way, these things are causing people to become less effective in dealing with Me. Slowly but surely they are becoming a person that needs to be stimulated at all times; or a person that needs to be entertained or having fun at all times, which then becomes and addiction in itself; even a hidden addiction where no joy can be found in the simple things anymore.

A car without a TV in it is now Me; working out without an iPod is now Me; not having internet access is now Me; not having a smart phone, or even access to a phone is now Me; not having an Xbox or a Ps3 is now Me; not having a computer is now Me; not having Netflix is now me; not having all of the latest and greatest inventions and entertainment is now Me.

I make idle time the Dragons greatest tool; I am idle time. I make it so the Dragon can put lies, deceit, and depression into your mind. I am one of his greatest tools because through Me His whispers are heard clearest. Through Me the greatest chance for you to regress can take place.

The WAR Life Coaching Era

The WAR Life Coaching Era

The WAR program changes both the student and coaches lives’. The student by learning and becoming; and the coach by teaching the student–which then, results in them becoming even more.
And on and on this beautiful cycle can go: with the student becoming a coach, and then the coach becoming more–or that of a WAR life coach.

Moving forward I think the world is going to need life coaches, especially WAR Life coaches. The addiction disease is on the rise, and is spreading: and the way that people learn nowadays is far different than it used to be.

Using the standard form of therapy–of only meeting and talking an addict through their mind struggles may be shifting. The world as we know it is changing, where being stimulated is easily captured through the phones, the iPads, the social media, and much more. This means that the way people are learning is changing, which also means that the way people are learning how to change is changing as well. Moving forward into the teens of the two thousands, I feel as if you are one who only knows how to give counsel in the standard way, and having no knowledge of how to lead people into the arts of strength & conditioning, nutrition, and spirituality; then you are going to be stuck behind the curve moving forward.

So the era of life coaching is upon us: even a form of life coach who will have the ability to teach a physical and spiritual art that will be of use to their clients; and will help them to stay clear, healthy, and happy.

This coach will be able to teach their clients how to escape the dark mind; and how the monotony of life can be broken up and brightened by them having the strength and conditioning, nutrition, and spiritual routine all in place. This coach will give their client something to look forward to each day–by challenging them: mentally, physically, and spiritually–and giving them ideas on how to find the spiritual experience in all that they do.

 

A Battle With the Dragon

A Battle With the Dragon

by Hawk

How do you stop a decision when you’ve already somewhat made it? When a thought was unexpectedly implanted into your mind, giving way for an opportunity to escape in a time coming up soon. Even though you haven’t partaken of anything yet, it does not much matter– since all peace within you has been stripped anyway, now causing an internal battle to take place that not many understand. You have, in a sense, relapsed: but not quite yet.

Now the time seems to be dragging; and the opportunity that lays ahead can’t come soon enough: but you also don’t want it to come soon enough, or even at all; therefore, you seem to be split up in who you are.

You get down on your knees and pray to God, asking for him to remove this opportunity and thoughts from out of your way–and hoping for Him to restore you to the peaceful way of life you were since living just an hour ago.

Now around your family you are not the same man that your were earlier: you are now side tracked and are thinking about other things; even darker things. In one direction your thoughts have turned toward being manipulative so that you can get what you want and still feeling good about things. And in the other direction they are towards regret: but what do you have to regret when nothing has happened yet?

You know that you are going to find your way to escaping in the near future if you do not change up your schedule; though you don’t want to change your schedule because such a schedule change will be noticed by many: many of whom are not capable of understanding the WAR that is taking place in your addict mind, therefore, the schedule change will come off as being weird and misunderstood. Also, you are not sure that you even want the schedule change to take place anyway, because that would mean no escape would take place; and in your mind you have already escaped, so it will be hard to turn back on those already euphoric thoughts.

You have been doing so good lately: and you know from dealing with this disease for many years, that just one time will lead to loud whispers from Opiate on the following day–and even weeks to come. You see His negative side, but for some reason the other side, or His quick and immediate false side, seems to be brighter in your mind, even though He is nothing more than darkness posing as brightness.

This is the WAR

Freedom

Freedom

by Hawk

We are free if we eat healthy: and likewise, we are free if we remain clear. Food, when compared with drugs and alcohol, is similar by how it steals our ability to see the simple.

We can enjoy the simple when we find ourselves being in control of our worldly appetites. Conversations with family and friends will take on a whole new meaning, as will the summer sunsets: because of how our minds will be free from the pull of the world. Furthermore, discipline, then, is what creates freedom and lasting happiness. If we show discipline towards those substances and things that are in the quick and immediate form, then we will likewise be made free, and will no more feel like a puppet thats strings are attached to the world. As we show discipline in one area, then another string will detach; until all are detached, and now giving us the ability to know exactly who we are–and what we are capable of in this life.

Discipline takes hard work, and requires us to not be lazy. If we take care of ourselves here in the now, then we will not be in a cram for the future. Further, our learning that takes place in the clear healthy life is what leads us to living the abundant life on down the road. However, the abundant life does not come in a quick way like many would hope; it takes discipline, patience, and endurance. Just as mentioned earlier: anything that comes quickly is linked to those strings that cause us to be puppets, therefore, we should be on the look out for such false opportunities–these are those that provide us with no opportunity to learn or grow.

The Heart

The Heart

by Dustin Hawkins

Our heart determines who we are, and what we are to stand for in this life.

It’s the thought that if we had money to give to those who are worse off then we are then we would go ahead and give it. It’s the thought of helping out those who are handicapped and of less fortune, and then allowing emotional feelings to sweep over us when we acted on our impression to help them out. It’s our heart that leads us to secretly applauding those of whom are dealing with the hard life situation valiantly; and us now realizing that we are not as tough as we thought when in comparison to that man who is fighting the fight way better than we are, and is doing so with staying clear and relying not on the world, but only upon God.

We often see those who are struggling to find happiness–and it’s our heart that leads us to helping them. It is so with the homeless man who is begging outside of the movie theatre only to feed his habit; however, it is not our place to judge, nor is it our right– but it’s our opportunity, if we are able, to go ahead and hand him some money without holding the grudge of judgment, but realizing that he might be a victim of circumstance, and is still one of Gods children who needs help.

For those of us who are doing well in the the school of addiction and in the game of life our heart will only become hardened if we are always feeling as if we are being taken advantage of by those who are not performing in the way that we are. Some were born looking more popular than others, even being more athletic, outgoing, and mightier in speech. Others were born into drug addiction and poverty, making their situation far more challenging–but also much more rewarding when they bravely choose to advance through the shadows of the dark valley courageously, and now coming off conqueror.

We should hope to become those who cry when we witness others struggling, which such crying can then lead us to helping them to help themselves–so that they might eventually be able to improve their own circumstance with just a little bit of help from us. We should also hope to be filled with joy for those who have finally found their way, as apposed to feeling like it was about time, and now feeling threatened because they have finally done something with their life, making it so there is nothing left for us to talk about, nor is there a project to fix anymore. Besides, we should always try to help people along in their journey, so that they, too, can experience the full abundant life.

Our heart, then, can lead us to being beautiful in the way that we treat and deal with others, making our heart the most important organ in the magnificent body because of how it can turn from being hardened to softened, which such a softening is then accompanied by the gift of charity, which is that priceless gift given to those who are doing well in the game of life.