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Paradigm Shift Roadmap

The Cogniventive Paradigm-Shift Roadmap
Paradigm
Challenges
Paradigm Responses
ACQUIRE & APPLY
Level of Information
ANALYZE AND SYNTHESIZE
Level of Interaction
ORIGINATE & EVALUATE
Level of Invention
WHAT IS IT? DISEASE: Addiction is a spiritual illness that manifests in two ways: a mental obsession for the first drink and a physical phenomenon of craving that inevitably develops after taking the first drink DELUSION: Addiction is a distortion of memory that assigns a permanent identity to an impermanent stream of desires DUALITY: Addiction is a pathological inner struggle which traps a person indefinitely in repeating cycles of wanting to quit drinking (Never Again!) and wanting to continue. (I’ll quit tomorrow!)
WHAT CAUSES IT? Self-centeredness generates a mental obsession for the relief alcohol brings which, after years of destructive drinking, creates a physical phenomenon of craving. Destructive drinking represents a flight from a conflict of unknown origin in which basic instincts for self-preservation become distorted through a malfunction of memory The duality of desire: contradictory experiences of pain and pleasure become irreversibly linked to the act of drinking—one loses the ability to consistently choose to drink or not to drink
WHAT ENDS IT? A spiritual experience of sufficient power will temporarily break the mental obsession for the first drink. An end to the physical phenomenon of craving is currently unknown The Passive Forgetting of Who We Think We Are requires the Knowledge of Seeing Simultaneously and the Power of Forgiveness. The Knowledge that results from Seeing Simultaneously keeps new Momentum from Ambivalent Grasping from arising; the Power that results from Forgiveness extinguishes previous Momentum from Ambivalent Grasping. The Active Remembering of Who We Are requires the Knowledge of Seeing Directly and Power of Repentance The Knowledge that results from Seeing Directly keeps new Momentum from Fragmented Craving from arising; the Power that results from Repentance extinguishes previous Momentum from Fragmented Craving
WHAT MEANS WILL END IT? We either attempt to dispel the mental obsession to drink with will power or try to enlist the aid of a power outside ourselves Through a new understanding of power as self-existent in the situation—and not coming from within or without—access the power of perpetually occurring emotions We no longer seek out more power to dispel the mental obsession to drink; we simply lower the energy required to dispel that mental obsession. We pull the plug on addiction rather than opposing it, tapping into a higher source of power, or transmute the power of perpetually occurring emotions

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