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Understand the addictive drive and how to redirect it

Addicts have a high degree of spiritual desire. The problem is they don’t know how to approach the numinous directly and instead take destructive detours. 

Dr. Ashok Bedi has treated people with addictions for decades, drawing from both Eastern spirituality and Western psychology. He views the 12 Step Program with a lens that’s practical, personal and Jungian. He describes the bargain with the devil that addicts make, and practices from ancient wisdom traditions and modern medicine to retire this bargain. 

This inspiring course will help you understand the dynamics of your own addictions and those of others. Be assured by Ashok that something greater than you can restore your sanity.

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Number of Classes:

4 On Demand Classes

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Class Length:

60 min

What you will receive

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4 Video & Audio recordings

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Course Description

With broad knowledge and an easy, conversational style, Dr. Ashok Bedi explores the dynamics of addiction and the need we all have for spiritual connection. 

First we learn that addicts are trying to capture a mystery beyond their abilities. They are trying to connect with non-ordinary states of consciousness; either the luminous spirit, the depth of the soul or highly creative states. The problem is that although they are attracted to the spirit, soul and creativity their road to it is blocked.  Instead of working slowly toward the numinous higher spirit they choose the spirit in the bottle, drugs, sex, gambling, work or internet. Ashok tells the story of how Carl Jung’s view of “Spiritum contra spiritus” came to shape the 12 Step Program of Alcoholics Anonymous.

In this course Ashok takes an in-depth look at the 12 Step program as principles for all life problems, not just addicts. He illustrates each of the steps with clinical and personal anecdotes, medical research and Hindu wisdom. 

Ashok emphasizes the importance of learning a spiritual response to craving rather than an addictive response. He offers a dozen of his favorite ways to engage with the spirit directly

Finally, Ashok discusses different types of meditation and evidence for their effectiveness in improving physical, mental and spiritual health. As an example of how to reach the spirit without hitting bottom or reaching for what you crave, Ashok leads a mindfulness practice.

Ashok reminds us that the goal of recovery is not just the alleviation of pain but to become who you are meant to be. The message is true for all of us: it’s better to get what you need, not what you want. What we all need is a real connection to the Higher and Deeper power.

Get a friendly, informative and uplifting look at the hard topic of addiction with Ashok Bedi.

This course is ideal if

You want to:

  • Learn Carl Jung’s role in the formation of the 12 Step program
  • Understand the spiritual drive behind addiction and where it goes wrong
  • Appreciate the psychological and spiritual wisdom of the 12 Step Program
  • Have a more realistic and hopeful view of addictions whether you work with addicts, live with or love them, or find yourself struggling with some form of addiction
  • Learn practices to create spiritual connection and manage stress without using substances

Course Overview

Class 1.

In this class Ashok presents the dynamics of the spiritual paradox of addiction. Individuals with addictions have a high spiritual drive but lack the mental apparatus to experience the numinous dimension of consciousness. Ashok explores this in the context of Carl Jung – Bill W. correspondence.  He takes an in-depth look at what Jung meant by “spiritus contra spiritum” in his private letters to the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. He also discusses trauma as the core dynamic of addiction. Dissociated pain can cause cravings for relief with self-medication. If we permit ourselves to feel the pain we’ve won half the battle against addiction.

Class 2.

In this class Ashok delves into The Twelve Steps program as the Jacob’s ladder from addiction to sobriety. Each of the 12 steps is briefly explored using the Eastern, Jungian and Neuroscientific lens. The steps include making a confession of powerlessness, surrender to a higher power, making a searching moral inventory of our character, cultivation of the observing ego that accepts accountability, developing reflection before action, humility, knowing who we’ve harmed, making amends where it’s appropriate, maintaining the personal inventory, praying and meditating to know God’s will, repaying your debt to the community through service.

The Twelve Steps are included in the hand outs for the participants.

Class 3.

In this class Ashok presents some yardsticks for measuring recovery from addiction, or simply if one is on track spiritually. He explores many ways to find guidance and connect to spirit and soul: the alchemical relationship to life, moving from the valley of despair to the mountain of reflection, seeing new creative potentials, learning to let things be, wandering and circumambulation, consulting God, yourself and someone you trust, balancing compassion and detachment, fellowship, and service. Walking these paths you’ll find you’re more open to mystical experiences in your everyday life.

Class 4.

Ashok touches on the positive side of addictive personalities. He briefly mentions the role of psychoactive substances in psychiatric treatment. He discusses cravings and stress-management and describes various Eastern contemplative methods to ways to both manage stress and engage the spirit. Ashok guides us through a brief Mindfulness practice that helps us invoke the relaxation response. He shares modern Neuroscience research on the many health benefits of these ancient methods. Ashok closes by reminding us that we all need to tend to our own healing and make the world a better place than we found it.

By the end of this course you will

  • Understand the dynamics of the spiritual paradox of addiction
  • Explore the 12 Steps program from an Eastern and Jungian lens
  • Appreciate the connections between low self-esteem, the need for mirroring, stress and self-medication
  • Learn how the contemplative practice of Mindfulness is a path to the Spirit
  • Know many ways to seek and find spiritual guidance directly
  • Realize the importance of the addict hitting bottom before the surrender to something higher can begin

Scholarships

We here at Jung Platform want to make these programs available to anyone. If you would love to participate yet can’t pay for the full course, then please send us an email at [email protected] and describe why you feel you qualify for a scholarship, how much you can pay, and what you will do to help the Jung Platform promote this and other programs.

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If once you have started the course, you feel that it may not be for you, you are welcome to cancel at no cost and get a full refund one week after the course starts.

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