After the prescribed plunge into hell, un-diagnosed depression, improper self-medicating and exacerbated by lack of real support, accelerated by not eating for weeks, my darkest near death moment was the elixir I needed. It was the moments of Ambulances and ER that I finally got to step back, and laugh at the insanity of the self medicating system, and begin to have gratitude for my life. My first steps since being a kid towards really enjoying just being here, being alive. It was a medical life. Death close call and the Indian Doctor prognosis that my liver had a 50/50 chance, he said in a really thick accent "you reeeaallly really lucky". In my head, there was a deeper meaning to my being alive, a blessing and a chance.
Zoom forward over 7 years, a fantastic self introspective and exponential spiritual and emotional growth and elimination of fears, things are very different. I have ingested tens of thousand of articles globally on alcohol related topics over 6 years, spent many hundreds of hours with thousands of astounding recovery folk at meetings, festivals, playing music and visiting jails, all the while, on a mission. I dreamed-up "Sober World" less than a year becoming 'coherent' in my overactive brain... I wanted to stop the harm from happening in the first place. I just didn't know how yet. My sponsor and spiritual guide told me 'don't fix the world, just fix you'. What I heard was, 'fix the world after you fix you'. I am better... Sober World is next... we've figured a lot out. Progress not Perfection.
What I have learned... it's pretty simple actually. We in the past half a century are hyper stimulating our brains like never before in evolution, stressing ourselves out, and being spoon-fed the 'medicine' ads by 'drug companies'. Drink to be happy, drink to eliminate the stress brain pain. A one sided narrative. There is no daily - all day narrative that says "buy less booze for better health and less cancers of Colon and Breast" or commercials saying "spend less time on Apps and addictive tech and more time with family and relationships". We are addicted consumers and excessively product and money driven, we as individuals need to protect ourselves - we educate us. The concept "less is more" is bad for sales, but great for our health. There are real savings to be had in doing less.
WHY? The bigger picture. The Need is Staggering - our current path is debilitating us globally, in all ways; financially, emotionally, physically and taxing our resources and our wallets, personally. In 2019, over 3 million people died from alcohol alone. Many tens of thousands were youth under the age of 21. Overdoses, cancers, physical abuses, auto accidents cost all of us a lot emotionally and financially. Every year, we pay thousands of dollars in taxes for services to clean up the alcohol mess. It's limiting our growth in so many ways all around the planet.
The 2020 Vision - and beyond... is an opportunity to create an amazing place. So much self-harm and self-induced pain can be eradicated with a change in thinking. Don't expect companies or other people to do it, the answer to all your problems is in any honest mirror.
A More Coherent Way - A tag line half a decade in the making, explained:
"A more coherent way" is simply a willingness to look into the mirror, on this new day and every day, with a positive change in mindset. As those who know say: 'there is nothing in life that alcohol (or drugs) can't make worse'. Just ask WHY you needed the medication in the first place. Fix the root cause, not the symptomatic medicating of the brain pain.
Only one thing you have to work on... and it is simple, but not easy. Your brain is the source of all your internal problems, and the source of all your internal and external solutions. Feed it with moderate, but quality content, and remember, less is more. Give your brain the time it needs to think, and sort things out for you. There are many addictions, and they all start behind your eyes, so close your eyes and think things through. Make more time to meditate more, and medicate less.
So, I learned the hard way, there was no 'alternative message' for me. Now, there is a fast growing culture of awareness and acceptance and also action, that is helping reduce the harm. www.soberworld.org is just starting, after a half a decade of learning. Very excited to share, and help reduce even more harm. I believe there can be a positive path to preventing harm from ever happening. It's a low cost idea - simply a change in thinking. A More Coherent Way.
Happy New Year