The GRAD theory holds that each and every one of us is predisposed to developing non-ingested chemical addictions (i.e. adrenalin/excitement addictions) under the proper conditions. As it turns out almost every Western society provides those conditions. Thus almost all of us are; men, women and children, at risk and challenged to move beyond this lower form of human development.
You can do it!
I’ve been doing “it” (c0nsciously healing my survivor/addict personality structures) Dark Side Warrior since the early 1980s when I learned the formula from my mentor, Marty Groder, M.D.
Along with my team of board members and volunteers, I am here to help you do “it” too. 24/7 we are working on it, individually and collectively. And having a great deal of fun and reward for the effort.
I will be posting as many articles, as often as I can to help you heal this complex, self-destructive aspect of your personhood. (In the meantime, try out our Bus Ride Story Adventure with your friends and family. Any variation of the original will work just fine as New Horizons discovered when first we started on the adventure in 1999.)
For now, I want to remind you that your enemy mentality is a key part of the puzzle – and – most likely the single most important one for you to pay attention to. It is apt to do you in when and where you least expect it. So be on the lookout for it. And, keep returning, again and again, to my Survivor/Addict Inventory to assess how and how far out of your Dark Side Warrior functioning you are moving.
But there are other key aspects too. To the extent these are operative; you carry an active, internal presence of deterioration for the ongoing dynamics of your mind, body, spirit connections. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. And, to the extent that you make even small changes in this complex system you are going to free up your negatively entangled but still beautiful life energies.
So take up the task!
Today’s lesson for turning the lead in you into gold (transforming your Dark Side Warrior into a Compassionate Warrior (the Where Is Your Compassionate Warrior Hiding? Inventory is the same as the Survivor/Addict Personality Inventory. The name change was made simply to offer an alternative angle for exploring the same old, same old.)
The following questions on the Survivor/Addict Personality Inventory are marks of your survival instinct operating beyond healthy limits, if you go beyond a response of one or two points.
- Do you need to seek out excitement in your life? (Inventory question #1);
- Do you seek out excitement when it might hurt others that you care about? (Inventory question #5);
- Do you work until you are exhausted or burned-out? (Inventory question #18).
My caveat is that if your score is in the 36 – 59 range, you are going in the right direction but there is still more to do. You are already equipped for the task of moving beyond this. If you take up the challenge, you can be of great service to yourself as well as others, even as a viable role model. And, we are not ever going to have too many of these.
Good luck. More on the way.