Rising Above the Drinking Voice


“Beyond the thinking mind is a higher level of consciousness representing intuition, love, compassion and creativity.”  — Eric Hoffman

I’m enthralled these days with learning about how your thoughts create your reality, and I came across this article by Eric Hoffman. In the throes of my drinking, I remember someone saying, “I didn’t quit drinking so much as transcend it.” Yes! That’s what I wanted. Almost all of my thoughts involved thinking about drinking. Here’s some great insight into transcending destructive thoughts:

What Were You Thinking?

11 thoughts on “Rising Above the Drinking Voice

  1. The article describes a problem I have dealt with for years. I’ve never studied this and didn’t realize it was such as common issue. My mind races non-stop, usually replaying conversations I have with myself and someone from my past where I imagine the conversation or outcome going different. In my “replay” I’m usually a better person, handle the situation differently, perhaps I’m tougher or more outspoken, etc. It doesn’t really matter – I just beat myself up over and over about past incidents I have no control of. I’m usually the victim and give myself excuses as to why I’m in this place in my life; blaming others, blaming God, blaming someone else. And when I was drinking these thoughts were amplified and for a few fleeting moments I seemed to solve these past issues. But of course the reality was that nothing was ever solved. I just want it to stop and want to only think about the day ahead of me. That will be my prayer today.

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    1. I know exactly how you feel. I’ve heard this cycling of thought called the monkey mind, and now when it really gets racing, I try to step out of it and think, “That’s just the monkey mind spinning as usual.” Stepping out of the thought has really helped.
      My own review of the past I am viewing as an attempt at forgiveness. I do the same thing you do, but now I am much more likely to see the other person’s point of view. Then I ask that person (mentally) for forgiveness, and I let it go. In this way, I try to forgive the past entirely so that only the love and the good times resurface in my mind. It works, except in a few really difficult situations. Those I am having to work on harder — I try to forgive, but the memory pops back up and I’m the victim again, angry at the person. Even those, I end up hearing a news story or reading about someone that helps me understand a little more why they were the way they were, and I am able to forgive them. It’s helped keep me in the present. ; )

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