IWP088: Meeting God at Midnight. Lay in bed until you die or get up and figure it out.

IWP088:  Meeting God at Midnight. Lay in bed until you die or get up and figure it out.

Constance Scharff has a PhD in Transformative Studies, specializing in addiction recovery. She is the Senior Addiction Research Fellow and Director of Addiction Research at Cliffside Malibu Treatment Center and coauthor with Richard Taite of the Amazon.com #1 bestselling book, Ending Addiction for Good. Dr. Scharff writes for a variety of publications and speaks worldwide to healing professionals on the science and spirituality of addiction recovery – from the neuroscience of addiction recovery and depression and trauma as related to addiction, to the concepts of vulnerability and hope. She has also traveled extensively in Asia, Africa, and North America, learning how to help individuals evoke life-transforming experiences and use those experiences to heal addictions and trauma.  Ahuva Batya [Constance] Scharff is also the author of “Meeting God at Midnight,” a beautiful book of Jewish-themed poetry under the themes of mysticism, childlessness, and hope. CLIFFSIDE___-___CONSTANCE___SCHARFF___PHD___-___Headshot___hi-rez___reduced_CA12_635574576933921051

 

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Bio for Dr. Constance Scharff:
Constance Scharff has a PhD in Transformative Studies, specializing in addiction recovery. She is the Senior Addiction Research Fellow and Director of Addiction Research at Cliffside Malibu Treatment Center and coauthor with Richard Taite of the Amazon.com #1 bestselling book, Ending Addiction for Good. Dr. Scharff writes for a variety of publications and speaks worldwide to healing professionals on the science and spirituality of addiction recovery - from the neuroscience of addiction recovery and depression and trauma as related to addiction, to the concepts of vulnerability and hope. She has also traveled extensively in Asia, Africa, and North America, learning how to help individuals evoke life-transforming experiences and use those experiences to heal addictions and trauma.

Bio for Ahuva Batya [Constance] Scharff:
Ahuva Batya [Constance] Scharff the author of "Meeting God at Midnight," a beautiful book of Jewish-themed poetry under the themes of mysticism, childlessness, and hope. She is also an international speaker on the topic of substance abuse, a volunteer with Jewish Family Services of Austin, and a regular prayer leader. For more than twenty years, Ahuva has sought learning from all available sources: rabbis, shamans, mystics, and teachers from traditions across the globe. She has traveled the world visiting practitioners of various religious traditions in order to help her understand her own mystical experiences. Eventually, she found her spiritual home when she met a rabbi who introduced her to Jewish mysticism, helping her find comfort and strength in the traditions of her ancestors

Insights into pain points:

  1. Connection between mysticism and spirituality
  2.  Radically different religions, mystic, spiritual traditions
  3. How can I connect to this deeper part of myself and what is out there
  4. AND how can I use that to improve life for all
  5. Addiction is a very treatable disorder – Scientifically proven
  6. Underlying issues in trauma and pain
  7. Depression is backwards thinking
  8. Overcoming sexually abusive childhood
  9. Body memories, flash backs
  10. Severe alcoholism- 2 liters / day hard alcohol
  11. Inability to have children
  12. Addiction is not a genetic disease.  Addiction is a brain disorder.

Personal life lessons:

  1. Universal longing for spiritual connection
  2. Spiritual connection is integral in everyone’s life
  3. Don’t be complacent with what you have been taught
  4. We are here todo the work of creation
  5. People are very clear on what works for them
  6. Be in the moment.  Be who you are
  7. Lessons get “put” in our faces – even if we don’t like the message
  8. Recognizing “The Problem”- inability to disconnect from the past
  9. See yourself for who you really are
  10. We are here to bring hope, grace, support, and love to all.  This cannot be done when you are broke.
  11. I’m no different than anybody else
  12. You can have whatever you envision for yourself

 

Toolsets to bridge the gap:

  1. Experience and Education
  2. Situational perspective: is it true, is it helpful,
  3. Specific practices as opposed to religious ceremony
  4. Use what works for you:  Meditation, breath work, yoga, psychotherapy, acupuncture
  5. Walk through the pain
  6. Good friends
  7. Quality work
  8. Hobbies
  9. Exercise
  10. Find the joy
  11. Write, journal – write through the feelings
  12. Ask the right question – what if
  13. As a writer you are able to change the ending of your stories.

 

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