The Gift of Addiction

Sherry Burditt, Clinical Director of the Hemet Valley Recovery Center & Sage Retreat in Hemet, California

Sherry Burditt, Clinical Director of the Hemet Valley Recovery Center & Sage Retreat in Hemet, California



This phenomenal piece of work was written by my friend, Sherry Burditt, Clinical Director of the Hemet Valley Recovery Center & Sage Retreat in Hemet, California.

If you are struggling with addiction, if you cannot overcome your inner demons, if you are in a dark place and see no way out . . . know that where there is life, there is hope. You are not a bad person, you just need help . . . and a new way of looking at the world.







I wrote my book, Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, with the hope that people—especially those who are struggling—would find comfort and inspiration in its pages. Sherry told me that the book was helping her addiction patients look at life in a new and better way. She was kind enough to write this testimonial:

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I use this book every day in my staff meetings by just randomly opening to a page. Somehow like magic, the message seems to address the day’s challenges. Similarly, our therapists have begun using it in group therapy sessions with our patients. They LOVE it! Thank you for compiling so much wisdom in such a compact space!








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If you wish to contact Sherry directly, click here to send her an e-mail. Sherry has dedicated her life and career to helping those who are valiantly striving to overcome addiction.







THE GIFT OF ADDICTION:
THE UNRELENTING PATH TO THE DIVINE
by Sherry Burditt

ADDICTION SAYS:
I will make you lie, cheat and steal
I will take your self-respect
I will take your confidence
I will take your family
I will take your children
I will take your livelihood
I will ruin your body
I will take your sleep
I will derange your mind
I will take your memory
I will take your joy
I will take your courage
I will take your creativity
I will break your heart
I will take your love
I will take your energy
I will take your power
I will take your intelligence
I will take your enthusiasm
I will take your humor
I will take your intuition
I will take your compassion
I will take your integrity
I will take your gratitude
I will take your faith
I will take your trust
I will take your dreams
I will take your hope
I will take your wisdom

I AM A GIFT LIKE NO OTHER, AND IF YOU DON’T STOP ME . . .
I will take your life


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BUT, IN THE PROCESS OF MY DESTRUCTION OF YOU . . .
I will make you stupid
I will make you hateful
I will make you bitter
I will make you revengeful
I will make you blaming
I will make you dishonest
I will make you manipulative
I will make you sarcastic
I will make you indifferent
I will make you condemning
I will make you self-righteous
I will make you obsessed
I will make you pitiful
I will make you shameful
I will make you paranoid
I will make you sick
I will make you disgraceful
I will make you deprived
I will make you terrified
I will make you outraged
I will make you horrified
I will make you immoral
I will make you contemptible
I will make you corrupt
I will make you hopeless, helpless, desperate and lost

WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME IS THAT I AM YOUR GREATEST GIFT,
SENT TO YOU FROM GOD


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GOD SAYS:

I AM UNRELENTING
You see, my dear, dear child, I love you.
How else can I guarantee to you that you will know who you really are?
ADDICTION IS THE GUARANTEE

You must see who you are not
to understand who you are.
Addiction is the “jet-path” to God.
ADDICTION IS THE GUARANTEE

There is no other way out of addiction;
I am the only door.
To go through the door you must find your heart;
love and only love is the key.
There is much about love that you will come to understand.

There is no other way out.
You will remember who you are
by experiencing who you are not.
ADDICTION IS THE GUARANTEE

This was our agreement.
Do you remember?
Addiction was my promise to you.
ADDICTION IS THE GUARANTEE

We agreed to this path before you were born,
with much planning, organizing and excitement.
Your soul has always known this; only your mind has forgotten
. . . as was the plan.

YOU MUST REMEMBER ONLY A FEW VITAL THINGS:
I love you.
Talk to me.
Listen to me in the silence.
Everything is perfect, just as we planned it to be.
See my face in all faces . . . faces who know, faces who don’t.
You cannot make a mistake.
Service to the enlightenment of others will hasten your
enlightenment.
You are always loved, guided and protected.
You are eternal; you cannot die.

SURRENDER TO ME

******


THROUGH ADDICTION, YOU WILL REMEMBER THAT . . .

You have within you

More energy than you have ever known,

More love than you have ever dreamed of,

More talent than you have ever imagined,

More strength than you have ever hoped for,

More joy than you have ever fancied,

And more to give than you have ever given.

This is my promise to you.

SURRENDER TO ME






ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA

Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, is a road map for living a more peaceful, beautiful life. It’s the one book that explains how dozens of spiritual principles interact, how to weave them together into a cohesive worldview, and how to practically apply this spiritual wisdom to daily life.

Who will benefit from reading Through God’s Eyes?
Anyone who is on a spiritual path, or wants to start one.
Anyone who loves life, or wants to learn how to.
Anyone who is happy, or wants to be happier.

Click here to order your copy of Through God’s Eyes from GodsEyesAmazon.com.
For an inscribed copy, click here to e-mail Phil for information.

Click on the link below to download a FREE 28-page chapter!
SEE EVERY MOMENT AS A GIFT

Click here to visit the Through God’s Eyes website.

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Here is a two-minute video introduction to Through God’s Eyes.




Like to learn more about Through God’s Eyes? Here is a free 44-page PDF sampler from the book that includes:

• an overview of the book
• the complete table of contents
• the Foreword by Caroline Myss
• my Introduction
• chapter excerpts
• a sample end-of-chapter story
• endorsements from authors and thought leaders

Just click on the link below to download your free PDF sampler!
THROUGH GOD’S EYES PDF SAMPLER




Schedule a Mastery Mentoring phone session with Phil to learn how to apply principles of spiritual living more effortlessly and effectively. Priced affordably! Click here to e-mail Phil for details.



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Phil’s eBook, The Logic of Living a Spiritual Life: Supporting a Life of Faith Through Logic and Reason, is now available for 99 cents.

Order it at GodIsLogical.com.

In this eBook, you’ll find answers to questions like:
• What is the cornerstone of a spiritual life, and why?
• What is the secret to liberating yourself from other people’s judgments and expectations?
• How do you reconcile the “free will vs. Divine Will” conundrum?
• Why is there an exception to “Everything happens for a reason”?


Those who worship logic instead of God are only half right. Not only is it logical to believe in God and to live a faith-based life, the existence of a loving, benevolent God that governs all creation is perhaps the only systematic worldview that explains every aspect of life.



SiSe_fullcover_final.inddPhil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent authors and thought leaders he interviewed. The roster of storytellers includes Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Neale Donald Walsch, Caroline Myss, Larry Dossey, Rachel Naomi Remen, Bernie Siegel, Dean Ornish, and Christiane Northrup. Sixty Seconds has been translated into four languages: Italian, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. Reading this book is like spending a few minutes face to face with each of the contributors and listening to their personal stories.

Click here to order Sixty Seconds.

Click here to read unsolicited testimonials from readers.

Learn more by visiting the official Sixty Seconds website.

Here is a three-minute video introduction to Sixty Seconds.





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