Nobody Can Tell Me What to Believe

A guide for people dealing with spirituality and the God thing in 12-Step Recovery. Includes stories told by 12-Step members, as well as examples, exercises, and ideas about how to create a spirituality that works with the Twelve Steps, whether or not God is included in that spirituality. More

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About Patricia Reed

My passion is to free people from worn out ideas about spirituality so they can assemble a set of beliefs that really work for them! My favorite readers are seekers who have unique ideas about spirituality, religion, and God (or NO God)!

I now have the life I've always wanted, but learned everything the hard way. I value confusion (it worked for me!) -- it's an honest platform from which to jump into a real sense of purpose and happiness. I've spent most of my awake time in the pursuit of feeling right within myself, and that journey included just about anything you can do to feel better or different: overdoing substances and activities, various religions, no religion, service to others, selfishness, international travel, parachute jumping, staying home, high-tech jobs, marriage, divorce, marriage, divorce, marriage, divorce, marriage (well, I think I have that one sorted out now), friendships, education, and ongoing inward exploration.

I also embrace open-mindedness, as long I remember to balance it with actual discernment (which seems to improve with age). It has never mattered to me what your personal preferences and life style might be, although I confess that I strongly dislike hypocrisy. Be real and you've got my attention; be fake and I have better things to do with my time. And I believe that each of us is doing the best we can do, given all of the pieces of who we are and where we came from. Creativity seems to be a natural urge and since there's no end to it, we can all just keep growing and learning.

I've finally managed to retire from the "daily grind" so that I can spend my time writing fiction, nonfiction and poetry, reading, meditating, learning to play the piano again, visiting with friends, making new friends, being a grandmother to two of my favorite people, being part of a wonderful family, being a contributing citizen locally and of the world, and walking alongside my husband -- along the beach, among the redwoods, and in every aspect of life.

My brief bio says: Patricia Reed is a writer, a counselor, and an avid questioner of all things spiritual. She has traveled internationally doing research on various aspects of world religion and spirituality. She lives on the Central California Coast with her husband, Jon.

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