JANE GALLOWAY Visionary leader, professional recovery educator, author and career actor, Dr. Jane Galloway shares dynamic tools for Stage Two Recovery. Supported by her personal experience of long-term recovery and of working with people at all stages as teacher, counselor and minister for over 3 decades, her best-selling book, The Gateways- The Wisdom of 12-Step Spirituality, provides a clear template for supporting Stage Two Recovery with research-based body, mind, spirit tools.
From California to the urban center of NYC, Jane is a leader re-defining spiritual community. She has led communities in NYC and Los Angeles, CA, is the Founder of T.R.I.B.E: Transformation/ Realization/Inspiration/Belonging/Expression.
Building upon the expansive spirituality of the AA founders, The Gateways-The Wisdom of 12-Step Spirituality incorporates psycho-spiritual systems from depth psychology, world religious traditions, body-mind-spirit healing modalities and indigenous wisdom.
A note from Dr. Jane: 12/12/2018:
“In a few days I will celebrate a milestone in my continuing journey of working the 12-Step Path. Over the years of this technicolor journey into my deeper self, I have come to appreciate the 12-Steps as a scaffolding to support an Inter-spiritual/ psycho spiritual, ethical way of life, and for this I am deeply grateful.
This path, as I have both lived and continued to teach it, is the basis of my book, “The Gateways- The Wisdom of 12-Step Spirituality, published by Sacred Stories Publishing and available on Amazon and other booksellers worldwide.
I have a developed two growing concerns over the years of my own working of these Steps however. This “Recovery” path is described as “A Bridge Back to Life” and while I have found this to be true in many cases, many become stuck on the bridge, stagnate, relapse or worse. I also have witnessed an increasing move to a fundamentalist , authoritarian, rigid culture within the 12-Step nation...and the combination of these factors is not good.
Is there perhaps a problem with the definition of the condition of addiction as a lifelong illness that keeps people both scared and stuck?
Many people begin to plateau in 12-Step recovery, and then regress, after a number of years.
Some repeatedly relapse so they can be “a beginner” again, and never get past the inevitable emergence of core conflicts.
For Stage One Recovery, “the rooms” are amazing and transformative.
But once all of the Steps have been worked, and some stability and restoration to sanity and purpose are established, it is time to conquer new developmental goals.
To continue for years to define oneself by illness or by one’s past, is the antithesis of real recovery. To courageously delve into causative issues, is so very important. Addiction is a symptom of deeper traumas, and core wounds are persistent if not treated.
The life of the main co-founder of AA, Bill Wilson, is a cautionary tale. His last 5 years of life were complicated by the emergence of his untreated issues. He suffered grave depression and anxiety, a loss of connection to a higher power, and was desperately unhappy until his death from emphysema...from a lifetime of smoking.
He had not conquered his demons, or come to fully appreciate his many strengths.
To me, this is a tragedy, and it is not talked about enough.
Wellness based recovery utilizes a strengths model that pulls forward the strengths of a person, and develops those...it does not continually recite what is wrong, but amplifies and draws forth the greater good. So along with identifying what hasn’t worked, the question becomes “What is RIGHT about you?”
Even as I feel a deep gratitude for this amazing psycho- spiritual design for living I am blessed to continue to embrace, I encourage any and all on this journey to dare to go deeper so you can go wider and Thrive in Lifelong Recovery..
Peace and blessings, and gratitude abound.