more intently to the words of the practitioner at
the Science of Mind Institute. I don’t remember the specific day. Perhaps I should,
because of the impact and significance it represented in my life. “When a practitioner
declares and removes any obstruction and states that the person is now all right, he is
free from that condition. It can never return.”
My mind raced through the possibilities. For the rest of my life, I would be free from
the urges that had such power over my self-control. This was a tall order, but in a grand
design of the Universe and with God in, thru, and around me, I felt I could do it. It would
involve an unflinching and steadfast faith, but it would bring a freedom to enjoy my life
once again, perhaps for the first time ever. I would be emancipated, liberated,
unhampered, and released of my unimpeded need for comfort through sweet calories.
I desperately wanted this.
I often used prayer, especially on the occasions when my need for Divine intervention
and power literally drove me to my knees, always remembering that my faith during
previous times of seemingly impossible resolution had brought unforgettable miracles.
Once again, I embarked on a journey to repair my fractured existence. As I had, when
attending Overeaters Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, I heard many
others declare an ability to beat their addiction one day at a time until it grew to years.
“Just for Today” was always the motto or mantra. My new plan was to abstain from any
sugar in any form for one day. Twenty-four hours. Just 1,440 minutes. My mind accepted
ten minutes at a time easier than thinking of the whole day. I could do it. With God’s
There is a wonderful quote by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Swiss-American psychiatrist
and author of On Death and Dying (c1969), which expresses her theory about the five
stages of grief that made greater sense to me at this time: “It is only when we truly know
and understand that we have a limited time on Earth and that we have no way of knowing
when our time is up that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it were the only
one we had.”
I had to develop a plan, one that was simple and I could follow.
My Plan... Step 1 – faith
Step 2 – wisdom and self-awareness
Step 3 - preparation (the development of A blueprint)
Step 4 – execution of the blueprint
I went to bed that evening with the full realization that there would never ever be
enough food to fill the emptiness I felt,
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