Author Archives: TJ Woodward

About TJ Woodward

TJ Woodward is a revolutionary recovery specialist, bestselling author, inspirational speaker, and awakening coach who has helped countless people through his simple, yet powerful teachings. He is the author of the books Conscious Being: Awakening to your True Nature and Conscious Recovery: A Fresh Perspective on Addiction. TJ is also the creator of The Conscious Recovery Method, which is a ground breaking and effective approach to viewing and treating addiction. He was given the honor of being ordained as an Agape minister by Dr. Michael Beckwith and is also the founding minister of Agape Bay Area in Oakland, which is the first satellite community of The Agape International Spiritual Center in LA.

The tendency to see what you expect to see, to project your core beliefs outward, is very powerfully manifest in what you say, in your words. So, if you’re walking around believing, “I am a mess” or “I am a loser,” or “I am unattractive,” then chances are you will also say these things, in …
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The Impact of Toxic Shame

November 1st, 2019 | Posted by TJ Woodward in Addiction | Addiction & Recovery | Counselor Education | Health & Wellness | Integrative Living | Mindfulness | Relationships | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on The Impact of Toxic Shame)

What does toxic shame do to us? Why is it such a destructive thing? First, there’s a physical consequence. Our perspective on life and the feeling tone we are holding about ourselves affect our health in many ways. Our core beliefs affect not only the way we see ourselves and the world, but also affect …
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A holistic and integrative recovery acknowledges and utilizes the power that resides in all four rooms of the human experience: the physical, the mental, the emotional, and the spiritual. The physical room gives us the insight that addiction is a disease, and working from that insight has offered us many powerful tools and approaches. I …
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Pain seems to be a part of the human experience. Naturally, most of us prefer to feel loved, safe, and connected rather than sad, lonely, or afraid. But the latter feelings seem to be a part of life. In Buddhism, the First Noble Truth states that: “Pain in life is inevitable but suffering is not. …
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Finding Purpose

August 14th, 2019 | Posted by TJ Woodward in Addiction & Recovery | Health & Wellness | Integrative Living | Mindfulness | Spirit Recovery Blog | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Finding Purpose)

When we talk about purpose, we generally refer to something in the outer realm, something we want to do. We tend to believe that if we achieve this thing or that thing, then we will acquire what we want, whether that’s fulfillment or happiness or a better standard of living. We often look at our …
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We often hear addictive behavior described in other terms—as a disease, or as a coping mechanism. Both can seem inherently negative in connotation. They suggest that that there’s something wrong that needs to be fixed. “I am an addict and that’s what’s wrong.” In the western medical model, the problem is the disease of addiction, …
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Awakened Living

July 25th, 2019 | Posted by TJ Woodward in Health & Wellness | Integrative Living | Mindfulness | Spirit Recovery Blog | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Awakened Living)

When we have forgotten the truth of who and what we are, we are living unconsciously. Our thoughts and behaviors are taken over by the old habits, patterns, and conditioning of our past. We lose our freedom of choice in how to respond to life. When we are not awake to our true nature, we …
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What is Spiritual Disconnection?

July 16th, 2019 | Posted by TJ Woodward in Addiction | Addiction & Recovery | Addiction Discussions | Addiction Education | Health & Wellness | Integrative Living | Mindfulness | Spirit Recovery Blog | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on What is Spiritual Disconnection?)

“I am whole and perfect in every way.” From a spiritual perspective, life’s journey can be seen as an attempt to reclaim this truth. In fact, even our addictions can be a result of our attempts at restoration. Even our addictions can come out of the attempt to restore the connection to our true nature. …
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Evidence or Conclusion?

July 9th, 2019 | Posted by TJ Woodward in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Evidence or Conclusion?)

Most of us are taught that we come to a conclusion by gathering evidence. If we look at the “facts” of a situation, we will be able to determine the correct conclusion. Our entire legal system is based on this, and many in the scientific community adhere to this structure of knowing as well. I …
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