16 Steps of Discovery and Empowerment

A holistic, life affirming alternative to the 12 Step model created by Charlotte Kasl, Phd in her book Many Roads, One Journey - Moving Beyond the 12 Steps
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What this 16 Step forum is all about
This forum was created to provide a safe, sane place to use, discuss and study the 16 Steps of Discovery and Empowerment created by Charlotte Kasl, Phd. from her book "Many Roads One Journey - Moving Beyond the 12 Steps" and the corresponding workbook, "Yes, You Can!".
We gather together to support each other in healing from addictions, compulsions, and dysfunctional, self defeating, destructive behaviors. We encourage each person to find and revel in their own power, intelligence, self-esteem and strengths. We are here to support each other, but we do not presume to know what is best for another. We realize that all people unfold in their own way and their own time. We learn from each other and draw strength from seeing the courage of others, yet we keep the focus on ourselves. We listen to each other's pain, but we also bond in power and joy and encourage everyone to take the necessary steps to live with respect and meaning in their lives. We are open to all possibilities for healing and finding our internal wisdom and power.

For a quick  overview of Dr. Kasl's approach to recovery  please read the article - keeping in mind that these 16 Steps are not gender specific - featured in
"Counselor Magazine" . Come and join us in our journeys to self discovery and empowerment!
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Introduction to 16 Steps

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16 Steps Forum Basics

READ FIRST BEFORE POSTING TO THIS FORUM for information and guidelines on using this forum. For technical help regarding this type of forum, click on the ?FAQ? link in upper left of this page under the cathedral logo and  next to the Portal link. 
55187June 28th 2008, 4:17 pm
amyrobles New here
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Welcome! Drop In and Introduce Yourself

Please stop by and introduce yourself here. How did you find us? Why did you join?
40155June 28th 2008, 4:17 pm
amyrobles New here
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Tips on Using This Forum

Tips from members on how to use this forum.

916April 8th 2008, 7:40 pm
RTHawk Please help- I cannot figure out how to post...
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Suggestion Box

Submit your suggestions here for new categories or ideas on improving the forum.
414April 17th 2008, 12:11 pm
reneed68 What about starting a 16 Step Chat Room????

Articles of Interest

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Articles of Interest

Articles relating to uncovery, discovery, relationships, addiction, recovery, etc.
2334May 1st 2008, 9:47 am
fleming The Illusion of Sugar as Love - Part One

Links to other resources

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Links to other resources

Links to other resources outside of this forum.
716May 8th 2008, 10:39 pm
fleming Positive psychology

General Discussion

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General Discussion of Topics

For general discussion of issues not specific to Step Exercises.
30113June 9th 2008, 12:13 pm
lyn Last Thursday
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Gratitude and Forgiveness (New!)

An area to express gratitude and talk about forgiveness, ask to be forgiven, and extend forgiveness to others or oneself.
232May 5th 2008, 7:28 pm
lovestorms Daily Gratitude Journal - Join in!
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Healthy Living (New!)

A spot to discuss health issues and share healthy living options. Disclaimer: seek the advice of your trusted medical advisor before trying anything discussed here.
712May 17th 2008, 10:27 pm
RTHawk Promoting Brain Research and Therapies
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I'm Mad as H*ll and I'm Not Gonna Take it Anymore!

Need to rant and rave about something and vent about what annoys, irritates, or makes your blood boil? Do it here.  But not towards other members. Keep it
G-rated, please!

723May 14th 2008, 6:12 am
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I'm All Apologies - A Place to Apologize

Feel the need to apologize about something you've said or done or behavior you're not proud of?  Do it here. It doesn't have to do with anyone else here, but this can be the place to apologize amongst members.
37May 4th 2008, 12:17 pm
RTHawk apologies if I offended

Recommended Reading Corner

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What's on your bookshelf?

Recommended reading - addiction/recovery, self-help, favorite authors and novels - it's all OK here. Please include the book's title in your post's subject line for ease of finding it later.
1967May 15th 2008, 10:34 am
cabriole The Secret

Step Exercises

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Discussion of the below exercises taken from "Yes, You Can!" to be used to study and discuss the 16 Steps. Use the individual forums below to discuss each specific step.
28108June 12th 2008, 3:53 pm
EccentricEclectic Step 1 Exercise
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General Discussion of Exercises

A forum thread for general discussion of the exercises.
15February 16th 2008, 6:48 pm
RTHawk New Usergroup for exercise discussion
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Step 1 Exercise

We affirm we have the power to take charge of our lives and stop being dependent on substances or other people for our self-esteem and security.
124June 12th 2008, 3:53 pm
EccentricEclectic Step 1 Exercise
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Step 2 Exercise

We come to believe that God/Goddess/Universe/Creator/Spirit/Higher Power awakens the healing wisdom within us when we open ourselves to that power.
720March 1st 2008, 12:07 am
fleming Step 2 Exercise
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Step 3 Exercise

We make a decision to become our authentic selves and trust in the healing power of the truth.
222April 21st 2008, 10:32 pm
fleming Step 3 Exercise
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Step 4 Exercise

We examine our beliefs, addictions, and dependent behavior in the context of living in a hierarchal, patriarchal culture.
38April 8th 2008, 1:14 pm
RTHawk A Credit Card story
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Step 5 Exercise

We share with another person and the Universe all those things inside of us for which we feel shame and guilt.
11November 22nd 2006, 11:38 am
Admin Step 5 Exercise
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Step 6 Exercise

We affirm and enjoy our intelligence, strengths and creativity, remembering not to hide these qualities from ourselves and others.
11November 22nd 2006, 12:48 pm
Admin Step 6 Exercise
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Step 7 Exercise

We become willing to let go of guilt, shame and any behavior that prevents us from loving ourselves and others.
15May 11th 2008, 11:19 pm
fleming Step 7 Exercise
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Step 8 Exercise

We make a list of people we have harmed and people who have harmed us, and take steps to clear out negative energy by making amends and sharing our grievances in a respectful way.
16November 7th 2007, 12:04 am
Harriette Step 8 Exercise
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Step 9 Exercise

We express love and gratitude to others and increasingly appreciate the wonder of life and the blessings we do have.
11November 22nd 2006, 12:57 pm
Admin Step 9 Exercise
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Step 10 Exercise

We learn to trust our reality and daily affirm that we see what we see, we know what we know and we feel what we feel.
11November 22nd 2006, 1:00 pm
Admin Step 10 Exercise
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Step 11 Exercise

We promptly admit to mistakes and make amends when appropriate, but we do not say we are sorry for things we have not done and we do not cover up, analyze or take responsibility for the shortcomings of others.
11November 22nd 2006, 1:03 pm
Admin Step 11 Exercise
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Step 12 Exercise

We seek out situations,jobs, and people that affirm our intelligence, perceptions, and self-worth and avoid situations or people who are hurtful harmful, or demeaning to us.

16May 29th 2008, 9:10 pm
RTHawk Step 12 Exercise
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Step 13 Exercise

We take steps to heal our physical bodies, organize our lives, reduce stress, and have fun.
34November 5th 2007, 8:45 pm
RTHawk healing
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Step 14 Exercise

We seek to find our inward calling, and develop the will and wisdom to follow it.

11November 22nd 2006, 1:22 pm
Admin Step 14 Exercise
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Step 15 Exercise

We accept the ups and downs of life as natural events that can be used as lessons for our growth.
11November 22nd 2006, 1:25 pm
Admin Step 15 Exercise
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Step 16 Exercise

We grow in awareness that we are sacred beings, interrelated with all living things, and we contribute to restoring peace and balance on the planet.
11November 22nd 2006, 10:58 am
Admin Step 16 Exercise

Yippee! A Place to Play and Have Fun

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A Place to Play and Have Fun ala Step 13

All work and no play make Jack and Jill a dull boy and girl. A place for humor, silliness, quizzes, games, goofy threads, miscellaneous flotsam and jetsam, nonsense, etc. Whatever amuses you all. Chatting amongst members in threads is OK here. Keep it clean and G-rated - if it is questionable, label it as "RACY" in the post's subject line.
619May 6th 2008, 1:23 am
lovestorms Punny Jokes
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