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The Thirteenth Step: Ancient Solutions to the Contemporary Problems of Alcoholism and Addiction using the Timeless Wisdom of The Native American Church Ceremony Paperback – April 18, 2011
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The Thirteenth Step offers a heart- filled story of redemption from the ravages of alcohol. This book is important to read for alcoholics, for those seeking recovery from any substance abuse, for those seeking improved mental health and spiritual health wherever needed, for doctors and caregivers within drug treatment programs, and for anyone interested in learning more about Native American religious expression. Twelve step recovery programs strive to awaken that sense of goodness in us all- that The Creator loves us and wants us to accept our innate power to make ourselves whole. The Thirteenth Step is about that awakening. Robert Hayward is a beautiful writer. I am a rough and tough reviewer... I NEVER say someone is a beautiful writer unless.... quite rarely found... they truly are. Robert has done this story proud. It is incredible what he has written. It is important!!! --John H. Halpern, MD - Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
The story in this book has a purpose about life, meaning that your whole life will be changed to a better way of life, because there is a good spirit within us. (Translated from the Navajo language) --Jerry Etcitty Sr. - Navajo Tribe; Father, of the Salt Clan, Mother, of The Left Hand People
About the Author
Robert Hayward was born August 23, 1959, the ninth out of ten children, to very loving and devoted parents. His parents were animators who met while working for Walt Disney. They were part of the original crew that developed Mickey Mouse, Pinocchio, The Three Little Pigs, and many more. In the late 1970 s Robert studied at Laguna College of Art and Design, in Laguna Beach, CA. In August of 2000 he was commissioned to design and build a memorial to honor a fallen Native American firefighter, who lost his life while protecting the La Jolla Indian Reservation in San Diego County. Robert graduated from Palomar Community College in San Diego, CA, in 2011 earning a Certification as a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CAADAC). Robert has been studying and writing about Native American history and religion for over 30 years. Linked to the Native American community by blood, he has been mentored by traditional Medicine Men and Roadmen since his youth.
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Here is a sentence or two from page 12 and you will see what I mean.
"The reality is, today most people have no idea what their true path is. Some get a glimpse of it. Many can feel that there is something more, much more, yet it is a fleeting feeling, and they have no way of pursuing it, because, as the medicine man running the ceremony said, the circle is broken. It's as simple as that.
Or how about this from page 4
"We, as humans, have lost our way. We have gone off course, floating uselessly with the wind. We have no center, we have no balance. Our past, present, and future have become one straight line going nowhere. The circle is broken.
What circle? How can it be mended? I am anxious to read more. I'm not troubled by alcohol or any other addiction but I somehow feel that these will simply turn out, in the telling of the whole story, to be symbols for universal misdirection with which our whole human community is now struggling.
"We have forgotten the simple solution written in our souls that can restore us and our world to sanity."
I shall read on and when I finish I'll come back and write a fuller review. A. B. Curtiss
have been through much emotional and mental abuse in my childhood, from home, friends, society and school.
I have done many things to assist in the healing of the Inner Child, in the healing of that abuse so that my potential,
who I really am as a spiritual being having a human experience could be manifest in this creation and enjoy this
creation and be in much deeper communion with the Creator and nature.
Through the reading of the Sacred Ceremony, I felt deep parts of me healing and I felt a wall of fear starting to dissipate.
I highly recommend this book, especially the section of the Sacred Ceremony. I will be rereading it many times for I
feel that each time I read this, more will heal.
I have been working with the Sacred Flames of the Divine and working to live and walk through life with them and this
is one aspect of that.
A most powerful book and needs to be read "in between the lines." I have a feeling that the "in between the lines" will be
changing each time as I reread it. For each time I will have healed more and allowed more joy and love to be in my life
for that is who I am.
Robert Hayward takes us along with him through the ravages of alcohol addiction and into ancient healing ceremonies that few even know exist.
Which one of us does not yearn for a family member or friend to be released from addiction? How many fervently ask for this gift themselves?
Hayward prayed such a prayer during an ancient Native American Ceremony. In one night, he learned the twelve steps. In the morning, he walked out of that tipi, and on his thirteenth step he began a new life -free from alcohol addiction. As Hayward wrote in this candid memoir of addiction and recovery, "Mine is not a lonely battle. It is one we all face, in one form or another. And the battle is for life itself."
So plan on putting this book down often, then picking it up again as soon as you can.
Melody Sullivan, author of Lillibit's Dream