is a rabbi and author of more than two dozen books on religion and spirituality. He co-directs One River Wisdom School, writes a regular column for Spirituality and Health, magazine, and hosts How to be a Holy Rascal.
We are all addicts, and what we are addicted to is control. Liberation begins when we surrender control, or, as cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous Bill W. put it, when we “stop playing God.” Those of us who take refuge in alcohol, sex, gambling, drugs, food, or other harmful substances or practices all share a common disease: the dis-ease that comes with playing God.
Have you ever stood naked before the wildness of existence, or had certainty stripped from you, and everything you knew turned to ash by the fires of living? If you have, you may not have realized this as a gift of grace liberating you from the false sureties and securities that offer us safety at the cost of our souls. Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent invites this liberation.