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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %JACK JILL FALL LOVE PRAY THANK GOOD BLESS HONEST+940824 %TWELVE STEP ADDICT CODEPEND COLLUDE RELIGIOUS LOVE+940824 %CHRISTIAN JEW MUSLIM TRUE TRUTH SEXUAL INTIMACY 940824 Jack and Jill (who are participants in some collusions) are falling in love. The find themselves in double-binds. By the tacit rules of their collusions they must be ready, willing and able, in many circumstances, to dishonestly protect the secrecy which hides the reality and nature of their collusions. Yet, their falling in love is the process of the discovery of how wonderful and satisfying it is to let go of dishonest defenses and be secure in safe vulnerability, by virtue of the gift of true security. Jack and Jill are "good" Christians who believe that they should pray and thank God for all His wonderful blessings. How can Jack and Jill be faithful to their collusions (which demand that they dishonestly defend the dishonest secrets of their collusions) and at the same time thank God for Her blessings (in bringing them together in mutually satisfying intimacy within their growing relationship of safe vulnerability)? Does the First Commandment forbid participation in collusions, addictive relationships and codependent support? Does the First Commandment forbid the worship of dishonesty as a manipulative tool which is commonly used within collusive addictions and codependent support of collusive addictions? Are collusions, addictions and codependency idolatrous - - - human creations which are worshipped as idols who demand the sacrifice of truth and honesty; and so the sacrifice of both personal and communal integrity? Why have religious organizations within the Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions been so silent about these possible interpretations of the First Commandment which holds a central place within their traditions? Why have so many "Twelve Step Programs" developed outside the fellowships of such religious organizations? Why have the insights found within "Twelve Step Programs" been so slow to find their way into the daily lives of those religious organizations? Are they incompatible? In what ways? (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================