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Todd Alan and I think of TJ Woodward as the guru of addiction. TJ’s congregation became known as the Agape Bay Area in 2016. It is a 21st century movement for people who consider themselves spiritual explorers and have a divine impulse for personal and global transformation. Our mission is to encourage and inspire the awakening of human consciousness.
The essence of Agape is best described by its founder, Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith: “When I founded the Agape International Spiritual Center and community in 1986, we ‘visioned’ it as a movement that would take a stand for love, for peace, for being a beneficial presence on the planet.” That’s why it was named “Agape,” which in Greek means unconditional love. Agape’s vision is fueled by the love of the One indefinable yet unmistakable Presence whose vehicle on earth is the human heart and soul.
Woodward is both a spiritual counselor and spiritual director of prestigious top-tier, high-end addiction treatment centers. TJ published his first book, Conscious BEING: Awakening to Your True Nature in 2015, and his second book, Conscious Recovery: A Fresh Perspective on Addiction was released in December of 2017.
In 2017, TJ launched The Conscious Recovery MethodTM, which is a ground breaking and effective approach to viewing and treating addiction. TJ Woodward’s Conscious Recovery MethodTM moves beyond simply treating behaviors and symptoms. It focuses on the underlying root causes that drive destructive patterns, while providing clear steps for letting go of core false beliefs that lead to addictive tendencies.
Here is an excerpt from his first book, Conscious Being: “In the process of growing up and individuating, we differentiate ourselves from our family members, to a certain degree. Much of our unconscious programming remains intact for the rest of our lives. However, we can begin to question it and do the important inner work of releasing those aspects of our conditioning that no longer serve our highest good. This involves becoming conscious of the lens through which we are viewing the world. We might ask ourselves whether we are in agreement with that view. First we need to become conscious of the ingrained habits of mind that cause us to judge, to have prejudice, to be fearful when there is no reason to be, to think in limited ways—about ourselves, others, and the world in general. Once identified, we can evaluate these inherited habits of thinking. Are they true or useful for us? Do they come from a loving, openhearted place or a closed-hearted, fearful one? If we have outgrown those patterns, attitudes, and actions, we can let them go, trusting in this natural process of updating our beliefs and perspectives.”
We are delighted to welcome TJ Woodward back for a fireside chat about his newer book, Conscious Recovery, and latest developments with his addiction retreats. www.tjwoodward.com