In that setting we heard stories similar to ours and realized that recovery from our problem was possible.
We learned through the SAA Fellowship that we were not hopelessly defective.
The basic principles of recovery practiced by SAA are found in the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.Although we are not affiliated with AA or with any other organization or agency, we are, indeed, grateful for permission to modify and apply the Steps and Traditions to sex addiction, making recovery possible for us.On the back of that papyrus is a list of recipes that use droppings from animals to treat a wide range of conditions, including headaches and leprosy.Some of the recipes simply say that they help "promote pleasure." One recipe says that a combination of honey and droppings from a bittern bird, used in a way that isn't specified, will "promote pleasure," according to the ancient text.“We found in each other what we could find nowhere else: people who knew the depth of our pain.
Together we found hope and the care of a loving Higher Power.
(Gnosticism was an ancient religion that incorporated elements of Christianity.) It says that the spell caster should burn a series of offerings in the bathhouse (the names of the offerings didn't survive degradation) and write a spell on the bathhouse's walls, which Maltominitranslated as follows:"I adjure you, earth and waters, by the demon who dwells on you and (I adjure) the fortune of this bath so that, as you blaze and burn and flame, so burn her (the woman targeted) whom (the mother of the woman targeted) bore, until she comes to me..."Then, the spell names several gods and magical words.
It goes on to say, "Holy names, inflame in this way and burn the heart of her..." until she falls in love with the person casting the spell.
Rather, they were written in such a way that the person who cast the spell would only need to insert the name of the person being targeted -- sort of like an ancient "Mad Libs." [In Photos: Two Ancient Curses Discovered in Italy]Researchers date the two spells to the third century A.
D., but the names of the ancient spell writers are unknown.
By giving and receiving support from others like us, we not only have a better chance of recovering, but we also begin to learn how to engage with people in a non-addictive way.