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News from Ah-Man   October 2010
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We're already in the midst of October, which is probably one of the last times of the year when we will have the luxury of having uninterrupted time for meditation and reflection. In just a few short weeks, we are going to be up to our necks in the hustle and bustle and general distraction of the holiday season.

I invite you to join me this month at the Ah-Man Blog for a discussion of prayer, meditation, reflection...all forms of conscious contact with the Higher Power of your understanding.  Whether you are seeking an enhanced state of consciousness, more lasered life focus, a heightened sense of self, greater creativity or peace of mind, I promise you will find valuable insights.

Below, you'll find a special announcement regarding the second edition of my book I AM Ah-Man.

Finally, some of you may have noticed that I have recently become more active on the social media scene.  I have included information below on how to "friend" me, so that we can keep up with each other on a more regular basis.

As always, I thank you for taking the time to read the Ah-Man Newsletter. As your schedule allows, I invite you to visit the Ah-Man Newsletter Archives to browse past issues of the publication.



For those of us who not only have been able to make it through a traumatic life event, but have actually been able to grow from the experience, we often think...What Now?

As I think back to several of those experiences, I know that family and friends were an important part of my recovering.  But the issue that had the most dramatic effect on me was the change in relationship with the God of my understanding.  As far as getting me through some of those days where I didn't want to show up and participate, I asked for the help I needed to just to get through the day. I felt that tomorrow would be another day and I'd deal with it then.

Once I was able to get past the "poor, poor me" stage (which was a very important stage to go through), I was able to begin cultivating a different relationship with God.  I didn't know it at the time, but I had passed through the emotional healing piece and was entering the spiritual healing phase.

I liked this part...the spiritual healing piece.  I could feel a huge difference in my attitude and how I carried myself though the day if I prayed in the morning (which was basically talking to God). I would acknowledge my love for Him, ask Him to help me with my thoughts and actions and to help me be of assistance to others. In the evening, I would get on my knees (something I began while in rehab) and thank Him for helping me get through another day and I would acknowledge those who were less fortunate than me and ask God to help them, too.

That's all I did for a while and I really felt a difference.  As I've heard it said, those things helped put more "gratitude in my attitude" as I went about my day.

As time went on, I noticed the need to commit more to my "practices," i.e., those things I was doing that helped me to be balanced as I went through my day.  Commitment didn't necessarily mean more.  

For example, I was reminded of a period during my early sobriety when I was only able to see my children on Sundays between 10am and 8pm.  I felt cheated and angry that my time with them was so limited. But my sponsor reminded me that the amount of time I had with them wasn't as important as the quality of time we spent together.

As with many things in life, if you do them every day they sometimes take on less meaning in our life.  We are on autopilot; doing them out of habit, without the same feelings and intensity we felt when we started.

Yes, even prayer can become automatic, if I allow myself to become unfocused while doing it.  So, at first, commitment meant not rushing through my prayers so that I could move on to do the next thing.  Prayer...talking to God...was not an item on my "to do" list. It became a significant piece of my life, and I needed to recommit and be present while being in the presence of God.

During the month of October in the Ah-Man Blog, I will talk about improving our conscious contact with God/Divine Feminine/Source/Universe.

As always, I invite (and encourage) you to join me there to share your own experiences.


After fielding many inquiries about when I planned to update my book I AM Ah-Man, published in 2008, I am excited to announced that I finally decided to take mouse in hand and start working on a new edition, including a new title, Returning to WHOLENESS...Discovering Ah-Man.

For those who are not familiar with the book, it is designed to be a compass to direct the reader to a fuller, happier, more engaged life.  The book includes guidelines for It shows you how to identify your self-destructive patterns and offers practical exercises for reconnecting, rerouting, and rewiring your behaviors into more positive ways of living.

The fundamental elements of trust, forgiveness, and acceptance can help anyone become whole, and Returning to WHOLENESS...Discovering Ah-Man can guide you to the life you always dreamed of living.

We anticipate a publication date in early 2011.


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Michael Hoare, D.D., is an author, minister and certified Angel Therapy Practitioner, who has a wealth of experience and expertise in healing his own life and helping others heal theirs.
For more information, or to learn more about Michael and Ah-Man, visit his web site at and his blog at