Pyetta - A mazazine for people in recovery from addiction
Pyetta.com was formed out of a belief that more could be achieved if we can communicate our stories and share our experiences.
"Preta (Sanskrit: प्रेत) is the Sanskrit name for a type of supernatural being described in Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and Chinese and Vietnamese folk religion as undergoing suffering greater than that of humans, particularly an extreme level of hunger and thirst. They have their origins in Indian religions and have been adopted into East Asian religions via the spread of Buddhism. Preta is often translated into English as "hungry ghost" from the Chinese adaptation. In early sources such as the Petavatthu, they are much more varied. The descriptions below apply mainly in this narrower context.
Pretas are believed to have been false, corrupted, compulsive, deceitful, jealous and/or greedy people in a previous life. As a result of their karma, they are afflicted with an insatiable hunger for a particular substance or object. Traditionally, this is something repugnant or humiliating, such as cadavers or feces, though in more recent stories, it can be anything, however bizarre.”
It can easily be traits or characteristics attributed to ADDICTION.
A more accurate description of the life of an addict would be difficult to write. Addiction is a terrible disease that has ruined many lives for many years. Recently, in the last century, a simple way has been proving itself in the lives of many addicts. Hundreds of thousands of addicts are finding relief and recovery from addiction by belonging to 12 Step programs, and applying spiritual principals in their lives.
Pyetta.com was formed out of a belief that more could be achieved if we can communicate our stories and share our experiences. We want to provide a platform that is free of advertising and is entirely self-supporting through the contributions of addicts. Our goal is to develop and improve our website and offer an e-magazine, bi-monthly. Every two months, the magazine will contain the best of what we collect from contributors and their stories. The magazine will be timeless; Our stories are poignant and relevant in seeking recovery from addiction. We hope to solicit articles, stories, and artwork that we can share with others so that our experience, strength and hope may attract others to recovery.
Our hope is to one day provide a compilation of our subscribers’ best work to form a hard copy magazine for distribution to places that addicts congregate so that newcomers can learn of a new way of life. This is a for profit venture, but our goal is to carry a message of hope to addicts and provide information and personal stories that support the spiritual principles found in successful recovery.
The people behind Pyetta are passionate about the 12 Step process. Many people have transformed their lives because of 12 Step programs like Narcotics Anonymous. There are many important aspects to living a life in recovery; Personal transformation, a connection with the Divine, and a commitment to helping others are all results of a successful recovery - the lives of addicts who are no longer living in active addiction.
Mark Smed lives in Summerland, BC, Canada and has spent his entire life working with information technology. His passion for recovery comes from the many volunteer commitments he participates in and also from the success these programs have had with many of his friends. Mark and his business partner/editor, Erica, a recovering person for almost 10 years wish to take their knowledge of writing, IT, and business to provide the opportunity for addicts to carry the message of hope to the still suffering addict.
Initial funding will provide the resources to continue the work on our website. Our goal is to reach $75,000. With these funds we believe we can produce 12 publications electronically over two years and maintain the website. We will need to work with graphic design people, writers and 3rd party companies which all cost money. We have wages for our time and if funding surpasses our goal, we want to hire additional staff.
Ultimately our goal is to provide a high-quality timeless magazine for those who are in and who wish to be in the recovery community. The magazine will help promote the lifestyle and application of spiritual principles to the lives of addicts and benefit from each other’s experience, strength and hope. Any donation would be beneficial to our cause. We are offering incentives of a 1-year subscription for $25, and a 2-year subscription for $40.
Risks and challenges
There are no risks with this project. The funding would be sufficient to allow us to achieve our goal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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