in March 2015 the British journalist Johann Hari met with Naomi Klein to discuss his than new book, “Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs”, with her. The part of what concerns the US policy on that topic will not be discussed in this article, but his conclusion of missing connection as inner source for addiction, can be one of high interest for the mental health of the human collective, and a deeper understanding even essential to our awakening process into the Golden Age of Aquarius.
As humans we have a tendency to create little loving attachments to random daily things, like the cup of coffee in the morning, evaluating ourselves in the appreciation expressed by our partner, having the same lunch in our favorite restaurant every Wednesday, that is how we face stability and make ourselves feel safe in an ever changing world. But what if some of this habits long have turned into addictions and we just missed to see the wheel turning?
On a spiritual level the main reason for the development of an addiction that rules our life or has an intense impact of all our family system, is a matter of denial. Its a big fat “NO” to the system of physical life itself. Its the moment when the human soul at its own birth touches base with the full meaning of “all beings in a physical body are needy and depend on another.” The moment where we get the full weight of the awareness that, as free as we are in soul power, as depending we are on a human level. When we choose to disconnect from reality in this very moment, than we will develop life challenging addictions over the span of our time on earth. So is it possible that the answer to healing human addictions is simply to choice “what ever live brings – what ever happens to me on the material plane – I choose to stay connected”. While clearly this connection can only be our own inner light and willingness to fully engage with life? I am very interested to hear what you are thinking!! Please let me know in your comments!!
From the interview with Johann Hari:
Best thing I’ve read in ages … “Get a rat and put it in a cage and give it two water bottles. One is just water, and one is water laced with either heroin or cocaine. If you do that, the rat will almost always prefer the drugged water and almost always kill itself very quickly, right, within a couple of weeks. So there you go. It’s our theory of addiction.
Bruce comes along in the ’70s and said, “Well, hang on a minute. We’re putting the rat in an empty cage. It’s got nothing to do. Let’s try this a little bit differently.” So Bruce built Rat Park, and Rat Park is like heaven for rats. Everything your rat about town could want, it’s got in Rat Park. It’s got lovely food. It’s got sex. It’s got loads of other rats to be friends with. It’s got loads of colored balls. Everything your rat could want. And they’ve got both the water bottles. They’ve got the drugged water and the normal water.
But here’s the fascinating thing. In Rat Park, they don’t like the drugged water. They hardly use any of it. None of them ever overdose. None of them ever use in a way that looks like compulsion or addiction. There’s a really interesting human example I’ll tell you about in a minute, but what Bruce says shows that both the right-wing and left-wing theories of addiction are wrong. So the right-wing theory is it’s a moral failing, you’re a hedonist, you party too hard. The left-wing theory is it takes you over, your brain is hijacked. Bruce says it’s not your morality, it’s not your brain; it’s your cage. Addiction is largely an adaptation to your environment.
We’ve created a society where significant numbers of our fellow citizens cannot bear to be present in their lives without being drugged, right? We’ve created a hyperconsumerist, hyperindividualist, isolated world that is, for a lot of people, much more like that first cage than it is like the bonded, connected cages that we need.
The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection. And our whole society, the engine of our society, is geared towards making us connect with things not people. If you are not a good consumer capitalist citizen, if you’re spending your time bonding with the people around you and not buying stuff—in fact, we are trained from a very young age to focus our hopes and our dreams and our ambitions on things we can buy and consume. And drug addiction is really a subset of that.”
We are all born idolaters, and idolatry is good, because it is in the nature of man. Who can get beyond it? Only the perfect man, the God-man. The rest are all idolaters. So long as we see this universe before us, with its forms and shapes, we are all idolaters. This is a gigantic symbol we are worshiping. He who says he is the body is a born idolater.
The world has not gone one step beyond idolatry yet.
You become like what you worship
N. T. WrightThe is a list of symptoms that rarely are appearing only as one singled out feeling or experience. On a psychological level as human beings we are very complex geometric structures and like linking our helpful as well as our destructive pattern in many colorful ways into many life situations. So watch out for 2 or more points of the list before jumping to any quick conclusion and self-diagnosing / judging to quickly! And make sure to be honest with yourself, how else could we ever learn :-)! Not to forget, the sinner who found his way can be the best guide for those lost right now!
Symptoms of Soul Loss:
Soul loss is easily recognizable if you know what you’re looking for. Here’s a checklist of some of the classic symptoms:
- feelings of being fragmented, of not being all here.
- blocked memory–an inability to remember parts of one’s life.
- an inability to feel love or receive love from another.
- emotional remoteness.
- a sudden onset of apathy or listlessness.
- a lack of initiative or enthusiasm.
- a lack of joy
- an inability to make decisions.
- an inability to discriminate.
- chronic negativity.
- suicidal tendencies.
- melancholy or despair.
- chronic depression.
Ive had many idols growing up. The inclination for idol worship comes naturally to me. Or it did, anyway. I think Ive gotten over it. It came as naturally to me as wanting to act.
Getting sober was one of the three pivotal events in my life, along with becoming an actor and having a child. Of the three, finding my sobriety was the hardest thing.
Robert Downey, Jr.
From an outsider’s perspective, it would seem like I had it all. It was actually a very lonely time for me because I was suffering from alcoholism… I’ve been the lead in movies, on television shows and nominated for Emmy.
But the best thing I can say about me is that people who can’t stop drinking come up to me and say, ‘Can you help me?’ And I can say, ‘Yes.’
Dear Ones, I hope this little mix of insides, shamanic understanding, life experiences and science can help you out detecting the deep underlining currencies that are connected to the addictions you and your surrounding have chosen. Personally I am not sure if the bigger collective of humanity will ever be willing to live without the crutches our addictions provide us with, until we are a race of self-realized beings, but lets see what comes :-)!
Love and Blessings!
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