For years I used to drink each day 1-2 beers before dinner and half a bottle of wine to go with the food. According to Dutch medical standards I would have been considered an alcoholic because I drank more than 3 units of alcohol each day. Although I never felt an addict, I guess there is a thin line between habit and addiction.
What puzzled me however was that when having lunch or dinner in one of the Mediterranean countries, drinking a bottle of wine is considered absolutely normal. Does that make them all alcoholics down there?
Intuitively you feel that there are apparently different standards based on culture and beliefs, which brings me to the question: what is addiction, how does it work? And perhaps more importantly, if you are considered an addict, can you get rid of your addiction or are you doomed because, well, you are addicted?
What if I showed you that addiction is not a disease and can actually be released quickly once you understand what addiction is really about…?
What will follow requires an open mind because it goes against much that is being published about addictions and in many ways contradicts popular belief. I therefore invite you to just read and listen to the information provided by my panel of experts, feel into what is being said by them and then make up your own mind.
Ready? Just take a few deep breaths, relax and then start. Oh, and before I forget, the three clips take in total approximately 23 minutes to listen to. Just that you know.
Addiction is not a disease, it is a coping style
Let’s first listen to what Robert Smith has to say about addiction. Robert is a well known Life Coach, a respected leader in the field of personal growth and one of America’s leading experts on stress, spirituality and healing.
What do you feel about Roberts observations regarding addictions? Do you agree with him that in most cases addiction is nothing more than a “coping style” and a bad one at that?
I can already hear you think: but isn’t addiction about the physical body being dependent on a particular substance?
Addiction is not about physical substance dependency
I initially thought that myself as well. As I understood it when you are addicted your body is used to get a particular substance, alcohol, drugs, nicotine, whatever, and you simply can’t resist the bodily craving. Isn’t that what addiction is really about?
Time to call in another expert, Abraham.
Whoaah, was that a lot of information or what?! Let me summarize the three most important points here for you.
1. Your physical body is able to adjust to whatever you “feed” it, including certain substances, and re-balance itself within a couple of days. Once the body is rebalanced we experience cravings for that substance in order to continue the balance.
Aha, I can already hear you say, so it is about substance dependency after all! Not really, because within the same few days your body will adjust and re-balance again if you no longer take the substance. According to Abraham it takes you about 3 days to adjust, either way.
How does this feel to you? From my own experience I can second what Abraham is telling. Overnight I quit smoking and since I am living on my own during the week and changed my routines, my body no longer signals me around 5:00PM to get myself a beer. And boy, were those signals loud and clear in the past;).
2. Not with the same words as Robert, but Abraham is also emphasizing that addiction is a way of coping; coping with an emotional imbalance. Dealing with this imbalance is the key, otherwise you run the risk of going from one addiction to another. This coping starts with no longer worrying about your addiction and then, step by step, getting to the bottom of it while restoring your emotional, i.e. vibrational, balance.
3. This emotional imbalance usually has to do with the fact that on a spiritual level we know that we are supposed to feel good whatever the circumstances, but in our day to day life we are confronted with negative emotions and we have forgotten how to get in touch and stay in touch with our divine essence, the feeling of eternal joy and bliss. Instead we use artificial ways to make ourselves feel good.
That is also why so often addiction programs fail because they are pushing and forcing people to change their behavior on a superficial level, instead of helping them to re-establish that loving connection with Self. Can you feel the difference?
Just take a moment here to breath this all in. How do you feel now about addictions? Do you understand the root cause?
Time to call in the last expert, Tobias of the Crimson Circle, to explain the 4 step program.
Introducing the “pleasure center”
But, before listening to the final clip with Tobias, I first need to briefly explain the “pleasure center” that Tobias is talking about. In my view it adds an important metaphysical insight to what Abraham told.
In Tobias’ almost one and half hour channel session about addictions, he explains that at a certain point in the evolution of the human body an energetic pleasure network was “engineered” to better anchor our spiritual energy in the physical body. Unintentionally, this pleasure center also opened the door for addictions.
The 4 step program to release addictions
Okay, you have been patient enough. Let’s dive into the program now. Please take a few deep breaths before you listen to the clip with Tobias.
To help you remember the four steps I have summarized them below.
1. Be aware
Be aware that you have this energetic network that is sensitive to addiction. I would personally add here what Abraham and Robert said, i.e. that you are also aware that addiction is a coping style to deal with emotional imbalance and that your body can get off any substance within a matter of days.
2. Take full responsibility for your life
Take full responsibility for your life, whatever the circumstances, knowing that you create your own reality to gain experience and evolve even if at the moment you don’t know why something is happening. Remember, circumstances don’t matter, only state of being matters.
3. Breath consciously
Practice conscious breathing on a regular basis, as this will stimulate the pleasure network in a natural way and helps you to restore your emotional and vibrational balance. In the end the use of conscious breathing will put the pleasure center out of service.
4. Choose and accept life
When you choose life and do your breathing you will be able to reconnect with your eternal being and experience true joy and pleasure in your life without the need to any longer artificially stimulate the pleasure network.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences regarding addictions. Does this 4 step spiritual program make sense to you? Is there anything you would like to add?