We all have, or have had addictions. We tend to only think of those such as alcohol or drug addition, but there are other (emotional) addictions that are debilitating to our Spiritual Growth.
Society judges addictions as something that needs to be overcome. But what if addictions are a normal part of life, not to be overcome, but to enlighten us? What if they are signposts on our journey of Self-awareness and Self-empowerment?
I venture to say that most, if not all additions are unconscious. Take for example, the addiction to stay busy. Most people would say that is a favorable character trait. Indeed it can be. But it can also be an addiction to proving yourself worthy….. or a ruse to gain love, attention, or a promotion. When in reality staying busy is a diversion from what’s simmering under the surface, which is our soul’s desire to live the truth of who we really are.
I propose that addictions are a go~to when we’re in need of something, but we’re unaware of what that something is. For awhile our addictions may serve us by smoothing out some of the ruff spots in our lives. And there are certainly times when we need those moments of comfort that our addictions can provide. But that solace is temporary, which is why we continue reaching for more.
Here are a few of the common addictions that no one is talking about:
~ Staying busy…to prove yourself worthy
~ Titles, degrees, affiliations…shoring up your persona
~ Consumerism…bolstering our outward appearance
~ Excessive talking…fear of the silence
~ Food…a way to fill what feels empty
~ Chronic illness…to shun the responsibilities of life
~ Complaining…desiring to change things without taking responsibility
~ Judgment…making oneself feel superior
~ Drama (self created, or the media)…an artificial way to feel alive
~ Exercise…addiction to endorphins
~ Social media…distraction from being in the present moment
~ Religion or spirituality…turning your power over to someone else
~ And the biggest addiction of all….looking for love in all the wrong places, when in reality it is Divine Love we are in search of.
Addictions are a distraction from getting to know the real YOU rather than the one you’re presenting to the world. Once you realize this, there are no addictions to overcome. There is only one thing you need do: Awaken to WHO YOU ARE and when you do, the addictions will disappear along with the masks you were wearing.
Yes, some additions are more serious than others and they do require a period of physical and emotional rehabilitation. But, at the root of that rehabilitation is the need to step out of the darkness that has been eclipsing your True Self. Once you do, you will find that your Divine Self is unconditionally loving and you have nothing to prove to yourself or anyone else.
Rehabilitation is a step by step process. In that regard Alcoholics Anonymous is a great way to move through the process. But the process is one of Loving, rather than overcoming. And there is an additional step that’s missing from AA and other similar programs. That step is dropping the label “I am an alcoholic” and replacing it with the acknowledgement I AM THAT I AM.
Perhaps this too is an addiction, one that I’m addicted to….eternally knowing I AM THAT I AM. And it’s not one that needs to be overcome, it’s the eternal gift of Enlightenment.
~ Sharon Lyn Shepard ~
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Note: If I’ve stirred something in you and you’d like another perspective, I suggest the book “Addictions: How to Unplug and be Free” by John Flaherty. John is an experienced Teacher of Spiritual and Emotional Wellbeing. An expert in the field of addictions, he inspires people to be free of their addictive behaviors to find emotional freedom, increased confidence and personal peace to live a more fulfilled existence. Visit his website @ http://www.beawarebealive.com