Healing Addictions Through Love
Wayne Dyer, in his book “Being in Balance“, tells us that the idea of conquering or fighting an addiction is, quite simply, the wrong approach. He points to what Martin Luther King Jr once said, about how the only way which we can convert an enemy into a friend is through love, and not through fighting or hating him.
This is quite in line with the Law of Attraction. This law, in very rough terms, says that we attract what we think about, what we feel, and what we talk about.
Okay, listen very carefully to this next piece of instruction, and follow it to the best of your ability.
Don’t think of a pink elephant!
What happened? In all likelihood, the image of a pink elephant did enter your mind, even though the explicit instruction was NOT to think of one.
“The remedy of all blunders, the cure of blindness, the cure of crime, is love…” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
What are addictions? Dyer describes them as “vehicles that people board in order to get someplace higher, more pleasurable, more peaceful, more tuned in and turned on, and so on.” But, if you are already in line with this form of energy, then there is really no need for you to board any vehicle to help you “get there”, so to speak. In other words, someone who wants to get to town takes a bus there, but someone who is already in town does not need to take a bus to get there.
Addictions are somewhat of a downward spiral – we want more of what we desire; the more we take, the more we need it; however, the more we take, the less effective or satisfying it becomes. And, the worst part of addictions is that they actually damage us – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
It is clear that the “high” experienced through addictive behaviors and habits isn’t exactly “real” – it’s temporary, it’s artificial, and it isn’t authentic. Would you rather have the real high, or a fake one which in fact hurts you in so many ways?
Dyer describes addictions as “blunders”, as “demanding more and more of something your body and mind vehemently despise is addiction”. He adds further that “choosing the lopsided world of addiction over the equilibrium that is your spiritual heritage is a major distortion of your birthright. When you do that, you’re mismanaging this life. This is something I strongly believe is a blunder that can be balanced with love.”
You may be wondering – how can love balance and heal addictions? According to Dyer, “it’s very simple – because love is what you are; it’s the center of your creation.”
“Love cures, the ones who receive love and the ones who give it, too.” – Karl Menninger
In his book, Wayne Dyer shares 5 main points for healing addiction – these actually helped him to stop his own addiction issues.
He talks about realigning to wellbeing. We were created out of wellbeing, so we need to align back to that core foundation. He encourages you to pray silently at every possible opportunity – he wants you to “see yourself always summoning the energy of well-being from your spiritual Source.” Would an animal pursue what it doesn’t want, say a lion chasing after a bagful of vegetables? No, it wouldn’t happen, so why should we, as human beings, pursue things which we do not want, at the expense of things which we DO want?
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