A Message From “The Family”: On Addiction

Shadows.FatherAddiction is the soulbody’s response to a karmic need for absolute reassurance that all is as it should be in physical reality. Addiction is a substitute for awareness of divine love. When one is consuming the addictive substance or engaging in the addictive behavior, one is pursuing an old, familiar path leading to a comfortable desired exciting end; yet addiction never provides satiation except temporarily. There is always a Fall after Paradise. And yet, for the brief duration of the high, addiction provides an altered state similar to that which is experienced by saints in trance of divine love.

Mister Rand thinks that his addiction is to compulsive overeating. This is in fact the case to some extent. He came into physical reality to create an amalgamation of his spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and physical experiences, to find unity amongst them and to communicate this unity in his writing and speaking and intuitive counseling. Yet his yearning for to dissolve back into the Plane of Light and Sound is so great that he also required a powerful tether to physical reality in order to complete his purpose here. Addiction to food provides this.

He has, like many compulsive eaters, suffered from starvation in other incarnations. His body has wasted away in Calicut or Calcutta,  he has clawed for purchase on the walls of a concentration camp oven, he has drowned, he has roamed the countryside hiding from the Black Death, he has stolen food in the Renaissance, he has cooked great elaborate meals for masters that he has not been permitted to eat himself. And so he permits himself pleasure without restraint. Of course he also pays a price for this, which is a shortened and less fulfilling life.

While after a binge he may feel himself hopeless, all is never lost forever. As he lets love in, his addiction will retreat. As he lets his body enjoy itself in water therapy at the gymnasium, he will stimulate biological processes that help regularize his body sugars to provide more ready assimilation of sugars and nutriments from the foods he eats, thus reducing cravings. He is at root a runner, with a runner’s metabolism, burdened with an addict’s lethargy.

And we thank you for sharing.

— Channeled 1 November 2013

To Force

mushroomcloudSlightly more creative than the level of consciousness I call “To Control Absolutely” is the level of consciousness I call To Force. People and civilizations operating on the consciousness level of To Force—like those on the level of To Control Absolutely—still tend to view the world around them as an enemy to be conquered in order to obtain wanted safety, housing, food, sex, goods, and other commodities. However, people operating on the level of To Force are not as ego-blinded as those on the level of To Control Absolutely. Though self-centered, they are capable of empathy, once they get their needs met; and though they may glorify militarism, conquest, and aggression, they can at times relax and feel more or less secure, something that those on the level of To Control Absolutely can never do.

People invested in To Force can include not only violent criminals, violent gang members, militant groups and professional mercenaries, but can also include aggressive corporations, businesses that despoil the environment for profit, spouse- child- and animal-abusers, thieves and barroom brawlers—all those who believe that they must take what they want in order to enjoy it, rather than learn to cooperate with others to get their needs met.

The flip side of To Force is the consciousness-level I call To Allow Oneself To Be Forced or To Allow Oneself To Be Victimized. This consciousness level does not include random or one-time abuse victims who are truly incapable of removing themselves from the line of fire. This consciousness level includes those who believe that the only way they can get the security or love they want is to allow themselves to be subjected to repeated abuse, and who therefore refuse to remove themselves from abusive situations even though it is in their power to do so. People stuck on this level of consciousness can also include those who abuse their bodies for the sake of religion, fitness, peace of mind, or weight loss; binge eaters; binge dieters; anorexics; bulimics; exercise addicts; compulsive eaters; those who cut themselves to relieve anxiety; and sadomasochists. In such cases, one can be both abuser and victim simultaneously.

Root chakra blocks are common among persons operating on the consciousness level of To Force and To Allow Oneself To Be Forced. Impotence, feelings of powerlessness, frustration, and rage can jeopardize job, sex life, and material security. Persons operating on these consciousness levels are also much more likely to become involved in workplace accidents, car crashes, and premature fatalities.

NEXT: To Threaten.