I just listened to a couple of sections of the Beyond the 12 Steps DVD. Abraham is pointing out that addiction to substances are an attempt to regain control of our experience, when our true empowerment comes from realizing that we have the power to change our thoughts and feel better.
There were some soothing thoughts that I liked and wanted to share. Abraham describes what they would say to someone who was addicted and wanted to break free.
The first thing we would say to them is, you have greater control of your life than you know, but it’s all right if you don’t know it right now.
That seems like the perfect stance for any situation in which we feel overwhelmed or can't find the better feeling thoughts. I also liked the thought that the addiction is the desire to feel better in a world where the person doesn't feel in control.
If you could separate your body from this substance for as short as three days, the cellular calling would cease. No matter what it is, the cellular calling would cease. But we don’t think it’s the cellular craving that is at the heart of these addictions. It’s the vibrational imbalance and the insatiable desire to feel better in a world that you can’t find a way of feeling better because it feels like it’s in control of you. So you have to come back into your personal power, before, before you have control of what’s happening in your experience....
Do you know that when we address an audience like this it is very common to find these students and teachers of Abraham to also be in the classification of addicted to some sort of drug or alcohol. And the reason is that you came forth with such intensity of wanting to uplift. The knowing within you of who you really are is vibrating so powerfully within you that when something in your society or in your family or up close to you caused you to see life or see yourself as different than who you really are because your stream was flowing so powerfully you took it really, really hard. In other words, you’re sensitive and it’s painful and then you want to do something to mute the pain.
Abraham-Hicks, Beyond the 12 Steps: Breaking Free of Addiction DVD
There are as many paths to empowerment and alignment as there are people. Appreciation and loving self are lovely paths.
We wish every moment of your experience to be joyful like it is for us. We want you to look around your world and not worry, but to revel in its beauty. We want you to look around your own life and not worry, but to revel, in its magnificence. We want you to look at your own body and not nitpick about a wrinkle or an extra pound, or 20 or 30 or 40.
We want you to look at yourself and adore yourself. If you will make this small effort to appreciate you and what is yours now, you will soften, so quickly, any resistance that has been keeping you apart from the things you want. It is the magic formula that you’ve been looking for. It is the key to your blending. It is the key to your allowing. It is the key to you getting what you want. It is the key to your abundance, your clarity, and to your stamina. It is the key to your energy. It is the key to your vitality. It is the key to your flexibility. It is the key to your wellness. It is the key to all things that feel good to you.
Make some small effort, every chance you get, at looking at where you stand now and doing your best to soothe and appreciate you now, to soothe and appreciate your Now.
Abraham-Hicks, September 1, 2004, Albuquerque, NM
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