Addicted To Earth

“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.” Buddha

The movie, “What the Bleep Do We Know” illustrates how humans are addicted to their emotions so we tend to create or attract situations that will fulfill the biochemical craving of the cells of our body.  We do this by creating situations that meet our chemical needs.  The movie poses the question, “How can anyone really say they’re in love with a specific person?  They’re only in love with the anticipation of the emotions they’re addicted to because the same person could fall out of favor the next week by not complying.”

The movie explains that emotions are not bad. Emotions are part of life. “They color the richness of our experience. It’s our addiction that’s the problem.”  People are addicted to emotions. It’s not just psychological, it’s biochemical. “Think about this: heroin uses the same receptor mechanisms on the cells that our emotional chemicals use. It’s easy to see then that if we can be addicted to heroin…then we can be addicted to any neural peptide, any emotion.“

Author and Public Speaker, Dr. Joe Rubino, is of the view that 85% of the population is addicted to negative emotions. Unresolved emotions from early childhood traumas are the culprit.  After an emotionally bad experience, traumatized children make up a story such as, ‘I am stupid’ or ‘people are cruel’ and ‘the world is a scary place’. Once the story is created, it becomes the child’s perception of reality so they start to scan for evidence to prove it. When a parent is angry or a bully is name calling, it’s easy for a child to find ‘evidence’ that he or she is stupid and the world is scary. From there, the child starts to live their life around their ‘story’.  The problem is that this pattern continues through to adulthood. When our emotions from negative experiences in early childhood are not resolved, they  evolve into an addiction.  Suffering from prolonged feelings of either anger, sadness or fear are a clear indication that you may be stuck in an addictive mood.

Dr. Joe Rubino’s research indicates there are approximately 280 million spiritually depressed people addicted to sadness. He explains that they regularly and subconsciously scan their thoughts and create opportunities in their lives to feel sad.  Though people hate being sad, over the years it’s become a comfortable and familiar state because people get to avoid being responsible for their emotions, they get to feel sorry for themselves, and they get to evoke sympathy and pity in others.  All of these things keep the sadness in place.  People who are addicted to anger will attract people who ‘make them angry’.

Taking the concept of addiction one step further, Robert Monroe who founded the Monroe Institute observed that humans will reincarnate back to Earth in order to satisfy their cravings of everything that the five senses have to offer.  People keep coming back for more sex, more booze, and more of whatever it is that they desire in physical terms, that they didn’t get enough of in a previous life.  Mr. Monroe suggested that this explains why humans tend to evolve very slowly in consciousness. We are addicted to earthly experiences and crave being able to taste, touch, smell, see and hear.

Happily, in a meditative or trance state, the five senses, the emotions and related addictions fall away.  This is yet another reason to meditate.