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Abstinence from Drugs

 

By George A. Boyd ©1991

The path I have chosen for myself is abstinence from all drugs and intoxicants. I have abandoned these external, chemical methods to relax me, to alter my consciousness, to bring me into a state of peace, joy and ecstasy, because I have learned to produce these desirable physiological, psychological and spiritual states through meditation.

However, for a person addicted to drugs or alcohol to simply abandon drugs, is to leave a vacuum within. That person is left with feelings of boredom, loneliness, confusion, misery and emotional pain, and physical discomfort and irritability. Trying to recover without addressing these feelings is to keep the door wide open for relapse. A person must first learn to deal with the stresses of life without drugs, finding healthful and non-injurious positive substitutes.

Chemicals do work to temporarily produce relief of these dysphoric and unpleasant psychophysical states, but their long-term use for this purpose extracts a heavy toll. Sometimes they demand the price of your life: destroying your health, your sanity, your dreams, and the lives of those around you who are unfortunate enough to come into your path when you are controlled by your addiction.

Meditation is one such a healthful and non-injurious positive substitute for drug and alcohol use. Meditation empowers your will, and helps you concentrate. It enables you to relax and relieve stress. It facilitates processing and clearing of your unpleasant emotional states, aiding you to work through them and release them. In places you in touch with your Higher Mind, which is the source of creativity, inspiration, and intuitive knowledge. It awakens your spirit, and fills your heart with love and joy. It brings communion with what is highest and best in you. It leads you to an inexhaustible fount of peace and bliss within you. It unfolds the infinite potentials of your soul.

Frankly, there is no comparison between drugs and alcohol and meditation.

  • The pleasure of the "rush" that people experience when intravenously injecting heroin, cocaine or amphetamines does not in the tiniest degree measure up to the ecstasy of the Kundalini Shakti. [The Kundalini Shakti is the dormant power of energy and awareness that, when awakened, allows one to consciously experience Superconscious states of the mind when it awakens within you.]

  • The relaxation of valium cannot compete in any fashion with the self-produced inner serenity and tranquility of Samadhi. [Samadhi is the ecstatic trance-like state produced by deep concentration that enables the meditator to experience his or her Soul directly.]

  • The hallucinatory voyage of psychedelics cannot even come close to the beauty and speechless wonder of traveling in full consciousness through the inner planes during communion with the Light and Sound of the Divine.

  • The warm tinglies of Qualuudes or Adam (MDMA) cannot tip the scale in the least with the healing and heart-melting embrace of the Holy Spirit

Meditation wins hands down–there is not even a contest.

The journey of spirituality that meditation reveals will bring you everything you have been seeking through drugs, and much, much more. There is a way out from obsession with drugs, from will-paralyzing addiction, and the self-sabotage, self-hatred and self-destruction that go along with them. The answer is not white-knuckled, steely-willed abstinence that melts away on your first bad day.

It is rather a full-hearted, total immersion in the life of the Spirit, which heals, renews, releases, and frees. Rather than an act of will, it is an act of surrender that sets the captive free.

Living in touch with the Higher Power will fulfill your human life the way drugs and alcohol could not. The abstinence from drugs and alcohol the Spirit brings comes effortlessly and without struggle. Because it is so very easy to let go of inferior and cheap substitutes when you find what you have been seeking all your life: a relationship with your Divine Source.

There is a choice that does not come from pride, but from humility; not from the desire to prove your valor to others, but your need to tell the truth; not from strength and might, but from a tearful contrition that is life transforming. You have struggled to control your addiction, and it has controlled you.

Paradoxically, the victory you seek is found in surrender to the Higher Power you have been resisting. That very choice that is the one real hope in a night that has been far too long and far too dark and empty. May you find that choice now.

 

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