The Energy of Addiction

The Energy of Addiction

Our energy plays a huge role in our mental and emotional wellbeing, and when we are struggling with addictions, our energy can really stand in the way of our recovery. We hold ourselves back from healing with the energies we allow ourselves to carry. Our energy is made up of the recurring thoughts, feelings and beliefs we choose on a daily basis, and the ones that dominate determine what kind of energy we emit. This is the energy with which we manifest everything in our lives, including our addictions and other emotional problems and behavioral patterns.

When we are struggling with addiction, we commit a disproportionate amount of time, focus and energy to our drugs of choice: how we’re going to obtain them, how we’re going to get the money to obtain them, what we need to do logistically in order to get them, how long it’s been since we last got high, how much we want to get high, how much better it feels to be high than not high.

Our addictions cause us to live in fear: fear we’ll run out of our drug, fear we won’t get more, fear we’ll never recover, fear we’ll keep hurting ourselves and our loved ones, fear we’ll never redeem ourselves.

We are consumed with regret. We focus on how guilty we feel for all the wrong we’ve done. We carry shame and decide that we’re unworthy and that we don’t deserve love. We beat ourselves up, for relapsing quickly, or for relapsing after a long stretch of being clean. We dwell on how much we’ve embarrassed ourselves and the people we care about. We can’t forgive ourselves for our mistakes, and we hold on tightly to the painful memories. We have little to no compassion for ourselves, and we judge ourselves at every turn. We tell ourselves we’re addicts and forget all the other parts of who we are.

All of this only compounds our pain and makes us want to escape into our drugs more. The more we carry an energy of fear and self-deprecation, the more likely it is we will block our chances for a successful recovery. The more we hate ourselves, the more we will sabotage our progress.

What would it feel like to change our energy to one of hope, faith and optimism? To choose self-forgiveness and unconditional self-love? What if we focused more energy on the hopeful possibilities of the future than on the difficult struggles of our present circumstances? Could we open ourselves up to healing and recovery by believing they are possible for us and by changing our energy?

Recovery means healing all parts of ourselves. Holistic healing is a major focus at Enlightened Solutions. Call (833) 801-LIVE for more information.


Caring for the Body, Mind, and Soul

Setting Energetic Boundaries

Once physical recovery is established, it is time to begin the pathway to emotional and spiritual recovery.  It is challenging to effect change on these planes of healing before physical sobriety is established.  Once it is established, it is essential to take actions to create both emotional healing and spiritual awakening in order to sustain recovery over time.  

Emotional sobriety is discovered in the process of examining and transforming one’s relationship with control. When the addict is engaging with control, this is called ‘being the  director’ of all of life.  The releasing of this orientation is named ‘living life on life’s terms’.   These two phrases are used to identify two states, demonstrating when an addict has taken back the control of their life from their higher power and when they have surrendered it back to their higher power.

Both of these expressions highlight the journey of emotional sobriety discovered through the exploration of boundaries.  They allow us to learn where our lives end and where others begin.  Through them, we learn to stay on our side of the street.  Honoring both sides of the median, there is also this place of overlap between you and others.  Energetic tools are some techniques to expand personal capacity to relinquish control in the the overlap space so that you are able to be of service.  Some tools follow:  

  • The egg visualization: this is the process of seeing or feeling an egg-shaped circular sphere that surrounds your field.  As this space is shared with others, envision it as a permeable substance.  It can be explored by filling it up with soft, colored light when extra cleansing is needed.  
  • Rose bridge between hearts: allow the vision of a bridge made of rose petals that extends from the space of your heart to the heart of the other.  Imagine a river of energy in the color green from one end of the bridge to the other.  
  • Paint brushing: creating a paintbrush in your imagination that paints in clouds to cloud-paint the space of your field and the field of the person you are being of service to.  Rather than engaging the field to protect, you are now engaging the field to bolster the sense of unity.  
  • Breathwork: explore the power of the breath matched with mantra.  Perhaps inhaling ‘thy will’, exhaling ‘my will’.  Allow yourself to creatively explore mantras that enliven your sense of connection to God.   

 

If you are struggling with addiction, alcoholism, and/or mental health, know that there is hope. There is a solution. Harmoniously fusing together the best elements of clinical care, holistic healing, and 12-step philosophy, Enlightened Solutions has created a program of total transformation for men and women seeking recovery. Call 833-801-5483 today for information on our partial care programs in New Jersey.


Restructuring Anger as an Energetic Experience

Restructuring Anger as an Energetic Experience

Anger, a natural human experience, is an emotion that invites mindfulness from addicts in recovery.  They must be very careful to not get stuck there, even though anger is a natural  response to some life experiences.  A dynamic understanding of emotional responses can aid you in processing anger.   Emotions are an energetic charge and even though they are cognitively processed, there is still an energy present that is not dissolved cognitively.  

Anger is typically a response to having security threatened.  This is also true of animals in the natural world.  When becoming aware of being hunted, animals will typically engage fight or flight responses free from mental analysis.   There is an energy coursing through the body and it instinctively evokes these responses.  

In recovery and in the social world of humans, it is not appropriate to respond to life with flight or fight responses.  However, they still have the instinct to do so.  To return to a neutral state, it is necessary to move the emotions through the parasympathetic nervous system.  The following are some simple tools to move the energy that is generated.  Be aware of those around you when engaging these practices as this energy releasement may activate fear or anger in others.

  • In the car, simply scream as loud as possible.  
  • Go for a sprint around the block - running as fast as possible for a short distance.
  • Find some junk mail or other paper that is no longer of use and intensely rip it into pieces.
  • Release the energy from the gut by using lion’s pose as intensely as possible.  
  • Create a stack of pillows and pummel them with fists while screaming.  

As you release fight or flight responses, be aware that these practices may not fully resolve the emotion with one attempt at energy practices, especially in the case of anger stored from the past.  However, they may create a state that centered enough so that a deeper reflection process can be impactful.  

If you are struggling with addiction, alcoholism, and/or mental health, know that there is hope. There is a solution. Harmoniously fusing together the best elements of clinical care, holistic healing, and 12-step philosophy, Enlightened Solutions has created a program of total transformation for men and women seeking recovery. Call 833-801-5483 today for information on our partial care programs in New Jersey.