Watch this amazing video produced by my newly discovered friend Mitch Barr.
This is an amazing, eye opening, interview about addictive behavior! As a holistic eye doctor, I have long sought the answer to Rachel’s dilemma. Which, as I view it, is how to best understand any “addictive” behavior problem and overcome it permanently! Food in excess or the miserably toxic quality of fast food restaurants is an addiction, like drugs! Why? Because, as Rachel knows, it will kill you but yet you still do it! You “cannot stop“! McDonald’s, Burger King and KFC is betting on it!
Can we avoid or reverse addictions? I am always seeking a method of helping my patients achieve personal growth and change, when I diagnose potentially catastrophic future illnesses during a holistic eye exam. Via DRI, digital retinal imaging, we can potentially diagnose future disease like: strokes, heart attacks, diabetes and blindness. I clearly explain their illness and give them information on how to resolve it. Yet most seem unable to change and prevent disaster.
As Rachel is telling us change is difficult! She calls it something like the “devil of addiction” talking to her. I think this choice of words is disabling and destructive! When you picture a devil, you know you will be in constant battle and you likely believe the that the god like devil is too powerful for you to overcome.
However, I wonder if, in some ways, people like Rachel are less diseased then most Americans? What if the world is full of “numb” people who don’t get “excited” and involved in anything and as such don’t get addicted, as easily as Rachel does? Is being “numb” an illness? In the 50’s, angry mothers marched down the streets of the USA in large numbers protesting a small increase in milk prices! Today Monsanto genetically alters food and spends millions to fight for campaigns to keep you uninformed by denying you information about the toxic foods they have created and the toxic chemicals they use as pesticide. Most of you know about it and yet, you who know, keep poisoning yourself and your children with their “food”. How does this possibly indicate that Rachel is healthier than you?
What is worse a passion that can lead to addiction or a passionless slow death? Think about this. What if the reason people like Rachel get addicted is because they are “passionate” people that get addicted because of their passion for the depth of their life experience (something you don’t have)? Artists are filled with “entheos,” the creative power of emotion. The word entheos derives from Latin meaning filled with God’s Spirit. Artists get addicted as we all know from the newspapers. Actors and actresses, musicians, fine artists of painting and sculpture seem to wrestle with this dilemma. They get addicted to drugs and alcohol. The rest of humanity seems immune or is that they are too passionless to be truly fully alive? Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying, “Sadly enough many live to the age of 21 only to be buried at the age of 65.” This may be what he meant!
Maybe we need to think outside the box and realize that drug addicts may have far greater potential than average people! Maybe the cure is not to fix the drug addict’s disease but help them focus their “passions” on great achievements! Help them substitute their drug addiction (passion) for a passion for good? Can you picture an addict who is addicted to exercise and good diet … to the extreme? It may not seem perfect to you but it is a heck of a lot better than drug addiction! I am not sure I have the answer to drug addiction but I can see how addictive personalities (which may be entheos filled passionate people) might turn away from viewing the “devil” whispering into their ears. Instead they might be seeing God’s love filling them with an explosive motivation to achieve, in a tireless fashion, as Thomas Edison did when working on creating the light bulb. Thomas Edison was so “involved” that he slept only for a few hours in a closed roll top desk in his lab so he could work on and on until he succeeded! Was Thomas Edison an addictive type of personality? I think so!
What about the “numb” people who are like sheep marching to their slaughter? I am not sure how to awaken a dead passion in average people! Yet I am beginning to think that “addicts” have a bit too much in some circumstances. Perhaps this means that in the right circumstances we can awaken passion and life in the seeming less passionate. Is this not what men like Tony Robins seek to do? It is why I studied hypnosis. I believe this dream is possible; however, I have yet to solve this problem, only define it and even there it could use more work. Maybe this essay will provoke some outside the box thinking that might lead to a solution to both problems.