Superhero Report – July 28, 2014
Our Relationship with Mood-Altering Substances
It is not something we like to admit, but the New Superheroes have often had trouble with mood-altering substances. Whether it is caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, marijuana, a whole host of illegal substances or ones that have been prescribed by our doctors for ADD, anxiety, stress, depression, or panic attack, certain ascetic meditation practices, television, video games, the internet – the New Superheroes are likely to have (or had) some sort of habitual relationship with one or several of the above. There is a sound explanation for the attractiveness of these substances and to the way in which we are almost irresistibly drawn toward them and why they can so easily become addictive. There are also some simple practices we can engage in which can render these substances unnecessary. (Note: if you have an addiction, please seek out the support of your local 12-Step recovery program.)
The question of why we are drawn to mood-altering substances has a many-layered response:
1) We remember our true nature and our original home and we want to go home!
On an unconscious and often conscious level, Superheroes remember what “heaven” feels like. We also know our “true self” is not of this earth, but that we are pure, spiritual beings. Mood-altering substances stimulate the brow and crown chakras and give us an experience of being “home.”
2) We were given a vision of what the earth is supposed to be like, and this is not it.
Until we know how, we often resist this human form and are looking for ways to ESCAPE. The earth we are currently residing in is the not the vision of earth that was planted into our hearts and that we are here to make real. Again, mood-altering substances give us an experience similar to being home, thereby allowing us, at least temporarily, to escape the painful human condition.
3) The false belief that spiritual is better than human.
This is a biggie – especially among certain members of the New Age, Ascension, and Lightworker communities. We are NOT here to be spiritual, we are not here to ascend the limitations of our humanness, we are not here to sprinkle fairies and stardust upon the world singing songs of light and love and perfection, believing that if we think good thoughts all will be well and we will have everything we want. No, we are not here to do these things – not at the expense of being HUMAN anyway. WE ARE HERE TO BE HUMAN. PERIOD. We are ALREADY fully Divine. We came here to experience being human AND to bring our already perfect Divine nature fully into this experience. Rather than Ascension, the journey of the New Superhero (and the rest of the world with us), is actually INCARNATION – transcending the illusions of duality and becoming BOTH fully Divine AND fully Human. We already know the Divine part….let’s figure out how to be human! (ahem….I know a pretty cool dude who lived about 2000 years ago in and around Palestine/Israel who came here to do the same.)
As strangers in a strange land, we often have the experience of not fitting in, of being judged for being weird or strange. People don’t understand us, or the vision we carry in our hearts and the drive to make it real. When we feel rejected by those around us, and sometimes even by those we love, we take it personally. This rejection becomes internalized as shame. Mood-altering substances are a great way to numb the pain of this shame.
Just ask Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman, being a Superhero is lonely business. Until they discovered each other and formed the Justice League, these Superheroes were out there on their own trying to make the world a better place and feeling very alone. The same is true of us. We often feel alone in the world with few who understand our unique temperaments, gifts and call. Mood altering substances help us to numb the pain of feeling alone and misunderstood.
Again, if our relationship with mood-altering substances has reached the level of addiction, then it is time to seek help. 12-Step recovery programs are a great way to get support in stopping the use of the substance and Authentic Freedom helps to identify and heal the inner fears/wounds which led us to the compulsive behavior in the first place. If our relationship to mood-altering substances is less problematic but we still find ourselves drawn to them, the following practices may prove helpful.
Tonglen is a Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice which incorporates visualization and breathwork for the intention of transforming painful emotions. For the Superheroes, applying Tonglen to feelings of loneliness and shame can prove effective. Here is the practice in short:
- Identify the feeling you want to work with (shame, loneliness)
- Call that feeling up in your body.
- Identify where in your body you feel it.
- Breathe INTO that place in your body, while feeling the emotion (shame, loneliness).
- While breathing into that place, follow your breath with your mind.
- Now breathe out love, following the love with your breath as you imagine it flowing out of you from the place of the painful emotion.
- Continue with this practice until you feel something change – perhaps the emotion shifts to something else, maybe you begin to weep.
Embodiment is a practice that I discovered while struggling with an overactive and fretful mind. The intention of this practice is to REMEMBER that we are here to have a HUMAN experience – no matter what we remember about our “heaven home” or our true nature as spiritual beings. Embodiment allows us to set aside the false belief that spiritual is better than human and gives us the tools for bringing our, already perfect, Divine selves FULLY into the human experience. When our spirit is fully incarnate in our bodies, we feel safe and secure and are less likely to be tempted to FLEE. It is not, however, until we INCARNATE that we feel safe in our human selves, so let’s get to incarnating, shall we???
- Close your eyes and draw your awareness deep into your body.
- See if you can identify the distinction between your spiritual and human self. (Note, the spiritual self, until we are incarnate, tends to hang out in the upper chakras, especially our head, or even somewhere outside and above us.)
- Conscious of the distinction between your spiritual and human self, bring your consciousness deep into your body.
- Imagine the Earth beneath you as hands reaching up to hold, support, protect, and nourish you.
- Feel the sense of safety in resting in this supportive space.
- Imagine your HUMAN self as supported by the Earth and receiving its nourishment from the Earth.
- As you begin to feel the safety of humanness, imagine that your human self is like a chalice – an empty vessel waiting for your Spirit to be poured into it.
- From this place of security, observe as your Spirit willingly pours itself into the safe home of your human chalice. You are not pushing, forcing or pulling it in, it willingly enters in the knowledge that the Human form is safe.
- Returning to the awareness of your human form, FEEL the sensation of being fully human and safe in this experience, while completely filled by your Divine Spiritual nature. Feel the wholeness and completeness of this experience. As you sit in this feeling of safety, you become aware of all illusions of separation melting away. Your Spirit and your Human natures are now one – no longer separate or distinct from each other, but ONE.
Embodiment eliminates the temptation to FLEE because when we INCARNATE, we find that WE ARE HOME and that there is a home for us in the human condition and that with our embodiment, it looks a whole lot like the heaven we remember and the heaven we were sent to make real upon this earth. :) In this experience, we know that HEAVEN IS REAL and it is right here, within and among us.
Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come,
Jesus said in reply, “The coming of the kingdom of God cannot be observed,
And no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or ‘ look, there it is.’
For behold, the kingdom of God is within (and among) you.”
Luke 17: 20-21