Reiki To Overcome Addiction
Addiction is a compulsive condition where a person obsessively craves a substance or behavior with a lack of concern over consequences. Most often, addictions are detrimental to the person’s physical and/or mental health.
The NHS website describes Addiction as:
“is most commonly associated with gambling, drugs, alcohol and nicotine, but it’s possible to be addicted to just about anything, including:
– work – some people are obsessed with their work to the extent that they become physically exhausted; if your relationship, family and social life are affected and you never take holidays, you may be addicted to work.
– internet – as computer and mobile phone use has increased, so too have computer and internet addictions; people may spend hours each day and night surfing the internet or gaming while neglecting other aspects of their lives.
– solvents – volatile substance abuse is when you inhale substances such as glue, aerosols, petrol or lighter fuel to give you a feeling of intoxication.
– shopping – shopping becomes an addiction when you buy things you don’t need or want to achieve a buzz; this is quickly followed by feelings of guilt, shame or despair.
– Chocolate and other sweets – Sometimes you have to have it. And you may not be able to stop. Don’t feel bad — foods high in carbs, fats, and sugar can affect your brain just like drugs do. Craving for an occasional milkshake doesn’t mean you’re hooked. But your sweet tooth can get out of control and lead to other health problems.
– Exercise – A good workout can help you get over addictions, as long as you don’t become hooked on the activity itself. Exercise helps your brain learn, which can speed recovery. But you have to be able to say “no” to that endorphin-fueled runner’s high if you’re ill or injured. Plus, a new habit you start while working out may be harder to shake.
– Social Media – Do you spend so much time on Facebook and Twitter you feel like you’re addicted? New studies show that you might be among the 10% of social media users who really are hooked. The random pace of posts affects your brain the same way that cocaine does. Sharing details about yourself with others also creates a rush of positive feelings that leaves you wanting more.
– Sex – Can’t stop having sex — or looking at porn? Doing it more, enjoying it less, and risking too much to get it? Maybe you have a strong sex drive. But there could be more going on. It’s not an official addiction, but there is a thing called hypersexual disorder. If you have it, your brain may be wired like that of someone with a drug or gambling problem.
How Do Addictions Develop?
Addictions usually develop as a kind of coping or escape mechanism to some form of emotional distress. It can be a way of blocking out difficult issues. Unemployment and poverty can trigger addiction, along with stress and emotional or professional pressure.
The person tries to get away from the original problem by distracting himself with something else that takes away his attention from the pain for some time, and when he does this repeatedly he develops an addiction.
Some studies suggest addiction is genetic, but environmental factors, such as being around other people with addictions, are also thought to increase the risk.
Anything that alters your mood can become addictive. It begins as self-medication to help you manage pain. The reward you get when you see that text message pop up, find the perfect pair of shoes, or roll a lucky seven makes you want more. That becomes something you can’t live without.
If you feel you have a habit that’s out of control, talk to your doctor or a therapist.
Addictions and Chakras
Most addictions have an overactive Root chakra at the core, in combination with imbalances of other chakras.
An overage of Root chakra can trigger extreme feelings of insecurity. In order to compensate for the security you once felt within the core of your being, the person clings to outside influences to fill up the void.
The Root chakra governs our habits and routines in daily life; we feel safer when we stick to routine and the root is the safety and security chakra. In the most positive sense, it’s the part of you that is committed, consistent and tenacious. And on the other side of that “coin,” it can cause you to get stuck in unhealthy habits and patterns. With an excess of energy in the Root chakra,one clings to even unhealthy habits even to his detriment.
Besides this, addictions indicate a weakness of the Solar Plexus because it governs our will power. So a lack of it results in the person clinging to the addictive substance or behaviour. The fiery solar plexus chakra is responsible for your will and ability to choose what you truly want in every moment. In a nutshell, it’s your empowerment chakra.
Where there is addiction, there is a lack of personal power, and the feeling that you’re being controlled by the addiction.
In general, the lower three chakras are the most affected in addictions to alcohol or drugs.
Healing Addictions With Reiki
There are several rehabilitation and de-addiction programs which focus on abstinence from the substance or substituting one substance for another. However, there are always chances for relapse even after de-addiction until we fix the root issue.
So in addition to the aforesaid, the healing requires dissolving the original emotional issue due to which the person developed addiction. It could be a lack of understanding, feelings of insecurity, anxiety, or anything else.
The key to resolve any kind of addiction is to dissolve the energetic blockages and Reiki is one of the best techniques in this context.
True healing can never begin from a place of self-judgment and negativity. Healing always comes from self-love and self-respect.
It helps to align our energy vortexes to an optimally functional state and helps to keep us grounded. In case of addictions, it helps to balance all your chakras and develop your upper chakras which are often weak in comparison to the lower chakras.
Releasing negative emotions can really help in resolving blocked Root chakra energy. You might explore dynamic meditation, or simply dance away your worries and fears. This would help you release the excess energy in the lower chakras.
Use the affirmations like ‘I am safe’, ‘I am strong, stable and at peace’, ‘I trust in the wisdom of life’.
Addictions are a kind of escape mechanism that the person depends upon in order to evade the feelings of mistrust, instability, and insecurity. So these affirmations help to uproot the negative programming created by past experiences and rewire your brain for the positive changes.
Plan For The End of December 2020 and January 2021
The end of this year and the start of 2021 offer a great opportunity to work through our addictions. We will use the Online Reiki Share and the Holy Fire® Online Experiences to do that.
Here are the dates:
Online Reiki Share – 6:00 pm UK, 10:00 am PT, 1:00 pm ET
– 29 December 2020; 5, 12, 19, 26 January 2021
Holy Fire® Online Experience – 6:00 pm UK, 10:00 am PT, 1:00 pm ET
– 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 January 2021