While some weep, others condemn
The end result of judgment is condemnation. Human beings feel the need to judge others as a means of justifying their own moral compass. I understand how deeply ingrained this process is in all of us. From the earliest age, we are taught this distorted truth. I am not entirely sure why we don’t trust the moral compasses of our individual children to be expressed and experimented with on their own, yet my eyes see that most of the time we do not.
I do wish, believe, and hope that as we evolve as a species we will begin to trust that our children are here on a soul journey of their own and they are fully capable of determining what their own belief system is.
Kahlil Gibran wrote:
“Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.”
My thoughts today are on the drug-related death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. Much has been said by media and fans as well as others who are comfortable expressing their comments in media articles. The expressions are as wide and diverse as you would imagine on this very difficult-to-understand topic.
There are those who say we should sympathize with Philip’s losing battle with addiction and those who say fooey on addiction, he was a degenerate druggie who got what he deserved. Whatever your take on this is, I feel it is important to dialogue about it. The thing I notice is that for every opinion, there seems to be a lack of willingness to expand our individual perspective about drugs and addiction.
I get that drug use is not easy for the non-user to understand. I don’t ask those people to offer up any sympathy or expect any helping hand from them. But why is the judgment and condemnation necessary? Why make it personal? What is it that causes someone who believes that addicts are just morally corrupt degenerates to stoop to name-calling and viciousness?
These very same people who look down on the heroin user may have more sympathy for an alcoholic or person who smokes cigarettes. There is literally no difference. More people die today from prescription drug overdoses than of illegal narcotics. Alcohol is the single most offensive chemical to the human race, and it is legal!
Just to remind you, CwG Book 1,
“And if you’ve ever taken alcohol into your body, you have very little will to live. The body was not meant to intake alcohol. It impairs the mind.” Alcohol, prescription or illegal drugs (yes, pot included.) God, although with no judgment, clearly tells us the path to self-awareness is through keeping a clear and unimpaired mind.”
It is my vision that someday our best chances for ridding humanity from the scourge of addiction will be the understanding of the root cause of addiction.
I believe that the book Communion with God could offer us the way to make my vision a reality. When our children are gently guided to their own truths instead of us ushering down the data that was passed down to us by our elders, maybe then we can start making some inroads.
Genetics seems to play some role in addiction, as does environment and the sheer addictiveness of some drugs. But what is really going on is that the majority of humans have no understanding of who they are, what they are here for, or where we are from. We have made it up that we are here to learn something, or to do something. But what is always missing is the part where we BE something. Most people never even hear this concept.
I take the road of weeping the drug-related death of Mr. Hoffman. I believe that he chose this departure time and method. Not because he was selfish, or uncaring. He chose this because humanity needed the exposure that he could give to the disease of addiction. Some say, “How could he leave those 3 children behind without a father?” I can see how they would say that, from the limited perspective of the mind; yet the soul knows the bigger picture. The soul understands that time is only a construct of the human condition. I also believe that the co-creation cannot be understood by the mind.
The human mind looks at someone who is sad and sees something “wrong.” The Soul looks at sadness with joy, for it is truly the physical expression for love. Yes, some will carry painful baggage away from this human event. Yet others will carry life experience away that otherwise could not have been had.
I am going to close this blog with food for thought. The following conversation from CwG, Book 2, caused me to think deeply about events that occur and what they may mean to me and society as a whole. I would really enjoy having a dialogue about this:
“God: There is only one of you, but you are much larger than you think!
Neale: So when the “me” that exists now” changes something he doesn’t like about his “future,” the “me” that exists in the “future” no longer has that as part of his experience?
God: Essentially yes. The whole mosaic changes. But he never loses the experience he’s given himself. He’s just relieved and happy that “you” don’t have to go through that.”
(Kevin McCormack, C.A.d ,is a certified addictions professional and auriculotherapist. He is a recovering addict with 26 years of sobriety. Kevin is a practicing auriculotherapist, recovery coach, and interventionist specializing in individual and family recovery. Kevin has a passion for holistic living, personal awareness training, and physical meditation. You can visit his website Life After Addicton for more information. To connect with Kevin, please email him at Kevin@TheGlobalConversation.com)