The Habit Game May 30, 2013 23:21:05 GMT -8
Post by enigma on May 30, 2013 23:21:05 GMT -8
It's an example of the material world paying a dividend for the formation of an identity, of an attachment: "I am a smoker/drinker/junkie". In taking this on along with confronting the powerlessness the body/mind benefits from turning away from the destructive cycle of addiction.
It's the spirit/matter duality in action ... pointing away from what seems obvious but is actually a lie is a tough sell, but ironically seems to get easier the more people get what they think they want.
It's also a good example of how a self-reinforcing structure forms-up around a focal point of human suffering. No more junkies, no more anonammo, and the cardboard tables and chairs are folded one last time for once and for all but not for the good of the organization itself. In this there is an institutional incentive to hide the ball, so to speak. This seems to me the organizational equivalent of the personal aversion to freedom even as one cries out from behind the bars that they've created out of the cloth of their own imagination.
And so we have two approaches, neither of which is aimed at addiction as addiction is an illusion. Both methods address resistance created by the one forming the illusion.
The AA approach is to remove resistance by encouraging surrender. What 'higher power' is surrendered to, or in fact if there is a higher power, is irrelevant as the objective is simply to end the split mind internal battle that defines and perpetuates the addiction cycle.
My approach is to address the actuality of the split mind directly, and in that awareness that there is one mind making one choice, the struggle ends and one or another choice is made, without all the mind games. This approach is not in any way dis-empowering and does not cultivate other dependencies. (on a process or a higher power) It places responsibility entirely on the individual and forces him to face his own choice and the consequences of that choice.