Again, it appears to be simple, so for the time being, humour me. Contemplate declaring your personal war on drugs over. Declare peace. By accepting yourself as you are, wherever you are, something truly transformational can occur. By changing the way you think, space is created for change to happen. Thus relax, declare peace and become available to your own personal change. These deceptively simple exercises build a foundation for meaningful long lasting change to occur. Just contemplate and allow.
Beyond substance abusing behaviour, there is a surprising world awaiting. It is a bit like waking up. In this video presentation the very entertaining Jim Carey speaks of “waking up”. I love it. Beyond drugs you will just have to get used to the idea that you are what you are. Let free will reign supreme, let social conditioning fall by the wayside, allow the “truer” you to emerge. And it is possible that you know something about the “truer” you through substance using behaviour.
I love it, on so many levels. As a meditation, this is a deadly insight into the subjective nature of mind. Truth moves.
If you are currently taking drugs, then this statement, “truth, is whatever works best” is simple, straight-forward and correct on a daily basis.
If you are currently giving drugs up and are caught in the ambivalence of relapse, then “truth, is whatever works best” is the way your mind is oscillating between behaviour’s. An insight into the nature of your “brightness self” in stark, unpleasant contrast to your “darkness self” is possible. Truth is more than one “thing” at the same time.
If you are living free of drugs and reading this, then “truth, is whatever works best” becomes a meditational medium by which transformational intelligence can be experienced.
A thousand and one ways do I love the Buddha. But I am not a Buddhist.
Modern medicine is good for two things. Acute interventions to injuries sustained in a traumatic manner and prolonging life well beyond the body’s own volition and ability. In these two areas of medicinal assistance, modernity’s Western industry excels. So much so, it could be argued, that the medicine industry has been an underpinning pillar in the success of the West. But beyond that, it is at best, questionable.
For health matters of a chronic nature, the East has many more clues and is, in essence, suggesting that health, vitality and wellness is a dynamic balancing act, staged within the artful bounds of living and breathing within the bounds of natural “laws”. According to the tradition of the East*, all illness and dis-ease is the inevitable consequence of a reactivity created in breaking the “laws”. In response, some of the finest inquiring minds of the West have been, and still are, intrigued. Putting our Western scientific training to the Eastern philosophical approach, results over the past two hundred or so years, have been, by and large, are awesome.
Welcome to the eastwest people. This series of articles is put forward to entice you into a new way of thinking. And thinking, is most correctly, the root of all evil. First comes the thought. Money gets a bed wrap, poor old money, what did it ever do?
*Which can be taken to broadly mean anywhere East of the Levant (the area we know today as Jerusalem, Palestine, Israel and its surrounds, south of the Taurus Mountains, bounded by the Mediterranean sea.).
The first presentation is by Alan Watts. One of the great interpreters of the Eastern way into an understandable language for the Western mind. His legacy of work is a treasure trove of intelligence, and personally I have enjoyed reading his books, which I recommend.
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