Law of Attraction for Weight Loss Continued

Can you believe that film from Dr. Suzuki? Hard to believe that we are programming ourselves for annihilation through diabetes, heart disease and stroke! I thought we were supposed to be the smartest species on the planet??? Apparently not. After digesting this information, I carried on with digging for more data about addiction. My search turned up another Canadian, one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject, Dr. Gabor Mate, MD. His book, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addictions, is an examination of just that—the reasons for addiction.

 Before I share his theories, allow me to explain his book title: it’s a reference to one of the six realms of the Buddhist Circle of Life—a realm in which “hungry ghosts” aka humans, are illustrated with large empty bellies, small mouths, and thin necks—all starving for satisfaction—all desperate to be filled.

Dr Gabor asserts that we all know the realm of “hungry ghosts” some of the time because “a sense of deficient emptiness pervades our entire culture….When we have nothing to do we find other ways to suppress our fear of loneliness or distract ourselves from it.” I can agree with Dr. Gabor and identify with this statement, can’t you?  Isn’t that when you reach for “comfort food”—when you are experiencing that feeling of emptiness? I certainly recognize that empty feeling in myself at times—everyone does. It’s normal, and it is just an expression of our yearning for union with the Divine—that desire to fill the void—to find the “peace of God that passeth all understanding.”

I think Dr. Gabor has hit the nail on the head, don’t you? Don’t you think that those of us who suspect we may be addicted to someone or something may all be “hungry ghosts” seeking to ameliorate our emotional pain with our addictive substances? Sounds logical to me, and working on that premise, I would have to agree with Dr. Gabor when he states that perhaps the only difference between the hard core addict and the rest of us is, quite simply, a matter of degree.

He knows of what, and of whom, he speaks because he professes to be an addict himself. He is addicted to buying classical music CD’s and has been known to spend thousands of dollars on them in one single spree. He is also the resident physician in charge of the Portland Hotel, a housing project for adult addicts, and others with mental/emotional disease in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. His experience there has taught him a lot about addictions; and he has come to believe that our early experiences set the course for our addictive tendencies.

Dr. Gabor asserts that if our early experiences are negative, and attachment to a nurturing adult does not occur, the neurological networks in our brains are damaged, and that these impairments make us susceptible to addiction. Research on the brains of hard core addicts supports this premise and concludes indeed, that addict’s brains are definitely damaged. They are smaller and less active thus creating a reduced ability to make rational choices and absorb new information. And, as most hard core drug addicts have a history of non-attachment because of rape, beatings, neglect and other forms of violence, one might conclude that their prenatal and childhood environments may have led them to a life of drug addiction.

Since similar research has proven that “…even rats deprived of their mothers for only an hour a day in the first week of life are more eager than their peers to take cocaine on their own…”, this premise seems more than plausible.

Now I am beginning to understand why so many of us are susceptible to addictions of any sort! Seems that our own painful infantile perceptions could be the root cause all of our addictions. It’s certainly easy for me to believe that we, as babies in our families of origin, undoubtedly misinterpreted some of our early experiences, absorbed them as fears and beliefs, and now have them sitting in our unconscious minds driving our behaviours. Sounds plausible, yes?

 Dr. Bruce Lipton, PHD, a celebrated biologist and author of the book, The Biology of Belief would undoubtedly agree. His research has led him to believe that our perceptions of life create our biology…. and indeed that “We can control our lives by controlling our perceptions.” In essence then, he is another who believes in the environment as the creator of our lives, and perhaps, also of our addictions.

 This is where the recent research on addictions dovetails beautifully with the basic tenets of the Law of Attraction. Law of Attraction theory argues that our perceptions of the people, events and circumstances in our environments, positive or negative, conscious or unconscious, create our beliefs and drive our behaviours. It argues that in order to control our lives, we must learn to control our perceptions of life.

 But how the heck can we possibly control the perceptions that we picked up as infants and children? We can’t; they are a done deal, but here is the good news! We obviously cannot control our erroneous infantile perceptions, but we can change them! There are now psychological and energetic technologies that can help heal our addictions, whatever they may be, by helping to erase the painful memories and negative beliefs that seem to be the root causes of our addictions!  Hard to believe, but true!

With respect to food addiction in particular, there is Overeaters Anonymous. Although modern medical research has not conclusively proved that excessive food consumption can be an addiction, Overeaters took on the belief that it certainly can be over fifty years ago; and they have treated it as such by copying and using the methodology of Alcoholics Anonymous.

And like I said, there are also many other psychological and belief change modalities that help conquer addictions of any sort. I have tried Emotional Freedom Technique and I really like it, however, I also know that I must persist with it in order to see consistent results and this is what I am still working on! If you Google belief changing systems, you will have to take your pick! I know one thing for sure—what one person likes, the other may not, so you do have to choose what works for you, and you may have to try a couple different methods to see which one you like the best.

 Now lastly, with respect to the Law of Attraction and food addiction, of course we bring about what we think about—and what we talk about! And many of us are in the habit, me included, of holding our spare tires and complaining about them. And looking at ourselves in the mirror, and saying we are fat—and thinking we are fat etc. What we have to do here is stop the negative self talk—and this is definitely a learning curve! Get on it and keep going!

 And of course there is the fast food industry—and the constant barrage of sugar and fat in front of our faces—don’t get me started! Of course it’s on purpose, because they all want to sell their goodies, and of course it’s all designed to stimulate our cravings! All I can say is that we have a lot of things working against us in our continuing challenge to keep it all off.

 I hope that these two articles have helped you feel better about trying to keep it off because it seems that the endocrine disrupting chemicals and the emotional pain of our childhoods may be contributing to our cravings and to our obesity problems world wide. I would conclude therefore, that our food addictions and tendencies to overeat may not entirely be all our faults.

Whew! Now I just have to take on the responsibility of continuing the challenge to keep it off with all of the tools I can muster!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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