“But I have been too deeply hurt, Sam. I tried to save the Shire, and it has been saved, but not for me. It must often be so, Sam, when things are in danger: some one has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King
1. Addiction sells.
2. The English word for addiction derives from the Latin addicere, meaning to pass legal sentence, doom, assign over to, enslave (to creditor). Today we attach the notion of addiction to substance and sexual abuse. But, while those aforementioned types of addictions carry their own dangers, there are other kinds of addictions that are far more profound and difficult to overcome, simply because they are considered good form in our societies.
3. The very essence and survival of society demands that we become addicted to a good deal of its thoughts and activities. When we become addicted to society, we become its best soldiers and defenders. Letting go becomes nearly impossible for most people even if such letting go is necessary for the survival of the community. This is why the courage required to “go against the grain” is both enormous and dangerous.
4. When we become addicted, we become attached to the repetition of an experience or feeling that is produced by a certain activity or interaction. This fact proves to be financially beneficial to certain entities that seek a reliable source of income. The repetitive nature of music, film, and art in general is a repetition of particular forms of sentiment in which the public is addicted to indulging itself. The money stream becomes reliable because the public is entirely predictable and mindlessly accepting in relation to its inclinations. The more powerfully addicted the individuals become, the more mindless and dangerous the society becomes to itself.
5. Society appears to be a constant in our life because it repeats and imitates both ideas and sentiments throughout all hierarchies of itself. However, as time goes by and generations pass, most particular ideas and sentiment lose their original power, becoming “old fashioned” and “outdated”. This letting gold of old mores marks the death of an era, and those ideas and sentiments are buried once and for all in social studies and history books. Current generations cannot imagine what they were thinking. Well, the answer is that they weren’t thinking – and neither is the current generation.
6. The most prevalent of addictions is the addiction to certain emotions and feelings. Emotions make us feel more alive than our thoughts about ourselves, and so we easily fall into the trap of believing that our emotions constitute who we are and that they have more power and validity in relation to the formation of our identity. Little do we realize that we have simply fallen prey to some sentiment or other, usually not even originating from within our own heart. This is often called the “self” and we strengthen it through talk of self-empowerment. Many women fall prey to this kind of self-empowerment, in order to be free from the pain they believe men have caused them.
7. There are huge numbers of people who cull their ideas of love from television and movies and books written by those who get their ideas of love from television and movies. Even worse, many of the ideas and sentiments we embrace were approved by ourselves when we were ten years old.
8. At the heart of every addiction is the experience of our own powerlessness. External-seeking, external-validating, listening to the opinions of society and other people: the more we indulge in such things, the less we practice faith in the power of our own soul. And faith – make no mistake – is a muscle that, if gone unused, weakens into a useless organ. But it is exactly faith- faith in our intuition, in our own guidance, which will lead us to ever more certainty and strength from within instead of assigning power to others.
9. When fortune disappoints our expectation, we might want to have learned how to laugh at our addiction to our own expectations.
10. Laughter is a sublime divine gift. But comedy has been relegated to the basement or the toilet. The power of comedy, to cure and heal the sickness that is our own self-importance, has long since been forgotten.
11. Lying, cheating, stealing is what we justify doing in order to make it in the world. We justify bad behavior because we believe that “faking it” in the beginning will somehow allow us to achieve truth later. It is a ridiculous assumption, this “fake it till you make it” , for you are teaching yourself and others how to walk outside of integrity, outside of your own gifts, and to lie to those wish to believe in you. You think you need to fake something because you don’t have “it” but need money and/or fame. That alone is enough to tell you that you are more blind than those you have managed to fool.
12. Music that doesn’t lie, music that is sourced from the heart, is a bridge that allows the listener to pass from earth to the heavens. They will never know where they are going and they will be transported outside of their expectations and all their memory into a place of magic, wonder, and uncanny power and beauty.
13. We believe that when we are home alone at night, that we are free from the stresses of the world. Nothing could be further of the truth. Most of us take the entire world into bed, into our dreams, into our anxieties of the days to come. We are so crowded, we cannot even hear our own song.
14. The history of Western religion is a history of lies, concealment, and disempowerment.
15. Repentance is a poor English translation of the Greek, metanoia which simply means “a transformation of the mind”. There is no guilt, shame, or punishment associated with it.
16. Religion in Western history became an instrument of power instituted by the Holy Roman Empire that continues unto this day. Spiritualism of all kinds are forbidden not because they are evil, but because they are threat to religion.
17. It is a hard pill to swallow that many of the “well intentioned institutions” of the public are at best ill advised or at worst charities for the rich and powerful. The medical industry for example is an institution of corruption, shame, and holistic ignorance particularly in the United States. Charity groups that manage to convince the public that their money will stop abuse and homelessness are equally misguided. Money does nothing to solve these problems. But we are addicted to our failed solutions, as much as we are addicted to our problems.
18. There is no argument or amount of money that will save ourselves. The only thing that can save ourselves is the light that we are within. The brighter we shine, the more the darkness recedes. It is no match for the power of the human soul, for the human soul is a gateway to the truest stars, unconditional love, the ethereal heavens, the planes that only a few experience and the many have only imagined and many more have forsaken.
“May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring