Addictions as Allies

Sweet & Vicious

We’ve all got addictions but according to Rob Brezsny who writes an astrology column called Free Will Astrology and has a book called Pronoia, even when these addictions obstruct our path we can still view them as our friend:

“Your addiction is obstructing you from your destiny, and yet it’s also your ally.

What?! How can both be true?

On the downside, your addiction diverts your energy from a deeper desire that it superficially resembles. For instance, if you’re an alcoholic, your urge to get loaded may be an inferior substitute for and a poor imitation of your buried longing to commune with spirit.

On the upside, your addiction is your ally, because it dares you to get strong and smart enough to wrestle free of its grip; it pushes you to summon the uncanny willpower necessary to defeat the darkness within you that saps your ability to follow the path with heart.

(P.S. Don’t tell me you have no addictions. Each of us is addicted to some sensation, feeling, thought, or action, if not to an actual substance.)

Extol your sublime, painful addiction—celebrate it to death. Ride it, spank it, kiss it, whip it.”

So, who are your sweet and vicious self-sabotaging friends? Your margarita and your daisy, so to speak. And how can you tame them once and for all?

Margarita & Daisy

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