Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism – Carl Jung .
One of Buddhism’s biggest teachings regards non-attachment . It explains that as long as we are attached to anything we will remain in misery. This can be anything from addictive drugs such as alcohol or nicotine, work or a relationship . I prefer to use the concept of addiction and find the phrase ‘ non attachment ‘ a bit vague .
You cannot be free as long as you are addicted and our ultimate addiction is to the material world . Deep down we are unwilling to let go of our physical world and fight to stay in the world . Death is regarded with fear and trepidation and it is viewed as something to be fought against . We are addicted to our physical bodies and believe we cannot live without them . This is exactly the same belief addicts have and it is erroneous . We are not reliant on our bodies for Life and by believing we are just bodies, we give the body huge power over us .
The body is neutral . It only acts on commands from ourselves – even our unconscious acts like breathing, at a deep level come from our wish to be in the body . We don’t want to leave the world but due to this addiction, we are not free . If you can only live one way, then your life is massively restricted and the biggest restriction we place on ourselves is this addiction to the physical world .
The hardest part of an addiction is letting go . Normally we try and replace it with another but the original problem still remains and the real reason for it is covered up by the new addiction . Real freedom can only be experienced when we are willing to let the world go and that includes everything in it . We are trapped by our own mental belief that the world has something to offer us but it is only with our reconnection to ‘ spirit ‘ that we will be totally free .