Karma

     Addict or not, no one can escape Karma. Cause and effect is absolute. It is a truth. If we hurt someone, we will hurt ourselves. If we help someone, we will help ourselves. If we lash out at others, they will lash out at us. And if they do not immediately retaliate, rest assured that your luck will change in some other way. When we wrong or abuse others, we have at that very moment set in motion the irreversible law of cause and effect. Sure regretting our wrong or attempting to make it right is very constructive, but nothing will save us from reaping what we sow, one way or another. This is one of many unfortunate (or fortunate) facts that all addicts have to come to grips with if they are to truly recover and effect real and lasting change.

     Crucial to my recovery and to turning from a man-child into a responsible, accountable man was understanding and embracing the law of cause and effect. Cause and effect is a universal law that is reciprocal. It holds true not just in the physical realm but in the mental, emotional, psychological and spiritual realms as well. What we think, say and do all have consequences, whether we like it or not, and whether we believe it or not. The single most important thing for an addict to smash into his foggy head is the knowledge that everything he or she does has a consequence in kind. All negative thoughts, words, actions and behaviors yield negative consequences. Conversely, all positive thoughts, words, actions and behaviors yield positive consequences. Whatever we do, rest assured we will reap the consequences spiritually (‘spiritually’ meaning inclusive of all realms).
     But once we learn, understand and embrace this law, once we begin to truly care about what we think, what we say, what we do… then there in nothing that can stop us. There is nothing that can tempt us or throw us off of our new path. Relapse is then unthinkable because we know deep in our hearts that everything we do will come right back and slam us in the face. We will have reckoned with God. We will come to know the only fear on earth that is healthy: The fear of doing wrong.
God, remind me everyday that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction…
     To note, there will also be consequences to much larger, collective actions, such as our collective profligacy and the ensuing result, not the least of which is the blatant, immoral and ruthless annihilation of our children’s future and standard of living:
     If anyone thinks that our national debt is serviceable at market-determined interest rates, than I can’t help you. The federal reserve isn’t manipulating interest rates at 0% to stimulate the economy and help the people of America. On the contrary, ZIRP is destroying seniors and savers (aka the middle class) who rely on interest income. So no, it’s not for you or me. The fed won’t ever raise interest rates because at a reasonable 4 or 5%, the government would default. ZIRP is nothing more than an illegal subsidy (ongoing bailout) for the banks and a way to cover up the fact that our government is completely insolvent, or broke as a joke, if you prefer.
     The truth is that the whole thing is a scam, and even more depressing is that so few have any clue about our monetary system, that every dollar out there has been borrowed into existence and has to be paid back with interest, thus ensuring inflation, ever-growing debt, and a lower standard of living for future generations. Why the scam, you may ask? You can figure that out on your own, but if you think the lunatics in Washington, the criminals at the big banks, and the ivory tower counterfeiters at federal reserve are on your side, then you might want to stop drinking the Kool Aid before your retirement takes a nosedive all over again.

Cause & Effect

     For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction… – Isaac Newton

    Addicts and alcoholics must be careful about the universal laws of cause & effect, for these laws are also alive and well in the mental, emotional and spiritual realms. There is an effect to everything we do, whether physical or mental.

     If we think angry thoughts, chances are we will attract angry people to us who come and piss us off even more. If we embrace and indulge our resentment towards others, chances are we will reap ongoing negativity and outside judgement. If we choose to lash out verbally, there is no doubt someone will return the favor. If we distract ourselves constantly and fill our minds with say, the garbage on E! Television, we will probably suffer from boredom, frustration, apathy, and indifference. Even if we neglect ourselves spiritually or emotionally by slacking off on certain right actions that we have committed to take consistently, rest assured we will suffer in a multitude of ways. We will become depressed (a form of self-absorption) which will effect our ability to be present with others, to give to others, to love others.

     And it’s just the same with positive actions, thoughts and words. There is a positive effect, whether it’s good people, or worldly blessings, something unseen, or most importantly, peace inside. The effect of goodness is goodness, and vice versa. Cause & effect can destroy us or it can save us. This is a lesson I have learned intellectually yet I continue to violate on almost a daily basis. Addicts and alcoholics will always make mistakes. We will always act, think and speak negatively. It’s what we do about it that matters. Making it right will gradually effect our character and change us slowly over the long run. Are you in it for the long run? And do you want to just get sober or do you really want to change? Sometimes I have to ask myself these questions. And it’s in the answer that I eventually find the results.

God, please give me the willingness, strength and goodness to honor the laws of cause and effect…