Drug Addiction - a Disease of the Soul

By convincing human beings that there is no God, no Providence, no Heaven and no hope of life after death, materialistic thinkers have robbed them of the one reality that gives meaning to human existence: the reality of the soul and spirit. They proclaim that religion is 'the opium of the people' and that man can be perfectly happy as long as he has sufficient food, a roof over his head and the chance to study and to raise a family. But is this born out by what we see in reality?

No; even when a man's physical body, heart and intellect have everything they could possibly ask for, he is not necessarily happy or satisfied; we see evidence of this every day. And why is he not satisfied? Because he has neglected to nourish his soul and spirit and they are still hungry and thirsty.

And this is why the increasing use of drugs, especially by the young, is a warning. It is a sign that the soul is trying to make its needs understood: men's souls are being stifled and the use of drugs is an attempt to find release. We have been told that mankind had to reject the opium of religion, but are we any better off with marijuana, heroin and cocaine?

The soul needs infinite space; when it is hemmed in it suffocates and is ready to grasp at any means in order to free itself, and alcohol and drugs are amongst those means because they have the property of detaching the soul from the physical body and giving it, if only for a few moments, the illusion of freedom and space. Young people take drugs because they don't know how else to satisfy their soul's need for freedom. But this is no solution, for a drug is simply a chemical element administered to the body, and it is not the body that is clamouring for freedom, but the soul. The use of drugs is an indication, therefore, but it is not the solution. Not only are drugs incapable of satisfying the needs of the soul but they destroy the body. This is why I say that no one should ever use them on any pretext whatever. joy, freedom, fulfilment and the expansion of the soul must be sought by spiritual means.

A true adept of Initiatic Science never relies on external means; he knows that God has given him all the powers, gifts and chemical substances he needs; they are all within him, and he only has to find them there. Of course, this is not something that can be done in a day, it takes time and effort, but it is well worth it. When you find your nourishment in the sublime regions of the soul and spirit your hunger is satisfied for days and days, for the elements of the divine world are so rich that one taste is enough to give you a sense of abundance and fulfilment that will stay with you always. Nothing can take away from you this sensation of immensity and eternity.

Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

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