How to Fight your Daemons

Liber Novus (The Red Book) from CG Jung

Liber Novus (The Red Book) from CG Jung

We all had them. Addiction to cigarette, food, sex, or chocolate; you name it. How you fight physical and physiological addiction is not easy. Even being spiritual or walking on this path, as I prefer to say, is not enough. There is stress all around us, meditation may not be enough but it is the best and only tool for developing self-discipline.

It was Carl Jung who believed that the psyche can be healed and controlled by some level of spiritual involvement.

When there is the need for short term pleasure in the brain, from food or alcohol, we can gather strength from our higher self, which is ever present and ever guiding. The short term physical need for the fix thereby is overridden by understanding of moderation and healthy lifestyle is the long term gain trumping the short term benefit of the pleasure seeking brain. But how do we do this? It is simple, you must be in control. When the brain dictates you how to live, then your sprit is not in control and your body suffers. First off, you must be void of destructive tendencies or acknowledge them if they are present.

All destructive and addictive behaviors have an element of self-destructive tendencies.

Neural Linguistic Programming (NLP) or mesmerism (self-hypnosis) could be used to reprogram your brain to associate pain with overeating (or over drinking, or indulging in drugs, sex or any other destructive addiction). When we live our animalistic lifestyle we have associated the addictive behavior with pleasure. We must break this link, and associate the right values with indulging, PAIN. This is the only way to regain control of your life.

Jung once treated an American patient (Rowland Hazard III), suffering from chronic alcoholism. After working with the patient for some time and achieving no significant progress, Jung told the man that his alcoholic condition was near to hopeless, save only the possibility of a spiritual experience. Jung noted that occasionally such experiences had been known to reform alcoholics where all else had failed.

Rowland took Jung’s advice seriously and set about seeking a personal spiritual experience. He returned home to the United States and joined a Christian evangelical Re-Armament movement known as the Oxford Group. He also told other alcoholics what Jung had told him about the importance of a spiritual experience. One of the alcoholics he brought into the Oxford Group was Ebby Thacher, a long-time friend and drinking buddy of Bill Wilson, later co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Thacher told Wilson about the Oxford Group, and through them Wilson became aware of Hazard’s experience with Jung. The influence of Jung thus indirectly found its way into the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous, the original twelve-step program, and from there into the whole twelve-step recovery movement, although AA as a whole is not Jungian and Jung had no role in the formation of that approach or the twelve steps.

Addiction usually torments the patient until the patient sinks to a low point. This is the bottom, where he or she faces the abyss. At this point he/she must make a determination to turn back and fight or to give up and perish. Either choice is acceptable, as in life we are free to make the choice. Our decision making process however is influenced by loved ones and family and friends. If the patient has nobody, often he will succumb to the illness and perish.

We are herd creatures after all these millions of years. We need each other.

The Red Book –  inscribed by Jung with the title Liber Novus (The New Book). The folio size manuscript, 11.57 inches (29 cm) by 15.35 inches (39 cm), was bound in a red leather binding, and was commonly referred to as the “Red Book” by Jung. Inside are 205 pages of text and illustrations, all from his hand: 53 are full images, 71 contain both text and artwork and 81 are pure calligraphic text.

Image of Self-Suggestion: And the New Huna Theory of Mesmerism and Hypnosis

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2 Responses to How to Fight your Daemons

  1. Jack Langdon says:

    This is an interesting article,as the day I’ve read it, news came out on the addictive nature of PDA (smartphones), and texting among the youth and “wired”. It seems that people can get addicted to the Internet, message boards…it is weird, in the world we live in, often it is hard to know the sane from the mentally challenged.
    Keep up the fight, Jack.

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