The Russian Miracle Workers
DNA/STEM CELL HEALING COURSES Based on the fundamental principles of quantum physics and the regeneration techniques of with Carol Roberts Coolangatta Beach QLD
Another outdated but still popular theory is that drug users are self-destructive. Well, I spent a couple of decades taking drugs myself, followed by a couple more decades specialising in addiction recovery, and I’ve never met anyone who started out with a self-destructive intent. No one gets up one day and thinks to themselves, ‘ Hmmm, what a good day to ruin my life; I think I’ll become an addict and an outcast and lie around in gutters’.
More likely, one day a friend or relative offered them marijuana or a pill; they tried it, and then felt even better than usual. Because we live in a world in which drug use is normal and drug imagery and references saturate popular culture, doing it again also seems normal. It is feeling better than normal that kicks off a drug journey.
So it is an adventurous and exploratory nature that drives people to repeat drugs, not self-destructive impulses. While the eventual outcome of extensive drug use is definitely destructive, the initial intent is not. This is an important distinction.
It is also commonly accepted that drug users have low self-worth. But these days low self-worth is generally how someone feels after doing lots of drugs, not how they feel before taking up drugs. The belief that low self-worth is a cause for addiction continues because health professionals are still running on the old script, and because they confuse presenting symptoms with cause. This is an easy mistake to make as, by the time you do seek help for drug issues, you’re probably not coming across as a model citizen. You’re more likely to be paranoid, twitching and rambling, with the obligatory low opinion of yourself thrown in. If you saw streams of clients in this state, you would naturally assume low self-worth and other psychological problems to be a cause.
Then there is the idea that drug users are diseased. This makes no sense to me. A book I read a while back described how, during the Cultural Revolution in China, Mao had all the addicts rounded up and told that they could either quit drugs or be shot. Needless to say, they all quit on the spot. No problem. In the author’s opinion this proved that addiction was not a disease because you could not do that with a group of people who had, say, smallpox. I tend to agree. In my opinion the ‘addiction as disease’ model is defeatist. It doesn’t give you anything to move forward to, whereas looking at what you got right on drugs, does.
Why we really do drugs
There is no great mystery behind why people take drugs; they make you feel good, and everybody likes that. Drugs also reveal the multiple dimensions that make up reality, and I would argue that everybody likes that too. Most of us end up shelving our youthful dreams as part of our induction into ordinary reality, and then resigning ourselves to thinking that life is mundane. One puff on a joint though, and the universe expands, time slows down, every conversation is equally fascinating and hilarious, stress and obligations disappear and eating becomes a sensual feast. You are present and happy, and remember that ordinary reality is not the only option.
Or you might do a line of cocaine or shoot-up or smoke some other speedy-type drug (crack, speed, crystal meth), and get a rush of shattering clarity. A taste of heroin delivers you into a blissful cocoon of forgetting. Or you drop some psychedelic substance or have a nice cup of mushroom tea, and the walls around you melt away to reveal a spinning, luminous universe so beautiful it’s beyond comprehension, but you understand it perfectly because you know that you are an integral part of it.
If you felt drawn to repeat a drug experience, you wanted to recapture intense happiness, blissful forgetting or connection to something beyond ordinary reality. You got something very right here, because we are destined to pursue these states. From this perspective, the desire to repeat drugs is not evidence of psychological malfunction or wrongdoing, but rather an indication that you have tapped into something connected to your destiny.
The radical road to recovery
Thinking that you got something right on drugs seems counterintuitive, and I would never have dared make such an outrageous claim in my early post-drug days. Like most drug users, I had been brainwashed into believing that drugs are bad, which means that everything you feel and do on drugs is bad and, by default, you are bad.
I would probably have stuck to that script too if I hadn’t decided to study Chinese medicine. Although one of the major attractions of study was the opportunity to reinvent myself as a wholesome new-ager, I found everything about Chinese medicine so fascinating that I threw myself into it with the same dedication I had once applied to scoring drugs. I read everything I could get my hands on, from the ancient books on Chinese medicine to obscure texts on Daoism – the philosophy underpinning traditional Chinese medicine.
I was immediately taken with the Daoists; a group of colourful, eccentric rebels, who sought to live in harmony with nature, crack the cosmic code and escape reality. These were my kind of people. Chinese medicine was my kind of medicine too. The therapeutic platform is neutral. It is based on the belief that organ imbalances contribute to physical and emotional pain and restoring organ function creates health and happiness. There is no ‘ Let’s get to the bottom of your problem’ stuff, no making amends and no judgment. Why anyone chose to take a particular path, action or substance is not considered relevant.
After I graduated and accidentally began specialising in addiction recovery, I saw first-hand how this neutral therapeutic approach avoided the emotional traps that delving into ‘why’ creates. But my clients – mainly people who had become caught in a relapse and rehab cycle – were still concerned with ‘why’. They wanted answers. This inspired me to start thinking beyond the commonly accepted reasons. I returned to my study of the Daoist mystics, made the cosmic connection between drugs and destiny, and then everything changed.
Finding your cosmic self
The Daoists believe that life is meant to be spent as a quest to find the ‘cosmic self’ and that being in altered states plays a key role in this process. The word ‘cosmic’ was overused in the hippie era, and for many it still conjures up images of flower children, psychedelic substances and tree hugging. From the Daoist perspective this would be a correct association though, as being cosmic means being more than normal, feeling more than ordinary, and seeing more than ‘reality’. This is what the hippies wanted and what every drug user still wants.
While I was thinking about the contemporary application of being cosmic, it struck me that it’s not actually the drugs you want, it’s the way they make you feel. Heightened sensory perception, the expansion of consciousness, overwhelmingly powerful feelings of bonding and love, are all experiences of your cosmic self; so what you really want is access to your cosmic self. Once I made this connection I added ‘cosmic’ back into my vocabulary, abandoned the idea of neutrality and, scandalously, began working with what drug users got right.
A seismic shift occurred. Instead of following the old script – quit drugs or alcohol; engage in a daily battle against powerful urges; finally resign yourself to a half-life spent focused on what you got wrong, and what you will never have again – recovery became an opportunity to recapture heightened states and continue the journey of discovery. ‘Find your cosmic self,’ became the new recovery goal.
The chi factor
Finding your cosmic self is experiential, and achieving altered states again is a part of the recovery plan. This is where chi comes into the picture. Chi is what creates drug highs. In the West, chi is usually translated as ‘energy’, but this is too limited a concept. You can get energy from chocolate; you can’t get a psychedelic adventure though.
Chi is better defined as being simultaneously energy, information and consciousness. Drugs flood your system with this mix, which is why they can magically convert the dull