Turning Addiction Into Sobriety
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Bob Cooley explaining the process of transmuting one's addictive qualities into sobriety and a good life.
Physical, Thinking, Spiritual
The Stomach Meridian/Type Association with Addition, Healthy (High) and Unhealthy (Low) Traits Associated with Stomach Meridian/Type, The 4 Part Spectrum of Addiction and Sobriety, Defining Addiction/Non-Addiction/Non-Sobriety/Sobriety, Stretching and Developing Your Stomach (and the Unconscious/Balancing Pancreas) Meridian/Type
(Revised and Edited For Easier Readability and Additional Clarity)
Okay, let's talk about turning addiction into sobriety. Let's take this to places that I don't think people know about and let's talk about information that's going be very helpful about addiction. First of all, I don't think most people know that addiction and sobriety is associated with the Stomach Meridian muscle groups on the outside front of your leg that come up your trunk and go around your mouth and up into your face. And what that means is that when the stomach is too tense (your real stomach now, not your belly), it drives the person into being attracted to addictive substances, whether that's junk food or how far you want go with this in terms of addictions. So if you can take that tension out of the Stomach muscle groups, what happens is that the addicted person starts craving real spirit in their life and having a really great life instead of having substitute false spirits like alcohol or drugs or sweets or things like that.
I'm not a fanatic about this addiction thing. I'm not saying people shouldn't eat cookies or drink alcohol or do things like that. The question is about the quantity of that and whether it's an addiction thing or whether it's something they do occasionally. So the addiction things shows up as dense fascia and scar tissue in the lateral quads. But the muscle group that's on the other side of that, the Pancreas muscle group, is associated with temperance. And how temperance works different than sobriety is that, if the Pancreas muscle groups on the inside back of your leg are flexible and strong and if you imagine involving yourself with an addictive substance, the imagination shows up about what it's like when you do that and how you'd feel afterwards. And that usually convinces that person that they don't wanna do that because it doesn't feel good to them. So they kind of know in advance through imagination, it's not a good idea. They've kind of lived it through their imagination.
The Stomach personality type is instead associated with work and doing work that they like to do, sobriety, liking to be self-expressive, dancing, singing, thinking, figuring out things and speculating. So we have we have a group of people that are addicted and we have a group of people that are sober. And the difference between the two groups is not that the sobering group is not just not-addicted. That's not really what's happening. The sobriety group has personality traits that the addictive group haven't developed yet, for whatever reason. So the addictive group doesn't know to do or hasn't discovered or had the opportunity to do work that they really like to do. They haven't figured out how to self express in a way that works for them. They haven't figured out how to think about things in the future and new things that people have never thought about that are very exciting for the future. They haven't thought about quality of foods or qualities in life that they want to be having. That's what the sobering people have, which the addictive people don't have.
So when you're thinking about addiction and sobriety, it's really a spectrum of four things. There's an addiction, there's a non-addiction, there's a non-sobriety, and then there's the sobriety. So most people that are addicted don't want to be addicted. That's not sober. That means they're not participating or that they know that the addiction is not working for them. Once they move further from that, they start to learn, "Oh, there's these behaviors I don't have that sobering people have that I need to develop." I'd call that non sobering. And then as they develop those qualities, the addiction starts disintegrating and that energy goes into develop a quality of life, self expression, enjoying yourself, intellectual stimulation, future minded ideas. And that's where the energy's going and not into the addiction.
So then the question is, why does the addiction show up initially to begin with? And with some people and not with others? Some people are fortunate enough to have the kind of work that they really find satisfying to do. They find themselves in situations where they're getting reinforced for being self expressive. They're thinking; they like thinking about things that are very satisfying them, particularly things for the future. And people that have not had those opportunities might be addicted instead. And so the addicted person doesn't know about or have those behaviors or if they did, they wouldn't be addicted. They're just probably thinking, "I don't wanna be addicted."
So just like in all the other videos that we described, the body is the foundation for you psychologically and emotionally and spiritually. And so you can go into your body and remove dense fascia and scar tissue in your Stomach Meridian muscle group (that's stretch number five on the Genius of Flexibility web page) and you'll start increasing the health of your stomach. And that would start to develop qualities of a sobering person. And then if you stretch muscle groups on the other side, the balancing muscle group to Stomach, the Pancreas muscle groups, you'll develop qualities associated with temperance or using your imagination in order to temper your use of addictive substances and in order to do things good for you, instead of things that are not good for you.
Sobriety is a very mental quality, unlike, say depression, which is more emotionally based. And so, there needs to be an understanding mentally in order to understand sobriety whereas in something like depression, there needs to be an emotional understanding instead. Or in terms of anger outbursts, there needs to be a physical understanding this way. So it's a very mental quality, this sobriety issue. When a person becomes more sober, they really enjoy things in their life. They look forward to things, and that's not what's happening with an addicted person.
So it's very simple, go into your Stomach Meridian muscle groups. Do stretch number five and take the dense fascia and scar tissue out of your Stomach Meridian. And then you'll start to develop traits of a sober person. And then your energy goes into developing a life that you wanna be having instead of feeling like you're suffering and you need an addictive substance to make you temporarily high. And it's a false high, that addictive substance. You get high but it comes at a cost of toxicity to your body. It kind of takes over your life. Whereas the high sobering quality is very satisfying and builds your life and builds the lives of other people. Try it, see what happens for you. Prove it to yourself.