Melora through Joanna Neff (Jyoti
S.: Jyoti wants to know whether Ascension and addiction
are incompatible. The example she uses is Alan Watts, who was
an alcoholic but a brilliant writer about Zen buddhism. She wants
to know if you could elaborate on that: Ascension vs. addictions.
I think it goes back again to one of the questions I had earlier,
which was "Who's in charge?" I guess it's all kind
MELORA: Yes, and of course the questions that our Jyoti
usually asks have very complex answers, but tht is what makes
it interesting to the mind when we give our perspective on that,
as we understand it. All right. So before we launch into the
more precise answers, the more detailed answers, two things come
immediately. That is to remember that your current lifetime is
not the end-all and be-all. Your current focus of consciousness
is not the only thing that's going on.
Oftentimes, when hyper-sensitive
and spiritually adept individuals incarnate, it is so painful
to be in the body that they will choose substances to filter
out the excess stimuli that they are unable to process. The second
thing is, is that in the case of people like Alan Watts the ability
to tune-in to Core consciousness has been refined, and so there
is that seeming dichotomy of the addiction (which is low-vibrational,
as you know and which brings the frequency of the body down--the
BODY down--) but then the co-existing ability to tune-in to Core
consciousness: what you would consider the unified consciousness
of all of your selves, so to speak.
So the generic answer would
be: You are not going to ascend in consciousness from that specific
lifetime in which you are addicted, but that does not preclude
moving on to another lifetime with higher-consciousness wisdom
values. Does that make sense to you?
S.: Well, it does. It just raises a whole bunch of
questions. If I understand it, when you first started with Alan
Watts, saying that the alcohol helped keep him grounded here
. . . Is that correct?
MELORA: That is not the way we would put it. [The alcohol]
filtered out excess stimuli, so when there are too many stimuli,
the person short-circuits and they look to substances to mask
their discomfort with these. For example, smoking suppresses
the Central Nervous System, and so it keeps out the excess stimuli
that people like schizophrenics are totally unable to handle.
Thus, we wouldn't call using these substances keeping you grounded;
we would call it masking or dulling the number of stimuli and
the intensity with which they are felt. Sort of masking the array
of stimuli, and then the individual still has the ability to
focus on Core consciousness. Actually it helps them focus better
and it feels less painful to them.
The problem is that you don't
ascend, no matter how much wisdom you have gained. (We
would call what Alan Watts "accomplished" as wisdom
rather than "enlightenment"--sort of as in the expression:
"Those who can, do; those who can't, teach." So Alan
Watts was a great teacher and had the wisdom, but we would say
he was not really "enlightened." We're saying that
when there are so many impurities in the body, and when there
are those "crutches," the person cannot ascend from
that individual lifetime. But that doesn't mean that the person
hasn't gained wisdom. In fact, that person may go on to another
incarnation in which there is more evolution and no bringing
down of the vibration of the body.
S.: This is interesting because I
had a lot of resistance to this morning's call, and I was trying
to go into it to see what was happening. I love cigars . . .
MELORA: [much laughter]
S.: . . . and I like to drink alcohol. And they do
different things to me, and obviously keep me numbed, to a certain
degree, in a number of areas. I guess these could be seen as
addictions because without them things seem to be falling apart.
MELORA: Yes, and understand that there is no judgment
from Higher Beings about this, because the issue is that the
more sensitive you are . . . you agreed to come into this density
and to (as our Jyoti says) "this God-forsaken planet"
. . .
MELORA: . . . to try it out, to explore challening issues,
whatever; and the more sensitive you are, the more difficult
it is. So there is this intrinsic act of heroism in the more
sensitive beings' incarnating that we would suggest energetically
counterbalances whatever judgment there might be about the addiction
part of it.
S.: Well, I think that's important--that's the idea
that if someone does feel guilty, that compounds it, makes it
S.: I'm not meaning to do that.
MELORA: That's right, and that's why we emphasized that
there is no spiritual judgment if you can understand this
from your Core Soul. This is what we meant when we started--that
there is an overall balance among your incarnational expressions:
past, concurrent and future. There may be lifetimes in which
you're just a "mediocre," of-average-intelligence family
man--"God fearing" but not people-judging. Where you're
just a sort of "average Joe," anchoring, energetically,
other aspects of you expressed somewhere else. Do you see?
S.: I do. Yes. But I'm wondering also: We pick embodiment;
we pick our parents, and looking back on it, for me there's a
history of alcohol. I don't know, again, if this is something
in the DNA, whatever, that has come through in the line that
I chose to be in to embody. That was one of the other things
I was wondering about. If I, or if anybody, no longer needs addictions,
would that affect the lineage?
MELORA: We sort of explained this before when you asked
about what aspects of your DNA would affect your son, [R.]. We
said that your DNA changes according to impressions made on it
by your life experiences, but if those changes take place after
the birth of the progeny, then they do not affect that progeny's
DNA. The same would be with the predisposition to "loving"
alcohol. We're not saying that it's hunkey-dorey if people have
their addictions because, intrinsically, such addictions are
self-destructive. However, we're saying that there is not the
judgment "above" that people would suppose that might
be coming from their High Selves, their spiritual core. It's
more that your Core spirit looks at all aspects of itself as
a tapestry or as a unified thing and then gets energetic impressions
from the balances or imbalances of all of those together--not
just one lifetime expression.
But there is, individually,
your consciousness, for example, in incarnation on Earth at this
time, a responsibiilty to your physical body. So certain expressions
of truth that have come through scriptures, like "Your body
is a temple" are accurate in the way one should relate to
one's physical being. That is a matter of individual responsibility,
individual choice, but we're saying that it is not to be thought
of as this horrible thing from the perspective of your Core soul
or that you're a failure or "What's wrong with you that
you're doing this?" It is you, in that consciousness, in
that body, in the current reality--your choices regarding how
you relate to your own body. Does that make sense?
S.: Well, it does. But, as usual with most of these
questions and answers, it seems a little more complicated than
that. If we think about family, if think about people we're associated
with, we seem to be in our own particular, little sphere, where
everybody is interacting and there are spheres around that we
do not interact with.
MELORA: It would probably be better to ask more specific
questions about aspects of this, and so if you would guide us
in what you're really trying to get after here, we could answer
S.: I think I was just trying to work with Jyoti's
question. So, basically, Ascension and addiction are--
MELORA: . . . are incompatible. Ascension in that lifetime
in which the addicitons are expressed . . . but that does not
preclude coming to wisdom or tapping in to higher information
S.: Thank you, Melora.
MELORA: It is our very great pleasure to serve you in
the Light, and we are Melora.