Melora through Joanna Neff
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 of interrelated.
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.
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.
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
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 worse.
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?
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 you better.
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 coming in.
S.: Thank you, Melora.
MELORA: It is our very great pleasure to serve
you in the Light, and we are Melora.