What can anyone get too much of yet it is never enough to satisfy them? Drugs, alcohol, food, money or attention? Drugs and alcohol can be a psychological or physiological addiction where a person thinks they need enough or they chemically feel they need enough to feel better than how they currently feel. Money is a big addiction for many not because it has attributes in of and as itself; it is what one feels they can do with money that they yearn for or how it makes them feel to have more than most. Attention is another addiction thatpeople substitute as love because they have never truly felt what real love is and how it makes them feel.
Then, what is the biggest and most lethal addiction? Is it what you believe about yourself and others or is it what you want them to believe about you and how you treat others? Ego is the worst addiction because it always looks to itself for all the vain glory, attention and/or money. It believes that everyone wants the power to control, dominate and manipulate others into doing what they yearn for and feel that it ‘deserves’. It will lash out at the truth to justify its own actions in ensuring its own survival; even at the expense and detriment to others. Each and every day it reassures us that its judgment is sound; even more than the guidance of the Spirit of God.
Most of humankind is addicted to their egos without even knowing it. They believe that they are something that they are not in order to feel good about themselves. They deny the truth in favor of their personal agendasin order to ‘get their piece of the pie’. They believe that in ‘having’ that piece of the pie that somehow they are endowed with the power to please themselves unceasingly.
In reality, the only addiction that is a ‘good’ addiction is the daily practice of prayer, meditation and service to others. Praying allows you to look beyond your ego and recognize that any perception you have of being in control is illusory at best. It makes you distinguish between your needs, wants, desires and expectations in order to let go of how they will be fulfilled. Meditation allows you to experience inner peace, Divine understanding, joy and Divine love. In the silence and stillness the Divine reveals ‘how’ you are to proceed. Service allows you to take the guidance you have received and share it with others to bless their lives. All three practices constitute Divine communication and allow you to unfold your Divine purpose in Divine order.
Stop being addicted to your ego and its yearnings and whims. Listen to the Divine within and know which way to proceed. If not, your ego will believe that getting too much is never enough and it will deceive you into traversing a path that will eventually lead to your undoing. Trust the Divine above all else and keep your ego in check; before it mates you! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)