WORLDS NO. 1 ADDICTION
Clould you be addicted?
According to various studies around the world, conventional and unconventional addictions such as drugs, alcohol, nicotine, food, gambling, technology, work, and even sugar and sex are some of the top, if not number one, addictions in the world.
The director at the National Institute on Drug Abuse through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) referenced the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) when stating that the abuse of and addiction to opioids such as heroin, morphine, and prescription pain relievers is a serious global problem that affects the health, social, and economic welfare of all societies.
Also, in 2010, it was estimated that between 26.4 million and 36 million people abused opioids worldwide. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University stated in an annual report that, “approximately 40 million Americans age 12 and over meet the medical criteria for addiction involving just nicotine, alcohol or other drugs.”
ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE NOT THAT IT SHOULD BE YOURS OR ANYONE ELSE’S
While these finding are certainly of concern and should not be ignored, it is our perspective, not that it should be yours or anyone else’s, that the number one addition in the world is not formally recognized or investigated in research as we see it. In fact, we believe the number one addiction we are about to describe may be the basis of most of the aforementioned addictions, and because it’s such a common subconscious or unconscious addiction, you and many people may be addicted and not be aware of it.
I (Rob) woke up one day and felt that I was tired of thinking. Yes, my brain was exhausted! If I wasn’t thinking about the past, then I was thinking about the future. At times, if I wasn’t thinking creatively, then I was thinking destructively, repeating mind stories over and over in my head that sounded something like this:
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Mind monkey or monkey mind, from Chinese xinyuan and Sino-Japanese shin'en 心猿 [lit. "heart-/mind-monkey"], is a Buddhist term meaning "unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable.
“The frequent upsetting thoughts are called obsessions. To try to control them, a person will feel an overwhelming urge to repeat certain rituals or behaviors called compulsions. People with OCD can't control these obsessions and compulsions.” - The National Institute of Mental Health
In other words, according to these findings, over 95% of most peoples’ daily lives are lived in their heads, addicted to their thoughts (giving up conscious control), living their lives run by impulsive subconscious and unconscious behaviors based on other people’s so-called values and beliefs, and because this epi programming is subconscious or unconscious, most people are unaware of it.
I should do this and that!
I should do it this way or that way!
Why did this happen to me?
I am right; they are wrong!
What if this or that happens?
I could be at home, in a park, traveling the world, and the mind stories went on and on keeping me from not being fully aware of the wonderful gifts of life around me, and even sometimes keeping me up at night. I felt this strong intuitive need to find out why and if there was anything I could do about it.
According to the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI) at the University of Southern California, the average person has upwards of 70,000 thoughts per day. That comes to approximately 48 thoughts per minute. We sure have a lot of thoughts going on in 60 seconds! Dr. Joy Miller in the adjacent video talks about how scientists say that we have 60,000 thoughts per day, and they estimate that 95% of our thoughts are repetitive (habitual or addictive), and 80% of those repetitive thoughts are negative. Ouch! That’s not an easy pill to swallow!
Some scientists and investigators of neuroscience, including cellular biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton, (see adjacent video) have recognized that the subconscious and/or unconscious levels of mind and their programming control more than 95% of not only our thoughts, but also our lives. Much of this programming is social engineering and epigenetic (epi) programming taught to us during the learning years -- from utero to around six years of age.
This means that if on average, people live until they are 80 years of age, then they would have lived more than 75 years in their heads and less than 5 years present in their real lives and not know it. This was a startling awakening for this sounded more and more like myself and what made it even more surprising is that it’s likened to the same belief that most addicts are usually the last to realize that they are addicts. Some Buddhists call this compulsive addiction to thinking “the monkey brain” or Maya (illusive), some psychologists may see this uncontrollable thinking as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), some quantum physicists call it “Living in the Matrix”, and we see it as the WORLD’S #1 ADDICTION -- COMPULSIVE THINKING.