"Events do not have meanings. Events are events, and meanings are thoughts. Nothing has any meaning save the meaning you give it. And the meaning you give to things does not derive from any event, circumstance, condition, or situation exterior to yourself. The Giving of Meaning is entirely an internal process. Entirely" Neale Donald Walsch.
Not only to do we give meaning to events, we give meaning to words. Yes we definitely have dictionaries and experts to draw upon as a resource but ultimately we are the ones that give meaning to words too. Why is this important?
I have devoted two entire chapters in the book, Habits, Addictions and the Law of Attraction just on exploring the meaning of the word “Addiction”. I could have just went to dictionary.com and gave a definition; but then again, maybe I should have went to the Oxford Dictionary. Which one would have been "right"?
Even the top experts in the field fundamentally disagree on the meaning of this single word on so many levels.
That’s why ultimately, after exploring what all the experts say I conclude by suggesting that once again there is no “right” definition – and that YOU get to create the meaning of addiction!
Heck, no matter what definition you end up using, people will disagree with you anyways so you might as well just go with whichever one feels right to you. That may sound strange, since we normally look to “the experts” for what’s “right.” However, you are the one who must eventually make choices and take action on your behaviors. From my perspective, the real goal is not to come up with the “perfect definition” for addiction – but to find one that supports YOU in dealing with it.
When you get that you add the meaning to life, there that is no meaning inherent in anything, that the significance you experience is a function of human interpretation, when you get this you are free, and therefore free to create. The key, of course, is willing to be responsible for the mess you have created so far! – Landmark Education (on Facebook)
The Power of Thought
“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them”. - Albert Einstein
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is based on the premise thatthoughts cause feelings and is scientifically proven to be effective for the treatment of a variety of problems, including mood, anxiety, personality, eating, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, OCD, bulimia nervosa and psychotic disorders. CBT also believes that feelings drive all behaviors!
I bring this up because I have often been asked if I was an expert in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy when I did not even know what it was. That’s probably because CBT does have some similarities to the Law of Attraction.
The law of attraction is based on the same perspective on the power of thought but goes further. Namely that “like attracts like”, that positive and negative thinking causes positive and negative physical results, respectively. And “physical results” includes “feelings”, so thoughts cause “feelings” too.
Now for my spiritual and religious friends, please don’t close down yet. I think you will see that this view point actually does fully align with your religious and/or spiritual practices, teachings and principles.
The Law of Attraction implies that “thoughts” and “words” are the root of all creation. I’m sure no expert on it, but even the bible says;
"In the beginning there was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men."
If “Word was God”, could it be interpreted that “All things were made by Word (thought); and without Word (thought) was not anything made that was made”?
I’ve also heard it said that “Man was created in God’s Image” and that “these things I do you can do but even greater”.
I have no idea where this bible stuff just came from trust me. I don’t know the “TRUTH” about anything. The law of attraction and everything I have just said and will say is a perspective I am asking you to consider. Not the truth.
Now let’s go back to the simplicity of the statement, “Thoughts cause Feelings”, and how this could relate to unwanted habits and addictions – and why we do that which we say we don’t want to do.
Could our Unwanted Habits and Addictions be a way of coping with or avoiding the uncomfortable feelings caused by our thoughts and beliefs?