Addictions form in response to the sensation of fulfillment or relief we experience when we consume a substance or take an action that allows us to escape less desirable feelings. We can become addicted to regular things that in-and-of-themselves are not bad for us, such as thoughts, foods, beverages, shopping, reading, sex, sports or people. When we engage in anything to avoid our depression, anger, fear or unhappiness, it locks in the negative energy preventing growth and flow. We develop a compulsive physiological need for the relief it provides while it lets us stay stuck.
Intuitively sensitive people are more highly drawn to the escape of addiction simply because we feel so much of the energy around us. Unlike tying our shoes or brushing our teeth, most of us weren’t taught how to manage our energetic boundaries. In fact it is rare if one’s awareness of energy is acknowledged and validated by society. Without skills to create a sense of safety amidst the ocean of energy we feel, we are left to figure it out on our own. As children we were aware of the energy around us at home, in school and everywhere we went. The barrage of information was at times overwhelming, and may even have caused us to manifest physical symptoms. At times our empathy and the desire to help others had us subconsciously take on their pain to help them heal.
The intensity of this sensitivity often materializes with coping mechanisms such as suppression, denial or addictions that allow us to go “out of body” and avoid the response altogether. As adults we have the opportunity to reclaim our personal power by validating the intuitive sensitivity we previously denied. Through acknowledgment of our heightened inner barometer for the energy in our environment, we can learn to set our space and generate a healthy experience of that awareness. We don’t have to shut down our intuitive guidance when we generate new boundaries. Through regular visualization of our aura bubble at its appropriate size (three feet in every direction around the body), we limit the intrusion into our space of vacillating energy. It helps to paint our aura a fresh color in our minds-eye (avoid white as it attracts spiritual entities). A clear vision of our space allows us to reduce the ups-and-downs that are externally generated. When we are only experiencing our own feelings rather than those of the people around us we feel more stable and we are less driven to the relief addiction temporarily provides.