The moment we live right now is one of its kind in the history of humanity. There´s an expansive wave of uncertainty, fear of death, panic and, at the same time, an expansive wave of creativity, hope, compassion and unity. We´ve never been so isolated from each other and yet so close…
I believe that there´s a great opportunity in what is happening right now. The opportunity that the fear of death will awake us in realizing that we’ve already been living our lives “infected” by all sorts of habits that were taking life away from us.
There´s a symbolic frequency in the word Corona, like in Corona virus, that holds the key to transformation through this experience. Corona means crown. It also refers to the aura of plasma that surrounds the sun and other stars. When a baby is born, we call that “crowning”, since its head comes out first, if all goes well. This pandemia is a radical wake up call to recuperate our sovereignty, to shine, to be reborn into our authenticity. The seventh chakra, that is the vortex of our energy system, situated at the top of our head, is called Crown Chakra. When that vortex is balanced, we experience unity, the knowledge that there´s an intrinsic law underlying all of existence, serenity, joy, and deep peace about life, beyond intellectual knowledge.
In order to have a direct experience of its qualities, I suggest that we feel into what it is about us that makes us uncomfortable. The avoidance of those uncomfortable emotions creates addictive habits, that we apply to anesthetize pain and to adapt to a profoundly sick society. The sooner we track those emotions, their roots and the addictions that are generated by them, the better for us, for others and for Mother Nature; the deeper we heal, the more we are in symphony with her laws.
Hearing the word addiction, most people think about alcohol, drugs, sex, smoking, overeating etc. According to Dr Gabor Maté, a specialist in addictive conducts, “Addiction is any behavior that has negative consequences, but the person continues to crave it and relapse into it, despite of negative consequences.”
There are many more, less obvious but not less important,addictions that have been created in a subtly oppressive system which we are called to dismantle starting from within.
Here I´m sharing some of them, and I would love for you to amplify on the ones that pique your attention or add more addictions that will help us all realize what it is that prevents our spirit from soaring, and take the adequate actions.
I’ve chosen to present 13 addictions, as the 13 phases of the moon, representing the cyclical nature of the Goddess.
- Addiction to complexity. We have become too analytical. So analytical that we resist the spontaneous flow of life. We live according to our mind´s preoccupation with having to always know the answer.
- To staying forever young. Obsession with our image makes us spend our time and energy in self-centered activities that have nothing to do with offering our precious gifts to the world.
- To degrees, titles and social prestige for the sake of recognition and pure satisfaction of our ego. Empty titles lead to empty lives.
- To material goods. Accumulating goods and money for the next 20, 30 years as if there´s any guarantee that we´ll live that long or, if we do, that we will genuinely be able to enjoy them.
- To emotional security. We join people that we think we can control, not the ones that will help us stretch and grow. We try to control our husband, wife, children, employees, friends etc. since facing our own fear of abandonment would be more painful.
- To “woundology”. This is an interesting term created by Caroline Myss, a mystic, writer and medical intuitive. We are so addicted to our trauma, that we keep reproducing it every time we have the chance to share. In several indigenous tribes, like the Navajo, one is not allowed to share their drama more than twice. The third time, everybody shows their back to that person, helping her thus not to get addicted to her suffering.
- To success of the past. Clinging to past success as a measure for our worth, goes against the natural flow of life that is ever changing and unpredictable. In every step of our life we are called to leave some habits behind and move forward.
- To getting approbation. This makes us noisy, not only externally, but also internally. Even when we don’t speak, our presence makes noise and demands for attention. Our society seems to be applauding exuberant, extrovert, noisy manifestations, however, “Deep rivers don´t make noise”, according to an old saying from my country.
- To social networks due again to a need for approbation. Some “likes” in our electronic pages can easily affect our mood until it ends up depending on those likes. We measure our worth and that of others according to the number of followers we have. Quantity doesn’t necessarily include heartfelt expansion. Well-known leaders who have ignited lots of suffering (like Hitler) had many followers too…
- To work. “Workaholism” is another addictive conduct that deprives us from creating intimacy in our everyday lives. Intimacy scares us because it presupposes exposing our vulnerability; we need to feel that we are impenetrable.
- To seriousness. How often do we confuse seriousness with authority…We believe that we’ll lose our credibility if we add some lightness to our way of connecting with others.
- To results. We imagine the outcome we would like our efforts to have and stick to it without taking into account that we are not the ones who have the last word. Life flow is above all and realizing this, can be a source of peace.
- To spiritual, creative practices. Yes, this may sound strange, but they can become addictive, if they are used as an “escape mode”, a way to avoid reality and not to add to it.
Along with these reflections, I am offering you a meditation that can accompany the process of dismantling our outdated inner structures:
MEDITATION FOR GOING THROUGH DIFFICULT TIMES
Have in mind that no alternative practices can substitute a medical treatment, but they can be of an extra boost along with an alkaline diet.
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Eirini Delaki is an actress, drummer, sound/energy healer, teacher and lifelong student. She uses the disciplines of Spiritual Theatre, Kundalini Yoga, Ritual Sound/Percussion and Poetry to create sacred experiences and performances. Her work is inspired by the ancient priestesses of the Mediterranean area and her homeland, Greece. Eirini has been developing the concept of Spiritual Theatre (a fusion of theatre techniques with spiritual practices) since 2006. This proposal has been warmly supported by institutions like the University of Valencia, the Manipal University Hospital in Nepal, and several international theatre projects of the European Commission. For the last 3 years she is one of the artists in charge of a ritual performance for the National Greek-Roman Theatre Festival in Spain. http://www.eirinidelaki.com
11 thoughts on “Corona: Reclaiming Sovereignty in a Culture of Addiction by Eirini Delaki”
My addiction is more common: watching tv and reading the news and skyping friends and answering email on my computer. My charger was broken this am and I wondered if I would survive. To my surprise the local computer shop was open because they also provide 2 essential services: cell phones and bill payment! So I was able to get a new charger and now am back online. And still addicted.
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It’s ironic that American addictions are becoming global when other nations can afford them… The list is endless and each person has to address her/his own issues and this doesn’t happen without self -reflection – a quality so foreign to many. We can hope that this crisis will awaken Americans…maybe.
Addressing personal and collective addictions is certainly a start.
“The moment we live right now is one of its kind in the history of humanity.”
Hmm…I question this assumption – I think it may apply to Americans (not including Indigenous peoples) more than the rest of humanity – we have been privileged, we have turned our backs on the rest of those that suffer for too long, I think. Humans, animals, plants, trees…our beloved planet.
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Wonderful, Eirini!! a big YES to these thoughts that you have shared.
Thank you for this wisdom Eirini. If you ever have the time, maybe you could repost this video at a higher volume. I can barely hear it on any of my devices and only if it is completely silent. The tiniest noise drowns out your words.
try turning up the volume on your computer. i usually have mind at 50 per cent for example.
I did, put it to full; it’s usually at about 40%. I have to be right up next to it to hear anything at all. Same with phone, etc.
This was lovely – thank you. I, too, hope that, as you said: “The opportunity that the fear of death will awake us in realizing that we’ve already been living our lives “infected” by all sorts of habits that were taking life away from us.” Add that to what Carol wrote of earlier. And, further, an essay I’ve been working on is how most of us have turned our backs upon the ‘healer within’ (Qi, Prana, Vital Force — it has many names) and so I would add to your addictions list: addicted to have other people tell us what to do about our health or lack thereof. Thank again … Blessings.
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Here is another healing video from Eirini in case others are having trouble hearing the one in the post. https://youtu.be/88t7CUWqF7M
Thank you, Carol :)
Thanks for sharing this reflection, Eirini… I really appreciate your perspective!
Gracias mi querida Eirini por tu hermoso obsequio. Tanto las adicciones que has enumerado como la meditación hermosa que has creado para nosotros.
Sin dudas estamos en un momento que exige dar lo mejor de nosotros pero, no todos lo comprenden así. Por ello nos vemos sometidos a decisiones que pueden calificarse de muchas maneras, y aún así, los simples habitantes del planeta estamos siendo esclavos de las decisiones que el pequeño grupo de personas con amplios poderes toma día a día.
Desde mi caudal de conocimiento acerca de la medicina (basto o insuficiente) les pido a todos que cuiden mucho su calma, su equilibrio interior y así nuestro sistema inmunológico podrá defenderse solo, sin necesidad de que nos sometan a fármacos que lejos de sanarnos, nos dañan aún más.
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