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The Causes of Addiction from a Yogic Perspective

By Mukta Kaur

The causes of addictive behavior are many.  According to Yogic Science the physiological dynamic is fascinating and has to do more with a non-communication between the Pineal and Pituitary Gland.  Here is how.

The relationship between the pineal and the pituitary glands must be understood!

The ancients considered the pineal the “Seat of the Soul.” Modern science is now discovering that the pineal does play a role in glandular coordination.

In the yoga tradition, the job of the pineal is to give direction to the pituitary. This is known as the “Master Gland” because it seems to regulate so much of the body’s functions. Actually, we might think of the pineal as the “Master Plan.” When the pineal and pituitary communicate, that’s when you have the experience of Being, of True Self. The brain is telling itself how to regulate itself. It’s self-referential, inner directed.

However the travel distance is far to go from the kundalini energy to activate the pineal function, and there are possible blocks along the way. Therefore, what happens in most people is that these two glands don’t talk to each other. The result is that the pituitary looks for something else to stimulate it, to give it direction. That can be alcohol, caffeine, drugs, and sugar, whatever. But these “outside” things, through the amazing chemistry of the body, act on the pituitary and tell it what to do. However, this falls short of the body staying healthy and balanced in this way. The Master Gland has lost its Master Plan.

So when someone feels a little empty or lost and decides to eat a Twinkie or have a drink to feel better, this is what’s happening: the pituitary is looking to be directed but cannot find its partner – the pineal – because our bio-energy of Awareness is on minimum. So the pituitary sends a signal to find something else to give it direction. And that’s how addictions arise.

The nature of the addiction, the severity - has to do with a combination of things: genetics, background, food allergies. But the root cause is the imbalance between the pituitary and pineal functions. When the pituitary and pineal DO talk to each other, a definite experience occurs. The mind becomes still, quiet, one-pointed, clear. We begin to touch the experience of Being. We experience ourselves as a point. We are not many, fractured, antithetical impulses but one clear point. Bindu, the yogis call it.

As teachers or counselors, you want to give your students or clients tools to access this Bindu, this point. You want them to feel inner-directed, self-reliant. But first you want to have the experience of it yourself. So, let’s do Kundalini Yoga!

SuperHealth Specialty Professional Training Immersion Course

The SuperHealth Specialty Professional Training is an 8-day immersion course in Espanola, NM on April 1-8. The purpose is to enable the learner to apply Yogic Science, which addresses spirit, mind, body and environment, to the treatment of addictive behavior in both personal care and professional treatment protocols.

Participants will delve into content deeper than that of the weekend course, so that the participant is able to gain knowledge, skills and practical application of the Yogic Technology for complete integration into their professional practice and personal wellbeing. The course is open to all. For professionals, it has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  •  NAADAC for Addiction Professionals and Counselors (National Certification Commission) #759 (48 CEUs)            
  •  New Mexico Board of Physical Therapists (48 CEUs)
  •  Nursing: Approval to award 63.25 CNE Contact Hours, American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) Approval #1130

Mukta Kaur Khalsa, Ph.D., is the Director of SuperHealth and personally studied the teachings for addictive behaviors with Yogi Bhajan beginning in 1973. She directed a specialized rehabilitation hospital in Tucson, AZ, which was rated in the top 10% of all residential programs in the US by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. She conducts trainings on SuperHealth technology for healthcare professionals, yoga teachers and students, and people seeking a new and healthy lifestyle. Mukta is author of “Meditations for Addictive Behavior” and lives in Espanola, New Mexico.

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