Father, I will but to remember You.
In the margin of my Course book on this Lesson I had made the notation, “addictions.” This is related to the sentence, “Perhaps I think I seek for something else; in something I have called by many names.” Addictions can be the typical ones that I can immediately think of such as alcohol, drugs, sex, food, and gambling. Indeed it can run the gamut.
As I think about this Holy Spirit, I recall that one can be addicted to raw emotions or to the pain one experiences. “Absurd!” one may think to be addicted to “my feelings of anger” for instance.
But indeed inside there is a rush, an investment of some kind, that I, or anyone, may get of of these raw emotions time and time again. Perhaps it is as simple as attention and sympathy. Or perhaps it allows someone else to pat you on the back and reaffirm your victim status. They define me, I am justified, or so I think when I am entangled in them.
So how to break the addiction?
By replacing the thoughts that are associated with it. By bringing my thoughts to You, Holy Spirit, all my thoughts, to You. When I am caught up in the cycle of intense emotions, I have forgotten my Father.
Excerpt from Lesson 231 in our Journey Through the Workbook for Students: Divine Messages