On the run today, but in response to Invisigal’s comment on my review of the brilliant book In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, I felt moved to initiate a love-fest for this guy. I’m not sure my review betrayed the kind of affection I’ve developed for his thinking. (Although I think I’ve hinted at that in previous posts) He demonstrates humility and unbelievable compassion and desire to heal when he speaks.
On the physiological origins of painkiller addiction:
Opiates: we use them as painkillers. They not only kill physical pain, they also kill emotional pain. It turns out that if you look at the brain-scans of human beings when they’re feeling emotional pain, the same part of the brain lights up as when they’re feeling physical pain. So whether I call you a really terrible name that hurts you or whether I cut you with a knife, the same part of the brain registers it. … So the first question when dealing with addiction is always not “Why the addiction?” but “Why the pain?”
Listen, and like Invisigal, let your life be changed.
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