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Quotes on Trauma & Addiction Recovery

The non-clinical use of drugs is destructive to both mind and body. Our reality is a God-conscious reality of happiness, health and prosperity which leaves no room for the destruction of the self-caused by the use of drugs. It is our policy to exalt the self.
4/27/94

Kundalini Yoga is a method to become nothing, so everything can flow through you.

Love yourself. Love your soul and let go of the past. Past pain is keeping you in pain.

If you have to be addicted to something, be addicted to doing sadhana daily. Otherwise, addiction is not a source of freedom. And you are not free by taking drugs. The neurons of the brain will become feeble. You’ll always be dragging your life.
–Yogi Bhajan, Kundalini Yoga: The Flow of Eternal Power, p. 104

Although many drug users thought of Kundalini Yoga as another way to get ‘high,’ Kundalini Yoga is a way to becoming the higher self. It is getting out of pain, subconscious turmoil, and boredom. It gives you energy from within that cannot be given or created by any outside substance.
-Shakti Parwha Kaur

When you feel the urge for a stimulant, take seven long deep breaths, holding each inhalation to the maximum. Or do Breath of Fire. It is the most powerful remedy! If you do a half-hour of Breath of Fire every day, there are a lot of troubles that you can keep miles away.
–Yogi Bhajan, Kundalini Yoga: Flow the Eternal Power, p.101

Many people who stick to sadhana have been found to be totally clear of the effects and abnormalities created by the use of drugs.
–Yogi Bhajan, The Aquarian Teacher Training Manual Level 1, p. 250

Trauma is a deep uninsulated action which totally shakes your personality. When you go through it you also start showing physical symptoms. It's not something you will like to go through.
3/7/89

Once you know that you have a trauma and you have not faced it you can't be complete.
3/7/89

Is there one day in your life when you refuse to react to anything but just act as you? That's the day you are human.
3/7/89

Happiness is never outside you, happiness is always inside you. You learn in your life through drama and you get solidified by trauma. It is the trauma in your life which kicks you around like a football.
3/7/89

Basically what we are talking today is the deep cut which sometimes you cannot jump the gorge which has no bridge in your own life caused by a trauma, caused by an earthquake when you were a child. You grew up, you learned everything, you built a very strong bridge and covered the gorge, fine. You can walk in and out on it but what about the winds, what about the weather? Can you deny it is not there?
3/7/89

Whatever the trauma has done to you when you were a child, whether your mother or your father is responsible, your neighbor or your circumstances are responsible, the government or war or peace is responsible, if trauma has happened, then it has to be dealt with.
3/7/89

When we grow up, those traumas become the mountains and valleys of our life.
3/7/89

It's my conviction that man can live free of drugs all the time, any time, but one has to choose for himself.
5/12/83

We get, we call them clients, we change their diet, we give them the exercise habits, we inspire them, we do give them some counseling and mostly we rely on their own self help. I am not saying the result is hundred percent, but I am willing to say for the time they recognize the fact they want to get it out, result is two hundred percent. It is the pressure of the outside community. When they go and face the outside community, they lack the support and they get to the emptiness of life again, and about ten percent of them become the victims of this. But to be very honest with you today, I feel as the world is as old as it is, so is the drug problem and it shall continue, there is no reason to get out of it.
5/12/83

So long as the human has not learned to use his and her resources to have a fulfilled competent life, drugs shall be the way.
5/12/83

Harnale, be with God. What is this be with God? It is be consciously with your consciousness—so that the dramas of life and the traumas of life may not make you unconscious to the reality of the Infinity.
5/18/80

Why measure all that past which is dead and gone? Why not relate to new values? And if you want to relate to new values, relate to them all the way. If you do not want to shape up your consciousness, you do not want to challenge the trauma of life, you do not want to confront your weaknesses and you do not penetrate through those weakness, when are you going to be steady?
12/6/79

You are the power. You don't need the power. You are the beauty. You don't need the beauty. You are the success. You don't need the success.
7/26/96

For you to become Infinity, you have to have self-reverence. Reverence has such a power that it becomes Infinity.
7/26/96

When you enrich your mind you can break the slavery of low habits and ego. You can act as part of the entire cosmos and learn to elevate and to let go.
The Mind

Each thought and act stirs the Universe and many subtleties occur. They seem like mysteries, but they are masteries. The one power and gift you have from the Almighty is the mind. Mind is the only power you have which is positive, and can be definitely finite or definitely positively Infinite. It can reach both ends of the pendulum.
The Mind

The ability to turn negative into positive, to support all your actions with your facets and manners is the result of meditation. It is what develops through sadhana and aradhana. Through japa and discipline.
The Mind

By the Will of God you have earned a life of grace, glory, and greatness. That is what you are born for. We only forget sometimes to be vast. We become too near and personal. Just forgive, excel, and lead with grace to leave a legacy of kindness and compassion.
The Mind

When you fail to meditate, the combined strength of your subconscious and your thoughts catches you. When the subconscious links with the play of the mind, it is the origin of mental intrigues and most of your self-defeating patterns. You need a habit to relate to your mind. You need to sit with your mind and review it, polish it, and direct it.
The Mind

If your inherent creativity expands your mental intrigue, your mind will spin it, magnify it, and spread it in every direction. It will weave that intrigue into your words and then project those words to every part of your mind. The result is that you lose track of your real self and become shallow, hollow, and full of games. You lose your power of prayer. You lose your innocence. There is no one who can save you from this mess other than yourself.
The Mind

The mind has no base or fundamental reality on its own. It requires your direction. In order to act and create you must use the mind, but the mind can also use you. It can convince you of something, encourage you, and then abandon you when it is wrong.
The Mind

The reality is there is nobody who can limit you. There is nobody who can dam­age you. Your existence is not bound in time and space. You always have a choice of how you project your mind.
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Stimulating the mind with drugs or anything that pushes you up and out instantly and unnaturally will have a powerful reaction of at least equal force that pulls you down and back in. You can't become spiritual or wise overnight by some grand effort. You cannot be impatient and greedy and gobble God like It is a cookie.
The Mind

When your mind stays with the self-illumined soul within you, then all pains and suffering disappear and your presence radiates and works. If you try to train your mind by confronting your ego and desires, it only causes pain. Train the mind by directing it to confront your unlimited soul. The mind will be elevated, and you will be elevated. 
The Mind

© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan