I read these three lines recently: What we know we know. What we know we don’t know. What we don’t know we don’t know. That last one is my favorite. We don’t even know what we don’t know! Is it any wonder then that we are so baffled when trying to answer the questions why am I here and what is my purpose? They’re good questions and having considered them I believe that our purpose, the human purpose, is to make known the unknown. Discovery … that’s why we’re here.

Human behavior, lots to discover there. What if I told you that we are addicted to our behavior? I’m not addicted to anything you say. Really? Well … how about insecurity, stress, worry, insistence on being right, self-righteousness, control, anger, inflexibility, bossiness and fear?

Dr. Joe Dispenza offers this simple definition of addiction: something you can’t stop. “If you can’t control your emotional state, you must be addicted to it,” he said. And just like addictions to alcohol, nicotine, cocaine or heroin, addiction to behavior has a biological component.

Heroin is an exogenous external chemical and extremely addictive. When heroin is injected into the body it docks with the opiate receptors of a cell designed to receive endorphins, neuropeptides manufactured by the brain’s hypothalamus. The cell receives the heroin instead of the endorphins that were overridden and the cell becomes addicted to the heroin. In the same way, emotions produce endogenous internal chemicals called peptides, or molecules of emotion that also dock in the receptors of the cell. When an emotion is triggered often, the cell’s opiate receptors begin to expect or even crave that particular peptide. Our bodies become addicted to that emotion.

In laboratory experiments scientists attached electrodes to animals’ brains to stimulate the production of neuropeptides. The animals were then trained to press a lever that would release the neuropeptides in the brain. Over hunger, sex, thirst and sleep to a point of physical exhaustion and collapse the animals continued to press the lever choosing the neuropeptides and the addiction, according to Dispenza.

Now don’t be alarmed. All of us, to some degree, have experienced destructive emotional states, an inability to change or cravings for certain emotional responses and have perhaps experienced the same situation more than once. And just because an angry emotion, for example, is occasionally triggered or your thoughts evoke an emotional response, does not mean you are emotionally addicted any more than taking the occasional drink makes you an alcoholic. It just means that habitual anger or use of other emotional triggers to stimulate or produce a particular chemical response might indicate an emotional addiction.

Addictions have serious long-term effects on the body. If a receptor is bombarded for long periods with a drug or internal peptide, it will shrink up, becoming desensitized so that larger amounts of the drug or peptide are needed to create the expected effect. According to Dr. Candace Pert, there is evidence that people and laboratory animals addicted to a drug share something in common — growth of new brain cells is blocked. A complete recovery is possible, however, said Pert, if the subjects discontinue taking the drug. New brain cells will again grow.

How do we break our emotional addictions? By first understanding how we became addicted to emotions in the first place. We make known the unknown and then change and evolve our thoughts to create new and different responses.

“We must pursue knowledge without any interference of our addiction,” said Ramtha. “And if we can do that, we will manifest knowledge in reality, and our bodies will experience in new ways, in new chemistry, in new holograms, new elsewheres of thought beyond our wildest dreams.”