In this modern age, with all of the chaos that surrounds our lives, it can be difficult to get a sense of your true purpose or goals. With all the
choices out there to make, how could anyone call it easy? It takes effort, determination, dedication, motivation, and just a pinch of enthusiasm to
really get anywhere. It can take even more energy to maintain that mindset daily. Overall, this equals a LOT of work for the individual looking to
cause some sort of change in the world. If you are truly doing this much work, you would hope the world is really benefiting from your actions.
The reason I mention all this, is to lead to an understanding of my curiosity.
In the last 10 years of my life, I have noticed a large trend of people migrating to the "spirit world" of the mind (If you are unsure of what I
mean, you need only visit youtube and watch some spirit science videos, or other similar pseudoscience type presentations). Now I am not giving this
type of mindset a judgement as being positive or negative, but would like to explore the actions and consequences of what seems to be the way MOST of
these spiritual warriors go about their days.
I'll start off with some first hand experience dealing with those who fall under this category.
I have a friend, "Z" we shall call him. Z was your average kid growing up, had friends, did well in school, played outside, and dreamed about the
future. He had ambitions and energy in all of his actions, and looked to have a bright future ahead.
In high school, however, life started to change. School got more difficult, he was told to get a job, and he would have to start buying his own
lunches. Now with all of this extra homework, and a job on top, how would he manage to see all of his friends? Play all of his games? No calling in
sick to work because you're on a mission and you can't pause it.
So one day, Z changed. But not in the way one would think hard work can bring out of someone. Z became spiritual. He began meditating, practicing
yoga, and researching the aspects that suited his new profound vision of life. So, as many like him would say how great all of this is, lighting up
the spirit side of the mind, many also don't notice the shadow that it casts on the secular side. After a few months of soul searching within
himself, Z really started showing appreciable changes. The first one being he got VERY good at letting you know how spiritual he was. Following that,
he would let you know how you could be like him, and inform you of anything you were doing wrong in life. It started out subtle, but gradually had a
snowball effect. He started a crystal collection, so he could use them to channel all of his energy properly. He read that online, on some website, so
without question it had to be true. But boy, all of that work sure was interfering with his self discovery path, so he decided he didn't need it for
now, and quit.
And thus began his new life, sitting at home, meditating, and telling everyone around him they were not living their lives properly. He started
making necklaces out of the crystals he had. He also started drawing using sacred geometry as a foundation. Now weather you call those productive or
not is up to you, but I personally don't see the benefit the world gains from these actions. Oh right, he could also tell you the color of your
aura... how spectacular.
Now god forbid you EVER questioned all of the spiritual knowledge he has acquired through intense meditation and internet research over the years.
And don't you even DARE mention anything about him having an ego. An ego is for non spiritual people, I am told. The sad truth is, however, that all
his ego ever did was take form of a spiritual guru.
Here is where my curiosity truly lies, in what the heck is ANY of that truly doing for society, or even the world, as a whole? I have gone over it in
my head so many times, and I still can't seem to grasp it. How is it not selfish to surrender the world of productivity in place of self focus? Think
of all of the things you could be doing for the world you claim to want to save. I can guarantee sitting there and imagining the world being more
pleasant, is NOT going to make it such. It usually tends to do the opposite, as where you could be a political soldier actually changing the world
through action, you are sharing spirit science videos on facebook that some others might see so they can start the journey to be just like you!
Perhaps it could just be an ultimate mental excuse to live a lazier life? It sure seems to be effective if that is the case.
I must re-emphasize, not everyone is like this. I do know a handful of people who I would call spiritual and are still contributing members of
society. I have even done my own spiritual research, and explored my mind, however I use it all in a much different way then previously mentioned. I
am 100% for a more peaceful world, eliminating poverty, and having an endlessly sustainable supply of food. I just don't see how acting like that is
going to help. Or... perhaps I am just cynical.