During the past few months the world has been turbulent and murky, but the question is; Do you want to get pulled down into the dark undertow? For instance, certain agencies and monopolies restructuring by moving organization boxes around with a primitive narcissistic quality that honors a powerful perversion of the egotistical few. Those in the “inner circle” displacing friendly faces from job functions so that they can promote their “org chart box” up a little higher for that pension payout. No talent needed when you are the main game in town and have very little care for market share. Can you sleep at night knowing people are worried for their jobs and have families to feed? Ah yes, you can …..good for you…..go buy that new BMW. Sounds like politics, doesn’t it?
So many “leaders” out there who only care about personal power and greed. I had a conversation with a successful businessman who buys expensive toys and real estate for “investments” and “fun,” yet fails to realize that restless external experiences and attachments will never fill his soul. Over 80,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar to Bangladesh reporting mass rape and families being burned in their homes. Systematic, deliberate and senseless slaughter by butchers that used their knives to harm versus to heal. The world can’t turn its’ back on mass genocide again…..or can it? How have we become selfish and sacrificial lambs following the wolves to their dens? Why are so many people lacking consideration for others and only concerned with their personal profit and pleasure?
Having said that, I catch myself in my own defense mechanisms in which unacceptable instinctual drives are not always for the “Higher Good”. Words and actions that I used in the past, to push people away, were lower than Charon moving the souls of the deceased across the rivers of Styx and Acheron to Hades. I could be doing more to help this world, yet when these events hurt my head and heart, I only emote through sublimating my thoughts onto paper.
There is a corrosive sadistic tendency to seek for pleasure and profit outside of us rather than from within. Trying relationships, jobs, and experiences on like a new shirt but when they become a little tiresome, difficult or worn…..we cast them aside and move on to the next “shiny thing”’ to feed our egos. My mind begins to focus on the question – Why do people (myself sometimes included) keep remaining unfulfilled no matter how much power, sex, pleasure, and money they seem to achieve? My answer is that we need a paradigm shift forcing us off our hedonistic treadmill launching us into the light (Please google “hedonistic treadmill” - it is really an interesting psychological term).
Wouldn’t it be beautiful if we could use our disappointments, restlessness and frustrations to power creative endeavors, scientific breakthroughs, and selfless service? Trade our envy, hate, ego and restless nature into more productive channels such as compassion, appreciation and gratitude. What would happen if we substituted narcissistic aims for ethical and fruitful alternatives?
The answers are right in front of us in ancient spiritual texts but many of us are unaware, “Practice right conduct, learning and teaching; be truthful always, learning and teaching; master the passions; learning and teaching, control the senses, learning and teaching; strive for peace always, learning and teaching, serve humanity, learning and teaching…..this is necessary for spiritual progress“ (Upanishads). ”Freedom is that triumphant state of consciousness that is beyond the influence of desire. The mind ceases to thirst for anything it has seen or heard of; even what is promised in the scriptures.” (Yoga Sutras)
I have hope for the liberating power of the rebellious few who overcome the black veil of egotistical tyranny. We have a choice to lead with hope, love and service or fear, greed, and anger. Perhaps stop running away…..and anchor down within the true nature of yourself and become untouched by your afflictions and desires. Consider becoming a monarch of internal practices through meditation on your inner light and spiritual practice (whatever that is for you). The answer is within but it is up to you to find it. You can keep wandering aimlessly on the dusty plains of desire or be a true hero such as Heracles who journeyed to the underworld with Charon BUT returned alive to be a divine PROTECTOR of mankind. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to leave this world with the taste of a coin in my mouth…..