least because it seems to be a commonly held opinion. Those who say that people
sitting around not doing anything constructive should get out and help real
people instead, are the very people who do not understand the energetic world.
They are too closed into the physical realm. Unaware of the possibility that
their aggressive stance against those who practice the art of meditation is
damaging to their own lives.
I have written many articles about how carrying around negative energies such
as anger and fear can attract conflict and danger, and I am yet to find real
evidence that this is not the case. Those who attack are often attacked
themselves, and are in a cycle of aggression. Sometimes they can focus this
energy into good things and I am a great believer of using a negative emotion in
a positive way if that is the only way you can control it. But I get a feeling
that some of the people that advocate direct action, or that are from an active
religious group can often be a problem rather than a solution.
Many examples of a good cause being ruined by these people this can be found.
The cause of freedom of speech is a noble one, and essential for any free
democracy, but the fight is often just that, a fight. The “fight for free
speech” should be called the “ideology” or “right of free speech”. Because by
fighting you are reducing the speech in the situation and causing a restriction
on the thing you are trying to free. And this just what happens when someone of
a belief attacks another, there becomes a fight, not a debate or a sharing of
views, but a fight. The aggressor who wins is left with the taste for power and
glory but the loser gains the position of oppressed and martyr.
The cycle goes on and on throughout that which we call time. The story never
changes, just the names, jesus could just as easily be martin luther king, or
nelson mandella, or the population of jews in ww2. The loser ends up with power
in the end, a lesson our governments must take seriously, as they edge towards
their aggressive totalitarian state.
Back to the matter in hand though, Is it selfish to meditate? No, admittedly
it means taking time to oneself away from others, but for good mental health
spending time alone is essential. Also it is proven that those who meditate are
easier to get along with, more tolerant, better communicators and better
colleagues. If that were where the story ended that would be enough to convince
most people that if everyone meditated then the world would be a calmer,
healthier and nicer place to live. However there is more. The process of
meditation that elevates the levels of good emotions helps to flood the energy
that surrounds us with good emotions. We feel better in a place that is full of
this energy, and we are more likely to get along without conflict. So the answer
is no, it isn’t just selfish to meditate, it is for the benefit of ourselves but
also everyone we have contact with, even those who are aggressive, they are the
selfish ones who only attempt to improve what they experience.