Can Meditation Save The World? #10
Wouldn’t it be great if all we had to do to save the world was sit down, be quiet, close the eyes and go inside for 20 minutes a day? In other words, meditate? Yes that would be incredible.
But it’s not the case. Meditation by itself will not save the world. It will add to the sum total of stabilizing energy created and reflected in the world. We are after all, beings of vibration and we do resonate with the pulsations around us. There is the cumulative effect of ‘good vibrations’ to consider and the profound effect had when we truly know, experience our connection to each other at, and in, source. But that in and of itself is not going to bring about the change the world craves. For this we need to bring the light to bear. We need every sort of intelligence possible.
Seeing is believing. We think what we see, sense, know is the truth, well not always.
“Illusion is the first of all pleasures” says Voltaire. Add to this confirmation bias: the tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs and it’s easy to see why it’s so hard to have honest discussion; to work together to uncover the best course of action in almost any arena.
Turns out what you don’t know can harm you. And yes, what you don’t know can still assist, but it is in the knowing that we can choose which course to champion. Choose to know your best self and then live life on this basis.
The unexamined life robs one of life’s gifts.
We can heighten senses and increase the possibility of getting to the truth. It takes commitment, a continual willingness and desire to refine, to go deep. It takes, in a word, practice.
Our beliefs are often, if not always tied up with identity, who we think we are, the groups we identify with. In deep meditation, we loosen the grip of that hardened identity and in that moment we are freed to see, experience more clearly the fullness of our existence. Yes we are that person we know ourselves to be and we are so much more. That knowing doesn’t take away from life, it adds immeasurably to it.
In the end it is up to each individual to examine his/her life. Or not. If not, the risk of being caught permanently under the spell of illusion reigns supreme, and we remain imprisoned by a limited identity and a contracted sense of self. Which is naturally reflected in the life we lead.
In choosing to examine, senses must be heightened, knowledge of the deepest source known and intelligence of every sort called upon. In a word, practice.
Meditation won’t cure the world’s problems but it will assist each individual in resting their social personas for awhile and in that quiet space a deeper knowing occurs. Some call it connecting with the heart, or source, others God or nature.
However defined, by going deep inside, awareness touches the space from which all creative impulse is born. Resting here we touch our commonality, the source from which we all arise. In its unity, this source is divine, certainly it has the capacity to define our humanity.
Then, as each one makes their individual offering, as must be done, this light, this knowing will more naturally be reflected on the surface of life. Call it divinity in action.
So perhaps meditation can help save the world.
It will most assuredly settle and expand each individual awareness and in that, do more than any single activity on the surface of life can hope to accomplish in helping us see the truth, we are connected. No doctrine, no text, no political party, no song or drug, no oratorical skills worthy of the angels, will convince a single person of this.
This knowing must be truly authentically experienced in the heart of each being and this just might save the world. There is work to be done and it requires intelligence of every possible sort.
Meditate. Know your highest self. Uncover what you inherently possess, how to go about gaining more of what you need and how to use it all in service of your deepest values.
Do it for yourself and watch the effects naturally extend to your loved ones, your community and the world. Meditate, the world needs you.