Sometimes, random things hold the key to life's best kept secrets!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World! :D
Life is a boring business, really and I, for one, am a huge sucker for anything Esoteric, New-age or Paranormal. Spot anything on the likes of Metaphysics, Religion, Alternative Medicine etc. and I flock towards it with glee . It is quite a dark secret, for not many look approvingly on such 'passions' and I seldom talk about these obsessions of mine unless I feel like attracting some condescending stares. (Never mind, it is not quite a secret now... we all need to let the cat out at some point! :P ) Yes, when in Rome, it definitely helps only to be Roman. Not that I am propogandizing legalization of illegal marijuana to have anything to be ashamed of. Yet, you could always be sure of a more genuinely fascinated audience if you were say, a huge fan of Classic Movies or Beethoven or Astrophysics. Yet, if you want to discuss about the Altered state of consciousness induced by lucid dreaming, you still need to break a lot of barriers of resistance in the minds of people to switch them from the attitude of "What-kind-of-a-lunatic-concept-is-this?" to "Oh-I-cant-wait-to-know-more-about-it". Prejudiced conditionings are hard to break. It is the same kind of conditioning wherein if you hear that X is a saint in Haridwar, you immediately imagine X with a long white beard, semi-clothed in saffron attire, shabby hair and spending months with eyes closed with snow capped mountains as background. Or when you hear that Y is an Psychic you probably imagine her with a long skirt, bandanna, heavily kohl-smeared eyes, dancing around a crystal ball. Few realize that both could be a normal people, walking around in normal clothes, doing normal things everyday like you and I do.
(Stop your visual patterns... they dont always look this way!)
There is a lot of intelligent meaningful science even in the 'bizarre' and spirituality should be started to be explored in an open-minded manner rather than with mental blockages and rolling eyes that seem to suggest a person of over-the-age-maturity, ignorance, craziness, lack of fun or brooding seriousness. Choice of attire and appearence is at an individual's discretion and not everyone who dons the ascetic look is really spiritual. In the same way, not everyone who gravitate towards paranormal science feel the need to stand out by weird trademarks. More often than not, you would never know them - it could be the dhobi at the street corner, the businessman you go walking with everyday or even your sixth grader niece.
The change in attitude would definitely take time. Yet, until then, I shall be satisfied in always being one of the few who spend long periods of time at corners of well hidden bookshelves, browsing avidly though titles on Herbalism, Reiki, Chakras, Sufism and the like... :)