Friday, 8 February 2013

The Enlightened View.

There was once a more or less universal belief, and one that still hangs on in some ‘simpler’ cultures, that certain people are infected with negative energies. And it was believed that such an infection doesn’t only affect the host, but spreads into their immediate environment, polluting it with bad vibrations that bring troubles of various kinds to those in the vicinity. It can be a dangerous belief, because it can lead the ‘sufferer’ to be ostracised, abused, or even killed.

We live in more enlightened times now in which anything that doesn’t accord with rational scientific thinking is dubbed ‘superstition’ and dismissed out of hand. Well, I wonder whether we’re taking the right view of enlightenment.

I don’t know whether such a belief is true or not, but I’ve seen circumstantial evidence that it might be. I’m seeing it right now. So maybe we shouldn’t dismiss it out of hand, but accept the possibility and try to address it with consideration and understanding, rather than ostracisation, abuse, or even murder. Maybe that’s what enlightenment should be about.


Sara said...

I feel this is true, actually, though the energy isn't some outside force come to roost inside someone (which is what it sounded like you were saying). Rather, someone's emotional imbalance creates some seriously black vibes that others around them can detect. Do you ever meet someone who just feels gross? It's very, very taxing to be around such people.

JJ Beazley said...

No, I wasn't implying any outside force. I agree with what you say.

I wonder, though, whether it goes further. I wonder whether the negative vibes such people give off can infect the surrounding ether (for want of a better way of putting it) in a way that's more than just passive. Could it be that those who come within the influence of those bad vibes have their own energies messed up, so that they attract negative aspects into their own lives - bad luck, malfunctions, and so on?

Sara said...

I have a feeling it could happen. Consider old buildings with a lot of negative residual energy. I won't use the word "ether," because I prefer to deal with things more tangible. Materials in the environment can absorb energy, things like wood and stone, etc.

Sensitive folks can feel the bad vibes left behind by the former inhabitants, and it's conceivable that if they allow it, it could throw their own equilibrium out of whack.