I am a complete sucker for anything spiritual. Give me a free psychic reading and I am there ready to drink hot chocolate for a cup reading, select crystals, pick cards, choose flowers, offer my palm etc. Show me how to do breath meditations and I will be doing it morning, noon, and night. It is not very often that I draw the line, but when I do it is firm. I went to a transcendental workshop with an open mind.
It was a horror. I spent 45 minutes watching youtube videos with a woman who wore BLACK pantyhose with brown peep toe shoes. I know the spiritually evolved have moved past fashion, but I never will. She talked about her journey with TM and how it never tries to clear your mind. I was intrigued. I have sat in meditation many times bothered by pesky thoughts. On bad days it runs like this: hurry up inner peace, I have to clean/run errand/find an outfit/walk the dog and wow am I hungry. Then I replay videos in my head of stupid things like the lame reality show that I watch. It can be quite the hassle achieving inner peace. So this seemed like a shortcut.
The only problem with shortcuts is that they don't exist. I have never once found a short distance to inner peace. As much as we hate it, this is a build up over time like Math or reading a book. One foot in front of the other. Yes, it is tedious and sometimes not particularly rewarding, so my little human mind was waiting for the big reveal. By the time I watched the Dr. Oz video with the group I was checking my phone and texting my best friend to see how she was doing. I could not have been more bored in what seemed like one endless infomercial to spirituality.
Mercifully forty minutes in there was light! Now she began we are going to get to the instructions on how to actually do TM. My pencil was ready and my dog ears were perked. She spoke in a lower voice the kind I have seen with hack psychics when I wear a fake diamond ring to throw them off. All we needed was to spend $1500 for a lifelong course on TM. She gave us all crazy eyes and called it an investment. No, I thought, this crazy pantyhosed lady was not going to get away with this. I raised my hand and asked for more information, she said of course and handed me a free dvd of collected videos posted on YouTube.
If I could have, I would have popped her in the biscuits. In THIS ECONOMY? That money is rent for a few months, a car down payment and a trip to Thailand with shots included. Then I started boiling. No big deal someone said I was diappointed, but what can I do they said shrugging their shoulders. Yes, I was aware that a workshop on spirituality had me in a blind rage in not quite fun irony. This is exactly the type of bs that turns people off to spirituality. Rich aging hippies did not possess the riches of the universe because they paid the right amount, that is akin to the Catholic Church selling indulgences and masses for those in purgatory.
I walked out of there determined to tell people this is nonsense. All you need to reach enlightenment is to seek it. Real Buddhist in temples usually offer free classes. To them paying for spirituality is counterintuitive. I don't profess to know the answer, but I will say this: there are frauds at every level and the cheapest way to get inner peace is to light a candle, stare at it for a while and let your thoughts go crazy because anything that makes the Catholic Church look cheap is laughable.
When was the last time someone tried to sucker you?