I stopped having much to do with the world of television, magazines and celebrity watching thirteen years ago, it wasn’t a conscious decision, I just became absorbed in doing other things. I was practicing yoga for an hour every day, going for long walks and sitting on the river bank and toning across the water. Around me there was a deepening shadow that was my lovely flat mate being sucked back into a drug fueled space that was changing her personality and causing me to retreat into the inner temple that I was creating inside of myself.
Sounds like a bad situation but when I look back upon it I remember how strong and alive I was feeling, when a particularly nasty character moved in I responded by becoming even more full of light. There was a poem that I used to keep the darkness at bay, my first experience of the power of intention, it kept me from taking on any of the dark energy that was all around me.
In a world that seems totally insane at times, it is so important to create your own space of peace and harmony, somewhere you can go to re-charge and regenerate your spirit and soul. I found this so much easier to do when I opted out of popular culture, you have more time to find your stillness and to notice what is going on inside your own mind. Over time as I delved deeper and deeper into myself I found the inner movie show a lot more interesting than anything I had ever watched on television.
So I couldn’t agree more with these inspiring words from Terence McKenna:
“You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that’s being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.”
Time to wake up!