How easily hypnotised we are!
Never mind the more “advanced” concepts (which are actually more basic than any of the peripheral ones, if you think about it) such as believing that we are a body or that we exist inside a body, and so forth.
I have a few friends who have been on some sort of spiritual path for decades. Its saddening to see their posts on Social Media which indicate how pulled they are by current events – even posts which might seem to go against all they have learned from the teachings they’ve subscribed to: non-judgement, forgiveness etc.
We are (unless we are mentally vigilant or mindful) potentially affected by everything and anything we encounter. It does no good to fight against it (what you resist persists).
Try not thinking of a Pink Elephant!
Of course, all of what we see is perceptual and is already coloured by our past conditioning – so we’ll see what we believe.
What to do?
- Minimise or eliminate your viewing of news for at least a day or two. Nothing untoward will happen to you if you do this. If a Nuclear War occurs you’ll know about it without watching TV or asking Google, Siri, or Alexa.
- When someone makes a suggestion to you (positive or negative) either mentally ask yourself, “Is that so?” or at least pause for a couple of seconds before replying. They won’t notice.
- Meditate! Ultimately – even beyond quieting the mind, the purpose of true meditation is to experience your True Nature – that which is beyond all opposites. The more you “taste” that, the more you will realise that you are inviolable. You will find true equanimity, courage, and inner peace. PS. this takes much practice for most of us – myself included. 😉