The latest fad in the financial markets is meditation to improve finance. This fad is about fifteen years old now. Each year a new adventurer arrives on the scene scamming the financial centres with the latest newly learned meditation technique to enhance wealth. Glossy literature is sent, fishing for a taker within the HR department, which will either invite or reject the promised idea. So, the question is: Can meditation help you gain a fatter income, or just do enough to stabilise your problem?
The problem with new adventurers, upon returning after ‘finding themselves’, is that they do not understand that meditation can poison everything. Defenders of meditation, a group of biased and radical self-censors, over-rationalise their irrational creativity as if they were Dr Zhivago, and as if watching men die is all part of self-realisation. Infused with the culture of outlandish hipsters, marinated in meditation, they assume that it is a sure-fire way to amass easy money. After all, greed is rock-and-roll. A philosophy so old, that the two oldest professions are pushed to the limits of a falsely assumed apotheosis. Greed is that powerful.
As a German psychologist, reluctant to admit his knowledge is based entirely on Sanskrit, would say: Avtar, enough of the flowery words, just get to the end note, please. But, hey, Avtar loves and excels in nothing else if not word foreplay. So word foreplay is how this essay too will unfold…ok, perhaps, this time maybe it will be a quickie. But do indulge me, please, requests Avtar.
So, how, if at all, can mediation help you with your finances?
The first point to remember is that you are born into a template. It is set in place by your ancestors. It cannot be changed, amended, broken, or replaced. This is the first truth of meditation. If meditation was the panacea to lack of wealth don’t you think India, a master race of meditators, would be the wealthiest on this planet? So, the first truth of meditation is that it will not attain for you that which fate – the template you’re born into – has not designed for you.
Now, if you can come to terms with the reality that this is your lot in life, you have moved up one rung of self-understanding. Not self-realisation, just self-understanding, which is a fantastic privilege, since it allows you to calm down, take a step back and rationalise what may now be possible to achieve. The flights of fancy have been set aside. You are now a new beginning. Your new self-discovery is far more realistic than the allure of the silver-screen greed-quickie you dreamt of. For, your desire for mega wealth makes you nothing more than a prostitute, used and abused by the master wheeler-dealers to make a massive financial killing for themselves. Your success or failure is not their problem, nor is it a concern to their inner self. They have no shame. You are a commodity: expendable, a meaningless piece of fresh meat to be dined out on, then thrown away with the rest of the uneaten food on their plate.
So, you have learned a truth: that your lot in life will remain as it is now. Meditation will not secure for you whatever it is you so desperately want.
Yet, anecdotal evidence exists where members of the financial market maintain that an hour long, early morning meditation allowed them to focus and attain better results at work for both themselves and their clients. Can it be true? And if it is true, then how and why?
Let me begin with the basics. You are wired up a certain way well before your birth, contained within a restrictive field of biological DNA ancestors. You are the sum total of your own previous engagements as a corporeal Being and of your ancestors. Each of us is wired just like any machine, to function in a particular market place and in a limited manner. The internal components can be identical, the layout and connection of each can be identical, but their functionality can, and is, usually limited or controlled by a pre-determined strategy.
Take the example of a mobile handset. The more you pay, the greater the privileges you get; while somebody who pays the minimum tariff using an identical handset will have several services blocked. Humans are similarly wired, and for generations. Thus, the cannon fodder remains the cannon fodder, while the sods at the luxury end remain so until the cows come home.
Meditation allows you to come to terms with this fact.
But what else can meditation do for you?
More than 20 years ago, financial market individuals would seek me out, and I held meditation classes for them. One among them was a woman who was popular, welcoming, and had a warm open-hearted personality. It was clear that she would reach heights denied to others. Before attending class she would stop off at a restroom. I asked her why she needed to visit the restroom prior to meditation. Before she could say anything, I answered the question myself. Shocked at my insight she admitted to having an unbelievably high sex drive and a constant need to masturbate during the day; and she admitted that her financial decision-making improved drastically after each session. So, what then did she imagine meditation would contribute to her career success? The same as meditation: better decision making and management, she replied. When I told her meditation would not do that, and that in fact her sex drive was the reason for her intuitive success, she felt rejected, as if I considered her unworthy of meditation. It took me several sessions to reassure her that meditation is not an inductor of a righteous, balanced, non-purgatory state. Meditation is a means to an end. It is a mechanism that allows clarity by defusing the mind of competing thoughts which might otherwise confuse decision-making. That is all meditation at the basic level can do and does.
Guys, people in the financial market are designed to accumulate wealth. In fact, if they placed bets on a donkey, chances are they will have better returns than Joe Bloggs down the road. That is a reality. Yes, of course, they can practice meditation and claim it helps to detach them from the sheer endless mass of information hitting them from all sides, and from which they have to sift the negative from the positive in order to maximize the benefit to themselves. But if the men watched porn for an hour prior to starting work, they would still make the same good decisions as if they had meditated. However, watching porn is looked down on, so no one in their right mind is going to own up to that practice. Instead give people the excuse of meditation and many will jump on the bandwagon, because unlike masturbation it is shrouded in pseudo-piety.
The reality is that any activity not connected to your actual work and which allows your mind and thoughts to be merged into calmness will aid your activity – because closing down all connection with your work worries gives you a release that subsequently will increase your productivity. That, guys, is meditation in progress.
However, the meditation of India is a totally different entity.
Indians meditate in order to experience and then attain detachment, permanently. It is an attitude that removes all and any need to be wealthy, healthy or otherwise materially satisfied. You, as race-Europeans, are not Indians from India, however, so such meditation is not within your goal, remit or capabilities.
Is it really the case that meditation can help the poor come to terms with their perceived financial plight?
Because if the poor or financially deprived master the thought of managing within their financial limitations, this would enable them to recognise that their wants are not important, but that their sense of peace is paramount. It is the ability to know what is important, to organise one’s priorities accordingly, which meditation grants you.
I have experienced first-hand how the filthy rich complain endlessly about not having and needing some kind of divine intervention so they don’t sink financially. Why the pessimism? Because they are all living a life of ‘want’. And ‘want’ is never satisfied. Whenever they attain one want, another comes along. Want is an endless train of desire. The richest are the saddest people I have ever met. Whereas, the destitute of India I have found to be some of the happiest people.
Because, for all that they lacked, they were happy with their lot in life. ‘Want’ was not a demon driving them to distraction. They attained better results in meditation. The rich, I am sorry to say, never even make it to the base of meditation.
To the fool, I say: Meditation will grant you unbelievable wealth. To the balanced, I have no need to say anything.
So, will meditation grant you financial wealth? No, not if your ancestral template is not designed for that purpose.
Sorry guys, but truth is truth.