I was deeply moved five years ago when I first saw the movie The Matrix, Part 1. It remains for me a very powerful and relevant metaphor for life in this three dimensional, material world. That is to say, a part of the human mind is fully connected to this material world – including the emotional, mental experiences associated with life in this level of reality. Spiritual practice, however, has the effect of expanding the mind – thereby accessing its higher layers. At this point, the analytic mind and the 3 dimensional world it interacts with, starts looking very limited – it begins to look a little bit like the Matrix. The lower layers of mind (sentiment and intellect) are very close to this 3rd dimensional, Matrix-like partial reality. The question arises for the spiritual aspirant, if through one’s spiritual practice, one is detaching from the dominance of the analytic mind, how does that impact on one in collective life? In our western society, dominated by analytic mind and materialism, this can prove challenging. One can feel alienated, isolated, lonely, and struggle to find people one can relate to.
What, then is one to do? Firstly, I would say, one will have to make efforts to find people who are developing their higher faculties. This in yoga is called “Satsaunga” – spiritual company. However, the time will come even within a group of spiritual practitioners where one may again feel isolated. Again, one may seek out the relatively few among the many with whom one may relate.
There is, of course, another point – the ability to adjust. If one becomes so sensitive, so unable to tolerate the common flow, this can become extremely limiting. It is good to be able to adjust with the dominant – given that life regularly throws us in such situations in our family and working lives.
So, in conclusion, as you are developing more awareness and starting a “spiritual practice” such as meditation, you will need to find others who are also on the path of self-development. By putting some effort into doing this you will certainly find such elevating company