Friday, March 31, 2006
Can You Bend Spoons? Do You Care?
What's the point of all this? Apparently, it's about unlocking our innate human potential.
Slender and soft-spoken, Houck believes that once a person learns how to use mind over matter to bend spoons, then achieving other goals and doing important things in life become much easier.
"It's not about me being high-powered," he explains. "It's about me teaching people how to do this. The more exciting we make this event, the better it works. When I ask you to shout and jump up and down and scream, I mean it."
Spoon bending as personal improvement? This kind of thing seems to feed into Western egotism, which is the last thing humanity needs.
Why do you need theatrics to show how powerful the mind is? As Ven. Lama Pema Wangdak noted in a recent talk, Westerners have nearly perfected the science of caring for the body - but if someone says the wrong thing to us, it can ruin our day or our week. Some of us still obsess over the way people mistreated us (or even supposedly mistreated us) 10, 20, or 30 years ago. We let our happiness and clarity be torn asunder by the ebb and flow of our minds every waking minute of every day; the haunting even extends into our dreams. We continually fall under the delusion that there is a single, unified thing called the "self", and that the world of conceptualization is the world as it truly exists.
Isn't it more important for people to understand this power of the mind than to waste their time attempting to twist metal?
And I disagree. Western science has most certainly NOT "perfected the science of caring for the body..."
Spoon bending is Magic. And if through this magic, people can rediscover the larger magic around them, then maybe that's a good thing?
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