(Intent Editor’s note: Towards a Spiritual Economics is divided into three posts. This first post describes the failure of capitalist economics. The second post and this current post delves into the outlines of why we need an economic theory that acknowledges our spiritual needs.)
Micro Economics of the Subtle
Economics is about production-consumption, demand-supply, prices and all that. How does that kind of stuff work for our subtle needs? Let’s talk about these micro details.
Production of positive vital energy can be accomplished in many ways: forestation–plants and trees have abundant vital energy; cultivating positive health (for a definition, see my book The Quantum Doctor) in society–people of positive health radiate vital energy; and so forth. But the best way to ensure production of vital energy is to encourage the work places for ordinary people to have facilities so that their employees can practice positive health, practices such as yoga, Tai chi, and meditation.
As for production of mental meaning, we already have some of the ways in place in the contexts of the arts and entertainment industry. Both of these industries have the capacity of producing positive vital energy (positive emotions) as well. However, much of the arts and entertainment industry has bogged down into the negativity of a materialist culture. But we can shift the emphasis from negativity to meaningfulness and positivity.
The production of supramental and spiritual energy requires more effort right now. In the olden days, spiritual organization likes churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and the like cultivated and produced supramental and spiritual intelligence in their leaders and practitioners. Now a days, these organizations are more interested in influencing mundane politics than investing in the supramental. But make no mistake about it; it can be done although we may have to develop new spiritual organizations to do it. In the olden days, perhaps the most effective means of production (and dissemination) of supramental energy were travelling monks (called sadhus in India; in the West troubadours are example). This we can revive; to some extent the many new age conferences on spirituality are already serving this purpose. Also effective are group meditations through which, as some of parapsychologist Dean Radin’s experiments show, people can experience nonlocal consciousness and hence can take creative leaps to the supramental domain. This can be done even in workplaces.
Now to the question of consumption. Because the vital and mental are mappable in us, they can be consumed both by local and nonlocal means. For example, if we see good theater, it cultivates the processing of meaning in us, even new meaning. When we partake in good meaningful entertainment, we also feel positive emotions; we are consuming them. As we consume, we ourselves have the potential to become producers.
Supramental energy consumption is nonlocal, but it requires local triggers. There are scientists who subscribe to the so-called Maharishi effect according to which the spiritual and supramental energy generated by a group meditation is consumed automatically in the local vicinity. Data is cited with claims of crime reduction in big cities where TM groups perform such meditation. However, this is controversial and I am not advocating it. A purely quantum mechanical consumption of your spiritual energy requires that I be correlated with you by some means or other. For example, experiments by Mexican neurophysiologist Jacobo Grinberg suggest that if two people intend together, they become so correlated, but it should be simpler than that. There are many anecdotes of how people feel peace in the presence of a sage (I myself have experienced this). So just being locally present may trigger consumption.
The best part of the story of subtle energy products is that it is mostly free. The subtle dimensions have no limits; we can consume a sage’s love all we wish, the supply is not going to diminish. There is no zero-sum game in the subtle. There may be a bit of material cost of production. So one may put a material price tag on subtle products to offset this and that may not be such a bad idea because it enables people to be more serious about their intentions when they consume subtle products. Here is also an opportunity for the government to subsidize the subtle industry.
In the next article of this series, I will take up the subject of how spiritual economics saves capitalism.