You may find yourself being put on the spot, made fun or, or criticized for your beliefs and way of thinking quite often. One of the most difficult things about the awakening process is learning how to adjust to a world that seems indifferent.
We come across all of this cool new information, we have amazing experiences in nature or in meditation, we have completely expanded our minds, and then we step back into a society that is asleep for the most part. It can be very discouraging, especially when we get bullied because of it.
There are many different ways to deal with the feeling of loss, separation, and alienation that comes from being awake in a world that is asleep, but I would like to talk about how to deal with people in your life who judge you and don’t support you with your beliefs. Maybe you subscribe to a conspiracy theory or two (I mean, who actually believes that building 7 fell on its own footprint without even getting hit?), may you are vegetarian, believe in reincarnation or the afterlife, or practice meditation. Regardless of what the specific content is in your case, we all know what its like to receive resistance and sarcasm from people in our life.
Here are 3 tips to deal with being awake in a world that is asleep:
1) Know your stuff. Know it well.
If you are a vegan, memorize some of the most important environmental impacts of animal agriculture. If you believe in a spirit world and afterlife, have some strong NDE cases ready to present in case somebody asks. I have a personal library in my head consisting of the evidence for the existence of the soul, tied in with philosophical arguments for us being soul/body composites. Several articles I have written on reincarnation, the afterlife, and the scientific explanation for the soul may come in handy.
They want knowledge, and quite frankly they deserve it. If we claim to know the truth, but are unable to justify our own position or show others WHY it is the truth, then what good does claiming to know it do?
WE are the ones charged with the responsibility to share the truth with others, and to do it well. We should at least have a solid knowledge-base prepared for when someone imposes their close-mindedness on us to bring us down in front of others. But knowing your stuff is not enough:
2) Stay levelheaded, and be sincere
I find that people start being more open-minded to alternative things when they can sense an authenticity to us and what we are saying. Sometimes, people will be easier to convince and more open-minded when they are in a good mood. It’s just how human psychology works. So keep them in a good mood as you discuss with them, and you will see a change in their response when lightheartedness is the source.
Your goal should be to share information with them, not prove to them that you are right and they are wrong. If you know what you are talking about and have sincere intentions, it just makes other people look silly when they try to bring you down.
3) Don’t take things personally
Here is a personal example. I recently had an uncle roll his eyes, laugh, and then deny a vegan mock-meat turkey my mom brought over as a vegetarian option to the lamb flesh they prepared. He made wise-cracks about vegetarianism all dinner, and rejected to try the mock-meat SIMPLY because it was a vegan alternative. To eat that would be to surrender his ego and comply with the “hippie” way of doing things. If he ate it, then he would would have felt like he got defeated, and how detrimental to his minds position it would be to approve of the taste of fake meat. He associated trying a vegan option with being a personal loss and a threat to his ego. Yet, his salad, potatoes, and steamed veggies were vegan…
Some people will stay stubborn in their old beliefs because its more comfortable and convenient for them. If someone thinks you’re crazy because of your beliefs and interests, who cares? Honestly. Why does it matter what people think of you? Don’t seek their approval. Seek the truth. If you are grounded in the truth, and you know that, they are just making themselves look silly. So either help them by sharing knowledge with them, or let it go in one ear and out the other.
Know your stuff, come from a place of sincerity, and don’t take anything they say personally. It’s a pretty simple formula. How do you normally deal with people in your life giving you a hard time about your beliefs?