Consciously or not, far too much organized religion has a vested interest in keeping you . . . where all can be put into proper language and deemed certain. This keeps you coming back to church, and it keeps us clergy in business. This is not usually the result of ill will on anybody's part; it's just that you can lead people only as far as you yourself have gone. Transformed people transform people.It got me thinking about the many bad "therapists" I've touched down on, and the world's worst psychiatrists, all of whom I've surely seen, the really bad doctors, and ministers, yes. It is exactly true that people whose level of enlightenment or transformation is low will deal with you from their own interests.
These days meditation is often sold and sought for personal gain of the most superficial and immediate sort: I feel so peaceful afterward. But what we mean to do in Zen is much more than you can get from a good massage - loosen the bonds of our conditioned self, be less driven by its egocentric project. Awakening means knowing what we're doing, and thus being able to avoid doing harm.
Tired tonight, often I don't post things like this that feel abstract, but I think I will.