One of the most effective ways to reduce the level of poison in our personal Image Spheres is to avoid the news as much as possible. One can not even catch a small glimpse of the news without being exposed to something horrid. Even so, this can be a difficult step for people.
In the United States, we are taught from an early age that it is our civic duty to “keep informed.” For this reason, even if we do not really want to keep abreast of the news, there can be a sense of guilt in staying away from it. After all, there is real suffering in the world, and we are given the impression that our awareness of “issues” can help in some way.
The problem is that the “issues” in the world are complex and intertwined. Taking action in one direction may cause more difficulty in another direction. Unless one is an expert on a subject or issue, one really can not understand all of the complications involved. Becoming an expert on an issue truly requires one to devote much of one’s life to it. For the rest of us, all awareness of “issues” does is to poison our Image Spheres.
Isn’t this selfish? How can we just worry about our own protection and Image Spheres, when there is so much suffering in the world? These are fair questions, but I think that as counter-intuitive as it seems, I think that protecting our own Image Spheres does help on a larger level.
One of the best explanations I found for this forms the basis of the Anime series, Heartcatch Precure. In this series, the Heart Flower of every individual is connected to the World Heart Tree. The Evil Side’s goal is to turn the world into a Desert and steals people’s Heart Flowers to create monsters called Desertarians. For someone’s Heart Flower to be stolen, it must already be wilting due to some pain or worry. The heroines (the Precure), fight to cleanse the Desertarians and to restore the stolen Heart Flowers. By doing so, the restored Heart Flowers strengthen the World Heart Tree.
While this is a fictional Anime series, I think that it is based on sound metaphysics. Our Hearts are microcosms of the Sun, and the World Heart Tree is a metaphor for how all of our individual Hearts are connected. Horrid events do not just damage bodies, they damage souls. The damage to the World Heart is increased when more souls are exposed to awful things. If there was a physical contagious infection, it would only be common sense to limit the exposure to that infection as much as possible. Even those who were caring for the sick and working to contain the infection would take precautions to limit their exposure, not just for themselves, but to avoid the spread of the disease.
In a similar fashion, I think that taking precautions to limit our exposure to the horrors of the world helps to contain the spread of the “disease,” as it were. I believe that guarding our own “Heart Flowers” does indeed make a difference to the “World Heart Tree.”