Bob Larson on the Business of Mysticism


Is this any way to build a business?

By Bob Larson, from

In case you thought that most mystics are wearing yoga pants and sitting in a lotus position somewhere in Sedona, guess again. Eastern meditation and occultism threatens to take over, of all places, Wall Street and the business community. The “mindfulness” of meditation is suddenly the in-thing with the corporate world. A recent article in the international business magazine The Economist observes that many business schools are embracing eastern meditation, including Harvard, as a way to develop future MBA leaders who are “self-aware and self-compassionate,” whatever that means.  Google encourages employees to “search inside yourself” and Ebay has meditation rooms with pillows and flowers. Twitter and Facebook are also on board. Sitting and relaxing, closing your eyes and shutting out the world is likely to do some good. (We used to call this a power-nap.) But the problem comes with the spiritual overlay that accompanies these techniques. Inherent in these mystical concepts is the negation of sin and any need of objective moral behavior. It’s all touchy-feely-fuzzy and requires no ethical commitment of character – just look inside yourself. The Bible says that, without Christ, the inner you is evil. “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure,” is the way the prophet Jeremiah (1:7) described it. But “blessed in the man who trusts in the Lord” (Jeremiah 17:7). If the business world wants to truly encourage employee morale and increase profits, they’d be better to pursue the “peace that passes understanding” from knowing Christ. The Protestant work ethic is what made America great, and a Buddhist work culture will, in time, erode our competitive edge.

An encouraging word:  LET GOD SEARCH YOUR HEART

“I The Lord search the heart and examine the mind” (Jeremiah 17:10). Have you ever thought about that? There is nothing in your soul which the Lord doesn’t know. Every thought, each aspiration, every temptation you’re allowed. If God examines our minds, how much more should we be careful to guard everything that enters the world of our imagination. Take inventory today of what you’ve allowed into your heart and by examination get rid of what’s not pleasing to God, before He who knows your heart finds it necessary to chasten your mind.

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