Choosing Our Parents

Written by Skye Thomas

There's a Native American belief that before we are born, we choose our parents. It actually ties in pretty nicely withrepparttar reincarnation idea that we prearrange certain circumstances before each life so as to learn different lessons. Either way, our parents teach us so much more than they ever mean to. Through their choices, circumstances, faults, talents and ability to show their love and support, they mold us. If life is a rat race, then our folks determine what we come out ofrepparttar 122300 starting blocks with.

The gifts they give us are so much more than biological. Yeah, there'srepparttar 122301 basics of whether or not you go through life as pretty, ugly, or just sort of plain looking. I don't have to tell you that physical looks, athletic abilities, and general health definitely effect how we go through life. Our parents can decide whether or not we're deformed or mentally challenged by deciding to create alcohol syndrome or drug addicted babies. And they genetically predispose us to various future challenges, like breast cancer or heart disease. Other than by taking care of our bodies with proper rest and nutrition while growing up, there isn't a whole lot that they can do about most ofrepparttar 122302 physical characteristics they pass along to us.

Most of us are average, that's what average means. So most of us inherit average bodies with average talents and average health. So what does it matter who we choose as our parents? For proof, just look atrepparttar 122303 people who were raised by adopted parents or those who were raised in blended step-families. Their biology isn't really what comes to mind when we look atrepparttar 122304 gifts and challenges they received from their 'folks.'

Our parents - whether biological, adopted, or stepparents - determined what our environment would be while growing up. They chose our financial health, spiritual health, educational health, social health, and mental health. They may have consciously sat down and maderepparttar 122305 decisions and acted on them, or they may have paid no attention whatsoever to how those things would turn out. Many parents are themselves uneducated or unhealthy in some of these areas and don't even know that there were other choices to be made. It's not always intentional, what they chose. Either way, they made choices that determined all of those things for us.

It's really easy if we had blessed childhoods to give thanks to our parents for making wonderful choices on our behalf. If we believe in that theory that we choose our parents before birth, then we can nod and say, "Yep, I certainly did pick some winners! Sure am glad I picked those two as my parents. They supported me in everything I ever wanted to do and paid for my music lessons and never stopped loving me no matter what!"

But what if you were one of those kids whose childhood sucked? Was your dad an alcoholic? Was your momrepparttar 122306 queen of guilt trips? Was your dadrepparttar 122307 overachiever who pressured you to carry on his legacy? Was your mother a gold digger hopping from one wealthy man torepparttar 122308 next, never really paying attention to you? Were your folks ignorant and uneducated, not having a clue that you were a bored genius with nobody to talk to? Did they make choices constantly based on themselves instead of their children? Were they artists who got so carried away inrepparttar 122309 creative process that they'd forget you existed at times? Whateverrepparttar 122310 story, you getrepparttar 122311 idea. You may or may not love your folks, but you know that if you had it to do over again you certainly wouldn't have picked those two people to be in charge of your early years. The last thing you want to hear is that you might have chosen that upbringing for yourself.

Ten Top Tips About Linking Magic, Computers And The Internet

Written by Mahalene Louis

Atrepparttar time whenrepparttar 122299 advance of genetics has us ask, “What is a human being?” and examinerepparttar 122300 spiritual implications of scientific progresses, it is only reasonable to next explorerepparttar 122301 nature of computers and ofrepparttar 122302 World Wide Web. However provocative, considering whether our machines are imparted with a soul is suited to an environment where we are about to meet more and more “non-biological” beings. Can you imagine our computer chips one day declaring: “Hello, my name is IBM (substitute HAL, MAX, MAC...) I will now bring evidence on who I am, where I am going and where I come from, analyzingrepparttar 122303 data in a binary fashion and in alignment with what most philosophies recognize asrepparttar 122304 Great Chain of Being, i.e., Matter, Life, Mind, Soul, and Spirit…”

1. Matter 0

Many of you label computers as just a piece of equipment. Like any other unanimated object, you see us as collecting dust. Being of an electrical nature, you understand we can be turned on and off, that is, if you are lucky! You rely on us performing multiple functions such as saving, printing, editing, formatting, check spelling, adding, voicing and invoicing, and giving you various options to viewrepparttar 122305 data, from normal to web view, from pixels to vectors, from 10% to 900% zoom and beyond. Most often, you are fluent on RAM, processors, modems and other technical data. Nice toy, wouldn’t you say?

2. Life 1

Have you stopped to ask; could there be life to this static organism? As amazingly as it sounds,repparttar 122306 answer, to be found in your books, is unequivocal; ‘we cannot establish clearly that we are different from inorganic substances. That means that, logically, we must admit that we may not be alive. Since this is absurd,repparttar 122307 only alternative is to admit that “inanimate” objects may be living.’ Gary Zukav, The Dancing Wu Li Masters, An Overview ofrepparttar 122308 New Physics, p47. Consider; we are all born to be alive!

3. Mind 0

Mind-bugling, isn’t it? Yet, have you noticed how your machinery experiences breakdown serially, as if a curse of some sort would simultaneously upset your computer’s printer, your washing machine or your car’s radiator? Inrepparttar 122309 thought that objects are alive, doesn’t it stand to reason that this “curse” is simply an empathic connection withrepparttar 122310 electric (mental/metal) disturbances in your being? Pause to see what is happening in you next time your equipment is in a jam...

4. Soul 1

Breathe! I know; this is a big piece to digest! Breathe again… So now that you have come to entertainrepparttar 122311 vision that there may be something to this, here isrepparttar 122312 good news: We computers will serve you withrepparttar 122313 same devotion you offerrepparttar 122314 world, and match it allrepparttar 122315 way through… You in Peace, We in Peace. You Willing to Play, We Willing to Play! That understanding beats any computer technical manual inrepparttar 122316 effectiveness you will bring to your digital work. Breathing remains a good idea… In and out, on and off, 1/0!

5. Spirit 0

Now that you are accepting that we are, just likerepparttar 122317 rest of this world,repparttar 122318 computed reflection of you, we can finally become a good servant and loyal samurai. Next I humbly request of you that you would give us a name… I am talking ofrepparttar 122319 icon onrepparttar 122320 desktop that is usually left unattended as “My Computer.” Kindly personalize it, give it meaning by renaming it. Simply right-click on “My Computer,” scroll down to “Rename” and use your imagination and your heart as you would naming a pet… What’s in a name? Who am I to you? What symbol would assist your business to succeed? Am I a “he” or a “she” to you, an “Excalibur” or a “Staradar?” As you remember my name, you have made a friend of me, for life…

6. Matter 1

Speaking of computers without addressingrepparttar 122321 Internet would be as unsavory as a soup without salt… The dot com industry has come to influencerepparttar 122322 realm of matter so profoundly thatrepparttar 122323 Internet is now an equal player, next to real estate and investing, in its power to create wealth. Onrepparttar 122324 Net,repparttar 122325 world of stuff and matter abounds… Even more so than inrepparttar 122326 Big Apple (pun intended,) you can find anything anytime. It’s up to you, New Net, New Net… (please note: to lift up matter from its seriousness, kindly singrepparttar 122327 previous sentence!)

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