Choosing Our ParentsWritten by Skye Thomas
There's a Native American belief that before we are born, we choose our parents. It actually ties in pretty nicely with 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 of starting blocks with.
The gifts they give us are so much more than biological. Yeah, there's 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 of 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 at 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 at 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 made 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 mom queen of guilt trips? Was your dad overachiever who pressured you to carry on his legacy? Was your mother a gold digger hopping from one wealthy man to 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 in creative process that they'd forget you existed at times? Whatever story, you get 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 InternetWritten by Mahalene Louis
At time when advance of genetics has us ask, “What is a human being?” and examine spiritual implications of scientific progresses, it is only reasonable to next explore nature of computers and of 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, analyzing data in a binary fashion and in alignment with what most philosophies recognize as 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 view 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, 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, only alternative is to admit that “inanimate” objects may be living.’ Gary Zukav, The Dancing Wu Li Masters, An Overview of 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? In thought that objects are alive, doesn’t it stand to reason that this “curse” is simply an empathic connection with 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 entertain vision that there may be something to this, here is good news: We computers will serve you with same devotion you offer world, and match it all way through… You in Peace, We in Peace. You Willing to Play, We Willing to Play! That understanding beats any computer technical manual in 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 like rest of this world, 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 of icon on 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 addressing Internet would be as unsavory as a soup without salt… The dot com industry has come to influence realm of matter so profoundly that Internet is now an equal player, next to real estate and investing, in its power to create wealth. On Net, world of stuff and matter abounds… Even more so than in 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 sing previous sentence!)