You and I share this planet with 7.3 Billion other human beings. And as much as we generally appear similar, we are equally unique, by DNA, by fingerprint, by voice, by life experience; and by our soul.
When we say “I am”, we are sharing our thoughts as of a particular moment. The very nature of the phrase “I am” implies a sense of purpose, of being, and of value. Yet, most of us struggle mightily when we dive deep into understanding or examining our personal journey in life.
And unsurprisingly, each of us has most likely encountered moments of extreme happiness, sadness, anger, pain, despair, love, abandonment and wonder. As human beings, you see, we are physiologically comprised of matter; matter that somehow combined to provide us sensory organs. We see, hear, touch, smell and taste. And incredibly, we Think.
At an atomic level, we are marvelously complex organisms… Yes, like viruses, only a bit more cultured. And our average lifespan varies between 75 and 100 years, impacted of course, by our environment, genetics, lifestyle and oh yes, our disposition.
One might surmise that we can largely influence our own lives as a result of our powerful senses, ability to communicate, anticipate, plan and learn. Yet, so many of us flounder in life, make mistakes, fail to learn and come to believe we have little or no value to mankind.
The truth of the matter, however, is that the chances of merely existing in this world, absent of an important purpose, are near 100% likelihood. That is, of course, unless we have discovered not only the self, but also the true source of our being, our essence and our destiny.
There is only One true source that can say “I am” with 100% certainty, and that my friends, is God. For God, is the Supreme Being, the one who created all things, is omniscient, breathes life into each of us, and without question, loves us as a parent loves each of their children.
“There is a vast portion of this world and universe that remains unknown, not only as a result of our cognitive limitations as human beings, but also, deliberately, by design. The foundation of faith is believing without seeing; translated, without knowing. We have been provided with just enough knowledge about our life, planet, environment and self to be able to recognize that there is so much more to life, yet to be known, understood, appreciated and revered.”
The stark reality of a higher power is deafening, yet many of us refuse to acknowledge it’s existence, or more aptly phrased, His existence. We spend precious little time in our conscious lives contemplating, acknowledging, developing and leveraging this power, known as God.
Like every penny minted, however, I firmly believe, “In God We Trust”. Be well.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Equally, when we speak of life and living, the same logic is present as each of our lives means something uniquely special, to a person.
Too often, we hastily conclude life and living is defined by a heartbeat. I offer to you that your heartbeat is but an inconsequential symptom of living and often distracts us from being able to truly comprehend the essence of living and all that it entails and consumes.
Collectively, my life and your life reflect a mosaic of sensory experiences, yet the intrinsic nature of life and living is only realized at the high end of the spectrum of our senses and is succinctly and accurately defined as a plurality.
Imagine, for this moment, if the totality of your life was channeled through only one sense. If you could only see the world without the benefit or complement of your other senses; would you still be living?
Or, how about only being able to hear the world around you, would you contend you are still living?
Does being able to singularly touch and feel your world equate to living?
Incredibly, the answer to all these questions is “no”. To my point, living is a symphony, comprised of each of our sensory input channels. And not surprisingly, when one or more of those channels are “turned off” or unavailable for reception, input and translation, the remaining or available channels are bombarded with their own “traffic”, resulting in an ultra sensitivity to that channel.
As an athlete balances and consumes input from all available senses or channels, the result is greater than the sum of the parts and is a true synergy. Our imagination is similarly synergistic in nature as we leverage every fragment of thought and memory to create new thoughts and memories.
“In our spiritual universe, it is also most logical, then, to conclude that our faith or our soul is the catalyst that creates or enables genuine living to occur. Faith is that invisible, yet undeniably present sense which processes all of our physical sensory information like a computer, effectively and involuntarily creating your life, whether you realize it or not.”
“What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.” – Helen Keller
Let us all hope to create a life that is abundantly rich in our senses, yet wholly founded and driven by our heart, soul and faith. And in legendary fashion, live that life All Night Long. In truth, our sunset magically transforms into our sunrise, making us eternal beings. Be well.
Every now and then an experience reaches out, grabs us by the collar and shakes us to pay attention to something in our lives that has gone overlooked, something we can learn from to become better, more compassionate human beings. Well, that something occurred to me yesterday.
I call it kismet, because I believe there are no coincidences in life. Having a surgical nurse for a wife, loving science all my life, having had a neighbor with an autistic child, and of course, being a writer, collectively captured my heart when I “just happened” to be watching a recent episode of The Doctors on television.
I was enamored upon learning the story of Carly Fleischmann, an 18-year-old from Toronto, who was diagnosed with non-verbal autism at age two. With the support and help from her parents, together, they discovered a method for Carly to communicate with others and to express herself. Initially, via typing and then leveraging current technology and social media, Carly has become the voice of autism for many others.
Once unlocked and unshackled from the chains of non-verbal autism, Carly flourished as a student (with an IQ of 122) and has just been accepted at the University of Toronto, where she will study Journalism.
Now, you might wonder or ask, what does this young lady have to do with The Inspired Verse? My answer, many things!
“In my quest to help others, share my faith, be inspired and attempt to inspire others, Carly epitomizes the classic struggle of every person to be understood by others, not be judged by our appearance or demeanor, and that every person has God-given gifts to be recognized by and shared with others; if only we take the time to search for and see them.”
Carly’s story sparked feelings in me of humility, gratitude and compassion. Watching this young woman exceed and succeed in a world that labels individuals like her as unsuccessful, I was emotionally, intellectually and spiritually energized to the degree I haven’t been for quite some time. Most importantly, to be inspired in this fashion just feels so good and empowering.
In my book, “My Life Is Not in Vein” (in progress), I speak about the Eight Senses, the last three simply being the extension of the first five physical senses.
- See (Eyes)
- Hear (Ears)
- Smell (Nose)
- Touch/Feel (Hands/Fingers)
- Taste (Mouth)
- Balance/Equilibrium (Body)
- Intuition/ESP (Mind)
- Faith (Soul)
Without question, the Eighth Sense is the most essential in your life. Recognize it, Accept it, Develop it, Appreciate it, and Protect it. Thought for the Day: Beauty emanates from the inside/out.
Each of us is born unto this world with an internal compass of sorts that helps us define who we are and where we are headed. Follow your compass to humbly discover your essence and shine your light of Beauty and Magnificence to the world. Be well.
The Doctors TV Series:
- Seeing the world through the lens of autism (holykaw.alltop.com)
- How a girl with Autism expresses unimaginable intelligence | Autism Parenting Magazine (pattidudek.typepad.com)
- Non-Verbal Girl with Autism Accepted to University…What she said about proving her teachers wrong! (thecfydiaries.wordpress.com)
- Inside Autism, Carly’s Story (endlesslightandlove.com)
- Special Learning, Inc. Establishes New Affiliate Store Program to Give Back to Bloggers in the Autism and Special Needs Community (prweb.com)
When I was a child, there was nothing that interested, pleased and occupied me more than appreciating the world that immersed me via my core senses. My path was one of appreciating the visual beauty of a vase of daisies, chrysthanthemums (mums), azaleas and african violets.
I reveled in listening to the soothing sound of a warm summer breeze, yet equally enjoyed a boisterous thunderstorm, or that unmistakable ring of the oven timer, letting me know my mom’s tuna noodle casserole was ready to be devoured.
The pleasant aroma of a fresh rain against the sidewalk and the intense and sweet bouquet of our backyard lilac shrub tickled and motivated my senses like a piercing ray of spring sunshine. Contrarily, the musty and damp fragrance of my camping tent during a weekend with my fellow Boy Scouts after an overnight deluge, seemed to stick in my nostrils far longer than invited.
During my middle and high school days, I took refuge in metal works, woodworking and learning to repair cars, leveraging the fine motor skills, sensitive dexterity and muscle control I had developed during my youth to effectively create, fix and add/refine beauty as I knew it to the world around me.
Most likely as a result of my mom’s cooking and baking talents, I savored her oh so special Bread Pudding, Cream of Potato Soup, Pancakes and especially our family’s traditional Baked Ham after midnight mass on Christmas Eve as we shared opening the gifts under the Christmas Tree. Likewise, having been born into a family of fishermen, the unique and full of texture pan-fried walleyed pike and lake perch still excite me to this day as delicacies to be thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated.
As an understatement, my life has been blessed with positive and pleasant experiences of the use, development and appreciation for all of the physical senses I have come to know and depend upon. Yet, the true treasure and fulfilling experiences I have come to know, cherish and protectively guard in my extensive adult life, cause my physical senses to pale in contrast to them.
Specifically, I refer to these additional senses as my “Trinity of Truth”. They include my Mind (I like to call it my mantuition), my Body (health, strength, equilibrium and balance) and most notable and essential, my Soul (faith, conscience, duty to God).
Together and collectively as an orchestra playing a symphony, these eight senses empower my spirit to learn, flourish, help others and allow me to passionately and deliberately live and use my Life as an offering of sorts to give glory to my creator in anticipation (and full expectation) of the eternal life that awaits me when I approach, greet and ultimately pass through “death’s door”.
Let me make one thing crystal clear: I AM READY. Are you? Be well.
- Senses of our Souls (quotelife.wordpress.com)
- A Sensory Encounter with my Book (cerkas.wordpress.com)
- a mystical shift from tea to soul (makebelieveboutique.com)
- Your life, is a miracle of miracles (rckhennng.wordpress.com)
- “Everyday Miracles”….looking at life with appreciation and wonder (pocketperspectives.wordpress.com)
Having been born and raised a Catholic, it’s very easy to get caught up in the details and nuances of church and religion. So much so, that chances are very good that many Catholics miss the fundamentals of consciousness, eternal life and true salvation; i.e., the core elements of Supreme Divinity interwoven throughout the Bible and Scripture.
Indeed, there is a grand canyon of difference between “how to live a good life” and “what is life?”. Both are supremely relevant statements to the concept of eternal life, salvation and redemption. It is analogous to “how to drive an airplane” versus “how does an airplane fly?”
The first statements of both comparisons preoccupy most people interested in either, whereas, the second set of questions more than likely elude the majority of people, primarily because they are inherently more difficult questions to answer, analyze and even contemplate.
My focus of this effort is getting a better grip on what constitutes “life” or perhaps, to simply share with you some thinking “outside the box.” From a purely academic standpoint, life has already been defined quite elegantly; elegantly, that is, within the boundaries of life as we physically know it. But what about life in the metaphysical sense? Ah yes, put on the pressure suit, for we are about to take a “deep dive” into philosophy and theology.
As a Catholic, I grew up surrounded by many “things” specific to the Catholic Church, like priests, nuns, mass, confession, prayers, cassock and surplice (altar boy garments). Besides the obvious, however, there are several other details I never really thought about much as a young Catholic. Things like the significance of the votive candles, the choir (singing) at mass, the group recital of prayers (almost chant-like in delivery).
Let’s circle back to life, shall we? As a high school student I was simply fascinated with science and explaining how things “worked”. Especially interesting, at least to me, was physics class and the study of energy, matter and the “Laws of Physics”. At its elemental stage, everything in the universe is pretty much energy and the empirical rule I learned is that energy is never lost, but simply changes forms. Like a solid, when melted, become liquid, and upon heating beyond its boiling point, it becomes a gas. Amazingly, regardless of the “state” of the material, energy is preserved.
Throughout our world our senses were designed and have evolved to enable us to experience life. We see, we hear, we touch, we taste and smell. Sight requires light and hearing requires atmosphere; both constitute waves as in light waves and sound waves. Most importantly, at a molecular and further at an atomic level, light and sound waves vibrate. All vibration is made up of energy pulsations of positive and negative polarity. We call that “frequency.” It is the way we classify different expressions of energy.
Most people know sound for example is vibration, and a very powerful vibration at that. Loud noises cause windows and other structures to vibrate, and indeed a sound of a high enough pitch or amplitude can cause fragile objects to shatter completely.
The frequency range of perception of the ear of the average human is from around twenty vibrations per second, up to around twenty thousand vibrations per second. Moving up the vibrational scale we reach electricity at around one billion vibrations per second. Moving up the vibrational scale further still we encounter heat at two hundred billion vibrations per second. Further up the scale the spectrum of visible colors vibrate in a range of around five hundred billion vibrations per second, and yet higher still is the invisible spectrum of color including infra-red and ultra-violet. And so we can move further progressively up through the levels of vibration, still manifesting as Energy known to science, until we reach the higher levels where we encounter x-rays which vibrate at around two trillion vibrations per second.
In reality, every piece of matter vibrates, some, however, so slowly it cannot be perceived by the human senses. Rocks, water, oxygen, sand, etc., all are constantly vibrating. Even our bodies and everything within them, vibrate. Collectively, our world and universe is one gigantic vibration of energies.
One of the best examples to illustrate vibration (or motion) is a bicycle wheel. At rest, all the spokes of the wheel are easily seen and recognized. As the wheel begins to spin/turn however, faster and faster, the spokes all but disappear as if they are invisible. Now, being the intelligent beings that we are, we know with certainty that the spokes exist, regardless of not being able to see them when the wheel is turning at a high RPM (revolutions per minute), yes?
So, imagine, an entity, lets simply call it our spirit or soul, and by its nature, exists by vibrating at such a high rate that our human senses are unable to detect it or physically see it. Given that scenario, how would we know it exists or where it might be at any one point in time? Now, compare the bicycle wheel again. For the sake of example, lets assume the bicycle wheel only exists in the world by turning at a very high RPM, and accordingly, the spokes are never able to be seen by the human senses. Does that mean then that the spokes do not exist or are not real? Hardly.
Specifically, the emotions we choose to feel each have their own frequency. Fear and anger are heavy vibration and a low frequency. At the root of fear and anger are feelings of powerlessness or vulnerability. In contrast, peace, calmness, love and harmony are light vibrations with a high frequency. When we stay calm and centered, we sustain a high vibration and we are empowered. When we retain this energy, we can speak truth, live with integrity and project authenticity.
Animals respond to frequencies of which we as humans are not aware. A dog growls (knows) if you are frightened of it, and a horse will immediately know if you are scared and it will respond accordingly.
Without question, our goal, then, should be to achieve and maintain higher vibration (frequency) in our lives. The behaviors that support those higher frequencies are characterized by peace, goodwill, positive thinking, love and calmness. These behaviors resonate from our selves and attract similar frequencies. Conversely, anger, fear, hatred and jealously, similarly attract like frequencies.
The merging of science and religion, which at the surface, appear completely counter-intuitive and perhaps even polar opposites, in reality, truly makes sense when viewed together as an interdependent system. Further constructs like Angels, Eternal Life, Heaven and yes, Hell, are plausible and can be considered real and exist.
What’s your frequency?
- Dr. Kaity Cama ~ Your Thoughts And Emotions Create Your Vibration And Circumstances In Your Life, Including Illness (shiftfrequency.com)
- – – 432HZ – 8HZ – The sound of YOU – – 432hz vibrates… (anoncentral.tumblr.com)
- How to Raise Your Frequency (Ask Teal Episode on Increasing Your Vibration) (ascendingstarseed.wordpress.com)
If someone were to ask you what is the temperature outside today, you’d likely look for the answer on your radio, television, computer, smartphone or the thermometer hanging outside your kitchen window. And chances are that most, if not all of these sources would be identical or very close to each other.
When you really think about it, however, each of these historically referenced sources rely on technology or something made by humans to provide information; and answers. The fact is, that we (humans) create or fabricate literally everything in our world that we consider ‘real’.
Using our core senses (see, hear, smell, touch and taste), we fabricate the experience of the world and environment around us. Our mind interprets and transforms the information from our physical senses into meaningful and understandable thoughts we then use to generate behavior and reaction to stimuli.
How do we truly ‘know’, however, whether the information we have come to be very, very dependent upon, is in reality, accurate? The truth of the matter is that we do not know, yet we accept the information as being correct. And herein, lies the foundation of the ‘blurring’ down of our society.
Every aspect of our lives is impacted, whether it be our jobs, our family, our relationships and profoundly… our future.
When you go to the theater today or play a movie from a DVD, you witness modern technology in all its grandeur, from Avalon, Inception and the Avengers, to E.T., Star Wars and Independence Day. Contemporary advancements in 3D technology make each experience all the more ‘real’.
And it doesn’t end there; programs like Photoshop and Magix provide the capability to warp or bend reality into something out of the depths of our imagination and make it appear ‘real’. Teen Vogue and Seventeen Magazines were recently in the news addressing accusations from models to stop ‘photo-shopping’ images of subjects in their magazine to make them slimmer, visually more appealing and well, near flawless. Is this reality?
Another example of the blurring of America is the current political climate amidst the competition for the next President of the United States that will be elected in less than four months. Not only is reality being challenged by adverse television advertising by the candidates, but also by the recent hoopla over the digital ‘Birth Certificate’ of our current president.
And if that isn’t enough to cause you to bang your head repeatedly against the wall, then the major television networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN) have provided blurring nirvana as a result of the spin they place on political stories of the candidates as well as what stories (they call it News) they decide to cover and what they choose to avoid or overlook in support of their desired political preference.
Artificial Intelligence has become the most blatant and best example of an oxymoron since Jumbo Shrimp. Today’s world is fast becoming an alternate reality via video games, android robots, animated movies, diet food and artificial leather. Our lives now better resemble a fiction novel than true living.
You might ask, what is the purpose of life, then? More importantly, what is the value of life? ‘We’ can now create new realities via cloning sheep and dogs, growing artificial human organs, generating or reproducing bacteria for study and producing entertainment that can effectively replace what used to be called ‘reality’.
There is one surefire approach to truth and reality in its empirical form and it exists inside each of us. Call it your spirit, soul or conscience; it remains the one and only thing in this world that cannot be fabricated or artificially reproduced. Accordingly, it is the one thing that each of us must cherish more than our physical life as it transcends us into eternity.
Following, the most visible and meaningful manifestation of our spirit or soul, certainly the one way we can best relate to eternity is Love. Expressing it, experiencing it, sharing it, teaching it, living it, losing it and accepting it are the keys to maintaining a focus on what is real and what is not, along with what is important and what is not.
Rest assured, what is real is what is in your heart and your soul. Technology is a cheap, insincere and temporary illusion.
Live well, Love well, Think well, Be well.
- Is Reality Television the Scourge of America and the Family? (cerkas.wordpress.com)
- Redefining Reality with Artificial Intelligence (semanticweb.com)
- The Paradigm of Love (cerkas.wordpress.com)