Is it not merely thought? Suppose you were born blind and by some miraculous medical procedure your sight was restored an hour ago. Imagine your elation right now. Yet you would be the same person but your evaluation of perspectives or attitude would have drastically changed. In fact you’re much better off as is than if your sight was just restored because you have had the wonder of all of life’s scenery thus far. So what’ll it be, elation or depression? What sort of problems are you allowing to bring down your spirits or gratitude for life? Does the inner or outer determine your happiness? Of which are you in control?
I view these two phenomena in this way. Prayer, no doubt is a common practice by almost everyone the world over. Almost everyone is convinced that they are small and vulnerable and created by a “separate” all powerful being who is available for help if we properly behave and worship IT. Meditation is something we all hear a lot about and may experiment with occasionally but for the most part, that is about it for the vast majority.
Prayer requires an active mind. Prayer is asking for something. It is a request. It arises out of either a fear that things are not going to turn out favorably or a seeking of assurance that it will. Or it is an expression of dissatisfaction for “what is” and a request for improvement. In any case it is fear rather than faith based, it seems to me. To me, faith is not forcing belief that our desires are going to be granted but rather that all is working to our ultimate good.
Meditation, on the other hand, is not seeking or asking for anything. Meditation requires an empty mind. It requires the freeing of oneself of all activity, even thought and simply “being” or existing as a watchful observer. It is total submission and surrender to the present moment. It never seeks control or change but is unruffled by the ups and downs of physicality with a deep knowing that all is ultimately well. It simply accepts change as it comes. Meditation is simple awareness. it is complete acceptance of “what is”.
You are not that which you see reflected in the mirror. Life is not confined to a physical body. What you are is not reflected by a mirror. You are that which is aware of both the physical body and the mirror but not limited by either. You are the totality of existence.
Some Thoughts on The Chaos Theory (Some information from WhatIs.com and other sources)
The Chaos Theory somewhat like quantum mechanics have essentially stood Newtonian Physics on its head. Chaos theory is the study of nonlinear dynamics, in which seemingly random events are actually predictable from simple deterministic equations.
In a scientific context, the word chaos has a slightly different meaning than it does in its general usage as a state of confusion, lacking any order. Chaos, with reference to chaos theory, refers to an apparent lack of order in a system that nevertheless obeys particular laws or rules; this understanding of chaos is synonymous with dynamical instability, a condition discovered by the physicist Henri Poincare in the early 20th century that refers to an inherent lack of predictability in some physical systems.
The two main components of chaos theory are the ideas that systems – no matter how complex they may be – rely upon an underlying order, and that very simple or small systems and events can cause very complex behaviors or events.
Cutting through the scientific jargon and getting to the nuts and bolts of it, this is the way I interpret it which to me is quite interesting and revealing. One of the main experimenters in this study was Edward Lorenz, a meteorologist and weather forecaster. He would input current conditions into his computer and the outcome would give him a picture of expected weather changes. On one occasion he had put in the current conditions and the computer spit it out as mathematical interpretation as usual. The resulting number carried out to 6 decimal places. He decided to round it off to 3 places and let the computer do its thing. The results he got astonished him. He would not have been surprised at a slight variation by the rounding off process but what he got was an enormous difference which proves that the slightest variation may cause enormously large changes in future events.
Anyway, the long and short of it is this. First, there is an underlying order. That does not come as any big surprise, at least to those of us who believe in higher intelligence. But the second thing the discovery reflects is that everything is interconnected meaning that there is actually nothing random in the universe but everything is happening by virtue of what preceded it.
It was further expressed or explained by what has become known as The Butterfly Effect. I quote from The Fractal Foundation on The Chaos Theory.
“The Butterfly Effect: This effect grants the power to cause a hurricane in China to a butterfly flapping its wings in New Mexico. It may take a very long time, but the connection is real. If the butterfly had not flapped its wings at just the right point in space/time, the hurricane would not have happened. A more rigorous way to express this is that small changes in the initial conditions lead to drastic changes in the results.”
In other words, everything is predictable IF we could be so informed as to fully know the current conditions. However, the current conditions are infinite in magnitude so our predictions beyond a very short range is impossible and no better than anyone’s guess.
When you think about it, is it not obvious that everything is interdependent? We could not even predict tomorrow’s weather if it were not. Then I find myself pondering the question, if everything is happening in a deterministic manner, where does that leave thought? Furthermore, it is obvious that Source is controlling my body and faithfully sending the electrical impulses to my brain to keep the organs functioning. Is it not also sending the electrical thought impulses? Is the brain a meat computer? Does human tissue generate electricity or electrical activity? Hmm, I ponder.
If one is offered two choices, one leading to bliss and the other to destruction, such is not freedom but coercion. Such is not love but manipulation. Love does not force followers with ultimatums. The same is not truth but contradiction. And, I must add, love does not condemn. However, open contemplation of such can serve as a signpost to truth.
There are crucial questions begging contemplation and serving as guideposts for those truly open to discovery. One being, if God can only accept sinless perfection, why did He create humans incapable of achieving it? Be no longer deceived by the explanation, He gave us freedom and we chose sin. It makes no sense. If we are incapable of sinless perfection, there is no “free choice”.
The REAL Good News is, God really is love and love does not condemn