Today’s first for my “one new thing a day for 100 days” new year’s resolution was to put a message in a bottle (glass, not plastic of course!) and set it to sea from seacliff beach. I trust it will land in the right hands..
Wow. Day ONE HUNDRED!! Time flies when you’re focused on a task at hand. I had an afternoon break before seeing my 5pm client and I took a moment to reflect on the past 2400 hours. 700 of them I was in dreamland. 800 I spent working. That left 900 hours to spend with friends, working on hobbies and completing my “one new thing a day for 100 days” new years res. It is remarkable how much we can fit into a single day if we take a few minutes to plan. Funny how, now at age 36, true to heart I take the words my father used to tell me as a child. “We do not plan to fail, we fail to plan”. Without planning, this project would not have been exciting – it would have been miserable and exhausting! Looking back I am so happy to have done it. Learning or doing something new each day is easy. If we care to look and listen, new opportunities and knowledge are all around us every day.
Aside from pure enjoyment, I was reminded that doing something new also:
1. Gives you something to talk about when conversing with others.
2. Expands your mind. We can become so patterned in one way of thinking, exposing ourselves to something new opens our minds.
3. You learn more about yourself, what you like and what you dislike. Your strengths and your weaknesses.
4. Keeps you motivated. New experiences = new excitement. Who doesn’t look forward to a new horizon?!
5. Fights off anxiety and depression. When we keep ourselves engaged in the world around us, we are more apt to be in a happy mindset.
6. Is an opportunity to positively affect your environment and those around you.
7. Empowers you. New knowledge – whether it’s hands on, mental or social – gives you a healthy dose of confidence.
8. Gives you a sense of achievement. This is a great thing. Always!
9. Stimulates your sense of creativity.
10. Enriches and enhances your quality of life.
11. Makes you GRATEFUL for this gift. This GIFT of life, of friends, of family..
My hope is that just one person stumbles across this blog and feels inspired to step out of their norm and then pays that inspiration forward. In essence, I hope to create a tiny wave of GOOD energy. Energy that is in mindful, gentle motion. In my humble opinion, energy was not born to be stagnant 😉
**I came across an interesting article the other day re: Quantum Physics, if you are inclined to read a bit on “the new Science” scroll to the text after these pics..
THE NEW SCIENCE:
WE ARE MADE UP OF ENERGY, NOT MATTER
The new science also accepts that the universe, including us, is made up of energy, not matter. This is not actually new – it was posited by Socrates in Europe way back when, and by the ancient rishis in India thousands of years before that.
Socrates said that energy, or soul, is separate from matter, and that the universe is made of energy – pure energy which was there before man and other material things like the earth came along.
However at the end of the seventeenth century Newtonian physics became the corner-stone of science, and it was based on the theory that there is only matter and nothing else – the whole universe is a machine, made of matter, and so are we. Medical science is still stuck in the Newtonian concept, even though the rest of science has now moved on to quantum physics.
Quantum physics says that as you go deeper and deeper into the workings of the atom, you see that there is nothing there – just energy waves. It says an atom is actually an invisible force field, a kind of miniature tornado, which emits waves of electrical energy.
Those energy waves can be measured and their effects seen, but they are not a material reality, they have no substance because they are… well, just electricity. So science now embraces the idea that the universe is made of energy.
We are of course made up of atoms. And atoms are continuously giving off, and absorbing, light and energy, all the time. It doesn’t stop even when we sleep. Every cell in the body has its atoms lined up in such a way that it has a negative and a positive voltage, inside and outside. So every cell in our body is a miniature battery. Each cell has 1.4 volts of energy – not much, but when you multiply by the number of cells in your body (50 trillion) you get a total voltage of 700 trillion volts of electricity in your body. Pretty strong stuff! This is what the Chinese call ‘chi’, and is also the energy used in hands on healing. It can even be measured outside the body for a certain radius, depending on the sophistication of the instrument. And guess which has the stronger electro-magnetic energy field – your head or your heart? For the answer, see the end of this article.
Now here is another interesting fact which relates to our lives… Each atom has its own distinct frequency, or vibration. And quantum physicists study the energetic effect when atoms collide, not their ‘matter’. What they see is that when two atomic waves meet, they either meet in synch, creating a constructive or harmonious effect, or they meet out of synch, creating a destructive effect in which they annul each other.
Dr Bruce Lipton, a former professor of medicine at Harvard University and author of the best-selling ‘Your mind is greater than your genes’, explains that if you drop two equal pebbles at exactly the same time into water, from the same height, they will both produce the same wave ripples. Ie, their waves will be in harmony with each other, and when their ripples meet the combined effect will be an amplification of the wavelength – in other words the merged waves become more powerful. But if you drop the pebbles from different heights or a millisecond apart, then when the resultant waves meet they will not be in harmony and will cancel each other out – the waves become weaker. You can try this out for yourself.
Exactly the same thing happens when atomic energy waves meet – they either have a constructive effect (become more powerful) or a destructive effect. Now, we are all created of atomic energy waves, and because it is impossible to separate waves, the new science says what Osho was saying over forty years ago: we are all connected – our waves are always meeting and getting entangled in each other. Dr Lipton says the result of such invisible meetings we call ‘good vibes’ and ‘bad vibes’, depending on whether the other waves we meet are in synch with us or out of synch. No wonder so many people were ‘magnetically attracted’ to Osho and felt peaceful and harmonious in his presence.
This means it is important to be aware of whether you are in an environment where you are getting entangled in destructive energy waves or constructive energy waves. The cells that make up our bodies know instinctively what is nourishing and what is toxic (Lipton demonstrates this with cells in petri dishes which move away from toxic stuff and towards nourishing stuff). And in fact all animals and plants communicate through vibrations, ie by sensing whether the energy is good for them or not. But we have been taught not to listen to our feelings but instead to what people say. So we are not trained to use our ability to sense energy, even though we have it just as all plants and animals have.
Many of the meditations Osho describes in The Book of Secrets work with the senses, and are a great way to get back in touch with your natural instincts so you can have more awareness of when you are in a nourishing or a draining situation.