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Spooky Stuff

In honor of Halloween, I’d like to take a moment to talk about something that came up briefly in class the other day–clairvoyance, intuition, spirits, and all that heebie-jeebie, potentially spooky stuff.

Most of the experience here at St. Gertrude’s isn’t focused on honing those skills, probably due to the fact that a large number of people discredit these sorts of things. But, I think it’s all fascinating, and I can certainly see why someone who is incredibly in touch with God (or the divine or the energy of the universe) wouldn’t have a certain extra level of perception. In fact, I almost feel that it’d be inevitable. I think of it this way: when I learned about typography, I couldn’t stop myself from noticing tiny typographical victories (or mishaps) in my everyday life. People often don’t think twice about tiny things like typography because we tend to see the broad, practical purpose rather than the underlying, essential ‘why’ of how things affect us. But because I understand why typography works the way it does, I can better predict whether an advertisement will get read, what program it was made in, and what audience the creator was targeting. Physics is much the same way. Once you understand physics on a deeper level, you would be much more equipped to figure out what the results of a motion will be.

But to get back to clairvoyance.

Today I had the oddest thought while I sat in chapel. I thought about hard-boiled eggs. Now, there are plenty of reasons I could have thought about hard-boiled eggs. Usually, I’d assume I was hungry or that I was craving eggs. However, neither of those things was particularly true. The thought came and passed, fleeting and inconsequential, and I went on to think about other things, namely the people I love and how I want good things for them.

The only reason this makes an interesting story is because tonight for dinner we’re having deviled eggs. First of all, this makes me happy because I do really like deviled eggs. But second, when I found this out, I couldn’t help remembering my random thought. The logical explanation could be that somewhere my nose detected a tiny trace scent of eggs. Or maybe we want to get spooky and say that my intuition is being heightened, and somehow I tapped briefly into the happenings of the kitchen a couple floors away. Either my ‘real’ senses were bringing in extra information, or my ‘spooky’ senses were. Either way, I think it’s kind of cool.

Now, this is a silly experience and makes no real difference in my life. But, I like to think that we can work to hone our ability to perceive the world, the people, the energy around us by being more mindful and aware. Why would we want to do that? Well, I suppose that might depend on each person’s beliefs. But since I think the universe often works in the favor of the good and peaceful, I’d rather be more in touch with it so I know when I’m on the right track. I think listening to that deeper essential part of life can only lead you to a better place.

And that may be kind of superstitious, and it may be kind of spooky, but it works for me.

I guess that’s why I like Halloween!

 

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We are One

Today at mid-day praise, the idea of ‘one-ness’ came up a lot. I couldn’t help but think of this song after all the mentioning of the word ‘one.’ It may seem a little silly, but actually, the Lion King has a lot to do with how I think about the world. This is kind of what God is to me. Oneness with all of the earth and the cosmos… All of life and energy.

“We are one, you and I,
We are like the earth and sky,
One family under the sun.
All the wisdom to lead,
All the courage that you need,
You will find when you see
We are one.”

Discernment as… Serendipity

I happened to be a part of an event last night that hosted a wonderful Jesuit named Fr. Pat Conroy, who is currently the chaplain to the U.S. House of Representatives, and during this event, Fr. Conroy spoke about his ‘discernment’ process as one of holy obedience. Obviously, that particular label and the connotations of that phrasing are not necessarily perfect for my own journey. For one, I am not part of the Jesuit order, and for another I am not a highly religious individual. However, the way that he addressed holy obedience as a way to find your true calling was very inspiring to me.

Fr. Conroy expressed a concern that many good people are taken away from their true callings because they are tempted by other callings that are useful or good but do not match up best with the individual’s actual strengths and passions. For instance, I may be very good at math, but if I were to pursue a career in engineering or accounting, I would not be following my passions. On the other hand, people can lose their true calling when are attracted to doing something they are very good at but that feeds the wrong parts of them, particularly the ego. An example of this could be any number of famous artists, but it could also be something more like a person choosing to work in a profession that is noble but is very mentally draining for them. Becoming a social worker or working for a non-profit may be extraordinarily admirable, but if doing those things does not fit your passion and abilities, it will likely wear on you in such a way that you will likely not be of service to anyone.

For Fr. Conroy, finding your calling means trusting that the opportunities presented to you are going to be good for both you and the community you are serving. He implied that often, we may not be thrilled about our job at first. We may be neutral, and we may not know how we feel. But, that lack of personal emotional attachment to your work was in part necessary. We shouldn’t be choosing work based on our pride or our comfort or what we think is best for us. Instead, we should be open to the possibility that something else might be better than what we think we need for ourselves. Sometimes the universe works in our favor in ways we don’t understand.

It made me think hard about applying for jobs and programs after I graduate. How will I know if the job I take is feeding me or helping me feed the world? I’m hoping I’ll find things that can do both, in positive ways. Fr. Conroy’s talk did give me a little bit more peace in terms of letting my path shape itself as I walk rather than trying so hard to control every step. Here’s to hoping he’s right!