How important is it for you to stay connected with your friends, family, co-workers, etc.? Probably pretty important, and rightly so. But for many folks I observe in my work with Spirit, it’s so important they’ve lost their ability to truly enjoy “alone time.”
I often marvel at the technology we have today. It enables us to achieve things undreamed of just a few short years ago. For example, Spirit and I could not do this newsletter if it were not for the technology we have literally at our fingertips. We are blessed to have all these amazing tools.
As much as I depend on technology for my work, I’m not thrilled by all technology. I do not have a cell phone, television service, music player, video game player, or any of the other electronic marvels so popular today. Many of which enable folks to stay continuously connected with each other and the whole world.
Microsoft’s Bill Gates gave the keynote speech at last week’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year Microsoft is promoting what it calls the “connected experience.” As Gates said, “Our ambition is to give you connected experiences 24 hours a day.”
I don’t want to be connected to the whole world 24 hours a day. Do you?
Let’s start out on a “light” note here. John did not mean connections are not important. They are — obviously. Without connections your modern would not function as well as it does. And yes, itis functioning well, despite the challenges and the doomsayers.
But what we see happening in your world today is so many of you becoming so dependent on your connections. There are some of you who think you need constant, continuous contact with the world around you.
So you have radios or television sets blaring in the background, you’re constantly on the phone, you check your email every three minutes, and so on. You get the idea.
While your modern technology offers you many powerful advantages, it is not the idol you have created it to be.
It is a tool — a powerful one, but still just a tool. A tool to help you live your lives in a more joyful, connected manner. But when the tool becomes the god, then you lose sight of what your lives are all about. You lose sight of the tool’s purpose.
We know staying connected with each other is important to all of you reincarnated on your Mother Earth today. We acknowledge the value of that. And we would never say it is of no value.
What we do say, however, is the connection most important for all of you is the one you have with you. With your human selves and your higher selves.
What we see happening today with your technology is you losing sight of your connection withyou. You don’t make the effort to spend, in John’s words, “alone time.” You lose sight of who you really are, of why you are here, of your life’s purpose.
The only way — the only way — you will ever be empowered to maintain a true connection to all that is important to you is to first maintain a connection to you — your higher selves, your Goddess/God selves.
Until you achieve and maintain that all-important connection, you will never be able to connect with others in any meaningful way.
You do not have to be connected 24/7, as you say, with others or with the whole world. But you do have to be connected 24/7 with you.
When you can do that, you will have no problem maintaining your connections to the world around you, and to everyone and everything in it. You will keep those connections in their proper perspective, seeing them for their true value — not more, not less.
The key to staying connected to your world is to first stay connected to yourselves.
You do not need cell phones, television, email, etc. to live a joyful life. Those are wonderful tools in your world today. But they are not the idols you often make them out to be. They are simply tools.
You do not need to be in touch with everyone and everything all the time. What you do need is to be in touch with you all the time.
Then all else will fall into place easily and effortlessly.