Are there attributes or
abilities of spirit other than the ones you mentioned?
Knowing all there is to know about spirit is impossible. You are
stuck in a physical world and your perceptions are necessarily
dependent on empirical evidence. You have seen however, that
unique, spiritual abilities are discernable. They set us apart
from all else in the known universe. And their purpose seems to
be growth and realization of another type of existence not
dependent on matter.
There probably are many more abilities of spirit that are quite
subtle and taken for granted. Consider your strong propensity
for ORDER. You just cannot live with crooked pictures on a wall
can you? How ‘bout wrong colored towels in the bathroom, shoes
that don’t match, smudges on your face? Think of all the
‘shoulds’ in your life and wonder why.
You also have an insatiable NEED TO KNOW. Yes animals such as
felines have inquiring minds. But yours extends to realms beyond
immediate needs and wants. You try to make sense of the cosmos.
Super novas, black holes, galaxies barely visible, nothing
escapes your interest. You have an inherent sense that you CAN
KNOW and UNDERSTAND everything. This might have seemed
presumptuous one hundred years ago but not today. Be it the
smallest particle, past civilizations, remote flora and fauna …
you need to ‘know’ about them. Some may say this is just a
pragmatic penchant of an astounding ‘computer like’ brain. Find
a rare plant or crustacean … you may discover a cure for cancer.
Perhaps. Or maybe there is ‘something’ else driving us. Why do
we care about extinction of species? Why save the ……….?? Why go
to the depths of the ocean just to stare? On a cloudless night
away from city lights you gaze up. You want to know everything
there is to know about the most distant star. Why?
What about EMOTIONS? Could your reservoir of feelings … fears,
angers, desires …
‘indicate’ a unique, controlling intellect? Animals react
without hesitation when confronted. You on the other hand can
reflect. You can voluntarily frustrate yourself for what you
decide is a higher purpose. Your parents are insufferable. But
you love them and you will bear their presumptuous barbs. Maybe
the way you ‘deal’ with your emotions is a testament to your
astounding will power and even your imagination. You yell
encouragement to your team in a sporting event. You laugh and
cry watching a play, a movie, reading a book. Why? Empathy? Very
mysterious your giggles and frowns. Could there be a ‘spirited
imp’ within who is always ‘above and beyond’ physical
imperatives … prodding simple honesty, kindliness and attention
to what really matters … in the face of life’s ongoing
Your QUEST FOR PERFECTION seems unusual. Your confidence that
something can be ‘better’ is maddening at times. You are never
satisfied. You must be the best you can be. Your designs and
products must be perfect. Your performance should be flawless.
This propensity often drives you to obsession. Yes, there are
practical reasons: Make or do something well and people will be
attracted. Money, recognition, even honor may come your way. But
is there not some deeper motive? Some voice whispering
incessantly “you can do better”. Throughout the millennia
innovators, craftspeople, artists have worked quietly striving
for elusive perfection. Examples abound: Dog, cat and fish
breeders, plant cultivators, cabinet-makers, athletes, dancers,
orators, on and on. Every ‘field of endeavor’ finds humans
determined to improve. Why? We know nothing lasts! All will
dissolve including us. But we strive undeterred. Perhaps we seek
perfection because we know it is attainable … not in this
One last ‘uniqueness’ most often taken for granted: Your
willingness and ABILITY TO CHANGE your thinking, to consider
possibilities. This is astounding. Yes, you must adapt to
unforeseen circumstances. Not a day passes that you do not have
to accommodate in some way: It rains, you make new plans. The
auto breaks down and alternate transport must be considered. But
your imagination offers so many alternatives: Stay inside and
read? Go to a movie? Do you ride a bicycle or walk? Should you
paint the house red, green or black? Put it off or do it today?
On and on. You can decide to cease reading this … or you can
‘take in’ a few more ideas … and maybe make some dramatic
changes in your outlook on life!! Always possible.
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