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The Spirit of Curiosity – by Christy Johnson
Recently I had yet another conversation about how radical it was for me to quit engineering to start an energy healing practice, which made me curious about the differences and similarities between my two professions. After all, if my soul embraced both for me as part of who I was and who I was becoming, are they that incompatible?
Science and Spirituality
My musings led me to realize that spirituality and the forefront of science both spring from unconventional thought and result in new awareness. We may perceive science and engineering as solid, knowledge-based, and quantifiable. Yet while science pertains to what is already known it also explores what is unknown and uncharted, inviting us to be curious about possibilities and to let go of old certainties and beliefs. Both science and spirituality help us expandour understanding via curiosity.
Curiosity and Serendipity
I realized they also both have an element of serendipity. An extraordinary shift happens when we surrender to divine timing and divine intelligence, curious to see what might occur beyond our own limited imagination. The discovery of penicillin is a prime example of this considering what revealed itself was not part of the original experimental design. Surrendering with curiosity leads us to truth.
Children arrive on the planet naturally curious. They come from a place of awe and wonder which happens also to be where spirituality arises. When we tap into curiosity, we can connect more deeply with nature, our selves, and others because we’ve released judgment and have embraced being present.
Returning to my own life, asking what, why, and how questions in the Akashic Records soul database or seeking a supportive Jin Shin Jyutsu flow for clients leverages my curiosity — just as it did when I used to use transmission electron microscopes to investigate why computer chips failed. Why do I see this and not that? What does this finding mean? How do we explain and resolve our thorniest problems?
Now my curious mind is engaged and more questions arise. What happens when we approach spirituality, and even life, with curiosity? What happens when we move beyond expectations and beliefs? What happens when we start asking questions instead of making statements? What’s the connection between curiosity and creativity? What relationship does curiosity have to healthy relationships, intelligence, and even longevity? How do we restore our curiosity? What hampers it? What is possible?
Please join us this Sunday, January 6th, 2019 at 9 A.M. EDT/7:30 P.M. India in #SpiritChat on Twitter, as we explore The Spirit of Curiosity. Please come to connect, learn, and share how you welcome curiosity into your outlook and your life. What magic might happen when spend an hour being curious together?
– Christy Johnson (@IntuitiveHeal on Twitter)
Host Bio: Dr. Christy Johnson quit her decades-long engineering career in 2010 to open her own integrative energy healing practice. She helps clients create love and compassion inthe relationships with themselves and others via soul level information, energy healing, and empowering self-help tools. You can connect with her via her website www.intuitiveheal.com , on Twitter @IntuitiveHeal and on her new YouTube channel.
The Indian Epic, Mahabharata (one of the longest poems in the world) is the story of the lives of two families – the Pandavas and the Kauravas. It has many fascinating characters whose lives mirror ours in many ways, and describes their struggles and victories.There are many episodes in the Mahabharata which involve conversations between Kings (or Princes) and their advisors and teachers. Every conversation seems to carry an underlying message about life… and sometimes, about death.
Death is a vast subject which has an air of inevitability about it, and that is perhaps why we often do not talk about it. We have all experienced ‘physical’ death in some form – of either a parent, a spouse, a friend or a relative. We all have our own way of dealing with Death (or, in some cases, not dealing with it) depending upon our station in life at the moment that we encounter it. The Mahabharata makes two observations, about Death. The two (related) observations are…
“Even though we see people dying a physical death all around us, we ignore the fact that we are ever going die” – Mahabharata
“One of life’s greatest mystery is that we all know we are going to die some day, but we often behave like we are going to live forever” – Mahabharata
So, why do we often behave – towards our own selves and towards others – as if, we are destined to live forever? Is it because we are living in the past or the future, and not in the present? Or is it because we live on autopilot, even when we are living in the present? Is it because of a lack of… you name it. As we reflect deeply on these two seemingly interrelated mysteries about living and dying, we may discover some new truths about ourselves. We may even discover some hidden fears which are preventing us from experiencing the blessings of love, of grace, of peace.
Of course, physical death is only one aspect of death. Our physical body is only one of the five layers (the others being the mental, intellectual, energy layer, and the spiritual) that can be subject to death. In our lives unto this point in time, we have accumulated a lot of experiences and habits which tend to define us. Some of these may not be serving us well any more. How do we arrive at the discovery that some of these habits and thought processes may need to die in order for us to live better?
If you have read this far, I hope I have given you reason to pause, reflect, consider, and maybe, even change how you think about death. Regardless, I invite you to join me and the #SpiritChat community in a conversation about “Death and Discovery” on Sunday June 1st at 9amET (USA) / 2pm UK / 6:30pm India.
Namaste, and be well,
P.S. Join us next Sunday as our long-time friend, Meredith Bouvier (@merryb923) will co-host on the topic of “On Living Well”…
P.P.S. We also welcome your thoughts on this topic in the comments, if you are/were unable to join us in the chat on Sunday June 1st…
Q1. Take a moment to visualize the process of Discovery. What do you see/feel/hear? #SpiritChat
Q2. In the midst of Life and Discover, is it even necessary to discuss ‘Death’? Why? #SpiritChat
Q3. What is the opposite of death? Is it really Life? Or… #SpiritChat
Q4. What needs to ‘die’ within us, for us to ‘discover’ our Truth? Thoughts… #SpiritChat
Q5. The grief that may accompany death (of ego)… What are some ways to deal with it? #SpiritChat
Q6. “Death. The undiscovered country of no return.” Agree or disagree? Why or why not? #SpiritChat
Q7. What kind of courage does it take to die? To live? Or does it take more… #SpiritChat
Q8. What inner discoveries tend to hasten ‘Death’? What slows it down? #SpiritChat
Q9. For the path of Death and Discovery… What resources would you recommend? #SpiritChat
Final Q10. To those trying to discover Life, and the Art of Living, you would say… #SpiritChat
It has been a year full of wonderful travel opportunities for me, whether they be for ‘work’ or ‘leisure’. My most recent trip was to the country of Brazil, and to what seems to be a country within a country – the southern state of Rio Grande de Sul. The primary purpose of this trip was to attend a family wedding, and it was a beautiful affair indeed. I had no idea what to expect, for I had never been to a “farm” wedding before, so I simply went with an open heart and mind – going with the flow. And I am so glad that I did go, for some of the lessons that I learnt after the wedding was done, will stay with me for a long time.
The simple, matter-of-fact, understated elegance of this family wedding in a rural area was very (refreshingly) different from the loud, over-the-top affairs that I have been witness to many a times in the USA and in India. Like every day of the year, the cows on the farm were milked by 5:30pm, and then, the father of the groom “cleaned up” (really well!) and drove us to the church so he could bless his son for his new journey in life. If he was nervous about the fact that his son was getting married, he barely showed it. He seemed to go about his business with nary a furrow in his brow, as if he had nothing to be concerned about. Everything was going to be okay – that seemed to be the message of his countenance, his attitude.
I decided to watch this man – my wife’s Dad’s brother – for the rest of the evening, and, for that matter, for the rest of my stay on his farm. I consider the lessons that I learnt from observing him, a beautiful serendipity of this trip. I went to participate in a wedding – I ended up learning so many practical life lessons from him. Sixteen hour work days, 365 days a year, with nary a complaint – getting up before dawn, milking cows, working the farm, milking cows again – the man never seems to stop. Some of you may remember that “Farmer” commercial during Superbowl 2013 – it was probably based on Ricardo’s life of hard work, simplicity, humility, self-sacrifice, respect for life, and devotion to his family and community – “somebody who would bale a family together with the soft, strong string of sharing…”
So, what does all this have to do with #SpiritChat and serendipity anyway? Well, let me try and tie it together. One definition of Serendipity is “a fortunate occurrence that happens to us when we are not expecting it”. We go in search for something, but end up finding something totally different in return – and that something different is our “reward” for having taken the journey in the first place. While it is good to live our lives with our beliefs, our values, our thought processes and our well-constructed plans, perhaps, we ought to leave room for serendipity – for it is in those moments that we have the potential to leap forward in our spiritual growth. How would you define ‘spiritual’ serendipity? Have you experienced it recently?
I hope that I have given you a little bit of insight into this week’s #SpiritChat topic of Serendipity. The word may be “one of the ten toughest words to translate” in the English language, but never mind. We were never afraid of tough challenges, were we?! So, I invite you to join us in #SpiritChat at our regular hour of 9amET on Sunday, October 27th. You may come primarily for a twitter chat, but who knows what you may leave with? 🙂
P.S. And yes, his son – the one who got married – was milking cows and working on the farm the very next day after his wedding… walking his father’s footsteps!