Posted on May 31, 2011 by Robin
I did something I rarely do: which is take a break from the computer over the weekend. And, yes, that even includes email.
Iíve gone 24 hours without looking at Drudge or American Thinker and subjecting myself to the heartaches and horrors in our world. But a whole weekend without email has seemed undoable. What if I miss something important? And, yet, I tried to remind myself that if something is desperately important, someone can call to notify me.
So I did my experiment, and guess what? The world survived, I survived, and I was actually better for it.
I had a lot of insights. I enjoyed my time in church even more, knowing I didnít have as much weight on my shoulders about the entire world. And I actually had some amazing insights in my free time.
This is what can happen when we clear our brains from all the stuff thatís in it, the emails we have to write, some latest drama on Facebook, the fate of this country in light of the revolutionaries transforming it. We can actually think! And thereís wisdom in there; it just takes a little time and space to get there, things that are so rare these days.
Of course, the society is set up to keep us away from ourselves, to alienate us from God. We are constantly stimulated and distracted; itís difficult to go anywhere these days without a screen blaring. Restaurants have multiple TVís screaming out noise; banks and car repair shops also have incessant news and commercials assaulting us.
This isnít coincidental, as Iíve written about many times before. The more we are absorbed, obsessed, and distracted, the less we can think, that we can connect with our inner wisdom, the one connected to the Divine, who can fuel us and strengthen us at any time, should we simply find Him.
One of the many insights I had: we live in the world, but we must spend time in the un-worldly places. As Jesus said, we are in the world, not of the world. If we remain almost l00% in the world, worried and preoccupied by the earthly issues, we will be stressed out, perhaps even traumatized, by what we see in front of us. The world is traumatizing. I think this is why so many people desperately cling to someone like Obama or Rev. Wright or social justice missions. They need some way out of the incessant stress and noise.
But none of that works because itís still imperfect humans trying to do Godís work. They only make things worse through, at times, good intentions.
The only alternative is to be in the world, but spend time in the ethereal places; this is where God resides and the holy and good spirit world. We know what kind of dark spirits rule the human realm.
This is a long way of saying that Iíve decided to try to spend more time hanging out in that lovely spirit realm, reading, meditation, praying. Iím going to take a break from writing full-length essays for American Thinker, at least for a while. How long? Who knows. I have lots of ideas, and things in the works.
Frankly, Iím exhausted and depleted after about l50 articles in three years or so, most of them looking directly into the belly of the beast. Iíve loved every minute of it, but itís taken something out of me that I need to restore.
But Iíll write again, probably in my blog, when the Spirit moves me to do so.