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Signs of Spirit
Signs of Spirit
In 2005, we became aware that even though spirit is invisible to the eye, it’s characteristics can be observed in ourselves and others.
Signs of Spirit are evidence of the existence of the unseen spirit. They are characteristics that can be observed in ourselves and others. Once known and recognized as coming from spirit, we can choose to activate and cultivate them in ourselves, thus living as spirits in daily life.
We call these characteristics “signs of spirit” because they demonstrate the presence of spirit, just as a heartbeat and breathing our “signs of life” for the body.
We have been writing first-person short stories about our experiences observiing signs of spirit in ourselves and others and also about how we intentionally use these spirit abiities in our daily lives.
Our intent in sharing these stories is to make it more kown in the world that spirit exists and exists in each and every human being in addition to all of Life. Perhaps our stories will inspire you to find these signs of spirit in yourself and others.
My wife Debra and I were driving home from Gainesville, Florida after celebrating the anniversary of our nineteenth year together.
We had had a wonderful time exploring Gainesville, which was new to us. We saw lots of butterflies and went to visit the University of Florida bat house. It was quite a spectacle to see thousands of bats fly out of their house at dusk to go about their work of eating mosquitoes.
We had just finished a very extensive tour of a butterfly farm. We had been quite interested and had enjoyed the two-plus hour tour, despite the 100-degree heat. We love butterflies and were enjoying learning more about how they live and grow.
Driving home, we were quite relieved to get back in our cool air-conditioned car.
The weather was starting to cloud up again, as it often does in the summer here, and I mentioned to Debra that I was glad it was going to rain soon, to help cool things off again. She agreed.
After driving only about five minutes, we went over some railroad tracks that jarred the car. Right away I felt a blast of hot air. Debra looked around and said, “The back window just fell open!”
It had been too hot for three days and my body was drooping so I asked Larry to drive me to the beach.
Even as we drove the air began to be cooler. When we arrived at Larry’s favorite beach, we just sat in the car with both doors open, inhaling the coolness and the oxygen and all the other elements that make sea air so alive.
We also talked and reconnected after three days of a lot of chaos in our household and our personal lives, which had also begun to calm down that day.
Right before I started writing our book Our Spirit Viewpoint, I suddenly started having problems with my computer. It was running slower and slower and sticking. I tried to run a program that was supposed to clear things out and reset things, but that program jammed and wouldn’t run all the way through.
I noticed a little internet speed counter I have in the top menu disappeared.
I tried turning the computer off and restarting i several times, but that didn’t help at all.
The computer was so unworkable called a computer repair place. They could run a diagnostics program for $79, but I would have to wait three days for an appointment.
This past week I had the opportunity to learn that anger can be a powerful positive force for good—something I didn’t know before. In our culture, there seems to be a lot of agreement that anger is a bad thing. Anger can be harmful and destructive, but there is another side of anger that can be productive and lead us to stand up for good—for ourselves and the world.
My realization started on Monday when Larry and I went to a big box store to buy a black steel garden chair. I had purchased one and Larry had been sitting in it so I said we better get another one so we can sit in the garden together and both be comfortable. So we went to buy the garden chair.
I also bought something else—I don’t remember what it was. So we had two separate purchases.
Larry went through the check-out first, and then decided to go to the eyeglass department while waiting for me to go through the check-out. I said I would meet him there.
The eyeglass department is in a separate room at the front of the store.
When I arrived, it was all blocked off with tables, and a gatekeeper (due to covid-19 guidelines). First, you had to allow them to take your temperature. If you didn’t have a fever and you were wearing a face mask and there were not more than the maximum allowable number of customers and staff in the room, then you could go in and shop.
The room was empty. No customers. Two staff. She would not let me in.
I currently live with Larry’s mother and two siblings in the family home which his parent built many years ago.
It is made up of two buildings: the house, which contains the “home” and an outbuilding made up of several rooms available to family members for various activities that were enjoyed by family members at the time it was built. One of these outbuilding rooms is now my office.
The two building are separated by a courtyard that is mostly filled in with trees and plants.
There is a path that connects the two buildings from the front porch of the house to my office door.
It’s just a straight path, but in all these years no lighting was installed.
Last weekend Larry and I were watching television and a commercial came on for magnifying eyeglasses with lights on them. We both wanted a pair immediately and discussed how they would be useful to us.
Larry agreed to split the cost and they had a special price if you bought two, so I ordered two pairs.
The advertised price on the television commercial and on the website was $19.95 for two, plus shipping, plus an additional fee for the second pair.
So I ordered, thinking it would be $19.95 for two, plus 6.99 shipping plus $6.99 for the second pair shipping. That would be about $32.00.
But when the reciept appeared, it was…
A lot is happening in my life right now. With all the changes and confusion going on in the world-at-large, approaching my body’s sixty-fifth birthday, and working on developing a new business, my attention is often pulled in many directions.
But this morning it suddenly came to me (as it periodically does) that I needed to just sit down and make a list of all the things that were flying around in my attention, so I could see them on paper and get them all done.
It didn’t take more that writing down the first two to see that every item on my list had to do with bringing my attention and actions into present time.
This is a spirit skill I am well aware of, but it’s easy for it to slip away as things pile up in daily life.
This past week Larry and I have been working on setting up our edible garden for the summer.
Last summer we had decided to build supports for our tomato plants out of renewable and biodegradable bamboo instead of purchasing metal tomato cages. We really loved our handmade bamboo cages. But this year we had purchased more than twice as many tomato plants and needed more bamboo stakes to build the supports.
But with the shortages in stores from covid-19, this was buying more bamboo stakes was easier said than done.
In my world, eyeglasses are very important to me. I have an intention to be able to see without eyeglasses, but that is still in progress. I can’t read a book or computer without my eyeglasses so to do my work, I need to have my reading glasses. I have a pair in my bedroom next to the bed and another pair at my desk. My body is blind in one eye.
I also have a habit of wearing multiple pairs of glasses of various strengths for different activities. Sometimes the pair on top of my head falls off when I bend over, but I just pick them up and put them back on.
Yesterday I bent over and the pair of glasses on my head fell off and landed on a hard surface floor. The frame cracked and the lens fell out. It was one of my favorite pairs, too, with a purple frame.
I was disappointed, but I could immediately see this was no “accident.”
For the past month or so, I’ve been diligently researching and observing emotions.
When I first started looking at this subject, I couldn’t believe I had never looked at it before and really didn’t understand it, so of course, I had hidden emotional upsets that frequently popped up to get my attention.
Finally I got to a point in my study last week where I had sorted through all the information I had been studying about emotions and came to a point of understanding. Larry had been helping me a lot with this. Yesterday afternoon I finally was able to write a list of emotions that I could observe in myself and others, and identify and understand them.
But as I was getting to this point, I started feeling more and more anger (one of Larry’s least favorite emotions!). I was just getting angry right and left, all day long. Last night I didn’t sleep very well.
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