Well, I don’t know how he felt about the moon, but at least we know there is nothing new under the Sun.
When I was at Temple in the 60’s and 70’s, as a shy young man in my early twnties, I was overwhelmed at the number of students there and how difficult it was for me to meet people. I later realized that the people God wants you to meet, he will arrange for that. One such person I met was a Chinese student who uttered those words to me. Often times, I learned more from the myriad of cultures I encountered at Temple than from the professors.
But, In fact a book I read suggests this may be all preordained by choice BEFORE we are born. In his book: “The Journey of Souls” the author Michael Newton goes so far as to say that before you are born into this life, after your last life time, there is a place called: “The place of recollection” where you will meet the souls that will have a significant impact on your life, whether it is a fleeting moment, such as the moment my father raised me up to shake the hand of former President Kennedy when he came to Philadelphia on July 4, 1962, totally unaware of the profound impact he would have on a handwriting case I would be involved with him and the things I would learn about him that few people know even to this day Or the profound impact my wife of almost 30 years would have not to forget my dear friend Eileen whom I met by chance on a picture taking jaunt around Audubon lake one fateful day many years ago that has profoundly changed my life forever. Newton puts forth compelling proof of this from hundreds of past life regressions, one of which I experienced detailed elsewhere. Only a fool closes their minds to these things. Billions of people around the world hold to these beliefs and compelling scientific evidence exists also found in a book by Ian St4evenson a college professor who wrote a book called “Sixty Cases Suggestive of of Reincarnation”
My point is that you do not have to worry about getting what you need in life, God or the Universe, depending on your belief will provide, if you have faith and don’t allow your free will to muck things up too much. Plan and make goals for the future and focus your efforts each day on moving those plans forward, after you meet the required needs of your life at the moment. But most importantly listen to what God and the universe are telling you and the only way you can do that is through prayer and meditation. Prayer is asking God or the universe what your purpose is and meditation is listening for the answer, though the answer may come in a variety of ways such as these chance encounters I mention.
I firmly beleived that we are here in this life to fulfill a purpose. Generally it is to help people, but specifically it is to utilize the specific skills and knowledge we have gained that adds the piece to the puzzle of God’s or natures overall plan and the reason we have so much turmoil is that so many people are NOT doing what God wants them to do, but instead what THEY think is the right things to do and this is usually motivated greatly by self-interest, NOT the needs of others whom God has sent us here to help.
When my phone rings, the way I look at it is that God is sending me that person to help them and if, for whatever reason I can’t, I have to find someone who CAN
But getting back to our old friend Confucious and “Nothing new under the sun” What ever service we are providing is not something new that someone else has not allready provided to someone else. What IS new about it is, the unique time, place and person to whom the service is provided. It may be just the thing that person needed to hear at that perticular moment that may help them resolve a major problem or issue.
This goes directly to the point of why a writer needs to write. He or she is NOT going to provide information that has not been heard or written about many times before. No one person has the answers to ANYTHING. But for that one brief moment in time when a potential reader is browsing the shelves, they may not realize it, but they are looking for answers to a current problem and God is or the universe is guiding them right to it. Sometimes we are not necessarily looking for an answer at the moment, but it is in our subconscious sending out thoughts at the speed of light and a receptive soul who gets them and rushes to the rescue.
Some years ago, I remember a psychic from Philadelphia, Valery Morrison who had a letter of appreciation on her wall from the CIA thanking her for her help. It seems that she and a number of other famous psychics would meditate in a room toegether and focus on the question at hand about what might be inside the Kremlin in Russia. As was later verified, the information they retrieved in this way proved to be astoundingly accurate.
How could this be? Well, when you understand that EVERYTHING is energy with very little sold matter in the universe. It is very easy to understand. Brian Green in his classic book: “The Elegant Universe” demonstrates that Physics has proven that everything that exists in our universe was compressed into a particle that would make a grain of sand look HUGE. And in his subsequent book: “The Fabric of the Cosmos” about string theory he suggests that there may be in infinite number of these particles that come into and go out of existence over the eons of time
So when we as writers write something, it is NOT that it is new and profound to the world, but to the reader who is reading it because God whispered to them thatthis might provied an immediate answer to the problem perplexing them at the moment
This happens to me all the time when I have a health problem. The answer often mysteriously shows up in a article I am reading or a show I am watching on TV.
So the bottom line is that DO NOT be discouraged from writing because the information you are conveying may be just the thing someone needs to hear that could even save their life I will close with a case in point I may have mentioned elsewhere. Last year, I was walking my beloved Golden Retriever Gracie around the lake and happened to strike up a conversation with a woman and since I had cancer was discussing various cancer cures listed on www.CancerTuto.com, one of which is the Budwig Diet. She was a doctor in Hungary in the 1950’s. She had two medical degrees and a Phd is Physics and she made a simple discovery that if you mix 2/3 cup of cottage cheese and six tablespons of flax seed oil together and have this every day, she found there was a 90% chance it would cure their cancer.
So a year later, don’t I see the same woman and she says: “I want to thank you. You saved my life. I am cancer free after doing the Budwig Diet”
So the bottom line is, don’t be discouraged about writing and getting your message out. The person or peoplle who need to hear it WILL, even if you DONT make a million, you could save a life and HOW do you put a price on that?