Do you remember the last time you held a seashell to your ear and heard the sound of waves seemingly coming from the shell? No matter how many times I do this, I am still fascinated by those mysterious sounds of waves coming from inside the shell. It’s magical!
As a child, I loved holding my grandmother’s painted conch shell to my ear and listening to the strange roaring sound. My grandmother told me it was the memory of the ocean still held inside the shell. At that time, I was amazed that I could be so far away from the ocean and still be able to hear waves in an empty seashell.
Much later, I learned the scientific explanation for this sound. It is the magnification of the noise that is already all around us, noise that we normally don’t even notice. It is called ambient noise. And the so-called “ocean” sounds differ depending on the size and shape of the shell you hold near your ear.
Of course the romantic and nostalgic idea that a seashell holds the memory of the ocean surf is far more romantic and preferable in my mind to the scientific explanation. However, I like to think that both are true… that not only does the shell amplify sound, but that it also carries within it a memory of sorts – the memory of its formation, its growth and the creature that inhabited it. Some people would call it the energy of the shell itself.
Our own personal objects can exude a certain kind of memory or unseen energy, especially those objects we use daily over the course of years and the ones that we are particularly fond of. And it is these very objects that become the treasures of those who succeed us, because they somehow sense our presence within those objects. If you think about it, you may remember some item from a parent, grandparent or friend that has special significance to you because it brings back many pleasant memories.
So, this week, as you handle your own personal belongings, give some thought to the energies and memories you are building into your favourite things.
“If you were to take a company of men and wished to put them under your immediate control as soon as possible, you would not drill them in the time-honored method used by armies. You would start them and stop them and start them and stop them and start them and stop them and start them and stop them and then you could change them anyway you wanted to.
“I (realizing this one way or the other) many, many years ago had a very recalcitrant crew. And I used to do things to these boys in the first few weeks that they were aboard on the basis of starting and stopping them. And they finally fell into line and would handle the ship the way they were supposed to. …
“Where you have an individual who is heading for succumb at a mad rate and he’s not going to change, you can put yourself, with relationship to him, in a position where he has no choice but to change. By doing what? By starting and stopping him.”
“Getting even throws everything out of balance.”
Journalist, Joe Browne
Your action for today is to reflect on whether you are trying to get even with someone. If you are, notice the cost to you.
Have an extraordinary day!