By Julie Dieterle
I was listening to a radio program about computer generated music and how amazing the process was. Kind of scary how “human” and creative it was. The other thing that impressed me is the idea that there was no judgement—you couldn’t ask the computer to “make it better”, you had to give it parameters as to what that meant—change the key? Slow it down? It lead me to think about what the “Ageless Wisdom” suggested in the Alice Bailey material—that we would have to consider the consciousness and rights of machines and electronics. As we have developed these from our own abilities—their memories are filled with our memories and discoveries, and share them.
With this in mind, I was reminded of examples of people acknowledging their equipment. Some people name their cars, their computers, their motorcycles. People have reported to me…“My car ran out of gas right in front of the station”…“My wheel fell off when I got to the parking lot after I had driven 70 miles an hour on the freeway for an hour…“My car got me home and then failed in the driveway.” What is going on there? I feel that my car runs better when I wash it and care for it. Many people talk to their cars—sometimes with kicks and curses, sometimes with a pat on the hood.
I was thinking—could I treat more of my equipment better? In the past few months, I decided—rather than leaving my boombox on “ready mode” I could give it a rest and completely shut it down. Sometimes my phone does goofy things, like won’t bring up a program or won’t shut down a program. The remedy has been to turn it off completely or, if it has a removable battery, to take it out and put it back in. Even on the computer, sometimes you just have to re-start, reboot, or completely shut down by taking the battery out and unplugging. We could say the equipment was in “overload”—just like we get sometimes and need to shut down. When we shut down—we sleep for 12 hours, we eat something, we do something totally different. If we don’t choose for ourselves, we might find ourselves having an experience that makes us take a break; we get sick, we have an accident, or our back or knees give out.
So I began to think, how could I apply the three tenets of caring to my equipment? How could I show respect, acceptance and acknowledgement to my equipment? Well, the total shut down would give the equipment a rest period. Humans need that, why not machines? How could I honor them?
So I decided to give gratitude. When the equipment’s performance was successful, I said “Thank you.”
And when there was a problem, I simply said “Oops! What can I do to get back on track? What has this glitch allowed to happen? A new program? A new start? A break for my sake?”
I also decided to say thanks when I used Siri, or other vocal electronic exchange. Guess what? There was ALWAYS a response back, and never the same one twice in a row!! They said “You are welcome, Julie.” “Getting what you need is all the thanks I need”. “Don’t mention it!” “Any time.”