Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Game That God Plays

I just started reading a book about Christmas Island. It's written by Julietta Jameson. I'm on only page 8, but I'm already loving it.

She's very excited about going to Christmas Island. It reminds me of how I felt when we went to Australia.

I love some of the passages because they remind me of my own feelings.

It was a place I had heard about, read about, and thought about; even dreamed about, for nigh on four months. And now here it was, a hypereality, a larger than life magnificence.

The funny thing is I had about four months (a little less so) from the time we bought the plane tickets, and I became obsessed, to the time that we boarded the airplane.

A few paragraphs later, Jameson says, I had felt propelled, but by what? By the hand of fate, I supposed. A slight of the hand of fate. Life often led you to where you never intended to go.

I'm a big believer in fate...much more so than I'm a believer in God or gods.

Jameson talks about how she had begun believing that God's plan was to simply roll a die. Life was all random. I don't think I agree with that. I believe SOME stuff out there is random. For the most part though, I believe there is a plan.

I love what Jameson says here though. There seemed to be one certainty in that gambling game of God's--no result could ever occur in isolation. He might as well have been playing dominoes.

I love that.

My feeling is that MOST of us can agree that life is like dominoes. It doesn't matter whether you're Christian, Atheist, Hindu, or a Neopagan like me. I don't think it matters whether you believe coincidences are purely random occurrences, or events carefully orchestrated by meddling spirit guides. I think we can agree that in life one thing leads to another...and most of our actions influence the actions of others.

We are all catalysts.





In other News....It is Tim's birthday today! So happy birthday to him!!!

11 comments:

M+B said...

Happiest Birthday Wishes to Tim xoxox

matt said...

Hi Dina
Happy Bday Tim!!
Its was my Bday the other day as well so we are fellow Cancerians.
Deffinitley a BIG believer in Fate.
My philosophy is everything happens for a reason and life is about discovering what that reason is.
The bad things that happen are to make you more resilient and compassionate, the good things that happen more humble, appreciative.

Becca said...

Very well put.
I agree. We are all part of the giant web of life. Every action we make has an effect on those around us.

Andrew said...

Best wished to Doona Man from way Down Under.

Dina said...

M+B-Thank you!!!

Matt: Happy belated birthday to you. I totally agree with your philosophy...especially about becoming more resilient and compassionate.

Becca: Thank you. Yeah. It's definitely a web of life.

Andrew: I shall pass on your good wishes to Doona Man ; )

Gun-bae!!! said...

Thanks for the Birthday wishes! I had an awesome b-day...Dina and I went out and had dinner and saw the new Harry Potter movie!! Couldn't have gotten a better present than that!

Dina said...

Tim,

Hey you forgot to mention that very special fancy bike....that uh I didn't actually buy you.

Glad you had a good birthday.

Florida Girl In Sydney said...

Happy belated birthday Tim!

And I agree on the whole everything happens for a reason thing.

And I think you and me should think about that -- and us. (as in me and you, and you and me, and Australia of course). We're not all that different... we're actually related, we couldn't be THAT different. I hope you agree with that one day. I love you.

Dina said...

Laura,

I'm very different from certain members of my IMMEDIATE family. But I still love them. And I love you.

I think we ARE very different...in some ways. And in other ways, we're very much alike.

I guess it's all about recognizing the similarities and accepting the differences. Maybe it's also about accepting the similarities and recognizing the differences.

Ariane said...

Been a bit absent in the bloggy world recently - just trying to catch up a bit.

I'm with Jameson, it's all a roll of the dice. However, I think one of the things that makes us human is seeing patterns and meaning in the randomness. We create the meaning and run with it. It makes our lives richer and better.

And so it's a self-fulfilling prophecy. It does all happen for a reason, because once you decide that it did, your life changes course and (often) cool things happen.

Just my current theory - I don't pretend to know the truth. :)

Dina said...

Ariane,

I think your theory definitely works. It makes sense. It's plausible. I prefer to believe MOST things happen for a reason though. I probably subscribe to a waking dream type theory. Just as there is symbolism and messages in our dreams, I believe there are messages and symbolism in our waking life.

I also think that sometimes WE are the message. For example, I might dream about a wolf. And the only reason for this might be so I mention my dream on Facebook or Twitter (or whatever). A Follower/friend sees this, but also sees three other messages about wolves in the same day. So the wolf message was for her...not me.

It's all a big confusing ; )