PC#31 – Programming the Universe

A friend of mine works in hospitality.

That’s a genteel way of saying she works in a bar. Actually it’s a gambling bar, and it’s not very pleasant.

This friend is a very clever computer nerd. She’s a college honours graduate, but she’s taken up this bar job because it pays well, and she can’t get any other computer related work at the moment. For more than twelve months now she’s been saying she hates her job and she wants to get out. But there’s been nothing to go to.

A couple of weeks ago at work she tripped and fell down some stairs.

She hurt her foot, badly. She’s since been to doctors, podiatrists, had MRIs, the whole shebang. Not good. Her foot is damaged and it’s not going to get better any time soon. She’s not able to do her job.

She got her wish. She’s not doing hospitality anymore.

She’d programmed the Universe to enact on her wish.

Something similar happened to me. I was a young tv reporter, and all I wanted to do was make films. But I was good at my job – in fact at the time I was the best tv reporter in Australia. I’d just won the equivalent of an Emmy for TV Reporter of the Year. At the tender age of 26 I was the senior reporter on the highest rating current affairs show in the country. I was flying high, earning a lot of money, and loving it. But still I wanted to make films. Underneath it all, I felt empty. I felt there was more I could be doing with my life.

I was involved in a very bad car accident – I was a passenger in a film car that lost control and hit a telegraph post. The car was totalled and I ended up in hospital with severe spinal injuries and a smashed leg. (The root cause of my current knee problem.)  Ten days in intensive care, three months in the Spinal Unit.

I came out of hospital with the slate wiped clean. I realised that what I’d been doing was not what I really wanted to do. So I quit the show and I shifted into making documentaries, which in turn enabled me to later make feature films.

If I hadn’t had that horrendous car accident, I’d probably still be a tv reporter. And unfulfilled.

Unknown to me, I’d programmed the Universe. Sometimes if you’re comfy in what you’re doing, the Universe picks you up by the lapels and slaps you around the face. It wakes you up to your true purpose. To what you really want. Sometimes its methods are brutal, and ugly.

But hey, you asked for it…

The Universe

41 thoughts on “PC#31 – Programming the Universe

  1. I think you will remember, Bill, how far my life had to go when the Universe, the Creator, God, stopped me. Without revealing the details I shared with you here,you know how close I came to dying before the brakes went on and my PGS literally saved my life. One thing I didn’t tell you about was an overwhelming and unknown scent I picked up when I was closest to death, just on the edge of going there. I didn’t remember it again for a long time. Until the first evening I stepped through the convent doors and was sitting in the Chapel at the end of service. Then I smelled it again. It was frankincense. It was God telling me He had been there

    when I was dying, and saved me. He was saying then, yes-you have come home

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    • I wasn’t going to add this, but the story may as well be complete. I sat in the pew weeping, tears pouring from my eyes, and I waited, eyes closed until the chapel was empty,and the lights were off all over the Convent. No one had disturbed me, no one ever mentioned it again. I haven’t wept from joy like that before or since, and letting the tears go washed the last traces of that nightmare from my heart. When I went upstairs to my bed, I lay down, and heard “Be still,and know that I am God.” And then I slept.

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      • Dear Sister –

        I now understand.

        It makes the story complete. Or more complete. I’m sure there’s still more.

        But, thank you. And again, for trusting this blog…

        Bill

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    • Sister…….I feel so close to you right now…and you too Bill.
      Its strange how we have had slightly similar experiences and have come and meet here.

      Thank you for sharing this…it means more than you could possible know.

      Aroha Nui

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  2. In terms of yoga, you can set an intention (in Sanskrit a sankalpa), and using your emotions, thoughts, meditation, how you shape your life (be kind, think of others, etc) you can influence the path your life will take, You have to be fairly grounded in who you are to come to the intention that is the right one for you for that time of your life and I guess, you can also influence your life negatively like the examples you’ve given, and as we all know it’s not hard to negatively influence your life, even just by thought! Self prophesy anyone?? It took me a very long time to come to an intention that was right for me and an even longer time to implement it in my life; having got there, I then took forever to come up with a new intention … it’s an ever evolving process but it gives me a handle on where I need to go emotionally and spiritually on my life’s journey, and, certainly, walking (even part of) the Camino has featured prominently for a long time, in setting the intention of getting there, keeping fit enough to actually do it, and now afterwards to work out how it fits into my current life. Again, Bill, thanks for getting us all to take the time to think of these things in our so very busy lives!!

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      • Actually Bill, all major religions have a version of this setting of intentions. Because of your yoga experience, you would be able to master the version Britta suggests here, but it takes time to learn the focus.The Christian version includes several different forms of prayer, a Novena, would be one.

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  3. Good morning Bill and Sister, (Steve – I am sure you are here too).

    For a few weeks now I have known, why for some reason, I tuned into Bill’s blog, long before I actually wrote something. I wasn’t sure about Bill, early on his walk, but then one day,
    I recognized myself in his journey all over again and I knew, there would be a day, I would say… “Hi, pilgrim Bill you are following in my footsteps”. I also started reading Steve’s blog and noticed how he was walking 2 Caminos in 1, just like I had done. And there is you dear Sister, what a revelation! (And yes, I would love to meet. I will be in Montreal July 26-28, maybe we can figure something out for the 28).

    Bill knows that it is my intention to write my own story and as easy as it comes to him, not so easy for me. In order to do so, I have to listen to my voice recordings, very difficult at times. I have been stalling, and as my deadline (tomorrow for my first public presentation) was getting nearer… between feeling sick to my stomach over it, self doubt of why would anyone want to listen and what will they think of me, just another Camino la di da, I almost cancelled the event.

    By contributing a little bit on this blog, it allowed me to work through some “stuff”. This is a save place to do so. Thank you.

    AND, I have the most supportive group of friends, my Camino of Life buddies. Yesterday morning, whilst having breakfast with a few… I could see the anticipation in their eyes and all they could talk about was how much they are looking forward to Wednesday, just like pilgrims eagerly awaiting what the next day will bring.

    I realized that for the past weeks I had just walked the Meseta all over again (remember I did not like it there), and now finally was walking out into the sunshine. As much as my friends are looking forward to hear what I have to say… I too am ready to show and tell.

    When I got home, I rewrote my presentation, all 3750 words in one go, speaking from the heart as it always had been my intention. I might not even use those notes, just go with the flow, but it felt good to put it all to paper. Having met you 3, here post Camino, has helped me sort out some things and give it voice. Gracias.

    Now I better go back and redo the slide presentation, so it speaks with my heart as well. 🙂

    Light and Love Ingrid

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    • Hi Ingrid – so the presentation tomorrow, who or what organisation is that for?

      (I wish I could be there! 😀)

      You are lucky to have voice recordings – although you say it is difficult to listen to them at times. But still, to have those recordings is a fantastic resource.

      I only have my photos, and my daily blog, and my wisping memory. I didn’t write in a journal, and I wish now I had.

      And while from an outsider’s perspective it might look as though writing comes easy to me, believe me it doesn’t. Writing for me is hard. It takes me a long time to write the simplest thing.

      I struggle to find a simple clean line through a thought. And I strive to make my writing look like it’s effortless. That’s what takes all the effort! I will spend two hours on a 500 word blog post sometimes.

      Today I spent 5 hours writing1,000 words for my book. In the afternoon some workmen came around to fix the drains. They looked at me as though I was a vagrant. It’s impossible to tell someone you’re working, when you’re a writer.

      So I understand the difficulties you might be facing in writing about your experiences. Writers know what other writers face, when they stare at that blinking cursor. I know what I face. I face my limitations.

      You’ll nail it on Wednesday. I have no doubt. You’ll get into it and very quickly you’ll hit your stride and you’ll be unstoppable. And if you do hit a snag, open it up to questions. That’s always a quick and easy life buoy to hang onto, if you start to drown!

      Bill

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      • Thanks Bill, the Q & A is always a good filler :-). This is for a group called Women with a Heart (enlightened men welcomed too.. hahaha). Small group – good test audience, they have been waiting for some time, so I don’t want to disappoint. Ingrid
        p.s. was so busy writing I missed the storm and flooding in Toronto – horrible, just caught up with it.
        btw, eagerly anticipating your e-book and film in due course.

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      • I love this line: “It’s impossible to tell someone you’re working, when you’re a writer.” I am going to post it on my Facebook page! Ingrid, I wish I could see your presentation also! What a gift you are giving those who listen to you!

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      • Bill, the line that always get me is when someone asks me to do an article or presentation, and then says, “You won’t have any trouble- you’re a writer.”People don’t seem to realise that no matter how well the writing goes, I still have to figure out what I want to say,and how I want it to sound long before I’m ready to put the words to paper! Sometimes I wonder if they think because I’m a writer I have a steady stream of relevant thoughts going on in my mind somewhere that I can just reach in, grab, set it down….and its done.

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      • I would love to be there too, I am sure it will be very interesting for al the ladies there! Speaking from the heart always appeals. Please report back to us of your experience with it!

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    • Ingrid, with your material prepared the way you hoped it would be, your passion about the subject, your skill as a communicator, I know your presentation will not only be wonderful, but I feel its going to touch a lot of people,too. I’m always surprised when I give a presentation, how many fascinating people I meet afterwards. Knowing all those new contacts are out there in the audience makes it such an exciting thing to do!

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      • Ingrid, another thing. In a presentation, you always give your audience a far greater gift than you realize for, as with the readers of this blog, your listeners each will bring a themselves, their experience, heart and intellect to receive what you have to give. Each will take a different thing into themselves and home with themselves. So your presentation opens more doors than you can imagine and for some the gift you give will be far more than you can today anticipate for we are all unique. Just look at the comments on this blog. Go! Give! The rest will happen whether you ever know or not. Trust. It will!

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      • Thanks everyone for your kind comments and encouragement. I just spend the entire afternoon creating my slide show, I am drained… not a creative cell left for tonight. All done for tomorrow, time to listen to some music, and rest my eyes. The computer screen is hard on the eyes.

        Light and Love, Ingrid

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        • Hey Ingrid, please let us know how you go.

          And if anything comes up in the Q&A that particularly interested or intrigued you.

          Good luck!

          Bill

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    • Ingrid, I am still lurking in the shadows. I have not missed a word that has been written on this blog. Good luck with the presentation. Sure you will do fine. Steve

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      • Hi Steve! Are you going to be working on your blog again soon?I miss hearing from you.

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        • Hi Sister, Yeah, I will think of something to say. Bill has already said all there is to say, so maybe I will just plagiarize his work. I am sure he would not mind. It is a high compliment. Everyone seems to find it interesting. 🙂 Steve

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          • But I want to read Steve’s words,too. Bill’s blog is like walking into a village and there’s a party in the market square for everyone to go to. Steve, your blog is like coming to the end of a long , hot day,and not far away you see some big shade trees. You walk over to them and find a flat stone to sit on, and a cool, clear brook bubbling by, waiting for you to take off your shoes and socks,and lower your tired feet into the water with a big, happy sigh.

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      • Breaking open a bottle of vino tinto for the two of you to share, of course, while you wait for all the guests to arrive!(Once they’ve cooled their feet in the brook and followed the path to the village)

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  4. I have been at a job for 28 years that it was not my favorite thing to do. I tried for many years, 15 to be exact, and often cried on my way to work until one day the Holly Spirit talk to me and told me that I had a ministry to help people in this organization. I wiped ny tears and worked hard. Now, im retiring in 6 month and understood my purpose and I have been blessed. The opposite is also true. Sometimes we need to remain calm and trust God.

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    • What a wonderful story of patience, faith and hope!Thank you for sharing it here!

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    • I do the same thing, camino14….one of my jobs is teaching a university class online. I am SUCH a people person, and it is hard to not see my students and interact. It can also be long hours and very repetitive. I pray for my students though…I ask for wisdom in my written words so that I can truly connect with them. I know I have made a difference in people’s lives because they have told me. I think the internet is a fascinating place where people from all over can connect like never before. Jut like here…..Have a wonderful day everyone!

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  5. Bill, You are amazing initiator with every single entry. Just look at the inspiring, revealing responses you bring. What gifts!

    I’ve done a lot of things I didn’t want to do and developed the motto for myself, If you have to do it, do it well. I went to 12 schools in 12 years, 5 of them in 4 states the first two years. I never lived anywhere longer than three years until I was 31 remember every time we moved, I cried at leaving my friends and then when we moved again, I cried at leaving those friends. I have no regrets. There are lots of advantages. You learn to quickly adjust to just about anything thrown your way. Of course, that was possible because we had a stable home and such nurturing, teaching parents and extended family, too.

    I never wanted to teach, I wanted to stay home and be a full time mom. That was not in the cards so being a teacher/mom was the best option. The more I tried to avoid it, the more I got stuck in it. And, you know, it brought lots of gifts. The trick is to do the best you can with what you have and trust God to see you through. He always has.

    There is a Fellini film that I saw long ago that ends with the hero on a roller coaster. It goes faster and faster, always heading for a fabulous, colorful landscape, and when it gets there, it crashed through, but then, there is another beautiful landscape and another and another and another. That’s my life, I decided that day, a whole series of unexpected beautiful landscapes. That’s a whole lot of colorful, precious memories. Though every day is not easy, a definite challenge, and some days, my insides cry out in panic, “What happened to My life.” a voice comes back, “This is your liife, but just one of many beautiful landscapes. There will be more, but right now may well be one of the most precious of all, getting to know the individual behind the Mom. What a blessing. And what will be next and when? Not anytime soon, I hope, and while I struggle from time to time, I know there will be more beautiful landscapes. God is busy painting them. My job is to live in and enjoy this precious one now.

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    • Barbara, what a spectacular post! I too grew up moving all over the place. 17 schools before I graduated from college…Then added two more for grad school….We are also going through empty nest right now………..transitioning as our children move with our grandchildren further away and our son prepares to get married next summer. Hubby and I are testy with each other sometimes….so much of our routine that grounds us is changing. This week our daughter and twin granddaughters (almost 1 year) are in town and we have spent day after day with them. Part of me is already grieving NEXT Monday when they will be gone again….but you are reminding me to enjoy what is right in front of me now. Monday will take care of itself…..

      PS: I don’t have any reading pattern when I come to the blog each day….but I always seem to read the right things for my life at the time! Thank you dear friends..

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    • Dear Barbara – I am now starting to catch up on some posts, and what you’ve posted here is so moving. The notion that your life is a beautiful landscape is truly wonderful.

      Thank you also for saying this blog is an initiator – I hope so. Certainly some of the posts here really come from the heart, as yours has. And they enable all of us to think more deeply about our lives, and the lives of others.

      Bill

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    • Ha ha, Barbara, no winning or losing on the school thing, I just get excited when I meet someone who “gets” that! ❤ I think it makes us adaptable.

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  6. The responses to this topic leave me wondering and questioning, yet again. Such powerful stories and insights. Thankyou everyone.
    I too, read every word but don’t always have a written response. Many of them are in my head and heart, however. It’s a case of the pebble in the pond – those of you responding to Bill don’t know where you take others with your words.
    Ingrid, please let us know how your presentation goes. I am sure it will be from the heart and be inspirational and uplifting, just as your postings have been.
    Blessings to you all.
    Anne

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    • Hi Anne – and everyone –

      I’m going to ask Jennifer to post a blog tomorrow, and see if she’s prepared to tell things from her side.

      Bill

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    • Yes, Anne, pebble in the pond says it well. This is what i was trying to say to Ingrid when I said her presentation will give gifts way beyond those she may find out about.

      And on that note. Ingrid, I too want to know how you think it went. And I’m sure Anne and I are not the only ones.

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