February 22, 2011

Infinity and Outer Space

You don’t have to be a scientist or philosopher to be fascinated by infinity. I suspect most of us have looked up to the stars on a clear night and wondered how the universe can go on forever, if in fact, it does.

Recently, I borrowed a book on infinity from our local library, and after struggling to understand the first two pages without success, I promptly returned it. Unfortunately, the author focused on the concept of infinity as it relates to mathematics which was not my strong suit in high school or college,

What intrigues me is the apparent infinity of space, and after reading on-line about the big bang theory, time warps, string theories, and the fourth dimension, I am convinced there are an infinite number of theories on the subject of infinity.

I will continue to search for an explanation of what may lie beyond the stars, but for now, I freely admit that the infinity of space is simply . . . incomprehensible.

There are people who believe the existence of a Creator God is also impossible to understand. They believe the delicate beauty of a Columbine or the power and bulk of a Blue Whale are merely accidental structures that in some inexplicable manner and without purpose or direction from some creative power just happen to come together.

As for me, I believe the wonder and majesty of our natural world and the heavens above point to a deliberate Designer who not only created us and the world in which we live, but sustains it as well.

February 5, 2011

Healing Hands

When I was in our Penn Yan Library last week, I checked the nonfiction new book section as I often do for subjects that might be of interest to me. I don't know why I picked up Manifesting Michelangelo, because the title and cover art didn’t hint at what was on the inside.

When I read the inner flyleaf of the book by Joseph Pierce Farrell, I knew immediately, I had a remote connection to the writer. In 2001, Farrell made the remarkable discovery that he is able to heal and transform people simply with intention and with a profound connection to a higher source. My tie with Farrell is the fact that both my father and my aunt claimed that my grandfather, a minister in the Swedish Baptist Church, had "healing hands."

In Manifesting Michelangelo, Farrell reports in a very convincing way that he, as the instrument of a higher source, restored the facial features of a severely disfigured young man, mended the broken bones of an accident victim and virtually erased an inoperable brain cancer in a woman. These healings were accomplished with his hands, meditation and the spiritual source to which he refers. Farrell suggests it’s the same “Source” that Michelangelo credited for his remarkable achievements.

Dr. Isaam Nemeh, a recent guest on the popular Dr. Oz show, is a physician and a Catholic who also heals patients through prayer and faith. Dr. Nemeh is a short, portly, middle aged man who simply sees himself as an instrument of God. He reports that he has no ego and claims his mind is completely at peace when he quietly begins treating someone with the prayer, “Come Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus Christ.”

On several occasions, I observed faith healers at work in large gatherings, and frankly, I came away thinking the process was intended to impress the congregation rather than heal those who were ill. After reading Farrell’s book and learning of Dr. Nemeh’s methods, I am convinced that they are legitimate healers.

In Manifesting Michelangelo, Farrell suggests we are all born with a “sacred potential to manifest change.” If we accept his premise, then each of us should ask ourselves, “What is my sacred potential, and how is it being used?