It’s always amazing to encounter people who do not read.
I cannot imagine going a day without reading.
Everybody has their way of coping with life’s ups and downs, mine is books. I look at the library of spiritual and metaphysical texts I have built over the past few years and I see life rafts. Those books and the magic contained within their pages were key to my survival the past few years. They kept me going when I wanted to give up. They helped me understand the nature of how things are. When you know how things are and why, it is a lot easier to accept what life dishes out.
My iPod has a Kindle app on it. Technology is great and I love that I can have several books with me at a time this way, but I will always love a book with pages made of paper. It’s a great feeling to hold a book in my hands. There are books that are so filled with goodness that just having them around raises the energy level of the room they are in.
I’m not sure what it is about the tactile sensation from paper that is so compelling for me, but I have always loved paper and a good writing instrument. Is it because it is trees? I love trees so much. Trees help this world clear its negative energy. Combine the goodness of trees with a person’s beautiful thoughts and you have books.
Just as I have always loved books, I have always had a paper journal. I carry a journal with me wherever I go. There is something magical about a person’s thoughts put down on paper. The power of the writer’s intention is transferred to the paper when people write. I truly believe this. That is why it is helpful to have certain kinds of books around.
Doreen Virtue has a book called Divine Magic in which she states that it is reported that having a copy of the Kybalion around can bring good fortune to a person whether they read the book or not. In my opinion, the Bible, the Buddhist Sutras, and so many other books of wisdom, ancient and contemporary, belong to that category. I’m fortunate to have many of those books in my tangible library. I have the Kybalion on my iPod, I wonder if that counts…
Words. If I learned anything in law school, it was respect for the power of the word. Lawyers know it, not everyone else does. That’s why lawyers are paid so well. And they deserve it. If it was easy, everyone would do it. Once you know the power of words, you understand the power of thought. Because what are words, but someone’s thoughts expressed symbolically?
I have a lot of gratitude for people who share themselves through writing. We all have something valuable to contribute and every one of us is capable of helping someone by sharing wisdom and insight we have gained through experience.
Thank you to all the writers in the world…and editors…and publishers…and readers.