With all the technology we have these days, such as laptops, iPads, cell phones and computers, the world is becoming smaller and it is easier to stay connected with friends and loved ones who are even overseas. However, these convenient devices make it less common for face-to-face interaction and as our ability to reach out over technology increases, so does the divorce rate. It is not uncommon for couples to come in and tell me that they find themselves with nothing to talk about at the end of the day, and I typically ask the question, “Well, how often are you texting or e-mailing each other?” If families do not learn to set boundaries on the amount of exchange they are having throughout the day over devices, then it makes sense that the dinner exchange will be slim to none. This past weekend I taught a two-day seminar on how to increase the spiritual gifts of psychic and mediumship ability. The teaching experience was yet another reminder of the importance of one-on-one interaction. Although I do much of my teaching over the phone because many of my students live out of state, nothing compares to the one-on-one experience that we shared during the weekend seminar. I was able to share my physical energy with them and witness, in person, their needs, energetically, creating the perfect fit for each student in the class to receive knowledge and understanding at each of their individual levels.
Do not get me wrong, I love Facebook and other social networking or internet-based interaction, which has become an important tool as it competes with the traditional classroom setting. But after the in-person seminar, I was reminded that nothing compares to one-on-one interaction. Businesses are now hiring people to come in and teach sales representatives how to read body language because, as our screen time increases, our need for interpreting body language and understanding social etiquette decreases, a side effect of our advancements that deeply saddens me. Often, when someone is depressed or ill, they will request to be left alone, and that, in fact, is the worst thing that someone in need can do for themselves, because there is nothing that can energize and heal another human like in-person, one-on-one interaction. Everything, alive or not, consists of energy, and with the busy lifestyle most of us live, it is easy to become depleted of our own energy. Therefore, it is important that we continue to work harder on honoring one-on-one, face-to-face interactions. A good friend of mine recently announced that she was going to de-activate her Facebook page, and I was very sad because she keeps a very busy schedule, and we live on opposite coasts, so often I communicate with her via Facebook. Although the flip side is that I am happy she has decided to do this because it will increase her need for in-pserson or telephone communication, which more readily feeds the human heart. I have not come to the place where I am ready to de-activate my Facebook account, but I, too, want to work harder to have more in-person interactions, and I ask you, my readers, to do the same, with your best interests at heart, because staying connected physically, is good for your spirit and soul. Love, light and blessings.