By Daniel Francis
I have never been much of a Physics lover. It was one of my worst subjects in school but recently a Physics experiment kept making its way onto my screen for whatever reason.
In the experiment, there are two tuning forks of the same type placed close to each other. A hanging ping pong ball is placed against one. When the tuning fork that is not touching the ping pong ball is struck, we find that the other tuning fork begins vibrating and causes the ping pong ball to bounce.
In the experiment, they described this phenomenon as resonance. If we used a tuning fork not of the same type, this resonance effect would not occur.
The teacher further describes resonance by saying, “When one object is vibrating at the same natural frequency of a second object, it forces that second object into vibrational motion, have resonance.”
I found this experiment interesting. It made me wish that I paid more attention during my Physics classes.
I began thinking about the experiment from a life perspective and two similar, but quite different periods of my life came to mind. The first was during a silent retreat weekend I participated in.
During that weekend all the activities surrounded prayer, meditation, and worship. I was surrounded by devout individuals and the environment encouraged a deep connection to God.
In this first scenario, I was younger, and my parents forced me to go to this silent retreat. I hated every minute of it. I was restless, irritable, and impatient with the entire process.
Fast forward a few years to the second period. I do the same silent retreat again but of my own accord. I wanted to be closer to God and I thought this would be a good start.
This time around it was relaxing, prayerful and I felt a deep connection to God. Same environment but different reactions. Why do you think this is?
Humans are living tuning forks when you think about it, but we can set what type we are. Therefore, we vibrate in a particular way and respond to specific vibrations based on our settings.
The first time I went on the retreat, I set myself as closed and defiant so there was no resonance in that environment, but the second time around I set myself as open and accepting and the resonance was overwhelming.
What I am advocating for here is a mental recalibration so that we can be more accepting of God.
Imagine you are walking around not in tune with God, and He is constantly sending messages your way but because you are not set to accept His frequency, you miss all those opportunities. Truthfully, this is happening to many of us.
As good Catholics, we should always be ready to accept whatever God is trying to get to us. It starts with the internal recalibration that you truly do want to accept God and His messages.
So, take a moment to do some introspection. What setting are you on now? Are you open and accessible to God and His messages or are you closed and defiant? Are you missing all that is being sent your way? If so, will you make the change today?
Daniel Francis is a millennial helping other millennials. He is a two-time author of the books The Millennial Mind and The Millennial Experience, and an entrepreneur. Over the past four years, he has served as a Personal Development Coach whose work targets Millennials and helps them tap into their full potential. He is also a Self-publishing coach and has guided hundreds on self-publishing their book successfully.
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