In the movie Contact the scientists receive a message from outer space which turns out to be a blueprint for building a huge machine. They have no idea what the machine will do, but part of the blueprint includes a person inside the main chamber of the machine as it is being dropped into an energy field created by several massive spinning blades.
The blueprint showed the human being standing in the chamber alone with no chair to sit in. The scientists weren’t comfortable running the machine with the main character being in the chamber without some sort of protection, so they installed a chair with a harness and seat belts, etc. When the machine was activated and started building up energy, the chair started to shake – a little bit at first, but quickly it became unstable for the main character. Eventually she detached herself from the chair, which by now was breaking off of its base. Then, by some mysterious force, the chair just crumpled up and was thrown into a corner of the chamber.
It turns out, the chair that the scientists added to the machine wasn’t necessary and also had a negative effect on the machine, causing the energy of the machine to get rid of the chair as soon as possible. (FYI- the main character went on to experience an amazing journey; perhaps I’ll write more about that in another post).
Now, I find it fascinating what happened to that chair. And there are at least two ways to look at it.
One, if the main character looked at the crumpled chair in shock and thought, “Wow – we failed! We didn’t make the chair properly – something is very wrong – this machine is not going to work now!” etc etc. But the designers of the machine knew that a chair wasn’t prescribed! So essentially, the earthly scientists used their limited knowledge to assume that they needed to enhance the design of the machine – when in fact it wasn’t necessary. (Also note that the machine was constructed with parts and technology that the scientists didn’t fully understand yet).
The other way to look at that chair was also my own takeaway: When I try to insert an unnecessary safety mechanism into my own life, for instance like a business partner when I don’t really need one, nature will just crumple it and throw it aside. If I experience this and weep, then I’m not in the right frame of mind/consciousness. I should take it as: Anything in my life that just got crumpled wasn’t necessary for me to get where I need to go. In fact, I’m only slowing down my journey by inserting any unnecessary safety mechanisms. (Some other examples: Going crazy to earn more money than you actually need, buying something just because everyone else has one, sticking with a job even though you hate it, etc).
What makes a safety mechanism unnecessary? Maybe it’s fear. If I insert something into my life (or take certain actions) and the underlying reason is fear, perhaps the energy of that fear is breathed into that thing/process/action. The resulting situation will probably not be healthy.
My needs as a human being are very few. Any action or thing that I insert into my life which isn’t helping to satisfy any of my simple natural needs, AND is initiated with fear at its root, will get crumpled. If it doesn’t happen sooner, it WILL happen later, or perhaps at the very end of my life during my last few hours or moments. At that time, if most of the world I’ve built up for myself is based upon a foundation of fear, perhaps most of my world will crumple all at once – and that would be extremely frightening.
Maybe I’d be left in the center of a strange machine vibrating very fast and zooming through wormholes and all the while crying about my crumpled chair.