Oh, yes. Technology can be a wonderful friend to the spiritual traveler. The other day as I was writing my blog, I was marveling at how technology not only helps me do my work but is also a wonderful companion for my spiritual journey. I was using my iPad to write my article but also to read some uplifting ideas I’d found on the Internet. I marveled at the fact this was possible to do because of the Internet and my device: technology.
I can and do put music, singing, lectures, services, and photos on my iPhone that goes everywhere with me. At any given time, I have a spiritual library of resources with me. If I need to wait somewhere, I have more choices as to how I spend my time, choices I did not have before technology.
In our community, I know there are people who fear and/or dislike technology. And I understand that. I don’t like email spam, but it is better than all the unsolicited catalogues and sales flyers we used to get in our physical mailboxes. I know it can be difficult to figure out how to use some of the tools we’ve been given, learning how to download MP3 files, how to watch a video, etc… but I also know how terrific it is once we master these skills.
Yes, we need to limit our electronic interactions. Like anything else, they can be a distraction instead of a support. A person can become addicted to a 24/7 diet of emailing, texting, social media postings, and internet surfing. Like anything else, it does require some personal discipline so that we use technology rather than it owning us.
For me, I celebrate technology and appreciate the role it plays in my life. For me, it is a physical manifestation of the higher realities where communication is instantaneous. It is a foreshadowing of what humanity is truly capable of, and is ultimately working towards.