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The Oxford English Dictionary provides an interesting definition and an example of the word ruminate. Ruminate means to think deeply about something; e.g. ‘we sat ruminating on the nature of existence’ https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/ruminate
I would like to share some of my ruminations about some significant events in my life.
1996+: Unseen entities
The folklore of different cultures often refer to 'spirits' of different kinds, and ghosts. I grew up in a multiethnic culture in which people believed in the existence of invisible entities. I myself had little direct experience of these even if as a child I frightened myself and the whole neighbourhood with a scream late in the night from an over active imagination prompted by a fear of being alone upstairs, lit only by a full moon, which made the shadows look darker and even more frightening.
The fear of the dark was overcome when I was forced to walk home after midnight from the main road to our house after playing the part of Mrs Malaprop in an inter-school production of The Rivals. Fate must have made the producer of the play drop me off on the main road when it would not have taken her much longer to drop me off outside our house. The neighbourhood was notorious for gangs, the occasional rape of girls, stray dogs and cobras - never mind the dark. I had to steel myself and block all thoughts to march home. These and similar incidents helped to moderate the childhood paranoia of the dark, spirits and the like. To avoid disturbing my family, I used to go on my scooter to the University in Pantai Valley so that I could revise for exams through the night and early morning hours sitting on the outside stairs of the Education Block lit by lamps on the footpath. I almost forgot about these things after I came to the UK to pursue a PhD.
In 1996, I returned to Malaysia to see my 93 year old father (see Mah Jongg divination), my family, and my school friends at our centenary celebration dinner - all very exceptional people in my life. My sister arranged for me to visit an astrologer. His forecast of several events was correct even if the dates were not. He was of the firm belief that nothing which happens in our life does so by chance, and that accidents are caused by unseen entities. I did not really take in what he said then until the following happened.
These were salutary lessons. Life can be a bed of roses (not that mine was) and some entity can push you down and turn your world upside down. Equally, some unseen being can keep impending catastrophes within manageable bounds. These unseen beings can make us and break us. I can testify to their presence and thank them for their protection and support. Even when I was pushed, it was for a reason; it made me take greater note of what happened in 2003. We have silent witnesses and not just autobiographical memories of everything which happens to us, even if we do not have the gift of recall like Aurelian Hayman has, which can be a curse to people with traumatic memories. Perhaps all these entities and memories play a part when it comes to judgement day.
Last updated on 08/01/17