Ask and Ye Shall Receive

One of the challenges with Law of Attraction is when you REALLY begin to understand what it says and what it can do for you is you learn to be VERY specific when asking for something.  You’ve heard the adage:
Ask and ye Shall Receive

 

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That is a Biblical reference that has been assumed by Law of Attraction.  The more specific you are, the more information you give, when making your request, the greater the opportunity you will have to receive everything you want.  Before putting your wish “out there” so to speak, make sure you think of EVERY contingency, make sure you’ve thought about EVERY feature you want.  That can be a challenging undertaking, but unless you think through your desire clearly, you will surely come away with something less than what you asked for.

 

Whether you’re looking for a romantic relationship.
Whether you’re looking for a job or career.
Whether you’re looking for a place to live.

 

Make sure you think long and hard about EVERYTHING you want:
In a relationship:
Do you want long term
Do you want to be exclusive and monogamous in time?
Long term and exclusive are two ENTIRELY separate traits.

 

If you ask for long term and THINK you are asking for monogamous, think again.  If you want an exclusive and monogamous relationship, then ask for that.  Write down EVERYTHING you want and be as specific as possible.  Don’t put ANYTHING “out there” that you don’t want.  The more specific you are the more you will receive.

 

Take it from personal experience.  I didn’t realize this until I came in contact with Law of Attraction, however, EVERY relationship I’ve had has come to me as a result of my asking for EXACTLY what I wanted.  And I ALWAYS received EXACTLY what I asked for.  I’ve left out key points each time I put the request “out there.”

 

When looking for a home:
Do the same thing:
Be as specific as possible.
Write down EVERYTHING you want.

 

I have a friend who looked for a house several years ago and did this.
She found the EXACT house she described while writing down her wants.

 

The lesson I’ve learned when making requests, when asking for gifts, when seeking what I want:
Be as SPECIFIC as possible when asking the Universe/God/The Divine for ANYTHING.

 

 

Because the LAST thing I want is for what happened in W.W. Jacobs Story:
The Monkey’s Paw.

 

The definitive:
Better make sure you’re as specific as possible when asking for ANYTHING.
Or
Be careful what you ask for because you just may receive it.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

 

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

 

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

 

Daylight and Spring

Living in New England in the middle of winter can be quite the challenge if you don’t have the right attitude.  If there is one thing about New England winters that distress me more than anything else, it isn’t the cold.  Although, the bitter cold does cause me some concern.  It’s the early dark that causes me the most anguish.  That’s why if I have to choose a time for it to be, I will choose January over August.

 

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I can see some of you scratching your heads wondering why I would choose the bitter cold of January over the warm summer evenings of August.  Here’s why:
In August, the daylight hours are decreasing.  If I must choose between cold and longer daylight and warm and shorter daylight, you better believe I want longer daylight.

 

 

One reason this is the case is that I’m no longer comfortable driving in the dark.  So because we are now in January in New England, things are looking up, things are getting better.  When I leave work at five pm, I can still see the sky.  I can still see the street without aid of headlights and streetlights.

 

We also start seeing warmer weather and flowers start blooming as well such as the Star Magnolia outside the EC Scranton Memorial Library

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And it will only improve as the months move forward.  Then comes Sunday, March 8, when we turn the clocks and spring forward.

 

Woo Hoo!

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

 

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

 

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

Breathing and Yoga

There is nothing about your physical awareness that connects you more to the Non-Physical aspect of your Being than that of your breathing.

Many assume that the process of breathing is only about your physical nature, but that is not the case. The process of breathing is much more than an essential function of your physical body. Indeed, it is the flowing of Spirit to you, and through you. That is the reason that when the focusing of Spirit through your physical body ceases, your breathing ceases, also.

Our meditation experience will induce a convergence of beneficial aspects for you, for as you relax into the natural rhythm of perfect breathing while hearing these spoken words, the Vibration of your physical being will gently surrender to the Vibrational frequency of your Source, and you will become one with your Source, inside the Vortex.

Through the hearing of our words in your relaxed state of allowing, you will allow the gentle tuning of your Vibrational frequency to match the frequency of your Source.

This will not be an exercise of effort or trying, but instead an exercise of releasing and allowing…gently allowing yourself to be who-you-really-are.

 

 

Abraham-Hicks

 

 

For Christmas this year, I received a one month free trial to Bikram Yoga in Madison, Connecticut.

 

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One of the things the teacher says is to breath through your nose and NOT to use your mouth.  This is a challenge for me to learn and I continue to catch myself breathing through my mouth, or the instructor happens to look up directly at me at the EXACT time that I AM breathing through my mouth.  Dammit!  LoL!

 

I understand that with practice and  time I will improve.  I know having been practicing yoga on my own for sometime now what an important ingredient breathing is to the art.

 

Breathing centers you.
Breathing lets you know that you’re alive.

 

Yoga and Spirit are one in the same; as is meditation and yoga.  Yoga is simply another form of meditation.  So it only makes sense that consciously breathing during yoga is bringing spirit into your very being, into your soul.

 

Were it NOT for my home practice of yoga, I surely wouldn’t be upright.  And now that I have the added discipline of going to class it will only help me get better.  I haven’t been aware that I should be breathing through my nose when practicing yoga.  Now when I do my yoga at home I will make a concerted effort to nose breath and close my mouth.  One lesson learned.  I have people worried about my doing Bikram Yoga and to be honest I let that worry deter me from going for awhile.

 

After attending three classes however, I now realize the benefits far outweigh the concern.  I’m sleeping so much more soundly.  My body, though, still feeling the strain is becoming more flexible and I’m able to maintain the poses the instructor puts us in for longer periods of time.  Yes.  There are some poses I still can’t perform but as the teacher says:
It is more important to do what you CAN do and let the other poses come when they come.

 

I can’t let fear and concern for my well being prevent me from doing something that may very well help my health.

 

We shouldn’t be afraid to move forward.
We should all occasionally do something that’s outside of our comfort zone.
We shouldn’t let someone tell us we can’t do something.

 

Here’s what’s funny about this:
Typically if you tell me no.  You can’t do that.  I’ll find a way to get it done.

 

I have to remember that in the future.  Bikram Yoga has been a Godsend and once my free month is up I WILL find a way to continue.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

 

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

 

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

 

 

Fairy Godmother

Today will be the last column at Wisdom and Life
Until Monday, January 12, 2015

 

Something ENTIRELY off concept to start out today,
something TOO important NOT to discuss:
Life on Earth is only a panorama of vivid observations which seem real to you.
Why should afterlife seem less real to you?

And please do not fear it. Death is not the king of terrors.
Death is a friend. Consider it this way:
Do you fear to sleep at night? Of course not.
Because you know that you will wake again.

Think of death the same way.
As a sleep from which you will inevitably waken.

What Dreams May Come
Page 279

It is SOOOOO surprising
how much this book has influenced MY worldview.
How much it has permeated my life.
All one has to do is go back to Wisdom and Life
and read from my death and dying category
and my past lives category
to see how many concepts I have incorporated into my life
from What Dreams May Come.

Amazing upon reading this book a 2nd time
how much I’ve come to realize
what an important book it REALLY is to me.

What Dreams May Come MUST be on ALL of mankind’s reading list.
It MUST be required reading for EVERYONE.

 

 

 

Okay.  To today’s column:
Yesterday would have been my Fairy Godmother’s 96th birthday. We all have that one person in our lives that watches over us, does their best to help us when we are in need, that loves us unconditionally, that one person whom without we would surely be in a COMPLETELY different place.

 

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That person in my life turned out to be my Aunt Bet.  Before she transitioned in 2003, she made sure I wouldn’t be in a DIFFERENT place.  My Fairy Godmother gave me the one thing that I will be forever indebted to her for.

 

She gave me security!
She gave me her home!
She made sure I had a place to call home.
She gave me her condo which is a ten minute walk to town, a ten minute walk to work.

 

Aunt Bet in the end gave me more than that condo.  She gave me so much.

 

 

 

She was my taxi when I needed it.
She gave me her ear when I needed to vent.
She gave me countless other things to; things I will never be able to repay.
She was my Aunt Bet.

 

Connecting the Dots:

 

I said it before and I will say it again now:

I went through a temporary Hell in the early 1970s, living with verbal as well as physical abuse. My mom and I lived in Farmington, Connecticut at the time and she worked in Hartford. Just before she escaped that abusive marriage, she met someone who put my life on a COMPLETELY different trajectory.

 

Jack wound up being my second step dad. But he’s been on my life for so long now, that he may as well be my Dad.

 

Aunt Bet was HIS aunt.  And she became mine as well.  Had it NOT been for my personal hell in Farmington, I wouldn’t be where I  am today.  Had I not moved to Farmington with my mom, I wouldn’t be where I am today.  That’s why I’ve said previously that I wouldn’t want to change a thing in my life.  Changing any one thing will cause our lives to go somewhere different.  We wouldn’t recognize a THING in our lives if were to tamper with ANY one tiny event.

 

Everything that happens is supposed to happen.
Everything that happens has a ripple effect on the rest of our lives.

 

Had I changed that abusive relationship:
–My Fairy Godmother wouldn’t have shown up.
–I wouldn’t have the life I have now.
–I surely wouldn’t have the friends I have
.

 

And that security of having a home ten minutes from work?  You can definitely scratch that off.  If this isn’t a clear sign of predestination, then PLEASE tell me what one is.  I discussed this topic previously with my column:
Phone Call to the Future.  I recommend reading it.  I realize my personal worldview may not coincide with everyone, however if you can look back over the course of your own lives, I bet you will find similar challenges that connect the dots to a brighter future.

 

If this latest incarnation seems to be heading to your OWN personal Hell as mine did for a brief few years while I was young, take me as an example.
We ALL have to go through growing pains to become the person we are meant to be.
We all have to be caterpillars before we are butterflies.

 

Don’t despair if your latest incarnation seems to be heading in the wrong direction.  One minor pivot and your Fairy Godmother will be there.  Mine appeared when I needed her.  I didn’t know at the time that she would indeed become my Fairy Godmother.  We never remember what we plan when we choose our lives.  However, were it not for my going through that abusive relationship in the early 1970s, I wouldn’t be in the place I am now.  I wouldn’t have the life I have now.

 

Why do I continue saying this?  Repetition helps with memory.  I want to ensure that you understand that even though you may be in a storm at the moment, that life WILL get better, that this storm is SUPPOSED to happen, that this storm is simply a means of clearing the debris to make room for something brighter.

 

This ALWAYS happens.  You just have to be awake.  You just have to be aware.  It’s why I write Wisdom and Life.  This blog is my way of shaking you all out of your coma.  This blog is meant to wake everyone up.  Are you sufficiently shaken?

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

 

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

 

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

The Mystery of Life

Some things will always remain a mystery at this level of consciousness, and it is right that they should. So do not try to solve all the mysteries. Give the universe a chance. It will unfold itself in due course. Enjoy the experience of becoming.

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How many of us sometimes want to know the outcome?
How many of us are tempted to read the last few pages of a book to discover the ending?

 

Are you EVER happy after you know what’s going to happen?  Do you continue reading, or does knowing what happens spoil the rest of the book?  As it would be if you knew the outcome of your life.

 

What’s the point of life if you remember in advance what’s going to happen next?  Remember?  Did you say, remember?  Yes indeed, I said remember.  You know of course that our lives have been mapped out.  We sign  a contract as I said in in the previous linkage.  It is in Transition Hall where we choose our next life, where we sign that contract that details what will happen and when it will happen in our lives.  If you find your life spinning out of control, if you are unhappy, if you are distressed, all I can say is:
Your soul chose this experience.
Your soul needs this to move on, to grow.

 

If you don’t find resolution in this incarnation, you will find it in another one.  Your soul is eternal, your current body is just a shell.  Your soul is what teaches your body.  I understand that while you are in your current turmoil, if you aren’t in the place where you’re aware of your soul and and the fact that your experiences have been mapped out, it can be VERY distressing to you that life isn’t working out according to your plan, but do you think it would make life any better, if you knew the outcome?

 

What if the outcome appeared more challenging than the experience?  Would you give up?  Would you close the book and put it away?  Would you cash in your chips?

 

You do understand transitioning at your own hand is a one way ticket back to the physical?  You don’t go through Transition Tunnel.  You don’t go through Transition Hall.  There is no reunion with your Soul Group.

 

This is NOT a punishment.  You simply have to learn that when a challenge arises you must face it and beat it back.  Life is a gift that should not be returned.  Your transition is determined when you sign that contract I discussed earlier.  What happens when you breach a contract?  There are consequences, correct?  The consequence of transitioning at your own hand is a one way ticket back to the physical.  Not only that, but you’ll find the same challenge at the same time in your life that caused your distress.

 

The point is:
Life is a mystery.  Don’t look for a reason for every circumstance.  Live life and do your best to be happy. Find joy even in the challenge that life presents.

 

Challenges will arise.  Meet them and don’t run away.  If you can find a way to laugh at your present moment even if you don’t want to you’ll find life will be easier.  Stress will vanish and you’ll be happier.  Just remember:
Your life is mapped in Transition Hall.
Everything that is happening is supposed to be happening according to the contract your soul signed in Transition Hall.  Life is a gift.  Don’t return it prematurely!

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

 

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

 

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

Stillness is Not a Thing

Stillness is the only thing in this world that has no form.  But then, it is not really a thing, and it is not of this world.

 

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As The Eagles say:
Learn to be Still

 

It is only in stillness that we learn who we truly are.  In this modern age of technology, it is extremely challenging to unplug, to shut down, to be just with oneself.  How many of us can do so?  Not many I would imagine.  If we want to remain emotionally balanced, it is imperative that we find a way every day to slip away from the world; to shut down, to contemplate our place.  It is important for our well being that we unplug.

 

Introverts, especially need this me time.  Which is not to say we all don’t need quiet time.  We do.  In the stillness, is sometimes where our greatest insights come from.  Why do you think creatives sometimes use the excuse of going for a walk to clear their heads?  It is because by getting away, by leaving their challenge, by going for a walk they declutter their minds, they are able to free up that noise and think about something else.  Thus, many times creatives find that elusive solution that was hiding in plain sight.  They remove themselves from the obstacle and the debris flows away, thus clearing the path for the solution to present itself.

 

I’ve used this practice myself many times.  Writing fiction many years ago presented challenges all their own and several times during the course of a week, I would arrive at a wall.  Instead of being discouraged by this, I’d use it as an opportunity to realize that I needed to break away, that I needed a respite.  I walked away from the wall.  I shut down.  I played some soft music and closed my eyes.  I blocked out all thought of said challenge.  I meditated.

 

Mediation has been a tool I’ve used for years.  Not simply in helping me find solutions to challenges, but also as a means of helping me cope with the daily grind that life presents.  Learning to be still can help in so many ways.

–Meditation can help you deal with the challenges that arise in your life because you can calm yourself in the face of fear.

–Meditation can help you with your sleep patterns.  If you meditate at night just before going to sleep, turning off all electronics, turning off all lights, and playing soft music, you will find yourself much more relaxed when you head to bed.

 

And speaking of your bedroom, the ONLY thing you should be doing in there is sleeping.

You should have NO television in your bedroom.
You should have no computers in your bedroom.

 

 

Your body and mind get used to a certain rhythm and having glowing screens in front of you all the time, it is next to impossible to shut out all that flickering light.  Why do you think when you close your eyes after staring at something bright, you continue to see that flickering?  Do you really think that flickering doesn’t hurt your chances to sleep at night?

 

Of course it does.  That’s why I find it so important to shut down all screens an hour before I go to bed.  Learning to meditate took me some time, but now I find it very easy to do so.  Remaining still, finding your center, meditating?  These are all extremely important traits to have.  Everyone should practice.

 

Stillness:
Find yours!

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

 

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

 

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

Higher Vibrational People

Seek out higher vibrational people, and avoid those who reflect more ego-oriented behavior patterns

 

Your Ultimate Calling
Wayne Dyer
Page 201

 

Knowing that according to Law of Attraction our thoughts create our reality, it then stands to reason that those we choose to surround ourselves with also influence our thoughts, thus influencing our reality.  If we are feeling low, if we are in a negative place, perhaps we need to look the people in our circle.  Are we letting the right people in?  If not, It may be time to weed our gardens.

 

Weed our gardens?

 

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Yes.  Are there weeds of in our friendship gardens?  Are there people who choke our emotions, who keep us down?  Perhaps some of those weeds hide the fact they are indeed weeds by growing flowers, doing their best to stay in our lives.  What we must do is really get down in the dirt, examine each and every person in our garden.
Do they charm us?  
Do they lift us up?  
Do they bring laughter and joy?

 

Or:
Do they only appear to do so by hiding the fact that they are weeds?

 

We need to be strong enough to know we can eliminate the weeds and still move forward without the pretty weeds, the weeds that appear to be positive, but really still bring us down.

 

We are better than these people.  If it comes down to the fact that you have more weeds than flowers, it is better to eliminate the weeds.  As challenging as it may be to be without anyone in your life, does it really make sense to keep people around just because you’d be lonely without them?

Are these negative people truly your friends?
Do they want what is best for you or what is best for them?
Are they only happy, do they only reach out when you lift them up?

 

Only you can make the decision whether to keep or remove someone.  Eventually your emotional state will make the choice for you.  I’ve learned this lesson and I now have the BEST circle of friends I’ve EVER had.

 

As Wayne Dyer says:
Seek out higher vibrational people, and avoid those who reflect more ego-oriented behavior patterns.

 

It’s more important to have positive people in your life especially if you are just starting down this new path.  You don’t need someone constantly dragging you backward.  It’s why in EVERY recovery program available those who have been there tell you to drop your old friends because most likely many of them are still not in recovery.  They will only drag you back.  If you are truly interested in growth then it is time to weed your garden.  You’ll find the right people once you remove the negative people.

 

Be strong enough to move forward.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

 

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

 

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

 

 

 

A Great Chasm

As you go the way of life you will see a great chasm
Jump.
It’s not as wide as you think.

Native American Proverb
Into the Abyss
Page 169
Carol Shaben

 

I read Into the Abyss this past summer and was blown away.  If you’d like to know what the book is about, feel free to open the preceding link.  It will bring you to Scranton Page Turner, one of my other blogs I write. Creating abundance doing what I love has been an amazing experience.  I get to read for a living.  Who else can say that?  Many people obviously.  However, I’ve learned since being in this worldview I’ve been experiencing for sometime now, that as Law of Attraction suggests, our thoughts do indeed create reality.  Because I CHOOSE to see my career in a certain light, because I CHOOSE to see I get to read for a living that’s what becomes my reality.

 

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I find inspiration for Wisdom and Life everywhere as you can clearly see from this above quote.  As with photography, when I’m constantly seeing with my photographer’s eye, everything quote, every phrase I come across becomes fodder, becomes as my friend, Jason Marchi likes to say becomes grist for the mill.

 

The above passage can be used in almost every aspect of life.
Don’t be afraid.

 

Life is full of challenges, full of chasms.  You can’t move forward if you always choose the easy path.  You won’t live life fully unless you take some risk, unless you jump occasionally.  You’ll stagnate if you constantly run from that chasm.  There will be no success.  Life without risk is not the life I want.  No one should want that life!

 

It’s not as wide as you think.
The chasm is NEVER as wide, the challenge you THINK you have is NEVER as challenging as you make it out to be.  After you’ve faced it down, after you’ve jumped, once on the other side, tell me this isn’t true.  Every time you face a challenge and jump, the less likely you’ll shrink from the next one that appears.  As with muscle memory, the more you do something, the stronger you become.

 

Take that risk!
Jump.
You may surprise yourself and find that you can indeed fly.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

 

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

 

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

 

 

An Impassible Barrier

There’s really no way I can get through to her? I asked.
Perhaps something will develop in time he said. At the moment, her disbelief is an impassable barrier.

What Dreams May Come
Richard Matheson
Page 175
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I read What Dreams May Come the first time in the mid 1990s after meeting Richard Matheson at the World Horror Convention in Stamford, Connecticut in 1993.  My friend, Jason Marchi and I went to the convention together as we were both writing dark fantasy at the time.  This book changed my entire perspective on life and death.  It was my introduction to the belief in reincarnation and past lives.  Upon finishing the book I realized just how much sense it made that we always return.

 

What Dreams… is a very emotional book and I’m not ashamed to admit that with both readings I shed some tears.  I’ve also watched the movie several times and while the book is a different flavor, the movie also holds a very special place in my heart. Now after reading the book again, I clearly see many similarities in my worldview and this book.  In several cases, Richard Matheson states that what we believe in life is what we will see in transition.  That’s a question I presented in a column here at Wisdom and Life:
What Do You Believe

 

The quote above is a clear example of this.  I suppose what I’m suggesting is:
–If someone you’re close to has transitioned, please believe they are still close by, that they still exist.
–If someone tells you something about the transitioned soul that ONLY you and they would know, don’t dismiss the information.

 

As in the book and the movie, you don’t want the transitioned soul attempting to contact you and let you know they are safe, only to met by that impassable barrier.  If my readers know someone who does not have a belief in the soul transcending our physical self, then it is important to do your best to show them that we do exist beyond transition. That death REALLY is simply a transitory state.

 

I implore anyone who hasn’t read What Dreams May Come, find the book.  Read it.  Then tell me your perspective hasn’t changed.  Look for the movie as well.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

 

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

 

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

Happy Day After Thanksgiving

Seeing as we are one day after Thanksgiving, I’ve decided NOT to write a traditional column for today.  I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had a FAB day and didn’t overeat.

 

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Enjoy the day today.

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

 

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

 

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.