Performing Their Last Words

Wisdom and Life took an extended break from blogging over the Christmas Holiday.  I’m back now and will be publishing again EVERY Monday.

 

In January we lost several essential artists to those of us who grew up in early 1970s and through today:

First David Bowie Then Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey and to another degree:
Dale Griffin, Mott the Hoople drummer.

 

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Those are four preeminent voices in the entertainment industry.  Of the four artists here I imagine the least well known is Mott The Hoople.  For those unaware of the name I’m sure this song will resonate:
All the Young Dudes

 

As I said in a previous column Passing in Pairs, I often wonder whether people pass together because they are needed elsewhere.  Can you just imagine, Bowie and Dale Griffin together again.  Perhaps they are reminiscing about their collaboration on All The Young Dudes  

 

Why do you suppose these four artists made the decision to pass within the same month?  If you believe as I do that we sign a contract that gives us a birthday as well as our transition day then you’d have to agree that these artists KNEW the impact they would have and what a loss we’d feel when they transitioned.  Of course as SOON as they became flesh all knowledge of that contract was lost to them as well as the knowledge that they would one day become superstars.  We forget for a VERY specific reason.  For if we know our future there would be no need to do our best to succeed.  What fun would that be?

 

I wonder if Alan Rickman and Glenn Frey knew each other as Bowie and Mott The Hoople did.  Did Frey and Rickman ever travel in the same circles?  You know I’m always looking for connections at Wisdom and Life.   I even forgot about the connection with Bowie’s All The Young Dudes to Mott The Hoople.  There’s another connection right there.

 

You know that Bowie and Griffin are playing that song together even as you read this.  Speaking of David Bowie.  Even when he knew he was about to transition, he left his fans a HUGE gift in his finest work.  I say it’s his finest work, because he knew his time was short yet he continued to press forward.  With Lazarus, David Bowie lets us into his world one more time before he passes.  I say it’s his finest work because it is likely his most personal as well.

 

Being directly in line with a belief in reincarnation and past lives, I’m fascinated that Bowie chose Lazarus as the title for this video/song.  Do you suppose he also believed we all come back?  We know that Tina Turner has that belief and we also know that Tina and Bowie were close.

 

As those of us who grew up in the late 1960s and early 1970s watch our contemporary artists age and transition it is natural for us to question our own mortality.  All I can say is:
There is no reason to fear death because death is a myth!

There is no death.
There is only transition.
We all come back.
and we all return in soul groups.

 

Bowie, Glenn Frey, Alan Rickman, Dale Griffin

Robin Williams Wayne Dyer and so many others who will be remembered.  These people should NOT be mourned.  They were celebrated in life.  They should be celebrated in transition.  Several years ago there was a series on television called:
I Survived… Beyond and Back

In one episode I watched:
there is one story of a man who crashed his motorcycle.  In the recounting of his story, he said that now when he hears that someone has passed over, he thinks, Lucky Bastard, you’re going home.

 

That I believe is how we should celebrate transition.  Our lives here are short.  However they are also numerous.  These artists?  They will be back.  Maybe their next incarnation will be a different life but they will always have music, writing or acting be a part of themselves.  Don’t despair the loss.

 

Celebrate the life that was:
Listen to David Bowie.
Listen to Mott The Hoople
Listen to Glenn Frey.

 

Read Wayne Dyer.
Watch Alan Rickman
Watch Robin Williams.

 

And MOST important of all:
Tell those close to you that you love them.

Don’t just tell them.

Show them how much you love them.  Because our lives here are short and MOST of us don’t have the liberty of recalling our past lives with those we love.  Tell them now!

Show them NOW!

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Solstice/Christmas Break

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate the holiday.

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Today is one of my favorite days of the year.  Why?

Two reasons:
It’s the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, meaning that from here on the hours of daylight will continue to get longer.

–It’s also my Fairy Godmother’s birthday.

 

Click the preceding link (in blue) to understand who my Fairy Godmother (FGM) is and why I believe she is my FGM.

 

This is the start of my Winter Hiatus.  I will return Monday, February 1st, 2016

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.

 

Doing The Impossible

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

 

Saint Francis of Assisi

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I must thank my friend, George Egan for the above quote.  He emailed it to me a few days ago.  We seem to be simpatico recently.  We have the same belief system.  I find it interesting since I joined Facebook again for the second time how many of my friends, friends I’ve known for years are on the same page with me.  I’ve known George before my second iteration on Facebook and I knew he was of the spiritual ilk; so it didn’t surprise me when I received this quote.  However many other friends, several from high school are those who surprised me.  I discovered these traits when I opened my blog page:
CJP Enterprises on Facebook and watched it gather likes/followers.  To see many of my high school friends profiles after they began following my blog completely took me by surprise.  George Egan doesn’t surprise me because I know his history so receiving his email was simply pleasant because he knows my worldview.  Receiving a Saint Francis quote was simply a happy accident as I now I have something to write about.  God gives us what we need when we need it.  Proven correct again.

 

I’ve written about Saint Francis previously at Wisdom and Life.  I’ve also written about putting your faith in yourself and doing something you otherwise didn’t think you could.  Being positive and being full of faith in yourself is the first important step in undertaking any task.  As Saint Francis intimates here:
Nothing, I mean NOTHING is impossible if you believe it, if you have faith.  What is faith after all?  But knowledge in the unknown?

 

Faith doesn’t have to be spiritual.
Faith doesn’t have to be religious.

 

It can be knowledge in yourself.  It can be showing someone you can do something regardless of the doubt and the doubters.  Being the person I am and having seen the things I’ve seen, having experienced something greater than myself over twenty years ago while walking in the woods, I choose to see faith as spiritual.  And that’s what it REALLY comes down to.  We get to choose how we see life.  I choose to see EVERYTHING through the lens of faith, as though EVERYTHING is a miracle.  By choosing this life I get to do the impossible every day.  Faith?  God?  The Divine?  Miracles?  They are all one in the same for me?  

 

You can join me too.  Not sure how?  Then start small as I’ve said here before.

 

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.

 

On Life After Death

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross has long been someone I admire.  Her work with terminally ill patients has always been commendable and she is best known for her five stages of dying.  In her book:
KublerRoss

On Life After Death, Kubler Ross shows through four lectures she has given that death (transition) (a word I use in place of the word death and I’ve come to find out by reading On Life After Death, that Kubler Ross uses the same word) is not something to be fearful of, not something to run away from.  Transition should be welcomed just as birth is welcomed.  Transition is a natural part of life, something we all must face.  As I read this book I constantly saw words and subjects I have used for many years to describe my own feelings of Transition.  Kubler Ross in one paragraph of one of the lectures in this book describes death as taking off a winter coat.  I use that phrase myself as the title of a column here at Wisdom and Life and that phrase later became the working title of my own book on Transition.  For anyone with a terminally ill friend, or family member who doesn’t know how to react, doesn’t know the right thing to say or do, and wants comfort in the knowledge that we all survive this mortal coil, then I highly suggest finding this book and reading it.  

 

On Life After Death may give you hope, knowing that thousands and thousands of people who have had Near Death Experiences (NDE) all return with the same information:
–Hovering over your body, your shell.
–Seeing those who have passed before them.
–Traveling through a tunnel where a bright light welcomes them at the end.
–Feeling nothing but unconditional love while in this ethereal place.
–Not wanting to return, and feeling overwhelming distress when they DO return.

 

It doesn’t matter your race, your religion or your creed.  EVERYONE who has had an NDE reports all of these things.  

 

There REALLY is no death.  I’ve known that from day one.  It’s one of the reasons this blog exists and one of the reasons I’ve written my own book on Transitioning.  I think it is extremely important to spread the knowledge that death, that transition is not something to be feared.  Take off you spiritual blinders.

Wake up and see the world as it really is:
A place of spiritual energy, a place we all come to to work out our physical needs and challenges.  

 

This thing we call life is the only way we have of working through those challenges to bring us closer to the Divine, to the Light, to perfect harmony with Source, with God.

 

On Life After Death, like so many other books on this topic is another important cog in the wheel of this experience.  Don’t pass this book up.  You may just come away with some new insights.

 

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.

Days Are Long…

The days are long, but the years are short.

 

Gretchen Rubin

 

Time:
On a superficial level, everyone THINKS they have an unlimited supply of the commodity; especially when we are young.

 

It’s not true!
Time continues to move forward.  There is no stopping it.  The above quote by Gretchen Rubin is apropos for today as we are rapidly approaching the end of another year.  When you’re young time seems to go on forever.  It’s only as we grow that time appears to speed up.  Do you ever consider why that is?  I do.  Time marches on and we can’t ignore the fact that we have a limited amount of the commodity with each life we lead.  Is there something you need to do?  Something you need to say?

 

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My advice is don’t wait.  Physical time can stop at any point for the person you need to talk to.  Time, just like faith is an odd thing.  You can’t see it physically.  You can’t hold it.  That doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.  I’m reminded of the story of the classroom teacher who asked if a student saw the tree that stood outside.

 

Just because something isn’t visible, just because something isn’t tangible, doesn’t mean it isn’t real.

 

Remember.  Time is short whether you’re young or old.  You only have so much of it.  Use it wisely.  Spend it wisely.  Do NOT chase 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.

 

Celebrities and Past Lives

Nietzsche says that we will live the same life, over and over again. God – I’ll have to sit through the Ice Capades again.

 

Attributed to Woody Allen

 

Whether we live the SAME life over and over is up for debate.  However, I AM convinced that we all come back.  Anyone who has been following Wisdom and Life from its inception should realize that is one of my steadfast beliefs.  I heard the above quote few weeks ago while working at the Scranton Library on a Thursday night and I promised I would use it in an upcoming column.  When I first heard the Ice Capades quote, I laughed so hard I lost my breath.

 

I can just see Woody Allen saying such a thing in his droll voice.  Woody Allen and Nietzsche aren’t the only celebrities who have mentioned Past Lives as part of their worldview.  I recently discovered that General Patton believed he’d been here before as well.  That shocked me beyond belief.  While working at the library one day a few weeks ago the movie Patton starring George C, Scott returned and I read the back flap.  The passage that caught my eye was:
Patton believed he was a warrior in past lives.

 

When I arrived home that evening, I researched the subject and sure enough, it proved to be true.  There are many others who believe we reincarnate.

 

I read a book over twenty years ago called: Walking after Midnight where Hollywood actors discussed their belief in past lives.  I seem to recall Martin Sheen believing in the concept.  Having “Hollywooders” believing and being vocal about it doesn’t really surprise me.  However, seeing someone like General Patton come out and discuss his position IS surprising.  I wouldn’t expect someone of his stature being daring enough to admit this belief; maybe because even though I have no problem discussing it, the concept of reincarnation, especially when Patton was living could have been seen as quite esoteric, not ft to be discussed openly.  I give General Patton credit for talking about this regardless of WHEN he discussed it.  I think the more of us that openly talk about esoteric topics such as reincarnation the less afraid others will be to discuss them as well.

 

Do you have any beliefs that you’ve been afraid to discuss?

 

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.  

What Are You Grateful For?

Seeing as we are in November, it’s that time of year to ask what we are grateful for.  And Being Grateful is a HUGE part of Law of Attraction.  I’m sure you’ve seen the memes going around in November suggesting that the month is the Thankful Month.  As I walked home from downtown last week, I went through everything I could think of that I’m grateful for and the funny thing is that everything I thought of initially began as a challenge.  That in itself is something that I’m grateful for.

 

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I can generally see that what are initially obstacles, that what at first blush seem like a negative event usually turns golden if we wait long enough.  You only have to read my column Phone Call to the Future to see how that example turned out.  Look at where I live:

I’m a five minute walk from work.  I’m a five minute walk to get downtown.  

 

Seeing as I can’t drive on the highway, it’s yet another example of The Divine looking out for me.  I’m beyond grateful to my Aunt Bet who became my Fairy Godmother.

 

I’m grateful that I now understand that our emotional storms happen when they happen to clear away the debris that we no longer need.  EVERY time I THINK something negative has occurred in my life, be it a break up, be it financial, be it something more long term I ALWAYS see something positive come out of the negative experience.  Living through the turmoil of the early 1970s put me on the path to owning my condo in Madison.

 

But, you say.  Look at how long you had to wait.  I understand.  I only lived through three years of turmoil to get a lifetime reward, though.  36 months is nothing when you compare it to your entire lifetime.

 

The two things I’m MOST thankful for then our:
First, my Aunt Bet because as I said in Fairy Godmother, she provided me the security of a home in Madison.

Second, the fact that I live within five minutes of downtown.

 

What are you grateful for?

 

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.

 

Law of Attraction Is A Practice

Law of Attraction than acquiring THINGS.
Law of Attraction is more than asking for THINGS.

 

Law of Attraction (LoA) is a practice.  It’s a way to live your life.  It’s God, Spirituality and Faith all wrapped up in one.  All you have to do is look at the basic tenets of LoA to see this is true:
–Ask and ye shall receive.
–Be thankful when you receive.

 

These are both Biblical tenets as well.  I sincerely believe that Law of Attraction is a branch from the same tree that is Faith.  Law of Attraction is more than receiving things you want.  It’s how I live my life now.

Something else LoA has taught me is that if you are in a negative place and you do nothing to extract yourself from that place, that’s what will show up.  Wake up in a sour mood and do nothing to remove yourself from that place?  Then you’ll find things to keep you in that place.

 

That’s why it’s called Law of ATTRACTION!  You attract what you believe.  You attract what you seek.  Isn’t it easier to simply pivot?  Alright.  So sometimes we all have challenges that are difficult to bounce back from.  The trick is not to stay in that place.  Move on, pivot.  Remove yourself as quickly as possible.  I generally wallow for one day.  Although there are times when something has happened in my life where the wallowing goes on for a longer period of time.  I understand now though that this only brings about more wallowing.  I see more things to be upset about.  Sometimes no matter how I much I do my best to get out that emotional quicksand, the more I fight, the more stuck I get.  I should just let go, but sometimes I simply can’t.  When those times happen in anyone’s life, it is important to recognize that you are wallowing for too long and look for outside help, whether that comes in the experience of a friend, a counselor, whatever.  If you can’t escape the turmoil that is threatening your well-being then it is up to you to seek the help you need.

 

Law of Attraction has helped me become a more positive person, a person of deeper faith.  It can help you too if you allow the tenets of LoA to wrap themselves around you.  If you’re having a difficult time with it, start small.

 

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.

 

Waking With Thoughts In The Night

My friend Jean Wise writes a blog called Healthy Spirituality.  In her latest column, she writes about Paying attention to the Sparks.  What do you do to pay attention to your OWN sparks?  I gave a response at her column that being a writer myself, I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night with thoughts flashing through my head.  I used to leave it to chance that I’d recall what flashed through my head during those times that I’d awake.

 

Not anymore.

 

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I now do one of two things:
1.  I have a notebook beside my bed and my trusty fountain pen.  (The ONLY writing utensil I own)

2. My voice recorder on my iPhone.

 

One of these two things are ALWAYS by my bed so that IF I awake with a fabulous thought scurrying through my brain, I reach for one or the other.  It’s usually been my voice recorder so I don’t have to expel unwanted energy reaching for my pen and turning on a light.  I find this ritual works well for me.

 

There have been countless times when I wrote fiction that I’d have temporary writer’s block and I’d head off to sleep, only to be woken at some point with the answer to my issue.  I’d pull out my notebook and my pen as there were no smartphones in the early 1990s, i’d scribble the answer then go back to sleep comfortable in the knowledge that my answer had been recorded.

 

Writing has long been a passion of mine, whether it be the three blogs I’m now invested in, the occasional newspaper article I write, or dark fantasy I wrote earlier in my life.  It’s been my chosen way to communicate to a wide audience.  I’m grateful to have been given that gift and to have found a way to give back through the writing I’m doing now.

 

I still practice the ritual above to this day, because let’s face it, I’m getting no younger and we have yet to discover a way to increase the RAM in our own memory so anything I can do to help the process of remembering I will certainly do.  By keeping my voice recorder near my bed I’m helping myself.

 

I will repeat the question that Jean asks:
What do you do to pay attention to your OWN sparks?

 

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.

 

Focus on the Positive

Rather than trying to monitor your thoughts, we encourage that you simply pay attention to how you are feeling. For if you should choose a thought that is not in harmony with the way that broader, older, wiser, loving Inner Being part of you sees it, you will feel the discord; and then you can easily redirect your thought to something that feels better and, therefore, serves you better.

 

Abraham Hicks

This is SORT of a bridge to last week’s Thoughts Become Your Reality

When I started writing Wisdom and Life, I planned on the blog being solely focused on Law of Attraction.  As I discovered more about Law of Attraction, (LoA) I realized from MY point of view that LoA was simply another path to faith, to God.  Once that realization struck, my original path diverted and I started writing about how my faith in God helped me navigate the challenges I faced as I grew up.

 

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Law of Attraction has helped me understand that if as Abraham Hicks says above:
You pay attention to how you are feeling and choose to the better feeling.  If you focus on feeling positive, then as I’ve said here many times before, those positive feelings will flow to you, negating the negative emotions that will try to get in.

 

In other words:
Stay positive and more positive will greet you.
Stay negative and more negative will greet you.

 

In the face of a challenge, focus on the positive in the challenge.  There is ALWAYS something positive to take away from a challenge.  You only have to look for 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.