Ladder of Life

Tell me:
When will we as humanity realize that life is never done.  That death is not a reality and that what we don’t accomplish in one incarnation may be finished in our next life?

 

I see so many stressing because we are all worried about finding success whether it consist of love, financial gain, or joy. If we simply let go of that stress and understand that we have MANY MANY lifetimes to achieve what we are looking for, our lives would be far less anxious.   Think of life and transition as a ladder:
With each transition we go through and with each life we choose in transition hall, we move one rung up that ethereal ladder.

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There are no mistakes.
There are no wrong turns in this philosophy.

 

EVERYTHING becomes a lesson and we hopefully learn from that lesson so in our next incarnation, we remember on a soul level that lesson so we can move forward and not make the same mistake again.  If we don’t learn we will keep meeting the same challenge until we move beyond it.

 

 

 

I know!
I know!  I said there are no mistakes.  There aren’t, really.  Challenges?  Yes!  Lessons? Yes!

 

We have to move beyond thinking in negative terms.

 

If we can adopt the worldview that we return over and over and stop stressing over life; realize that we are ONE soul that echos through life, that is continually recycled, that we never get it wrong, that we have many lifetimes to improve, imagine how much better our lives would be.  Many have asked me how I seem to be in a lighter state now, that I seem to have metamorphosed.  This is one reason why.  I now understand that life is continually ricocheting, that I am one soul that has been recycled many many times.  I now understand that I have countless times to improve.

 

As I’ve said at Wisdom and Life previously, I in no way am using this philosophy as an excuse NOT to improve; I’m not saying to take anything for granted.  On the contrary, this worldview has only made me want to improve at a faster rate, this worldview has created in me a desire to watch for any challenges in this my latest incarnation and make the necessary adjustments, create the shift in my attitude NOW so if I MUST return again I will not come upon the same pothole again.  

 

A ladder is an apt description to use when seeing life as a continual cycle of life, transition and return.  Who is ready to join me and consider reincarnation as a philosophy?

 

It would certainly help us see that there truly are ONLY challenges and lessons to meet as we all climb the ladder to perfection, to become more Godlike.  This piece of the puzzle to my ENTIRE worldview is one of the reasons I have become the person I am today:
–Someone with a lighter heart.
–Someone who no longer holds grudges.
–Someone who understands that I have many lifetimes to get it right.

 

Tell me:
Who is with me?

 

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.

All the Facts

If you are being swept into some current that is not comfortable, or not in harmony with your desire, you must remember that couldn’t happen if you weren’t offering a vibration that matched it in some way. If you’re vibrating differently from that, you’re not having that experience

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–Has anyone ever attempted to convince you that you did something wrong, when you know deep in your soul that you did not?
–Have you ever taken what they said as fact?

 

Well I’m here to tell you that until you know ALL the facts don’t take one person’s comments to heart.  As Abraham Hicks says above however, we also have to look within ourselves:
If you weren’t offering a vibration similar to the outcome of your event then you wouldn’t be in the storm in the first place.

 

I THINK what Abraham is saying is that we are all complicit in some way in anything that happens in our circle of influence, be it positive or negative.  If you believe you have done something that you feel badly about, then own up to it.  The MOST important thing to know here is though that if you are involved in a negative dynamic, you must be offering something to the same degree.

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But the last thing you want is to continue that vibration so what you need to do is release it as quickly as possible.  How to do that?

It’s just as I said above.  If you EVEN think you are somewhat complicit, you MUST reach out and apologize.  Release the negative from around you.  What the other person does after that is their issue.  

 

You just don’t want to carry that negativity around with you.  And don’t let anyone convince you that you’ve done something wrong without having all the facts.  I’ve seen it happen many times that someone is convinced that another is guilty when it was all in the original person’s head.

 

Remember in previous columns I’ve written about Transference?  Sometimes I have to wonder if there is some kind of backward transference happening when this kind of thing goes on.  All I can say is:
Don’t play the game!

 

I will say a final time however that if you EVEN consider yourself complicit in ANY way be sure to take accountability and move on.  Remember we are all complicit in some way.  If we weren’t vibrating at that frequency then we wouldn’t be vibrating at that frequency.  What you must decide is:
Is it because you are around a particular event or people and those people or that event is vibrating at a lower frequency than you are?

 

If that’s the case you have to decide if they are important to you.  If so, then you need to surround yourself can act as buffer; people who you can turn to when the lower frequency starts affecting your well being.  If your buffers can’t join you then call on them after your event.  If they are truly your friends they will let you vent to them.

 

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.

Your Veiled Face

This mist, this cloud, this darkness into which we all go, transcending knowledge is the path below which your face cannot be found except veiled; but it is that very darkness which reveals your face is there, beyond all veils.

 

Nicholas of Cusa
From:
Christian Mystics
Page 151

 

What do you think Nicholas of Cusa is referring to when he discusses this mist, this darkness?  My thoughts go to transition to the non physical.  Do you agree?  If you look at the words he chooses in this quote, you can clearly see why I would consider that is what is referencing.  After all, the words he chose are synonyms for transition, for death:
–Mist
–Darkness
–Veil

 

All of these are another way of looking at the negative word, death.  I’m sure you’ve heard it said that death is like looking beyond the veil.  And what is the customary thing woman wear at funerals?
Veils, right?

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Could it be that Nicholas of Cusa also also believed in the survival of the soul after transition?  Look at the last line of the above quote for a possible answer:
…but it is that very darkness which reveals your face is there, beyond all veils.

 

Interpreting that line as I would I see:
Your face equals a life and all veils equal transition.  So my faith based translation would read:
But it is that very darkness which reveals your life is there beyond all transition.

 

 

Once again my faith tells me there is no death.
Death is simply a transition.

 

My faith tells me we come back over and over.

That our lives are simply lessons to learn and with each life we lead we grow closer to God, to the Divine, until comes a time when we can choose to return or not.  Who knows when that time comes, but until we reach that point, we MUST return.

 

I’m with Nicholas of Cusa:
I believe it is that very darkness which reveals your life is there beyond all all veils.

 

What do you believe?  I’d love to hear in the comments.

 

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.

Love Everyone

Just love everybody that interacts with you no matter how personally, or how peripherally, involved with you they are. The efficiency of the people who deal with you… everything is orchestrated by the manager called Law of Attraction. And your vibration is setting all of it into motion. Everything affecting you is a reflection of the vibration that you are emitting. Spend more time focused upon your dream than upon the reality. The reality gives birth to the dream—but the dream is where you are wanting to put your attention.

 

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Love is what we all need.
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The more we give, the more we will receive.  It’s as Law of Attraction say:
What we send out we get back.

 

That’s the entire premise of Law of Attraction.  All you have to is look at the last word in the phrase:
Attraction

 

Merriam Websters Dictionary  defines attraction as:
The act process or power of attracting

 

Love is positive energy.  To take this a step further, one of the opposites of love is judgement.  Love and Judgement cannot coexist just as light and darkness cannot coexisit.  One power is always stronger than the other.

 

I understand I’ve discussed this concept previously but it’s only because the subject is so dear to me.  I’m sure you’ve heard it said many times over that a single candle can penetrate the darkest night.  That’s true:
Just as a single hug can wipe away all fear, all anxiety, all sadness.  Just as three little words:
I love you can do the same.  There are so many varieties of love and I think the sad thing about that little word is that it takes a negative rap all too often.

When MOST people use the word or think of using it they refer to romantic love.  And because this is the way people tend to use the word, it gets a bum rap.  People are afraid to say the word if it is between friends of the opposite sex.  Just as hugging can take a negative rap.

 

I realize it is cliche, but love REALLY does make the world go round.
We have to stop being afraid to use those words.
We have to stop being afraid to show those close to us that we love them.

 

Romantic love is simply one aspect of the word.
When we can let go of that and understand that love is more than romance,
When we understand that TRUE love is giving it freely and expecting nothing in return,
When we lose our anxiety, when lose our fear of the word and use it often you will see how much love has always been in our lives, how much love has been just out of reach.

 

Embrace the love that is all around you and share it freely and you will see it echoing back.  There will be more love than you ever you knew you have.  Just as I have an overflowing faith, you will see that you have so much love in your life that you MUST share 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.

Stop Worrying

According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore.

 

I used this quote previously here:
Two Symptoms of Enlightenment

 

Last week I spoke to a couple people about the fact that I no longer worry, that I understand that whatever happens is supposed to happen and there is no use being tormented over things that are out of your control.

 

 

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How did I reach this point?

That’s a challenging question to answer as I’ve always felt this way.  I’ve carried my faith and spirituality with me all of my life.

Because I’ve always believed I’m watched over,
Because, my life has been truly blessed,
Because everything has fallen into place for me,

 

 

Fallen into place, you ask?  Let me give you some examples:
–I don’t/can’t drive on the highway because of many childhood challenges I suffered.

Where do I live and work?  Within five minutes of both.  I can walk to work if need be.  Now that doesn’t JUST happen.

–I have the career I dreamed about.  Working in a public library, reading for a living, writing for a living.  These are the gifts I’ve always had and I created a path to create abundance using all of my gifts.  I didn’t let anyone divert me from my chosen path.

–I see the challenges I faced growing up as gifts.  If it were not for those challenges I would not be in the golden place I am now.

 

The BEST thing anyone can do to experience enlightenment is

Stop seeing the difficulties in your life.  Look for the gift in the challenge you faced.
Stop using negative words.
Look to the Divine.

 

For me the Divine has been and will ALWAYS be God.  God has directed my life from day one.  I’ve discussed Predestination at Wisdom and Lifemany times over because that has guided my worry free life, just as much as my faith has.   

 

Predestination is the concept that your life has been mapped out for you before you incarnate into physical.  My belief in this has evolved over time.  While I’ve always held that predestination is a real concept, my original thought process was that God mapped out our lives, since understanding the idea of reincarnation/past lives, I’ve now amended my belief that we as spiritual beings, as light beings choose our destination, our lives in Transition Hall.  This is where we get to choose the life we will crash into.

Which is not to say that I’ve taken God out of the equation.  I certainly haven’t.  God plays such a HUGE role in my life.  I simply couldn’t remove him.  It’s like I say in my bio at Wisdom and life:
Faith and spirituality have always played a significant role in my life. Take either one away, and I’ll simply cease to be who I am.

 

I no longer worry because I understand all of these concepts I’ve laid out here today.  Can you reach this point as well?  But you have to be willing to put your trust, your faith in something other than yourself.

 

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.

 

Independence Day

Continuing with past holiday tradition, seeing as today is a US holiday, there will be no formal Wisdom and Life column.

 

Enjoy Independence Day weekend and for those of you in the path of Hurricane Arthur, please stay safe.  Take a look at last year’s Independence Day Gallery
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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 Playful God?

My friend and fellow blogger, Jean Wise on Google+ shared a column at Healthy Spirituality called Playing with God. I connected with the title if not the content.  You don’t normally think of “playing with God.  At least I don’t.  That’s not the image I have of HIM.  Typically I see God as serious, as no nonsense, as severe.  I think that’s only because it’s how I’ve always seen HIM.  It’s how I was brought up.  It’s how I was trained to view HIM.

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If it is true, however that God made us in his image then we are only doing HIM a disservice if we don’t see all sides of our personality in HIM.

 

–We have a sense of humor.
Why shouldn’t he?

–We play games.
Why shouldn’t he?

 

If we carry on a daily conversation with HIM why shouldn’t we also have fun with HIM?

 

The stories of God as a vengeful deity , one who uses punishment to get what he wants from us are simply that:
Stories.

 

God never WAS vengeful.  How can a loving God ever be portrayed as anything but joyful, anything but loving.

 

If God is indeed loving,
If God is indeed joyful,

 

Shouldn’t he also be playful?

You’d think so.

 

So now the question becomes:
How exactly do you play with God?

 

I bet you don’t think I have the answer.

What brings you joy?
What make your heart sing?
What makes your soul dance?

 

Do that and that’s how you play with God.

 

Seeing the picture of the young boy in the pile of leaves in Jean’s Playing with God certainly leads one to believe in a playful God.  Seeing God everywhere as I do, I suppose it can’t be far off to imagine that HE is in children as well as adults who are still child like ho find themselves joyfully dancing in the rain or jumping into a pile of leaves and laughing all the while.

 

Maybe it’s time to tell a new story of who we think God is.
Maybe it’s time to see God in a different light.

 

Who wants to join me in turning the page?
Who wants to create a new story?
Who wants to see God as playful?  As joyful?

 

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.

Spiritual Choice

It doesn’t really matter what religion anybody believes. If their life is working (and there are many different approaches to life that are working very well) then why not let them believe whatever they want to believe? It’s all working in the way that it is supposed to be. There are religions that you wouldn’t want anything to do with, that are perfect mechanisms for the people who are involved in them. And therefore, they are a very good thing.

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Here’s an old favorite, one topic I discuss here frequently, the matter of religious choice.  I believe we should be able to choose the spiritual belief we feel most comfortable with.  In 1620, the Mayflower arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts with a group who fled religious persecution.  The United States has stood for religious freedom since the arrival of the Mayflower.  We should carry it forward and give everyone the right to choose what they believe.
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I don’t think the Divine really gives it a consideration what religion we practice, as long as we give him are undivided attention:

–Protestant
–Catholic
–Universalist

 

What difference does belief make as long as we carry on a conversation with God?  After all in the time of Jesus there was no ONE religion.  Only after Jesus, did Christianity become a movement.

 

Jesus moved from town to town preaching peace, preaching love.  What happened to that practice?  What I see now is exclusion.  What do you think Jesus would consider of the practice he developed were he to walk the world today?

 

Abraham is right when he says:

There are religions that you wouldn’t want anything to do with…

 

Just because they don’t work for me, doesn’t mean they don’t have merit.  In the end, everything comes down to choice.
Religion should not hold you back.
Religion should not be resistant.
Religion should not be exclusionary.

 

It’s not what Jesus wanted.  Go back and read what HE preached and you’ll see he preached peace, he preached inclusion.  He didn’t exclude anyone.  It’s one of the reasons I can’t find a spiritual home, because today’s church excludes more than it includes.

 

We need to return to the fundamental practice of inclusion if we want to once again fill our church halls.  This is simply one person’s opinion.  Feel free to disagree.

 

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.

We Write to Understand

I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind.  If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it.  We do not write to be understood; we write to understand.

 

Cecil Day-Lewis
Awakened Mind
Page 50
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I love that I have so many resources for Wisdom and Life.  There is seldom a time I’m at a loss for what to discuss at this blog.  What writer’s block?  At least with Wisdom and Life that is.  My other two blogs I sometimes have a challenge with.

 

The above passage by Cecil Day-Lewis resonated with me the moment I opened Awakened Mind to page 50 and read the quote.  I’m sure those of you who call yourself writers can also connect with what Lewis is saying here.  Clearly, when I wrote fiction, I wrote to understand.  I wrote to release the negative.  I wrote to lighten my load.  I wrote to understand what caused me stress.  I can’t say all the writing I produced helped me understand.  It did however, help me get past the challenges I faced while growing up.  So in that respect, I suppose writing DID help me understand.  Now after over twenty years of NOT writing fiction and as I call my writing now:
Short little bursts of inspiration, I’m still writing to understand.  Only now I’m doing my best to understand my place in this spiritual world.

 

I stopped writing fiction as many of my longtime readers here are aware, because I lost interest in what I was writing.  What was it that I wrote?  Mostly dark fantasy.  I think the reason I gravitated to that genre is that I went through a dark time when I wrote fiction.  You know what they say?  That we naturally gravitate toward what we know.

 

Now as I look back at when I stopped writing, it was around the time I graduated from Southern Connecticut State University.  I finally found a job that fulfilled me:
Working at RJ Julia Booksellers doing what I was meant to do, being a book advisor.  And fulfilling my prophecy of working full time at my local library doing the same thing.

 

I no longer needed the darkness around me because I no longer felt the darkness around me.  I pulled myself out of the dark hole and started to see light, started to see the positive.  A number of years later I felt so much light, so much positive energy around me that I had to share it.  That’s when Wisdom and Life was born.

 

Funny.  It took until this very moment as I sit here pounding out these words on my keyboard for me to understand the relationship between my writing THEN and my writing NOW.
That even THAT is connected.  That I wrote dark fiction because I was in a dark place and now I write positive life affirming content because I found the light.

 

So as it turns out, this column wound up being prescient.  I’m still writing to understand.

 

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.

Emotional IQ

Researchers have found that even more than IQ, your emotional awareness and abilities to handle feelings will determine your success and happiness in all walks of life, including family relationships.

Quote by
John Gottman

AwakendMind

Awakened Mind
Page 74

Your intelligence can get you to a certain point.  Yes being smart is important.  Being intelligent can help you master your education, can help you land that career that will bring you abundance.  However, once you’ve landed the opportunity, the rest is up to you.

 

–Are you generally a happy person?
–How do you handle conflict?
–What do you do in the face of adversity, in the face of a challenge, in the face of disappointment?

 

I believe in the long term, your emotional intelligence, your emotional being will play a bigger role in your success than your intellectual intelligence.  Think about that.  Once you complete your schooling, what will you be doing with the rest of this, your latest incarnation?  You’ll have to learn to associate with others, correct?

 

Heck!
Even while attending school, you need to have a high emotional IQ.  It’s those who have comments on their report cards such as:
Gets along well with others.
–Makes friends easily.
–Is outgoing.

 

that I believe have a beat on those who get high test grades, but who have negative comments such as:
–Difficult.
–Creates a distraction in class.
–Fights with others.

 

If your grades don’t reflect high expectations, but your teacher comments on what a blessing it is have you in class, I believe that’s a better barometer of your eventual life success then high grades and a negative personality.  Now I’m not in any way saying that high grades won’t help you succeed.  Let me say that right away.  What I AM saying is having a high emotional intelligence, being able to roll with the punches that life gives you, being able to accept that life won’t always be what you want and accepting that will lead to greater success.

 

Grades are important.  There’s no doubt.  But there is more to life’s success then intellectual intelligence.

 

What do you think?
Would love to hear from you in the comments.

 

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.