The Cradle of True Art

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.

Einstein

 

Quantum Science and Einstein have been frequent guests here at Wisdom and Life. I’ve long felt that Science and Spirituality can walk hand in hand.

 

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Einstein

Einstein seems to have a grasp on spirituality and before I started writing Wisdom and Life I was under the false impression that scientists made no room for faith and spirituality.  Carl Sagan became the first scientist to make me doubt that opinion.  And soon after, Einstein followed.  If you look at the above quote that is attributed to Einstein, you will clearly see there is room in his view for the mysterious.  I’m assuming here that the mysterious refers to faith and spirituality.  Especially after reading some of his other thoughts on the matter.  Simply point to his name at the top of this column and you can read more from Wisdom and Life on his belief system.

 

In school we are made to believe that science has the answer.  Sometimes that’s true and sometimes it isn’t.  
We have to be open to the unknown.
We have to be open to the mysterious.

 

Sometimes science will lead only to the mysterious.  We have to be open to that.
How does science explain weeping Madonnas?  While I understand that some of these have been proven to be hoaxes.

 

What of those that have not?
And what of Stigmata?
We can’t disprove all of these.

 

Science has its own mysteries as well:
UFOs
Multi-Dimensions as in The Many Worlds Theory.  I’ve written about The Many Worlds Theory at Wisdom and Life before as well.

 

So even though, Wisdom and Life is a faith based blog, you can see that I feel the same way that Einstein did:
That Science and Spirituality can walk hand in hand.

 

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 Energy Stream

If you decide to make someone the enemy and you’re pushing very hard against them, you don’t affect them at all, but you disconnect yourself from the Stream. If someone cheats you, they cannot diminish your experience. They only diminish their experience. You cannot be diminished by someone cheating you unless you get all upset about being cheated and push against them and use that as your excuse to disconnect from the Stream.

 

Abraham Hicks

 

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Interesting topic today as I’ve spoken about holding grudges and staying angry many times at Wisdom and Life.  Making enemies is not healthy for our us, not healthy for someone else and certainly not healthy for our souls.

 

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It’s not healthy for us because we feel anxious in the presence of our “enemy.”  Our heart races, our blood pressure rises, and we have negative feelings.  Our first inclination is to hurt that person.  I’ve learned that wanting to hurt someone only hurts us.

 

Making someone an enemy is not healthy for the other person, because they may not understand why they are now on your “blacklist.”  They may attempt to reach out until they finally realize you’re not interested.

 

It’s not healthy for our souls because the Divine teaches us to love our enemies.  And if we do not heed our spiritual inclination to let go we will continue this same path of seeing hate, finding enemies all around us.  Is that really the way we want to live our lives?

 

So what is the stream that Abraham Hicks talks about?

It’s the stream of positive energy that runs through all of us.  Getting angry, staying angry, making enemies?  All this breaks that positive energy stream.  The way I live my life now is always seeking to stay in that energy stream.

 

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.

 

Chaos Creates Peace

Make more decisions in every day. Because a decision is a summoning of life. That’s why a little chaos is good for you, because often you don’t make a decision until you get yourself in a jam. And then, in the middle of the jam, you make a decision?  Have you ever been a place where you couldn’t quite make up your mind and you just felt sort of limp? “Oh, I don’t know. I don’t know.”

 

And then you decided, and you felt alive again. We want you to know that you’ll never get it done. So don’t approach this from, “I gotta get on this” because you’re not ever going to get it done, anyway. And the other thing we want you to know is, you cannot get it wrong. So, make a decision. Let it flow.

 

Abraham Hicks

 

Wisdom and Life’s original intention was as a Law of Attraction resource, as can be seen from the number of columns at the preceding link.  My blog took a detour shortly after its inception. Law of Attraction still plays a role here, however.

 

Chaos is good for you?  Yes.  Sometimes it is.

 

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It is only in chaos that we really live.
It’s in chaos that our lives come into focus.
It’s in chaos where we MUST choose this path or that one.  

 

For while, I said chaos is good for us, we certainly don’t want to spend our entire lives there.  That would NOT be good.  As with everything though, if we didn’t know chaos we surely wouldn’t know peace.  In my column God’s Tunnel, I refer to a scene in Oh God, Book II where George Burns as God talks to the protagonist about why there is so much suffering in the world.  God tells Tracy that there are opposites.  You can’t have good without bad. Etc.

 

Peace and Chaos can walk the same path just as Science and Religion can.  They are both opposite sides of the same coin.  Without chaos we wouldn’t know peace and without science we certainly wouldn’t know religion.

 

So while we have chaos there is also peace.  And when does that peace arrive from the chaos?  After you’ve made a decision, correct?  Whether that decision is right or not is not the thing to worry you, because as Abraham-Hicks says:
You cannot get it wrong.

 

The calm that comes over you after you’ve made your choice is all you need to understand and stay with.  Everything else is simply ephemera.  Let all that go and relish in the decision that you’ve made.  Move on and don’t look back.

 

Without chaos we wouldn’t be put in a place to make a decision.  So, chaos plays an integral role in our lives, much more so than we think.  We should welcome it when it comes knocking and bid it adieu when it is replaced by the calm we so look forward to after we make that decision.

 

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

On Friday afternoon when I arrived home from work, I went to Google News as I always do and saw this:
July 2nd is the real Independence Day? John Adams thought so

 

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Regardless.  July 4 is our Independence Day.  As with every Monday that a US Holiday falls on I do not write a typical Wisdom and Life column on Holiday Mondays.  I think it is more important to celebrate the holiday.

 

Enjoy the holiday.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Emit Your Own Frequency

Everything changes when you start to emit your own frequency rather than absorbing the frequencies around you, when you start imprinting your intent on the universe rather than receiving an imprint from existence.

Barbara Marciniak

 

My friend, Koreen shared this on Facebook a few weeks ago and I completely connected with it.  

 

Nothing can disturb your calm, nothing can break through your wall of peace unless you let it.  That lesson took me many years to incorporate into my being.  When you learn to emit your own frequency

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Frequency

You’ll find that those who vibrate on a lower level can’t reach you.  A challenging thing to do when those around you do their best to bring you down to their level.  Stay positive.  Continue pushing forward.  Keep reflecting your spirituality.  When someone brings you down:
You’re not doing it right.  Or
Does anything else to lower you to their level,

Lift them up with a:
Yes But.

How do you do that you may ask?
Give them a:
Yes, but this works for me.

Or a:
Yes, but what if you look at it this way?

There is no RIGHT way to do ANYTHING.  It’s what works for YOU.  

By shifting the conversation from negative to positive, you’re also changing the frequency of both parties.  The more you do this, the less friction you will encounter not only with this particular party but with everyone around you.

 

Emit your own positive frequency and see what happens.

 

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.

 

Quantum Science

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I’ve discussed Quantum Science at Wisdom and Life a few times previously.  I’ve always had a fascination for the topic, having read Michio Kaku:
Hyperspace
Parallel Worlds

 

Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn By Amanda Gefter is another book I’ve read. I wrote a column here about the book called Ethereal Physics

 

And I am now reading:
Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs

 

Last Monday night I watched Particle Fever at the behest of a frequent library patron.  So why am I writing about Quantum Science at a spiritual blog, you may ask?  I am completely fascinated by the subject.  Parallel Worlds, Dark Matter, Carl Sagan, Einstein.  How can someone NOT be interested in science, in The Big Bang, in where we came from?  And I also believe that Science and Spirituality can cohabitate quite nicely.  And If you’ve been following Wisdom and Life for any length of time, you’ll know that I sometimes detour from the spiritual.  

 

In fact, I’ve written about that here too.  It was Einstein who said:
There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; or you can live as if everything is a miracle.”  Einstein and Miracles

 

Nothing would make me happier than to do what Amanda Gefter did in her book Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn:
Getting to talk with some of the physicists from Particle Fever, from Trespassing… talking to Michio Kaku.  That would be my physics heaven.

 

See? While I have a rock solid belief in God, I also make room for Quantum Science, The many worlds theory fascinates me as well.

 

And now that I’ve read so many books and seen several documentaries on the subject, I can say that I’m beginning to understand a bit more.  And as I continue to read more from the subject, I’m understanding more all the time.  The funny thing is that while I was going to school, physics did not interest me IN THE LEAST.

 

Now I can’t get enough of 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.

Sacred Spaces and Meditation

A couple weeks ago, I went to a meditation seminar with my friend Glenn.

 

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We share many of the same philosophies on life and I ALWAYS enjoy when we do things together.  It’s challenging for me to go out at night though, because the LAST thing I want to do after work is to turn around and go out again.  If I have no other plans however, I make an exception for a few of my friends:
Jason
Julie
Cathy
And Glenn.

 

I’m so happy that I went with Glenn because as is usually the case with the seminars I attend with him, I learned something. I meditate regularly as can be seen from the previous link.  Writing is one form or meditation for me.  I sometimes write so furiously that I get into The Flow.  That’s where I love to be.

 

Okay.  So what did I learn from the meditation seminar:
I learned that I don’t have a sacred space where I meditate.  

 

Those of us who practice meditation SHOULD create a place where we are only devoted to that practice.  It’s something I need to work on.  So what IS a sacred place?  And how can we create one?

 

Sacred places are where we feel spiritual.  Whatever creates that feeling in you, if you are spiritually religious, you could create a religious space:
Pictures of saints
Religious talismans

 

Whatever it takes to help you slip deeper into your meditation practice.  I HAVE been using my writing area.  Since writing IS ONE form of meditation that I do, my writing desk served me well.  However, after leaving that seminar I realize there are many things missing from my space and I need to change that.  I’ll be working on making those changes over the coming weeks.

 

Where do you meditate?
Do you have a specific place?

 

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 Wins –Review

Love Wins, by Rob Bell is the book where I first discovered the phrase universalist.  Love wins perfectly describes my worldview, that there is no Hell.  Mr Bell asks:
–How can a loving God forsake ANYONE?
–If God created every living thing and if God Loves us all, how could he forsake anyone?
Love Wins

 

It’s one of the challenges I have with organized religion and why I stayed away from the church. And it’s why I joined SUUS.

 

–Love Wins is Rob Bell’s call to love each other and see our similarities instead of our differences.
–Love Wins is Rob Bell’s attempt to show that God is all loving.

 

How can someone like Gandhi be sent to eternal damnation simply because he isn’t Christian?  That’s what some would have you believe.  Does that make sense to you?  This is the thesis of Love Wins.  How is it that the ONLY people who are saved are those who are Christian?  If that’s the case, then tell me this:
Why in EVERY case of Near Death Experiences, (NDE) EVERYWHERE around the world do those who have had an NDE, speak of seeing a tunnel and a bright, all embracing light?

 

If ONLY a select few were saved and ONLY Christians, wouldn’t it stand to reason that ONLY Christians would see the “light?”

 

This isn’t what Jesus preached.  Jesus preached all encompassing love.  Man came in and mixed with religion.  I often wonder what Jesus thinks now, when he looks down and sees how his name is being used.

 

–It’s not Christian to hate.
–It’s not Christian to exclude.

 

Rob Bell Understands this, or so it seems from reading Love Wins.  Why not pick up a copy?  Read the book; then tell me you STILL believe only a select few are saved.

 

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.

 

Memorial Day 2016

Let’s remember Memorial Day for what is supposed to be celebrated for:
Our veterans who have given the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we enjoy.  NOT for the ubiquitous sales that have proliferated.

 

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I think it is a shame that many of our sacred holidays have been commercialized.  Am I the only one?

 

And Happy Memorial Day?  I don’t think that’s an appropriate greeting.  There is nothing happy about veterans who are no longer with us.  Again, am I the only one who feels this way?

 

 

 

 

 

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 Sense of Community –Universalism

I written previously about Universal Unitarianism. How I attended a church in Madison a few years ago and have recently returned to that same church.

 

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The more I attend the more I realize how well I fit there. I love the sense of community I feel at Shoreline Universalist Unitarian Society. (SUUS) I’ve attended other churches throughout my childhood and adulthood:
Luthern
Catholic

 

Many in those two religions.  I never felt that I belonged in either religion.  It didn’t matter the church I attended.  I just never felt comfortable and it wasn’t for my lack of faith or the number of times I went.  As with people I meet, I’m a quick study.  I can usually tell within the first ten minutes if there is and will be a connection.  I’m typically spot on as well.  

 

From the moment I walked into SUUS, I was immediately put at ease.  It’s the sense of community that keeps me going back.  Shoreline is a small community and I’ve already made some HUGE connections there.  For the past three weeks I’ve been attending:
New to SUUS meetings, three in all and even before I went to these meetings I already knew I found my place of worship.

 

So how did I find it?

Every year in May SUUS puts on the Shoreline Spring Festival in Madison, Connecticut.  I’ve been a vendor there since the first year.  I had no idea what SUUS was when I started going and two years into the event I asked what the organization was.  When they told me I wanted to know more so in September of that second year I went to the church.  I knew right away that I found my home.  It’s that community that I’ve always been searching for and now that I’ve found it I’m not letting go.

 

Yesterday, (Sunday, May 22,) I became an OFFICIAL member having joined the church.  One of the things UUAs say is that there are more of us out there who don’t know they are UUA.  The most important factor for me in joining is the HUGE sense of community I feel at SUUS.  It’s the first place I felt welcomed from my first visit.  I invite all people local to Madison, Connecticut even just once.  I bet those of you with some of my sensibilities will also find it difficult to walk away.

 

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.