Pipe Dreams

My pipe dream, the one I’ve had my ENTIRE life is to own a yacht and spend my winters in Key West and my summers on Block Island.  I’ve been asking the Universe for as long as I can remember and practicing The three tenets of Law of Attraction:
–Ask
–Believe
–Give Thanks 

I actually fell in love with Key West in 2006 while my brother, Jay was stationed there.  I was fortunate enough to visit twice in 2006.  Once in January and once in May.

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From the moment I stepped off the plane and onto the tarmac of Key West I felt the EXACT same way I do when I visit Block Island.  You can imagine being the photographer that I am just how much I LOVED visiting Key West.

 

Since I no longer enjoy flying, having a yacht would negate that challenge of travelling.  Even when I loved to fly I had this dream of owning a yacht so I could travel and put in at area marinas up and down the eastern seaboard.  Have my camera, my laptop and I’d be happy.  Spend my days writing and taking pictures.  Who wouldn’t want that life?

 

These are my two favorite places I’ve EVER visited. The amazing thing is that I’m so close to Block Island that I get to go every year at least once, sometimes as many as three times.

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Key West not so much.  A boat would change that.  I could travel anywhere.
What’s your pipe dream?

 

 

 

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.

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime you find you get what you need.  

The Rolling Stones

 

Sometimes no matter how much we may want something to happen, no matter how much pray for that gift, no matter how much we sulk when we don’t receive what we wanted, as The Rolling Stones said:
We wind up getting what we need.

 

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Easier said than done for someone NOT steeped in this paradigm, however if we can learn to accept when something doesn’t go as planned and realize it only means something better is coming our way, we will experience less stress in our lives.  Stop expecting something to happen and embrace life even when that gift you’ve been praying for doesn’t arrive.

 

It’s as I said in last week’s column:
Where Would I Be?  What if everything you ever asked for were given to you?  Would you be happy with where you are now?  I doubt it.  Remember:
God is in control and he provides us with what we need not always what we want.  A perfect example of this is profiled in the previous link:
Losing the opportunity to work at Chatfield Hollow brought me to the Scranton Library.

 

I so wanted to work at Chatfield Hollow and I prayed every night for it.  However, there were other plans for my life and I’m so much happier where I am now.  There are so many more examples that I could give.  Every time something I THOUGHT I wanted, Every time I prayed for something as a child and didn’t get what I wanted, I sulked, I became angry, I cried; as do all children because they are not aware that something better always comes along.

 

It’s one of the reasons it’s so amazing for children to be growing up now.  For we can teach them that what you want isn’t always what you need.  And The Divine is always looking out for you.  We MUST teach our children that just because our prayers didn’t get us what we wanted doesn’t mean they weren’t heard.  God hears ALL prayers.

 

You can’t always get what you want, but if you listen to God, you’ll find you get what you need.

 

While I understand that isn’t what The Rolling Stones meant when they wrote that lyric, it IS how I choose to interpret it.

 

So remember, God is in control and God answers all our prayers and sometimes the answer is no, but the “no” ALWAYS comes with a gift.  You just have to keep your eyes open and remove those spiritual blinders.  You will see the gift if you look.

 

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.

Where Would I Be?

If God had granted all the silly prayers I’ve made in my life, where should I be now?


C.S. Lewis
Letters to Malcolm” (1964)

 

Think about the above quote from C.S. Lewis and think back to your childhood and the frequent prayers you made.  I’m sure that many of them are not something you desire now.  What if you had the opportunity to see how different your life would be had those prayers been answered without having to stay in that reality?  How many of us would want the life we asked for in childhood?

–Praying to marry our first loves?
–Praying that our families stayed together?
–Praying that we won the lottery?

 

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All these prayers would bring about monumental changes in our lives and while some of them might be to our benefit, our entire lives would be completely different from the lives we now lead.  
We wouldn’t have the friends we have now.
–We wouldn’t live where we live now.

 

You are I’m sure aware of the quotes:
–That God gives us what we need when we need it.
–That everything that happens in our lives is always for the greatest good.
–That only God knows what is best for us.

 

And I’m sure you’re also aware that God answers all our prayers and sometimes that answer is no.  Just remember when we don’t get what we want from HIM, it doesn’t mean HE doesn’t love us, it doesn’t mean he didn’t hear our prayer,  it only means he loves us enough to withhold something we THINK we want because he KNOWS what we need.

 

Again I will refer to the C.S. Lewis quote above:
What if God DID INDEED grant all the prayers we asked for in our youth?  Would we be happy now?

 

I certainly wouldn’t and I’ll be willing to bet most of my readers wouldn’t either.  Another quote that is reminiscent is:
Be careful what you wish/pray for, because you may just get it.  As in The Monkey’s Paw.

 

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 Life of Fulfillment

You cannot create a life of fulfillment, joy and meaning while barricading yourself from others and from the opportunities Life offers you.

 

Thoughts from the Heart of the Soul
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I have many sources for Wisdom and Life and one of the sources I continually return to is books of quotes.  I have many at my disposal.  Today’s quote comes from Gary Zukov’s
Thoughts from the Heart of the Soul
Zukav

 

If you’re feeling less than joy, one of the well known remedies is to leave your home, get outside, see your friends.  Go for a walk.

 

Don’t stay locked up inside.  That will only keep you dwelling.  For some of us we need time to cope with what is cause our distress.  But we can’t stay stuck.  The BEST thing to do is get out as SOON as we can.  The longer we stay inside, the longer it will take for us to recover our joy.  For those of us who are artists, whether painters,  this also can relate to getting stuck with our artistic endeavors.  I know I’ve experienced having a temporary writing block and if I step away and go for a walk, get out with friends, my mind leaves the challenge I’m having and I’m able to return with fresh perspective.  The same can be said if we are having an emotional challenge.

 

Step outside yourself.
Spend some time in nature.  Go for a hike in the woods.  Go to the water.  Find your happy place.

 

Don’t stay inside.  It’s like my blogger and friend, Dick Sederquist in his book:
Hiking Out

You need to get outside.  Find what brings you joy and don’t stay dwelling on what brought you to the state you find yourself in at the moment.  And remember:
EVERYTHING is temporary.

 

The next time you find yourself stuck in an artistic or an emotional challenge, get up and get outside.  You’ll find that will help motivate you to recover.

 

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 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 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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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.