What is the Meaning of Life According to Wisdom and Life

I spent two Sundays ago in the afternoon (almost four hours) with a new friend.  Somehow we wound up discussing the meaning of life.  I know.  A heavy discussion for such a new friendship.  After we departed, my friend asked me to write up an email with my thoughts so they could share with their family.  I’ve decided to write up a column here at Wisdom and Life. I will also send an email to my friend.  All of this information is available at Wisdom and Life but is scattered throughout the blog.  I’ve decided to write up my ENTIRE worldview so it is in one place.
Worldview

 

 

 

 

 

Reincarnation/Past Lives

Here is what I think:

As those of you who know me understand, one of my core beliefs is in the Past Life/Reincarnation story.  So what happens when we incarnate in each life and WHY do we keep returning?  What is your philosophy on that?  You may ask.  Okay.  That’s a legitimate question.  I equate returning to the physical after a brief time of reflection the same way we move from grade to grade in school.  School?  You’re equating life and death to school?  Oh this should be good.  I bet you’re thinking.  Let me explain:
How do we move from grade to grade?  How do we get promoted to another grade?  After we have learned what we need to we are promoted to the next grade, correct?  Well that’s how I see each life we move into.  Once we have transitioned, we spend some time with our soul group.  What’s a soul group?  You can look here for more information:
Soul Groups

 

The time we spend with our soul group gives us the opportunity to reflect on the life we just left.  We look at each event we experienced and consider what we could have done better. So that hopefully when that event re-occurs in our next incarnation IF we made a decision that affected us adversely, we will continue seeing that event until we make a better choice.

 

The who concept in my worldview of reincarnation is to get to a point where we become more God like.  Where don’t HAVE to return.  Where we can CHOOSE to return.  So life, death and reincarnation is lesson building.  

 

So where does God, Jesus and Heaven fall in your view?

Do you believe in God?
Do you believe Jesus existed?
Do you believe in heaven?

 

God is everywhere in my life.  I carry on a daily conversation with HIM.  Too much has happened in my life NOT to see God in my life.  HE is the master controller of what happens when we go into transition.  Let’s continue using the school metaphor:
I see God as a school’s principal.  They oversee the system.  That’s the way I see God.  He monitors what happens in our lives.  You can communicate with him just as you can communicate with your school’s principal.

Jesus certainly existed.  He is the first to reincarnate.  Recall in the Bible, that he passed.  Also recall, that he returned as flesh to his disciples.  Jesus is the flesh of God.  He is God incarnated.  Jesus is the assistant principal in the school metaphore.  In most schools, the assistant principal is the disciplinarian.  This may have been apt at one point when God was seen as vengeful.  God is NOT and was NEVER vengeful.  God is love.

 

Heaven exists.  Whether it is a permanent place or simply a way station as in Transition Station, a place our souls go to review our last life I can’t say.  I like Robin Williams thoughts in the Movie What Dreams May Come when he said toward the end of that movie.  I’m paraphrasing of course because I can’t recall the EXACT words he used.  He said:
But what about going back?  Don’t worry about the kids.  They want us to go.  A whole human life is just a heartbeat here in heaven. (As in time doesn’t exist.)  Then we’ll all be together forever.

 

There is so much more that I believe:
That everything happens for a reason.
That predestination is real.

 

One more link to share from Wisdom and Life, another similar to this column:
My Worldview

 

What is YOUR worldview?

 

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.

 

 

One Memory

The After Life Link below, will bring to my Amazon associate account.
Should you decide to purchase the DVD, a portion of the cost will benefit me.

After Life is a Japanese movie that asks the question:

If you could take only one memory with you to the afterlife what would that memory be?

Image from:
Pixabay
memory

On October 9 at Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society, the service will include people answering this question.  I will be partaking.  This question has been a challenge for me as I have been struggling with one of two choices.  I think I’ve finally resolved the question in my head and I’m at peace with my decision.  Wasn’t easy, but now that I’ve made my choice, I realize it’s the ONLY one that could be made.

 

I’m posing the question to my readers now:
If you could take only one memory with you to the afterlife what would that memory be?

 

I also highly recommend finding the movie.  Definitely thought provoking.  I was fortunate to have seen it about a year ago.  Again, working at a public library pays dividends beyond reading.

 

Someone returned After Life and because I work at the Circ Desk I get to see EVERYTHING that passes by, both incoming and outgoing.

 

What would you do?

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.

Star Trek –Tapestry

Star Trek is recurring theme here at Wisdom and Life.  In fact I even mention Tapestry briefly in another column.  I’ve been watching Star Trek again recently, Voyager, Next Generation and The Original Series.  They all have their merits.  Q, played by John De Lancie happens to be my favorite recurring character.  He mostly plays foil to Captain Picard of The Next Generation.  He has shown up a number of times in Voyager and Deep Space Nine as well.

 

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One of the reasons Star Trek resonates so deeply with me is because the stories work on more than a superficial level.  Take Tapestry for example.  In that episode Q meets Captain Picard in the afterlife giving Picard a chance to go back and change his life.  As anyone who has been following Wisdom and Life for any time at all should understand:
ANY change you make to your life whether big or small will spin your world into an ENTIRELY different trajectory.

 

Just as Captain Picard discovered in that episode.  One of the best scenes in Tapestry is seeing Picard laugh.  Humor is not something readily seen in Picard.  And it’s one of the events that makes that particular episode stand out.

 

The ONE change, Picard made helped him survive what ultimately brought him to Q in the afterlife.  However that ONE TINY change completely unraveled the fabric of the life he had before.  It’s why when EVER anyone asks you if you could change any ONE thing in your life would you and what would it be?  As challenging as it would be, the ONLY answer you can and SHOULD give is:
I would change nothing!

 

Next Generation ran for seven seasons and there are so many standout episodes from its seven year run.  I have three all time favorites:
1.  Tapestry is leaps and bounds ahead of my other two.  Secretariat at the Preakness ahead
2.  I Borg
3.  
Inner Light

 

See?
Science Fiction, when done correctly, has so much to offer.  As I said at the top of this column, Star Trek works on so many levels.  There is the space opera feel.  But then each episode works on an emotional level to and teaches us something about ourselves.  Each one of my favorites has a teaching moment and they all work on the emotional level more than many episodes do.

 

Tapestry, especially is an important episode in my life, only because the episode teaches us that we cannot alter the fabric of our lives and expect nothing to change.  The entire Star Trek Universe is something everyone should experience.

 

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.

 

Labor Day

Another holiday falling on a Monday which means another holiday column.  Today is Labor Day, a day that celebrates the United States labor movement and has since morphed into a day that celebrates all of the United States workforce.

Image from:
US Dept. of Labor
LaborDay

Unfortunately, the day has morphed once again into the unofficial end of summer, just as Memorial Day has become the unofficial start of summer.  How do you celebrate the day?

 

It seems like most holidays have lost their original intent.  The holy days taking on a crass commercialism.  Other holidays such as Labor Day and Memorial Day taking on its on commercial status.  Automobile ads seem to proliferate during these two days.  It’s a shame that we have lost the true meaning of these days.  I think it is too far gone now to ever get the original intent back.

 

Am I the only one to feel 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.

 

Living Your Vocation

A man knows when he has found his vocation when he stops thinking about how to live and begins to live.

Thomas Merton

 

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Merton

Thomas Merton is a recurring theme at Wisdom and Life
as can be seen from the preceding link.  Merton has long been one of my favorite resources not just for Wisdom and Life but for my life in general.  My friend and fellow blogger, Jean Wise at Healthy Spirituality shared a Merton Quote on Facebook last week and that brought me around to thinking that I haven’t shared Thomas Merton lately myself.

 

One of the resources I keep for all my blogs is a list of quotes for Wisdom and Life, upcoming books to review for Scranton Page Turner and thoughts for CJP Photo News.  On Friday afternoon I looked through my quotes list for Wisdom and Life and came across Merton’s quote above.

 

I’ve been fortunate to have had found my rhythm in many areas.

–Computer Tech
Before I was hired at the Scranton Library in Madison, Connecticut I had a one man tech business.  Over 200 clients.

–Social Media
I have roughly 10 clients at the moment.  I help them with marketing online.
Setting up WordPress Blogs
Setting up social media sites

 

When I’m helping people I get in the flow.  Feels so amazing to love what you do.

–Photography

Another passion where I’ve been able to convert that passion into abundance.
–Writing
Writing has always been my long term goal.  It was my first ambition and it has turned into another abundance maker for me.

 

There’s nothing better than finding your passion and being able to convert that into abundance.  Some of us never find it.  I have an abundance of passions that bring me into that flow.

 

Thomas Merton is correct:
When you find what you love and are able to turn that into a vocation, that’s when you REALLY start to live.

 

That’s when you stop worrying about the future and stay in the present moment.  It’s only when you are doing what you love that all other stress disappears.  Nothing challenging can remain if you stay in the present moment.

 

How do you stay in the present moment?
By doing what you love.

 

Have you converted your passion into vocation yet?

 

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.

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.

Image from:
CJP Photos
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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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CJP Photos
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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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Pixabay
WrappedPresent

 

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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When you NOW see Amazon Links at Wisdom and Life,
if you purchase linked items from my blog, I will benefit.

 

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

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.