Creativity and Coping

I need creativity in my life to help me cope with life’s challenges.

 

Christopher Jennings Penders

 

Said by myself about a month ago to a frequent library patron.  I’ve always felt my creative output has helped me deal with emotional debris that flutters around me from time to time.  It’s why when I felt bullied, I retreated to my safe place:
In front of my computer writing my dark fantasy.  

 

Being creative helps me when I’m feeling low

 

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Why concentrate on dark fantasy?  Because I was in a dark period when I wrote fiction.  All that turmoil had to come out some way and writing was I chose to expel that energy.  It came out as dark fantasy.

 

As I said in Writing Saved My Life I can distinctly recall spending time in my bedroom writing for what I felt was a matter of minutes but realized hours had gone by when I looked back at the number of pages I’d written.  Being in the flow helped me cope.  When I’m feeling low, my creativity raises me up.  I’m sure my fellow writers and artists will agree.

 

The same can be said for being behind my camera.  Nothing makes me happier then when I’m in front of my computer, banging on my keys and watching the blank white screen fill with words, or being behind my camera scanning the horizon for that one scene.  It’s when I don’t spend time working creatively that my emotional life spirals out of control and I can become stressed more easily,

 

Being artistic helps many people cope with life’s challenges.  I’m grateful that I have the ability to cope using my art. Not everyone can release the stress in this way.  Not only do I release stress but I’m also fortunate that what I create can also help others.

 

What do you do to reduce your own negative energy?

 

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.

Why Is This Happening?

On this day of your life I believe God wants you to know that “Why is this happening?” is the most useless question in the Universe.

 

Neale Donald Walsch Daily Inspiration

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Neale Donald Walsch (NDS) has been an inspiration to me since I read his three volume set:
Conversations With God.  Might I also recommend the movie:
Conversations With God DVD.

 

The movie is quite different from the books but still worth watching.  I receive NDS daily email inspiration and it is one more spark I use when I write Wisdom and Life.

 

Asking why is silly for those of us who believe we are watched over.  We know there is a reason for all that happens. That’s why as Neale says in the above quote that:
Why is the most useless question in the Universe.

 

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Why is it useless?  Because we understand the answer is not always simple.  Don’t ask why, Why is backward. Life isn’t about going backward.  Life is about moving forward, putting one foot in front of the other.  Why is this happening doesn’t solve anything.

 

Move forward with your life.  Looking back and asking why is this happening won’t help you resolve the question.  You need to stop asking why and blaming others.  Face your life and the decisions you’ve made that have brought you to this place.  Nothing will change until and unless you realize that YOU are in charge of YOUR life.  Asking why won’t help anyway as major decisions have been made before you chose to incarnate.

 

If you know anything about my worldview, you understand that predestination plays an intricate role in my life. Asking why is this happening is especially meaningless in my own life,  Even though I may not understand why at the moment, I trust that there IS a reason and that my soul made the choice before I incarnated.  The other thing I can say without hesitation is when something challenging happens, there is ALWAYS a gift that’s left behind. We simply have to be open to finding it.

 

Stop asking why and start embracing life.  You’ll find more joy in life when you decide to move forward to stop looking behind you.

 

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.

 

It’s The Soul That Captivates Me

I can love people of every gender identity and expression. It is the soul that captivates me. It is the love we can build and the goodness we can contribute to the world by supporting each other’s best journeys.

 

Alyson Stoner
Disney star opens up

 

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Something quite a bit different for today’s column at Wisdom and Life.  But if you pay close attention to the above quote you’ll see what attracted me to this topic. Ok. Give up?
It is the soul that captivates me.

 

Those who have been with me from the the time Wisdom and Life pivoted will certainly understand that part of Alyson Stoner’s entire quote.  It IS the soul that we are attracted to.  Simply click:
Soulmates It will bring you to my columns on the subject.  

 

I sincerely believe that we all have soulmates.  Sometimes our soulmates choose to be platonic in one incarnation instead of lovers.  It doesn’t mean we don’t love each other. We may just want to live as friends in one life. Our soulmates will always be with us in each incarnation we live. If you read Soul Groups, and Always Together, you’ll see my entire worldview on the subject.  Like Ms Stoner, I also think it is the soul that connects us.  It’s why there is love at first sight or at least connection at first sight.  Because it IS the soul we feel the connection with. It’s why when we incarnate (from life to life and choose different sexes, male or female) and we find the person we are meant to be with, if we were male during our last incarnation and are now female we find our soulmate who is male, we are still attracted to him.  It’s for the very reason that Ms Stoner says:
It is the soul that captivates me.

 

I know I’ve experienced connection at first sight several times during this my most recent incarnation.  I KNOW when THESE connections occur that they are part of my soul group.

 

When I read the article about Ms Stomer and saw that quote, I understood immediately what I would share at Wisdom and Life.  Our souls to connect us. The sooner we realize this, the sooner those who fight against inclusion and acceptance of everyone will put down their emotional weapons and embrace our differences.
For we are all more alike than anyone knows or cares to understand.
We all have more in common then we are different.

 

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.

 

Good Friday

Seeing as Easter was yesterday and Good Friday was a few days ago,
I’ve decided to re-post this column from a few years ago

 

A friend of mine I work with at the library in Madison asked me about my worldview a couple days ago.  I don’t recall what precipitated the conversation but seeing as today is an important day in Christian History I have decided to shift the original column that was scheduled to publish today.

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PaoloVeronese

 

I want to discuss what I mentioned to my friend.  Several other people have asked what exactly I believe and whether I still consider myself Christian after reading Wisdom and Life; only because some of my beliefs come into direct conflict with traditional Christian belief.  For example:

My unwavering conviction in Past Lives.

 

How can I balance that strong belief with the overriding conclusion by the dominant Christian Practice of Catholicism that Past Lives don’t exist?  I’ve had this conversation with family as well as friends who are adamant about the subject.  I calmy bring up examples of children who recall events in their lives that they have no way of knowing.  Take a look at my column called Soul Survivor and attempt to explain the young boy’s story.  I had an experience myself a few years ago that I wrote about here called Children’s Past Lives.  Looking at these two examples and many more in my life is how I place Past Lives neatly into my Christian worldview.  The belief fits perfectly into my puzzle of life.

 

Just as strong as my conviction in Past Lives is my conviction that Jesus died on the Cross and rose on Easter Sunday. My faith has NEVER wavered.  I seldom invoke that name here because that name carries weight, some positive and some negative.  When I use the word “God,” at Wisdom and Life I always think:
Uh oh:
I wonder what kind of reaction I’ll receive from people who don’t share my strong conviction in Faith as I do.

 

My friend Hal Baird over on Google+ has told me repeatedly that I shouldn’t worry what others think and continue to write what I’m directed to; and not to preface what I write.  I REALLY do have to stop being self conscious about that and make sure I continue to practice the mission statement from 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. Take me or leave me. I no longer worry what others think.

 

My faith is too important to water down and not write about it when I AM directed to.  As I’ve said here too many times to number, I’m convinced that I’m simply a conduit, a channel,  that the Divine provides me with the inspiration to write.  I’ve discovered that when I’m struck with something to discuss, nothing will prevent me from writing about the topic on the given day that I’m writing, which is why many times I have something scheduled to publish on a specific day and suddenly I’m shifting columns.  When I mention that a column is being shifted, most likely it is because I have been given something else to discuss as is the case with today’s column.

 

So what exactly does my worldview consist of:
In the simplest form if you want an understanding of my worldview you can go to:
My Spirituality page.

 

I understand that I also mention Thomas Aquinas here often, especially his quote:
To one who has faith no explanation is necessary.  

 

That’s EXACTLY how I feel. I’ve never had a crisis of faith. Because I feel God all around me.  As the movie I recently saw suggests:
God’s not Dead.  

 

Even though I don’t attend organized religion, Good Friday and Easter Sunday are important in my worldview.  Why? You may ask since I don’t attend organized religion do I feel so strongly about my faith and since I do feel so strongly don’t I attend?  I guess I’ve always been one to seek my own path, But the Divine has always been right beside me in this, my latest incarnation.  I’ve always had an overflowing faith and as I’ve said before, Ya want some?

 

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.

 

My Favorite Children’s Books

I’ve been a reader my entire life. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that reading as much as I did growing up helped my writing get to where it is today. Without reading, you’re not going to learn.

 

It’s why I mentioned Ray Bradbury’s quotes about libraries in an earlier column.  In one of the quotes, Bradbury said he is completely library educated.  Libraries and books are integral to everyone. My day job is at my local library.  Before I worked at my library I had the pleasure of working at RJ Julia Booksellers.  I’ve always loved the printed word, so much so that I’ve been writing longer than I’ve had a camera in my hand.  

 

These are my three favorite children’s books of all time:

Reading as a child helped me in many ways:
–Reading transported me to a safe place, just as writing did as I grew older.
–Reading was my friend, as I’ve been an introvert as long as I can recall.  Just click the previous link and you’ll see my columns at Wisdom and Life on introverts.
I’d rather curl up with a book or spend my alone time writing then being out with people i don’t know.

–Reading and writing have been my friends long before I had people friends.

 

 

 

I’m not saying any of this to garner sympathy.  I love the way I live.
–I love coming home and finding no one here.
–I love the freedom I have.  
The freedom to read when I want,
The freedom to write when I want.
The freedom to do what I want when I want.

 

So, I bet you’re wondering when I’m not only getting to the subject of today’s column, but what the column’s subject is.  Well, reading is the subject, more specifically, three of my favorite children’s books of all time:
Tuck Everlasting
A Wrinkle in Time
Charlotte’s Web

 

So do these books stand out to me?  The first two books have time as one of its major subjects. If you’re a long time reader of Wisdom and Life then you know I have an interest in the concept of time.

–That you can’t change anything without affecting everything else about your life.
–That time doesn’t really exist. That it’s simply a construct of humankind.

 

It’s why the first two books resonate so deeply with me. In Tuck Everlasting, there is the concept of aging and immortality. Sort of a retelling of Ponce De Leon and his search for the fountain of youth. I’ve sometimes considered the idea of immortality. Which is another reason why I connect with Tuck Everlasting. My writing will create the immortality I sometimes think about.

 

A Wrinkle In Time is another favorite. I’ve been fascinated by time and distortions in it for a long while.  I often find myself considering ACTUAL wrinkles and tears in the fabric of time itself. Which is why Madeleine L’Engle’s quintessential book has resonated with me.

 

And Charlotte’s Web?

That doesn’t fit in with the above two books at all you may believe. You’re right. However, Charlotte’s Web has long been a favorite, even before the Tuck Everlasting and A Wrinkle in Time.  Can’t really put a finger on why this particular book has been so deeply important. All I can say is that it is my favorite children’s book of all time.

 

What are your favorite children’s books?

 

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.

 

Prayer, Faith and Law of Attraction

Your prayer causes you to focus, and the Law of Attraction causes everything in the Universe that’s in vibrational harmony with your focus to come to you.

 

Abraham-Hicks
December 20, 2017

 

Law of Attraction and Faith go hand in hand.  It can be seen from the above quote. Prayer is an integral part to both Law of Attraction and Faith.

 

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If you remember three of the tenets of Law of Attraction:
 Ask for what you want
 Believe you already have it
 Thank the Universe when you receive it.

 

You can see similarities to faith and Biblical teachings, especially if you merge one and two from above into:
Ask and ye shall receive
–Believe you already have it.  (Belief)
Belief and faith play an important role in the Bible.  For those who read the Bible literally everything is taken on faith and belief.  Belief and faith also play a significant part in my life.

 

I’ve always had a strong faith and as I’ve said at Wisdom and Life, discovering Law of Attraction has deepened my faith.  It’s why the tagline for my blog is:
Where Law of Attraction Meets Faith and Spirituality.

 

I certainly believe that Law of Attraction (LoA) merged tenets with Faith, Religion and Christianity to make it more amenable and accessible to a mass audience.  Which is not to take anything away from LoA. The same can be said for the book/movie combination of The Secret.  Concentrating on the goal of getting what you want and just touching on other concepts of LoA made it easier for people getting started understanding Law of Attraction.  Those wanting more now had the beginner knowledge and could dig deeper. Without that “kindergarten” understanding no one would have the ability to move forward if they wanted to.  

 

Those of us, myself included, who discovered the similarities to Faith and Religion found our faith deepening as a result of studying LoA and Faith.  We saw the merged traits and became more enriched. Which in some respect I believe is one of the factors to bringing Law of Attraction to the masses.

 

What do you think?  I’m interested in your responses.  Feel free to leave a comment.

 

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.

 

Reveling in Solitude

Alone vs Loneliness.
Being an introvert has its positives and many people see those positives as negatives.

–Some see introverts as rude, because they don’t do small talk.
–Some see the tendency of the introvert’s need for alone time as out of sync with humanity, that people need people.

 

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While that is ostensibly true, some of us who are introverts get burned out when we are “in the public eye” for long periods of time.  We need to decompress. And if we are influenced or forced to spend more time out, we will become more quiet, less likely to communicate.  We will find a solitary place in a crowd to decompress. We will hide.

 

When we are influenced to spend time with friends and family and we don’t want to, this action will conceivably bring more animus, with the introvert doubling down and finding a deeper hole to hide in.  So how do we merge these two dichotomous attributes and learn to live as an introvert and as someone who knows one?

 

I think the best approach one can take who knows an introvert is to learn to read the signs of your particular friend or family member.  If (s)he says I’d rather not do anything today then
–Don’t be insulted or hurt that they turned you down.  
–Don’t attempt to change their mind by creating guilt.
–Accept the choice and realize it has nothing to do with not wanting to see you it has more to do with taking care of themselves.

 

If the introvert IS out with you and they suddenly vanish again:
–Don’t be hurt.
–Don’t get angry at them.
–Don’t question the behavior.

It is the introvert’s method of ramping up again.

 

If you want to understand the introvert in your life better than you do now, I highly recommend reading what I believe is the introvert handbook:
Quiet:
The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

 

If you are in the presence of an introvert and the introvert is noticeably quiet, the worst thing you can do is ask is something wrong?  Why are you so quiet? Nothing is wrong! It’s likely as stated above they are merely decompressing.

 

So what’s with the Two words at the top of this column:
Alone and Loneliness

 

I believe I’ve covered this at Wisdom and Life previously.  Being alone and feeling lonely are completely different. I’ve been fortunate to hardly ever feeling lonely.  I can’t say for sure because I’m the only test subject I’m aware of. However, realizing that I’m an introvert, I sometimes wonder whether loneliness is an attribute that introverts in general are not afflicted with.

 

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.

I Read a Book One Day

I read a book one day and my whole life changed.

Light The Dark:
Writers on Creativity, Inspiration,
and the Artistic Process

 

 

 

 

 

When someone asks me what I do, the first response is photographer. It should be writer THEN photographer.
I’ve been writing longer than I’ve had a camera in my hand; and I write more than I’m out with my camera. EVERY day as a matter of fact I’m at my computer tapping on my keyboard.

 

Light The Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process is the latest book I’m reading.  I’ve had a challenge finding any fiction to read recently, having borrowed several books from my library in the past six weeks or so.  No fiction has turned me on.  Nonfiction is where I find my inspiration now. Writing books have always been a favorite of mine, and this book along with several others have been an inspiration.  I highly recommend the two below:
Dancing on the Head of a Pen
Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life

 

Read my column that refers to Still Writing:
Writing Saved My Life

 

Reading and writing have been such an important aspect of my entire life.  I feel blessed that I followed my bliss and continued with my writing career even though roadblocks had been placed in my way.  Many people said:
No.  You can’t do that and expect to make a living.

 

So I went around the roadblocks and worked my way into the book field, working first at RJ Julia Booksellers, my local bookstore, then at The EC Scranton Library.  All the while I continued to write; first short stories then moving into blog content.  I let no one dissuade me.  In fact, as I may have said here previously, the BEST motivation anyone can give me is try telling me no.

 

And now, while I haven’t yet broken through and made a living writing, I DO have two books being published later this year.  So I will paraphrase the above quote:
Reading a book has changed my life for the better.

 

For without reading EVERYTHING, you can’t expect to accomplish ANYTHING!  Ray Bradbury I think said it best:
“I’m completely library educated. I’ve never been to college. I went down to the library when I was in grade school in Waukegan, and in high school in Los Angeles, and spent long days every summer in the library. I used to steal magazines from a store on Genesee Street, in Waukegan, and read them and then steal them back on the racks again. That way I took the print off with my eyeballs and stayed honest. I didn’t want to be a permanent thief, and I was very careful to wash my hands before I read them. But with the library, it’s like catnip, I suppose: you begin to run in circles because there’s so much to look at and read. And it’s far more fun than going to school, simply because you make up your own list and you don’t have to listen to anyone. When I would see some of the books my kids were forced to bring home and read by some of their teachers, and were graded on—well, what if you don’t like those books?”

 

And here’s another by Bradbury:
I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it’s better than college. People should educate themselves – you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I’d written a thousand stories.

 

So turn off your television and immerse yourself in the written word.  
Your brain will thank you.
Your eyes will thank you.
Your writing will thank you.

 

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 Soul Energy

Your soul is interested in how you use your energy—what you create and whether you achieve your greatest potential.  It sees the experiences of your life as part of a larger, richer, more complete picture than the one you can see

Thoughts from the Heart of the Soul

 

 

I use a variety of resources for inspiration, many books to help me write about the topics of Wisdom and Life.  Gary Zukov is an author I’ve followed for awhile. He’s in the same vein as Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer.  I recommend reading some of his content.

 

As I’ve maintained at Wisdom and Life almost from its inception we all have a plan that has been divinely planned before we incarnate.  How do you know what your soul has intended?

 

When you’re doing what you SHOULD be doing, as the quote above says, your energy level will rise and that’s what your soul is interested in:
High energy.

 

So how do you achieve high energy?

You follow your bliss.  Your bliss is how you feel when you are doing what you love.  And whatever you do do NOT let anyone dissuade you from your soul’s plan.  That’s the time when you lose your energy.

 

The reason your soul sees your life as part of a larger fabric is that before you incarnate, it knows EVERYTHING you will you will face:
–Your soul knows when you will return to spirit, to the ethereal.
–Your soul knows when you’ll find your soulmate, and how you will spend your time together, whether as friends, lovers or married.
–Your soul knows how you will spend your life, what kind of career you will have.  It will do everything it can to show you your gifts then push you to follow your bliss.  In the end it’s up to you whether you listen to your soul or outside influences.

 

Listen to your soul so that you live in bliss!

 

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.

Learning Turns Everything Into A Positive

Something just a BIT different today, although still a reflection of the themes I discuss regularly at Wisdom and Life.  This time I’m discussing Gratitude as it relates to Tom Brady and his 2018 loss in Super Bowl 52.  As you can see from the preceding link, Brady says he’s grateful for getting to Super Bowl 52.  He says all the right things and everything I believe as well is reflected in his statements.  I especially like the title of this column today.  And yes, Tom Brady is credited with saying:
Learning Turns Everything Into A Positive.

 

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I understand that The Patriots can be polarizing.  However, everyone should be able to identify with being grateful.  If you can separate The Patriots and Tom Brady from who they are and simply take Tom Brady’s lesson on finding the gift in loss, you’ll learn to live life in a better way.  It’s why I write this blog.  I want to show that there is another way.  But you still need to do the work.  You still need to apply the lessons.

 

Being Grateful is a HUGE lesson to learn.  Many people have still to learn that being grateful is the key to a positive life.  Even in life’s catastrophes, if you can take one thing away from adversity and turn it into a positive you’re on your way to living an affirmative life.  This is not an easy step to take when just learning about Law of Attraction, (LoA) which at its core is all about living a grateful life however the more you practice the tenets of LoA, the easier it will become.

 

Look at Tom Brady’s link above and you will clearly see someone practicing LoA.  He may not know that’s what he’s doing, however it is apparent to anyone who knows the tenets of the practice, that IS EXACTLY what he is saying.

 

Loss of anything or anyone is cause for reflection and distress.  The goal of reflecting on your challenge is to hopefully come out the other end of the adversity with a positive.  If someone who lost the most impactful game of the NFL season can pull out something grateful from the loss then anyone can find something in their own challenges to be 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.