Thaddeus Squirrel

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Thaddeus, while in the midst of collecting food for the winter months, one morning has a crisis of conscience.  In other words, he awakens.  

 

He realizes there is so much more to life than simply over collecting.  In his case, it is over collecting food. However, if you look at the story of Thaddeus, I’m sure you will find correlations to our own lives.

 

 

 

What are we collecting, that we don’t need?
Are you honoring the sacred path that is your calling?
Do you know what your calling is?

 

These are all questions that Thaddeus struggles with.  They are questions we all are challenged by.  What we must do is quiet the noise around us and center on the inner voice we all have.  

 

Meditating is one way to do this. Some of us are fortunate to have a well tuned in voice.  We’ve been practicing for years, honing that inner wisdom.  For those of you who can’t hear it or those of you who know there is something more, but aren’t sure how to find it, Thaddeus can be your guide.  Simply follow him as he travels away from his comfort zone, away from the only home he has ever known.  For it is only in the journey that we can find ourselves.  It is only in stepping away that we can find our way home.  The home where we belong; not necessarily the home we grew up in.

 

There is much to learn from Thaddeus.  Simply take the first step with him and let him show you your 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.

 

One Memory

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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?

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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.

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
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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.

 

 

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.

What Dreams May Come –Book Review

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What Dreams May Come
Richard Matheson


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This is one book that MUST be read by EVERYONE on this journey we call life.  It will forever change your life and your perspective on death if you are open to it.

 

I read Richard Matheson’s What Dreams May Come originally in the early 1990s and the book had such an impact on me that it changed my entire perspective on Life and Death. There have not been too many books that have had such life altering experiences for me.  What Dreams May Come is on a very short list of such books. This book should be on EVERYONE’S shortlist of books to read in their lifetime.

 

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A movie of the same name based on the book is available on DVD:
What Dreams May Come
and though I don’t usually recommend both book and movie, this is that rare exception where both can be viewed separately and neither one takes away anything from the other.

 

The book is based on years of research by the author.  In fact so much went into this book that there is an extensive bibliography in the back of What Dreams May Come.  Matheson says in his foreword that he doesn’t expect us as readers to read every book that he used, however he DOES say that if we chose to we’d come away with a new perspective just as I did.

 

The book begins with a knock on the door of someone.  Chris Neilson has passed and he has been communicating with a medium.  It is said medium who knocks on Chris’s brother’s door and insists on giving him the notes from said conversations.

 

This is where the book begins.  Through this manuscript, Chris attempts to reach out to his brother, doing his best to explain that there is indeed a survival after death, that the soul does carry on, that at some point, we can choose to return to earthly bodies. Yes!  I’m referring to reincarnation.

 

Ostensibly, in What Dreams May Come is where I first saw this topic and really delved deeply into it.  I’ve read this book several times; one of only a handful of books I’ve read more than once.  Each time I read it I come away with a deeper insight.

 

What Dreams May Come is a MUST read!
It is a book that MUST be read by ALL of humankind.

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.

High Vibrational People

Seek out higher vibrational people, and avoid those who reflect more ego-oriented  behavior patterns

 

Your Ultimate Calling
365 Ways to Bring Inspiration Into Your Life

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UltimateCalling

The same can be said when working to improve your emotional health.  The same old same old won’t work.  And the more you do to improve your well being and the more you see your OLD friends you will notice their destructive behavior.  As you get better and those people you associated with stay stuck in emotionally destructive patterns you will find yourself at a crossroads:
Do you stay with people because you’ve known them and they feel comfortable?
Or do you step outside your comfort zone and seek out people who are more like you now?

 

Think about it this way:
You made the decision to find a better way.  You did that.  It wasn’t easy.  You survived that choice.  You will surely survive without the negative people that have been your security.

 

Before you made the choice, you didn’t know better.  You didn’t see a better life was just around the corner.  These people were your friends.  After all as Law of Attraction states:
We attract what we believe.

 

And if we surround ourselves with negativity, we sometimes choose to believe that’s what we deserve.  I’ve seen this with various friends who have taken steps to better their lives.  Sometimes it isn’t always easy to walk away from negative people:
–If you work with them.
–If they are part of your family.

 

You can use this to your advantage though.  Seeing the behavior they exhibit can make it easier on you to understand that you don’t want to go back to that attitude.  When you are in a negative situaution, it is important to stay positive, to stay centered any way you can.  If it means not enagaging then that’s what you need to do.  And as soon as you are away from that place, reach out to one of your NEW friends.  Vent to them.  You can’t keep that bad juju in you.  It is at this time more than any other that you MUST seek out higher vibrational people.

 

And ALWAYS remember when one of these negative people lash out at you, it NEVER has anything to do with you.  They are releasing THEIR toxins.  Unfortunately, they haven’t learned how destructive their behavior is to those around them.  Weak peope attack those within closest proximity.  This is why it is so important to build new relationships with those in your new paradigm.

 

Easy to do when in a twelve step program.  Not so easy when we only want to change our emotional well being.  Not impossible, however.  We can look for like minded people anywhere.  Search Internet groups.  Start talking about your new paradigm.  Trust me, people are more open to Law of Attraction and Spirituality today than they ever were in the past.  

 

Find your higher vibrational people and embrace them!

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end

On Life After Death

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross has long been someone I admire.  Her work with terminally ill patients has always been commendable and she is best known for her five stages of dying.  In her book:
KublerRoss

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On Life After Death, Kubler Ross shows through four lectures she has given that death (transition) (a word I use in place of the word death and I’ve come to find out by reading On Life After Death, that Kubler Ross uses the same word) is not something to be fearful of, not something to run away from.  Transition should be welcomed just as birth is welcomed.  Transition is a natural part of life, something we all must face.  As I read this book I constantly saw words and subjects I have used for many years to describe my own feelings of Transition.  Kubler Ross in one paragraph of one of the lectures in this book describes death as taking off a winter coat.  I use that phrase myself as the title of a column here at Wisdom and Life and that phrase later became the working title of my own book on Transition.  For anyone with a terminally ill friend, or family member who doesn’t know how to react, doesn’t know the right thing to say or do, and wants comfort in the knowledge that we all survive this mortal coil, then I highly suggest finding this book and reading it.  

 

On Life After Death may give you hope, knowing that thousands and thousands of people who have had Near Death Experiences (NDE) all return with the same information:
–Hovering over your body, your shell.
–Seeing those who have passed before them.
–Traveling through a tunnel where a bright light welcomes them at the end.
–Feeling nothing but unconditional love while in this ethereal place.
–Not wanting to return, and feeling overwhelming distress when they DO return.

 

It doesn’t matter your race, your religion or your creed.  EVERYONE who has had an NDE reports all of these things.  

 

There REALLY is no death.  I’ve known that from day one.  It’s one of the reasons this blog exists and one of the reasons I’ve written my own book on Transitioning.  I think it is extremely important to spread the knowledge that death, that transition is not something to be feared.  Take off you spiritual blinders.

Wake up and see the world as it really is:
A place of spiritual energy, a place we all come to to work out our physical needs and challenges.  

 

This thing we call life is the only way we have of working through those challenges to bring us closer to the Divine, to the Light, to perfect harmony with Source, with God.

 

On Life After Death, like so many other books on this topic is another important cog in the wheel of this experience.  Don’t pass this book up.  You may just come away with some new insights.

 

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.

Which Books Are You?

Anyone who knows me in the LEAST, understands that reading is part of who I am.  It’s why the last two jobs I’ve had have been book centric.  RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, Connecticut and The Scranton Library in Madison, Connecticut.   The funny thing is when I grew up, you couldn’t pay me to read.  Now you’d have to pay me NOT to read.

 

Alright.  With that established, let’s play a little reading game:
Before we begin let me just start out by saying that I’ve discussed these two books countless times before at Wisdom and Life.  However, as with all topics here it is always nice to circle back around.  Sometimes for new readers who haven’t been with me since this blog’s inception and sometimes it’s also good to get a repeat once in awhile.

 

If you had to choose two books that best described who you are. which two books would they be?  Which two books would you NOT want to be without?  Which two books have become so much a part of you are, that to take them away from you would be as if someone reached in and pulled out your very soul?  I’ll start:
My two books that I simply can’t be without are:
1.  What Dreams May Come: A Novel
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I read this book for the first time in the early 1990s and it entirely changed my whole perspective on life and death.  Few books have had such a life altering experience for me as this book did.  What Dreams May Come tells the story of Chris Nielsen who dies in a fiery car accident leaving his wife and children behind.  What comes next is the story of Chris doing everything is his limited power to comfort Annie, his wife, doing everything he can to show her that life moves even when one has transitioned.  What Dreams May Come was my introduction to the theory of Past Lives and reincarnation.  It’s why the book has become so important in my library.  And it is why I firmly believe as I stated in a Facebook post a couple weeks ago that it is one book that all of humanity should read.  It’s one book that needs to be required reading for every living human.  It could change everyone’s life if they let the ideas in the book permeate.

 

  1.  Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived
    Love Wins

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This book is important to me as well because it introduced me to the fact that I am most likely a Universalist.  Whether or not Rob Bell is a Universalist is up for debate.  However, his book points to many claims that Universalists make.

 

Another reason I identify so strongly with this book is Bell’s claim that a loving God would not choose a select few people to save.  If God is all loving wouldn’t that entity want to save all of humanity?  That’s my reasoning too.  And it’s why this book is in my top two spiritual books to have and why I feel as I do with What Dreams May Come that all of humanity can benefit from reading 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.

Wayne Dyer

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Wayne Dyer transitioned on August 29.  He was 75.  After discovering Law of Attraction through Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret, I quickly realized there was much more to this new worldview I became involved in, that it wasn’t all about how to acquire THINGS.  Law of Attraction is so much more.  Law of Attraction is a way of life, one I practice every day and Wayne Dyer became one of the first people I found after being introduced to The Secret.

 

 

 

This was well before Dyer became established in the Law of Attraction movement, but even at the time of writing that book you could clearly see the seeds were being sown for what he would later develop into.  He became my go to guy.  After discovering Wayne Dyer I went through the bulk of his back catalog, reading most of his books and watching many of his PBS specials and movies.

The Shift

being the movie that made a lasting impression me; because it was shortly after being introduced to Wayne Dyer.  Shortly after The Shift, I read:
Excuses Begone and that changed my outlook on life.  I wrote about how much that book altered my worldview here:
Be Happy!  Be Well

 

I think one of the reasons Wayne Dyer left such an impression on me is because he was the first individual I discovered after finding Law of Attraction.  He will be greatly missed. But he is needed elsewhere now.

Wayne Dyer has left us with a lasting treasure trove of material.  Simply click on his name linked at the beginning of this sentence to see his product at Amazon.  If anything catches your eye, you can purchase DIRECTLY from Wisdom and Life.

 

And he will be back.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

 

All Is Truly Well

If you know that all is well, you know all you need to know. And if you know life is supposed to be fun, you know more than almost anybody else knows. And if you know that the way you feel is your indicator of how connected you are to Source, then you know that which only a handful of Deliberate Creators, respective to the total population, really know. The beasts all know it. Your animals know that all is well. Your animals live in the moment. They understand the power of their now. They expect the Universe to yield to them. They don’t worry or fret or conjure or make laws or rules or try to regulate. They are Pure Positive Energy. Your beasts vibrate more on the Energy scale of contentment than of passion. Their desire was set forth from Nonphysical, and continues to be set forth by those, like you, who want Energy balance, who want sustenance. The difference between the beast and the human is that the beast is more general in its intent. The human is usually less blended, usually less allowing of the Energy to flow, but is more specific. And that is why the human is seen to be the Creator while the beast is more the balancer of Energy.

 

Abraham Hicks

 

How often do you feel content?
How often do feel connected?

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What is source?
What does it mean to be connected?

 

If you look at source as the universal power for good, as the power of positive energy then you can clearly see that being connected means being plugged into that energy source.  That source, for me is simply another way of defining the Divine.  It’s just another way of defining God; which is why I’ve always maintained that Law of Attraction (LoA) has served to deepen my faith.  Law of Attraction is so much more than asking for THINGS.  It is so much more than bringing THINGS into your life.

Law of Attraction is a means to an end.
Law of Attraction is a philosophy.
Law of Attraction is a way to live your life.

 

Re-read the above statement from Abraham Hicks and you’ll begin to understand the philosophy behind LoA.  LoA tells us that we can change our thoughts and when we change our thoughts, our entire well-being changes, our well-being will improve.  Simply look at the first line:
If you know that all is well, you know all you need to know.

 

Those of us who are truly steeped in this paradigm understand that all IS well and all will ALWAYS be well.  Even when challenges arise, after they dissipate, we can always find a blessing.  Those of us who know where to look will always find that opened window after a door closes.  That window ALWAYS opens.  Sometimes we have look harder for it.  When you are connected to source, this all becomes rote.

 

Knowing that all is well becomes routine.
Knowing that you will be provided for becomes routine.  It’s just like I said at my column at Wisdom and Life called:
Two Symptoms of Enlightenment:
When we become spiritually enlightened, we lose all our fears, we lose our worry.

 

Where does fear and worry originate from?  Why do we worry?

We worry and fear when we look to the future, correct?
We worry and fear when we don’t know what’s around the next corner.

 

So how do we stop that worry?  How do we halt it in its tracks?
Anyone?

 

Let’s go back a couple of lines here and look at what causes worry:
when we look to the future.

 

So the solution is as Eckhart Tolle says in his quintessential book:
The Power of Now:
Stay in the present moment.

 

That’s how to stay connected to source.
That’s how to feel content.
That’s how to know that all is truly well.

 

How many of us can practice this on a regular basis?

 

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.