Why Did You Do This For Me?

Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.

 

Charlotte’s Web
E.B. White

 

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Charlotte’s Web is one of my favorite children’s books of all time.  As with many of my favorite books, there are countless quotes throughout the book that resonate deeply with me.

 

 

Our friends play an important role in our lives.  There is no self made man.  We are all where we are because someone else cared enough to give us a hand when we needed it.  Whether it was friends or family makes no difference.  No man is an island.  

 

We need our friends.
We need others to help us move along the path of life.

 

 

 

Who has helped you?
Have you thanked 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.

 

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.

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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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

Unitarian Universalism

Those of you who have been following Wisdom and Life understand my challenge with finding a spiritual home that I’m comfortable in.  I’ve attended Catholic Mass on numerous occasions.  When younger I went to Saint Mark Lutheran Church in Norwich, Connecticut with my maternal grandparents; yet I never felt as if I belonged in either place.  Even when I was young, I felt out of place in religion.  It wasn’t that I didn’t believe. On the contrary, as I’ve said here countless times, my faith is what carried me through all the obstacles I faced growing up.  Were it not for my deep conviction in God, I sincerely don’t know how I would have survived.  My faith has never wavered.

 

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I just haven’t found a place where I felt comfortable enough to make a commitment.

 

Until I came across The Shoreline Unitarian Society.  From the moment I left the first service, I KNEW I found my home.  I knew, because a few months before I came across Rob Bell’s Book:
Love Wins and after reading it, I FINALLY understood the spiritual place I belonged.  As I stated in the above linked column at Wisdom and Life, there is some debate about whether Mr Bell is a Universalist.  However if you read Love Wins then direct your attention to Unitarian Belief, I think you may come away with the same knowledge that I did:
That Rob Bell does indeed hold many Unitarian values.

 

I went every week for about six months two years ago, then, life interrupted and I stopped going.  Then, the week before Christmas, 2015, I decided to return and I’ve re-committed myself to attending every week.  If you don’t know much about Unitarian belief, I highly recommend looking into the belief system.  Reading some of what they believe.  You can find info at UUA.org.  You may find yourself connecting with much of their paradigm.

 

The ONLY thing I kind of find lacking is any talk of God.  I understand why.  It’s because Unitarianism is non denominational.  That lack is not enough to keep me away however. At least not at the moment.  There is so much more that keeps me returning.  Maybe you’ll feel the same 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.

 

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.

Celebrities and Past Lives

Nietzsche says that we will live the same life, over and over again. God – I’ll have to sit through the Ice Capades again.

 

Attributed to Woody Allen

 

Whether we live the SAME life over and over is up for debate.  However, I AM convinced that we all come back.  Anyone who has been following Wisdom and Life from its inception should realize that is one of my steadfast beliefs.  I heard the above quote few weeks ago while working at the Scranton Library on a Thursday night and I promised I would use it in an upcoming column.  When I first heard the Ice Capades quote, I laughed so hard I lost my breath.

 

I can just see Woody Allen saying such a thing in his droll voice.  Woody Allen and Nietzsche aren’t the only celebrities who have mentioned Past Lives as part of their worldview.  I recently discovered that General Patton believed he’d been here before as well.  That shocked me beyond belief.  While working at the library one day a few weeks ago the movie Patton starring George C, Scott returned and I read the back flap.  The passage that caught my eye was:
Patton believed he was a warrior in past lives.

 

When I arrived home that evening, I researched the subject and sure enough, it proved to be true.  There are many others who believe we reincarnate.

 

I read a book over twenty years ago called: Walking after Midnight where Hollywood actors discussed their belief in past lives.  I seem to recall Martin Sheen believing in the concept.  Having “Hollywooders” believing and being vocal about it doesn’t really surprise me.  However, seeing someone like General Patton come out and discuss his position IS surprising.  I wouldn’t expect someone of his stature being daring enough to admit this belief; maybe because even though I have no problem discussing it, the concept of reincarnation, especially when Patton was living could have been seen as quite esoteric, not ft to be discussed openly.  I give General Patton credit for talking about this regardless of WHEN he discussed it.  I think the more of us that openly talk about esoteric topics such as reincarnation the less afraid others will be to discuss them as well.

 

Do you have any beliefs that you’ve been afraid to discuss?

 

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.  

Thoughts Become Your Reality

Remember that your thoughts are the primary cause of everything. So when you think a sustained thought it is immediately sent out into the Universe. That thought magnetically attaches itself to the like frequency, and then within seconds sends the reading of that frequency back to you through your feelings. Put another way, your feelings are communicated back to you from the Universe, telling you what frequency you are currently on. Your feelings are your frequency feedback mechanism!”

 

Jack Canfield

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Jack Canfield grew popular from his Chicken Soup books.  He played a role in the Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret.  In one part of the movie, Canfield recalls

I said okay, I want to make $100,000 in the next calendar year.  Now at that time I had a job as a school teacher, and I was making $8,000 a year, so that would be twelve times my income in one year.  I didn’t see how I could do that; they don’t pay teachers extra if they do a good job. But he said set the goal anyway and let’s see what happens. So the technique I was using was to visualize every day having $100,000.  I made a $100,000 bill by taking a hundred dollar bill and using a projection screen, projecting it up onto a flip chart, so it was larger, then I traced it and added three zeros to it so it looked like $100,000.  It was large, about three feet by two feet, and I put it up on the ceiling above my bed.  So every morning I’d wake up, I’d see the hundred thousand dollar bill, and I’d say my affirmation: “God is my unlimited supply.  May large sums of money come to me quickly and easily under the grace of God, for the highest good of all concerned. I am easily earning, saving, and investing a $100,000 a year.”

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This story is also in Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret

 

In the end, Jack didn’t make the $100,000.  He fell JUST short.  But that wasn’t the idea.  The idea is to set a goal, pursue it with all your heart and keep pushing toward it.  Keep your thoughts centered on that goal, because as those of us who follow Law of Attraction know:
Watch your thoughts.  They become your reality.

 

–Keep your thoughts positive and you’ll find more positivity flowing in your direction.
–Set a goal and (an outrageous goal if you desire) as Jack Canfield says:
–Set a goal so outrageous that when it comes to fruition, you’ll understand that it was your faith in seeing it accomplished and nothing else.

 

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
WhatDreamsMayCome

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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.