A Visit During Centering Prayer

Last Wednesday, March 8 while at Centering Prayer at The Mercy Center, I had two unexpected visitors to the sacred place I go when I meditate.  My paternal grandmother (Nana) who passed in 1973 and my Aunt Bet.  I’ve believed for awhile now that Aunt Bet took over for Nana when she passed. I also believe this was planned before I incarnated.  For those new to Wisdom and Life, I am a firm believer that some aspects of our lives are mapped out for us before we become human, in other words, predestination.


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I kind of think seeing them both together in my meditation is a confirmation of that.  As I sat at the point at Blissville Pond in Lisbon, Connecticut, (The sacred place I go when I meditate) my Nana silently walked over to me and sat down beside me on my right.  She never uttered a word.  She simply sat beside me.  I felt her presence and glanced at her a few times and felt loved and secure.


Aunt Bet came next and sat down on my left.  Both just smiled and stayed with me for a few more moments, never speaking a word.  Then they got up and walked away.  Seeing them together makes it difficult for my spiritual mind to not consider the connection.  I’m more convinced now as I write this column that there definitely was a succession.  That one followed the other.  Especially since Nana came before Aunt Bet.


I felt blessed that these two important people in my life at one point came to me and stayed with me for a short while.


I know some of you may be thinking:
Uh oh, Chris is going off The Deep End again.  And that’s alright.  I believe what I believe.  We all make up our own reality.  And my spiritual reality tells me this is what I saw and what I believe.  I felt loved, comforted and blessed that these two important women visited me tonight.


Has anyone else ever experienced anything like this?


As an addendum:
Sometime Wednesday night while I slept, my Nana and Aunt Bet returned in a dream.  As with Centering Prayer, they did not speak, but just seeing them together again reaffirmed my impression that there is definitely a bridge between them.


If you want to learn more about Centering Prayer at Mercy Center, simply click the preceding link.


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


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.

Passing In Pairs


–Princess Diana
August 31, 1997

–Mother Teresa
September 5, 1997
–Wayne Dyer
August 29, 2015

–Oliver Sacks
August 30, 2015


On Monday, September 14, a friend of mine mentioned Wayne Dyer’s passing.  She then brought up the fact that Oliver Sacks passed shortly after Wayne Dyer.  Sometimes my mind goes somewhere that many people don’t consider.  Look at the above list of names and when they passed.  Do you ever consider why people in the public eye sometimes tend to pass in pairs?  I do.  


Let’s look at Princess Diana and Mother Teresa:
When Mother Teresa passed and it was less than a week after Princess Diana, even back then BEFORE my spiritual nature expanded to the point where it is now, I had these thoughts.  Why did these two remarkable women transition so close to each other?  I often wonder if their souls weren’t needed elsewhere to mediate some disturbance in the force so to speak.  Afterall they were extremely influential in the physical, and since we are OUR souls, since we ARE spiritual beings having a physical experience why couldn’t we not have something to offer in another realm?


I know what you’re thinking now.  You’re recalling my previous statements that our transition day is carved in stone, that it can’t be undone.  In most cases that is correct.  What if we chose to pass on that particular day because we KNEW we would be needed?


what if there was ONE who could override ANY particular order we placed?  I’m sure you’ve the adage:
Rules were made to be broken.


What if this tenet that our transition day is carved in stone is still true, but that it is carved in shale?


How about Wayne Dyer and Oliver Sacks:
My thoughts IMMEDIATELY returned to Diana and Mother Teresa when Oliver Sacks passed a day after Wayne Dyer.  


–Again Sacks and Dyer were influential in life, both were writers and both were an inspiration to many.
–Again what if they were needed to mediate in another realm?

I’m sure you can find other cases where influential souls have passed in pairs.  These are just two instances that jumped out to me.  It’s where my thoughts go when these kinds of things happen.  How bout you?

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


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.



Seeding Planet Earth

There is a theory that humanity developed from space, that we were placed here by a benevolent race from outside this universe.  There have been many movies and television series that touched on this theory.  In the Star trek The Next Generation episode called The Chase in one of the final scenes, we see a hologram of a humanoid explaining how all races are tied together:
Star Trek Next Generation The Chase Monologue


One of the plot lines in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus posits the same theory that we all have one common ancestor and that ancestor is tied to a seeding of the planets from another world.

At the 40 second mark of The Prometheus Trailer, we hear someone discuss a pictogram that was discovered in civilizations separated by centuries.


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The February 6 release of Jupiter Ascending is the latest movie to proffer this theory.  Not that these examples necessarily prove the theory, however knowing that there are many who promote this and seeing it show up so frequently certainly relays the fact that there is something going on.  As Law of Attraction states:
The more something shows up in our reality, the clearer it becomes that we should pay attention.


Maybe that’s why I walked into The Madison Coffee Shop a few months ago and saw my friend, Pete Onofrio.  As we waited for our lunches we started a conversation about a variety of topics we are both passionate about.  One of the topics Pete brought up was the theory that we originated from the stars.  The funny thing about my showing up at The Coffee Shop that afternoon was that it wasn’t my initial intention.  I planned on going somewhere else.  Obviously the Divine had other plans.


That’s what usually happens when I run into Pete.  I never really plan on doing The Coffee Shop when I see Pete there.  The Divine knows when he is there and it ALWAYS diverts my thought process.  We’ve talked about this before as well, how we end up seeing each other and it’s totally serendipitous.


So; the theory that we originated from the stars, how does one balance this with a belief in God?  If we DID originate from another species, who created THAT species?  I’ve touched on this topic previously in a column called Alien Life.  Like the Chicken and the Egg, which came first?  Someone had to create the first life.  As The Bible says:
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.


Who is to say that God didn’t seed the multiverse?  What if God was the benevolent being who put is DNA everywhere?


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



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.

Bridging my Life

Another bridge to my life in Madison, Connecticut from my Hell in Farmington, Connecticut:


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A bridge gets you from Point A to Point B.

My first grade teacher’s name was Mrs. Newton. As a senior in high school, my English teacher’s name was:
Ms. Newton.  My first grade teacher’s daughter.


I can look back now and clearly see the connection. Does anyone else think that SIMPLY is TOO odd an event to think it was NOT part of a clear plan, as in yet another example of predestination working in my life?  I understand that some of you may be thinking:
Yeah, well because you are steeped in this paradigm, because you believe these things happen, you will look for and see these events that occur and believe they are what they are according to your point of view.


That may be true.  However, doesn’t that prove my point?  I’ve written here at Wisdom and Life previously, that everything is a choice.  If I choose to see something in a certain way, then that becomes my reality.  Because I choose to see this connection between my life in Farmington and my life in Madison as a direct path, that makes it so in my reality.  If after reading this column some of you also see the connection then I’ve done my job.  There is definitely something or someone somewhere pulling our strings, manipulating our lives, putting us in situations to improve us, to help us grow, to develop our etheric bodies, our souls.  I see this every day.  The fact that I experienced pain, challenges, storms during that brief time I lived in Farmington, Connecticut helped me become the person I am today.


I can look back now and understand the reason, the deeper meaning behind that turbulent time in my life because I see the reward:
I see the fact that I have a home that I wouldn’t have had otherwise.
–I see that I wouldn’t have the friends I have now.
–I see the bridge that my first grade teacher built to get me to my 12th grade teacher.


That bridge is just a message telling me that I crossed to safety; reminding me that if we look for messages, if we CHOOSE to see the events in our lives as connections, as messages from the Divine then we will always live in joy. Nothing will dampen our enthusiasm for life as long as we look for bridges, as long as we see the connections that make up our lives.


PLEASE see everything as a message!
PLEASE see all the connections around you!


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



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.



Fairy Godmother

Today will be the last column at Wisdom and Life
Until Monday, January 12, 2015


Something ENTIRELY off concept to start out today,
something TOO important NOT to discuss:
Life on Earth is only a panorama of vivid observations which seem real to you.
Why should afterlife seem less real to you?

And please do not fear it. Death is not the king of terrors.
Death is a friend. Consider it this way:
Do you fear to sleep at night? Of course not.
Because you know that you will wake again.

Think of death the same way.
As a sleep from which you will inevitably waken.

What Dreams May Come
Page 279

It is SOOOOO surprising
how much this book has influenced MY worldview.
How much it has permeated my life.
All one has to do is go back to Wisdom and Life
and read from my death and dying category
and my past lives category
to see how many concepts I have incorporated into my life
from What Dreams May Come.

Amazing upon reading this book a 2nd time
how much I’ve come to realize
what an important book it REALLY is to me.

What Dreams May Come MUST be on ALL of mankind’s reading list.
It MUST be required reading for EVERYONE.




Okay.  To today’s column:
Yesterday would have been my Fairy Godmother’s 96th birthday. We all have that one person in our lives that watches over us, does their best to help us when we are in need, that loves us unconditionally, that one person whom without we would surely be in a COMPLETELY different place.


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That person in my life turned out to be my Aunt Bet.  Before she transitioned in 2003, she made sure I wouldn’t be in a DIFFERENT place.  My Fairy Godmother gave me the one thing that I will be forever indebted to her for.


She gave me security!
She gave me her home!
She made sure I had a place to call home.
She gave me her condo which is a ten minute walk to town, a ten minute walk to work.


Aunt Bet in the end gave me more than that condo.  She gave me so much.




She was my taxi when I needed it.
She gave me her ear when I needed to vent.
She gave me countless other things to; things I will never be able to repay.
She was my Aunt Bet.


Connecting the Dots:


I said it before and I will say it again now:

I went through a temporary Hell in the early 1970s, living with verbal as well as physical abuse. My mom and I lived in Farmington, Connecticut at the time and she worked in Hartford. Just before she escaped that abusive marriage, she met someone who put my life on a COMPLETELY different trajectory.


Jack wound up being my second step dad. But he’s been on my life for so long now, that he may as well be my Dad.


Aunt Bet was HIS aunt.  And she became mine as well.  Had it NOT been for my personal hell in Farmington, I wouldn’t be where I  am today.  Had I not moved to Farmington with my mom, I wouldn’t be where I am today.  That’s why I’ve said previously that I wouldn’t want to change a thing in my life.  Changing any one thing will cause our lives to go somewhere different.  We wouldn’t recognize a THING in our lives if were to tamper with ANY one tiny event.


Everything that happens is supposed to happen.
Everything that happens has a ripple effect on the rest of our lives.


Had I changed that abusive relationship:
–My Fairy Godmother wouldn’t have shown up.
–I wouldn’t have the life I have now.
–I surely wouldn’t have the friends I have


And that security of having a home ten minutes from work?  You can definitely scratch that off.  If this isn’t a clear sign of predestination, then PLEASE tell me what one is.  I discussed this topic previously with my column:
Phone Call to the Future.  I recommend reading it.  I realize my personal worldview may not coincide with everyone, however if you can look back over the course of your own lives, I bet you will find similar challenges that connect the dots to a brighter future.


If this latest incarnation seems to be heading to your OWN personal Hell as mine did for a brief few years while I was young, take me as an example.
We ALL have to go through growing pains to become the person we are meant to be.
We all have to be caterpillars before we are butterflies.


Don’t despair if your latest incarnation seems to be heading in the wrong direction.  One minor pivot and your Fairy Godmother will be there.  Mine appeared when I needed her.  I didn’t know at the time that she would indeed become my Fairy Godmother.  We never remember what we plan when we choose our lives.  However, were it not for my going through that abusive relationship in the early 1970s, I wouldn’t be in the place I am now.  I wouldn’t have the life I have now.


Why do I continue saying this?  Repetition helps with memory.  I want to ensure that you understand that even though you may be in a storm at the moment, that life WILL get better, that this storm is SUPPOSED to happen, that this storm is simply a means of clearing the debris to make room for something brighter.


This ALWAYS happens.  You just have to be awake.  You just have to be aware.  It’s why I write Wisdom and Life.  This blog is my way of shaking you all out of your coma.  This blog is meant to wake everyone up.  Are you sufficiently shaken?


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



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.

Phone Call to the Future

PhoneCall.JPGMy Mom and Dad divorced when I was probably less than a year old, I don’t recall exactly.  I went to live with my Mom and we moved from Lisbon, Connecticut to Farmington, Connecticut.  It was in Farmington where life became challenging as we lived with an emotionally and physically abusive environment.  I understand now why that happened. See?

God/The Divine always does something for the greater good.  I understand THAT now too.  As I’m so fond of saying however, when anyone is in the middle of a storm and they can’t see land, it is impossible to think you’ll ever set foot on solid ground again.


The Divine is ALWAYS looking out for you, watching out for you, protecting you.  I see that now.  I considered this the other day when I went to dinner with my Mom.  Somehow we were drawn into remembering numbers.  We talked about various license plates.  It’s a gift I have that I can remember numbers from my youth.  I then recalled that our phone numbers in Farmington and New Haven were off by JUST one number:
The VERY first digit.

In Farmington, our phone number was:

In New Haven, our phone number was:



You know I feel about coincidences.  They don’t exist.  EVERYTHING happens for a reason.  Alright.  Let’s take a closer look at the first three digits and see if we can interpret their meaning.  I may lose some of you here.  You may feel that Chris has slipped off The Deep End again.  There is an esoteric theory that numbers are one of the ways the Divine speaks to us.  I wrote a column about this called Angel Numbers  a couple of years ago.


If we look at each numer, first 667 as that number was first in my latest incarnation, we can see from Joanne Walmsley – SACRED SCRIBES what the number 667 means according to Joanne:
The repeating number 667 indicates that positive solutions and answers will present in order to resolve any issues that are currently causing anxiety or concern in your life.  Your angels are by your side offering their support and guidance. Trust that all will work out for your highest good.


Funny.  Isn’t that what I said above:
That I understand that everything happens for a reason?
That God/The Divine always does something for the greater good.


Look at what Joanne says the number 467 says:
Angel Number 467 is a message of ‘congratulations’ from the angels.  They have been supporting and encouraging you along your life path and applaud you for placing emphasis and focus upon your personal spiritual growth.  Trust that your needs will be catered to in your daily life as you have put thought and considered efforts into all aspects of your life and have manifested balance and positive abundance.


This can ONLY mean ONE thing:
That even though I wasn’t aware at the time
That even though I wasn’t awakened
The Divine was looking out for me even when I didn’t know it.


If you believe Angel Numbers you only have to refer back to the uncoincidental numbers that my Farmington and New Haven Phone numbers shared in common.  I mean, C’MON!  This doesn’t just happen without a reason.


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


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.

Akashic Record

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There is a chance I MAY lose some readers here, psychologically as well as physically.  Some of you may feel as if I’ve gone too far off the deep end.

A few weeks ago while grocery shopping I ran into an old friend of mine who has been reading Wisdom and Life for sometime.  We spent about twenty minutes in one of the grocery aisles catching up and talking about all things spiritual.  All three of my blogs took a hiatus over the Christmas/New Year period and Cynthia mentioned how much she missed them.


That’s always so gratifying to hear because without that feedback I never know who is reading what I write unless someone comments at any number of places I post my content.  Somehow we arrived at the topic of inspiration and how we receive it.  As you all know, I feel I am simply a conduit for Wisdom and Life.  Cynthia mentioned a book (and now of course, do you think I recall the title?  Of course not!) that discussed The Akashic Records.  This is where I may lose some of you…


…Esoteric theory has it that The Akashic Record is an ethereal hall that houses all knowledge, spiritual, physical and otherwise.  (To show how connected everything truly is, that same afternoon when returning home, I flipped on the television and watched a program that spoke about The Akashic Record.  If not for the fact that I’m centered in this paradigm, I would probably be shocked, surprised, stunned that the VERY thing Cynthia and I discussed now appeared again in my purview.)


Is it possible that what we are tapping into when we say we are in the flow, when we say The Divine is guiding us, when use words such as intuition, inspiration, clairvoyance, what we are REALLY tapping into is the Akashic Record?  Some of you who have been following Wisdom and Life as a result of finding me through Spiritual and Religious means my find this particular column a bit uncomfortable, may find it somewhat outside your comfort zone. may think I’ve forsaken my spirituality for something more esoteric.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.


Why can’t there be a Divinity that created The Akashic Record?  Why does anything with an extraterrestrial nature have to be shunned by the Religious and Spiritual?  I believe Science and Religion can indeed be cooperative; in fact I’d go so far as to say they MUST be cooperative.  I feel that God did create EVERYTHING we see and have in this world.  I also feel God needed help in creating what we have.


Something out of nothing?


There MUST have been some spark to create something out of nothing and that’s where Science enters.  Whether as some believe humanity was seeded from deep space, whether God created humanity in HIS image, HE MUST have had help.


What of the race that exists on the other side of this Universe?
–Do you believe they are grappling with the same challenges we are here?
–Do you believe they think they are alone?
–Do you believe they are wondering about their nature?  Where they arrived from?


Why can’t there be a Divinity who created something out of nothing and also created many worlds out of nothing?  I’ve said it before:
I think ANYONE who believes humanity is alone in the vast universe and believes humanity is at the top of the food chain is VASTLY egotistical.


I’m not saying I believe The Akashic Record exists.

What I am saying is:
Be open to EVERYTHING.


Would you want to be the person who denied the existence of something so steadfastly then one day find how wrong you truly were?  All I’m saying is:
Be open.
Take off those spiritual blinders you are always wearing.


You may just find something that has been at the periphery of your vision your entire life.


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


Random Visits

Have you had the experience of constantly and randomly seeing the same people show up in your sphere day after day?  Do you ever wonder why?  For three weeks in December, this happened to me.  A couple I know has been running into me at different times of the day, or I have seen them without their knowledge almost every day.


Knowing my penchant for Law of Attraction, (LoA) you’d have to think this topic would wend its way into Wisdom and Life.  And also knowing me you’d have to believe I’m looking for a sign as to why these people are colliding with me at the moment.  I just arrived back to work from lunch at Subway in Madison, Connecticut and as I ate, I happened to glance outside and saw them once again;  this time headed passed Subway and into Starbucks.


There MUST be a reason they are now showing up as you surely know that I believe nothing is random, that we are all connected, that nothing happens WITHOUT a reason.  So the puzzle now becomes why is this happening.


The other day I was out early in the morning, around 730 AM taking a walk downtown and who do you think I saw, but this couple walking towards me.  It happened to be about the sixth time I ran into them and we all smiled at each other and continued on our way.


I don’t think they are at the same place as I am, but something MUST be clicking in their heads as well; which is the ONLY reason I can surmise as to why they smiled.  I would live to have followed them inconspicuously and overheard their conversation, because as I walked away I saw them speaking.  I’m sure it was about our random meetings.


I understand that some of you may think I’m making too much of this, however, my worldview has shifted dramatically since discovering LoA and I now see that nothing happens without a reason.  I often wonder if others have the same thoughts.


Am I the only one?


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


In My Seat

Okay.  Before you watch this video today, let me just say it may be challenging to see, as it is about a very distressing point in American History.  Ultimately, however I found this fascinating because of all the connections that run throughout the video.  That’s all I will say about it.  Watch this and if you are ANYTHING like me, I bet you will pick up on all the connections I found as well.

My friend Carol B. shared this video with me via email a couple weeks ago and it is one that resonates so deeply with me.  Why?

Being Yourself

By simply being yourself, you can help the people in your life see a living example of consciousness.


Expanding Their Vision


The DailyOm is an email newsletter I receive with an inspirational message.  Expanding Their Vision which is linked above gives several examples about how to bring about change in others.  This one is especially relevant to me:
Casually point out the interconnectedness of all living beings using concrete, everyday examples. Many people are unaware of how their actions affect the world and are intrigued when they learn of the power they hold.


I do my best through this blog and interacting with my friends and acquaintances to show just how truly connected everyone really is.  For example:
Tonight (Tuesday, October 8) while working at the library a friend of mine came in and we started talking.  I knew this friend and I had another mutual friend and when I mentioned her name, my library friend couldn’t believe that we both knew the same person.


See?  This kind of stuff no longer surprises me, because I now see the world differently.
–I understand that EVERYTHING is connected.
–I see the Divine in EVERYTHING.


And I do my best to shine a light on the dark places that people don’t see.
And I do my best to remove the spiritual blinders from those who want to see more clearly.


It is important for me to help us move forward.  However I won’t speak of my worldview unless someone asks me or unless I see that they have similar tastes.  Unlike my brother, John Jennings I will not be confrontational.  If you don’t want to hear what I have to say then that’s fine.  I don’t want to be antagonistic.  My whole life now is involved with compassionate enlightenment, not contrary preaching.  As the quote above suggests:
I’m simply being myself.


I love the quote I’m using to inspire this column today because it is truly what I believe.  Those of you who have been following Wisdom and Life for sometime understand this as it is clearly spelled out on my blog:
Take me or leave me. I no longer worry what others think.


I don’t say that to be cruel.  It is just the way I feel.  The people who want to be around me will stay.  I’m not about to censor myself.  I’d be doing an injustice to me and others who were interested in my worldview.  My brother John Jennings and I share a passion for our spiritual nature.  John is a bit more aggressive.  He wants to make sure you understand that God is above all.  I have a different approach, a softer approach.  Yet we are two sides of the same coin and for that reason, we can talk for hours about our belief systems.


John and I have more similar traits than we do opposite characteristics.  By simply being ourselves we can feel comfortable enough in our differences to embrace our similarities.  Take us or leave us, we no longer worry what others think.  If you want to move people forward, the lessons in The DailyOM Expanding Their Vision is a great place to start.


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