Everyone Is Born A Genius

My friend Buckminster Fuller once remarked:
Everyone is born a genius but the process of living de-geniuses them.

Memories of Heaven
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Children are the least susceptible to ideology, because they have not yet been indoctrinated.  That’s why when a child tells you something that in your view may seem off kilter, it is better to pay attention with an open mind.  Don’t dismiss the child’s story as mere rambling.  They believe what they are saying.  


Memories of Heaven is an amazing book, another in a long list of such books that should be on your reading list if you are reading Wisdom and Life.  I like the quote:
Everyone is born a genius but the process of living de-geniuses them.

 

Because it perfectly defines what happens to us as we mature.  We lose that childlike innocence we possessed before we became knocked around, before we forgot to remember everything we knew.  That’s why it is said time and again:
–That children are the teachers
–That when a child says something spiritually profound, it is best to heed the response.

 

Children and their remembrances of life before have been well documented in three books I’ve discussed here extensively:
Old Souls by Tom Shroder
Soul Survivor by Bruce Leininger
Journey of Souls by Dr Michael Newton

 

Memories of Heaven is the type of book that unless you’re steeped in this paradigm, you may dismiss out of hand when reading the description.  Do yourself a favor.

 

Do NOT dismiss this book out of hand, nor any of the other three books above.  I guarantee after reading these you will come away with a healthy respect for children who profess they have been here before and tell you where they were before they chose to return.

 

What I find fascinating about Memories of Heaven is the fact that this was the last book that Wayne Dyer completed before he passed himself.  This book doesn’t delve into new territory for those who believe this.  It is just comforting to those who need reassurance.  In fact, all three of the other books mentioned here are a good place to start if you are just beginning to realize that you MAY HAVE been incarnated in the past.

 

Reading Memories also alleviated any fears I experienced over my own book being published in September.  I had been a BIT concerned over the layout, that I had written a series of columns, one to two pages each and wondered how that look and read.  However, after reading Memories, I realize that my own book is similar in layout and I have nothing to fret over.

 

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.  

Carrie Fisher/Debbie Reynolds

Mother and daughter passed within a day of each other.  Some may say Carrie Fisher’s mom, Debbie Reynolds suffered a stroke because of the stress of losing her daughter.  That’s an explanation people will be able to accept.  But there’s another esoteric interpretation of the events that happened at the end of December.  It’s one that I prescribe to:
Predestination

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image Carrie Fisher:
Wikimedia
Image Debbie Reynolds
Wikimedia

 

That concept that says we decide our fate when we choose the life we will live in transition hall.  What’s transition hall?  You may ask:

Transition Hall is where we go to choose our next incarnation.  I understand that some of my worldview may sound a bit esoteric.  However, for someone steeped in the paradigm, it is all simply one piece to the puzzle.

 

In Transition Hall, we choose not only the life we will lead but we also sign a contract that states all that will happen during our latest incarnation, from when we will incarnate and into what kind of life we will live to when we will transition once more back to our soul groups.

 

So what I’m saying here is that I believe that predestination tells us that there are certain aspects of our lives that simply can NOT be altered by the contract that we sign:
Our incarnation date and out transition date are two such things that can’t change.  

 

Unless we take matters into our own hands with our transition.  If we do that then we don’t return to our soul group.  That will cause a one way ticket back to humanity.  This is not a punishment as I’ve written here countless times over.  It is simply a spiritual law, a karmic law.

 

Perhaps during Carrie Fisher’s and Debbie Reynolds’ time in transition hall, they decided to pass together.  They obviously had a contentious relationship during their latest incarnation; another thing they chose when they incarnated.  They seem to have finally resolved their differences however.  Because they became family again, only to have their time cut short, perhaps, Debbie Reynolds DID need to be with Carrie and maybe that was in the contract Reynolds signed before she incarnated:
That if they were able to set aside their differences, Reynolds would transition with her daughter.  

 

I understand this is a delicate topic and I’m in no way making light of this tragic event.  I’m simply giving my own explanation for why I THINK mother and daughter may have passed together.  An esoteric reason I know.  Because I’m steeped in the paradigm I’m in, I find my thoughts naturally going in that direction.  May Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds find peace in their passing and we can celebrate their lives.

 

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.

 

We are Immortal

We are immortal. We will always be reunited, always be together. There is so much evidence documenting the enduring existence of our souls.

Dr. Brian Weiss

 

 

 

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Death?

Ha!  There is no such thing.  In the above quote by Dr Weiss, he says will always be together.  Fascinating that that is the title from one of my columns here at Wisdom and Life:
Always Together

 

Our souls always find each other.  I like to call it transition.  Because in my opinion that’s all it is:
A transitory period where we reflect on our past life before moving on to our next incarnation.  We are immortal, just not in the sense that our bodies are.  Our bodies break down after so long.  Our bodies are simply shells that carry the most important commodity:
Our essence, our souls.  As with all tools, everything breaks down eventually, even our souls.

It’s why we need a rejuvenation period.

It’s like when a snake sheds its skin.  It does so to grow, correct?  That’s exactly what happens when we cast off our mortal coil.  We do so to grow, to learn from our past.

 

Our souls are who we are.
Our souls are how we connect, how we recognize each other.
Our souls are magnetic.

 

Remember!
There is no death!
There is only transition.

 

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.

Star Trek –Tapestry

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Chris

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

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

 

What Dreams May Come –Book Review

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What Dreams May Come
Richard Matheson


WhatDreams

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.

 

To show what an impact What Dreams… has had on me simply click Richard Matheson to see how often I’ve discussed this book at Wisdom and Life.

 

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.

Fear Not!

Fear itself is not the impediment to your joyful life. But, fear is pointing at the impediment to your joyful life. And just as the feeling of fear is within you, the impediment is within you also.

 

Abraham Hicks

 

Fear is a tricky word.  It can be an impediment just as it can be a blessing.  Fear can hold you back or if you choose it can also move you forward.  What are you afraid of?

Failure?

 

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Fear

There is no failure.  There are only lessons to learn.  
Even death isn’t a failure.  Because there is no death.  There is only transition.

You leave on state, the physical and transition to the spiritual, to the ethereal.  And even that state is temporary until we become living flesh again.  The failures we THINK we’ve seen are only lessons to learn in our next incarnation.  There is no reason to fear…

….ANYTHING!

 

Sometimes, as the image above suggests, you have to trust but IF you stray off the “trust” path, you may be fearful at first, however you may just find a new path and discover something about yourself you didn’t know.  Fear can hold you back but it can also move you forward if you release it and step out of your comfort zone.

 

And remember:
There is nothing to fear.
There is no failure.  Only challenges and lessons to learn.

 

Fear is a word that you can dismiss from your lexicon if you’re strong enough.

 

Remember, fear only rears it ugly head when we look too far into the future, when we forecast, when we start to think what happens tomorrow, next week, next year.  How do we stay joyful?  By staying in the present moment.  Nothing bad can happen in the present moment.

 

Stop forecasting!
Stop focusing on the future!

 

Finding it challenging to stay in the present moment?  When I have trouble doing that I meditate.  

–Meditating is an excellent way to get centered and stay centered.
–Meditating can knock the fear out of you, can knock it to kingdom come, can knock it out of the ballpark.  Fear is just a word.  You can knock that word of your lexicon.

 

Fear not!

 

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

When is it the End?

Uh oh.  Today’s column will probably stir up some controversy.  What you decide is ENTIRELY up to you.  I certainly won’t judge anyone by the decisions they make.  And as I wrote here, this is NOT an easy choice to make.  There comes a time when enough IS enough.  It’s up to each of us to make that decision when we’ve reached that point.  The trick is knowing when that point has come.  Too soon and you’ll always be thinking:
What if?

 

Too late and you’ll be cursing yourself for letting a loved one stay too long.

 

One of Scranton Memorial Library’s frequent patrons, (let’s call her Rita) came into the library a few weeks ago. I don’t recall how we began this discussion but we started talking about what happens if someone is incapacitated in a nursing home or a hospital and wants to end their lives.

 

Image from:
Wikimedia
SoulLeavingBody

 

You do of course understand that we sign a contract when we incarnate?  Who are we to break a contract? And what happens when we break one?  You know what I THINK happens when we take our own lives even IF we are suffering?  

 

When someone takes their own life it is a one way ticket back to the physical.  As I’ve written at Wisdom and Life on numerous occasions, when someone dies by their own hand, I believe they don’t see Transition Tunnel, they don’t meet those in their soul group.  This is not a punishment.  Everything that happens in our lives is a tool to teach us.

 

Life is sacred and we shouldn’t decide when to end it.  Even as I’m writing this, I’m conflicted.  On the one hand, EVERYTHING in my soul says that we can NOT and should NOT do what God has decreed, what we have decreed when we choose our lives.  We choose not only our lives, but the challenges we will face in each incarnation.  When we become physical we forget the time we spent in Transition Hall.  If, as I believe we choose the challenges we will face and the way we will transition out of each life how can we break that contract?

 

Uh ha!

You may say.  What if we chose taking our life?  I suppose that’s possible, however I would like to think someone with greater power than ourselves would do their best to dissuade us.  We shouldn’t have that power.  Life is a gift and we shouldn’t return it.  I certainly understand the situation one can find themselves in if they are in a place where there seems to be no way out, where there seems to be no way to get better.  In the end the choice is ours.  No one wants to be on life support letting a machine keep us alive.  However, miracles DO happen.

 

I do believe we shouldn’t mess with our transition date.  I believe that date is carved in stone and to change it arbitrarily, because we are in emotional or physical pain will only cause us to repeat the same pain at exactly the same point in our lives until we learn to move beyond it.  Whether you believe that is entirely up to you. What you choose to believe is entirely up to you.

 

Everything comes down to a choice and what you decide to do with 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.

Garry Shandling

In 1977, when he was 27, Shandling was in a serious car accident in Beverly Hills that nearly killed him.

 

“I had a vivid near-death experience that involved a voice asking, ‘Do you want to continue leading Garry Shandling’s life?'” he later wrote. “Without thinking, I said, ‘Yes.’ Since then, I’ve been stuck living in the physical world while knowing, without a doubt, that there’s something much more meaningful within it all. That realization is what drives my life and work.”

From that moment on, Shandling decided to concentrate on stand-up comedy, finding the constraints of traditional sitcom writing limiting.

Hollywood Reporter

 

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Too many celebrities have transitioned this year.  Now Garry Shandling.  I copied the above quote in bold because Mr Shandling seems to have the same worldview as I do when it comes to transitioning.  Interesting that Shandling had an N.D.E. and returned.  It seems that he experienced the same thing that MOST people who have Near Death Experiences have.  Shandling was asked if he wanted to continue leading Garry Shandling’s life.

 

I hadn’t thought about this until I copied that passage here.  Here’s what I’m thinking now:

Shandling was asked if he wanted to continue leading Garry Shandling’s life.

What was the other choice?  To transition to a new life?  See?  What I take away from that question is this:
Why would Mr Shandling recall the question phrased in that way, in the third person?  To continue leading Garry Shandling’s life?  What other life did he have the option for?  Unless we choose to believe as I do that we do indeed return over and over, reincarnate, in other words.

What other explanation is there for the question being recalled in the way that it was?  I choose to see the question this way:
Do you want to continue leading Garry Shandling’s life, or does your SOUL want to find another life in transition hall?
It is then that we are brought to Transition Hall.  Here is where we choose our next life.  That next life will be a result of how we performed in our previous life.

 

My worldview, my thought processes concerning transition runs toward the eclectic, towards the esoteric.  It’s who I am.  It’s what I believe.  That doesn’t mean I don’t believe in God, in Jesus.  I do.  I’ve managed to adjust my paradigm to fit into Christian thought.

 

Garry will be back as will all the souls who have transitioned this year.  It’s distressing for those they leave behind.  For them though, they are home.

 

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.

 

 

Performing Their Last Words

Wisdom and Life took an extended break from blogging over the Christmas Holiday.  I’m back now and will be publishing again EVERY Monday.

 

In January we lost several essential artists to those of us who grew up in early 1970s and through today:

First David Bowie Then Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey and to another degree:
Dale Griffin, Mott the Hoople drummer.

 

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Wikipedia
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Those are four preeminent voices in the entertainment industry.  Of the four artists here I imagine the least well known is Mott The Hoople.  For those unaware of the name I’m sure this song will resonate:
All the Young Dudes

 

As I said in a previous column Passing in Pairs, I often wonder whether people pass together because they are needed elsewhere.  Can you just imagine, Bowie and Dale Griffin together again.  Perhaps they are reminiscing about their collaboration on All The Young Dudes  

 

Why do you suppose these four artists made the decision to pass within the same month?  If you believe as I do that we sign a contract that gives us a birthday as well as our transition day then you’d have to agree that these artists KNEW the impact they would have and what a loss we’d feel when they transitioned.  Of course as SOON as they became flesh all knowledge of that contract was lost to them as well as the knowledge that they would one day become superstars.  We forget for a VERY specific reason.  For if we know our future there would be no need to do our best to succeed.  What fun would that be?

 

I wonder if Alan Rickman and Glenn Frey knew each other as Bowie and Mott The Hoople did.  Did Frey and Rickman ever travel in the same circles?  You know I’m always looking for connections at Wisdom and Life.   I even forgot about the connection with Bowie’s All The Young Dudes to Mott The Hoople.  There’s another connection right there.

 

You know that Bowie and Griffin are playing that song together even as you read this.  Speaking of David Bowie.  Even when he knew he was about to transition, he left his fans a HUGE gift in his finest work.  I say it’s his finest work, because he knew his time was short yet he continued to press forward.  With Lazarus, David Bowie lets us into his world one more time before he passes.  I say it’s his finest work because it is likely his most personal as well.

 

Being directly in line with a belief in reincarnation and past lives, I’m fascinated that Bowie chose Lazarus as the title for this video/song.  Do you suppose he also believed we all come back?  We know that Tina Turner has that belief and we also know that Tina and Bowie were close.

 

As those of us who grew up in the late 1960s and early 1970s watch our contemporary artists age and transition it is natural for us to question our own mortality.  All I can say is:
There is no reason to fear death because death is a myth!

There is no death.
There is only transition.
We all come back.
and we all return in soul groups.

 

Bowie, Glenn Frey, Alan Rickman, Dale Griffin

Robin Williams Wayne Dyer and so many others who will be remembered.  These people should NOT be mourned.  They were celebrated in life.  They should be celebrated in transition.  Several years ago there was a series on television called:
I Survived… Beyond and Back

In one episode I watched:
there is one story of a man who crashed his motorcycle.  In the recounting of his story, he said that now when he hears that someone has passed over, he thinks, Lucky Bastard, you’re going home.

 

That I believe is how we should celebrate transition.  Our lives here are short.  However they are also numerous.  These artists?  They will be back.  Maybe their next incarnation will be a different life but they will always have music, writing or acting be a part of themselves.  Don’t despair the loss.

 

Celebrate the life that was:
Listen to David Bowie.
Listen to Mott The Hoople
Listen to Glenn Frey.

 

Read Wayne Dyer.
Watch Alan Rickman
Watch Robin Williams.

 

And MOST important of all:
Tell those close to you that you love them.

Don’t just tell them.

Show them how much you love them.  Because our lives here are short and MOST of us don’t have the liberty of recalling our past lives with those we love.  Tell them now!

Show them NOW!

 

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.