Signs, The Divine, and Spiritual Evolution

Have you ever thought that you wanted something so badly and you looked for signs that pointed in the direction of “the rightness,” of the choice but every time you turned around there were opposite signs pointing you in a different direction?

 

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Did you see these signs or did you choose to ignore them?  What do you suppose would happen if you chose to ignore them?  On a soul level we ALL know what feels right.  We ALL know when something is NOT supposed to happen and when we ignore the RIGHTNESS of something, the Divine will continue pushing you toward the right path.

 

Maybe it is a conversation you have with someone.

Maybe you overhear someone else and ONE word or a series of words get magnified and you ONLY hear THOSE words.  These are the things we MUST pay attention to.  It is the Divine directing us but unless we are aware, unless we are awake, unless our “spiritual blinders” are off we won’t understand, we won’t see, we won’t hear where Spirit is guiding us.

 

It’s important for our spiritual evolution to move forward.  And the only way we can develop beyond our current capacity is to listen our intuition, listen to our gut.  And when a choice is to be made, follow your intuition.  Your intuition is the direct pipeline to the divine.  If you receive a message in the form of an overheard conversation and the message appears to be telling you NOT to do something, then for heaven’s sake, heed the message.  For if you don’t and you stumble forward choosing to ignore THAT message then something stronger will come down the pike and knock you on your ass.

 

The first message you receive from the Divine can sometimes be VERY subtle, which is why it take practice to hear that message.  If you are indeed awake and you understand the messages that are filtering through the first time and you STILL choose to ignore them, then the NEXT time you hear from Spirit, the next message won’t be so subtle  I SINCERELY believe we get that next communication that is more brazen to wake us up, to shake the lethargy from our inner being.

 

There is no bad.
There is no negative.

 

Everything that happens in our lives, from blessings to challenges are simply the Divine’s attempt to move us forward, to help us grow, to help us evolve.  To move forward, however we have to start paying attention to the communications we receive.

 

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.

Worrying is Using your Imagination

Worrying is using your imagination to create something you don’t want.

 

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Yesterday at Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society  one of the things the service touched on was how important it is to stay in the present moment.  For it is in the present moment where worry and anxiety can not enter.

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Why is it that when something is occurring in our lives, generally only focus on the negative:
Why haven’t your friends reached out?
Where is my life headed?  

Round and round you go until you are circling the proverbial drain.  You think the worst:
Your friends no longer want to be part of your life.
You see no way out of your life’s current challenges
You wrack your mind attempting to discover something you may have done.

When in actuality, life just caught up with your friends at the moment.
It was nothing you did.  And they do indeed want to still be in your life.

Life is all about challenges and how we all cope with them.

Sometimes all this worrying won’t create the idea from propagating but all that worrying does is create anxiety in you.  So in a way you have created something you don’t want:
Anxiety
Stress
A pit in your stomach.

 

The same concept can be stretched to any part of your life it doesn’t just have to be a personal relationship.  That worry can be used to create financial turmoil where none is present.
Are your bills paid?
Do you have money left over after?
Do you have a place to go home to?

 

Worrying about some distant future is not good for your present health either.  It’s why I do my best to stay in the present moment.  When you are in the “NOW,” so to speak, there is never any danger.  It’s only when we forecast, that events spiral out of control.  What worrying REALLY is is forecasting, looking into your crystal ball, attempting to discover what will happen in the future.  Have you noticed THAT is when you are under the MOST stress?  THAT is what causes the pit in your stomach?  There is only one who can properly forecast.

 

Leave the future to HIM.
Give HIM your worries.
Unburden the shackles of worry and walk gratefully into the present moment.
Nothing can harm you in the present moment; so do your best to stay there.

That is really the only way to live a joyful life.

 

Stop worrying and confidently move forward, placing one foot in front of the other.
You can do 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.

God’s Mysterious Ways

We do not always understand the things that God is doing in our life but His way is perfect. I would rather do it His way and end right with His blessings and favor than to do it the way that seemed right in my own eyes and suffer the consequences the rest of my days. #obedience better than sacrifice!

Yvonne Wilson

 

The above quote is from my friend Yvonne Wilson who I became acquainted with during my time on Google+.  I was so happy to discover so many of my G+ friends on Facebook.  As can be seen from the quote, Yvonne and I share a belief in God.

 

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God does indeed work in mysterious ways.  There are several examples I’ve written about here at Wisdom And Life.  Take a look at:
Life’s Questions then tell me, you don’t see God’s hands all over our lives

You Can’t Always Get What You Want is another example of God’s hands all over my life.

 

Knowing God is control has always helped my understand that I have nothing to worry about.  My faith has been strong for as long as I can recall.  We may not know why something has happened in our lives b understanding that God is pulling the strings, makes it easier for me to accept a perceived challenge.  I’m sure many of you have THOUGHT something negative happened in your life.  But then saw a gift come out of that said negative.  In other words, a door closed and a window opened.

Phone Call to the Future is a perfect example of a gift that came of a very negative time in my life as is Fairy Godmother.

 

These are just a few examples of God working in mysterious ways in my own life and also examples of not understanding why God does what he does, but as Yvonne so eloquently states:
I would rather do it His way and end right with His blessings and favor than to do it the way that seemed right in my own eyes and suffer the consequences the rest of my days.

 

In the end there is always light.  We may have to travel in darkness to get to the light.  I wouldn’t want it any other way.  I also wouldn’t want to change a thing in my life.  God is my light.

 

Is he yours?

 

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.

 

There but for the Grace of God

John Bradford is attributed with the phrase:
There but for the Grace of God, go I.

 

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I’m reminded of this phrase this past week because I read in our local paper about a young man who recently passed from a drug overdose.  I know people hide behind drugs and alcohol to mask their emotional pain.  

 

We all have emotional pain.
We all go through turmoil.
We all think we have it worse than anyone else.

 

The fact is we don’t have it worse.  There is always someone worse off.  You only have to look around the next corner.  How do we cope with that adversity?  What happens when we slip into the pattern of masking our pain with drugs and alcohol?  That can lead us into further challenges; addiction being one of the many issues that stem from drug and alcohol use.

 

Can we recover from addiction?
Can we not even fall into that hole?

 

That’s where faith comes in and it is why twelve step programs all have a faith contingent to them.  Grace and faith are intermingled in all aspects of life.  Unless you can turn to faith when you are in turmoil, the likelihood of sinking further is greater.  Masking pain is just that.  You’re only hiding the turmoil.  Not resolving it.  You need to look into why you are having the swirling stress in your life.  It’s only then that you can move forward.  It’s only when you can admit you have a problem that you can move forward. Faith alone will not help you move forward.  I understand that.  It can however be an important aspect to getting better.  

 

You can’t deny the fact that people see faith as an important part of their lives.
You can’t deny there are mysterious actions that appear around the world:
Weeping angels are one example of this mysterious spiritual action.  There are so many more I can discuss.  I’m simply pointing out that some see faith as a real aspect of their lives and we cannot deny that these things happen.

 

We can’t intellectualize this away as some in science do To do so, delegitimizes those who have seen the mysterious.  Those who have seen things that cannot be explained need to be validated.  Emotional distress is a real issue people deal with and discounting someone’s belief surely doesn’t help. Using meds, whether it be alcohol or other drugs doesn’t help in the long term either.

 

In the short term it is one way of dealing with those said issues.  In the end masking your pain with meds never ends well or as an ad for CNN’s comedy series says:
In the end drugs and alcohol beat art.  

 

Whenever I read about someone struggling with emotional challenges and acting out, regardless of how I always think:
God, that could very well have been me.

 

Which is one reason why I believe I have such empathy for people who have no other support system.  I could very well have traveled the “poor me” path.  I chose another way.  I chose faith to help me overcome my own adversity.  I still choose faith.  So much has happened in my life, yet I didn’t fall down.  Not that choosing to mask your pain is falling down.  Sometimes it’s a gradual slide and you don’t know you’re in trouble until it’s too late.

 

That’s where turning your life over to a higher power comes in. For without that spiritual strength, without that guidance it is that much harder to come through the other side.

 

Faith has helped me overcome so much adversity that I simply cannot believe there isn’t some benevolent being, be it God, be it the Universe, be it a higher power whatever you choose to call it guiding us through the challenges that arise in each of our lives. I’ve seen it help me. I’ve experienced this very thing at moments in my own life. I’ve written about one such example at Wisdom and Life with the column called:
Been there and done that

 

We cannot dismiss someone’s belief in the supernatural simply because we don’t share the same conviction. Some in the scientific field have done just that attempting to intellectualize that faith away. This is something that cannot be intellectualized.  Faith is, well a matter of trust.  I like that there are scientists who are bucking the system.  I’ve written about Carl Sagan at Wisdom and Life previously and especially in the column Carl Sagan’s Contact.  If you haven’t seen the movie or read the book, I highly recommend seeing the movie.  Mr Sagan is the first scientist I came across that melded science and spirituality.

 

Seeing the word:
Grace reminds me of the song:
Amazing Grace

 

I began today’s column discussing the word grace. I’d like to end the column on the same topic. For me, grace is another important word in my lexicon.  Grace is as important as faith. As I said above, these two words co-mingle.

 

Grace means being blessed. Knowing that we all have the opportunity to find peace and understanding that no one is beyond redemption. You only have to be willing to admit your challenges and seek forgiveness.

 

Grace is available to everyone. Are you willing to find it within yourself?

 

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.

 

Prayers, Intuition and God

If prayer is you talking to God, then intuition is God talking back.

 

Memories of Heaven
Wayne Dyer
Page 140

 

As anyone who has been reading Wisdom and Life for any length of time realizes,

I don’t believe death exists.
I believe it is simply a change in address.

 

Reading Memories of Heaven only enhances that belief.  The above quote from that book resonates deeply with me as I also have a strong faith in God.  The Divine is sending messages all the time to everyone.  We just have to tune in to the right channel.  

 

Prayer is a one way conversation if you don’t listen for a response.

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Prayer is like a muscle, if you don’t use it regularly and look for and listen for a response, you won’t know when that response arrives.  Your intuition, as the above quote from Wayne Dyer suggests, is that response.

 

God always responds.  You just have to learn how to listen.  If you’re tuned in to the right channel, you’ll hear the answers.  If you’ve never listened to your intuition, it’s time to start.  How do you know when your intuition is speaking to you?

Does a thought suddenly pop into your head?
Have you awakened from a dream that seems to have the answer?
You know that saying:
“A Gut Feeling”

 

When you get that gut feeling, that’s your intuition, that’s God opening the door.  It’s best to walk through that door because that’s the answer you’ve been looking for.

 

I know people who have ignored that feeling and eventually the decision was made for them.  You don’t want that.  Get ahead of of the choice.  Start listening.  Start praying.  And pay attention to your intuition.

 

Lastly, heed the advice that comes to you!

 

The Divine, God and Intuition can be one in the same.  For someone who isn’t spiritual, for someone who doesn’t believe, your intuition can take the place of the divine.  We have to learn to listen for it and when your inner voice speaks, it’s important to heed that advice.  That’s how to increase your ability to hear 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.

 

The Power of the Number Three

My divine pipeline is completely unclogged.  As anyone who has been reading Wisdom and Life for awhile now realizes I believe I’m simply a conduit, that while I’m physically typing out the the words on my computer screen, the message, the concepts, the ideas for my columns are given to me from the Divine.  This happened again last week as put my laundry away.  

 

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The power of the number three floated through my consciousness as finished hanging my shirts in my closet.  Maybe it is because Easter Weekend has just passed and the phrase:
On the third day he rose flitted through.  Have you ever stopped to consider how often you see the number three appear:
Area Codes.
The first digits of a Social Security Number.
The first digits of a phone number.
Events happen in “threes.”

It is also the last number written in as many lines:
III

 

In many religious practices, the number three is significant:

 

Christian Thought:
The Divine Trinity
On the third day.
Jesus was tempted three times

 

Jewish Thought:
Jonah spent three days in the whale.
Noah had three sons

Three Patriarchs:
Jacob
Abraham
Isaac

 

There are so many other examples where the number three is representative.  Where do you think the power of that number originated?
Was it a religious thought?
Was it Pagan?

Or a combination of both?

 

Because you are aware that many pagan beliefs were melded into Christianity?  And then we have the number thirteen, a derivative of three.  While the number three is seen as a positive in religious thought, the opposite is true for thirteen.  The most influential use of the number thirteen is:
Friday the Thirteenth

 

Did you know one of the originations of Friday the Thirteenth may have been related to the day that The Knights Templar demise and the death of many from that organization?

 

Regardless, the number three holds sway over the entire world whether it is that exact number or the derivative thirteen.

 

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

Chris

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

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

Good Friday

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

 

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

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

My unwavering conviction in Past Lives.

 

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

 

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

 

My friend Hal Baird over on Google+ has told me repeatedly that I shouldn’t worry what others think and continue to write what I’m directed to; and not to preface what I write.  I REALLY do have to stop being self conscious about that and make sure I continue to practice the mission statement from Wisdom and Life:
Faith and spirituality have always played a significant role in my life. Take either one away, and I’ll simply cease to be who I am. Take me or leave me. I no longer worry what others think.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Chris

 

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

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

 

An arrow can only be shot

An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.

 

Is your life full of challenges at the moment?  Do things seem to be piling up with no end in sight?

 

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I understand that it’s challenging to hear someone tell you if you’re having a difficult time to find the gift, that strength comes in the face of adversity, that as the quote above states:
An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward.

 

It is true, however.  If you feel as if you’re being dragged down, being held back, it’s a sign that you’re about to leap forward.  Don’t become discouraged.  Don’t let a challenging circumstance or event bring you to your knees for too long.  I’ve seen this happen to myself.

 

In the early 1990s I had just finished up a five year job with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.  I’d been out of work for a few months and I began to feel restless.  I started to sink a bit.  Backward a bit.  It was around this time that I decided to go back to school. And once that plan was put to fruition, I was hired part time at the Scranton Library in Madison, Connecticut.

 

So what I’m saying is, that even though life may be bringing you down at the moment, may be pulling you back, get ready to leap forward.  The ONE THING I can say however, is don’t expect something to happen if you don’t lay the groundwork.  You can’t move forward without a path to move forward on.  One foot in front of the other and one leap forward.

 

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 Divine Chip

In a recent Power Group meeting, we ended up discussing parents and their children as high school was coming to a close.  One of the things we discussed was those high school students who SAID they didn’t know what they wanted to do.  I countered that MOST students do know what they want but are afraid to say.

 

 

 

 

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Chip from
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Those who knew and DID express their opinions I believe sometimes had a “divine chip” implanted in them as they incarnated.  This chip overrode any dissenting opinion either from family or school.  These people bucked the system do do what they were put here to do.

 

My best friend growing up in Lisbon, Connecticut is one such person.  I recall being in third grade with him at Lisbon Central School and hearing him repeatedly say he would be a doctor.

Joe is now a foot doctor in Norwich, Connecticut.  I learned a valuable lesson from Joe:
Never let someone tell you what’s best for you, because only YOU know what’s best for you.

 

Some of us can’t afford to pursue of career choice immediately.  That simply means we must find another way to supplement or abundance while we continue to work on our specific goals.  For some of us, we can simply pivot a bit.  I’ll use myself and another friend as an example:

For me, my goal has always been the written word.  

 

Writing as can be seen from the previous link, has always been my first love.  It takes a long time to build a career in writing.  I acknowledge that.  I didn’t let that deter me however and I also didn’t travel a completely different path.  I’m still involved with the written word, having pivoted to a library, where I am surrounded by books.  Books have always been a major influence on me.  I didn’t want to be separated from them.  I thank my own “divine chip” for keeping me on the right path.  No one influenced me to make a decision that they THOUGHT was right for me.  That “divine chip” implanted in myself is still working.  And I thank God for placing it there.

 

My friend, Jason Marchi who I’ve mentioned here at Wisdom and Life as can be seen from the previous link is someone else who I believe has that aforementioned “divine chip.”  Like me, he has been a writer as long as I’ve known him.  In fact it is how we met.  And like me, he pivoted just a bit in his day job, having worked for a publishing company in his hometown.  We both stayed in the “writing field” so as to keep our enthusiasm up.  We didn’t let other people define the roles we wanted and now we are reaping the rewards.

 

I believe we all have that divine chip.  However for some of us it is more defined and we are not afraid to express what we want.  We don’t want to wake up one morning saying:
Shoulda.  Woulda.  Coulda.

 

Thanks to Patricia for the inspirational term:
Divine Chip

 

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 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.

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.