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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PaoloVeronese

 

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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Pixabay

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.

 

 

 

 

Soul image from:
Pixabay
Chip from
Wikimedia

 

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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CJP Photos

 

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.

Talismans

Everyone has their own talisman; something they carry with them that offers their own form of protection.  Whatever it maybe, no one can deny having one.   Mine is a Saint Christopher Medal. I’ve had one most of my life.

The first medal I owned I placed in my maternal grandfather’s casket after he transitioned to provide him safe travel to the next plane.  Saint Christopher is the patron saint of travelers.  He provides safety for all who travel anywhere.  I wanted to provide my grandfather’s soul safe passage and I understood that I could replace my medal.  However this was the only opportunity I had to give my talisman to my grandfather.

I like to think that I’m not superstitious, however I can tell you, those first few weeks when I didn’t have Saint Christopher around my neck I was quite uncomfortable.

I was more than happy to give mine up because as I said above I understood that my grandfather needed the protection more than I did.  It was still odd not to feel the medal against my chest when I went to touch it.

I’ve gone through two other Saint Christopher’s.  One I left in New York and was never able to recover and one slipped off my chain and I didn’t realize it was missing until I went to bed that night. Now you’re probably thinking:
If he went through the day without any knowledge that the medal was gone, then surely the fact that he THINKS he needs it for protection is in his head.

You’d be right to think that.  In fact, I completely agree with you.  The fact is, the knowledge that I need this talisman, the knowledge that ANYONE needs a talisman is entirely in our heads.  Just because we believe we need something to keep us safe however, creates the reality that we need something to keep us safe.  You our of course aware of my worldview that states:
Our thoughts create our reality.
It is this very reason why believing something makes it real in our world.

Last week, while shaving, I heard a clink and looked down to see my current ST. Christopher Medal lying in the sink. The medal had fallen off my chain.  I once again felt vulnerable. I know.  That sounds crazy, right?  I can’t help it.  ST. Christopher has protected me for almost my entire life.  Without that medal hanging around my neck, I did not feel safe.  Once out of the bathroom I went to my bedroom and in my night table I found a second medal, I attached that to the chain as best I could and waited a week before I could get tighter fit on the medal.  Whether you believe in talismans or not is beside the point.  The fact is, I do and ST Christopher has been mine in name as well as in reality.

Do you have a talisman?
No!  Scratch that question.  Seeing as it has already been established that everyone has a talisman, let me rephrase the question:
What IS your talisman?

Let me know in the comments below.

 

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.

 

I See Everything by Faith

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.

C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis, as with many others has been in inspiration for me for countless years.  I may not have used his quotes here often, however it doesn’t mean that I don’t respect him.  His spirituality has always been in conjunction with mine.  I feel a common thread with Lewis especially after reading several of his books.

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Flickr
cslewis

When someone mentions the name CS Lewis, I THINK the first topic that comes to mind when anyone hears his name is The Chronicles of Narnia trilogy.  At least that’s where I discovered him first.

The above quote resonated deeply with me, because this is EXACTLY how I see my faith.

“Because by it I see everything else”

An interesting turn of phrase because as I’ve also said at Wisdom and Life, my faith is part of who I am and if you take away my faith then I cease to be who I am.  I see everything, as it appears Lewis does, through the lens of my faith.  EVERYTHING that happens in my life is due to God.  Both positive and negative.  You only have to look through my blog to see this is true.  Look at the category:
Connections to see how much this is true.  Every column in that category will prove my point.

I’m using Christianity and faith as interchangeable even though they are not.  I have Christian beliefs and I have spiritual beliefs.  Some of my worldview would seem anathema to Christianity.  For example, my belief in reincarnation, past lives.  It doesn’t mean I don’t consider myself Christian, because I surely do.  I just don’t affiliate with any particular denomination.  I carry on my own spiritual conversation with God…

…ALL THE TIME!

“Because by it I see everything else”

I measure my faith, my Christianity by my own standards and while some may doubt my belief, the only person that has to believe is myself.  I see God everywhere I go.  

–I believe, because my life is lead by my belief.
–I believe, because I’ve seen too much.
I believe, because I’m here.
–I believe, because my faith and God kept me here (as can be seen from the above link.)

I owe a debt of gratitude to God for saving me countless times.  My faith has saved me so many times.  God has saved me countless times.  I believe in Christianity, I believe in my faith because without it I surely wouldn’t be here.  I may not even be walking.

 

 

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 is the Meaning of Life According to Wisdom and Life

I spent two Sundays ago in the afternoon (almost four hours) with a new friend.  Somehow we wound up discussing the meaning of life.  I know.  A heavy discussion for such a new friendship.  After we departed, my friend asked me to write up an email with my thoughts so they could share with their family.  I’ve decided to write up a column here at Wisdom and Life. I will also send an email to my friend.  All of this information is available at Wisdom and Life but is scattered throughout the blog.  I’ve decided to write up my ENTIRE worldview so it is in one place.
Worldview

 

 

 

 

 

Reincarnation/Past Lives

Here is what I think:

As those of you who know me understand, one of my core beliefs is in the Past Life/Reincarnation story.  So what happens when we incarnate in each life and WHY do we keep returning?  What is your philosophy on that?  You may ask.  Okay.  That’s a legitimate question.  I equate returning to the physical after a brief time of reflection the same way we move from grade to grade in school.  School?  You’re equating life and death to school?  Oh this should be good.  I bet you’re thinking.  Let me explain:
How do we move from grade to grade?  How do we get promoted to another grade?  After we have learned what we need to we are promoted to the next grade, correct?  Well that’s how I see each life we move into.  Once we have transitioned, we spend some time with our soul group.  What’s a soul group?  You can look here for more information:
Soul Groups

 

The time we spend with our soul group gives us the opportunity to reflect on the life we just left.  We look at each event we experienced and consider what we could have done better. So that hopefully when that event re-occurs in our next incarnation IF we made a decision that affected us adversely, we will continue seeing that event until we make a better choice.

 

The who concept in my worldview of reincarnation is to get to a point where we become more God like.  Where don’t HAVE to return.  Where we can CHOOSE to return.  So life, death and reincarnation is lesson building.  

 

So where does God, Jesus and Heaven fall in your view?

Do you believe in God?
Do you believe Jesus existed?
Do you believe in heaven?

 

God is everywhere in my life.  I carry on a daily conversation with HIM.  Too much has happened in my life NOT to see God in my life.  HE is the master controller of what happens when we go into transition.  Let’s continue using the school metaphor:
I see God as a school’s principal.  They oversee the system.  That’s the way I see God.  He monitors what happens in our lives.  You can communicate with him just as you can communicate with your school’s principal.

Jesus certainly existed.  He is the first to reincarnate.  Recall in the Bible, that he passed.  Also recall, that he returned as flesh to his disciples.  Jesus is the flesh of God.  He is God incarnated.  Jesus is the assistant principal in the school metaphore.  In most schools, the assistant principal is the disciplinarian.  This may have been apt at one point when God was seen as vengeful.  God is NOT and was NEVER vengeful.  God is love.

 

Heaven exists.  Whether it is a permanent place or simply a way station as in Transition Station, a place our souls go to review our last life I can’t say.  I like Robin Williams thoughts in the Movie What Dreams May Come when he said toward the end of that movie.  I’m paraphrasing of course because I can’t recall the EXACT words he used.  He said:
But what about going back?  Don’t worry about the kids.  They want us to go.  A whole human life is just a heartbeat here in heaven. (As in time doesn’t exist.)  Then we’ll all be together forever.

 

There is so much more that I believe:
That everything happens for a reason.
That predestination is real.

 

One more link to share from Wisdom and Life, another similar to this column:
My Worldview

 

What is YOUR worldview?

 

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

The After Life Link below, will bring to my Amazon associate account.
Should you decide to purchase the DVD, a portion of the cost will benefit me.

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?

Image from:
Pixabay
memory

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:
Wikipedia
q

 

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.