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.

 

If Light is in Your Heart

If light is in your heart, you will find your way home

Rumi

 

Scott Allen on Google+   posted the above quote by Rumi a few weeks ago.

 

What are we but light, energy?  If you’ve read anything about our souls, you’ll see that what we are is energy, is light.  One book I’ve discussed many times at Wisdom and Life is Journey of Souls.  In that book the author, Dr. Michael Newton details what happens to us when we transition.  What I took away from every book and everything I’ve seen and read is that when we transition we revert to our natural state:
Light

 

What do you think Rumi meant when he said this?  It’s always a challenge to interpret the meaning behind someone’s words.  So I will offer my own interpretation.  This is purely coming from my own life experience.  Our true home is NOT on the earthly plane but with the Divine.  We are only on the earthly plane temporarily.  Each incarnation we have here is transitory.  We come here to learn, to grow, to move closer to the Divine.

 

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Why do we continue to reincarnate?  It’s as I said above:
We want to move closer to the Divine.  And the Divine is pure energy, pure light.

 

Once we achieve light in our heart, once we understand that we ARE light, our home will be waiting for us.  Unfortunately many of us don’t yet understand that we need to forgive, that we need to stop calling each other out, that we need to stop being negative.  We MUST stop hurting each other.  Until all of humanity understands this simple notion, we will continue returning over and over.

 

Love is what moves us forward.
Love is the key to understanding.

 

Anything else is an anchor around our souls, dragging us back to the earthly plane.  Lift the anchor.  Remove your spiritual blinders.  See the world for what it truly is:
A place filled with love.
A place filled with positive energy.
A place of light.

 

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.

 

 

Blog Care

Something a bit different today.  This column is directed at bloggers.  One of the things I’ve started doing recently is doing an automatic backup of my blogs to Google Drive using UpdraftPlus.  Check Updraft out on G+.

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With UpDraftPlus, you can schedule a backup to many outside sources.  I decided on Google Drive only because I use Google for just about everything:

–Mail
–Social
–News
–Doc Storage

 

Since I’m on Google ALL the time, it seemed to be the best tool to use.  I highly advise all bloggers to find an auto backup tool to use.  The LAST thing you’d want is to come to your blog at some point and find that it has been damaged, that you’ve lost it or parts of it.  If you can set up an automatic backup, then that’s one less thing to worry about.  There are many auto back up tools to choose from.  You simply have to search them out.

 

If you haven’t done so yet, what are you waiting for?

 

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.

Dear Human

Scott Allen over on G+ recently posted the below graphic on his page and I immediately connected with it.
Dear Human
This is a topic I sometimes have a challenge with which is why I felt so connected to it.  On an emotional/spiritual level I certainly understand that we incarnated from unconditional love.  I understand that we don’t NEED to master it on some level.  However if it is true that we continue to incarnate over and over which I sincerely believe, then there MUST be a reason for reincarnation.  What do I think that reason is?
To learn and relearn from the past.

 

What we don’t learn in one life, we will face again during our next incarnation.  When it comes to unconditional love, if we don’t understand that we come from unconditional love and we do our best to find it, always butting up against a wall; we will continue butting against that wall until we learn the lesson.

 

There are so many forms of love.  As I wrote in my column Love Everyone, that tiny four letter word has received a bum wrap.  That word has been weighed down with one form:
Romantic Love

 

And unfortunately because it has that connotation, the word finds itself a lonely subject.  People are intimidated by the word.  I don’t think it is used enough.

 

We DID come here to learn personal love.  And until we as humans, we as society get over that block that love only has one form:
Romantic Love

 

We will continue to stumble through each of our incarnations.  I’ll admit, this is a lesson that took me some time to learn.  I know people who are still struggling with finding that one person who will give them the love they are so desperately seeking.  I want to shake them out of this notion that they can’t find what they are looking for.  There is more love around them than they see.
They are looking for the wrong kind of love.
They are looking for it in all the wrong places.

 

I want to tell them to turn around and look in a mirror.
That’s where they need to be looking first.  For if you don’t love yourself how is anyone else going to love you?

 

Unconditional love DOES exist!

You simply have to know where to look.  Do you know?

 

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.

 

Stories of Negativity

Continuing to tell stories of shortage only continues to contradict your desire for abundance, and you cannot have it both ways: You cannot focus upon unwanted and receive wanted. You cannot focus upon stories about money that make you feel uncomfortable and allow into your experience what makes you feel comfortable. A different story will bring different results: My thoughts are the basis for the attraction of all things that I consider to be good, which includes enough money, and health, for my comfort and joy.

 

Abraham-Hicks

 

Taking this quote in a bit of a different direction,
You cannot continue to self talk negative thoughts.
You cannot continue to tell yourself that you’re a failure.
You cannot continue to tell yourself that you’re alone, that you’re unloved.

 

It will only create a self fulfilling prophecy.
You MAY have thought that at one time in your life. You know what?  It was NEVER true!

 

And you know how I feel about your thoughts
That they create our reality.  Hence the self fulfilling prophecy routine I spoke of earlier.   I dislike when I hear people talking down to themselves and about themselves. There is absolutely no reason for it.

 

My friend Gibson Goff is big on finding success. His blog:
A Daily Dose of Success is based entirely on the topic.  I’m sure he would agree that negative  self talk is a sure way of disembarking from the success train.

 

Just like telling stories of shortage will create a reality of shortage, replaying old tapes of failure, of being unloved will bring more of that reality into your life.

 

Is that the story you want to tell now?
Is that the life you want to lead now?

 

I’m betting it isn’t.

 

It is pretty easy to stop.  It’s is more challenging to continue NOT falling into that routine again.  Constant vigilance is what it takes. When you feel yourself falling down the rabbit hole, you MUST pull yourself up, shake yourself off and say:

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That was my old story.
That was what people used to say about me
I’m not that person anymore.

 

If you are feeling that way regularly, maybe you have to look at the people you are surrounding yourself with.  If the people you are surrounding yourself with are telling you this story, it is time to find people who will lift you up, not drag you down.  You don’t need negativity in your life if you are challenged by negative energy yourself.

 

You need people who will show you your light.
You need people who will show you love.

 

Can you find those people?
Can you stop telling yourself negative stories?

 

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 Playful God?

My friend and fellow blogger, Jean Wise on Google+ shared a column at Healthy Spirituality called Playing with God. I connected with the title if not the content.  You don’t normally think of “playing with God.  At least I don’t.  That’s not the image I have of HIM.  Typically I see God as serious, as no nonsense, as severe.  I think that’s only because it’s how I’ve always seen HIM.  It’s how I was brought up.  It’s how I was trained to view HIM.

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PlayufulGod

If it is true, however that God made us in his image then we are only doing HIM a disservice if we don’t see all sides of our personality in HIM.

 

–We have a sense of humor.
Why shouldn’t he?

–We play games.
Why shouldn’t he?

 

If we carry on a daily conversation with HIM why shouldn’t we also have fun with HIM?

 

The stories of God as a vengeful deity , one who uses punishment to get what he wants from us are simply that:
Stories.

 

God never WAS vengeful.  How can a loving God ever be portrayed as anything but joyful, anything but loving.

 

If God is indeed loving,
If God is indeed joyful,

 

Shouldn’t he also be playful?

You’d think so.

 

So now the question becomes:
How exactly do you play with God?

 

I bet you don’t think I have the answer.

What brings you joy?
What make your heart sing?
What makes your soul dance?

 

Do that and that’s how you play with God.

 

Seeing the picture of the young boy in the pile of leaves in Jean’s Playing with God certainly leads one to believe in a playful God.  Seeing God everywhere as I do, I suppose it can’t be far off to imagine that HE is in children as well as adults who are still child like ho find themselves joyfully dancing in the rain or jumping into a pile of leaves and laughing all the while.

 

Maybe it’s time to tell a new story of who we think God is.
Maybe it’s time to see God in a different light.

 

Who wants to join me in turning the page?
Who wants to create a new story?
Who wants to see God as playful?  As joyful?

 

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.

Curse, Fear, Love

But curse is a funny word, ain’t it, I mean back in the old days ladies who got their periods called ‘em curses, right?  Only those curses brought life.  So I looked up the absolute definition of curse in the dictionary and look what I found:
Curse:
The cause of great harm, evil, or misfortune; that which which brings evil or severe affliction; torment.

So like I said.  It’s a funny sort of word.  I mean, if you take the word curse of the definition above and replace it with love it means the same damn thing, don’t it?  Let’s try.

 

Love:
The cause of great harm, evil, or misfortune; that which which brings evil or severe affliction; torment.

 

See?
Now let’s try another one, because it’s what I’m getting at

Fear:
The cause of great harm, evil, or misfortune; that which which brings evil or severe affliction; torment.

 

The Witch of Belladonna Bay

Suzanne Palmieri
Page 344

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As I read the above passage from …Belladonna Bay I was struck by how much truth truth the words carried.  It led me once again down the path of knowing that the words we choose affect our daily lives.

 

The three words above truly CAN have interchangeable definitions and until I read them that way I never gave that any thought.  I suppose love CAN be a curse if it isn’t reciprocated in the way one person gives it.  However, knowing what I now understand, the best way to love is to give it without any expectation.

–Love without expectation.
–Live with joy.
–Transition with abundance.

 

Transition with abundance?  You say.  What does that mean?

It means when you transition you want to have all the intangibles:
–The love of friends and family

 

Abundance isn’t financial.

 

If you have read Wisdom and Life for some time you’ll certainly be aware that I’ve removed several words from my lexicon for the very reason that words do indeed influence our behavior and our thoughts.

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.

Gratitude Trail Revisited

A quick column today.
Gratitude
I wanted to do a follow up to the June 2nd Gratitude Trail being taken down from Hammonasset Beach.   My friend, Anne Kubitsky from Look for the Good was unhappy that her Gratitude Trail was dismantled because of a few complaints.

 

As it turns out many people held the same view. Because, guess what?

 

The Gratitude Trail is returning:
Gratitude Trail Revisited

 

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.

 

Winds of Change

I found a quote on Jigar Vyas G+ Profile last month that I felt compelled to write about:
When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.

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Funny, how a few weeks ago while I encountered a storm I built a wall.  I wrote about it in Trust the Universe.  I MUST learn to build windmills, as the Chinese suggest.  I’m typically so good at feeling the wind at my back, NOT resisting, using that imaginary windmill to my benefit.  In every other aspect of my life I use the wind to move me forward.  Challenges don’t get the best of me.  I’m stay positive.  If there is one positive that I can take away from the experience, it is as I said in Trust the Universe, because I’m in this paradigm now, I’m able to clear the debris, I’m able to use the wind to my benefit, I’m able to move beyond that challenge that arises in a quicker time period than before I had these tools.  So to some respect I DO build a windmill, but I just don’t build it soon enough.  And because I wait too long to construct it, the windmill has to perform twice as much work, blowing down that half built wall as well as remove the emotional debris.  While I understand these things after the fact and I ALWAYS promise myself that I’ll NEVER do that again, invariably that challenge will arise again and I will find myself building that wall again.

 

That’s the lesson I need to learn in this my most recent incarnation.  Remember one of my philosophies for reincarnation:
That we return over and over to learn from past experiences
That we need to learn our lessons and move beyond

That not only do we need to learn our lessons but we also need to implement those learned lessons in our next incarnation, otherwise we will continue seeing that same challenge every time we incarnate.

 

I need to stop building walls.  Not only does building walls keep the negative trapped inside, those same walls keep the positive out.  Those walls keep people from reaching in to help.  The Chinese have it right.:
When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.

 

I just need to implement the to tools I have at my disposal sooner rather than later.

 

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 Gratitude Trail

Anne Kubitsky from Look for the Good
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looked forward to repeating her success at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Connecticut.  Last week, Anne installed the second Gratitude Trail at Hammonasset Beach after receiving approval from Park Management.

 

I received this email from Anne on Friday:
Because of 15 complaints, the Gratitude Trail was taken down at Hammonasset Beach State Park yesterday. We collected the signage today and I am currently looking into other locations for the trail to be installed. Since 2 million park visitors will not be able to enjoy this trail because of a few negative voices, I think this deserves airtime in the media and am starting a petition with this video. So far, everyone I have encountered has been delighted with the trail. If you feel the same way, please help me record these positive comments by emailing anne@findgoodnow.org or visiting us in person Sunday, June 1st (11 am – 4 pm) between Middle and West Beaches on the boardwalk at Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison, CT. We will interview you about why YOU think the gratitude trail should have a public presence. Thank you so much for all your help and support. 🙂

 

Sincerely,
Anne Kubitsky
The Look for the Good Project

What kind of world do we honestly live in when 15 complaints are received and that dictates an outcome?  This entire project is based on being grateful.  How is it that those who complained don’t see the reflection in the mirror?   Not only that, what kind of lives do these people lead who made the complaints?  Guess they have no idea about Law of Attraction?
That what you send out,
You will receive back.

 

I certainly don’t want to be in their shoes when they receive their gift BACK from the universe; nor do I want be in their shoes now.  These people who lodged the complaints must have pretty sorry lives if they can’t see the positive experience this project brings to so many.

 

I’m sorry!  I COMPLETELY understand that we should ALL be looking for something positive to take away from this negative experience.  At the moment, however, I’m overwhelmed that this has occurred.

 

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.