A Force in the Universe

There’s a force in the universe that’s 100 percent trustworthy.  It creates and manifests from love, cooperation, beauty, and expansiveness, and it’s to this flawless work of spirit that you can return in order to know inspiration.

 

Wayne Dyer
Your Ultimate Calling

 

 

 

 

In my power group, I’ve been told that I have the “God gene.”  That’s not the EXACT phrase that’s used.  What they mean is that I have faith that I’m taken care of, that no matter what happens, I’ll be safe. I’ve mentioned to them that I don’t worry….

….about anything.  It’s why I connect with the above quote by Wayne Dyer.

 

I understand that I’m taken care of.  No matter what.  I’ve always been blessed to feel that.  I wish everyone could feel the power of faith that I do.  But we all have our own path to walk.  That force mentioned above?

It can be seen as the Universe, a Higher Power, God.

 

We all need something to cling to when we are circling the drain.  For me, I’ve always relied on God.  I see him everywhere.  It’s why I think I’ve felt protected, because, for myself, God is everywhere.  I feel like we have a symbiotic relationship.  I believe God is everywhere, so God gives me the faith I need to march through this my latest incarnation.

 

I believe faith and God are all around us we simply have to know where to look.  Sometimes you can’t see what you’re looking for because you have your blinders on.  Remove those spiritual blinders, as I like to say and you’ll feel that force that Wayne Dyer writes about above.

 

It’s easy for me to have this faith that everything will be alright, because it’s a gift I’ve had my entire life.  If you want some  as I wrote in 2012, the best way is to start small.

 

There’s a force in the universe that is looking out for all of us.  Can you find it?  If not:
Start small.

 

 

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.

Myers and Briggs Test

Myers Briggs is a personality testing program that places people into sixteen personality categories. What type you fall into depends on the answers you give on the test. If you answer honestly, you’ll see which type you fall into.  You can take one examnple of the test here:
16 Personalities

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I’ve taken the test at various points in my life and have always fallen into two types. Either:

INFJ
INFP

 

 

 

As I look back now and after taking the test again within the last month, I now clearly see that I definitely fall into the INFP type.

 

I can relate to so many of both types but many morein the INFP are where I stand.  in the INFP characteristic fit me much better:

–INFPs tend to be introverted, quiet and reserved.

Being in social situations tends to drain their energy and they prefer interacting with a select group of close friends. While they like to be alone, this should not necessarily be confused with shyness. Instead, it simply means that INFPs gain energy from spending time alone. On the other hand, they have to expend energy in social situations.

–INFPs place an emphasis on personal feelings and their decisions are more influenced by these concerns rather than by objective information.
They also dislike conflict and try to avoid it. When conflicts or arguments do arise, they usually focus more on how the conflict makes them feel rather than the actual details of the argument. During arguments, they might seem overly emotional or even irrational. However, they can also be good mediators by helping the people involved in a conflict identify and express their feelings.

–INFPs tend to be very creative, artistic and spiritual. They are often skilled with language, but may prefer to express their thoughts and feelings through writing.
INFPs typically do well in careers where they can express their creativity and vision. While they work well with others, they generally prefer to work alone. Some possible careers that might be a good match for an INFP include:
Artist
Counselor
Graphic Designer
Librarian
Psychologist
Physical Therapist
Social Worker
Writer

The above info is from:
Verywell.com

 

I work in three of the above careers. And EVERYTHING above the careers I can certainly relate too.  

 

There is so much that I relate to with this personality type. The biggest is how I deal with confrontation. The following explanation especially rings true:
They also dislike conflict and try to avoid it. When conflicts or arguments do arise, they usually focus more on how the conflict makes them feel rather than the actual details of the argument. During arguments, they might seem overly emotional or even irrational.

 

I see this happen constantly in my life. Which is why I at all costs do my best to avoid any conflict.
I don’t like how I react.
I don’t have enough self confidence to stand up for myself.
I feel like I’m back to being a child with no experience about how to deal with the challenge that has arisen.

 

Seeing this is a trait that the INFP person exhibits makes me feel a BIT better. Knowing you are not alone and others experience the same traits always creates a safety zone around us.

 

A Myers Briggs personality test is something everyone should take, for their own experience but also to understand where they fit in the world. And answer the questions honestly, not the way you think others see you and not the way you WANT others to see you.  But how you REALLY feel. You may be surprised at the results you get.

 

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.

 

 

Your Job

Your job is to help others get to where you are.   Why do you suppose you know the terrain so well?  Are you acting as The Source for the advancement of others today? Who have you lifted up, and how, in the past 24 hours? And in the next? What is your plan for the next?

 

Neale Donald Walsch Daily Inspiration
June 5, 2017

 

If you don’t know Neale Donald Walsch (NDS), he came to popularity through his books:
Conversations With God.

 

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Wikipedia

NDS has always been one of my favorite spiritual people I follow. I connected with the June fifth, daily email I received from him because I consider one of my jobs is to help people see there IS another way to see life.  That’s really why Wisdom and Life exists.

 

Everyone has incarnated with a gifts to use.  Our mission while in the physical is to find the gifts we were given and use them to help others.  I’ve written an entire category at Wisdom and Life called Parental Pressure that has my columns about the gifts we receive.  Check it out when you feel like it.

 

I write often that if you remove your spiritual blinders, you’ll be able to see life is all about spirituality and less about physicality.  This blog is in existence to show that.  I’ve always had a strong faith and for those who are new to reading Wisdom and Life, you can certainly ready my category on faith.

 

My life has been filled with blessings and I’ve felt as the above quote states that I want:
to help others get to where you are.

 

How do you use your own gifts to help others?  There are countless ways to help.
–You can be a shoulder to lean on.
–You can be an ear to listen with.

 

Some of us use the gifts we were given to directly help others.  Writing is one way to help others.  Neale Donald Walsch knows that.  Through his Conversations With God series, he has certainly helped numerous people.  I hope Wisdom and Life is doing that as well, helping people understand that there is a spiritual underpinning to the world.  I consider it my job to help others see through this physical plane into the etheric one.

 

What are your gifts and how do you use them?

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Why Did You Do This For Me?

Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.

 

Charlotte’s Web
E.B. White

 

The Charlotte’s Web links lead to my Amazon Referral account.
Should you follow the links and purchase the book I will benefit.

 

 

 

 

Charlotte’s Web is one of my favorite children’s books of all time.  As with many of my favorite books, there are countless quotes throughout the book that resonate deeply with me.

 

 

Our friends play an important role in our lives.  There is no self made man.  We are all where we are because someone else cared enough to give us a hand when we needed it.  Whether it was friends or family makes no difference.  No man is an island.  

 

We need our friends.
We need others to help us move along the path of life.

 

 

 

Who has helped you?
Have you thanked them?

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Power Group

As a follow up to Centering Prayer Group, I think it is important to surround yourself with as many like minded people as possible.  Almost ten years ago now (Wow!  Hard to believe after writing that, that it has been that long.) three of my friends and I started meeting weekly to discuss all the positive that was happening in our lives.  The group sort of ran out of gas about two years later.  We all still stayed in touch, just not in a formal meeting.

 

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Pixabay

 

In January, the same people reconstituted and we are once again meeting.  Like nothing has changed we fell back into our comfort zone and it’s been amazing.  The original concept behind developing our group was to support our positive movements and by discussing them, help more positivity bloom.  

 

 

 

As it says in one of the Law of Attraction tenets:
Surround yourself with the positive and think positive and more of that will come to you.

 

That’s how our group works even now.  We look for positive things that our happening in our lives and we discuss them.  In the week between our meetings we carry on a daily email where we list three positive things that have happened or are happening in our lives that day.  It may sound silly.  However, as I said earlier, the more positive we find to be grateful for the more that will arrive.

 

It’s important to develop this routine if you want to live a grateful life:
–Surround yourself with as many like minded people as possible.  (Find groups that practice your belief system.)
–Find the positive in any challenges you encounter.  (In other words turn the negative into a positive.  You can ALWAYS find some small gift in a challenge.  It just takes practice.)
–When something positive happens be grateful.

 

One of the things I’ve started to do when I wake in the morning, before my feet even touch the floor is say out loud:
Something amazing will happen today.

 

This is a result of our group.  

 

Find like minded people and you’ll find your outlook changing for the better.

 

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.

Light Deprivation

No column last week
as I was fighting a cold

I’m usually a bright spot, a positive, a light in the dark.  When it comes to this time of year however, I need to vent a bit.

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Pixabay
sadbeachface

Well.  Here we are.  Daylight Savings time has ended and we have two months before we can actually see the sky after 5 in Connecticut.  And even longer before we can actually be out enjoying the light.  This is my least favorite time of year.

 

See?  I’m outdoor person.  I LOVE being outside, especially after dinner.  And driving after dark doesn’t enthuse me anymore.  The older I get, the more I’m convinced it is the lack of light in the winter that distresses me more than the lack of warmth.  It’s not that I have Seasonal Affective Disorder, it’s just that I don’t enjoy being inside during the winter.

 

My favorite thing to do after work is head down to The Surf Club, our town beach with my camera and set up for sunset.  I’ll usually bring the current book I’m reading and sit at one of the picnic tables and wait for the optimum time to start photographing.  Unfortunately with sunset coming so early now and with the weather changing, it makes it a bit challenging to head to the beach.

 

I’ve recently decided that I while I don’t like the cold weather, it is the early sunset that REALLY distresses me.  I could almost deal with the cold, if I knew sunset would be later at night.  A little after 8 pm would be amazing.  That would give me about three hours after I arrived home to still enjoy the night; even if I couldn’t head outside at least driving wouldn’t be so distressing for me.  As I mentioned above, I’m not comfortable driving long distances after dark now.

 

It’s why December 21 and the second weekend in March is so celebratory for me.  And it’s why I prefer it to be January, rather than August.  Because in January we have six full months of longer daylight hours.

 

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.

Living Your Vocation

A man knows when he has found his vocation when he stops thinking about how to live and begins to live.

Thomas Merton

 

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Merton

Thomas Merton is a recurring theme at Wisdom and Life
as can be seen from the preceding link.  Merton has long been one of my favorite resources not just for Wisdom and Life but for my life in general.  My friend and fellow blogger, Jean Wise at Healthy Spirituality shared a Merton Quote on Facebook last week and that brought me around to thinking that I haven’t shared Thomas Merton lately myself.

 

One of the resources I keep for all my blogs is a list of quotes for Wisdom and Life, upcoming books to review for Scranton Page Turner and thoughts for CJP Photo News.  On Friday afternoon I looked through my quotes list for Wisdom and Life and came across Merton’s quote above.

 

I’ve been fortunate to have had found my rhythm in many areas.

–Computer Tech
Before I was hired at the Scranton Library in Madison, Connecticut I had a one man tech business.  Over 200 clients.

–Social Media
I have roughly 10 clients at the moment.  I help them with marketing online.
Setting up WordPress Blogs
Setting up social media sites

 

When I’m helping people I get in the flow.  Feels so amazing to love what you do.

–Photography

Another passion where I’ve been able to convert that passion into abundance.
–Writing
Writing has always been my long term goal.  It was my first ambition and it has turned into another abundance maker for me.

 

There’s nothing better than finding your passion and being able to convert that into abundance.  Some of us never find it.  I have an abundance of passions that bring me into that flow.

 

Thomas Merton is correct:
When you find what you love and are able to turn that into a vocation, that’s when you REALLY start to live.

 

That’s when you stop worrying about the future and stay in the present moment.  It’s only when you are doing what you love that all other stress disappears.  Nothing challenging can remain if you stay in the present moment.

 

How do you stay in the present moment?
By doing what you love.

 

Have you converted your passion into vocation yet?

 

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.