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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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.

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime you find you get what you need.  

The Rolling Stones

 

Sometimes no matter how much we may want something to happen, no matter how much pray for that gift, no matter how much we sulk when we don’t receive what we wanted, as The Rolling Stones said:
We wind up getting what we need.

 

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Pixabay
WrappedPresent

 

Easier said than done for someone NOT steeped in this paradigm, however if we can learn to accept when something doesn’t go as planned and realize it only means something better is coming our way, we will experience less stress in our lives.  Stop expecting something to happen and embrace life even when that gift you’ve been praying for doesn’t arrive.

 

It’s as I said in last week’s column:
Where Would I Be?  What if everything you ever asked for were given to you?  Would you be happy with where you are now?  I doubt it.  Remember:
God is in control and he provides us with what we need not always what we want.  A perfect example of this is profiled in the previous link:
Losing the opportunity to work at Chatfield Hollow brought me to the Scranton Library.

 

I so wanted to work at Chatfield Hollow and I prayed every night for it.  However, there were other plans for my life and I’m so much happier where I am now.  There are so many more examples that I could give.  Every time something I THOUGHT I wanted, Every time I prayed for something as a child and didn’t get what I wanted, I sulked, I became angry, I cried; as do all children because they are not aware that something better always comes along.

 

It’s one of the reasons it’s so amazing for children to be growing up now.  For we can teach them that what you want isn’t always what you need.  And The Divine is always looking out for you.  We MUST teach our children that just because our prayers didn’t get us what we wanted doesn’t mean they weren’t heard.  God hears ALL prayers.

 

You can’t always get what you want, but if you listen to God, you’ll find you get what you need.

 

While I understand that isn’t what The Rolling Stones meant when they wrote that lyric, it IS how I choose to interpret it.

 

So remember, God is in control and God answers all our prayers and sometimes the answer is no, but the “no” ALWAYS comes with a gift.  You just have to keep your eyes open and remove those spiritual blinders.  You will see the gift if you look.

 

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 Life of Fulfillment

You cannot create a life of fulfillment, joy and meaning while barricading yourself from others and from the opportunities Life offers you.

 

Thoughts from the Heart of the Soul
Page 51

When you NOW see Amazon Links at Wisdom and Life,
if you purchase linked items from my blog, I will benefit.

 

I have many sources for Wisdom and Life and one of the sources I continually return to is books of quotes.  I have many at my disposal.  Today’s quote comes from Gary Zukov’s
Thoughts from the Heart of the Soul
Zukav

 

If you’re feeling less than joy, one of the well known remedies is to leave your home, get outside, see your friends.  Go for a walk.

 

Don’t stay locked up inside.  That will only keep you dwelling.  For some of us we need time to cope with what is cause our distress.  But we can’t stay stuck.  The BEST thing to do is get out as SOON as we can.  The longer we stay inside, the longer it will take for us to recover our joy.  For those of us who are artists, whether painters,  this also can relate to getting stuck with our artistic endeavors.  I know I’ve experienced having a temporary writing block and if I step away and go for a walk, get out with friends, my mind leaves the challenge I’m having and I’m able to return with fresh perspective.  The same can be said if we are having an emotional challenge.

 

Step outside yourself.
Spend some time in nature.  Go for a hike in the woods.  Go to the water.  Find your happy place.

 

Don’t stay inside.  It’s like my blogger and friend, Dick Sederquist in his book:
Hiking Out

You need to get outside.  Find what brings you joy and don’t stay dwelling on what brought you to the state you find yourself in at the moment.  And remember:
EVERYTHING is temporary.

 

The next time you find yourself stuck in an artistic or an emotional challenge, get up and get outside.  You’ll find that will help motivate you to recover.

 

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.

 

 

Emit Your Own Frequency

Everything changes when you start to emit your own frequency rather than absorbing the frequencies around you, when you start imprinting your intent on the universe rather than receiving an imprint from existence.

Barbara Marciniak

 

My friend, Koreen shared this on Facebook a few weeks ago and I completely connected with it.  

 

Nothing can disturb your calm, nothing can break through your wall of peace unless you let it.  That lesson took me many years to incorporate into my being.  When you learn to emit your own frequency

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Frequency

You’ll find that those who vibrate on a lower level can’t reach you.  A challenging thing to do when those around you do their best to bring you down to their level.  Stay positive.  Continue pushing forward.  Keep reflecting your spirituality.  When someone brings you down:
You’re not doing it right.  Or
Does anything else to lower you to their level,

Lift them up with a:
Yes But.

How do you do that you may ask?
Give them a:
Yes, but this works for me.

Or a:
Yes, but what if you look at it this way?

There is no RIGHT way to do ANYTHING.  It’s what works for YOU.  

By shifting the conversation from negative to positive, you’re also changing the frequency of both parties.  The more you do this, the less friction you will encounter not only with this particular party but with everyone around you.

 

Emit your own positive frequency and see what happens.

 

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.

 

Detachment

Once more it is proven to me that we get things when we need them.

 

That God will ALWAYS provide.  It is now Thursday night and I hadn’t written anything for Monday’s column at Wisdom and Life.  Uh oh.  I thought.  It’s coming down to crunch time.  I need enough opportunity to have written a column and edit it so that when it goes live all the imperfections will be eradicated.  At lunch time as I left work, my friend Glenn walked into the library and said he wanted to thank me for my new found detachment.  That’s all I needed. And I had my topic. Since it is now Thursday night, I will have three full days to go through and edit.  

 

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Detach

 

Detachment you say?  Yes.  Read on:

 

 

 

 

 

Merriam Webster defines detachment as:

: lack of emotion or of personal interest
: the act or process of separating something from a larger thing
: a condition in which something has become separated from something else

 

When you look at the definition from a spiritual point of view a lack of attachment can aid you in relationships.  A sense of detachment can aid you in everything about your life. When you no longer stress over what MIGHT happen and simply understand that what is supposed to happen will, life will flow so much easier. It’s done so for me:

When you don’t expect anything from someone else and you understand that whatever happens is supposed to happen you can live your life with so much more ease.

 

The first definition above can seem a bit harsh when discussing a relationship. But

–If you can detach from any expectation
–If you can stop worrying about what someone else thinks or wants
–If you can think about your life and all your relationships as separate from yourself and let go of control, let go of the need to expect anything, you will ultimately find the exact relationship you’ve been looking for.

 

It’s not an easy concept to embrace or fulfill.  It takes constant vigilance, but once you arrive at that place. You find not only peace but also a sense that you’ve finally found your happy place.  No longer will you stress over:
–Will they call?
–Will they visit?
–Do they really like me or is it all a ploy to get something from me?

 

No longer will you stress over:
–Is this where I’m supposed to be?

 

Detachment takes all that away.

Detachment isn’t a bad thing when used in a spiritually motivated way.  It can help us all live a healthier spiritual life.  As I said above:
It’s not an easy undertaking, however. When you consider the alternative:
–Always expecting people to live as we live.
–Always expecting a response and when none is forthcoming getting anxious, dismayed, wondering why.

 

–Always stressing over life’s curveballs.
–Wondering what happened.
–Why you are in this particular position.

 

Wouldn’t life be easier, if you let go of all that anxiety?  You can.

Simply detach from any outcome and let whatever happens happen. It took me a long while to get to this point.  Now that I’ve arrived, there ain’t no way I’m going back; which is not to say I don’t still slip. I do. However, as I’m fond of saying at Wisdom and Life, now that I recognize the pattern of slipping it is that much easier to right myself. It DOES take constant vigilance, though.

 

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.

 

Innocent Man Forgives Police Officer

 

 

A recurring theme at Wisdom and life is forgiveness as can be seen from the number of columns in the previous link.  I will let this video do most of the work today.  Other than to say that holding onto resentment only hurts the person keeping the resentment.

 

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ChineseForgiveness

 

The video below is a perfect example of this message and should be seen my EVERYONE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From The Daily Spectator