Taking a Brief Haitus

Good Morning fellow Wisdom and Lifers:

I’m taking a brief hiatus from my two blogs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will return in October.

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.

Happy Seventh!

Wisdom and Life is turning seven years old this month.  I realized this last night as I drifted off to sleep.  On May 30 this blog will officially be seven.  This first column to appear was:
Welcome to Wisdom and Life.  

 

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When I started, I had no idea how long I’d be at this.  Seven years is a milestone.  Some of you have been with me since its inception, reading my daily columns then watching me cut back to three days a week and finally down to once a week.  We’ve traveled a circuitous route to get here.  It took me a few months to get settled and really understand  what I wanted to say.  By October, 2010, I knew the path I wanted to travel.  The tagline of Wisdom and Life is:
Where Law of Attraction Meets Faith and Spirituality.

 

And that’s what the blog has always wanted to be.  I step back from this and realize that I’ve been writing something weekly for seven years and it still surprises me.  I’ve just been going about the business of writing and not even seeing the milestones as they passed.

 

So I am now taking a breath and understanding how far some of us have all traveled together.  To my friends who have been with me from the beginning and to to those who have jumped onboard in the intermittent years, I want to offer a HUGE thank you.

 

Thank you!

 

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 Work In Progress

What are your resolutions for the new year?

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It’s one of my least favorite things about New Years. Everyone wants to know what changes you plan on making. New Year’s resolutions only set us up for failure. Harsh, I know.

 

 

But you tell me how many of us actually follow through on ANY of the resolutions we’ve sworn to keep?

 

Yet we continue to create the façade. We continue making these pronouncements that THIS year will be different. It’s why I’ve decided to get off that ride. I know longer make resolutions. I want to continue being happy throughout the year and continue doing what I love.   By making resolutions I do not keep, I continue that pretense and set myself up for disappointment.  Why not change your habit and do something different?

Why not stop making resolutions you won’t keep?  Be happy with who you are today.

 

One of the stories I love recalling is when a teacher asked their student what they wanted to be when they grew up and the student said:
Happy.

 

No.  The teacher said.  You don’t understand.  What do you want to DO?  The student smiled back and said:
You DON’T understand.  I want to be happy!

 

The student was right.  It’s the teacher who received a lesson on that day.  Being happy is much more important than our career, which is what the teacher aimed at asking.  Why not be happy with both?

 

Isn’t that what we all want?
To be happy?

 

We are all a work in progress and there is no perfection. We should all be aiming for happiness and abundance.  Abundance of all types.  Not just monetary wealth, but joyful wealth, friendship wealth, spiritual wealth.  The Divine doesn’t EVEN EXPECT perfection, only that we strive for it.

 

So no more New Year’s Resolutions for me.  I think there are simply too many pitfalls waiting to happen.  I’d rather, as I said previously, continue to be the happiest person I can.

 

Doesn’t that seem like a much better use of our time?

 

Happy New Year’s to all those who celebrate it.

 

Next week’s column will be something different.
A remembrance of a local establishment that has
recently shuttered its doors.

 

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.

Halloween

Halloween:
The day where the line between the living and the transitioned is at its weakest point.  That’s why it was at one time known as The Day of the Dead in Pagan lore

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It has morphed into something different but still maintains some of the pagan rites.  As with most holidays, it seems anathema to say HAPPY before ANY somber holiday.  And Halloween certainly fits that  mold.

Wikipedia has this to say about the holiday:
Halloween

 

 

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 Energy Stream

If you decide to make someone the enemy and you’re pushing very hard against them, you don’t affect them at all, but you disconnect yourself from the Stream. If someone cheats you, they cannot diminish your experience. They only diminish their experience. You cannot be diminished by someone cheating you unless you get all upset about being cheated and push against them and use that as your excuse to disconnect from the Stream.

 

Abraham Hicks

 

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Interesting topic today as I’ve spoken about holding grudges and staying angry many times at Wisdom and Life.  Making enemies is not healthy for our us, not healthy for someone else and certainly not healthy for our souls.

 

Energy:
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Stream:
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It’s not healthy for us because we feel anxious in the presence of our “enemy.”  Our heart races, our blood pressure rises, and we have negative feelings.  Our first inclination is to hurt that person.  I’ve learned that wanting to hurt someone only hurts us.

 

Making someone an enemy is not healthy for the other person, because they may not understand why they are now on your “blacklist.”  They may attempt to reach out until they finally realize you’re not interested.

 

It’s not healthy for our souls because the Divine teaches us to love our enemies.  And if we do not heed our spiritual inclination to let go we will continue this same path of seeing hate, finding enemies all around us.  Is that really the way we want to live our lives?

 

So what is the stream that Abraham Hicks talks about?

It’s the stream of positive energy that runs through all of us.  Getting angry, staying angry, making enemies?  All this breaks that positive energy stream.  The way I live my life now is always seeking to stay in that energy stream.

 

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.

 

Love Wins –Review

Love Wins, by Rob Bell is the book where I first discovered the phrase universalist.  Love wins perfectly describes my worldview, that there is no Hell.  Mr Bell asks:
–How can a loving God forsake ANYONE?
–If God created every living thing and if God Loves us all, how could he forsake anyone?
Love Wins

 

It’s one of the challenges I have with organized religion and why I stayed away from the church. And it’s why I joined SUUS.

 

–Love Wins is Rob Bell’s call to love each other and see our similarities instead of our differences.
–Love Wins is Rob Bell’s attempt to show that God is all loving.

 

How can someone like Gandhi be sent to eternal damnation simply because he isn’t Christian?  That’s what some would have you believe.  Does that make sense to you?  This is the thesis of Love Wins.  How is it that the ONLY people who are saved are those who are Christian?  If that’s the case, then tell me this:
Why in EVERY case of Near Death Experiences, (NDE) EVERYWHERE around the world do those who have had an NDE, speak of seeing a tunnel and a bright, all embracing light?

 

If ONLY a select few were saved and ONLY Christians, wouldn’t it stand to reason that ONLY Christians would see the “light?”

 

This isn’t what Jesus preached.  Jesus preached all encompassing love.  Man came in and mixed with religion.  I often wonder what Jesus thinks now, when he looks down and sees how his name is being used.

 

–It’s not Christian to hate.
–It’s not Christian to exclude.

 

Rob Bell Understands this, or so it seems from reading Love Wins.  Why not pick up a copy?  Read the book; then tell me you STILL believe only a select few are saved.

 

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.

 

Winter Solstice/Christmas Break

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate the holiday.

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Today is one of my favorite days of the year.  Why?

Two reasons:
It’s the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, meaning that from here on the hours of daylight will continue to get longer.

–It’s also my Fairy Godmother’s birthday.

 

Click the preceding link (in blue) to understand who my Fairy Godmother (FGM) is and why I believe she is my FGM.

 

This is the start of my Winter Hiatus.  I will return Monday, February 1st, 2016

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.

 

Thriving

The best you can do for anyone is to thrive fully and be willing to explain to anyone who asks how it is that you are thriving, and what it is that you’ve discovered—and then, just relax and trust that all truly is well.

 

Abraham Hicks

I’m circling back to a topic that is important to my wellbeing:
How is it that you continue to project such a positive outlook when events in your life conspire to bring you to your knees? is a question that many people ask me.

 

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HappyThings

My answer?
–Faith in the knowledge that whatever happens is SUPPOSED to happen.
–Following the knowledge that Law of Attraction has taught me:
that life can only get better when we dwell on the positive, when we focus on what’s good in our lives.  Centering on the positive aspects of what’s happening, will bring more of that into your life.

 

–I’m thriving because Law of Attraction strengthened my faith.  I discovered that Law of Attraction is simply another path to deepening my spirituality.
–Law of Attraction has helped me maintain my positive outlook, understanding that what I emit into the world will echo back.  If I project positivity, that’s what I will see reflected back.  Having discovered that, I do my best to continually be in a positive place.

 

–I’m thriving because I understand that life is meant to be lived and it is all about moving forward.
–I’m thriving because I understand that the Divine always has my back, that were it not for my faith I would NOT be here today.
–I’m thriving because I understand that there are no bad things that happen.

 

Many people see things as black or white, good or bad.
There is no good.
There is no bad.

 

Everything that happens in our lives is a lesson to help us move forward.
Everything that happens is always for the greatest good.

 

So when people ask how I can project such a positive outlook when in their eyes things look bleak, my answer is:
Things are never bleak.  Yes, sometimes I falter.  Sometimes life trips me up. However, because I’ve been following Law of Attraction for some time now and because it has moved my faith in a stronger direction I understand that life will balance out and that today’s lesson will help move me forward to tomorrow’s plan.

 

You can get there too.  It takes work to open your eyes, to remove those spiritual blinders, as I’m also fond of saying here at Wisdom and Life.  But once you take them off you will see things you never thought possible.

 

God is all around us.  You don’t have to attend a ceremonial weekly event to see HIM, to hear HIM.  You only have to seek HIM out.  Start by looking small.

 

Why am I thriving?
It is because my faith is stronger than my weakness.  That’s what it comes down too.
You can get there too.  Just find whatever brings you strength.  And 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.

 

HE Will Provide

There was a young man in a flood who watched the water rise in his house.  Soon the water rose to the roof line and the young man stood on the peak.  His neighbor rowed by in a row boat.  Get in!  He said. I can get you to safety.

No. The young man said.  I’ve prayed to God. He will provide. The row boat moved on.

A short time later, the police came by in their rescue boat. Get in. They said. The water is still rising.  No. The young man said. I’ve prayed to God. He will provide. The officers shook their heads and moved on.

Ten minutes later,  a rescue helicopter hovered over the roof and lowered a rope ladder. Someone yelled out, Climb up the rope and will get you to safety.

Bet you know what his response was.  Next thing you know that young man wakes up and finds himself before God. He looks at God and says:

I prayed and I looked to you to save me. Why am I here?  God smiles and gives a bit of a chuckle. I sent your neighbor. I sent a rescue boat. And I  sent a helicopter. What more did you want?

 

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I’m sure EVERYONE has heard that story.  As anyone following Wisdom and Life knows, I’m a HUGE believer that God speaks to us through signs and messages, but sometimes we need a physical sign as well.  That’s the HIDDEN meaning behind this story for me.  God sent the drowning man THREE physical messages and he chose to ignore ALL of them.  How many times do you think have you ignored a PHYSICAL message only to have realized later that you did indeed do so?  How many more times will you ignore HIM when HE sends a physical message?  When God sends physical signs we must be as aware of those as we are aware of the divine messages we receive.

 

Contrary to belief, God doesn’t ALWAYS work in mysterious ways.  Sometimes we get a physical knock.  Will you be ready to recognize God in the physical as well as in the divine?

 

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.

 

Is Respect A Lost Art?

My friend, Karen recently posted something  on Facebook that intrigued me:
I’m trying really hard to understand why some people don’t understand the meaning of respect or just good old fashioned courtesy. Maybe I’m asking or expecting too much.

 

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Respect

 

I’ve had a similar conversation with another friend of mine.  We have agreed that there has been a general decline in respect.  As I commented on Karen’s post:
I think we were raised at a different time. And some of us were taught to treat others like we want to be treated. Unfortunately not everyone shares that belief.

 

All we can do, Karen is continue to live our lives the way we were taught. The people who understand will ALWAYS be in our lives. The ones who don’t don’t matter anyway.  

 

One of my favorite ex high school teachers, is a frequent library user.  After he retired, he subbed for awhile and he would come in and visit with me at the library.  Some of what he said went on with the classes he subbed for turned me red.  Openly swearing at those in authority, refusing to listen to teachers, continuing to do what they’d been told to stop doing.  I can’t imagine not respecting those in authority.  Not for fear of retribution, simply because I wasn’t raised any other way.  I’m not sure who should be held responsible because at some point, children and young adults eventually have to assume accountability for themselves.

 

I sometimes find myself jokingly saying:
Kids these days.

 

I’ve said as much to that ex teacher a few times, attempting to lighten the mood.  But it isn’t just kids who don’t understand respect.  Even some adults have a challenging time understanding common courtesy as can be seen from my friend, Karen’s statement on Facebook.

 

I seldom tread into the political realm because it is fraught with trap doors and someone will find something to be angry with.  However even in politics, things have become us against them.  There is no respect shown to either side.  It’s all about me, me, me.  What’s in it for me?

 

I have a friend who has her own business and she sees the same thing.  People not treating her with the respect she deserves.  She’s become discriminating when it comes to picking up new clients.  She can afford to do so now.  It’s a shame that there are some of us see a lack of respect.  Even in my own fledgling social media business, I’ve seen it.  Not so much with my own clients because I’m able to choose the people I associate with.  This is not my main source of creating abundance.  When I’m out with my clients I’ve seen others not treated with the respect they’ve earned.  Is this an epidemic that is only going to grow exponentially, or can we find a way to curb this?  I’m afraid to know the answer.

 

 

There is always going to be those who show a lack of respect.  What are some of the steps we can take to ensure we aren’t hurt by those who attempt to disrespect us?

 

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.