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.

 

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.  

Everyone Is Born A Genius

My friend Buckminster Fuller once remarked:
Everyone is born a genius but the process of living de-geniuses them.

Memories of Heaven
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Children are the least susceptible to ideology, because they have not yet been indoctrinated.  That’s why when a child tells you something that in your view may seem off kilter, it is better to pay attention with an open mind.  Don’t dismiss the child’s story as mere rambling.  They believe what they are saying.  


Memories of Heaven is an amazing book, another in a long list of such books that should be on your reading list if you are reading Wisdom and Life.  I like the quote:
Everyone is born a genius but the process of living de-geniuses them.

 

Because it perfectly defines what happens to us as we mature.  We lose that childlike innocence we possessed before we became knocked around, before we forgot to remember everything we knew.  That’s why it is said time and again:
–That children are the teachers
–That when a child says something spiritually profound, it is best to heed the response.

 

Children and their remembrances of life before have been well documented in three books I’ve discussed here extensively:
Old Souls by Tom Shroder
Soul Survivor by Bruce Leininger
Journey of Souls by Dr Michael Newton

 

Memories of Heaven is the type of book that unless you’re steeped in this paradigm, you may dismiss out of hand when reading the description.  Do yourself a favor.

 

Do NOT dismiss this book out of hand, nor any of the other three books above.  I guarantee after reading these you will come away with a healthy respect for children who profess they have been here before and tell you where they were before they chose to return.

 

What I find fascinating about Memories of Heaven is the fact that this was the last book that Wayne Dyer completed before he passed himself.  This book doesn’t delve into new territory for those who believe this.  It is just comforting to those who need reassurance.  In fact, all three of the other books mentioned here are a good place to start if you are just beginning to realize that you MAY HAVE been incarnated in the past.

 

Reading Memories also alleviated any fears I experienced over my own book being published in September.  I had been a BIT concerned over the layout, that I had written a series of columns, one to two pages each and wondered how that look and read.  However, after reading Memories, I realize that my own book is similar in layout and I have nothing to fret over.

 

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 Fail At What You Don’t Want

I had no idea that Jim Carrey followed my train of thought.  The preceding link that is his name is all you need to watch today.  He discusses taking a chance on doing something you want.  Carrey says:
You can fail at doing what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.

 

In the short video, Carrey uses phrases I use all the the time:
You can ask the universe.

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That’s been my philosophy my entire life.  I’ve devoted a whole category to this at Wisdom and Life:
Parental Pressure.

 

No one should pilot your life other than you.  We’ve all incarnated with gifts to share.  It is up to us as individuals to find those gifts and use them to create abundance in our lives as well as the lives we touch.  

 

 

Don’t let anyone poison your dreams.  
Follow the path that you want.
Ask the Universe.

 

I’ve seen that video countless times as I’m sure many of my readers have as well.  But it’s always nice to have a reminder that these concepts that were once hidden away and seen as esoteric are now becoming more mainstream.

 

Jim Carrey is right when he he discussed his father in the short snippet above.
Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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Chip from
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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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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.

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.

 

 

Thaddeus Squirrel

My friend and blogger, Tom Rapsas, whom I first met on Google+ has written a wonderful spiritual guide for those of us who still don’t know what path they should choose. Thaddeus Squirrel is the PERFECT book to give to high school students.  If you click on the preceding link to purchase from my website, I will benefit.

 

 

Thaddeus, while in the midst of collecting food for the winter months, one morning has a crisis of conscience.  In other words, he awakens.  

 

He realizes there is so much more to life than simply over collecting.  In his case, it is over collecting food. However, if you look at the story of Thaddeus, I’m sure you will find correlations to our own lives.

 

 

 

What are we collecting, that we don’t need?
Are you honoring the sacred path that is your calling?
Do you know what your calling is?

 

These are all questions that Thaddeus struggles with.  They are questions we all are challenged by.  What we must do is quiet the noise around us and center on the inner voice we all have.  

 

Meditating is one way to do this. Some of us are fortunate to have a well tuned in voice.  We’ve been practicing for years, honing that inner wisdom.  For those of you who can’t hear it or those of you who know there is something more, but aren’t sure how to find it, Thaddeus can be your guide.  Simply follow him as he travels away from his comfort zone, away from the only home he has ever known.  For it is only in the journey that we can find ourselves.  It is only in stepping away that we can find our way home.  The home where we belong; not necessarily the home we grew up in.

 

There is much to learn from Thaddeus.  Simply take the first step with him and let him show you your way.

 

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.

 

Centering Prayer

For the past 6 months, every Wednesday night at The Mercy Center in Madison, Connecticut, I’ve been attending a meditation circle, a cenetring prayer group.  

 

As is always the case the first time I do anything there is always a bit of apprehension.  However with meditation, the anxiety quickly slips away.  The whole concept behind meditation is to leave your thoughts behind.  As can be seen from my category at Wisdom and Life on meditation, this has been an ongoing practice of mine for years.  I’ve only just begun practicing with a group.

 

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There is much to be said about meditating and silent prayer with a group of people instead of doing so on your own:
For those who find it challenging to set aside time, this forces you to go.
–The energy in a group is far higher than doing anything by yourself.
–Seeing the same people every week draws us closer, thus increases the spiritual energy that surrounds all of us.

 

–If you find it difficult to set aside time to meditate on your own, having someone to go with can be all the motivator you need.  As with exercise, it helps to have a partner to be that extra push.  I’m thankful that I have such people in my life who push me to do these things.  Once I develop a routine however, it’s always easier to maintain.  Meditation is no different.  This Wednesday Night group has now become part of who I am.  I highly recommend finding a group if you are just starting out.  It will help you develop that practice.

 

–When meditating with a group, you can feel the energy around you expand, if though you’re all in contemplative mode, if you concentrate you can feel the positive energy surround you.  The more you are around these same people, the deeper the connection will become and you’ll find your spiritual energy exponentially increasing each week.

 

You’ll also find it easier to slip into meditation on your own.  This is such a healthy way to spend part of your day:
–Meditation can slow down your heart rate.
–Meditation can relax you do you’ll find it easier to sleep at night.
–Meditation can relieve stress in your life.

 

All helpful reasons to make it part of who you are.

 

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.