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

 

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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.

 

Memorial Day

As today is Memorial Day my usual column will be postponed.  Memorial Day should be a day of remembrance.  When you see someone in the US Military this week, make sure you thank them for their service.

 

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And PLEASE remember, Memorial Day is more than the unofficial start of summer.  It is more than just another day off.  It is more than picnics and sales.

 

Memorial Day is designated as the National day of Remembrance.  It is the day we pause and give thanks to all those who lost their lives in our conflicts and wars throughout our history.

 

Taking Care of Yourself

Wisdom and Life discusses the spiritual aspect of your life.  As with all things, there are other points to consider when taking care of yourself.  There are the physical things you can do to maintain your health:
Yoga
Meditation

 

Exercise
Massages

 

Don’t sit all the time.

 

Yoga:
Yoga can be contemplative and it can also help with your overall physical well being.

Stretching your body in ways it doesn’t normally go can relieve pain and can also create more flexibility and balance.  The flexibility will help if you take an unexpected fall.

 

Many people as the age experience lower back stress.  Yoga can help alleviate some of this.

Cobra pose
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And Cat Cow (You can google this for images) are especially beneficial to alleviate lower back issues.

 

Meditation:
I have an entire category at Wisdom and Life devoted to Meditation.  Simply click the preceding link to read my columns on the topic.

 

Exercise:
We should all have an exercise routine.  Twice a week, three times a week at LEAST we should be out walking.  Walking is the best exercise we can do.  One mile, two miles it doesn’t really matter.  Our goal should be at least ten thousand steps a day.  It is fairly easy to judge how many steps we walk every day now with the advent of phone apps.  

 

Massage:
It can’t hurt to pamper yourself with a massage.  I’ll refer once more to those with chronic back pain, making a massage part of your routine can help.  It won’t help unless you are consistent with doing so.  In other words if you do so only when you experience pain, the massage won’t help with consistency.  It’s important to have a regular schedule, at least once a month, twice a month is better.  I know the times that I’ve missed my monthly schedule I have really felt it.  The same goes with all of these suggestions.  Creating a routine and sticking with them is as important as starting.

 

Don’t sit all the time:
I’m fortunate to have a day job where I get to stand all the time.  I also recently purchased a standing desk so I don’t sit when I’m working at home either.  I found that sitting all the time at home to write or do any kind of work at my computer, compressed my spine so badly that I started to experience more lower back stress.  Now that I have my standing desk:
It’s helped ease much of the stress on my back.

 

So how many of these are you doing to help your physical well being?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Prayers, Intuition and God

If prayer is you talking to God, then intuition is God talking back.

 

Memories of Heaven
Wayne Dyer
Page 140

 

As anyone who has been reading Wisdom and Life for any length of time realizes,

I don’t believe death exists.
I believe it is simply a change in address.

 

Reading Memories of Heaven only enhances that belief.  The above quote from that book resonates deeply with me as I also have a strong faith in God.  The Divine is sending messages all the time to everyone.  We just have to tune in to the right channel.  

 

Prayer is a one way conversation if you don’t listen for a response.

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Prayer is like a muscle, if you don’t use it regularly and look for and listen for a response, you won’t know when that response arrives.  Your intuition, as the above quote from Wayne Dyer suggests, is that response.

 

God always responds.  You just have to learn how to listen.  If you’re tuned in to the right channel, you’ll hear the answers.  If you’ve never listened to your intuition, it’s time to start.  How do you know when your intuition is speaking to you?

Does a thought suddenly pop into your head?
Have you awakened from a dream that seems to have the answer?
You know that saying:
“A Gut Feeling”

 

When you get that gut feeling, that’s your intuition, that’s God opening the door.  It’s best to walk through that door because that’s the answer you’ve been looking for.

 

I know people who have ignored that feeling and eventually the decision was made for them.  You don’t want that.  Get ahead of of the choice.  Start listening.  Start praying.  And pay attention to your intuition.

 

Lastly, heed the advice that comes to you!

 

The Divine, God and Intuition can be one in the same.  For someone who isn’t spiritual, for someone who doesn’t believe, your intuition can take the place of the divine.  We have to learn to listen for it and when your inner voice speaks, it’s important to heed that advice.  That’s how to increase your ability to hear it.

 

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.

The Power of the Number Three

My divine pipeline is completely unclogged.  As anyone who has been reading Wisdom and Life for awhile now realizes I believe I’m simply a conduit, that while I’m physically typing out the the words on my computer screen, the message, the concepts, the ideas for my columns are given to me from the Divine.  This happened again last week as put my laundry away.  

 

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The power of the number three floated through my consciousness as finished hanging my shirts in my closet.  Maybe it is because Easter Weekend has just passed and the phrase:
On the third day he rose flitted through.  Have you ever stopped to consider how often you see the number three appear:
Area Codes.
The first digits of a Social Security Number.
The first digits of a phone number.
Events happen in “threes.”

It is also the last number written in as many lines:
III

 

In many religious practices, the number three is significant:

 

Christian Thought:
The Divine Trinity
On the third day.
Jesus was tempted three times

 

Jewish Thought:
Jonah spent three days in the whale.
Noah had three sons

Three Patriarchs:
Jacob
Abraham
Isaac

 

There are so many other examples where the number three is representative.  Where do you think the power of that number originated?
Was it a religious thought?
Was it Pagan?

Or a combination of both?

 

Because you are aware that many pagan beliefs were melded into Christianity?  And then we have the number thirteen, a derivative of three.  While the number three is seen as a positive in religious thought, the opposite is true for thirteen.  The most influential use of the number thirteen is:
Friday the Thirteenth

 

Did you know one of the originations of Friday the Thirteenth may have been related to the day that The Knights Templar demise and the death of many from that organization?

 

Regardless, the number three holds sway over the entire world whether it is that exact number or the derivative thirteen.

 

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.

Leo and Forgiveness

I talked with a friend of mine a couple of weeks ago about forgiveness.  Don’t recall how we started the topic.  However we are both Leos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leo from:
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Forgiveness from:
Pixabay

 

And I mentioned that I’m typically easy to hurt, but after I’m over the initial wounding, I’m willing to move on and forgive.  My friend said the same thing and he believes it’s a Leo trait.  I researched a bit online and here is some of what I’ve found:
Leos are loving, positive, and deeply loyal, so if you’re close to them, you’re likely to be forgiven for pretty much anything (but not without a lot of work).
The Frisky.com

 

When you hurt Leo, they want you to know.  One they feel you’ve “gotten it” or even if some time has passed, they’re usually willing to give you another chance.  They hate staying mad for long.
The ZodiacCity

 

Does that sound like you?  Are you a Leo?  I know those above quotes fit me, because I don’t have the capacity to stay angry anymore.  I learned a long time ago that holding grudges, staying angry, staying hurt, only hurts YOU!

 

It does nothing to the person you’re angry at.  Whether that’s a Leo trait or not I know that I feel much better releasing the bitterness, the anger, the hurt, rather than holding onto it.  And I’ve had plenty of experience.  

 

Up until several years ago, I stayed angry and hurt at the slightest provocation.  It wasn’t until I realized that anger and that hurt caused my great distress:
–Sleepless nights
–A pit in my stomach
–Headaches

The emotional pain caused physical manifestations.  It was then that I decided I could no longer angry, stay hurt.  Once I made the decision to voice my initial displeasure then move on, my emotional and physical well being changed for the better.

 

I forgive easily now.
I no longer hold grudges.
I no longer stay hurt.

And I have no expectations from anyone.

 

Whether Leo forgives more easily is beside the point.  We should all learn to forgive.  There is no better way to live than through forgiveness.  Your whole life will change if you can embrace that trait.  Your body will 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.  

 

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
Page 113

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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.