The Support I Didn’t Know I Had

In last week’s episode of Wisdom and Life, I wrote about Flatlining to a Waiting Room.  I  probably shouldn’t have been, but I felt overwhelmed by the number of people who reached out to me while in the hospital.  As each day passed and I stayed in the hospital, I became concerned, wondering when I’d be discharged. Hearing from friends and having so many visitors brought me comfort.  Friends I hadn’t seen in almost fifteen years stopped by to visit.

 

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Phone calls, texts, emails, messages on Facebook.
WOW!

 

Just an amazing experience to know how much support I REALLY have.  Almost felt like my own life celebration and I’m immensely thankful.  

 

While I went through that traumatic experience, I DEFINITELY see the blessing.  It’s one thing I’ve learned during this, my latest incarnation:
That there is ALWAYS a blessing inside EVERY challenge.

 

I found two blessings:
1.  All the love and support helped me through.
2.  Having faith that something exists and ACTUALLY feeling it with EVERY sense gives me peace.  ACTUALLY experiencing an NDE, now shows me that my faith has been proven.

 

We are simply shells that encompass our essence.  Nothing ever dies. Our shells simply deteriorate.  Then we must find a new home for our essence.

 

I’m just so grateful for EVERYTHING!
I’m grateful for the love and support shown to me
I’m grateful to have been shown what happens when our bodies can no longer operate.
I’m grateful to have been shown we do INDEED survive our bodies.

And I’m grateful for the second chance, to have been sent back.

 

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.

 

Flatlined to a Waiting Room

So.  I’m a week late with returning from my holiday hiatus.
As you read today’s column, it will become clear why I missed last Monday.

 

Kind of a long column today.  As I wrote this over the past four or five days, I realized how important it was to get everything down and the more I wrote, the more I had to say.  You will NOT be disappointed.

 

I’ve been in the hospital for over a week now having been brought by ambulance on Tuesday, January 29 in severe respiratory distress. (Finally discharged on Friday, February 8 after eleven days.  The longest I’d been in the hospital since childhood.)  My oxygen was down to 60. I recovered on the way to Yale enough that I could breathe easier.  When emergency personal arrived, they said I was grey from lack of oxygen.  I was suffocating.

 

 

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I started to get sick two days prior to Tuesday and went to my doctor on Monday to get some medicine. I decided not to go home by myself and stayed with my family. It’s a good thing I did that because I was able to get help immediately Tuesday morning.

 

I felt better every day and even thought I’d be headed home by Friday. Friday night took a HUGE turn for the worse. Around 1030 as I got ready for bed I began having a coughing fit which lead to breathing issues again. I paged the nurse station and they came into check my oxygen. Next thing I remember is having a huge number of people in my room shouting:
Stay with us Chris!
Stay with us.

 

 

I only felt distress briefly while I couldn’t breathe in the first fifteen minutes after I paged the nurses.   I realized that by struggling I made matters worse.  Once I stopped struggling and gave myself over to whatever happened, everything became easier.  I no longer felt distress.

 

Then the room started to spin like an out of control merry go round, faster and faster. Doctor’s voices were fading away.

 

I was gone.  Flatlined.  Once more I heard someone in the room shout:
Come back!

 

I found myself in a big black empty field.  According to the preceding link, some souls stay in the void for longer periods of time.  Some see lights opening. That’s what I noticed:
Tiny pin pricks of light opened up to the far left, almost like a door opening out of the void.  Then the light moved all round me and enveloped me.

 

Perhaps these lights were souls of past people close to me, because when they appeared out of the darkness, blinking on, I never felt so much love and peace. I didn’t want to come back. It was absolutely amazing.

 

Don’t know how long I stayed there, but it felt like home.  It felt like that’s where I belonged. I didn’t feel anything but peace and all encompassing love.  I did not go through the typical tunnel one experiences. Again, according to the article, everyone enters the void first, THEN are guided through the tunnel.  I didn’t see the tunnel, which leads me to believe it wasn’t my time.

 

The next thing I vaguely recall is waking up sometime Saturday afternoon while in the ICU on a ventilator. Nurses tried to take me off but I still couldn’t breathe on my own.  Finally, Sunday morning around 1030 they were able to remove the ventilator and sent me out of the ICU in the early evening.

 

As I think back on my near death experience, because that’s what it was, I believe that image of a door opening through those pin pricks of light was significant because I THINK I was in a waiting room and someone peeked through and decided it wasn’t my time to be there yet so I was sent back. If the article I linked to above is correct, it seems that the void is definitely a waiting area before you are allowed to move on or return.

 

I recall nothing about returning and waking up briefly on Saturday when nurses in ICU attempted to take me off the ventilator.  But I do vividly remember the spinning room, the doctors saying stay with us and winding up in the void. All this happened. I find it fascinating that I don’t remember returning.  The only thing I can think of is that It would have been a painful trip back and perhaps those in the higher plane, in the void masked my pain.

 

This is an experience I will never forget and it proves to me once more that my worldview about death and dying is my truth. I found another article that deeply resonated with me:
Three Fundamental Realizations You Have after an NDE  
Everything in the precedingly linked article is so close to how I feel.  Fascinating truths there.


Should you want to know more about my thoughts on this subject, my book:
Taking Off A Coat: Ruminations on the Infinite Soul will give more opinion and thoughts.

 

Always having a strong faith in something and actually experiencing that faith with every sense, puts your life in a different perspective.  I’ve always believed we are souls having a human experience, that we are merely vessels, shells that carry our essence, our souls.  After going where I went when I flatlined, gives me even more peace.  I didn’t enjoy the initial trip getting there, but once I realized struggling made it worse, I let go and all that distress went away.  Maybe going through what I did, having had an NDE transpired to show me that struggle and pain are part of the human experience and when we discover this upon traveling home, to God, if we simply let go and let God, all that struggle will slip away as our mortal shell slips away.

 

I’ve never really been afraid to die because my faith is so strong.  I just don’t want to struggle.  Maybe as I said above, I had this NDE to show me NOT to struggle, to simply let go and whatever happens is supposed to happen.  I’ve always known this too but again having actually experienced something like this puts everything in a different perspective.  I will carry this with me for the rest of this latest incarnation I’m allowed to be in.  I’m grateful to my God for ACTUALLY giving me my own proof that we do indeed exist after these shells we inhabit deteriorate, that we don’t simply go into oblivion, that our essence, our souls do indeed survive and move beyond this earthly realm.

 

Obviously, I’m not done with my service here yet.  There is more for me to do and I look forward to however much time I have left.  I’m happy to have been sent back.  I would have been just as happy to stay where I went.  I felt so much peace and love there.  An amazing trip, and one I will never forget!

 

 

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 Month of Light

The last of my Theme Months ends with December being the month of light. It may seem counterintuitive to think of December being the month of light upon first blush. However after considering it you may come to understand why I see it that way. 

–The Winter Solstice arrives signifying the end of the darkest days of the year and bringing longer daylight hours every day after the Solstice. 

–December is also the month we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ (The Light of the World.)

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Two reasons apply for why December is considered The Month of Light:

I look forward to the Winter Solstice every year because daylight increases by the minute after the Solstice.  It’s actually one of my two favorite days of the year.  The other is when daylight savings time goes into effect.

There are those who believe Christ was NOT born in December but possibly in October. And the reason we celebrate his birth in December is so that it coordinates with The Winter Solstice.  The beginning of light and Christ being the giver of light. 

As I promised in October here’s how these three themed months connect. Now bear with me as I make the connection:

–If you recall, October was seeing through the thin veil that separates the physical world from the ethereal one. 

November was the Grateful Month. 

–December is the Month of Light. 

So here’s how I see them tying together:

DEATH and DYING should NOT be mourned. That event in one’s time should be celebrated. We should be GRATEFUL for having those people in our lives. For it’s a time of returning home, returning to the LIGHT  from whence we came. 

See how I made the connection there?

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.

Through The Veil

Turns out my muse was tuned in yesterday while I attended church.  I realized while listening to the topic of our service:
Through The Veil that the last three months of the year have themes:
–October equals Through The Veil
–November equals Gratitude
–December equals light

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If you think about these three thematic months, you can see a connection I will mke in December with a column that ties them all together.  First, let’s look at Through The Veil.

 

Why do I see October as Through The Veil Month?

Every religious tradition as October as the month when the line between the physical world and the spiritual world is at its thinnest, meaning that this is the time of year when the two worlds find it easiest to communicate with each other.  Here is some of what I discovered at service yesterday:
1.  We dress in costume to confuse spirits that wish to do us harm.
2.  We light jack o lanterns to ward off the spirits that wish to do us harm.  Those spirits don’t like light.

 

Western traditional Halloween has its roots in Pagan tradition.  I KNEW THAT. What I didn’t know is THAT PAGAN tradition was born from a Gaelic holiday called Samhain.  As with each of these customs, Samhain also tells us that this is the time when the physical and the spiritual collide and combine, making it easy to communicate and witness the other world.  It’s a time when angels, sprites, and fair folk are able to cross over.

 

It’s also a time when the line between those we love who have passed find it easier to communicate.  Halloween has always been a time that in my deep consciousness, the one that grew up intimidated by the Catholic tradition of Hell has feared.  And if I’m being completely honest, there remains that fear. However, as I have matured in my worldview, as my belief system has changed through the course of this my latest incarnation, I have come to see the world of my faith in a different light.  I see this month now, more as a time of year when life and death is more transitory, more fluid. That there is a line that is more open to us, if we choose to see it. I’ve never seen death as a bad thing anyway. It’s just one more travel we all have to take.  And I certainly don’t believe it is a permanent state. It isn’t static. Death is just a transition. It is just a sleep, a resting period. Death is a place we go to review our previous life and ready ourselves for our next incarnation. This time of year, October shows us that those who have passed over are NEVER completely gone. Let those who have passed before you, those who shared a connection with you when in the physical embrace you.  Embrace this season as it only comes along once a year.

 

Love never dies.  

 

God/Your Higher Power/The Universe isn’t cruel enough to rip someone out of arms permanently.  And this time of year is that proof. Find your own proof and look through the veil.

 

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.

 

Two Paths

Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there’s still time to change the road you’re on. And it makes me wonder…

 

Stairway to Heaven
Led Zeppelin

…It makes me wonder what makes people choose which path to take in their lives.  What makes someone choose path A over path B?  A friend I grew up with while living in Lisbon Connecticut, passed last month and I attended his wake.  On the way home, I began to wonder about this very topic.  I lost touch with him after we both moved away from our “birth” town.  But I kept up as best I could because I knew people who knew him.

 

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I’m a firm believer in predestination as can be seen from the link that leads back to Wisdom and Life.  So how does this column fit into my worldview?  
Do we have any choice when it comes to making decisions about our lives?
Do we have control over the choices we make?

 

Of course we do, some choices we make before we incarnate.  These are the ones that we don’t remember once we become physical:

The family we grow into.
The career we work in.
The time of our passing and how we will pass.
Whether we will marry and if when our soulmates will show up in our lives

 

Those are some of the choices that we have made BEFORE we incarnate.  So yes we DO make ALL the choices in our lives, some we just don’t recall.

 

My friend took some wrong turns in his life but he was back on course.  I wondered as I returned from his wake if he looked down through the ether and saw the life he chose and said:
Yes.  That’s the life I want.  I know I will suffer a bit; however my next life will be one of peace.  I will pay for transgressions made in previous incarnations so my debt will be paid to the Universe.  My next life will be better.

 

I wonder?  

 

If you believe in Karma, Past Lives and paying your debt to the Universe by choosing a challenging life to live, so that your next life will be filled with peace, it kinda makes losing someone easier.  Knowing that all lives are recycled and nothing is ever lost; a life that some may think has gone astray, a life that some may think is broken may have been chosen by the soul long before it incarnated.

 

Still, it is always distressing to lose someone you knew at an earlier time in your life, even if you lost touch decades ago.  

 

I remember times spent with him as we lived next door to each other for a brief time.
I remember times spent with mutual friends.

 

Because of the path I’m on, because I believe what I believe, this is where my thoughts go.  I still miss my friend and I hope we meet again.  I hope he is in my soul group.

 

There is no goodbye.
I’ll see you again.

 

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.

 

Reincarnation Blues –A Review

Reincarnation Blues is a book right up my alley.

 

Milo has lived almost ten thousand lives, the maximum a soul can return until it reaches perfection. If the soul hasn’t reached perfection in ten thousand tries then they are blown into oblivion.

 

In between lives that Milo lives we see him in a kind of afterlife that exists as a mirror of incarnated life. Three other characters play a role in Milo’s life between lives.

 

Suzie, who is his “Death” that comes for him each time his passes. And two women who are his guides. He calls them Grandmother and Nana.

 

Each life, Milo lives (We, the readers are treated to his last five) could be an individual story but the setup works well.   Several of the life stories are really fleshed out and I liked reading them.   There are some definite undertones from Susan Baker’s The Incarnations in the way both books take on the different lives the protagonists live.  Each life becomes a story unto itself.

 

The difference being that The Incarnations is much darker and violent throughout.  That didn’t keep me compelled from reading however.  Both books are worth reading.

 

You don’t necessarily have to believe reincarnation is a reality to enjoy Reincarnation Blues or for that matter Susan Baker’s book. There are aspects to Reincarnation Blues that resonate with me and there are some things that don’t. But it didn’t stand in my way from enjoying the book.

 

Pick up either book and leaf through the first chapters of both.  You may find yourself intrigued.  I did.

 

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.

 

What Dreams May Come –Book Review

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I feel this column needs to be shared regularly
for new and old readlers of Wisdom And Life alike.

 

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What Dreams May Come
Richard Matheson


WhatDreams

This is one book that MUST be read by EVERYONE on this journey we call life.  It will forever change your life and your perspective on death if you are open to it.

 

I read Richard Matheson’s What Dreams May Come originally in the early 1990s and the book had such an impact on me that it changed my entire perspective on Life and Death. There have not been too many books that have had such life altering experiences for me.  What Dreams May Come is on a very short list of such books. This book should be on EVERYONE’S shortlist of books to read in their lifetime.

 

To show what an impact What Dreams… has had on me simply click Richard Matheson to see how often I’ve discussed this book at Wisdom and Life.

 

A movie of the same name based on the book is available on DVD:
What Dreams May Come
and though I don’t usually recommend both book and movie, this is that rare exception where both can be viewed separately and neither one takes away anything from the other.

 

The book is based on years of research by the author.  In fact so much went into this book that there is an extensive bibliography in the back of What Dreams May Come.  Matheson says in his foreword that he doesn’t expect us as readers to read every book that he used, however he DOES say that if we chose to we’d come away with a new perspective just as I did.

 

The book begins with a knock on the door of someone.  Chris Neilson has passed and he has been communicating with a medium.  It is said medium who knocks on Chris’s brother’s door and insists on giving him the notes from said conversations.

 

This is where the book begins.  Through this manuscript, Chris attempts to reach out to his brother, doing his best to explain that there is indeed a survival after death, that the soul does carry on, that at some point, we can choose to return to earthly bodies. Yes!  I’m referring to reincarnation.

 

Ostensibly, in What Dreams May Come is where I first saw this topic and really delved deeply into it.  I’ve read this book several times; one of only a handful of books I’ve read more than once.  Each time I read it I come away with a deeper insight.

 

What Dreams May Come is a MUST read!
It is a book that MUST be read by ALL of humankind.

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.  

Carrie Fisher/Debbie Reynolds

Mother and daughter passed within a day of each other.  Some may say Carrie Fisher’s mom, Debbie Reynolds suffered a stroke because of the stress of losing her daughter.  That’s an explanation people will be able to accept.  But there’s another esoteric interpretation of the events that happened at the end of December.  It’s one that I prescribe to:
Predestination

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image Carrie Fisher:
Wikimedia
Image Debbie Reynolds
Wikimedia

 

That concept that says we decide our fate when we choose the life we will live in transition hall.  What’s transition hall?  You may ask:

Transition Hall is where we go to choose our next incarnation.  I understand that some of my worldview may sound a bit esoteric.  However, for someone steeped in the paradigm, it is all simply one piece to the puzzle.

 

In Transition Hall, we choose not only the life we will lead but we also sign a contract that states all that will happen during our latest incarnation, from when we will incarnate and into what kind of life we will live to when we will transition once more back to our soul groups.

 

So what I’m saying here is that I believe that predestination tells us that there are certain aspects of our lives that simply can NOT be altered by the contract that we sign:
Our incarnation date and out transition date are two such things that can’t change.  

 

Unless we take matters into our own hands with our transition.  If we do that then we don’t return to our soul group.  That will cause a one way ticket back to humanity.  This is not a punishment as I’ve written here countless times over.  It is simply a spiritual law, a karmic law.

 

Perhaps during Carrie Fisher’s and Debbie Reynolds’ time in transition hall, they decided to pass together.  They obviously had a contentious relationship during their latest incarnation; another thing they chose when they incarnated.  They seem to have finally resolved their differences however.  Because they became family again, only to have their time cut short, perhaps, Debbie Reynolds DID need to be with Carrie and maybe that was in the contract Reynolds signed before she incarnated:
That if they were able to set aside their differences, Reynolds would transition with her daughter.  

 

I understand this is a delicate topic and I’m in no way making light of this tragic event.  I’m simply giving my own explanation for why I THINK mother and daughter may have passed together.  An esoteric reason I know.  Because I’m steeped in the paradigm I’m in, I find my thoughts naturally going in that direction.  May Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds find peace in their passing and we can celebrate their lives.

 

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.

 

We are Immortal

We are immortal. We will always be reunited, always be together. There is so much evidence documenting the enduring existence of our souls.

Dr. Brian Weiss

 

 

 

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soul

Death?

Ha!  There is no such thing.  In the above quote by Dr Weiss, he says will always be together.  Fascinating that that is the title from one of my columns here at Wisdom and Life:
Always Together

 

Our souls always find each other.  I like to call it transition.  Because in my opinion that’s all it is:
A transitory period where we reflect on our past life before moving on to our next incarnation.  We are immortal, just not in the sense that our bodies are.  Our bodies break down after so long.  Our bodies are simply shells that carry the most important commodity:
Our essence, our souls.  As with all tools, everything breaks down eventually, even our souls.

It’s why we need a rejuvenation period.

It’s like when a snake sheds its skin.  It does so to grow, correct?  That’s exactly what happens when we cast off our mortal coil.  We do so to grow, to learn from our past.

 

Our souls are who we are.
Our souls are how we connect, how we recognize each other.
Our souls are magnetic.

 

Remember!
There is no death!
There is only transition.

 

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.