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.

 

Columbus Day?

As always, since Wisdom and Life falls on a Monday where there is a day of remembrance, today is day to recall the accomplishments and foils of Christopher Columbus.  In the past several years, his achievements have been overshadowed by many of the transgressions he has been accused of. When we consider Christopher Columbus, we shouldn’t discount his misdeeds either. 

 

When I went to Southern Connecticut State University, I read a book called:
Admiral of the Ocean Sea an amazing book by Samuel Eliot Morison.  It’s a book I highly recommend.  Clicking the Amazon link for Admiral… will bring you to my Amazon account.  If you purchase the book through MY link, I will benefit.

 

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While he is celebrated for finding the North American Continent, was he REALLY the first person?  And did he really set foot on the North American Continent? Maybe not:
He DID reach Cuba and Haiti.  But actual North America?  That’s debatable.

 

There have been stories of the Norsemen, Leif Eriksson, especially arriving in in North America long before Columbus.  So who discovered North America? And can something be discovered that was already present?  Native Americans were here before Norseman, so can’t it be said that they discovered North America?  

 

Now here are the challenges with celebrating Columbus:
He brought disease to North America.
He enslaved the people he met when he landed in Hispaniola.

 

Whether Columbus is celebrated or pilloried, he journeyed across the ocean when no one thought it was possible.  His original intent, to discover Asia never materialized, however before he turned 45 he led four treacherous trips across the Atlantic Ocean in wooden ships.  Am amazing feat in that time period.

 

Christopher Columbus has been celebrated for years by Europeans and those who followed him to the “New World.”  It’s like the old saying:
History is told by the victors.  

 

What of the defeated?  Thankfully, we have stories passed down which is why we know of the Columbus misdeeds.  So the question is:
Will the REAL Christopher Columbus please stand up?
Who is the REAL Christopher Columbus?

 

That question may never be fully answered.

 

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.

 

Look for a traditional column next week.

 

Independence Day 2018

I know it really isn’t Independence Day today. But then if you follow John Adams and his thought process:
See below.
Maybe it is

 

Seeing as we are into the Independence Day week, and even though Monday is not the 4th, I’ve decided not to post a regular column today.  Did you know we MAY be celebrating on the wrong day?:
July 2nd is the real Independence Day? John Adams thought so

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CJP Photos

 

 

Regardless.  July 4 is our Independence Day.   And I wish you all a happy and safe holiday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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CJP Photos
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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.

 

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.

 

November is the Grateful Month

Jean Wise at Healthy Spirituality discusses what Being Grateful means to at her her own blog.  We have similar thoughts not only on this topic but throughout the entire spectrum of both our blogs.

 

Thanksgiving has passed and we are now in full holiday mode. I heard it said last week that November is the thankful month and December is the “I want” month or something similar.

 

We shouldn’t have to rely on one month to be thankful.  We should be grateful 24-7/365.

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What are you thankful for?  And how can you carry that gratitude with you into December and beyond?  There is only so much that we can want before we start having too much.  Instead of “Wanting” in December, why not consider the true meaning of Christmas and other Winter holidays?

 

What do you think the TRUE meaning of the holidays are?  I can tell what it’s not:
It’s NOT about Santa Claus.
It’s NOT about getting “things.”
It’s NOT about Black Friday.
It’s NOT about wishing you spent more money on the people you love.

 

Then what IS the true meaning of the Christmas season?
Spending time with loved ones.
Being grateful for what you have and not wanting more.

 

Being grateful is one of the tenets of Law of Attraction.  If you know anything about Law of Attraction (LoA), it may well be from The Secret.  The Secret is only just one aspect of LoA however.  The Secret discussed how to GET THINGS.  But there is so much more to the practice.  LoA is REALLY a way of living your life and Being Grateful is the major tenet of the practice.  Being Grateful for what you have and not wanting anymore.

 

Interesting that Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving fall in the same month.  For those are two days we should be thankful.  And it’s why I think that November is indeed called the Thankful Month.  We should be thanking US Veterans when we see them, not just in November but EVERY TIME we see 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.

 

End of Summer/Labor Day

Time slips by too quickly, We are already at the unofficial end of summer. I say this every year, that spring and summer seem to go too quickly. The biggest reason this distresses me has more to do with the fact that after the Summer Solstice, the amount of daylight decreases. It’s why as I’ve said at Wisdom and Life previously that I’d rather see January then the end of summer. I have a long build up of increasing daylight in January. I don’t have that in September.

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Labor Day has significance beyond the unofficial end of summer, but as with most holidays, Labor Day has been hijacked, by mostly good intentioned people into the end of summer holiday that it has become.

 

And it’s why I’ve maintained for some time that I’d rather be cold and have it be light until after 8pm then be warm and have it be dark before five. The reason for this is that I dislike driving after dark. It has little to do with Seasonal Affective Disorder on the whole, although there IS some merit to that in relation to myself.

 

Nothing makes me happier than to be able to spend time outside after I arrive home from work and once October rolls around the hours of daylight diminish and I find myself trapped inside after work.

 

Autumn in New England is gorgeous as can be seen from my photography at CJP Photos. However that is still a harbinger of the cold dark nights that are around the corner.

 

I know!
I know!

 

This doesn’t sound like the usual up and joyful Chris you are used to reading about here. Grant me this time to wallow. And I promise next week, you’ll see me return to form.

 

Having to go anywhere after work also causes me distress after October as night falls early until the middle to end of February. Two days I look forward to EVERY year the Winter Solstice and the Daylight Saving Time Day in March.

 

I understand I should be practicing what I preach here at Wisdom and Life:
Living in the moment.
Staying in the present moment.

 

It’s not always easy to do when I see the hours of daylight shrinking every day. I look so forward to spring and summer each year and each year those two seasons seem to be gone before I have the opportunity to enjoy them. At least we are not the children in Ray Bradbury’s story:
All Summer in a Day.

That would just be too much for me to endure.

 

The lack of adequate daylight disturbs me more than the lack of warm weather in the fall and winter. Am I the only one?

 

 

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.

Independence Day

Seeing as we are into the Independence Day week, and even though Monday is not the 4th, I’ve decided not to post a regular column today.  Did you know we MAY be celebrating on the wrong day?:
July 2nd is the real Independence Day? John Adams thought so

 

Image from:
CJP Photos
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Regardless.  July 4 is our Independence Day.  As with every Monday that a US Holiday falls on I do not write a typical Wisdom and Life column on Holiday Mondays.  I think it is more important to celebrate the holiday.

 

Enjoy the holiday.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Thanksgiving Week

As I’ve always maintained, the quickest three months of the year are September to December and now here are at Thanksgiving Week

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So one of my big things as a result of learning about Law of Attraction, is being grateful.  So seeing as we are at the start of Thanksgiving week, I will ask:
What are you grateful for?

 

 

 

 

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.