God is Green

Your spiritual self was born in a dream, and when you dream you are returning home.  Your natural self is at home where everything is both a physical fact and a poetic metaphor.  When you dream, you are returning to the home, the very womb of your spirit and a world that speaks the language of your soul.

 

A Religion of One’s Own
Thomas Moore
Page 82

 

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Let me speak first on the title of this book.  When Oprah asked Thomas Moore about creating a religion of one’s own, his answer connected with my own experience.  He said:
The way you create your own religion is by picking and choosing from the world religions and melding them into your own life.  (A paraphrase, because I didn’t pay attention to the exact words Moore used.)  This is EXACTLY how I created my own worldview.

 

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Oprah Winfrey had Thomas Moore on Super Soul Sunday.  The above quote from his latest book resonated deeply with me.  Pay attention to a few key phrases in the quote.
–Your spiritual self was born in a dream.
–When you dream, you are returning to the home, the very womb of your spirit and a world that speaks the language of your soul.

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Moore is most known for his book:
Care of the Soul

 

You know that dreams have played a role at Wisdom and Life in previous columns.  Should you need a reminder:
Dreams at Wisdom and Life

 

If I take the first sentence from this passage apart I can see remnants from Journey of Souls.  That book played a huge role in my always developing religion as can be seen from the link below:
Journey of Souls at Wisdom and Life  Journey of Souls is a book of case studies from people who recall what occurs before birth and after death.  In that transitional space you are greeted by those who have passed before you and by teachers/masters who are there to guide you into the next life you choose.  Those people in your soul group  who passed before you wait to be reunited to teach you what you could have done differently in your previous life you have just woken from.

 

Your life is born in a dream and if you take this as an analogy, then you can clearly see why I connected with this quote from A Religion of One’s Own.  Death is seen by some as a mere sleep and what do you do in sleep but dream? There are those who believe that your dream life is your TRUE life and the waking world is the fantasy.  What if when you’re in transition, the place between lives is the real life? Your NEXT life IS created in in your life between lives in a place (according to Journey of Souls) called Transition Hall:
Here is where we choose our next life.  That next life will be a result of how we performed in our previous life.  In other words, if we came upon a challenge in a previous life and we didn’t make the connection and make the necessary change then we will come upon the same challenge again this new life.  We keep finding the same challenges until we make the correct change and move forward.
From
Soul Groups at Wisdom and Life

 

Since that’s the case, so is your next spiritual life.  As I’ve mentioned before here as well, the ONLY way to reach those who have passed is through dreams.
Dreams of those who have passed

 

If those who have passed can only reach us through dreams, perhaps that is where we are most at home.  What if that place between Life, death and dreams is our real home as Thomas Moore’s quote seems to suggest?

 

Journey of Souls continues to have an impact on my spiritual life as can be seen from this column.  I highly recommend finding a copy of this book and reading it. I imagine because you’re a follower of Wisdom and Life,  some of you will come away with a deeper knowledge and more peace that life does NOT end with each passing.

 

As Deepak Chopra said in a recent episode of Expedition Unknown:
Everything recycles including plastic.  Matter recycles. Energy recycles. Information recycles.  Why should consciousness be the only exception?

 

This is also reminiscent of my own thought process here:
God is Green

 

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.

 

If Light is in Your Heart

If light is in your heart, you will find your way home

Rumi

 

Scott Allen on Google+   posted the above quote by Rumi a few weeks ago.

 

What are we but light, energy?  If you’ve read anything about our souls, you’ll see that what we are is energy, is light.  One book I’ve discussed many times at Wisdom and Life is Journey of Souls.  In that book the author, Dr. Michael Newton details what happens to us when we transition.  What I took away from every book and everything I’ve seen and read is that when we transition we revert to our natural state:
Light

 

What do you think Rumi meant when he said this?  It’s always a challenge to interpret the meaning behind someone’s words.  So I will offer my own interpretation.  This is purely coming from my own life experience.  Our true home is NOT on the earthly plane but with the Divine.  We are only on the earthly plane temporarily.  Each incarnation we have here is transitory.  We come here to learn, to grow, to move closer to the Divine.

 

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Why do we continue to reincarnate?  It’s as I said above:
We want to move closer to the Divine.  And the Divine is pure energy, pure light.

 

Once we achieve light in our heart, once we understand that we ARE light, our home will be waiting for us.  Unfortunately many of us don’t yet understand that we need to forgive, that we need to stop calling each other out, that we need to stop being negative.  We MUST stop hurting each other.  Until all of humanity understands this simple notion, we will continue returning over and over.

 

Love is what moves us forward.
Love is the key to understanding.

 

Anything else is an anchor around our souls, dragging us back to the earthly plane.  Lift the anchor.  Remove your spiritual blinders.  See the world for what it truly is:
A place filled with love.
A place filled with positive energy.
A place of light.

 

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.

 

 

Spirituality and Books

I understand that I’ve written extensively about Journey of Souls but the columns I’ve written have all been with quotes from the book.  Today will be a bit different.  A couple weeks ago Lisa R who I’ve mentioned here previously came into the library after I recommended another book:
Rob Bell’s Love Wins.

 

Lisa was effusive in her joy over having read the book and it was then that I decided to write this column.  If there were ever two books that I can recommend EVERYONE read, it is these two.

Journey of Souls and Love Wins resonate so deeply with me because they tell my story.  Let’s take each book individually and see what I mean.

 

Journey of Souls

is an examination of cases by Dr Michael Newton.  Dr Newton who holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology and a is a Master Hypnotherapist, brings his patients into a deep hypnotic state where they recall NOT their past lives but where they go between lives.

Even though I am in complete agreement with Dr. Newton…
Even though I understand what Dr. Newton is writing…

 

I can honestly say this is one of the few books that have altered my perception of transitioning.  I came away from reading Journey of Souls with a few new additions to my paradigm:
–Soul Groups
–That we all transition and return in groups
–That death is merely a transition.

 

Understanding this has completely removed the fear of transition.  Knowing beyond doubt that we never lose anyone important to us, knowing that death is simply closing one door and opening another can have profound implications on your entire well being.  This is why Journey of Souls is such an impactful book and why it should be on everyone’s must read list.

Love Wins
Rob Bell

What if everything modern religion professes is misconstrued?
What if there really is no eternal damnation?

 

That’s one of the theories that Love Wins puts forth.  After reading this book a few years ago, my paradigm changed again:
A bit about my spirituality:
I believe in a benevolent loving God
I believe we ALL come back. (Yes I’m talking about reincarnation.) I believe we return in groups.
I believe God LOVES EVERYONE.
I believe God created us and he won’t forsake ANY of us.
I recently discovered Rob Bell’s Book Love Wins and after reading it I realized Mr Bell and I believe the same things.
I believe we should follow our heart, follow our soul.
I believe we should find our own spirituality.  One should not be foisted on us.

 

I was baptized Catholic but I found my own way.
Some have begun calling me a universalist.
I’m not fond of tags but this one seems to fit me.

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Had I read Rob Bell’s Love Wins before my awakening I would most likely have seen it as banging the drum.  Now I see this book as an important piece of Christian literature.  I found the book easy to read, and I would recommend it to anyone seeking answers to spiritual questions that arise as a result of someone looking for a spiritual home.  This book affirmed many of my beliefs in the Spiritual realm of Religion.

 

Some of the questions Bell puts forth are important for everyone to consider:
–If God supposedly loves everyone, why is it that a select few are chosen?
–What happens to people like Gandhi?

 

The two books in this column today couldn’t be more different.  The common thread is the fact that they moved me forward on my path.  They may not have the same implication for my readers, however I would be remiss if I didn’t offer them to my readers as possibilities.

 

If I can reach just one person with something I discuss here at Wisdom and Life, then I’ve done what I can.

 

These two book made look at Transitioning and Faith in a completely new light.  I’m not saying they will do the same for everyone, however I am recommending them too all of my readers.  Don’t give up on reading them because they leave you uncomfortable, because they take you out of your comfort zone.
–Sometimes we need to be rattled.
–Sometimes we need to be shaken up.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Souls Made Us Human

Within the last 100,000 years, we find two clear signs of spiritual consciousness and communication.  These are burial practices and ritualistic art, as found in carved totems and rock drawings.  There is no anthropological evidence that these practices existed on earth before Neanderthal peoples.  Souls eventually made us human, not the reverse.

 

Journey of Souls
Page 171

 

 

 

 

 

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I haven’t discussed Journey of Souls recently but the book is still very important to me as it is one of the few books that shifted my worldview.  I went through my Google Drive where I keep a file of all three of my blogs.  I also write notes for upcoming blogs.  Last week, I cleaned out old files and came across the above quote.  I must have written it down as I read the book.  Clearly I don’t recall when I did so.  I’m glad I discovered the passage though as it gave me an old favorite to discuss again.

Transitioning and what happens to us when we are in the light.

 

I believe our souls existed even when we were not aware of them.  It’s not something that suddenly appeared.  Only our recognition became apparent.  I think God/Consciousness/The Divine watched from above and when the time came, HE simply pushed a button, released HIS hand from some magic place, spread his message to the world that HE is here for us.

 

Our souls always existed.  We just needed to be made aware of them.  Once that message became known we then began our spiritual journey.  It is well known that Neanderthal became the first to bury their dead.

 

It took an awakening.

It took a certain type of being to understand the Divine.  I believe God saw in that subspecies, a spark that would ignite our understanding.  Souls exist in ALL living creatures.  It is only humanity that has developed to a degree that we understand the Divine.  I completely understand there are some who may shout:
Heretic. Sacrilege.  at that last statement.  That’s fine.  As I have said here too many times to count:
Take me or leave me. I no longer worry what others think.

 

I’d rather think outside the box.  It is after all our differences that make us human.

 

There is SOME evidence that Balinese Long-Tailed Monkeys bury their dead.  Even if it is eventually discovered that the these monkeys do NOT bury their dead, they DO seem to spend an inordinate amount of time at the gravestones of their compatriots, a clear example at LEAST to me that they MAY be developing an understanding of THEIR souls or at least show growth in mourning their dead.  The next natural progression MAY very well be a crude burial ceremony.

 

I like the fact that the above passage ends with:
Souls eventually made us human, not the reverse.  For it brings to mind that other quote I’m so fond of:
We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Dredging Up Memories

My friend, Jessica Mokrzycki

 

published Pain’s Precipice at her blog yesterday and it dredged up memories that were buried deep in my consciousness:

Spending time with The Professor’s Husband

Because like Jessica, I visited someone who I became close to over the course of several years. You can read about my friend in the linked column above.  I will say only this about our visits:
We were of the same spiritual ilk and it’s why I so enjoyed our conversations.

 

Jessica says at one point in Pain’s Precipice:
Others that come here to care for him that I talk to think him a silly old man that rambles on and on. I see him as a genius and if one only cares to listen he reveals a life where splendor shone daringly at its crest.

 

After my friend transitioned, I also heard the same stories about him:
That once his wife transitioned, he became entrenched in a spiritual fugue. (My turn of a phrase.)
That he lost a part of his cognition when his wife passed.
That he believed some “silly” thoughts.

 

I didn’t see this at all.
I saw the strong soul behind the man.

 

So, thank you, Jessica for bringing these wonderful memories I have of my time with The Professor’s Husband back around.  I so enjoyed my conversations with him, for he was about the ONLY person I could talk to about my worldview because we were BOTH on the same page when it came to these discussions.

 

Another memory Jessica’s column brings up is spending time with my maternal grandparents; only because she writes about her time with HER grandparents early on:
…Of sitting at my grandparent’s kitchen table after a night of sleeping over with my sister. Poached eggs, grapefruit and cantaloupe before us as well as my grandparent’s loving eyes and warm voices drifting melodically in a shared space made sacred. A time of memories being woven deep in the fibers of my consciousness. My heart winces as I know my grandmother is no more. Her remains now in a marble urn atop my grandfather’s dresser. Those days gone forever.

 

First I want to tell Jessica that my paradigm suggests that:
Those days are NOT gone forever.
That we will ALL see each other again in transition as well as in life.
I want to suggest reading Journey of Souls to her.

 

I have my own wonderful memories of spending time in Lisbon, Connecticut on Graham Terrace with my maternal grandparents:
There was the ubiquitous fishing hole two minutes down the street from my grandparents.
My grandfather taught me to fish.
My grandfather introduced me to my photography obsession.

 

Graham Terrace in Lisbon, Connecticut was a magical place.  It became my sanctuary.  My first best friend lived on Nora Street just a hop and jump away, and I sometimes spent more time visiting him than I did with my grandparents.
Seeing that map of Lisbon, floods my brain with endorphins.
Seeing that map of Lisbon brings back all the amazing memories I had growing up.
Seeing that map of Lisbon, engulfs me in peace.

 

Spending time there as a youth made me who I am today and I wouldn’t trade anything for not having the experiences I did while living there.  Everyone should have such a place to have grown up in.

All such amazing memories I experienced growing up and it is always peaceful going back and recalling those memories. So I want to thank Jessica for Dredging Up Memories of my youth.

And here’s another memory that just popped in:
As with Jessica’s friend, my grandfather took up painting later in his life as well.

I’d forgotten ALL about that but now I clearly see him sitting in the dining room that became his studio crouching over a painting he worked on.  WOW!  I’d ENTIRELY forgotten that about him.  Goosebumps and a warm feeling just flooded my being.  I can actually close my eyes and bring the image of my grandfather sitting in that studio now.

Thank you, Jessica!

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

All is Well

All is well, and you will never get it done. Life is supposed to be fun. No one is taking score of any kind, and if you will stop taking score so much, you will feel a whole lot better — and as you feel a whole lot better, more of the things that you want right now will flow to you.

You will never be in a place where all of the things that you are wanting will be satisfied right now, or then you could be complete — and you never can be. 

This incomplete place that you stand is the best place that you could be. You are right on track, right on schedule. Everything is unfolding perfectly. All is really well. Have fun. Have fun. Have fun!

Abraham-Hicks

 

Let’s look at individual a few individual sentences here and dissect them.

All is well, and you will never get it done.

If you can focus on the fact that all IS well and stop looking for “the other shoe to drop,” so to speak, then that :shoe won’t drop.  I have a wooden sign hanging in my bedroom that says:

That sign is the first thing I see when I wake in the morning.  I focus on that sentiment throughout the day.  

Anyone who has been reading Wisdom and Life,
Anyone who knows me,
Anyone who WANTS to know me

 

Should understand that my entire well being is based on this truth.  That all is well, that we are watched over, that even when what we think is a challenge arises in our lives, in the end that challenge is only making way for something better to arrive.

 

No one is taking score of any kind.
Seeing as my belief in the Divine is so strong, I struggle with this.  While I understand that God is not vengeful, never was vengeful;  (This was simply a story propagated by those in command to keep their subjects in control) I still believe that HE does keep track of our positives and negatives.  HE only does this to help us move forward.  When we transition, we all visit Transition Station:
This place where you find yourself after transition is a state of being.  As Journey of Souls suggests, it is simply a reviewing station, a place where we get to review our last life we just left behind.  Our soul group is waiting to welcome us back into their fold, those who have already made the transition.

 

Since we review our lives, SOMEONE MUST be taking score, correct?  I think what Abraham-Hicks is referring to here is not the negative keeping score which I believe most people who see the phrase think of, but simply a way to record what we do when incarnated.

 

You will never be in a place where all of the things
that you are wanting will be satisfied.

This reminds me of the quote from Dan Millman’s book/movie:
Peaceful warrior where he discusses his theory on The Journey

Since we will never be done why focus on getting there?  The journey is the goal.  When we focus on the journey we remain in a state of peace and anticipation.  We are at peace because we love what we are doing and we are anticipating the destination.  We MUST find a way to stay in anticipeace.

 

For it is when we are in this state that everything,
All our thoughts,
All our desires
All our feelings

are hyper focused that we can sometimes see things more clearly.  Sometimes when we are in this place we know what we want and how to get it.

 

Stop thinking the goal is getting there because as Abraham Hicks, as Dan Millman says:
The journey is the goal.
You will never be in a place where all of the things that you are wanting will be satisfied.

 

Where you are at this EXACT moment is the BEST place to be.  Revel in the present moment because it is the only moment you have.  I’ve said it before:
It is only when we forecast our lives that we run into challenges.

 

Stop forecasting!
Stop trying to get there!
There is no there, there.

 

Remember that and
All will be well.
All will be good.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

My Worldview

Okay.  I’m sure many of you who read my blog on a regular basis have been wanting to ask many times over:
Do you REALLY believe everything you write about here?  What with Monday’s column about energy fields, and everything you’ve written in regards to the book:
Journey of Souls.

You don’t REALLY believe there are energy fields that our souls recognize, do you?
How about past lives and reincarnation?

Soul Groups?

 

Let me tell you all in as succinct an answer as possible:
Yes!  I’ve seen too much.  Whether you believe this or not I actually heard this conversation at Hammonasset Beach State Park.  This was a first hand experience that rattled me and I understand that children sense things that we as adults do not.

 

Journey of Souls helped me understand what happens to us when we transition.  Even though I believe everything in that book, actually seeing it written gave me a new perspective.  I’ve recommended the book to many people after first coming across it and everyone who has read it has said the same thing, that it changed the course of their lives.  They no longer fear transition.  In fact many have taken that word and now use it themselves.  Transition, that is.

 

My worldview is constantly in a state of flux as should everyone’s be.  I wouldn’t and I don’t write anything at Wisdom and Life that I don’t believe.  I certainly understand some of what I have to say can sometimes be a bit esoteric but I can’t censor myself for fear of embarrassment.  There is no reason to feel embarrassed.  I have nothing to hide.  It’s why I write this blog.  I want to reach as wide an audience as possible and if some of you may cringe at what I have to say, all the better. Sometimes it is good to step outside our comfort zones.

And it’s as I say here:
Take me or leave me. I no longer worry what others think.

 

I’m certainly not saying that to be combative, just saying that unless we sometimes get uncomfortable we will never grow.  For it’s when we reach beyond what we think that the real growth happens.

 

It’s time to remove our spiritual blinders.
It’s time to take that leap of faith.
It’s time to listen to another perspective.
It’s time to shift our worldview.

 

That’s the entire reason this blog exists:
To ruffle a few feathers.
To create some challenging discussion.

 

So to respond to all those who ask:
Do you REALLY believe what you write?

I’ll say it again:
A resounding yes.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Soul Groups

Soul

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Alright.  So before I delve into the topic of Soul Groups, let me first ask a question:
How do you believe one develops a personal worldview?

 

My impression is that we take in what we see around us, try it on and if it fits then we mold it to our being.  Being an extremely spiritual person myself, I naturally gravitate to spiritual texts and and visual materials.  One of the last books that shaped my worldview, Dr. Michael Newton’s Journey of Souls, left a huge impression on me as it discussed many things about life and death (transition) that was already familiar to me.  However there also a few new things I tried on and I found that they fit my already esoteric worldview quite nicely.  One of those, Soul Groups, was discussed at length in the book and seeing as I was already in the Past Life/Reincarnation camp, it wasn’t such a stretch to see where soul groups fit into this.

 

So what is a Soul Group?
And who is in this group?

According to Journey of Souls, everyone of us has a group of souls who are always with us.  Called “Soul Groups,” the people in our circle are our closest friends and family.  We never know how they will be associated with us.  As I mentioned in a previous column called Signing a Contract, our associations are continuously in a state of flux.  Each new incarnation shuffles the group in a different way.  One incarnation may have one in your group be your best friend.  In the next incarnation, that best friend may be your brother or your sister.

 

The other VERY important thing to realize when we look at our souls is to stop thinking in terms of gender.

 

Souls have no gender.

 

We (Our souls, that is) choose our gender BEFORE we incarnate.  That’s why we sometimes find ourselves attracted to people we generally wouldn’t be.

 

It’s NOT the person.
It’s the soul INSIDE the person that we are drawn to.
It’s why they are called soul mates!

 

Soulmates are a contingent of our soul group.  That’s why we are immediately drawn to someone.  We recognize each other on a spiritual level.  Our spirits have recognition of each other that goes beyond the physical.  The recognition is instinctual, primal.

 

Soul groups play an important role in both life and in transition.

 

In life, our family of souls keep us moving forward spiritually.  When we come upon a member of our group, I like to think there is a primal charge that is felt between the souls.  I’m sure you’ve heard the saying:
Love at first sight.

 

When that happens it is because we recognize someone as a member of our family of souls.  So yes!  Love at first sight does exist.  And you may never know what  relationship you had with that person in a previous incarnation.  When you feel that kind of attraction however, you should understand that they are part of your family.  Never dismiss the feeling as something arbitrary because if you neglect that person out of hand, if you dismiss them, if you don’t subscribe to instant attraction, you will surely miss out on a life of joy, on a life of bliss.  You will miss out on a chance for real commitment.

 

You and the soul you were meant to be with will travel through your current incarnations never being truly happy, always searching for your other half.  When you feel someone significant enter your circle, (and you will know almost immediately if they are significant) don’t let them slip away.

 

They are part of your inner circle for a reason.
They are part of your life for a reason.

 

They are a member of your soul group; and you will need them for the rest of your life.  Your soul group is also extremely important in your transition.  Once you have passed through the transition tunnel and seen people you have known in life, they will guide you to your soul group.  Those you see in the tunnel are NOT in your soul group for a very specific reason:
Being in the presence of someone so close to you after the initial shock of transitioning would cause more harm to an already battered soul.  For that reason, those you meet in the tunnel may BE long lost relatives, those you know in passing, acquaintances you may have made during your last incarnation.  These are just the souls who are by your side to ease you into this transitioning period.

 

You may be wondering why I’m using the word transition here to describe what is happening.  It is because all you are truly experiencing in death is a transitory period.

 

There REALLY is no death!
God made sure of that.

 

This place where you find yourself after transition is a state of being.  As Journey of Souls suggests, it is simply a reviewing station, a place where we get to review our last life we just left behind.  Our soul group is waiting to welcome us back into their fold, those who have already made the transition.

 

I believe that it isn’t until the entirety of our family is back in the fold that we even consider returning.  For we need each other just as much in transition as in life.  And it isn’t until we are all in transition together that we can review our lives together.  That’s the purpose of this place where our souls find each other.

 

I believe soul groups consist of five to ten souls and these are the souls who travel with us in life and in transition.  We learn more from each other when we are spirit, when we are whips because there is no shell, no body weighing us down, sending conflicting messages.  Our souls communicate by touch, by perception.  We know immediately what we are thinking because there is nothing between us and our thoughts.

 

There is no barrier.

 

That is why it is so important to have this time to review our lives in a spiritual state.  Our soul groups can be honest in a way in this place that we simply cannot be when we incarnate.  Our shells, our bodies can hide behind our thoughts.  We can learn to be disingenuous when we are hiding our souls behind our shell.

 

Not so when we are light alone.  It is impossible to hide our TRUE selves when we have nothing to hide behind.  We MUST take the time to review our last life with EVERYONE in our soul group before we can consider returning.

 

And return we must.

 

For it is in our humanity that we are tested.  And we don’t know our results until we are all together again in Transition Station.  Notice we go through Transition Tunnel to get to Transition Station?  It is only after we have each reviewed our lives with each member of our group that we can decide when to go back.  It is then that we are brought to Transition Hall.  Here is where we choose our next life.  That next life will be a result of how we performed in our previous life.  In other words, if we came upon a challenge in a previous life and we didn’t make the connection and make the necessary change then we will come upon the same challenge again this new life.  We keep finding the same challenges until we make the correct change and move forward.  That’s one of the things our soul group is here for.  The can help us move forward.  Also our guides can send us messages.  It is up to us to heed the messages though.  As you can see, Journey of Souls REALLY left a lasting impression.  All one must do is follow the preceding link to read the columns I wrote about the book at Wisdom and Life.

 

I’ve merged the concept of Soul Groups into my worldview because it fits well within the confines of my life experience.  It makes sense considering every other part of my paradigm.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Signing a Contract

What Was I Born To Do?  What were you doing before you read this?  How was that action helping another person?  Heavy question.  But if you truly understood that Kabbalah is about accepting the responsibility, of being a channel of the Light, then you’d be thinking only of how to share and care for others.  If we’re here on Earth, it means somewhere in a world far, far away, we signed a contract, we took an oath with the Light, that we would do this job. Truthfully, none of us are at this level.  That’s why we need to remind one another of what we really were born to do.  Today is an opportunity to reaffirm that oath that we made with the Light.  We’ve been at this for lifetimes. We’re not going to quit now.

 

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Somewhere in a world far, far away, we signed a contract.
Seriously?

We signed a contract?

I can hear some of you saying:
C’mon, Chris!  You don’t REALLY believe that, do you?

 

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The more I’ve lived,
The more I’ve experienced,
The more books I’ve read on the subject,

 

I’d have to say:
Yes I do believe that we have signed a contract.  I’ve written about Michael Newton’s book Journey of Souls here countless times only because the book has left a HUGE impression on me.  In a roundabout way, Journey of Souls discusses this subject.

That contract is signed before we incarnate into each life we live in a place called Incarnation Hall.  Incarnation Hall is the last place where see before we travel back to the physical after our last transition.  Not only does the contract we sign. assign our birthdays and transition days, it also guides us in our lives, telling us when we will meet our soul mates, whether we will be partnered with them, whether we will go through life as best friends, or family.  The soul contract also assigns the challenges we will face in this next life we are about to embark on.  As soon as we our delivered into flesh we forget the contract.

 

We can’t remember.  For if we did, there would be no reason to reincarnate.  The whole reason for returning to the physical is to learn from past lives and hopefully not make the same mistakes.  For every challenge we face in our lives, we’ve encountered before.  Until we move beyond the challenge and make the correct choice we will continue facing that challenge.  If we recalled the contract we signed, it would be like cheating on a test.  We can’t know.  That way when faced with a challenge we must work through it with no prior knowledge.  It is the only way to learn properly.

 

I don’t recall exactly where in the book, but there is a segment where Dr. Newton writes about our souls looking down and making a decision on which body to incarnate in.  That’s Incarnation Hall.  The body our souls choose is like signing that contract.  That contract is valid from the moment our souls crash into our bodies.

 

So, what exactly is in this spiritual contract?  That’s what it is you know.
A Spiritual contract, a Soul contract, a Contract with God.

 

–The contract assigns your birth and transition days. These two days can NOT be altered.  If by some chance, someone takes their own life, that soul is IMMEDIATELY returned to the physical.  It’s a one way ticket back!  That law is spelled out clearly in the contract.  We MUST live out the natural progression of our lives and we can’t change that.

 

–The contract gives us our destiny.
We can’t know what that is when we incarnate, but clues are laid out for us and it is our responsibility to follow those clues.  We can’t let someone else decide what our destiny is.  If that happens then during our next incarnation we will stumble upon the same set of circumstances.

–The contract spells out when people will enter and exit our lives.
Some will be a part of your life long relationships.  These are those in your Soul Groups.  These people have ALWAYS been with you in transition and in life.  These are the people closest to you:
Your brother
Your sister
Your parents
Your best friend
It can be fascinating to see this group, because there is always a constant shifting during each incarnation.

–In one life, you can have a best friend
–In another life, your best friend may be your brother, your sister
–In one life, if you are married, your spouse may have been your best friend in a previous life.

 

Your Soul Group is one attribute of the contract that can NOT be separated.  If your best friend shows up at a specific time in each life, it’s part of the contract.  We can’t rush that.

We can’t rush God.  Some of us are fortunate to have a few best friends throughout our incarnations.  However there is always one or two that stand out; people who have come into our lives at a specific time for a specific reason.  Keep these friends close because they are in your life for a reason.

 

As with not knowing our destiny, we may never know why certain people enter our lives but we should feel an instant bond with those who God places in our path and doesn’t separate.  These are the people to hold onto.  That’s in the contract as well.

 

–The contract tells so many other things as well.
The MOST important aspect that EVERY soul MUST agree too before incarnating is that we will forget the contract when we incarnate.  For if we knew every aspect of our physical’s lives there would be no need to return in the first place.  The entire reason for reincarnation, is
For a learning process.
To get closer to God.

To eventually reach a place where we don’t HAVE to return.

 

If we knew where the pitfalls would appear in our lives then there would be no need to learn.  We could simply sidestep any challenges that arise and move on.  That’s not what God wants.  HE wants to see how we react under pressure.  The ONLY way to see that is to give us blinders.

 

This blog, Wisdom and Life is doing its best to remove those blinders.

 

–I sincerely believe I’ve followed the contract I signed:
Writing and sharing my belief system with those who need to hear it.
Photography.
Books.

 

–I haven’t let anyone dissuade me from pursuing my gift.
Many have tried.  However, my will and determination outflanked all who have.
I’ve been fortunate to create abundance from all of these gifts as well.

 

We all sign a contract before we incarnate.  If you don’t follow the clues set out before you that are in the spiritual contract you will undeniably stumble over the same challenges in each incarnation you make until you learn the lesson.  The one lesson I keep referring to in this my most recent incarnation is:
–Learning to let go.
–Learning to live in peace.
–Learning to speak my mind then release the negative.

 

I’m not sure how many lives I had to lead before I FINALLY learned this valuable lesson.  All I can say is that I’m now at peace with myself.  I no longer hold grudges.  I release my anger back into the ethereal where it dissipates.

 

That was most likely in my contract when I incarnated this time around.
–As was when I would learn the lesson too.
–As was who would teach me.

 

My assignment to those who are reading this today is simple:
Look for the clues in your contract.
Don’t become distressed when a storm arises.
Learn to accept the challenges in your life.

Because EVERYTHING that happens in your life is part of that Soul Contract we all sign before incarnating.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris