Nine Years and Counting

Another column on writing from Wisdom and Life.  Today, as we are in the month of May I realize Wisdom and Life will turn nine years old.  When I began, I published five days a week. As I look back, I’m pleasantly surprised that I found topics to write about for five days in a row for over a year or more.  Now I’m down to once a week at Wisdom and Life and once a week at my second blog, CJPPhotoNews.  So I’m still writing every day.

 

My friend, Mary has much to do with the inception of Wisdom and Life as she encouraged me to start writing about Law of Attraction as we met once a week to discuss how LoA inspired us.

 

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When I started writing for Wisdom and Life, I’m not sure what my goals were for the blog.  I’m not sure I knew how long I’d be writing for that blog. Next year will be ten years. I produced a book out of this blog.  I can clearly and honestly say that when this blog started, I NEVER thought or even intended to create a book from these columns.  Many of you who have followed me from its inception, know the original intent was entirely Law of Attraction (LoA).

 

After time, I heeded the call from on high to pivot.  My blog turned toward spirituality.  I realized while writing several columns that Law of Attraction and spirituality are one in the same.  All you have to do is spend some searching the comparisons between LoA and spirituality. You’ll be surprised by what you find.

 

I have no plans of closing this blog down.  It means to much to me. Writing for it helps me just as much as writing dark fiction did in the 1980s and 1990s.  The columns I write here help me to continue to realize that life IS a positive, that there is an INDEED another way to see our existence. That we shouldn’t focus on what MAY go wrong, but instead keep our eyes on what is going well. I only hope I’m helping others see that as well.

 

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 Thought You’re Thinking

The thought that you think, you think, which attracts to it; so you think it some more, which attracts to it; so you think it some more. In other words, when you have an expectation, you’ve got a dominant thought going on, and Law of Attraction is going to deliver that to you again, and again and again. And you say “The reason that I believe this, is because it is true.” And we say, the reason that you believe it, is because you’ve practiced the thought. All that a belief is, is a thought that you keep practicing.

 

Abraham-Hicks
Thursday,May 3, 2018

 

If you’re thinking is negative and you wonder why challenging events continue to appear in your life, then maybe it’s time to reconsider your thought process. That’s the concept behind Law of Attraction:
Stop thinking negativity and refocus on the positive of your life and you’ll see things start to turn in your favor.

 

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I certainly understand that some of you may see LoA as esoteric, as new age. However I ask those of you who feel that way to spend a month or so exploring the concept and comparing LoA to religious beliefs and I believe you will find compatible issues with both.

 

It’s important that you stop focusing on WHAT MAY happen and draw your attention to WHAT IS happening. Staying in the present moment is another key in LoA. Nothing bad can happen in the present moment.

 

Abraham-Hicks is correct:
By focusing on the positive in your life, the challenges will move away.

 

As I’m fond of saying here. I understand this is easier said than done. Some see this as a platitude. And unless we are in the person’s shoes we shouldn’t be offering this up as something to consider.  The events in our individual lives can be causing stress beyond all comprehension and hearing someone offer up a new way of processing that stress can often be counter productive.

 

My response to that is
What have you got to lose?

 

If you’ve exhausted all other factors and you want to feel better emotionally, see if this will help you. One of the things I’ve discussed here earlier about discovering if Law of Attraction will work for you is to:
Start Small

 

Stop focusing on the negative.
Start focusing on everything good in your life. And remember:
The thought you have is the reality you are creating!

 

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.

 

God’s Co-Workers

Last Column this year.
Wisdom and Life is taking
its annual Holiday Hiatus.

 

See you at the end of January.

 

Although a created being tends to the divine likeness in many ways, this one whereby it seeks the divine likeness by being the cause of others takes the ultimate place.  We are God’s co-workers.

 

Saint Thomas Aquinas
Christian Mystics
365 Readings and Meditations

Page 120

 

Saint Thomas Aquinas

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Wikimedia

 

I forget that I have inspirational books to jump start Wisdom and Life. Christian Mystics is one such book. I have to mention my friend, Lisa R for recommending the book. It is filled with quotes and passages from those who lived many years ago. Some our saints. Some our priests. All our spiritual in nature. I highly recommend the book and if click on the link to Christian Mystics above it will bring you to my Amazon affiliate page. Anyone who purchases the book through my affiliate account will be helping to support my blog.

 

I’m primarily going to use the last sentence of the above quote as the lead for today’s column. Before we start today however, a bit of a background story:

I often look back in wonder at how Wisdom and Life changes so quickly from it’s original intention of being strictly about Law of Attraction to becoming more spiritual. I see God’s hand in that so clearly now.  The fact that that it DID change is more evidence in my opinion that as I’ve maintained for quite some time that I’m simply a conduit. I may be typing these words that fill the page, but I believe the thoughts are of the divine.

 

The above quote by Saint Thomas Aquinas is a clear indication that we are indeed God’s co-workers as it relates to Wisdom and Life.  I’m convinced that the Divine motivated the shift in direction to this blog.

 

We can do nothing without God’s intervention. As much as some of us, myself included say that if we ask it will be received, we still have work to do on our own to create the life we want. Sure the Divine plays a HUGE role in our lives if let it in, we can’t simply sit back and expect results and gifts to show up if we don’t participate in the expectation.  For example, I’ve said before that getting my job at the library in Madison Connecticut was a gift because I don’t drive on the highway and I live ten minutes away from work.

 

That wouldn’t have happened if I first didn’t make every effort to graduate from college with a library degree. We are all responsible for creating our lives just as much as the Divine is responsible for helping us get there. We can’t do it on our own just as God can’t help us if we don’t make some effort ourselves.

 

Saint Thomas Aquinas has played a significant role in my life as well as this blog as can be seen from the above link. Thomas Aquinas is well known for his quote:

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.

 

Seeing that faith is so important to me, you can now probably understand why he is so relevant to me.

 

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.

 

Back From A Hiatus

In August, I made the decision to take a little break from both of my blogs during the middle of September.  I’ve been writing my blogs for over seven years, first every day when I started then I slowly decreased the frequency to once a week.  I normally take my hiatus in December.  That will likely still happen as it is a holiday month for many people.

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I may take more frequent breaks throughout the year, so I don’t burn out.  I kinda found myself in May contemplating shutting Wisdom and Life down. That quickly faded as I realized how many people have come to enjoy reading my thoughts on life and how my positive attitude and my faith has caused changes in how I live my life.  The fact that I took September off also helped me regroup.  

 

We all need time to regroup.  Otherwise, the likelihood of burning out rises.  I’m not going anywhere.  I still enjoy writing.  I just think I needed a break from the weekly responsibility of producing two columns.  My next hiatus will come  December.  In the meantime, you can expect to hear from me on a weekly basis.

 

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.

 

Taking a Brief Haitus

Good Morning fellow Wisdom and Lifers:

I’m taking a brief hiatus from my two blogs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will return in October.

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.

A Work In Progress

What are your resolutions for the new year?

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It’s one of my least favorite things about New Years. Everyone wants to know what changes you plan on making. New Year’s resolutions only set us up for failure. Harsh, I know.

 

 

But you tell me how many of us actually follow through on ANY of the resolutions we’ve sworn to keep?

 

Yet we continue to create the façade. We continue making these pronouncements that THIS year will be different. It’s why I’ve decided to get off that ride. I know longer make resolutions. I want to continue being happy throughout the year and continue doing what I love.   By making resolutions I do not keep, I continue that pretense and set myself up for disappointment.  Why not change your habit and do something different?

Why not stop making resolutions you won’t keep?  Be happy with who you are today.

 

One of the stories I love recalling is when a teacher asked their student what they wanted to be when they grew up and the student said:
Happy.

 

No.  The teacher said.  You don’t understand.  What do you want to DO?  The student smiled back and said:
You DON’T understand.  I want to be happy!

 

The student was right.  It’s the teacher who received a lesson on that day.  Being happy is much more important than our career, which is what the teacher aimed at asking.  Why not be happy with both?

 

Isn’t that what we all want?
To be happy?

 

We are all a work in progress and there is no perfection. We should all be aiming for happiness and abundance.  Abundance of all types.  Not just monetary wealth, but joyful wealth, friendship wealth, spiritual wealth.  The Divine doesn’t EVEN EXPECT perfection, only that we strive for it.

 

So no more New Year’s Resolutions for me.  I think there are simply too many pitfalls waiting to happen.  I’d rather, as I said previously, continue to be the happiest person I can.

 

Doesn’t that seem like a much better use of our time?

 

Happy New Year’s to all those who celebrate it.

 

Next week’s column will be something different.
A remembrance of a local establishment that has
recently shuttered its doors.

 

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.

Halloween

Halloween:
The day where the line between the living and the transitioned is at its weakest point.  That’s why it was at one time known as The Day of the Dead in Pagan lore

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halloween

It has morphed into something different but still maintains some of the pagan rites.  As with most holidays, it seems anathema to say HAPPY before ANY somber holiday.  And Halloween certainly fits that  mold.

Wikipedia has this to say about the holiday:
Halloween

 

 

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 Energy Stream

If you decide to make someone the enemy and you’re pushing very hard against them, you don’t affect them at all, but you disconnect yourself from the Stream. If someone cheats you, they cannot diminish your experience. They only diminish their experience. You cannot be diminished by someone cheating you unless you get all upset about being cheated and push against them and use that as your excuse to disconnect from the Stream.

 

Abraham Hicks

 

energystream

Interesting topic today as I’ve spoken about holding grudges and staying angry many times at Wisdom and Life.  Making enemies is not healthy for our us, not healthy for someone else and certainly not healthy for our souls.

 

Energy:
Pixaby
Stream:
CJP Photos

 

It’s not healthy for us because we feel anxious in the presence of our “enemy.”  Our heart races, our blood pressure rises, and we have negative feelings.  Our first inclination is to hurt that person.  I’ve learned that wanting to hurt someone only hurts us.

 

Making someone an enemy is not healthy for the other person, because they may not understand why they are now on your “blacklist.”  They may attempt to reach out until they finally realize you’re not interested.

 

It’s not healthy for our souls because the Divine teaches us to love our enemies.  And if we do not heed our spiritual inclination to let go we will continue this same path of seeing hate, finding enemies all around us.  Is that really the way we want to live our lives?

 

So what is the stream that Abraham Hicks talks about?

It’s the stream of positive energy that runs through all of us.  Getting angry, staying angry, making enemies?  All this breaks that positive energy stream.  The way I live my life now is always seeking to stay in that energy stream.

 

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.

 

Love Wins –Review

Love Wins, by Rob Bell is the book where I first discovered the phrase universalist.  Love wins perfectly describes my worldview, that there is no Hell.  Mr Bell asks:
–How can a loving God forsake ANYONE?
–If God created every living thing and if God Loves us all, how could he forsake anyone?
Love Wins

 

It’s one of the challenges I have with organized religion and why I stayed away from the church. And it’s why I joined SUUS.

 

–Love Wins is Rob Bell’s call to love each other and see our similarities instead of our differences.
–Love Wins is Rob Bell’s attempt to show that God is all loving.

 

How can someone like Gandhi be sent to eternal damnation simply because he isn’t Christian?  That’s what some would have you believe.  Does that make sense to you?  This is the thesis of Love Wins.  How is it that the ONLY people who are saved are those who are Christian?  If that’s the case, then tell me this:
Why in EVERY case of Near Death Experiences, (NDE) EVERYWHERE around the world do those who have had an NDE, speak of seeing a tunnel and a bright, all embracing light?

 

If ONLY a select few were saved and ONLY Christians, wouldn’t it stand to reason that ONLY Christians would see the “light?”

 

This isn’t what Jesus preached.  Jesus preached all encompassing love.  Man came in and mixed with religion.  I often wonder what Jesus thinks now, when he looks down and sees how his name is being used.

 

–It’s not Christian to hate.
–It’s not Christian to exclude.

 

Rob Bell Understands this, or so it seems from reading Love Wins.  Why not pick up a copy?  Read the book; then tell me you STILL believe only a select few are saved.

 

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.