Memorial Day

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

Silence is Golden

Because I’m on the introvert scale, I’d rather stay quiet than speak about inane topics.  The most uncomfortable tactics one can make to an introvert is:
Ask Why are you so quiet?
Draw an introvert into an unwanted conversation.
Influence them to join a group whether friends or family. 

 

Those approaches can cause an introvert to shut down even further.  

 

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An introvert needs time to decompress when being inundated with the noise of the world.  If someone with introvert tendencies is asked to join in with a group, whether family or friends and they politely decline, then it is important to take them at their word.

 

Don’t influence them to do something that goes against their paradigm. Again, you will see them pull away further. Let the introvert come to you. Give them the space they require and you’ll build a stronger relationship with them. If you feel like they have pulled away, don’t take it personally, they may just need some “ME” time.

 

The INFP personality and the introvert are almost one in the same. These two personalities share many of the same traits which is why they are joined together.
INFPs need lot’s of “ME” time.
INFPs tend to be creative.
INFPs don’t engage in small talk

 

These are all traits that introverts share. If an INFP/introvert has befriended you, you should feel fortunate, for that personality type doesn’t let many people in. They are much more comfortable with themselves. They don’t get lonely often. That word doesn’t register in their lexicon.

 

Treat an INFP/introvert with the lessons above and you will have a friend for life. This personality tends to remain loyal sometimes to their detriment. Once an INFP/introvert lets you in they will fight to keep you in their lives.

 

If you break their trust, generally they will shut you out. They will hurt and take time to process that emotional distress and it will be generally more difficult for them to open up again. INFPS and introverts are trusting when they allow you into their small circle. Don’t break that trust.

 

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.

 

A Writer Writes

Sort of a follow up to last week’s Creativity and Coping as today I discuss writing and how much it means to me.  Writing and creativity has helped me become the person I am today.

 

Anyone who knows me understands how important writing is to me. It was my first band aid when I felt emotionally drained and vulnerable. Before I wrote my two blogs, I was writing fiction, mostly short stories.

 

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I didn’t have the motivation to write short stories like I do now with my blogs. I could skip a week or more and not face any major repercussions. With my blogs, I MUST write every day in order to make sure that I stay on schedule for Mondays and Fridays. Having these websites really helps me.  Without them, I wouldn’t be writing as often as I am. Anyone looking for motivation to write should consider starting a blog, as it will keep you on task.

 

I’m not saying I wouldn’t be writing at all if I didn’t have my blogs. You know what people say:
A writer writes

 

However, blogging has certainly helped me stay with the process. I’ll be honest. Of my two blogs, I sometimes find it difficult to write for Wisdom and Life. I sometimes have a hard time finding topics to discuss. I’ve been sharing for eight years and I don’t want to repeat myself. It’s why I took a hiatus last September for a month. Last May, I contemplated permanently shutting Wisdom and Life down.

 

I lost my oomph.
I lost my desire.

 

Taking that month off in September helped however. You may see me doing more of that year to year. I realize that some of you have come to rely on this blog. So as long as I can keep going without burning out I will. I’m feeling enthusiastic about continuing now and to be honest, I think if I DID shut down, I’d immediately regret doing so. When I feel like this in the future, instead of pulling the plug, I will take another hiatus and see how I feel.  If the time comes when I need to shut down, I will give everyone plenty of notice. I don’t see that happening anytime soon however.

 

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.

 

Creativity and Coping

I need creativity in my life to help me cope with life’s challenges.

 

Christopher Jennings Penders

 

Said by myself about a month ago to a frequent library patron.  I’ve always felt my creative output has helped me deal with emotional debris that flutters around me from time to time.  It’s why when I felt bullied, I retreated to my safe place:
In front of my computer writing my dark fantasy.  

 

Being creative helps me when I’m feeling low

 

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Why concentrate on dark fantasy?  Because I was in a dark period when I wrote fiction.  All that turmoil had to come out some way and writing was I chose to expel that energy.  It came out as dark fantasy.

 

As I said in Writing Saved My Life I can distinctly recall spending time in my bedroom writing for what I felt was a matter of minutes but realized hours had gone by when I looked back at the number of pages I’d written.  Being in the flow helped me cope.  When I’m feeling low, my creativity raises me up.  I’m sure my fellow writers and artists will agree.

 

The same can be said for being behind my camera.  Nothing makes me happier then when I’m in front of my computer, banging on my keys and watching the blank white screen fill with words, or being behind my camera scanning the horizon for that one scene.  It’s when I don’t spend time working creatively that my emotional life spirals out of control and I can become stressed more easily,

 

Being artistic helps many people cope with life’s challenges.  I’m grateful that I have the ability to cope using my art. Not everyone can release the stress in this way.  Not only do I release stress but I’m also fortunate that what I create can also help others.

 

What do you do to reduce your own negative energy?

 

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.

Why Is This Happening?

On this day of your life I believe God wants you to know that “Why is this happening?” is the most useless question in the Universe.

 

Neale Donald Walsch Daily Inspiration

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Neale Donald Walsch (NDS) has been an inspiration to me since I read his three volume set:
Conversations With God.  Might I also recommend the movie:
Conversations With God DVD.

 

The movie is quite different from the books but still worth watching.  I receive NDS daily email inspiration and it is one more spark I use when I write Wisdom and Life.

 

Asking why is silly for those of us who believe we are watched over.  We know there is a reason for all that happens. That’s why as Neale says in the above quote that:
Why is the most useless question in the Universe.

 

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Why is it useless?  Because we understand the answer is not always simple.  Don’t ask why, Why is backward. Life isn’t about going backward.  Life is about moving forward, putting one foot in front of the other.  Why is this happening doesn’t solve anything.

 

Move forward with your life.  Looking back and asking why is this happening won’t help you resolve the question.  You need to stop asking why and blaming others.  Face your life and the decisions you’ve made that have brought you to this place.  Nothing will change until and unless you realize that YOU are in charge of YOUR life.  Asking why won’t help anyway as major decisions have been made before you chose to incarnate.

 

If you know anything about my worldview, you understand that predestination plays an intricate role in my life. Asking why is this happening is especially meaningless in my own life,  Even though I may not understand why at the moment, I trust that there IS a reason and that my soul made the choice before I incarnated.  The other thing I can say without hesitation is when something challenging happens, there is ALWAYS a gift that’s left behind. We simply have to be open to finding it.

 

Stop asking why and start embracing life.  You’ll find more joy in life when you decide to move forward to stop looking behind 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.

 

It’s The Soul That Captivates Me

I can love people of every gender identity and expression. It is the soul that captivates me. It is the love we can build and the goodness we can contribute to the world by supporting each other’s best journeys.

 

Alyson Stoner
Disney star opens up

 

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Something quite a bit different for today’s column at Wisdom and Life.  But if you pay close attention to the above quote you’ll see what attracted me to this topic. Ok. Give up?
It is the soul that captivates me.

 

Those who have been with me from the the time Wisdom and Life pivoted will certainly understand that part of Alyson Stoner’s entire quote.  It IS the soul that we are attracted to.  Simply click:
Soulmates It will bring you to my columns on the subject.  

 

I sincerely believe that we all have soulmates.  Sometimes our soulmates choose to be platonic in one incarnation instead of lovers.  It doesn’t mean we don’t love each other. We may just want to live as friends in one life. Our soulmates will always be with us in each incarnation we live. If you read Soul Groups, and Always Together, you’ll see my entire worldview on the subject.  Like Ms Stoner, I also think it is the soul that connects us.  It’s why there is love at first sight or at least connection at first sight.  Because it IS the soul we feel the connection with. It’s why when we incarnate (from life to life and choose different sexes, male or female) and we find the person we are meant to be with, if we were male during our last incarnation and are now female we find our soulmate who is male, we are still attracted to him.  It’s for the very reason that Ms Stoner says:
It is the soul that captivates me.

 

I know I’ve experienced connection at first sight several times during this my most recent incarnation.  I KNOW when THESE connections occur that they are part of my soul group.

 

When I read the article about Ms Stomer and saw that quote, I understood immediately what I would share at Wisdom and Life.  Our souls to connect us. The sooner we realize this, the sooner those who fight against inclusion and acceptance of everyone will put down their emotional weapons and embrace our differences.
For we are all more alike than anyone knows or cares to understand.
We all have more in common then we are different.

 

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

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;
We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

 

Good Friday

Seeing as Easter was yesterday and Good Friday was a few days ago,
I’ve decided to re-post this column from a few years ago

 

A friend of mine I work with at the library in Madison asked me about my worldview a couple days ago.  I don’t recall what precipitated the conversation but seeing as today is an important day in Christian History I have decided to shift the original column that was scheduled to publish today.

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PaoloVeronese

 

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.

 

My Favorite Children’s Books

I’ve been a reader my entire life. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that reading as much as I did growing up helped my writing get to where it is today. Without reading, you’re not going to learn.

 

It’s why I mentioned Ray Bradbury’s quotes about libraries in an earlier column.  In one of the quotes, Bradbury said he is completely library educated.  Libraries and books are integral to everyone. My day job is at my local library.  Before I worked at my library I had the pleasure of working at RJ Julia Booksellers.  I’ve always loved the printed word, so much so that I’ve been writing longer than I’ve had a camera in my hand.  

 

These are my three favorite children’s books of all time:

Reading as a child helped me in many ways:
–Reading transported me to a safe place, just as writing did as I grew older.
–Reading was my friend, as I’ve been an introvert as long as I can recall.  Just click the previous link and you’ll see my columns at Wisdom and Life on introverts.
I’d rather curl up with a book or spend my alone time writing then being out with people i don’t know.

–Reading and writing have been my friends long before I had people friends.

 

 

 

I’m not saying any of this to garner sympathy.  I love the way I live.
–I love coming home and finding no one here.
–I love the freedom I have.  
The freedom to read when I want,
The freedom to write when I want.
The freedom to do what I want when I want.

 

So, I bet you’re wondering when I’m not only getting to the subject of today’s column, but what the column’s subject is.  Well, reading is the subject, more specifically, three of my favorite children’s books of all time:
Tuck Everlasting
A Wrinkle in Time
Charlotte’s Web

 

So do these books stand out to me?  The first two books have time as one of its major subjects. If you’re a long time reader of Wisdom and Life then you know I have an interest in the concept of time.

–That you can’t change anything without affecting everything else about your life.
–That time doesn’t really exist. That it’s simply a construct of humankind.

 

It’s why the first two books resonate so deeply with me. In Tuck Everlasting, there is the concept of aging and immortality. Sort of a retelling of Ponce De Leon and his search for the fountain of youth. I’ve sometimes considered the idea of immortality. Which is another reason why I connect with Tuck Everlasting. My writing will create the immortality I sometimes think about.

 

A Wrinkle In Time is another favorite. I’ve been fascinated by time and distortions in it for a long while.  I often find myself considering ACTUAL wrinkles and tears in the fabric of time itself. Which is why Madeleine L’Engle’s quintessential book has resonated with me.

 

And Charlotte’s Web?

That doesn’t fit in with the above two books at all you may believe. You’re right. However, Charlotte’s Web has long been a favorite, even before the Tuck Everlasting and A Wrinkle in Time.  Can’t really put a finger on why this particular book has been so deeply important. All I can say is that it is my favorite children’s book of all time.

 

What are your favorite children’s books?

 

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.