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If My Soul Could Speak


Gary Alan Nelson

Gary Alan Nelson

In the whispers of majestic White Pine trees as brisk gusts of wind caress their soft needles, one can hear the breath of a baby, the admonition of an elder, and even the sails of a schooner on the open sea.  Indeed, we utilize our imagination in many ways, yet when presented situations like this, rarely do we explain what we hear as imaginary.

Our senses translate and perceive what we hear as Real, moreover, as Meaningful.  When one believes there are no coincidences in life, such as this writer, many occurrences and experiences in life hold special, specific or significant meaning and can be associated with events of our past, symbols of our future and warnings of potential danger ahead.

Imagine, then, what one might hear if my soul could speak!  It may tell of faded memories of family who’ve passed on, or fears of my childhood, or the dreams of a righteous father for his children.  Without question, however, my soul would speak of Truth, of Gratitude, of Humility and Perseverance of Faith.  And it would definitely speak of the Glory of God and the unimaginable beauty, peace and love of something known only as heaven.

My soul, you see, is my conscience that guides my thoughts and actions, that inner voice that

Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith

reminds me of the “right” things to do.  It is my “true north” as I travel through life, it is the supportive embrace that comforts me in times of need.  Most importantly, it is my Voice to the world by my actions, interactions, intentions, hopes and dreams.  It defines me to others and protects me as I journey toward eternity.

“My soul is the essence of Who I am, how I think, what I believe and the “rules” I follow as I grow throughout my earthly life and existence.  It is my reference point for every thought I create, my cookbook for this recipe called humanity.  As you’ve undoubtedly read and heard many times, my soul is my Alpha and Omega, my personal universe.  And ultimately, my soul is what remains when my physical vessel can pulse no more.”

I believe the soul is inextricably connected to our physical bodies until that moment of separation that occurs throughout the death process.  The soul is pure energy that is encapsulated within our bodies and then peels away and vaporizes into yet another form of energy as our spirit lives on at death.

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Spirit and Soul

You see, I’ve witnessed first hand and experienced so many occurrences and situations that I simply could not logically explain, other than being the direct result of some divine intervention, whether a guardian angel’s influence or perhaps the actual embrace of God upon my life.  Experiences that resonate of goodness and godliness, that indelibly mark my soul as witness and testimony to the “Truth”.

So, in the whispers of majestic White Pine trees as brisk gusts of wind caress their soft needles, listen attentively and you will hear the drama, joy and deliverance of your life, and perhaps others lives.  And make no mistake, it is anything but your imagination at work, but rather, the voices of angels and divine feedback from numerous dimensions of magnitude above what we know as human life.

In those moments of truth, make sure you search for the essence of your being, the path you are travelling and the destination at which your physical life will ultimately arrive.  I ask that age-old and classic, yet oh so relevant of questions…..  WHO ARE YOU?

Be well.

Without Winter – There Would Be No Spring


winter_sunshine_2-wallpaper-1366x768Viewed individually, various events and occurrences in life appear discrete, independent and ordinary.  Yet, when examined at a macro level, join to form a mosaic and fabric of cosmic and supernatural dimension, previously unnoticed, unknown and seemingly hidden as camouflaged fauna in the forest.

Life illustrates interdependence and purpose.  It demands and provides perspective; creates balance and alignment; offers insight, understanding and is the precursor to appreciation, knowledge and wisdom.  It’s sole purpose is to enable spiritual growth and maturity.

The Seasons of life present cyclic patterns that yield rhythmic frequency, vibration & harmony.  These elemental constructs Signs_of_Springrepresent the fundamental nature of all matter and energy.  Moreover, life offers a synergistic and systemic glimpse into the exceedingly complex and symbiotic environment we call our “world”.

“The seasons of nature are inextricably woven together to create a tapestry of nature that features seamless transitions and repeating patterns.  Patterns that tease and delight the senses and awaken and align the soul to the secrets of life.”

All around us, seemingly opposite and mutually exclusive concepts and events in reality, are linked together and truly cannot exist without their counterpart and furthermore, cause their counterpart to likewise exist.  It is impossible for Good to exist without Bad, Growth without Dormancy, Warmth without Cold, Beauty without Bland, Young without Old, Light without Darkness, Redemption without Sin and Birth without Death.

beautiful_forest_scenery-wallpaper-1366x768Together, these opposing forces compose the world we know and live in.  One must truly appreciate the undesirable aspects of life, for without them, the positive and desirable features of our world could simply not exist.  Indeed, they are defined by them.

Absent these complementary aspects of life, our world would quiver and shake like an unbalanced tire on a car, disrupting our ride through life, sending it out of control, preventing our focus on anything, resulting in a random, unordered and unintelligent primordial mess.

Autumn_Color_LakeOddly, order out of chaos, harmony and balance is achieved because of these choice-creating dichotomies in our world; but only if and when we choose the outcomes that complement the core values that are manifest in our spirits and souls.  Profoundly, this is our charge in life, to create or achieve the perfect balance that produces harmony.

I’ve always been enamored with the inner peace that unadulterated nature produces within me as I experience it.  A void is created that consumes worries, fears, anger and anxiety as a black hole consumes matter.  Time appears to stand still and clarity of purpose presents itself in crystalized purity.  Indeed, silence speaks volumes.

The perfect passage for this is illustrated in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Take the time to consider all the apparent conflicts in your life and make an effort to create a sense of gratitude for them in your heart, for your journey would not be able to realize a fitting conclusion without them.  Be well.

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Fear Not Death – Be the Caterpillar


Monarch caterpillarOne of life’s most powerful teachings conditions each of us to fear death; the concept, the finality, even the word!  My truth, however, contradicts this myth, as I perceive death as simply another stage in my development as a Christian, an eternal being and spiritual energy source.  Death is but a completely normal and inevitable passage-way and transformational event which occurs admittedly on a very personal level, and serves a specific purpose in the perspective of eternal life and our personal salvation.

As human beings our tendencies influence us in significant ways; to be afraid of the dark, to avoid walking under a ladder, to not allow a black cat to cross your path.  Many see these scenarios as superstitions, conditioned behavior or legitimate and potential sources of darkness and evil.  Profoundly, just because we may perceive them as real, doesn’t logically result that they represent “Truth”.

Monarch_ChrysalisIt would be completely understandable for the caterpillar to fear it’s fate of becoming a cocoon, yes?  However, a closer examination of this now known and demystified event reveals it to be nothing more than a normal process or event in the life-cycle of the caterpillar.  One could conjecture that the caterpillar in fact, faces death without reservation, because of the awareness of the transformed life that is created as a result of the process.

Death is but another “rebirth” or transformation of our life energy from one stage/form to the next.

“Death is as a bridge in that its purpose is to connect two worlds, the result of which is to serve as one seamless and uninterrupted journey.”  

Without question, death can be viewed as an end in the physical perspective of human life, but arguably, death is so much more than that.  Likewise, it can be viewed as simply a doorway to another aspect or phase of existence and consciousness in the purest sense of the word, life.

Monarch_Butterfly_FlowerWe, as yet, are unaware of the form our soul assumes after our physical death.  If it is, however, anything like the journey of the Caterpillar, aka Monarch Butterfly, with all sincerity, we should not fear its coming and in fact, should welcome its arrival!  The only assumption underlying this path of thought is that we strove to live our physical life to our unique potential, in a meaningful, noble, dignified and reverent fashion.  Break free of the captive and limited mindset each of us, to varying degrees, have been molded and conditioned to exist within, as boundaries.

Be the caterpillar!  Anticipate your transformation (death) and plan to celebrate the occasion of your soul’s metamorphosis into eternal life.  Emerge a radiant and beautiful spirit/soul, let your Heart fly toward the sky, be as one with God and rejoice in everything distinctively You!  Be well.

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The Redeeming POWER of Forgiveness


Camaro_69_SS_MikesAs a car freak growing up, I learned from my dad about tuning and rebuilding engines.  Integral to acquiring any significant knowledge or insight about mechanical things like engines, is the ability to diagnose problems.  I learned that the most effective way to troubleshoot and resolve them, was by learning to look for and recognize symptoms; a leaking vacuum line, an improperly adjusted carburetor (lean or rich), a bad spark plug wire, engine timing not properly set, etc.

Symptoms are like clues that when properly observed and considered collectively, can lead you to discovering the root cause of a problem.  And so it is with life.

Most of life’s problems are not mysterious or elusive.  Whether it be depression, anger, paranoia or obsession, most of life’s Griefchallenges involve hurt feelings, abandonment, betrayal and yes, other people.  The inability to deal with these feelings prevents the negative energy from leaving your spirit and self, much like trapped air in the brake lines of your vehicle.

In both scenarios, you and your car are unable to function in a normal capacity. The fix for your vehicle is pretty simple, either take it to a repair professional or bleed the lines of air yourself.  The only variable is cost.  The fix for your self, however, may be a bit more involved, but nonetheless, is very achievable and unlike your vehicle, will be accompanied with intense feelings of relief, liberation, peace, energy and Healing.

“The magic solution to many of life’s problems?  Very simple; forgiveness.  When a person holds on to negative energy from previous hurtful experiences, it entraps them, much like a jail cell confines a prisoner.  You become a prisoner trapped by your own emotions.  And in a damaging sense, this negative energy accumulates within you.”

In many instances, you won’t even realize you are holding on to these feelings. Discovering the root cause of emotional pain can be elusive and the best approach to identify it is reflection and self-evaluation.  And perhaps even more difficult than identifying the source of your pain is, once found, convincing yourself to transform that pain into positive energy by deliberately and consciously committing to forgive whomever is at the other end of your pain.  This is No small feat!

“The unmistakable and inexplicable sense of peace and balance, however, comes simply by letting go of the pain, releasing the negative energy built up in your spirit and mind, honestly and genuinely forgiving another human being…  for being human.”

Sunset background25And once you have forgiven your transgressor, you (and them) will experience the  incredible sense of cleansing and redeeming POWER that forgiveness creates within you.  Indeed, each of us at various points in our lives has desired to be forgiven by someone else whose life we have  adversely impacted, whether it was deliberate or unintentional.

What are the symptoms of the need for forgiveness?  Anger, guilt, regret, anxiety, stress, and even depression.  Most of these symptoms the average person encounters in their life, worst case, on a daily basis.  It doesn’t take a deep dive to discern that this type of negative energy can quickly accumulate inside a person and actually impact their physical well-being.  Without question, it can and does impact your spiritual well-being.

This time of year, Christmas, is a most appropriate time for personal reflection, analysis and yes, forgiveness.  You owe it to yourself and others in your life, to take the first step toward whatever reconciliation opportunity is present in your life.  And most profoundly and importantly, many times, the first person you need to forgive is yourself.

Take the first step toward renewal and strengthening of your relationships, and let it begin with you.  Be well.

Good Vibrations – Energy at the Speed of Life


Truth_2At the intersection of Science and Religion, lives Truth.

Having been born and raised a Catholic, it’s very easy to get caught up in the details and nuances of church and religion.  So much so, that chances are very good that many Catholics miss the fundamentals of consciousness, eternal life and true salvation; i.e., the core elements of Supreme Divinity interwoven throughout the Bible and Scripture.

Indeed, there is a grand canyon of difference between “how to live a good life” and “what is life?”.  Both are supremely relevant statements to the concept of eternal life, salvation and redemption.  It is analogous to “how to drive an airplane” versus “how does an airplane fly?”

The first statements of both comparisons preoccupy most people interested in either, whereas, the second set of questions more than likely elude the majority of people, primarily because they are inherently more difficult questions to answer, analyze and even contemplate.

PerspectiveMy focus of this effort is getting a better grip on what constitutes “life” or perhaps, to simply share with you some thinking “outside the box.”  From a purely academic standpoint, life has already been defined quite elegantly; elegantly, that is, within the boundaries of life as we physically know it.  But what about life in the metaphysical sense?  Ah yes, put on the pressure suit, for we are about to take a “deep dive” into philosophy and theology.

As a Catholic, I grew up surrounded by many “things” specific to the Catholic Church, like priests, nuns, mass, confession, prayers, cassock and surplice (altar boy garments).  Besides the obvious, however, there are several other details I never really thought about much as a young Catholic.  Things like the significance of the votive candles, the choir (singing) at mass, the group recital of prayers (almost chant-like in delivery).

Let’s circle back to life, shall we?  As a high school student I was simply fascinated with science and explaining how things “worked”.  Especially interesting, at least to me, was physics class and the study of energy, matter and the “Laws of Physics”.  At its elemental stage, everything in the universe is pretty much energy and the empirical rule I learned is that energy is never lost, but simply changes forms.  Like a solid, when melted, become liquid, and upon heating beyond its boiling point, it becomes a gas.  Amazingly, regardless of the “state” of the material, energy is preserved.

eyeThroughout our world our senses were designed and have evolved to enable us to experience life.  We see, we hear, we touch, we taste and smell.  Sight requires light and hearing requires atmosphere; both constitute waves as in light waves and sound waves.  Most importantly, at a molecular and further at an atomic level, light and sound waves vibrate.  All vibration is made up of energy pulsations of positive and negative polarity. We call that “frequency.”  It is the way we classify different expressions of energy.

Most people know sound for example is vibration, and a very powerful vibration at that. Loud noises cause windows and other structures to vibrate, and indeed a sound of a high enough pitch or amplitude can cause fragile objects to shatter completely.

The frequency range of perception of the ear of the average human is from around twenty vibrations per second, up to around twenty thousand vibrations per second. Moving up the vibrational scale we reach electricity at around one billion vibrations per second. Moving up the vibrational scale further still we encounter heat at two hundred billion vibrations per second. Further up the scale the spectrum of visible colors vibrate in a range of around five hundred Vibrationbillion vibrations per second, and yet higher still is the invisible spectrum of color including infra-red and ultra-violet. And so we can move further progressively up through the levels of vibration, still manifesting as Energy known to science, until we reach the higher levels where we encounter x-rays which vibrate at around two trillion vibrations per second.

In reality, every piece of matter vibrates, some, however, so slowly it cannot be perceived by the human senses.  Rocks, water, oxygen, sand, etc., all are constantly vibrating.  Even our bodies and everything within them, vibrate.  Collectively, our world and universe is one gigantic vibration of energies.

One of the best examples to illustrate vibration (or motion) is a bicycle wheel.  At rest, all the spokes of the wheel are easily seen and Bicycle_Wheelrecognized.  As the wheel begins to spin/turn however, faster and faster, the spokes all but disappear as if they are invisible.  Now, being the intelligent beings that we are, we know with certainty that the spokes exist, regardless of not being able to see them when the wheel is turning at a high RPM (revolutions per minute), yes?

So, imagine, an entity, lets simply call it our spirit or soul, and by its nature, exists by vibrating at such a high rate that our human senses are unable to detect it or physically see it.  Given that scenario, how would we know it exists or where it might be at any one point in time?  Now, compare the bicycle wheel again.  For the sake of example, lets assume the bicycle wheel only exists in the world by turning at a very high RPM, and accordingly, the spokes are never able to be seen by the human senses.  Does that mean then that the spokes do not exist or are not real?  Hardly.

Specifically, the emotions we choose to feel each have their own frequency.  Fear and anger are heavy vibration and a low frequency. At the root of fear and anger are feelings of powerlessness or vulnerability.  In contrast, peace, calmness, love and harmony are light emotionsvibrations with a high frequency.  When we stay calm and centered, we sustain a high vibration and we are empowered. When we retain this energy, we can speak truth, live with integrity and project authenticity.

Animals respond to frequencies of which we as humans are not aware. A dog growls (knows) if you are frightened of it, and a horse will immediately know if you are scared and it will respond accordingly.

Without question, our goal, then, should be to achieve and maintain higher vibration (frequency) in our archangel-michael-holy-cardlives.  The behaviors that support those higher frequencies are characterized by peace, goodwill, positive thinking, love and calmness.  These behaviors resonate from our selves and attract similar frequencies.  Conversely, anger, fear, hatred and jealously, similarly attract like frequencies.

The merging of science and religion, which at the surface, appear completely counter-intuitive and perhaps even polar opposites, in reality, truly makes sense when viewed together as an interdependent system.  Further constructs like Angels, Eternal Life, Heaven and yes, Hell, are plausible and can be considered real and exist.

What’s your frequency?

References: Spiritual Laws – The Law of Frequency or Vibration

Science of Vibration in Every Aspect of the Physical World

Vibration a Fundamental Characteristic of Energy

One and Only – The Multi-Dimensional Me


Michael Cerkas High School Yearbook

When I was young, like many others, I was a dreamer.  A dreamer, not in the sense of fantasy, wild imagination or wishful thinking; a dreamer in the sense of bold empowering dreams, hallmarked with heroes, real people and jubilance.  I dreamed in terms of humanity, brotherhood, good will and magnificent outcomes… for the world and how I would be an integral part of it.  And these dreams began for me at six years old!

Now, many decades later, I still dream those dreams, concretely believing they will come to pass (in my lifetime), with the singular unknown being simply a matter of when those dreams will transform into reality and bring solace to a world so desperately in need and want of it.

Jesus Christ (Artists Rendition)

These dreams I speak of, originate deep within my mind and soul; striving to be, anxiously awaiting to morph into a living, breathing reality.  They are taking form, and truthfully, at times, scare the daylights out of me, inasmuch a biblical revelation must have equally jolted those whom lived during the Life of Jesus Christ, witnessing the miracle and salvational nature of his Life, first-hand in real time.

These dreams move me to describe myself in terms of multidimensional-being” in the hope of being better able to understand myself and likewise, better relate to other individuals.  And as much as I believe each of us are singularly unique children of God, on that same canvas being created with similar brushstrokes, we are similarly linked and defined by those dimensions.

Each of us exist in many dimensions of life and reality.  We are sons, daughters, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, friends, Christians, soldiers, leaders and students.  The development and self-recognition of these dimensions appear to accelerate as we grow and mature, and some serve to define our existence, perhaps even destiny, where others labor to mold us into our future selves, forging personality, durability, interest and temperament.

I am a son, a father, a husband and a brother, a student (of life), Christian, writer, manager, DNA strand with codeleader, analyst, neighbor and (hopefully) friend to many.  Each of these “Michaels” intertwine like a complex DNA strand to form the person that others recognize and know.  Each of the persons that have helped me to develop as a human being see or view me through the likewise unique filters that have formed as a result of each relationship and collective “museum” of interactions.  It’s almost as if the relationship itself is its own entity of life.

And then, further forging the spirit that is joyfully “me”, are the lifetime of experiences, actions, behaviors and acquired knowledge that serve as the trim on a car; indeed, quite a visual, yes?  Foremost, I seek to find the good in everyone I encounter, in the hope of encouragement, inspiration and personal development.  I am very mechanically inclined, logically oriented, mathematically gifted, enjoy sports and even more, appreciative of fine art, music, innovation and creative endeavors.  Oh yes, and my oh my, do I enjoy to write!

Perhaps the most crucial take-away from this conversation is the realization and acknowledgement that each of us as human beings are equally diverse, complex, gifted and unique.  Every single person on this planet that confines our physical being, possesses greatness across the fabric of our spirit, being and purpose.

That greatness is to be witnessed in awe, celebrated by all and pursued individually to grow, nurture and ultimately, leverage in this world to achieve outcomes characterized by ethical, moral and spiritual energy, commonly focused on the advancement and betterment of life for everyone, and paradoxically personal development and growth in wisdom.

So, the next time you encounter the opportunity to meet and/or converse with other people, regardless if they are friends, family, neighbors, co-workers or complete strangers; do so with the mindset of foremost appreciation, understanding, support, love and above all, compassion for each as the special Child of God and important, influencing human catalyst that they truly are.

As sophisticated as this world has become, there is certainly ample opportunity for distraction, obstacle and diversion to enter each of our lives.  The challenge and opportunity is to remain focused, disciplined and civil in the course of an increasingly complicated and at times, challenging world.

Be well and God bless.


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