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Every town has a history – the story of its evolution. Some even have their own legends, mysteries and oddities. My old hometown sure does! I grew up in and around Bucksport, Maine, and among its mysteries is a supposed witch’s curse placed on town founder Jonathan Buck. His memorial stone (pictured on left), erected close to his grave site (where you see the two gravestone tablets behind and to the left of the monument) even bears the markings of this curse!  Adorning that monument is the unmistakable outline of a leg (right under the Buck name) and a heart (near the top, laying on its side). Now, it could certainly be coincidental that they look like a leg and heart but here’s the thing…I don’t believe in coincidence. Yes, I know, just because I don’t believe in it doesn’t mean it is so but here’s another thing…life is to us whatever it is we believe. My belief on anything that falls in the “coincidence” category is that something very remarkable pertains to it! The universe works in perfect synchronization with everything that happens within it, and a coincidence is actually a sign that something very special has occurred or is occurring! Coincidences are occasions that are often considered amazing, odd, strange, unusual and bizarre. When you recognize a coincidental moment, it’s your soul giving you a sign and that sign is saying…”PAY ATTENTION, this is important!!”

Our beliefs determine everything about our lives. It’s true. If you BELIEVE a symbol is evil…guess what? It’s evil! If you believe a symbol is of a divine nature (attached to God) then it is! If you believe something is lucky or unlucky…then it is those things! Now, there are some beliefs that are shared by many, some by a few and some might not even be shared at all, so who is right? Does the majority rule when it comes to beliefs? I don’t see any logic in that. Point in case: SOME believed the world was round. MANY believed it was flat. Who turned out to be right? SOME believed we’d land on the moon some day, MANY believed it impossible. Who was right? You know, until something is invented, not many believed it could ever exist. And many others didn’t give it any thought at all! Creation begins in the mind and THEN it becomes a reality … but only when the people thinking it, BELIEVE it! Honestly, if you are thinking of something you wish would happen or come into being but also BELIEVE that it’s NOT possible, well then it’s not possible. How can it be otherwise? It’s only in WORKING TOWARD bringing your wish or desire into being (which means you do believe it’s possible) that it can, in fact, come into being!

Now, there’s a difference between believing and knowing. KNOWING something means that it has factual proof, that it is an accepted norm, and more than likely not in dispute. Whenever something is in dispute, then it’s not accepted as fact, is not considered an accepted norm and belief comes into play. It seems to me that the most important things in life all fall into the realm of beliefs. God, religion, the afterlife, reincarnation, abortion, gay rights, occult practices, political thought and so on and so forth … they ALL pertain to BELIEF! Every one of those things are constantly in dispute!

Now, everyone agrees that a penny is a penny. No one disputes that fact. But some people believe that if they find a penny on the ground, it then has some luck attached to it. Since it isn’t an accepted norm that lost-pennies-found are lucky, it is nothing more than a belief. Who is right? BOTH! What you BELIEVE becomes your reality.

So, going on this “belief” of mine that things mean whatever we believe them to mean…I can’t help but wonder what sort of meaning we can attach to the undisputed images on a stone monument? The thing about the Buck memorial stone is that no one knows for sure WHY the stains are there and why they look like they do. Sure, sure, it can be a coincidence that they look like a heart and the bottom part of a leg but we just talked about coincidences and what that means! Seriously, belief comes into play here and now we have something that can be whatever we choose to believe!

So, we have this stone with a couple images on it  and rumor says those images are there because the person to whom the monument is dedicated was cursed by a witch. Notice I said RUMOR. That’s because the story is not supported by any factual (undisputed) data. For those who haven’t made up their minds whether to be believe the story or not, it is nothing more than a rumor. So let’s define that. A rumor is something people don’t KNOW to be true or not. Until you decide to BELIEVE it or not, it remains a rumor (because the rumor can’t be substantiated, it can only remain a rumor or become a belief). Once you make a decision … to accept the rumor as true or not … then it is no longer a rumor to you. It now becomes a part of your belief system!

Although the RUMOR concerning these images is that Buck had a woman put to death for practicing witchcraft, there is nothing on record to support the claim. Also, the rumors say that the stone was replaced three times and the image reappeared every time. The rumors further claim that many other steps were taken to remove the images but again, they kept reappearing. These claims (stories) are not supported by any factual data. Thus, these are unsubstantiated rumors and you are left to decide what to believe or not believe. Whichever way you decide, does that make it the actual truth? No. And yes. It’s true to the person accepting the rumor and it isn’t true to anyone who rejects it. So, it’s both.

Now, in my story Hidden Voices (the sequel to Be Still, My Love), my character Tess Schafer (a medium) decides to investigate this supernatural mystery. I thought it would be cool to make up a story involving an unsubstantiated rumor with supernatural overtones. Tess understands that all things exist for a reason…a purpose. The purpose and reason depend on the persons affected by the existence in question. Still with me here? Tess decides that the foot image is symbolic of taking a step (making a decision) to move in a specific direction. She has now attached a BELIEF to the image. Her belief charges it to be just that to her. Anyone else accepting that belief will now be affected by the image in that way.

Tess also decides that the heart is there as a symbol for giving hope to those looking for true love and happiness (even if their hearts have been broken as hers and Kade’s…another character in the story…have been). The heart image is laying on its side and is somewhat stretched out. Tess decides this is to show that even broken hearts can be healed. All it takes is a step in the right direction (believing it possible!) for love and happiness to come!

I rather like this new belief!! The rumor concerning those images cannot be substantiated and they are not sprung from anything factual. So, that means the images are up for grabs in the belief department. Fact is, they exist and now we have a purpose for their existence!

The man for whom the monument was erected, Jonathan Buck, was a good man, a respected historical figure. He fought for his country, his people and his family. Dedication like that takes HEART! Though he’s been knocked around a bit by that silly witch rumor, his heart is solid. And so it will be for anyone else who gazes upon it and wishes for love and happiness! The foot image is there as a symbolic reminder that if you are looking for love, happiness or even hope, then all you have to do is take positive step forward (believe!!) and those things will come to you!

So there…I’ve just redefined a supernatural legend. What you believe concerning it is up to you. The thing is, now the suggestion has been made to the universe, well…the universe will go along with it…for all those who believe! That’s how it works. Belief drives our entire existence. So, if you are ever in Bucksport and you decide to visit that stone, stand before it and wish for whatever it is you are hoping for. If you believe and go forward with that belief in your heart, then by gosh by golly, I BELIEVE it will happen!

Pretty cool to write a fictional story and come up with a whole new belief isn’t it? That’s the Creative Force at work…and what drives creation? God! Yeah, I thought I’d bring out the heavy hitter on that one.

So what do you think? Do you believe it’s possible to assign a reason (belief) to things? What exactly do you think a belief is? I’d love to hear your views on it.

Does your hometown have any mysteries or legends attached to it? Want to share them with us? Please?

So, that’s it! And since this is my blog and I have a book coming out this Friday (August 24, 2012)…Hidden Voices!…then I thought I’d throw a plug in for good measure. If you are intrigued by spirit contact, the afterlife, ghosts, hauntings, the paranormal, the supernatural and anything else of that nature…then you might find this story rather interesting. At least…I hope so! I did make a wish on that monument while I was there recently so we’ll see how well it works. I’ll keep you posted.

Until next time, blessings to you and peace out.

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Is there "free will" in heaven? What...

Cover of "What the Bleep Do We Know!?"

If life operates under the concept of Fate, the idea that everything is predestined, then Free Will, the idea that we determine our own destiny, couldn’t possibly apply.  Right?  I think not! I truly believe that BOTH concepts play a significant role!  Let me explain.

I’ve pondered this for quite some time because of my belief in palmistry.  If our lives are “written in the palms of our hands” then what does it matter what we do?  Right?  Wrong!  The lines in our palms actually change as we change.  BUT, and that’s a big “but”, we often don’t change all that much.  Thus, the changes in your lines won’t be very noticeable to you…if you even notice such things.  We are, it seems, creatures of habit, stuck in our ways and stubborn as all get out to accept or undergo “change”.  We are probably designed that way for a reason…to make our lives challenging and difficult! As much as I dislike experiencing trying times, isn’t that when we seem to learn the most?  People who make it successfully through adversity often come out of it much better off than they were before!

But I digress.  I believe in palmistry and the fact that the lines in our hands indicate events that have happened and those that could happen.  Though, really, palmistry is more about learning who you are than anything.  Honestly, it’s quite an in-depth “manual” of the self!  So, if the lines in our palms indicate certain future events, are they then “fated” to happen or can they be changed through the use of “free will”?  It’s an interesting question and, as I stated at the beginning of this post, I believe both factor into the answer.  We can take what we know MIGHT happen and make choices to bring them about (if that’s what we want) OR we can make choices that will avert them from occurring (if that’s preferable).  You see?  We can go with “the plan” as it is now “predetermined” (fated) or we can change the destination through the use of Free Will.

I think this is how psychics operate.  When they give you a “reading”, they are plugged into the current course your life is on and thus, they can tell you what’s in your (probable) future based on that particular course.  HOWEVER, if you don’t like the direction you are going…CHANGE it!  Make decisions and choices that take you in the direction you do WANT to go.  It’s that simple.  Really.  Truly, hard as it may be to believe, life is simple.  For some odd reason, we make it much more difficult than it is!  I wonder why?  The scary part of divination is the fact that some people will accept their “fate” (thus LETTING the current course play out) even if it’s not what they want because they THINK they have no choice in the matter.  Nothing, folks, is written in stone.  Well, okay…one thing is pretty much a given for all…death.  Physical death anyway.  Our spirit (soul), the part of our self that lives eternally, simply returns to its true state of being…a state, I might add that is more “real” than the illusionary life we are now experiencing!  Life, for all it’s significance, is but a blip of time in the course of our existence.

I watch this show called “Fringe” and there are these bald headed guys on there, I think they are called “the observers”, who seem to know everything.  On one episode, an “observer” dude spoke with Olivia (a main character on the show) and told her that he had seen “every possible future” concerning her, and that statement made my mind buzz with thought.  I have watched “What the Bleep” many, many times (it’s an awesome, intriguing, thought-provoking movie and I highly recommend it!) and it basically is telling us that every possible thing that COULD happen, HAS done so!  We live in a world of parallel universes where all possible outcomes to every possible thing IS happening “at once” (this being possible because time…past, present and future…are occurring simultaneously).  I know, I know…it’s all quite confusing, a jumbled mess, but that’s because “the truth of all” is way beyond our human comprehension.  The brains we operate under can only handle just so much!  Things must make logical sense to us or we are not going to accept it.  It’s for that very reason that meditation is so important!  Our brains go to “sleep” during meditative states and our spirit comes forth front and center!  Now, when operating within our spiritual self, everything can suddenly make sense and be crystal clear to us.  This is because our soul-self can grasp what our logical brain cannot.  But, I don’t want to dis our brains because we sort of need them to live in this physical world of ours.  And honestly, it isn’t our brain causing the confusion or making things difficult…it’s our Ego, the part of our personality under which we are who we are, that is doing that.  Difficult as our Egos may be, we need them to be that way in order to stay grounded in life.  Otherwise, we’d zip off into spirit and forgo earthly hardships.  I mean, really.  Why go through this if we don’t have to?  If we truly understood “the other side” then we wouldn’t be hanging around here!  The fact of it is, we came here (into physical life) for a reason and the only way to accomplish that mission is to bury our spiritual self deep within our subconscious, undergo a sort of amnesia concerning our “true” identity, and operate within the confines of our Ego.

I had what I consider a profound dream one night (dreams are our connection to the spiritual side of our existence and to our soul).  I dreamed I was on “the other side” preparing for Earthly life (physical birth) and having a last minute discussion with my angel friends.  I told them that I was determined not to forget them and my true identity.  They told me that once I entered the earth plane (physical existence), I wouldn’t be able to help myself.  Our memories of truth fade into obscurity because that’s how it has to be.  “No,” I told them.  “I’m not going to let that happen this time!”  So I climb this spiral staircase (symbolic of my “birth” into earthly life) and I continuously look down at my angel friends as I climb higher and higher (an interesting perspective considering we think of ourselves as coming “down” from heaven).  Finally I reach the top and have to step off the staircase onto “earth” which is a flat plane that stretches as far as I can see…getting darker and darker as it goes.  I reluctantly leave the staircase and light shining from below and begin my journey through life.  As I do so, however, I periodically look back toward the staircase (and the only source of light I might add!)  The further I go, the less I can see of that light and the darker it gets.  As I move along, I pass different scenes (which I think represent events or periods of time in my life).  Some are good, some bad and after each one (especially the bad ones!) I glance back at that staircase to remind myself of its existence and its truth.  “So far, so good,” I think to myself as I continue on.  I’m pretty proud of the fact that I haven’t forgotten!  But then as I go deeper into the dark, I am afraid to turn around because I don’t trust having that darkness and what might lurk within it at my back!  Finally, however, I glance behind me…I don’t see the staircase anymore or the light shining from below it.  And as I look, I am wondering what it is I am looking for!  I woke up immediately after that feeling quite disturbed.  That’s how life seems to work.  We get so deep into the darkness of adversity that we can no longer see the light and once we lose sight of that connection, we no longer remember who we truly are!  But you know…it’s still there!  I just need to keep reminding myself about that.

I mentioned that there is only one final destination that we all must face and that is physical death.  But is it “fated” WHEN that is to occur?  I hear all the time “when it’s your time to go, you’ve got to go” and I wonder about that statement.  Who determines when it is time?  Do we determine that or God?  Well, here again, I believe that both concepts of Fate and Free Will apply.  We can either accept our “fate” and let death happen OR we can decide to hang around a little longer!  In the end, I truly believe it’s up to us.  This is why we all hear stories of how people defied death against all odds or why death occurred when it wouldn’t seem likely that such a thing could happen.  Life is a mystery.  I love a good mystery.  Don’t you?

So, what are your thoughts on the matter?  Care to share them with me?  We are all spiritual beings capable of bringing forth interesting thoughts and ideas…one of the best things you can do is share them!  It matters not if people agree or disagree.  It’s the discussion that arises that makes it worthwhile!  We do love our discussions don’t we?  They may get heated and spark controversy but that’s what helps us figure things out!  Its those controversies, discussions and ideas that help us define who we are and what we believe.  I can tell you this much…when I hear something I either agree with or not…it helps me understand who I am and what I stand for!  The fact of it is, we are all where we are based on what we’ve come to know, like it or not.  The awesome thing about this is that if you don’t like it, you can certainly CHANGE it!  And that, my friends, is our reason for being here, our “soul” purpose for living!!

Until next time, blessings to all and Peace Out!

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