Wisdom and Life took an extended break from blogging over the Christmas Holiday.  I’m back now and will be publishing again EVERY Monday.


In January we lost several essential artists to those of us who grew up in early 1970s and through today:

First David Bowie Then Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey and to another degree:
Dale Griffin, Mott the Hoople drummer.


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Those are four preeminent voices in the entertainment industry.  Of the four artists here I imagine the least well known is Mott The Hoople.  For those unaware of the name I’m sure this song will resonate:
All the Young Dudes


As I said in a previous column Passing in Pairs, I often wonder whether people pass together because they are needed elsewhere.  Can you just imagine, Bowie and Dale Griffin together again.  Perhaps they are reminiscing about their collaboration on All The Young Dudes  


Why do you suppose these four artists made the decision to pass within the same month?  If you believe as I do that we sign a contract that gives us a birthday as well as our transition day then you’d have to agree that these artists KNEW the impact they would have and what a loss we’d feel when they transitioned.  Of course as SOON as they became flesh all knowledge of that contract was lost to them as well as the knowledge that they would one day become superstars.  We forget for a VERY specific reason.  For if we know our future there would be no need to do our best to succeed.  What fun would that be?


I wonder if Alan Rickman and Glenn Frey knew each other as Bowie and Mott The Hoople did.  Did Frey and Rickman ever travel in the same circles?  You know I’m always looking for connections at Wisdom and Life.   I even forgot about the connection with Bowie’s All The Young Dudes to Mott The Hoople.  There’s another connection right there.


You know that Bowie and Griffin are playing that song together even as you read this.  Speaking of David Bowie.  Even when he knew he was about to transition, he left his fans a HUGE gift in his finest work.  I say it’s his finest work, because he knew his time was short yet he continued to press forward.  With Lazarus, David Bowie lets us into his world one more time before he passes.  I say it’s his finest work because it is likely his most personal as well.


Being directly in line with a belief in reincarnation and past lives, I’m fascinated that Bowie chose Lazarus as the title for this video/song.  Do you suppose he also believed we all come back?  We know that Tina Turner has that belief and we also know that Tina and Bowie were close.


As those of us who grew up in the late 1960s and early 1970s watch our contemporary artists age and transition it is natural for us to question our own mortality.  All I can say is:
There is no reason to fear death because death is a myth!

There is no death.
There is only transition.
We all come back.
and we all return in soul groups.


Bowie, Glenn Frey, Alan Rickman, Dale Griffin

Robin Williams Wayne Dyer and so many others who will be remembered.  These people should NOT be mourned.  They were celebrated in life.  They should be celebrated in transition.  Several years ago there was a series on television called:
I Survived… Beyond and Back

In one episode I watched:
there is one story of a man who crashed his motorcycle.  In the recounting of his story, he said that now when he hears that someone has passed over, he thinks, Lucky Bastard, you’re going home.


That I believe is how we should celebrate transition.  Our lives here are short.  However they are also numerous.  These artists?  They will be back.  Maybe their next incarnation will be a different life but they will always have music, writing or acting be a part of themselves.  Don’t despair the loss.


Celebrate the life that was:
Listen to David Bowie.
Listen to Mott The Hoople
Listen to Glenn Frey.


Read Wayne Dyer.
Watch Alan Rickman
Watch Robin Williams.


And MOST important of all:
Tell those close to you that you love them.

Don’t just tell them.

Show them how much you love them.  Because our lives here are short and MOST of us don’t have the liberty of recalling our past lives with those we love.  Tell them now!

Show them NOW!


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


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.






1 Comment

  1. Martha Orlando

    Life is too short NOT to take time to show others how much we love them. Thoughtful post today, Christopher, and so glad you are back blogging! Blessings!

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