What is the worth of your life in your own eyes?

April 14, 2019 by  
Filed under Age of Ascension, Food for Thought

Tiger in bliss.

 

My meditation teacher posed this question for contemplation.

My first reaction was, “Not much.”

I mentally walked away from the whole subject.

Later, I came back to it to the question, and thought, “Wait a minute.  Which part of me gave that answer?”

You already know that we have many different aspects within us, so my followup question was a valid one.

By asking this second question, I realized it was my Ego aspect responding.  The Ego is very judgmental and thinks in terms of limitation.  It sees itself as very small, and while at times it might arrogantly believe it’s the biggest and best and deserves everything, this comes from a greedy place of one-upmanship.

The Ego is filled with negativity, too.

I remember reading, many years ago, the novel called, The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck.  It takes place in China, in a culture where peasants were afraid of the gods.  They were taught, and taught their children, to never give a compliment or saying anything positive about a child because it might offend the jealous gods.  A jealous God had the power of life and death, and might cause the child to die.

This type of thinking comes from the Ego aspect.

So I asked myself again, “What is the worth of your life in your own eyes?”

This time, I heard my I Am Presence saying,

“You are of infinite worth because you are Infinite Consciousness.  You are completely perfect and pure, and worthy of all things, all existence.

Your life is of great value to Infinite Consciousness and to others because you are an expression of the Divine Self, a part of that One Consciousness that contains all and expresses itself through All.”

Can you feel the difference in the energy between this response and the first one?

This response feels expansive, and full of Light and Love.  In my mind’s eye, I can see it glowing.  Can you?

The importance of this experience should not be minimized.

How we react to each event in our lives is our choice,

You can choose allow the Ego is run things.

 OR

You can choose to take charge of what you think.

We can remind ourselves that the Ego is an artificial construct.  We can remind ourselves that the Ego provides a false view of who we are and of reality.

Infinite Consciousness is who we are, and that perspective expresses the Truth.

So when you ask yourself, “What is the worth of my life in my own eyes?”  what answer do you get?

Do you think in terms of how much money you earn or how many things you own?

Do you think in terms of what you look like physically?

Do you think in terms of how many friends you have or whether you are married or have children?

All thoughts like these are about the mundane world.

Your “worth” goes far beyond that, for beyond this or any lifetime.

The worth of your life is infinite, because you, the true you, is infinite.

Please enter comments and questions below.

Namaste, Nedda

Why Save a Wasp’s Life.

Are some lives more important than others?

Are all lives of equal value?

There was a very large wasp inside the porch one day last summer. 

The wasp was at a sliding screen door that I never open, although the inner glass door was open that day.

It appeared very upset.  It felt trapped.

I tried to speak with it, but it was already too upset to listen.  I sensed a great deal of anger and frustration coming from the wasp, so I left it alone for a while.

I locked the cats inside the house so the wasp couldn’t come further into our living space.  Then I opened the sliding screen door about 2 inches so the wasp could get out.  All it needed to do was go to the end of the door, and it would be free.

As I watched the wasp pacing back and forth from one side of screen to the other, I realized it was never going to discover the opening. 

The screen door’s metal frame was, in width, twice the length of the wasp’s body.   The wasp needed to take just 2 more steps when it reached the frame, and it would be free.   But each time it came to the metal frame it turned away .

So I tried explaining this to the wasp.   I sent it telepathic images about which way to go and how far to go.

I felt the wasp’s incredulity that I wanted to help it and not to kill it.  It didn’t trust me.  It couldn’t find the opening and soon decided I must be lying.

I needed a new approach.

I picked up an old newspaper, folding it to an easy length for me to handle.  When the wasp got close to the door frame at the open edge, I placed the edge of the newspaper against the screen, preventing the wasp from retreating more than a few steps.

The wasp saw the barrier and turned to go back towards the open end.  I kept encouraging it verbally and telepathically not to give up. 

I carefully and slowly moved the paper closer to the wasp, narrowing the space the wasp had available to move in the “wrong” direction, i.e., away from the opening.

As the wasp moved back and forth, I kept narrowing the space in which the wasp could retreat.   Soon it  found the opening and flew away.

I received a telepathic  “thank you” filled with surprise from the departing wasp.

The Wasp’s Lesson

 

The wasp’s behavior raised some important questions for me about myself. 

  • Do I sometimes fail to see opportunities because I’m stuck in rigid thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors?
  • Do I hold myself back because I’m unwilling to take a risk or a leap of faith?
  • Are these some of the ways I trap myself in limitation?

Every living being has something to teach us about ourselves.  This is one reason why honoring all life is so vital to our own well-being.

If I had killed the wasp, would I have thought to ask these questions and move forward with this lesson?

And what did the wasp learn?

It had an experience in which a human helped it instead of harming it.  That experience became part of “wasp consciousness.” 

This alone might not change how wasps behave towards humans, but it did shift the energies of human/wasp relationships just a tiny bit.  And as you may recall, an accumulation of tiny bits of energy changes contribute ultimately to make a big shift.

You are a Soul with feelings. Notice how corporations cut us off from our Souls.

January 4, 2019 by  
Filed under Age of Ascension, New Posts

What’s wrong with this image?

Silhouette of head with heart in it.

Your heart is NOT located in your head.

Have you ever noticed how language affects you?

The words we use speak volumes about where we are living inside our body.

When you say, “I think…”,

you’re in your head.

When you say, “I feel…”,

you’re in your heart.

Physically, your heart is in the center of your body.  This is the ideal place for a heart to be, and it’s also the ideal place for our Consciousness to be centered.  The heart’s job, energetically speaking, is to balance the world of matter/physicality – with the world of spirit/consciousness.

Being in your heart, living from your heart, and being heart-centered are important for Spiritual Ascension.  So if you’re on the Ascension path, it is helpful to pay attention to your words because they show where you’re coming from as you speak.

So why is it that so many people in our culture are living in their heads instead of living in their hearts?

One reason is that Corporate America has made a huge and successful effort to take feelings out of our language.

Corporations require that employees remove words that express emotion and feelings and replace them with words that feel flat.  Here’s an example.

Corporate Speak:  “impact”

Human Speak:  “affect”

When you say, “Her comments impacted me,”

you’re leaving out feelings.

When you say, “Her comments affected me,”

you’re referring to your feelings.

Can you think of other examples?  If so, please share them in a comment.

People who have strong feelings are criticized in corporations.  They are told that they are “reactive.”  This is Corporate Speak for having and expressing feelings which, we are told by the corporation, are not appropriate behaviors or ways to be.

Having and expressing feelings in a corporate environment goes against the corporate culture.  Employees who don’t conform are chastised and punished.

For 8 or so hours each day, when you work for a corporation, you’re being programmed (trained) to ignore your feelings, bury your feelings, and become soulless.

Your Soul has feelings. 

Your Soul is what makes you human.

Corporations are soulless.

Corporations are not human.

So you leave work and head for home, and perhaps while commuting you’re listening to the news or you turn on the TV when you get home, and guess what?  The news is coming from corporations (they own nearly all the media), and they, too, are using “Corporate Speak.”  So again, you’re being programmed to use language that lacks heart-centeredness.

Actually, you’re also being programmed not to feel.

You’re being programmed to stay out of your heart.

You’re being programmed to forget about your Soul.

Your Soul is connected to your physical body in your Heart.

Your Soul has feelings.

Don’t you find this fascinating?

Even if you don’t agree with what I’m proposing here, you may find this concept worth a moment or two of consideration.

After all, we live in a society where Corporations are ruling us, running the government, and allowing us to pretend that we’re in charge.

So it’s time to wake up and strengthen your connection with your Soul by consciously living in your heart.

Open your heart center wide every morning, first thing.

Open the front and the back.

When you discover you’re in your head,

move back into your heart by opening it again.

This is one way to strengthen your Soul connection.

Will Elegant Themes Overcome My Website Redesign Challenge?

November 15, 2018 by  
Filed under Age of Ascension, New Posts

Elegant Themes Logo

The makers of Divi Software.

Rays of Healing Light needs a software upgrade to be compatible with hand-held devices.

I’ve been doing some exploring, and Divi Software, by Elegant Themes, looks like my #1 choice for the upgrade and redesign.

So I’m excited about the Black Friday Sale – the perfect time for website redesign is in the winter months, and with the first snow headed our way tonight, I’m feeling ready to dive into Divi.

I’m looking to WIN BIG in their special sale and giveaway.

You can check it out here:  BLACK FRIDAY SALE AT DIVI

If you know me, you know I have a “techie” side along with my spiritual, mystical side.  Learning new software there’s always a “learning curve,” and I’m hoping that Divi support and videos will make it a shorter one that other products I’ve seen.

So wish me luck in the giveaway, and check out Divi for yourself if you have a website that needs upgrading.

A Cry for Help from the Forest.

Paying Attention to Subtle Messages

Saved  a Life.

© Nedda Wittels

Giant Oak with no leaves.

August 2017

My eyes take in the beauty of the trees behind my house, only to notice that the giant oak tree living there is losing it’s leaves … in August.  This shouldn’t happen until October.  Something is wrong, but I push the thought away.  I don’t want to believe it.

That fall, I ask my “tree guy”, J.P.. to come by and look at the tree.  He shows me where it was struck by lightening.

Lightening mark going down the trunk.

Lightening scarred the trunk.

J.P and I discussed taking down the huge tree.  We both assumed the tree was dead.

“Take only the canopy,” I said.  “Leave the trunk for the insects and other animals.”

J.P. agreed and said he’d get back to me in a few weeks, but as autumn continued, he was busy and I was busy, and so the tree remained untouched.

Spring 2018

I watched the trees in my back-yard forest begin to grow leaves and somehow, deep in my heart, I expected the Oak Tree, too, to produce leaves.  It didn’t.

I felt disappointed.  Still, I held off calling J.P. to come back, as life had brought me many other challenges that required my attention and finances.

All summer long, I keep watch on the Oak Tree.  I didn’t want to take it down.  I wanted it to be alive, but my analytical self said the tree must be dead.

This tree is huge, more than 60 feet tall, and the canopy is also huge.  If it should fall towards the house in a storm, other trees would be damaged and it would hit the house.  If it fell in any other direction, other trees would be hurt.

Still, I waited.  I couldn’t seem to get myself to move forward on this.  I didn’t know why I was holding back.

One day, I prayed to the Nature Spirits to take care of removing the tree.  I let the whole thing go for awhile.

Fall, 2018

Fullest, tall image of the Oak.

Majestic Oak

I contacted J.P. a few weeks ago, and he agreed to come take care of the tree.

J.P. climbs trees like the old-time tree cutters.  He’s newly retired from his day job, and to save his back, he’s bought a machine with will lift him most of the way up a very tall tree.

Yesterday, October 16, J.P was supposed to come to take down the oak tree canopy.

At 10:30 a.m., I returned from a dental appointment, and there sat J.P.’s machine.  The tree looked untouched.  No sign of J.P. or the fellow who helps him.

At 3:30 p.m., I left for an evening program.  Still no word from J.P.

Arriving home at 8 p.m. I found a message on my answering machine from J.P.

Nedda, I tried to work on the tree, but I kept feeling that I would be injured or killed if I did so.  In 40 years of doing tree work, I never felt anything like this.  So I figured I might need to climb the tree instead of using the lift.

I decided to come back tomorrow morning and climb the tree.  So tried to take off one branch that would make the climb easier, but my chain saw with a new, sharp blade, gave off sparks and the branch refused to be cut.  I’ve never had that happen before.

Maybe if I climb the tree tomorrow I can do the job for you.

I telephoned J.P. immediately.  I told him,

This confirms what I’ve been feeling off and on all summer long … that I shouldn’t have you take down this tree … that maybe it’s still alive, or if it’s not, the nature spirits will take care of it coming down … that maybe it will still grow some leaves.

But with all the terrible storms and high winds that come through here, my fear motivated me to have you come and take down the canopy.  Now, I feel justified not only in waiting, but in exploring this whole matter more deeply with the tree itself.

J.P. was relieved that I wasn’t complaining about him not doing the job.  He was grateful that I understood how he had felt, although was surprised by what I told him..

I was relieved that J.P. had given me confirmation of my own feelings about the tree.

So I said,

Tomorrow morning, when I sit for meditation, I’m going to call in all the nature spirits and find out what’s going on.  When you get here to pick up your machine, I’ll have more information for you.

As I got ready for bed, I heard a message, and I could feel the truth of it in my stomach:

The tree is alive.

This morning, October 17, 2018

The base of the Oak's trunk.

The base of the Oak’s trunk.  Look at all those roots.

At 6 a.m. this morning, there was just enough daylight for me to go into the woods safely (avoiding bears and other wildlife) to see what I could feel from the tree while in it’s presence.

I put my hands against the trunk and tuned in.

Immediately, I could feel the tree’s life force.  It was, indeed, alive.

Returning to the house, I sat down with my journal and called in everyone who might have information or creative ideas or energies and healing skills to offer.  It felt appropriate to call in all of the beings listed below.

The tree is so huge, I knew I’d need a lot of help to hold the energies to make a shift.

Rosalyn Bruyere, founder of the Healing Light Center Church of Los Angeles says that in energy healing, “The biggest aura wins.”

Well, that tree definitely had a bigger aura than I have, so called in all the assistance I could find.

  • The Overlighting Deva of my property.
  • The Overlighting Deva of my street and of the town in which I live.
  • Pan, the being who is responsible for all the nature spirits.
  • Mother Earth.
  • Father Sun.
  • Great Spirit.
  • My I Am Presence
  • The Spirits of the 4 directions (East, South, West, and North)
  • The Elemental Spirits of Earth, Wind, Fire, Water, and Ether.
  • MAP (Masters’ Medical Assistance Program) healers who are experts in healing trees.
  • The Spirit of Standing Ones (trees) and of the Oak Trees in particular.
  • Great Grandfather Sycamore and Great Grandmother Sycamore, two ancient tree beings who live at the south end of my town
  • The Ent (tree shepherds) of the Oaks.

    Image of an Ent from The Hobbit

    Ent, a Tree Shepherd.

  • “Radagast the Brown”, a wizard from Middle Earth

    Radagast the Brown from The Hobbit.

    Radagast showed me how to pull the energy of the lightning from the injured tree spirit.

  • Gurumayi (Swami Chidvilasanda), my guru.
  • Amma Karunamayi (incarnation of the Divine Mother living on earth right now).
  • Mother Nature, Lakshmi (Goddess of Abundance), White Buffalo Calf Woman
  • Spirit of the Red Wood Forests, some of the oldest and wisest trees on the planet.

I opened myself to receive a message, and got very strong, very emphatic replies in a very powerful voice that seemed to be more than one speaker.

The Oak Tree must remain.  Key to balance and harmony in these small woods.  Honored teacher and friend, wisest of the wise.

We beseech you to leave this tree alone.

I asked, “Can you help me understand whether the tree is dead or alive?”

It wants to live.  It still lives.  It is deeply wounded.  It struggles to heal.  It must be helped.

IT MUST LIVE.

YOU can help it.  You MUST help it.  We will guide you and teach you what to do.

I asked, “Who is it who speaks to me?”

We are the voices of the Forest speaking in chorus.

We are all the trees, even beyond this small patch of remaining forest.

We ask your assistance.

I asked, “Can I speak with the spirit of that individual oak tree?”

Too weak; too ill to speak with you.

We ask on it’s behalf.

So of course, I agreed to help.

Here are the general instructions I received.

  1. Open a vortex on your property to receive and transmute all energies removed from the tree.
  2. Use the large quartz crystal on my alter to siphon off the energy of the lightening strike from the injured Tree Spirit.
  3. Use grounding stones in my pockets to ground me so that the powerful healing energies that must pass through me will not weaken or imbalance me.
  4. Pour structured water that has been programmed for gentleness, self-love, and healing at the base of the tree.
  5. Place the flower petals and liquid offerings from the puja (Indian ceremony) you attended last night to bring the energies of the Divine Mother to the tree for healing.
  6. Place a rose quartz crystal (which I had just found in a drawer the day before and put on my alter) at the base of the tree.
  7. Once you begin the healing, you will be guided in each step.
  8. To complete the healing, male and female chi will have to be balanced.  You need a strong, male who loves trees to assist you.  Ask J.P. to do it.

After writing down all the instructions, I traveled energetically into the tree, into the taproot where the tree spirit lives in the winter.  It was very ill, very uncomfortable, and in pain.  Then I followed instructions for healing.

When J.P. arrived, I was ready to complete the healing.  J.P. agreed to help.

He and I stood on opposite sides of the tree trunk.  I asked him to put his arms around the tree and his full body against it, as I was doing on the other side.  We both stood there for about 10 minutes, intending that our life force would enter the tree to balance it’s male/female energies.

I saw in my mind’s eye that our energies met, intertwined, and then spread upwards to the very top of the tree and down to the tree spirit resting in the taproot.

When we finished, I asked J.P. to share anything he felt comfortable telling me.

He said, “The tree feels totally different today from yesterday.  It feels content.”

I smiled, thanked him, and we hugged.

“I’ll let you know how the tree is in the spring,” I told him.  “I fully expect to see leaves sprout.”  We both smiled.

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