Divine Protection

April 27, 2010 by  
Filed under Food for Thought, Nedda, New Posts

 

ANOTHER WORD FOR “luck” IS “GRACE”

 

How do we known when we are Divinely protected?

Is it just a matter of viewpoint, or is Divine Protection real?

About 6 years ago, a very dear and generous friend gave me a very old, comfortable Buick Le Sabre with 35,000 miles on it. This is the perfect car for me, as I love and appreciate old, worn in, comfortable things. I wear clothes I love until they practically disintegrate. And I prefer to repair things rather than replace them. So this car was a dream come true for me.

Travel forward in time with me to yesterday.

Yesterday, I made my first visit in many years to the huge Westfarms Mall in West Hartford Connecticut. I’m very uncomfortable in these big malls and avoid them whenever possible, but I have “graduated” to needing prescription glasses, and went to the optical store in J. C. Penny’s for my first experience purchasing several pairs.

When I got back into my car, I began weaving my way through the intricate loops and twists of the parking lot maze, heading, eventually, back to the main road. As I approached the first stop sign in this meandering, I stepped on the brake. This created an odd sensation I was not prepared to experience: the brake pedal descended straight to the floor. Because I was driving uphill toward the Stop sign, the car easily stopped.

Talk about protection!

  • I was going up hill.
  • There were no other cars around.
  • I was going slowly.

And in that moment, the brake lines broke and fluid poured out onto the road.

Many years ago, I had another Buick, that time a Skylark. I kept that car going for 15 years. I named it “Bionic Buick” when both the motor and transmission were rebuilt. That car had over 150,000 miles on it before it disintegrated.

“Bionic Buick” and I had many adventures together. In one adventure, I was driving on a back road, flat surface, approaching a stop sign, no other cars around. I rolled up to the stop sign and hit brakes – which no longer worked because the brakes lines were broken. Divine Protection had once again made sure I was out of traffic, travelling slowly, and on a flat surface.

Again, I was protected!

  • I was on a back road.
  • I was on flat ground.
  • I was the only car there.
  • I was moving slowly.

As if this isn’t enough protection, the Ford Taurus I had between the two Buicks also lasted longer than most people keep a car – can’t remember exactly, but about 12 years. Again, I was fully protected when driving this car. During its elder years, I pulled into the driveway at the barn where Echo lived and proceed to park. Suddenly, I couldn’t steer – a tie rod had snapped and one front wheel was no longer connected to the steering wheel. When the repair man looked at it, he said it broke in a very odd place. Good thing I wasn’t driving even at 30 mph when this happened.

Talk about protection!

  • I was off the road.
  • I was parking the car.
  • I was moving at about 1 mph.

So I am clearly Blessed and Divinely Protected, and I know it.

If I needed any more proof, I would be a fool.

Some years ago I realized that “luck” is really “grace” – a Divine gift. Giving thanks – showing appreciation and gratitude – brings more Grace into our lives.

“Thank you, Oh Divine Lord, for all the Grace and other Divine Gifts you have sent and continue to send into my life.
It is SO appreciated!”

Namaste,
Nedda

p.s. – Please comment by sharing a bit of the Divine Grace in your life.  We all will receive some of that Grace just by reading about it.  Thanks.

Appreciation and Gratitude

November 25, 2009 by  
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The Real Purpose of Money

 

I have a new favorite book.  It’s called Busting Loose From the Money Game by Robert Scheinfeld.   This book is about money, but . . . it is really about SO MUCH MORE.    

Consider this:

The real purpose of money is to express appreciation for the magnificence of yourself as the Creator of everything you experience and the magnificence of all your creations as you create and experience them. (p.87)

WOW!!  Now that’s a new perspective on money!

Consider:

When someone does something for you, you thank them, right?  When someone gives you something, you express appreciation, right?  Come on now, if you are not thanking people or expressing any appreciation to others, then it’s time for a review of basic good manners.  So I’m going to assume that you know how to say “please” and “thank you” because, of course, you do, and that you actually say it!

So, now, if you truly are the Creator of your own reality, if your reality actually reflects back to you your own beliefs, emotions, and other inner “stuff,” then when you say “thank you” you are actually expressing gratitude to YOURSELF.  This is because everyone in your personal world is you, since there is only one being here in the first place!

Back in the days before there was money, people exchanged physical items.  It was called Barter.  Today we use metal coins and pieces of paper to make the exchanges more efficient, but the concept of an exchange is the same.

When people talk to each other or interact in any way (including having sex), it is not only the words (or fluids) that are being exchanged.  It is actually ENERGY being exchanged.  In Barbara Brennan’s book, Light Emerging, there are amazing drawings of what this energy exchange might look like.

Since everything in the universe is composed of the same thing – “strings” or “waves” or “particles” – then even our emotions and thoughts must be included in this definition.  So when we exchange ANYTHING we are exchanging ENERGY.

Are you with me so far?

If we are exchanging ENERGY, and we do this at all level of vibrational frequency, then, by definition, money is just a form of energy, too. 

And if everyone in our personal universe that we each call “reality” is a just another version of us, then when we pay bills, buy items in stores or online, put money into the bank or into our wallets, we appear to be moving money around, but we are actually moving energy around.  And when we give this energy to what appears to be someone else, we are really giving it to another aspect of ourselves.

In other words, when we use money as an exchange for something we want, we are really just expressing our gratitude, our appreciation – also forms of energy – for whatever it is we received in return.  This can be use of space (paying rent or mortgage), food, clothing, a healing, a consultation, medical services, and EVERYTHING else.

Do you deserve appreciation?  Of COUSE you do!

Do you deserve to be thanked?  Of COUSE you do!

So this Thanksgiving Season is really about THANKING YOURSELF as the DIVINE CREATOR of YOUR REALITY.

I THANK EACH of you for being a reflection of me in my reality.

Namaste (The God in Me Salutes the God in You.)
Nedda

 

 

Remaking Our Connections With the Natural World

June 1, 2009 by  
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DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR FOOD COMES FROM?

by Julie Gabrielli

Julie Gabrielli is our guest blogger today.  She has a powerful vision for healing our relationship with the Earth and equally powerful ways to help people transform their own vision for partnership with the Earth Mother into daily action.

LambRecently, I was pulling the meat off a leg of lamb that my husband had cooked in a broth to make soup. My son was there and we started to re-assemble the bones, something he is fond of doing. . . .

The leg bones themselves were one thing, but when we saw how the shin connected that that funny-shaped piece at the bottom. . . and then realized it was the hoof! My heart stopped for a second and I saw that lamb as a very alive little bleating creature. We had eaten its leg with a large group of friends and kids the Sunday night before. I immediately wondered if I am grateful and conscious enough when I eat meat. Of course, the answer is no. I did then say a little prayer of thanksgiving to that lamb who gave its life for our dinner (and others’). The fact that we got so many good meals out of it – at least four more dinners with the soup – is some consolation.

One way to express our gratitude for the bounty we receive is to make the best possible use of it. Don’t waste anything. I ran across a quote from Chogyam Tungpa Rinpoche recently that depression is like smelling your own armpit. To me, that’s such a perfect way of capturing how self-centered and myopic our suffering can be. It strikes me as similarly applicable to our wastefulness. When we sit down to eat leg of lamb and we aren’t aware or thankful, it diminishes our relationship with this amazing, abundant world. It keeps us small and stuck, doesn’t let us feel all those glorious connections and want to celebrate them.

I think our careful extraction of those bones, and their odd-shaped little connector parts, from the veggie goo of that soup stock was one way or remaking our connection. Reweaving. Acknowledging. Toby persisted until he got all three of the small knee pieces to fit, so that he could speculate how the thighbone came into it. Why so much complication at that particular joint? It’s a marvel, really. We were both a little stunned by the extravagance of the forms, the curves and bumps and how they all fit together. Nature’s jigsaw puzzle. Now, think about how many thousands, millions of times that kind of coming together gets designed, engineered, and built in Nature. It puts our puny efforts in their place, that’s for sure.

And I haven’t even said a thing about the pelvis – !

Julie Gabrielli is a recovering green architect and founder of GOforChange, a website with a big vision for community that is life-affirming in all senses. Julie helps ordinary people contribute to the sustainability of the planet in powerful, life-changing ways. Her Your EcoBlueprint  program is designed to take participants on a journey from the big-picture context of the green movement, right into discovering their own personal motivations and vision. It is based on the premise that a deeply satisfying life can heal our relationships with ourselves, our neighbors, and the planet. When we celebrate our creativity, our bounty, and our goodness, we are also helping the earth. Visit the website to learn more about the 4-part EcoBlueprint home study course.

photo courtesy Springfield Farms

The Power to Celebrate

April 5, 2009 by  
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HOW DO YOU CREATE A HAPPY LIFE?

by Morgine Jurdan

 

Guest blogger, Morgine Jurdan, is enthusiastic about life and learning and creating joy!  Here she shares all of that plus a few powerful insights on how to have more happiness in your own life.

Would you like to wake up in the morning totally refreshed from a great night’s sleep, happy and excited, filled with enthusiasm and wonder at what magical things might happen today?  There is a smile on your face, a lightness to your step, you are filled with self confidence and trust.  You are glowing, on fire from the inside out, in love with life!

For most of us there is little to support this new journey of reality creation.  Media of all kinds inspires anger, depression, frustration, overwhelm in attempt to sell you their products, which they hypnotize you into believing will somehow bring you happiness and resolve your pain!   Many people define their lives by the “news” which they assume is giving an accurate description of world conditions.  Yet nothing could be further from the truth if you know “the truth” about “which world” you are creating inside, with your own thoughts, and living in every single moment of  your day!! 

Take a few minutes to remember one of those magical moments, when you felt so connected to everything.   Perhaps you were standing on top of a mountain, or inhaling the fragrance of flowers and absorbed in the glorious symphony of a waterfall and birds singing.   Maybe you were gazing at God through the newborn eyes of a baby or sitting under your favorite tree.   It might have been a moment in a workshop, a lover’s first kiss, or in a meditation.   It is in that state of being you were meant to live more often!

Most enlightened teachers today remind us “happiness is our natural state of being”.  When we live from inside our Unlimited Self, there are no problems to fix, only Gifts filled with treasures waiting for us to discover and use.   It is up to each one of us to remember and live in this state of being all the time.   Now I have discovered a way to do this!   

Oprah once said, “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” 

Young children know how to celebrate life, as do animals, insects, Nature itself!   We are surrounded with these kinds of role models if we begin to look around.  

The Aborigines celebrate the rising of the sun everyday as a rare and wonderful gift!  You can begin this practice as well, today!   Each day, you take new steps, hundreds of them.  You choose to get up, eat breakfast, meditate, ask for guidance and take action, drive to work, stop and listen to your children, take the dog for a walk.  Unlike people with no arms or legs, limited vision or hearing, you have so much to celebrate!

Sometimes you are on automatic pilot and you don’t even stop to think.  Before you know it, the day is over, and you are often exhausted and feeling as if you got little accomplished when you go to bed.  Your life is filled with stress and often sadness or feelings of overwhelm.

Celebration transforms your life from ordinary to extraordinary with little effort on your part!   Remember how a simple compliment from someone else can lift your spirits during the day?   Someone says “Thank you!” and  your vibrations rise, you feel a little lighter and your next task becomes a easier.  You can provide yourself the same energy boost and by the end of the day, you will feel a lot more energized and looking for new ways to celebrate yourself tomorrow!  

Begin and take a moment today to honor yourself for all the things you do!  Stop for a few seconds, smile, clap your hands and give a little cheer, or give yourself a hug, arms across your chest.  Stand up and walk around the room with a smile on your face and then sit down again, marking the moment, listen to a favorite song.  You might go to lunch with friends, or plan to take a special bath before bed!  It is these simple magical moments of recognition that can fuel your day!  Yet, we seldom take even a moment to Breathe in Gratitude for all we accomplish every day, and for the amazing person we truly are!!

You can begin by congratulating yourself for getting up in the morning.  There are people who choose to stay in bed, remain stuck, or not move forward in their life.

Smile at yourself when you are getting ready for you day!  Appreciate it took some effort to do that!  

Celebrate making some necessary phone calls you have been putting off. Good job!  Hurray!

Find a way to celebrate You in a way that resonates with you in a positive way.  Treat yourself to lunch, take a five-minute walk, or just sit for five minutes and do nothing at all!   

How about a little smile for stopping to really listen to your children,  planting those flowers in the yard, helping someone carry boxes, or getting your car washed.  There are dozens of opportunities throughout the day!  

Then finally the magic begins to expand outwards.  You develop an inner glow!  People can benefit just by being in your presence.  Then you begin to look for opportunities to compliment others around you.  It becomes an endless circle of Celebration!  Your life becomes a Celebration!

Celebration Process  

1.  Make a list of very simple things you could enjoy doing to Celebrate You:  taking a walk, reading a chapter in a book, calling a friend, walking around the room .. keep adding to it.  

2.  Make a list of things to Celebrate Yourself for:  getting up, fixing and eating breakfast, preparing the children for school, driving to work, getting several things accomplished on your job, grocery shopping, meeting a friend, seeing how long you can make it!  

3.  Create a CELEBRATION Box, Envelope, Poster:  Buy or decorate a box, be creative:   Use a cork board and involve the entire family and make it a game!   Draw or write the celebrations you remember and put them in the box.  Draw or write your current celebrations.  Put mementos that remind you of celebrations.  Gather ideas on the internet to plan future celebrations:

http://www.celebrationideasonline.com

http://ezinearticles.com/?Celebration-For-Success-Ideas&id=658192

http://www.gftcs.com/celebration.html  

© Morgine Jurdan
www.CommunicationWithLove.com
www.LovingLifeThroughWords.com

Morgine Jurdan loves communicating with animals and Nature.  She is an inspiring teacher, mentor, speaker and loves writing about her experiences and sharing time with Rowan, her Sheltie, and her cat, Magic. You can find out more at about Morgine at her websites or write to her regarding coaching you to Celebrate You!!

Gratitude, Giving, and Receiving

December 22, 2008 by  
Filed under Age of Ascension, Heart Centered Living

You’ve probably read or heard that gratitude is a key to successful manifestion of what we are choosing for our lives.  I’ve heard this, too.  We’ve also all been told that it is better to give than to receive, although I’ve often thought this a foolish remark.  After all, if everyone is giving and no one receiving, how could that work????

Yesterday, while doing a section of a program by Coco Fossland, www.WorldChangingBusiness.com, I learned something new.  On the recording I was listening to, Coco was explaining how, if we want to manifest our dreams, we have to be open to receiving them, and that receiving is just as important as giving.  Here are some of the insights she shared.

  • “When we receive, we give the other person the gift of abundance.”
  • “When we receive, we get to have what we want.”
  • “When we receive, we allow others to shine their light.”
  • “When we receive, we remember the abundance of the universe.”
  • “If you are not open to receiving, all the giving you do will not create what you are trying to manifest.  It just won’t work.”

So today, I suggest you take a good look at your beliefs around giving and receiving.  Where in your body are you blocked from receiving the things and experiences you are choosing for your life?  What can you do to open yourself to receive?

When you allow yourself to receive, you will have much more in your life to feel gratitude towards.  Increased receiving = increased opportunities for giving = increased opportunities for gratitude.  The result, overall, is increased abundance for everyone.  Wouldn’t that be truly wonderful?

Nasmaste.

Nedda

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