The Apples From The Tree Of My Life

Rays of Wisdom - Healers And Healing - The Apples Of My Tree

‘Wisdom is better than weapons. Yea, it is better for those who see the light of the truth, for the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money. And the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who possess it.' Ecclesiastes chapter 7, verses 11-12

Martin Luther, the father of the Reformation in Germany, 1483-1546, wrote: ‘If I knew I had to die tomorrow, I would still plant an apple tree today.’ As I do not believe that anything happens by chance, it does not come across to me as coincidental that the tree of knowledge is sometimes depicted as an apple tree. Though I can only speak for myself, I see everybody’s life as an apple tree on which, through the experiences of this lifetime and almost certainly many before, copious amounts of apples have grown. My time now has come for sharing some of mine in the form of the learning I have gained from the observations and insights into the experiences of my life.

My writings are the apples that have organically grown on the tree of my life’s experiences. None of them were ever intended for publication in the ordinary way, i.e. to be sold for money. They have always been for giving away and sharing. And that is why with this first part of my jottings I have started to take some of these fruits from their basket to polish and then offer them to you, in the hope that you may find them wholesome and nourishing. The inner Self is the tree on which the apples of the insights that lead to wisdom are growing for everybody. To me, the most precious gift the Universe can bestow upon any one of us is a humble heart and the willingness to come to terms with and understand the lessons life is bringing us. Having found a measure of this, I am ready to start exposing the light, i.e. my understanding of spiritual concepts with those who are interested in it.

Indeed, this is what we are supposed to do, as the Jesus legend points out in St Luke 11:34-36: ‘No-one lights a lamp and puts it in a hidden place or under a basket, but into a lamp holder, so that those who enter may see its light. The lamp of your body is your eye. When therefore your eye is bright, your whole body will also be lighted. But, if it is diseased, your whole body will also be dark. Take heed, therefore, lest the light which is in you be darkness. If your whole body is lighted and there is no part in it dark, the whole of it will give light, just as a lamp gives you light while it is shining.’

In the fullness of time we all need to develop more than a mere intellectual grasp of the processes and concepts of life. Although this too is required, there has to grow from within a knowingness that no-one can give to us, except our Highest or God Self. However, this can only rise from the depth of our heart and soul, as Its gift when we patiently plough through our lessons and make a genuine effort at coping with inevitable struggles of life, whilst trying to make some sense out of this existence. Like me, you are sure to find that the more you share the learning you are finding along the way with those around you, the more new insights and understanding will come your way. That’s why it has been said that the more we give, the more we shall receive.

Although this by now has become something natural and enjoyable to me, to this day I find doing so quite scary. As by nature I am an intensely private person, baring my soul, and conducting my most intimate prayers and conversations with God in public is not easy. In fact, it is the hardest thing I ever had to tackle, but I will persevere. And if that which I am presenting assists someone somewhere ‘out there’ with gaining a better awareness of themselves, their own and all life, that shall be my reward. As this is on top of having the privilege of learning, as I go along, and receiving from the Universe the gift of understanding and then writing about it, what more could anyone ask for?

By the way, I am acutely aware that my writings are constantly walking a fine line between sharing an insight and telling others what is obvious to them, too. But then, that which is obvious to me may still be unknown and worth getting to know by someone else. Not wanting to patronise or offend others, by telling them what they already know, to me, always has been a bit of a tight-rope walk. Yet, there seems to be no other way. Therefore, I hope you will bear with me through the parts that are already familiar to you, so that in the end maybe, just maybe, you find something that is not.

All my writings are meditations and prayers of thanksgiving for the miracle and the wonder of the gift of this life: yours, mine, and all life. If one wishes to reach the soul of another, one’s offering has to come from one’s own heart and soul. That is where all my writings have their origin. Each one is a labour of love and devotion, a prayer to God and the Angels for the blessing and healing of ourselves, each other and our world. It is worth our while to remind ourselves frequently that life never owes us anything. Hasn’t it given us life itself and everything that is in it? It is up to all of us individually to see what we can make out of our lives and whether any of what it has ever brought us makes sense and has enriched us in some way.

By endeavouring to find a better understanding of what Earth life is all about and sharing our knowledge with those around us, everyone can play an important part in bringing about the end of all suffering for us and our world. On the Earth plane we have been given a very precious gift and that is freedom of choice. Because of this, life at all times presents us with choices. It is up to each one of us whether we wish to continue to suffer blindly or – through learning all we can about life and finding a new understanding of it – put an end to our own suffering and through this eventually also that of our world. Having done a big enough share of the former, I finally came to the conclusion to dedicate the rest of this lifetime to the latter. With the help of my jottings, which include the Astro Files, I am releasing myself ever more from the prison of darkness of my own ignorance. Anyone who is ready to do the same for themselves and is willing to share my observations and insights with me, is welcome to do so. 

The knowledge of who and what we truly are can set each one of us free. As we accept the responsibility for ourselves, each other and everything that is in our world, we take charge not only of our own lives and destiny, but also of that of our whole race. Whether we influence them negatively or positively is entirely in everybody’s own hands. By sharing whatever gifts have been bestowed upon us, each is required to freely and willingly play their part in making our world a better place for all lifeforms that shares it with us.  What is now before you is a small part of my contribution. Through sharing with you what my life’s experiences have taught me I hope to repay a tiny fraction of my debt of gratitude to the Universe. As I do not want to repeat myself endlessly, I would herewith like to draw special attention to the fact that it is always my own beliefs, views and insights into life that I am writing about. Whether you wish to take any of it on board is for you and your inner consciousness to decide.

You may have noticed by now or soon will do so that from time to time I am taking the liberty of calling our Divine Father/Mother or Father/Mother It, with a capital first letter, as a mark of my love and respect. I hope I shall be forgiven for this, but it helps me to avoid constantly using terms like Him/Her or Her/Him.

My grateful thanks goes to those who once helped to bring the old Rays of Wisdom into being and for doing their share of maintaining it. By that I mean my two friends on this side of the veil of consciousness, who unstintingly gave of their time and talents whenever it was required, and also our unseen friends and helpers, the Angels, Masters and guides in the world of light. Without their help none of it would ever have been possible. At all times, they are guiding and protecting each one of us, encouraging and inspiring us to bring forth the best that is within us, so that through us they can work for the highest good and the greatest joy of all life on the Earth plane. Hand in hand with them, let us all do our share of making our peaceful new world into a reality, you in your small corner and I in mine.

Our world is bound in darkness,
Until we shine the light;
You with your own vision –
And I with my insight.

Recommended Reading:
•    ‘On Giving’

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