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Live Long And Prosper

“We humans think we are smart, but an orchid, for example, knows how to produce noble, symmetrical flowers, and a snail knows how to make a beautiful, well-proportioned shell. Compared with their knowledge, ours is not worth much at all. We should bow deeply before the orchid and the snail and join our palms reverently before the monarch butterfly and the magnolia tree. The feeling of respect for all species will help us recognize the noblest nature in ourselves.” Thich Nhat Hanh

I heard something today that really distressed me and it has been on my heart to share it along with two beautiful experiences. I have always been fascinated by butterflies. I consider them among the messengers who come to us when a loved one in spirit has something to bring to our attention. My favorite of all the varieties is the Monarch butterfly. It is so regal and unique looking as it floats along in our world. What I learned today is that it is now officially an endangered species. This hurt my heart to think that we may one day no longer see this magnificent beauty. I am adding this to my daily prayer list. As I thought about this information, I wondered what this means for us in our world other than not having the beauty of the Monarch. What I learned is that butterflies provide a picture regarding the health of an ecosystem at any particular time. Butterflies are naturally responsible for increasing the biodiversity of an ecosystem (variety and variability of life on Earth). During their short lifespan of 2-6 weeks, they pollinate plants and also help to reduce air pollution by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. High levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide contribute to global warming. So, what is contributing to the endangerment of the Monarchs? Butterflies flourish in environments of trees, herbs, and shrubs which are flowery because they rely on nectar for their food. We are destroying these habitats that they need to feed on to survive, thus starving them to death. In addition to this, the wrong use of chemical fertilizers such as pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides results in the elimination of butterfly species from their natural habitat. Also, climate change is a main contributor as butterflies are sensitive to extreme weather conditions such as high temperatures, strong winds, and high levels of precipitation. I have a special place in my heart for the Monarchs and it is my hope that my readers will take a closer look at this information provided here. Now, those two beautiful experiences. I was visiting my close friend, Michele Landers, one day and as we sat on her back porch a beautiful Monarch butterfly graced us with its presence, landing on Michele’s hand. It stayed around for a photoshoot but unfortunately, I cannot locate the picture at this moment. When I do, I will certainly post it. The second experience involves another dear friend, Tina VaLant. Tina is one of the most knowledgeable people I know about butterflies and specifically the Monarch. She provides a safe haven in her back yard for the caterpillars to thrive and once the butterfly hatches, she releases them into the world. I have watched many times as she has done releases in honor of loved ones or for special events. She teaches about the Monarch and is a wealth of knowledge. In 2019 I had an encounter with breast cancer. Tina surprised me with a butterfly release in honor of my successful recovery and in honor of all who are battling this terrible disease. As the butterfly soars towards the sky, she always ends the release with the words, “live long and prosper.”

Dear Angels, I know that over time many animals, birds and insects become extinct. I believe, though, that these magnificent beings do not have to disappear from our planet. Any insight is appreciated.

Dear Ones, it is our desire to call your attention once again to the sacredness of all life on your planet. When you honor everything that has energy, you will pay attention to nature, to wildlife, to the waterways and the trees and plants. Each of you has a responsibility to do your part in caring for your planet. There is no one who has the right to sit back and point fingers of blame when there is an imbalance. We encourage all of you to discover how you can make a difference. Even one small act matters. Search your hearts, Dear Ones, and see what is possible for you to do. Inaction is adding to the problem. Do not limit yourself with excuses. If you seek solutions, they will appear. Remember that everything that exists has a purpose. It all is interwoven into the great master plan for your highest good. This message is a call to action for all who hear it. As you seek answers, they will come to you.

Dear Angels, thank you. I love you. Namaste y’all.

Today, I promise to honor all of creation and do my part in seeking solutions instead of adding to the problems. All life is sacred. Let me always remember that.

Teri Angel is a Happiness Coach, energy healer, best-selling author, spiritual teacher and mentor, and a motivational speaker. Teri is the Peace Campaign Coordinator for We, The World and the founder of a nonprofit organization, Angelspeakers Inc., which offers educational workshops and events centered around environmental awareness to include animals and nature, peace advocacy opportunities and ancient wisdom teachings. Teri’s movement “Peas For Peace” involves strengthening our awareness of the oneness of all, unifying mankind through compassion, peace, love and joy. She was named "She Who Blesses the Sacred Land" during the Peace On Earth Tour and embraces that title with loving grace.

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