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Not Everything Shiny Is A Diamond


“All that glitters is not gold.” William Shakespeare


I had been for a walk along a beautiful lake in the Berkshires with one of our wonderful Peas, Aunt Mary Lou. The day was magnificent with a gentle breeze and bright sunshine that glistened on the water, sparkling in the glow of the sun. We were making our way up the path to go back to the car and, as usual, I was paying attention to stones and rocks along the way. I stopped in front of Mary Lou and bent down to see what was shining so bright that it was dazzling in the sunshine. “Oh my,” Mary Lou exclaimed, “I think that is a diamond!” We were giggling like schoolgirls and Mary Lou kept repeating that she thought it was a diamond. She suggested that I get it looked at to see if it indeed was a valuable gem. To this day, I have not done so but it never leaves my presence and occasionally I take it out and I am brought right back to that very moment – the excitement in her voice and the smile on her face, giggling, giddy, such a perfect moment of memory making. It really does not matter to me if it is a diamond or a piece of glass. I truly do not want to know because it is not the money value of it that is important. It is the priceless memory of a time with a precious friend and in my heart that is worth more than all the money in the world.


Dear Angels, sometimes we place such a value on the material things in life to such an extent that we overlook the heart value. When someone offers a gift, whether a precious stone or a life experience, how can we come to a place of acknowledging the value of what the gift symbolizes without dwelling on the monetary value? Many times the things that seem most valuable on the surface – like gold or diamonds – are often deceptive and it is hard to discern their true value. When we are offered a gift, how do we discern if it is truly a valuable gift or if it is fool’s gold?


Dear Ones, it is important to look at yourself and your feeling of worthiness to receive a gift from others. A gift can come in many forms. It can be as simple as a hug, a kind word, a cup of coffee or a precious item. When you are open to receive the gift, your heart assigns it a value. It can be a Cracker Jack ring but if it is given with a heart that is pure whose only intention is to bless you, then that ring can carry the energy of the biggest diamond. Conversely, if a valuable gem is gifted to you but it is not given with pure intent, then it will hold no value to you and become like a hot coal in your hand. Search in your heart, Dear Ones, to find if the gift is in alignment with your spirit. Be open but also draw on your ancient wisdom that is inside of you to help you be discerning.


Dear Angels, thank you. I will continue to carry my parking lot diamond close to my heart. I love you. Namaste y’all.


Today, I promise to say no to anything that doesn't serve the highest good for all.


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. www.angelspeakers.com


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