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The Ray of Light series was initiated mid-July 2015 to boost morale on a daily basis.

For my parents. And for everyone who find they can use a ray of hope. Edition 2015.

Click here for consecutive editions.

LET’S END AND START WITH A BANG!

Monday 28 December 2015. Image: Holiday Light Display in Makati City Manila Luzon Island Philippines - http://hdwpics.com

I am replenished by the goodwill of the holiday season.

24 December 2015. Image: light-and-brightness Frank Müller - http://www.freeimages.com

If I can make a difference… LET ME SHINE!

23 December 2015. Image: From the stage - Ryan Ellis - http://www.freeimages.com

In these waters I am washed clean…

22 December 2015. Image source unknown

MY LIGHT IS GREATER THAN ANY DARKNESS!

Monday 21 December 2015. Image: Bright space lights - http://hdwpics.com

May you have a wonderful pre-Christmas weekend!

18 December 2015. Image: Season Holidays - http://hdwpics.com

May your Christmas tree hold many beautiful ornaments.

17 December 2015. Image: Merry Christmas - http://hdwpics.com

MAY YOUR LIGHT BE CONTAGIOUS!

16 December 2015. Image: candle - http://hdwpics.com

HANG IN THERE!  or  TAKE IT EASY!
Even the turtle reaches its intended destination…

15 December 2015. Image: turtle - http://hdwpics.com/

May your week start with a breath of fresh air!

Monday 14 December 2015. Image: waterfall - http://hdwpics.com

May you rediscover yourself and ever rise from the ashes.
Have a great weekend!

Image: Embers of 2009's last campfire, Ben Sutherland – https://www.flickr.com/

May you stand tall and conquer all your challenges.

Image: Grand Canyon - http://hdwpics.com

In the middle of the week: MAY YOU BE REPLENISHED AND REFRESHED.

9 November 2015. Image: Plitvice Lake Waterfall, Croatia - http://hdwpics.com

May abundance be yours, in many shades of gold.

Image: Autumn pond - http://hdwpics.com

May many blessings rain upon you this week.

Monday 7 December 2015. Image: Aurora surprise - http://hdwpics.com

Some of us will be celebrating St. Nicholas.
Others will just be looking forward to the holidays.
However it may be: have a great weekend!

4 December 2015. Image: Holiday Lights Windows - http://hdwpics.com

Don’t forget to take time out for yourself.

3 December 2015. Butterfly - http://gallsource.com/nature-wallpaper/

GIVE A LITTLE LOVE…
and watch your surroundings come alive.

2 December 2015. Image source unknown.

These are the days before Christmas. Time to give.
And receive. So here’s another piece of beauty for you.

1 December 2015. 'Bloom surprise’. Found on https://www.flickr.com

May all of your sweethearts remember you this week!
And vice versa.

Monday 30 November 2015. Image: valley heart-cookies-sprinkles - http://hdwpics.com

AND HEAVEN AND NATURE SING!
May you continue to breathe the wide promise of our world.

27 November 2015. Image: valley - http://hdwpics.com

AND HEAVEN AND NATURE SING

26 November 2015. Image: green-valley-and-mountains – http://hdwpics.com

JOY TO THE WORLD – One month till Christmas!

25 November 2015. Image: candle-christmas-bokeh-on-fire-glitter-wallpaper – http://hdwpics.com

BE THE LIGHT the world rejoices in today.

24 November 2015. Image by gnuckx - https://www.flickr.com

May your road ahead be free and clear.

Monday 23 November 2015. Image: JBarg – Soviet War Memorial - https://www.flickr.com

May you glimpse your future in all its splendor!

20 November 2015. Image: Swan in flight – Ali Taylor - http://www.freeimages.com

May you always enjoy a promising new dawn.

19 November 2015. Image source unknown

May all your actions this week be blessed and bring you joy
and all the flowers you planted come to spectacular bloom
despite the thorns.

18 November 2015. Image: Ocotillo - source unknown

May your communications today be clear and reflect favorably on all.

17 November 2015. Image: Water drop - Rainer Berg - http://www.freeimages.com

MAY YOU FIND A WAY TO SHINE THIS WEEK!
Help counterbalance the evil in the world.

100th Ray of Light - Monday 16 November
Image: Touchshine - http://www.freeimages.com

May you enjoy many beautiful sunsets.

13 November 2015. Image source unknown

May you always be able to return to your center.

12 November 2015. Image source unknown

May you always appreciate that there’s no place like home.

11 November 2015. Image: Persian-cat-lying-on-floor-with-outstretched-paws– http://hdwpics.com

May you be touched by many rays of light this week.

10 November 2015. Image: rainbow – http://cdn.desktopwallpapers4.me/

May you know how to savour life to its fullest.

Monday 9 November. Image: silhouette-of-happy-girl-enjoy-jump-at-sunset-park – http://hdwpics.com

May you live your highest life purpose.
"The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little."
– Thomas Merton -

Image source: unknown

May you know how to reap the fruits of insistence.

“For anything to be really amazing, there has to be long obedience in the same direction.”
– Bono Vox (U2) paraphrasing Nietzsche -

5 November 2015. Image source unknown

May you always remember that music has healing power.
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
– Bob Marley –

Image: piano-in-the-forest – http://hdwpics.com

Shine your heart so brightly that it heals everyone you meet.
– Doreen Virtue -

November 2015. Image: Love-Light-Shining-wallpaper – http://wallpaperswide.com

MAY YOU ALWAYS HAVE SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE.
HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

Monday 2 November 2015. Image: city-light-bulbs-lamps - http://www.magic4walls.com

May you be ENLIGHTENED, now and always.

30 October 2015. Image: woman-standing-in-flower-meadow-watching-beautiful-sunset - http://www.magic4walls.com

Help counter the negativity in the world.
Celebrate LOVE today in anyway you can. Also for yourself.

29 October 2015. Image: many-sweet-heart-mashmallow-on-the-table - http://www.magic4walls.com

May you have HEALTH today and celebrate life at every turn.

28 October 2015. Image two-girls-dancing-in-field-beside-a-tree-at-Sunset - http://www.magic4walls.com

May you receive the gift of JOY today, no matter what form it takes.

27 October 2015. Image: old-bicycle-parked-on-pavement-with-evening-lights-city - http://www.magic4walls.com

PEACE be unto you and unto the world this week.

Monday 26 October 2015. Image: millions-of-people-in-loi-krathong-lantern-festival-thailand-at-night-2015 - http://www.magic4walls.com

REMINDER to enjoy the little things.

23 October 2015. Image: After the rain water drops bloom  - http://www.magic4walls.com

May you see through to the core of GOOD in everybody.

22 October 2015. Image: Beauty Orage sunset - http://www.magic4walls.com

May you find great reasons to get out of bed every day.

21 October 2015. Image: Butterfly perched on rock  - http://www.magic4walls.com

LOVE can be found in the most unusual places, as long as you are open to it.

20 October 2015. Image: Water heart on wooden rainbow  - http://www.magic4walls.com

In the garden of life, may you find your own special tree.

I COMMIT to enjoying the sparkle of life.

16 October 2015. Image: Autumn branches  - http://hdwpics.com/

I COMMIT to creating little surprises for my loved ones whenever I can.

15 October 2015. Image: Peek a boo  - http://hdwpics.com/

I COMMIT to seeing the GOOD all around me.
I create the reality that I desire.

14 October 2015. Image: Sunlight through the grapes  - http://hdwpics.com/

I COMMIT to the BEST possible ME.
There is only ONE me. I have only ONE life.
I have a new chance to make it great EVERY DAY.

13 October 2015. Image: Butterfly blue on blue - http://hdwpics.com/

I COMMIT to creating the best possible path for myself!

12 October 2015. Image: Beautiful autumn garden  - http://hdwpics.com/

MAY YOU HAVE THE MOST REFRESHING WEEKEND!

9 October 2015. Image: http://www.magic4walls.com

MAY YOU BREATHE only good.
May all that does not serve you melt away.

8 October 2015. Image from - http://www.desk7.net

MAY YOU CHOOSE THE RIGHT PATH ALWAYS
and always find your way home.

7 October 2015. Image: Green-trees-bush-path - http://www.wallpaperscastle.com

MAY YOUR LIFE sprout many little gifts along the way
and may you recognize their worth

6 October 2015. Image: Sunny-spring-green-maple - http://www.wallpaperscastle.com

A week of GREEN.
MAY YOU BE HEALED THIS WEEK of anything you require healing for.

Monday 5 oktober 2015. Image: Green-dew-grass-field - http://www.wallpaperscastle.com

MAY YOU REDISCOVER YOURSELF IN THE CONTEMPLATION OF WONDER.

2 October 2015. Image from http://www.wallpaperscastle.com

DARE TO REACH OUT. ASK AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

1 October 2015. Image from http://www.freeimages.com

I CREATE SMILES for myself and everyone around me!

30 September 2015. Image from http://www.freeimages.com

MAY YOU FEEL THE LOVE THAT SURROUNDS YOU IN MANY WAYS!

29 September 2015. Image from http://www.freeimages.com

MAY YOU ALWAYS HAVE THE MOST JOYFUL OUTLOOK!

Monday 28 September 2015. Image from http://www.freeimages.com

MAY YOU ALWAYS REMEMBER THE ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES OF OUR WORLD.

25 September 2015.

MAY YOU MAINTAIN PEACE OF MIND ALWAYS.

24 September 2015.

THERE IS NO DOWN THAT YOU CANNOT GET UP FROM.
To the contrary. When most down: rejoice! For there is NOWHERE to go but UP!

23 September 2015. Image: http://www.superbwallpapers.com

EXPAND YOUR HORIZON!
(But be safe)

22 September 2015.

MAY YOU LOOK FORWARD TO A MOST FABULOUS NEW WEEK!

Monday 21 September 2015.

MAY YOU EFFECTIVELY RECHARGE this weekend!

18 September 2015.

MAY YOU LEARN TO GO WITH THE FLOW, THE WIND & THE TIDE without breaking.

17 September 2015. Image: Reed Grass Sunlight - http://www.wallpaperscastle.com

MAY YOU ALWAYS FIND YOUR WAY over, around, under or THROUGH the mountain.

16 September 2015. Image: Mountain 2 - http://www.wallpaperswide.com

MAY YOU ALWAYS DISCERN THE SILVER LINING.

15 September 2015. Image: Blue Dew Dandelion - http://www.wallpaperscastle.com

MAY YOU ALWAYS SEE YOUR WAY AHEAD.

14 September 2015. Image: Beacon of Hope - http://hdwpics.com/

Another weekend to RECHARGE. MAKE IT COUNT!

11 September 2015. Image: Open matches, Jan K. - http://www.freeimages.com

STOP. BREATHE. AND THEN GO ON.

10 September 2015. Image: Chorvatsko 2006, Jan K. - http://www.freeimages.com

You COUNT. KEEP THE FIRE BURNING!

9 September 2015. Image: Bonfire 1, Sean Walsh - http://www.freeimages.com

I AM MORE NOR LESS than anybody else.

8 September 2015. Image: Christmas candles, Markus Grossalber – https://www.flickr.com/

Ray of Light #50! And counting... Where there is a WILL, there is a WAY.

Monday 7 September 2015. Image: Timbers to Embers, Lon Martin – https://www.flickr.com/

Light and water to you. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.

4 September 2015. Image: Lit Wallpaper (fountain) - http://hdwpics.com/

EVERYTHING to be grateful for. Have yourself a merry little Thursday!

3 September 2015. Image: Planets Over The Mountains - http://gallsource.com

What are you waiting for? Let the sparks fly! Make it a GRANDIOSE Wednesday!

2 September 2015. Image: Lightning III, Lucretious - http://www.freeimages.com

Try, try and try, again and again, true to the way the sun rises: have a GREAT Tuesday!

1 September 2015. Image: Rock climbing victory, Bryan Wintersteen - http://www.freeimages.com

Another Monday, another week, another chance to make YOUR LIFE GREAT!

31 August 2015.

A BLESSING FOR THE WEEKEND.

28 August 2015. Image: Fountain of light 2, Leszek Leszczynski – https://www.flickr.com/

'Baby you’re a firework! COME ON, LET YOUR COLORS BURST!'
Because we all need to be reminded of our own super-powers, every now and then.

27 August 2015. With thanks to Katy Perry (words) and Kevin Dooley (image) https://www.flickr.com/

Have you had your shot of light, today?
TODAY, I AM REPLACING COMPLAINING, BLAMING, JUSTIFYING, FEELING ANGRY & FEELING GUILTY WITH ALL-POWERFUL GRATITUDE.

26 August 2015. Reference: Abraham Hicks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iV_qrxKdF3o e

Light unto you. Juice it up! Have an AWESOME week!

25 August 2015. Image: Dancing with Invisible Light, Audrey Penven - https://www.flickr.com/

ELECTRIFY your day, your week, your LIFE!

THANK YOU for every new, positive idea under the sun that makes our lives better.
For every new piece of writing, music, art, architecture and innovation, but also the inspiration for my home cooking.

Sunday 23 August 2015: have an INSPIRED Sunday!

THANK YOU for our individual and shared history, which makes us who we are. Congratulations on our mutual progress!

22 August 2015.

Image: Three terra cotta oil lamps from early Rome.
A brief history of lighting: http://www.osa-opn.org/home/articles/volume_19/issue_9/features/a_brief_history_of_lighting/#.Vdg8oP_otLM

We are all connected. If you are well, I am well. Wishing you all the best, today.

21 August 2015.

THANK YOU for contrast, so we may learn to seek and rejoice in light.

20 August 2015. Image from http://gallsource.com

GRATITUDE is the key to abundance. What are YOU grateful for, today?

19 August 2015.

THANK YOU for the indestructible light of man.

18 August 2015.

THANK YOU for all beauty, reminding us of our own magnificence.

17 August 2015.

THANK YOU for faith, whatever form it takes. If right on our side, who against us.
'Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil...'      Psalm 23

Sunday 15 August 2015.

THANK YOU for all the beautiful people in my life.

15 August 2015. Image credit http://www.freeimages.com – Tijmen van Dobbenburgh

THANK YOU for my own little corner of the world

14 August 2015. Image from http://thewardrobedoor.com

THANK YOU FOR THE LITTLE THINGS

13 August 2015

THANK YOU for new beginnings, even if they occur in the middle of the week!

12 August 2015. Image 'Flying cranes' from http://hdwpics.com/

I LOVE myself, my life and my mission here on earth.

11 August 2015

Image from http://www.wallpaperscastle.com (Sunny path)

Today I celebrate my life and all the GOOD in it.

10 August 2015

THANK YOU for another promising Sunday full of LIFE.

Sunday 9 August 2015

I WALK IN LIGHT, IN A PERMANENT STATE OF GUIDANCE

I am always accompanied, comforted and supported.

8 August 2015

I WALK IN LIGHT, IN A PERMANENT STATE OF ABUNDANCE
As above, so below.

7 August 2015

I WALK IN LIGHT, IN A PERMANENT STATE OF HEALING

Light within and light without. Light unto you this day.

6 August 2015

I WALK IN LIGHT, IN A PERMANENT STATE OF LOVE

Love is the antidote to fear (many sources). Turn on your love today.

5 August 2015. Image from http://cellularhealing.org/

I walk in Light, in a permanent state of Peace.

4 August 2015. The full affirmation can be found on the Two Columns page

Image: Dove of Peace - https://www.flickr.com/

I walk in Light, in a permanent state of Joy

3 August 2015. The full affirmation can be found on the Two Columns page

Thank you for the gift of another glorious day.

Sunday 2 August 2015

IMAGINE THE LIGHT OF MAN

From http://modernfarmer.com/2014/03/caleb-charland-back-light/  

"Caleb Charland has a unique way of lighting up produce for his photoshoots: use the fruit itself."

"...the life force in every piece of fruit made visible and luminous. It reminds me that there's a universe inside an apple too."

Quote by Elaine Khosrova. Shared in the Ray of Light series - Ideas of Empowerment - KyG

Turn on your light. Now. The world needs you.

Help counterbalance negativity by being, radiating and sending light.

A variant on ‘Be the smile someone needs today’.

Believe you can make a difference and you can.
For yourself, one other person, one working environment, one network or the world.

Image from http://charliehoehn.com Inspirational author & keynote speaker.

Blue skies in. Grey skies out.

Blue skies to you. If not above and around, certainly within.

Negativity Neutralizer.

Recently came upon a very simple visualization taught to kids in the movie “McKenna reaches for the stars”. Found it remarkably effective. Breathe in thinking and imagining ‘Blue skies in’. Breathe out casting out the ‘Grey skies’: Blue skies in. Grey skies out.
Blauwe lucht in. Grijze lucht uit.
Cielo azul dentro. Cielo gris fuera.

About the Year of Light

“On 20 December 2013, the UN General Assembly 68th Session proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015).

WHY LIGHT MATTERS
On the most fundamental level through photosynthesis, light is necessary to the existence of life itself, and the many applications of light have revolutionized society through medicine, communications, entertainment and culture. Light and photonics are poised to become key enabling technologies of the future.”

HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF LIGHT FOR LIFE?
“Our planet is one of the extremely few places in the universe that is so close to one star that its whole environment bathes in light. We rarely consider this fact as we go about with our daily lives.

Each human cell and every form of life on Earth synchronize their activity with the sun. But the sun is also a food source for every form of life: it’s the energy that binds together all of biomass’ important components, like hydrocarbons. As sun created biosphere and biomass, it has also created seasons and times of day, which give rhythm to nourishment and reproduction.”

SOURCES
http://www.light2015.org/Home/WhyLightMatters.html
http://www.valkee.com/blog/2013/06/have-you-thought-about-the-importance-of-light-for-life/

Image from Photobucket 'You light up my life'

Life abounds. Life flourishes. Life exists in abundance.

The Ocotillo desert flower is a triumph of nature. Thrives on little water, can become higher than a man, and shares of itself beyond the thorns.

Related to my poem http://www.kdrdecorrales.com/ocotillo

Ray of Light 12 - 27 July 2015

Walk tall as the trees; live strong as the mountains, be gentle as the spring winds, keep the warmth of the sun in your heart, and the great spirit will always be with you.

Native American Proverb

Blessings visible and invisible. A shower of light over your weekend!

Hold your head high. Trust. Have faith. For if even the smallest parts of creation are allowed to shine, how much more might you not expect; most precious of all creation?

Created in its image, we too can find a way through, over, under or around any obstacle. Wonderful are the ways of the Lord.

This is real natural treasure: fractal images of the marshes at Doñana National Park in Andalusia, southern Spain,

in the provinces of Huelva and Seville. By Héctor Garrido. Seen in the movie La Isla Mínima.

You have the right to the new light of every day and you have the privilege

of sharing it with as many people as possible. Share of you: spread the light.

Honor the glorious gift of Creation.

For myself. For my loved ones. For the world in which we live.

Embarking upon a new week with new hope, and in new light. The Bible may be misused by some, but there is truth and comfort to be found in it as well:

“Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:28-31

From author Robert Alden. YOU ARE MORE POWERFUL THAN YOU THINK! Dig deep.

Ah, if we could all just learn to expect the BEST instead of the worst, every day.

There is always somebody worse off than you are.

YOU can make a difference.


You cannot deny who you are. Launching the Ray of Light series.

For everyone who needs that ray of hope on a daily basis.

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Text additions KDRdeC