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The Award for Love and Kindness!

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Here’s a big thank you to Eric of http://hunt4truth.wordpress.com for nominating me for The Award for Love and Kindness
What an exciting award; beautiful in design, lofty in ideals! It was created by Barbara Mattio who believes Love and Kindness are necessary tools for promoting peace in the world! The award is her special way of sharing her respect and appreciation for these values particularly among bloggers! In her words:

“It is important for us to remember that we are One Family living in One World; we are Sisters and Brothers, no matter how we look, what culture we live in, what religion we practice or who we love. In many ways, blogging removes some of the obvious barriers between us, and helps bring those of us from all walks of life, ethnicity, creed, colors and ideals together as One Family,”

Thank you Eric, for extending Barbara’s hand of love, kindness and peace to me!
A few words about Eric! He likes to be identified as a Christian and believes in a monotheistic Godhead but discusses Divine Truth, spirituality, life and existence with a very open mind! He glides through various philosophical thoughts, religions, cultures, traditions and esoteric practices with the balance and fairness of an accomplished mentor! His blog is therefore a veritable classroom for Truth seekers; irrespective of their religion, spiritual endeavor/ orientation!
With a grateful heart, I dedicate the award to all friends and readers of Purpleraysblog! Your support and encouragement together with the inspirations you share on your various blogs have made every of my single day a joyful experience to look forward to!
Warm wishes of love, kindness and peace to you all!

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Thank you Marlyn for the inner peace award, and a toast for Tracy

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Early last week, Purpleraysblog was nominated for the Don Charisma’s version of Inner Peace Award by Marlyn of http://kintal.wordpress.com
Marlyn understands the language of colors and pictures and speaks it with uncommon eloquence! You have probably heard that “a picture speaks more than a thousand words”, you can say that again and again for Marlyn’s illustrations! They don’t only express thousands of words, they speak many languages! They have something for every tongue, culture, religion or, creed; and for those who do not understand the language of pictures, she spices her posts with insightful words to serve a complete menu! A big thank you Marlyn, for the award
Now to the award!
Its simple acceptance condition stands the award out: write a short piece on why you are accepting it! That’s it!
Like I said in the acceptance post of a similar version “The award’s magic lies primarily in its wording: INNER PEACE! Who doesn’t wish himself or herself inner peace? “Go in peace”, “Peace be upon you”, “Peace, I leave with you”, are some of the unforgettable heralds given to mankind by Masters and Light Messengers over the ages!”
More so, I cherish every nomination and consider it a hand of appreciation extended by friends! For me, “Awards are like hugs and nominations are like out-stretched arms for a warm embrace! Once someone offers you one, courtesy demands that you also reach out or, at least, tone it down to a handshake; unless, you have serious issues with the person!”
I offer the award to my friends/readers on the WordPress platform for their wonderful inspiration and support! Also, I am specially dedicating it to Tracy of http://fecthis.wordpress.com
Tracy opened my eyes to the world of the scourge of breast cancer and what my late cousin secretively endured! In her last days, my cousin was always ‘seeing the doctor’ and her closest confidants only told us she had BP problems! It was only months after she had passed on that I stumbled on the information that she actually had breast cancer. I was speechless and still don’t understand why they shrouded her illness in such secrecy! Every now and then I keep wondering how many more health issues are firmly tucked away in my extended family cupboards?
Not so with Tracy and what a delightful change! She freely discusses the ailment and her treatment procedures without bitterness! She spares no detail and bears no grudge, not even on cancer! It is only a benevolent soul like Tracy that can still afford to say, ”In spite of everything that’s happened I don’t resent cancer; it’s just something that happened.”
Fortunately, she is gradually recovering and as usual, taking life as it comes with exemplarily positive attitude!
Deeply stirring are Tracy’s words in a recent post:

“It seems some good can come from almost any situation, including those that derail the life we once knew. Twenty-two months of change has driven me to chose the road less travelled. Though there are bumps along the way, I suspect its a happier and healthier road overall.”

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If it doesn’t sound like me, it is not from me!

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PUBLIC NOTICE: If it doesn’t speak love, it is not the voice of Purplerays!
Until very recently I’d been confused by the contradicting tones of the comments of some friends! One moment, they are sharing their insights and politely expressing their reservations about my views; another moment they come out brash, out of context and somewhat abusive! Why the discordant tones; are my posts that discordant to attract such divergent reactions?
As a rule, no dirty arguments; I approve and respond to the positive comments and trash the insulting ones!
Please don’t get me wrong! I am open to and gladly welcome critical and opposing reactions to my posts! I consider all such as friendly advice and helpful suggestions, so long as the language is civil! Also, it’s just that with time you get to associate your blog friends with a high level of decorum; it comes with the feeling that flows from their essays, pictures, videos, comments, etc. Real positive vibes such that you can hardly expect anything unjustly insulting!
Nevertheless, the confusion continued until…
Last week, the uncommon happened! A regular reader and friend sent in two opposing opinions on a post! That kind of got me thinking; is it that she changed her mind later and became comfortable with the post? If so, why not make reference to the first comment? Why sound nice and friendly after an earlier bashing on the some post? Many questions; and to find answers I sent her a direct mail seeking explanations!
A few hours ago, her eye-opening reply came in: Yes, she wrote the second comment; but no, she had nothing to do with the first! She could not have reacted so shortsightedly and negatively to a post she loved. Her apologies were profuse and almost overboard!
She alluded to the possibility of hacking, unauthorized access and stuff like that! She capped it all with:

“…..if a comment is not fair, just and rational, it is not from me, even if it is supposed to come from my blog and bears my picture, ID or, signature!”

Could same be happening to me out there? That’s why I have to come out with this quick NOTICE!
Dear friends and readers, just in case hate comments are making the rounds out there in the name of this blog, please ignore; they definitely cannot come from me!
The voice of Purplerays heals, comforts, enlightens and inspires! That is the mission and spirit behind the blog! Anything short of this does not originate from this platform!
If it does not sound like me, it is not from me!

 

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Some spammers do have them……random blogging thoughts!

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I frequently visit my blog’s  spam folder. That way, I have been able to retrieve valuable comments from friends and readers! Sometimes, it appears as if some blogs have a pact with this folder and their comments repeatedly head there! I wonder if same is happening to my comments somewhere!
Spam comments also remind me of the days I started out blogging and wondering “who will ever notice your blog?”! Just then, the spams started arriving as if to assure me that I have, at least, created something! Back then, even spams felt good!
I also take time to read spam messages and: Boy oh boy, some spammers do have them! There are those who hit the sales pitch straight off, others who tickle your ego with praises and big promises to spread the word that a Socrates is on the blogoshere! The pros keep it short and simple; the shorter, the more difficult to thrash. Comments like “learned much”, “true indeed”, “insightful”, “excellent” really get you thinking in different directions! Is it a spam? Is it not?
Top of the pack, are the experienced Pros! You need something close to the sixth sense to handle these ones especially, if their comments had slipped into your ‘pending’ box! They don’t talk short or long; just the right words you would expect from a true friend and reader! These ones have turned spamming into an art; they are the real spam gurus! How I wish they used their talents and fertile imagination for something positive and less offensive!
…….then my friends and readers! Bless their souls! Never a friendship so inspiring; inspiring in friendship but, selective in reading: write about Karma, reincarnation and the virtues of Prophet Mohammad, and my core Christian friends would not touch it with a long spoon! Swing over to celebrate Christmas and Christ, and my friends from parts of Middle East and Asia are out of ear shot. Win some, lose some but, the beauty of friendship is they always call again when you are back to their comfort zone!
……also views and likes! Still a mystery how some posts get regular top views but, are among the least liked! Is it that after the possible one time like, readers visit again and again to re-read, or, is it a question of readers not liking what they see? I just don’t get this one!
…….and Rush Hours! Gradually, I’m beginning to establish the rush hours. There seems to be a link between when your friends post and when they read your posts! I coined the phrase: “You get more readers when you get more posts”! As for the rush days, I still cannot figure that one out. Some weeks, it is Tuesday; other weeks, it is Thursday and in between, the weekends have it! Still learning!
So much to learn in this blogging world!

1st ANNIVERSARY APPRECIATION

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Last Friday was the first anniversary of Purplerays on WordPress! Like the saying goes, “so much water has gone under the bridge”! We are grateful to the Almighty that the bridge is not only holding strong but, vibrant and capable enough to weather future tides!

From inception, we were aware that ‘Spiritual Enlightenment’ is not a crowd-puller!

In a blogging world where a breakfast photo or recipe attracts more readers and likes in one day than elaborate essays on intuition, salvation, the Holy Spirit, reincarnation or, prayers put together, can attract in one month, it would have been foolhardy of us to expect an avalanche of readers and followers!

Looking back a year later, we however have every reason to sing loud joyful songs of thanksgiving!

First, our profuse thanks go to the minds and hands behind WordPress! The platform has been wonderful in opening up a whole new world of magic. With a reach like the finest gossamer threads of fate, WordPress has connected us to amazing friends with whom we share insights on spiritual experiencing, religion, esoteric thought, philosophy, culture, current events and the vibrations of life in the Universe!

To these wonderful friends, we shout our appreciation at the top of our voice! We salute you all who have, in one way or the other, crossed our paths through this blog! Your comments, follows, likes, re-blogs, visits, mails, calls and material support have been awesome and truly appreciated!

Special thanks and best wishes to those we call the Rare Breed: Friends who in spite of serious health challenges and tactical rejection by relations and neighbors still hold their heads high and churn out positive, inspiring posts! Freely they discuss their ailments and treatment procedures and boldly spurn any patronizing sympathy! “I have so and so sickness….so what?”

To these shining examples of the tenacity of the human will, we dedicate the anniversary! You are our heroes and heroines

Thank you all, dear friends, for your encouragement and support this past year!

Between the BLOG and the BLOGGER, who’s who?

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About two weekends ago, our small ‘self-contained’ town had a power outage! With constant assurances from electricity engineers that it was a small matter which would be fixed ‘any moment from now’ and the fact that the unusual outage caught us unprepared, we had to sit out the ‘small matter’!
By the time power was restored, ‘any moment from now’ lasted from Friday morning to Monday evening! This was a record down time and frustrating blogging leave! Mobile devices just wouldn’t serve well. In any case one had to go slow with the devices so as to conserve battery power for calls and other basic services! Tempers rose and things really came to a head by Sunday evening!
At one point, I calmed my nerves, paused and asked myself: Why am I fretting and fussing about not meeting the weekend posting schedule; not being able to reach out and share my thoughts? Why are blogging concerns almost overshadowing the gloom, stale food items and other inconveniences around? After all, I hardly post more than three items in a week!
Just then the truth hit me! It was not about posting!
I was actually missing blogging friends I have not met and probably will never meet but, who have touched the cords of my soul with thoughts, with essays, with pictures, audios and videos; and the rare ones like Belén Soto who captures nature beings and forms with delicate exquisite ceramic sculptures! Friends from every clime, for every mood, every season and reason!
I realized that blogging has a living essence which looms larger than the blogger’s life style. It also dawned on me that I had gotten it wrong and only flattered my ego when I set out believing I was blogging “to share my thoughts and passion with the world”! How short-sighted was I to have mistaken the dessert for the main meal and valued the icing above the cake?
The main meal and cake in spirituality, philosophy, religion and God-consciousness blogging is that you are creating an avenue to learn from the world! By an unseen hand you are led to a rich variety of minds who teach you, provoke you into deep reflection, test your beliefs and sometimes confuse you. Minds that gradually become your daily routine and oracle, and in the process, strengthen your consciousness and spiritual maturity!

And a second lesson! While I was fretting and moaning, Purpleraysblog was rocking with follows, likes, comments, re-blogs and views!
So little baby Purplerays has a life of its own untouched by the circumstances of the hands, brains and helpers that toiled to conceive, create and nurture it? Or, was it the usual short-lived bravado of a toddler? All the same, the blog, unlike the rest of us, survived the down-time unscathed!
Thanks to the power outage. It turned out to be the proverbial dark cloud with a silver lining! A luminous lining which radiated both light and sound from which we could divine the message:

Blogs Have Life and Blogging is a Way of Life; a Life-style!

Awards Bounty from the Humble Prince!

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Early this week, the highly respected Ajaytao of http://ajaytao2010.worpress.com splashed the blogging community with awards. To every nominee he gave the options to choose two (2) or three (3) from a collection of thirteen (13) awards. This gesture, set off a string of goodwill and friendly sharing!
Purplerays had the rare honor of two nominations! One with 2 slots for our post, “What do Blog Awards Mean to You? (A Shining example by Morgan), and, the other with 3 slots for, “WALK BY FAITH”! These were joyful moments not only because of the bountiful number of slots, but, also because of the hand they came from. Like we once said, “The life and essence of an award lies in the hand of the giver”.
Ayataov and his work require no introduction. He is one of the shining lights and occupies a place among the royal ranks in the Blogging Kingdom. His blog has something for everyone in any mood and in any circumstance! Yet, in humility he makes no big claims for the great work and all the time he puts in on daily basis to keep the blog ever fresh! No grand-standing; just a willingness to share his passions! Hear him:
“Friends
I cannot express myself properly. I don’t know how to put it in words but still let me try & tell you all, that whatever content, I have put in my blog, is everything which I am too passionate about, may it be ‘ Pictures, Books, Ebooks, Poetry, Religious Text, Quotes etc etc ; everything is just directly what I liked from my heart.
Photography is a hobby(advanced), Writing is a hobby, Graphic Designing a hooby. Compilation & Reading a hobby, so the point is, I don’t want to take any credit as to what I do, or to what I have posted on this blog. I just want to share everything possible with you all.
Just straight from my heart hope you all will like it. Please bear with me
Ajaytao”

This is a lesson in humility and Vintage Ajaytao!
We appreciate the honor and wish to pass it on to all our friends, readers and viewers. You are the real spirit and bearers of Purple Rays!

45 Likes in 3 Minutes! How Did He Do It?

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Last Tuesday, I opened my mailbox to find that one blogger (not a follower) had hit Purplerays with 45 likes. This kind of got my feelings mixed up!
For sure, I value every visitor to my blog, no matter how casual, and truly appreciate those who go further to like, comment, reblog, nominate, or, take any other similar action. More so, the blog has opened up a whole new world of warm friendship and selfless sharing! For this and many more reasons, I am eternally grateful to WordPress and my friends on the platform!
On the other hand, experience has shown that mass likers are impatient readers! They simply skim through your post, click some likes and move on. The big boys and big girls (bloggers) are the worst culprits! They don’t visit often and when they come calling, in a jiffy, they drop 4 or 5 likes; more like a pat on the back.
This fellow must have been around for a good while! Was he? So, I did a quick check and viola—this guy ‘went through’ 45 posts in 3 minutes 26 seconds! This to me was record shattering:
45 posts comprising, 37 text, and 8 photo materials all inside of 4 minutes; i.e. approximately 5 seconds per post?
I checked out his blog and believe me, he is not just another new kid on the block! With over 132,000 hits, 1,400 followers and an archive dating back to October, 2010, the guy has sure got a handle on blogging! What am I missing?
Unsure of what happened, I left his blog with the following message:
“Thank you for visiting my blog yesterday. You liked 45 posts in less than 5 minutes. I am just wondering how you covered so much in short a time. Please, how did you do it?”

Still waiting for a reply!

Awards Thank You!

 

Within 24 hours Purplerays has been nominated for ‘The Very Inspiring Blogger Award’ by two blogs. Beautiful coincidence, sheer joy and double honors!

 The first came from Karra of http://lookatmycurves.wordpress.com Karra, the lively one! You cannot really put her in a box; she writes about everything under the sun (and probably beyond) and wears a big infectious smile. A smile that obviously runs in the family! No dull moment on Karra’s blog. That is Karra, the vivacious one for you.

 The second nomination was from Josephine of http://joseyphina.wordpress.com Josephine, the prayerful Christian whose trade mark parting words for comments on her blog are ‘remain blessed’. In her own very words “I love to listen to people pour out their heart issues and to help in any way possible”. Great soul!

 I thank these ladies from the bottom of my heart and wish to pass on the award to all followers of this blog. You all inspire me in more ways than one.

 Have a joyful June, dear friends!