: the act, process, or an instance of redeeming (serving to offset or compensate for a defect)



Redemption (n.): mid-14th century, “deliverance from sin,” from Old French redemcion (12th century) and directly from Latin redemptio “a buying back, releasing, ransoming” (also “bribery“), from red- “back” + emere “to take, buy, gain, procure” (related to: exempt).

Redeem: (v.): early 15th century, “buy back, ransom,” also in a theological sense, “deliver from sin and spiritual death.”  In Middle English Latin redimere sometimes was translated as againbuy.  Meaning “make amends for” is from 1520s.  Sense of “make good” (a promise, obligation, etc.) is from 1840.



“We can be redeemed only to the extent to which we see ourselves.” 

Martin Buber (1878–1965, prolific author, scholar, literary translator, and political activist whose writings—mostly in German and Hebrew—ranged from Jewish mysticism to social philosophy, biblical studies, religious phenomenology, philosophical anthropology, education, politics, and art)

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“Contrary to what we may have been taught to think, unnecessary and unchosen suffering wounds us but need not scar us for life. It does mark us. What we allow the mark of our suffering to become is in our own hands.” 

bell hooks (b. Gloria Jean Watkins 1952, American author, feminist, and social activist; the name "bell hooks" is derived from that of her maternal great-grandmother, Bell Blair Hooks)

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“God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners.” 

Søren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855, profound and prolific writer in the Danish “golden age”; his work crosses the boundaries of philosophy, theology, psychology, literary criticism, devotional literature and fiction)

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“Sometimes friends make mistakes. Grievous ones that cry out for us to stay and prove we are true friends.” 

Beth Bernobich (b. 1959, author of science fiction, fantasy, and alternate history)

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“The day misspent,
the love misplaced,
has inside it
the seed of redemption.
Nothing is exempt
from resurrection.” 

Kay Ryan (b. 1945, poet and author, "acknowledge as one of the original voices of the contemporary landscape")            

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“We can be redeemed only to the extent to which we see ourselves.”

Martin Buber


Last weekend, I needed a pedicure, badly!  I hadn’t one for few weeks due to finances, so my feet were in pretty bad shape.  Before heading out to the salon, which was only five minutes away,  I checked in pre-cognitively, in my mind’s eye, to see intuitively if there was a small window of time to go and to get a free moment with Hannah, the owner.  Everything looked clear.

How did I use my mind to do?

Like the time when I was a child and could make myself invisible when I needed to be.  I naturally knew my mind and body were super sensitive and malleable, capable of perceiving and feeling phenomena other people were not opened to seeing, feeling, or trusting.

It was not always easy to talk about what I saw or felt, especially back when I was a child.  Now, it’s a lot more accepting to talk about these “taboo” subjects without fear of being persecuted and burned at stake.  People are more curious.  Also, the children and young people coming into the world are a lot more advanced.  They are fearless and able to look behind the curtain and traverse the Land of Oz.

There’s a beautiful statistic I read and bumped in a few  years back, which resonated.  It stated that in the 1960s when I was born, there’s 1 child to every 10,000 who were born psychic.  In 1980s and 1990s when my children were born it was 1 out of 75.  Fascinating, huh?

The nail salon was empty when I arrived.   Hannah, the owner, was free to get a manicure for herself from one of her staff technicians.  They smiled and seemed happy to see me, telling me to sit at one of vibrating pedicure chairs right away.  I asked if business was slow most of the day.  And they said, yes, that was be expected, especially after July 4th.  But, I could intuit once more that their night would be busy.

Sure enough, a flood of customers streamed through.  I was about to leave when one of nail technicians, Linda, sitting beside me suggested that I come between 12:00 noon and 1:00 instead towards end of the day.  Linda gleefully acknowledged that I was attracting new customers.  I smiled knowing I had great joy in attracting prosperity and joy into people’s lives.

The salon had another customer, Linda said, who insisted on being the first client of the day.  When that customer came, their business would be dead for the whole day.  To break up this blocking energy, they would have to place be another client before her.

The gift of redemption is the ability to know ourselves from different points of views, and to trust and honor who we are in the Universe.  We all are so much more.  Our potential is huge!

Faithfully Yours, Tonya








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