As I’m writing this, police are looking for Suspect #2 in the Boston Marathon bombing. Hopefully by the time you read this he will have been apprehended and the public drama will be over.
Of course, the story won’t be over. Not for people who were injured or killed and all of their families. They will be left to cope with the consequences of that day for a very long time – possibly the rest of their lives.
And we will be left to wonder, once again, when this violence will end. And how can we have faith that the world is becoming a better place when events like this seem to happen with increasing frequency?
During this past week I’ve turned to my Guidance for solace. I’ve asked to see this situation from a higher perspective – one free from human emotion – so that I might get a glimpse of what it’s like to view these events as something other than a tragedy. Because I need to believe that such tragedy has a purpose.
In these times that threaten to break our hearts, we’re asked to anchor ourselves to what we already know in order to maintain our inner peace:
1 – Love brings up everything that isn’t like itself.
What we believe is still true: The vibration of Earth and her people is rising. As many of us open our hearts to Divine Love, it shifts the balance for everyone else. We’re putting more Love into the environment, which raises the overall frequency of the globally coherent energy.
What this naturally does is force out any lower energies that are no longer compatible with the whole. This includes energies within the physical planet – hence, the earthquakes and volatile weather we’ve been seeing for a few years as Earth is expressing (literally, pressing out) the lower energies. This also includes lower energies in people, who must also express them in order to get them out. Unfortunately, the ones who haven’t learned how to process feelings in a healthy way lash out – some on individual levels that we never see, some through public acts of terrorism.
2 – For some, Anger is a step up.
One piece of information I cling to is the Emotional Scale that Abraham teaches. (Ask and It Is Given by Esther & Jerry Hicks, pg. 297). The emotions at the bottom point of the scale are Despair, Depression, and Powerlessness. People who live at this emotional setpoint, for example, may feel that the government has all the power and they have none. As they are compelled by their environment to reach for a better feeling, what they find on the next step up the scale is Anger and Revenge. Acts of terrorism, therefore, are often the outward manifestation of someone moving from Powerless into first emotional state that offers power – Anger.
But how do we deal with that information? Are we supposed to celebrate for them? That sounds so absurd in the face of the damage they’ve caused. Someday, if not now, you’ll be able to separate the cause and effect and see each for what they are. Right now, there is nothing asked of you other than to consider that this perspective is possible.
3 – You are allowed not to participate.
Honestly, I wasn’t sure how to word this one. It’s a complex concept that’s hard to distill into one meaningful sentence. Also, it’s supposed to trigger you a little, I’m being assured.
Tragedy has become a cultural phenomenon – a ritual. We get word of one and it’s like the world stops. One of the undercurrents in this phenomenon suggests, If you don’t stop your life because someone else experienced a tragedy, you don’t care. How dare anyone not post about it on Facebook? How dare anyone continue to do his or her work, when lives have been lost? In my opinion, that is more crippling to our society than the initial event, not only because of how it widens the impact and slows productive living for days but also because it assures every future terrorist that he’ll be able to have the same impact.
Here is a different way to have this experience: Be present with it. If you feel sad or angry or anything within yourself, let those feelings happen. But also turn off the TV, close your browser and give it five minutes. Do you still have those feelings? If not then what you’re feeling isn’t sadness or angry, it’s empathy. Move those feelings out of yourself and into the Light, or ask Archangel Michael to do it for you. Whether those feelings were yours or someone else’s, they will be release and you’ll find peace again.
And if you feel nothing, let yourself feel nothing. Don’t buy into the pressure to stop your life and be sad because others are sad. That’s not what compassion is. Compassion is holding space for others to have their feelings and needs, without requiring those to be the same as or different from your own. While you’re holding compassion for the victims of a tragedy, have the same compassion for yourself by not requiring your feelings or needs to be any particular way.
4 – Love globally, act locally.
These words came to me in the shower this morning. They address the question, How do I care without stepping into the drama myself?
They mean this: When tragedy strikes (and at any other time), the best thing you can do for people in it is to emanate love. Imagine yourself sending love out into the world in the form of white light, pink paper hearts, arms hugging the Earth, or whatever imagery suits you. Follow Marianne Williamson on Facebook and you’ll see how she does it, leading her followers to direct their prayers together for the greater good.
Once you’ve done that, return your focus to your local space. Start very local, with the 20 feet surrounding you. Start with you. What energy are you putting out into the world? Is there anger in your vibration that you can let go? Are there fears and blocks that you can dissolve? Remember that the globally coherent energy is formed by each individual, so when you clean up your vibration you truly are helping the world. And finding personal peace in the process.
Then you can slowly expand your focus. How can you be of service to your family? Your friends? Your local neighborhood? Your town? What inspired actions can you take? How can you be different with them so that they shift too?
This is how you end up saving the world – not by becoming as widely-known as Oprah or Gandhi that your words and deeds reach everyone, but by being one of millions of people cleaning up their own corner of it.
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