I was in my car on a beautiful morning when I heard the news of the Orlando shootings. Although it would have been easy to be sickened and to fall into despair I immediately started to pray. I clung to the fact that love was rising up even more strongly than the darkness. Blood donations were rising dramatically. An outpouring of love was sent from all over the world to the families of those involved. The sad effects of prejudice shocked many into understanding the horrible effects of such judgmental ideologies.
I heard someone on the news saying, “I guess the takeaway is that we’re all human. We all have to help each other.” I burst into tears at these beautiful words. The world is now talking about “takeaways” – a modern term for the fact that there are things we can learn and love we can gather from even the most difficult situations.
So how do we find the “takeaways” and allow ourselves to feel good in our own lives even amidst the pain of the world? How can we be sensitive and loving souls, while still not falling into anger, fear, and despair?
Here are a few ways I cope while feeling the world’s pain so deeply…
1. Realize that you have the Vibrational Power to Create Change.
We cannot change another, nor can we change what has been done in the past. We certainly can’t bring those who have been killed back to life.
We may experience a righteous anger, but it is important not to stay trapped in an anger born of feeling helpless… “What it if happened to me? What if it happened to my loved ones?” The illusion of powerlessness gives rise to more violence, even in our own minds and hearts.
We can choose a more powerful response. We can choose not to perpetuate the vibration of violence. We can choose not to hate, to judge, or to condemn. We can choose to be kind to ourselves, kind to others, less judgmental, less critical, and more tolerant of differing ideologies. We can pray for the upliftment of the wounded souls who perpetuate such pain. For in choosing not to hate the hateful, we remove power from the poisonous vibration of hate, and empower the vibration of love.
2. Engage in Practices that Bring you Peace
Your Peace is a priority, and a vibrational blessing to the world. Go out in nature. Garden, cook, spend time with your kids, loved ones, animals. Read inspiring books. Go for a walk or a bike ride. Exercise. Listen to beautiful music. Being in a peaceful vibration allows you to do more good, to give as guided, and to love beyond reason.
I find peace in nature and music. I hiked 9 miles the weekend after the shootings and waded 2 1/2 of them in a pristine stream. I’ve been going to sleep every night listening to Robin Miller’s new CD “Dreams of Heaven because his music channeled music from the angelic realms instantly returns me to a space of Divine Love. I prioritize my peace so I can be of greater service.
3. Give as Guided
After some disasters I have walked to the phone, called the charities involved and donated more than I thought I could. After others I am compelled to post prayers. After some I am simply guided to silently send energy to those involved. There have been times when I’ve not been guided to do a thing except to be peaceful.
Ask your inner guidance what to do and you will know. Sometimes there is no answer and that means, “nothing this time.” Trust. For every human need another human being is guided to give. Sometimes it will be you, sometimes not.
4.Above all, Choose love
Choose not to hate those who hate. Choose not to judge those who condemn. All souls, without exception, are here in this one room schoolhouse to learn. Some do it gracefully. Some do it in hateful hurtful ways, but in all cases, we are all made of the same light and it is our divine calling to focus on the light within others, no matter how dim, and to pray that it be amplified.
If you are inclined, join me in a prayer that the lost, the angry, the hateful, wounded violent souls on this earth be uplifted into the light of Love, that their pain be soothed, that they remember someday who they truly are. And may the family and friends of those who left their bodies in the shootings, or any acts of violence, be comforted by the outpouring of love from our world. May they know and feel the presence of their loved ones in heaven and may their souls feel God’s peace.
Bless you all. I love you. I treasure our journey together.
May we be beacons of love in a world diligently working to awaken.