I’m still in a state of shock over all the sadness coming out of the United States of America. Like most of you, I’ve been glued to my computer screen – checking all the updates surrounding all the recent tragic events.
Needless the say, we all need to know how to heal after witnessing tragedy.
I just arrived back home from a beautiful trip visiting London, Leeds and Paris. I was all prepared to talk to you about how wonderful and soul fulfilling travelling can be and why you should do it too. Then, I jumped on the internet and turned on the television and had to change my plans.
A day after I returned, I witnessed the senseless killing of Philando Castile. Like many, I watch as he lost his life during a Facebook live video feed. If you haven’t been inundated with all the media storm around this tragedy. Let me share a bit on what I know. Philando and his girlfriend (who was actually the driver of the car) and her 4-year-old daughter were pulled over for driving with a broken taillight in the state of Minnesota. The officer who approached the passenger side of the car where Philando was sitting, asked to see his license and registration. It’s reported that Philando, informed the officer that he was reaching into his back pocket for his wallet to get his ID. It is also reported that Philando informed the officer that he was a licensed gun holder and he had a firearm on him. After this, the officer shot Philando several times in his right arm, which later killed him.
A day before this shooting, Alton Sterling, another black unarmed man was murdered in cold blood on camera by 2 Caucasian law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My reaction to both murders was, “Are you kidding me?” “Where am I living?” Then my mind went to the safety of my male family members. I started to worry about my uncles and my cousins. Then my mind went to, “oh my gosh, what about my brothers, what if they are travelling in the States, would this happen to them as well? I was so enraged!
Not to mention, that a few weeks before these senseless killings. A gunman went into Pulse nightclub, which is a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and shot and killed 49 innocent party goers and injured several more.
All this violence is damaging to our collective soul body. We need to really stop it! We need to understand that there is no “them” outside of “us” — we are ALL ONE human race.
These acts of violence have me feeling a deep-seated pain that I’ve never felt before. I feel like I can feel some of the past pain and suffering my ancestors experienced. This could be because I’m tapped into the universal body of energy that flows through me from Reiki.
It has been about a week now since these sad events took place and I still feel unsettled. I feel like I’m walking around with a dark cloud of sadness over my head.
I know that I MUST shift my perspective and allow myself to focus on only love, so I’m working on it. At times It can be really hard to shift our perspective.
I find that reciting positive affirmations and spending time in quiet contemplation really helps. I do know that I don’t want to lose my drive and desire to do something more to help humanity heal and operate from a place of love. I know that it’s all about what we focus on. If we focus on the hate, that’s what we are going to get more of. But, if we focus on the love – that’s what we’ll bring into our lives and into the lives of everyone we come in contact with.
This is why it’s so important for ALL of us to spread LOVE instead of hate so only love can be the dominant ruler of the world.
Here’s the thing, we all MUST find a new and positive way to operate on this planet together. Collectively, we must come to an understanding that we’re a global community of spirits living to experience beauty and love. So, let us all try to walk in each other’s shoes. This way, we’ll be able to better understand each person’s personal life experiences. When we are able to do this, we are more capable of showing compassion, empathy and love even if the other person looks nothing like us on the outside. Let us face it, if we ALL had our eyesight removed, we can all pretty much agree that we would all look and feel the same. Also, if we removed the skin from our bodies we would be left with only our skeleton, which would show that we all look the same. Providing this could be done without harming anyone.
I know it’s much easier to talk the good talk, but seriously, let’s really try to shift the narrative to do better. Let us dig deep within ourselves to find the answers that will help us to live harmoniously with each other. Race should NEVER be a reason to demonstrate hate towards another human being, rather than love.
Yes, it has been like this for hundreds of years! But it will continue to be this way unless we choose to change the narrative to love instead of hate.
Here is a list of 8 simple things you can do right now to help you and the world heal after witnessing a tragedy.
1. Connect with loved ones who provide a safe place for you to receive love. There’s no better way to get out of feeling crappy than to surround yourself with people who love you and want the best for you.
2. Disconnect from Social Media, this one is huge! When we use Social media to stream all the negative crap, it feeds into all of our fears and pain. This creates more fear and pain in our lives.
3. When you see any form of injustice taking place in the world, it is our duty to speak up. When we are silent, it’s the same as us condoning the bad behaviour.
4. Get out and spend time in nature. Admire the simple beauty that was given to us to enjoy for FREE. Doing this will rejuvenate your soul.
5. Spend time in quiet meditation and conversation with God/Divine
6. Create a support group to help you and others manage the pain you’ve experienced after a tragic event. Ex. Facebook is such a great place to do this one if you can’t meet in person. I know, this goes against number 2, but I’ll give you a free pass on this one, as long as you stay away from the negative crap. If you can meet in person, Meetup is the best place to create a supportive group with like-minded peeps.
7. When you’re out and about, pick a random person to do something kind for. You can do something like, offer to carry their grocery to their car, hold the door open while they walk through. Another thing you can do is offer a hug to someone that is showing signs of sadness. Obviously, you should do all of these without expecting a “thank you” in return.
8. Think some positive and loving thought and project them out into the world. I know it’s easy to focus on the negative when we are upset. But I want you to remember that whatever we focus on, WILL increase in our lives. With that knowledge, let us make LOVE the one dominant energy that will overpower all the hate.
The awesome thing about this list is – none of these will cost you a dime. But each will brighten the day of every person that receives the kindness you choose to share with them!
Please share how these recent events have affected you and how you plan to stand up for love in the world. Post in the comment section below where the conversation happens.
I love you all so much! Keep being that wonderful light of love and hope in the world. Until next week.
Live in love and peace,