Japanís Disaster: A Spiritual Perspective
Over the last few weeks, catastrophe and conflict have jostled for attention on newsstands around the world. It has been a month of great confusion and uncertainty, but also a reminder of just how connected we all are. When Tsunami alerts reached the coasts of so many different countries, it inevitably triggered a feeling that challenged everything that was known, as we collectively faced the uncertainty of the future.
It is catastrophes such as these that challenge us to relinquish our attachment to the external, to evaluate what is real, what is truly important, and discard that which is not. Not only are external structures falling, but also internal ones, ones that no longer apply to a world that is changing at an ever increasing pace.
Those who must face these situations must also learn to bring out the best that life has taught them. To give the best of themselves, which is what makes humanity great and inspires us all: to weather these times of loss and desolation in solidarity, confronting the devastation together, as one human family.
Destruction has visited the shores of Haiti, Chile and now Japan, and with it we bear witness to the greatness and courage that emerges from these situations, how everyone moves into action and service. Irrespective of the country or culture affected, we are human and these circumstances provoke an immediate reaction from the indestructible heart in each of us, to extend our hands, to support others in their need, irrespective of oneís own loss. Exemplary stories appear at these times, of local heroes who inspire the world; greatness is palpable and always showing us that we can achieve more.
Even so, the fear for oneís own security has been detonated on a massive scale, not just by the movements of land and sea, but also by the invisible threat of radioactivity, its ultimate consequences still uncertain. It is in these extreme conditions that each person has the possibility of choosing to be more. The ground moves beneath us, there is nowhere outside to hold onto for safety, so we must go inwards, to discover a heart that is loving and giving, forever in peace and serenity, regardless of the chaos that surrounds us.
We are discovering that internal anchor that gives us security, our own inner stronghold; the rock on which to stand and from which to act, feeling life itself vibrating and loving deep within us, realizing that there is nothing more than that love. It is extreme, yet it is. We can only embrace what is, in each moment, within each of us, and expand it.
We can allow appreciation to grow, the appreciation of our achievements beyond circumstance, the appreciation of what we do have and what we can share, the appreciation of the simple things, for life is simple; it is us humans that make it complicated! The appreciation of nature and her wisdom, observing how animals flow with changes, how they follow the path that nature draws for them; and trust in the profound knowing that lies within each of us, beyond intellectual understanding: the vibration of love itself, an energy that is not separate from anything in life.
It is a situation that we cannot control with the intellect: we have not studied, we are unprepared. Our only hope is to stand in that space of internal security, that can appreciate and change, that can flow and trust.
And so we will discover that despite the circumstances, there are a million things to give thanks for, until that attitude becomes our state of being. Then, with the thread of appreciation, we may weave a collective cloth of love, a tangible blanket that covers us all, caring for all and shared as one.
You feel, therefore you know. I embrace you all today and forever in my unconditional love.
Isha Judd is an internationally renowned spiritual teacher and author; her latest book and movie, Why Walk When You Can Fly? explain her system for self-love and the expansion of consciousness. Learn more at www.whywalkwhenyoucanfly.com