Everyone I saw on Monday January 18th was having a rough day. They seemed distracted, agitated, and nothing was going their way. It was no wonder, I thought, given the events in Haiti the day before.
All of us were affected by the tragedy, but most people are unaware of how deeply and instinctively we were affected. The Haitians are not separate from us — we are energetically and spiritually linked. What happened to them influenced us on a quantum level. All creatures are connected, so when the earthquake tore a hole in their country, each of us was riveted by our own aftershock.
I believe Haiti represents Humanity. Until recently, the balance of power has been with the greedy. The Haitian disaster was not about mother nature; it was about poverty and injustice. These sacred souls gave of themselves to open a deep, festering wound, so that all may heal. It is imperative that we don’t allow any of their brave suffering to be in vain.
The healing has begun with telethons, rescue efforts and international dialogue. Human and animal suffering is being alleviated, and people are opening their hearts with prayer. I wish I could believe that digging into my wallet and sending loving thoughts was all that was necessary. If we are to have sustainable change, then more is required.
I ask that you take a moment to reflect on life from a spiritual perspective. What is our own personal responsibility in creating this tragedy. (Yes, I said create.) And what is our responsibility in transforming Haiti and Humanity?
Life is a duality — each situation holds both positive and negative circumstances. In the midst of every tragedy, the best and worst of humanity come out. Because we are all connected, and because small changes in a quantum field can have universal ramifications, we must look at both the positive and negative aspects of ourselves. It is only through self reflection, increased awareness, and a gutsy commitment to change that humanity will create long lasting peace and prosperity.
The good news is that each of us, by being kinder and more courageous, can affect a child in Haiti. The bad news is that by each of us being bitter and fearful, we affect a child in Haiti. That is also true for every child in this country and around the world.
So after you have given the physical substance of money, I ask you to decide how you are going to spiritually contribute to healing Haiti and this planet. Are you going to continue whining, being fearful, and blaming others for your circumstances? Or are you going to learn from your own personal aftershock? Are you going to face the elephant in the room, or will you turn away when the anger and fear rise up?
There is no right or wrong answer here. Life is about free will, and whatever you decide is valued. If you begin, however, by being honest with yourself about what you can and can’t face, you’d be surprised at how much more peaceful you will feel. What you resist persists.
If you should choose to face your challenges, there’s more good news. You don’t have to know how to overcome them, you need only intend to do so. Once the choice is made, relax, open your heart and ask for help, and it will come. Relief may be far more subtle than rescue workers landing on a darkened island runway, but it will be just as miraculous.