Last Monday I checked the questions coming on-line during my webinar, and I received one that puzzled me. It was a bit accusatory, actually, asking if I knew what was going on in the world, and that the writer could only assume that the webinar had been pre-recorded. Then I got an email from someone in New York talking about the heart-breaking news from Boston. So I checked CNN.com and discovered what had happened.
I mention this because this experience brings forth for me important choices I’ve made—and continue to make—that I know have been foundational to how I experience my life now. I made a decision years ago to stop listening to the news, because (1) it was so sensational, and (2) I could not figure out what to do with the information. How was the news of mayhem contributing to my life? So I ended my daily NPR habit.
Now my attitude is that I will find out about anything really important that I need to know—through people I know or other information channels—as I did on Monday. This serves to protect me from the negative effects of sensationalized news accounts. When I went onto CNN that day, I noted four different videos of the bombings that you could watch. Not one, four. Really? Really? (I didn’t watch any of them—why would I?)
In a circumstance like this, when things happen in the world that are disturbing, challenging, and on some level unfathomable, I have one response. I shared this on Facebook, and I share it here with you.
The most important thing each of us can do is stand strong in our love, and build our Light. There is no darkness, and no evil. There is only the pinching off of Light, the absence of love. And in this potent time, particularly strong during this Festival of Love during the Aries sun, remember these words of Sondra Ray: “Love brings up everything unlike itself for the purpose of healing.”
Next week, we come to the Festival of Light and the Wesak Full Moon, the second of the spring festivals. Even more support is available for this work.
We are in a powerful period of evolution and transformation—and that is not always, or even often, pretty or comfortable. Personal and spiritual growth is not all “nicey, nicey.” There’s confusion, pain, and sometimes inexplicable violence. Stand strong in your love, despite all circumstances. Build your Light and bring more Light into the world. This you CAN do. To this I dedicate myself every day. This I CAN DO. And so it is.