Monday, November 12, 2012

Not so subtle signals

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. " Mother Teresa

Studies of animal life and indigenous cultures during some of the most devastating disasters, even the deadly tsunamis in the last few years, show surprisingly little loss in life. Somehow the animal kingdom and the natives know long before a tsunami is about to hit and are able to evacuate to higher ground. When scientists ask the natives of various islands how they knew danger was coming, they respond that it was obvious. They are able to recognize the subtle signals from the environment and earth and react accordingly.

In our modern society, we feel so separate and disconnected from the earth, the natural environment and each other, we completely miss or dismiss the subtle signals. In fact, we are so ignorant of our membership in the whole, we dismiss even the most overt signals the earth can sends to us.

The day before hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey, Hawaii received a tsunami warning and evacuated low lying areas due to an Earthquake of 7.7 in magnitude in British Columbia. The week after Sandy, a nor'easter hit the same disaster area along New Jersey and New York. The day after that storm hit there was a 7.5 Earthquake in Guatemala, killing more than 50 people so far.

These are not subtle signs from our environment, this is Mother Earth hitting us up side the head. And yet still there are those who would say that these are isolated incidents and if we are not directly affected, it really has nothing to do with us.

Some will see what is happening and fear will creep into their hearts and minds, but fear will paralyze or bring out the base qualities of humanity. Do not fear, move into action. Join, band and come together. Separation is a lie. Together we can survive and thrive even as we face major changes and upcoming difficulties.

We need to wake up to the fact that we are all connected and recognize that we are all part of the same environment. The alarms have sounded, we must all get to higher ground. I mean this figuratively although, if I lived in a flood plane, I'd move. Now is the time to make the necessary changes to move us away from the brink of further and catastrophic disaster. Now is the time to band together. Now is the time for kindness and compassion. Now is the time for prudence and to forestall our ravenous appetite for consumption and selfishness. Now is the time to recognize and acknowledge the signs and heed the warnings. Now is the time for Unity Consciousness.

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