On Monday October 2nd, you may have awoken to the news of a mass shooting in Las Vegas. And as you continued to process the stress brought on by the natural disasters that have ravaged the earth this summer, your heart broke open even wider to hear the news of yet another disaster… this time, man-made. The shooter seems to have taken his motive to the grave, leaving senselessness in his wake. Just like a hurricane, destroying lives and dissolving in a matter of hours, this event opened the door to countless interpretations about why things bad things happen to good people.
Arguments will rage on and you may want to find someone to blame. Fear about what’s around the corner will prevail. You may feel helpless to do anything to change things. You may also feel like there is little good left in the world.
I want to help turn that around for you, right this very moment.
You see, while you were taking in the tragic images and sounds on the television, I found myself in an odd situation. I was in lockdown in the basement level of a Las Vegas hotel, across the street from the concert venue. We waited patiently for 7 hours for reliable news about what was happening outside (as it changed minute by minute). Some sat in silence and some talked among themselves, coming to terms with the moment. We checked our phones, called loved ones and tried to sleep. It was not until I saw the same news coverage as you did, the next morning – when I began to feel traumatized too.
Before that moment, I knew that I had not experienced nearly the same thing as the concert goers I walked passed at 5:00am on the way back to my hotel. Their ghostly faces revealed pain that would take some serious time to heal and release. For me, I merely had to sit still until the coast was clear. I was protected for some reason. I was there for some reason. I took it as a message to stand more strongly in my purpose on this planet to elevate peace, love and wisdom over the rage, fear and hubris that keeps humanity disconnected from its true essence.
When I see the truth of that, I feel empowered to hold a space of deep peace for those who face tragedy head-on. I feel empowered to send light, donate resources and amplify the possibility of healing for them and anyone else going through chaos right now. But when I subject myself to repeatedly watching the horrors of what occurred, I lose all resourcefulness. I then become a victim who needs healing, not a healer who can send healing.
Whether you were hundreds of feet away or thousands of miles away, you also have a choice about how you will respond to the challenging realities that are upon us.
I’m not saying don’t pay attention to what is occurring in our world today. It’s important to know and be informed, and to process your emotions about it all. What I AM saying is that it does no good to traumatize yourself by watching the images over and over or by sinking into the belief that, because of angry and disconnected souls like the Las Vegas shooter, there is no good left in the world.
You know why? Because YOU are that good. You could not see darkness for what it is otherwise. When you say there is no good left, you dis-empower yourself as an agent of change, love and light. And we need you now more than ever.
So now, try unplugging from the TV and social media as much as possible. Go for walks. Take deep breaths. Talk with those who uplift you. Uplift someone else. Listen to the wind as it whispers us in new directions. All is well, and where it is not, you can help make it so – but only by knowing that you have light to share and don’t need the world to change before you can share it.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.” Martin Luther King Jr.
To all who are affected (directly and indirectly) by shootings, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, war and any other challenge at this time…
I send Peace, Love and Wisdom always,