Today was an auspicious day for me. A client shared with me some thoughts about life, about how we are all connected and all part of the universe and the Kingdom of God. I was thinking about how we create our reality and bring about our good fortune by the way we respond and naturally affect the responses of others.
Feeling such a powerful sense of love and peace and contentment, I responded:
“We are all basically seeking to return to the realization of who we are, a magnificent manifestation of God’s creation.”
Then I thought about what I had said and I added: “It certainly doesn’t feel that way, often, when we are confronted with the current appearances, in the form of people, activities, events and circumstances. If we keep remembering who we are, it is amazing how these appearances start to change or we see them for what they are and are no longer perturbed by them.”
After thinking a bit more, I wrote: “The goal of life is to accept and love your self and to allow others to be themselves. You share with them what you like and don’t like without expecting them to change anything to please you or because you think they need to change something. Nobody wants to change. Everybody wants to be accepted, understood, loved and acknowledged for just being themselves.”
I felt really good about what I was thinking and sharing about my expanded understanding and my awareness of life. And then — I got a phone call that temporarily shattered my illusion that I had it all together. An Employee Assistance Program contacted me to ask if I was available to respond to a “Critical Incident.” A person wielding a gun had come to this office, not once but a second time to get money. Nobody had been physically harmed but they were certainly visibly shaken and traumatized. And the thief managed to escape a second time without being caught.
I wondered what I could say to people who feared for their safety and feared the worst about possibly being brutally harmed or even killed? My first goal was to listen attentively with compassion, tenderness and total presence. I learned that this was a tight-knit office, that they all worked well together, felt secure in their jobs and enjoyed coming to work. They had just begun to relax again from their reactions to the first incident and then it happened all over again.
So my next goal was to remind them that safety is actually an illusion. None of us has total control over what might happen. I told them that I had lived in New York City, not far from the Empire State Building. I explained that since I return to NY often, I could easily have been one of the people who happened to walk by last week when a gunmen started shooting and people got wounded by stray police bullets. Then I talked about Colorado, where I had just recently attended a conference not too far from Aurora, and I explained that “there but for the Grace of God” I might have been one of those people who chose to go to that movie on that night when a guy dressed up like the Joker devaastated the audience with bullets.
Next, I asked them to share what they were grateful for in their lives. I encouraged them to talk about what they appreciate in their life, to sit quietly, breathe deeply and pray, to write their thoughts and feelings in a notebook or journal, and to focus on all that they are truly grateful for. I even suggested that they keep a neutral mind in thinking about the perpetrator, to realize that this person would not act in this way if he felt loved, loving and worthwhile.
Many of us have learned the principles of higher consciousness. I see it expressed continually on my social media sites. But how many of us are able to access that higher level of knowing and being when we are confronted with adversity, trauma, betrayal, physical or emotional pain and suffering? This is when it is most important to access the love that is within us and all around. Each of us is a fountain of love if we are willing to share from our heart.
If I have shared my love by helping only one person to overcome adversity, have a renewed sense of loving life and feeling safe today, then I believe I have done something magnificent for the day.
Please leave a comment and share the small and magnificent things you have done with love today.