Healing, Hope, Compassion and Goodwill
Kathlyn Kingdon, March 19, 2011
I want to begin by thanking all of you who have faithfully continued with the spiritual work of Earth Healing Day. Yet, this debt of gratitude comes not simply from me, one mere being on a heftily populated planet, it comes from the planet, herself. As we continue our prayers and meditations for the people and ecosystems located in areas encountering such amazingly planetary stress, it is good to periodically also create some inner receptivity and listen to our precious planet and her offspring. After all, if we can send out mental frequencies of healing, hope, compassion and good will, we can surely receive returning frequencies as well.
The healing originally selected for April, 2011, was the Gulf of Mexico. We thought it appropriate to revisit the Gulf on the first anniversary of last year’s crisis, continue with our healing focus, and bless the entire area as the living waters and coastlines move forward from the devastating occurrences we sadly witnessed last year. To that end, I am providing a link that all of you may watch, which shows the abundant and teeming bird life that occupies this magnificent region. As you may know, along with the new life that is cheering for healed waters and coastlines, there is also another side to the story that bespeaks the tragedy that continues in the Gulf. I hope all of you will take the time to research this matter for yourselves, and will hold the Gulf and all its inhabitants secure in your precious heart of wisdom.
While implementing our plans to feature the Gulf of Mexico, shocking news broke on March 11th of events in Japan that logged a whole series of earthquakes, with the most devastating one clocking in at somewhere between 9 and 9.1 on the Richter scale. This unprecedented event was followed by a catastrophic tsunami.1 As of this writing (March 18), the latest reported death toll is 7,197, and the number of people reported as still missing is roughly 10,905, according to the National Police Agency, although reports from other sources are higher. 2
After losing homes, loved ones, and all their possessions, many survivors are now contending with harsh winter weather conditions and radioactive fallout from the explosive collapses of four nuclear-powered electricity generators. While additional reactor plants may also be at risk of meltdown, the impending threat of catastrophic radiation sickness and death hangs over the afflicted area like a death pall. Since the media worldwide is covering these events, I will not here attempt sorting out all the details. Suffice it to say, the people of Japan need our prayers and the creative forces of our combined meditation skills.
In the face of such tragedy, it seems impossible to find words to communicate both the devastation and a vision of hope. A friend of mine sent me an e-mail she received quoting a friend’s friend in Japan. The quote she offered was amazing, and I will pass it along here:
"A morning note from a friend in Japan said that the trees are flowering there - and there were celebrations -- thinking of Yoko Ono's offering that one of the things we might best do is honor the strength of Japan and the people there."
This, I believe, is a fitting tribute to a country that has entered the modern time in the shadow of its own nuclear holocaust during World War II. Think what it must be like for those who lost family members to radiation sickness and death, or grueling deaths by cancers that resulted from the radioactive fallout occurring after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japan had to rebuild its infrastructure after these bombings, in the face of unimaginable loss.
Further, after the Kobe earthquake in 1995, Japan once again had huge infrastructure collapses to replace. This earthquake was particularly devastating, due to the fact that it occurred at a depth of fewer than 20 km below Awajishima (an island in the Japan Inland Sea). The shallow epicenter resulted in a surface rupture and an average horizontal displacement of roughly 1.5 meters on the Nojima fault. While Japan has faced many earthquakes and tsunamis in its history, often with amazing consequences, none have had the 1, 2, 3-punch of the recent series of events.
For those of you wishing to offer some assistance, even if small, here is a list of relief organizations that are trustworthy and have a great record in their service work.
Samaritans Purse: www.samaritanspurse.org
Direct Relief International:www.directrelief.org
The Salvation Army World Service office International Relief Fund: www.uss.salvationarmy.org/uss/www_uss.nsf
The Tzu Chi Foundation:www.us.tzuchi.org/usa/
For those of you old enough to remember the T-shirt generation as your own, you might find the following link a nice way to offer some financial support to a very deserving cause – one for which the final chapter is yet to be written.
In the days to follow, I know we will all continue to be shocked at the toll now striking Japan. I trust that we will be inspired by stories of heroism and bravery that will touch our very souls. In the mean time, let’s see if we can find a way to increase our humaneness to all living beings. Let’s join our hearts and intentions in a combined commitment to global peace. As we remember our brothers and sisters around the world who are engaged in the very costly process of creating liberation, we must dedicate whatever good might come as a result of our combined efforts to the utter healing of Earth and her precious inhabitants.
With a singular voice, may we together chant:
May all beings be happy;
May all beings know peace;
May all beings have ease and a sense of well-being;
May love and kindness fill and heal all beings everywhere!
May each one of you be blessed a 100-fold for your continuing precious service to Earth. As you heal, so may you be healed!
for Earth Healing Day