Wind And Water Elemental Imbalances
Kristi McCracken, June 2, 2011
An unsettling video image of people scrambling onto the roof of their car as it floats down the flooded street like a boat in a turbulent river brings the plight of the flood victims onto our screens for prayerful consideration. In compassion, we note the power of the out of balance water element. Film footage of the devastation from numerous tornadoes shows traumatized people looking for their homes and loved ones after the powerful winds tore their world apart. We note also the imbalanced air element.
The disturbing part about these images is that they could have been taken in numerous places around the globe from the flooding Red River Valley in Canada down to the Mighty Mississippi River as it crests and spills into the Gulf of Mexico. Like the waterways of the world, earth’s planetary citizens are connected.
Our planet and her inhabitants need our compassionate attention as powerful wind and water storms rage. Unprecedented amounts of rain that cannot be absorbed by the deluged land are causing flooding, and super cell tornadoes of higher magnitude have literally torn apart hundreds of lives and entire towns.
In Joplin, Missouri officials say the death toll from the massive tornado last month has risen to 138 people making it the deadliest single U.S. tornado since 1950. According to the Associate Press, along a six mile path of destruction, more than 8,000 homes and 500 commercial properties were destroyed in the tornado.
Japan still needs our prayers after suffering nuclear reactive meltdowns, which produced contaminated water and air. Radioactive particulates carried by both water and air currents, will likely affect far reaching places on the planet for years to come. Even the land has dead zones that are not likely return to their prior fertile condition for at least 100 years.
When you make note of flooding in Australia, the Philippines, Thailand, South Africa, Brazil, and Bolivia, it becomes apparent that the water element seems out of balance all across the planet. Of course, we must also count the flooding rivers in Columbia, Canada and Midwestern U.S., as well.
Columbia, South America, usually has two rainy seasons: one in the fall and in the spring. However, it has been raining now for a full year, with devastating results. Over 3 million people have been displaced. Northern and southern hemispheric winds converge here, forcing strong thunderstorm updrafts. These severe storms have resulted in very heavy flooding.
The unusually heavy spring rains have produced devastating floods in Colombia killing over 400 people so far this year. Nearly 500 others are missing. Last year’s floods killed nearly 600 people. The director of Colombia’s weather service said that they have received 5-6 times the usual rainfall over the past year.
Flooding in Manitoba, Canada has been a reoccurring problem, but this year it caused billions of dollars in damages. Hundreds of residents along Manitoba Lake raced to evacuate before highways became too flooded for them to leave. Farmers and rail owners worry that the submersion once again of the flood plains in the Red River Valley is drowning their economy. Yet odd as it seems, flooding here spares residents downstream in Winnipeg.
Unfortunately, dam spillage and levee leaks, as well as intentional dike diversions, caused families to not only to lose their farms, but their ability to earn an income, as well. While the government offers compensation for property loss, perhaps the real issue concerns loss of income. Flooded fields cannot be planted and for this, there is no compensation.
Further south, rapid snowmelt and heavy spring rains added stress to the eight dams along the Missouri River including large ones in the Dakotas. Tributaries to the Mississippi are greatly swollen, and the rushing currents continue to affect lives downstream.
Flooding along the Mighty Mississippi and its tributaries inundated the Midwest with large volumes of water. Residents in numerous towns along the affected region attempted to sandbag their way to flood control as the river crested at new highs in multiple cities on its southern surge toward New Orleans.
The Mighty Mississippi has been protected from flooding since 1950s by a system of levees and spillways. This year, the Army Corp of Engineers opened the flood gates on all the spillways at the same time for the first time ever. Flow experts said that opening levees would alleviate pressure on the entire system, displacing hundreds (rather than thousands) of residents. Watching fields of crops and pasturelands for livestock turn into lakes left those who labored over them speechless, and often homeless.
As earth’s inhabitants face the powerful destructive forces of Mother Nature’s elemental imbalances, the realization has begun to dawn on many more people that inner calm and balance are needed to meet the challenges we, as a global community, face. May you, too, be willing to open the floodgates of your heart, releasing huge flows of compassion to aid those affected by these flooding conditions, and to alleviate the pressures of chaos in your life, as well. Allow your compassion to flow into your community and out to our planet during these wet and windy transformative times.
As Buckminster Fuller reminded us, we’re not just passengers aboard spaceship earth, we’re the crew. Our compassionate response to the pressing needs of flood and tornado survivors can have a restorative effect on balancing our Mother Earth, and on the elemental forces of wind and water that have raged so savagely in many parts of our world.