The global pandemic has produced some interesting human outcomes, steering away from physical health issues we see an emotional, spiritual communal uprising. People are finding humour and sharing it, we are having new feelings and sharing them, we are opening our minds to new possibilities as new circumstances have presented themselves. Some incredible, heartfelt messages have been sent out across the world through the worldwide channels we are currently blessed to have access to, so I thought it would be poignant, relevant and perhaps helpful to share some of the insightful and beautiful words I have recently read. Above all, they help in times of trouble; they are messages of guidance in the spirit of love.
First on my list is an extract written by Hopi, ‘White Eagle’, really touches the soul in an honest, relevant outline of humanity and spirituality on how to manage this crisis;
“This moment humanity is going through can now be seen as a portal and as a hole. The decision to fall into the hole or go through the portal is up to you. If they repent of the problem and consume the news 24 hours a day, with little energy, nervous all the time, with pessimism, they will fall into the hole. But if you take this opportunity to look at yourself, rethink life and death, take care of yourself and others, you will cross the portal. Take care of your home, take care of your body. Connect with the middle body of your spiritual House. Connect to the egregor of your spiritual home. Body, house, medium body, spiritual house, all this is synonymous, that is to say the same. When you are taking care of one, you are taking care of everything else. Do not lose the spiritual dimension of this crisis, have the aspect of the eagle, which from above, sees the whole, sees more widely. There is a social demand in this crisis, but there is also a spiritual demand. The two go hand in hand. Without the social dimension, we fall into fanaticism. But without the spiritual dimension, we fall into pessimism and lack of meaning. You were prepared to go through this crisis. Take your toolbox and use all the tools at your disposal. Learn about resistance with indigenous and African peoples: we have always been and continue to be exterminated. But we still haven’t stopped singing, dancing, lighting a fire and having fun. Don’t feel guilty about being happy during this difficult time. You don’t help at all by being sad and without energy. It helps if good things emanate from the Universe now. It is through joy that one resists. Also, when the storm passes, you will be very important in the reconstruction of this new world. You need to be well and strong. And, for that, there is no other way than to maintain a beautiful, happy and bright vibration. This has nothing to do with alienation. This is a resistance strategy. In shamanism, there is a rite of passage called the quest for vision. You spend a few days alone in the forest, without water, without food, without protection. When you go through this portal, you get a new vision of the world, because you have faced your fears, your difficulties … This is what is asked of you. Let them take advantage of this time to perform their vision seeking rituals. What world do you want to build for yourself? For now, this is what you can do: serenity in the storm. Calm down and pray. Everyday. Establish a routine to meet the sacred every day. Good things emanate, what you emanate now is the most important thing. And sing, dance, resist through art, joy, faith and love.”
This really helped me to sum up a lot of the tension, anxiety and fear I was feeling and find a way to turn confusion into clarity as well as numbness into positive action.
I also turn to the sweet, serene words by Jamaican-born, spiritual guru Mooji, or Moojibaba. He offered this short, uplifting video online recently to spiritually inspire the people through this crisis. His message is clear, that we are being offered a higher path during troublesome times. He speaks to encourage us all and push the idea that “this challenging time is a powerful opportunity for humanity to come together, to put aside our superficial differences and use this time to begin to change and wake up our true nature.”
He goes on to say that “Within you, there is a place of real stillness and peace, a depth and a beauty. God bless you that this coronavirus will not do its work but come to an end and we will continue to grow as human beings and indeed maybe even come to create a very wonderful world.” His words support the White Eagle’s in that we have been given a huge opportunity to make good come out of bad. To be challenged rather than overwhelmed. To find strength and faith rather than fear. To work towards a common goal of a more positive, communal version of humanity.
The theme of all such spiritual advice and offerings come with the same message; no matter who we are, our religion, our creed, our background, we have a choice and we have a voice. We have nature, and love is our own nature.
From here, and on this note I offer you some inspirational quotes to keep the spirits lifted, to convey these same messages more concisely, and to keep us all motivated towards a positive future, and that we have a true part in how that will unfold.
What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath —
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
Promise this world your love —
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.
– Lynn Ungar
“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.” — Sun Tsu
“The last of the human freedoms: to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” — Victor Frankl (Holocaust survivor)
“Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” – Fred Rogers
“Worry is like a rocking chair: It gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere,” – Erma Bombeck.
And of course above all, we can always keep in mind that, like everything – this too shall pass.
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