So much has already happened to start 2011; so many opportunities and reasons, so many catalysts to encourage us to take a fresh look at life with both un-jaundiced eyes and mind. We’re receiving wake-up calls that prompt us to ask the long stifled question, “where do we go from here? Can we do better? Can we live better? Can we heal and be well?”
The word “shocking” has become the unexpected intruder in the unfolding history of this young year. Unexpected perhaps, but the events are all catalysts for each of us to ask probing questions.
With birds falling from the sky and fish die offs in the U.S. and around the world…
We search for causes, offering everything from fireworks and cold weather to HAARP emissions and the loop current as the answer…
But the mystery lingers…
Mystery, i.e., our inability to make sense out of a phenomenon, experience, or concept with understandings presently thought to be true, serves as reminders that we don’t know everything yet, and catalysts to stay open and keep asking questions.
We must ask questions if we are to change our attitudes, to change our behavior, and hence, our experience.
We don’t question human behavior nearly enough. In fact, we oftentimes tell ourselves that we (or they) can’t change. However, there’s a big difference between “can’t” and won’t. The only way to know the difference, is accepting that positive change is possible. The alternative, is to go dumb, or numb.
Then, just when we become comfortable in our numbness to bad news, another event happens close to home that we just can’t ignore, making us ask questions again.
My heart goes out to those who were involved in, and affected by the shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson (1/8/2011), which is just down the road from me.
As much as we wish her a speedy and full recovery, who among us is ready to send healing wishes to the man who pulled the trigger? Is he not, and was he not already in dis-ease?
Is he not “one of our own” too?
Are we ready to celebrate the heroes and disown the villains, locking them up and throwing away the key, or putting them to death?
How’s that working for us?
Would it be better to punish him? Or would it be better to help him heal his heart so that we know that the “red zone enmity” that he sunk to won’t happen again from him?
If we can help him heal, then can we help other “red zone cases” that currently fill our prisons?
If we heal just one such man or woman, then a blessing can emerge from this chaotic mess.
(Hint, it won’t happen via prescription medication or surgery.)
If we seek to punish alone, we’ll get more of the same.
Every moment, every event, and every experience that is not to our liking is a catalyst to ask the question; “is there another way of seeing and responding, that I might realize a new quality of change? Can healing come from this?” These are personal questions that can affect humanity as a whole.
Even the most tragic moments have within them the seeds of the greatest blessings and beginnings. They will grow based on the environment that we create around them. If we create an environment that nurtures greatness and actually heals dis-ease of all involved, then the fruits of our choices will eventually nourish us.
Asking the right questions and making inspired choices are the first steps that each of us can take.
I reach out to the people of Australia’s heartlands, who are experiencing Mother Nature’s power first hand. This is not vengeance, but her need to “adjust” her settings. Brace yourselves for something wonderful; the new lives that you can create in your new world.
I reach out to the people of Haiti. You were suffering from life before the events of January 12, 2010, only to see a bad situation turn worse in the ensuing year. My heart goes out to you.
Will you search within your own heart and allow heaven to emerge from your hell?
Money only brings palliative relief, and even that will be for a few. Only love can cure what ails you.
To my fellow U.S. citizens on the Gulf Coast who still endure the effects of the chemical desecration that was the Gulf Oil Spill treatment chosen by BP and the U.S. Government. A corporate decision made a bad situation worse, and efforts are still being made to cover it up.
Even as you cope with the tell-tale and obvious signs of disease, please know that you can heal yourselves, your children, and communities. If you do, you can show others the way.
To those around the world whose countries are torn asunder by war, whether cultural, civil and political, please know that peace is at hand; and that it begins with and through you. Will you make your desire to break the cycle of tragedy your reason to treat others the way you want to be treated, instead of reason to prey on innocents?
To those who are in poverty. If you don’t see a wonderful bounty that is available just for you at the expense of no one else, then imagine it into being. Imagine yourself joyfully being part of its growth.
To those who populate our jails, please forgive us for shunning and fearing you. We have made you our problem. Let those who are ready to treat others as human, even in an inhumane place, raise their thoughts and set a new course of intention. You are where you are for a reason. Only by owning the choices that you made to get there, will you gain the power to liberate yourself, even while behind bars. What is the true warden, but fear?
We complain about the darnedest things. We see our troubles as the worst there could ever be. Yet, we don’t know jack about troubles. Someone, somewhere always is experiencing something that would immediately make us feel grateful for the troubles that we have, and maybe even consider that we can fix them.
The world that we live in is one of our creation. Limited resources and availability, haves and have-nots, poor and rich, heroic and villainous, healthy and diseased, are all states of one humanity, and we are all capable of experiencing any or all of these expressions. We are also able to change any, if we ask heart-felt questions, and are willing to see new ways.
Take a look at the image… how do you see it? Is the sun rising? or is it setting?
The answer depends on your point of view, which only you can change.
There’s an emergency in the Gulf of Mexico, still. Even with the wellhead apparently capped, there is a state of emergency.
This evening I watched a documentary on the National Geographic Channel about the progress that has been made in the Gulf, including the apparent success at finally capping the well. Yet, while the work that is going on down there — by the workers at least — is sincere, the prognosis that the public is left with, is bleak.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
BP’s obsession with collecting the oil is (1) myopic, (2) short-sighted, and (3) doing far more harm than good.
It is myopic because they appear to be focused only on collecting oil. They appear to be working hard to “do the right thing” by the people of Louisiana, and the other Gulf states, but they’re not.
A large booty of loose oil has been released into the Gulf of Mexico. They are intent on collecting as much of it as possible. However, by taking this tact, BP is actually making a bad situation worse by applying the toxic dispersant, Corexit, in the deep water. They are employing no effective methods on the shorelines, estuaries, or inland waterways. Effective, in my definition, would mean neutralizing the contamination and restoring the environment to a life-sustaining state, via bioremediation.
As a response strategy in an emergency like this, it would be far better to accelerate the restoration of balance in the Gulf marine and shoreline environment so that the fishing industries can recover quickly, than to further complicate things by introducing millions of gallons of more toxic materials, and prolonging the remediation process.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been emasculated as this story has unfolded. An advisory issued to BP two months ago to use less toxic materials, only a few weeks after the initial explosion, has essentially fallen on deaf ears. Each day, a C-130 tanker loaded with Corexit lifts off and spreads the poison wherever an oil slick is spotted. The chemical will eventually make it into the food chain, as well as into the inland environment. And it’s all unnecessary.
BP is short-sighted because by focusing on oil collection making the health of the environment appear to be a non-factor — not even an afterthought — they are needlessly jeopardizing the health of Americans, plus the local international community, and people around the world.
The water that we see in the Gulf doesn’t simply reside there, like some big bathtub. It travels great distances and depths around the planet, driven by currents. The currents are necessary to the health of the planet, and every living organism, both marine and terrestrial. BP’s engineers apparently didn’t learn that in school. And apparently, neither did ours.
BP’s non-responsiveness to the primacy of the environment’s health and safety is an affront to the citizens of the United States and every nearby country. The U.S. government’s allowing BP to be so indifferent to the environment’s health indicates either complicity or equal ignorance. Neither option is reassuring.
There is no good reason that bioremediation should not be used on oil that has reached the shoreline and entered wetlands and estuaries. People in shoreline and beach areas from Louisiana to Florida are at risk from the effects of the chemicals in the water. This risk would be significantly mitigated with bioremediation.
Yet, since the public does not drop dead on first exposure to these toxins, which are delivered many miles away and appear to have no direct connection to physical ill-effects, BP can rely on plausible deniability to keep some of their claim expenses down. That’s another reason why BP’s current methods and practices, supported by our own Federal Government, is doing more harm than good.
Plausible deniability can always be the fallback strategy, where the origin and cause of diseases that begin cropping up months and years down the line are called into question, and treatment methods employed are just as ineffective as the remediation. We’ve seen it too many times not to know that it’ll happen again.
But let it be said here; the effects of toxic chemical treatment are not limited to oil. They effect life. And we are connected to life. If marine life is adversely affected by the materials released in the seawater, then human life will be. The death of the fishing industry in the Gulf of Mexico is evidence that marine life has been adversely affected by this event. We can no longer fool ourselves into thinking that only jobs are at stake. The consequences go far deeper and broader than that.
Fortunately, we can fix the environmental damage, must faster than the documentaries and news reports are leading us to believe.
This is what I felt like saying after watching the National Geographic program.
The change that we seek may have to begin with individuals who need bioremediation on their property or in their area, working with individuals or groups representing a SAFE, non-toxic approach).
Listen to my recent conversation with Joseph Johnson on bioremediation. [Please notify me if the link is broken.]
How we look at the Gulf oil spill event depends on how we see ourselves and our own capability (or incapability). In general, it’s not a pretty picture. Mainstream and “independent” pundits all vie to be the first to tell you the latest information on how bad things really are that “isn’t being reported.” Okay, so now they’ve brought you the new latest worst information, what do you do? In their zeal to inform you through fearful lenses, they contribute to the likelihood of the feared outcome.
Since the worst has not happened, there’s no guarantee that it will. However, this is a great opportunity to give some thought and energy to potential desired outcomes imagined, and imagined.
What if what eventually happens in the Gulf, as it is in life, was a result of how we imagined it? Does it absolutely have to be one way or another? It will be one way. In other words, we will experience one outcome. However, does that mean that the other did not happen, since some people will have imagined it? Or does it mean that each individual experiences what he or she most relates to?
I ask the question because if we live in a realm of infinite possibility, which I believe that we do, then all potential outcomes are viable, and equally in potential. Determining what will be doesn’t have to be a popularity vote either. We tend to be oblivious to the contribution that our suggestibility may make to the actual unfolding of certain events. They happen in what appear to be a linear progression, like dominoes tripped along a very specific line. However, I believe that the choice, fueled by our beliefs, determines the line of outcome. In spite of what the pundits say, this is a great time and place to put our heartfelt feelings to work.
Now, more than ever, is it time to choose the Gulf outcome you most relate to. I see bioremediation in the Gulf’s future, which will safely accelerate the normalization process. I also see the hemorrhaging of oil stopped. While I’m aware that other methods that haven’t been tried are available, I don’t have to know how it happens in order to see it resolved, and feel the relief.
In spite of what the pundits say, the volcano under the Gulf of Mexico doesn’t have to erupt. The pressure can be relieved. The coastlines do not have to become dead zones. Although we may have a clue, we don’t really have to know or care how. Instead of being sure that it is impossible (as some scientists will resolutely assert), we would allow that our desired outcome is possible. All we would do, as conscious creators of our experience, is imagine the outcome of our heart’s desire already done.
Furthermore, we don’t need to amass power through numbers. No need to tie the success of this exercise to indiscriminately enlisting or recruiting others… especially disbelieving ones. No need to convince anyone of anything. Simply imagine life as we would most joyfully see it, sending that wave of information and energy out through our hearts.