Who is not thinking of the Orlando massacre today? And what is it that can be said to calm the fires that are now burning in our minds and souls? I am sure that most if not all of you have read the posts of people expressing their horror, their sympathy, their outrage at yet one more incident of mass killing, now so familiar to this country. And once again - yet again - that endless debate ensues: Is it the guns that kill or the people holding the guns? Seriously? I don't even want to comment on that NRA spin tactic. I am wondering this morning if this killer was himself a repressed homosexual who, according to his ex-wife, was brutal and abusive to her. Filled with self-loathing about his own sexuality and raised on yet another religious creed promoting archaic sexual ideas, he imploded. Claiming allegiance to ISIS seems a logical cover-up, but who knows? Could be - and it could also be typical of someone who, lacking self-esteem, he identified with a violent, vengeful power group. I don't know. No person is that simple. But how tragic for this country if - and I say if - this was in fact a homophobic act of terrorism and not actually a political one.
We are so ripe with hatred now, so on edge, so ready to strike. That reality explains the rise of Trump - who immediately tweeted his version of, "I told you so," nearly delighting - actually, totally delighting - in this human nightmare of death and destruction. He sees only political opportunity. Now that is evil. Enough on that.
Obviously I am going to guide all of you into prayer - but not yet. First comes introspection and examination. What is going on here? Why have we become infected with violence, fear, and hatred? And it's not just us - meaning Americans, although we have are rapidly morphing into a very violent nation. Other nations are infected with this "spiritual disorder" as well. And while I know some if not many of you will be inspired to respond with posts about all the good that people do, let me acknowledge right now that I see those acts as well. Note the immediate line of blood donors for all the gun shot victims in Orlando. We will always find people doing acts of goodness and kindness. I wrote a book about that - Invisible Acts of Kindness. I am not speaking about "acts"; I am addressing the energy in the collective atmosphere that we all breath in daily, the psychic field that surrounds us that is growing ever more thick with vibrations of on-coming catastrophe.
Still, I am one who steps back - and even further back if necessary - to widen my inner lens. We are more than the events unfolding in the more. Human history includes more than what takes place on Earth in a single day, though a single day can change the course of human history. It has a million times. We need to see clearly that we are the engine of the events that happen on our Earth: They just don't "happen." Nothing "just happens." Each of us contributes energy to the collective and that energy becomes the "stuff" that is gathered to fuel or create collective events. Either we contribute grace or we contribute to the cesspool of "psychic free radicals", negative thoughts and energetic patterns, that magnetically enhance socially negative ideas. In turn, that builds the atmosphere of social madness and fear.
History is the greatest of all teachers, at least for me. Again and again, the rise of tyrants reveals that they managed to plug into the currents of contaminated social and emotional energy generated by a society when it was most vulnerable. They promised to lead the people out of their misery, only to use lead them deeper into psychic and often actual slavery. Times of change are frightening, to be sure. What do we believe? Who do we trust?
What makes this time unlike any other in history is that we - all of us - have opened our inner selves intuitively and spiritually to a commitment to "trust our own spiritual instincts." Whether we knew we were doing this consciously or unconsciously, the result is the same. We have become psychically alive and active in our inner landscape. We have been schooled for a long time now in the higher truth that the world "in front of our eyes" is an illusion. That DOES NOT MEAN that mass murder DOES NOT HAPPEN AND DID NOT HAPPEN. What is DOES mean is that we CAN NEVER BE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN WHY IT HAPPENED BECAUSE WE WILL NEVER, EVER HAVE ACCESS TO THE CONTENT OF ANOTHER'S SOUL. To come to a conclusion that we know why someone did something and that a law can control what is in the minds and hearts of people is utter nonsense. That is illusion. And further, we have no idea what the energies of evolution - of history - are up to. Stand back and observe from a distance. The archetypes in the heavens are throbbing with clues.
Remember that no one has access to the content of your soul - no one. No one can fully, ever know why you do what you do. You hardly know half the time.
What we can know is that all of us - ALL OF US - channel the grace and psychic free radicals that we collectively breath. We create our world together. Our actions individually and collectively matter. These are the teachings we need to practice at every expression of our life. Talk is not enough. If we oppose gun violence, act on that opposition - and more than just through email. Stand up to passive, cowardly politicians. Act on your beliefs. Just as with healing - an email will never, ever heal you. Healing requires action on every level of your life. Talking your beliefs is no longer enough. It means nothing and it does nothing. Either you act with integrity in the world, speak with integrity and live your beliefs fully - or you don't. And it's time you fully grasp that there are energetic consequences to the collective with every choice you make. And that goes for all the rest of us as well.
It is not enough for me to speak about healing or mysticism. I need to teach it, write about, and direct my trips to places that I know are sacred. I could have just as easily created a trip to Greece or England or the Amazon but I deeply believe that the time calls for a journey to a sacred place, Medjugorje and Croatia. These are extraordinary times - in all ways.
All religions offer prayers of protection and for good reason. Psychic free radicals is a way of describing a dark energy. It's real. Ask any physician. They exist "in" your body and believe me, they exist around your body. This is Mysticism 101.
Prayer: Hover over me, Lord, and over humanity. If ever grace was needed, it is now. Surround this tiny planet of life with Divine Light. It is shaking in fear and exhausted with acts of violence. We are on the verge of losing our humanity. We have come close before and we cannot go there again.
Hover over all of us, Lord.