I don’t even know where to start this week – I’m reminding myself to take deep breaths – inhaling and exhaling long breaths and allowing myself to be enveloped in a healing flame and to see others – those I know and those I don’t – to be enveloped in a healing and loving light, too. To step away from the fear, the anger and the hate that fills the airwaves, the world, our communities and sometimes our own homes and replace it with this healing light. Not always easy, but it’s a must for me right now. It may be for you, too.
Sometimes, I find myself stepping back as if I am watching a movie or the latest Homeland episode, and that when I leave the theater or turn off the TV, it’ll be over with. But it’s not and for now, it’s clear to me that we must find that way to collectively raise our vibration – to have everyone, or at least a majority, buy into the fact that we can change the way we “do” things.
For the past several days, as I think about Paris, Beirut, Mumbai, the senseless acts of violence that take place daily in our own country whether it’s a shooting on a campus or the overwhelming numbers of young African-American men being killed for who knows what in Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit and other places… I want to ball up in a little knot and hide where it’s safe. But that’s not the way things change and it’s no way to live.
I’m being especially loving to myself, to those I’m around, to my husband, and to my friends and family. And for complete strangers, I also say a prayer every day acknowledging their light no matter the size of the flame. Surrounding myself with beauty, comfort and nurturing things and reminding myself that those things are a big part of life, too, and that it’s important to acknowledge them, partake in them and let them help me keep my vibration high.
So, I want to share two things with you – those messages you receive just when you need them. Oh, how perfect I think. A Cosmic Wink to envelope me and fill my heart and let me know I’ll be okay…
The first is a message from Lena and Jose Stevens, founders of The Power Path School in Santa Fe, NM, which offers an extensive experiential curriculum based on many years of study with indigenous Shamans around the world, as well as being authors of Secrets of Shamanism and The Power Path. You can find out more about them and their teachings at www.ThePowerPath.com :
“Dear Power Path Community,
We just returned from a trip to Peru greatly saddened by the recent events and violence in many areas of the world. And there are far more events both local and global happening than ever reach the news. There is much trauma, fear, confusion and despair and there is a danger in succumbing to matching this energy. It is a time when staying in the light and maintaining your higher vibration is absolutely necessary in order for you to be of any help.
We have been saying prayers for the victims, the souls who have transitioned, the souls who have been left behind, the souls who have lost their way, and all the souls who wish to help heal this great imbalance in our world.
What you can do:
- Be compassionate towards others who are having a difficult time.
- Be generous with your kindness and be accepting of what is (this does not make it right).
- Send love, compassion and forgiveness out to anyone who can use it.
- Send out an intention to help release the trauma, fear and shock patterns connected with any acts of violence.
- Take good care of yourself and your loved ones.
- Keep your vibration high and be around beauty, inspiration and gratitude.”
Practice being loving in your own home, workplace, community, and even on your own Facebook page – that’s where it starts.
Another article was shared with me this morning by a friend who must have known I needed it. It’s actually an article that will be published in the January/February 2016 issue of UNITY magazine. Katy Koontz, who is the editor-in-chief, knows that the article written my her daughter, Sam Friedlander, a college senior, is something that will touch many hearts right now. Take some time to read Something Called Peace – we all need to hear that there IS a thing called PEACE.
In the meantime, I’m sending out love and good healing vibes and working to stay high above the fear.
Can you join me? Will you?
- High School and College Students
- College and High School/Junior High Administrators
- Faculty Members
- Athletic Departments
- Student Athletes
- Fraternity/Sorority Members and National Staff
- Health Care Personnel
- Law Enforcement Officers
- Campus Security Officers
- Community Members
- Bartenders and Waitstaff
Did I leave anyone off? Let’s just be safe and say…. everybody.
If you haven’t seen it, this will be a good chance to check it out – The Hunting Ground, the landmark documentary expose of campus sexual assault shown at more than 1,000 colleges, will now air for the first time on TV. Sunday evening, November 22nd, you’ll be able to watch this film on CNN at 5 pm PST/8 pm EST.
I saw the film last April on the Dartmouth campus in an auditorium full of students, faculty, parents and community members. I am grateful to the film’s Oscar-nominated directors, Kirby Dick, a two-time Emmy winner, and Amy Ziering, who has twice been an Emmy recipient, for making the film and getting it out there on campuses and in communities. It has inspired a whole flurry of state legislation and has forced colleges and universities to examine the way they have handled or perhaps more accurately, not handled, sexual assault allegations on campus.
CNN will air the film with limited commercial breaks and a roundtable discussion titled “Sexual Assault on Campus” will be hosted by CNN New Day anchor, Alisyn Camerota, following the viewing.
The Hunting Ground’s extremely moving theme song, “Til It Happens to You,” performed by Lady Gaga and composed by seven-time Academy Award nominee, Diane Warren, has become a sensation on its own. The song’s video, directed by Twilight’s Catherine Hardwick, has received nearly twenty million views online.
The documentary premiered at the 2015 Sundance Festival who called the film “a shocking but ultimately galvanizing work of reportage.” Leslie Felperin in The Sundance Review went on to say:
“Indeed, all the numerous young women and men who come forward here to speak about their ordeals are worthy of immense respect and regard, but what is especially impressive about the film is that it doesn’t settle for being a mere catalog of crimes. In the latter half especially, focus broadens to explore the aggressive, macho culture that permeates party life on campuses across the country and draws a map of how Greek fraternities, who so generously endow schools through fundraising efforts, form and sustain that culture. Likewise, the worship of star athletes and school teams, and the massive sums of money at stake in college sports are shown to be part of the problematic puzzle that leads to the shockingly low rates of prosecution.”
I encourage you all to make time to see this film. It’s time for real change. Our kids go to college to learn about all sorts of things – being a perpetrator or a victim of sexual assault shouldn’t be one of them.