We live in safe, micro-bubbles here in the U.S.
And, for that reason, these past few months have been particularly challenging for us as citizens and as human beings because our bubbles are bursting and we're seeing outside of our little realities. It's been a long time coming, expanding with stretched seams, but they're finally bursting and many are dealing with the result.
Both natural and manmade disasters brought many of us to our knees and caused us to rethink our way of life, our beliefs and personal vulnerabilities. Hurricane Sandy wiped out whole towns and communities - businesses, boardwalks and a multitude of homes. Not just in the North East U.S. either as its effects still cripple many communities from the Caribbean up the coast of the U.S. Did anyone know that a highway on the East Coast of Florida is permanently damaged never to be rebuilt? We didn't either until someone that lives there told us last week.
An unpredictable Presidential election surprised many and brought tears of hope and perseverance to others in a country in flux and confused about the future. Conversely, those opposed still hold onto their bubble, in denial of its demise.
Regardless of our political beliefs, we've found ourselves unwilling witnesses to mall shootings, house burnings and the murder of small, innocent children and their caretakers for unimaginable and unknown reasons. The end result? Our hearts are on fire and heart chakras are blown wide open.
This is a pretty big planet and things DO happen elsewhere and outside of our personal experiences (bubbles). While we've been mourning our losses there have been many devastating events around the world, as well.
Floods, blizzards, volcanic eruptions, super-typhoons, dying children due to lack of food and medicine, as well as, harsh uprisings resulting in murderous results in the Middle East - brother pitted against brother in the name of freedom gone wild remind us of why we're glad to live here.
Open hearts - something none of use could have predicted earlier in the year and yet is timely in its opening. And, we have a choice to keep them open and embrace the evolution of an open heart, or slam it shut and crawl back into our illusions.
In my world I've witnessed and participated in sharing true feelings, assisting in finding the owners of lost dogs and rediscovering long lost friends. I've noticed people working together cooperatively to help those who've lost their dignity; A woman from New York shown on the news crying after finding a lone, untainted piece of memory from her destroyed home receives floods of letters, emails and gifts from strangers all over the country. A woman interviewed in LA after turning in a few guns for gift cards said "I thought, why do I need these in my house? This is my sympathy card to Sandy Hook".
This Christmas season was turned on its head. In turn, people chose not to donate their hard earned cash to large corporations and big box businesses for gift-giving and turned to their neighbor's small business down the street instead. Grass roots charitable organizations reel with record breaking donations and people are "paying it forward" in the names of lost loved ones at fast food drive-thru's, restaurants and anonymous pay-offs of stranger's Holiday lay-a-ways. A line of 228 customers at Horton's in Winnipeg Canada pays the meal for the person behind them.
It seems in the face of devastating and incredible adversity that humans will rise to the epitome of their inherent human kindness and love demonstrating with humbleness, who we are and what we are meant to be in this global experience. But devastating and incredible adversity happens all around the world every day.
Imagine a world where we rely on each other more and rely less on those that govern us, a world in which we are aware that our little bubble isn't the only place on Earth. Imagine a world where we embrace those that aren't like us knowing that they deserve the same basic human respect that we do.
Maybe our bubble needed to burst in order for us to realize that we are as vulnerable as those that crave food, good health and a safe and reasonable life!
My wish this Season and always is that our heart chakras stay open and our eyes stay wide open - in All-Ways - and that we realize the path we've been on, while progressive in many ways, became side-tracked away from the fellowship of one another - and that regardless of belief, age and appearance it will continue to merge back into the wholeness of humanity.
It DOES take a village to raise a child, and all of us are children of the Universe. If we've learned nothing else we've learned that the reward is in taking good care of one another, period. And, that anything less is a sordid distraction.
You and I are not alone. Let's remember that.