Such a beautiful and sad world we live in right now. One of my FB friends just posted that there is now a complete meltdown.
All afternoon I've been listening to incredibly beautiful songs, and seeing incredibly beautiful and poignant videos of Japan, and the compassion, loving kindness and miracles that are happening in the midst of this incredible devastation and catastrophe. It's almost overwhelming.
If you haven't already, check out this video by Miten and Deva Premal, portraying the "elevation of the human spirit in times of such overwhelming and inconceivable destruction." I cried all the way through it. Such beauty, such grief. Almost overwhelming.
Deva and Miten wrote: ..."the baby in the pink snuggly being smiled at by the soldier was found in the wreckage 2-3 days after the tsumani and was reunited with her father....one of the biggest miracles to date..." And I read elsewhere that the man seen floating on some debris at 4:42 had actually floated nine miles into the ocean, and he was found by rescuers. Amazing.
I've become more empathetic in the last few years, and it's been a challenge to feel all these feelings of overwhelm and fear and just awestruck wonder at how bizarre it all is... and to let those feelings rise and fall, like the waves of the tsunami... and return to peace. For me, grieving is necessary. I don't know, perhaps I am grieving for some who don't know how, or who don't have time to grieve in the necessity of just getting through the day, when their entire lives have been devastated. I do feel lots of love, kind of like it's raft that I'm floating on through these waves of grief and astonishment.
And if you haven't already, check out this tender song: In These Arms - A Song for All Beings.
In addition to the request for prayer from Dr. Masuro Emoto for Noon Thursday, which you have probably seen, I offer this prayer request sent by a Japanese Monk a day or two ago. As a person who loves to sing, this one especially touches my heart:
The damage of the earthquake in Japan is devastating. Unable to cool down the reactor, we are facing a possibility of nuclear transplant explosion. Please join our prayer. Feel free to forward this prayer request to anyone. It would be great if more people can pray.
Here is a translation of a message/oracle from the Ise Shrine in Japan:
After sunset we need strong power of prayer. Please let me deliver the message to as many as possible. We can stop this earthquake with our prayers, but right now the nuclear plant is in danger. Please heal the suffering, sadness, anger, worry about nuclear plants. Please do not think that this accident will bring justice.
Please care for each other. The energy toward conflict and fight is also fueling the things happening right now. Please stop the conflict and stop the fight and change the worrying voice to the power of prayer. Please pray that as many people as possible can be saved.
We will be O.K. If our hearts start connecting with each other the earth will be healed.
There are the sounds/vibrations that can release the karma of earth. Anyone who can make a prayer sound, anyone who can do reiki, anyone who can do long distance healing, please direct your energy to the center of Japan. The exact location is above the Hachiro gata, Akita Prefecture.
If you can sing, please sing. Humming is fine too. Let the earth listen to the sound.
Please send gratitude to the earth. If mother earth! wakes up, everything will stop. The word Song/Sing writes in Japanese Kanji - small possibilities support a big lack. Please send your prayer to the Earth to wake up the Spirit.
I will be in meditation after the sunset. I will pray for the light shining in the sky even in the darkness. May everyone be safe. Thank you for supporting my heart at this very difficult time. Gratitude for our life.
If you have done Dances of Universal Peace, you know this prayer in song: May All Beings Be Well, May All Beings Be Happy, Peace Peace Peace.
Sing. Pray. Grieve. Dance. Laugh.
We must be the change we wish to see in the world.
“I teach my sighs to lengthen into songs.” ~Theodore Roethke
"Honored land that is sung to responds quickly and powerfully." ~Jose Stevens
"What kind of music can heal?... Singing is the most powerful, for singing is living. It is Prana. The voice is life itself." ~Hazrat Inayat Khan
"Why do we sing? It's how we bless our lives. Our whole lives, the brokenness and the holiness, the joy and the sorrow, all of it, not just some of it, but all of it....Singing our lives is different from living them. It doesn't enhance the sacredness, but it acknowledges the sacredness. When we sing about grief, or longing, or hope, or joy, we become aware of the wonder and mysteriousness of our lives. Singing our lives is blessing our lives....There is power in the song." ~Sarah Campbell