HJ: Natural disasters are typically given negative connotations, which is totally understandable in the context of the associated loss of life and injury that can and do often occur. But looking beyond that, what is the larger, overarching theme of a natural disaster? Is the event itself actually a ‘disaster’ or are the associated loss of life and property actually the proverbial ‘disaster’? Upon closer observation we find that the latter is the case. As will be explained below in the article by Carolina Myss, natural ‘disasters’, which are actually simply major geological events, are the expressions of a living, breathing organism upon which we all live, known simply as Earth or Gaia. Just as we reach to scratch an itch or stretch to relieve tension, so too does the Earth metaphorically move in similar ways, albeit on a much larger scale with much more impressive force involved. When viewed from this perspective, we can begin to see natural ‘disasters’ for what they really are — the balancing actions of a living, breathing planet seeking to express itself much in the same way we do.
Now, a word on the loss of life and injury in the associated events. While it can be difficult for the survivors, one must always remember that events in which serious injury or loss of life occur are always preordained and chosen on a soul level. Yes, they are extreme ways of learning, but our higher selves will call these experiences into our lives if there is a lesson within them that we desire to learn. It may not always be obvious why someone has made this choice and it may be very difficult to accept it, but one must remember that this is always the case. There are no coincidences in this universe — only synchronicity and chosen experiences. This is one of the most important realizations on the spiritual path and it may not be easy to digest if you are not yet ready to hear it. For those who need a more in-depth explanation and understanding of it, it’s effect in our lives and the implications for us both collectively and individually, I highly recommend the seminal book The Nature of Personal Reality By Seth/Jane Roberts
Is Mother Nature Angry?
A chaotic world seeks balance. How to heal our beloved Earth.
By Caroline Myss | Heal Your Life
AS WE ALL KNOW by now, the Earth has shifted once again. The slightest change from deep beneath the waters, a crack in the fabric of her lining, and islands quake while swelled waves rush across shorelines. We awake believing the world—our world—is stable, only to learn again and again that this Earth is as much a living, breathing, moving, active instrument of life as we are. It is the grandest live organism we shall ever encounter, this wondrous Being that sustains us each second of our lifetime.
After disastrous storms and hurricanes, I hear many people comment that, “Mother Nature is angry,” and that’s why these events are happening. I’m not all that certain that Mother Nature functions from the same emotional system of “anger-vengeance/love-reward” that human beings do. I certainly hope not.
Given that Mother Nature was an active, live force long before we occupied this planet, I suspect that She is far more of a cosmic system of intelligence, transcendent of emotions such as anger or vengeance. Rather, if anything, I suspect that the way to understand Mother Nature is best found through the study of the Tao – the study of the laws of balance that essentially govern the activity of Nature. When Nature is out of balance, the system itself will initiate whatever action it must take in order to reestablish an environment capable of sustaining all life – not just human life, but all life.
Within the realm of Nature, all life is equal. Life is precious because it is life, not because it is human life or wealthy life or educated life or young life – but because it is life.
We are now living at a time when all cycles and systems of life are out of balance, including our system of perception itself. We do not “perceive” life clearly at all and thus, we as a society make choices that are based on endless illusions. And illusions lead to disasters.
There was a time not so long ago, when human beings walked more humbly on the Earth and under the Sun, the Moon, and the stars. Before the Age of Reason, a person walked into a forest filled with the awareness that the forest was as aware of him as he was of it. He shared the ground with the forest and all the creatures who lived there. They were not his for the taking, for the slaughtering, for dominating.
In times gone by, people lived in a type of consciousness in which even the slightest movement of the wind meant something – perhaps heaven was piercing the veil between dimensions, speaking in a soft breeze, moving a branch or a leaf in order to communicate a message, or a warning, or signal its approval. The stars that filled the sky at night were not just pretty, shining objects, but proof of a celestial homeland, the blanket of the Divine covering humanity. Every living creature had purpose and meaning, a place in which it was given a natural dignity because it was created by a God no one doubted existed.
Is Mother Earth angry? Don’t be silly. A cosmic force hardly gets angry. But a cosmic force is seeking balance, just as your individual body seeks balance when it has been struck with a toxin.
The Earth will continue to have an increase in earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, droughts, and whatever else is required to reestablish balance in Her environment. She is a living organism that is, in effect, rebooting Herself. Only the human community has the idea that we somehow live apart from the Earth, that the Earth does not respond to our breathing, to our thoughts, to our actions. It’s incomprehensible, to be sure, to even hold such a perspective. But the Earth is that sensitive. Recycling, I assure you, is not enough.
Consider the Earth as a family member instead, as a Being that sees you as clearly as you see it. And you are on the “Earth” as much when you are standing in the midst of New York City or London as you are in the middle of a forest. You are still “on the Earth.” Standing on concrete or in a building does not make it any less “Earth” except if you hold to the perception that what qualifies for the “Earth” is out of the city in green or desert nature. But that’s an illusion. How can you ever be off or away from the “Earth”? It’s precisely that perception – that Nature is in the country but not in the city—that maintains the illusion of separateness. You may prefer to be in the country but you are always on the Earth.
While earth shifts are essential for the Earth to survive, they can be tragic for us. They result in enormous loss of human life and we must all hold in prayer the souls and the families of the people who have experienced loss from these events. We learn from these tragedies once again that the life we awaken to each morning may well be completely different by the end of the day. We kid ourselves by telling ourselves that we are in charge of the length of our lifetime. We are not. We must treat each day as a gift as well as every person dear to us. We are truly learning an enormous cosmic truth: We are one. And we are meant to use that truth: Pray together, heal our fellow human beings together, and heal our beloved Earth together. Put your soul to work.
Caroline Myss has been in the field of energy medicine and human consciousness for 20 years. She specializes in assisting people in understanding the emotional, psychological, and physical reasons why their bodies have developed an illness.