The Scarlet Madonna came through after I saw the tragic photo of the refugee baby who was washed up on the beach. The thought that kept going through my mind was I don't want to live in a world where dead babies wash up on the shore. She is saying, this must stop. She is expressing the deepest sorrow that this tragedy is allowed to happen in the world. She asks us to let love in.
We get caught up in negativity - we deny the humanity that longs to flow from our hearts. We might see it as Them vs Us - They cause problems. They take our resources. They should have done better. They didn't plan well - But what about understanding that They Are Us. What if your sister is lost and alone, with no one to take her hand and say "here is a warm, safe place for you and your baby. I’m sorry you have suffered so much. I want to help you." That heartbreaking photo of an innocent child brought this message home for people all over the world. It created awareness, it created change. It is a message that mustn't be forgotten as the refugee crisis slowly fades from the news and from our thoughts.
In the bigger picture, what is being asked of all of us is to cultivate, in every area of our lives, awareness of the fact that we share the same heart, the same earth, the same consciousness. It's not only a "doing" thing; we get understandably caught up in feeling helpless and frustrated that there seems so little we can do. But we can feel into our hearts and let compassion in, release judgment, allow ourselves to really get that this is our earth, this is our baby, this is me, this is my sister, my family, my neighbor - we are not separate. Let's take good care of what we have been given. As we are consciously shifting our beliefs, the energy also shifts. We can create more harmony, less suffering, less destruction… we evolve. We can honor life in all its many forms.
We do what we can from where we are - send prayers, love and light, donate, cultivate awareness. If you are compelled, get more involved. Listen to what your soul asks of you in any given moment. You may also hear fear leaping in to dissuade you from doing anything. But you get to choose what you want to give more attention to, love or fear.
Many times when I feel pulled to give to a person on the street, there are two things that run through me, one is - He might be living in a decent home and makes a shit ton of money preying on people like me who have soft hearts. (this is exactly what I have been told) This is my fear coming in to the picture, it wants to protect me from being taken advantage of, from being manipulated, etc.
My next thought is - So what? If that is true, so what? This doesn’t hurt me. Does it really matter what he is up to? I’m doing what my heart asks of me and that's what matters to me. And what if he needs that cash to get food, what if he suffers from a mental illness, what if he is freezing - so many what ifs and I'm not in a position to know or judge what is really happening with this person. I don't want to be in suspicion, distrust or feel manipulated for doing what I feel is the best thing to do…What matters is acting from a place of Love. We are free to respond from the sacred within ourselves.
With deepest respect, love and abiding faith in this journey,