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Tsunami Message


Barbara McGregor, founder of the Usui Rei-ki Network International and rei-ki master teacher

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When the Tsunami first hit so wide an area and so many millions of people, I was deeply affected and it rather threw out the window any composition of poetic thoughts about joy and abundance for the year ahead.

For me Christmas represents the anniversary of a moment in time when unconditional love and forgiveness and the possibility of redemption became manifest through an Enlightened Being - perhaps not the only one, nor the only time, but the One who has touched our times, and even the unbelievers. That was also an era of religious zealotry, oppressive military dictatorship and ethnic divides, yet it bore the seed of belief in peace and love as the destiny of mankind, flowering today, but not yet bearing universal fruit.

So when the Tsunami hit so close to the date we associate with the anniversary of the arrival of this Messiah, I looked for the Christ principle at work in the situation. Many have been sacrificed and many, many more bereft beyond or imaginings. There has been an outpouring from the rest of the world: feelings of compassion and the urge to make a difference inspiring floods of money to most efficiently underwrite the necessities - food, pure water, medical aid and eventually reconstruction. We are saving our consciences and expressing gratitude that we have been spared, individually. We saw by instant video reporting medical and relief workers toiling alongside military personnel, a powerful yin:yang image yet to take universal root in the Collective Unconscious around the planet.

In the Chinese script, the glyph for Crisis is the same as for Opportunity. So what is the opportunity in the situation?

Most of the countries ravaged share a history of bloody fighting on religious or ethnic grounds with forms of dictatorship at rule (with the exception of Thailand which only recently has had a foretaste of violence resulting from religious dissent). Aceh within Indonesia and Sri Lanka in particular, not only have the worst reported death tolls but unfortunately, by the second week after the event, hints of underground hostilities persisting in the pattern of some 20 years past, rather than our hoped for total truce. No-one knows the extent of havoc in Burma, although it was undoubtedly affected: East Africa: Kenya, Somalia and Tanzania have also been touched now and in past decades.

Yet some of the world's most idyllic and peaceful Islands also have been virtually wiped out, as if Nature cannot endure an Eden in a world dominated by man's primal territorial aggression.

In rei-ki, we are accessing the energy of unconditional love, of healing and compassion, which we can direct positively to support those at hand who have been dealt a tidal wave of unexpected grief and distress, for whatever reason. my assumption is that all those who have taken training in the advanced level of rei-ki will now be applying their gift to send over distance the energy of loving kindness In absentia to the people in the Tsunami-hit regions surrounding the Indian Ocean, for the highest good.

If we accept this signal that 2005 should become an era of peace and goodwill for all mankind, then focus not only on the clear need of the people for immediate alleviation of their wounds and their hunger and thirst, but also the long term bigger picture of lasting compassion and harmony, so the horrors of the moment may not be compounded by long-term terrors.

We can also honour those who have passed over without warning, by reliving their choices on any given day, in a blessed state of awareness that nobody has a guarantee of tomorrow. Imagine that, unlike those sitting by pool or beach on that warm tropical holiday, you had foreknowledge. Whom would you forgive, whom would you reach out to for forgiveness; to whom would you open your heart and which one would you let go, to best ensure your mutual survival?

Geoscience Australia, which monitors earthquake magnitudes from a network around the world, reports that the initial earthquake off Sumatra generated shock waves on the surface of the earth (distinct from ocean waves) which circled the earth five times in 16 hours. 96 after-shocks measuring 5 or more on the Richter scale registered in the immediate aftermath, with the probability that 500 or more could have been generated below the scale of 4 (which are not reported). So geophysically, we are all touched by these shocks, as much as we are by the events and, most effectively, by the pictures beamed around the planet via our modern technology to vividly impact each viewer, no matter how distant.

Yet in macro-time, without collisions between tectonic plates without the resultant rising of continents and their mountains, and despite the immediate devastations caused by quakes, volcanoes and tsunamis, the world ultimately would become inertly moon-like, entirely covered by a shallow sea habitable only by amphibians and marine creatures. It appears that the short-term mindless 'evil' is a millennial blessing in disguise for the Earth and the continuation of Life as we know it. As always, it's a matter of perspective how you view your reality.

So in this context, I wish you a year of positive self realisation, embracing wholeheartedly all the good that comes your way without guilt or rejection, with joy in the moment and remembering Dr Usui's precepts:

Every day, do not anger, accept.
Every day, do not worry, accept.
Every day, count your blessings
and be kind to every living thing.

Why sit idle when you can be using your rei-ki hands to powerful effect, at home or abroad?

This article originally appeared in Rei-ki Happenings 24

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