"In one sense there is no death. The life of a soul on earth lasts beyond departure. You will always feel that life touching yours, that voice speaking to you. He/She lives on in your life and in the lives of all others that knew him/her."

- Angelo Patri

Sometimes something happens in your life or around you that makes you stop and take stock.

I would like to ask the Readers of this Editorial to participate in a little experiment with me.

Please ... after you read this paragraph of instructions ... stop reading ... relax in your chair ... close your eyes and reflect on everything joyous and positive in your life ... both present and in the past ... disassociate with all the negative and bad stuff that has happened ... Reflect and meditate for about 5 to 15 minutes ... please do this before you continue reading because if you continue reading without doing this then you will miss the whole context of this editorial and possibly imply something within it's contents that I did not mean or intend.



After you have followed the above instructions and are now reading this sentence ... I have a further request I would like to ask of you ... stop reading (yes, walk away from the computer ... walk right away from the computer now) and go to the area of the house where your loved ones are gathered or resting (if they are asleep) and look upon them with the love and fondness that ONLY you can appreciate for them.


Now that you are back reading this ... I need to ask you. sincerely ... can you imagine how people who have lost loved ones feel? Whether it be the most recent Bushfire Tragedies in Victoria, Australia; the Fires in California; the flooding in Nepal; the Earthquakes in China or India; the innocent victims of Wars ... or a car accident ...

All of us are Empathic! Many of us shut ourselves off from such horrific events that are constantly occuring Globally around us and many lose themselves in the mundane and every day existence of their own being.

There is NO blame. It is Self-preservation and self-protection. Our psyche can not handle all this overwhelming hurt, angst, suffering and turmoil around us ... so many put on their blinkers and get on with living.

I am constantly reminded of the words of Joseph S. Campbell who said in the series "The Power of Myth", that life is about Sorrow. He repeated the word Sorrow three times each time poking his right shoulder. He went on to state that it is up to all of us to find and follow our Bliss, and indeed it is ... but how, as sentinel beings can we follow our Bliss and ignore ALL the suffering in the world? How as ascending beings can we ignore the chaos in this world if we wish to ascend?

The Tragic Bushfires in Victoria that claimed so many lives were horrendous. One would have to be inhuman not to be affected in anyway by the tragedy of this event. The fact that at least three of the fires which claimed lives were deliberately lit is shocking but, I do not believe that these fire bugs, whose disturbed psychological need to cause such devastation, actually intended to kill people. Well ... I hope that was not their intent.

The fact, that so many Australians showed the compassionate support for the victims of the fire makes my heart swell with pride. I am so proud to be an Australian. It showed the world the "Great Australian Mateship" and "Helping a Mate Out" that resounds through-out our Nation's history is a vibrant and strong resolution.

Yet, and without devaluing the continual support through-out our Nation and our friends from overseas for the victims of this catastrophy and, without devaluing or dismissing the colossal emotional and physical pain of those who have suffered and hopefully, without coming across as a heartless, mindless Twat ... can we please try to put all this in perspective.

People die!

Often through no fault of their own; though accidents; through natural catastrophies; through wars.

There are many amongst us who see these events unfold prior to the events actually taking place and as such we get to see and feel the horror over and over again ... we have had a vision or a dream of the event(s) months, weeks or days before ... and then, we live through the breaking news in total shock and bewilderment ... and then, we are assailed continuously by Television and Radio commentary. It has got that way now that I find that I need to switch off the idiot box and turn off the radio and walk away ... find some comfortable retreat under a tree or under my bed and cry.

Please, I beg your indulgence here. Over 200 people died as a result of these bushfires in Australia and my heart goes out to those who have suffered and lost loved ones but in the horrible fires that swept California over 20 people were killed and over 1,500 homes were destroyed ... in a flood recently in Nepal (September 2008) over 300 people died and hundreds were left homeless ... also, in 2008 as a result of several massive earthquakes in China, over 65,000 people were killed, and literally hundreds of thousands were left homeless ... in the wake of the earthquakes in India over 10,000 people were killed and again literally hundreds of thousands of people were left homeless ... The death Toll of the 2004 Tsunami was 229,866 in many different countries and entire cities were totally destroyed ... and the death toll of civilians killed because of the war in Iraq alone is between 90,805 - 99.151.

People die. It is a fact of Life.

I grieve for the loss of life. I grieve for the suffering of others and when all is said and done, it is because of these horrific events that I have come to acknowledge and accept death ... but above all I have came to cherish every moment I have with my loved ones. I cherish their existence and I live for the Now because the PRESENT is a Gift. I always make sure that I kiss them goodbye when they are going somewhere and goodnight when they retire because no one ever knows what destiny has installed for us.

Be Forever Grateful to the Universe and your deities for everything you cherish. No one lives Forever.

Be Blessed, Be Well and Be Loved

May Your Gods and Goddesses Watch Over You and Yours

~ The Wayfinder ~

Further reading:





Thirsty Koala - A Firefighter Gives Koala A Drink (2009 Australia)


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