I am so profoundly grateful that I have been warm, safe, enjoying electricity, water , the comfort of my own undamaged home with full telephone and computer services.
My heart, like everyone’s, is broken watching the news, seeing the extent of suffering, fear, death and destruction of people, places and things.
For the second time in the young century my beloved city and fellow New Yorkers are partially shrouded in widespread darkness and destruction. This is not including all of the suffering caused in the wake of hurricane Irene.
I just spoke to my dear friend Gladys in Hoboken, New Jersey. She reported how hearts are open – how people in her severely distressed community are sharing and pulling together in the aftermath of the disaster.
Whenever life and events seem really difficult I remember to read the following letter.
I Salute You- A Letter Written by Fra Giovanni Giocondo
to his friend, Countess Allagia Aldobrandeschi on Christmas Eve, 1513
I am your friend, and my love for you goes deep. There is nothing I can give you which you have not, but there is much, very much, that while I can not give it you can take. No Heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take Heaven! No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present little instant. Take Peace!
The gloom of the world is but a Shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach is Joy. There is radiance and glory in darkness, could we but see; and to See, we have only to Look. I beseech you to Look.
Life is so generous a giver, but we, judging its gifts by their covering, cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard. Remove the covering and you will find beneath it a living splendor woven of Love by Wisdom with Power.
Welcome it, grasp it, and you touch the Angel’s hand that brings it to you. Everything we call a trial, a sorrow or a duty believe me that Angel’s hand is there; the Gift is there, and the wonder of an overshadowing presence. Our joys, too, be not content with them as joys. They too, conceal diviner Gifts.
Life is so full of meaning and Purpose, so full of Beauty beneath its covering that you will find earth but cloaks your heaven. Courage then to claim it; that is all! But courage you have and the knowledge that we are all Pilgrims together winding through and unknown country home.
And so, at this time, I greet you, not quite as the world sends greetings, but with profound esteem, and with the Prayer that for you, now and forever, the day breaks and the shadows flee away.
The letter reminds me to consider possibilities outside of the box even after this disaster.
In 1977 I saw Peter Weir’s film The Last Wave. Although the image of a tsunami wave completely burying Manhattan in an instant was not contained in the film, it was a fear based image that occurred to me from that moment onward.
Through the years in my prayers and activities as a lightworker ( as Patricia Cota-Robles would say) I fervently prayed for the elimination of the possibility that this image could ever becoming a reality.
According to recent statements presented by Patricia Cota-Robles, there have already been miraculous Divine interventions to modify destructive influences to our Earth.
What if Hurricane Sandy was a modified version of a raging storm whose aftermath possibly included a tsunami powerful enough to bury the Metropolitan Area and New York City?
What if one miracle is that what did occur was not the worst possible scenario?
What if right now we all have so much more to be grateful about than we ever could imagine?