Oil spill and the power of love
The oil spill in the Golf Coast reveals we are at a critical moment in time, a crossroads. We can continue to pray, hope and wish our world would go back to being the way it was or we can decide to change and make cocreate a new world. In order to do so I believe we have to transcend the physical world.
Albert Einstein once said, "No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it."
We need to "rise above the battleground" and work together towards spiritual solutions. Please join me.
1. Think, be and do everything in love. Scientists say 2.5 million gallons of oil leak daily. Instead of reacting with blame, anger, fear and judgement what if we daily counteracted the oil spill with 2.5 million acts of kindness and loving energy? What if we invited other countries to do the same?
Love is the answer to all of our problems. When we collectively align our minds in love we become happy, healthy human beings. From a loving state it becomes impossible to harm ourselves or others and destroy our planet. Create feelings of love for yourself, family, friends and life itself.
2. Expand on that love. Focus mindful compassion, love and prayers on the thousands of fisherman, restaurant owners, volunteers participating in the clean up and the geniuses, engineers and technicians around the world involved in the solution.
If you want to submit ideas for a solution, go to the official Deepwater Horizon Response website.
3. Bless and pray for BP, the oil industry and all it's employees. Surround them in love and light. BP wouldn't exist without consumers (me and you). See them successfully stopping the leak. Unite in spirit with them.
4. Shift your perception of the oil spill from fear to love. In your mind fill the hole with loving energy. Feel the ripple of your love and positivity surrounding people, plants, and wildlife.
5. Focus your mind on love, beauty, kindness, generosity, light and all that is good about our planet and take your mind off the photos of destruction.
6. Have faith in our ability to change and cocreate a solution. Is your faith in the power of the destruction of the oil disaster or in the power of God to transform the disaster and destruction? (Marianne Willaimson)
7. View the oil spill as a learning opportunity for your soul. Accept what is happening and decide to respond to it and all those involved with a compassionate heart and a loving attitude.
8. Take a personal inventory. If you find yourself projecting anger on BP, the president or another, ask yourself, "Where have I acted irresponsibly? What have I destroyed? Where have I cut costs? What disharmony have I caused? How do I waste? When have I been dishonest? What are my personal lessons in this disaster?
9. Take personal responsibility and effective action to reduce the use of oil. Oil comprises the raw material for containers, bags, bottles, fertilizers, makeup and household products. Cut down on your personal consumption of oil and oil based products. Purchase green products from companies that respect nature and humans and aren't dependent on oil.By changing our individual behavior we become the change we want to see in the world.
10. Give up your insane wishes of accumulating more, bigger and better. The United States uses 75% of the worlds resources. Practice gratitude and appreciation for all that you own.
11. Live in the present moment. Living in fear of the future robs you of positive connection, synchronistic support and peace of mind.
Solutions are found in embracing the catastrophe, accepting responsibility for our part in the problem and becoming part of the solution.
12. Meditate fifteen minutes a day and ask for spiritual clarity and inspired solutions. Take action on your answers. Invite others to do the same.
13. Create more peace and less busyness in your life. A calm mind will create a calmer and more peaceful world.
14. Become more cooperative and forgiving in your relationships. Doing so will create a ripple effect that embraces all humans.
15. See the sea turtles, pelicans, fish and other marine life fly or swim safely away from the oil spill.
16. Volunteer to clean up the beaches or help with the wildlife.Volunteer opportunities are also available in Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi. Please visit this website for more information if you are interested in volunteering to support cleanup efforts.
17. Expect a Miracle. Over fifteen years ago I spent a week learning experiential therapy in Tuscan Arizona. There was a large sign at the entrance of the center that stated, "Expect a Miracle." Only after the training ended, leaving the compound could you see the other side of the sign, "You Are The Miracle."
Know that you are the miracle, you are the solution. Together we each are a piece of the puzzle that contains the answer to a new world. Without you, your part or piece, the puzzle will never be complete. Let's join together and create the change we want to see…our time is running out.
Advice from mentors I follow:
Thich Nhat Hanh
In this excerpt from his important new book, The World We Have, Thich Nhat Hanh offers us the guiding principles for a new ecospirituality of mindful living.
"The American dream is no longer possible for the Americans. We cannot continue to live like this. It is not a sustainable economy.
We have to have another dream: the dream of brotherhood and sisterhood, of loving-kindness and compassion and that dream is possible right here and now. We have the dharma; we have the means; we have enough wisdom to be able to live this dream. Mindfulness is at the heart of awakening, of enlightenment. We practice breathing to be able to be there in the present moment, so that we can recognize what is happening in us and around us. If what’s happening inside us is despair, we have to recognize that and act right away. We may not want to confront that mental formation, but it is a reality and we have to recognize it in order to transform it.
Close your eyes and send healing, loving and peaceful thoughts for the recovery of the gold ecosystem."
Spiritual author, activist and lecturer, Marianne Williamson has begun a global prayer chain for a miracle to stop the oil spill She asks that we collectively spend one minute at noon daily envisioning the oil leak plugged. She also advises offering atonement for our personal addiction to oil and the part we play in creating a society dependent on oil. I've set my cell phone alarm for noon to join in prayer.
Founder and spiritual director of Agape International Spiritual Center, Micheal encourages us to stand in the vibration of God and feel the bliss in it, even now in our world of war, poor economy and oil spill. Send out blessings and appreciation. Notice who is swimming around you in life. Tell them:
"I see you. I see your potential. I see the beauty all through you. I see the power and the poise moving through you. God has blessed you. Let your life be a blessing. Come on out and play. I'm willing to play with you."
He also encourages us to untether ourselves from the material world and see with our heart instead of our senses. We have a soul commitment to wake up and see the love and potential in all. God is everywhere.