These are the times that try men’s souls.
The words of Thomas Paine reverberate in my head as I sit down to write this letter. Although this quote dates back to the time of the American Revolution – it aptly surmises the feelings in the hearts of America as we bear witness to, share in your sorrow, and respond to the unspeakable devastation of the Oklahoma Tornado.
It is hard for many of us to imagine the depth of what you are going through. At this time, there may seem to be more questions than answers. It is our human nature to ask why. Why did this occur? Why me? Why us? Why God? In all honesty there is no rationale that would satisfy those questions. I suspect that on a soul level a greater plan is being served – the details of which we may never fully comprehend with our minds. I sit with the uncertainty of this time and the realization of the many lives that have been turned upside down. My heart aches. Tragedies like the tornado in Oklahoma strip away our beliefs about how life should be, our definitions of who we are, and even our ways of coping with the world. We are left feeling alone, unprotected, and raw. The question in my heart now turns to how does one heal and move forward from adversity?
For a time, I sit in silence. I feel overwhelmed as my mind recollects the destruction of Hurricane Sandy, Katrina, and other disasters. “Be with the feelings – not against them”, my heart whispers. I surrender to the feelings of loss, anger, and hopelessness. I accept them and my humanity. My heart speaks for a second time. I am asked to venture into the past once more. My vision is now clearer. I see that throughout our history, the human heart has prevailed. We have persevered, overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and even created miracles from them. I am filled with the quiet knowing that we shall rise above the storm.
Tragedies such as this one put us in touch with our humanity in the most visceral way. Rather than destroy us, they ignite a Holy Fire within our souls. The storms of life draw people closer to each other. They reshape the way we interact with the world by taking us deeper into our hearts. When we emerge from the storm, we find that we are not the same people who walked in. Our experience has somehow made us stronger, more alive, and more beautiful.
These final words came to me as prayer as I sat in the quiet. I share them from my heart to yours, dear Oklahoma:
Beloved Mother/Father God,
We pray for the all those lives that were lost in the Oklahoma tornado, their families, and for all those who are in distress from this tragedy. May they be held in your Loving Embrace. You are the Light that shines in the seeming dark.
Guide us as we navigate these challenging times. May each of us come to know the Power of Compassion. May each of us courageously step out of self into our greatness? Help us to be Present for one another so that our Presence may be the strength that heals the wounded heart and the broken life. Hold us gently in your Grace as we learn to walk in Faith as one family. Amen.
In Loving Support,
Image Credit: (Katherine Taylor for The New York Times)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Diana Harris is a nationally recognized intuitive counselor, psychic medium, holistic healer, and teacher. She is frequently sought for the accuracy of her intuitive services, mediumship abilities, and dynamic workshops. Diana has a deep connection to Mother Earth and works with her Wisdom Keepers. She travels throughout the US to conduct transformational workshops, speak at conferences, and offer mediumship or intuitive counseling. Ms. Harris reaches audiences worldwide through her writing and media engagements. She is often a contributing writer to Wisdom Magazine, Kinetics, By Region, Om Place and other holistic journals. Her stories were most recently featured in the book, Love Like God: Embracing Unconditional Love, Feb 2011. Diana is currently working on two new book projects. Learn more about her work at: http://www.sacredspiraldance.com/ and www.dianaharris.co/