More and more I’m coming to believe that our negativity hurts Mother Earth. Like a person with an infection that creates a fever to burn off the bacteria, our Earth is burning in the wake of yet another shooting.
When I say “negativity”, I’m not talking about the sadness and anger that result from grief. I actually believe those to be positive emotions when expressed. (But they do become negative and harmful to the person who suppresses their feelings, which can lead to disease and broken relationships.)
When I say “negativity”, I am talking about the venom that is so freely spit after an occurrence like the shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill last week. I am talking about the fear that lingers as a result of such a tragedy.
If you want to better understand my thoughts of fear, you can read my blog, “The Fear Monster” which was written after the shooting at a country music concert in Las Vegas. For now, I’d like to talk about “venom”.
It’s not just “venom” but the rage, disdain, and disgust that is behind the words that people speak that I think is hurting the Earth. Yes, the acts of shooters who kill innocent people are disgusting. But people experience rage, disdain, and disgust for not only that, but for anyone who believes differently from themselves about gun control or why these things are happening. This venom is hurting society. It is creating a society that believes “if you are not with us, you’re against us” rather than finding a real solution to the problem, one that may not have been considered yet because the focus has been on “yes guns” or “no guns”.
Rather than looking at the cause of the problem, we’ve only been looking at the symptom. Every time we do that, it creates more negatively.
I believe our feelings are experienced by the Earth and everything around us. Just as a baby can start to cry as a result of a whispered argument by his parents in another room, the energy of the Earth that we are here to honor (as well as be nurtured and loved by) is affected by our energy. She can allow us to hurt her for only so long before she needs to heal herself. I believe that her healing sometimes comes in the form of fire (like the fever I mentioned initially). Sometimes it comes in the form of an earthquake or volcano or other natural disaster. I don’t think these things are “punishment”. Sometimes these things are just natural occurrences, because that’s what the Earth is naturally designed to do. But I do believe that natural disasters also serve as a healing system and that when there is so much negativity (and disrespect - drilling too deep, building too close to natural flood areas, spraying chemicals into the air to manipulate the weather, etc.), the Earth needs to heal herself more often.
But the beautiful thing is, if our negativity affects our Mother Earth, so should our love. Love and respect for her and love and respect for each other. A little bit of compassion wouldn’t hurt either.
I have to say that I have never had a loved one taken from me through violence and I have never been personally affected by a fire. But I have to believe that love, respect, and compassion for one another and our Mother Earth is the answer. I will continue to do my best to live this healing energy every day.
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