Part XXXXI: Ground Zero
What looks like a loss may be the very event which is subsequently responsible
for helping to produce the major achievement of your life.
~ Srully Blotnick
September 11, 2001…
The history, the description, the impact, does not have to be repeated here. There is no need to rehash the events that would stunningly change our perspective, our consciousness and our values while derailing so many lives and businesses so quickly, even permanently.
However, certain thoughts and memories stand out from the events of that day in history six years ago. I could not understand and still do not understand why anyone would want to watch the same footage over and over and over again and saturate their minds with the constant images of the disaster. Once was quite enough for me to be aware of the impact and intensity of what we were experiencing. I could think of no upside to being exposed repeatedly to the media’s frenzy and continuous exposure. I could think of many ways in which the consistent groove being carved in the consciousness of our nation could prolong the injury and prevent the healing that it desperately needed to begin.
The other striking memory is of actor Richard Gere imploring a huge audience and our nation to respond to the events from the consciousness of love instead of anger and hate – and I recall the negative backlash to his statements. I realized then and I realize now how correct he was, but the nation was not open to his spiritual insights – to the fact that the ultimate healing agent for any situation is the power of love. Action would need to be taken, of course, but it is the action of our consciousness that determines the results of our outer action and our individual and collective fates.
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
As details emerged and events were revealed that had led up to 9-11, I recall that I had my own lay opinion and insights into the situation. In my simplistic and non-politically educated mind, I could not help but think that had we not become so obsessed with Clinton’s sexual escapades in the White House and O.J. Simpson’s murder trial that perhaps…just perhaps, we would have been paying attention to what we were supposed to be paying attention to, and the course of history could have been altered.
I reasoned that if nature and higher consciousness had a way of providing "wake up calls" to us as individuals to push us toward our growth, then why would this not apply to communities and nations as well? Our self-complacent nation had just experienced its very loud wake up call.
What I did not realize at that moment was that I had also just experienced it as my own…
To be continued...
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