Taking a long hard look at our reality…

Today, I am at a loss for words… I am sitting here thinking to myself and contemplating ways to grow out of this destruction.

How… How can I best be of service?

How can I make a difference? How can anyone person stand up in the face of danger and destruction, and make a difference?

After reading all the posts and looking at the videos… feeling the pain of each who has lost; I have to remind myself of the lessons learned I learned from the old masters, from religious tales and age-old scriptures – gnostic, dogma, doctrine and more.

“Shiva” known in the Hindu trinity as ‘The Destroyer’ is the one who creates, protects and transforms the Universe.

“Jesus” as the Son of God in Christianity also had to first be ‘destroyed‘ before He could rise up.

Aristotle, Lau Tso, Confucious, Augustine of Hippo, Socrates, Plato, Pythagoras, Kukai, Sun Tzu, Simone de Beauvoir, Allan Watts and so many more that could be mentioned… Even in the Pagan and Occult information; for that fact, other sections in the Christian Bible and the Quran – tells us that destruction is always followed by new growth.

As the phoenix rises from the ashes, a new cycle will always follow when the old one dies down.

As the grass fields are burned to black crips during the dry and cold winter months… after the first rains of spring, the new grass sprouts will change to field back to green again. Because that is what the grass is focused on in the Spring and Summer sessions. To flourish and grow taller and stronger as their roots are now set deeper than the years before.

But when the field did not burn to crips in the Winter months, it takes so much longer for us to see the new green through the old, dead brown-grey mass.

The Human Body and Spirit also abides by the same Laws of Nature. As we grow year after year, by Nature, there are cells and even ideas and thoughts that are shredded left behind and/or gets destroyed. Our Spirit goes through the same metamorphosis, as we grow and develop in our lifetime. Some beliefs and thoughts are retained while others are lost along the way, as they no longer served a purpose to us.

So, here I am sitting today, looking at the destruction – allowing myself to feel the emotions of pain, anguish, sadness, anger, disappointment, and yes, even fear… not just for myself, my family, my friends, my clients and acquaintances, but for both sides of this story. Reminding myself not to become the emotion but just allow me to experience it. Allowing myself to grow and learn from it so that I (and those I guide) can grow from this experience.

It might not seem as much, and in truth, it does not feel like much – but – once the fact and truth of this reality have settled in, after the freaky waves of confusion, fear, worry and even adrenaline has settled; it will be those who can stand as leaders, those who guide others, those who are not doing it for their own glory but for the betterment of their community, those who are not in the spotlight – they will be the ones who will be able to guide others to the love and light; to heal, to grow and to rise again out of the ashes…

So for now, I will allow my tears to flow, I will allow my heart to ache, I will allow my empathic side to experience this current situation… for tomorrow my analytical and logical side will better comprehend what needs to be done, to be able to move forward.

Children of our beloved country, South Africa, for young and old, for all the races and creeds, for all of you out there – my thoughts and prayers are with all!

In Sympathy, Empathy, Love, Gratitude and Grace,

Yvonne E. Venter-Louw

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