Mass shootings: Actions we can take to make a difference…

In memoriam for those who have lost their lives to gun violence
In memoriam for those who have lost their lives to gun violence

This is a guest post by Spiritual Teacher Raphaelle Tamura

I have been very lucky to live an amazing life – not one without itʼs intense challenges of course – but one that has allowed me to dive deeply into learning to understand the human soul, one who has tried to practice tolerance, understanding, and love at every turn of my life. I make mistakes like everyone else, but feel I have been blessed in many, many ways.

This past week there was horrific news, once again, for everyone in our country (U.S.A.)

There were, tragically, two more mass shootings – one in El Paso Texas near the Mexican border where twenty-two died and scores more were hurt and another shooting in a sweet midwest town, Dayton, Ohio where nine died and so many more were injured.

Each time it happens it also brings back the trauma of having lived not too far from
one of the more distant (in time) but memorable of the schools’ shootings – April
20, 1999 – the Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.

Although I was not there physically I lived in a town nearby. Being quite sensitive, this shooting affected me deeply on every level – emotionally, physically, psychically and spiritually. I even dreamed about some of the people who died in that incident.

For weeks after the Columbine shootings, there was a dark, dense cloud that hung over the Denver area both physically and energetically, which felt sad beyond belief.

The only light in the time following that shooting was that a Whole Life Expo by coincidence happened to be scheduled shortly after that shooting. There were speakers like author Dannion Brinkley (of “Saved by the Light”) and others who truly helped to bring the beginning of healing to that town – was I ever grateful for that.

About a week after the shooting, I went to join my husband in Los Angeles and I decided to fly instead of drive. On takeoff, as the plane lifted above the clouds, I got my first “breath of fresh air” clean and clear of all the heavy grief and worldly attention that was energetically pressing down on the Denver area. I could not believe the difference. I would never forget this tragedy that visited my home at the time.

In my posts, I pretty much like to stay away from politics or super-touchy subjects because the goal of my personal site is to help uplift people and share the joys of life with friends and family. But these two more shootings hit me deeply and I had to say something – so on August 4, 2019, I posted the following:

“To El Paso & Dayton- my most heartfelt condolences. A whole country weeps at these devastating losses.”

It was my passionate way of expressing my love and prayers to those grieving at their personal losses due to these shootings and also to those grieving because they read about it and felt the losses deeply themselves. It was a kind of “cry in the dark” so to speak, but I sent it out with love and hopes that it could inspire love & prayers from my following.

What I got instead was something surprising – an intelligent dialog where minds gathered to come up with various ideas on what we could all do to help. I made my contribution which got a lot of replies – but my reply was to the one cynical person who posted and off it went!

Others made their thoughtful comments as well. I wish to share some of that dialog because I feel it is relevant and maybe even helpful to those who have “ears to hear.” The cynic in that conversation kind of plays the “devilʼs advocate” because of his cynicism, but I wanted even his voice to be heard because his voice is the voice of many – those who think changes cannot happen – it is the voice of hopelessness that many understandably feel – and I would pray and hope that we can all, in some way, start to change this mindset so necessary changes can actually be created.

We are here to wake one another up and it is my hope to do this through whatever form I can.

After I wrote my brief post, one of my respondents, E.M. who works at a school, asks an important question, “What actions can we take to make a difference???

The first responder to that question said, “Canʼt. This horse left the barn
decades ago.”

The next response was, “You can keep working your own energy and hanging with other sensitive people. We all do our part in different ways. What we each are doing as energy workers is beneficial even as these incidents continue to occur.” This respondent is an artist and sensitive like me. She is talking to the metaphysical community who knows how to do “energy work”

The next respondent was me – since I wanted to reply to G.K.ʼs concerns…

We are never without hope and the ability to help change things, dear brother. And
that darned old horse can be caught and returned to its barn if we as a collective
go looking for it and correct its behavior and shortcomings.

Here are some things we can do

  • Love one another, spread awareness, teach and practice love at every turn of events and if active campaigning for changes in laws and policies is on your path to do, then do it – with conviction and love, not fear and hate.
  • Don’t practice or teach hate-mongering – If you practice it, you are teaching it, then it spreads like a virus.
  • Teach the truth about history, first and foremost – we learn from our past mistakes
    and can avoid, in the future, the same ones!

We can’t fight hate with hate, it’s obvious that doesn’t work. Nor can we ever give up on things. Love will one day prevail – maybe not today – but it will prevail if we are diligent to actively make that change within ourselves first, then the world, second.

an attitude of fortitude must be taken

Like the young people going to Washington, DC after the Florida school shootings – no changes were made as yet but their voices were heard by millions. Their voices touched the hard hearts of those “in charge” – the ones who were forced to hear the voices of the angels through these
young people, and so a seed was planted. Perhaps it will sprout in a surprising way. Keeping hope alive is also important.

Loving thoughtfulness is another helpful tool to practice with individuals near you who are grappling with the tragedy of it all. Or how about looking at what needs to be changed on the collective level and becoming an active part of that change? The more of us who do this, the faster the positive changes can happen. It does take time and patience but we have to know it really is possible first. It is.

My final words for this post: Since this has become an open, public “issue” maybe it is time to think about “What can I do to help?” and “What can I do to prepare myself in case I find myself
in the middle of a shooting?”

If we are awake and aware, grounded and loving, we can offer a lot, even if it is a helping hand after-the-fact, a kind word or voting for a change in legislation. Donʼt put this in the back of your mind, and whatever you do donʼt lose hope! We are now all faced with the challenge of having to be the change that we want to see, so, what are we waiting for? Letʼs do it!

©️Raphaelle Tamura 2019 All Rights Reserved

Raphaelle Tamura is a Clairvoyant, Spiritual Healer, Teacher, Author and Chief Operating Officer of Seraphim at Mt. Shasta. She runs a spiritual seminar business and co-hosts Living the Miracle Radio show with her husband Michael Tamura. Raphaelle is in the process of publishing her first book “Shantiʼs Lives: The Extraordinary Story of Animal Reincarnation.” You can find out more about Michael & Raphaelle Tamura by visiting their website.

Forgiveness Divine

Forgiveness is a “giving” space…

Forgiveness Divine

“To err is human, to forgive, divine.”~Alexander Pope

I recently received an email from a client asking how we can energetically ask for forgiveness from others.

The example she cited was about overreacting and using harsh words with a colleague while under pressure. To add to her angst she lost touch with colleague years ago. She wanted to say she was sorry even though she apologized after the incident because she still felt bad about what happened. She was also concerned that even if she did find them they may not want to talk to her at all let alone about something that happened years ago.

We’ve all been there…

What a great question and example! We’ve all been in that position at one time or another, haven’t we? We hold on to “feeling bad” about something we did or said for hours, days or, in some instances, years. We want to talk about it and keep apologizing to that person or for the situation ad nauseam waiting for someone else to forgive us and we just can’t let it go even if they do.

The reason we hold on to that less than loving feeling is not that the other person hasn’t forgiven us (maybe they have or maybe they haven’t…that’s for another blog) but because at some level, we can’t or don’t want to forgive ourselves.

Here’s the thing, on an energy level there is no asking from others. It’s about forgiving ourselves. Once we forgive ourselves it’s even possible that we cross paths with the other person so we can apologize. Isn’t it wonderful when the universe works that magic? If it does happen you see them let’s be clear it is never about “asking” for forgiveness.

Forgiveness is a “giving” space, not an “expecting” or needing a “response” space…

Others don’t have to forgive you. It’s not up to them. If you apologize wanting a particular response that is not forgiveness. That is an expectation which is a form of resistance. Also, why would someone else forgive you for that which you cannot forgive within yourself? Even if they do forgive you or they forgave you long ago that “feeling” will still linger because YOU still have to forgive YOU.

It doesn’t even matter if the other person accepts your apology. Forgiving is a giving space and when and if they choose to forgive they are giving and allowing a space for themselves as well.

I once had an ex who, after 18 years with no contact, called me to apologize “for everything” he ever “did” to me in our relationship. In fact, his first words were “please, don’t hang up.” While I appreciated the call to no end all I could do was laugh.

For the most part, I had forgiven him, and myself, long before that call. He held on to the guilt all those years. I will say it there was deep healing that happened on that call for both of us. I watched his energy and subsequently my energy completely shift as we released the remaining karma that at some level we both held on to.

Forgiveness is not a thing you “do”…

It’s a space you create FOR giving. You’re giving yourself space to make mistakes and to be less than perfect. A space to be where you are. A space to learn and heal. A space to recognize where you are and are not aware. A space to let go. and most importantly you’re giving yourself space to love again.

“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.”

~Steve Maraboli

The truth is that any “non-forgiveness” is about you. It’s also where your energy is stuck in the past. How can you move forward with your energy stuck in the past? If you’re one of those people who cannot forgive yourself take a moment to really break it down to the bare bones. Why can’t you forgive yourself? Is there guilt or shame or some other emotion that causes you pain? What’s really going on?

It’s important to note that we do not go into a state of harsh words or react in a less than loving way without some sort of picture or energy that got lit up. Maybe you lost your awareness or someone pushed a button and triggered something deep within your psyche. Maybe you experienced fear or a threat. Maybe someone jumped in your space or tried to control you or the situation.

Maybe all of it happened at once but none of it matters. It’s important to recognize what really happened and forgive that too. Not one of us is perfect so let’s stop blaming ourselves and holding on things in the past that hold power over us in the present.

Make your apologies to others and yourself by creating a space of love and forgiveness. That’s the only way to release and clear the Karma.~Shine Your Light Debbie

©Debra Taitel 2019 All Rights Reserved

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