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.

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Choose to Walk in the Light

SunshineaddedEvery day of your life you have the option to walk in the light or to take cover and hide amidst the shadows of darkness. Walking in the light doesn’t mean there are no challenges and everything is perfect. It means you choose to face your outer challenges by looking into your deepest darkest self to heal from the inside out.

When you walk in the light you must face your fears, uncover what is hidden and strive to ask questions which lead you to a deeper understanding of yourself. It takes courage and strength to truly walk in the light for you must forgive yourself for past choices and transgressions which you might not want to acknowledge.  Walking in the light is much more than just ‘deciding’ you will be happy at any given moment because that moment will pass and then what? Your decision to be happy is a good one and is the start to shifting your energy but once that moment has passed if you haven’t uncovered and let go of what is deeply hidden you once again find yourself staring into the darkness.

Walking in the light means you are choosing to see yourself and at times you may feel vulnerable because as you shine your light  others can see you. There is no hiding in the light. You cannot hide from yourself and you cannot hide from others. When you walk in the light you are choosing to boldly be yourself and show others who you really are without fear of being judged, ridiculed or invalidated. This is probably the hardest thing to do. We all want to be liked, loved and accepted and there are times we choose to walk in someone else’s darkness lest we shine our light too brightly when they are hurting or going through a challenging time.

As you walk in the light there are times you will feel alone and isolated but this is not because you are alone; You are NEVER alone. It is because as you clear out the old and transition to the new you need time to reflect and process. Do not resist what you are feeling and never give up. This is precisely the time to bring in the universal energy of love and forgiveness. There are many others who choose to walk in the light and the brighter your light, the more you will attract others who are doing the same.

When you choose to walk in the light you are consciously choosing to generate energy instead of constantly responding to the energy of others. You are choosing to forge a path and illuminate it with your vibrancy. You are choosing to stop blaming, judging or thinking you are better than others because those vibrations come from the ego self not the true essence of spirit.

Walking in the light is a path of self discovery and no one else can do it for you. In fact it is not about anything that comes from outside of you. Walking in the light comes from the inside. It is about you shining from within so brightly that your path is clear to you. Walking in the light is choosing is choosing to honor YOU and your own light.

Honor and behold the divinity in you and others. Allow your light to shine from within and illuminate your path. Choose light over darkness. I choose to walk in the light. Won’t you join me?~Shine Your Light Debbie

©Debra Taitel 2013 All Rights Reserved

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