Today, Tuesday 24 March 2020, is exactly three solar (Gregorian) years since the death of my beloved Laurence James Lucas.
As I was sitting on my little balcony this morning – just minutes before I was due to light my incense at exactly 7.45am while practising Ho’oponopono – a large single crow flew onto the nearby tree and started cawing very loudly. There are often a number of smaller crows sitting there, but this morning it was just one, and he was very large and very vocal! Instead of flying off in the other direction, this morning he did something extremely unusual – he flew straight towards me and then directly over the roof terrace of our home. Ah! There you are my beloved! Good morning.
Please forgive me
I love you.
I know I am not alone in missing Laurence so very deeply, day in and day out. I miss his humour, his wisdom, his insights, his enormous compassion and ability to honour and empower others. I miss his spirit of adventure, his love of life, his laughter. And I miss his love.
Particularly now, during these strange and ‘interesting’ times, I know there are many of us who are feeling his loss very strongly. We are in shock; we are finding it hard to regain our centres every day, to breathe through the fear into a place of calm and stillness. Our hearts are torn apart by all the tragedy all around us, all over the world. So many of us are confused, frightened, emotionally and/or physically vulnerable, struggling terribly with financial uncertainty or even disaster. We feel lost and cannot clearly see a way forward.
We are needing to hear Laurence’s perception on what is happening; we are needing to take comfort from his balanced and clear overview. We need his profound inner strength and his deeply held knowledge of how to access our own inner resources and spiritual strength to help us through these challenging times.
Here is what I know.
Whether this COVID-19 is the result of someone eating an infected bat; or the result of an accidental or deliberate discharge from a bio-chemicals lab; or because 5G has caused it, or has at least made people in the areas it has been rolled out more vulnerable; or is a natural and inevitable part of the cyclical nature of viral outbreaks that have happened throughout history; or because Mother Nature has said ‘Enough is enough! Reset, people! I need a break.’; or because God is smiting us for our wickedness and sin (which, for the record, I do not believe at all!); or for any other reason that is out there – none of that matters right now. It might matter later, but right now it is totally irrelevant.
What is relevant, what is vital, is how we all respond. We have a choice. We can be kind; we can be compassionate. We can inform ourselves of how to protect ourselves, our loved ones, our communities and the wider human and animal community. We can take practical measures. We can respect, help and support each other.
As a friend of mine – a fung shui master in Vancouver – posted recently, we can reframe ‘social distancing’ as ‘distant socializing’. We can reach out to people through emails, WhatsApp, Skype, telephone, handwritten letters in our neighbours’ post boxes letting them know that we are willing and available to help if they need anything. We can contact people we love to tell them we love them and are thinking of them. We can find ways every day in our own homes to go inward, to find that extra strength and calm. We can reach out to others when we need support – practical or emotional.
We can be kind.
In the face of every crisis, there is opportunity. Let’s use this ‘interesting time’ to seize every opportunity we can to be grateful for what we have, to fill our hearts with love, to understand this as the opportunity it is for all of us living in planet Earth (not ‘on’; we actually live ‘in’ planet Earth and her electromagnetic aura) to move to a higher level of consciousness; to evolve towards a place of greater benevolence and abundance, of greater responsibility for our own actions and a greater sense of connectivity with every other human and sentient being.
While it is unwise to ignore the shadow or to bury our heads in the sand, it is eminently wise to choose to focus on the light. To find and share stories of the incredible human kindness and courage that so very many people are displaying, to create kindness and support for ourselves and others all around us.
Laurence would see this as part of the 2012 Era (approximately 1986 to well into the 2020s), where the world is moving closer to a planetary consciousness and where we have the opportunity (despite the birthing pains of that opportunity) to move to a more evolved consciousness. It is up to us, now, which way we go.
Let’s honour and respect ourselves, our loved ones, our communities, our whole human and animal family. Let’s spread kindness and love. Let’s offer prayers of gratitude, let’s find moments of joy and laughter and let’s keep our sense of humour and a sense of calm, so that we may better be able to support ourselves and others.
Be kind, be safe, know that we are all loved.
With love and blessings to us all, on this day and every day,