To live in a wilderness is a blessing not chosen by many, understandably so. I hope that your home, whatever and wherever it is, is a place of peace for you, somewhere you love and where you love to be. As Earth spins faster on her journey to a new world, it is important that we who are travelling with her feel protected from cold winds and shadows by the sanctuary we have created, a refuge that will cocoon and ground us as we watch and wait.
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Emerging from the Shadows[/caption]
Looking out at a landscape of autumn colours and silent trees, it is hard to believe that another world exists, not so far away. Right now, the ancient cities of Aleppo and Mosul are being torn apart, at great human cost; there is no sanctuary there for the thousands of citizens for whom there is now no home, and possibly life. Deprivation is endemic around the globe, not just in the Middle East but in Calais, for example, in Greece, and in many forgotten parts of the United States. Overall, more people are in suffering than are not, which is a sign of how much is needing to be done to rebalance the human community.
It is easy to become complacent about these continuing global tragedies, or to ignore their truth because it is too upsetting. We must not separate ourselves from our fellow humans: to do so is selfish and cruel, and, karmically, hurts us too. Your soul with its many incarnations may be expressing itself somewhere in Syria now, even while being a part of you who reads these words. You experience far more than you know, and your spiritual life is far more complex than you may understand.
Remember, if you can, your connection with everything, and let your thoughts and heart reflect in empathy. See world events with discernment, and do what you are able to see the many shadows everywhere as temporary. Beneath those shadows is light, and the light is emerging now even as the darkness feels overwhelming, to make the world a sanctuary for everyone. It is challenging, sometimes, to trust, but all really is well.