The powerful tornadoes which have swept through the American Midwest have been unusual in their timing and ferocity: November is meant to be a quiet month for these storms, but this one – which is not finished yet – was extraordinary in its speed and destructiveness. Many people have lost everything, and some have died: while it is a tragedy for those caught up in the event, it is symbolic also of so much of what is changing in our world.
It is no coincidence that the tornadoes travelled through the middle of America so soon after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines and while central Vietnam is struggling to deal with severe flooding which has left at least 80,000 homeless and many dead. Wind and water esoterically are seen as the breath of God, and as Spirit: God, Spirit, loves humanity, and the Planet and never interferes with your choices whether at the level of soul or of personality. Spirit is always with you, in you and all there is, and so is part of the triumphs and tragedies of our world, whether it be a life-saving scientific discovery or a tsunami. Whatever happens, God is there, never punishing, only applauding your good intent and effort particularly in times of adversity.
A crisis can bring out the best in you, if you allow it, and you may be surprised by the levels of coping and compassion that you demonstrate spontaneously as you help others in need as well as your own situation. The Midwest tornadoes caused tragic havoc but also examples of stoicism and altruism, communities coming together to help each other in sadness, dignity, and acceptance of being part of another, symbolic, Act of God. Some people will blame God, others will blame climate change and man, others still will see the tornadoes as part of life: each will choose their own explanation for what occurred, and some indeed will not ask “why”, but instead just will say “yes”.