I sit here in New York City, a week after Hurricane Sandy, on election day, having gone through a mess of emotions. To let everyone know, I went through the storm without any loss of power, flooding or fire. I was incredibly lucky, but as you know, not everyone was. We are now settling into the long term damage the hurricane has created. Relief efforts have been phenomenal, both on the grass roots level and on the government level. I think Mayor Bloomberg has done a great job of dealing with the toughest situation NYC has faced yet, and New Yorkers don’t miss a beat when it comes to doing what needs to be done quickly and efficiently. Our city has been through a few major traumatic events in the last 15 years, and I can proudly say we have learned and are all working together. Still it is never enough when you are the one with a burned down or flooded house. Our efforts will need to continue well into the winter and beyond.
Last night as I was teaching Psychic Empowerment, I was listening to everyone talk about their experience. I realized that many people were having reactions to the hurricane, whether they were in the Northeast or not. Chances are, if you are sensitive and empathic, then you are feeling it and that is OK. I wanted to send out a note to all of you so that you know what to do for yourself in these situations.
What does existential terror look like in a natural disaster?
- Feeling helpless to do anything
- Feeling terrified of being along
- Feeling panic in general
- Losing sight of your life path and purpose
- Disconnecting from everyone
- Being scattered and unable to focus
- Feeling powerless
- Feeling like you “don’t exist” (my personal favorite)
- Feeling trapped
- Not having any sense of the future
- Feeling like you are falling through a black abyss
- Unable to handle the pain of others
What are some things you can do to alleviate this?
- Being held. Physical contact helps to soothe the nervous system
- Quality time with loved ones. Feeling like you belong and are taken care of is essential.
- Meditating and taking extra time to get spiritual and emotional support
- Doing whatever you need to do to feel safe
- Being gentle with yourself, taking the time (if you can) to give yourself the healing response.
- Getting active: helping, serving, donating
- PARTY! Blow off some steam and dance all night
- Being patient, it will pass and you will feel better
- Learn from the experience what you need and honor tha
Natural disasters bring up your stuff
We all have habitual defenses that will be exaggerated during a natural disaster. So if you have a fear of abandonment, it will be multiplied. If your tendency is to disconnect from painful emotions, you may do that to the extreme and upset the people around you. If your life doesn’t have the support in it that you desire, it will be obvious during these times. Learn from that and become active in creating a life surrounded by loving care. We all need strong community and love in our lives, take the time to foster that. Gather together with your families and communities and discuss how you want to move forward, should this or anything like this happen again. Reach out to those who have gone through it, every phone call means a lot.
How can you help?
Meditation for Safety
For all those desiring to help, first and foremost, when you meditate please sink into the place of safety within yourselves and allow that vibration to travel to those in need. Ask that the vibration go to exactly where it needs to go, and let spirit handle it. As we grow together, connecting in this way is very powerful.
If you feel called, I highly recommend donating to Occupy Sandy NYC. The occupy movement has evolved into a community building and sustaining effort. They are on the ground without the red tape and in touch with local relief efforts. They have simply been amazing. People are not thinking about whether or not they should volunteer, we all know that's just what we need to do. Your money is being put to good use here.
From the Deep, Ever Evolving Mystery,