Spirituality in Times of Crisis
Spirituality in Times of Crisis
Everyone has their own way of responding to crisis. Some choose an elaborate, drama-filled news report. Others choose to remain calm and heed warnings. Information in our world moves quickly within social media and breaking news. How can we use technology to gather our collective spiritual efforts to change the response and course of events? How do you handle being in the midst of a crisis or natural disaster?
Hawaii-based social media consultant Roxanne Darling started the hashtag #ThinkCalmThoughts as a way to aggregate positive thinking and good energy toward a potentially negative situation. Here is Roxanne’s original tweet during tonight’s tsunami warning.
We interviewed Roxanne for her insight on how we can use spirituality to ‘turn the tide’ on a natural disaster:
What can the collective consciousness do to change a crisis situation?
We are all able to access the “field” – aka the realm of universal consciousness. When we use it consciously, rather than just having waves roll over us an knock us out (literally and figuratively) we can impact the movement of molecules. This is quantum physics made real in everyday life. I encourage people to visit this site if they are curious.
Lynne McTaggart has done a great job of explaining how the physics works IRL.
What typical responses do you see occurring in crises situations that can be changed?
First there is a tremendous amount of information sharing. This is essentially wonderful, because information is a tonic. It helps us calm down by giving a sense of control over the situation. Then a subset of people start feeding off of the drama. That tends to escalate the energy, not calm it. It’s why I specifically crafted the tag three tsunamis ago: #ThinkCalmThoughts.
It is also why sleeping helps – some people talk about doing that. Sleeping helps because it removes anxious attention from the situation.
Al Roker: 4 waves have hit. No Al, four waves have landed, none are damaging. How we use the language matters, as it affects the collective energy.
Bottom line it is an opportunity to calm others, to ignore drama, and to enroll people who are not in the immediate vicinity to help send calming energy. Their nervous systems are not firing the way ours are locally, so they can inject intention into the situation. I think this is especially true for tsunamis, which are over water – we have flow that is easier to engage.
How do you cope with crises and natural disasters?
I remember that this world is a temporary visit in the big scheme of themes. I take care of business first: email family and friends, collect water, etc., charge my devices! Then I focus my intention into soothing and smoothing energy, and reach out to my network of conscious friends. The moon is almost full tonight, so I went to our outside shower and took a meditative warm shower standing almost directly under the moon. I called on all my spirit energy to see what they could do! I did not demand, cajole, or make bribes or promises. Just a simple request – that this was my request.
Tonight, now, extreme gratitude for all of the public servants who worked so diligently and cautiously on our behalf. They have been working under enormous pressure and I am so grateful fro their service.
Thank you for creating a place to tell these stories!
What advice can you give to others experiencing crises and natural disasters?
I encourage them to have both feet on the ground (take care of human necessities) and every now and then stop, breathe, and connect with whatever power source you have – God, Higher Power – the name does not matter. Just open that portal, ask for help, and remember we all only have one ultimate place to end up: the lap of the Divine. Walk back and forth between normal reality and remembering that we live in an energetic universe, much more so than a physical or biological universe. We get to interact with all of them!
During this time of a potential tsunami in Hawaii, Roxanne Darling adds her wisdom via Twitter:
Here’s what others are saying about spirituality in times of crises:
Join the conversation with #ThinkCalmThoughts.