Paris

November 16, 2015

Paris

Spiritual Teacher Marianne Williamson tells us “Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world – for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.”

Given the events of this past Friday in Paris, however, it’s difficult to wax philosophical. We saw the face of horror intended from one human being to another. Multiplying this intention from a few human beings to many others only makes this act that much more difficult to comprehend.

The darkness that took over the City of Lights on November 13 is temporary; as we repair the physical destruction one brick at a time, the lights will return. It will take longer for light to return to the hearts of those whose loved ones are gone or wounded, and longer still to heal the hearts of those who believe darkness is the way to light.

All this healing is possible if we remember that transformation takes place one relationship at a time, one conversation at a time…one heart at a time. The light multiplies exponentially over years, miles, cultures, lifetimes.

In Evolution Angel, Todd Michael tells us a frozen river doesn’t thaw all at once. Sometimes it thaws, then there’s a freeze and it looks like all is lost. But then the warm days come again, the ice softens and thins. “A few cracks will appear here, a patch will open up there to reveal running water beneath. Finally one day when you least expect it, the ice will break apart and huge chunks will suddenly let loose and float away downstream. You just have to keep the sun shining on that ice, day after day…even the most impossible situations can become more fluid if you persist.”

For now, we keep all those affected by the events of November 13 in a safe place in our hearts and prayers. For now we keep the lights on for Paris, and for always, we keep the sun shining on the ice.

 

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