Blessings to You!
My heart ached when I heard the news...
... a terrible earthquake hit Haiti...the death toll has not been determined, but it is expected to be devastating...and I felt a great disturbance in the Force. Have you ever noticed, that there is no way to avoid the wave of emotion that hits us at such a time?
It does not matter if the tragedy, whatever it was, occurred in the next town, or a country at the other side of the globe. It does not matter if it is in a country or culture we have (for whatever reason) determined to be the "enemy."
The disturbance we feel in our being is the reality of our interconnectedness. We can deny our Oneness, but we cannot eliminate it. In Spirit, we are One. Our Oneness is Divine.
In Star Wars, Obi-Wan says: "The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together." The force, can be likened to the Allness of Spirit...in which we live, and move, and have our being;God. As each drop of the ocean is uniquely its own...yet it is also an inseparable part of the Whole.
The Allness was meant to produce the Fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. In our daily lives, the Jedi is the spiritually awakened part of us, aligning our energy with the "light side" of the force; illumination. Darth Vader, the arch-enemy of the Jedi went over to the "dark side of the force," representing ignorance of Truth, seeking personal power and self-seeking.
When the world seems dark and hopeless it is easy to go over to the "dark side" of doom, gloom, doubt and fear. We may strike out to take matters into our own hands...forgetting the light of The Force....the Light of God that surrounds us, the Love of God that enfolds us, the Power of God that protects us, and the Presence of God that watches over us.
We may not be able to make the tragedies go away, but we can grab our "light Saber" of Truth...faith...hope...trust in God and Universal Principle. The Jedi did not pray away the negativity of the "Empire" (the world), they went forth. Before Luke Skywalker coult use his light saber correctly he had to learn to fight blindfolded...attuned to "the force."
As we become more attuned to God's Presence and Power in our lives and the world we live in, we too will be able to blindfold ourselves to appearances of hopelessness and destruction; to become centered and grounded to receive divine direction in that which is ours to do to return peace and equilibrium to the Force.
Right now we all have received our "Jedi Marching-Orders," it is time to seek ways to return peace to The Force with prayer AND action. Just open your heart and mind. The coming weeks will provide abundant opportunities to give of your time, talent and treasure. Seek, and you will find. Ask and it will be given. Give, and it will be given to you.
The true work of healing the wounds of humankind is in loving and ministering to each other. This is our mission. Now is the time.
Now Go to Your Destiny, and may the Force be with You! RevAli