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The Calm After The Storm


Blessings of Love and Light to You!

After a significant storm, the media is full of reports of damage and destruction. This is often accompanied by fearful predictions of lack of insurance, loss and suffering. Can this possibly be more harmful than helpful? It is easy to look around, and even with minimal inconvenience, see only the negative. I invite you to consider the possibility that there is another way! Want to know more? Read on!


After Summer Rain

Isaiah 30:15    


For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, "In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength."




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Choppy Waters Long Island Sound


Unity Wisdom


"The Mind of peace precedes all healing."


Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity



Here in New England, our recent visit from hurricane Irene resulted in widespread, extended power outages, flooding, fallen trees and dangerous exposed live wires.  


Forcefully removed from conveniences and technology, many people griped, complained and pointed fingers of blame at the utility companies and road crews trying to get us back up and running. Yes, recovery was slow, but all of the griping indicates that we missed a great opportunity for healing and growth.


The "calm after the storm" provided by the power outages, gives us an opportunity to stop; to reconnect and reflect on what really matters; to review our life circumstances; to ponder how we prepare for and recover from storms  in nature and in our daily lives. Actual tragedies aside, most of us would benefit from learning how to "count it all for joy," even in the midst of discomfort and inconvenience.


Admittedly the first day of techno-withdrawal is difficult. What can we do when we can't do what we always do? The answer is that we do the things we always say we do not have time to do: read, write, bring out the cards and board games, and...yes...even talk to each other!Frank and Ben with Puzzle


If we say that we do not have time to pray or meditate, this is the perfect time to do so. While the hyperactive culture we have developed demands we produce and stay busy, those demands are unreasonable and detrimental to enjoying our everyday lives.


There are many lessons that can be learned in "the calm after the storm." They say "hindsight is 20/20. As days without power drag on, it  becomes clearer each day how well we prepared before the storm...or not. How well we handle the frustration and inconvenience is a good indicator of how we handle the ups and downs in our lives.


The second principle of Hermetic Philosophy states: "As above so below, as below so above." In Unity we call this the Law of Correspondence. Our state of consciousness (above) manifests as our life experience (below).


A good number of people in the affected areas did not prepare for the storm at all. They are the ones that suffered most. In spite of warnings, they declared it is all just hype and went on their merry way. Hopefully, reflecting in the dark, hungry, they have a change of consciousness. Yet, how many times in our own lives do we ignore red flags? And suffer the consequences?


Then there are those who prepared according to the lists provided by the 'experts' in the field. We do not prepare for trouble with the expectation we will have trouble. We prepare so that we do not need to carry around a "what if" thought that will distract us.


In the calm after the storm we reflect on what worked, what did not work, and what worked that could have worked better. The same is true for any "storm" or challenge in our lives. They say that those who do not learn from history are forced to repeat it. Looking at history as "his story," or "her story," we can see where changes can be made, and wisdom applied.


Jesus said, "In the world you will have tribulation (storms), but I have overcome the world." We, too, can overcome the storms in our world by receiving the gift that is the "calm after the storm."


Think on these things. RevAli


Successful Storm Preparation Tips:

Regardless of the type of storm you are expecting, here are some pretty good tips that may or may not be on your typical list. These tips are IN ADDITION TO recommended preparation tips:

Get a plastic storage tub with a good seal. In it, place some batteries, matches, a Sterno camp stove with some Sterno (this past storm I used my fondue pot and Sterno. Worked great!), some heat and eat canned foods. Be certain to include canned fruit and vegetables. These were lacking in my preparation! Dried fruits and nuts are also a great idea.

It's not just about food. Be sure to include 'comfort' items like candy, a deck of cards or compact game or two, and don't forget first aid supplies or medication.

Review regularly to keep this updated and ready to go for whatever storm may come. Replace older batteries with fresh ones, check expiration dates on food items, etc. Don't forget things like combs or brushes, skin cream, and wipes and dry shampoo.

Keep in a cool, dry place where it will not be exposed to extreme heat or cold.

Fill the tub with water. Water supplies can be lost or contaminated, so if you want to wash and flush (not for food preparation or ingestion), so fill that tub! Some of my neighbors suffered needlessly because they did not do this!

Here is a great link to help you in preparation:

FEMA Storm Preparation List 



When storms threaten, pray...then move your feet. Remember inspiration AND preparation.


Rev. Alicia Leslie


Spirit of Unity