I like to keep track of the countries that my viewers come from, now up to 53. I wonder who these people are and what are their thoughts about achieving unity of spirit among all countries of the world. Some of my readers come from trouble spots: Iraq, Bahrain, Pakistan, South Korea . . . . Not that there isn't trouble everywhere in the world, but these nations and some others in particular are making headlines in the news these days. Seeing that people from these places are reading my blog reminds me that there are real individuals in those countries - they are not just the statistics we see in the newspaper. My list of countries reminds me to send light and healing prayers to each nation where people are longing to live in peace and justice and willing to risk their lives toward that end.
Sometimes I think about the world, and how, at any one time, people are giving birth, people are dying, people are celebrating wonderful occasions, people are appreciating the beauty of the natural world, and people are suffering - from disease, famine, war, and other horrors. All of these experiences are part of life, and while I want very much to live in a world where only peace and beauty exist, I know that, at least for now, this is not a realistic dream.
Today my 18-year-old niece is having extensive surgery on a leg that was injured in a car accident Friday morning. She also broke her neck and her pelvis, but she survived the accident that killed a young man, and the driver has been arrested for DWI. This kind of tragedy may pale in comparison to the crises in Japan and Libya, but it's the main focus of my prayers today because my love for my sister and her family is more tangible than my love for people I don't know.
Every member of the human family has burdens to bear, tragedies to endure, and losses to count. Some suffer more than others, but I don't think anyone is exempt. I believe that if human souls had wanted easy lives we would have stayed in the spiritual realm from whence we all come. We chose to come here in order to learn and grow through adversity, as well as to enjoy the material blessings of the physical world. I know my theology doesn't make sense to those who believe that our souls first came into being with this earthly life. However, the concept of choosing our life circumstances in order to grow makes sense to many, especially those who realize that life is not only eternal, but always evolving.
In these current times the hard lessons seem to be coming fast and furious. The positive side of this is that prayers and meditations for peace and healing are being sent out in greater force than ever before. More prayers create more light and love, and so the planet grows closer to being a place where peace prevails.
Seeing all of the countries from where my readers come lets me know that people everywhere are praying for oneness and looking for ways to build bridges with one another. I thank you all for being channels of blessings to our world.