When the World is Brought to Its Knees


Today we, as members of the world community, begin our week grieving with our New Zealand family. The loss that was experienced there last week is unfathomable to most of us. For myself, as an empath, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and discouraged. The fear and anxiety makes me want to shut down and hide out in my house for days, but that course of action would not help myself nor would it help the grieving community.  So how do we, as sensitive people, move forward? How do we help when we feel helpless and powerless? When we experience tragic events, (whether they are world events or personal events) we give ourselves time to grieve and to process, but we also take a step back and ask, “What are we supposed to be learning here? What are we supposed to understand? Why is this happening?” 

When I channeled the reading for this week, the events in New Zealand hadn't happened yet. However, looking back on it now, I think the idea Spirit was communicating is rather timely. What do we do when history repeats itself? What do we do when something so dark happens, it causes our hearts to be crushed? How can we help or change things? We must wake up and turn our “light” on. Then we take it one step at a time from there. 

How do we turn on the light? It’s all about the ripple effect.

The ripple effect is defined as “the continuing and spreading results of an event or action” and “a situation in which one event produces effects which spread and produce further effects.” (Cambridge Dictionary).

Take a moment to close your eyes and connect to that idea. See a still lake in your mind. Then picture a very tiny, small pebble. This pebble is so small, that you assume it won’t make a difference if you drop it into that huge still lake. It’s so small that what could it possibly do? Now picture yourself dropping this small pebble into the water. What happens? You see a small ripple start around the pebble. It’s close to the pebble and not very big, but then you notice that the ripple continues outward and as it expands that small ripple gets bigger and bigger and bigger and goes so much farther than you ever expected. 


YOU are the pebble. What you do and put into the world goes so much farther than you can comprehend. It DOES make a difference, even if you can’t see it. 

It’s important to understand that the ripple effect works both ways. You can ripple out fear, like the shooter in New Zealand did, or you can ripple out love, like the heroes in New Zealand did. It’s absolutely 100% your choice. When you do nothing—chose to say nothing or stay silent or live in fear, anxiety, and lack—you chose to ripple out fear. When you make a conscious decision to say “enough” or to shift—you chose to ripple out love. 

Saying “enough” doesn’t have to be a huge, major action—though it can be. Saying “enough” can simply be you going out of your way to drop small pebbles of love, wherever you go. (Think: A smile at a stranger or helping someone who is struggling or holding the door open for someone.) Saying “enough” is about making a CONSCIOUS choice to spread love in any way that you can. It’s about consciously choosing to make a ripple.

Ask yourself: How can you be the pebble today? What ripple of love can you start today—right now—that will trigger love to expand out from yourself? That will shift the energy around you and continue to expand? What small action can you take right now to make a difference in this world? What can you do to start a wave of love? Pick one small thing you can do to consciously turn the tides of fear. Being the pebble is the first step you can take to change the world and to make things right.