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Worth Re-posting: Love and Light from Sendai, Japan

March 11, 2012

Today is the anniversary of the devastating earthquake in northern Japan. We did not lose any close friends or family, but for Juneau, the tragedy struck hard because of her intimate knowledge of the country. Seaside villages she knew and loved were swept off the face of the earth. We published a remarkable letter from a friend of a friend who survived the disaster. In it are deep lessons about how loss and change can connect us to the Eternal. For us, spiritual awakening and this community of love and searching is all part of The Meaning of Adam Lambert. 

And somehow as I experience the events happening now
 in Japan,
I can feel my heart opening very wide…

Photo by Christian Lindberg

Hello My Lovely Family and Friends,

Things here in Sendai have been rather surreal. But I am very blessed to
 have wonderful friends who are helping me a lot. Since my shack is even
 more worthy of that name [after the quake], I am now staying at a friend’s home. We share supplies like water, food and a kerosene heater. We sleep lined up in 
one room, eat by candlelight, share stories. It is warm, friendly, and 
beautiful.

During the day we help each other clean up the mess in our homes. People 
sit in their cars, looking at news on their navigation screens, or line 
up to get drinking water when a source is open. If someone has water 
running in their home, they put out a sign so people can come to fill up 
their jugs and buckets.

Utterly amazingly where I am there has been no looting, no pushing in 
line. People leave their front door open, as it is safer [if another]
 earthquake strikes. People keep saying, “Oh, this is how it used to be 
in the old days when everyone helped one another.”



Quakes keep coming. Last night they struck about every 15 minutes. Sirens 
are constant and helicopters pass overhead often.

 We got water for a few hours in our homes last night, and now it is for 
half a day. Electricity came on this afternoon. Gas has not yet come on.

 But all of this is by area. Some people have these things, others do not.
 No one has washed for several days. We feel grubby, but there are so many more important concerns than that for us now. I love this peeling away of
 non-essentials.

Living fully on the level of instinct, of intuition, of 
caring, of what is needed for survival, not just of me, but of the 
entire group.

 There are strange parallel universes happening.  Houses a mess in some
places, yet then a house with futons or laundry out drying in the sun.

 People lining up for water and food, and yet a few people out walking
 their dogs. All happening at the same time. 

Other unexpected touches of beauty are first, the silence at night. No
 cars. No one out on the streets. And the heavens at night are scattered
 with stars. I usually can see about two, but now the whole sky is filled.

The mountains of Sendai are solid and with the crisp air we can see them
 silhouetted against the sky magnificently.

 And the Japanese themselves are so wonderful. I come back to my shack to
 check on it each day, now to send this e-mail since the electricity is on, 
and I find food and water left in my entranceway. I have no idea from 
whom, but it is there. Old men in green hats go from door to door checking 
to see if everyone is OK. People talk to complete strangers asking if they 
need help. I see no signs of fear.  Resignation, yes, but fear or panic, 
no.

 They tell us we can expect aftershocks, and even other major quakes, for 
another month or more.  And we are getting constant tremors, rolls, 
shaking, rumbling. I am blessed in that I live in a part of Sendai that is
 a bit elevated, a bit more solid than other parts. So, so far this area is
 better off than others.

Last night my friend’s husband came in from the
 country, bringing food and water. Blessed again.

 Somehow at this time I realize from direct experience that there is indeed 
an enormous Cosmic evolutionary step that is occurring all over the world
 right at this moment. And somehow as I experience the events happening now
 in Japan, I can feel my heart opening very wide. My brother asked me if I
 felt so small because of all that is happening. I don’t. Rather, I feel as 
part of something happening that is much larger than myself. This wave of
 birthing (worldwide) is hard, and yet magnificent.

Thank you again for your care and Love of me, 

With Love in return, to you all.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 11, 2012 12:43 am

    This is even more beautiful than the first time. Wondering how our writer is faring now both with respect to her home and her heart?

  2. gracian51 permalink
    March 11, 2012 1:16 am

    This reminds of a short video I saw recently called “Designing for Generosity,” wondering what the world would be like if it were designed for giving rather than acquiring. Here’s the link:
    http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=3048

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