One of my faithful readers KazBradly from Australia wrote, “Regarding Japan, I was meditating the other night and was sending love and appreciation to the Japanese people who were trying so hard to contain their disaster and all I could feel was the wonderful sense of love, honor and duty that the nuclear plant employees had whilst they were risking their lives for the greater good. Even in disaster, there is beauty to be found.”
She also forwarded a letter that she had received from a woman named Ann who is living in Japan; “Utterly amazingly where I am there has been no looting, no pushing in lines. People leave their front doors open, as it is safer when an 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.No one has washed for several days. We feel grubby, but there are so much 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.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.
“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 is a good moment to remember one of the most certain facts of life. We are all going to die eventually, though depending on one’s beliefs, perhaps it is only our bodies that turn to dust. With this nuclear disaster getting worse by the moment, and with the one plutonium reactor getting completely out of hand, death is edging closer to millions of people.
Things are getting seriously out of hand all over the world actually. When you calculate looming food shortages and horrendous price increases, radically changing climate, impending financial and economic collapse with revolution and government oppression, worldwide pollution and toxic poisoning of populations, we should be able to see that the quality of life for billions of people is on the downswing.
Some if not many people are actually happy about such events as they feel that a reduction of the world population would be a good thing. They have for years been building their underground shelters. Today companies in the business of helping people dig holes in the ground are booming yet I wonder what kind of life they will find there.
A friend of mine insisted that I was wrong to be building my Sanctuary above ground and that I too should dig a hole for myself and my family. Thanks but no thanks; I would rather die above ground. I cannot even convince my wife to move out of the comforts of the beautiful coastal city we live in on the northeast coast of Brazil to the relative safety of my retreat and survival center in the interior highlands; imagine my chances of getting her to live in a hole.
Life, in part, is actually a long preparation for death. How we die is important as is how we live. The Japanese are in the lead showing us that no matter how difficult things can get, one can live and die with dignity.
If we are not paying attention to what is going on in Japan and the rest of the world there is no chance we will prepare and no chance we will open our hearts. The news is dire and now the Japanese government is beginning to encourage people to evacuate a larger band of territory around the nuclear complex. Before you know it they will be evacuating Tokyo and the rest of northern Japan and the world’s third largest economy will go down like a rock and pull the world’s economy down with it.