Photo from AP Press-Denver Post – Karl Gehring
Tragedy stuck this past week when there was a horrible massacre in America. Twelve individuals lost their lives at the hands of an alleged mentally unstable individual who seemed to be playing out a fantasy of his own making. He took four deadly weapons into a movie theatre at a midnight showing of the new Batman movie in Aurora, Colorado and open fire. Twelve people died as a result and over 70 were wounded as a result of flying shrapnel and in the chaos that followed.
The questions that followed this tragedy were many that ranged from the inevitable questions of gun control to the need for doing more with mental illness. America is still reeling from this tragedy because it is not used to such acts of violence.
As of this writing, the motives of the gunman, a 24 year old student who couldn’t find a job in today’s economy, are unclear. As the days pass by, we, the remaining witnesses, will no doubt learn more about this young man’s motives and intentions. In the meantime, families grieve for their lost ones and the nation as a whole is shaken again by this terrible occurrence.
When this type of event happens, we are often left feeling lost, betrayed, angry and sad. We wondered why this type of event happens—what type of country are we that allows such violence to occur, what type of God allows this to happen –to take our precious loved ones and what could we have done to prevent this type of event from even happening or happen again?
These are the questions that are so often asked and we all are seeking the answers. I am no different than the rest of the nation, even as a channel with my Divine Guidance Team. I too wanted to speak out and let my Team tell you what their opinions and thoughts were about this tragedy. But wisely, they told me that the wounds are too fresh and painful to deliver any type of message that would be meaningful. Now is simply the time to heal and wonder –why did this happen?
In sharp contrast to the tragic event in Colorado, was my viewing of a Soul Pancake segment that lay within the TV show, “Super Soul Sunday”, presented by Oprah’s network each Sunday morning. This short video segment presented a scenario where the producers had set up 2 large colorful booths that allowed by-passers to give or receive a compliment to each other. One booth was presented like a TV announcer’s booth where there was a large microphone and the other was a large pair of head phones. Various couples walked by and then several started to take the challenge—to give or get a compliment from each other. These people were not only wives and husbands or engaged couples, but also mothers and daughters, good friends, sons and fathers and employer and employee. One mother confessed to her grown daughter, as she complimented her, “I never told you this before—but you make being a mother easy.”
When I heard this and several similar confessions and compliments – I was struck by how many times people said – “I don’t think you know…,” or “I don’t think I’ve ever told you this but…,” and thought to myself –why didn’t they say something before this? How can you not tell someone how much they mean to you? Why did it take a film crew with a clever set to allow you to speak up and give a compliment to your loved one or fellow human being?
And then I thought about those parents and loved ones of the twelve people who are now gone. Did these parents and loved ones not tell these massacred people how much they love them while they were still here? What were they waiting for?
Every day that goes by without telling someone close to you that you love them is a day wasted.
Why do senseless acts of violence happen? Perhaps it is simply to recognize how precious life truly is and that our reason for being here on this planet, with these people that surround us, is to make sure they know we love them and that they love us.
It is an unknown author who wrote: “Every day is a gift and that is why we call it the present.”
We cannot undo what has been done and the people in Colorado are now gone. This type of tragedy happens all around the globe every day. Sadly, it is becoming more commonplace in the United States.
What are we learning from this tragedy and what can we learn right now from this tragedy?
Why don’t we start with a compliment to someone who is close to you? Or even give a smile or a compliment to a stranger—you never know what this might do to lift their day. Don’t let the words you hold in your heart be unspoken—say them while they are still here to receive these feelings. Know each life is precious and today is a gift.
Be open to receiving compliments too. Recognize that people think and know you are worthy and are loved.
Interaction between humans is a two-way street –whether it is in person or electronic – we are here to connect with each other. Make the most of that connection and allow your love to shine forth.
Perhaps then, we won’t have to grieve so hard when tragedy strikes.
We here at Illuminated Engagements send our thoughts and prayers to all who lost a loved one, to all the hard-working responders from that night and who remain vigilant in their duties for answers and to all who were wounded, both physically and mentally that night. We wish a speedy recovery and that justice may be served in the highest interest of all.
Love and Light Always,
Blake Cahoon, Co-Founder
Illuminated Engagements Centre for Whole-Being