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“There is nothing permanent except change.”  ~ Heraclitus

Pretty much every minute of the day is laced with news and/or concern about the Coronavirus. Our world, our outlook and our sense of security (in all forms of the word) has shifted drastically in just a few short weeks. Could this have been prevented? Maybe. Will life be as we knew it again? Unlikely. Are we, as individuals, going to be different than we were before? Without a doubt—if you let this time help you grow.

The real question, though, is “How will we evolve as a result of this event?” How will this change us? How can this experience help us grow? How can we stay present in the midst of this madness so we can come out of it more conscious and compassionate souls?

I’ve heard many theories already about why this is happening—everything from terrorist violence through biological warfare to an alien attack to eliminate human life. During times of stress and overwhelm, we all strive to reclaim a sense of control and this usually means pointing the finger at something so we can try to make sense of an event that is far beyond understanding.

Instead, why not practice conscious evolution and explore how we could use this experience to evolve as both individuals and humans as a whole?

The seriousness of this situation has just begun. We have many more weeks of watching, waiting and hopefully taking action to protect ourselves and others. Social distancing might seem like house arrest, but it is an important time to step back, reflect, and evaluate whether we are living the best we can for the greater good—for the collective consciousness and evolution of all souls on earth.

Warning: I’m about to say something that might be uncomfortable to hear, especially at a time like the present.

Be honest. We’ve become self-absorbed and disconnected inhabitants of this planet. We think our individual problems are the worst and that no one can possibly understand or feel the hurt that we do. We have forgotten that we are strong, giving into fear instead. We deny that we are all made of the same substance—DNA—and we ignore the fact that we are all souls trying to do this thing called the human condition. We are all suffering in some way but we lose sight of this when our own discomfort comes into view.

I realize these are risky things to say, but it is at times like this when we see compassion for others arise. The last time we really saw our nation come together was after 911—an actual terrorist attack. For months, many came together to help one another—we supported each other and forgot our differences. Then quickly forgot to maintain this level of oneness and compassion. Since then, countless fires, floods, tornadoes, mudslides, tsunamis, and other natural as well as “national” events came and went, but only nearby regions who were affected seemed to jump to action and remember the impact.

This is a world-wide event and now that it is hitting home, we are starting to recognize that political affiliation, race, gender, ethnicity, financial status, and many other factors simply don’t matter. The main focus is on how can we come together to make this world a better place. “To make the world a better place” might seem a bit “Hallmarky” to say, but now it is up to us to decide where we will go from here.

If we don’t come out of this as more conscious human beings who have more compassion for others, then we have failed once again as souls. This event can be seen as a wake-up call—a cosmic kick in the pants—to move beyond our usual way of thinking and living to lean into the next stages of evolution. Darwin, the king of evolution, evolved in his own way by changing his theory from “the survival of the fittest” to the idea that those who adapt best to adverse conditions tend to outlive those who don’t.

What will you choose? To evolve to a state of love-consciousness—a state of actively loving yourself, everyone around you and the world to the highest level? Or will you remain the same?

Tips for raising consciousness in this important time:    

  • Think about what those who have serious cases of the virus must be thinking and feeling. How are their loved-ones feeling—especially because they can’t be with the patient? Are they concerned about their own health? Although uncomfortable to consider, it is only when we join in someone else’s pain that we come to know our own. It is only in joining our discomfort that we come to love each other more.
  • How have you been “inconvenienced” during this time? What are you having to do without? Could you use this as a time to re-decide what you actually need and don’t need in your life?
  • How good are you at sitting with yourself—your soul? If you find yourself uncomfortable in your own company, explore how to become a better friend or ally to yourself. This will enhance your relationships with others manifold.
  • What is your place in the world? How do you participate—or avoid doing so—in the greater good for all? Do you do your part in making this world a better place? Or do you see your actions as merely those of one ant in the pile of humankind? At times like these, we must remember that it is sometimes one soul’s actions that start the chain of many other soul’s positive activities. If all of us participated in creating a beautiful connection, soon we would have a world full of loving, compassionate and unconditional souls.
  • Have you forgotten you were strong? Unless you’ve had an extraordinary life, it is unlikely that you haven’t already experienced strife and discomfort. This period in our lives is a different kind of mountain, but with calm determination, we can make it through the worst of storms and reach our soul’s summit.

There is so much to be learned right now. Those who take the time to observe, reflect and grow will no doubt come out of this as more evolved souls. We have many more weeks—and likely even months—to walk through this seemingly dark period in our history. Let’s make the very best of this and come out on top. No one said the path of evolution would be easy, but in the end, it always leads us to a brighter tomorrow.

Stay safe and healthy… and take the time to grow.