Doing Good Isn’t About Getting Even
We live in crazy, unpredictable, sometimes amazing, and sometimes troubling, times. Our world is in upheaval. We balance precariously between the good and the bad, the danger and the grace. Will we see another world war? Will our planet be ripped apart by natural disasters and decline caused by climate change? Will we see the levelling out of the financial disparity? Will the great minds of this generation find ways to save us from the society we’ve created? There are so many unknowns.
Despite the planning we like to do, and the control we think we have, unforeseen events arise.
This summer, forest fires raged across British Columbia, my home. Tens of thousands of people were forced from their homes, fleeing to the apparent safety of other parts of the province. It was heart wrenching. Homes and belongings, and sometimes livestock had to be left behind in the rush. The fire threat was greater than any faced by the province in recorded history. Homes burned to the ground, entire areas were devastated.
And as always, out of hardship, heroes emerged.
This experience was awful and terrifying, yet I have rarely been so inspired. So in awe of the capacity to give. People came from all over the world to help us fight the dragon consuming our forests. People came, putting their own lives on hold, alongside ours, to help us save our homes.
Communities in neighbouring cities opened their homes and their hearts, taking in entire cities of evacuees, whoever that included – pets and horses, chickens, goats, pigs. They made sure we had the support we needed when our homes were no longer safe, donating places to stay, feed for animals, clothing, bedding, anything we needed. Family, friends, and strangers tried to make us feel as though we belonged, as though we weren’t imposing on their peaceful existence. It was beautiful. And it wasn’t a quick turn around, though some thought it would be. The fires threatened for weeks. Some people were under evacuation order for 40 days or more. And even then the alerts lingered. None of us knowing if we’d have to leave again at a moments notice.
In this and other crisis situations, we see a staggering number of individuals shine. They are living examples of the Third Insight- Giving. “We integrate the THIRD INSIGHT when we realize the Universe is not a dead, uncaring place. It is an energetically connected environment that is spiritually constructed to bring our greatest dreams into fruition. All we have to do is align our lives with the Universe’s ruling principle: GIVING. To create this new ‘world view,’ we must understand and live in alignment with the Universe’s Karmic Design. We begin to fulfill the latest discoveries of Quantum Physics. As we open up to Synchronicity and Intuitive guidance, we realize that we, in fact, we share minds with one another and the Divine. The path to this majestic life – lies NOT in ruling others or taking what we want. It lies in always looking out for the ‘best interests’ of others, and at the same time, striving to perceive something they need in order to manifest their dreams. If we give them this information, it feels Synchronistic to them and elevates their lives.”
There have always been those who work against what most of us believe to be right, those who are underhanded. The thieves who steal from the evacuated, the arsonists who start more fires during fire season, the scammers who will do anything to get one up on everyone else, thinking they deserve more. But in the midst of this and other horrible circumstances, the generosity and caring that comes forth far outweighs the hate.