First, thank you Annie (Zed) Zalezsak for giving me a break from this blog last week. It’s been two years since this Happy Monday blog was born. It was created to keep up my communication with you as we moved into the days of the pandemic, which caused us to curtail our regular in-person times together (both our classes and our Sunday services that we’d grown to know and love over the past 29 years).
The good news is that Covid-19 ended up being the catalyst for us to move into the “virtual-lands” of Facebook Live, YouTube and Zoom. Talk about having to reinvent how to stay connected, especially in the early days when everything was shut down and many of our lives became rather hermit-like to say the least.
Now we’re a full two years in. Our in-person service next week in the Mary Irwin Theatre at the Rotary Centre for the Arts will mark the second anniversary of our last time together in physical community for our regular Sunday service at the Royal Anne Hotel. Now, with the restrictions hopefully lifting soon, I’m deep in wondering what that will look like? (I’m praying hard that the RCA removes the vaccine card requirements prior to March 13th.) Will we just go back to how it used to be, but hybrid, with the inclusion of our livestream? I’m curious and in the question (where I’m told all possibilities exist)!
Also up for wondering how things are going to turn out, is the situation in Ukraine. Both my parents’ families have roots in Ukraine, several generations back for sure. I think only one of my great grandparents was born there, but my 23andMe DNA test showed that my ancestry is 99.7% Eastern European. I definitely feel a strong connection to that area, and I’m feeling repulsion and sadness about what’s happening.
When Kenn and I had the privilege of going to Ukraine in 2013, we visited the Ukrainian holocaust museum. This holocaust is known as the Holodomor. Apparently after World War I, Ukraine was an independent state, but in 1919 the Soviet Union tried to take it into the Soviet states. The Ukrainians wanted their independence. Stalin tried to stop this and one of the ways he tried to do that was to starve the people. He literally took away their top soil and created famine. The peak of the Holodomor was in 1933. The holocaust museum reports that 10 million Ukrainians died. Kenn and I were beyond shocked. How could we have never ever heard of this? We read that all evidence was destroyed and victims covered up and survivors forced into silence.
We still wondered how could we not know? I put a post about this on Facebook recently, and many people told me the same thing. How could all these people be deliberately exterminated and we (at least here in the west) have not heard of this?
I know that feels like a Debbie downer, but more and more as we’re going through these difficult and unusual times, I’m working to raise my awareness about what I can do. One of the things I’m finding helpful is to use what I see and hear happening as directions that can guide my affirmative prayer or treatment work. I’m using negative events as indications of subconscious error beliefs and therefore calls for prayer. For me, I think the world is calling to release the false ideas of “might makes right”, power over, narcissism and greed, for starters. I’m praying to see the truth of these and to see them as calls to reveal the qualities of Spirit that I believe we’re here on this planet to express: peace, love and joy.
May those higher aspects of being penetrate our planet and every person on it.
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
— Jimi Hendrix
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