Collective Disasters and Collective Grief - Renewal and Rebirth

November 6, 2017

It seems like many natural and/or man-made disasters are occurring closer to home now. The frequency is increasing and this comes at a time when the amount of grief that has been hidden away wants out. It's not a coincidence that these events are increasing, nor is it a coincidence that these events are taking place on our door step. The collective cup of repressed tears is full but still the individual person does not realise that we all feel the same way. So much energy is being used to keep all this inside, and for what reason? Locked in a vault so deep that even the person has forgotten how to enter and reach those tears. Struggling to release individually, we desperately seek the comfort of others to help give us the validation and attention we so deserve.

 

The grief wants out, and so collective disasters allow for us as communities to come together and grieve the losses that occur as a result. The losses not just of one event but of many events that have happened throughout history, in our family and society that were never fully mourned. Like a spiral, we come back to the same issue time and time again, with the same repeated patterns occurring, giving us the opportunity to release (a gift yet so painful). Bit by bit over our lifetime(s), we realise that the journey never ends. That we continue to heal throughout our lives, whether it's personal pain or collective. Growing and letting go, up and down, life gives us everything we need but how many of us listen and go with the flow? So misunderstood and sadly interpreted in ways that miss the deeper meaning, seeing the surface layer only and never underneath. Life through these disasters give us the chance to let go, the chance to accept, the chance to re-born.

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