Giving Love Back in the Face of Violence. -By Charlotte D. Piper
I live in the beautiful state of Colorado in the USA which, in the last few months, has been through a few traumatizing experiences. First, this lovely state has been ravaged by multiple wildfires which have burned miles of land and destroyed many structures. But most recently, on Friday, July 20th, 2012, darkness fell upon Aurora, CO when a heavily armed man opened fire inside a movie theater, killing 12 people and critically injuring numerous others. At this very moment, one man is fighting for his life while his wife has given birth to their newborn child just down the hall. As an empathic intuitive, these months have been extremely stressful for me. The waves of anguish that have filled our great state have washed over my heart and left it broken wide open. But it’s in times like these that I understand the importance of giving love back in the face of violence.
I live less than 10 miles away from where these shootings occurred and upon hearing about them, I remember my first thoughts being, ‘what is going wrong in this world?’ I began to regret bringing a child into a world that is so plagued by violence. My first words to my husband were, “Honey, we’ve got to move.” Yes, these are all very human reactions.
The following Sunday, we attended church and received the message, ‘love back. Just love back.’ I was reminded to stand strong on a foundation of love in the face of fear. It sounds so cliché to say it, but that is really what this world needs right now; more people who are courageous enough to stand strong in the face of violence and love back. I am also reminded that my fair state, which I love dearly, is not the only place experiencing trauma right now. The entire planet is engulfed in conflict right now.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
I sincerely believe that we can create a change if we are willing to turn our faces to the light, embrace it and in turn, share it with others in need. The fact about light is that no matter how much the darkness tries to snuff it out; it cannot. It is impossible. But light can always infiltrate the darkness.
So, as Colorado–let alone the world, heals from the many travesties that have occurred lately, I envision a global nation of FREE Beings of Light who make LOVE their law, COMPASSION their doctrine and FORGIVENESS their daily mantra. I envision a world where all can coexist and live in PEACE, UNITY and RESPECT for all Life.
At this time, I would like to offer PEACE and BLESSINGS to all who have ever lost someone that they have LOVED. I pray that you all find comfort knowing that their life was not lived in vain and that their light shines indefinitely.
Charlotte “Char” Piper is a blogger, entrepreneur, creative spirit, wife and mother. Her passions include holistic health and wellness, as well as coaching and mentoring others on living a life of balance. She is the main contributor to LifeAndWorkInBalance.com, a blog she and her husband, Bill started to aid people in living lives of financial freedom through health and wellness. In her free time, Char can be found reading, dancing wildly, cooking, spending time with family and of course, writing.