Why is it that some nights are so difficult?
As lives go, mine is right up there with some of the best. I have a loving family, a sweet husband who adores me, and a comfortable home. So why do I wake up some nights and find myself feeling afraid? Throughout my life, people have always commented on how fearless I am. So what am I so afraid of now?
Well, we live in scary times. As a natural empath, I believe that I sometimes tend to “pick up” on the emotions that are flowing through the ethers at night when I sleep. And a part of me wonders if I am doing enough. There are more threats facing our planet and our country than I can even begin to think about. So many, in fact, that just a mere glance in that direction overwhelms me.
There is a plethora of “information” on the Internet, YouTube, television, movies, magazines and newspapers focusing on these threats – some of which may or may not exist – and these frightening possibilities are screaming at us from every direction. So we are literally being brainwashed and assaulted by terrifying scenarios on a regular basis.
What is the purpose of all this? Is it to motivate people to change for the better or to take corrective action? Unfortunately (at least as pertains to most of the information I am referring to), that is not the case. The only conclusion I can come to is that the purpose is to cause fear.
Two days ago, I received a phone call from a student of mine. Let’s call him Arnold. Arnold is a middle-aged man living in a beautiful coastal city. After the usual pleasantries, Arnold proceeded to tell me the reason for his call: He is afraid. He wonders about the many predictions being made by certain publicity seeking, fear mongering so called “remote viewers” who proclaim terrible things about to befall the planet. One of them even offers (for large sums of money, of course) special information to those who want to save themselves by fleeing to the only safe places on earth. The location of these supposedly safe places is known only by this self-proclaimed prophet. Arnold has been immersing himself in the abundance of doomsday soothsaying, and fears a tsunami will engulf his town, killing him and those he loves. A talented man with a wonderful personality, Arnold has been secretly struggling with this terrible unspoken fear for a long time.
Then yesterday, I received a series of thesis-length emails from a man who heard me on a recent radio interview. He wrote to share his research with me. He has obviously spent some serious time on the Internet, reading a lot of material by these same evil soothsayers, and wants to know my opinion about their dire predictions. He is concerned about a highly publicized remote viewing project in which some remote viewers were tasked with viewing events in 2013. This project was managed by a person with the dubious history of having made dire proclamations about an object following a comet some years back. Those unfamiliar with the mechanics of remote viewing may not realize how easy it is for viewers to become influenced by the ideas of the person managing the remote viewing project. Many of the predictions made in the past few years have followed the historical (and hysterical) tendencies of those running the projects. Those predictions must be interpreted, and can be colored by the person doing the interpreting. So I tend to take those with a grain of salt. A very large grain of salt.
As I write this, my own fears have now evaporated, as if the act of facing them in the light of these words on my computer screen has exposed them and they have fled in response. Is this anger I feel? Yes, I am angry at Fear. And I am angry with those who spread it for their own gain. And there may be those who truly believe their own predictions and simply feel an obligation to warn others. But why should people be “warned” about something that they can do nothing to prevent? Especially when the predictions can so easily be wrong, as so many of them have been in the past.
Remote viewing is at best an imperfect science. When I look at the track record of the people who are claiming to know what the future holds, I see a lot of unfulfilled prophecies (like the canisters of plant pathogens that never arrived.) Remote viewers are not God. Even the best remote viewers are fallible. As a professional remote viewer with many successful projects under my belt, I know that I can fall prey to my own fears and opinions about the future. The future is fluid and the very act of trying to peer into it can cause it to change.
How many hours of our lives have been lost as we wander the halls of the Internet, scaring ourselves to death? And to what purpose?
My advice to the men who contacted me and to all of us is this: LIVE. No one gets any guarantees in this life. No one knows what is going to happen tomorrow. Fear can paralyze us to the point that we are ineffective. We become incapable of the simplest acts. Work suffers. Loved ones are ignored.
Let’s look at this pragmatically. Let’s say for the sake of argument that solar flares (the infamous “Kill Shot”) or monster storms or aliens are about to destroy life as we know it. What can you, personally, do about it? Is there any place that is truly safe? And if there is a safe place and you could get there, do you really want to live in the aftermath of such horror? Perhaps those who die in these scenarios would be the lucky ones.
So if the doomsday folks are correct and you live up to the last second making your life count for something by helping others and experiencing true joy, you die victorious! And if they are wrong, you haven’t wasted precious moments of your life worrying about something that never happened. So regardless of what the future holds, your best bet is to ignore the sensationalist fear mongering propaganda out there, and spend whatever time you have left on this earth wisely.
There is nothing you or I can do about tomorrow. All we can do is live for today. Let’s love those around us today. Let’s give of ourselves today. Let’s feel joy and happiness today. Let’s do our best to take care of the planet today. Because today is all any of us have.