Many prayers from many people have filled the Internet in the aftermath of the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Three of these, in particular, caught my attention.

The first is from my spiritual colleague Marianne Williamson, who posted:

For those who bear tonight the unbearable burden
of unimaginable grief,
who in their agony yell at the forces of fate…
For those who moan and those who faint,
for those who rage and those who pray,
we moan and pray along with you.
For tonight, those were our children too.
Dear God, May a legion of angels come upon these parents.
Bring to them an otherworldly touch,
an otherworldly comfort,

an otherworldly sense that their children are well —
that they are safe with God
and shall be with them always.
Give to those who grieve what no mortal can give…
the touch of Your Hand upon their heart.
May all touched by this darkness
be Lit by Your grace.
Please wipe away all tears, dear God.
as only You can do.

— Marianne Williamson –

And this, from Rabbi Rachel Barenblat, Congregation Beth Israel, North Adams, Mass.:

God, let me cry on Your shoulder.

Rock me like a colicky baby.
Promise me You won’t forget

each of Your perfect reflections
killed today. Promise me
You won’t let me forget, either.

I’m hollow, stricken like a bell.
Make of my emptiness a channel
for Your boundless compassion.

Soothe the children who witnessed
things no child should see,
the teachers who tried to protect them

but couldn’t, the parents
who are torn apart with grief,
who will never kiss their beloveds again.

Strengthen the hands and hearts
of Your servants tasked with caring
for those wounded in body and spirit.

Help us to find meaning
in the tiny lights we kindle tonight.
Help us to trust

that our reserves of hope
and healing are enough
to carry us through.

We are Your hands: put us to work.
Ignite in us the unquenchable yearning
to reshape our world

so that violence against children
never happens again, anywhere.
We are Your grieving heart.


And finaly, this from spiritual teacher Matt Kahn…

May the tragedies faced today invite us deeper into a space of vulnerability, where we are able to help all of those affected by today’s events know how deeply they are loved in the wake of such an unimaginable series of losses. May we courageously pick up the pieces of shattered innocence and transform together as never before. There is no justification for what has occurred, and yet, it leaves us no other option but to step forward in our own evolution and dare to be as loving, considerate, and compassionate with others as we’d dare to be in the final moments of this precious lifetime.

May we hold our children and loved ones close and invite all members in our cosmic family to join together and allow such a day to reignite a fire of eternal grace that illuminates the power of unity consciousness in every cell of our being. While there is no conceptual explanation for today, it cannot overshadow the insurmountable fact that love is the only answer to carry us through any unimaginable breakdown into every miraculous breakthrough.

May we celebrate the lives of those who have passed, and find it within our hearts to cherish their soul’s journey that has abruptly reminded us to embrace every gift in our lives. As we continue to live, not knowing when the time will come to say goodbye, we offer ourselves the opportunity to allow our greatness to shine and to embrace each breath as if it’s our last. For those who have survived the unfolding of today, may we express the power of our absolute potential, and celebrate the fact that nothing from the past had the ability to destroy us. Meanwhile, every moment has somehow led us here to assist in the healing of those who are still finding their way home.

Through our words, actions, prayers, and choices, may we surrender into full alignment with the light of love, and open our hearts for the well-being of all. May we embrace our highest values and offer them in service for the transformation of our planet. As the world looks on, may our choices from this moment forward inspire humanity to give generously and love without limits. Many of us have been preparing for a global shift and as it stands, it is the suppressed shadow within the human condition that has come to unite every heart and deliver this species into the bittersweet redemption of our long-awaited destiny. It is now time for a planet of intentional minds, fearless hearts, and conscious communities to emerge and deliver Earth into a Golden Age of higher consciousness that no amount of unresolved pain can ever prevent.

No matter where our journey leads us from this moment forward, let us always remember what a day like this inspires us to be. May all souls be blessed.”

– Matt Kahn —

To which I say:  Amen, and amen.

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  • Marko

    I loved what Matt Kahn said!

    Answering the seeming un answerable question about the bad really terrible stuff.

    Serial killers, rapists, pedophiles, murderers, animal abusers. terrorists etc…, show us through their behaviors who we are, in face of their terrible actions.

    If we are so disturbed by what we see, we would put a lot more energy in finding solutions that really work, like, “loving them back to wholeness” Allowing our divine creativity to think outside the triangle for solutions or soul-outions. That’s societies sacred community or come-unity task.

    What are we waiting for? For someone else to do it? We are the someone else!

    Know that wonderful solutions or Soul-utions exist, but not yet seen, await our open-minded receptive loving hearts.

    Perhaps in healing their terrible pain, we heal ours as well. That’s the unseen gift disguised inside the pain that cries for help, healing, redemption, transformation.

    They ask us through their unhealed pain & actions. “Do you want this in your society?” We say “No!”, but really we say” Just punish, kill, put them away.” They really are saying, “Heal us, & when you do, the peace we all desire in the world will happen that much sooner.”

    We have the wisdom to self correct what we don’t prefer in our lives & the world. Example:

    One simple loving act we can do is radiate, pour & waterfall our Light & Love on this tragedy.

    Pouring & flood tiding Light & Love transcends well meaning analytical psychoanalyzing into a energy field or frequency where Love & Light shine their healing energy without judgment, or need of a specific outcome. Yet what outcome comes from a world bringing Light & Love to this? That which reflects that energy of Light & Love.

    The energy manifesting power of the Light & Love energy field frequency is the some of, if not the highest empowerment we can bring to this situation right from our computers, living rooms or wherever we are.

    It’s a good starting place that can build & snowball into more great energy creation & allow us as individuals & collectively to bring to this our highest creating inspirations & solutions to such events.

    Magically & Compassionately,


    May we not let our tears for those who are now in Heaven, make us forget those who are still alive and in need of our affection.

  • Kristen

    What can you say? Nothing but a silent tear.

  • Buzz

    This has sent Phoenix to her room, violently sobbing yet again. XL feels dejected about once again being suppressed against comments in his nature, and I am keenly hoping for more answers to the comments made in Question Of The Week, that seem so much more relevant now than when I wrote them, mere minutes ago.

    As you all know by now, these 3 people are all me, with a split personality. The fractured thinking and switching perspectives has forced me to diverge the various aspects of myself, to allow open self-expression of all 5 stages of grief. Suppressing XL here seems in concert with the way larger society suppresses people with his personality traits, and I sense he is not welcome. By not permitting such anger, pain, anxiety, and sadness, I cannot help him heal.

    What should I do? He won’t stop bugging me to ask you, as he has become enraged by these events, and is furious I won’t let him out of his cage as a bull in a china shop. People are fragile now, highly susceptible to taking offence, and he will almost certainly harm others here. I hate to see him caged though.

    Are we there yet?

  • Peggy Entwistle

    May our broken hearts be opened fully so that love may lead us back into God consciousness.

  • Marko

    No rise in mass killings, but their impact is huge
    By By HELEN O’NEILL | Associated Press – 6 hrs ago

    Some excerpts:

    “There is no pattern, there is no increase,” says criminologist James Allen Fox of Boston’s Northeastern University, who has been studying the subject since the 1980s, spurred by a rash of mass shootings in post offices.”

    “The random mass shootings that get the most media attention are the rarest, Fox says. Most people who die of bullet wounds knew the identity of their killer.”

    “Chances of being killed in a mass shooting, he says, are probably no greater than being struck by lightning.”

    “Still, he understands the public perception — and extensive media coverage — when mass shootings occur in places like malls and schools. “There is this feeling that could have been me. It makes it so much more frightening.”

    “I refuse to believe this is something we have to accept as normal in this country,” he said. “There has to be a way to change the culture of violence in our society.”

    “I refuse to believe this is something we have to accept as normal in this country,” he said. “There has to be a way to change the culture of violence in our society.”

    Full story:

  • mewabe

    There is a huge disconnect here, which Rabbi Michael Lerner, who is a courageous person, briefly addressed (in Interpreting CwG column).

    We are shocked by these mass killings on domestic soil yet apparently oblivious to the reality that we are at war and killing innocent people every day, for no good reason whatsoever.

    We are oblivious to the present reality of young children suffering and of babies being deformed in Iraq because of our use of depleted uranium weapons during the war, an issue no one addresses.

    How can we deplore violence while condoning violence by our government, that is to say ourselves, in unjustifiable wars?

    How could any loving, conscious population on earth ever have supported “shock and awe”?…These words by Bush shocked me to the core indeed.

    The media, who is supposedly expressing the way we think and are, is very understandably crying tears over this latest, tragic mass killing. Yet did it cry over the 500 000 Iraqi children who died as a direct result of the sanction imposed against this nation years ago? No.

    So who are we exactly, in terms of our own humanity?

    How can we deplore violence while supporting, either actively or passively through inaction and indifference, the financing, research and development of ever more lethal and nightmarish weapons (such as the research by the Navy in anti-matter weapons as documented by the San Francisco Chronicles many years ago, or such as biological, race-targeted weapons), obviously preparing for more terrible wars?

    Is anyone connecting the dots yet?

    When will be the “appropriate time” to connect these dots, when life returns to normal and no one thinks about it that much any longer, when the tears are dry and the wounds are more or less healed?

  • mewabe

    I may sound cold while saying this, but think about it for a brief moment:

    We need not ask God for anything.

    Everything has already been given, and is still being given at every moment and without end, from God.

    We must be the ones who become otherworldly in the power of our love and the reach of our care, not God.

    We need not ask God to “come down” to help…we must rise up.

    We won’t break out of the old dogma while praying in the same old way.

  • Fiona Mealing

    I live in Australia and was so utterly devastated by the tragic events of that happened I wept for the Children , Parents , School teachers , Police and all those who attended and helped . The whole world is mourning with you .
    It brings me to the question that everyone here and I suspect around the world is asking.. How can the USA continue to support the owning of Weapons of Mass Destruction as the Semi Automatic and the Rifle surely were ?. How can The Gun Lobby be so powerful that it can somehow persuade ordinary decent Americans that in order to protect themselves FROM each other they need to carry Guns. How many Deaths does it take , how many families destroyed before someone has the Courage to act.

  • mewabe

    Fiona, the following is an excerpt from the description of a post-neurotic world by Dr Janov:

    “More on my Primal World” by Arthur Janov:

    “We won’t impoverish our country with constant buildup of arms. We will not feel so unsafe that we need more and more guns in order to feel safe and protected. Being stable and secure (within) we will not have to manufacture enemies to combat. We will not have to project our inner demons into outside evil forces who want to hurt us”.

    The answer to your question is neurosis.

  • Buzz

    As I seem to be doing a lot more often these days, I am 100% behind Mewabe on this. All above posts are well articulated, positive and rational.

  • Eliza

    Thank you.

  • Cat

    Firstly, I am so grateful to Neale for providing this forum for real discussion. The time has truly come to look into the mirror that the world provides for each of us and decide if we like what we see.
    The prayers are beautiful, for sure. But I am struck that the first 2 place “God” outside of ourselves, while the 3rd places responsibility squarely upon each of us.
    It is time to stop looking for Daddy, Big Brother, “someone” to “fix” the problem. We are each God. We get to decide each moment what that means for us. As long as we look outside of ourselves for answers, we will be blown around by others’ answers.
    The time of Power Over is coming to an end, and the time of Power Within has arrived. The sooner we (I) embrace it, the sooner there will no longer be a need for these tragedies to be reflected in our mirrors.

  • Dave

    And I also say Amen! and Amen!

    Dear Cat, a prayer to God (the first two) is not a declaration of weakness but a demonstration of our awareness that perhaps there are situations which appear in our reality as impossible to solve but with divine help, all things are made right. Just like a child needs her mother in times of need, so do we at moments such as these to be held and told ‘its alright, its going to be ok’. This is not weakness, it is wisdom to know when to truly & sincerely ask for help. Ofcourse we have (and we are) all that is necessary to heal any situation, we only pray to re-member quickly enough to act on time.

    May all our prayers reach thee dear creator of all the universe(s).

  • mewabe

    Thank you Buzz…

  • Buzz

    Well said. I agree. Except you would be wise to incorporate the advice from Dave.

    Well said. I agree. Except you would be wise to hear these following words and incorporate them into your understanding for future advice offerings.

    It is a declaration of weakness. There is nothing wrong with admitting you do not yet wield 100% of the power and understanding and awareness of God. We are all vulnerable, and acceptance of that vulnerability carries the empowerment implicit in the surrender I have suggested in Question Of The Week. Part of the unfathomable power of God lies in God’s ability to surrender to the free will of each individual living organism to ignore the will of God, indefinitely if they choose to. Learning to mimic this behaviour can be your greatest strength too, if you want it to be.