Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Ho'oponopono, BP and the Gulf of Mexico

Yesterday, there was a prayer by Dr. Masaru Emoto (author of "The Hidden Messages in Water" for the Gulf of Mexico, circulating around Facebook.  It goes like this:

 "I send the energy of love and gratitude to the water and all the living creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings. To the whales, dolphins, pelicans, fish, shellfish, planktons, corals, algae and all living creatures. I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you."

I was intrigued by his combining what he knows about sending loving energy to water along with the practice of Ho'oponopono.  What a great idea!

Last night, I experienced what I hear many people complaining about lately:  an early morning awakening (3:00 am) with trouble going back to sleep.  When this has happened to me before, I had good luck with just mentally repeating a short prayer or mantra.  Last night, I thought about the Gulf of Mexico and Ho'oponopono.  And then I thought about BP. 

We all know that anger serves as a barometer for us to determine the difference between like and dislike, good and bad, love and hate.  But anger is just a gauge, like mercury in a themometer.  It is what we do with that gauge, the actions we take, that effect the outcome. 

For most of us, just being angry at BP does nothing but send out negative energy that is going to turn around at some point and bite us in the butt when it comes right back to us in some form.  I'm not a geologist or environmental specialist.  I am unable to travel to the Gulf Coast to volunteer with clean up.  I am unable to contribute large sums of money right now to assist.  What I can do is pray, however. 

It occurred to me that I need to broaden my horizon from the water and the plant/sea life to include BP in my prayers as well.  My judging BP does no good.  Energetically, it must be hard for BP to function at its best with all the negative energy coming its way.  The spill was a mistake.  It was not intentional.  The goal is not to be angry with BP, but to stop the leak and resolve the problems the oil spill has caused.  I believe that Ho'oponono is a way we can all contribute to help with the clean up.

Will you join me?

For the water in the Gulf of Mexico - I love you.  I am sorry.  Please forgive me.  Thank you.

For all the living creatures, including plant and sea life, effected by the spill - I love you.  I am sorry.  Please forgive me.  Thank you.

For BP - I love you.  I am sorry.  Please forgive.  Thank you.

And so it is.

By the way, a few moments of reciting the Ho'oponopono prayer, I fell back asleep, and slept soundly until the alarm clock went off at 5am.

With blessings of peace,
~Betsy~

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Rest In Peace, Robert Parker

I've recently turned my focus away from spiritual counseling/teaching and back to creative writing.   I'm not sure how other writers go about determining what they want to write, but I like to write what I like to read. 

I was very saddened recently to learn of the passing of one of my favorite writers - Robert Parker.  Mr Parker was the very talented author of the Spenser series, the Jesse Stone series, and the Sunny Randolph series.  What I discovered about myself in reading Mr Parker's work is that I am especially fond of the character development aspect of writing.  The very bringing of life to these stories through really 'knowing' the characters - identifying with them, anticipating their reactions based on past performance, and in that way becoming part of the story itself, albiet as an observer.  As I read his work, I would filter through my mental data bank of actors and do my own casting.  As an aside, I would never have cast Robert Urich in the role of Spenser.  He just did not fit my mental image of the Spenser that Mr Parker created.

I never understood the hullabaloo and carrying on about the death of Michael Jackson.  I will admit that Michael Jackson was a very talented artist, but he was not my cup of tea.  Now, Mr Parker, that's another story (pun intended).  Right now I am enjoying one of Mr Parker's last books in the Spenser series - The Professional.  In this book, the main character, Spenser, is talking with his cohort, Hawk, about a book Hawk is reading; a book by Janet Evanovich, another one of my favorite authors.  Just the mention of Ms Evanovich alone endeared me to the character of Hawk even more.  And, I want to know about about him.  I would buy more books so I could learn more. 

As anyone who has been wrapped up in a series of books (Harry Potter, Twilight, Robert Jordan, etc), or a soap opera for that matter,  would understand, I just want the magic of the stories to go on and on. I think I now understand a bit more about how Michael Jackson's fans felt.   I presume those fans just wanted to enjoy more of his music and to see what he would create next.

Mr. Parker, you will be missed.  Thank you for enriching my life, and helping me to see what kind of author I would like to be.

Now.....where is my Kindle?  I need to finish The Professional and start in on Split Image (the next in the Jesse Stone series).