We are living in an extraordinary time. There is a virus present that is passing person to person, sneeze by cough, palpably showing us all how connected we are, showing us that we are all one. The virus is one entity with the fear. We all have this virus-fear because it inundates us all energetically; it is all around us and unless we have numbed ourselves out, we each feel it moving through us.
This virus is said to have been birthed from a “wet market” in Wuhan China. If you don’t know what that is, just imagine an open air butchery where animals of all sorts are killed out in the open in front of the customers, with drainage pans everywhere, the pain and fear of all the animals hangs in the air with the smell of their blood that wets the ground in a froth of slime. This is an age-old custom, just as many countries still sacrifice animals at certain times of the year by the millions. And it's not just abroad that this happens, go to your local lobster restaurant where live creatures are selected then dropped into boiling water, cooked and eaten.
I went to the Bronx Hunts Point fish market once at 2:00 in the morning as part of a school assignment, and I will never, ever forget the stench of fresh blood everywhere, the way I hydroplaned in my flip flops over the wet slime that covered every inch of the floor and how my shameful feet smelled like fish guts for weeks. Live, wiggling fish were tortuously sliced open and deboned in front of me, their mouths still opening and closing, as every cell in my body screamed “This is wrong!” It was a horrifying experience I will never forget, yet it is the truth behind every neatly wrapped piece of flesh at the grocery store. I realize that some people need to eat meat to stay healthy, but I believe that if more people witnessed this underlying reality, such brutal practices would be replaced with much more humane ways and plants might even become our main food everywhere.
I had a friend who ran a dog rescue for many years and some of the stories she told me broke my heart, so I know the mistreatment of animals is rampant in most countries. Also, the more habitat that we take from the wild creatures who’ve made it their home for centuries, the more impoverished we become as compassionate beings. The birthplace of this virus tells us something very powerful about ourselves, a message that cannot be overlooked anymore.
While we can’t really blame people for age old practices like the wet market, horrible as it is, I can’t help but believe that this corona virus-fear is a potent wakeup call about the way we treat animals and about the way we treat each other. We are now forced to confront our own selfishness, the focus on me, me, me. We are urged to realize our oneness, our oneness with all creatures, our oneness with each human being as we watch this microbe passing from person to person across the globe. The Heart Math Institute discovered that all the people who were daily monitoring their heart coherence experienced a massive opening of the heart in coherent oneness with others days before 9/11, and this lasted for weeks after the trade centers fell. This massive heart coherence event was unprecedented in the Heart Math Institute's experience. I feel that this heart opening is happening right now, perhaps we have never been this connected and caring in centuries as a human species. It is a shame that something so dark has to shake us into this openness, this heart connectedness, this realization of our oneness, but unfortunately that’s sometimes what it takes.
As spiritual beings, as light beings, light workers – that’s me and that’s you, whoever is reading this, let’s come together at the heart – let us consider feeling this fear as it moves through us, remaining open, and continuing to remain open energetically. The great healer Judith Orloff has always spoken about how she lets the energies from others who she heals just pass through her field and go back out. And there is the Buddhist practice of Tonglen, in which we open our hearts to feel compassion for all those who are suffering by breathing in their pain, breathing in their fear, transforming it and breathing out purified light. Let's try to remain open and not closed.
Remember who you are and why you came to this world, remember your mission, remember why you decided to create this reality exactly the way you uniquely experience it, including all the people you’ve attracted into your life. Let us transmute this fear into light as it enters our field, just hold it deeply in love. We are making a big difference – know that!
We are Love. We are Love. We are Love.
Co-owners and Instructors of Montclair Kundalini Yoga, Cate Baily and Savitri Narayan Kaur. See their bios here.