FORGIVENESS AND REMEMBERING THE 9/11 TRAGEDY TEN YEARS LATER

Huge jets cast their shadows over the road near the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, as I was dropping my son and his friend off at the airport just a while ago. He is heading back to McAllen, Texas as I write this post. My emotions were deeply stirring as I said my goodbyes to my son and his friend from Thailand. Minutes prior to leaving for the airport we had been watching memorials of that fateful day a decade ago. The tragedy of 9/11 produced a deep wound in our country with rippling effects throughout the world. Most of us remember with clarity the place we were, the immense feelings of loss and despair we felt when that tragic incident changed us and our model of the world forever. Our spirits were brought down along with the twin towers and all of those souls who lost their lives in this catastrophe.

 

Driving back home from the airport, blue skies above me, I remembered the ‘friendly skies’ slogan. How did it feel before 9/11 when the skies did feel friendlier? What have we learned in the 10 years since? How can we transcend and truly heal as individuals, communities, states and the many diverse countries of our beautiful world? How can we co-create a peaceful and loving planet allowing all people to thrive?

 

LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH AND LET IT BEGIN WITH ME

 

Truly, I choose love, forgiveness and peace as often as I can. I have adapted a new consciousness that has come from a lot of inner work, and a choice to, as Gandhi put it, “be the change you want to see in the world.” This is not always the easiest of tasks, and my ego often gets in front of me and blocks me from my higher aspirations. I am, as we all are, ‘only human’. Or, perhaps, there is more to the story than being ‘only human’? It is my opinion that we are all spiritual beings experiencing a human existence. It is in accepting that divinity within, and allowing ourselves to be guided by this amazingly loving ‘energy’ of the God of our understanding that we are able to realize that there is a divine purpose for everything. It is within our inner knowing that we can and must choose peace instead of war. We can and must choose love instead of fear and the hate fear can breed. The purpose or meaning behind the tragedy is something beyond what we see with human eyes or understand with human thought. It is a calling towards a higher consciousness.

 

As hard as it may seem to understand, each and every one of us must take responsibility for 9/11. For every time we choose anger, hate, greed and wrath against another, we are perpetuating despondent energy. Einstein once said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” We are called to stretch our beings, as human beings, and to ask ourselves what is really in it for us to hold the pain within us of an angry non-forgiving heart in any 9/11s of our experience?

 

So, today as we remember, let us not forget all of those souls who passed, as well as to remember their families and friends who are no longer able to hug their loved ones and say “I love you.” Let us now embrace each other in peace and gratitude for our oneness and our connection to each other, and let us love with all of our hearts and souls. Let us discover the enormous power that each and every one of us has within ourselves to move forward and to choose love. The Beatles had it right when they sang “and in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

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