I had been feeling quite immortal, as any 20-something does, until the sense of stability and continuity was shattered to pieces on a day that will forever remain in our collective consciousness.
A day of great distress, sadness, and grief: March 11th, 2011.
On that day, a trifecta of destruction wreacked havoc on Japan in the form of an earthquake/tsunami/nuclear meltdown combo; Japan would forever be changed.
The world would forever be changed.
Upon hearing the news about the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, I was brought down to the most objective position of awareness that I had ever experienced.
My mortal existence was more apparent than ever before.
What if I was living in Fukishima instead of New York? What if I was just driving home from work when suddenly I noticed in my rear view mirror a plume of smoke coming from the nearby nuclear reactor? If I wouldn’t have gotten engulfed within the tsunami’s watery grasp, I surely would soon exhibit the symptoms of being exposed to nuclear radiation.
This was a terrifying scenario—but it was also a wonderful one, since it made me appreciate life. I am experiencing it in present moment more than ever before. I have known for a long time that the moment of now is the only moment that will ever exist.
That realization had taken on a new sense of urgency: treat each waking moment in the continuous present with tremendous preciousness.
To not embrace the belief that humanity will always exist as it has without ever destroying itself because of misguided actions that lacked foresight.
Earth doesn’t belong to any one person, nation, conglomerate, class or race.
We all share one planet that from space can be seen to have no borders or boundaries. Both individually and collectively we are facilitating the continuous creation of our future reality on this blue marble. Will we resort to our primal nature and let emboldened egos and sociopathic minds take over? Will we unite and work towards creating a future we can be proud of leaving future generations?
The choice is ours to make and ours to make right now.
As physicists like David Bohm have come to the conclusion after much study into the matter, everyone and everything is part of an interconnected consciousness matrix. Because of this vast and elaborate interconnectedness, none of us are immune to being affected by what happens on our planetary home. This is especially apparent in the Fukushima disaster.
Radiation fallout had spread throughout most of the northern hemisphere because of trade winds. The international trade of goods had further shared the gift that nobody wanted to receive.
I must admit when I see something in local food markets from Japan I pass over it; I truly wish I didn’t feel I have to do that.
Far beyond the scope of Japan, the events of March 11th, 2011 affected the whole of humanity, as we should have expected. Understanding our intrinsic connection to everything that happens, we can look at this as an opportunity to positively influence our future with the choices we make every day that are done with the conscious intention of having a positive impact on the world, no matter how small that impact may be.
Sure, buying locally grown tomatoes at the farmer’s market won’t have a tremendous impact on the world—but buying them instead of tomatoes flown halfway around the world will have its part in reducing consumption of precious resources and put money into your local economy, which is especially appreciated in this recession.
On a larger scale, if we come together to prevent nuclear meltdowns by supporting energy sources that don’t produce mass causalities when things go awry, that will help us to significantly lower the change of another Fukishima happening again.
As Pierre Teilhard de Chardin had once poetically said:
“There is an almost sensual longing for communion with others who have a larger vision. The immense fulfillment of the friendships between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality almost impossible to describe.”
How true this is. We can make that evolutionary shift in the collective consciousness through our individual and group actions towards sustainability. Sustainable living will bring harmony, balance and coherence with our environment and everything within it including each other.
There is no need to continue living in a world where we have wars of aggression and resistance, reinforcement of patriarchy, the putting of profits above people and the embracing of the infinite growth with finite resources illusion.
The Fukishima nuclear disaster showed us just how unpredictable life is and nothing is set in stone; there is a continuous motion of novelty within our matrix of existence, where any one variable can forever alter the course of humanity. If we consciously remind ourselves that we all share one planet that has finite resources, we will approach the future differently by changing our behaviors in the present.
The future is a cornucopia of possible realities we can find ourselves; why not ensure to the best of our abilities that it is a bright one?
We are the future makers, after all.
Paul Lenda is a conscious evolution guide, author of The Creation of a Consciousness Shift, intentional evolutionary & celebrator of life that wishes to provide an integral role in the positive social transformation of humanity. With a natural craving and passion for knowledge, Paul has developed an extensive background in the spiritual & transformative aspects of life that is both knowledge and experience based and has spent countless hours studying various belief systems and philosophies in order to develop it. Visit his website.
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