The Gift…I know there are many people who have been touched by the tragedy that happened yesterday in Connecticut. I know I was and my family was. I’m a mother and I have 2 children who are 14 and 11 years old. I also live near Columbine High School and was within a half mile radius the day of that shooting and I visit the memorial several times a year. There’s also another incident that comes to mind and it’s the incident of 9/11 when I was a Flight Attendant for United Airlines. It touched close to home for me because it was my “workplace” but it also touched my community in that Jason Dahl, who was the Captain of Flight #93, was killed that day in this senseless tragedy. It’s very difficult not to be angry or wonder how these things continue to happen. It’s “difficult” to be on a quest for Happiness when these things happen and of course there is the ever-present “why?”. I don’t know the answers to these questions and I don’t know how to make it stop but I have an “idea”.These things are devastating and cause fragmentations or “ripples” in our consciousness as we ask ourselves “why?” and what can be done. It’s hard to look at something like this and See anything “good”, right? I speak of Gratitude quite a bit but what is there in something like this to be Grateful for? I’ve even gone so far as to feel a bit “guilty” for even trying to find something to be Grateful about when I know so many are grieving and have lost so much. My children are safe and sound albeit very confused, sad, and scared. So, where is the Gift in this and how do you even begin to find one in the first place? I’m not sure but we can’t go back so we have to go forward and in going forward we can make a conscious effort to re-gain something that may be missing in our own Lives or maybe make a difference in someone else’s. This is an “opportunity” to take a deep look inside and around so that there will be a shift in consciousness on a bigger scale. This is an opportunity to find something to be Grateful for and yesterday I did so I thought I would share.I received an e-mail from my mother yesterday and this is what it said:I sent an angel to watch over you , but she came back. I asked “why?”… The angel said: “Angels don’t watch over angels!”Twenty angels are in your world. Ten of them are sleeping, nine are playing, one is reading this message. Please read…. not joking…..God has seen you struggling with something. God says it’s over. A blessing is coming your way If you believe in miracles, send this message on, God is going to fix two BIG things tonight in your favor. If you believe, drop everything and pass it on. Tomorrow will be the best day ever. Send this to ten friends, including me, if I don’t get it back, I guess I’m not one of them. As soon as you get five replies, someone u love will quietly surprise you.So, of course this is one of those “annoying” e-mails that you get to send all around to your friends “just in case”, right? The weird thing is that my mom is not one of those people who would forward this kind of e-mail and the other weird thing is that someone I love quietly surprised me and it was my son. So, please bear with me as I explain a little further. I speak about my son in a previous blog post and how our family has been fragmented due to PAS (Parental Alienation Syndrome) which is a form of emotional abuse (http://moonhippiemystic.com/2012/10/06/what-is-parental-alienation-syndrome/). I’ve been trying very hard to put my family back together and there have been some pretty big “demons” to fight in doing this. There’s my kid’s dad who was emotionally abused as a child and doesn’t See that he is putting his own emotional needs before the needs of our son. There’s also my son who has become very closed down emotionally due to what he’s been through and he still doesn’t understand why or what has happened to cause so much hurt and separation between us. Things were going well at first but then he shut down again as I believe he is going through his own “process” in coming to terms with some things since he has been living without Unconditional Love with his dad for quite a while. He feels “abandoned” and unworthy of Love because he has been in a cycle of emotional abuse and it’s been quite a difficult journey as a mother to not be in a position to just grab him out of there and help him shake it off, so to speak. I have no “legal” rights when it comes to this because of his age and his determination to make it work with “dad”. I know this feeling well as I felt this way about my own mother in terms of wanting her Love and approval for such a long time. For some reason it is in our human nature to seek the approval of those who don’t wish to give it and this can be a very devastating cycle if not broken at some point in time. It took me 44 years to do this so of course I hope that the outcome in my son’s Life won’t be quite so devastating.I called him yesterday to see how he was doing and got the typical responses which are pretty much “yes, no, or I don’t know” since he doesn’t have a whole lot to say to me most of the time. But then he called me back and he was crying, really hard. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a child in this day and age when you can’t even feel safe in school so of course my Heart was broken in hearing the sorrow coming from my son at the other end of the phone. But in that moment I also realized that this was an opportunity for him to actually FEEL something because he’s been trying really, really hard not to feel anything at all. So we spoke about these emotions and I was able to explain to him why this was an opportunity to feel something in his own Life and have Compassion for himself in all that he’s been through. This opened something inside of him and gave him an “excuse” to allow these emotions to flow as they’ve been needing to do for quite a while. He texted me later and said “my day is getting better, I got some free stuff for my game, I don’t know why…” so this gave me an opportunity. I told him “sometimes it takes something really bad to notice the things that are really good” because he’s been so focused on the things that are really bad in his Life. So, this was a Gift for me and my son to maybe get back to a place in Seeing something good which is the Love we have for each other that shouldn’t be “swept under the rug”.This is the holidays and I’m not just talking about Christmas which is what we celebrate in our family. It’s a time of coming together and celebrating Love and Family…and giving Gifts, of course. But what does “giving” really mean? The real essence of giving comes from the Heart and a true Gift is something that touches someone’s Heart and your own because it is given freely without the expectation of something in return. These Gifts I speak of are not necessarily things that come from the pocketbook but things that come from your Heart. We are going to have a pretty slim Christmas this year because, as I said in my blog post “Growing Pains…”, my hubby and I are having difficulty in the job market this year due to the ever dwindling economy. So, I’ve been wondering how to make this year special – especially in light of my recent Spiritual Awakening. What can I do differently this year and how can I make it work financially speaking are the questions that have come up in my mind quite a bit. So, my daughter has this idea last night that she wants to be the “secret santa” for her favorite teacher. The thing is that she has taken this initiative on her own which is pretty cool. She wants to give him a surprise Gift every day next week and then let him in on the “secret” on Friday and she wants to do all this just for the sheer joy of the “unexpected” surprise of it and joy of the Gift of giving. We all have our own special Gifts as we are all unique and special so I guess this is an opportunity to look inside and find this thing that is unique and special and what Gifts we have to offer ourselves and others.There are Gifts to be given and there is Joy to be had, even in light of this recent tragedy. This is an opportunity to Create something Beautiful in our own Lives or to reach out to someone else who may need a hand. This is the time to say to yourself “what do I want to with my Life and how can I make a difference in someone else’s?”. I know that in the face of these types of things there is usually a sense of helplessness and fear which is normal but the fact of the matter is that we are not “helpless”. We can make a difference, right now, today in our own Life or in the Life of someone close to us. It may be an opportunity to reflect on your own Life and what you can do for yourself to make it better whether it’s committing to take that art class, changing jobs, taking that long-awaited vacation, or spending more time with your family. It may be an opportunity to do something for a friend or neighbor even if it’s just inviting someone who’s alone over for a holiday dinner. It may be offering free counseling, dental work, or healthcare to a family who needs it. It may be serving food at the local homeless shelter or donating to your favorite charity. These are the True Gifts that come from the Heart that make a True difference in your own Life or the Life of someone else whether you know them or not. I speak quite a bit about Angels because I saw them and I feel them all around me. I know that there are many diverse beliefs out there and that’s okay because we have some very differing beliefs right here in our own household. So, I say Angels and someone else may say “aliens”, I say “God” and someone else may say Gaia, but the point is that we can all find a way to be an Angel to someone even if that someone is yourself. Remember, you have to put the oxygen mask on yourself first and if that’s what is necessary in this type of situation than go with that and own it because you can still Create something Beautiful by coming to terms with things in your own Life that will make it better. If we begin to Feel our own emotions and deal with them then we can begin to make a difference in the Lives of people we care about just by doing this so it’s still a Gift. For me, the only Gift I have to give right now are my words on this page but these words are flowing freely from my Heart and from a place of Love. I have spoken a bit about “anger” and how I try very hard not to let it enter my emotional field as I have difficulty communicating or accomplishing anything from this “place” but sometimes it takes anger to light a fire somewhere inside and that’s okay too. It’s normal to feel angry, helpless, guilty, and sad when something like this happens so instead of pushing it away it can be the source for us to Create something new and begin the process of bringing us together in Humanity which is inevitable anyway. So why not start now and use this tragedy as an “opportunity” to Create something new and Beautiful whether it’s in your own household or halfway around the World? Why not take this as an opportunity to look inside and See your own special and unique Gifts and begin to find a way to give them. This is the cycle of Life and we must move forward but the lesson is always in what is Created from tragedy. The lessons are the Gifts and the real tragedy lies in not learning the lesson that was intended in the first place. So, I guess it’s our job as a member of society or Humanity to Learn the lesson, find the Gift, and build something Beautiful in it’s wake. A period of sorrow is inevitable as is the grieving process but it’s how we turn this sorrow into Joy that really matters. It’s what we do from here that will make the difference we all hope to See in the World so it’s a starting point and an opportunity to begin to manifest these changes of Love, Peace, and Happiness by finding and giving The Gift. The True Gift lies in giving freely of yourself from your Heart and from a place of Love expecting nothing in return so I ask that you find it in yourself to give a Gift to yourself or someone else. This wave of Giving and Love will make a difference whether you see it or not. This Gift has the potential to Create something Beautiful from something “ugly” so I say the best thing we can do is Give from a place of Love and find Gratitude in the lesson – even if the lesson is learning how to Give in the first place.Copyright © The Moon Hippie Mystic. All rights reserved. You may copy and distribute this material as long as you do not alter it in any way, the content remains complete and you include this copyright notice.
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