Japan’s Earthquake: How You Can Help

March 11, 2011 | 26 Comments »

earthquake epicenter on map of JapanDeliberate Creators, here’s another chance to walk the talk by choosing a powerful positive focus of attention.

If you heard the news about Japan’s 8.9 earthquake and devastating tsunami, you also know of the widespread distress, fear, and grief inspired by these events.

It’s left many bystanders across the globe feeling helpless.

But we know better.

We know the power of thought, and we know how to train our thoughts for good.

So I’m inviting you to deliberately find and hold thoughts that feel better.

Whatever thoughts those are for you.

In doing so we create a grounded platform of centered well-being for our planet and friends affected by the quake.

In fact, it may be helpful to share some of our better feeling thoughts here, for the benefit of those who might be having trouble finding them on their own.

If you’ve ever been in a panic and felt the benefit of someone else’s calm support, you know what a gift it is when someone shows up with the “everything is going to be okay” vibe. Β It’s our turn to flow that for those who could use support.

Instead of being swept up in potential turmoil and alarm; and instead of turning our back to it altogether (although if that’s the better feeling thought for you – go for it!) – let’s entertain the words and images of well-being for our planet and her inhabitants.

Everything is going to be okay. Β In fact, that might be my better feeling thought right there.

What’s yours?

And for anyone who’d like a refresher, here’s Abraham on the topic of natural disasters:

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26 Responses to “ Japan’s Earthquake: How You Can Help ”

  1. As soon as I heard about it, I sent extra love, healing, and source energy to the region, surrounding all in love & light, as they find their way through this experience.

    Japan is known for withstanding earthquakes, so I see them as Divine Wayshowers who have gone through this intense experience to share their knowledge & understanding with the rest of the world. I am humbled by their power, courage and strength, and I see GREAT good for all coming out of this experience!

    {{{β™₯}}} The rest of us are invited to connect with our hearts in this present moment, feel our connection to each other through the Divine energy field, and see/feel All is Well! The Earth is rebalancing herself, and we are here to support her as well as each other in this process. {{{β™₯}}}

    Many blessings,
    Nancy

  2. Oh Nancy, that’s beautiful! Instead of seeing residents there as victims who have this big challenge to overcome, it feels SO much better to see them as powerful and experienced and strong.

    THANK YOU for this very helpful thought. I’ll be visiting with it again. πŸ™‚

  3. What a gift, Ming! To hear those words of well being from someone with compassion and conviction – that is a nice vibe to share.

    Glad everything’s okay in your neck of the woods, and thank you for sending such beautiful light into the rest of the world!

  4. Heather Jennings says:

    Many people will form bonds with new people as they work to rebuild. Many will restructure their priorities and remember what is truly valuable to them. Many will have the opportunity to express their creativity work to find solutions to issues, rebuild structures and lives, and try to find ways to improve the outcome if this happens again.

    The rest of us around the world are reminded of our distant neighbors who we forget about in our daily lives. Our outpouring of compassion permeates our lives – we argue less for a while, we seek connection more than usual. As we open our hearts, we are reminded of what is valuable to us, as well. The desire for something better for those in need can be a very powerful creative force.

  5. Heather, you are good at this!!

    Thanks for posting these beautiful thoughts! I especially enjoy the “remembering priorities” and “new bonds” and “permeating compassion.”

    They are lovely to bask in. Thank you again, my friend! πŸ™‚

  6. Actually, Nikki, that thought works REALLY well for me, too. (That this is a balancing event for the planet.)

    Laura shared in the GVU forums an article from Carolyn Myss that reiterated this is NOT an angry earth acting out, it is NOT a form of punishment because of our mishandling of planetary resources.

    It’s just a natural rebalance.

    It’s helpful for me to remember that we can find our balance in it, too, which is so much easier for me to believe because of my spiritual perspective that there’s no such thing as “death” in the way it’s traditionally thought of.

    Another better feeling thought for me is even looking at how well Nashville residents are recovering. That helps me see what Japan has in store as well. It all works out.

    Thanks for posting, Nikki.

  7. Ming says:

    Jeannette,

    Great post! This morning when I woke up my husband was telling me about the earthquake, Candy called me at the same time to tell me we were in the tsunami warning as well. She was going to go to higher ground with her dogs and hubby just to take precaution. I quickly got ready and got my dogs in the car as well as supplies. I took some deep breaths & knew in my heart we were going to be okay. I also sent love,light and many angels to Japan. After the warning for us was over ,I took my dogs to the groomers, this young girl looked at me with tears in her eyes filled with fear and I looked right in her eyes and said YOU are going to be okay. She calmed right down.

    I listened to the recording and I would say yes, death is not the “end”. In my work I have connected with so many crossed over fur babies. We are all on a journey, we are all energy ! Fear is the opposite of love so if we can remember that even in natural disasters we can all help each other through!!

    Just my thoughts πŸ˜‰

  8. Nikki says:

    Last Spring floods devastated Nashville. I was stuck in the tractor beam of the news footage, simultaneously feeling overwhelmed watching my beloved Nashville underwater, and knowing my energy would be far better for the city if I were finding the “feel good” in the situation. And that “feel good” was certainly elusive.

    A friend of mine wrote an article regarding the floods that finally provided for me the pivot point, so I could view the floods from a better feeling place. I’ll share this article with you, not in an effort to compare the devastation in Japan to the events in Nashville, but as a means for providing perspective.

    My favorite line:

    All natural disasters are a result and for the purpose of bringing our Planet into balance. And all natural disasters cleanse and renew the areas in which they strike.

    The whole article:

    http://www.mindbodyom.com/2010/05/reflections-on-the-nashville-flood-of-2010/

    I’ll be honest, I don’t exactly know how we can apply this perspective to Japan. But searching for that feel good is now a familiar feeling for me and I’m positive that humanity (and our Earth Mother) will collectively turn up the shine of their lights as a result of this “disaster.”

  9. I live right next to the ocean on the Pacific coast. Right as I heard the news about the earthquake, I also heard that the whole West Coast was under a tsunami watch. My town is kind of obsessed with tsunami preparedness and readiness, and I just haven’t plugged into that, but this was the first time, I got a chance to practice it for real.

    The reason I’m telling you this is it’s related to how I reacted to the earthquake. My very first thought was GRATITUDE for the people who were untouched by it. My next thought was gratitude that these sorts of things happen relatively rarely. (A friend e-mailed me lamenting how OFTEN these things are happening, :), but I think they seem to happen often just because we TALK THEM UP when they do happen). My next thought was that I can’t do anything for those people–they create their own experience with their own energy, but I can keep my own energy calm so that’s what I’m putting out.

    So back to the tsunami. We went to bed last night after making sure the car was full of gas and we knew what we wanted to grab if we had to leave and then we had a nice night’s sleep. We’d been told that if something were to hit, it would happen about 7:30 a.m., so when I got up at 9 (Tim works until 2 a.m.), I thought, well, it didn’t happen, so we’re good. So off I went for my beach walk with Ducky. I’m at least a mile down this point that extends into the bay when my mom calls and says they still have us on a warning, and I said, “Oh, well, we’ll be fine. I’m walking at the bay.” My mother went into a shrieking fit–“You’re WHAT?”

    I think being in that calm energy combined with some gratitude is the best thing we can offer. And I’m there. And no, we didn’t get hit by a big wave. All is well. And all will be well in Japan too, in ways we can’t begin to comprehend.

  10. Christine Jenkins says:

    I can feel a great feeling of love and connection coming from everyone and growing and spreading and joining around the planet. I was awed by the power of nature, watching the wave – in a wonderful way. Something that powerful must be bringing in such strong waves of love and opening hearts to what is really true. I have heard so many people talking of how watching the wave gave them an overwhelming sense of appreciation for what they have – one friend last night, was saying how her money worries (which are quite big and powerful for her) disappeared in the face of what she had seen. She was in a deep state of appreciation for her children, their home and everything else that she often takes for granted. People’s focus goes to what they have, rather than what they don’t have.
    Personally, I felt my heart open more and more and love just flowing to all my brothers and sisters in parts of the world, I have never been near physically.

  11. Nikky says:

    Thank you so much for posting about the situation in Japan.
    Just yesterday I asked why does stuff like this happen and I love you for putting up Abraham’s answer to that.
    What resonated so well with me was their statement that ” This is a way for those people who experience natural disasters to close the gap between where they are and where they want to be which is be connected to source.” So as I see it , the tsunami might seem like a disaster to the world but I see it as a medium or an opportunity for masses of people to be one with source……I can only imagine beautiful shiny lamps ( their souls) lifting up into the sky and the vibration of relief in the air all around. I like this picture more than what the media shows us all the time.
    Love
    Nikky

  12. Pernille Madsen says:

    Wow, I’m grateful to see so much love and wisdom in this place, thanks everyone, this made such a difference to me πŸ™‚

    I live very far from Japan and even though the earthquake was even registrered in Denmark (by some equipment, not by people!), there was no thread to my country.

    When I heard about the tsunami, my immediate reaction was to not give it any attention. To me that meant not watching the news. Cause I knew it would make me feel bad. And feel sorry for the people involved. ANd that would not be helpful to anyone.

    It doesn’t feel like resistance to me. However, it does feel a bit like “not very kind” and “not very loving”. I couldn’t really figure out why (and it is not that important to me either).

    However, reading your post, Jeannette, and the very kind and loving comments made me feel very good. ANd made me realize that I have more choices:

    I can choose to not give the situation any attention or
    I can choose to look for gifts in it and send love, etc. to the people involved.

    I love the freedom of choice, and I love that only I am responsible for how I feel.

    Namaste
    Pernille

  13. Mary says:

    This simple verse comes to mind ~

    “You are what all happenings happen in.
    What happens must happen so remain unaffected as Peace.
    Be Peaceful and this Peace will Spread.
    What rises from Peace is Peace
    and what rises from confusion is confusion.
    So Be Peace and give this to the Universe,
    it is all you should do.”
    – Papaji

  14. Barbara says:

    I am so glad for this post, Jeannette, and the opportunity to look at it from a place of appreciation through all of this contrast.

    I have much love for Japan and its people. My experience there as a Fulbrighter almost 2 years ago was one of the memorable experiences of my life, for which I truly appreciate. The kindness of the people, their culture and the beauty of the nation cannot be overstated and the experience all left a lasting imprint of love into my heart.

    I began sending them an energy of love right away. I’ve wrapped them in a blanket of love, safety and healing for those that are hurting.

    I have found much to appreciate in this situation of such deep contrast. Through my day job, I have many connections to other countries, universities and people around the world, including Japan. I also have a colleague from Japan who works with me, so I was very happy to learn that her family is ok. She feels relieved, which makes her happy and I love seeing and feeling happy for her happiness, too.

    I appreciated and felt a relief in hearing from one of our Japanese partners that they are all safe and staying in their offices in Tokyo. He even made a joke in his email, which was so refreshing and I thought how much I appreciate him for his humor, and for his ability to express it in this time.

    And here’s to all those people who have jobs in Tokyo, which gives them a place to stay right now!

    I am so happy to here that our exchange student over there is ok and has written us back, too. I am happy that most of our students here from Japan have reported that their family and friends are ok, too and I’m intending that they will all communicate with everyone soon.

    I’m reminded that those who have “died” have just transitioned. That is comforting.

    I love how I can go on Facebook and hear from all of our Japanese alumni living there and know that they are safe and still here. Facebook and the Google technology that allows people to search for missing loved ones is a relief for not only me, but for many searching for their family and friends. Isn’t technology wonderful, and especially in times like these?

    Speaking of technology, the biggest appreciation I’ve been feeling lately is for the Japanese engineering and technology in their construction of buildings in Tokyo. Without that high tech ability, many buildings would have fallen and many more people would not now have a place to “live,” and the devastation would have been much worse.

    I am appreciative that the Japanese are so organized in their training and orientation to their citizens that people do know what to do in times of earthquakes and disasters like these. I appreciate their advanced warning system they have on their TVs. They are an example to the rest of the world of how we can build our buildings for the general well-being of everyone.

    I know that the Japanese custom of neighborhood groups that look out for each other, plus the general culture of group culture will be a very uniting, comforting and re-building force in the months ahead.

    I see the images and remember my fond times there: a time I truly appreciate and will always love.

    ((((((((((((((((((((((((BIG HUG OF LOVE TO JAPAN)))))))))))))))))))))

    Warmly,
    Barbara

  15. Pernille Madsen says:

    @Nikky, thanks for this: “I can only imagine beautiful shiny lamps ( their souls) lifting up into the sky and the vibration of relief in the air all around. I like this picture more than what the media shows us all the time.”

    I watched the Abe video and it brought me a lot of relief. I particularly enjoyed the example they offered of someone watching a movie and not liking it very much. So he leaves half way through the movie. And his friends then celebrate his funeral!

  16. Monica says:

    From my own experiences in Japan I know that this event will galvanize the Japanese people to pull together and create a new level of national pride and purpose. The fact is that anywhere else this would have been an unthinkable disaster, but Japan’s preparation and execution of their plan have pulled them through in pretty good shape. The world is seeing now how good they are at this, and they themselves must realize soon what an awesome job they have done.

    The rebuilding effort will be a massive boost to their economy, which has been stagnating a bit recently. This will catapult them forward to new heights! There will be thousands of new jobs and new innovations from this. I am a little hesitant to call the earthquake a blessing, but really it is. I am so happy for the revitalized Japan that will arise from this!

  17. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but what I find helpful is the Buddhist practice of Tonglen, where you breathe in the sadness, or grief, or fear, but then you breathe out love, kindness, peace, safety, etc., to everyone who’s been affected or is in a similar situation. It’s something that I can actually DO that feels better. (Sending money to an emergency area often feels good to me too.)

  18. Julie B says:

    Oh thank you Jeannette… I just blogged on GVU for an outsource request and here you are! Thank you!

    Also want to hold the space that NO RADIATION is dispersed on the planet. It’s all contained and all is well.

    Thanks again!
    Julie

  19. Erik says:

    When hearing of the catastrophe I immediately thought ‘what would the correct vibrational reaction this be?’ and came to pretty similar conclusions as most here.
    I am not serving the people in Japan by joining into mass hysteria and fear promoted by the media, I am most helping them by thinking of them and staying in a place of peace, warmth and a full heart so that this peace can arrive there.
    I am pretty amazed and grateful to hear that many people in Japan take it very calmly and with a basic ‘it will be ok’-attitude. Perhaps this is because they are used to earthquakes, perhaps this is because of all the love that is flowing towards them.
    Anyhow, sending them peace and staying calm and resolved, even when seeing the news is the best thing to do in my opinion.
    Also we can ask Archangel Gabriel to help since one of his qualities in terms of world service is to help the ‘victims’ of natual disasters in terms of relief, distribution of food and medical assistance (as I once read).
    Love to Japan and to all thinking of them!

  20. Sophie says:

    Much love and peace to Japan and the surrounding areas.

    One more thought that feels good to me is that in face of the contamination factor Julie, I cna only imagine the strength of the scientist and governments willing to invest in “green” and safe sources of energies. One more way for Earth to balance itself.

    Much love to all,

    Sophie

  21. M says:

    Although it is difficult for me to see much *good* in this,
    I can think of the good that will result from people realising that nuclear plants should be shut down in the long run. We are living in an era of change (Uranus has entered Aries on the 11th) and things will change – for the better, I hope!

    http://www.dailyhoroscope.com/blog/uranus-aries-expect-global-changes

  22. Julie Masters says:

    My oldest son lives in Tokyo with his wife and my beautiful granddaughter–I waited calmly on Friday to hear from him–his e-mail said it all,”It’s all good…of course”.

  23. Nikki says:

    Here are some translations of the Japanese Twitter posts… LOTS to feel good about in these remarks!

    https://www.facebook.com/notes/jun-shiomitsu/japan-quake-as-seen-from-twitter-translated-by-me-so-quality-questionable/10150121176733830

  24. Cassie says:

    Jeanette this is a fabulous reminder to all of us to hold that higher vibration. My vibrational offering right now is grounding. I am extra focused on being grounded and connected to the Earth. Thanks for the great energy you contribute to this planet.

  25. Tony Parker says:

    I have a brother in Japan and I have also just been through the New Zealand Christchurch quake in the last month. It is times like this that you are reminded that it is just a home, a car etc. and family and well being is everything.

    There is absolutely no doubt to this. Your thinking, your attitudes will change your future forever.

    Thank you this blog you posted and thank reminding of the big picture

  26. Wanted to share this email someone shared at GVU, written by a woman in the middle of everything happening in Japan:

    Hello My Lovely Family and Friends,

    First I want to thank you so very much for your concern for me. I am very touched. I also wish to apologize for a generic message to you all. But it seems the best way at the moment to get my message to you.

    Things here in Sendai have been rather surreal. But I am very blessed to have wonderful friends who are helping me a lot. Since my shack is even more worthy of that name, I am now staying at a friend’s home. We share supplies like water, food and a kerosene heater. We sleep lined up in one room, eat by candlelight, share stories. It is warm, friendly, and beautiful.

    During the day we help each other clean up the mess in our homes. People sit in their cars, looking at news on their navigation screens, or line up to get drinking water when a source is open. If someone has water running in their home, they put out sign so people can come to fill up their jugs and buckets.

    Utterly amazingly where I am there has been no looting, no pushing in lines. People leave their front door open, as it is safer when an earthquake strikes. People keep saying, “Oh, this is how it used to be in the old days when everyone helped one another.”

    Quakes keep coming. Last night they struck about every 15 minutes. Sirens are constant and helicopters pass overhead often.

    We got water for a few hours in our homes last night, and now it is for half a day. Electricity came on this afternoon. Gas has not yet come on. But all of this is by area. Some people have these things, others do not. No one has washed for several days. We feel grubby, but there are so much more important concerns than that for us now. I love this peeling away of non-essentials. Living fully on the level of instinct, of intuition, of caring, of what is needed for survival, not just of me, but of the entire group.

    There are strange parallel universes happening. Houses a mess in some places, yet then a house with futons or laundry out drying in the sun. People lining up for water and food, and yet a few people out walking their dogs. All happening at the same time.

    Other unexpected touches of beauty are first, the silence at night. No cars. No one out on the streets. And the heavens at night are scattered with stars. I usually can see about two, but now the whole sky is filled. The mountains are Sendai are solid and with the crisp air we can see them silhouetted against the sky magnificently.

    And the Japanese themselves are so wonderful. I come back to my shack to check on it each day, now to send this e-mail since the electricity is on, and I find food and water left in my entranceway. I have no idea from whom, but it is there. Old men in green hats go from door to door checking to see if everyone is OK. People talk to complete strangers asking if they need help. I see no signs of fear. Resignation, yes, but fear or panic, no.

    They tell us we can expect aftershocks, and even other major quakes, for another month or more. And we are getting constant tremors, rolls, shaking, rumbling. I am blessed in that I live in a part of Sendai that is a bit elevated, a bit more solid than other parts. So, so far this area is better off than others. Last night my friend’s husband came in from the country, bringing food and water. Blessed again.

    Somehow at this time I realize from direct experience that there is indeed an enormous Cosmic evolutionary step that is occurring all over the world right at this moment. And somehow as I experience the events happening now in Japan, I can feel my heart opening very wide. My brother asked me if I felt so small because of all that is happening. I don’t. Rather, I feel as part of something happening that much larger than myself. This wave of birthing (worldwide) is hard, and yet magnificent.

    Thank you again for your care and Love of me,

    With Love in return, to you all,

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