September 7, 2008

Never Forget 9/11?

flag.jpgHave you seen the emails making the rounds again?  

As soon as September hit, they started popping up: “Never forget” captions with a photo of the twin towers, or “Remember 9/11” with the U.S. flag in the background, sometimes with a list of names of those who perished.

The point of these reminders seems to be to keep us out of complacency; to ensure we don’t commit a second tragedy by forgetting the original.  (The original tragedy being one we know so well, thanks to the media, that the details don’t even bear repeating.) 
Or maybe this information is just perpetuated out of living in habitual fear mode … I don’t know.
I’m certainly not one to advocate putting our heads in the sand when something “bad” happens.  (And yes, I mean “bad” in quotes.  If everything is spiritual, which I believe, how could anything be “bad”?) 
But what purpose does it serve to deliberately revel in a vibration that doesn’t feel good?  (If it doesn’t feel good, which is by no means a given.)
Having said that, certainly it IS possible to honor the memory in a way that feels good. 
New York Times’ Ed Park says his friend recently expressed nostalgia for the days immediately after 9/11, when everyone seemed to reach out rather than withdraw, when everyone felt connected to each other. 
I’m all for reliving that memory!  In fact, that’s one easy way to see how the descriptor “bad” deserves its quotes when we refer to this event.  After all, it brought people together in ways we hadn’t experienced in quite some time … if ever.  And many of us permanently earned on that day a stronger appreciation for life and for those we love.
So my question to you is this:
How do law of attraction savvy folks handle the 9/11 anniversary? 
Do you give it any thought whatsoever?  Are your feelings on this topic conflicted or clear?  Are you shaking your head that I devoted a blog topic to it?  What examples can you share with others who struggle with this date?
We’d love to hear your input.

  • Anonymous says:

    Hey Jeannette,
    Good post. It reminded me of a war memorial in Ypres, where the First World War was fought very fiercely. In the Menin Gate the names of more than 50.000 soldiers whose bodies were never found are engraved. Since 1929 until today, each day (!) at 8 pm the Last Post is being played. That’s a military ceremony in remembrance of the soldiers who were killed in the war.
    I attended the ceremony last year, on the occasion of a family reunion we had in Ypres, and I must say I had very mixed feelings about it. Of course this is something you don’t want to ever happen again. But the way it is remembered – in a very solemn, serious way – seems to me to reinforce the feeling of grief and sadness and loss, instead of ‘getting over it’ and getting even. And that’s almost 80 years after the facts! There are a lot of British tourists still coming over to Ypres every year to visit the war graves of ancient relatives. (I guess that’s another reason why they’ll never stop remembering in Ypres, because tourism flourishes with it. Oops, am I being cynical now?)
    To me it’s totally incomprehensible, but then I’ve never lived in wartimes. (My parents did, though, in the Second World War, and the only memory my mother ever tells me of it is a positive one: of a German soldier who was quartered in their house, who used to let her sit on his knee while he sang songs to her (she was a little girl back then). Maybe that’s part of the reason why my German is fairly good: I’ve never been instilled with this hatred of the German that many people here in Flanders have. On the contrary, I’m positively biassed towards Germany, I guess due to my parents’ attitude. (Not that they collaborated during the war or anything, but they didn’t hate ‘the enemy’.)
    Anyway, just like 9/11: interesting topics to give some thought to. How do we remember, and how do these memories serve us?…

  • Such amazing people, here. It seems so unlikely that this group should have come together – but hey, gravity does what it does.
    Leslie and Crys, thank you for your kind words. I’m glad my ramblings found their way!

  • Daphne Bazemore says:

    As someone who worked right across the highway from the World Trade Center, my thoughts on this are mixed and highly complex. I believe that every event in our lives serves to point us to our highest good, but I do believe that there can be bad things that happen in the interim. And 9/11 (solely the event and not any of the aftermath) was a bad thing in my opinion. Two weeks afterward, I worked in a temporary office space and could view the pit from the skyscraper’s cafeteria. I touched a set of stairs leading to nowhere and pointed countless tourists to “the pit” in the months and years afterwards. I didn’t feel good or have any happy memories about any of it.
    Can good erupt out of a bad event? Absolutely! and that is what happened as neighbors, strangers and world citizens came together to support one another. However there were also illegal seizures of New Yorkers, denial by the EPA of the actual air quality, our country’s push to fight the “axis of evil” and the deaths of workers at the site.
    Making a statement such as never forget brings up the totality of the event for me, and to say that 9/11 was a good thing just doesn’t ring true for me. I’d rather remember the beauty of the human spirit and remember the freedom and protection of all of our citizens as a way to honor those who have passed on and those who remain.
    Just my two cents…

  • Crys says:

    I posted the poem because I think it’s what you have given us here; a place to hold on, to create our own gravity.

  • Crys says:

    Waltzing the spheres
    by Susan Scott Thompson
    We pulled each other closer in the turn
    around a center that we could not see–
    This holding on was what I had to learn.
    The sun can hold the planets, earth the moon,
    but we had to create our gravity
    by always pulling closer in the turn.
    Each revolution caused my head to whirl
    so dizzily I wanted to break free,
    but holding on was what I had to learn.
    I fixed my eyes on something out there firm,
    and then our orbit steadied so that we
    could pull each other closer in the turn.
    The joy that circles with us round the curve
    is joy that passes surely as a peace,
    and holding on is what we have to learn.
    And if our feet should briefly leave the earth,
    no matter, earth was made for us to leave,
    and arms for pulling closer in the turn–
    This holding on is what we have to learn.

  • Crys says:

    Peregrine John,
    I will keep your words close and read them again and again. I’ve already shared them with close family and friends. Thank you.
    And again Jeanette, what a gift your blog is, thank you for addressing 9/11. You brought us together and we reached for eachother and found such a valuable and real connection.

  • Crys says:

    Thank you doesn’t seem a big enough word.
    You joined me in my grief, I don’t even know you, I’ve never seen your face and yet you carried my grief as your own. I’ve always been alone on 9/11, mostly out of choice. But his year, I see that I wasn’t alone. I do believe the load is lighter when we do that for one another. Thank you for acknowledging my flying partners is such a beautiful way and thank you for sharing it here. It’s like a gift, like a soothing balm.
    So much more than you could know.
    Much love and respect,

  • Tia says:

    I didn’t. I think I may have blocked it out because it was/is too painful to think about.
    I was living in Atlanta. I hadn’t seen my parents in 2 years and my mom had decided to visit me, and flew into NYC to meet some cousins, before making her way down to see me.
    I remember her calling me the morning of 911 to say “Hey baby, just wanted to say I love you and I’m going sightseeing today to the WTC and Empire State Building and will call you later” and me grumbling at her for waking me up so early.
    Just 30 min later she called me again to tell me my aunt had taken longer than usual to get ready and they went back into the house a couple of times to get stuff they had forgotten etc. Finally, they were JUST heading out the door and my aunt decided to turn the TV on to see the weather forecast for the day. Seconds later, they saw the first plane strike. Stunned and horrified, they realised if they had left on time as planned, they wldve been there. At that very instant, they wldv’e been there.
    And I was torn inside that my last words to my mom cldve been “Why are you calling me so early just go sightsee and let me sleep in” Stayed home all day (no one went to work) and watched the news with my then roommate. I’m crying right now even as I remember this which is why it was hard for me to post earlier. Some memories are so painful, it feels better to just not think about them …. And yet, it is inspiring because of the way people responded, bonded and came together as one. Out of tragedy triumphed humanity. And may we always remember that above all, We are Good.

  • I continue to be humbled by the wisdom and love in this group. You’ve brought me to tears of .. I guess it feels most like Love and Respect .. in reading these posts. THANK YOU.
    Crys’ post is having an especially strong effect. And I read it while listening to Ong So Hung by Guru Singh, which I think means something like “I am Thou.” We are so connected. And I thank God for it.
    Namaste, Everyone.

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  • Anna says:

    Sitting on the bench in my back yard, watching the clear sky, wisps of clouds flowing like the wings of the Angels they all are…
    I did it, Crys. I said their names and watched this most glorious cloud formation … and extraordinarily Beautiful and massive formation that is, without doubt, the wing of a most Glorious Angel enveloping us ALL.
    Not unlike that butterfly who, upon having wings plucked, regrew those wings with even greater Beauty and Shining Glory.
    Thank You God
    Thank You Universe
    Thank You Infinite Intelligence and Life
    Love Light and Respect

  • Iyabo says:

    I woke up today thinking about 9/11/2001 and feeling a little out of sorts. At the time, my then boyfriend had just moved here from NY. He used to work at the WTC in tech/finance and had been laid off his job about a month earlier. He then decided to move here to GA to be with me and start to work here. We had been dating just a few months.
    I was on my way out the door and I was making breakfast and I turned on the TV and saw what had happened and called for him. As he walked up to me, we both watched the second plane fly into the second building and he immediately started screaming and he got violently ill. He worked in that building a month ago. He got to work every day at about 7 am. If he still worked there, he probably would have died.
    His family was in a complete state of panic. They lived in Africa and were not aware of his decision to move to Georgia and he must have received 100 calls that day. They all thought he was dead because they knew he worked in that building and that he got to work every day at 7 am.
    My good news is that my relationship with him and his proximity to the situation gave me a different perspective of the whole event. It would just have been something tragic that I watched on TV if I did not know him at that time. So I am grateful for knowing him and him making his decision when he did. I am grateful that he was here with me that morning. I am still grateful.
    Now, we are happily married and this morning, he woke up and gave me a great big lingering hug and we talked about this day seven years ago.
    He lost some co-workers that day and he is thinking about them today.
    But I look at it all and I am grateful for him. Grateful for life and for having loved ones around. Since that date, both my parents have passed on and interestingly enough, I am thinking of them both today and their reactions on that day.
    For me, it is a day to be grateful for life and the choices we have to life a full vibrant life. After all, even the dead lived and it is their life that make us miss them in death.
    Blessings, love and safety to all.

  • Iyabo – your post gave me something to reflect upon. You are, as far as I know, the only person whom I’ve known on a personal level that has been so close to the events on 9/11/01.
    Thank you for sharing and for my new ‘reflection’ and reconnecting me to the Universal Oneness and that we are all connected.
    Love and Blessing to you and your family. P.
    Love and Blessings to All of Us.

  • Crys says:

    Never Forget September 11, 2001
    These are the names of the United Airlines Flight Attendants that perished on flts 93 and 175
    Lorraine Bay
    Sandra Bradshaw
    Robert Fangman
    Wanda Green
    Amy Jarret
    Amy King
    Michael Tarrou
    CeeCee Lyles
    Kathryn Laborie
    Al Marchand
    Alicia Titus
    Deborah Welsh

  • Paul. says:

    For me, this anniversary came early this year and reminded me how truly blessed I am–by reading this post.
    You see, up until reading this post, I wasn’t really aware of the anniversary. The Cosmos has graciously worked with my request not to relive the gorey images or the manipulation into other people’s agendas (as this event is usually co-opted for).
    Instead, a creative group of manifesters (I’m talking about all of you 😉 ) have found courage, compassion, healing and strength and reminded me that a good vibe is always there–if you just look for it.
    Thank you.

  • Leslie Richter says:

    What amazing and beautiful people you all are.
    Thank you for your light.
    Oh Peregrine John that post of yours was truly brilliant, powerful and so eloquent. Thank you.

  • Sylvia says:

    I will also always hold that feeling of shared humanity in my heart that I felt in the days following 9/11. Everyone was a little nicer. Everyone was more considerate. Everyone thought more often of family and friends. Everyone helped everyone else heal.

  • Anna says:

    With great respect, Crys, I offer my gratitude to each of your friends, who on some level, opted to help us grow and evolve as human beings.
    The sister of a lifelong friend is a Flight Attendant. Months and years following 9/11, I continue to recognize how far-reaching the effects are.
    My son was 14-months-old at the time. Sick and feverish more often than not, his brain had atrophied, gross motor function particularly delayed, he was still on his back, unable to sit up on his own. 9/11 was the first, and only day, he ever crawled — a minute or two only, toward the TV as I watched.
    I would be honored and feel privileged if you would let me and my son join you in remembering your friends.

  • For what it’s worth,
    It’s a complicated question – or rather, like most seemingly simple questions, it has a complicated answer. I think it can be found in the answer to the (likewise simple) question, “If everything is fine like it is, why do we bother changing it?” That slight shrinking-back feeling on reading the question is a sign that you know the answer already.
    Really, it’s all about the humanity. There is a desire in some (many, mayhaps) to cause pain, to control others, to resent the success of an incompatible philosophy or religion. This is what hatred and evil are, and they exist, even if they are a mere absence, like cold or dark. What remains around the absence is twisted by the vacuum and becomes what we see as a malicious force that attempts to subjugate or destroy what is not itself. We ignore or deny this at our peril.
    We also hold the seed of it in ourselves, in our own vacuums. Otherwise we would not be here, learning to complete ourselves. But our presence here also means that we have not given into the cold, instead choosing to build, to radiate love and positive intent.
    Some others, too many others, embrace the vacuum and are obsessed with their hatred. They commit acts such as we saw on September 11, 2001. But what was the result? Death, destruction, even derangement, yes. Yet through it people were reminded how to be neighbors, how to care for strangers, and that heroes are made of simple selflessness. The greatest act of evil they could manage only brought a fractious people together. Something good was bound to find its way through the bad. As Paul of Tarsus wrote to the persecuted Christians in Rome, “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.” We can infer that this is worked into the fabric of reality. Just as no one can be purely evil (the worst still have intellect, breath, intent, and other good things), no act can have solely negative consequences. As Crys points out, things like this jolt us out of our insulation, pettiness, or whatever smallness has crept into our lives. Near-death experiences, for example, do wonders for the survivor, who often goes on to live like never before.
    We want peace, real peace. Stable misery is not peace, any more than is war. Yet we struggle with ourselves, clearing one obstacle after another in pursuit of personal freedom. On the other side of that struggle is peace.
    Being spiritual is a state, like being physical. It’s not therefore inherently good, or bad. It simply is. As Shakespeare said in the 2nd scene of Hamlet, “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” Either we are a source of light (love), or we absorb it and leave nothing behind.
    Really, it’s all about the humanity. This is why I think it is good, even important, to remember. To intentionally forget is to deny the value, the sacrifice, the decency, the heroism, the beautiful and tragic and divine humanity. Don’t wallow or obsess; but remember and cherish.
    Therefore, I give you this. It is about, and only about, the humanity of what happened in New York. You don’t have to understand the words to understand the meaning, but the final phrase of the lyric translates, “Give us peace.”

  • Crys says:

    I’d like to thank Jeanette for addressing the topic of 9/11 here. It’s important.

  • Crys says:

    I’d like to offer a comment if you will indulge me.
    I’m a Flight Attendant with United Airlines and I was based in Boston in 2001, by experience with 9/11 was upclose and personal. I won’t share details here except to say I lost a few friends on FLT 175. It was a long hard road to find my balance again. We were assigned FEMA counselors and anti-depressants, we were advised to avoid television. We watched animal planet.
    It wasn’t until 5 years later that I felt I could set aside my own life to acknowledge and honor those lost.
    So I post the names of the flight attendants privately here at home, for a few days, I have wings that I put out from both United and American. On the day “of” I light a candle and say the names outloud. Just to remember. I will tell you that as the day approaches, I feel my gut turn and I guess that has it’s place. I don’t ever want to become offhanded about the tragic death of my flying partners. I seem to be able to keep my emotions is check, they seem appropriate to me.
    I typicallly don’t discuss my experiences with others, seems best to keep my feelings private.
    With that said, the events that followed 9/11/01 in my personal life put me off balance considerably and yet led me to work hard to find my center again. Rather, I have moved much further than I’d ever realized possible toward understanding my place in the universe, toward finding true peace in my life and realizing how very much I have to offer. So in the end, I’m thankful and I accept.
    If anyone has any insight or advice for me, I’d love to hear from you. Otherwise, my own advice is what has worked for me, Accept and be Thankful.

  • danae sinclair says:

    yeah, 9/11 – being in Australia removes the situation somewhat, after all we are accustomed to seeing images of destruction accompanied by American voice-overs (please, I mean no offence!!) on our tv screens.
    As for the memory, well, I like the ho’oponopono (SITH) approach – ‘I love you, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you’ – clean, clean, clean.
    The occasion is an opportunity to heal, keeping in mind there is no ‘out there’… what are the destroyed twin towers in me?? I have no idea, yet, but I ask forgiveness anyway.

  • Here’s a good book
    The Gift of Change By Marianne Williamson
    The Gift of Change
    Spiritual Guidance for Living Your Best Life

  • Hum — 9/11 brings up memory of ‘where were we on that date’ as well as Kennedy(s), Martin Luther King Jr., etc. . . . Brings to mind that we are all sharing this “Big Blue Marble” called Earth – that we are all connected and related – Universal Mind.
    All events have reasons, both, known and unknown. 9/11, Vietnam, Gulf War(s), Iraq etc. . . . I choose to remember “Humanity” and know that everything thing will and does follow the greater plan . . . . the plan that we are all included in . . . most likely not knowing what our part is and how everything is playing out – learning to trust in ‘Life’ and in our ‘higher self’ . . . vibrating to the highest level that we know how to as of each moment. . . .

  • Steve Nadeau says:

    Um, make that TWO of your bestest buddies that share that birthday – namely ME! I also share this birthday with two of my friends, go figure. 9:11 is also a time that shows up on clocks when I notice them (you know what I mean).
    Voltaire said: Everything in the world is perfect as it is, to suggest otherwise would be to say that God is less than perfect.
    I’m with Judy – no one is so wise as to KNOW the desires of all involved at the spiritual level. That being acknowleged, I still struggle with my family and their outlook (and I struggle with myself, too).
    Mother Teresa also once said “You’ll never find me at an anti-war protest, but throw a pro-peace rally and I’ll be there” Wise beyond words, and shows her innate sense of LOA, don’t you think?

  • Judy says:

    these days, I’m staying humbled with knowing that I don’t understand the path of any other soul. (this is great relief for a “recovering” know it all leftist, activist)
    As this relates to 911, who knows the path of ALL those involved? My gift to me and humanity is to trust their path, nurture mine and leave the rest alone.
    This year, being a bit more evolved within myself than I was last year, I’ll honor my connection to all humanity (George Bush is at the top of the list), and how we all are doing our damn best, all the time.
    This, and sticking my head in the sand-it is cooler there, and the view is alright, really. . . lol

  • sean says:

    “…(The original tragedy being one we know so well, thanks to the media, that the details don’t even bear repeating.) …”
    That line made me think of this.
    9/11 survey video
    It’d be funny if it wasn’t such a tragedy but i guess america is a big place ~ plenty of room for idiots.

  • Leslie Richter says:

    My brilliant friend had me howling yesteray as she explained the merits of bitching compared to complainning. We concluded complainning is perpetuating the situation like creating a continual circle of energy and attraction.
    Where as bitching was getting it out and over with. Of course it’s just perception. But it makes me wonder about grieving, you have to watch that it doesn’t endup being wallowing and creating that circle of energy again.
    My point being that I think we were meant to feel the experience, the emotions and let it flow through not let it get stuck. Hurtful stuff especially seems to get stuck in our fields and in our thoughts.
    I think the gift of 911 was to remind us of our vulnerabilty and our connection with one another. When you think of it, it really was a stark example of choice, love or hate. Be grateful you haven’t bought into the energy that says sacrifice yourself and others for the cause. Be grateful that you know everyone’s life is precious. Be grateful that you can celebrate that.
    Love Leslie

  • Anna says:

    This is something I’ve been pondering myself — I agree, it seems contradictory to LOA and the goodness of life to keep bringing up horrible feelings *on purpose* so we won’t forget. (As if anyone ever *could* actually forget).
    My thoughts around it tend to take an interesting flow – Yes, 9/11, great tragedy, another major event in history. How incredible this lifetime is – The Wall went up; The Wall came down; the Holocaust; Mandela was imprisoned; Mandela got out; Mandela became President; Kennedy assassinated; another Kennedy assassinated… Historically speaking, this is a most exciting time we’re living in — including whatever may come to be in 2012.
    I choose to keep my feeling-recall on the positive – people acting out of the most basic of emotions, pure and simple automatic love.
    …And that’s what it’s all about! Like the last verse of the Hokey Pokey – you put you Whole Self In, Baby!

  • I want to be the first to comment and say that 9/11 for me also means the birthday of my best friend. (Okay, ONE of my best friends.)
    And to Anne, I say: Happy Birthday, Girlfriend. I love you, and I’m sending good thoughts your way.
    I would wait till Thursday to post that, but I’m actually away from the computer this week, so here it is now. 🙂

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