When Rudolph Guiliani made the
statement above, he was talking with Barbara Walters in regards to the
exhausted and traumatized people of New York City in their on-going recovery
from the bombings of the World Trade Center where so many lives were lost to
us. As a nation, we grieved the loss of our loved ones and our sense of
But through those events in New York City and at The
Pentagon, heroes began to emerge. Some were recognized immediately such as the
many firemen and peace officers that gave so much.....the Father who refused to
stop helping others out of the fallen mess of steel until he himself fell.
Others are being recognized years afterward.....some will never be discovered.
One by one, out of the ashes of fear and despair, spirits began to unite, to
support each other and offer some form of courage ..... some light for the
We continue to walk on the backs of the courageous acts of our
ancestors who refused to quit or give up when there seemed to be no easy way
through. In every family's and every nation's history there are those who
stepped out of their own prison of fear to create a smoother path for those of
us who followed. In every heroic act, there is a moment of choice that one is
faced with. It is the choice of being a victim paralyzed by current perceptions
and activities or the choice to move forward.........no matter what.
Not one of us is exempt from learning our lessons of overcoming fear
and becoming courageous. We are constantly faced with challenges and sometimes
with obstacles that seem unbearable. It is part of our being in the Earth
When young men in native tradition, transition into manhood,
they go on a sacred vision quest. It is the time when the young man is
separated from all humans and taken alone to a sacred place where, once he has
battled the fear of being completely alone, receives visions and wisdom from
Spirit. Until he overcomes his fear, he is unable to receive his calling and
realize his authentic power.
It is when we understand that we can
choose for the past to remain as old history without any current power that we
can move past old ugly recordings of loss and devastation. It is when we
realize that the future is not promised and that the vast majority of all
things we worry about never actually manifest, that we regain our power of the
present. It is in the present where we can courageously stand up, declare our
new beginnings and our victories and refuse to be buried. It is the present
moment when we choose to take control over what we see and hear and bravely
forge ahead with faith in our spirits. It is when authentic power rises from
within and takes over our despair. It is the voice within that tells us to
continue on, there is hope, there is light just ahead. Don't give up!
Those unexplainable losses that throw us into despair so deep that they
are voiceless....are our gifts in disguise. They happen to us so we can gain
access to a higher level of understanding and consciousness. Choose to let go
of all your expectations and disappointments and surrender to the gentle voice
of the Great Mystery who is leading us toward wholeness and peace. In your own
quiet moment, release your struggle. When you have let go of your fear......
your energy, your power will arise within you and wisdom and strength for your
journey will come forward.
And always, know that you are never alone
and that the Great Mystery walks beside you and is with you on your journey.