Here are some ideas to help bring light into this dark moment that took place in Manchester, England.

It is almost unimaginable that any individual could be so inwardly corrupt as to deliberately wish to hurt anyone else, let alone a group of innocents.

Such atrocities, happening all over the world on a daily basis, should only help to prove that we all need to awaken to a certain fact: the only thing that can keep such human-enacted tragedies from happening again is for people not to respond in the same way as they always have when hatred raises its ugly head.

When we hear the news of such nightmare moments, everything depends on our level of self that is taking in the impressions. If we respond unconsciously with resistance and resentment, then — by a process of “negative attraction” — we unknowingly strengthen the cycle of conflict and misery for all involved. Negative energy met with negative energy only causes these same dark forces to grow.

For those of us who want peace on earth, one thing should be clear: healing is what is needed, not more hurting. The cycle of violence and distrust cannot come to an end through more violence and distrust. The cycle must be broken. How? By the deliberate act (on each of our parts) of choosing to consciously sacrifice the self that feeds upon the fury and fear that such evil events always create. Each of us can make this choice, if we are willing to allow God to do His work without our guidance.

How is this sacrifice made? We don’t take part in the continuity of the conflict. We bear the ripples of the pain passing into us and don’t pass them along in either thoughts or actions. We let the hatred that is raised in us by such acts of hatred die in us, with us, by bringing its destructive force into the light of the Love we know and that we want to be. We remember those lost in this senseless act and hold them in our prayers and thoughts that are positive in nature, remembering that being vengeful for their sake does nothing but add yet more aching to our atmosphere.

And what about the “evil-doers”? What about justice for them? Rest assured, justice is already enacted, even if we don’t see its immediate effect. This universe is always balancing itself, and no hatred may exist that isn’t already being attended to by the Love, the Light that will use it for God’s own purposes.

What happens from here on out is yet to be known, but we may know one thing with certainty. We are the world we live in. And for every measure of light we agree to be – to embrace or act out — there is one less measure of darkness that can impress itself into our collective Soul.

As you watch the news of the day, stay awake to yourself. Allow the impressions of the moment to be received and used accordingly by your awakened awareness. In doing so, not only do you add light to that world now perceived, but you are changed as well through this same process.

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