How we can rise from this pandemic and evolve into a stronger, fairer, more loving world… where compassion and human connection are paramount.
A journey of transformation and self-discovery rarely occurs without an evolving crisis and call for change amongst humanity. Indeed, this is a profound and poignant paradigm shift in which something new and much better, much stronger will emerge.
As much as there are physical changes that happen to us, almost every day, we are stepping on a road toward a psychological and spiritual transformation as we have endured the severe hardships and challenges of the pandemic. It has revealed to us the very fundamental and crucial weaknesses in our society that exist and despite the fact that so many of us ignore the areas that negatively affect not just us but our environment, together we are stronger and shall elevate from this on the better side.
I’m a strong believer that there is a spiritual purpose behind everything that happens, whether that is what we perceive as being good or being bad.
As Bill Gates quotes below, this pandemic has been sent to remind us of the important lessons that we seem to have forgotten and it is up to us if we will learn them or not.
1) It is reminding us that we are all equal, regardless of our culture, religion, occupation, financial situation or how famous we are. This disease treats us all equally, perhaps we should too. If you don’t believe me, just ask Tom Hanks.
2) It is reminding us that we are all connected and something that affects one person has an effect on another. It is reminding us that the false borders that we have put up have little value as this virus does not need a passport. It is reminding us, by oppressing us for a short time, of those in this world whose whole life is spent in oppression.
3) It is reminding us of how precious our health is and how we have moved to neglect it through eating nutrient-poor manufactured food and drinking water that is contaminated with chemicals upon chemicals. If we don’t look after our health, we will, of course, get sick.
4) It is reminding us of the shortness of life and of what is most important for us to do, which is to help each other, especially those who are old or sick. Our purpose is not to buy toilet roll.
5) It is reminding us of how materialistic our society has become and how, when in times of difficulty, we remember that it’s the essentials that we need (food, water, medicine)
as opposed to the luxuries that we sometimes unnecessarily give value to.
6) It is reminding us of how important our family and home life is and how much we have neglected this. It is forcing us back into our houses so we can rebuild them into our home and to strengthen our family unit.
7) It is reminding us that our true work is not our job, that is what we do, not what we were created to do.
Our true work is to look after each other, to protect each other and to be of benefit to one another.
8) It is reminding us to keep our egos in check. It is reminding us that no matter how great we think we are or how great others think we are, a virus can bring our world to a standstill.
9) It is reminding us that the power of free will is in our hands. We can choose to cooperate and help each other, to share, to give, to help and to support each other or we can choose to be selfish, to hoard, to look after
only our self. Indeed, it is difficulties that bring out our true colours.
10) It is reminding us that we can be patient, or we can panic. We can either understand that this type of situation has happened many times before in history and will pass, or we can panic and see it as the end of the world and, consequently, cause ourselves more harm than good.
11) It is reminding us that this can either be an end or a new beginning. This can be a time of reflection and understanding, where we learn from our mistakes, or it can be the start of a cycle which will continue until we finally learn the lesson we are meant to.
12) It is reminding us that this Earth is sick. It is reminding us that we need to look at the rate of deforestation just as urgently as we look at the speed at which toilet rolls are disappearing off of shelves. We are sick because our home is sick.
13) It is reminding us that after every difficulty, there is always ease. Life is cyclical, and this is just a phase in this great cycle. We do not need to panic; this too shall pass.
14) Whereas many see the Corona/ Covid-19 virus as a great disaster, I prefer to see it as a great corrector
Living in this world, you and I know that real, prominent, life-transforming change is hard to come across and the pandemic has, in effect, forced us to be aware of the changes that are needed to create a stronger, fairer and more loving world so that the other one can be left behind.
Because there is no going back to our old ways. The pandemic shines light on the fact that we cannot continue to live and work in the ways that we have done before, things must evolve, we must evolve as species as does our environment. The horrifying casualties of poor ways of living and lifestyles have been accelerating and proliferating for years: with the increase in mental health problems (such as depression and anxiety) and stress and burnout just to name a few.
Now, we are experiencing a time of profound loss – loss of our time, our resources, our consumerism habits and most of all, a loss of our loved ones. There has been a rise in the uncertainty about the futures of so many people’s livelihoods with people feeling anxious, drepresed, lonely and helpless.
We are now living in a time where we can reimagine a world better than the one we say goodbye to as this virus is giving us the ability to rewrite our visual capacities, use our imaginations to blossom through building a stronger, more empowering and thoughtful future for all living species and to protect our planet.
As life is shaped from the inside out, we must keep close to our internal connections and ensure we are ready for life to unravel but from a place of PEACE. From various sources of wisdom – through different belief systems within our world – we can learn that within living a life of goodness, supporting and doing for others should be at the centre of our being… at the very core of our existence. The pandemic has shown us the emptiness of this approach to living and what we need to do to thrive… SLOW DOWN.
We must stop and think about what we are doing not just to ourselves but to others too. All too often we crowd our lives so much that we lose the understanding and awareness of what really and truly matters, forgetting to live in the present moment and appreciate those around us, and nature more broadly. We must remember to create and fully experience realms of possibilities, where magic and splendour are possible and sought after.
The crisis has made it evident and consequently clear: we must not ignore what this pandemic has taught us and we must now build a future where our physical health and mental resilience (including our emotional/mental health) are the primary focus in all our lives. They MUST be at the forefront. No exceptions. No excuses. No alternative.
This is a historic opportunity for transformation, one we must and cannot ignore.
Written by Gemma Smith