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What We Can Offer to The Connecticut School Shootings, by Rue Hass

Thankfully, you all probably know how to tap—I hope
you are taking care of yourself in these challenging times.

Beyond tapping, I want to share my experience with you.  
Maybe in reading it, you can 
find your own way to hold 
a steady space in your 
heart that lets these violent winds 
blow without 
knocking you over. 

The whole world needs for us to stand in our 
strength and capacity to be a source of blessing 
right now.  You can help.

Last night I went to a joyous holiday program
presented by Ars Nova, an a cappella choir
singing spiritual celebrations, hymns and carols
from across the ages composed by Hildegarde de
Bingen up to modern composers. It was wonderful
and powerful, and for me it turned into an
opportunity to practice a deep subtle activism in
an unusual way.

The director took a silent moment at the beginning
of the program to honor the events and victims of
the Newtown, Connecticut shooting.  

In about the third piece, I found myself closing
my eyes, and filling with the beautiful music
beyond the words.  And then I found myself at the
scene of the shooting, and the music was creating
a holding space of coherency for the shattered
souls of the children.  This experience lasted for
several songs.  

I wasn’t doing anything specific, just somehow 
helping to provide a container for
all the allies and angels of those killed to do
their infinite, personal, generative work, along
with all the beings drawn to help with this
tragedy in other ways. This offering of help and
healing happened during several pieces, with
different energetic vibrations provided by the
different pieces. 

Then I seemed to fall into a pattern of just being
open to each song or hymn or carol, and holding
its presence in me. And then I would be directed
or guided to the next context that needed this
particular holding space.  I wasn’t trying to make
anything happen, just offering the space to allow
an opening, beautiful, healing, reconnecting
presence to be available for the particular
entity, space or being to draw upon in whatever
way it needed to. In each case, in its own way,
there was help for the recipient to reconnect with
life, land, and soul.

I don’t remember all the recipients of this gift
of musical presence, but here are some.  There was
much help there for the parents of the children
killed, and for the siblings.  One song went to
the grandparents of the children killed, to help
them to hold their own adult children so they
could begin dealing with this impossible grief.  

One hymn went to the churches in the community,
and another to the ministers and the priests.  The
Christ energy filled the area, pouring through
Jesus and Mother Mary. Another offered itself to
the deva of Newtown, and one came to rest within
the Soul of America itself.  

One musical presence flowed into the land that the
community rests on. Another went into the school
building itself. Another came to help to clear and
uplift the  beings of simple consciousness that anchor 
emotion into the environment, in this case the particular

classroom and other sites in the school building which 
would have been flooded with terror and anger. 

There was help in one piece for for the police and
emergency workers and detectives, to give them
strength to see the unthinkable and to do their
terrible, helpful, necessary job.

Two powerful pieces seemed meant for the souls of
the shooter and his mother, and all that lies
between them, and before them.

There were some pieces near the end of the program
that seemed to flow into an exercise that I
learned many years ago from RJ Stewart. It helps
people to cross over from a violently, confusingly
interrupted life into the next realm.  Somehow
this musical energy field helped these children
and adults to find their way.  I felt more
actively, personally involved in this work, as if
I were there as one of many shepherds and guides.

I came home from this experience feeling that my
own heart had been helped to find rest in this
event as well.

My friend and colleague David Spangler just sent 
out something sent out by Andy Smallman, the
director of Puget Sound Community School, the 
school three of his children went to. 

It ended with this thought: 

"I believe that inside of each of us is a
beautiful and peaceful place, a loving and caring
place. Nurture it first in yourself, then nurture
it with those close to you. That is the best
response to senseless acts of violence."

With my love and blessing to you,


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