November 2, 2000
Beloved, we are here.
You ask why pain, why torture? Why inflict upon each other these atrocities of war?
It is but a shadow of spirit. Just as the light shines, illuminating great deeds, so too its shadow draws attention to lesser or opposite deeds.
Worth is relative to outcome. How many businessmen have sought wealth at the expense of honesty? At the expense of their own knowing of right from wrong?
You have at this point in the planet a unique opportunity (there, now don't we just sound so prophetic?) to see both the light and the dark, the good and bad deeds, side by side, and choose to bless them both.
Compassion isn't the feelings you have for the victim of a bad deed. Compassion is the ability to forgive the victimizer.
When you can forgive those that inflict pain on another, you are really forgiving yourself. At some point in time we have each, knowingly or not, caused another to suffer. As a result, we each have much to be forgiven for, and to forgive.
Your (society's) lack of compassion towards criminals is perhaps an indication not of your inability to love others, but of your inability to love yourselves. All of life externally mirrors our inner world's thoughts, beliefs and emotions back to us. What are you not forgiving yourself for doing, thinking, believing or feeling?
In a very strange twist of paradox, the New Age defines itself as light. But light consists of all of the range of colors &endash; not just white light.
In this way we would ask you to find just one aspect of yourself you consider to be dark. What if you were to think of this area of your life as under construction? What if this one area had permission to be exactly as it is, as if it was going through its 'teenage' or adolescent phase?
Who you are is constantly under construction. It stands to reason then that some areas of your life will be so also. The more you attempt to fix life, so there are no bumps or bruises, no construction zones to slow down or deter around, the less the chance for improvement in these very areas of your life.
If there isn't the possibility to acknowledge the need for growth or change, there is no doorway for spirit to walk through. There is no opening to Love.
As a result, the very edges of your growth aren't allowed to spread and flourish. New friends, new relationships to family, new job skills are never allowed to grow. The very longing for change that each outdated belief or feeling brings up in you is immediately discounted. Each time this happens, we lose an opportunity to help you grow into more of what you desire to be, and to have more of who you are truly reflected back to us.
Compassion is the act of embracing yourself, construction zones included, and being willing to go slow and take new routes.
There is nothing that love cannot bless, for Love is All. Compassion is the art of loving yourself.
May all who read this receive blessings in the greatest abundance.
-Atamira and Amano
Norma Gentile is a singer, teacher and clairvoyant healer specializing in sound healing through the Heart of Light. Her healing recordings include Unfurling Love's Creation, chants by Hildegard of Bingen, and Meditation Chants of Hildegard.
Norma is now leading a series of workshops across the country based on the Heart of Light. For the one nearest you please see her Itinerary.