It pains me to write this. My eyes are full of tears. My chest and shoulders continue to remain heavy with shock, grief, anger, and disbelief about the horrific mass terrorist attack (and yes I am choosing to call him a terrorist because that’s what he is) in Las Vegas.
I continue to pray for all the beautiful Soul’s who have passed. May they transition with grace and peace as they make their way back to Light.
I continue to extend my love, healing, and prayers to all the families and friends of those who have lost their loved ones and for those who have been injured. May they find comfort and strength in the days, weeks, and years to come.
I continue to give gratitude to all the first responders, medical teams, officers, and those who have been working around the clock to save lives and continue to keep the city safe.
What the world calls Sin City, I know it to be Soul City.
For eleven years Las Vegas was my home. In fact, I still consider it home.
My parents live there, extended family, cousins, and cherished friends including my love’s family lives there too.
Many of you who are reading this right now, we have shared in meditation circles, connected heart to heart, made paintings, and shared smiles together in Las Vegas.
Beyond the neon lights, extravagant nightclubs, slot machines, and Elvis impersonators, is a thriving diverse and vibrant community in the middle of the Mojave Desert.
What makes Las Vegas so magical is that it’s world-renowned with world-class amenities, over the top with its glamorousness, while being tight and having a small town feel all at the same time.
My heart is filled with so much love seeing videos and photos from family, friends, and all around the world opening their hearts and wallets. Locals are rallying together feeding families who are waiting for their loved ones in the hospital, standing hours in line to donate blood, offering therapy, counseling, sacred circles, and vigils.
There will always be Earth Angels amongst tragedies like this paving a path of light in the dark.
And we must continue to pave a path of light, using our voice and our rights, to make it known that enough is enough.
I’m reminded of what my prayer partner and dear friend, Kyrsten Barrett, wrote about a few weeks ago in response to Hurricane Harvey and Irma.
“The Bible tells us to ‘pray without ceasing’ – a reminder to stay focused. Our focused attention allows us to see the path and the signposts guiding us along the way. Then we must walk the path… As we pray, may we also remember to move our feet. May we take the steps that are ours to take without hesitation nor delay.”
Here are two ways we can pray AND move our feet in the wake of tragedy in Las Vegas:
1. Steve Sisolak, Clark County’s Chief Commissioner Chairman, created a Go Fund Me page going to the victims. So far it’s raised $9.5 million!
These funds will help with funeral costs and medical expenses for the 58 people killed and 489 people injured.
Here’s the link to contribute. https://www.gofundme.com/
2. Make our voice heard and contact your local representatives. Find out what your local gun laws are and let them know where you stand.
In case you’re wondering, I am all for the 2nd amendment. I believe in my right to bear arms and to defend myself. However, I also know that our gun laws are so lax.
For example, in Nevada you don’t need a permit to buy a gun nor do you have to register a firearm making it super easy for anyone to get a hold of a weapon, especially if they have the intent to harm others.
Here’s also an editorial about 4 Steps to Help Cut Mass Shooting that I personally found informative.
You can use this link to find your representatives and contact them here: https://www.govtrack.us/
Here’s a quick guide by Nicole Silverberg on steps to contacting your reps and scripts that you can use for both email and phone.
To learn more about more gun safety you can visit EveryTown for Gun Safety. https://everytown.org
If you’ve been around here for a while you know how I believe that for those of us on the spiritual path, we must be Spirit in action.
We must pray and move our feet.
We must stand up for those who don’t have a voice, who are oppressed and marginalized.
And for the dozens of innocent victims killed by a crazy terrorist in Las Vegas, they no longer have a voice. So let’s be the voice for them and for the future.
Big love to you!