Updated: Apr 20, 2020
Intuitive Healer Katarina Winslow
reflects on grace
Published in togethermag.eu October 2019 #102
Do you remember the U2 song Grace? "Grace finds goodness in everything"… Isn't that just what grace is? To see the beauty in all of life's experiences in the toughest times and in the roughest moments. Grace means to receive more than you deserve, to be invincible and to be showered with abundance and gratitude. To receive love and forgiveness, even though you don't deserve it. It is to get what you least expect, a blessing from the divine source, or even a gift from an enemy - even though the very concept of enemies is a human construct to serve specific interests. When people behave like enemies of a sixteen-year-old girl, while she is risking her life, crossing the Atlantic Ocean to save our planet from destruction and climate disaster, well, what can I say…
As a Swede, and as a human being, I have to say that I am very proud of Greta Thunberg. It makes me think of my history teacher, who said more than thirty-five years ago that the world should be run by thirteen-year-olds. He argued that at that young age, we are still close to our convictions and we haven't been corrupted yet by personal interests and obligations to provide for our families 'no matter what.' It is indeed ironic as the earth itself is the embodiment of grace and abundance. She has and holds more than we could ever ask for in our wildest imagination. The nourishment and the beauty of this earth are to put it simply, purely gracious for an ungrateful humanity.
Even though you may have avoided the hurricanes and the heat waves this summer, I believe most of us have not been able to put our blinders on to the fires scorching our earth. Being awake, we may all see that nature needs to grace us in these times. Mother Nature is beginning to react and act differently. She just can't stand the destruction anymore, and she is showing us the consequences in the same way as Greta is ringing the alarm bells. When I shared with my fellow Swedes on Facebook that she received The Ambassador of Conscience Award 2019, I was shocked at how many people attacked this young girl, who has read up on the science of the consequences of an unappreciative humanity.
Isn't it ironic that the most selfish humans on this planet think of themselves as the masters of the universe? When we think about it, we realise that we are just a speck of dust, each one of us independently, in the immensity of an unexplored 'uni verse,' created and mastered by something more conscious than our egos. So, this is the moment when we need grace more than ever; we need to receive more than we have deserved. In the Swedish Facebook group, one man who verbally attacked Greta said that I will be so ashamed in ten years for standing with her and standing up for her in the battle that concerns us all. I’m convinced he’ll be the one ashamed in ten years for attacking someone who could see and alert us to the state of our planet before it was too late. Before fires engulf our forests, and flooding and hurricanes tear up our homes. At this moment we need grace because we have certainly not deserved to live on this beautiful planet, abundantly luscious for all of us if we could just be humble and share with each other the bounty of life.
As if not enough, our food is becoming more artificial by the day. It might be a good thing to reflect on how power has destroyed the natural side of life. What is power really? One definition is 'the ability or capacity to do something or act in a particular way,' which is good in the sense of the power of speech if you have something beautiful to say. Or as in the power of love, when you have a lot of love to give and an open heart to receive. Or as in Echart Tolle's book, 'The Power of Now,' the capacity to be truly present in life, to really live and be in the present moment. When you think about it, life is always only now, and if you are not in the now at this moment, you most likely won't be in the now when you get the car, the relationship, the promotion, or the mistress either. Or when you get the power. Each moment dies, and that moment never returns. If you always waiting to live until you have that special thing you desire, it may well be that you end up living your life without never ever really being there. And before you die you will say, when I get to heaven, then I will… I don't believe anybody says, when I get to hell, then I will…
Anyway, it will all be too late then, at least till next lifetime.
The second definition of power is 'the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events', which is also good if your heart is in the right place. But the backside to power is that the more powerful, the more selfish an individual becomes, empathy goes out the door, and most likely they step into a zone of overconfidence, creating a mess for others and the world. This is so apparent that even if you shut the TV off and close your eyes, you may still see it. Or at least feel it as the perspiration from the heat soaks your body during sleepless nights in a non-air-conditioned room. That is the moment when we need to invite grace to our consciousness. Grace is always there, just look up at the sun and the stars. Or down at the earth below your feet or at the purifying water that washes our unconsciousness each day.
You will see that if you really open your eyes, that there is the only grace. Grace is the nature of being fully alive and embrace the gift of living. Grace is the essence of Mother Earth; she gives everything even though we don't deserve it.
Grace is to know that we are all in this mess. Together.
And it is together that we will slaughter the dragons and cross the oceans to a new world order.