Every single day, someone, somewhere is facing a devastating obstacle which seems insurmountable. Today, some 430,000 (that's four hundred thirty THOUSAND) residents of Japan are living in emergency shelters. Another estimated 24,000 are stranded with little or no food or water. The death toll from the recent earthquake/tsunami is expected to be as high as 10,000, with 2,800 confirmed dead so far. [Source: Associated Press and Chicago Sun-Times]
While many will feel genuine and deep remorse for the lives touched by the recent disaster in Japan (even if only temporarily), some will take things a step further to offer prayers. Even fewer will step up and lend a hand. Instead of conducting relief efforts "as usual", which often boil down to being "too little, too late", I am proposing a unified approach to promote healing of the Earth, and the survivors as well.
In this combined effort, anyone (of any faith), is encouraged to participate in raising positive energies and funds to direct toward these goals. Prayer, after all, IS a form of magic no matter what higher source we attribute it to. Ideally, we would continue to passionately combine our strengths, regardless of our differing spiritual paths, and BE THERE, united, bonded, and bound in some minimal way - reflective of the bonds we share genetically - for every disaster around the globe.
The steps to this ritual are simple: Light a white candle, recite the blessing/chant/prayer below (or any words of your choice) during the full moon of March, on Saturday, March 19th at 6:10pm GMT and then send JUST $10 (more, if you're able) to one of the relief organizations listed below.We have the gift of instant communication via the Internet, along with the anticipated increased powers of the Full Moon this March. Please pass this on to everyone you know. Help raise the energies needed (and the funds required) to rebuild the lives of these victims of disaster.
If you live in the northern hemisphere, the time zones for the full moon are calculated, based on daylight savings time being in effect, as follows:
3:10pm Atlantic Time
2:10pm Eastern Time
1:10pm Central Time
12:10pm Mountain Time
11:10pm Pacific Time
Blessing Chant for Japan Victims and Survivors
by Polly Taskey"From around the globe Your children call, miles apart yet One with AllHear us in our heartfelt plea, from mountain peaks to crashing seas,Within this hour we do unite, bound, to set the balance right.Regardless of our faith of choice, we bid You now to hear our voice.Throughout the years we have ignored, our ill effects from fields to shoresWe've built our cities; left lasting scars; polluted skies once bright with stars.As we progress to make things right, we seek Your guidance in our plight,Our differences now cast away; we're unified this Full Moon day.Hear our words in the echoing sound, gathering the world 'roundfor scores of homeless, aching hearts - lives of thousands torn apart.The brightest beam of strength and power, sent to Japan upon this hour.May victims now rest peacefully, and all survivors Blessed Be!"
Won't you please make a donation today?
Donations may be made to the American Red Cross to help people in Japan and throughout the Pacific. You may use your cell phone and text the words "REDCROSS" to 90999 to give $10 for Japan's relief efforts.
The Salvation Army is collecting donations while its counterpart in Japan responds to victims' needs. Send $10 from your cell phone by texting the word "Quake" or "Japan" sent to 80888, or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Donations made by check for The Salvation Army's Japan efforts must be marked "Japan earthquake relief" and sent to:
The Salvation Army
P.O. Box 1959
P.O. Box 1959
Apple has posted a donation page on iTunes where you can use your iTunes account to make a secure donation to the American Red Cross and its Japanese relief fund.
Save the Children is collecting donations and has dispatched an international emergency team to assist staff in Japan.
International Medical Corps' Emergency Response Fund is collecting donations and is preparing to send relief teams and supplies to the country.
Donations to GlobalGiving's Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund will be distributed to a variety of relief and emergency services agencies.
In Japan, Google launched a crowd-sourcing database for those searching for people in Japan and for those with information about people in Japan.
Inspired by her Native American roots and Bradbury lineage, Polly Taskey is a writer and grandmother in the northern USA. She shares her wisdom and pagan interests through Pagan by Design and The Moonlit Grove.