Christina Grimmie is shot by a crazed fan.
49 people shot by a crazed gunman.
An alligator stealing babies from Disneyworld?
It's hard to wrap our minds around.
Allow me to quote a spirit guide in "Flipside:"
"You can learn more spiritually (courage, compassion, loyalty, forgiveness) in one day of tragedy on earth than you can in 5000 years on some other boring planet."
I personally feel awful, and distraught over the events in Orlando. I know that this individual should never have been allowed to buy an AR 15 - and it's proven that one gunshop owner refused his service and notified the FBI.
Why the FBI, after interviewing this fellow twice, chose not to do anything - or that another store sold him the guns and ammo - is beyond me.
The facts are loopy in many fashions - hanging out a gay bar, hitting on patrons, drinking, etc - not practicing any religion. The fact that he claimed allegiance to "ISIS" is fatuous, since he wasn't a practicing Muslim, nor was he targeting gays for any reason other than he thought it was an easy target.
So I'm not interested in the debate about religion - since it's nonsensical in this case. He wasn't Isis or Al Qaeda, or Bob Qaeda... he was just a mixed up wife beater from New York who was able to buy an AR 15 and act on his rage.
That being said - how to file this into the "Flipside?" Well, there is quite a bit of research on this... once we get back there, or "off stage" we get a chance to see these actions for what they are. Actions on stage, during a play so that we can learn from the actions involved. The actions move out like a wave across the planet, influencing people to not want to kill others, or influencing them to copy his behavior. It's part of what we sign up for when we come to the planet in the first place.
Ah, but there's the rub. We have free will, and we can refuse to play the role of a villain in our lifetime. We can say "Uh, actually, I've done that sort of thing before, and no, I'm not interested in playing that role. Even if it takes 5000 years for these people to learn these lessons in some other fashion, I'm just not interested in taking on all the negativity and tragic emotions that will be associated with these acts.
We can take some solace in the research that shows that no one is dead - their physical bodies are not here, and that's stressful, painful and causes anguish. But they're okay. They stepped off this stage and have gone back stage, and are doing their best from the perspective to help those here deal with tragedy.
But they are all okay.
Just not here.
That's not to mitigate or take away from the tragedy. It is tragic. My heart goes out to every one of them, the parents of all involved, and the families of everyone. It's an incredibly courageous thing to sign up for a lifetime where we're going to experience this kind of tragic loss, or giving up our lives for some noble reason - so that others can experience courage, saving lives, giving their lives to save others.
These are all part of the reports that we get from people who experience these events - people no longer on the planet who claim from the flipside perspective, they completely understand why and how they signed up for a life where they "wouldn't be here for very long."
Phillip Schultz,the father of wrestler Dave Schultz, who was killed by Dupont (as shown in the film Foxcatcher) spoke at his son's funeral. During the euology he recounted the day when Dave was 5 years old and asked if he could share a secret. He took his father by the hand and walked out into the woods.
He said "I spoke to my council and we agreed that I would come here to teach a lesson in love. But I won't be here for very long."
It's hard to imagine how Dave knew what his life trajectory would be. It's hard to imagine how he could have agreed to that event, and even harder to imagine that he was able to remember it well enough to pass it along to his father to "soften the blow."
I have no idea if he softened the blow. I suspect as we hear the stories of those who've been killed this past week, we're going to hear stories where they "came to visit their loved ones" after the event, or where someone in their family remembers some "odd conversation" that the victim had some time ago - either about "not being around very long" or "not going to be living to an old age."
It's as if we all know what we've agreed to and while we're on stage here, we do our best to forget it so we can have the most impact. But too late - I'm here to turn the lights on the theater and say "Hey, wait a second. We agreed to do this play. But we don't have to learn these lessons the hard way - we have other ways to learn these same lessons, through sacrifice and helping others."
But I suspect everyone on stage might just say "Oh, stop it already, turn off the lights and get back to playing your part already." That could be.
Still, my heart goes out to all those involved, all those who are suffering, all those who are trying to wrap their minds and hearts around such "senseless acts."
They are never senseless, and they always make spiritual sense to those people who are involved... and they do come out of the experience realizing that they're not "dead" but are continuing to live on - and they will do their best to contact their loved ones to let them know they're still with them (kind of hard to do so at first, as the energy of the communication is all haywire) but eventually, people will see that these tragedies are part of a grander design.
One long way of saying hug your loved ones, do something for someone else, donate money if you can, or just stop and lend a hand. Out of every tragedy comes some rose of enlightenment, and its up to us to look for them. My two cents.