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Date: 11:13 pm Tue Mar 1, 1994 Number : 29 of 41
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THE LOS ANGELES NORTHRIDGE QUAKE
Q: What are some of the causes of the Northridge earthquake in
Los Angeles? And is there some way of deflecting or transforming
the potential energies so that quakes in the future will have
less impact? (From a phone conversation.)
As you suggested to the channel, the weather does indeed have an
interactive (you now say a "feedback") effect; the long spells of
dry weather do help to make the earth more fragile on the
surface, and shifting water tables do tend to redistribute
stress. Of course, to your present standards of sensitivity,
these factors alone are considered close to negligible compared
to the tectonic shifts, so there are other factors to consider.
But the weather's recent imbalances have had an effect on the
general psyches of the area (the entire Western Coast), and have
contributed to the feeling of uncertainty of which earthquakes
are both the producers and the effect.
Earthquakes are a direct confrontation with your illusions andthe
expectations of your illusions. They are a vivid method of
checking the difference between feeling secure due to habituation
of circumstances, or being secure because of your grasp of your
own humanity -- specifically your spiritual relationship to All
Those who have felt secure because of their attempts to control
reality have had that security of control shaken. Those who have
felt secure in their sense of self as a gift -- recognizing the
grander center from which their self springs -- will weather
these changes well. Those who, within their "better thans" and
"less thans" (an "us" and "them" picture of others) who have
based their sense of security on their definition of self on
their outer relationships to other people will not fare so well.
I'm not saying that to have a sense of your self defined by the
apparent positions of other people with yourself creates
earthquakes. But it does have an effect on the human aftermath.
Failure of imagination is one cause of the damage of earthquakes,
as is what might be called a "failure of will." By "failure of
will," I mean a disaffection from action. Some of this is from
sheer exhaustion. Your lives and work, once meant to be so full
of leisure, have become so full of demands that you can hardly
live them, nor work within them.
The causes for this are too complex to cover within this article,
except to say that the attitude of victimhood is a factor, both
in the sense of chosen powerlessness, and in the desperate,
for-the-moment panic which most of you sum up in the statements,
"I gotta do this," "I have to do this," and, "I can't rest until
it's all done."
Another aspect of failure of will is desensitivity to what is
wrong. I mean that it seems too easy to forget that allowed
license becomes the de facto standard, unless real and true
limits, based on personal character in action, are set though
personal action. With such license as failure of will created,
red traffic lights can become merely suggestions, followed
according to personal convenience, instead of the necessary
agreements which they really are. Others' generosities become
presumed upon, then demanded. There is going to be a huge amount
of remedial repair for the "sloughing off" of personal standards.
The earthquake -- and the repair following it -- are a wonderful
impetus to begin doing so.
By "failure of imagination" I don't mean just the imaginative
ability of planning engineers to imagine the stresses a
particular structures might be under. Failure of imagination
means to live on a very narrow surface of awareness. This means
all of you -- not just the "negligent rich," but the "vengeful
poor." It means to build with poor materials because of your own
immediate profit despite your disdain of the later human costs,
as much as it means spraying graffiti on the same wall 700 times
because it gives you a "kick" and you "disremember" the humanity
of those you tire and trouble.
Failure of will with failure of imagination are embodied in the
attitude of "Let George do it." The opposite attitudes -- to act
from guilt and fear of personally uncomfortable consequences if
you do not act -- are equally a failure of will, since both are
failures of character. Whether it is guilt that "makes" you act
by manipulating your emotion, or the "fascist system" by
manipulating your body into prison, the end result is that you
demand to use others' energy in order to act, instead of your
own. So it is a failure of will, because will is your choice and
ability to act from your own resources.
That the freeway "arteries" to and from the city have been
blocked by the earthquake can be interpreted symbolically in any
of various ways. The tensions of snap judgments, of rationalized
cruelties and unkindnesses (from the disadvantaged towards the
advantaged as much as from the advantaged to the disadvantaged),
and the overall "dis-awareness" of many are impediments to human
communication as solid as the rubble.
The exhaustion of living under various double standards (which
are again based on arrogance, to whomever they are directed)
weakens the human interactive system as much as "soft" ground
floors in buildings. The valuation of appearance over substance,
of results over methods, also weakens the sense of the human
self. These things not only exacerbate the effects of
earthquakes, they are literal, experiential symbols of the
instability of your supporting personal and social structures of
character. So the structural damage of the earthquake is a
metaphor of the damage perpetuated by the ineffective human
structures already in place.
That this was an unknown, angular fault is another symbol of the
failure of imagination -- the prime ingredient of compassion --
and will. Arrogance is lack of compassion, and the compassionless
imagination cannot see far enough. It sets its own limits, its
own definitions of your self for you, and will not let you go
But despite the real grief and cost of the earthquake, the
temblor was guided by a compassionate hand -- more compassionate
than victim-oriented mindsets will easily credit. This occurred
before dawn on a holiday, and not a holiday such as Christmas,
where there would be much traveling. (That it was the observance
of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, is too ironic to be
coincidental. That there are not nearly the same number of riots
or the amount of stealing as there were in the riots sparked by
the Rodney King verdict -- at least, not until the media reminded
everyone about the possibility -- is another "coincidence" too
large to ignore.) Preparedness was better for many, too, both
civilians and emergency services. So there is a slow growth of
awareness being demonstrated.
One way to alleviate the effects of future earthquakes before
they happen is to recognize that earthquakes represent shifts in
a pre-existing system. So shift your own systems intentionally.
Shift your viewpoints, shift your beliefs and expectations,
deliberately. Not out of guilt, as in "I should think more about
the little guy, or I should remember than the rich are people
too." As I said above, these are both gestures of arrogance (lack
of compassion), and cannot be healed by giving up your power into
more "shoulds," as you already do with so much else in your
lives. Rather, accomplish these shifts to promote both a sense of
play, and a sense of mastery in your own self and abilities.
The continuing aftershocks following the earthquake are of course
the symbol of follow-up. When you have accomplished a certain
intention or result in your life, whether through meditation or
in your daily life, follow up at a later date. Ask those whom you
spoke with before in a meditation for new information. See what
the results of your former decisions and actions in your daily
life have been, and change what seems necessary.
Realize that earthquakes are a release of tension. Find ways of
not only releasing tension, but of using it creatively. Tension
in itself is not bad. A limp string on a violin makes no sound at
all. But it is the creative use of tension -- as an impetus to
action, as a source of inspiration, as a focal point for healing
and compassion -- which will alleviate some of the geological
There will be earthquakes. But they can be small ones with great
damage, or great ones with small damage. Shifting your viewpoint
in order to perceive your own arrogances, and then shifting your
own internal structures to accommodate a creative use of tension,
all will help. The time for simple positivity has not ended, but
there is time for more than just, "It'll all be all right (as
long as it doesn't affect me personally)."
As to the guide of where you should act, in which area you should
direct your imagination and will? Look to what is presented to
you in your daily life, first, and hone your awareness of the
power of your imagination, and the power of your will.
AN INTERVIEW WITH LALDON HANN, WOODS-ELF
OBEHON: Laldon Hann, thank you for coming again to continue our
discussion, especially in this timely situation following the
earthquake in Los Angeles.
LALDON HANN: It is beyond doubt my pleasure. I am here in part to
answer your question at the end of our other interview, "Can
human beings shape their dreams in accord with healing the
planet?" The obvious answer is, most assuredly so. Already your
visible nightmares in the forms of war, pollution, and negligent
abuse have shaped much on your world. Surely your dreams are able
to do so.
But there are several thoughts which I'd like the readers of this
article to keep in mind as they contemplate taking inner action
to intentionally and consciously change those dreams. First, the
planet Herself has not only Her own consciousness, but Her own
nightmares, and Her own dreams. They are not human dreams, nor
human fears; they are Her own. Were you to see some of them in
your excursive meditations, you would think some of them strange
beyond measure. The referent points of reality are very
So, you must call on guides and interpreters, and many of those
(by no means all) are of the Elven kind. They themselves will
have many different forms of communication. Some of them seem
"primitive" ("undeveloped") enough to speak only in emotions,
without any words, or even concepts themselves, as you understand
them. Just emotions. Others will communicate with words, but the
words will seem like dreams to them. When you come up to them and
speak with them, they will experience something which in
humankind would be considered disbelief, even fear.
So, you need interpreters for the differing "languages" which are
used by those who work closely with humans (angels, guardians,
guides, some elves, fairies, and the like) and those who work
more directly with the Earth (gnomes, what were once called
dwarves, devas and other great Earth Spirits, and others for
which you have no names). Guides and interpreters for this
situation of different "languages" are easy to obtain; usually a
polite request for help is sufficient, and can be accomplished
with such ease that you hardly notice. Your own higher selves and
other guardians will act as your natural intermediaries in any
case. But there is much, much value in examining and experiencing
the different languages as directly as possible, whether in
meditation (as it will usually be) or in personal experiences.
The second thing you need to keep in mind when you are doing
healing work for the Earth is that the universe is NOT
anthrocentric. In other words, human beings are neither the sole
focus of the universe's intention, nor the sole focus of its
This is easy for the imaginative among you to understand. But far
too many in your human social world right now define their
experiences with other beings and creatures solely in regard to
their own definitions of what is real, and what is necessary.
Granted, some may go too far the other way, loving pets more than
other humans, or wanting to kill other human beings which abuse
animals. To some, this may seem a justifiable balance.
Even so, in neither case is the animal being served, any more by
the human-oriented view. In the first case, the human uses the
pet as a method of escape from growth, and to retain a sense of
control over the world by limiting it. In the second case, what
is desired is not the animals' (or plants' or ecosystems')
welfare, but rather control over others through coercion. This is
the most important thing for you to do: to examine your own
motives as fully and honestly as possible, especially in the
light of anthrocentricity.
O: How do the animals or plants themselves feel about human
beings' penchant for self-centeredness?
LH: Most do tolerate and ignore it. Some, such as many of your
pets, do so out of love, even when your abuses become extreme.
Countless others (like most of the insects, the fish, and many of
the birds) simply ignore it, except where it impacts them
"personally." There are whole tribes of insects which consider
humans a force of nature, which is breeding them to become better
and stronger in certain ways, with your poisons and traps. But
still others, most among them the either severely threatened or
recently extinct animals, have simply withdrawn from a world
which they have come to feel is too widely divergent from their
sense of self. In other words, they perceive the human attitude
of carelessness as a wholly unfavorable aspect of habitat, and
choose not to participate in its perpetuation.
O: Are humans then interfering with those animals' desire to
leave the scene when they try so desperately to save a species,
as with the California Condor?
LH: In some degrees, yes. But a change can occur in the attitudes
of the animals themselves. This is what happened with the
cheetah, for instance. I am not certain if our readers know, but
cheetahs are all of them almost genetically identical to each
other. This is because they have been hunted out, then allowed to
return, then hunted out again, so many times that they are very
nearly at the limit of their genetic ability to adapt. But they,
the Cheetah Deva, looked ahead and saw that cheetahs would play a
significant role in humans' spiritual and emotional growth. She
decided to take on the tough job of adapting to the "selection
pressure" of your Darwin's ideas, in other words, to stake the
fate of the species on a hope and a prayer of future growth, both
that of her own children, and humanity's children. I could state
fondly that Cheetah Deva enjoys playing long odds like these;
that is her expertise, of which the cheetahs themselves are the
But, in addition to remembering the differences in your own
dreams and the dreams of the Earth, the need for guides and
interpreters, and in addition to checking the limitations of your
own anthrocentricity, if you are to attempt Earth Healing, you
must also respect what is needed, not just what is wanted. You do
this simply by asking, of course. What it means is that you allow
yourselves to act in ways that do not "make sense" in human
terms, acting on the wisdom of inner direction, rather than the
limited view of your own agendas.
I will continue this discussion in your next Newsletter, Obehon,
and I thank you for the opportunity to speak.
O: Thank you again, Laldon Hann. Blessed be!
... Familiar Spirits -- Obehon and the Circle
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