Ten years have passed. Looking back at the horrible heartbreak of 9/11, I believe I’ve discovered the most essential message of the day. And that is this…
Love never dies, even if your loved one has. Love crosses any chasm, even death.
It can be very comforting and life changing to remember that there are people watching over you, even if you can’t see them. They still love you and are looking out for you. You’re still connected. You’re united by the love and friendship you shared. That doesn’t go away, that bond doesn’t die. That’s because you’re connected to your loved ones, by Love.
Inspiring Love and Hope
A year ago near the 9th anniversary of the 9/11 murders, I found an incredible read.
It’s an inspiring book about love and hope. It’s not overly sad or sentimental. ‘Messages’ is uplifting; it’s not a morose downer. It’s an incredibly well written, provocative book.
‘Messages’ causes you to become more aware of and perceptive to the signs, signals and communication from those who’ve passed before you. The book encourages you to reconnect with your intuition to guide you through your Life.
Many cultures, American Indians for instance, are aware of and honor this mindset. Unfortunately, many Westerners only live in their left-brain. They’re not open to this mentality.
In my opinion, this is closed unbalanced thinking that won’t serve you well. We’re more than flesh and bones.
Engaging only an analytical mind limits your ability to connect with your own intuition and with messages others are trying to intuit to you. Admit it; everyone has ‘a gut feeling’ from time to time. Where do you think that emanates from?
Foreboding meets Doubting Thomas
Prior to the tragedy, Bonnie’s husband, Eamon McEneaney, had a series of strange premonitions that he couldn’t explain. He discussed these with Bonnie trying to make sense of what he was feeling.
They were to attend a wedding in December of 2001 and Eamon knew he wouldn’t be alive to attend. Nine days prior to the attacks he had come to terms with his death and felt his crossing would come soon. He was at peace.
After the attacks, Bonnie recalled the conversations she and Eamon shared about his death. She was a business executive with an advanced degree. She didn’t believe in ‘the afterlife’, or ‘life after life’ as Dr. Raymond Moody calls it.
Bonnie was a skeptic. After Eamon’s death she experienced things that were unexplainable. She could feel Eamon’s vibrant presence around her.
How the book came to be
Once Bonnie experienced multiple occurrences that were beyond random chance, she began contacting other 9/11 families to ask them if they had similar experiences. The stories she collected became this book.
One of the most memorable stories recounted was the story of 24 year-old Welles Crowther. The summer of 2001 Welles had premonitions and so did his mother. He told her, ‘Mom, I don’t know what it means. But I do know this. I’m meant to be part of something really, really big.’
During this time, Welles was assessing and reviewing his life. In August of 2001, the young equities trader decided to change career paths and become a fire fighter, so he could help others.
While he never had the opportunity to officially make that career change, he certainly helped many others. During the attacks on the World Trade Center Welles had the opportunity to leave but instead he stayed behind to help others get out safely.
Welles body was found alongside firefighters and emergency workers. His caring, compassion and empathy for others cost him his life.
I don’t wish to give away the compelling stories in this book, in the hope you’ll read it. Once I began reading it I couldn’t put it down.
Page after page of ‘Messages’ is filled with missives of love, forgiveness, empathy, serving others, the meaning of Life and the eternal timelessness of all of this. ‘Messages’ is incredibly inspiring. It’s as much love-affirming as it is life-affirming.
As the Dalai Lama said:
‘Love is the answer. It doesn’t matter what the question is.’
The Beatles had it right, after all, when they said:
‘And, in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make.’
These are the message I chose to believe in, when thinking about what I learned from 9/11.
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