Gifts from a Disaster

Three weeks ago, a major earthquake hit my home city of Christchurch. In three short weeks, I witnessed destruction, and death. I learned that time really does slow down when you think you’re about to die, and that people are incredibly good.

The earthquake experience probably made a mark on me somewhere, in lots of places.

It blows my mind that three weeks ago I had no idea I’d be swapping my cramped, one-bedroom inner city apartment for a big, beautiful house five hours up the road in sunny Blenheim, a semi-rural town.  It’s weird seeing the hand of fate move through your life and sweep away many things at once.

I am a big believer that we purposely sign up for certain difficult experiences in life which can help us grow. I believe that good comes out of such events for the soul, in terms of spiritual wealth and wisdom.  I know this can be a particularly hard thing to swallow especially when the pain is very great from loss and heartbreak in a natural disaster, for example. But for me there is just no other conclusion – I was born believing that events don’t happen at random.

I was definitely meant to be in Christchurch on the day of the earthquake.  In fact, 12 hours before it happened, I was out of town, visiting my mum 5 hours away from Christchurch.  I could have stayed longer at my mum’s house but felt a strong urge the afternoon before to come home.  I was filled with frustration because I had the impression I was in a go-slow pace right now, and was not going to move ahead in my work for a while. But I wanted to get back home – I stubbornly decided I was going to move forward and get things done, by hook or by crook.

Out of the disaster and heartbreak have come so many gifts, it sounds so blasphemous that I want to erase it.

Now when my higher self and spirit guides speak to me, I listen.  I understand fully that the higher self and other spiritual sources have the blueprint for my life, for our lives.  My higher self may know that disaster is around the corner, or indeed the opposite. So when I feel it’s time to slow down, speed up, rest, work, play, even at the time – especially at the time – when it makes no sense, I now listen.

Greater respect for the bigger picture that I cannot see, and for my place in it as a humble thinking, breathing, digesting, feeling, not-knowing human. For me, those are the gifts of my earthquake experience.

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  1. Suzanne

    I am so glad that you are feeling this way and that all has worked out well. And thank you so much for our session the other day. It was so true and helpful. Both in confirming choices I’ve made, and confirming things I suspected but wasn’t sure about and in providing food for thought. I have felt freer since the reading. In some way it has helped me to trust that whatever I achieve or don’t achieve in the realm of career, I’m still doing what I’m meant to do and I can stop worrying so much. It is good to know there is a blueprint!


  2. Kate D

    This is an empowering post-disaster message, Anna. I’m encouraged by your positivity and glad all is going well for you so soon after the disaster.

    I also wanted to say thank you for the cord cutting session yesterday. It was incredibly powerful. I actually feel very energetically different today (I think I am becoming more in touch with my chakras) and strong and free. It’s such a powerful healing modality–I’ve already been recommending it to everyone I know, and plan to learn to do it myself. Hurray!

  3. Anna

    Sending out prayers to the people of Japan today.

  4. Kelly St. Claire

    What a wonderful way to look at things. Thank you for the reminder to listen to my higher guides. I am also sending prayers for the people of Japan. I cannot imagine.

  5. Joey

    Wow, this is a very profound story. And I am glad that you are now in a better state after going through the terrible earthquake.

    And likewise, I’ve been taking your psychic awakening course off and on since november 2010 and I originally was expecting to have some fun and keep me from getting bored hanging around the house.

    But the whole psychic experience is blowing me away in that I’m gaining such profound insights, and I have to admit I had to face some uncomfortable issues. It has not been a total cakewalk but going through it I feel a much more fulfilled and happy person. Who knew that a little hobby would turn into a personal development quest?

    And with that I have to thank you for sharing your profound insights and I wish you a great future!

  6. Pamela

    So glad that you are safe and well. Yes, I’m often reminded to listen to my own intuition and teach others to do this even when it doesn’t make sense. I agree, so often when it doesn’t make sense, is really the time we need to listen.

  7. Anna

    Hi Suzanne, thanks for your comment – very glad to hear you found the reading comforting/helpful!

    Hi Kate – Good to hear that you found your session helpful! And glad to hear you are looking at learning cord cutting for yourself. It is VERY powerful and I hope that more people will hear about it. I think it’s one of the best kept secrets of the healing world as a modality. It’s much less well known than other techniques like Energy medicine, EFT, TAT, Neuro linguistic programming, etc. I’ve tried a lot of techniques and cord cutting comes out on top, for me.

    Kelly – glad this served as a reminder for you!

    Joey – awesome! Very glad you have found the course to be an interesting experience. I’d love to share your comment on the course page to encourage others to take it, if they are on the fence and not sure. Would that be OK with you?

    Pamela – Glad you came to the same conclusion! Welcome to the blog.

  8. Julie

    Hi Anna,

    After living through a hurricane when I was 20, the most important lesson I took from it was that I shouldn’t be so attached to ‘stuff’ because it can disappear in an instant. I like to think I don’t hold on so tightly anymore to possessions, and can adapt more easily to situations (like going from living in a resort to living in a slum in the span of a week)! After such a scary event, those material things no longer seem so important.

    Take care,

  9. Peter

    I still find it sometimes hard to listen, especially if my Higher Self seems to want to do things I’m really scared of, but I more and more trust it, because I have found it leads me to the happiest things in my life.

    Maybe the path isn’t really easy sometimes, but oh are there gifts and rewards on the other side. 🙂

  10. Kenya

    I feel exactly what Peter is saying…oh how great the rewards!

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