“Thank you angels for being strong and present with everyone in Paris and in the world. Thank you for helping those who died today for believing in and protecting free speech to have an easy transition. Thank you for being with their families. Thank you communicating heart to heart with anyone who believes that violence and hate is a solution to anything. Thank you for interrupting this limited point of view and helping an expansive and inclusive perspective to emerge. Thank you
for all of us who share this planet to do just that. Not with childish insecurities but with adult compassion. There is enough room for everyone to have their own beliefs, and to recognize that truth without harming others. Thank you angels for helping us release fanaticism in all forms – political, religious, cultural and personal – on this planet. We ask for this or something better. Thank you.”
And here is what my friend Sandra in London wrote:
“Today my heart aches for those who lost loved ones in Paris and for the French people as a whole.
Today I hurt for all the peace-loving Muslims who are and will be judged by the actions of a few people who, if not in the name of Islam, would have found another excuse for violence.
For you are either violent as a person or you’re not. You either have it in you to commit violence or you don’t. Reasons or justifications are just excuses.
Tonight I pray that as we honour those who have lost their lives and send love to their families, we remember that there are still many more peace-loving people than violent ones on this planet, regardless of religion, gender or colour.
And if the events in Paris achieve anything today, let it be to make us even more determined to actively create peace in our own lives and wherever we go.”