Japan Disaster – How it Affects Us All

Like everyone else the last few weeks, I’ve been watching the news reports of the earthquake and ensuing tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Japan with increasing horror and great sadness. It’s also amazing how quickly this terrible tragedy has been wiped off the front pages, to be replaced by an equally damaging invasion.

In the initial days after the tragedy what I found most humbling was the incredible humanity displayed by the Japanese victims. Unimaginable suffering mixed with stories of hope; stories of human courage. A US camera crews finds a group of survivors huddled together making food – and immediately one of the men in the group offers the reporter some of their food. Food that they desperately need. His generosity made me cry. This man’s first thought was to look after his guests. How beautiful is that?

Despite finding themselves losing everything, the Japanese have not lost their humanity, their courage and human decency. There are no riots, no looting, no ripping each other off. At least as far as we can tell. Every person is out there helping each other out as much as they can. In shock, hungry, cold and grieving for lost loved ones, the Japanese are handling their own personal Armageddon calmly and in service.

A lucky survivor

It’s no dog eat dog and pillaging we saw in New Orleans. What a difference in mentality and culture,  self-awareness and self-worth. If only the same could be said of the Japanese government; a government that has been more than economical with the truth about the impending nuclear fallout at Fukushima, which is now leaking radioactive water into the sea, as well as polluting the atmosphere.

No wonder the people who can escape are fleeing the country. Millions of people are living without running water or power in temperatures that fall below freezing at night. Half a million homes are without power in Tohoku and 2.5 million have no access to water. Food is critically short and bottled water is running low in many cities. Gasoline is scarce and homes are running out of kerosene to power heaters.

Whatever happens next, this terrible real-life drama is a lesson to us all about love. About caring about others as well as ourselves. About realising the precariousness of life; it can be over in seconds, yet we all think we are immortal. Watching the TV images made me think about the last time I told the people closest to me that I love them. This is so important. And of the dreams yet to be realised in my own life. Are there goals and ideas you are putting off? Are you waiting until you’re perfect, richer, slimmer before you learn to ride a motorbike and head off into the Arizona desert? Learn to fly? Have a child? Travel the world? Paint? Write that book? Even leave your job that bores you to tears?

The current earth changes are but a herald of things to come. We cannot rely on governments, banks, outward organisations to help us. The real mast you can tie yourself to is awareness of your own inner being. Your own inner strength and self-awareness. Consciousness is rapidly evolving. If you are new to this concept then I urge you to read books by Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, and read A Course in Miracles.

At times of great disaster, it can be difficult to know which aid organisations to trust. Especially when we see the misuse or rather lack of use of funds in countries like Haiti. Millions of dollars are collecting interest, yet to be spent on rebuilding that particular nation. Thousands are still languishing in tent cities, riddled by disease. How sad is that? A situation repeated in many disaster zones where corruption is rife.

If you’d like to donate to the relief effort in Japan, I recommend two organisations that I trust, one of which I have personally worked for  – Real Medicine Foundation –  founded by Dr Martina Fuchs after the SE Asia Tsunami. RMF is doing incredible disaster relief work around the world. Check out their website at www.realmedicinefoundation.org

RMF’s partner in Japan is JEN (Japanese Emergency Non Profit), another non-profit, NGO with extensive humanitarian experience. You can donate here directly at their home page link. Their website is www.jen-npo.org

Please donate whatever you can to help the Japanese people now.