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The Meaning of It All

from the May 2010 Star Beacon

by Ann Ulrich Miller

The Other Side of Life
        Planet Earth is a duality world. That’s the reason we came here, to experience and to explore and to know ourselves and have the chance to play all the different roles in this wonderful play called “Living.” Obviously we must enjoy the game because we return again and again, being cast in different parts of the play, in order to express ourselves in various ways and ad lib accordingly to the challenges with which we are faced.
       As most of you know, not everything we experience as light workers is “Love and Light.” We strive to stay positive, to concentrate on the good things in our world and to help others by raising our vibration to a higher level in order to avoid contributing to the “mess” of society.
       Some of us practice meditation, and we practice Gratitude and creatively manifest those things that we deem will bring balance to a troubled world.
       The reality is, things are in chaos right now. The economy of the world is crumbling; our government appears to be out of control as it struggles to maintain the status quo, which isn’t working. People are uncertain about the future because they realize we can’t go on the way we are going. They distrust the politicians and leaders of our society. They are afraid they will lose what they have worked so hard for, and fear seeps in about what is going to happen next.
       What comes to mind for me are lyrics from “The Other Side of Life” by the Moody Blues, one of my favorite rock bands:

       The atmosphere on the streets tonight
       Is the driving beat of the world,
       The word down here on the streets tonight
       Is the truest music you’ve heard.

       “The word down here” right now is... get prepared. Something big is on the horizon, and this is nothing new. We have been hearing about this for a long time, for decades in fact. But lately my intuition (and not just myself, but others as well have picked up on this) is urging me to stock up on extra supplies and get ready for the time of transition, when things fall apart and we will be on our own and may need to be able to survive during a dark period where there are no services available.
       My guidance has been telling me don’t wait on this. It may be that we only have a matter of weeks before we will see changes that affect every one of us. The signs are already there... the major earthquakes that have happened, as well as the volcano in Iceland. We don’t have the luxury of sitting around, waiting for the next event. It could be in your own backyard!

       So take your share of the gifts that are there,
       They all belong to you...

       While you have the means right now, go out and get yourself the necessary survival needs. This is not being fear-based or paranoid. This is being realistic and responsible. Start with the most important of your needs: Water.
       Water is life. You need to have some way to get water and to be sure that it is pure and not contaminated. There are some excellent gravity water filters on the market today, but I have recently learned that due to the great demand, some of these units are out of stock and may be hard to buy unless you get on the ball and do it now. I recommend the British Berkefeld (Berkey) products. Just “Google” in “Berkey water filters” and you’ll get a multitude of suppliers to choose from. These units are excellent because no power supply is necessary.
       If you can’t possibly afford, or be able to get, one of these water filters, then at the very least obtain some water purifying tablets that you can use in an emergency. These are available at sporting goods stores or on line. You will also need containers to store water.
       Do you have extra food in storage? It’s not a big deal to do your weekly grocery shopping and pick up some extra cans of food, particularly things such as tuna and canned meat, canned fruits and vegetables, beans and soups. I write the dates with a magic marker on the cans when I buy them and place the newer ones in storage. It’s also wise to stock up on extra toilet paper, soap and items that you might not be able to get when we find ourselves in a situation of scarcity.
       Do you have an emergency kit in your car? It should contain things such as matches, a knife, rope, first aid items, food items such as crackers and cheese packets, peanut butter, granola bars, jerky, dried fruit and nuts, etc. You can get solar-powered mini flashlights now and it would be a good idea to review Willy Whitefeather’s emergency backpack supply list (see TSB May 2006). There are various Web sites that deal in survival and they have excellent articles and suggestions that will be more than helpful if you prepare in advance.
       Another important thing to consider is what you will use to barter or trade. Obviously, if the economy fails completely, our currency will be no good. In my opinion the best thing you can do right now is convert whatever you feel you can afford into gold and silver, preferably silver coins that can be used to obtain food or whatever.
       Other bartering items might include such things as cigarettes, a “still,” medical supplies and ammunition... these are items that will increase a hundredfold in value, even though they may seem distasteful to you personally!

       The lovers and the fighters
       And the risks they take
       Are on the Other Side of Life tonight...

       When everything falls apart... and I can’t help but believe we will see dark times before things get better... there are going to be people out there who are not prepared, even if you are. These people are going to see that you have the things they need, and they are going to be desperate and scared. Some of them will not hesitate to do what is necessary to save themselves.
       Unfortunately, this means you may have to take on the role of a fighter. It is going to be like a “war zone” and if you want to survive to see the Golden Age, you are going to have to prepare to fight.
       This brings us to the dilemma of what to do in a situation when there are helpless people knocking on our doors, demanding that we share what we have stored up in preparation for our own survival. Are we going to turn them away? Are we going to share what we have and end up being short ourselves? What would you do in such a situation?

       Let’s lose our way,
       Go completely astray
       And find ourselves again...

       As light workers we are empathic, caring people whose nature is to help others. It is ingrained in us to do so. However, it boils down to doing the “common sense” thing. We need to rely on our guidance and ask our souls what to do when such a situation arises. I recently watched the movie “2012” and at the end, in the scene where the ship was about to leave and strand hundreds of otherwise doomed people, the hero of the movie risked everyone’s lives on the ship by insisting that they take on these people. It was almost certainly a death sentence for everyone, yet compassion won out and at the very last moment the people were saved.
       Unfortunately, movies are not reality. We need to weigh all components in making judgments such as this. Are you going to let unprepared neighbors and desperate strangers force their way into your home, take all that you have, including your life and those of your loved ones? If that is the case, your preparations are in vain.
       I know that I will receive a lot of flack for this, but it is imperative that you have some way to protect yourself and your family if you wish to survive this dark phase. A lot of light workers are opposed to weapons, but the reality is, a gun and ammunition can go a long way in protecting yourself and your family. If you don’t want to “go there,” I understand.
       On the other hand, it is common sense to have what is necessary in order to keep living and to see the Golden Age. It may seem like we are “losing our way” and “going astray” with principles such as these. And yet we must “find ourselves again.” Remember, these are roles we are playing and there is no judgment here. Having a firearm and being competent in using it—and responsible for it—can go a long way in helping you and those who depend on you. But it is your choice. If you are ready to “move on” — and many will — then so be it.

       You know, the only way to get there
       Is to take that step
       To the Other Side of Life tonight...

       It is your decision. Prepare? Or perish?

       And come what may at the break of each day,
       We all begin anew once more,
       We all begin anew...

       How comforting it will be to see that new day, when the transition is over and we can live as we were meant to live. We light workers have worked hard, and we deserve to see the break of that new day.
But it is all up to you. Whatever choice you make will be the right choice.

       You can view my articles on Relationship Transition at the Denver Examiner, Do a search on site for Ann Ulrich Miller.

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