I’ve Been Thinking:
I just want to take a minute to speak to you all, about the current pandemic this world is dealing with. Even though we are very geographically isolated here in New Zealand, we are not immune from the effects now, or to come in the future. I know that many, many of you my listeners are currently in lockdown or isolated in your homes for one reason or another, and often with no choice.
My podcast is heard by listeners all around the world. In fact, only 17% of my listener base is here, in my homeland of New Zealand. And a large percentage of you all, are in countries currently in lockdown; Italy, France, Spain, to name a few. With I suspect many more to follow. Being in lockdown can be very isolating for some and a very scary time for many of you. Many have lost loved ones to this virus, and many more possibly will. This is a devastating time for the people of this world, no doubt. It is a time of mourning and reflection, isolation and hardship for many, many of you all out there.
This is our reality as it currently stands at this point in time.
Many of us, particularly those who are very sensitive to energies ordinarily are finding this very, very difficult as they/we are hit with wave after wave of emotions, that do not belong to us, but come from the energies being released from people world wide. Even those people who do not recognize that they feel energies are being affected in one way or another, even if its merely feeling fear or anxiety given the current situation. Or from what is feed through the world’s medias, onscreen, in print, on the air.
The ripples of energy that this event has on the planet are immense, and ongoing and will forever alter the way we as humanity work together. The way that we come together to support one an other.
Patience, understanding, compassion, and love are what is needed now, and listening hearts. Especially these are going to be needed in upcoming times. Please extend this awareness to those around you in your greater community, if you are still able to be out and about in your country, wherever you are in this beautiful world of ours.
Be aware that people may be acting in ways that are totally out of character for them, because they don’t know how to, or are unable to express themselves in any other way. Times like this can bring out the very worst in some and the very best in others. How we react to any situation is always entirely our choice. We may not be able to control what is happening around us, but we do have the choice in how we react.
Check on the elderly and single parents in your neighbourhood, remembering to keep your and their personal safety in mind. At least call them on the phone. Offer to get them groceries, or mow their lawn, or simply listen to them. Listen from your heart.
Now more than ever we need to start working together with one heart, and compassion and love.
Humanity as a whole has always been a very resilient species. We have been through tough times before and we will also get through this. I really believe that we will come out of this pandemic with a greater closeness within communities, a greater appreciation for everything that we have, then before.
I feel that many people during these times will find aspects of themselves they never knew before, that they will like or even love. Some will deal with their shadow selves during times of introspection and will come out the stronger for it.
Even though this is a very, scary and isolating time there are wonderful things coming out of this, and we must not get so caught up in the anxious, uncertainty of it all, that we cannot see the beautiful and loving things that are coming out of this situation. In those countries that are in lockdown, people are coming together on their balconies, in their neighbourhoods, singing, doing exercise, being a community and supporting one an other in ways, that previously may never have been considered. Making beautiful music together. Instagram is full of posts showing this. YouTube has many also.
Not only that, but there are reports from china of how people can now hear birds singing in cities where previously they could not. They can see blue skies, because there is no longer the pollution affecting them. In Venice the canals are clear and fish can be seen swimming in them once again after many decades. Wild pigs have been seen in the plaza. So beautiful things are coming out of this. You merely have to look for them and sometimes that is hard when you are the middle of it all.
And finally a word of kudos to all those selfless nursing and medical personal working on the frontline of this epidemic, not only them, but the emergency responders, ambulance, police, firemen. The truck and train drivers, the supermarket workers, the rubbish removal teams. All these people are heroes. All these people are doing what they can to help. Every single one of them has loved ones, but still they work for us, to ensure we have what we need. They are all heroes in my eyes.
To all my listeners. I want you to know how much I appreciate and have come to love you all. Thank you for listening to my episodes and especially to my patreon supporters, who financially help support me with the running costs of this. I am so grateful to you all. I would not financially be able to sustain this show without your assistance.
Please all take good care of yourselves and your neighbours, especially the elderly, those who live alone, or single parents who absolutely all may be struggling in this time. Be aware of your hand washing. Wash your hands as soon as you get home. Leave your outdoor shoes in the back doorstep. Wash your hands before you eat. Soap and water is, by far and away, our best defense to remaining healthy during these trying times. Be kind and patient with yourself and with those around you.
I see you all next episode.
About The Author
Marianne has always had an absolute fascination for all things that go bump in the night, or haunt your dreams. For the unknown, the unexplained, and the paranormal. She has also always done voice over work of one description or another. So she turned her love of these things into first a Facebook group, same name as the podcast and from members suggestions started the podcast show. It’s her downtime from her day job as a Graphics and Website designer.