Images and thoughts of Japan are in my family's mind. We love alot of Japanese people, but it is not just that, we are a brotherhood of every nation. All Souls joined in the great Fatherhood of God.
Over and over Jesus asks us in ACIM to look to the cause of everything. He says that if we choose to listen to the wrong voice (cause) we will suffer. Not because we are being punished, because we have chosen to listen to the voice of punishment.
Why do I do everything that I do? Each and every thing needs to be looked at. Anything that is of selfish interest, will surely come back to bite me in the ass. Why? Because we were created to love, not to pursue self interest. It's that simple. I can rail against this simple truth until I have been brought to my bloodied knees AGAIN and finally surrender my way.
SO that said, how do I look upon Japan? The cause of all the Japanese tragedies is false. God would not have us suffer. All of the pain and punishment is a reflection of the mind of pain and suffering in ALL of us. On a small scale it's gambling away the rent money, on a large scale it's a tsunami.
Is this some kind of reflection of guilt? Not having the money for the rent? Having an earthquake bare down on us? Certainly NOT.
We are taught to deny the denial of truth. The Son of God is forever innocent. We deny the denial of truth AND reach out our hand to our brother. We look at earth quakes with horror,but in the mean time we are still listening to the cause of earth quakes in our own minds. Talking bad about the neighbors or excluding anyone from anything is to keep the earth quake quaking in our own minds and keeping the false cause alive and well.
It brings us back full circle to accepting the atonement (worthiness and equality in God) for oneself. From this view we automatically reach out to our brother, ALL brothers. Time collapses and tragedies literally disappear says Jesus.
Praise be to God and may I may I quiet the temptation to quakes in my own mind today. Amen.