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In Ifa we believe in a benevolent Universe. If we are to accept that our current crisis fits into that framework we must look more deeply into Ifa’s understanding of how the Universe works.

The first, and perhaps most important, things to understand is that in Ifa we are always looking at the long term effects of any event that is beyond our control. We are also expected to consider the long term consequences of our actions. So our focus shifts from why this pandemic, to what we’re supposed to learn from it.

It is important for us to understand how this virus came to be. That will be critical as we consider how to avoid such catastrophes in the future. But, that is best done once more rational minds can prevail. We are one planet, one system, no single individual, or country , holds the blame. We have all, in one way or another, contributed to where we are now.

Striving to understand our impacts is also part of the Ifa orientation. On an individual level we must look at the impact that lock down has had on our lives and relationships. Many of us are without work and facing financial hardship. How we deal with that challenge is important. We must stand with good character regardless of our circumstances and do what we must to feed ourselves and our families. For those of us fortunate enough to have little or no financial strain it is important to consider how we can contribute to the wellness of the whole.

The impact is also very different for those of us who have had to remain alone through the crisis and those who have not. For those of us living with others we must recognize that we have been placed in a pressure cooker. Emotions are high, tempers may flare, we may not be spending time with the people we’d prefer to. Through it all we must do our best to remain gracious and thankful that we haven’t had to weather this storm on our own.

One of the most powerful things for us to do is reach out to our single friends who are feeling the impact of isolation much more profoundly. Supporting a friend is a great place to start if we have the emotional strength to do it.

For those of us who are on our own being honest about the impact that isolation is having is crucial. Keeping ourselves safe and sane gets more difficult as our need for human interaction builds. Reach out for support when you need it. By all means offer support when you can. Helping someone else can be a great way to get out of your head and focus on something besides your own issues. You can make a difference to someone who also needs human contact right now.

Most importantly as you look at the impact that the crisis is having on you ask what have you learned. What are your personal take aways from this experience? Consider the hardships and what they have taught you. But, also look at the things that you miss most. Consider whether the activities or people that you miss most were a high enough priority in your life before. Let your joy, as well as your challenges, lead you to create a happier, more fulfilling post-pandemic life. Will you take this opportunity to pause and accept the wisdom that the Universe has provided to you? Next month we’ll look at the collective and the lessons and benefits we’re receiving as communities, countries, and a unified world.