What We Can All Do in the Face of A Tsunami

03/11/2011 03:33 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • John Perkins Author, "New Confessions of an Economic Hitman"

In light of the terrible earthquake that struck the Pacific we feel deep sadness; our hearts go out to the Japanese, and to the impacted people of so many lands, and to all sentient beings. When disasters like this happen one of the fundamental things to remember is that we always have the choice to operate in openness and abundance instead of fear.

No matter what natural disasters occur we can choose to face them unified in the greater and renewed mission of building and rebuilding a sustainable world for all beings. It does not matter what your religion is, or your job, or your economic status. The important thing is that you choose to change the world in spite of what oftentimes seem overwhelming obstacles.

It is during these unexpected disasters that we can truly find our souls and the commonalities of our humanity. Those cannot be taken away no matter how much Mother Earth shakes and how hard the tsunami waves strike. In fact, we may choose to see that Earth as testing us, and also reminding us of her power and of our dependence upon her.

We must awaken again because of this earthquake and choose to do everything we can to help those whose needs are greater than ours, and we must support the changes that need to happen globally in order for all of us to rebuild our relationship to Earth.

Let us choose to alter our dreams to create a more Earth-honoring society, redefine our interaction with the natural world, and redirect our energies toward a more balanced future. We can create anything we dream. We all have the power to re-dream the world and to redefine the role humans play in it.

Let us choose peace over war, richness of spirit and love over greed, freedom of religion instead of prejudice, and a green and sustainable economy over an unsustainable greed-based economy.

We can dream this new Earth-based dream together -- and each of our dreams with their powerful intent will create a better world for future generations.

In support of the Japanese and other impacted souls I also urge you to take whatever actions most appeal you, to donate time and/or money to relief organizations you trust, to send your prayers, meditations, and energy to all the sentient beings who are struggling through this crisis.