Though the news cycle quickly moves on, thousands of people are still affected by the California wildfires. Recent rain brought the Camp Fire to 90% containment this week, however the risk of dangerous landslides has increased. Around 600 people are declared missing, and rebuilding is hardly a question being considered yet.
I’ve had a deep ache in my chest for those affected by the wildfires in California. Feeling a bit helpless, I pulled some angel cards for direction on what I can do to help as someone who does not live near the areas affected. The below messages are my inner voice’s guidance based on the cards I pulled.
FRESH AIR CARD: How fitting that this was pulled. Get some fresh air. Get out in nature and appreciate the beautiful, life giving world around you. Open your windows for fresh air and natural light. Buy plants to continually bring fresh air into your living space and work environment. The greater our appreciation for the world we live in, the sooner we will make choices that support the health and longevity of human life on this planet.
SEE ONLY LOVE CARD: See only love in this situation. Extend love to those affected and even to those who may be critical. Natural disasters are not a time for politics. Though the president may say things without regard for how they will sound or affect those impacted, it is important to be loving. Maybe the most loving thing to do is avoid additional critical speech and instead focus on those who are helping. The firefighters, nurses, those taking in strangers, friends, and pets. Highlight the love, the goodness, and the hopeful. “When you focus on love, anything that’s unloving falls away.”
GO FOR IT! CARD: And the third card pulled encourages us to take the action we’ve been thinking about and go for it. This might mean sending financial support to nonprofits that support the communities affected, fostering or adopting from local animal shelters in the affected areas, and sending encouraging prayers and messages. It may also be a nudge to do the same in your area. Commit to cleaning up your local green spaces, parks, and waterways or support an environmental organization you believe in. Whatever it is, do it with love, and know that you are on the right path.
If you are looking for ways to support financially, the New York Times has a great summary article here with recommendations.
I just sent $10 donations to Caring Choices and Direct Relief, two organizations committed to helping affected Californians directly. $10 may not sound like a lot of money, but it’s a way to support and extend love that is within my means. Lots of small donations will add up to BIG waves of healing.