I have continued to think about my roll here and why I was sent to Chicago. This got me thinking about NATO, which is an annual conference where a number of world leaders meet, and which took place in Chicago in May.
During the lead up to NATO, I found most public places unbearable.
Seriously… All I wanted to do was hide under a rock in the weeks leading up to NATO.
This week I had a very interesting conversation with a couple of cops that patrolled during NATO.
They were astounded because there were no occurrences of violence during the event, despite the intentions of multiple anarchist groups.
While I knew nothing about the groups, I could definitely feel the turmoil in the city. My school is located across the street from Town Hall. Can we say ground zero for angry protesting?
So this also made me think that perhaps I was brought here to balance the energy for this massive political event. And maybe others moved here recently, too, for the same reason.
The energy in Chicago leading up to the event had the same effect on me as the months leading up to 9/11. I was in New York working across from the World Trade Center until 3 months before 9/11 and all I could think during that time was get me the hell out of this city. I was utterly miserable. But maybe I was there to balance the energy as best as possible in New York as well.
And so with NATO all I did was pray for the safety of all involved. I knew there would be protesters and I knew that the police would be on edge. It was a volatile situation and I’m so glad everything went relatively smoothly.
Perhaps my prayers helped the police find the facilities where the anarchist groups were keeping Molotov Cocktails. Perhaps my prayers calmed the angry crowds.
But after last weekend’s conversation with the woman who invited me to Amma’s retreat, and this week’s conversation with a couple of very nice police officers, it did occur to me that I was here to pray and to calm the volatility, which my energy seems to do. Perhaps I was here to ride the bus and subways and clear the energy in public places.
Thest things even relate to a lot of the posts I have made over the last few weeks.
I do feel that I will be leaving Chicago in the next 6 months. I am graduating visual effects school in a few months and I’m not sure where I’m going but I have a feeling I’m not staying here.
I’m sort of relieved. This has been a rough year.
it’s kind of exciting, though. How many people can say they don’t know where they will be in 6 months? Some people might not know that they are about to have a major life shift, but I can see this one coming, and while it’s slightly stressful it’s also fun to think about the possibilities.
I’ve gotten some messages from other indigo adults that also get shifted around for purposes greater than one’s own life. Anyone else experiencing this? Does anyone feel the pull of major world events on the day-to-day aspects of their life. (like moving just before a major world event occurs across from where you work.)
~ Peace ~