On Thursday morning, March 31, I received this email asking for a special collective prayer at noon that same day:
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Subject: Call to Prayer from Masuru Emoto - Thursday, March 31, Noon
From: "Spirit of Ma'at" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, March 29, 2011 2:06 pm
...Name of ceremony:
“Let’s send our thoughts of love and gratitude to all water in the nuclear plants in Fukushima”
Day and Time:
March 31st, 2011 (Thursday)
12:00 noon in each time zone
Please say the following phrase:
“The water of Fukushima Nuclear Plant, we are sorry to make you suffer. Please forgive us. We thank you, and we love you.”
Please say it aloud or in your mind. Repeat it three times as you put your hands together in a prayer position. Please offer your sincere prayer.
Thank you very much from my heart.
With love and gratitude,
Messenger of Water
I forwarded the email immediately to all Los Alamos email contacts with this message:
Dear Los Alamos friends, Since Los Alamos might be considered the origin of the Fukushima contamination problem, I thought this request for prayer at noon today was appropriate…
I received four responses. The first came from my daughter in Texas, which surprised and delighted me:
Wonderful approach to healing! Thank you for forwarding. Happy to participate. I love Dr. Emoto and his work, and respect him deeply. So happy to have another tool to assist the people of Japan and the world in overcoming the effects of this terrible situation.
The next was another surprise from Greg Mello in Albuquerque of the Los Alamos Study Group:
"Labore est orare." St. Benedict
But the last two were obviously irate from Los Alamos citizens, one from Larry B, a retired high school athletic coach:
Sorry Eugene, but I find your note a bit offensive since Los Alamos has nothing to do w/the disaster in Japan. The idea of prayer is considerate; the blaming is misguided.
The other was from Pam M, a retired school teacher:
Eugene, the poorly constructed reactor is the origin of the problem, not Los Alamos. Maybe General Electric should take some responsibility. I don't.
Their attitude puzzled me greatly and I replied to the retired coach, wondering if he could nevertheless pray (he had been), but which provoked further, soon rancorous replies, ending in his asking me to take his name off my contacts list. Nothing I could offer or say seemed to mean anything to him.
In thinking about his and my own anger at his reactionary comments I discussed them with LADDOF colleague Geoff R, who returned my call from vacationing in Hawaii. We agreed that LB and PM must not be marginalized or ignored despite their irritated reactions. I wonder if LB's is an example of potential creative energy ("PCE") that Geoff and I had earlier identified. If so, this seems to me a possible key to a difficulty at deep psycho-social levels, which trouble this community.
I have known LB for several years in my job as a school bus driver. He had always impressed me as a faculty member who took his job seriously. So, when I discussed the LADDOF idea with him a year ago, shortly after it came into focus, he seemed mildly interested to participate in an open forum whenever we could arrange it.
At the time of issuing this original invitation, I was aware of also having dreaded taking him and his team on athletic competitions on field trips away from Los Alamos. This was because his boys always left my bus trashed, far beyond other teams and different coaches. I felt that this was a symptom of unconscious hostility, like graffiti or other forms of "PCE" within his athletes. I wondered then, and still do, if he were ever aware of this. I believe time and dreaming will tell and teach us.