Updated: Apr 10, 2020
Only 12 hours before the lockdown, I had been giving gratitude for the blessings of the clients I had seen that day. I had no idea what turn of events would steer my day in a whole different direction.
After escorting my first client to the door after his session, I looked at my phone to discover I had received 24 texts while in session. What the heck is going on? From the messages I was getting, I realized there was a shooting at the school my daughters attend.
My heart racing was my first reaction as I spoke to a friend whose daughter was in the same community as my oldest. She said that a student had shot himself. That was all we knew. I took a moment of stillness.
I knew without a shadow of doubt my girls were okay. My gut just knew. However, I was a bit emotional because I had taken on a project to help educate and empower kids. I had been scheduled to meet that very day with a woman who might be key in moving my project forward in our county school district. Ironically, I had to explain to her the incident that took place at my kids’ school.
I was getting texts left and right from friends and family asking if the girls were okay. I assured everyone I knew they were alright (even though I had not been told they were.) I knew they were okay because I recognize my gut feeling when something is wrong, and I didn’t feel that today. No "rift in the force" where my girls were concerned.
My last client cancelled and so I headed over to the school even though I knew lockdown was still in progress. I stopped by my sister-in-law’s house to hug my nieces who had just been released from lockdown at the high school. Although her girls were fine, my sister in law was a mess so I consoled her and hugged her for a good long time. She had her comments and questions like so many of us. She wondered what is wrong with kids. She even blamed the parents.
My feeling is that there are too many factors here to blame parents for school violence. I believe it is a cultural, familial and social problems.
I did something that felt very empowering that day. When I received texts from people worrying about my daughters, I replied with a request to see peace at the school. And, when I arrived at the school, I imagined I saw peace signs everywhere.
Everything is energy and vibration, and the ripple effect of what we feel is felt by others. I intentionally radiated peace.
Parents waited for many hours outside the school while the kids waited inside. The school and law enforcement rallied to create a safe orderly way to dismiss each child. This was a lot of work and took some time. Some parents were getting a little impatient and comments were firing from the crowd. As that was happening, I asked for more angelic intervention and ramping up of peace.
I found two tribal sisters Joy and Kim in the crowd. Together we discussed ways to make changes to help end school violence without the iron curtain of political correctness coming down. Political correctness is part of the problem.
It’s time for change…NOW! And I’m going to find a way.
Shelly ‘Chantie’ Valinttine is a passionate agent of change. The inner world must change before the outer world ever will. She is a Transformational Life Coach & Hypnotherapist create lasting change. Learn more at www.indivinebalance.com