Practical and Spiritual Preparedness for Chaotic Times

Continuing with the past few days’ questions of how to deal with “The French 9/11” and all the attacks right now from seemingly every angle of life, I’ve collated a few other articles, videos, and inspiration to help people find a balance between “pie in the sky” “magical thinking” and paralyzing fear or utter despair. Some of these pieces include more practical information about preparedness, situational awareness and following your intuition. Others include reminders and techniques to keep your vibration warm, loving, ready, and empowered.

I’m not recommending any single one or all of these pieces, but offering them as starting points for your own consideration. Having the courage to assess your own situation and to make your own decisions holds far more value than having anyone tell you what you “need” to do. That said, having the very basics of preparations on hand just makes good sense! If the events of Paris happen near you, wouldn’t you prefer to remain in the comfort of your own home while the situation sorts itself and returns to some level of sanity? It is far easier to maintain an empowered, attractive vibration when you and your loved ones feel safe and secure in your own little cocoon of peace. Peace in, peace out. To support this:

1) Do your best to acquire at least two weeks’ worth of food and water. If traveling, at least bring some extra food in your carry on bag, in case you get stuck in the airport or on the road. Bring extra water if possible. If you have a sunny windowsill at home, consider growing some of your own fresh herbs, lettuce, arugula and/or spinach and carrots. It’s fun to have life around you, and fresh food invigorates!

2) Have backups of any medications you or a loved one relies upon for survival. (Ideally, do your best to get off these types of meds or replace them with something you can grow or easily acquire, but for the most basic level of preparedness, at least have an extra month on hand of any required meds or supplements.) You might also want to have miso paste on hand to help counteract a nuclear situation (and provide immune boosting, extra delicious soups and flavoring!). Having natural immune boosters on hand makes sense, too. What do you normally use to keep the sniffles at bay? Extra vitamin C? Garlic? Elderberry? Just set aside a little extra for chaos-raining day.

3) If you live somewhere cold, have some sort of alternative heat source available in case of a power outage, whether kerosene heaters, alcohol heaters, convertible rocket mass heaters, a fire place, wood stove, solar heater, clay pots with tea lights under them, or another nearby location that has such things. If you cannot acquire any of these things, then at least have a sleeping bag, tent, and/or extra warm blankets and long underwear on hand. Basements will stay warmer than upstairs, due to the insulation provided by the ground.

4) Remember your pets! Have backup food and meds for them, too. You’ll want your loved companions there for comfort, not a source of stress as you watch them struggle.

5) Have some board games, physical books, and inspirational poetry on hand. You’ll want positive distractions from the news, or a replacement for all things i-related if communications get shut down or the power goes off.

6) Make sure you have candles and/or solar lights available for comfort.

7) Cultivate local community wherever you are. Eventually, you’ll want and/or need to go back out into the world, and knowing you have a strong community of mutual encouragement and support is priceless, whether a disaster or terrorist attack happens in your area or somewhere else that still affects your area. Strong communities build resilience and joy. As the Hopi say, “This could be a good time.”

Those are some very basic preparedness tips. If you’d like to move towards a much more sustainable, self-reliant and resilient lifestyle, then you might want to consider owning the recent Search for Sustainability Summit. (I’m not an affiliate. That series is just chock full of inspiring, practical and empowering information.)

Here are some other recommended links for your consideration:

Gaye Levy ~ How Not to Be a Victim and to Survive a Terrorist Attack

10 Words That Can Make You More Powerful
Aura strengthening classes, mudras, chants and meditations on

When everything feels dark and you need to reintegrate the light, take a musical bath in these:

MCYogi’s “Sun Light”

The Gayatri Mantra:

YouTube description:
Uploaded on Jun 25, 2008

This is a very beautiful rendition of the Maha Gayatri mantra.
Hope you enjoy it and please feel free to leave your comments.
Bhagavan blessings to all and ENJOY!
Please view below for the words and translation.

Gayatri Mantra Translation:

Om Bhur Bhuvah Svaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat

Syllable Translation

Om: Para Brahman
Bhur: The Physical plane
Bhuvah: The Astral plane
Svaha: The Celestial plane
Tat: Ultimate Reality
Savitur: The Source of All
Varenyam: Fit to be worshiped
Bhargo: The Spiritual effulgence
Devasya: Divine Reality
Dhimahi: We meditate
Dhiyo: Intellect
Yo: Which
Nah: Our
Prachodayat: Enlighten

General Translation

We meditate upon the spiritual effulgence of that adorable supreme divine reality
Who is the source of the physical, the astral and the heavenly spheres of existence.
May that supreme divine being enlighten our intellect, so that we may realise the supreme truth.

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One of my very favorite mantras for summoning peace and well-being to the world:

Om Sarveśām Svastir Bhavatu
Sarveśām Shāntir Bhavatu
Sarveśām Pūrnam Bhavatu
Sarveśām Maṇgalam Bhavatu
Om shanti shanti shanti

May there be happiness in all
May there be peace in all
May there be completeness in all
May there be success in all
Peace, peace, peace

4 responses to this post.

  1. Reblogged this on Reiki Dawn and commented:
    During these times of turbulence, chaos and uncertainty here are some wonderful suggestions by my awesome Reiki teacher and friend Laura Bruno At least they are actions you can take that are not only practical but reassuring and feeding your spirit. Saturday I listened to the last mantra by Tina Turner throughout the day. I even started my Reiki class with it. It helped tremendously. Enjoy and thanks so much Laura

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  3. Thanks for sharing, Dawn! Much love


  4. Posted by Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature on November 17, 2015 at 12:55 am

    Great post, Laura. Thanks!


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