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Excerpt from:

Transforming Anger, Fear and Pain
Creating Heart-Centeredness
in a Turbulent World

by Marilyn C. Barrick, Ph.D.


The quality of mercy is not strained;
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed—
It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes.

—William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

      When I began writing this book in the spring of 2001, I had no idea we would soon be facing a worldwide crisis. I had planned to awaken the reader to the power of emotions and to offer a process for healing deep emotional pain. I would include spiritual teachings, techniques of psychological transformation and case histories to illustrate my points. And then came September 11.
      The tragic events and aftermath of that heart-stopping day impacted all of us emotionally, and we are still dealing with anger, fear and pain. As I worked as a therapist with people suffering from that trauma and all that occurred in the months that followed, I came to a crystal-clear realization: In perilous times what we all need most is strength, wisdom and a merciful heart.
      We have seen a great outpouring of compassion in the way people rallied to help the victims of tragedy in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. They did whatever they could—from driving all night to deliver supplies to the burn unit in Washington, D.C., to giving blood, to children making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the rescue workers.
      Many touching stories have been told, but one particular story is a living example of the largesse of heart that ennobles the human spirit.
      On the morning of September 11, Howard Lutnick arrived at his job late, having taken his son to kindergarten that day. Lutnick is CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald, a bond-trading company that occupied several floors near the top of the World Trade Center, Tower 1. To his shock and horror, he saw fire, smoke and the towering icon crumbling in ruins. Some seven hundred of Cantor Fitzgerald's employees were in the office, including Lutnick's brother, Gary. All were killed.
      As was true of many others, Lutnick felt grief and guilt when family, friends and employees died and he was still alive. But he turned it around. Instead of burying himself in guilt, he set up a relief fund for the families of his employees and personally donated $1 million. This honorable man spent many hours comforting the grieving families and promised 25 percent of profit from the next several years for their support.
      We saw a tide of selfless giving and people's willingness to put their emotions aside to help with the rescue. And miracles that comforted the soul and uplifted the spirit happened right in the middle of the devastation.
      Only a block away from the collapsed towers, St. Paul's Chapel, where George Washington visited in 1789 after his inauguration at nearby Federal Hall, still stands. It doesn't even have a broken window. The dedicated minister who serves there called it a miracle—"a metaphor of good standing in the face of evil."
      Rudy Giuliani, mayor of New York at that time, also spoke of the preservation of this historic building during New York City's memorial service: "It's a small miracle in some ways," he said. "That chapel, standing defiant and serene amid the ruins, sends an eloquent message about the strength and resilience of the people of New York City and the people of America."
      We saw that emotional resilience in people all over the nation who came together in the face of adversity. And we have seen a growing unity of nations all over the world striving for an end to hatred and violence.
      Each of us can do our part by healing our wounds, offering compassion to others and moving forward. This is emotional transformation at its best. I believe that one day we will look back and see the year 2001 as a never-to-be-forgotten turning point. And we will realize we have seen the mirror of the divine in people's noble response to disaster.

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