Higher Love

by Debra Mae White on February 26, 2012

I’ve heard it told that fate is what befalls you and destiny is what you make of it.  When a friend of mine was abducted at knifepoint, her first reaction was to scream in terror. It was only when she thought of love for her daughter that the calm took over her heart. Her assailant bated her fear but she refused to succumb to her fate. By the grace of God, she drew herself deep inside the well of her center, into the place where only stillness reigned.

Instead of resistance, there was soft resignation. With that simple movement of the mind, this young woman clasped the thread of hope that saved her. For with no fear in the air to feed the attacker’s insanity, he became impotent to carry out the crime. The police later credited her calm demeanor as the critical component that secured her survival.

The possibility of peace may seem preposterous on the surface of our lives. Yet a state of silent safety exists alongside every situation we encounter. Silencing the mind is the precursor to the resolution we seek. It is our task to turn our attention in the direction of the source of truth, to choose spirit instead of circumstance.

Perhaps it was shock that facilitated this step in the case of my friend. Yet she remembers making a conscious choice to go to that place of quiet protection, creating a shield around herself that would not allow a threat to permeate. She lived life as it unfolded before her, in the moment, yet found a way to touch that precious place of peace within.

Fate so often offers love the chance to lead us to our highest destiny. In the end my friend would say it was the love for her daughter that saved her.

Isn’t the power of Higher Love astonishing?

Savor the moment…

Debra Mae

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Shanee February 27, 2012 at 1:42 am

What a beautiful, and so true, post. Amazing story about your friend’s capacity to go inward. I love the line, ‘silencing the mind is the precursor to the resolution we seek’, and yet I always seem to get pushed to the limit before I remember this oh so simple wisdom. Thanks for the reminder.


Debra Mae White February 27, 2012 at 8:54 am

I appreciate and relate to your comment Shanee – particularly with the challenges you and your friends in Christchurch have faced. Your courage and beautiful poetry have been an inspiration to me.


Margaret Duarte March 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm

A shield of quiet protection. No one really knows how they will react in such a frightening and life-threatening situation. My hope is that I could act just like your friend. But saying and doing are…well, you know. I’ve even heard of people who find it in their heart to love their attacker. Amazing, the power of the mind–and of love.


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