There was something totally captivating about the rescue of the young Tai football team, trapped underground, in water filled tunnels for over 9 days, with little food or clean water, in the dark, awaiting a perilous rescue attempt. Cometh the hour, cometh the person: in this case, a young Buddhist Monk, the Team coach, who kept the boys centred and trusting, through meditation and calmness. The metaphor is beyond words. He was in the 'right' place at the right time, just as you and I will be, when our time comes in this great shift of consciousness happening across the earth. What an inspiration.
The boys aged between 11 and 16 went missing after a football practice with their team coach on June 23rd. They'd gone to explore the huge Tham Luang Nang Non cave when they got cut off inside by strong rains. Alarms were raised after they failed to return home and belongings were found outside the caves. Rescuers then faced a race against time as rain continued to flood the caves.
But the rescue attempt was perilous, with some of the passage ways being extremely narrow, such that divers had to remove diving equipment to squeeze through, with the team trapped around 2.5 miles from the entrance. A highly experienced, former Navy SEAL Saman Kunan surrendered his life whilst working to stow oxygen bottles along the cave complex for the rescue attempt - sending profound love and respect.
In fact so treacherous was the rescue, that officials considered even waiting for potentially weeks until the rains and water had subsided.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man
The team coach, 25 year old Ekapol Chanthawong, lost his whole family as a child, before training as a Buddhist monk and then devoted his life thus far to helping kids. According to rescue officials, he was among the weakest in the group upon rescue, because he gave the boys his share of the limited food and water. He taught the boys how to meditate and how to conserve as much energy as possible until they were found. You can imagine he played a big part in keeping the children centred and alive during this perilous time.
A powerful metaphor for the Shift
For me, it's one of those tremendously poignant stories you see from time to time, because it offers such a powerful metaphor for The Shift: young souls trapped underground, in a reality rapidly filling with water, where life suddenly gets very real; where brave but humble people find themselves in the right place to lend loving support - at least that's my take on it.
Often in this society of craziness and fake news, it's hard to know your place in the world, and so often, evolving people wonder what they're doing here. What I know in my heart, is that we're all here for a reason, and as the veils start rapidly peeling away in The Shift, then just like the young tai coach, we're going to find ourselves in exactly the right place and time to lend a hand where most needed. And as challenging as that can be, it will present the opportunity for fulfillment of destiny and purpose - to me, there can be nothing more worthwhile than that.
I felt to share this remarkable story as inspiration for us all. Our lives have meaning and purpose. And the more we align with the truth of who we are, the more that will come into context in the immediate times ahead. May we have the courage, strength and surenderedness to endure.
In loving support
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