The Sandy Hook Shooting

Today, Erik wanted me to post about the Sandy Hook tragedy. All day yesterday I felt so down. The lump in my throat seemed like it would never go away. Those babies. Futures that would never come. Smiles that would never shine. Christmases that would always be joyless. Erik relays this message through blog member, Robert, in a somber tone.

Erik: Mom, you want me to talk about the thing that happened in the school?

Me: Yeah.

Erik: Well, first of all, the guy that did this is a dick, but on a serious note, these kinds of events, they happen because they teach us. They give us opportunities to be the hero, the victim, and they give us opportunities to come together to show our love for each other, to show our compassion, to show our support, to reassess what we’ve been doing, to find out if it’s still working. That refers to gun laws and things like that. People having access to guns, but not just that—mental illness itself—people who are mentally challenged. And I’m not just talking about just from birth cuz it can be an environmental thing. We need to look at how they get left to fend for themselves. And what that does, you know, when people go and act out like this, they create all this chaos, we can think, “How can we better scan for that kind of thing. Check people out for that kind of thing.” So, that’s a big part of it.

Me: Yeah. There’s such a fine line between protecting the public and protecting individual rights, though.

Erik: Exactly, and that’s what this is about. It’s all a part of, um, we take little steps. That’s why people get down when they see something like this happen again and again and again. But if you start to take this in a totalitarian approach—

Robert (laughing hard): Erik, that was a big word.

Erik: Then you create all sorts of new challenges. So, it’s better to take incremental steps, to reassess little bit by little bit. And there are all kinds of lessons that we learn in the process. The mental illness thing gets taken care of, and everything surrounding that like the scanning for it and recognizing it and making sure that people are taken care of from birth to grave in way that maintains mental stability. The whole compassion thing. People coming together.

Me: Teaching people empathy.

Erik: Yeah, right. If you look at it, what’s been coming out in the news on the major networks—they’re all in sync, finally. They’re all saying the same thing instead of one against the other. We all come together, even if temporarily. That’s the nature of how things are in the physical world, especially for humans, because we just haven’t learned how to maintain a certain level of focus with that. But over time, what this does is teach us how to do it, and that will come with time. Down the road, we’ll get our shit together, and we’ll learn a lot along the way.

Me: Yeah, and these shootings have gotten more and more frequent.

Erik: And that’s part of what I—Robert’s used this term before, and I’ll borrow it from him—it’s part of what we call “the building.” You know, you have to build up to things, because, in certain cases, certain lessons may be lost in the process so we don’t see them. So we get another opportunity to go through it again, and this time the volume is turned up a little bit more. You know, it’s louder, and then we get a chance to look at what we learned the time before the event and learn new stuff from the new thing. A good example is when we developed the atom bomb. We didn’t really recognize how dangerous and devastating it could be until we dropped the bomb, and it took us getting to that point to realize how dangerous they are and how they can wipe us all out. In big lessons like that where a whole species can be wiped out, you need something that’s hard to ignore like Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Me: Yeah.

Erik: But in smaller things like this where it’s individual, you need lots of smaller events because they affect a smaller group of individuals. Throughout history, our tragedies—genocides and things like that—they’re still going to happen, but they’re not going to happen on scales as widespread as they were in the beginning. In other words, they start out really big—or actually, the way it really works is they start out where they’re not seen at all, and then in order for us to see them, they get big and very widespread. Then they die down and get smaller again, because we learn from them.

Me: We’re in the learning phase, I hope. Crash course.

Erik: Evolution is always about that. It’s about constant learning. Even those people who fall into the side of being pessimistic about things—even they, on an individual level, are learning something about themselves by going through that process. They’re expressing some kind of grief and learning, maybe unconsciously in some cases, how important it is to FEEL something—not just for themselves, but for people they don’t even know.

Me: I heard that this guy—people like that—they just want to do something that paints a canvas that represents how they feel inside.

Erik: Yeah. Even though I called the guy a dick, the dude had a lot of pain inside, otherwise he wouldn’t have done something like that. The lesson he was try8ing to learn for himself was how your own actions can affect someone else. It’s a bit of a lesson about empathy for himself. And his mom, she’s a really nice lady, and they’re trying to comfort her.

Me: She’s awake? She’s alive?

Robert: I don’t know if she’s alive or dead; I don’t know what he means by that. She got shot in the face, so I don’t know if my assumption is that she’s dead or—Erik says she’s dead. Yeah.

Erik: All the children are doing fine, Mom. They’re okay.

Me: Oh good.

Erik: I love you, Mom.

Me: I love you, too.

Thank you, Robert, for channeling Erik for us. Waiting an entire week to talk to him through Jamie would feel like an eternity. Please send prayers, love and light to those babies, the teachers, the school staff and their families during what should have been a time of merriment.


I’m sorry to announce that the recording of Thursday’s small group channeling call failed to upload into Mediafire, which sucks since I pay monthly for the service. Believing that the file was intact and needing the space for my session with Jamie Friday, I erased the original from my digital recorder. Sorry everyone. I need to find a more reliable service. Any suggestions that are not too expensive?

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  • Amber

    Thank you Erik. You’re making so much sense to me right now. Thanks Robert and Elisa. Love to all involved in this Earth tragedy xxxxx

  • Noah P

    Hey Elisa – I think the link you posted is not for the conference call, but a repost of the radio show from the other day. Just a heads up. Thanks. xo

  • Wendee Hewitt

    Im so glad to see this post..When I first heard about these poor babies yesterday my first instinct was to check in here. Thank you for the post. I wish there was something I could do for these families.

  • It’s so frustrating that we, as humans, are so dense sometimes that it takes something slammed in our face over and over and over before we are moved to grow and evolve in a positive direction.

    • Amber

      Dense is the word Steve. And for how long? Wars upon wars, even atom bombs haven’t brought them to their senses, now super-duper weaponry, etc etc. It just goes on and on, one copycat idiot after another. Suicide bombers are regularly blowing up children. Lately the middle east killed scores more. On and on and on….thick, dense people. I just can’t see sense instead of dense taking place soon, if at all. The ‘Big Picture’ evolves far too slowly as far as I can tell.

  • MikeHulse

    Whilst we are remembering the children and families at Sandy Hook lets not forget the incident in China:

    Reuters – 1:48 a.m. EST, December 14, 2012

    BEIJING (Reuters) – A knife-wielding man slashed 22 children and an adult at an elementary school in central China on Friday, state media reported, the latest in a series of attacks on schoolchildren in the country.

    The man attacked the children at the gate of a school in Chenpeng village in Henan province, the Xinhua news agency reported. Police arrested a 36-year-old man, identified as villager Min Yingjun, Xinhua said. It did not give further details of the extent of the injuries. There have been a series of attacks on schools and schoolchildren around China in recent years, some by people who have lost their jobs or felt left out of the country’s economic boom.

    The rash of violence has prompted public calls for more measures to protect the young in a country where many couples only have one child. In 2010, a man slashed 28 children, two teachers and a security guard in a kindergarten in eastern China.

  • fateripper

    Hi! It seems the link posted is to Sean & Jen’s show…

    • I know. The uploading to Mediafire failed and the file got corrupted so that it gave me the wrong link. Now the original file is gone. 🙁

      • Mary Beth

        Elisa, does that mean that the original on your computer is gone so that we won’t be able to hear the recording? Bummer.

  • I was hoping this topic would get covered with all of the recent events happening so close together. Unfortunately, it seems we don’t learn from our mistakes too well. But looking on the larger (much larger) scale, perhaps we will actually once our institutions begin to change, thereby affording us the opportunity to change with them.

    When I saw the teachers and how they acted heroically to save the children, pulled together, and survived, it made me see a silver lining in the whole ordeal. I don’t necessarily believe the government should hold a monopoly on force (although this is inevitable for the time being), but we live in a culture of violence and fear; isn’t it high time we grew out of that old shell?

  • Yvonne Chireau

    This was really helpful. What a school this Life is. What wonderful teachers we have! What brave souls to agree to help with the hardest lessons…

  • cynthia

    I just really can not believe in the rationale presented for the murders

  • Jan Drake Bakke

    Awesome!!So sad though!!Iit is so sorrowful that something like this has to bring us together!! So glad the kids are all ok.

  • Why can’t we just get the memo instead of learning through so many tears?

    • MikeHulse

      China’s one child policy also makes this more difficult for them as well. As many children are ‘disposed of’ especially females to keep in line with this 25 year old rule they have.

  • Yeah. It’s a Mediafire uploading issue. I commented on it somewhere in this thread.

  • KidsRpeople2

    Thanks for making us think about the pain the shooter was in. Too often, the root causes of violent and tragic actions are overlooked, we can prevent these tragedies through teaching empathy by example and creating a world where everyone feels they are loved and belong, it’s all in the simple things, the way we treat each other. The shocking fact that this shooting involved children in a school in a “safe” community will hopefully cause our nation and our world to look to prevention strategies and interventions. The onus is on all of us as a society to decide what kind of world we want and make it happen. As it stands, people often have a false sense of security, there is really is no safe place, violence can happen anytime, anywhere to anyone.

  • Elisa, Thinking of you and the grief you are reliving through all of the parents who lost their precious little ones this week. I wish I could return just a little of the light you have shed on so many others through your difficult times. Sending you so much love.

    The Metta Sutta (excerpt) – translated by Thanissaro Bhikku

    …Think: Happy, at rest,
    may all beings be happy at heart.
    Whatever be
    ings there may be,
    weak or strong, without exception,
    long, large, middling, short,
    subtle, blatant, seen & unseen,
    near & far, born & seeking birth:
    May all beings be happy at heart.

    Let no one deceive another
    or despise anyone anywhere,
    or through anger or irritation
    wish for another to suffer.

    As a mother would risk her life
    to protect her child, her only child,
    even so should one cultivate a limitless heart
    with regard to all beings.
    With good will for the entire cosmos,
    cultivate a limitless heart:

    Above, below, & all around,
    unobstructed, without enmity or hate.
    Whether standing, walking,
    sitting, or lying down,
    as long as one is alert,
    one should be resolved on this mindfulness.
    This is called a sublime abiding
    here & now…

  • Tracy Lamont

    It’s just so, so sad…:(

  • I live two towns over from Sandy Hook, in a town very much like it. We nearly bought a house there. Everyone here is in shock. It’s hard to sleep, and we all wake up feeling sick.

    A channeled source whom I follow says that everyone involved in the tragedy — victims and perpetrator — chose this destiny to teach the rest of us. According to him, they are all on the other side of the veil, well and happy. Yes, even the shooter.

    This lesson is about gun control and mental health. A tragedy of this magnitude was needed to change things, to really wake people up and motivate legislators.

    That’s a hard lesson to learn — but one so terrible and affecting, it will not be forgotten.

  • Edie

    Thank you Elisa for this. We are already seeing and learning the lesson of forgiveness by one of the victim’s parents. Erik has also spoken previously about through tragedy people coming together to help and support each other.

  • Yeah. Bummer. I’m so upset. I didn’t realize that the media fire upload was a corrupt file and I deleted it to make space.

    • MikeHulse

      If you use Windows Elisa, right click on the folder it was saved in. Choose properties and Previous versions tab. You can click on an earlier time and then choose open to view and copy if required. x

      • I use Mac’s

      • Kathleen

        If you don’t empty your garbage computer it would be in the trash file. One Mac user to a other =)
        Happy n safe holidays to all !

      • Fateripper

        Also, there are programs that even if you emptied your trash, can still recover things. I had a Mac and did this a few times. Good luck! (wish I had taken better notes…)

  • If we don’t learn from this experience, what a waste of lives it will be.

  • shari&the furryangels

    Hi everyone I am one of the new CE family members here. I posted once before about taking a break from being human. I felt guided to this website by Erik & the angels. Anyhow…. in response to the Sandy Hook shootings. Yesterday morning I was praying down on my knee’s & going thru my prayers. Praying for world wide healing & a number of things…. as we ALL are doing at this time & every day of our lives. I live in a very small west texas town… and we have a lot of kids here with drug issues bc of boredom & many reasons. Yesterday…. I felt Erik around; wasn’t for certain but I feel he was around to help with something. I felt the urgency to keep our
    schools in prayer here…. as we ALL are.. 🙂 But felt something was wrong…. yesterday a young man in our small community told his mom… he was going to finish the job for Adam Lanza… that he was going make the Sandy Hook shootings
    look like nothing. His mother called the police & he is now in custody. We all here
    are just grateful to God for divine intervention & that the mother turned her son in.
    All i am saying for me personally…. prayer & mediation are what i am devoting my life too.. and being careful with every interaction i have with strangers, friends, etc.
    We never know what a small seeming smile, act of kindness can do too change a persons whole day. I truly felt Erik was here somehow to help avert that disaster in our community. I know this was long…. but thank you Elisa
    for having the wisdom & courage to bring us all together.
    Shari & my furry beautiful angels

    • Ah, a fellow Texan! You’re so right, Shari. A friendly smile to a stranger or an act of kindness can do so much more than we know. Imagine what we may have prevented even in the way of suicides with our compassion toward strangers. In the end, we’re not really strangers, you and I. We’re all one. Even Adam Lanza is part of us, because separation is an illusion. So, being cruel to him is being cruel to the whole and to Source. Isn’t that weird? Hard to wrap my head around. Shari, thanks for being part of the CE family, and that’s for sending your prayers because you’d be surprised at how much that may have contributed to averting the potential disaster in your little town. BTW, now that Erik and you have become acquainted, he’s liable to visit (and prank) more. Sorry for his possible naughtiness.

  • Anon

    How can they be doing just fine? Theyre dead!

  • Their bodies are dead, but energy (ie the consciousness) is neither created or destroyed. There have been many studies/research into consciousness survival. So, they’re just in a higher vibrational place. They vibrate at a frequency much higher than the visual part of the electromagnetic spectrum. So just because you don’t see radio waves doesn’t mean the radio is dead. Au contraire. Keep reading, You’ll see.

  • Maxine

    So sad and tragic that babies came in to this world to teach us this lesson in such a horrific way… Adam was very sick and his Mom was leaving him alone for longer periods of time, giving him more time to plan this massacre. He cased the local high school first but was scared off when he saw police cars in the parking lot. His Mom knew he was descending into madness but didn’t get him the help he needed, he fought her every time she suggested therapy. Giving him access to high powered, semi automatic weapons was her biggest mistake… I’m grateful the children are ok and I pray for Adam because his pain must have been emotionally crippling to make him do this…

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