Hurricane Sandy: An opportunity to reorganize.

Updated: Mar 21, 2019

All rights reserved © 2012, 2019 Louis Antonio Abate, D.C.

In the wake of the monster storm, Sandy, the Americas have been paralyzed all along the eastern seaboard, as far west as Chicago and north into Canada.People are stranded without electricity, water, gasoline. To make matters more interesting, the energy of the city is erratic, scattered, and volatile.

What I have noticed in the past week is that people are on a very short fuse. The slightest annoyance, irritation, or inconvenience has led to cases of road rage, arguments in the street, and, in the case of the tourist who accidentally bumped into a resident, fisticuffs.

The level of destruction that we are experiencing has not been felt before in this area. As New Yorkers we certainly have had our share of dealing with traumas—in most recent memory, many still point to how we were wounded on 9/11. Yet, this trauma is different. In the past we could point our fingers outward; wagging them in dismay, disbelief and disgust at an external enemy. We blamed religious groups, countries, and ethnicities for the amount of pain and uncertainty we were experiencing.

The blame allowed us to feel angry; to fuel ourselves with righteous indignation. The anger and outrage we felt (and that some still feel) is a slightly higher vibrational frequency than the feeling of powerlessness, depression and disconnection that the 9/11 attacks had us feeling. Just as an animal lashes out when it feels backed into a corner we lashed out as well. The anger and rage felt better than the feeling of powerlessness and uncertainty. It allowed us, on some level, to feel safer in a world that changed dramatically within seconds.

Now, we are facing another devastating event in the Northeast. And, just as we were feeling immediately after 9/11, we are feeling powerless. And, if feeling powerless wasn’t enough, we are reminded of our powerlessness by looking at all our communities that still are power-less.

The difference this time is that while we can blame the hurricane for the devastation we are facing, we can’t summon the army to kill a hurricane. It is ridiculous to think we can have the president issue an executive order to the Navy Seals engaging them in a Black Ops mission to root out all hurricane sympathizers and all potential hurricane cels hiding around the globe. We would be laughed at if we were to “fight the war on hurricanes,” telling our allies that either they are with us or against us when it comes to eradicating all weather events.

As human beings our brain is hardwired to move away from pain and uncertainty. The nervous system is programmed to move towards pleasure and certitude. In the case of a trauma, like Hurricane Sandy, moving towards