Sheila Joshi is a blogging friend, and a former clinical psychologist. On the day that Notre Dame burned, I received an email from her about planetary empath symptoms she’d experienced concerning the fire.
“I don’t consider myself a planetary empath and have never wanted to be one. I pick up way too much from other people as it is. But I may have picked up on the burning of Notre Dame and you’re kind of a collection hub for this kind of thing.
“Notre Dame burned on Monday, 15 April 2019. On Thursday, April 11, I felt tremendously anxious in the morning and cried. All of Friday and the morning of Saturday was hard. But on Saturday evening I went into extreme anxiety that lasted all through Sunday. Sunday night I could not sleep more than a few minutes at a time for a couple of hours. I got up Monday morning, wrecked. All of this was surprising and baffling, since I had been doing much better than this, and there was no apparent cause.
Saturday night, I dreamed that a French woman told me that another French woman had told her that when I was a teenager, I had waited in the Louvre Museum in Paris for my mother to pick me up. She never showed up and I spent the night in the Louvre alone, hiding, and it had been traumatic. In the dream, I didn’t remember this happening, and of course it never really did. But the only time I was in Paris was when I was a teenager. I was lucky enough to have seen Notre Dame then, in 1977.
“A week before Monday, on Sunday, April 7, I got a bee in my bonnet to look at the painting by David of The Coronation of Napoleon, in which Napoleon is crowning Josephine. I followed the impulse and looked at images of the painting online. I can’t think of any reason I wanted to see that painting just then. Today, I found out that the scene takes place in Notre Dame and the painting now lives in the Louvre.
“On Monday, once the pictures of the fire started coming in on the news, I cried off and on all evening — hard. But I slept well Monday night, as if ‘the fever had broken,’ and I feel much, much better today, Tuesday.
“I have also always said that I did not want to psychically pick up on upcoming catastrophes unless I could do something about them. And, so far, there has been no sign that I do that either. I don’t think I started picking up on the catastrophe on Thursday only because this is the devastation of a beautiful, famous, historic building. My sense and my hope is that this event will mark a turning point in the battle against the rise of authoritarianism and nationalism around the globe, that it awoke something in people around the world, and that *that* Collective Unconscious shift is what I was picking up on.
“Interestingly, Macron said this burning and resurrection is part of France’s destiny.
“This beloved building may soften people’s hearts. It may shake people into coming together more actively. Salma Hayek’s Gucci billionaire husband donated $113 million to the restoration before the fire was out. Others are following suit quickly. As of Tuesday morning, more than $675 million had already been pledged. Countries around the world are already offering to send their restoration experts and technicians.
“As Lawrence O’Donnell (MSNBC) said so well on Monday night, this event is a reminder that civilization always has been and always must be re-built and re-built and re-built. Clearly, he was also referring to the reality (which most of us forgot) that democracy, too, must be re-built and re-built and re-built.
“He also pointed out that this is the first time in history that people around the entire world could watch at the very same moment the destruction of an international symbol of civilization — of the highest of both secular and spiritual values.”
Sheila also added this:
The latest donation figures are now close to a billion.