My Journey Boston Strong

My first glimpse of the site on Boyston Street
My first glimpse of the site on Boyston Street | Source
This was near the collage as I left with the amazing healing messages and gifts starting to emerge.
This was near the collage as I left with the amazing healing messages and gifts starting to emerge. | Source
The site begins to grow with unity, peace, love, and healing.
The site begins to grow with unity, peace, love, and healing. | Source

My Journey After The Boston Marathon Tragedy of April 15, 2013

It was a perfect spring day with temperature in the mid-60’s. The sun was shining and warm on the face. It was Patriot’s Day, a Massachusetts state holiday held on the third Monday of the month of April every year. The holiday is significant because it commemorates the 238th anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord which were the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. Patriot’s Day is also when the Boston Marathon is held every year with this year being the 117th running of this race. April 15th also marked the 18th Anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.

I remember this day clearly as I remember where I was and what I was doing on the day September 11, 2001. Normally, on this Monday morning I would be teaching in Boston, but that day I was not as it was a school holiday. I am an adjunct instructor at Sanford Brown College in Boston located in the heart Copley where the finish line of the Marathon is located. Since I was not teaching on this day, I was volunteering for a FREE holistic healing event for Victims of Abuse at Massachusetts Survivors Outreach in support of Child Abuse and Sex Abuse Awareness Month. We just concluded the event and met when the news arrived of the two bombs that killed three people and injured over one hundred and eighty.

So needless to say, the tragedies that occurred that day were horrific. However, instead of focusing on the tragedy of what happened, I would like to share with you what I have learned along the way, the messages from spirit, and the journey to healing. These areas I walk by almost every day since I teach in the very vicinity of this event.

It was approximately 3p.m. I remember an intern stating a bomb went off at the Boston Marathon. I recall being completely emotionless and numb not knowing how to react as it appeared so surreal and unbelievable to me. With fifteen cumulative years working in health care, I did not recognize my first reaction which was shock.

When I turned on the television, I felt like I was watching a broken record of the same information being replayed over and over and over again. There was no escaping it. I recall all the misinformation given out through the media as well as a fluxuation of emotions such as sadness, terror, pain, and anger being felt across Boston.

Due to the nature of these tragic events, the college closed the following day as did many businesses. I still felt numb, disconnected, and in disbelief as if I were watching a Die Hard movie or something every time I turned to the television, social media or radio.

The school opened Wednesday, April 17th. That is when the emotion began. The trains were scarce with very few people on them during rush hour. The Copley train stop was closed so I had to get off at Arlington which is on the Green line. As I got off I recall bearing witness for the first time in Boston a City under siege with the presence of eight to ten National Guard, two State Police, three Transit Police with a bomb sniffing dog. As I emerged from the station, I saw empty streets and Boylston Street was blocked off. Again, I felt numb and in disbelief, but knew I had to get to the College to teach as my students were depending on me.

As I left for the day, people started to emerge and new energy was in the air. I did not know how to react to this as it was quite powerful yet overwhelming so much so I could not catch my breath. However, it was not a bad feeling. We hear so many times about the power of prayer and healing, and many of us I believe sometime doubt how powerful it really is. Well I can attest to you this overwhelming feeling I was experiencing was just that. I wish everyone could have felt and experienced the immense love, prayers, healing, and unity on a global scale at the newly developing and growing memorial site that I experienced that day. Words cannot describe it. It can only be felt. I cannot recall ever in my life feeling such a sensation. Not only that, but I felt as if there was such divine energy there, and those from this world and beyond were present.

Yes, it may sound crazy, but I felt such angelic presence it this area. As later confirmed, the legion of Angels in that area were present ministering spirit to hold us … to cry with us … and send healing to us. I stopped and began my own prayers and meditation. This later became a daily ritual while on the way to work and after work which began that day.

All I could think about was the gratitude in my heart for all those who prayed, sent healing, and united together. I am telling you IT WAS FELT. I was filled with so much gratitude that day, words could not amplify the feeling well enough. I am a talker and I was speechless in my ability to describe what I was experiencing. For those who doubt the power of prayer ... then they needed to come to Boston and feel it. I began posting on many of the social media sites about the need to come.

I was in awe and relief every time I visited these sites and found these sites very healing even for myself which I later recognized was happening. Coming here was a place of solace and a place for healing. There were days I found myself not wanting to leave.

However, things changed on April 19th and the city was under complete lock down. All public offices were closed. All public transportation, Amtrak, Cabs, Schools were shut down. The airport was operating on high alert and many towns and hospitals under complete lockdown. No one was allowed to leave their homes. I recall not feeling such hatred and anger not by me, but by so many others. It was the day one bomber died and the other captured. I recall waking up with such immense anxiety at around 2a.m. and after an hour trying to get back to sleep I went to my living room. Turned on the tv to the pursuits live. When I turned to social media to find out what was happening, I was astounded. Some individuals posted some really horrible graphic pictures of the dead bomber and statements about what they would like to do with the terrorists. They were so graphic and repulsive they were later removed. I recall wanting to stay focused on healing for all affected. Many of these individuals have not experienced what I have experienced over these last few days and was desperate to try to find a way to do so.

The tragedy happened. They found who did it. However, the dead terrorist is a human being and to treat his body anything but human would make us no better than the terrorists. I found publicizing the photo a complete disgrace and would only attract more hatred and terror. I was desperate to try to make sense of all the anger and violence and worried if we continued in this path we would be headed for disaster.

I found myself finding many people agreeing with my sentiments in the need for peace, healing and love. That anything but that would make us no different than those terrorists and they would succeed. We would only win if we emerge stronger and more unified. That is what I experienced and that has been my journey I was so desperate to get others to see. Thankfully the violent and angry outbursts quickly subsided.

I also remember April 20th quite well too. I commented how I could not recall a day where I slept as well as I did the night before. I pulled out my Buddah oracle cards and the first card I pulled when asking for guidance in regards to this Boston tragedy was the “Meditation” card. The second card happened to be the “Liberation” card. I knew immediately spirit intervened and was grateful.

We can learn so much from our animal friends on how we handle tragedy. I am lucky to have an amazing dog who teaches me so much and helps keep me focused on what is really important. She is a true blessing in my life. I do use her as a therapy dog and as training for certain healing programs I teach. So on Sunday, April 21st, Ava, my sheltie, stood by her “Boston Strong” sign with her friend Scoobydoo to show their support for all affected. We placed the photo at the memorial site on that Monday.

I also felt the need to help many of the students at the college with healing so my class led an effort to put together a poster to have everyone sign and place at the growing memorial site. We wrote

  • “We are a city of Patriots … a city of state of the art medicine … a city with some of the world’s greatest minds …a city of champions … a city of diverse cultures… a city whose marathon hosts the world’s greatest athletes … we standby you in unity, strength, peace, and healing. We are BOSTON STRONG!!! We choose to create a prayer and healing chain from all religions and backgrounds in unity with one voice to help Boston heal from this tragedy and emerge stronger and more united. We are grateful to be surrounded by heroes!”

The day the streets opened up was another day. I visited the site where the bomb went off, and found myself once again feeling a sense as if someone was pulling on my heart and a complete overwhelming feeling. However, this time, it was the actual trauma I was feeling and the need for continued healing. I could not look at the newly poured concrete or the limbs that were blown off the trees. It was too much to handle.

What I found profound and amazing was that within 24hrs afterwards, those sensations were changed. They were still present but significantly diminished. I attribute this to the influx of support, resilience and determination of amazing Bostonians who came out with amazing positive energy to show support to the local businesses affected.

By April 25th, I experienced a sudden flash of inspiration while walking through the NEW memorial site while on my way to work as I had a vision for an angel painting. I have not painted in over five years, but somehow I was inspired walking here. Walking by the other site to get to the train felt MUCH better energetically that day too than the previous day. I now wonder if the inspiration was divinely guided in some way.

Later that evening I attended a mediumship development circle and ever since I arrived, I felt a presence from the Revolutionary War era and at the time he was only showing his brown boots with brass round buttons. I instructed the group to try to get as much information about this individual as possible. I was completely amazed at how the group got the same the information for the most part. His message was to let us know we are not alone, and those who fought and died for this country are equally disturbed by the events, but want us to know we are supported. He wanted us to know we have a lot of prayers and healing being sent to Boston by so many on the other side and have even helped in ways from response to investigation to healing. Again, this was another experience and blessing that came out of tragedy that I never experienced before. I was elated, humbled and grateful. It was wonderful to receive such a confirmation to something I had been feeling all along while going to these locations.

A few days later I met a beautiful, amazing soul at the growing memorial site at Copley who struck a conversation with me. She was in Boston from North Carolina visiting our city for a convention in town. Again, words cannot explain the immense feeling of unity and healing with such a liberating conversation about healing and the amazing memorial set up. We even talked about the visit I had from a man who crossed in spirit from the Revolutionary War era letting us know that there are those on the other side supporting Boston and sending healing as well. It was such a great to the day with so many divine messages to digest.

More recently, on May 2nd, I took a photograph of an beautiful sunrise in Quincy, MA. After I uploaded the photograph, I noticed a yellow orb in the photograph. Once I saw this, I realized this is not over and there is another message to be given. This was representative of a continued message of determination, new inspiration, and being hopeful.

Well, during my morning ritual in the Copley Memorial, I was approached by a NECN reporter who wanted to know about my daily rituals in the park as well as some feedback about the latest arrests. I had to teach so I did not see the broadcast, but apparently it aired at approximately 8am on May 2nd.

So this journey has taken me to so many places from such a tragic event where so many lives were so horribly affected. What I learned and still learning from this journey, it to keep faith alive. We are surrounded and protected by the divine. Fighting horror and terror with love, unity, and healing is the right way to win the war against terror. Never to forget the power of prayer. There will always be tragedy somewhere in the world, but how we react to it is the divine test we given. We cannot forget the blessings that came as a result of that tragic day. Above all, I am grateful to be surrounded by so many wonderful human beings that are helping Boston heal and become stronger than ever before. Thank you ALL for being so magnificent.

WE ARE BOSTON STRONG BECAUSE OF YOU!!!!! Thank you!

Our completed Sanford Brown College poster before it was taken to the memorial site. Pictured is Laura Bonetzky-Joseph on campus
Our completed Sanford Brown College poster before it was taken to the memorial site. Pictured is Laura Bonetzky-Joseph on campus | Source
The silver line bus - MBTA showing their support to Boston "Boston Strong" while on my way to the Victim Rights Conference in Boston
The silver line bus - MBTA showing their support to Boston "Boston Strong" while on my way to the Victim Rights Conference in Boston | Source
The growing site at Copley Square.
The growing site at Copley Square. | Source
Sanford Brown College poster place at the FIRST memorial site before it moved
Sanford Brown College poster place at the FIRST memorial site before it moved | Source
Place where one of the bombs went off. Street just reopened. I can not tell you how heavy my heart felt and literally breathless. Very traumatic energy here.
Place where one of the bombs went off. Street just reopened. I can not tell you how heavy my heart felt and literally breathless. Very traumatic energy here. | Source
The Buddha Cards I pulled
The Buddha Cards I pulled | Source
More from the growing memorial site.
More from the growing memorial site. | Source
Second memorial site after it was moved once due to the growth of the site before it moved to Copley.
Second memorial site after it was moved once due to the growth of the site before it moved to Copley. | Source
Beautiful tribute to the three lost on April 15th
Beautiful tribute to the three lost on April 15th | Source
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This is a couple buildings away from where I work two days after tragic events.
This is a couple buildings away from where I work two days after tragic events. | Source
Ava and Scooby showing their Boston Strong Support at the memorial site.
Ava and Scooby showing their Boston Strong Support at the memorial site. | Source
This is the first site before moved to the corner/
This is the first site before moved to the corner/ | Source

Comments 8 comments

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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

God bless you. You are beautiful and brave.

Great hub. Voted up ++++ and sharing

I would like to link this hub to mine, if that is okay.

In His Love, Faith Reaper


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

This is a beautiful hub! There is so much inspiration and love in this hub, it just flows out. The American people are strong! We were strong in New York, we were strong in Oklahoma City, we were strong in Boston and we will always be strong. We stand together during adversity and beyond. This is a wonderful, heart felt article that I am sharing everywhere I can! Up and awesome!!! :)


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Smireles 3 years ago from Texas

Thank you for this beautiful hub. Such insight! Voted up and sharing.


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llbmom 3 years ago from Hingham, MA Author

Thank you all so much for you kind words. It is an unexpected experience but felt it was important to focus on the healing not the tragedy without trying to diminish in any way the devastating impact this has on so many people's lives. Thank you so much for commenting and sharing your thoughts. Many blessings to you.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

What a wonderful and beautiful hub. Thank you so much for writing this and sharing your perspective from a first hand witness to the destruction in Boston. This was amazing and engaging to read. I can relate a little with how you felt, numb and shocked. I worked overseas in the 80's and taught the children of service men off an army base in Germany. In those days, the terrorists were bombing cars and as near to the bases as they could get. It was an awful time in our history. It was especially bad after Anwar Sadat was assassinated. So, I know a little of how you have felt. Again, thank you for this wonderful hub and your photos are beautiful. I hope the healing begins now and all of you are soon feeling well and back to normal.


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llbmom 3 years ago from Hingham, MA Author

I truly appreciate your sentiments on your experiences and how they relate. Thank you for your kind words. This experience was life changing for me especially in the realm of faith and prayer and I consider myself not a religious person


Sue Boardman 2 years ago

Thank you for your words, Laura! I didn't go into Boston to see the memorial but with your blog and pictures, I can remember the first time I felt a sense of peace around all of this. I was there in spirit praying and sending healing to all. I consider myself fortunate to have you as even a small part of my life!


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llbmom 2 years ago from Hingham, MA Author

Thank you for your kind words Sue. I am grateful to make a positive impact in your life. I find that most rewarding.

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