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Gillie Sutherland Gillie Sutherland

We walk the same Earth, we breathe the same air, and we all seem to be seeing a lot of rainbows at the moment!

Written by  Gillie Sutherland Oct 04, 2020

I don’t know about you, but I just don’t know what to trust anymore.

There seem to be many more questions than answers.

“Is the pandemic as dangerous as we think it is?”

“Does Donald Trump really have CO-VID or is it just a publicity stunt?”

“Are they just making it up as they go along?”.

Now before anyone jumps on me for asking these questions, let me just say I have no idea, and I don’t think any of us do know what the truth is.

What we do know is this. We walk the same Earth, we breathe the same air, and we all seem to be seeing a lot of rainbows at the moment!

It became a trend in lockdown, with children across Europe and the US drawing a rainbow on a piece of paper and taping it to the window to feel a sense of community with the rest of the world. The idea was to offer hope and a sense of solidarity, in times of adversity.

The rainbow can remind us that “the greater the storm, the brighter the rainbow”, and that it’s just a case of getting through the bad weather as best we can, but that looking after each other helps too.


It’s also a symbol for diversity, representing love in all it’s forms, and how each of us are “equal but different”, as with the colours of the rainbow. It’s like the tutti-frutti of nature, like a small miracle when one appears; it brings out the child-like wonder in each of us. I can’t help but think that we need more of that at the moment!

I caught my rainbow this week, as I was driving down into the village of Molunat, not long after the huge storms, and I saw one appear across the bay. It was a moment that took my breath away, as I had just had a song on the radio, “Firework” by Katy Perry, with the lyrics.

“After a hurricane comes a rainbow”. I’d been singing along and then a rainbow appeared. I didn’t stop to take a photo, but it was captured on camera and shared on Instagram.

It was one of those spooky moments, and I asked myself: “was that just a coincidence, or was it a little miracle, a sign of things to come?”.

Later on, I saw there were rainbows being shared from my old home in Devon, including at Powderham Castle, who are proudly flying the rainbow flag from their historic home.

It feels like something is changing. There’s still a lot of fear, hate, greed and dishonesty, but it seems there are more people looking to nature instead, and finding they feel more positively about themselves, each other and the world around them.

Like my friends at the Castle, they believe in love and inclusivity, and that life is about community, sharing and caring. They want the planet to heal, they care about nature, and creating a future for the next generation, and they find purpose through this intention.

I remembered an old Hopi prophecy I had read and I decided to look it up.

“When the Earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come onto the Earth, from many colours, classes and creeds, and who by their actions and deeds shall make the Earth green again. They will be known as the Warriors of the Rainbow”.

Wouldn’t that be great? Could there be a better outcome from all of this? To make the Earth green again?

We can hope, and we can all do our bit for the environment, but I once heard someone say that we could heal this planet just by being kinder to ourselves and each other.
If you think about it, it makes sense. But even if it’s not true, it’s certainly going to make it all a lot easier.


Gillie Sutherland grew up in the north of England, before settling in Devon, but has now swapped her UK address for one on the Adriatic in the very south of Croatia, in Molunat. A professional yoga trainer she now runs retreats and online courses from her Konavle base. She also writes a weekly column for the Devon newspaper, The Express and Echo.

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