How Should a Group Apologize to People They Harmed?

Former Chancellor of Germany Willy Brandt kneels before the Holocaust Memorial in 1970. (Photo:Poland Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Twitter)

Greater Good Magazine

When you’ve harmed another person, a sincere apology can go a long way toward helping them to forgive you and move on. Science suggests that acknowledging wrongdoing and promising to make amends can help relationships recover from past hurts.

What about when the harm has been done between large groups of people, rather than individuals? In the wake of a war or centuries of systematic discrimination, mere apologies may never seem like enough.

For one thing, it’s hard to trust the “other side” has good intentions, especially when harm has been great, many individuals are involved, and degrees of remorse are unclear. Also, intergroup apologies are traditionally offered by representatives (like presidents or CEOs) rather than actual perpetrators, and are often highly scripted and rehearsed. That can lead victims to dismiss the apologies as fake and insincere, impeding conflict resolution.

Now, a new study led by Samuel Nunney of Cardiff University has identified steps that can vastly improve intergroup apologies. By attending more carefully to what’s needed to rebuild trust and protect victims, groups who’ve done harm can help bring peace and reconciliation in conflict situations.

Ingredients of intergroup apology

The researchers used as raw material a real-world example: a written apology issued by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) for their role in civilian deaths during “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland. However, they manipulated its content to see how that affected the willingness of British citizens to forgive.

In some experiments, the researchers added a concluding paragraph that conveyed the IRA’s recognition of issues needing attention to promote peace. In particular, the amended apology addressed structural issues (like power imbalances, the need for reparations), relational issues (rebuilding lost trust), and issues related to group identity (respect for group status and countering discrimination).

In other cases, the apologies were changed to include expressions of remorse, shame, or guilt. And sometimes the factors and emotional expressions were combined in different ways to see how they might augment each other to increase forgiveness.

After reading a version of the apology, participants reported on how sincere, remorseful, trustworthy, and believable the perpetrator appeared to them. They also said whether they thought the perpetrator should be forgiven, answering with a simple yes or no. Finally, they were asked if they agreed with statements like, “It is important that the wrongs done to us are never forgotten” or “Britain and Northern Ireland will never move on until the events are forgiven.”

Analyzing the results, the researchers found some interesting patterns. For one, when apologies included not just reparations, but acknowledgement of relational and group identity issues, those apologies led people to see the IRA as more trustworthy and sincere. This more favorable perception of the IRA, in turn, led people to be more willing to consider forgiving the group for past wrongs.

When apologies fail

According to study coauthor Anthony Manstead, these findings suggest that apologies could be more effective if they considered victims’ needs more carefully.

“If you take socio-emotional factors seriously in your intergroup apology, then it has a greater chance of being effective, where effective means greater forgiveness,” he says. “And, hopefully, greater forgiveness is a step towards reconciliation.”

In yet another experiment, structural, relational, and group-identity issues were added to the apology separately, but that didn’t produce the same results. For example, offering reparations alone did not make people trust the IRA more or want to forgive them, which suggests that reparations, though helpful, are not enough to move peace forward.

“Putting these all together seems to add to a more effective apology package,” says Manstead.

He and Nunney also found that when apologies included messages acknowledging shame, people were more willing to trust and believe the apologies—and to forgive. Even though past research has shown that guilt or remorse is important in peace processes, Manstead didn’t find that in this study.

“Shame is a more potent emotion,” he says. “If you’re expressing collective shame, you’re acknowledging that your group has some bad elements, which appears costly to you and makes you seem more sincere to others.”

Unfortunately, in the real world, many people don’t consider these social-emotional elements, says Manstead. He points to men accused of sexual misconduct in the United States as an example, saying that much of the time, they only reluctantly admit shame. In fact, apologies for misconduct often have to be extracted from them under duress, which makes it difficult for victims to believe the perpetrator is truly remorseful and willing to make amends.

What makes an apology work

On the other hand, he says, you can look to the actions of former Chancellor of Germany, Willy Brandt, who dropped to his knees before the Holocaust Memorial in 1970. The spontaneous acknowledgement of shame and remorse had a much deeper impact on people than scripted apologies.

“That was deeply moving for the people who witnessed it,” says Manstead. “It was a very effective way of getting across the sincerity of the apology that he was trying to make for his country’s actions.”

Of course, it’s not easy to create peace between groups, and a spontaneous display of shame may not be enough. In fact, as this study found, it’s best to include both shame and acknowledgement of impediments to peace if you really want to reconcile with victims of group harm. And though the results of this study align with past research on effective apologies, there is much more work to be done before assuming that an inclusive apology will work as well in a high-stakes peace process.

Still, seeing that the way we approach group apologies can make a difference gives hope for reconciliation. Perhaps if groups involved in conflicts could acknowledge the many levels of harm they’ve caused victims, express shame, and promise to work toward reparations, it could pave the way toward more peace between groups in the future.

“An intergroup apology without these factors runs the risk of being seen as insincere and untrustworthy, and is therefore likely to be brushed off or ignored or seen as ineffective by the victim group,” says Manstead. “I’m not a policy person, but I think that this is a key message to take away from our research.”

About the Author

Jill Suttie

Jill Suttie, Psy.D., is Greater Good’s former book review editor and now serves as a staff writer and contributing editor for the magazine. She received her doctorate of psychology from the University of San Francisco in 1998 and was a psychologist in private practice before coming to Greater Good.

The People Are the Power. When We Unite, We Can Stop These Crimes Against Humanity! | Lurnpa

Source: Lurnpa Lurnpa

“I’m in this for the children. I’m in this for the people. I’m in this for humanity. And, I’m in this for Mother Earth. I stand with all who seek freedom. And, I will never ever give up on the children and future generations… I ask you to stand with all of humanity to end the senseless suffering across the planet that’s been perpetrated by corporations that are nothing but war mongers. All the conflict on the planet and all of these wars are bankers wars. Everything is by design. We have been socially engineered. We have a chance to unite as humanity and stand up. And, I’m calling on YOU ALL to stand with us because at the end of the day it’s the people power. The people are the power. And when we realize that and when we unite and stand together, we can stop these crimes against humanity. We can stop the genocide. And, most importantly, we can protect the children.” ~ Lurnpa

Since videos of Lurnpa speaking at the freedom rally (see HERE and HERE) have been circulating, we have seen an overwhelming unity form amongst the human community which we have dreamed of for many years. Seeing this unity being cultivated has brought relief and a new boost of energy to continue this fight that was beginning to take a toll on many of us who have been fighting for years and intergenerational – lifetimes.

Yes we are fighting, yes we are at war but we are not just soldiers or warriors, we are human. Lurnpa decided to put this short video together of explaining why he has embarked on this pilgrimage of creating a better world for the children through reasserting our freedom and Sovereignty as human beings.

Also from Lurnpa:

“The Indigenous of Australia are rising and standing with you to protect each and every one of you against this medical tyranny and this fraudulent govt. Under UN orders the queen decolonized Australia in 1973. The govt was meant to hold a referendum to let the people decide by referendum how to be governed they did not. they created a corporation and the fake Queen of Australia. they were also supposed to renegotiate a treaty with the Indigenous. They did not. This was a big mistake for them. It means that the only law that is valid here now is Indigenous lore. The tribal elders of all councils around Australia are coming together to stand down this govt. They will offer anyone who requests it a tribal card that you are under Indigenous lore. This has been tested and it works. They will not be able to touch you or force you to do anything. If they try there are legal repercussions on them personally. Soon we will be rallying against the govt and launching this. there need to be protests around the country in support of the indigenous who are protecting you and bringing our country out of this communist takeover. A call-out will be made. This is it, people. Stay strong. Be Ready.”

How to Find Peace in the Midst of Chaos

By Luminita D. Saviuc  | Purpose Fairy

We can find peace in the midst of chaos. Peace is always there. But in order to find it, we first have to learn to take our focus away from everything that’s keeping us from feeling at peace. ~ Luminita D. Saviuc

With everything that’s happening in the world at the moment and all the agitation, fear, chaos, and madness that’s trying to reach our minds, hearts, and homes, it’s so important to remain calm and at peace. Trusting that everything will eventually turn out fine. And that, this too shall pass.

How to Find Peace in the Midst of Chaos

1. Close your eyes to the world around you.

Take a deep breath. And close your eyes to all the fear, panic, chaos, and separation present ‘out there’ trying to force itself on you.

Close your eyes to all these fearful news and all the conflicting information being shared online. And focus on your heart. 

2. Forget all about the world.

Forget about what’s on the news. Forget about what the leaders of the world are telling you. Forget about what the many influencers and celebrities have to say about this coronavirus. In fact, forget about what we all have to say.

Just focus on You and what you KNOW in your Heart to be Right, True, and Safe for YOU.

3. Find Peace through Stillness.

Tune into the stillness that’s present underneath all this chaos and madness.

Tune into that sweet and Unfathomable Peace that’s deep within you, waiting to be acknowledged and felt. And let yourself experience Truth, Courage, Faith, Clarity, and Divine Sight.

4. Allow your Inner Voice to be your Guide. 

The noise this world is currently making, is just that, a lot of noise. Seek to shift your focus from what is Out there, to what’s Within You. Learn to listen to the soft voice of your Heart. And let that Wise and Inner Voice be your Guide. 

5. Pay attention to the many games of fear.

Take a few steps back. And notice everything that’s happening all around you.

Notice how fast fear is currently moving and how many people have already fallen, and continue to fall into its many traps;

Notice how many people are actually thinking for themselves. And how many got lost in the terrifying thoughts of others;

Notice the angerpain, agony, and the many judgments people are placing on others. And how they use their own hidden fears and unhealed traumas to cause others to feel fearful, terrified, and ashamed;

Notice the separation that’s being created amongst those who think differently than the crowd. And how skillful we attack all those who stand up for something other than helplessness, pain, suffering, and fear.

Pay attention to everything that’s happening all around you. And no matter what happens, do let anything or anyone pull you down into guilt, shame, pride, or fear.

6. Find Peace by seeking to know your Nature.

As a wise 70-year old woman said to me recently, people live in fear because they no longer know who they are. They no longer remember the Unlimited and Divine Power that created them. Nor do they believe that this Power is present within them. Therefore, they perceive themselves as small and helpless.

Be wise.

Strive to remember your Origin. For in Knowing your Self, you will know that there is no greater power than the power that lies within you!

7. Find Peace by being brave.

It is in difficult times like these that many people will fall deeper into fear. While others will awaken to Courage, Boldness, and Truth. 

Do not be afraid.

Fear has no power. It only feeds with the Power you give to it. For fear is nothing but an illusion that’s meant to keep us asleep and away from our Truth and Power.

Be brave!

Be bold!

Be confident in the God Force that is present within you.

Unleash your Inner Power. Unleash your Inner Giant.

And through your Light, Love, and Courage let the whole world know that there is absolutely nothing this fearful world can do to us.

We are Unlimited.

We are Powerful.

We are Divine. 

And these are the 7 steps that are meant to help you find your peace during turbulent times. I hope these steps will inspire and empower you to walk by Faith, not by Sight so that you can take your power from within and remain calm and at peace no matter what happens ‘out’ there.

~love, Luminita💫

Study Outlines The Damage to Democracy and Human Rights Under Lockdowns

By Ethan Yang | American Institute for Economic Research

In February of 2021, the former British judge Lord Sumption wrote an article proclaiming that liberal democracy might be the greatest fatality of the Covid-19 pandemic. He correctly noted the disturbing use of government power that was unleashed onto every aspect of society in a manner never before seen. If such powers are not correctly repackaged and locked away, liberal democracies worldwide would be in a much darker place and the grand experiment of a free and open society would fall victim to the demise of its own design. His sentiments are echoed by the latest addition of a comprehensive study published by the V-Dem Institute at the University of Gothenburg which describes itself as follows,

“Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) produces the largest global dataset on democracy with almost 30 million data points for 202 countries from 1789 to 2020. Involving over 3,500 scholars and other country experts, V-Dem measures hundreds of different attributes of democracy. V-Dem enables new ways to study the nature, causes, and consequences of democracy embracing its multiple meanings.”

Their 2021 report notes that over the past ten years liberal democracy has been on the decline and autocracy has been on the rise. This is exemplified by populist and nationalist movements in countries such as India, Brazil, Poland, Turkey, and the United States. The number of liberal democracies has declined from 41 to 32 over the course of the past decade and electoral autocracies have become the most common regime type. Authoritarian countries like China and Russia not only solidified their power but expanded, such as with the recent crackdowns in Hong Kong and the annexation of Crimea.

The most shocking findings of the report were the extent of the abuse of power that transpired under the guise of fighting Covid-19. In Western liberal democracies, the restrictions were quite severe with prohibitions on travel, discriminatory behavior, executive overreach, attacks against free expression, and a lack of time limits on emergency powers being common themes. However, what has transpired in more autocratic regimes under lockdowns would make even the most tyrannical American governors blush. Ultimately, the report concludes that liberal democracy during the lockdowns took a hit, but the damage can be minimized if restrictions are lifted and emergency powers are reformed. Lockdowns, as devastating as they were, are only one factor in the chronic decline of our liberal democratic system. However, such a decline opens the door to even worse possibilities.

Exploring the Abuse of Power Under Lockdowns

The study measures violations against established international norms regarding just state conduct. It explains,

“Based on international human rights law, emergency measures may alter democratic institutions, rights, and proceedings only within certain boundaries. For example, while responses to Covid-19 may ensure physical distancing by restricting freedom of movement and assembly, they may not infringe on non-derogable rights like the right to life or freedom from torture.”

Furthermore, emergency measures must be “proportionate, necessary, and non-discriminatory”, which means that aggressive lockdown policies would not be considered a violation provided they are following some sort of universal procedure and not targeting certain populations. Therefore, the report does excuse the behavior of lockdown heavy countries like New Zealand because it is mostly focusing on truly poor-intentioned abuses of power such as the suppression of media and targeting of minority groups. Also, while the report does not include the censorship of Canadian doctors, the incident occurred after its publication.

Regardless, the study shows just how eager autocratic regimes around the world and even liberal democracies would be to violate democratic norms under the cover of a pandemic. The report notes,

“Restrictions on media freedom are most common by far – 2/3 of all countries imposed moderate or major ones. Almost 1/3 of nations (31%) have (or had) emergency measures without a time limit.”

In particular, India engaged in the harassment of journalists and Turkish authorities arrested members of the press for reporting on the pandemic while imprisoning hundreds of civilians who discussed the issue on social media. In Tunisia, the government attacked bloggers who criticized its approach to the pandemic. Such media repression in Sri Lanka was not only present but accompanied by attempts to undermine the very institutions of liberal democracy. V-Dem notes,

“The Sri Lankan government used the pandemic to impose new restrictions on the media, intimidate and silence critics, and repress civil society organizations. V-Dem data also recorded a noticeable decline in judicial independence and in the autonomy of the election management body.”

In countries like the US and other liberal democracies, civilians were essentially confined to house arrest under lockdown orders. Although this was certainly terrible and unjustified, that paled in comparison to what autocratic countries did to their people. The study writes that,

The Saudi government detained hundreds of migrant workers in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, and the Venezuelan authorities detained thousands of its citizens who were returning from abroad in makeshift facilities… In Uganda, the authorities invoked social distancing regulations to target LGBT communities and intimidate journalists.

In Nepal, Paraguay, and South Africa, police forces used unjustified and inappropriate tactics of humiliation on those who violated social distancing guidelines. A Reuters article from April of 2020 noted,

“The U.N. human rights office voiced concern on Monday about more than a dozen countries that have declared states of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic where police have arrested or detained hundreds of thousands of people and killed others.”

Migrant workers in India are being sprayed with a disinfectant before being allowed to enter their home province. 

It goes without saying that these horrendous and inhumane strategies are enabled by not only unscientific hysteria but also a lack of respect for the norms of liberal democracy. Something that many here in the West have routinely scoffed at as antiquated values that prevent us from fully responding to threats. Principles matter most not when times are good, but when they are bad. V-Dem provides a regression table showing that infringements on international norms occurred significantly more in autocratic countries than liberal democratic ones. The US in particular underperformed in its ability to uphold democratic norms compared to its peers.

Taken in its entirety, all this shows that lockdowns were terrible in liberal democratic countries and they were especially horrendous in more authoritarian countries given their lack of constraints on power. The universal lesson is that this is what happens when you let the genie out of the bottle when it comes to this sort of government power.

violations by type
pandemic violations index

The greatest takeaway from the report in regards to pandemics and democracy is the need to enact emergency power reforms. As shown by the above graph, the report is willing to excuse the behavior of countries like New Zealand and Canada that had strict lockdowns but did not engage in the sort of abusive behavior that the other countries engaged in (targeting minorities, police misconduct, using makeshift detention facilities, etc.).

However, the report makes it very clear that all countries should set time limits on emergency powers that allow them to execute lockdowns. Worryingly, as of December 2020, 43 countries had emergency orders with no such limits; 24 were democracies, 19 were autocracies. It goes without saying that absent the aforementioned reforms, the former risks transitioning into the latter.

Finally, although this article by The Guardian was written in March of 2020, it warned about the dangers of countries like the Philippines attempting to stamp out “Covid misinformation”, as such a mandate gives far too much discretion to target political speech. Although that is a real threat, it would be interesting to know if they would still hold the same attitude towards the current Biden Administration’s recent attempt to do the same.

Key Takeaways

The report covers more than just the disturbing abuses of power that have occurred under lockdowns. Ultimately it warns against the reemergence of the dark authoritarian tendencies that exist within all societies. At the same time, it notes that democracy movements are still alive and well across the world. The ark of history has no set destination and it is up to us as a civilization to decide where it lands.

When it comes to democracies and lockdowns, this report is a stark reminder of why principles matter during a pandemic and why they will matter forever. The use of lockdowns and emergency powers without set end dates leaves the future of liberal democracies in question. For those unfortunate enough to live in autocratic nations, their lockdowns made the ones in freer countries look like child’s play. With the necessity for a system of limited government under a liberal democracy coming into question with every passing year, 2020 should have served as a preview for what life could become if we fail to defend our freedoms.

Ethan Yang

Ethan Yang

Ethan Yang is an Adjunct Research Fellow at AIER as well as the host of the AIER Authors Corner Podcast.

He holds a BA in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations with minors in legal studies and formal organizations from Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut. He is currently pursuing a JD from the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.

Ethan also serves as the director of the Mark Twain Center for the Study of Human Freedom at Trinity College and is also involved with Students for Liberty. He has also held research positions at the Cato Institute, the Connecticut State Senate, Cause of Action Institute, and other organizations.

Ethan is currently based in Washington D.C and is a recipient of the 13th Annual International Vernon Smith Prize from the European Center of Austrian Economics Foundation. His work has been featured and cited in a variety of outlets from online media to a radio broadcasts.

The Key to Unlocking Change: Be What You Want to See

Image result for be the changeI felt compelled to write about ‘being the change’ this week after all of the negative news going on in the world lately. I won’t get into it, as I’m sure most of you are aware of what’s been going on but I just wanted to take the time to remind everyone that it all starts with each and every one of us. We all matter and we all mean something. Somewhere along the line, it became acceptable; almost required to teach us that we are insignificant and we began to lost our luster, our soul shine…and that is the greatest lie ever taught. We are all significant, we are divine, we are love. Don’t ever forget that because once you remember, the world will reflect a place that won’t need changing. 

In any situation, if there are opposing forces, which we all know is not uncommon in our 3-D world, then there are also likely to be some expectations of giving and take, of push and pull, and of certain roles you play. There are masks you get to choose from, but from the moment you are born, you must wear one. Your parents usually choose them for you until you are around the age of 18, and usually, the ones they’ve chosen tend to have an influence on the ones we later choose in life, and sadly most of us never learn to question why we’re wearing one at all or even attempt to remove it.

In this world of duality, in this modern society, there are certain ways to think, act and feel. And those of us born with different ways of perceiving, sensing, and feeling the world tend to not fit into the molds and therefore are more easily capable of seeing where the chaos is occurring in the collective and how it can be most effectively addressed.

I say this most astutely, because of time after time, experiment after experiment, measurement after measurement, it always comes back to heart resonance. If you do ANYTHING from the heart, it will have a positive, beneficial effect on the matter, being, or species at hand. I’m not talking about mere good intentions or what we might think is good for another person, but actually feeling into our hearts and connecting to that knowing space that allows us to resonate with the truth of existence.

Some would say this goes beyond the boundaries that you simply do not cross. Some would say that our society is best to not cross them. Or not…

There is a wave of us (yes I do include myself in this group although I try to avoid labels), that was never ingrained with such filters and like Van Gogh’s bleeding ear, I find it as weird and fascinating as much as I can appreciate the act itself as beautiful, alchemical art. And some might think that is just fucking unheard of. I guess you could say I strive to embody what I would imagine it means to truly be a ‘spiritual gangster’. LOL We have all seen Deepak Chopra sporting those chakra-tactical Ts, right?

So what the that mean exactly? It means to not only fall into the trap of every thought must be positive, every move must be toward the light, every day must be full of sunshine and smiles, but to also have the awareness that it’s all about the balance and that includes the Darkside, my fellow Jedis! We are gonna have to face those shadows and feel uncomfortable at times to truly “walk the path”. The New Age Movement has become a dangerous arena. It can be a great resource to learn ancient meditation, yoga, pranic breathing techniques and offer insights into spiritual development that can help lead you to the cave of your inner world, but anyone telling you that you need them to take you inside and show you the way is lying to you.

It is you who must be your own guide, your own light because it is you who is also the darkness you will overcome. And you will do this by facing all that is within you that is reflecting back from others. All that we immediately want to judge, blame, hate or be jealous of. It is all within us waiting for us to just take a damn look. And not a look of condemnation or judgment, but of simple acknowledgment and acceptance; like that poor kid always left by himself on the playground who never gets picked for kickball. Just let him know he matters, that his existence actually means something. This can make someone’s entire world. You really never know the difference you make, until you care enough to actually make it.


Tamara posts new original articles to CLN every Saturday.

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Dallas High School Valedictorian Scraps Approved Speech to Speak Out Against State’s Extreme Anti-Choice Law

Paxton Smith, the valedictorian of Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, decided against delivering her approved speech at her graduation on Sunday and opted instead to speak out against her state’s newly signed anti-choice law. (Photo: YouTube/screenshot)

By Julia Conley | Common Dreams

A Texas high school valedictorian’s graduation speech garnered attention from Democratic lawmakers and rights advocates Wednesday after going viral on social media—not for the typical optimism contained in such addresses, but for the student’s decision to go off-script and speak out against her state’s assault on reproductive rights.

At Lake Highlands High School’s graduation on Sunday in Dallas, Paxton Smith scrapped her valedictory address—which had been approved by school officials—and told her audience it felt wrong to her “to talk about anything but what is currently affecting me and millions of other women in this state.”

“I have dreams, hopes, and ambitions. Every girl here does. We have spent our whole lives working towards our futures, and without our consent or input, our control over our futures has been stripped away from us.”
—Paxton Smith

“Starting in September, there will be a ban on abortions that take place after six weeks of pregnancy, regardless of whether the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest,” Smith said, referring to Senate Bill 8, which Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law last month.

In addition to banning abortion care after six weeks of pregnancy, at which point many women don’t yet know they’re pregnant, the law allows any citizen to sue anyone who “aids or abets” a patient who has an abortion—including clinic employees, friends or family members who drive the patient to their appointment, or providers.

“I have dreams, hopes, and ambitions,” said Smith. “Every girl here does. We have spent our whole lives working towards our futures, and without our consent or input, our control over our futures has been stripped away from us. I am terrified that if my contraceptives fail me, that if I’m raped, then my hopes and efforts and dreams for myself will no longer be relevant. I hope you can feel how gut-wrenching it is, how dehumanizing it is, to have the autonomy over your own body taken from you.”

Smith’s speech begins at the 4:38 mark below:

Smith won praise from lawmakers including Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) and state Rep. Julie Johnson, both of whom applauded the graduate’s “brave” decision to speak candidly about abortion care in a congressional district that has historically been solidly Republican before voters elected Democratic Rep. Colin Allred in 2018.

Others on social media echoed the lawmakers’ admiration, calling Smith “a force” and thanking her for articulating “the connection between a woman’s achievements, opportunities, and control over her body.”

This is courage. In one of the most conservative districts in Texas. I am in awe. https://t.co/xfClYhb6bc

— Lauren Hough (@laurenthehough) June 2, 2021

“I refuse to give up this platform to promote complacency and peace when there is a war on my body and a war on my rights,” Smith said in her speech. “A war on the rights of your sisters, a war on the rights of your mothers, a war on the rights of your daughters. We cannot stay silent.”

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Please Stop Calling Humans Seeking Safety a ‘Border Crisis’

“When we buy into the sham narrative of crisis, we fail to recognize migrants as human beings and we lose sight of the real issues: how our government is treating people who are escaping unimaginable violence—and how our policies are returning individuals to torture and even death.” ~ Rachel Pak

By Rachel Pak | Common Dreams

Over the last several weeks, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has reported a rise in the number of migrant children seeking refuge in the United States.

With the increase, the federal government’s capacity to process and shelter migrant children has been stretched, leading to children being housed in overcrowded and inhumane CBP facilities for extended periods of time.

Federal officials and some media have called what’s happening at the border a “crisis” or a “surge”—harmful rhetoric that has long been used to dehumanize immigrants and people approaching the southern border.

“Moving towards a better justice system isn’t possible if we continue to scapegoat immigrants instead of reckoning with our broken system. People approaching our borders deserve better. At the very least, our language should recognize their humanity.”

This language of crisis is a distraction—and it undermines common-sense policy solutions that can secure justice and safety for everyone in our country, including immigrant survivors fleeing gender-based violence.

Not only can this language be misleading and a misrepresentation of actual migration flows, but it provokes fear and needlessly divides Americans. It turns immigration into an “us versus them” issue, falsely painting migrants as a threat.

Policy solutions then shift to emphasize criminalization and detention, rather than responding with compassion and welcoming with dignity to those seeking safety. As a result, we’ve seen egregious policies in the last few years, like detaining and separating families and sending people seeking asylum to wait indefinitely in Mexico for their day in court.

When we buy into the sham narrative of crisis, we fail to recognize migrants as human beings and we lose sight of the real issues: how our government is treating people who are escaping unimaginable violence—and how our policies are returning individuals to torture and even death.

Right now, children are being jailed in deplorable conditions where they are susceptible to heightened and enduring trauma. Meanwhile, our border remains largely shuttered to adult survivors fleeing rape and horrific gender-based persecution because the new administration has yet to repeal an illegal policy implemented under the last one.

People escaping violence have a right to seek safety. If they can’t, that’s the real crisis.

Moving towards a better justice system isn’t possible if we continue to scapegoat immigrants instead of reckoning with our broken system. People approaching our borders deserve better. At the very least, our language should recognize their humanity.

We should look at the context of border crossings and understand the many complex reasons people leave their homes—including to find refuge from atrocious acts of rape, domestic violence, and other forms of gender-based violence.

We should center the individual in our language—each person carries their own intricate stories and histories. Then, as a country, we must remember our moral and international obligation to uphold the legal right to seek asylum and extend refuge to those who qualify.

We have an opportunity to improve our policies and better secure access to safety for immigrant survivors. But to get there, our approach must shift to one of compassion, reflecting the humanity of people approaching the border.

Everyone deserves to live a life free from violence—and our language and policies should reflect that.

Rachel Pak is a media relations associate for the Tahirih Justice Center, which advocates for immigrant women and girls who refuse to be victims of violence.

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What is the Paradox of Personal Power?

The Paradox Of Technology And 5 Ways To Avoid It - The latest Voice of  Customer and CX trends | Usabilla BlogAnyone who’s been doing it for a while knows that a key element in manifesting what you want is actually letting go of what you want.

Yep, you read that right. In order to have what you want, you just need to be willing to let it go. It’s a perfect paradox that life has set up and if we dig a little deeper this would be the step where after putting out your intentions, you then surrender any hold on how it needs to show up. Meaning, you can’t hold it in your mind in such a specific way that it closes you off from other opportunities the Universe is trying to bring it to you with. You miss what is often right in front of you because you are only expecting it to show you how you have it planned in your mind.

This is why you need to put it out there what you want, resonate with it…feel as it is yours, as it’s here with you, but don’t even consider a thought about how it got here. That is the Universe’s job and it is damn well good at it.

Now, a key of personal power is not often needed unless control over something else is intended. While the goal for the Spiritual Alchemist is to quiet (and learn from) the Ego Mind, expand from our traumas and trials, and be open to more abundance and joy in our lives. Everything in nature is cyclical, and our very own existence in nature is no different. Our own individual evolution through time and space is just as expansive as the tree rings of a great redwood. And this process of growth doesn’t need to be controlled but rather will flourish if left to its devices.

So, we might be mindful to look at it as we’re not necessarily shooting for fighting against darkness or fighting for light. That is key to remember; it’s about balancing both elements because both are equal in value and service to your soul’s growth in the lessons they offer. It is what you do with your experiences and lessons that determine your character and vibration and ultimately how large your energetic space in the world expands.

What is great about this is we have free will. It is always a choice. We can remain resentful of those that betrayed us before we had the conscious awareness to care for ourselves, whether that be our parents, teachers, even ourselves…, but if we can keep the focus on reclaiming that power back that was taken during that time, we allow ourselves the ability to continue our UP-ward spiral of expansion and we continue to flow with nature. We literally can FEEL when we are in this flow, and we can all admit that it feels pretty fucking amazing.

When we are connected to our soul purpose, our clear inner voice that is always trying to be heard under the clutter of other people’s beliefs, opinions, etc, that are stacked high in our subconscious minds, we have literally embodied “peace”. People who are happy all the time are faking it, I’m sorry. And people who are pissed off all the time are faking it too. Anytime you have to put conscious EFFORT into BEING a certain way, you are NOT being yourself, and this is why it doesn’t feel right deep down in your soul.

This is also why deep down we give ourselves so much shit for it and sometimes lash out at others when we’re really just so ticked of at ourselves that we haven’t yet figured out that we’re not supposed to drown in the bad times or lose ourselves in the good times. Paradox Dictionary Definition" Art Board Print by Primly | Redbubble

We are meant to flow through them all, arms out, ready to grab life by the balls. Ready to experience all it has to offer in those experiences (yes good or bad), and when you can be conscious of that outside of the emotions that come with these experiences, you have discovered who YOU are in there. And the more you stay aware of this truth, the easier it becomes to not attach to emotions and moments and not be so reactive. It becomes more natural to, well…be natural. To be neutral; to be at peace.

And when you finally learn to find your inner peace, you become the most powerful being on this plane of existence, yet may find no desire to use said power in any said direction. Because there’s no more looking. No more need to look. Just acceptance of what IS. Pure “Is-ness”, if you will. And it is only as much as “it is” in how it supersedes its need to be.

I hope I didn’t lose you there, but again you have to be willing to lose it all to have it all. And I hope you all have the most peaceful (yet maybe a little paradoxical) weekend! 🙂


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Israeli Woman Tells the World What’s Really Going on In Israel With Vaccines: “We are prisoners in our own country! Tomorrow, it will be at YOUR country!”

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A young woman in Israel tells the world that the people in Israel (including pregnant women) are essentially being forced to take the vaccine else they are Type B citizens.


Woman in Israel:
Hello to you this video is in English because I want to describe you the people of the world what’s been going on now in Israel. I want to describe you the life of an non-vaccinated people – a person in Israel today.

So we are the people in Israel feel that one day one day we woke up to a nightmare. Our life is being destroyed. We woke up to a nightmare which we have been kidnapped by our own government, which sold us to be a guinea pigs to an experimental vaccine that they want us to, you know, they want us to donate, to give up our bodies and our souls with no questions. We have become the biggest clinical trial of a vaccine in history in a scale of entire country. Imagine that!

Usually when you volunteer to an experiment you have the right to say no, to agree or not to agree, but here nobody asked us. Nobody asked us. They make us feel that it’s not right and it’s not okay to do what you want to do as a person and if you don’t participate in this vaccine kind of you know trial – you are a criminal. You are actually a criminal in your own country. This is crazy!

The Israeli government operates like a terrorist organization and force people to join in this experimental vaccine whose future is unknown, is unknown, and its medical results are still in the fog. Okay?

They are lying in the media and and you know tell us that the vaccine has passed the FDA approval which is not true. We have been checked. This is not a vaccine of approval is just an SOS experimental approval by the FDA.

They are closing at the moment the sky. We are imprisoned in our own country. There is no going out. No going in. No flight. We are prisoners in our own country! Like you do an experiment, you know, you close all the rest and you want to see what’s going on.
There is no transparency. Okay? No transparency whatsoever to the people. All government discussions about the corona are hidden from the citizens for 3 years and it’s supposed to be okay for us to take this vaccine. Okay? We are supposed to trust the government after they hiding from us this critical, critical information that blocked out about this experiment in the agreement with Pfizer for 3 years. You know that women were signed up like two years ago before the corona had already spread. This is crazy.

We lost every bit of trust that we have to the government and to this country. You know? They’re so irresponsible doing this experiment on pregnant woman, pregnant woman, you know? Can you imagine that – pregnant woman without knowing the medical consequences? And at the moment there are talking about vaccinating the children. Can you imagine? And if you will not, if you refuse to vaccinate your child, if you refuse to give them the body of your child, he will not be able to go to school soon. This is what they are telling us.

They force us and they’re taking all our human rights, all our human being rights, all of freedom. We cannot go free to the street. There are cops, police everywhere. We are asking for help help from all the global human rights organizations at the moment. This is a fascist behavior – brainwashing through the media.

At the moment. I want you to know (the people of the world) half of the population half of the people, nearly 5 million people as they claim (we don’t believe to that, okay?) have been vaccinated. 5 million people have been vaccinated in Israel, in Israel. Most of them, listen to this, most of those people are forced and not by choice They’re not choosing to do it. They’re forced to give up their freedom and their control of their body and from lack of choice – social and government rape, government rape.

They let us understand that it’s either you will vaccinated yourself or you cannot go to work. You cannot go to work! You are a type B citizen if you’re not get vaccinated. And they divide us. You cannot go to shop food in some stores. If you’re not vaccinated, you cannot enter malls and sit just for eating lunch – just if you’re not vaccinated.

This is crazy people! Now, it’s in our country now, it’s in Israel. Tomorrow, it will be in your country. Tomorrow it’ll be at your place!

We are not allowed to work – if you’re not a vaccinated – to breathe and live. We have no rights as human beings. The country has become a dictatorship under this false false epidemic and virus whose recovery rates are 98%. This is crazy! This is crazy on every scale.

2013 Rockefeller Paper Predicted Isolation & No Physical Contact

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At the 2013 Global Health Summit in Beijing, China, 112 key individuals from governments, the private sector, international organizations, and other groups, met to discuss how the next 100 years of global health may look. The summit released a white paper, titled: Dreaming the Future of Health for the Next 100 Years, which was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. 

In a section of the report that detailed what the participants were relatively certain of, there is a description of life that has many similarities to what has transpired in response to Covid, including isolation and an increasingly virtual life:

“The abundance of data, digitally tracking and linking people may mean the ‘death of privacy’ and may replace physical interaction with transient, virtual connection, generating isolation and raising questions of how values are shaped in virtual networks… Education will undergo major transformation due to convergence of insights from cognitive psychology and new online tools (chunking, crowdsourcing, chatrooms, mass open online courses) creating learning spaces in the ‘many to many’ forms of peer to peer learning, outside formal classrooms” (p.8).

The report then moves on to hypothesize on four different scenarios that could take place in the future, under a section, titled: Waking Up in 2050. In Scenario 1, The Scramble for Health Resources, there is a dystopian depiction of what life may be like in January 2050:

“We are living in a competitive and insecure world! Yesterday Global Health Inc sent the armed robots to a small pirate factory that had been 3d printing skin tissue for street sale in our poorer communities. The market for it is high due to injuries from the uncontrolled burning of waste for heat, as many cannot afford the new energy tariffs. There have many deaths from hypothermia in poorer, elderly people.

Global Health Inc claims that the factory isn’t registered with their wealth fund, that the tissue was substandard, and that they were implementing the global contract they have for policing public health. People in poorer communities are angry as they relied on that factory for cheap products and accuse Global Health Inc of protecting their patents. There are rumors that some from Section X of the city, you know the unplanned area where the 2046 solar flare refugees are living, well that some of them have torn off their sensors and are planning a food and fuel raid on the wealthy suburbs in the south” (p.13).

The description of what life may be like in January 2050, continues:

“Many are worried about the possibilities of infectious diseases from Section X spreading to their neighborhood. Their private health management schemes have sent reassuring messages that they are covered in their packages by a fault-free surveillance system that is able to detect any disease, and reminders to ensure that they have had their annual sensor checks” (p.13).

In Scenario 2: Health if we Make it Happen, the report discusses the possibility of a Global Standards Agency in Beijing, and a common international currency, by January 2050:

“We were briefed by videoconference from the Global Standards Agency in Beijing on the latest norms cities should reach on environment, wellbeing, local production, and recycling. We raised our concern that state authorities are not enforcing the standards. The Community Food Producers Association asked why the findings of the 2047 evaluation on investing in state and citizen enforcement were not being acted on. The representative of the GSA told us that is a local matter, but Greg from the CFPA raised that local government funds collapsed after the common international currency (CIC) was adopted” (p.14).

There are many other sections of this paper that are worth noting, as they provide insights into how elite networks see the future. For instance, the paper argues that there will probably be a decline in fertility, a trend we are already seeing in many countries:

“People will live longer and fertility will decline, with women exercising their reproductive rights” (p.6).

The report notes that humans will most likely “interact more with artificial intelligence,” and envisages that re-engineering may give birth to hybrid human-robot beings:

“We will interact more with artificial intelligence. The use of robotics, bio-engineering to augment human functioning is already well underway and will advance. Re-engineering of humans into potentially separate and unequal forms through genetic engineering or mixed human-robots raises debates on ethics and equality. New demography is projected to emerge after 2030 of technologies (robotics, genetic engineering, nanotechnology ) producing robots, engineered organisms, ‘nanobots’ and artificial intelligence (AI) that can self-replicate. Debates will grow on the implications of an impending reality of human-designed life” (p.7).

In relation to the power of nation-states, the paper argues that states power may diminish more, giving rise to megacities, local identity politics, and global networks:

“The power of states and their ability to provide an effective nexus between the local and global levels may diminish in the face of growing megacities, local identity politics, increasing social exclusion, increasing private influence on all spheres of life, widening liberalization and stronger global networks” (p.10).

Clearly, this report includes many insights relating to the kind of world elite networks of power see coming into view, from the death of physical interaction to a global international currency. The future is not decided, however, and, ultimately, your future will be shaped by you – by what you accept, oppose, and desire.

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How WE Can Use LOVE to Dramatically and Quickly Improve Conditions on Our Planet

Dr. Amit Goswami, Ph.D.

Want to know how we can dramatically change our world for the better –  quickly and easily? If so, then watch the video below. It’s an interview with Dr. Amit Goswami, who is the author of many books that bridge science and spirituality including “How Quantum Activism Can Save Civilization: A Few People Can Change Human Evolution.  (For an overview of Quantum Activism, read this important article: “Become a Quantum Activist.”)

In the video below, Dr. Goswami provides a solution to permanently rewire the brain circuits of the collective for LOVE. Pay particular attention to the last ten minutes of the video below, titled Dr Amit Goswami ‘Consciousness, Quantum Physics and Being Human’ , starting at the 50:15 minute mark (also, see the transcript below the video).

50:15 Iain McNay: How do you put this together – you’ve got this book “Quantum Activism Can Save Civilization” – how does this come together on a practical basis?

50:30 Dr. Goswami: This is, of course, I feel is the most important thing today for ALL thinking people, ALL feeling people, ALL people who want to integrate their lives – like I did – have to face up to… The faulty ideas of scientific materialism – that consciousness does not exist except as brain phenomenon and that matter is everything – what those ideas have done is to undermine those values that are the purpose of evolution, which is what makes living worthwhile.

51:05 Dr. Goswami: Consciousness gives us values. If you denigrate consciousness, then our values will automatically be denigrated. Does the brain have values?  Material scientists have tried to bring values back in through evolution.  But, they cannot do it because matter cannot process meaning, let alone values.  These things are subjects of scientific proof today.  We should give up on scientific materialism if we want to save civilization. Unfortunately, scientific materialism is very entrenched today. You have to realize that.

51:45 Dr. Goswami: But then, you have to recognize the power of activism.

52:00 Iain McNay:  How is quantum activism a way forward when it seems, from our media anyway, that the way forward is a long way away – if there is one.

52:25 Dr. Goswami: This is what people need know. It [a way forward] does seem remote today.  But, there are two answers.  First of all, it seemed remote when two scientists, Descartes and Francis Bacon, were struggling against the power of the church.  It seemed very remote then, didn’t it?  So, it means nothing that it seems very remote. Several decades ago, it seemed remote that communism could ever break down in Russia.

53:00 Dr. Goswami: So, how the movement of consciousness works is actually by jolt – by surprises.  This is what the nature of creativity is.  So, that’s one answer…. It will be creative; it will be a revolution. It will be some kind of nudge. Big changes come abruptly, suddenly – even social changes.

53:20 Dr. Goswami: The other aspect, which should be very hopeful for everyone, is that it does not take very many people to do it.  Rupert Sheldrake first had this intuition.  He published several books in the 80s where he put forth the idea that only a few people are needed to change the collective, because changes that we make in our brain involves what Sheldrake calls morphogenetic fields.  These fields are responsible in some way – I call them blueprints of biological forms.

54:00 Dr. Goswami: So, when we change the brain and make a positive emotional brain circuit of love (for example), the morphogenetic field …, which is the blueprint of that brain, becomes associated with love and will therefore it will become a loving morphogenetic field.  It is a changed morphogenetic field.

54:15 Dr. Goswami: That change, I was able to show, Mark Mitchell and I, that change in the morphogenetic field is NOT stored in the brain, but is stored nonlocally. Quantum memory is nonlocal memory – outside of space and time – everywhere and nowhere. Since it is nonlocal memory, anyone on Earth, irrespective of time and space, can access it.

54:45 Dr. Goswami: The vision is that if enough of us become conscious that we need to change, which we are capable of (we are capable of the creative experience; we are capable of turning our creativity inward to create brain circuits of love), and we do it in communities and do it in groups in such a way that nonlocality will be facilitated [in that the morphogenetic field becomes conditioned with love].  These nonlocal fields are then available in the future and are used automatically, without effort, by everyone.  So, we develop people to have brain circuits of love, which will propagate into the future through nonlocal means.

The nonlocal morphogenetic love fields will then cause the collective to permanently develop brain circuits conditioned for love.

As John Lennon said in his song Mind Games: “Love is the answer and you know that for sure.”

Real Eyes: The Importance of Empathy in a Time of Perceptual Entropy

The Popcorn Trick for the Best Microwave PopcornAuthor’s Note: Make some popcorn, this one’s a doozie… 🙂 

When I look at the world today, I do so with such mixed feelings in my heart. For while I feel in the pit of my being that an immense shift is occurring on the planet, and has shaken the proverbial tree of change, I see it manifested in humanity as confusion, chaos, misdirected anger and hate, and the deep-rooted shadows of all rising to the surface. A literal “purge” of everything we as a collective have shoved way down and tried to forget about.

I see hearts clinging to ideals and beliefs that have been fed through television screens and radio waves for so long. What is different today is that there is no more investigative journalism. Just a verbatim repetition of a script passed down from the top. And I see those who won’t question those beliefs, pitted against those who won’t stop asking questions about their authenticity. I have always found myself to be part of the latter group, and still consider myself to have an undying thirst for knowledge, understanding, and mutual connection with my fellow humans as a whole.

But alas, that is exactly what the bigger purpose of all this is. A catalyst…to get humanity asking questions about itself, so it can start counting on itself, to find its way back to self-empowerment and ultimately sovereignty and self-governance. But we need to do more than ask questions. We need to stop accepting it when we get no answers. Or as the “new norm” dictates, stop pretending that it doesn’t even exist.

Here’s a genuine newsflash. CNN has never, nor will they ever have, authority over or against our Legislative system nor to defy the Constitution. The fact they have the ability to create whatever narrative they wish by only showing certain angles of things, spinning facts into a whirlwind of misinformation and bias, and even going so far as to stage videos twisting the truth with their visual trick and deception of words.

They have purposely infiltrated peaceful gatherings, and never present the news as-is. This should be enough to open anyone’s eyes, but unfortunately, that is not the case. We bear witness to people blind by their own manufactured hate to the point it allows them to defy all logic, going so far as to claim for themselves titles such as “resistors”. The sad irony is that they are actually being used to usher in the exact thing they honestly believe they are fighting for.

Perhaps the most obvious over-reach is showing their control over what information is presented to the public or not. The last time I checked, their job was to INVESTIGATE and REPORT the TRUTH. Not to just do what you’re told and parrot the same scripted bullshit playing on every other mainstream media network in every other American city.

I used to have so much respect for journalists and the risks they often took to report on-site regarding issues that truly mattered to them. The Truth and presenting it to the public to form their OWN opinions is no longer a priority. But that was a different time. That was linear 1984. Today we are experiencing the spiritual version.

Yes, it appears to all be going to shit, because it IS! But, if you are reading this, then chances are excellent that you have the intellect and spiritual mindset to think outside the box long enough to be able to see even a glimpse of beauty in that. And for those of you who cannot, no it’s not some sadist point of view where there’s joy in destruction or pain; not at all. But rather, a simple appreciation of the entire process of long overdue, BIG change, and with that an inner knowing that with destruction always comes a rebirth.

In this third-dimensional world of ours, while appearing to be dualistic, everything is cyclical and returns to itself. All is energy and as we all know, energy cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed. And in this case; the Establishment as we knew it and the Mainstream Media will be the first to go into their transformation away from the slow steal of freedom and liberty by who I like to call “shadow fascists”. And we can toss some additional irony onto that shitpile of new reporting by acknowledging the fact that they used 3-d duality and division to fool so many they were supportive of collaboration and unity. How sad it’s been to watch this all play out, but it’s been equally as liberating…no pun intended.

We are so enamored by the perceived laws of man we are temporarily born into, that we often forget they do not surpass the laws we are indefinitely born under; The laws of the Universe and of Creation. We were not meant to be ruled over or told what to do as adults, were we? Or are we all just big children? Then why, I ask do we go for the jugular of our neighbors who pick a different master than us? Why instead are we not getting together with the neighbor to talk about how awesome life would be without even having a master to tell us what to think?

This ‘collective need’ to be told what to do ultimately takes the responsibility for our lives away from us and hands it over to another power. As if we were incapable, or not a divine creator being who actually came here for that sole purpose! We did NOT incarnate to be clueless robots. We came to be glitches in the Matrix!

The minute we believe that we are separate from Source or God, whatever term you use (or don’t use – in that case, whatever doctrine of law in which you run your life on the most personal level – or not), we are no longer able to see ourselves in others. And eventually…this is how hate is born. And when your goals and plans include deception, hate can be a powerful weapon used to obtain those goals.

To paraphrase Nelson Mandela, “We are not born with hate, it is taught.”

The lack of responsibility, transparency, and authenticity in our government has been slowly boiling to the surface for decades. Slow enough that the knowledge that we should be aware of not the puppets, but rather the puppetmasters, is not something readily available in most people.

Having empathy in times of change is vital for self-preservation. That might sound backward, but allowing ourselves to connect with others and put ourselves in their shoes keeps our hearts open, and with an open heart, we are able to live a life aligned with our personal goals and dreams. When we are in our heart space, and in the heart-mind, we are in our greatest creative space.  Because of this, our own perceptions are presumably the least bias they could be, because we are not so clouded by indoctrination, doubts, fear, insecurities, etc. In a sense, we reverse “perceptual entropy” that is caused by years and years of programming and conditioning by society.

If we lose sight of the fact that we are all in this together, we all end up losing! But you cannot fight FOR unity while spewing hate. When someone triggers anger in us, that is an excellent time to look at what is being shown to us about what needs to be healed within our own psyches. Yes, we all get offended here and there, but justified or not, nothing ever truly changes with the issues we have issues with until the mirror is turned onto ourselves. We are all individual expressions of the Universe and our inner worlds have always and will always manifest as the state of the outer world we see. To “fix” this current state of chaos, we need to turn our focus inward and once and for all, take off the blinders.

I am starting to sound like a broken record here, but knowing yourself is truly the greatest gift you can give to the world because when you take the time to know yourself, you can greatly become more grounded in your choices, you trust yourself more because you show up in life and come through for yourself (do what you say you will) and begin to feel more confident in your own skin. You begin to filter through your own opinions and those that were instilled into you via conditioning.

The more one spends looking inward, the more Truth they will see everywhere else. Call it obtaining your “real eyes” (Realize). Even during times where it seems like you cannot relate to anyone else’s point of view, or perceptions around you seem jaded, you still flow; unaffected. You start to notice that fewer things offend you because you are strong in your ideals and they don’t bend at the will of others passing words, glances, or pointing fingers. You go against the grain because you follow your heart, not the crowd. But never faltering to forever keep the crowd deep in your heart.

May God Bless America.

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UK Judge Refuses to Extradite WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange to the US

By | TheMindUnleashed.com

In a surprise ruling on Monday, British District Judge Vanessa Baraitser rejected the United States government’s request to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on espionage charges.

Baraitser did not object to the overall charges but ruled that conditions in US prisons would be too harsh and that Assange would likely kill himself if he were extradited.

Baraitser rejected defense arguments that the charges against Assange were politically motivated and a violation of free speech.

“I find that the mental condition of Mr. Assange is such that it would be oppressive to extradite him to the United States of America,” the judge said, according to the Associated Press.

She said that Assange was “a depressed and sometimes despairing man” who had the “intellect and determination” to take his own life.

The US government has promised to appeal the decision. At a bail hearing on Wednesday, Assange’s lawyers plan to ask for his release. Assange’s American lawyer, Barry Pollack, said the legal team was “enormously gratified” that he will not be extradited.

The US government has promised to appeal the decision. At a bail hearing on Wednesday, Assange’s lawyers plan to ask for his release. Assange’s American lawyer, Barry Pollack, said the legal team was “enormously gratified” that he will not be extradited.

“We hope that after consideration of the U.K. court’s ruling, the United States will decide not to pursue the case further,” he said.

In court, lawyers for Assange argued that he was acting as a journalist and is entitled to First Amendment protections of freedom of speech when he published evidence of US war crimes that were deemed to be classified

Despite ruling to reject the extradition, the Judge essentially agreed with the complaints of US prosecutors. Saying that Assange’s actions “amount to offenses in this jurisdiction that would not be protected by his right to freedom of speech.”

She also said she trusted that the US court system would give him a fair trial, while at the same time admitting that prison conditions in the US would be too harsh.

“I accept that oppression as a bar to extradition requires a high threshold. … However, I am satisfied that, in these harsh conditions, Mr. Assange’s mental health would deteriorate causing him to commit suicide with the ‘single-minded determination’ of his autism spectrum disorder,” the judge said in her ruling.

Professor Michael Kopelman, an emeritus professor of neuropsychiatry at King’s College London, said that Assange has been hearing voices and has confessed to a priest that he was making preparations to kill himself. These preparations included drafting his will and writing a goodbye letter to his family and friends.

“He reported auditory hallucinations, which were voices either inside or outside his head, somatic hallucinations, funny bodily experiences, these have now disappeared. He also has a long history of musical hallucinations, which is maybe a separate phenomenon, that got worse when he was in prison,” Kopelman said.

The voices that Assange is hearing are saying things like “you are dust, you are dead, we are coming to get you.”

Kopelman said that the most severe hallucinations have begun to diminish, but Assange is still severely depressed and at a high risk of suicide. He also added that if Assange were extradited the risk would increase further.

Blessing For Peace and the Fullness of Life

My blessing to you in this season of celebration. A season that sees humankind connected more than ever. We all over the Earth are having similar experiences. For some it is difficult, others choose to look another way and look beyond the trials and tribulations. None the less, we all are affected as our freedoms are limited. Yet, we are never limited in certain ways. No matter what the circumstance. The eternal, internal being we are, is always liberated. Our body may be limited, but nothing can limit our eternal Self.

                         Blessing to You

May you be amply supplied in sustenance and serenity.

May you feel abundant in mind, body and spirit.

May the assurance of Christmas be yours.

For you are complete, perfect, whole. The Spark of Infinity is within you.

Be at Peace.   JRP

Faith is our greatest asset, our mind the greatest tool. Using the two to focus on things worthy, good, pure and true are the avenues for clarity and peace in our life.

It is so cool to come around to an intellectual understanding, a conscious knowledge that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. I had been close to rejecting that because of conflicting messages in my Christian experience. By trying to show the Way, the message was often manipulated to persuade certain moral behaviors. In the wake of this were broken lives and despair. Truth builds up, it does not destroy. The Way is love, self empowerment, clarity of purpose and usefulness within a community of people. I fully appreciate the Bible, but at the same time realize that it was compiled by men.

Thus the truth must be recognized from within, not just from the written word. It’s living, eternal value is understood by faith and translated into life via our consciousness. When we are open and receptive to the message, then the fullness of life it represents becomes expressive, touchable, visible, miraculous.

How is it expressive?

It is expressive by an overwhelming sense of love for all. The understanding that we are all connected and essentially one.

How is it touchable?

It is touchable because we can feel it. It is a deep feeling. A knowing.

How is it visible?

It is visible because we can see works of love and how they create positive, lasting change.

How is it miraculous?

It is miraculous because from nothing becomes something. From tired becomes energized. From unworthy becomes worthy. The indignant becomes peaceful. The ugly becomes beautiful. The dark becomes light. The sense of oneness is magnified and glorified.

God incarnate is within each of us patiently waiting to be valued and communed with. We are not separate from the Source of our being.

 As Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life….I too can say, I am the way, the truth and the life. It is the truth that God lives within me and that God is in all of us. God is the vine, the river, the energy, the flow, the unity…the completeness. God is no gender, but Source. To some Source appears as male, to others as female, but there is no gender attached.

Truth, knowledge and understanding come from within each of us.

“There is a divine mystery….living within you is the Christ…to awaken hearts and bring every person into the full understanding of truth.”   From Colossians 1:26-29, The Passion Translation

My friends, advance your consciousness (awareness) and relieve your suffering.

Laugh everyday.

Be at peace and live peacefully, amply supplied. Much love to you ❤ , Julia

Julia Parsell is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor with an emphasis on the intersection of science and the sacred.  She writes from experiences and transformative understandings that have led her to an authentic and peaceful life. She goes by these names:  wife, daughter, grandmother, mother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend. As home educator of her three children, she also developed/ran cafes, and maintained various leadership roles within her community.  Her greatest desire is to encourage others to live life fully.  Her passions are family, art creation, writing, and trail blazing. She is happily married in Western North Carolina.   


Join ‘Peace Through Music’ December 10th | 200+ Musicians | Streaming on YouTube

Source: Playing For Change

In honor of the United Nations’ 75th Anniversary and #HumanRightsDay, Playing For Change and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are proud to announce an encore presentation of ‘Peace Through Music: A Global Event for Social Justice,’ presented by Corning® Gorilla® Glass in partnership with Gibson and produced by Playing For Change and Blackbird Presents. The event will be released December 10th at 12pm PST/3pm EST/8pm GMT on the Playing For Change YouTube channel and be available until December 31st. #UN75 #LeavingNoOneBehind #PeaceThroughMusic

Featuring performances from more than 200 musicians including: Aloe Blacc, Angélique Kidjo, Becky G, Brandi Carlile with Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman Santana, Gabi Melim, Gary Clark Jr., Jack Johnson, Keith Richards, Mavis Staples, Nathaniel Rateliff, Peter Gabriel, Rhiannon Giddens, Ringo Starr, Robbie Robertson, Run The Jewels with Josh Homme, Sheila E., Skip Marley and Cedella Marley, The War and Treaty, Yo-Yo Ma and many more. Special Appearances include Billie Eilish, Danny Glover, Jamal Murray, Killer Mike, Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird, Norman Lear, Prince Ea and Sara Bareilles.

Contributions from partners and all donations will support the Playing For Change Foundation, the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Remember Slavery Programme, Sankofa, The Bob Marley Foundation, Silkroad, and The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation – organizations that strive to eradicate poverty, inequality, and systemic racial and gender discrimination around the world. Learn more at https://peacethroughmusic.live