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Is Finding Inner Peace and Happiness Possible in A Chaotic World?

We live in a busy and agitated world which makes us feel a lot of social pressure, stress, and anxiety because of the numerous tasks which we need to complete both for our professional lives and the daily tasks from our personal lives. Unfortunately, we have to deal on a daily basis with numerous bad things which makes us feel like we are living in a chaotic environment which is hard to keep up with. Rude people who do not care about the moral values anymore such as respect, honesty, or kindness, heavy traffic which makes us waste a lot of time in our personal cars away from our loved ones, pollution, numerous diseases which stop us all from enjoying our lives to its fullest, and natural disasters which bring a huge amount of unhappiness to the people who are suffering the consequences of them. So, you would think that finding your inner peace and happiness in a chaotic world which seems to make great advancements when it comes to technology but forgets about the humane parts of the individuals with all its flaws, emotions, and thoughts is impossible. However, you need to be aware that no matter what you are going through and what surrounds you, happiness is a matter of choice which you are responsible for. Read below how you can be happy and in peace with yourself even in a world where chaos seems to predominate.

Be the change you want to see

You need to be aware that the world which we live in has advanced so much among time due to the bravery of some individuals who had the courage to think outside of the box and maintain their opinions even if the societies which they were part of believed that they are crazy. If you are not satisfied with the chaos which surrounds you in today’s world, you need to take initiative and be the change you want to see. Whether you wish to see more kindness between individuals or believe that a boss should not treat his or her employees as robots, all you have to do is to teach the others by being the best example. Even if you think that you do not have the power to bring a major change to what surrounds you, every major change has started with a small but brilliant idea.

Live in the present moment

Finding your inner peace and happiness means to be satisfied with all your emotions and thoughts. One of the best ways to be happy is to live in the present moment and forget about the regrets which you have for the past or the fears which you have for the future. once you understand that the only time which you can fully enjoy and control is the present moment, you will only focus on enjoying each moment of your life to its fullest. Living in the present moment and practicing gratitude for what you have are definitely going to eliminate the negative thoughts or emotions which sometimes fill your mind and heart with sorrow.

Meditate

From times to times, we all need a little moment for a deep breath to relief all the stress and anxiety which we are all dealing with on a daily basis. The best way to quiet your mind for a little bit so that you can detach from the avalanche of feelings and thoughts which overwhelm you is to practice meditation. A simple exercise which can easily be practiced by anyone, no matter the time of the day. All you need to do is to find a quiet spot where you can close your eyes, take some deep breaths, and allow your mind to wander for a little bit.

Create a wellness home environment

Your home is the environment in which you spend most of your time. Since we live in a chaotic world where we are surrounded by loud noises and more negativity than positive things, your home should be the place where you can feel comfortable and safe and protected from all the things from the outside world. When you get home, you should instantly feel a feeling of positivism and protection like nothing bad could happen and you could just enjoy the familiarity of a place which is your comfort zone. In order to create a home environment which will create the best context for you to feel in peace and happiness, you need a home which is a healthy and safe environment. Apart from the fact that you need to decorate your house with the things which give you a positive mood, your house should also be a clean and healthy environment. Improving your home environment in order to make it a healthy one for you, you need to make sure that you always keep your house clean and get an indoor air quality testing to make sure that you are not exposed to a lower or dangerous air to breathe which can cause numerous diseases which would stop you from enjoying your life.

Eliminate negativity from your life

As mentioned before, once you realize that happiness is a matter of choice and that you are the one responsible for your own, finding your inner peace and happiness will not seem impossible anymore. letting go to things or persons from your life is hard, even if they make you unhappy. However, you need to be aware of your true value and stop allowing those things which affect you to do it. Learn that sometimes, no matter how much it hurts at the beginning, letting go of something which brings sadness to you is the best option. Only by eliminating all the negative things from your life, you are going to learn how to be happy.

Keep smiling

Unfortunately, sometimes, we all have to deal with difficult challenges which seem to be impossible to overcome which take all our motivation and make us feel incredibly sad and awaken negative thoughts and emotions inside us. However, no matter what you are going through, you need to remember to keep your head up and keep smiling because everything passes and you will eventually be able to be happy again.




For The Holidays, Let’s Remember That Peace is Not Only the Goal, but the Path By Which We Get There

By Matt Agorist | The Free Thought ProjectWaking Times

Earlier this month, Stephen Carr, 27, of Fayetteville, Arkansas was sitting in his patrol car when London T. Phillips, 35, approached his car and opened fire. Carr was murdered in cold blood, having been shot 10 times. Carr became one of several officers in 2019 to die in ambush-style attacks.

These apparently unprovoked attacks on individuals who were not directly involved in threatening the life of anyone are a hindrance to the progression of liberty and police accountability.

Random acts of violence will only serve to undo what little progress those of us in the peace movement have accomplished and in fact, will reverse it and prevent any future progress.

In fact, it is already happening — even when cops are the murderers.

Earlier this year, after four cops were shot in Houston during a raid on an innocent couple all based on lies, Houston Police Officers’ Union President Joe Gamaldi took to the airwaves to threaten anyone who criticizes police. 

“If you’re the ones that are out there spreading the rhetoric that police officers are the enemy, just know we’ve all got your number now, we’re going to be keeping track of all of y’all, and we’re going to make sure that we hold you accountable every time you stir the pot on our police officers. We’ve had enough, folks. We’re out there doing our jobs every day, putting our lives on the line for our families.”

He never apologized once it was discovered that his officers were likely shot by friendly fire and the two cops responsible for the raid had lied to obtain a warrant. Nevertheless, the divide between the police and the policed grew further. And, it apparently seems to keep growing.

On a daily basis, people take to our Facebook pages and the comments section of this website to call for the death of cops. This needs to stop.

Violently attacking the government creates victims out of the ones we are trying to expose as criminals.

Those who initiate and support such violence will be complicit in creating the hellish police state that will inevitably ensue as a consequence of their actions.

We can simply look back to 9-11 as an example of what is to come if this violence continues.

Prior to 9-11, the TSA did not exist, indefinite detention did not exist, the NSA did not spy on American citizens, the police weren’t given armored assault vehicles, and Americans could not be assassinated without trial.

If these acts of aggressive violence against the state continue, we can expect to see what little civil liberties are left to be whisked away in the name of protection from the ‘domestic terror threat.’

We can expect to see peaceful activists rounded up and detained indefinitely. We can expect to see homes raided by individuals who are speaking out against the state. We will see more and more checkpoints and less and less unmolested travel.

If you think that the American people can somehow win in a war against the military-industrial complex that the US has built up in the last two decades, you are seriously delusional.

Your AR-15 will do nothing against thermal imaging predator drones equipped with Raytheon’s small tactical munitions designed for blowing up single homes. They will not stop the MRAP as it plows through your front door. No matter how you slice it, the most well-armed American citizen is no match for the hundreds of billions spent annually by the US on warfare.

No, this battle will not be won with weaponry as the US spends more annually on defense than the next 13 largest militaries in the world—combined.

Also, the above scenarios don’t take into account the public’s support. If a group of people rise up and claim to be freedom fighters and they do not have the support of the citizens, well, that “revolution,” was over before it started.

If anyone thinks that killing cops and/or praising the death of innocent people, will amass public opinion in their favor, again, they are seriously delusional.

Even if a large group was able to get public support and engaged in a war against the government, imagine the horrid reality that would ensue. The US would literally be a war zone and quickly languish into third-world status.

As a former Marine, I know that before I woke up to this tyranny, I would have done anything my leaders told me, including initiating force against Americans; especially if there were an increase in the prevalence of unprovoked violence against the state like we’ve seen over the years.

However, I also know first hand how people can change once presented with the information that frees them from their statist bonds. Most of these police officers are simply brainwashed into thinking they are doing the right thing. They just need to see their true reflection enough times to realize that they are not. It is up to you and me to provide this reflection.

That is why we must win the hearts and minds of the people within the state. We must expose as much of their violence and corruption as we can, for that is what wins support; not murder.

We must show that those of us who stand against the drug war, attacks on civil liberties, and gun rights, are the good guys. We are not some violent group of terrorists who are quick to don the pitchforks and torches and beg for blood.

Removal of due process, the initiation of violence, and abuse of power; these are tools of the state, not of the peaceful revolution.

Those who would take an innocent life to incite change are no different than the mass-murdering sociopaths within the government.

‘But police are not innocent,’ some will say. What are statements such as that one, other than calls to remove due process and act as judge, jury, and executioner, just like the corrupt police?

Yes, police uphold a system of immoral laws that lead to the harassment, kidnapping, and death of innocent people. But these are mere symptoms of a much larger problem.

The police state didn’t suddenly pop up overnight. It’s a product of society. More accurately, it’s a symptom, of a sick society, that we are all complicit in creating.

Our only means of changing this sick society is changing ourselves. We have to remove our dependency upon a group of people who use violent coercion to achieve what they refer to as “order.” When enough of us do this, the police state becomes irrelevant.

To quote Butler Shaffer from his eye-opening book, The Wizards of Ozymandias, 

“We will not become free when the state goes away. Rather the state will go away once we are free.”

Taking an aspirin for a headache only masks the symptom of the headache, it does not eliminate the cause.

One cannot eliminate future headaches by constantly taking aspirin, in the same manner, that one cannot change a violent state by acting within the rules of that state; violence will only be met with more violence and more support for the state.

We must show that policing society does not have to be like this. We must expose the faults of this archaic system of using violence to solve every problem that arises.

We must show that there are alternatives to this type of policing and these alternatives will eventually make the old system obsolete. This has already begun.

We are now witnessing the free market reacting to an incompetent and violent police state by creating alternative means of community security.

Apps like peacekeeper, which connects community members directly to each other to foster community interdependence by empowering community members to protect one another, have popped up over the years as a reaction to police violence and corruption.

Organizations like the Threat Management Center in Detroit are popping up in response to police incompetence and negligence, and they are proving to be magnitudes more effective than actual police.

The new system is being built and it is quickly showing the obsolescence of the old.

But here is the kicker, all these alternatives go away as long as people keep initiating senseless violence. We can say goodbye to all these positive aspects of society reacting peacefully to the police state. Every act of senseless violence is a step backward in the fight for freedom.

Do not mistake this as a call to pacifism. No one is advocating that you lay down and lick the boots of tyrants as they oppress you.

Self-defense is a natural right. This is why we see cases like Kimberly Moore, 54, and Eduardo Padilla, 33, not being charged for defending their home from cops who unlawfully raided it.

The actions that we are taking now like filming the police, photographing and documenting their corruption and standing up to their immoral rule, are the real catalysts of change; and again, they will all go away if the violence continues.

This one photograph from Kent state, showing the murderous nature of the police state did more to incite change than any amount of violence could ever do.

The video of Eric Garner did not lead to the indictment of officer Pantaleo, but it set off a wave of peaceful resistance as we’ve never seen. Sports figures, movie stars, newscasters, and even lawmakers rallied together to put an end to this senseless police brutality.

If you think that we are losing this battle, think again.

Police are frequently contacting The Free Thought Project and asking how they can help stop this ridiculous police state and we are working with them to find new ways.

There are organizations like LEAP (formerly Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, now Law Enforcement Action Partnership) that are fighting the odds and standing up to their own peers and seeking peaceful change.

There are officers and entire departments quitting their jobs when the corruption becomes too much to handle. Entire departments are also fighting to end the drug war and supporting gun rights.

There are movements across the country that are forcing police departments to carry their own personal liability insurance. This would stop the unaccountable flow of taxpayer dollars to pay for police misconduct, and hold the officers directly responsible for their actions.

We are winning and can beat these tyrants. But if people continue to stoop to the same level of senseless violence and removal of due process as them, we will not only lose but guarantee that there will never be another opportunity to resist again.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” —Martin Luther King Jr., from Strength to Love, 1963

About the Author

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on TwitterSteemit, and now on Minds.

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Lakota Historian Nick Estes on Thanksgiving & Indigenous Resistance

Lakota historian Nick Estes talks about Thanksgiving and his book Our History Is the Future. He is a co-founder of the Indigenous resistance group The Red Nation and a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.


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Celebrating Peace: A Work in Progress

In 1954, Armistice Day was replaced with Veterans Day, and so our public celebration of peace and an end to war became a rally to “support the troops,” a state and a federal day off, and a platform for military recruitment. (Photo: Archive/File)

By Robert C. Koehler | Common Dreams

Veterans For Peace, an organization that speaks truth to war like nobody else, is attempting to reclaim Armistice Day, the Nov. 11 holiday that was flipped on its head 65 years ago when it was renamed Veterans Day — and became a celebration not of the end of the war but of its perpetuity.

The name change occurred in 1954. The Korean War had recently “ended,” the Cold War and the nuclear arms race were seriously revving up and, of course, that other world war, nine years past, was still vividly a part of everyone’s consciousness. There was near-infinite cynicism about the whole idea of “the war to end all wars” . . . yeah, sure, what a joke. That’ll never happen.

But in reclaiming Armistice Day — and holding events across the country honoring the current struggle to create peace — Veterans For Peace is also reclaiming a cry of pain and anger: The so-called Great War, with its mustard gas and trenches, its shellshock and influenza, its 20 million dead, was unnecessary and should have been the last. It is reclaiming a profound, global commitment to War No More.

Veterans Day celebrates — glorifies — the past. Armistice Day speaks to and attempts to create, the future. What is peace? How can it happen? The question hovers like a star.

Writing on Nov. 11, VFP executive director Garett Reppenhagen put it thus: “We absolutely need to start pushing back on militarism in all its forms and regardless of who is in the White House. Not just on gross displays like Trump’s proposed circus but on how we organize and how the effects of militarism show up in all of our spaces and communities. The reality is that almost EVERY SINGLE domestic platform on a progressive agenda can be funded by the overinflated military budget.”

On this reclaimed American day of peace, this day of looking at what we must do, I attended an Armistice Day event in Chicago, sponsored by the local VFP chapter. To a large extent, the focal point was the city’s schools and the needs of its children. Not coincidentally, a Chicago Teachers Union strike had just ended. The union’s demands were more than better pay and benefits for teachers, but such matters as:

“All students need individual attention from their teachers. We cannot provide that level of attention when we have more than 40 students in a kindergarten or any other class.”

And, in a system that recently made a $33 million agreement with the Chicago Police Department for policing in schools, the Teachers Union called for “hiring social workers, counselors, nurses, other clinicians at nationally recommended ratios; hire more case managers; full-time librarian and Restorative Justice coordinator in every school.”

This is the future, created one brick at a time. We can’t “celebrate” peace without asking what it requires. Indeed, peace is about asking the big questions. This is where it begins. Peace is always a work in progress.

One of the panelists at the Armistice Day event was part of an organization called Voices of Youth in Chicago Education, or VOYCE, which several years ago had released a report on the school system called “Failed Policies, Broken Futures: The True Cost of Zero Tolerance in Chicago,” which found that Chicago Public Schools’ “overuse of harsh disciplinary measures has cost the city tens of millions of dollars in the short term and hundreds of millions of dollars in the long-term, diverting resources from more effective approaches to school safety.”

This reclaimed day is every day, a celebration of the future that’s in progress and our slowly growing awareness of what it requires, such as “a Restorative Justice coordinator in every school” — hallelujah. The core of Restorative Justice is the healing circle, where participants. sitting in vibrant equality, address conflict by listening to multiple points of view, figuring out what has been harmed and deciding how it can be healed. It’s the opposite of a perfunctory, bureaucratic solution, i.e., punishment, which can seem so simple to someone removed from the reality of it, but exacts a harsh cost on young people in the process of growing up. In the inner city, it’s called the school-to-prison pipeline.

An externally maintained, unstable state of order — whether in the public schools or the community of nations — is not peace.

Reclaiming Armistice Day does not mean applauding the illusory peace that was achieved on Nov. 11, 1918, but it could well mean looking with unwavering clarity and courage at this illusion. War doesn’t work.

Veterans Day may claim to honor vets, but it isn’t about honoring the ones who have struggled with PTSD and committed suicide. Matthew Hoh, for instance, notes that far more Afghan and Iraq vets have committed suicide than were killed in the wars themselves. He writes:

“To visually understand this concept that the killing in war does not end when the soldiers come home, think of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, The Wall, with its 58,000 names. Now visualize The Wall but lengthen it by some 1,000-2,000 feet to include the 100,000 to 200,000 plus Vietnam veterans who are estimated to have been lost to suicide, while keeping space available to continue to add names for as long as Vietnam veterans survive because the suicides will never stop.”

This is the armistice that has yet to be achieved.

Robert C. Koehler

Robert Koehler is an award-winning, Chicago-based journalist and nationally syndicated writer. His new book, Courage Grows Strong at the Wound is now available. Contact him at koehlercw@gmail.com or visit his website at commonwonders.com.

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Corporate Influence Threatens Human Rights in Communities Nationwide

Corporate-led development has contributed to spiraling housing costs and undermined people’s right to affordable and safe housing.

By Jackie Smith | Common Dreams

In 2017, Amazon launched an unprecedented inter-city competition to see which municipality could offer the most generous package of public subsidies, tax breaks, and other incentives in exchange for becoming host to the 2nd headquarters of one of the world’s richest corporations. The company just made another unprecedented—and equally outrageous—move as it spent $1.5 million on campaign contributions to shape local elections in its headquarter city of Seattle. Such actions have drawn scrutiny from growing numbers, as more Americans are recognizing the links between corporate influence and rising housing costs, inequality, and under-funded public budgets.

As presidential candidates like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren put forward policy initiatives for new rules to rein in corporate influence, community leaders in cities across the country have filed a formal report entitled “The growth of corporate influence in sub-national political & legal institutions undermines U.S. compliance with international human rights obligations” to the United Nations. The report is part of the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United States’ human rights record, which invites stakeholder reports from community representatives to help UN officials and other world leaders evaluate performance reports supplied by the national government.

Recognizing that “human rights don’t trickle down,” activist groups around the country are rising up to become part of the solution to persistent gaps in human rights. The aim is to shift the focus of local and national governments from the current priorities of corporate profits and economic growth to human rights and well-being.

More than a year of consultations among community-based organizers and municipal officials inform the stakeholder report. Cross-city conversations have revealed corporate practices as a common challenge, and the report links these to human rights deficiencies in the areas of democratic participation, affordable housing, privatization and the right to water, militarism and gun violence, environment and health, and racial equity. Report authors argue that routine operations of corporate entities prevent governments from doing a better job enforcing international human rights obligations. Poor regulation and enforcement, as well as corporate corruption of local and national politics, is cited as the leading causes of violations.

Some additional highlights from the report include:

At a time when many municipal budgets are seriously under-funded, officials in many cities offered billions of dollars of public subsidies to become host to Amazon’s 2nd headquarters. In most cases, these bids were developed without meaningful public consultation and kept a secret from the public, often in direct violation of open records laws. This is just the most visible example of large corporations effectively denying residents a voice in how their communities develop.

Corporate-led development has contributed to spiraling housing costs and undermined people’s right to affordable and safe housing. At the same time, the long-term trend of reduced corporate tax rates has deprived governments of revenues needed to maintain public infrastructures and ensure universal access to basic needs. The global housing crisis contributes to worldwide poverty and displacement that is especially harmful to groups protected under human rights law, including low-income people, people of African descent, and those with disabilities.

Privatization of public utilities has also limited people’s access to clean and affordable water, and restrictions on the internationally recognized human right to water disproportionately impact African American residents. Other issues cited in the report included the inequitable distribution of environmental hazards, racial discrimination and equity, and gun violence. Many of these issues arise from the lack of effective regulation on corporate practices, which has worsened with Trump administration rollbacks of protections for civil and political rights, the environment, and consumers.

The experiences documented in a range of cities—including Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Detroit, among others—reveal patterns of violations of a considerable body of national and international laws and standards detailed in the document. For instance, the United States is a party to the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination, which requires national efforts to eliminate systemic disparities based on race. Often local officials are not aware of their legal obligations under this and other international human rights conventions, despite the obligation of national leaders to educate and inform sub-national officials and the general public.

A Focus on Solutions

The UPR process designed to engage a variety of stakeholders in efforts to find solutions, and the report makes a number of recommendations for improving national policies affecting municipalities’ ability to carry out human rights obligations. It cites a U.S. Conference of Mayors 2017 Resolution to move federal tax dollars “from militarism to human and environmental needs” in calling on the U.S. government to provide municipalities with the resources they need to ensure that all residents’ rights are protected.

It also calls on the U.S. government to support international efforts to hold corporations accountable to international human rights standards, including the draft treaty to regulate the activities of transnational corporations. The size and scale of today’s multinational corporations make it impossible for most national governments—much less local ones—to monitor and enforce regulations. Local communities need greater national and international enforcement of existing regulations.

Concerted action at the national level is needed to counter racism and xenophobia and to promote a culture that supports human rights and democratic values. The extreme polarization encouraged by Trump’s rhetoric and xenophobic policies undermines social cohesion and fuels conflict in local settings, undermining efforts of local governments to manage the variety of other challenges they face, such as aging urban infrastructures, economic globalization, and threats from climate change.

The U.S. Human Rights Cities Alliance is working to raise consciousness about these issues and to advance the stakeholder report’s recommendations. Between now and the UN Human Rights Council’s formal review of the United States record in May of 2020, local and national consultations will help develop and share strategies for realizing human rights in our communities and cities, seeking to change policy discourse to make human rights the overriding focus and goal of public policy.

Jackie Smith

Jackie Smith is a professor of sociology at the University of Pittsburgh and editor of the Journal of World-Systems Research. She is author or editor of numerous books and articles on global organizing and social change, including Social Movements and World-System TransformationSocial Movements in the World-System: The Politics of Crisis and Transformation, and Social Movements for Global Democracy. She helps coordinate Pittsburgh’s Human Rights City Alliance and is a member of the steering committee of the US Human Rights Network’s Human Rights Cities Alliance.

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Your Solar Plexus: First Impressions are Usually Right

We have an unnatural amount of data to process than that of the average human being, say just 30 years ago let alone a century back. We have social media and most of us get swept away in superfluous cr@p on our newsfeeds — we see the daily activities of people we don’t even know.

We subscribe to pages that feed us information on celebrities, sports stars, politicians, gurus — you name it!

We have so many faces, characters and perceived personalities to sift through every day that it is no wonder we have become numb to our own perceptions and impressions of people. We have forgotten that we have a superpower — we have inner radar.

Read related article: 3 Tips to Help You Know When You Can Truly Trust Your Gut

WTF Happened to Freedom of Thought and Freedom of Speech!

I have noticed — with greater severity of late — that people (or sheeple in this case) seem to be following a cut and dry ‘herd’ mentality. A way of thinking that leaves no room for a grey area or much-needed debate or alternative perspective.

I get that it’s hard to see — when we’re in the thick of it — that we’re being ushered into thinking left or right (or whatever the case may be).

I have noticed — with growing concern — that people seem to be choosing sides without much thought, reacting out of emotional pain-bodies with little contemplation to evidence, condemning without patience or research of an alternative point of view, having a do or die mentality and completely sh*tting on another person’s right to have a competing perception or opinion for him/herself.

If an opinion differs from mainstream it is literally taken down or you are ‘unfriended’ or persecuted or trolled into submission.

Welcome to the United States of Eurasia!

This is not a democratic society we are living in, it’s turning into that insidious Orwellian society we were warned about. I saw something the other day that made me laugh although it’s not really funny: (paraphrasing) “1984 was supposed to be a fictional novel and not a governmental instruction manual”

The media is whipping people into a galvanized frenzy and we need to be extremely careful!

The best thing you can pray for right now is clarity of mind (see my article: Why a 10 Minute Meditation Could Mean Everything) and the ability to be able to allow someone else a contrary opinion. It’s the ‘my God is the true God and your God sucks’ mentality.

We need to honor the opinions, religions, political views of others and not tell them how they should think. It’s just plain childish to bulldoze someone else to have your line of thinking. It certainly doesn’t get anybody anywhere and only creates greater division (which is a win for the ‘Powers that Were’).

There’s only one rule in the Wiccan tradition and that is ‘do what you want as long as it harms none’. Well, that pretty much covers it all, doesn’t it?

If other people don’t abide by this, know that karma is a bitch. All you can do is live in your integrity and help others who may not have the rights or ability to make condoning decisions if need be (as in children, animals, the Earth).

Judging Books by Content Not Covers

I wanted to end this off by saying that we, as a species, have a wonderful ability to sense or ‘read’ energy — it’s that gut instinct (solar plexus). You have a chakra located in your belly area that has an innate intelligence. If you take the time out to actually feel or listen to what it is telling you, you will greatly benefit from the experience.

First impressions are usually accurate because your energy field is picking up on the other energy field emissions and doing a quick and smart analysis of intent. When you get an uneasy feeling — it’s a sure sign that although the persons smile, words, resume and actions might be polished (and completely fake), their inherent nature is lacking somehow.

We know that white toothy grins do not the trustworthy politician make, so we need to start looking past people’s faces and words and tune into the frequency they are emitting.

Trust your gut — it’s usually never wrong. It’s a super-power worth developing — you’re going to need it!

Read related article: How To Manifest Through the Solar Plexus Chakra: Magnified Manifesting!


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Should We Feed Hungry Children, or the War Machine?

By Medea Benjamin | Common Dreams

On August 21, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Lise Grande, put out a heartbreaking call for nations to make good on their pledges to send humanitarian aid to feed destitute families in war-torn Yemen. Unless the funds promised are received soon, she warned, food rations for 12 million people would be reduced and at least 2.5 million malnourished children would be cut-off from the services that keep them alive. “When money doesn’t come,” Grande said bluntly, “people die.”

The total UN appeal is $4 billion. While this is the largest country appeal the UN has ever put out, the entire bill represents only two days of the 2019 US military budget of almost $700 billion. Lacking generosity, the US offered a mere $300 million—less than four hours of Pentagon spending. Meanwhile, US companies rake in billions of dollars selling the weapons to Saudi Arabia that are in large part responsible for this humanitarian crisis.

Our elected officials have chosen to prioritize the pursuit of military hegemony over the wellbeing of our people.

The wild disparity between money for feeding people and money for arming the military is reflected here at home. In 2018, the federal government spent $68 billion on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provided food to 40 million people. It would take only ten days of the Pentagon budget to cover that tab, but this administration says it’s too expensive and is trying to cut eligibility for food to the poor.

What if, instead of military interventions, the US decided to fight global poverty?

Columbia University’s Jeffrey Sachs, one of the world’s leading experts on economic development, has estimated that the cost to end world poverty is $195 billion per year. With the upcoming 2020 military budget proposed at $750 billion, the US could feed the world’s hungry and still spend twice as much on its military than the number two spender: China. It would also serve our national interests. Feeding the poor would certainly win us more friends around the world than deploying another aircraft carrier.

If we decided that we’d rather focus on education, a portion of our military budget could finance the College for All program proposed by Senator Bernie Sanders, which would eliminate existing student loan debt and make all public colleges and universities tuition-free for $47 billion a year. In fact, we could implement this program 14 times on this year’s military budget alone. Despite this reality, as weapons manufacturers get billions in handouts and contracts with the US military, some of those same educational institutions losing out in the federal budget are investing their funds back into the weapons manufacturers lobbying to divert public money towards war.

The trend of military spending outpacing the cost of even our most ambitious social programs continues for just about every cause you can name. We could house every homeless person in the country, give the Department of Transportation a budget nine times as large as its current one, or vastly expand programs like Medicare and Medicaid. Every dollar of public money that goes to finance US militarism abroad is a dollar that could go to fighting hunger, homelessness, or climate change.

Our elected officials have chosen to prioritize the pursuit of military hegemony over the wellbeing of our people. What’s more, they treat military spending as an inevitability while programs that might improve the lives of students in crippling education debt or the sick in crippling medical debt are portrayed as luxuries. Advocates for Medicare for All and the Green New Deal must constantly justify their high price tags for saving lives and our planet, while the military receives an ever-growing check to destroy them.

In 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave a profound speech about grotesque spending on weapons. “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.”

As he was about to leave office in 1961, he issued a warning against “the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.” Today that complex is often referred to as the military-industrial-security complex, or simply the national security state. To understand the enormity of its reach, you have to start with the $750 billion proposed for 2020 Pentagon and war-related activities and add the money for nuclear weapons, veterans, homeland security, intelligence and the military share of the national debt. The total comes to an obscene $1.25 trillion.

Senator Bernie Sanders, railing against this runaway spending in a speech at Johns Hopkins, called on people to stand up and say: “There is a better way to use our wealth.” Sanders, along with Elizabeth Warren, have outlined visionary plans for fixing our broken healthcare, education, infrastructure, and the ailing planet, but they have yet to propose a sweeping reform of our military spending. The only way we will see a shift to a more just and sustainable world is if we shift the way we spend – or squander – our nation’s wealth.

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The True Reward of Forgiveness is Personal Peace of Mind

Image result for forgiveness quotesWhile I’ve always been the type of person that can go from sugar to shit-storm if I feel my safety is threatened, I’ve never been able to hold a grudge for very long or ever really able to get into the whole revenge thing if someone does me wrong. This tends to hold water whether that wrong is simply being told a disappointing lie or even if it’s a huge, out of nowhere “screw you”. For my entire life, instead of scheming ways to make people pay for the harm they’ve caused, I instead was more interested in the reasons why they had caused the harm in the first place. The yearning to understand this has always overpowered the need to get even and any advice to get back at them never appealed to me, nor did harboring any long-term bad will or feelings towards the person.

So, what is it that allows me or anyone else like me to turn my inner spark into a raging fire only when it’s a matter of physical survival? And why do most of us put ourselves in this same bucket; forcing life to shake us to the core before we even consider making real change in our lives whether it be via our perceptions, beliefs, thoughts, words, actions or all of the above.

I believe that it’s because we have simply forgotten who we are; all of us. And perhaps that’s the whole point of being here. In my heart of hearts, I honestly feel we are all here to help one another, no matter how “good” or “bad” of a person the world might consider us to be. And I’ve always had this strange ability it seems to be able to see the full spectrum of both polarities in people. So, whenever someone I care about does that hurt me or to betray me, while I, of course, feel the pain, I am also just as able to not let it take away from the good, loving, positive parts of the friendship or relationship, especially if it was mostly this way…

You see, as humans, we all know we make mistakes. Some of us even take a few more times than others to learn our lessons, but the point is we ALL mess up at times, we all over-react, we all lay slave to our emotions, we all let untrue thoughts haunt us and take away our self-worth, and we all judge and judge one another.

But what I’ve come to realize is the less I judge and the more I show forgiveness the more I am able to love myself. It sounds ironic and completely ass-backward and sometimes I can’t even make sense of it myself, because this path I’ve chosen for myself has been quite a painful one. Living in the world this way allows me to love deeper than most, but also get hurt just as deep. It comes with a price…

Looking in at my life, especially if you are close to me, you might ask why such a nice person allows others to treat her so poorly, or why such a gal with huge dreams doesn’t put more energy into herself over those she cares about, and again I’ve asked myself these things for years. No, I have literally tormented myself with these exact two questions for almost my entire life, and it wasn’t until recently that I finally asked, “WHY? and WHO is this for???”

You see if I’ve learned anything in my 40 years on Earth is that my purpose is to see the light in others they are blind to and lead them to it, so they are able to see the path they need to walk to turn it on and shine brightly in the world…and for so many years, I had people asking why I couldn’t do it for myself and I felt horrible for it, like I was never good enough or where I needed to be.

But as I surrender to life, and flow with what comes through my heart, I’m learning more about what I truly love and what my gifts are giving back to me. I had just never allowed myself to be open to it because I always looked at from such a limited perspective. But if you can learn to zoom out, to remember that everything has a purpose and that if someone you cared about did genuinely just make a mistake and cares enough as well to ask for it; then forgiveness is definitely warranted.

Forgiveness; whether or not you are forgiving something big or small or give second or third chances, or even forgiving someone you still never want to see again, it is always for YOU. It is about maintaining YOUR inner peace. Because that is the space you always want to give and receive from for it to be authentic; that is where love blooms, grows and comes crying home to at times just to be held and told everything is OK. Image result for forgiveness quotes

There is always a higher purpose to things and that nothing really exists but LOVE. Everything, no matter how painful it can get, is here for our growth, our experience, our sharing, or remembering who we are. It’s all for us to find our way home, to help one another and especially to be there for those who refuse to even open their eyes to look around. And this I am convinced, is my life path, my purpose albeit a freaking painful one. From the outside I know it looks like I am fated to be a forever doormat or that I believe I deserve no better, but what I’ve come to realize is that on some level, this is what I’m here to do. I’m here to help the blind see, the abused heal, the angry cry, and the lost remember.

And perhaps the greatest thing to remember here is that forgiveness is for GIVING and something we should all TAKE up! 😉

 

Tamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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Tapping for Gratitude

https://youtu.be/KMiSDtAI6H4

By Dr. Joseph Mercola | mercola.com

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) can help you rid your mind of negative thoughts and emotions, facilitating gratitude
  • EFT is especially helpful on those days when you feel like nothing is going right or you’ve received bad news
  • EFT can be invaluable in helping to free you from negativity, leaving room for feelings of gratitude to the surface
  • Gratitude is associated with life satisfaction and multiple health benefits, in part because gratitude may lead to better psychological health and an increase in healthy activities
  • Gratitude is known to facilitate improvements in healthy eating and benefits depression by enhancing self-esteem and well-being

Nurturing an attitude of gratitude is a simple way to bring more joy, well-being and even physical health to your life. From being thankful for appreciating kindnesses and recognizing all the good in your life, gratitude is the act of recognizing all that has value in your life (and this has nothing to do with monetary worth).

Feelings of gratitude are linked to brain activity in the anterior cingulate cortex and medial prefrontal cortex, brain regions associated with moral cognition, value judgment and theory of mind, according to a study in Frontiers in Psychology, which helps explain why gratitude leads to benefits in mental health and interpersonal relationships.1

Showing gratitude is a healthy habit you can learn, just like eating right and exercising, and there are plenty of ways to cultivate gratitude in your life. Among them is the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), a psychological acupressure technique demonstrated by Julie Schiffman, EFT tapping therapy practitioner, in the video above.

What is gratitude?

Gratitude can be difficult to define, as it has elements of an emotion, a virtue, and behavior, all rolled into one. Robert Emmons, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, and an expert on gratitude, defines it as a two-step process.

As explained in “The Science of Gratitude,” a white paper by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, the two steps include “1) ‘recognizing that one has obtained a positive outcome’ and 2) ‘recognizing that there is an external source for this positive outcome.’”2

In this regard, the benefits of gratitude may be gleaned from the actions of other people or experienced in an internalized manner, such as when feeling gratitude about good fate or nature. Gratitude can also be a function of your mood, which fluctuates and may be temporary or can be more of an effective trait, i.e., a tendency to have an overall gracious disposition.

Gratitude may also be affected by social and cultural influences, including religion, although it’s been found that even young children have some understanding of gratitude, which suggests it may be part of the human experience and that, “The Science of Gratitude” added, “the roots of gratitude run deep.”3

Why practicing gratitude is important

At the most basic level, gratitude is associated with life satisfaction4 and multiple health benefits, in part because gratitude may lead to better psychological health and an increase in healthy activities and a willingness to seek help for health problems.5 Gratitude is known to facilitate improvements in healthy eating6 and benefits depression by enhancing self-esteem and well-being.7 Further, people who are more grateful tend to be:8

  • Happier
  • Less materialistic
  • Less likely to suffer from burnout

There are benefits for people with chronic illness as well, as among patients with heart failure, gratitude is linked to better mood and sleep and less fatigue, while those who expressed more gratitude had lower levels of inflammatory biomarkers.9 Even if you’re healthy, feeling gracious can help you sleep better and longer, perhaps by improving your thoughts prior to sleep.

“The relationship between gratitude and each of the sleep variables was mediated by more positive pre-sleep cognitions and less negative pre-sleep cognitions,” according to a study in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research.10

Gratitude can also boost your relationship. In a study of romantic partners, gratitude from interactions was linked to increased connection and satisfaction with the relationship, with researchers suggesting, “gratitude had uniquely predictive power in relationship promotion, perhaps acting as a booster shot for the relationship.”11

In the bigger picture, gratitude may act as a gateway to the development of other virtues, including increased patience,12 humility, and wisdom. “[G]ratitude is intertwined with several other important virtues, and perhaps … by boosting gratitude in individuals, we can foster these other virtues as well,” “The Science of Gratitude” noted.13

What is EFT?

EFT is a psychological acupressure technique that’s based on the same energy meridians used in acupuncture. However, instead of stimulating the pathways with needles, EFT uses tapping with your fingertips along with voicing positive affirmations. EFT can help you rid your mind of negative thoughts and emotions, facilitating gratitude.

This technique is especially helpful on those days when you feel like nothing is going right or you’ve received bad news. As Schiffman says, everyone deserves to process negative emotions and feel upset for a short time, but if you let these feelings fester for too long, it can start to be damaging.

This is where EFT can be invaluable in helping to free you from the negativity and find things to be grateful for — even in the midst of an otherwise hard time.

EFT can help to decrease the intensity of traumatic memories after just one session,14 which may be a necessary step to facilitate gratitude in some people. Once you’re able to recognize and tap into feelings of gratefulness during hard times, it will be even easier to feel grateful on ordinary or good days.

What’s more, EFT is associated with benefits as well, including reductions in anxiety and depression,15 increases in happiness and improvements in pain and cravings.16 When combined with tapping for gratitude, it’s likely that using EFT can contribute to enhanced health on both physical and emotional levels.

How to perform EFT

While you can recruit the help of a professional EFT practitioner, I invite you to use the following resource to learn the mechanics of EFT, as well to help you gain an appreciation for its wide-ranging application, including to boost gratitude.

There are two basic areas to learn in order to use EFT: the tapping locations and technique, and the positive affirmations.

Tapping is done with your fingertips, solidly but not so hard that it hurts. Ideally, remove any glasses or watch (which could interfere electromagnetically with the process) prior to tapping, and tap each point five to seven times. The tapping points are below; it’s easiest to start at the top and work your way down.

1. Top of the Head (TH) — With fingers back-to-back down the center of the skull.
2. Eyebrow (EB) — Just above and to one side of the nose, at the beginning of the eyebrow.
3. Side of the Eye (SE) — On the bone bordering the outside corner of the eye.
4. Under the Eye (UE) — On the bone under an eye about 1 inch below your pupil.
5. Under the Nose (UN) — On the small area between the bottom of your nose and the top of your upper lip.
6. Chin (Ch) — Midway between the point of your chin and the bottom of your lower lip. Even though it is not directly on the point of the chin, we call it the chin point because it is descriptive enough for people to understand easily.
7. Collar Bone (CB) — The junction where the sternum (breastbone), collarbone and the first rib meet. This is a very important point and in acupuncture is referred to as K (kidney) 27. To locate it, first, place your forefinger on the U-shaped notch at the top of the breastbone (about where a man would knot his tie).

From the bottom of the U, move your forefinger down toward the navel 1 inch and then go to the left (or right) 1 inch. This point is referred to as Collar Bone even though it is not on the collarbone (or clavicle) per se.

8. Under the Arm (UA) — On the side of the body, at a point even with the nipple (for men) or in the middle of the bra strap (for women). It is about 4 inches below the armpit.
9. Wrists (WR) — The last point is the inside of both wrists.

While tapping, you’ll want to hold the problem or negative emotions in your mind while saying (ideally out loud) your positive affirmations, which can take on any number of forms.

A basic phrase to use would be, “Even though I have this [you fill in the blank], I deeply and completely love and accept myself.” If you are in public and don’t want to say your affirmations out loud, it’s acceptable to say them very quietly or in your head, but for best results speak them with feeling and emphasis (even if you don’t believe them yet).

Sometimes one round of tapping is enough to clear up an issue while with others repeated rounds are necessary. The great thing about EFT is that it costs nothing and you can use it as often as necessary to support your emotional health. You can also perform EFT on children (or teach them how to do it themselves) during stressful situations or to help resolve emotional traumas or gain positive attributes like gratefulness.

What else works to become more grateful?

EFT is a simple, fast and no-cost way to facilitate more gratitude in your life, but it’s not the only method out there. In fact, for best results use EFT in conjunction with other gratitude facilitators, such as these tips from Emmons for living a more grateful life:17

  • Keep a gratitude journal, and set aside time daily to fill it with moments of gratitude from your day.
  • Remember hard times in your life, which remind you how much you have to be grateful for now. “[T]his contrast is fertile ground for gratefulness,” Emmons says.18
  • Appreciate what it means to be human by tuning into and appreciating your sense of touch, sight, smell, taste, and hearing.
  • Use visual reminders, including people, to trigger gratitude. This helps to combat “the two primary obstacles to gratefulness,” which Emmons cites as “forgetfulness and a lack of mindful awareness.”19
  • Make an oath of gratitude. Simply vowing to be grateful can increase the likelihood that you’ll stick to the behavior, so write a note “vowing to count your blessings” and post it somewhere where you’ll see it often.

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The Dark Patriarchy’s War with The Goddess

By Elizabeth Wilcock | Elizabeth Wilcock

Editor’s Note: Here is a wonderful new article from Elizabeth Wilcock, which expands our consciousness about the role and importance of women in our history – things we are not taught in school. She also shows us a way forward for men and women in the #metoo age; a path on which we can all thrive.

A couple weeks ago, while dining out with my mother and step-father, I overheard a woman in the booth next to us scolding her child for wanting to go to the bathroom.

“No!” she demanded, “You can’t go to the bathroom alone! Do you know what child trafficking is?”

What? Child trafficking!

The mother continued, “People steal children and make them do bad things, so you can’t go off alone in public places. I have to be with you.”

I was shocked.

I was surprised to hear this mother schooling her child about sex trafficking in a public restaurant. Not only that, but we were in a small Mormon town.

I was also surprised that child sex trafficking has become such common knowledge that mothers are telling their children about it openly in public places and as soon as they can process language.

I felt sad that her children had to be responsible for this information & sad that they were born into a world where bad people do bad things. It is the making of a horror movie… and it is apparently the reality for conservative mothers in small Mormon towns…

As we were finishing dinner, the three year old she was speaking to peeks out from behind the booth and looks at me with the inquisitive innocence only toddlers have. I smiled at him and said “Hi!” wondering if her chiding had any affect on his willingness to connect to adults.

He smiled back at me shyly and disappeared, only to re-appear a few seconds later to play a short game of hiding and seek. I was touched that after his mother tried to make him afraid of strangers that he ventured out to connect. I was also a bit concerned that maybe he didn’t understand.

I pray that all children can one day be safe one day and roam free.

But that day is not today.

Then, only a week later, I was at another restaurant in a tourist area, hundreds of miles away and overheard another conversation about child trafficking in the booth next to me! This time, three older women were sitting together and one was informing the others. The one in her 40’s was was telling the other two ladies, one about 70 the other around 50 the facts about child trafficking today.

This second occurrence in one week drove home the reality that this horror story has made it to the hearts of women in small US towns and is now a regular topic at the dinner table. I don’t know if men are also having these conversations with their buddies, because I only overheard women talking about this. I think that women, because they are entrusted with the care of children, are aware of the present danger of people stealing children and using them for sexual slavery and human sacrifice — because they need to be. Julian Assange Wikileaks

The cat is out of the bag.

The Wikileaks data dump of 2016 ripped the veil off of the dark crimes of the satanic elite.

The dark elite that have created global institutions to enslave the common folk through fiat money, lifelong debt, poison in our foods, and murdering those that created free energy are called the Cabal. Their secret religion is Luciferianism. It’s a lot to process, but that is the dirty underbelly of society that Wikileaks revealed.

Julian Assange who founded Wikileaks is a true noble warrior who exposed institutionalized evil. Please send love and light to Julian — this man sacrificed his life to expose the darkness for us and he is suffering badly.

It is an uncomfortable and inconvenient truth that such dark forces exist on this beautiful earth, but they do. The public has been thoroughly lied to throughout history. Our history books, the Bible and our schools have been carefully edited to keep us unaware of our Godly origins and of a satanic religion practiced by the ruling elite.

Since Wikileaks exposed the dark ruling elite and their nefarious practices, there has been a valiant effort by noble warriors across the globe to expose and put an end to the terrible crimes of child trafficking, pedophilia and the satanic practice of human and child sacrifice. These warriors are regular people like you and me as well as men and women of power inside the government and beyond.

What Wikileaks revealed to the world is that there is a faction of the ruling elite that are child-sacrificing, blood-drinking, pedophile satanists. Seriously?!!

This is difficult to digest, especially if you are a good, God-loving person who just wants to enjoy life.

The fact that I overheard two dinner conversations about these child-trafficking pedophiles in one week proves that the cat is way out of the bag and that people are taking this seriously. Mothers and grandmothers are educating their children and each other. Women are doing what they can in the face of this monster, which is to tell everyone about it. Hence, this article.

If you are new to all this or if you want a refresher course on what occurred in the Wikileaks data dumps that exposed the dark elite, read my dear husband David Wilcock’s articles here:

ENDGAME: Disclosure and the Final Defeat of the Cabal https://divinecosmos.com/davids-blog/1208-endgame-pt-1/

ENDGAME II: The Antarctic Atlantis and Ancient ET Ruins https://divinecosmos.com/davids-blog/1209-endgame-pt-2/

SACRED WARRIORS REVEAL THE DARK ELITE

No only are women spreading the word at the dinner table, but noble warriors in governments, law agencies and good, regular people are busy right this very minute taking the evil ones down. We call them “The Alliance” for short.

Due to Wikileaks’ great reveal of the sick crimes of these ‘elite’ and the ensuing heroic effort to stop them, there has been a world-wide crackdown on child trafficking, sexual abuse and pedophilia. Law enforcement is finally treating the global epidemic seriously! https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/pedogate-update-global-elites-pedophile-empire-ever-crash-hagopian

Since Wikileaks exposed these violations of children, we have witnessed the fall of a number of men and their organizations that have inflicted such horrors.

BREAKING NEWS! JEFFERY EPSTEIN ARRESTED FOR SERIAL CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING

An exciting new development in just the last 24 hours is the arrest of multimillionaire Jeffery Epstein for child sex trafficking. He was arrested at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey on allegations that he paid minors for sex as well as procuring girls as young as 12 for his elite and government buddies.

The new charges claim that “Epstein sexually exploited dozens of underage girls in a now-familiar scheme: paying them cash for ‘massages’ and then molesting or sexually abusing them in his Upper East Side mansion or his residence in Palm Beach.” https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-06/jeffrey-epstein-has-been-arrested-sex-trafficking-minors-0

Former president Bill Clinton was good friends with Epstein and visited his private island aptly named “Orgy Island” on his private jet called the “Lolita Express.”

Let’s stop for just a second: The soft underbelly of the pedophile elite has just been exposed. Jeffery Epstein serviced elite government officials from all over the world! We are in for an exciting year of shocking revelations as the billionaires and high ranking government officials will not be spared.

Sources said that Epstein was arrested by the FBI pursuant to a sealed indictment that will be unsealed on Monday, July 15, 2019. Yes, the indictments are being UNSEALED.

The scandal involves Queen Elizabeth’s son, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and he is photographed with an alleged underage prostitute. He is also called “Royal Knight of the Garter” giving ‘garter’ here a new, lascivious meaning. She actually looks like a nice girl and I am sure she is cringing at the folly of her youth — gullible, vulnerable… I am sure many of you can relate.

The tide of the goddess rages. The #metoo movement started it. First it was Weinstein in October 2017, which blew the lid off of Hollywood sex-bullying of women to get roles. Sadly, we can’t say that only men sexually bullied women. As you will see in the NXIUM case below, women often become the recruiters that lure vulnerable women into these compromising situations.

Let’s stop for a second and give it up for Tarana Burke for starting the #metoo movement! She did so in 2006 to raise awareness for sexually exploited women. She lit the match that started the world on fire. #metoo caught the world a blaze and gained momentum this past year. Since 2017, we have witnessed some larger than life sex offenders topple. You go Girl!

SEXUAL ABUSE EXPOSED IN FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS

CARDINAL PELL: THE MOST POWERFUL CATHOLIC OFFICIAL TO BE CONVICTED OF PEDOPHILIA

Cardinal Pell was recently sentenced to six years in prison on March 13, 2019 for pedophilia.

CNN reports that Pell’s conviction “follows a damning report by a royal commission into institutional child abuse in Australia, which alleged more than 1,800 Catholic priests, brothers, lay people, and religious sisters across the country had assaulted thousands of children over the past 65 years.” https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/26/australia/cardinal-george-pell-child-abuse-investigation-intl/index.html

The Church is terrified that if the world really knew the extent of their corruption and crimes against children their centuries-long power play would be over. There was a suppression order of the press so not a word about the trial could leak. Convenient.

Cardinal Pell was the Vatican’s Treasurer. He had been a Catholic priest for decades and it is said that he was close to the Pope. If one Googles ‘pedophile priests’ and ‘ritual satanic abuse in the Church’, you will traverse a disturbing landscape of first-hand testimonies and articles, some which have been taken offline.

The cases that the wooden gavel of a judge have closed are enough to see and know that this beast still lurks withing the walls of churches everywhere.

JOHN OF GOD ACCUSED BY 200 WOMEN OF SEXUAL ABUSE

We can see more cases of monsters parading as priests by the recent fall of “John of God.” John of God was a spiritual healer made famous by Oprah and the Clinton’s. He would perform successful surgeries with rusty screwdrivers and dull knives, and cured many illnesses. Despite the success of many of his cures, there is a dark side to his ways.

More than 200 women accused John of God, whose real name is João Teixeira de Faria of sexual abuse. He has been accused by these women of of molestation, murder, running a baby farm, pedophilia, and incest.

While João denies these accusations, his own daughter is suing him for raping her as a child beginning at age 11 and continuing molesting her into her teenage years. https://lakishajj.wordpress.com/2018/12/12/brazilian-john-of-god-accused-pedophile-by-daughter/

John of God’s daughter says “she was beaten and raped by her father until she was 14 years old.” https://womenintheworld.com/2018/12/17/john-of-god-brazilian-healer-accused-of-assaulting-more-than-300-women-surrenders-to-police/

In my article “The Rise of the Divine Feminine and the Fall of Corrupt Kings” I speak more about John of god, or if we believe his daughter and the other women, perhaps more apt: John of Hell.

I feel it is important to notice the brave women that are risking their lives to out these perpetrators. Sabrina Bittencourt is the woman credited with exposing Faria’s abuses. She was born into a Mormon family and suffered sexual abuse at a young age. She grew up with a “V” for Vendetta and dedicated her life to exposing religions sexual crimes. She said that she was going to expose 13 more in the next year. Unfortunately, it is reported that she committed “suicide” a couple months after Faria was apprehended.

Many more sexual abuses are coming out of the shadows and into the light from Ashrams to Zen and Tibetan monasteries. https://www.lionsroar.com/an-expert-on-faith-based-abuse-talks-about-how-buddhists-can-address-sexual-misconduct/

You can find numerous headlines now about sexual abuse in “godly places.”

Headlines read:

20 Years, 700 Victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reforms

Pastor who raped daughter gets ‘soft’ sentence because the ‘church needs him’ (I guess he didn’t get the justice he deserved.)

After Years Of Abuse By Priests, #NunsToo Are Speaking Out. Nuns courageously speak out despite the trend for the congregation to ostracize them for doing so.

Abuse in faith-based organizations has gone unchecked for, basically, ever and is finally getting the justice and the press it deserves.

Sexual abuses are also being exposed in businesses, taking down the wealthy elite. From what we have just witnessed with Epstein, many more cats will be coming out of the bag very soon.

KEITH RAINERE, SEX TRAFFICKING, SEX BLACKMAIL, CHILD PORN, NEXIUM

June 19, 2019 Keith Rainere, founder of the self help group, NXIUM was convicted of running a sex cult with ties to child trafficking. National Public Radio reports “Keith Raniere, who was known as “Vanguard,” was convicted on all charges, including sex trafficking, forced labor conspiracy, human trafficking and multiple counts of racketeering — including sexual exploitation of a child.” In the group, women were exploited, both sexually and for their labor and kept obedient by blackmail. Raniere was a master manipulator and lured women into giving him nude photos and videos of themselves as “collateral” that he threatened he would expose if they got out of line.

He managed to recruit Hollywood ladies like Smallville actress Allison Mack, and Battlestar Galactica actress Nicki Clyne as well as female financial elite. It is a shame that men and women will try to exploit someone for their own gain, but it happens. It is good that justice is being served. https://www.npr.org/2019/06/19/734116183/nxivm-leader-keith-raniere-found-guilty-of-all-charges-in-sex-cult-case

This is just the beginning. Many more sexual abuses are coming out of the shadows and into the light.

Due to this unveiling of the darkness and the subsequent prosecutions, the lords and ladies of the dark patriarchy are running scared.

While they may have been able to hide them from mass scrutiny for thousands of years, the tide has turned. The trend is now toward the exposure and take down of sex crimes, murder and pedophilia. In my article “The Rise of the Divine Feminine and the Fall of Corrupt Kings” I speak more about this.

There is a rise in feminine power as the energy of the Goddess re-awakens after a few thousand years of forced slumber.

As she awakens, she is taking names.

THE GODDESS RETURNS

After centuries of forced slumber, the Goddess returns. She is pissed and taking names!

It does seem that there is a feminine power that is finally being heard. The fact that the #metoo movement had dethroned some of the most powerful men in high places is amazing. Never before could a woman reveal a sexual abuse and be taken as seriously as today. I cannot imagine the work place ever being the same. And now, we begin to see sex exploitation crime rings that shelter billionares and world-government elite coming down. It really is an exciting and historic time that we are seeing good men and women doing the hard work to protect the soft underbelly of society.

I think it is valuable to understand what happened to the feminine during the course of history, so we can have an appreciation for the tide that is coming in right now.

EARLY MATRIARCHAL SOCIETY & THE BENEVOLENT PATRIARCHY

Historians say that matriarchal societies were not characterized by dominance of women over men, rather they are characterized by balance between the sexes, a respect for nature and the view that the Mother Goddess is the supreme creator. The matriarchal societies of our distant past flourished from the Paleolithic era 37,000 years ago until around the last Ice Age roughly 12,000 years ago. Historians like Marija Gimbutas say that these were peaceful times were women had positions of power and high regard with family lines being traced through the women.

Peaceful society remains so as long as everyone behaves in a peaceful way. The moment someone lunges toward another with a knife, you’ve got a predicament. The predicament is that either everyone allows the violence to occur (because they are so peaceful) or somebody tries to stop the violent perp and restore peace. If the violence is coming from a 6’5” burly man weighing 350 lbs. and directed at a 5’3” tall 115 lb woman, she will have a difficult time fending him off. This is where the benevolent patriarchy comes in.

Benevolent patriarchy defends against those that would do the bad things. I actually cannot find a definition for ‘benevolent patriarchy’ and so will offer one myself. I trained for many years in the martial arts under masters and grandmasters that were carriers of benevolent male warrior lineages, so I have been handed down a working definition from these warrior clans:

The definition I received from these male warriors entrusted with the continuation of the lineage of benevolent patriarchy is that they only pick up arms to defend:

The noble warrior defends the feminine, or QuanYin as it is called in the Asian philosophy.

QuanYin represents all that is feminine including the earth, the children and the pure divine aspects of the feminine issuing forth in compassion, hope, and nurturing. The greatest warrior of all time was General Quan. He is dedicated to QuanYin whereby he takes his name and he only picks up arms in defense of the feminine.

With the noble rule of the superior masculine keeping in check the inferior violent energies, human society is allowed to be free.

Women can unfurl their beauty without being raped, children can run and play outside and nothing bad will ever happen to them. This is the ideal of benevolent patriarchy and there are legends of it flourishing in feudal townships in ancient Asia. General Quan or Kwon/Kwan (the English spelling is phonetic) is the most venerated male general figure in all of China. His story has been altered in the past decades to serve a more political agenda, but the ancient myth and meaning are still found deep in the warrior traditions.

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Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield, Massachusetts and New England (USA) & “virtually” the world. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.

 




13,400 of Chicago’s Homeless Had Jobs in 2017, 18,000 Had a College Education

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Emma Fiala | The Mind Unleashed

A report published on Tuesday by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, revealed that 13,400 of the city’s homeless population had jobs in 2017 while another 18,000 had a college education. The report challenges long held stereotypes concerning the homeless that include the false idea that anyone with a steady job or college education is immune from one of life’s most difficult experiences.

After examining 2017 census data, the Chicago Coalition of the Homeless (CCH) found that about 86,000 people experienced homelessness in the city at some point during the year.

The coalition’s policy director, Julie Dworkin, said:

Now we have a way to talk about the full scope of homelessness in Chicago. The point-in-time count doesn’t capture the way most people experience homelessness. Being able to quantify that has really pushed the envelope in Chicago in terms of the city thinking about what resources are necessary to address it.”

The CCH report is important in more ways than one. The city of Chicago conducts what is called a point-in-time tally to gauge the number of homeless people living in the city. These tallies produce notoriously inaccurate results as they do not include the population currently “doubled up”—those temporarily residing in the homes of others. For example, the latest tally—from January 2018—showed that more than 5,000 people were living either in shelters or in a location not suitable for human habitation. But according to the Chicago Coalition of the Homeless, four out of five homeless people in the city are “doubled up”—meaning they aren’t counted in the point-in-time tally.

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Federal Prosecutors to Continue ‘Unconscionable Prosecution’ of Humanitarian Scott Warren for Helping Migrants

Scott Warren, a volunteer with the humanitarian group No More Deaths, faces up to 20 years in federal prison for providing aid to migrants in the Arizona desert. (Photo: No More Deaths/Twitter)

By Jessica Corbett | Common Dreams

Federal prosecutors in Arizona announced Tuesday that they will seek a retrial in the case of humanitarian aid volunteer Scott Warren, who could face several years in prison for providing food, water, clean clothes, and beds to migrants in the desert.

The move by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona comes after Warren’s first trial ended with a hung jury last month. The Arizona Republic reported Tuesday that “Anna Wright, an assistant U.S. attorney, said in Tucson federal court that the government would dismiss one count of conspiracy to transport or shield, but that they would seek a retrial on two counts of harboring an undocumented immigrant.”

Warren—a 36-year-old college geography instructor—and two undocumented migrants were arrested in January of 2018 after Border Patrol agents set up surveillance outside “The Barn,” a building in the Ajo, Arizona where humanitarian workers provide migrants with water and other essentials. Human rights advocates worldwide have accused the Trump administration of “criminalizing compassion” with the decision to charge Warren with multiple felonies.

The humanitarian group No More Deaths/No Más Muertes, for which Warren is a volunteer, tweeted in response to the retrial announcement that the U.S. government is continuing the “unconscionable prosecution of [an] aid worker in midst of a humanitarian crisis at our border.”

Though the new trial is currently scheduled for later this year, the government reportedly put forward a plea deal on Tuesday that would keep Warren out of prison.

According to the Republic:

Prosecutors also announced a plea offer to Warren to plead guilty to a misdemeanor of aiding and abetting with a sentence of time served. If convicted of the more serious, felony charges for harboring, Warren could face up to 20 years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Raner Collins set the start of the second trial for Nov. 12. Warren has 10 days before that date to decide whether to take the plea deal.

Speaking to journalists and supporters outside the courthouse Tuesday, Warren did not comment on the government’s plea offer. The Arizona Daily Star reported that his attorney, Amy Knight, promised, “We will continue to defend [him] for as long as necessary.”

Reading a prepared statement outside the courthouse, Warren said the case “has been deeply exhausting and troublesome to my friends and family and loved ones,” but also that “we are ready for this second trial and more prepared than ever.”

“While I do not know what the government has hoped to accomplish here,” he added, “I do know what the effect of all this has been and will continue to be: a raising of public consciousness, a greater awareness of the humanitarian crisis in the borderland, more volunteers who want to stand in solidarity with migrants, local residents stiffened in their resistance to border walls and the militarization of our communities, and a flood of water into the desert at a time when it is most needed.”

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#NeverAgainIsNow: 36 Arrested As Hundreds of Jewish Protesters Block Road to Migrant Detention Center

Three dozen protesters were arrested at a demonstration where about 200 Jewish people blocked the entrance to a detention center in Elizabeth, New Jersey on Sunday. (Photo: @NeverAgainActn/Twitter)

By Julia Conley | Common Dreams

Rejecting the notion that denouncing the Trump administration’s immigrant detention centers as “concentration camps” does harm to the memory of the Holocaust, 200 Jewish people demonstrated at a facility in New Jersey Sunday evening and demanded the release of the thousands of immigrants in U.S. custody.

Grassroots group Never Again Action called for all detention centers to be closed and for the U.S. government to protect asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants—instead of sending Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) into communities where the agency has arrested hundreds so far this year in raids.

The group reported that 36 participants were arrested for blocking the road to the Elizabeth Detention Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

“I have to do whatever is in my power to disrupt ICE, to close these camps, to provide permanent protection, and to ensure that ‘never again’ means never again,” said Rebecca Oliver, a demonstrator who was arrested.

Holding signs reading, “Never again for anyone” and “Jews demand freedom for immigrants,” the demonstrators stressed the need to recognize the parallels between the Trump administration’s arrests of undocumented immigrants and detention of asylum seekers and the treatment of Jewish people and other marginalized groups by the Nazi regime in the 1930s and 40s.

“I’m a Jewish Latina. The military camps where my people are being held today are concentration camps; just like the camps my people were held in 75 years ago were concentration camps,” said Tae Phoenix, another protester. “That’s why I’m here. That’s why we’re here.”

“As Jews, we were taught to never let anything like the Holocaust happen again. We refuse to wait and see what happens here now.”
—Never Again Action

The demonstration came a week after conservatives attacked Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for labeling the administration’s detention centers—where legal advocates recently found hundreds of children living without access to soap, personal hygiene necessities, and sufficient food—”concentration camps.”

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum rejected Ocasio-Cortez’s statement, saying the museum “unequivocally rejects efforts to create analogies between the Holocaust and other events, whether historical or contemporary.”

In its statement of purpose ahead of the protest in Elizabeth, Never Again Action did not mention the museum’s stance, though the group made clear its disagreement.

“As Jews, we were taught to never let anything like the Holocaust happen again,” the group said. “We refuse to wait and see what happens here now.”

Similar actions are planned for Tuesday in cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston.

“ICE isn’t just at the border—they’re in every community,” the group said in a video calling for others to join their campaign. “Since politicians won’t shut down ICE, we will. It’s going to take all of us.”

Immigrant rights organizations applauded young Jewish activists from across the country for standing up against the Trump administration’s violations of human rights and attempts to turn away from the reality of prison camps in the present-day United States.

“We are inspired by the Jewish community who today sent a bold statement of solidarity rooted in their past struggles,” said Movimiento Cosecha, a grassroots campaign for the protection of undocumented immigrants. “As families continue to be separated, as children continue to be caged, and as thousands of immigrants are forced to make a life-threatening journey crossing borders out of desperation, every American should be called to stand up and take action.”

“These times will not be defined by the actions of our enemies but rather the actions of those who feel compelled to do something and demand that immigrants be treated with dignity and respect,” the group added.

Ocasio-Cortez also amplified Never Again Action and thanked the protesters for their “profound solidarity.”

“Thank you, Never Again Action, for your courage, compassion, and selflessness in pursuit of justice,” tweeted the congresswoman.

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4 Effective Ways to Say ‘No’

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  • Are you the type of person who doesn’t like letting people down even when it doesn’t suit you?
  • Do you eventually end up letting yourself down — time after time — with your yes’s which should’ve been no’s?

Then this blurb is for YOU!

“Saying no doesn’t make you a horrible person — you are merely a person with healthy boundaries.”

People Pleasing 101

Take it from a people pleaser — it ain’t easy saying no…or is it? In my 40 odd years on this planet, I’ve only recently discovered it’s actually quite easy and painless to say no if a situation doesn’t suit you.

Most times, people move on and ask someone else or respect you for your honesty. Some people (the ones who need to realize the world doesn’t revolve around them and their needs) don’t appreciate no’s (these are the ones people pleaser’s are most afraid of).

Thing is, you don’t have to please everyone. If you are going against your grain in doing something you would rather not do — you have every right to say NO. Please read this article which explains more: Boundary Setting 101 — Target: Empaths

4 Phrases to Commit to Memory!

Without hurting or being unreasonable — you can actually decline a request.

There are 4 easy ways to say your no’s, here they are:

  1. ‘I’m sorry but I won’t be able to’ — and you NEVER have to justify why you can’t — you don’t have to give up voluntary disclosure. Don’t fall into the trap of rambling on and on about why you can’t. You simply can’t do it — your reasons are your own. If they ask why not, you can just say you are busy or have too much on your plate right now – finito.
  2. ‘I’ll have to think about it, I’ll get back to you’ — this can buy you some time to work out your succinct excuse and bow out without physical confrontation, if needs be.
  3. ‘I’m going to have to decline as I have plans for that day/I am busy that day’ — again, as in no. 1 — you don’t have to get graphic.
  4. If it’s about lending money then this one works a treat, ‘I have a strict policy about not lending money’. If they try to twist your arm, you can always say that you have been burnt in the past and will not be swayed. End of story.

Saying no doesn’t make you a horrible person — you are merely a person with healthy boundaries. When you can help someone out, do. Bear in mind that to do something against your true wishes is never going to send out a good vibration — for you or the other person.

Related article: How to Recognize a Dream Thief

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Greta Thunberg and Fridays for Future Movement Win Amnesty’s Top Human Rights Award, For ‘Challenging Us All to Confront the Realities of the Climate Crisis.’

“We are now facing an existential crisis, the climate crisis and ecological crisis which have never been treated as crises before, they have been ignored for decades,” activist Greta Thunberg told protesters in London on Sunday. (Photo: @cahulaan/Twitter)

By Jake Johnson | Common Dreams

For their role in sparking a global wave of marches, civil disobedience, and weekly school strikes aimed at pressuring the world’s political leaders to act on the climate crisis, 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and the youth-led movement she inspired were honored Friday with Amnesty International’s top human rights award.

“It is a huge honor to receive Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award on behalf of Fridays for Future,” Thunberg said in a statement. “This is not my award, this is everyone’s award. It is amazing to see the recognition we are getting and know that we are fighting for something that is having an impact.”

“To act on your conscience means that you fight for what you think is right. I think all those who are part of this movement are doing that.”
—Greta Thunberg

The Fridays for Future movement has its origins in Thunberg’s lonely sit-down strike outside of the Swedish parliament building last August when she skipped school to protest lawmakers’ inaction in the face of the global climate emergency.

Since then, Thunberg’s determined and tireless activism has galvanized millions of young people around the world to walk out of class, take to the streets, and demand a rapid transition away from planet-destroying fossil fuels.

“To act on your conscience means that you fight for what you think is right,” Thunberg said Friday. “I think all those who are part of this movement are doing that because we have a duty to try and improve the world. The blatant injustice we all need to fight against is that people in the global south are the ones who are and will be most affected by climate change while they are the least responsible for causing it.”

Kumi Naidoo, secretary general of Amnesty International, said in a statement that the organization is “humbled and inspired by the determination with which youth activists across the world are challenging us all to confront the realities of the climate crisis.”

“Every young person taking part in Fridays for Future embodies what it means to act on your conscience,” said Naidoo. “They remind us that we are more powerful than we know and that we all have a role to play in protecting human rights against climate catastrophe.”

As Common Dreams reported, nearly two million young people from 125 countries took part in Friday climate marches on May 24, and the global movement is expected to continue to grow.

“The youth activists behind Fridays for Future are now calling on adults to join them,” Amnesty said in a statement. “On Friday 20 September, ahead of the United Nation Climate Action Summit in New York, activists will commence a week of climate action with a worldwide strike for the climate. Amnesty International supports the call for all adults who are able to join the strike and show solidarity.”

Kananura Irene—a Fridays for Future activist from Kampala, Uganda—said youth climate leaders “are really determined to finish what we have started because our futures are on the line.”

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