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Our Collective Responsibility To Raise Awareness & Eradicate FGM

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According to the World Health Organization, Female Genital Mutilation (also referred to as Female Circumcision or Cutting) consists of all procedures that involve the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. There are 4 types of FGM/C.

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  • Type 1: Clitoridectomy: This involves the partial or total removal of the clitoris or clitoris hood.
  • Type II: Excision: This involves the partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora, with or without excision of the labia majora. (WHO definition)
  • Type III: Infibulation: This involves the narrowing of the vaginal opening through the creation of a covering seal. The seal is formed by cutting and sewing over the outer labia, with or without removal of the clitoris or inner labia. (WHO definition)
  • Type IV: All other forms of harmful procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. (WHO definition)

FGM/C is practiced mostly due to cultural, religious, and social reasons. Some of the common reasons include:

    • Preserve chastity – FGM/C is believed to reduce a woman’s sexual desire and therefore is thought to help preserve a woman’s virginity until marriage
    • Maintaining and honoring familial and cultural traditions
    • “Cleanliness” – Some cultures believe that unless a woman is cut, she remains “unclean” and therefore is unfit for marriage
    • Coming into “womanhood”: Some believe that FGM/C is a necessary practice to initiate girls into womanhood
    • Religious beliefs: Some associate FGM/C with religious requirements, although no religious scripture mandates the practice

It is estimated that over 125 million women and girls have undergone FGM/C worldwide and 3 million are at risk every year of undergoing the procedure (Source: UNICEF 2013 Report ). FGM is mostly carried out on young girls, between the ages of infancy and 15. Some cultures perform the procedure right before a woman is to be married. The practice is most common in Africa and the Middle East but there have been several studies that show prevalence of FGM/C in the United States and Europe, mostly amongst immigrated communities from countries where the practice is most common. Most of these girls are taken abroad to have the procedure performed during school breaks.

In most cases, FGM/C is performed by a traditional practitioner using sharp cutting instruments such as razor blades, knives, and/or scissors that are rarely sterilized. In addition, most women and girls undergoing the procedure do so without the use of any anesthesia. As a result, there are many immediate and longterm physical complications associated with the practice. Some of these include:

  • Shock
  • Hemorrhage/excessive bleeding
  • Infections
  • Pain when urinating
  • Severe pain during sexual intercourse and menstruation
  • Increased risk of complications during childbirth; newborn deaths

Not only do women and girls endure extreme physical pain when undergoing FGM/C, but the emotional pain associated with the practice can sometimes last a lifetime unless some powerful, consciously directed healing work is done.

Shame, guilt, and feeling like “less of a woman” are common after-effects that come about for women and girls who have been forced to undergo FGM/C. And with the feelings of shame and guilt comes the need to punish oneself and others, especially those that subjected them to the practice — which, in almost every case, are family members.

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Considering the deep, long-lasting emotional issues that occur, it isn’t difficult from a modern Western perspective to see that the suppression and control of women and girls by attempting to disempower, denigrate, and strip them of their womanhood is what lies at the heart of the practice of FGM.

The fundamental truth that is overlooked, however, is that womanhood isn’t something that is simply held in or reflected by the female anatomy.  

Womanhood is innate.

It reaches far across the inner depths of a Spirit who has shown up here on the earth in a female body. Womanhood is the collective term for sensuality, sexuality, intuition, and deep female wisdom. These are inherent characteristics that the act of female circumcision aims, but many times fails, to eradicate.  

A high percentage of those who have been subjected to FGM, as deeply as they understand and recognise the social, cultural, and religious reasons behind it, often find it difficult to reconcile with their inner knowing that it is actually tantamount to extreme betrayal, as well as physical, emotional, and even spiritual abuse.  

To shine a light on the practice is to consider that it has its basis in a belief system that arises out of a concoction of painful lies such as:

  • The reputation of the family unit within the wider community is everything. It must be protected at all costs — even if unhappiness and invalidation on an individual level lies rampant at its core.  
  • Females are inferior. It is deeply embedded in the psyche of generations upon generations that women cannot be trusted on their own to uphold the honour and reputation of their families and therefore their natural sensibilities and states must be controlled.
  • True empowerment of women and girls is ‘unsafe’ for both men and women in communities which have perpetuated limiting or controlling religious, social, and cultural beliefs for generations.
  • Entire lineages of women in affected communities have been accepting of the practice as being part of their lot in life.  

What is interesting is that despite the perceived ‘acceptance’ of the practice, to drive home the possibility that centuries of women and girls in these communities might have actually been in deep emotional turmoil and pain would be to blow the lid on the power that these beliefs have yielded for so long.  

As wonderful as it would be to open the way for the healing process of female lineages in these communities to begin, self-healing is actually a very personal thing that each individual arrives to in their own time and in their own way.  And this is precisely why education around the topic is so key to being able to empower parents, mothers especially, and inform cultural and religious leaders about the very multi-layered, damaging effects this barbaric practice has on the entire female population of their communities — women and girls in relationship to themselves and their families which lie at the heart of these communities and the wider world.

Community and religious leaders must also be engaged in conversation so that they truly understand that the fate of thousands of women and girls rests in their hands. They need to be shown as leaders that they each possess their own power of choice.  That they can — and indeed ought to — assess the evolution of their communities and how to address its grassroots needs.  They need to be reminded that they do not need to be bound to the limits, fears, and outdated modalities of their successors and that they actually become stronger more respected leaders by having the courage to move with the times.

It simply isn’t possible to have a truly sustainable, healthy, thriving community based on honesty, fairness, authenticity, and love if damaged relationships are rife and the self-image and self-worth of half of the community is compromised.

Education of women = empowerment = personal choice.

Personal choice in this context means for a woman who has been subjected to FGM to:

  1.  Give herself permission to begin her journey of self healing in earnest in order that she can come into her own — the very relationship with herself and her world that her family and community tried to deny her.
  1. Reject the beliefs that underpin the practice and choose differently for her own young girls in order that they can begin not only changing the inheritance of female family lineage, but in so doing, creating the spaciousness and possibilities required in order for present and successive generations of affected women to be able to heal.

Organizations that help fight FGM/C and/or help FGM survivors

  1. a)      Edna Adan University Hospital http://www.ednahospital.org/
  2. b)      Stop FGM Now http://www.stop-fgm-now.com/
  3. c)      Voice of Hope Africa http://voicesofhopeafrica.org/
  4. d)      The Desert Flower Foundation http://retteeinekleinewuestenblume.de/

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This article has been co-authored by Caroline Diana Bobart and Eman Ahmed. Eman underwent female circumcision as a young girl in Ethiopia. She is passionate about empowering women and girls and helping to eradicate FGM/C by educating women and affected communities about the harmful effects of the practice.

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“The Consistency Is Mind Boggling” – University Professor On Alien Abductions

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    Dr. David M Jacobs, a recently retired Professor and historian, shares the fact that those who claim to have been abducted, and there are millions, share extreme consistency with their stories, and come back with proof.

  • Reflect On:

    Why is this not addressed? As Jacob's points out, if it's not true, then we have the greatest discovery of all time with regards to neurology.

We know that the phenomenon is very, very widespread around the world. People think that this is an American phenomenon, it is not. I’ve worked with people from Africa, and Asia, and Latin-America, and Europe and so forth… All say the same thing all around the world, it does not matter where they’re from. People often ask me whether there’s any consistency in abduction accounts, the consistency is mind-boggling.

The quote above comes from Dr. David M. Jacobs, a recently retired professor of History at Temple University, from the video below. He’s one of many academics who’ve been studying the ‘alien abduction’ phenomenon for a long time. We’re talking about full-out investigations and actual case work. Himself and practically every other researcher in this field would tell you that yes, the consistency is indeed jaw-dropping. People who claim to have been abducted by intelligent extraterrestrials, or come in contact with beings, and there are millions of them all over the world, all share remarkably consistent stories.

I work with people who have MD’s, or psychiatrists, psychologists… people who are university professors, and people who have never been able to hold a job…and everybody in-between. The vast material that they talk about has never been in the public domain, without consistency there is no phenomenon, and it is the consistency that keeps coming back…People are physically missing from their normal environments when they are abducted, people come back with unusual scars on their body, fully formed scars that weren’t there before.

It’s important to make a distinction here. There are all sorts of contacts happening. There are forced abductions, we call these people abductees, then there are simply contactees. Contactees don’t experience any type of forced abduction or strange procedures that are performed on them like abductees, there is also a wealth of data showing that a lot of people have friendly, informative, and mysterious type of contact experiences as well, and there are a range of beings (which also show up with consistency in multiple experiencer accounts) that have also been reported with consistency, including human looking ones. Along with these experiences come telepathic messages, in many cases appear to warn of future destruction unless human rapidly evolves and, grows up, so to speak.

Many abductees also report a sense of remorse and empathy within some of these forced abductions, others do not.

Here’s a great example, a case that involves more than 60 school children in Zimbabwe.

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Dr. Jacobs goes on to state, regarding abductions, a very interesting point

Now, let us suppose it is not happening, all those things still remain, and yet it’s not happening, there is no such thing as the abduction phenomenon. If that is the case, we have found the most important thing ever in the history of neurology, brain function, cognition… All these people are saying the same thing at their risk, this is not going to bring applause to them, that they say they’ve been abducted by aliens from outer space. High functioning people say thisnknowing full well it could destroy their careers, and they say this around the world…And it’s not happening, then what?

The mainstream world has and is currently addressing the UFO topic, but the talk of extraterrestrial visitation as one possible explanation for some of these UFO visitations has still been left out of the equation. For the latest updates on that, you can refer to this article:

The US Government Just Admitted to Recovering Materials From UFOs – Here Are The Latest Updates

All of these people, again, are not crazy. They are normal human beings, many of them who have or had no interest in the phenomenon prior. So, again, either something very important in the history of mental health is going on, or the exact opposite, and if we actually take time to examine the evidence, the answer becomes quite clear.

Some of what people report as UFOs are extraterrestrial (ET) vehicles. Some of those extraterrestrial vehicles actually have ET crews, and some of those ET crews catch and release humans.” — Dr. Don Donderi, a retired McGill University Professor of 40 years in the Department of Psychology (source)

Below is a brief account of one example that pertains to abductions, again, something different from regular contactee experience as mentioned earlier in the article. There is footage of Dr. Jacobs here as well.

Are We Being Prepared For Contact?

Behind the scenes, high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about the UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense. To hide the facts, the Air Force has silenced its personnel – Roscoe Hiellenkoetter (source)

Now, with the emergence of mainstream UFO disclosure, although not really addressing the extraterrestrial question, these topics are slowly creeping into the mainstream. It appears that the process of ridicule which existed for so long, via mainstream media, movies, popular television shows and more, seems to have turned into a process of disclosure.

The topic touches all areas of humanity, including metaphysics, spirituality, not just science, technology and questions in those areas. It represents an evolution in all areas, most importantly an evolution in consciousness. It really forces us to question ourselves, and help us understand who we really are as well.

Humanity is at a crossroads, and our hesitance to accept certain realities these days is drifting, and acceptance is coming in. Our perception of reality is shifting, and that alone is creating action around the world to bring about something that can’t really be put into words.

Perhaps this is becoming more relevant at this because there is a message here for humanity, and the experiences of contactees and abductees could perhaps help us decipher that message if they haven’t already. The common theme is something we all internally know in our hearts, the golden rule, and the caretaking of our planet and life upon it.

We as humanity have an enormous amount of potential to create an experience where this type of existence can happen, where we can be free from the chains of economic slavery and allowed to grow and advance as a species. Our destiny is no doubt in the stars.

Recently we interviewed Susan Manewich about her research into this space as well. One of the many profound truths she shared was that of all the contactees they have studied, there is a strikingly similar message shared by all. Check it out below

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Banned TED Talk: The Giant Ceremonial Astrological Mound Builders of Ancient North America

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  • The Facts:

    Strong evidence points to the reality that giants existed on earth. Many ancient cultures recognized this. Many of these beings had great knowledge of the stars and astrology.

  • Reflect On:

    How much of our history is actually true? How much has been held back? When you begin to stretch your consciousness outside of simple everyday life as we know it, we begin to explore actual reality.

It’s truly mind-altering to contemplate history, I usually start with the fact that most of our recorded history remains in secrecy. The US Government alone, according to some historians, classifies approximately 500 million pages of documents every single year.

How can a researcher, historian, or anybody who is interested in diving into the archives of US history, for example, expect to find anything of any real substance that actually pertains to the truth?  History is written by the victors, and most major historical events are full of information and facts that don’t really show up in our secondary and post-secondary ‘educational’ textbooks. These days, no matter how much evidence and fact support a topic, if that topic and information simply defies beliefs, or offends current upheld belief systems (many of which are based on lies), then it is rejected.

We see this in all disciplines today, a great example would be the connection between consciousness and our physical material world, as demonstrated numerous times repeatedly by quantum physics. Despite the fact that we are told these rules only apply at the quantum level, there are several examples which show that, no, they can be applied at the classical level as well.  Cases of mind influencing matter have been reported throughout history and across many cultures, more specifically in regard to ‘supernormal’ abilities which include telepathy, psychokinesis, and other phenomena that lie within the realms of parapsychology. This is evident in ancient literature, from the Vedic texts and the yoga sutras to Jesus, Moses, Milarepa,  Mohammed and more. It’s also evident via declassified CIA documents, some of which you can access here.

What is going on here? Just as there is a scientific blackout in many cases, we also have historical blackouts and a modern-day blackout of information and discoveries that are made by the black budget world. A 1997 US Senate report described them as “so sensitive that they are exempt from standard reporting requirements to the Congress.”

Yet we still reject these blackouts and historical facts are no different. What about the Giants of North America? Have discoveries been ‘covered-up’ simply because they don’t fit the framework of accepted knowledge? It sure seems that way, especially because you won’t see any mention of giants in our textbooks. Perhaps that’s because they don’t fit in with the supposed theory of evolution? Is this information just too paradigm shifting? Where what we once thought we knew, is not true anymore? Kind of like another, ‘the Earth is not flat’ type of moment…

Giants are found within the lore of multiple cultures, from the indigenous to the ancient past, but bones have also been discovered on numerous occasions.

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“It calls up the indefinite past. When Columbus first sought this continent—when Christ suffered on the cross—when Moses led Israel through the Red-Sea—nay, even, when Adam first came from the hand of his Maker—then as now, Niagara was roaring here. The eyes of that species of extinct giants, whose bones fill the mounds of America, have gazed on Niagara, as ours do now.” – Lincoln

A discovery was made in 1883 when the Smithsonian (the United States government/military-led organization) dispatched a team of archaeologists to the South Charleston Mound. The report indicates that the team uncovered numerous giant skeletons ranging from 7 to 9 feet tall. They were decorated with heavy copper bracelets and other religious/cultural items. The report also mentioned that some of them had a skull that was of  “the compressed or flat-head type.” This would resemble similar skeletal characteristics to those found in South America and Egypt. (source)

Going back further still, in 1774 settlers found what they called “The Giant Town,” which housed several gigantic skeletons, one being an eight-foot-tall male. (source)

You can read more about that in the articles we’ve written previously about the subject, and see some examples. From New York Times articles and more, the evidence of giants is great.

The Hidden Origins Of Human History: These Giant Skeletons Challenge Human History

Why Are We Not Talking About The Reality of Giant Humanoid Skeletons? Here Are A Few Examples

Giant “Skeletons of Enormous Sie” Discovered In New Mexico.” – New York Times Article From 1902

The Ceremonial Astrological Mound Builders of Ancient North America

Another interesting topic I recently came across, was, just like Pyramids, and many other ‘wonders’ of the world built with remarkable mathematical precision and synchronicities, are the ancient structures in North America that’s been completely ignored by mainstream history.

Jim Vieira is a stonemason, writer, and star of History Channel’s Search for the Lost Giants had his TED talk banned. The banned TED talks are always the most fascinating, my favorite from Russel Targ, who was a physicist contracted by the CIA to create the STARGATE project, a program investigating parapsychological phenomena, where he shared everything he knows about ESP. It was banned simply because it was too controversial, similar to Vieira’s talk as well.

In one of Jim’s talks, he describes a structure, one of many which have apparently been found all over America, that goes to show just how interesting and mysterious, and advanced these beings are. It’s one of many pieces of the puzzle showing that extremely advanced, highly intelligent ancient civilizations once roamed the Earth, and many of them have been completely blacked out from history. Perhaps the ‘history makers’ wrote their own version and decided to cut out information that wouldn’t fit in with their plan to control the narrative of what is and what was.

In it, he describes “ceremonial” stone-works that have been found in New-England, these structures have been carbon dated, according to the talk, to thousands of years old, every single one of them, “but there’s a historical blackout,” according to Vieira, especially in New England.

He goes on to show a picture of the Goshen Stone chamber, one of the hundreds in New England. What’s remarkable about these structures is that the majority of them are oriented to the equinox sunrise or winter solstice sunrise.

Below is a picture he took on March 12th from the chamber:

He then goes on to say, “we are told that these are colonial root sellers.”  This one has a 10-tonne sailing, and as a stone mason, he explains how the structure itself is quite a feet, which is why he has a suspicion that they might have been built by the giants which exist in ancient lore.

Another interesting shot from the talk, this particular structure (Goshen Stone) has a stone line shaft created in the chamber which allows the Equinox sunset to come through twice a year, only on those days.

Again, he also cites lab work done which sites carbon date reading of thousands of years old. So that would completely shatter the current mainstream accepted explanation, that these are simply colonial root sellers… How crazy is that?

You can check out the full TED talk below:

The Ancients Obsession With Astrology

The evidence for intelligent ancient civilizations that have been left out of the historical record is grand, but even the ones that have not been left out show a tremendous knowledge of astrology, planets, and facts about the cosmos that we didn’t discover ourselves till only a few decades ago, like the existence of Pluto, for example.

From the indigenous all the way to ancient Sumeria, astrology has obviously played a huge key role among these societies and was extremely relevant, yet today, this topic and its importance are brushed off as pseudoscience. I personally have no doubt the movement of the cosmos and the way it affects human consciousness is something real, yet perhaps not well understood, but it’s making a comeback.

There is a lot of validity behind such concepts and beliefs, but they are brushed off today simply because we’ve been trained to believe that this type of thing is bogus, when really, it’s far from it and once understood it could be of tremendous use to humanity, especially for goodwill.

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Highest Court In South Africa Legalizes Cannabis Use

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    South Africa has now legalized the use of cannabis for adults, but only in private places. The law also allows citizens to grow their own for personal consumption as well.

  • Reflect On:

    Times are changing, this may be a small victory in natural freedom, but it just goes to show that the people do have power.

Just a few short years ago the pursuit to legalize cannabis seemed futile at best, now it feels like just a matter of time before the majority of the world jumps on board! Most recently, South Africa’s highest court has legalized the use of cannabis by adults in private places only.

After a unanimous ruling, pro marijuana activists cheered in the public gallery chanting, “Weed are free now!” Judges also legalized the growing of marijuana for private consumption.

The government of South Africa had opposed the legalization arguing that the drug was harmful to people’s health. The Constitutional Court, however declared the law that criminalized the use of cannabis in the first place, unconstitutional and invalid and gave the government 24 months to come up with a new set of laws that respected South African’s right to privacy “in their private spheres.” It will no longer be a “criminal offence for an adult person to be in possession of cannabis in private for his or her personal consumption.” It will however, still be illegal to use the drug in public places, sell it or supply it.

Prior to this ruling the laws regarding cannabis use were strict and could result in 15 years in prison and up to 25 years for selling it.

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said, “It will not be a criminal offence for an adult person to use or be in possession of cannabis in private for his or her personal consumption.”

Rastafarians rejoiced outside the court hall celebrating the huge success.

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Things Are Changing, And Fast

As more awareness continues to grow, we are seeing just how powerful the people really are by coming together and doing what they can to make a difference in the world. When compared to a substance like alcohol that is addictive, harmful, can cause rage and depression and often comes at a great cost to the user and their family, it really makes little sense as to why there would still be any prohibition on the use of cannabis. It seems as though the courts are starting to agree, and seeing why really, it makes little sense to ban the use of cannabis and send people to jail for it — now really, that’s just absurd.

As mentioned above, what once may have seemed impossible is now proving to be very possible in fact. This is just another reminder that we the people do have a say, and if there are aspects of our society that don’t align with our values, or don’t make any sense, we can do our part by speaking up and working towards changing them. Things aren’t always as concrete as they may appear, this is a great example of why we should never give up hope.

“Never doubt that a small group of committed individuals can change the world, indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

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