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Should We Be Watching Videos Of Human Atrocity? Warning: This May Make You Cry

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There is a video that has been circulating online that depicts a young girl in Syria, perhaps 3, being led down a concrete corridor into a busy room where organ excisions appear to be taking place on other young children. Amid the bustle of surgeons and medical appliances, the young girl walks around in a scared, confused panic before she is lifted, crying, onto an operating table, and is held down as a blood pan is slipped under her.

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I have purposely left a link to the video at the end of this article, in the hope that we can have this very difficult conversation before you decide whether to watch it. Please know that the video brought me to tears, and writing this article in itself has been difficult. But I believe it’s an important conversation to have. It is likely that in the coming months and years, we will be confronted with more of this kind of information than ever before.

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The Question Of Authenticity

For many, wondering whether a video such as this is authentic or not is the first thing that comes to mind. I would maintain that this question, while valid, is not of concern to this discussion. We are safe to assume that this video is authentic in the sense that it portrays something, the likes of which—without a shred of doubt—is really going on in our world.

Evidence of forced child organ harvesting and similar acts of human atrocity now abound on the internet. For those whose minds are open and who are willing to look at and read the information available at their fingertips, the proof is compelling, even if we go only a small ways down the rabbit hole.

This brings us to the main question here: if we are honest and devoted seekers of the truth, are we duty-bound to bear witness to the most heinous acts of human depravity on the planet? And if so, to what end?

There is no simple answer to this question. But if we can create the broader context here, it might help to provide some structure within which we can ground our individual decisions.

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The Broader Context

From a spiritual point of view, we appear in the world as separate individuals, but are actually one organism, one being, this ‘human race’ of ours. The course of human evolution at this point in history is to move away from what separates us and towards seeing ourselves and living together as one.

In order for this to happen, we first need to admit to the wholeness of our collective self, which includes the light and the shadow of human behavior. It is important to seek out knowledge of what is truly going on, so that we can acknowledge it as part of the current state of our collective being.

Unfortunately, our global ‘leaders’ and the powerful forces pulling their strings are doing everything they can to hide these shadow activities from us. Their strategies play into the difficulty we have believing these acts are occurring, our inbred knee-jerk reactions to look the other way or change the subject. It is helpful to examine what actually happens when brave people do bring these atrocities to light  to government-sanctioned organizations like the UN’s Human Rights Council:

Questioner: Dr. Askarf, a Syrian doctor, working in north Syria, reported a staggering number of 18,000 children whose organs have been harvested, mainly in Turkish refugee camps. In Turkish hospitals, when they go for treatment for minor injuries, many of them perished and their organs were totally taken out. What is the Human Rights Council and other investigations doing about this? Why should this come from a doctor who works there, not from the United Nations?

It would be natural to expect the U.N. Representative to show some shock, some emotion, some regard for reports of this kind of abomination. But no. Instead, the usual excuses for the U.N.’s ineffectiveness are rolled out with the matter-of-factness of a ham sandwich:

UN Representative: Well first of all, as you know, because of our limited presence on the ground, we don’t have any first-hand information about the reports you just cited. We have tried, through the work of the Commission of Inquiry, dealing with human rights, and reporting to the Human Rights Council, to get as much information as we can, through the sources we have at our disposal, about violation of human rights in Syria. And so, the Commission of Inquiry has produced a number of reports, as you have seen, and the Human Rights Council has evaluated them. It’s on the basis of what the Commission of Inquiry can acquire, and information that it’s able to verify, that the human rights council is trying to act.

Do we get this? Do we really get what’s happening here? We are being told that the largest united body of all nations, bringing to bear the entirety of the established governing and military powers in the world, are unable to go in and verify first-hand reports of human atrocity, let alone take actions to stop those atrocities?

This statement in itself should be enough for us to see the truth about our governing bodies. Those who hold the most power in the world have no intention or desire to stop human rights abuses and the perpetration of human atrocity. The only reason organizations such as the UNHRC were set up is so that people can say to themselves, ‘Oh, we have a human rights council doing everything it can to look into these matters, therefore I don’t have to.’

But why in the name of human decency would these powers not earnestly want to investigate and prevent such human atrocities from happening? Because they are the main perpetrators and sponsors of these atrocities, for their own purposes. And activities such as forced organ harvesting, slave trafficking, pedophilia, human experiments, and ritual torture and human sacrifice will continue, unabated, until the light of our consciousness is shone upon them.

We Are In Denial

Before the emergence of the internet, it would have been much easier to hide the truth about human atrocities to the general public. The proliferation of information was much more controlled. Text books written for school children about the early days of Canada, for example, with rugged fur traders boldly civilizing the wilderness, never spoke about the atrocities inflicted upon the native peoples. And so it was that those in power authored the skewed versions not only of our history, but our daily chronicles as well.

But the top-down management of content and the characterization of events in today’s era of internet and social media is much more difficult. Yes, technology has afforded those in control much more sophisticated tools of surveillance, suppression, and manipulation; but on the whole, there are many more opportunities for ardent and discerning seekers of truth to know what is really going on.

The question is, have we arrived yet to the place where we feel we can actually handle the truth? It’s a question that continues to impact the process by which we are going to come to know ourselves in our fullness. Many of us are still in denial, unwilling to fathom the scope of human darkness. However, as painful as it may be, each of us as individuals will eventually be compelled to go through this, by force if not by choice, by the sheer proliferation of information that is set to be foisted upon us like a dam bursting. Better, perhaps, that we make the choice to begin the process on our own terms.

Anger

Once we are able to get past the point of denying the possibility of acts such as the forced harvesting of a child’s organs—a lofty step in itself—it is almost inevitable that feeling of anger, of rage, will arise and be directed at the individual perpetrators of such acts.

This anger can be directed to positive ends. It can take us out of the feelings of shock and hopelessness, and motivate great and important action in the world. The tireless work of Liz Crokin comes to mind, among the many heroes who strive courageously to uncover and bring attention to human atrocities around the world such as human trafficking and pedophilia.

But even as righteous indignation towards human atrocity has value, it eventually becomes important for each of us to pass through this stage of the process. Certainly we might spend some time identifying perpetrators and making individuals accountable to the world and to themselves for their crimes against humanity; but we must be careful to ensure that these efforts are sponsored by our collective desire to heal. The urge for revenge, especially once we come to grasp our enormous collective power, will do little to effect true healing.

Acknowledgment

Our opportunity in coming to know the truth about our collective shadow is to acknowledge the full range of human potential. Of particular importance here is that we take collective ownership of these heinous acts, rather than trying to distance ourselves from them. We will not be highly successful in bringing humanity together if we invite only a select group of people into a unified collective based on particular criteria of moral conduct.

To conclude that other people embody ‘pure evil’ is simplistic and a cop-out. Instead of focusing on blame and judgment, we need to come to grips with the kinds of mental and emotional states that can give rise to such a disregard for the sanctity of human life. Is it insatiable greed? Pure ignorance? Or a brain condition that drives sociopathic behavior? Were mind control techniques used? Is it deep fear, or other such emotional instability? Did these originate through childhood abuse, ritualistic or otherwise?

The practice of suspending judgment on perpetrators of these acts at this stage is important because it allows us to come to understand the conditions, both internal and external, that could give rise to such otherwise incomprehensible actions.

Forgiveness

Understanding and acknowledging the negative actions of others works hand in hand with having the courage to examine our own shadows. As we come to understand the particular mental and emotional circumstances under which acts of violence and depravity are committed, it opens us up to look at those aspects of ourselves and our past actions that we have so long avoided, and acknowledge the nature of our own limited states of mind that gave rise to actions we are ashamed of. It becomes possible, then, to dissolve our self-judgment, and go through the process of forgiving ourselves, and all others as well.

This is how the healing of humanity really gains momentum. We have to admit to ourselves that the reason the world is in the state it’s in is because for too long, individually and collectively, we have been unwilling to look at our shadow and reconcile our past acts with who we now choose to be.

But remember, this is a sequential process. We are not simply going from a state of incredulity to a passive condoning of all evil actions in the world. Each of us needs to take it in stages, on our own schedule. No matter what stage of the process we are going through, we are connected by our desire for the truth and for the healing of humanity.

Back To The Question

At some point you may sit with your cursor over a video’s play arrow, deciding whether or not to watch what you know might traumatize you. Should you watch this video? You might consider these questions:

Will this help you understand the truth? Will you be able to process it in a healthy way? Is it part of your awakening? Will it contribute to the healing of humanity? Where do we draw the line with things like this?

Be brave. Only you can answer these questions for yourself. Follow your inner voice.

This is the difficult to view video: Video of Child Entering Organ Harvesting Room in Syria

 

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3 Powerful Tools to Help Overcome the Emotional Toll of the Pandemic

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  • The Facts:

    The pandemic has had a significant effect on our lives. Possibly without realizing it, many are suffering from a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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    If you feel stressed or feel that you have PTSD resulting from this pandemic, try these suggestions before resorting to medication or maladaptive coping strategies.

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The pandemic has had a significant effect on our lives. Possibly without realizing it, many are suffering from a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Every news cycle paralyzes us with fear of a new variant. Some feel grief over who or what they have lost or continue to have feelings of social disconnectedness. Despite what we have all been through, we need to start moving forward with our lives and truly live again. We must recognize that we have more control over our physical and mental health than advertised. The truth is that there are many helpful things that we can do.

PTSD is a stress-related disorder that may develop after exposure to a traumatic event or ordeal in which death or severe physical harm was a threat or occurred. Those with PTSD may experience agitation, irritability, hostility, hypervigilance, self-destructive behavior, social isolation, flashbacks, fear, anxiety, depression, attention difficulty, loneliness, insomnia, or nightmares.

Trauma can lead to feelings of powerlessness, but powerlessness can also keep us trapped in a PTSD cycle. The psychological imprint of trauma rewires the brain. There’s an old saying in neuroscience: “neurons that fire together wire together.” Our brain neurons begin firing in the amygdala, the emotional part of our brains, during a traumatic event. People can get stuck in an emotional loop, and the rational voice in their heads does not weigh in. This looping can cause a person to respond disproportionately to stress – freezing, panicking, or acting out in anger. Some dissociate or enter a trance-like state. Maladaptive coping skills can sometimes develop. Cutting, burning, overeating, drinking, drugs, overspending, etc., is all an attempt to dampen our painful emotional feelings. So, to avoid getting stuck in a PTSD cycle, we must act and take our power back.

Time to seek out the most effective help so that we can feel calm and in control again. What can we do?

1. Boost Your Immune System

If you fear getting sick, it’s time to live a healthier lifestyle and boost your immune system. Sadly, we are taught (with the help of pharmaceutical dollars) that health comes from a needle or a pill. Our “experts” recommend masks, hand-washing, social distancing, and mRNA vaccines. Still, they seldom suggest a healthy diet, supplements, and other natural remedies to help improve our health and support the body to fight off illness and disease. Click here for my article that includes 16 Tips on Boosting Immunity.

2. Embrace Spirituality

Over the last 20 years, I have been honored to have worked with many great therapists, healers, spiritual leaders, and trauma survivors to witness the power of Spirituality in healing. Spirituality is an inner belief system providing an individual with meaning and purpose in life. Whether it involves a higher power, nature, religious rituals, meditation, mindfulness, or prayer, the premise is to stay connected to the core of who we are. That place of stillness within us holding the memory of wholeness, peace, inner strength, and balance – despite what has happened. A spiritual philosophy or practice can provide us with a bigger context for our experiences and clarify our purpose. Spiritual methods also connect us with a sense of community and support. Finding our tribe is essential in the face of trauma and loss. The spiritual journey often allows us to go inside ourselves and listen to our inner guidance and “knowingness.” The inner voice may know, for instance, that the virus will not hurt us, or what we are being told by the media is untrue. Spirituality also helps us shift our perspective from “why me” to “what can I do about it. It brings us a sense of power and control.

3. Guided Imagery & Bilateral Stimulation

Both tools are essential for the trauma therapy toolbox. They are noninvasive and helpful for overcoming the effects of trauma. Guided imagery can help us alter the negative or stressful pictures and thoughts in our minds and help us create new, more peaceful ones—a form of instilling positive affirmations. Before you read on, I thought you might like to download my 10-minute exercise. This science-based, comprehensive video will help you to cultivate a sense of inner peace and give you a way to help overcome the effects of this pandemic – GET IT HERE

Is There Science Behind This?

Science, yes. Magic, no. This method requires regular practice if you want to make lasting, long-term changes to the ways that you think and feel. The good news is that both guided imagery and bilateral stimulation are widely practiced and well-established practices. However, I recommend that if you are still struggling after repeated listening, you find a qualified trauma therapist to continue the work you have already started.

A Look At The Research

Guided imagery is a behavioral technique using a series of verbal suggestions to guide oneself or others in visualizing an image in the mind to bring a desired response in the way of a reduction in stress, anxiety, or pain. A growing list of empirical literature supports the use of these techniques in various physical and emotional conditions. Guided imagery resulted in a clinically significant reduction in PTSD and related symptoms in a returning, combat-exposed active-duty military population. Positive affirmations can positively affect the brain’s circuitry. There is MRI evidence suggesting that specific neural pathways are increased when people practice self-affirmation tasks.

Numerous research articles have established that bilateral stimulation is one of the most effective treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some therapists practice Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a combination of psychotherapy and bilateral stimulation. EMDR is very effective for treating a wide range of mental health issues due to emotional and physical trauma. During bilateral stimulation, patients tend to “process” the memory in a way that leads to a peaceful resolution. And, often results in increased insight regarding both previously disturbing events and long-held negative thoughts about the self.

“Bilateral Stimulation induces a fundamental change in brain circuitry, similar to what happens in REM sleep. It allows the person undergoing treatment to process and incorporate traumatic memories into general association networks in the brain. This therapy helps the individual integrate and understand the memories within the larger context of their life experience.” – Robert Stickgold, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School

Takeaway

If you feel stressed or feel that you have PTSD resulting from this pandemic, try the above suggestions and download my helpful video before resorting to medication or maladaptive coping strategies. Also, you can discover the many mind-body practices you can do at home to help manage stress more successfully and so much more. SIGN UP HERE to receive your free download today. To purchase my book Healing Without Hurting, click here.

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Boosting Your Mood and Improving Your Health With Vitamin D

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  • The Facts:

    Vitamin D is essential for proper immune functioning and alleviation of inflammation.

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    Are you or someone you love suffering from depression or an autoimmune disorder? When is the last time you checked your Vitamin D levels?

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Are you or someone you love suffering from depression or an autoimmune disorder? It appears vitamin D deficiency may be to blame.

Vitamin D is essential for proper immune functioning and alleviation of inflammation. The beneficial effects of vitamin D on protective immunity are due in part to its impact on the innate immune system and has numerous effects on cells within the immune system. Vitamin D is also involved in maintaining the proper balance of several minerals in the body. And, it helps to ward off the flu and many viruses and treat them. The latest research links vitamin D deficiency to many disease states. These disease states include cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, depression, arthritis, and just about every other degenerative disease.

 “Vitamin D reduces depression. In a randomized, double-blind study, People with depression who received vitamin D supplements noticed a marked improvement in their symptoms.” – Journal of Internal Medicine

According to the Nutrition Research Journal, as many as 80% of people are deficient in vitamin D. Inadequate exposure to sunshine, poor eating habits, malabsorption, the VDR genetic mutation, and accelerated catabolism due to certain medications, dark skin pigment color, and too much sunscreen can be to blame. 

A doctor can check vitamin D levels with a simple blood test. Many mainstream doctors will suggest that you are within normal limits if your levels are 20-30ng/mL. However, for optimal health, the Endocrine Society and many functional medicine M.D.s and naturopaths will recommend levels of between 40-70 ng/mL for both children and adults. These doctors will also recommend a more aggressive replenishment program. For example, at age five, my son’s level was 24. The pediatrician recommended 500iu daily of supplementation, while our naturopath recommended 5,000iu daily for six months before retesting. Six months later, his levels were almost normal. 

“Through several mechanisms, vitamin D can reduce risk of infections. Those mechanisms include inducing cathelicidins and defensins that can lower viral replication rates and reducing concentrations of pro-inflammatory cytokines that produce the inflammation that injures the lining of the lungs, leading to pneumonia, as well as increasing concentrations of anti-inflammatory cytokines” – PubMed

How to Increase Your Vitamin D Levels

Get enough sun. Vitamin D3, “the sunshine vitamin,” is the only vitamin your body that is made, with the help of the sun. So be sure to get enough sun exposure to help the body make this essential nutrient. Hold off trying to protect ourselves from the rays of the sun at every turn by slathering sunscreen. Allow yourself to play outside, garden, and enjoy the rays in moderation.

If you must use some sunscreen, avoid chemical sunscreens made with toxic chemicals that cause thyroid dysfunction, endocrine disruption, allergies, organ toxicity, reproductive toxicity, skin cancer, development, brain, and metabolism problems. Shop for natural mineral-zinc-based certified products instead. When exposed to scorching climates or in the sun for extended periods, we use sunscreens by Babyganics, Badger, Babo Botanicals, and Goddess Garden products.

Eat a well-balanced diet, with foods higher in vitamin D. Although it is believed that we only get twenty percent from the foods we eat. Some foods higher in D include cod liver oil, fish, oysters, eggs, and mushrooms. 

Get checked for the VDR mutation. A blood test will determine if you have mutations in the vitamin D receptor. The consequence can be lower vitamin D levels and the inability to absorb vitamin calcium and many other minerals properly. According to a 2020 scientific report, supplementation of vitamin D can help improve VDR gene expression, so more supplementation may be necessary if you have this mutation.

“Something so simple. Vitamin D supplementation could improve the health status of millions and so becomes an elegant solution to many of our health problems today.” – Carol L. Wagner, MD – Medical University of South Carolina

Supplementation 101. Supplementation is often critical if you cannot properly metabolize or absorb enough vitamin D or not get enough sunshine. In areas with long winters and specific populations of people with darker skin color, supplementation may be even more critical. There are many supplements on the market. However, many tablet forms are not as bioavailable and harder to absorb. Therefore, it has been recommended that liquid forms are better. In addition, liquid D is often suspended in olive oil, which helps the vitamins to absorb more easily since it is fat soluble. One of my favorite brands is by Seeking Health. It does not contain any impurities or allergy-inducing ingredients. 

Final Thoughts

Boosting the immune system naturally works on your body’s innate wisdom. It supports the body to operate like a well-oiled machine, protects it from unwanted pathogens and disease, and helps ensure a healthy body and mind.

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Are Lockdowns Affecting Children?

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  • The Facts:

    We spoke to activist and mother Stephanie Sibbio about her co-creation of an organization called 100 Million Moms which seeks to empower women to stand up against injustices.

  • Reflect On:

    Are we choosing virus mitigation methods that are short sighted and harmful over the long term? Are they more harmful than the virus itself?

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The potential downsides of lockdowns during pandemics have been explored quite a bit – and the truth is the scientific community is quite divided on whether it’s the right move. On one hand a case can be made for effectiveness of lockdowns, but at quite a cost, while on the other hand many have shown lockdowns to be ineffective in slowing spread. How a study is organized and conducted can also dramatically change results.

Interestingly a study in Nature showed that “less disruptive and costly NPIs can be as effective as more intrusive, drastic, ones (for example, a national lockdown).” This essentially states that governments could choose effective ways to mitigate virus spread effectively without inducing unwanted and long term side effects on society as a whole via lockdowns – regardless, lockdowns are still widely being used.

One question we might have is, what about factors that are not so easy to measure right away? Things like long term psychological damage of being constantly stressed, out of touch with community and friends, and confined to our homes. What affects are children experiencing in their development and learning? We may not know exactly for quite some time.

I felt inspired to speak to a mother who has not only be asking this question with regards to her child, but who has decided to do something to push back against government measures, like lockdowns, that many citizens and scientist don’t agree with.

Along with another activist, Stephanie Sibbio created a movement called 100 Million Moms who, as their Instagram states, are a rights-based movement empowering moms all over the world to stand up against injustice. We advocate for natural health & medical freedom.

I spoke to Stephanie about how she has seen lockdowns affecting children, and her story in co-creating 100 Million Moms. In this discussion you will learn how you can get involved as well.

Further Discussion

A large meta analysis on mask wearing has shown that children are having physiological issues and learning challenges with prolonged mask wearing.

A group of doctors did a panel worth considering that discusses the potential harms of lockdowns and the science that supports the idea.

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