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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Soft Drink Companies Caught Using Big Tobacco’s Playbook To Lure Young Children
- The Facts:
Documents obtained by researchers clearly outline the unethical and immoral actions Tobacco companies used to 'hook' kids onto sugary drinks. They use the same tactics they did for smoking.
- Reflect On:
Why do and have our federal health regulatory agencies allow such products to be approved as safe for consumption when they are clearly linked to a variety of diseases, like cancer?
Many moves made by multiple big corporations are extremely unethical, immoral, and downright shocking. These corporations have completely compromised our federal health regulatory agencies, and it’s quite clear that they do not care about the health of the human race and will do anything when it comes to the success of the products they manufacture, including taking illegal and/or immoral actions.
One of the more recent examples comes from the tobacco industry. Companies within the industry used colors, flavors, and marketing techniques to lure and entice children as potential future smokers. They actually used and applied these same strategies to sweetened beverages starting as early as 1963, according to a study conducted by researchers at UC San Francisco.
As the Sugar Scientists point out:
The study, which draws from a cache of previously secret documents from the tobacco industry that is part of the UCSF Industry Documents Library tracked the acquisition and subsequent marketing campaigns of sweetened drink brands by two leading tobacco companies: R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris. It found that as tobacco was facing increased scrutiny from health authorities, its executives transferred the same products and tactics to peddle soft drinks. The study was published in the March 2019 issue of BMJ.
“Executives in the two largest U.S.-based tobacco companies had developed colors and flavors as additives for cigarettes and used them to build major children’s beverage product lines, including Hawaiian Punch, Kool-Aid, Tang and Capri Sun,” said senior author Laura Schmidt, PhD, MSW, MPH, of the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. “Even after the tobacco companies sold these brands to food and beverage corporations, many of the product lines and marketing techniques designed to attract kids are still in use today.” (source)
The new papers, which are available in the UCSF Truth Tobacco Industry Documents Library, a subset of the UCSF Industry Documents Library, reveal the close and tight knit relationships between the big tobacco and big food industries. In fact, in the 60s and 70s, these companies conducted taste tests with mothers and their children to evaluate sweetness, colors and flavors for Hawaiian Punch product line extensions. The children’s preferences were prioritized.
Kool-Aid Joins Marlboro
Meanwhile, tobacco competitor Philip Morris had acquired Kool-Aid, via General Foods, in 1985. The company flipped its marketing audience from families to children, created its “Kool-Aid Man” mascot, and launched collaborations with branded toys, including Barbie and Hot Wheels. It also developed a children’s Kool-Aid loyalty program described as “our version of the Marlboro Country Store,” a cigarette incentives program. (source)
“The Wacky Wild Kool-Aid style campaign had tremendous reach and impact,” said first author Kim Nguyen, ScD, MPH, who is also with the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. “Lots of kids in the ’80s dreamed of getting swag from the Wacky Warehouse. What is really ‘wacky’ is that the Kool-Aid kid program was modeled after a tobacco marketing strategy designed to build allegiance with smokers.”
The tobacco giant also acquired Capri Sun and Tang, and used similar child-focused integrated marketing strategies to drive those sales.
“The industry claims that these tobacco-inspired marketing strategies are not actually targeting children and should be excluded from these industry-led agreements,” said Schmidt. “But the evidence cited in our research shows that these product lines and marketing techniques were specifically designed for and tested on children.” (source)
The UCSF Industry Documents Library was launched in 2002 as a digital portal for tobacco documents. Today, the library includes close to 15 million internal tobacco, drug, chemical and food industry documents used by scientists, policymakers, journalists and community members in their efforts to improve and protect the health of the public.
At the end of the day, it’s important to recognize that government health authorities and the corporations we buy our food from, among other things, really don’t care about us. This has become extremely evident, as they are responsible for the sharp rise in numerous diseases. It’s not uncommon to see parents buy their children products similar to the ones listed above, and that’s due to mass brainwashing and the fact that we’ve been made to feel that these products are actually safe. This is why awareness is so critical.
Why A Growing Number of People Are Abstaining From Porn & Masturbation
They are known as “fapstronauts,” and they are part of a growing community of hundreds of thousands of men and women who are abstaining from masturbation to internet pornography.
Their community is called “NoFap,” and its founder, Alexander Rhodes, is a man on a mission to educate and inspire the world about the damaging effects of masturbating to porn.
What could possibly be wrong with harmless masturbation, you might wonder? Aren’t we meant to enjoy the simple pleasure centres of our bodies?
According to Rhodes, masturbating to porn isn’t harmless at all. In fact, it is a silent epidemic of disastrous proportion.
“The emergence of internet pornography has changed the landscape of sexual development and relationships in a way never-before-seen in human history,” he said during his speech at the Out of the Shadows national press conference. “As a result, countless people are having their sexual tastes shaped by porn producers rather than real, human, experiences. These days, exposure to pornography seems to be a virtual certainty and young men [and women] are therefore automatically ‘opted-in’ to potential addiction, relational difficulty, porn-induced erectile dysfunction, and more,” he continued.
During his speech, Rhodes discusses the idea that porn is a relatively new variable in human evolution, and we are only beginning to see the repercussions of its use arise in the current generation of men and women.
He says exposure to porn is so rampant that it is practically mandatory for children to come into contact with some image or video before puberty. He quotes an Australian study which asked 258 male participants about their exposure to porn. Only one reported they’d never been exposed. Even more concerning, the median age of first exposure was 13 for males and 16 for females.
In this way, Rhodes says, kids are learning about sexuality through porn before their first kiss.
Today, a large community of “fapstronauts” is coming forward to talk about the impact this exposure has had on their lives. They report heavy reliance on porn and masturbation is manifesting in disturbing ways — erectile dysfunction (ED) and anorgasmia, the inability to orgasm during partnered sex, being a few of them.
And the effects of watching porn span far beyond the physical, says Rhodes.
“Different studies on porn users are showing associations with sexual dysfunction, brain hypofrontality, desensitization, sensitization to porn cues, increased stress, less motivation, relationship problems, decreased sexual satisfaction, and other life-altering detriments.”
(For an extensive list of research articles on the effects of porn, click here.)
Rhodes also stresses that he and the NoFap community are in no way ‘sex negative’:
Being skeptical of pornography is not the same thing as being sex negative – there’s a huge difference between pornography and sex. In porn, the viewer is a voyeur, rather than a participant. It is on a screen. It is available in virtually endless amounts and pirated all over porn tube sites without monetary cost. It is always accessible, just a tap or click away. To our brain’s reward system, this can be an especially enticing quick and repeatable path to an orgasm, compared to partnered sex. In fact, many people who are quitting porn are doing so in the pursuit of better sex. Quitting porn is sex positive.
He notes many NoFap community members are there to improve their interpersonal relationships, whether it be for a marriage, a relationship, or single life. For others, it is simply a challenge of willpower — to seize control of your sexuality and turn it into superpowers.
“There are many, many different reasons to join but we’re all on NoFap with one goal – to help each other abstain from PMO (porn/masturbation/orgasm).”
Men And Women Report Incredible Life Shifts After Quitting Porn and Masturbation
Within the many pages of the NoFap forums, whether directly on the NoFap website or within the large and fast-growing Reddit community, it is easy to see the profound shifts taking place for people who’ve succeeded in the NoFap challenge, which consists of setting an intention to abstain from masturbation and watching porn for a certain amount of time and then riding it out.
Participants report diverse and overwhelmingly positive results from their efforts, like increased confidence, reduced anxiety, improved focus and memory, increased concentration, improved social skills, deeper sleeps, enhanced abilities to feel emotions, less brain fog, and even seemingly being more attractive to females.
While some might say these are rather normal powers, fapstronauts say that after years of feeling depressed, scattered. and unmotivated, the onset of these new changes feel as incredible as real ‘ superpowers‘ would.
One user, “borninthenorthwest,” said committing to NoFap altered his attitudes toward sex and women entirely:
My relationship with porn began at the age of 13 with nude Playboy photos of Pamela Anderson and Jenny McCarthy. This was in the days of dial-up Internet, and I was initiated by my childhood best friend at the time. Although this did not seem pornographic, relative to what my peers were beginning to look at, I now see that this was the beginning. It began a cycle where every woman I met was judged by these photogenic standards, and felt no real attraction towards most girls in high school, despite being popular and well-liked for my prowess on the guitar.
He explained his warped attitude toward women posed issues in his sex life.
“None of the girls I met in college could compare to the standards in my own mind. What few girls I was attracted to, I felt incapable of asking out for a date, and often would simply fantasize about them instead.”
He admits he developed an addiction to porn, and at 31 he discovered the NoFap community.
“Since then my relationship with both pornography and far more innocent triggers is vastly different. I no longer use porn at all, and no longer place the celebrity notion of beauty on the pedestal either, and am interested in real life and real people, slowly but surely engaging in reality.”
Here is what a few other fapstronauts had to say.
“Went to a dance last night and asked a bunch of girls to dance. Felt like a boss. A few months ago I would have been sweating and shaking doing that. I would’ve been looking at the floor with my head down like a whipped puppy trying to ask a girl to dance. Stay strong everybody! There’s life after PMO, and it’s awesome af!”
“Today I am walking around with random erections all day long, like a teenager. I am in my 40s, so this feels strange.”
“Life is amazing and it’s only been two weeks! I have found out how much more confident I am in public, and how much more secure I feel about myself.”
“I finished a 300 page book in one sitting today. Before I would fall asleep or procrastinate and play on my phone. Now I can read and actually remember what I read.”
The Most Important Takeaway
Today, Rhode’s mission is to get the message out to parents so that healthy conversations can start happening at an early age.
“Families need to educate their children about pornography – and they need to do so before the porn producers do, since right now minors are getting hooked on porn long before they are made aware of the potential negative effects.”
And for the ones currently suffering from porn related side effects, he offers that the treatment to these symptoms simply comes down to one thing— removing porn from their lives:
We simply want people to ask themselves the question, how is porn impacting my life and relationships? And if they do not know how porn is impacting them, they can simply take a quick break, changing one variable in a self experiment, to see what impact it might have on their lives and their relationships. Already, thousands have made the personal decision to leave porn in the past, and have gone on to live more fulfilling lives with improved interpersonal relationships. It’s time we think about and openly discuss our heavy usage of pornography. In the meantime more and more people around the world will continue to declare their autonomy and reclaim their sexualities from the porn production companies.
If you are struggling with porn addiction, or are simply curious about what others are reporting from abstaining from masturbation, join the NoFap communities through their website or on Reddit. NoFap offers many resources as well as a global support network to help you transition away from the addictive influence of porn.
Frankincense Can Help Alleviate Symptoms Of Anxiety & Depression
- The Facts:
Studies have proven the psychoactive effects the scent of frankincense has on the brain, alleviating symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- Reflect On:
With all the man-made chemical pharmaceutical drugs out there, perhaps solutions to what ails us are more simple than we may realize.
Gold and frankincense and myrrh… sound familiar? These were the gifts that were allegedly brought by the three kings when Jesus Christ was born. We all know that gold is valuable, but what about the others? Frankincense has long been touted as a magical, mystical medicine and has been regarded as such for millennia within many ancient cultures of the world. The same goes for myrrh, but for the purpose of this article we are going to stick to the medicinal properties of frankincense.
Frankincense starts out as a type of resinous sap that is found inside a special family of trees called Boswellia, which grow almost exclusively in the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula. When it is harvested at specific times of the year, the trees are cut carefully with special knives and the sap seeps out. This special sap is then dried in the sun until it is ready for use. More commonly, frankincense is burned simply as sweet smelling incense, but it has many other uses as well including the following…
Historical Uses Of Frankincense
- As a part of ritual or religious ceremonies
- Was used extensively during burial rituals as an embalming material to help mask the odor of the deceased body
- Smoke from burnt incense can effectively drive away mosquitoes and other pests
Frankincense has also been used medicinally, treating various ailments such as arthritis (it has strong anti-inflammatory properties), gut disorders (like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), asthma, and maintenance of oral health.
And perhaps the most intriguing quality for our westernized modern culture is the psychoactive effects of this special resin, as studies have shown that burning frankincense can trigger an effect that can aid and even alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.
One study in particular, conducted by a team of researchers form John Hopkins University and Hebrew University in Jerusalem, explains how burning the resin from the Boswellia plant (frankincense) activates certain previously misunderstood ion channels in the brain in order to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. This might explain why Roman emperor Nero once burned an entire year’s harvest of frankincense at his favorite mistress’ funeral.
“In spite of information stemming from ancient texts, constituents of Bosweilla had not been investigated for psychoactivity,” said Raphael Mechoulam, one of the research study’s co-authors. “We found that incensole acetate, a Boswellia resin constituent, when tested in mice lowers anxiety and causes antidepressive-like behavior. Apparently, most present day worshipers assume that incense burning has only a symbolic meaning.”
The researchers administered incensole acetate to mice in order to determine its psychoactive effects. This compound they found drastically impacted the parts of the brain that generate emotions and the nerve circuits that have responded positively to current drugs used for depression and anxiety. The incensole that was administered activated a protein called TRPV3, which is connected to the ability to perceive warmth of the skin.
“Perhaps Marx wasn’t too wrong when he called religion the opium of the people: morphine comes from poppies, cannabinoids from marijuana, and LSD from mushrooms; each of these has been used in one or another religious ceremony,” said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal. “Studies of how those psychoactive drugs work have helped us understand modern neurobiology. The discovery of how incensole acetate, purified from frankincense, works on specific targets in the brain should also help us understand diseases of the nervous system. This study also provides a biological explanation for millennia-old spiritual practices that have persisted across time, distance, culture, language, and religion–burning incense really does make you feel warm and tingly all over!”
Can This Work For You?
Sure, this study was conducted using mice, which certainly aren’t the same as humans. However, many religious texts claim that this special resin had uplifting effects on the brain. So, the good thing is that if used appropriately, it really can’t hurt to try. You can typically buy the resin at health food stores and more commonly at stores that sell incense, crystals, sage and those sorts of spiritual ceremonial tools. It can also be found as an essential oil. I like to diffuse it in a diffuser, and sometimes I’ll burn the resin on charcoal pucks as well.
At the very least, you’ll get a nice and pleasant smelling aroma, and at best it can help turn that frown upside down, increase your mood, reduce your anxiety and maybe even put a smile on your face. Perhaps those three wise men were as wise as they’ve been made out to be, and frankincense really is as special as it’s been believed to be for millennia.
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