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Reader Email: Overcoming Hopelessness About Child Trafficking

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    I received a heartfelt email from a reader who captures the feeling of hopelessness that some people who are awakening feel in the face of global child trafficking. I felt that it would be good to address this in an article for all to consider.

  • Reflect On:

    What is each individual's role in the awakening of humanity to the reality of things like child trafficking? Is it possible that our own state of mind about it has an impact as to how effective we are in fostering this awakening?

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On this occasion of my 100th article for Collective Evolution since I started back in April, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank my readers for their emails of inquiry, commentary, encouragement and appreciation. Although it’s getting difficult, I still try to respond personally to each one, because I have gained a lot of insight and inspiration from them. As well, I believe that the work of community-building, which is a mandate of Collective Evolution that I strongly believe in, occurs mainly as a result of the quality of our one-on-one interactions with each other.

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I happened to get an email from a reader a few days ago, and I immediately felt that she was raising a point that was relevant to many people in the awakening community. I asked her if I could publish her email and my response to it in an article, which would give me the time to respond thoroughly to her question. She graciously agreed, and so here it is.

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Re: Your Article On Child Trafficking

Richard,

Great article. I am awakened single mother of three daughters immigrant from eastern Europe. I got this awareness about child trafficking torture and magnitude of this terrible problem already when majority of people were deeply asleep. I was reading Kevin Annett’s website and listening to him explaining atrocities in residential schools in Canada. Murder and abuse of native Indian populations already back in 1960 and crown of England plus pope’s involvement.

Since I learned about it I struggle. The feeling is not disbelieve. I went through anger phase long time ago. I know its true and the only problem I have is what can I do how can I help. As immigrant I do not have any network of people to connect with talk to, or form some groups. I think Richard the problem is we are scattered and isolated. The people at work places and family do not want to hear about it. They are not ready to hear about this at all. Making them listen is not productive.They are deeply asleep or in denial. They get upset when this is brought up, they do not believe its true.

I would like to do something. I have such a feeling of wanting to help those children, protect them…but see no way to know how. Working in organizations that are infiltrated is no use.

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So what do you suggest for us people to do? We go to work. We take care of family barely making ends meet. How can we can break this network??? I struggle with that. None of the people I know would believe or even want to listen. And  you cannot force the information on people. Especially those people in my work who have no idea…

I feel so useless not being able to do something about it. I think there are more people like me. People who know but are completely alone in that knowing. That makes it hard. There are groups and communities and truthers like David Wilcock and others…but people like me have no money to go to conferences and participate in these movements.

Just letting you know there is tremendous will to help this but also huge inertia caused by isolation of majority of people like me…We hear all the time from people like you or others that it is up to us the people. We are the people. The problem is we are scattered and not united. We have no tools.

Thanks for your article. All the best,

Bogna

My Response

Dear Bogna,

I thank you for expressing so eloquently the hopelessness that I believe is felt by many people who awaken to the reality of child trafficking. This awakening has led to our collective understanding that child trafficking is not the result of scattered efforts of individual groups of profiteers, but is a highly organized network coming from the very upper reaches of our authority, and is coordinated with other wicked agendas such as gun and drug trafficking, organ harvesting, environmental upheaval, massive financial fraud, genocide, and the like.

I have wrestled for the past few decades over the question of what to do if we see situations in the world that clearly need to change if we as a collective are to survive and to thrive. The struggle in my mind was between two ends of the spectrum, each of which I felt had some validity:

  • Should we fight fire with fire? Should we protest injustice, join movements and be active in voicing our opposition? Call on our government to act, or bypass them altogether and exercise civil disobedience?
  • Or, should we let go and accept things as they are? Retreat into our own lives and do the best we can for our loved ones? Focus on the spiritual realm, meditate on peace and expand our consciousness?

It was only when I finally saw there was a higher synthesis of these two polarities that I felt I had found the satisfactory answer to my question. And so excited was I about this answer that I dramatized it in a one-person multimedia play entitled “Action“, which I performed last November. I will attempt to outline the conclusions I came to.

The Spiritual Realm. Based on my spiritual beliefs, which have their roots in many of our great spiritual traditions, I see the physical world as maya, the ‘illusion,’ and understand that we are truly spiritual beings having a physical experience.

I believe we all chose to come here at this time, chose the family we were born into and the circumstances of our lives, in order to live through the conditions which would be optimal for our soul’s growth. We enter this physical ‘game’ for the joy of physical experience, and for the purpose of growing and expanding our individual and collective consciousness through the experience. As I quoted from Hidden-Hand in my final Lucifer article,

Remember that ultimately, this is a Game, that we are all playing here. We are actors, playing on the “stage of Life”. This ‘world’ is all illusion, or ‘though-form’. No one really “dies”, and no one is really hurt. In between incarnations, you know this very well. But the rules of the game ensure that you must forget who you really are, so that you believe it is all ‘real’ whilst you are playing the game of Life. That is an essential prerequisite when you are making choices. Otherwise, the game would be too easy.

The Material Realm. Having said that, we came here to play the game, with every ounce of care and conviction we’ve got. For all intents and purposes, we are meant to treat this as real and act accordingly. We are cautioned not to use our spiritual beliefs as an excuse to avoid or recoil from the life experiences we came here to have. People who are called upon to act courageously when a given situation calls for it may sometimes use their spiritual beliefs to try to rationalize their cowardice or complicity with wrongdoing.

That is not why we are here, and that is not the proper use of spiritual knowledge. Every act is an act of self-definition. With everything we do we are illustrating who we are as a species. The commission of acts which we know to be wrong within this relative plane of existence, the condoning of such acts, or even turning a blind eye to them all serve to limit who we are as a collective, and impacts our ability to actually create the world we want for ourselves.

How This Relates To Child Trafficking.  This is how all this relates to child trafficking and all the other horrors that our community is awakening to. The first thing is that we cannot be prisoners of our history. We have to reconcile our knowledge about the amount of suffering and damage that has been inflicted upon our children in the past. We have to accept the past to truly be effective in the present.

Here is where a higher spiritual perception can be useful: it gives us the understanding that all children who went through suffering in the past came to the Earth by choice, and now that they are in the higher realms they are not suffering. They played a chosen role inside the game and they are now safe and happy outside of the game.

When we feel a sense of hopelessness, it is because we have not reconciled the past, and we believe that what happened in the past is bound to continue in the future. In that way, our hopelessness, on an energetic level, actually maintains things as they were in the past, which we obviously don’t want. We have to feel hope if we are to be a positive force of change.

So we have to overcome that hopelessness, and replace it with intention. We as individuals in the awakening community who want to end the suffering and trauma of child trafficking in the world must hold the intention that humanity will end child trafficking. Then, rather than hopelessness, we not only have hope, but we start to emanate the type of energy that brings about change. This energy is the source of what is manifested in the world, and if we focus this energy with an intention, then it naturally changes the collective consciousness. Unconscious people will then automatically start to think in a new way.

To the specific points that those around us are asleep, that the awakened ones are scattered and unable to galvanize into any kind of force that will do any good, I would say this: be the light. If you have awareness but you are in a state of hopelessness, the light of your awareness will not shine, the power of your energy will not open the minds of those around you. Once you let go of hopelessness, and ground yourself in the intention that we will end child trafficking, you may be surprised that you suddenly start attracting like-minded people into conversations, or some of the people who dismissed these claims in the past are suddenly opening their minds, and showing an interest.

You did not come to this life to be upset that you have no way to do what you think needs to be done. You came here into this life to work within your circumstances. If that means being a single working mother with three children, then that is the context you were meant to work through. If it is impossible for you to band together with other awakened, like-minded beings, then that is not what you came here to do. Your awakening in itself has caused a change in the collective consciousness. Now, in the quiet of your own mind, free from distraction and fear, your inner voice will let you know what your role is within your circumstances. If you are able to let go of any attachment to the suffering of children in the past, and thereby let go of hopelessness, you will start to see some magic synchronicity in your life coming from the powerful energy of your intention.

We will end child trafficking, Bogna. Please join me in that intention.

Take care,

Richard

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New Moon In Aries: Taking Bold Action

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We are having a New Moon in Aries during the later hours of April 11th in the Americas and on the 12th everywhere else in the world. This is initiating a 29.5 day lunar cycle and new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned throughout this article will be more prominent over the following two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Scorpio on April 26th/27th.

Aries season began at the Equinox (on March 20th globally this year) as it always does, as per the framework of the Tropical Zodiac. Being the first of twelve signs, and initiator of a transitional season, it begins the Astrological New Year. However with this New Moon actually occurring in Aries as well, it will crank up the energies of this sign even more so in comparison to the previous weeks that were part of a lunar cycle initiated by a New Moon in Pisces.

Aries is the domain of self, independence, and individual needs. As a Cardinal Fire sign ruled by Mars, it is assertive, courageous, direct, pioneering, and leading. It is initiating, quick, bold, energetic, and warrior-like. Negatively, this energy can be inconsiderate, selfish,  hot tempered, combative, restless, impatient, aggressive, and overly competitive. Aries lacks thoroughness due to its quick forward energy.

New Moon Conjunct Mercury & Venus In Aries

This New Moon is close to both Mercury and Venus. This can reflect a period in which our social interactions and engagement with others can be more lively. Both Mercury and Aries have a busy moving type of energy and we may feel more active, physically and/or mentally, as a result.

The conjunction of both of these planets with this New Moon also means it is tied into cycles that each of those planets have with the Sun. Venus recently joined the Sun in the last week of March and it is now travelling ahead of it in zodiacal position.

In recent weeks this has been a time in which we experienced shifts, developments, endings, beginnings, or more clarity around Venus areas of friends, love, social dynamics, values, worth, or financial matters in some cases. This New Moon and the weeks following can continue this process, especially when it comes to beginnings or newer ways of expressing ourselves in these areas.

Mercury is now approaching the Sun as they will make their conjunction on April 18th/19th. At that time we may experience developments, which may be significant, connected to what has transpired during its previous retrograde in February and how things have unfolded since then. From there, these things may develop further with a better perception, or circumstances may indicate lack of sufficiency, not what was anticipated, or that something needs to change.

Planets In Aries Square Pluto & Sextile Mars Trine Jupiter

This New Moon, along with Venus and Mercury, are in a square with Pluto and sextile with Mars and Jupiter. Pluto combined with Aries and Mars energy can reflect a period of intensity. However, it can also play out as issues around power, control, manipulation, jealousy, insubordination, or subversion.  It can also be revealing, psychological, compulsive, transforming, and purging.

The sextile with Mars in Gemini adds to the lively, assertive, instinctual, and energetic expressions of Aries. The Aries’ planets sextile to Jupiter, which is also trine Mars, can be good for applying ourselves in a way that is expansive, optimistic, educational, philosophical, explorative, freedom seeking, or centered around beliefs. New doors may open up and it can even be lucky for some people.

Uranus square Saturn (mentioned here in a previous article) is still in the backdrop as it will be throughout the year. Although it’s not in one of its strong periods, themes of ‘freedom/rebellion/revolution being at odds restrictions/limitations/traditions are still playing out. This may get activated in different ways by this new lunar cycle and the Aries energy that has already been present over the previous weeks following the Astrological New Year.

Making Intentions & Things To Consider

How would you like to grow and expand and what do you need to change to get there? In what areas do you need to be more bold or courageous? What have your relationships shown you in recent weeks? What is important for your individuality? What are your personal needs? What do you stand for and should you be fighting for it? Do you need to be a leader in any aspects of your life? Are there any new things that you want to explore?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time. However, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment it will occur is 2:31am Universal Time on April 12th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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A Symbiosis of Humans & Technology – Changing The Conversation

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Have you ever noticed that discussions about transhumanism tend to focus on technology more than humanism? The journey to reaching our highest potential as a species is usually focused externally on the technology rather than internally on our conscious evolution. This is probably because people assume that conscious evolution is more about spirituality whereas technology is more having to do with the things humans create. The two paths are interdependent so we need more conversations between experts in each of these fields. It will only be through a recognition of the symbiotic nature between humans, their technology, and the environment that we will avert self-destruction.

trans·hu·man·ism (n.) 1. A belief that humans should strive to transcend the physical limitations of the mind and body by technological means. 2. A movement of people who espouse such a belief.

Standing at a Crossroads: The influence that technology has on society and culture is called, technodeterminism. Most of us carry mini supercomputers in our pockets called smartphones. These devices act as external brains which seamlessly integrate into most aspects of our life. Most of us are completely dependent on them for travel, work, communication, entertainment, and beyond. Take a moment to consider the future implications of augmented reality, artificial intelligence, machine-learning, mass surveillance, automation, genome editing, nanotechnology, and their potential influences on society, culture, and our environment.

When I think about these things, I can’t help but ask:

Why aren’t people like the Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, and Dr. Andrew Weil conversing more with people like Ray Kurzweil, Elon Musk, and Steve Mann?

Ancient Futures: It will become increasingly imperative for our most advanced technologies to be informed by the natural ethos of indigenous people blended with the emotional-intelligence of our enlightened spiritual masters. We must remember that the first humans who captured fire to light their cave, stay warm on a cold night, or cook their food were using technology. Anthropologists proudly call us humans “tool-makers” as one of the attributes that make us distinct from most species.

Paradigm Shift: Conscious evolution will require a concerted effort to communicate across silos and disciplines. Cooperation and collaboration towards collective goals will need to take the place of competition for personal gain. What are we hoping to accomplish, and at what cost? We are a risk-taking species and that drives us to exceed all our limitations. Let’s make these be calculated risks because with our technology also comes a great responsibility.

Start Within: Even our most sophisticated technology does not possess the complexities of organic systems. Computers and machines can do many things for us but they will never be able to feel for us. The realm of emotion is central and unique to our human experience yet it is only now starting to be recognized as a valuable form of intelligence.

Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to recognize one’s own and other people’s emotions, to discriminate between different feelings and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior.” -Andrew Coleman A Dictionary of Psychology

Research in multiple fields of study shows that curiosity, creativity, taking initiative, multi-disciplinary thinking, and empathy are skills that will redefine traditional beliefs about intelligence. The ability to accommodate new information requires a certain level of mental flexibility, humility, and ultimately character. It is through our ability to feel and process our emotions that our higher intelligence flourishes.

SuperHumans: Any sports fan knows that there are individuals who possess superhuman gifts. Think of popular sports stars like Michael Jordan, or any of the various extreme sports heroes who somehow manage the seemingly impossible. We also have the various musical or art prodigies who express the skills of a master before the age of 10. We have seen humans walk on red-hot coals with bare feet, walk a tightrope between skyscrapers, and exhibit mind-boggling feats of mental-focus, and will-power. Did you know that Wim Hof ran a half marathon barefoot on ice and snow, with a time of 2 hours, 16 minutes, and 34 seconds? Humans are capable of amazing things when they channel discipline, practice, creative brilliance, fearlessness and focus. We have barely scratched the surface of what is possible!

Global Meditation: This simple practice of quieting the mind, and bringing presence to one’s breathing has a long list of documented benefits that include enhanced neural connections, deep feelings of connection and well-being, as well as a strengthened immune system. When we compound this focused intention to include tens of thousands of people all over the world, we begin to literally shift planetary magnetic resonance. The science does not lie, we are potent electrical beings with the ability to focus consciousness and create beyond our wildest imaginations.

Everything technology offers is a reflection of the technology that we, as humans are. Learning to laugh at ourselves a little while delving into our emotions and to make room for possibilities beyond our currently held beliefs is essential for this journey. In order for us to create technology that is aligned with all of life and our planet, we must first become aligned with ourselves and each other. Global meditation is where we practice together!

We can no longer claim that a technology is advanced if it is destroying our skies and rivers or perpetuating harmful practices like war and domination. These are examples of misguided technologies. Our DNA has been informed by countless generations of evolution. It is time that we focus our consciousness towards the natural wisdom kept by indigenous people, while embracing the presence of enlightened spiritual masters. This will allow us to infuse our science and highest technological advancements with ecological and emotional intelligence for the benefit of all life.

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A Proven Technique To Neutralize Draining Emotional Reactions

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    We'll explore a simple scientifically proven technique to help neutralize emotional reactions that often drain our energy and reduce our ability to think clearly and make effective decisions.

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    How often do you check in to how you're are feeling? Do you feel you are able to self regulate your emotions easily?

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Do you notice that you sometimes feel tired or fatigued but are not sure why? Maybe you can have a restful sleep and still wake up having a sense that your energy is not quite there? Maybe you notice yourself being reactive, having a short fuse and feeling unclear about what decisions to make? Maybe you say things to friends, family or people online that you later regret or didn’t truly mean. Much of this can have a lot to do with how we’re feeling emotionally on a regular basis. Emotions that are happening just a touch outside our conscious awareness.

Let’s just do a very quick check in to see what I mean. If you stop a take a moment right now to ask “how am I feeling?” What do you notice? Are you feeling good? Energized? Do you have a background tension? Are you a bit stressed? Annoyed? Are you relaxed and calm? Are you perhaps relaxed yet feeling blah? When we do these check ins we bring awareness to how we might be feeling. This is something we typically don’t do that often and thus are simply not consciously aware of how we feel. If we were a bit more consciously aware of how we felt, we’d have a greater understanding of what we could do to feel better as we know where we’re at.

Energy Loss

This is important because one of the greatest unrecognized sources of prolonged stress, fatigue and physical wear and tear on our bodies comes from living our day to day lives in a state where we consciously or subconsciously experience what we might call ‘draining emotions.’ These are emotions like worry, fear, anger, resentment, or sadness etc.

For each of us, we’re likely going to experience these emotions at some point in life, and this is normal. Typically when we experience these emotions, we’re getting an insight into ourselves. Since what triggers these emotions can often be subjective, we can learn something about our current self by paying attention to these emotions. For example, someone might cut us off while we’re driving on the freeway. On one hand, one person might react aggressively and become very angry, while another might simply see it as a mistake on the part of the other driver and move on with their day.

Why some of us react and others don’t typically comes down the the story we’re telling ourselves about why that person cut you off. Perhaps they take it personally, perhaps they see it as an attack in some way – who knows? You. Only you know, and you can get closer to knowing what that is so you don’t harbour that draining emotion for the rest of the day, and even remove the trigger to begin with so you don’t necessarily have to go down that angry road every time something small like this happens.

I want to be clear here, we’re not looking to avoid emotions or never experience them, we’re looking to gain awareness around why they come, and ultimately have the choice over what gets us bothered and what might be better to simply let go. There is a difference between momentarily feeling an emotion like this, and letting it become a ‘background state’ of being that slowly begins to shape our attitude towards unhealthy and draining tendencies.

We can likely go on all day about where we should ‘honor’ some emotions in some situations or stand up for ourselves in others – I’ll let you decide that within yourself for each situation, but what the focus here in this piece is to simply look at how we can neutralize an emotional experience so we can stop it from draining all our energy and gain greater clarity on why it might be happening.

The exercise below is geared towards improving our self awareness around situations and how we feel, so we can learn to self-regulate emotions at anytime, as well as turn off triggers that might not really be the greatest to have to begin with.

Remember, we’re going to stick with a situation where we are cut off in traffic, but you can use these steps for anything. Maybe you realize you are fearful about a situation. Maybe you notice ongoing worry about something that’s happening or may happen – whatever it may be, the steps can be applied.

A Quick 3 Minute Exercise

We’ll go through the steps, this might seem long at first but it’s actually very short once you get the hang of it. This method is based on decades of scientific researching involving the heart and the benefits of creating coherence through good heart rate variability. You can learn more about that here under the section “Coherence & Optimal Function.”

1. The first step is becoming aware of the fact you’re having the emotional experience. What we’re doing here is by reading this we’re setting up a bit of an increased self awareness in our minds that can help us remember to check in when we next have an emotional reaction to something. Perhaps the car cuts us off while driving, and we react, but then shortly after we remember that we want to have a closer look at that emotional reaction and perhaps choose a different response instead of going down an energy draining rabbit hole. So the first thing we want to do is become aware that the experience is happening.

2. The next step is accepting the experience that’s happening. What this means is, if the person in front of us cuts us off while driving and we get angry and realize we’re angry, bring to your awareness that this is OK. We’re not looking to create a judgement about what happened or what we’re experiencing, instead we simply want to see it for what it is, an experience that happened and we’re now aware of and sitting as an observer of it. What this does is it empowers us to be able to look a little more closely at what we’re feeling and why. After we become aware, take note of the emotion you’re experiencing and name it. Is it anger? Is it worry? Is it fear?

As a small kicker to this, just imagine that the intention here is to turn down the intensity of the emotion so we can go in a take a look at what’s going on in the same way that a firefighter will spray water onto a burning house to stop the fire and cool it enough to go in and assess what the source of that fire was.

3. Next we’re going to take a moment and place our hand or a couple fingers over the areas of our chest, around where your heart is, and use the placement of your hand as something to focus on. With your eyes open, take some comfortable yet slightly deeper breaths. Feel your breath moving in and out of the area of your heart (where you hand is). To do this, don’t worry too much about how perfect the breathing is or whether it’s exactly going in and our of your heart area, just sit with a gentle focus that your breath is moving in and out of the area of your heart. Our goal here is to bring awareness to the physical heart and begin to influence its rhythms ever so slightly. Breath into your heart for about 30 seconds.

4. Next we want to continue our heart focused breathing while also imagining the feeling of calm or ease enter into our bodies. Spend the next 2 minutes or so breathing in the feeling of calm or ease into your heart with comfortable breaths. Notice the calm and ease come over your mind and body. What this stage does is it shows us that we have the ability to produce our own emotional regulation by creating a physiological state that is more synchronized and favorable for introspection and clarity.

After step 4 you should feel a lot more neutral in your feeling, but it may be possible you’re still annoyed or upset about the situation, this is great and in many ways the point of the exercise. Remember the firefighter analogy.

If it’s a really small situation, this awareness might already help us choose to simply let it go. If it’s a larger situation, this exercise helps us reduce the intensity so we can gain a bit more clarity about what’s going on and stop us from simply circling the experience over and over again in our minds, potentially increasing our anger and draining our energy.

Now as a final step, you can take a moment to just assess, what is the story you have been telling yourself about the situation? What might be a more effective way to approach or think about the situation? In the case of getting cut off in the car, was it really personal? If so, how do you know? If it was a mistake, is anger helping you or just providing an undesirable experience? If you had the freedom, would you choose anger at the other driver or to just let it go and maintain better health?

The point here is that with awareness we get clearer on who we are and how we function. This inevitably gives us a choice in how we choose to react.

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