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Reader Email: Overcoming Hopelessness About Child Trafficking

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  • The Facts:

    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?

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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A Spiritual Perspective On Smoking Cannabis: An Important Viewpoint To Consider

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  • The Facts:

    In the video below, Sadhguru shares his perspective on smoking marijuana and why it's not truly needed to achieve the feeling one may receive to do it.

  • Reflect On:

    I'm not saying there isn't medicinal value and that we should outlaw this plant, I'm saying we have a very large societal challenge, just like with alcohol, where we are not facing our inner challenges and are using substances to cover them up.

I was having a conversation yesterday about something that has always been a reflection point for me. Since I was a kid, I was never drawn to substances, even alcohol. I always felt great, high even, when just being.

As I got older and I finally tried cannabis for the first time, and then a few more times after that as years went on, I started to realize it actually brought my state of being and clarity down. The tough part was trying to explain that to others when having conversations about how these substances don’t produce a true experience of higher consciousness, but more so give you a glimpse in a sense.

Before we go on, I want to bring something up. The challenge with this topic is that we tend to get very emotional and rigid about it. Not only that, but we aggressively try to lump people into FOR or AGAINST cannabis. I’m not here to do that. I’m simply creating a reflection point as my desire is to help shift consciousness and empower us within to create a world where we can truly thrive. So for a moment, set aside your own hard coded beliefs and just be open to what this article is shining light on.

Societal Cannabis Culture

For the most part society either breaks down into people who judge cannabis as a drug that is for ‘stoners’ and are very against it. These people tend to believe there are no positives to cannabis. On the flip side are the people who feel cannabis is an amazing wonder plant that can do no wrong, and that the “highs” it provides expand the mind and we experience peace.

The truth is, cannabis has good aspects and not so good aspects to it. And while the positives can be really helpful for a very small subset of people on this planet, smoking it is one of the worst ways to use cannabis health wise. Not only that, society is using its medical benefits to turn attention away from the addiction many users have to it. This is a tough pill to swallow and makes many people aggressive and angry when I bring it up, but it’s true. In a big way, but not all the time, we are using cannabis as a society to help cope with feelings deep down that we want to shut off or hide from. As a note, we are also using food, TV and other things in the same way, but right now I want to focus on this reflection.

Cannabis can assist people with autism, people who have seizures, and in some cases it may have helped people cure cancer. There are benefits that can come from this plant being used in a proper medicinal way, but we must remember to look at the downsides that come from regular cannabis use that many simply don’t want to acknowledge.

A Note On Legalization

First off, I do not believe the plant ever needed to be illegal to begin with. In fact I’ve done much research on how it became illegal and it really had more to do with protecting an industry more than anything else.

That said, there is something to consider here that many of us aren’t looking at too clearly when it comes to what legalization really means. It means that powerful people are going to be the ones who profit most from it, that’s why it’s becoming legal. Not only that, but the reason it is taking so long is so they can get in place the many aspects required to make sure they achieve what they want: stripping medicinal aspects out of the plant profiles, controlling the seeds, and ultimately feeding society cannabis focused solely on creating a THC based ‘high’. This is no different than controlling alcohol and feeding it to society in the ways we currently do.

The cannabis industry is worth over $40 billion, making it the second-most-valuable crop in the U.S. after corn. As stated in a powerful article by GQ, “And even though weed is still federally forbidden, it sounded like whoever was behind BioTech Institute had spent the past several years surreptitiously maneuvering to grab every marijuana farmer, vendor, and scientist in the country by the balls, so that once the drug became legal, all they’d have to do to collect payment is squeeze.”

Humans should be able to make choices as to what they want to do to themselves and their bodies i.e. smoke cannabis or consume alcohol, but I believe greater education needs to be placed behind both and ultimately: we must start looking at the real reasons as to why we use both of these substances so often.

Looking At Cannabis Differently

I see that in many ways the use of cannabis is making the average user numb, in the same way alcohol does. I’ve used cannabis before, in a number of ways -smoking, edibles etc. I’m not saying the feeling is the same for every single user, but I’ve also been around thousands of cannabis users in my lifetime while they were high and you notice the same ‘vibe’ virtually every time. Perhaps there are varying degrees, but for the most part it numbs us out and sometimes quiets the thoughts to create a calmness. Is this like meditation? No, but it can be confused as that. I know, I’ve been there too.

Below is a video of a perspective on cannabis I feel is very important for us to consider. Let me be clear, I’m not saying there isn’t medicinal value and that we should outlaw this plant, I’m saying we have a very large societal challenge, just like with alcohol, where we are not facing our inner challenges and are using substances to cover them up. I am inspired to help create a world where we can truly empower ourselves form within, move beyond our mind and egoic challenges that help us grow and do just that – grow. But if we continually bury our challenges in substance, we won’t.

I believe it’s time we come to the uncomfortable truth and face the fact that as a society we have not done the greatest job in encouraging one another to truly explore, express and move beyond many of the emotional challenges life’s experiences have provided us, that are there for our growth. Think about it, do we want to just cope through life? Or do we want to truly move beyond our stuff? There is SO much suffering we can prevent by making it a societal norm to work through our challenges on a deep level. This is where I believe we must go.

Note: You can try meditation to help calm the mind and move more clearly through challenges. Here are more tools as well.

Lost relationships, divorces, losing jobs, feeling unloved, lack of confidence, depression etc. All of these things are not here so that we can use bandaids everyday to cover them up and get through them, they are here for us to learn more about ourselves, grow and evolve as people and as a society. To create a world where we can truly thrive. To get there, we must begin to face our challenges.

I made this choice 10 years ago when I started to discover meditation and inner reflection, and although I wasn’t a user of substances like alcohol or cannabis, I would use food to cover up my emotions or I would distract myself with TV, whatever worked. But I can share from experience, the incredible changes that come from shifting those stories within and gaining true empowerment will change everything in your life, and everyone can do it.

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New Moon In Virgo: Efficiency & Practicality

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We are having a New Moon in Virgo on September 17th. This is initiating a 29.5 day lunar cycle and new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned in this article will be more prominent over the following two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Aries on October 1st/2nd.

Virgo season began on August 22nd/23rd, nearly a month prior to this Lunation, and will end on September 22nd/23rd when Libra season begins. However, his New Moon will still carry some of its Virgo themes into the first eight days of Libra season prior to the Full Moon.

This is a good period of working with and co-creating with the energies of this sign. Virgo is associated with productivity, duties, service, health, cleanliness, and purity. It is organized, adaptable, conscientious, skillful, orderly, punctual, diligent, efficient, analytical, detailed, discerning, precise, and practical.

Virgo is about problem solving, adjusting to changing conditions, and coming up with solutions. Negatively, this energy can be cynical, fussy, high strung, and perfectionistic. It can also be exorbitantly mentally oriented as well as overly critical and discriminating.

Mars began its retrograde a week prior to this New Moon which will last until mid-November. This energy is a significant part of the current astrological backdrop. Generally it is a time that can ultimately help to facilitate a change in how we apply ourselves in certain areas of life, however, the retrograde period itself can bring frustrations and challenges that help with that process. You can read more about this Mars Retrograde here.

New Moon Trine Saturn & Quincunx Mars Retrograde

This New Moon is in a tight trine with Saturn in Capricorn which is transitioning out of its retrograde at the end of the month. This can be a good period for operating in a responsible, cautious, orderly, productive, realistic and practical way. However, considering that Saturn is finishing up its backwards motion, these next couple of weeks are generally better for getting things sorted out and prepared as well as perhaps focusing on tasks that you have already been working on.

It is possible that in late September and in early October, we can experience some sort of shift, or change in gears, that can take things into a different direction. Saturn will be in a square with Mars Retrograde at that time, and we may have to contend with limitations and obstacles that can affect how certain things move forward.

This New Moon is also in a quincunx with Mars retrograde which can reflect annoyances, tension, or conflicts that may require adjustments and adaptability. Issues that come up may be at odds with our needs or the way we want to express ourselves. This energy is the strongest on the 19th/20th but can also be more noticeable on the day of the New Moon.

New Moon Square Lunar Nodes, Mercury Square Jupiter

This New Moon is also in a close square to the North Node in Gemini opposing the South Node in Sagittarius. We may be at odds between the past (South Node) and the future (North Node), beliefs (Sagittarius) and facts (Gemini), our immediate aspects of life (Gemini) and the world at large (Sagittarius).

However, the focal point should be the North Node in Gemini and expressions of the South Node in Sagittarius energy should be serving that focal point and not be the emphasis. The rulers of the Nodes, Mercury (Gemini) and Jupiter (Sagittarius) are also in a tight square with each other at the time of this New Moon. This can reflect tension between these two sides and potentially conflicts between ideas, viewpoints, and opinions.

Jupiter is in the limiting Saturnian sign of Capricorn while Mercury is better placed in Libra, the sign of diplomacy, seeking common ground, considering different needs/perspectives, and fairness. Mercury square Jupiter can be good for learning but it can also be excessive when it comes to information and we can more easily be mentally scattered.

Mercury Quincunx Neptune, Then Square Pluto, Saturn & Opposing Mars

Mercury is in a quincunx with Neptune which is strongest on the 18th/19th. This energy makes it harder to integrate or juggle our intuitive, creative, imaginative, compassionate or spiritual expression with our mind, communication, tasks, and thought process. Issues pertaining to lack of boundaries, flakiness, delusion, escapism, intoxication, may come up.

Mercury moves towards a square with Pluto which is strongest on the 20th/21st. Our thoughts and communications can be deep, powerful, penetrating, investigative, raw, real, and potentially intense. This can also reflect obsessive or compulsive behavior, suspicion, fears, anxiety, or conflicts pertaining to power or authority.

Mercury then moves to a square with Saturn (22nd/23rd) followed by an opposition to Mars retrograde (23rd/24th), creating a t-square formation in that time period with the separating Pluto energy (20th/21st, mentioned above) tied into it a bit. This can be a time of obstacles, delays, communication issues, pessimism, and conflicts while we can get more easily irritated or angered. Circumstances may come up that can be pushing us to be more cautious, realistic, or responsible.

This period is the beginning of Mercury’s pre-shadow period in which it will be returning to another square with Saturn. Some of the issues or developments that occur at this time may be connected to things that will play out during the retrograde (October 13th/14th until November 3rd/4th) and weeks surrounding that period. It will also be the Equinox and therefore this energy is imprinted into the following three months in which it can manifest in other ways/areas separate from this initial period.

Making Intentions & Things To Consider

What can you do to be more practical, productive, and efficient? Is there anything you can or should implement to improve your health and functionality? What have the circumstances, developments, or challenges over the last week (leading up to this New Moon) shown you in how you should be applying yourself? Do you need to implement stronger boundaries? Do you need to be more adaptable? Are you clinging to the past or are you willing to take steps to help you grow? What aspects or details of your immediate life, surroundings, or relationships do you need to focus on more and what excesses or broad aspects of your life are getting in the way of that?

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 11:00am Universal Time on September 17th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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Why We Get Into Fights When Sharing Information

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We’re in a time when mainstream media and traditional conversations are failing to address a number of important topics within society, anything from current events to politics and so on, and this is birthing a great deal of ‘alternative conversation’ that often stems from alternative media.

But with this, comes to the common ‘fight’ between various ideas and ideologies that is much more avoidable than we often realize. I wanted to share a quick tid bit from a recent episode discussing how we can reflect to develop better communication and connection faculties that can make a big difference in how we communicate important ideas that are emerging without creating such huge divides ad tension.

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