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The Tunguska Event of 1908 – A Mysterious Blast 1000 Times Stronger Than The Atomic Bomb

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  • The Facts:

    In June of 1908, a large blast in a region of Russia gave off approximately 1000 times more energy than the atomic bomb dropped in Japan. Multiple scientists have made it quite clear that it was not a meteorite.

  • Reflect On:

    When all info points to the direction of something that could completely change what we know about the nature of our reality, why is it largely ignored and ridiculed?

It’s truly amazing to be living in a time where most of us are living through a massive change in perception that’s taking place on our planet right now. This perception change encompasses many things but ultimately has to do with the opening of our minds to new concepts of reality that once did not ‘fit in’ as logical thought. This is a common theme throughout history, what was once ridiculed and scoffed at in the past eventually made its way into reality, and we’re currently seeing this when it comes to the extraterrestrial/UFO phenomenon.

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This phenomenon has been verified within the mainstream, and it’s no longer taboo to talk about. The field is filled with physical evidence, electrooptical evidence, witness testimony and even video footage. Many credible people with impressive backgrounds have been expressing for decades how they believe that some of these objects are extraterrestrial. Mainstream UFO disclosure is great, but anything we get from the mainstream is usually being used by the global elite in some sort of way that ultimately benefits them, which is why we must always exercise discernment and critical thinking.

UFO lore has been around for thousands of years, and its popularity has skyrocketed over the past few centuries. The latest work from Dr. Jacques Valle, a co-developer of the very first computerized mapping of Mars for NASA, includes a published analysis of 500 UFO cases from biblical antiquity t0 1879 in his book Wonders of the Sky. It’s a great example.

Our global elite could very well be in possession of, as Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell once said, “crashed craft and bodies,” and they may also have knowledge that hasn’t been disseminated throughout the mainstream. This is quite clear from multiple whistle-blowers whose testimony is a compliment to all of the pages, videos, and other documentation that has emerged about the UFO/extraterrestrial phenomenon.

One of these whistleblowers is Dr. Norman Bergrun, someone who I’ve written about multiple times. He is a mechanical engineer, and has worked for Ames Research Laboratory, NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics), and Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, now known as Lockheed Martin. He then went on to found Bergrun Engineering and Research. You can view some of his publications for NASA, where he worked for more than a decade, here.  Unfortunately, he recently passed away after a very long and what must have been a very interesting life, his obituary also details his work experience.

Bergrun published a book called “The Ringmakers of Saturn,” it now sells for approximately $2000, and it details how there are very large, artificially made space-crafts near Saturn, more specifically within its rings. He’s also spoken about pictures of extraterrestrials he’s seen, and how it’s common practice for NASA to airbrush unidentified objects in space from their pictures. Prior to his passing, he gave a rare interview with Project Camelot Founder, Kerry Cassidy, where he expressed the urgency regarding the disclosure of this type of information, and how “people have got to be made aware that those things are real!”.

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In his book, he references the Mysterious Tunguska Event of 1908…

“Existence of extraterrestrial space vehicles of enormous size and power is a fact, the significance of which is difficult to grasp, let alone assess.” (Bergrun, Ringmakers)

Bergrun points out that it’s these “electromagnetic vehicles”, that may have been responsible for the Tunguska Event of 1908.

In June of 1908, a large thunderous explosion shook a large area near Tunguska, Central Siberia, USSR. Twelve hundred square miles became devastated as a result of the blast, and small villages and wildlife completely disappeared during it. A huge forest was also completely flattened, and based on his research, he was able to find 89 witness accounts of “a flamming cylindrical object” that “was sighted in the vicinity prior to the explosion.” Later research in this article shows thousands of witnesses.

“After years of intensive study and scientific research, a firm conclusion has been drawn that the devastation had been caused by an aerial nuclear explosion. Supporting this conclusion is the Hiroshima nuclear-bomb destruction which produced a surface devastation pattern similar to that recorded at Tunguska.” (Bergrun, Ringmakers)

This is true, the Tunguska event in 1908 was akin to an atomic bomb detonation, as it put out 1000 times more energy. Bergrun expresses that “some scientists go farther with an assertion that the devastation had been caused by an extraterrestrial spaceship which exploded.”

He goes on in his book to write in his book,

After all nuclear bombs had not been invented at the time of the 1908 explosion; and furthermore, they submit, there were eye witnesses. The Tunguska story affirms the existence of cylindrical vehicles and their nuclear character. This affirmation is quite important in that science now harbours bona fide repeat observations of these ultra-high energy units in the solar system. A concentrated presence of them appears at Saturn, thereby introducing the interesting speculation that the planet servers as an operation base.

Below is a picture of the flattened stacks of trees as a result of the event, incredible.

Obviously, this was a well-known event open to interpretation, but more than 100 years after the event occurred, nobody in any field has any idea what happened here.

According to an article published by Forbes earlier this year, there were actually thousands of people in a radius of 900 miles that observed the event, and more than 700 accounts were collected. The author of the article describes,

The reports describe a fireball in the sky, larger or similar to the size of the sun, a series of explosions “with a frightful sound” followed by shaking of the ground as the earth seemed to get opened wide and everything would fall in the abyss. Terrible strokes were heard from somewhere, which shook the air. The indigenous Evenks and Yakuts believed a god or shaman had sent the fireball to destroy the world. Various meteorological stations in Europe recorded both seismic and atmospheric waves. Days later strange phenomena were observed in the sky of Russia and Europe, such as glowing clouds, colourful sunsets and a strange luminescence in the night.

News Paper articles shortly emerged, although media was quite young, the information was spread across the world, and they were implying that it was a possible volcanic explosion, or that a large meteorite fell from the sky. There was absolutely no evidence for either. There was no debris, no impact crater, nothing. It was clearly not a meteor, but understand that we would jump to these conclusions given our lack of ability to digest or even contemplate information that’s completely not on our radar. In this case, a possible extraterrestrial induced event, especially in 1908.

It was posited by the mainstream that an extraterrestrial body (meteorite) exploded over the land causing the nuclear-like explosion, but again, no evidence at all was found to support this theory. If the theory was correct, evidence of this type of event from a meteorite would definitely have been found.

It’s also remarkable that nobody died, although many animals did lose their lives, the indigenous in the area simply disappeared, at least according to Bergrun.

Again, we are talking about an explosion that produced a blast that was almost 1000 times greater than the explosion at Hiroshima. Think about that for a minute.

The theories don’t stop there, in 1973, American physicists proposed to the journal Nature that a small black hole had collided with earth, causing some sort of matter-antimatter reaction in earth’s atmosphere and resulting in the huge explosion observed over the Tunguska.

Below is a picture of the center where the explosion originated, 100 years later this area has seen no growth except for the forest surrounding which has begun to grow again.

An Object Found

We are getting closer to the truth and in 2004, Phys.org suggested that researchers trace the possible trajectory of the object seen in the vicinity on that day. They assumed that the object had flowed from West to East, unlike previous missions who considered the East to West direction. This approach allowed researchers to find a buried object within the covered trees.

According to Phys.org, a reputable site for all things science:

The object appeared to be a large block made with metal. The researchers chipped a piece off the object… preliminary analyses show that it is a compound of iron silicate with unknown material…

During a press conference in Krasnoyarsk, Dr. Yuri Lavbin, the head of the above mentioned last expedition, confirmed that parts of an extraterrestrial device had been discovered. All in all, this theory matches closely with Bergrun’s assertion, but Bergrun is coming from a background where he is privy to more information than mainstream scientists. He is a black budget scientist.

Lavbin suggests that the event was a collision of a meteorite with an alien spaceship, “they exploded this enormous meteorite that headed towards us with enormous speed,” says Lavbin, “Now that this great object that caused the meteorite to explode is found at last, we will continue our research.”

Scientists in Russia have had conferences about this event, and the general gist from there seems to be that, “the facts collected over 100 years disprove the hypothesis of a meteorite or comet. The sooner we understand that the better.” says Boris Rodionov, Russian Physicist

Another study from the 70s by Hitoshi Yonenobu from the College of Education, Naruto University of Education collected a living spruce tree from near the explosion center of the event. They measured annual ring width and studied anatomical features to reconstruct the vegetational changes caused by the biological aftereffects of the explosion.

He found that the annual ring width decreased rapidly in 1908-1912, with a drastic increase in 1913.

We thus reconstruct these vegetational changes in the Tunguska forest: the Tunguska explosion damaged forest trees severely for ca. 3 yr, releasing rich nutrients from burned plants into the soil, and subsequently the vegetation was stimulated to recover by decreased socio-biological competition and better lighting conditions. 014C values range from -28.2 to -1.5%o for Tunguska spruce, and from -29.7 to 12.6%o for Hinoki cypress. These fluctuations are within the ranges presented in Stuiver and Becker (1993), suggesting no evidence of anomalies of cometary origin in.

Again, it’s quite clear this wasn’t a meteor.

The Takeaway

Ancient history to modern history is loaded with mysterious events that’ve taken place on Earth. Strange events continue to take place today, but we now have mainstream media to provide explanations of what happened. Most of the time, these events go largely ignored but some have occurred which are so big, and so impactful that they cannot be dismissed. This was the case with the Tunguska event because it was seen and felt by thousands of people.

We must recognize that it’s OK to contemplate an unearthly explanation, especially when all of the evidence can’t provide a terrestrial one. All signs here point to something mysterious, and possibly extraterrestrial. The who, why and what’s seem to be virtually unanswerable, but you’re not in the minority if you believe this event was indeed something alien. In fact, you may be in the majority.

It’s truly a joy to know that we are living in a world that is not as presented to us, it’s actually far more exciting than that, full of mystery, wonder, and truths that are sitting around waiting for us to discover.

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New Plastic “Zeoform” Turns Hemp Into Almost Anything

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    Zeoform is a material that changes everything. It's made from cellulose fibres and water. Their patented process converts cellulose fibres into an industrial strength moulding material capable of being formed in into an array of products.

  • Reflect On:

    Zeoform is 100% non-toxic, biodegradable, compostable and ‘locks up’ carbon into beautiful, functional forms. A perfect solution for emerging hemp industries and bio-waste nations. Solutions exist, finding solutions are not the issue, so what is?

What if today’s plastics could be made from materials which were not only sustainable, but non-toxic? At the moment, our plastics are made from oil, which means not only are we putting toxic chemicals into our atmosphere, but we are also filling our environment with products that cannot bio-degrade.

To combat this problem, a company out of Australia has created a promising new product called Zeoform, made entirely out of water and cellulose taken from hemp plants. This means their plastic is not only eco-friendly in production but is also biodegradable!

As stated on their website:

Zeoform is a revolutionary material that changes everything. Made from cellulose fibres and water – and absolutely nothing else! Our patented process converts cellulose fibres into a super strong high tech moulding material capable of being formed into a multitude of products. ZEOFORM is 100% non-toxic, biodegradable and ‘locks up’ carbon from waste into beautiful, functional forms.

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According to Zeoform, their product is very durable and relies only on the natural process of hydrogen bonding that takes place when cellulose fibres are mixed with water. No glue or bonding material is necessary because the bond created is already so strong. The final material can be formed into almost anything and can be cut, routed, machined, drilled, screwed, nailed, and glued in the same way wood and wood composites can be. It can also be coloured/dyed, and finished in any way creators like.

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The material is inherently water- and fire-resistant and can be reinforced further in both categories with some small adjustments to ingredients. Zeoform can also be made into anything, from car parts to paper, moulds, furniture, and even musical instruments – the possibilities are endless.

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Given the practicality of this material, the company hopes to expand their patented technology and begin offering manufacturing licenses to larger facilities around the world. Since there is plenty of infrastructure already set up where this type of product can be built, switching over from our current unsustainable and toxic method of production is very possible and should be a high priority, especially considering our environmental state. Sure it might mean disaster for big oil, but isn’t it time we put us and the environment ahead of profit?

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Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein & Ghislaine Maxwell Pictured Together At Princess Beatrice’s Party

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  • The Facts:

    The Sun has obtained an image of Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein & Ghislaine Maxwell pictured together at Prince Beatrice's 18th birthday party. Beatrice is the daughter of Prince Andrew.

  • Reflect On:

    Is this really surprising, how deep does the sex trafficking of children go, and who else could be involved?

As a company, Collective Evolution has been creating awareness on elite level child trafficking, sexual abuse, ritual abuse and murder for quite a long time, but we are an independent media organization, and it’s a topic that mainstream media did not touch for quite a while. But that all changed when the Jeffrey Epstein/Prince Andrew drama emerged. Now more than ever, more people are starting to ask questions about elite level child trafficking and pedophilia, as well as a phenomenon that’s referred to as ‘satanic ritual abuse.’ We will get to a bit about that later on in the article, but for now we’d like to bring attention to an image that was obtained exclusively by The Sun, showing Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein, and Epstein’s girlfriend at the time Ghislaine Maxwell, together at a party hosted by Prince Andrew, for his daughter Princess Beatrice and her 18th birthday party.

James Beal from The Sun writes:

As they mingled with royalty at Beatrice’s 18th, police had already prepared an arrest warrant for Epstein on child sex abuse charges and raided his Florida mansion. Eight days after the billionaire posed in a US Navy Seal uniform for this snap he was in cuffs. Tuxedo-wearing Weinstein is due in court next month accused of a sex offence in 2006 – the same year this photo was taken. Maxwell, seen in a gold mask and red headdress, is now being investigated by the FBI on suspicion of procuring girls for Epstein. A source told The Sun on Sunday: “This photograph sums up just why the Epstein affair has been so disastrous for Andrew. “He brought these people into the royal fold, to Windsor Castle no less, where they could rub shoulders with the great and good.“It is an astounding lack of judgment at the very least. “This picture will raise further questions about Andrew’s interaction with these individuals.”

It’s important to mentioned that not everybody who has ever been pictured with Epstein means they were involved, or even had knowledge of his activities,  but this is different, because it’s Harvey Weinstein.

The picture is not surprising. Based on our research, many of these people who hold, or held, great power in the world are involved in such activity. Many presidents and prime ministers over the years have been accused, countless amounts of politicians as well, and it turns out that people like Epstein might have been tasked to entrap these people for the purposes of blackmail.

Sonia Poulton, a British journalist, social commentator, and filmmaker, has been investigating the dark web of pedophilia for years. Some of her research has been complied into a documentary called “Pedophiles In Parliament.”

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Trevor Victor Norman Fortescue, CBE, also known known as Tim Fortescue, was a British politician. He was the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Liverpool Garston from 1966 to 1974, in a clip from that documentary also reveals something significant.

Fortescue was appointed  by Edward Heath as an assistant whip under Francis Pym, served as a senior whip, Lord Commissioner of the Treasury from 1971 until he resigned in September 1973. According to him, as stated in the documentary referenced above:

For anyone with any sense, who was in trouble, would come to the whips and tell them the truth, and say now, I’m in a jam, can you help? It might be debt, it might be… a scandal involving small boys, or any kind of scandal in which, erm er, a member seemed likely to be mixed up in, they’d come and ask if we could help and if we could, we did. And we would do everything we can because we would store up brownie points… and if I mean, that sounds a pretty, pretty nasty reason, but it’s one of the reasons because if we could get a chap out of trouble then, he will do as we ask forever more.

This kind of thing has been floating around out there for decades. For example, a member of the Royal family was claimed to be part of a suspected pedophile ring under investigation by the police in the late 1980s, a former police officer has said. The former Metropolitan Police officer said he was told by a detective sergeant that the investigation into the ring, which was also claimed to include an MP, was shut down for national security reasons. “I was in a car with two other vice squad officers … The detective sergeant said he had just had a major child abuse investigation shut down by the CPS regarding a royal and an MP,” he told the Sunday Mirror newspaper. “He did not mention names, but he said the CPS had said it was not in the public’s interest because it ‘could destabilise national security’.”

Peter McKelvie, a former child protection chief in the UK, gained attention when he claimed that senior politicians, military figures and even people linked to the Royal Family were among the alleged abusers. While working in Hereford and Worcester, he helped to convict notorious child abuser Peter Righton, who was once one of the country’s most respected authorities on child care.  This highlights a great point, and something that I’ve come across multiple times in my research. Many people who work for national child care protection programs are directly involved in this type of thing. McKelvie  is one of many who told the world that these types of powerful VIP pedophile rings have been running in secrecy for multiple years. (source)

Epstein & Weinstein’s connections to Israeli Intelligence

For those who have examined Epstein’s ties to intelligence, there are clear links to both U.S. intelligence and Israeli intelligence, leaving it somewhat open to debate as to which country’s intelligence apparatus was closest to Epstein and most involved in his blackmail/sex-trafficking activities. A recent interview given by a former high-ranking official in Israeli military intelligence has claimed that Epstein’s sexual blackmail enterprise was an Israel intelligence operation run for the purpose of entrapping powerful individuals and politicians in the United States and abroad.

In an interview with Zev Shalev, former CBS News executive producer and award-winning investigative journalist for Narativ, the former senior executive for Israel’s Directorate of Military Intelligence, Ari Ben-Menashe, claimed not only to have met Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, back in the 1980s, but that both Epstein and Maxwell were already working with Israeli intelligence during that time period. You can read more about that story, in detail, here.

As far as Weinstein, he hired ex Israeli intelligence officers to threaten and spy on his victims.

So that’s interesting to note.

”They use all forms of persuasion to prevent people from speaking out, to silence people. Threats, intimidation, blackmail, financial deprivation. And all types of harassment such as put under intensive surveillance, telephone tapping, all of this. They pull out the stops and they have unlimited funds because those funds are supplied by the tax payer” Andrea Davison, Former Intelligence Agent (source)

It Goes Deeper Than Pedophilla

A paper published in European Psychiatry titled The cremation of care ritual: Burning of effigies or human sacrifice murder? The importance of differentiating complex trauma from schizophrenia in extreme abuse settings” by Dr. Rainer Kurz, a chartered occupational psychologist (Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) at The University of Manchester. Master of Science (MSc) Industrial Psychology at The University of Hull) explains:

In the wake of institutional abuse enquiries and the ‘unbelievable’ child abuse perpetrated by celebrities like Jimmy Saville and Ian Watkins, a ‘new reality’ is setting in that child abuse is pervasive and knows no limits. Reports of elaborate rituals with ‘mock’ human sacrifices at the highly secretive annual ‘Bohemian Grove’ summer festival point towards a pervasive interest in the occult in high society. Mental health professionals have a ‘duty of care’ towards their service users. Unless clear and irrefutable counter-evidence is available it is inappropriate to claim that disclosures of extreme abuse and/or human sacrifice rituals are ‘delusions’ and indicative of Schizophrenia.

Epstein, Schwartz & Schwartz (2011) described cases of ‘Forced Impregnation’ by cult members which were followed by Human Sacrifice rituals. They also described UK based abuse groups forced ‘child-on child’ sex abuse salient to the case. Scott (2001) described the casual ease with which some abuse perpetrations torture and kill. 36 survivors completed her survey of whom 34 claimed abuse by members of their immediate family, and 21 by one or both parents. For 34 ritual abuse in childhood involved murder and for 16 involved forced childbirth/abortion. Bekker, Karriker, Overkamp and Rutz (2008) found in their extreme abuse survey that ‘forced impregnation’ by 40 % of 1041 of adult survivors and 33 % of  82 child survivors, and disclosed to 70 percent of 221 professionals bearing witness. Murder of a ‘breeder baby’ by the perpetrators was reported by 26%, 18% and 55% respectively. Witnessing murder by perpetrators was reported 56%, 43% and 77% respectively.

Research eventually led to the Franklin scandal that broke in 19819 when hundreds of children were apparently flown around the US to be abused by high ranking ‘Establishment’ members. Former state senator John W DeCamp, cited as one of the most effective legislators in Nebraska history, is today attorney for two of the abuse victims. A 15 year old girl disclosed that she had been abused since the age of 9 and was exposed since the age of 9 and was exposed to ‘ritual murder’ of a new born girl, a small boy (who was subsequently fried and eaten) and three others.

The key sentence above is “when hundreds of children were apparently flown around the US to be abused by high ranking ‘Establishment, as referenced with the information above about Epstein.

Our Interview With A Survivor of Child Sex Trafficking

Anneke Lucas is an author, speaker, advocate for child sex trafficking victims, founder of the non-profit organization Liberation Prison Yoga, and creator of the Unconditional Model.

Her work is based off her 30-year journey to restore her mental and physical wellbeing after surviving some of the worst atrocities known to humankind before the age of 12. Sold as a young child into a murderous pedophile network by her family, she was rescued after nearly six years of abuse and torture.

We recently conducted an interview her her. Below is a clip from the four part series, as it was a very long and detailed interview. You can access the full interview HERE on CETV, a platform we created a platform we created to help combat the censorship we are experiencing and allow us to continue to do our work and get the world out about various issues and topics.

The Takeaway

This information can be difficult to take in, and what’s presented in this article is simply a tidbit of what’s really going on. It’s quite deep. The key here is that people with great power and resource control are clearly involved in such activity, yet we let these people make important decisions about our world. Many seem to have quite a disregard for human life, and the fact that our world is in the state it is today is no doubt reflective of psychopathic behaviour. This is a perceptional shift, one of the multiple sparks to begin questioning who our ‘leaders’ are and why we keep putting power into their hands. This questioning and awareness alone will lead to change, based on what we know with regards to consciousness and quantum physics, the simple will and desire for change that’s put out by the collective can have a direct impact on our physical and material reality. Furthermore, awareness always leads to action.

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“I Was Aware of Everything” – The Man Who Woke Up After 12 Years In A Vegetative State

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  • The Facts:

    Martin Pistorious had a normal childhood growing up in South Africa in the late 70’s. But everything would change for the worse when Martin was 12. He was diagnosed with cryptococcal meningitis, which put him in a vegetative state, but not forever.

  • Reflect On:

    Others who are in a vegetative state should not be deemed 'brain dead.' For all we know, they are totally awake, with their mind working sharp without the use of their body.

My mind was trapped inside a useless body, my arms and legs weren’t mine to control, and my voice was mute. I couldn’t make a sign or a sound to let anyone know I’d become aware again. I was invisible – the ghost boy.” -Martin Pistorious

Martin Pistorious had a normal childhood growing up in South Africa in the late 70’s. His parents, Joan and Rodney Pistorius, explained how Martin insisted that he would one day be an “electric man,” infatuated by any type of electronic equipment he could get his hands on.

But everything would change for the worse when Martin was 12. Coming home from school one day, he told his parents that he was feeling sick. This wasn’t any normal flu, however, as Joan and Rodney watched their son begin to sleep for endless hours of the day, almost like a baby. Even worse, he couldn’t eat, refusing anything they put in front of him.

Martin was tested for everything in the book, including Parkinson’s, TB, mineral deficiency, and more, yet everything came back negative.

As the months went on, Martin’s parents watched as their son slowly began to shut down — first his ability to move, then his ability to make eye contact, and finally his speech.

“He progressively got worse, probably in the second year of his illness. He was sleeping whenever we didn’t wake him up. He was permanently lying down in the fetal position,” said Rodney in an interview with NPR.

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Finally, a test came back positive. It was cryptococcal meningitis, something the doctors said meant there was no hope for Martin.

They were told that he was a vegetable, with no more intelligence. They were advised to take Martin home, to provide him with love until his death.

Trapped inside of his own body for a decade and thought to be severely brain-damaged, Martin Pistorius was actually fully aware the entire time. His story is one marked by abuse, neglect, love and despair. An expert on what people do when they think no one is looking, Martin has become well versed on human nature and self-determination.

A Boy Who Wouldn’t Let Go

But something in Martin held on for much longer than his prognosis had estimated.

Martin just kept going, just kept going,” said Joan.

The years continued to pass as Rodney and Joan cared for their helpless son. They dressed him, fed him, bathed him, and dropped him off at the special care facility he was enrolled at on a daily basis.

My alarm was set for every two hours so that I could wake up to turn him, so that he wouldn’t get bed sores,” said Joan.

This exhausting cycle continued for another 10 years, literally taking everything from Joan and Rodney. Joan told NPR that she eventually came to a point where she said to Martin, “I hope you die.

I know that’s a horrible thing to say. I just wanted some sort of reliefin my mind he’d already died.”

A Nurse Who Believed In The Soul Inside Martin

By the time Martin was in his mid-20’s, something slowly began to shift. Martin was now able to squeeze someone’s hand, a remarkable advancement considering his history. Furthermore, he was getting better at holding himself upright in his wheelchair.

However, the doctors insisted that Martin still had the mind of a 3-year old. But one nurse, named Verna, was convinced that there was something there.

She eventually convinced Joan and Rodney to get another evaluation done elsewhere. Martin was given a test where he had to identify different objects by pointing at them with his eyes. Surprisingly to many, he passed; not with flying colors, but he passed nevertheless.

I then gave up my job,” said Joan.

This 1987 photo is the last one to show the family before Martin fell ill. He is at the right. Courtesy of Martin Pistorius

Joan dedicated the next year to  teaching Martin how to use a special joystick for the computer, four hours every morning, until he finally got it.

Once he did, everything would change. Martin was now able to select words using his stick.

‘I am cold. I am hungry. I want toast.‘ These were his first bits of communication. Soon after, other things began to return to him.

He started moving his eyes and moving his head and almost nodding, asking for coffee by stirring his hands around and things like that.”

A Horrifying Realization – Martin’s Perspective

For 8 of the 12 years he was diagnosed, Martin was invisible. From the outside, he s1920x1080_martin-199x-4_custom-772c052f23f1615f33cc52799f0c2bc2f2cbb1f3-s800-c85was unresponsive, a vegetable. But deep inside, Martin said he was aware of everything.

I was there, not from the very beginning, but about two years into my vegetative state, I began to wake up.”

Martin described the initial process,

“I suppose a good way to describe it is like an out-of-focus image. At first you have no idea what it is, but slowly it comes into focus until you can see it in crystal clarity.”

Somewhere along this process, Martin soon realized his immobility.

I stared at my arm, willing it to move. Every bit of me condensed into that moment.”

Martin recalled a moment when his father was helping him undress, and how badly Martin was trying to communicate, but nothing in his body would obey.

Everyone was so used to me not being there that they didn’t notice when I began to be present againThe stark reality hit me that I was going to spend the rest of my life like that – totally alone.”

Martin revealed how he spent countless hours wallowing in self-defeat: “You will never get out. You are pathetic, powerless, totally alone.”

Was this really how he was to spend the rest of his days alive?

An Unlikely Inspiration Changes Martin’s Thoughts

Martin had fully let go of hope, but as he explains, occasionally there were unlikely sparks of inspiration.

‘You can always count on having a fun day when you spend it with the people you love,‘ said Barney, the fictitious children’s show icon. Martin was constantly forced to watch Barney, a show he now admits he thoroughly despised. He used the show, along with the movement of the Sun, to figure out the time of day.

This was his first semblance of control. Simply knowing where he was in the day gave him the sense of being able to climb through it. He realized his thoughts could help him.

I’d have conversations with myself and other people in my head.”

Reengaging with his thoughts transformed his world, and slowly, life began to have purpose.

This also sometimes meant pain for Martin, such as when he heard his mother say to him, “I hope you die.”

But as time passed, he gradually learned to understand his mother’s desperation. He realized that it came from profound love for him.

She could see only a cruel parody of the once-healthy child she had loved so much,” Martin said.

Amazingly, this made him feel even closer to his mother.

It wasn’t long after this when Martin’s nurse, Verna, saw the soul trapped inside Martin, and insisted on getting him more help. This, as previously explained, was the beginning of an inspiring new chapter for Martin.

College Graduate, Bushiness Man & Husband – Martin Today

By leaning into those dark thoughts, Martin gained a self-understanding and humour about the human condition that allowed him to attain so much more than he had ever imagined for himself.

Progressing through various levels of improvement, he eventually scored himself a job filing papers at a local office, then moved onto fixing computers, creating a web design business, and earning a computer science degree. He even met a beautiful and loving wife named Joanna, whom he met through his sister.

“I turned around, and it was just this guy with this big smile. And it’s such a warm personality…Yeah, okay, well he’s in a wheelchair, and he doesn’t speak. But I love this guy. He’s amazing. It just so quickly turned into love,” said Joanna.

Though his success may seen simplified by this article, we cannot forget the amount of dedication and hard work it was for both Martin and his loved ones to get him to where he is today.

Martin’s story is indeed one filled with many mixed emotions – sadness, empathy, fear, agony, inspiration – yet it stands as an incredible testament to human willpower.

For more on Martin’s story, be sure to check out his incredible personal account of his journey in his book,  Ghost Boy.

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