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“To find a mountain path all by oneself gives a greater feeling of strength than to take a path that is shown.” ~Karen Horney

Find the nearest mirror. Look deeply into it. There, hidden within that fabulously flawed human being staring back at you, is the greatest teacher you will never know.

Yes. It’s yourself. And yes, you will never really know it.

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The famous inscription at the Temple of Delphi, “know thyself,” is ultimately unattainable. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to obtain it. Enlightenment is equally unattainable, but there’s nothing wrong with striving for it. Self-improvement is still healthy regardless of the fact that you will never be perfect. Socrates’ dictum still stands: “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Examining your own life is always going to begin with your interpretation of it. So it behooves you to align your interpretation of it with reality. Easier said than done. Because examining the self is a tricky proposition. The Self is an elusive mystery. It’s masks all the way down perceiving illusions all the way up.

The trickiest part is that only you can experience these masks and illusions. Nobody else can experience them for you. They are subjective. Your experience of them will always be primary to anyone’s interpretation of them. Not even the best shrink in the world can know them as well as you can.

That’s what makes self-examination, and the self-realization that comes from it, so important. Therapists are, at best, guides. Self-therapy is what a therapist directs you towards anyway. So, you might as well make that attempt to begin with. A therapist is good for keeping you on track and preventing you from getting stuck, but there’s nothing saying you cannot learn strategies to do it yourself.

There’s nothing saying you cannot be your own greatest teacher. The autodidact inside you is calling.

Learn your own nature by learning about Mother Nature:

“There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.” ~Rumi

The most powerful way to hear the “voice that doesn’t use words” is through solitude and meditation. Out away from the things of man, where No-mind is free to remind you that you are a force of nature first and a human being second.

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This is perhaps the most powerful strategy for teaching your Self to yourself. Solitude and meditation teaches a particular flavor of humility that gets you over your own ego (codependence) and puts you in touch with the interconnectedness of all things (interdependence). It teaches you how not to take yourself too seriously. When you unbecome yourself, you become everything. You’re free to experience interdependence despite culturally conditioned codependence.

Allowing Nature to become your teacher cuts the uninitiated ego out of the equation and then sneaks in the initiated ego, which utilizes Soul as a tool to leverage a heightened state of awareness. From this heightened state comes the deep interdependent realization that everything is connected to everything else.

In this heightened state of eco-melting your third eye opens, your crown chakra blooms in full flutter, and your oneness with all things becomes paramount. You are suddenly out of your own way. You are free to learn what you must learn. You are free to become what you must become.

The cure for the pain is in the pain:

“Doctors study medicine. Teachers study education. Healers study darkness.” ~Mark Lundy

Just as you are your greatest teacher, you are also your greatest healer. Know thyself and heal thyself are reciprocal properties. Mother Nature teaches you this first. Pain teaches you this second.

Pain is inevitable. It’s a part of life. Avoiding pain just causes more pain. Ignoring or repressing pain just causes unnecessary suffering. Although pain is inevitable, unnecessary suffering is avoidable.

As long as you’re able to learn from the pain, it can be a steppingstone. Seen in this way, pain can be an initiation into wisdom (a sacred wound), and a flourishing into Eudaimonia. Which can be quite pleasurable.

Growth is painful (think: exercise and endurance training). Change is even more painful (think: puberty and vicissitude). But being stuck is arguably the greatest pain of all (think: the unnecessary suffering of unhealthy and inauthentic living).

Pain is a guide, a powerful teacher. And if you can gain the capacity to recognize the guideposts and learn the lessons that Pain provides, you will be more adept at adapting and more likely to grow into a healthier version of yourself.

The Daemonic and the Demonic:

“To learn to creatively live with the daemonic or be violently devoured by it. We will decide our own destiny. Let us choose wisely.” ~Stephen Diamond

The daemonic is the hidden genius within you: your latent creativity. The demonic is the hidden shadow within you: your repressed darkness. Ignore them at your own peril.

The daemon harbors vital knowledge and deep numen. It is your genius loci, your inspiring force, your attendant spirit, your guiding power. It is the quintessential teacher inside you.

It dwells in the fire of your passions, in your love and your anger, in your longing and your jealousy, in your happiness and your sadness. If you conform to your cultural conditioning and ignore or suppress its presence, these passions will eventually transform from a daemonic passion into a demonic rage, with potentially devastating results.

Hence the importance of reconciling the shadow. You do this by making the darkness conscious. By paying attention to your deepest wounds. Becoming curious with your deep wounds is honoring them with your attention. If you’re able to honor your wounds, then you will be more likely to reconcile your demons.

It’s not so much that you’ll suffer less but that you’ll suffer better. You will become healthier in the ways that you suffer. And with the demon as your diamond-backed ally, you add a streak of fierceness to your teaching/learning that can be revolutionary.

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Have a good sense of humor about your own fallibility:

“Life is a matter of oscillation. Life is vibration. The question is: how are you going to interpret that. Is it tremble, tremble, tremble; or is it laugh, laugh, laugh?” ~Alan Watts

Laughter is the best medicine. It’s salve for the soul. Laughter reduces pain, forms deep social bonds, fosters brain connectivity, acts as an effective antidepressant, and protects the heart. Besides all these scientific benefits, laughter is flat out enjoyable.

It usually happens when you are having fun. But it is also a vital tool to use in the face of tragedy, fallibility and mortality.

Nothing is more powerful and courageous than laughter in the face of that which seeks to destroy you. Allow your humor to shine even as your soul is breaking under the heavy weight of cosmic nihilism. Allow it to blaze through the cracks of having fallen apart and come back together again. As Charlie Chaplin said, “Smile, though your heart is aching.”

Embrace the fact that you are a stumbling naked ape, fumbling over your barely evolved brain. You’re an anxious mammal with a mortal coil. You’re an insatiable beast with improbable reach. You might imagine that you are a mature, evolved being who is above baser animal instincts, but you’re not.

When it comes down to it, you represent a laughably young species attempting to evolve on an extremely old planet which is hurtling through an unfathomably ancient universe. In the grand scheme of things, you are a member of a floundering baby of a species.

Having a good sense of humor is embracing your own fallibility. It’s accepting that you are prone to mistakes; that you are imperfect, and always will be. It’s injecting a little humility into your human-biased disposition.

Mastering the self is mastering humility and humor. It’s embracing absurdity in a heroic sense. One is both humbled and empowered by a good sense of humor. The shadow’s “gold” and the “secret elixir” are then more easily excavated, and brought forth to others, despite the absurd experience of being a creature torn between spirit and flesh, mortality and eternity, tragedy and comedy.

If, as Karl Frei said, “Attitude is the difference between ordeal and adventure,” then having a good sense of humor is the ideal attitude to have, as your own greatest teacher, going on the greatest adventure you will ever experience: the hero’s journey.

Read more articles by Gary ‘Z’ McGee.

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About the Author

Gary Z McGee, a former Navy Intelligence Specialist turned philosopher, is the author of Birthday Suit of God and The Looking Glass Man. His works are inspired by the great philosophers of the ages and his wide awake view of the modern world.

This article (You Are the Greatest Teacher You Will Never Know) was originally created for The Mind Unleashed and is published here with permission. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution and author bio.

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Phillip J. Watt, Contributor
Waking Times

I just want to speak to you right now.

How’s your mind going? Forget your outside world for a moment, and think about how you feel inside. You taking care of yourself? You organizing your mind wisely?

Those questions are introspective, which is a process we should commonly do for ourselves. Like. Every. Day.

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Because when we undertake introspection – which can result with many epic and more mundane rebirths – we’re attempting to create more order out of the chaos, regardless if that order sometimes results as chaos in disguise.

In other words, we’re witnessing the stories that are so hardwired into us and then hopefully changing them according to our conscious will.

Call it introspection, mindfulness, meditation, self-hypnosis, self-administered psychotherapy or even self-mastery – it doesn’t really matter. Because regardless of what we label it, we simply need to understand not just the point of it, but the process too.

Simply put, it is focusing our conscious attention on the subconscious (and unconscious) stories of our mind (such as deeply held beliefs, philosophies, labels, emotional states, hardships, desires, safety mechanisms etc.) so that we can get to know ourselves for how we actually operate at that level to actually change it if it is incoherent with not just our natural needs, but also our egoic desires as well.

That is how we heal and grow. And we all do it, some to a lesser or greater degree than others.

It’s nothing supernatural either. We all go into trance states every day, such as daydreaming, thinking intensely about something, immersed in a book or show etc. It’s just sometimes we use that trance for effective healing or development, and at other times we don’t.

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Now with that said, I want to do a short mind experiment with you. If that’s okay, just close your eyes for a moment (after reading this sentence lol) and imagine the last time you brushed your teeth and what it looks like as an image in your mind’s eye. That’s right, just focus for as long as it takes to get that image. Take your time if you need to.

Now that you’ve reflected on it, what did the image look like? Was it like you were looking through your own eyes or was it like you were looking at yourself as if you were someone else watching you?

The latter is probably how it looked to you, funnily enough. I’ve thought about this recently and have a theory that it is potentially a deeper reflection of our energetic signature, such as the accumulated perspective of our energy body, or something to that effect. Now that’s not the point actually, more of a tangent. What I’m really trying to make clear is that the subconscious memory of that experience was likely different, if not very different, from the literal experience.

Now that’s neither good or bad, it’s just how the subconscious works. We never have absolute perfect recall of our experience (well most of us anyway) because it is mixed in with so much more than just the immense overload of sensory input that occurs with any experience. You know, like past experience, interpretation, depth of focus; that sort of thing.

My point is that there’s something so bloody powerful that comes from this understanding. The subconscious functions according to not just the stories it has been told (by either you or your experience), but the images related to those stories too. It doesn’t matter if those stories and images are accurate or not, or helping us or not, because they are the actual reality of the unconscious part of our mind. And this is where it gets amazing; our lower minds can essentially be hacked so that they operate more aligned with our conscious will.

And it’s more or less necessary if we want to change something about ourselves. I know our poor little old ego gets it rough sometimes and that it does deserve to feel free and happy and all the good stuff, but the fact remains that it is nowhere near as powerful a creator and driver of our experience as our unconscious part is (as well as our energetic blueprint, but that’s another story).

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The ironic thing is that our ego can manipulate and mould the unconscious parts of our self, to more or less how we see fit.

Think about it. Ever wondered why you want to consciously change something about yourself but fail time and time again? Enter new year’s resolutions, as an example. Our subconscious and unconscious layers, which account for almost all of the activity which is occurring in our minds at any given moment, are incoherent with our choice to change. Call it misaligned, contrasted, juxtaposed, disagreeing or dissonant, once again it is irrelevant.

Just know that no matter how much you want to give up smokinglose weightovercome anxietybeat depression or alter a myriad of other emotional and psychological states and their associated behaviors, if you don’t do the work to change it at the foundational level of your mind you are highly unlikely to see the result manifest, let alone be sustained.

Simply put, you have to change how the subconscious views itself. And that’s exactly what hypnosis is, including self-hypnosis.

On a personal note, by next year I’m going to be a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, which is something I’ve been practicing on myself for nearly two decades. Combining my practice of self-hypnosis (which I thought was just good-old fashioned meditation for many years) with my professional experience working with people in a therapeutic and developmental capacity, is something that has really got me excited.

Why? Well, there will be no more wasting time with exhausting intervention at the conscious level because I can now just simply note the desire(s) of the client and use ‘suggestion therapy’ to implant that desire at the subconscious and unconscious level.

Problem solved, very quickly. It’s seriously the closest I’ve seen to a miracle cure.

Regardless of that unapologetic plug (i.e. you’re welcome to contact me if you need help with something, but you need to be serious about changing it), I really want you to understand that you really can do it all by yourself.

Learn about your mind.

Learn about hypnosis and meditation.

Practice it.

Listen to guided sessions (there’s plenty on YouTube), and see what happens.

Give yourself the attention and focus you deserve.

After all, no one else is going to do it for you.

Ultimately, our body knows how to heal itself. It’s an amazingly powerful system, we just need to get ourselves out-of-the-way to let it do its thing, including ceasing any toxins we give it not just physically, but psychologically and emotionally too. And that includes all that baggage we’ve hoarded deep inside us from long, long ago.

Anyway, good luck with your next rebirth, I hope it’s a big one.

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About the Author

Phillip J. Watt is an author and presenter who lives on the Mid North Coast of NSW Australia. His first book, ‘The Simulation‘, is a daring exposé of the human experience in the 21st Century. His written and film work has reached into the millions of people and deals with topics from ideology to society, as well as self-development. Follow him on Facebook, listen to his ‘Redesigning Society’ Podcast on SoundCloud or Itunes, watch his films and video interviews at his YouTube Channel or visit his website Pushing the Tipping Point.

This article (Learn About Your Mind – Self-Hypnosis 101) was originally created by Phillip J. Watt and is re-posted here with permission. 

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This week the parent company of Recurrent Energy, Canadian Solar, said that Recurrent had signed a build-transfer agreement (BTA) for a base purchase price of approximately $138.4 million with Entergy Mississippi for a 100-MWac solar PV project in Sunflower County, Mississippi.

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Sufferers of chronic pain have been faced with a perilous decision—risk a crippling addiction to opioids or find a way to live with the pain. A new clinical study has focused on medical cannabis as an alternative to opioids, and the results may be a turning point towards a safe, plant-based option for easing pain

A new study published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine represents hope for millions of sufferers of chronic pain. Researchers at the Cannabis Clinical Research Institute at Soroka University Medical Center, and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), found that medical cannabis can significantly reduce chronic pain without adverse effects, particularly among adults aged 65 and older. Use of cannabis, aka medical marijuana, was found to be both safe and effective for elderly patients experiencing pain because of another medical condition, such as cancer, multiple sclerosisParkinson’s diseaseCrohn’s diseaseulcerative colitis, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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One of the head researchers in this study, Prof. Victor Novack, M.D., is a professor of medicine in the BGU Faculty of Health Sciences (FOHS), as well as BGU’s Chair in Internal Medicine. He also heads the Soroka Cannabis Clinical Research Institute. According to Prof. Novack, M.D.:

“Older patients represent a large and growing population of medical cannabis users, [yet] few studies have addressed how it affects this particular group, which also suffers from dementia, frequent falls, mobility problems, and hearing and visual impairments.”[1]

The study surveyed 2,736 patients aged 65 years and older, at the inception of medical cannabis treatment, and throughout the 33-month study period. Surveys indicated the most common reasons for using cannabis were pain (66.6%) and cancer (60.8%). Methods of ingestion included cannabis-infused oils and smoking or vaporizing the herb. After six months of cannabis therapy, researchers provided a follow-up questionnaire which sought to determine any changes to pain intensity and quality of life, as well as any adverse events that were experienced. 901 of the original respondents replied.

After 6-months of medical marijuana treatment (all statistics are +/-):

  • 94% reported an improved overall condition, and a 50% reduction in pain
  • 60% reported improved quality of life, from “bad” or “very bad” to “good” or “very good”
  • 70% reported moderate to significant improvement in their condition
  • 20% of respondents stopped using opioids or reduced their dose

Notably, the most common side effects reported were mild: dizziness (9.7%) and dry mouth (7.1%), a far cry from the high-percentage of opioid-related deaths that are linked to chronic pain.[2] BGU researchers believe that utilizing cannabis may decrease the use of other prescription medications, including opioids, and encourage further research into this plant-based alternative, especially as it relates to an aging population.

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Chronic pain is a problem that affects an estimated 100 million Americans.[3] It is also one of the most significant public health problems in the United States, with an estimated cost to society of $560-$635 billion annually, an amount equal to about $2,000 for every person living in the U.S.[4] Meanwhile, the nation’s growing opioid epidemic sees 1 of every 550 chronic opioid users dying within three years of their first opioid prescription.[5] While natural alternatives to deadly opiates are rarely offered by medical doctors, medical marijuana may be the drug that bridges this senseless gap. Research is beginning to mount that shows more promise than the medical establishment can long ignore.

Neuropathy is a type of chronic pain that presents as tingling and numbness in the hands and feet, often due to nerve damage from complications of cancer or diabetes, among other causes. A 2017 meta-analysis of prior studies on neuropathy found that cannabis, particularly selected isolates called cannabinoids, can provide analgesic benefit in patients with chronic neuropathy. Cannabis can also be used as an adjunct to other pain therapies, potentially lowering the amount of dangerous synthetic medication that is required to relieve pain. A recent study on the Opioid-Sparing Effect of Cannabinoids found that when cannabinoids were administered with opioids, specifically morphine, nearly four times less morphine was needed to achieve the same analgesic effect. This presents further evidence for cannabis as a means of reducing cases of opiate dependency and death.

While the politics of cannabis are exceedingly complex, the truth of this miraculous plant is becoming increasingly obvious: it heals the human body. The fact that it does so without the need for a black-box warning of Serious Adverse Events ensures that cannabis is the future of medicine. While clinical studies in the United States have been impeded due to cannabis’s classification as a Schedule One Controlled Substance (meaning the substance has no medicinal value), other countries have taken the lead. A UK study seeking to reduce chronic pain in advanced cancer patients not fully relieved from use of opioids, found that a cannabis extract composed of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol), two of the active constituents in cannabis, reduced pain by more than 30% from baseline when compared with placebo, with no serious adverse effects.

Beyond the realm of chronic pain, cannabis has been shown to positively support individuals dealing with post-traumatic stress. It has demonstrated effectiveness at calming the often-debilitating side effects of inflammatory bowel disease, aka Crohn’s disease. Isolates from the cannabis plant have shown promise at treating “incurable” diseases such as Grave’s disease and brain cancer, and work better than traditional medications for Alzheimer’s disease. With so much evidence of profound medicinal value, legislation based on old systems of control will not long hold back the tide. There are simply too many health benefits to be obtained from the cannabis plant.

For additional research on the medical benefits of cannabis, visit the GreenMedInfo database on the subject.

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The GMI Research Group (GMIRG) is dedicated to investigating the most important health and environmental issues of the day.  Special emphasis will be placed on environmental health.  Our focused and deep research will explore the many ways in which the present condition of the human body directly reflects the true state of the ambient environment.


[1] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180213111508.htm

[2] Service Use Preceding Opioid-Related Fatality. Olfson, Wall, Wang, Crystal, Blanco. Am J Psychiatry. 2017 Nov 28:appiajp201717070808. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2017.17070808.

[3] Institute of Medicine Report from the Committee on Advancing Pain Research, Care, and Education: Relieving Pain in America, A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education and Research. The National Academies Press, 2011. http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13172&page=1.

[4] IOM (Institute of Medicine) 2011. Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education and Research, Washington, DC; The National Academies Press.

[5] Gabapentin, opioids, and the risk of opioid-related death: A population-based nested case-control study. Gomes, Juurlink, Antoniou, Mamdani, Paterson, van den Brink. PLoS Med. 2017 Oct 3;14(10):e1002396. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002396. eCollection 2017 Oct.

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Included in the acquisition is Sharp’s Energy Systems and Services business, as well as the SmartStorage behind-the-meter energy storage system.

If, like me, you do not follow the current machinations in American politics on a comprehensive basis, but you are rather just trying to get the gist of what is going on underneath the deception and posturing, then the names and events that have come flooding forward can be somewhat overwhelming, and hard to distinguish. Take the ‘Russia Collusion’ narrative: We have Mueller. Rosenstein. Sessions. Nunes. Comey. Manafort. Flynn. Page (Carter or Lisa?). Strzok. McCabe. Steele. Ohr. Papadopoulos. And the list of ancillary players goes on. Can you distinguish all these players and their roles?

My intention in this article is to lay out a simplified explanation of the situation, in order for you to understand the basic story line regarding one particular aspect of the “Russia Collusion” narrative: the FISA warrant that authorized the FBI to spy on the Trump campaign before the 2016 elections. It is my contention that the full declassification of this FISA warrant may be the lynchpin in unraveling Deep State control over the United States and allow all of us to finally glean the truth behind the deception that has long ruled American politics.

FISA Warrant

FISA stands for ‘Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’ and is a United States federal law which establishes procedures for the physical and electronic surveillance and collection of “foreign intelligence information” between “foreign powers” and “agents of foreign powers” suspected of espionage or terrorism. A FISA warrant is a document that a US intelligence agency needs to bring to the FISA court in order to get the court’s approval to spy on U. S. citizens that have been determined by that warrant to be colluding with one or more foreign powers against the United States.

Cutting to the chase, this means that if corrupt elements within the FBI wanted to spy on the Trump Presidential Campaign in order to further Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the 2016 election, their best way to do it would be to provide the FISA court with ‘evidence’ that someone in the Trump Campaign had ties to a foreign power and was ‘suspected’ of engaging in espionage or terrorism.

Carter Page

Enter Carter Page, who was a Trump advisor during the 2016 campaign. Again, making a long story short, the FBI used evidence mainly provided by British investigator Christopher Steele for a FISA warrant to spy on Page. Information has surfaced that before the 2016 election, the FBI characterized Steele as ‘unreliable’ but they did not let the FISA court know this, and so knowingly spied on Carter Page even though they knew that evidence that he was an “agent of foreign powers” was unreliable if not a flat-out fabrication. These statements in the FISA warrant thus can be seen as completely disingenuous:

“The FBI believes Page has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian government. The FBI believes that Page has been collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government…there is probable cause that such activities involve or are about to involve violations of the criminal statutes of the United States.”–FISA Warrant

Signatures from top FBI and Justice Department officials, including then-FBI Director James Comey, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appear on each of the four applications, which went through reviews in the House Intelligence Committee.

Nunes Memo

A memo written by Republican Devin Nunes, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, was released to the public in February. It provided a summary of the warrant and suggests abuses by the Department of Justice and FBI during the Russia investigation, and more particularly that the FISA warrant was politically motivated since the ‘research’ by Christopher Steele was known to have been funded through a law firm by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

This eventually led to the release of a highly redacted version of the FISA warrant against Carter Page in July. This highly redacted version gives some basic information but still prevents the general public from being able to evaluate whether Rosenstein and the FBI signed off on speculative information that was designed to give rise to misleading assumptions.

President Trump announced in late September that he was going to release the unredacted version of the FISA warrant to the public–which he has the power to do–but changed his mind and instead passed the matter on to his Inspector General Michael Horowitz for review. There has been no specific timeline given for the full declassification of the document since; but the implication is that a full declassification and unbiased analysis of the FISA warrant could implicate Rosenstein, Comey, Steele, Mueller, as well as Hillary Clinton, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, FBI Agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, DOJ employee Bruce Ohr and others as the real “agents of a foreign power”–the Globalist Deep State.

Q Post #2397

The following post by Q-Anon on November 3rd takes us the rest of the way home. Of importance to us here is that Q notes that Trump ordered the declassification, but Rosenstein pushed back hard. Why? Because a declassification would make it clear that Rosenstein authorized the warrant knowing it was not based on reliable evidence. Trump referred the warrant to Horowitz, who works with prosecutor John Huber (the man working on the sealed indictments), who used to report directly to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and now reports to acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who is taking over the reigns of the ‘Russia Collusion’ investigation from Rosenstein.

All this may actually facilitate the procedural value of declassifying the FISA warrant, as it not only might make it easier to have Rosenstein legally removed from power, but it might provide the legal basis for terminating the special council of former FBI Director Robert Mueller, since the whole special council into ‘Russia Collusion’ seems to have gotten its credence on the strength of Page’s FISA warrant, as well as similar warrants put out on General Michael Flynn, former Trump advisor George Papadopoulos, and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. All of these individuals have vehemently rejected claims that they colluded with Russia, and consider the ‘evidence’ given for their surveillance in their FISA warrants to have been false and misleading.

Q!!mG7VJxZNCI 3 Nov 2018 – 2:16:38 PM Keep your eye on the ball.
Midterms & Memes.
[ ]
Remember, POTUS already ordered the DECLAS.
[RR] pushed back hard
-OIG tasked to review [determine ‘sensitive info’]
-OIG works w/ HUBER (important to remember)
-HUBER reports ‘directly’ to SESSIONS (important to remember)
Was the DECLAS already cleared for release?
Was the gambit played by [RR] to stall & delay post election banking on [D’s win House]?
POTUS AF1 [RR] > An enemy who feels safe [& in control] is an enemy who…..
POTUS AF1 [RR] > Mueller END
[Important to remember]
How do you navigate around installed BLOCKADE?
[MUELLER] designed to take-in evidence needed to ‘expose’ DS [DOJ block re: Mueller ‘evidence’ ongoing investigation].
[MUELLER] designed to limit POTUS’ ability to maneuver.
[MUELLER] designed to ‘stall-for-time’ until MIDTERM ELECTIONS to TERMINATE all HOUSE / SENATE ongoing investigations.
[MUELLER] designed to ‘safeguard’ D_PARTY_BASE false narrative re: RUSSIA COLLUSION [POTUS CHEATED – EVIL – SKY FALLING] in effort to DIVIDE and MOBILIZE for future protests, riots, threats, violence, FF’s, etc.
[MUELLER] designed to provide FAKE NEWS w/ ammunition to sway public opinion, obstruct foreign + domestic agenda, fuel impeachment/removal, fuel anti-POTUS [DIVISION] [prevent UNITY], etc..
[MUELLER] designed to demonstrate to foreign players that OLD GUARD still pulls strings.
[MUELLER] designed to mobilize D_PARTY for MIDTERM VOTE WIN.
[MUELLER] designed to push D_PARTY backers to DONATE [GOFUNDME – D_PARTY].
[MUELLER] designed as PUBLIC OUTCRY EXCUSE should criminal charges be brought against them [‘we are being ‘politically’ attacked because MUELLER…].
How do you REMOVE installed BLOCKADE?
How do you navigate around installed corrupt [FBI][DOJ]?
Q Control Of The House

What Q is saying here about the Mueller investigation was noted as follows in my previous article on Q:

Q characterizes the Mueller investigation as a blockade, designed to keep damaging evidence against the Deep State under wraps, limiting what Donald Trump can say and do, stalling for time until the mid-term elections, where Democrats hope to gain House and/or Senate majorities so that they can terminate all investigations, as well as creating conditions to look like victims of Trump tyranny if all else fails and trigger a possible civil war.

Q mentions that Rod Rosenstein and the Democrats seem to be hoping that taking back control of the House of Representatives will enable them to grind the wheels of justice to a halt, including preventing the declassification of the FISA warrant of Carter Page (and the others mentioned), as well as other supporting evidence such as text messages and emails.

With Q making a big point of telling people to VOTE in the midterm elections, one gets the impression that the election results may very well have an impact on how and when the critical information will be revealed. Now that the Democrats have taken over the majority in the House, it will be interesting to see if the ‘Great Awakening’ forecasted by Q will be delayed, or if the momentum that has already been building up will still be enough to burst the dam wide open in short order. Initial reports from Q indicate that strengthening support for Trump in the Senate as a result of the midterm elections is more than enough to keep the process going forward.

The Takeaway

While the political arena still appears to be the prime battleground for the ‘Great Awakening,’ where those attempting to take down the Deep State are hoping to disclose the truth and restore the Republic, let us not forget that the bigger game at play is our collective evolution, which has no political affiliation whatsoever. It is ultimately our collective energy state that is driving the ‘Great Awakening,’ and so we continue to have a role in raising our personal vibration in order to add to the light that is dispelling the darkness.

“The doctor is brainwashed when he/she gets out of medical school because the medical school has too much subsidization of the professors who are being paid by the drug company, so the professor never teachers any student in medical school, why don’t you try vitamin C, they’re going to tell them the latest drug.”– Dr. Gary F. Gordon (source)

Medical science has lost a large amount of credibility over the past few years, and that’s because it’s plagued with the politicization and corporatization of science. We can no longer trust our government health authorities to make decisions based on human health and well being, as we are constantly seeing decisions being made based on financial incentives.

Resistance From Within

Many from within have been quite outspoken about this problem. Recently, a group of more than a dozen scientists from within the CDC put out a public statement, while remaining anonymous, outlining the big problem of corporate influence and the effect it is having on health policy decisions. They were referred to as the Spider Papers.

It was only a few years ago when senior CDC scientist Dr. William Thompson blew the whistle on corruption within the CDC, specifically with regards to the MMR vaccine. Dr. Marcia Angell, a physician and longtime Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, considered one of the most prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals in the world, alongside The Lancet, has spoken out as follows:

“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.”  (source)


When it comes to cancer, we see the same thing. I don’t donate to major cancer charities because a lot of them have turned out to be frauds. What’s even more hypocritical is a company like KFC donating money to cancer and using a pink ribbon while selling cancer-causing foods. When it comes to curing cancer, all we’ve been programmed to do is raise money for large organizations, thinking that is helping the issue.

One example would be the Brooklyn-based National Children’s Leukemia Foundation. They were shut down after they raised millions of dollars through professionally-run fundraisers.  They lured people in, claiming that the funds would be used to conduct cancer research and locate bone marrow donors, while in fact they were only using a small portion of the funds for their “Make a Dream Come True” campaign. In fact, less than 1 percent of the millions of donated dollars actually went to providing help for leukaemia patients. Between 2009 and 2013, a total of almost 10 million dollars was donated. (source)(source)

We have to remember that the Medical Establishment have a trillion-dollar incentive to suppress cures for cancer. There have been many supposed cures over the years, yet all of these have been shut down because the system is set up so that the only treatment that doctors can recommend is chemotherapy and radiation. This is the treatment that’s patented, that generates huge profits, and therefore, it’s the one we get. As Medical Director Dr. Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. points out,

We got hours and hours and hours on how to use, basically patented medicines, which as you know, are what usually goes on a prescription pad as a molecule that can be patented which means that it’s not found in nature….And that’s what we get educated in. (source)

The Corruption Of Dr. Baselga

The latest scam to reach public awareness is the indiscretions of Dr. José Baselga, the chief medical officer for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Approximately a month ago, he resigned after it became known that he failed to disclose the millions of dollars in payments from health-care companies he received in exchange for dozens of ‘research’ articles. This was big news considering he is one of the most prominent doctors in the field of Oncology.

As the New York Times reports:

The revelations about Dr. Baselga’s disclosure lapses have rocked Memorial Sloan Kettering, one of the nation’s leading cancer centers, in recent days. Its top executives scrambled to contain the fallout, including urgent meetings of physician leaders and the executive committee of its board of directors…In his resignation letter, Dr Baselga, who also served as the physician-in-chief, said he feared that the matter would be a distraction from his role overseeing clinical care and that he had been “extremely proud” to work at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

The company he received money from was Roche, who sponsored the clinical trials that were widely considered disappointments, yet he still put a positive spin on the results, without telling anybody that he has received more than $3 million from them in consulting fees as well as a stake in a company that Roche acquired.

Dr. Baselga’s relationship to industry is extensive. In addition to sitting on the board of Bristol-Myers Squibb, he is a director of Varian Medical Systems, which sells radiation equipment and for whom Memorial Sloan Kettering is a client. In all, Dr. Baselga has served on the boards of at least six companies since 2013, positions that have required him to assume a fiduciary responsibility to protect the interests of those companies, even as he oversees the cancer center’s medical operations. (source)

The Takeaway

Approximately 1.8 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States alone this year, and approximately 600,000 people will die from the disease. The number of new cancer cases is 454.8 per 100,000 men and women per year, based on cases from 2008-2010. Men have almost a 50 percent chance of contracting the disease at some point within their lifetime, and women have a 1/3 chance. Pretty crazy isn’t it? (source)

As much as we write about the mind-body connection, in today’s environment, and the exponential growth of disease rates, it’s important to be aware of some things and counter-act them with a healthy lifestyle. The key to combating disease on this planet is simply us, and our lifestyle choices.

As much as big pharma, big business and corrupt politics plays a role in modern day medicine, at the end of the day, you have the ability to not let it affect you. If it’s a matter of concern to you, then instead of supporting corporate cancer charities, you can model cancer prevention with your own lifestyle. It’s a much more effective way to combat this disease.

(Posted with permission from the Children’s Health Defence team). In August, news broke that Cheerios, Quaker Oats, and other breakfast cereals were contaminated with glyphosate weed killer. Just this week, more news of glyphosate in snack bars. Parents across the nation became concerned about their family’s breakfast foods and snacks. Now we learn we must also be looking at the most popular breakfast beverage, orange juice, as well.

The sample from (Florida’s Natural) showed results almost 3 times higher than the previous year’s test results provide to another organization, showing an increase, rather than a decrease of the use of glyphosate herbidies.

Over one year after initial tests, Moms Across America sent America’s most popular orange juice brands to be tested again for the carcinogenic chemical glyphosate. The new test results, ranging from 2.99 ppb to 17.16 ppb, are not promising. Although the different brands, Tropicana, Minute Maid, Costco’s Kirkland Signature, and Stater Bros. had slightly lower levels of glyphosate weed killer than the first tests conducted a year ago, all still had detectable levels of glyphosate. In addition, Moms Across America added another sample, Florida’s Natural, and the results were not only among the highest of all the brands tested for glyphosate residues, the sample from the brand showed results almost 3 times higher than the previous year’s test results provided to another organization, showing an increase, rather than a decrease of the use of glyphosate herbicides.

Florida’s Natural glyphosate testing in 2017 showed the following results: glyphosate amount detected: 2.14 ppb; AMPA amount detected: 1.98 ppb, the effective glyphosate level was 5.11 ppb. In 2018 the test results showed an effective level of glyphosate at 14.42.

Recently plaintiff Alexandra Axon, represented by Richman Law Group, sued Florida’s Natural for misleading the public by claiming their product is natural when in fact it contains glyphosate. The lawsuit is still pending.

The use of glyphosate in orange production and in Florida is controversial for many reasons. Moms Across America founding executive director states, “Orange growers have known for over 3 years now that the World Health Organization branch of the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate a definite animal carcinogen and a probable human carcinogen, and yet they continue to use this harmful herbicide in the growing of oranges. We do not want harmful chemicals in the beverages we give our children and families every day. We have asked these brands to make changes and received no favourable response. We are releasing these test results and we are publicly asking again. Please, stop sourcing oranges from farmers who use glyphosate, and be a part of reducing the exposure of glyphosate to children.”

Glyphosate, Citrus Greening and Poor Crop Health

Many orange growers will insist they need glyphosate herbicides to prevent weed growth. They also complain of citrus greening, a plight impacting their livelihood. According to Frank Dean, crop consultant with a BS Biological and Physical Sciences from the University of Houston, who works with orange growers in Florida, commented for this article,” I can say every visual symptom of citrus greening can be induced with an application of glyphosate; that includes asymmetric chlorosis, short internodes, tiny leaves, abnormal flowers and flowering events. When a grove reduces, or, eliminates the use of glyphosate and the organic substances and minerals blocked by glyphosate are applied, the sick trees begin to recover. Over time, the soil has the sub-lethal dose of glyphosate reduced with organic amendments and the indicator of the disease cannot be found with CT Scans for 16S rDNA.”

In other words, the use of glyphosate contributes to citrus greening and reduction of soil quality.Dr. Don Huber, 50 year plant pathologist has pointed out that lower soil quality also mean lower water retention, resulting in higher water usage, less nutrients in the produce, and decreased quality of the crop. Discontinuing the use of glyphosate herbicides in orange groves, and all farming in Florida, would not only reduce exposure to children, but improve the health, productivity and profits of the crop.

A major denier of this assessment would be the University of Florida, which is funded by Monsanto, and who puts out the majority of the information about citrus greening. They claim it is an insect, and therefore call for more pesticides, likely produced by Monsanto.

Glyphosate and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

The use of glyphosate herbicides is also a hot topic due to the recent Johnson v Monsanto Trial verdict, in which a California jury awarded millions to a school groundskeeper stricken with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in connection to using Roundup®️ and Ranger Pro – both glyphosate herbicides. Monsanto was found responsible for its role in producing and selling the carcinogenic substance when the Judge upheld the jury’s ruling of guilty on all counts.

A new French study showed an 86% lower incidence of non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when participants ate organic food, which does not allow the use of glyphosate.

Glyphosate and Marine Life Losses

In addition, environmentalists have long been linking glyphosate to toxic green algae, which has plagued Florida for months.  Scientists from many studies are finding that so-called blue-green ‘algae’ are actually not algae but rather a type of primitive bacteria called ‘cyanobacteria.’ They have a special skill that is rare among all species to be able to fully metabolize glyphosate and use its phosphorus atom as a source of phosphorus. So they obtain a competitive advantage against other species in the presence of chronic glyphosate exposure. Phosphorous levels are a serious issue, as documented in the Lake Erie’s cyanobacteria blooms in 2017- “It turns out that many cyanobacteria present in Lake Erie have the genes allowing the uptake of phosphonates, and these cyanobacteria can grow using glyphosate and other phosphonates as a sole source of phosphorus.” stated George Bullerjahn of Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

As shown in this Mercola article, scientists and environmental leaders have long been linking the chemicals (the most widely used chemical is glyphosate herbicide) used in factory farm runoffs in Florida to Red Tide which has devastated millions of marine life. Glyphosate residues are found at very high levels in animal feed and presumably then the animal feces, creating pollution which runs off into the waterways. These same chemicals are used in sugar and orange groves. The blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) are able to convert free nitrogen from the air into nitrates. Thus, they cause an excess of nitrates in the water, in addition to those nitrates that come from excess run-off from nitrate-based fertilizers. The excess nitrates provide essential nutrients for the red algae (Karenia brevis), that then grow to large numbers offshore, which can cause Red Tide.

In other words, glyphosate FEEDS cyanobacteria…or…another perspective is that mother nature’s way of cleaning up glyphosate is with cyanobacteria blooms. These blooms can then encourage the growth of Red Tide…which has devastated marine life, tourism, local restaurants and business along thousands of miles of Florida’s coastline.

Glyphosate Overuse in Florida

The amount of glyphosate that is used in Florida on orange groves, sugar cane fields, and on city streets is enormous. Over 3.5 million lbs per square mile of glyphosate was sprayed in Florida according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) between 2000-2012.

In addition, glyphosate herbicide AquaMaster was permitted to be sprayed directly in waterways such as Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades, a nature reserve. Local environmentalists are outraged by the lack of action from their governor and local authorities to discontinue the use of glyphosate herbicides and protect marine life.

Glyphosate herbicides are sprayed to prevent weed growth in the Florida Everglades. Glyphosate feeds the growth of cyanobacteria, or “green algae,” and then copper is sprayed to combat the green algae. Copper is a known spermicide.

Glyphosate Test Results in Florida’s Water

Lake Okeechobee water test result:

Moms Across America commissioned the testing of water in Lake Okeechobee and off the coast of Cape Coral. Lake O results, where cyanobacteria was present, showed levels between half the amount and  2 times higher than is allowed in European drinking water. Because cyanobacteria digests glyphosate it would be expected that where cyanobacteria is present the water would sometimes test for lower levels of glyphosate.

ape Coral, FL water test result:

The test results off the coast of Cape Coral, at the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River where cyanobacteria was present* showed levels of glyphosate 12 times higher than is allowed in European drinking water.

Runoff from orange grove spraying and weed management with glyphosate in the Everglades contributes to the presence of glyphosate in Florida waterways. A 2013 study shows that glyphosate can remain viable in salt water for 315 days. Another 2016 study by Roy et al. has shown that glyphosate induces cardiac toxicity in fish. Harm from glyphosate upon marine life, pets, and humans living in Florida is a scientifically sound concern. Residents, an notable environmental proponents such as Erin Brockovich are increasingly justified in calling for action.

Glyphosate and Cancer

WFTX Fox 4 News reported in 2016 regarding South Florida, The result of one study explains that “compared with the state, there is a statistically significant 36% increased risk of childhood cancer.”

Although there is no conclusive evidence this increased risk is due specifically to glyphosate, author Warren Wright continues, “these findings are suggestive of environmental risk factors in our area.” Considering that glyphosate is widely and heavily used in this specific environment and has been deemed a definite animal carcinogen and a probable human carcinogen by theWorld Health Organization, residents are justifiably outraged that the spraying of glyphosate would continue on crops or waterways for any reason. Some local residents have taken action. Stuart and Miami, Florida have banned the use of glyphosate. Residents in Tampa are suing Monsanto. Florida residents want the entire state to be protected and are calling on Governor Scott to place a moratorium on glyphosate.

The conservation group Friends of the Everglades is frustrated that the Florida State Department of Health (FDOH) has yet to take any action.  “What I can say is that scientists who are fearful for their careers and have a hard time finding funding, would all say this is an area that needs much more serious investigation and follow-up by the state of Florida,” says chairman Alan Farago.

Glyphosate and Health Impacts, Especially on Children

Chemical farming proponents and even some food movement individuals have claimed that low levels of glyphosate are safe. This information is not only confusing but blatantly wrong. Peer-reviewed scientific studies have shown that ultra-low levels of glyphosate herbicides cause, yes cause, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. According to the Liver Foundation, 1 out of 10 Americans now has liver disease. Some are children as young as 8 years old. Additional studies show that low levels of glyphosate herbicides can be endocrine disruptors, changing sex hormones. In addition, Andre Leu, president of IFOAM and author of The Myth of Safe Pesticides stated at the Monsanto Tribunal “Children do not have the enzymes in their livers to break down toxins, especially infants and unborn children. There are NO safe levels.” Clearly, ignoring the science and encouraging people to continue to consume glyphosate, especially children who are especially vulnerable to pesticides, a fact acknowledged by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is dangerous.

Millions of children often start their day with a glass of orange juice and eat oatmeal or Cheerios with high residues of glyphosate. By doing so, they may be increasing their risk of liver disease, cancer, and many other health issues connected to glyphosate. Too many, however, want to feel comfortable in eating what they want to eat. Too many farmers want to continue to spray chemicals they have been told are safe. And too many food manufacturers want to continue profiting from cheap food grown with chemical farming. The question is, when will there be too many sick children? And when will the harms from chemical farming be deemed too much?

Take Action to Ban Glyphosate

Take action today. Tell your Governor you do not want glyphosate herbicides used anywhere in your state. Sign petition.

Support the Organic Consumer Association’s call to action- click here: TAKE ACTION: Tell Florida’s Natural: Orange Juice with Roundup®️Weedkiller Isn’t ‘Natural’

Remember that cigar-shaped object that entered our solar system last year that had researchers wondering what the heck it was? Well, they’ve been studying it for the last year and now have some interesting theories, including that it may be an alien spacecraft sent to examine Earth.

Perhaps far fetched if you’ve never been exposed to UFO research, but not at all far-fetched given much research, witness testimony and many whistleblowers have pointed to some ET crafts being cigar-shaped. It’s not uncommon.

Those who feel ideas like this are ‘weird and out there’ are simply not seeing the facts that have been around for decades. Thankfully, research like this helps to shift that perspective amongst the public, and opens us up to truths that have been waiting to be explored en mass for a very long time.


The object was first spotted by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii in October 2017. It was given the name “Oumuamua” by researchers as that represents a messenger from afar arriving first, or scouting, in Hawaiian. Some researchers believe the object is the first interstellar visitor to our solar system. A narrative we might expect if you are well up on the latest UFO research and understand that decades of coverup are now leading to a slow, controlled, drip disclosure.

The object appears to be about 400 metres long and 40 metres wide, it also appears to travel at a speed of more than 26 kilometres per second. It has been puzzling astronomers since it was first discovered.

In a new paper submitted to the Astrophysical Journal Letters, researchers at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics suggest the possibility the object is actually a “lightsail of artificial origin.” A lightsail is an artificial object, used to gather sunlight to power a spacecraft or something to that effect. It could also be a probe, according to authors of the paper.

“Oumuamua may be a fully operational probe sent intentionally to Earth vicinity by an alien civilization.”

Although it has been called a comet or an asteroid on many occasions, it’s movement and speed do not resemble that of either according to researchers.

The object’s movement is not determined by the gravitational pull of the sun or planets, as is the case with asteroids. Scientists have also been unable to concretely identify it as a comet because it lacks a tail or “coma” around it.

Researchers believe it could be a light sail type object for a number of reasons including the fact that it’s extremely thin width would allow for it to survive interstellar travel over galactic distances and withstand collisions with gas and dust grains.

To researchers, it is still unclear whether Oumuamua is a light sail from a spacecraft or some other artificial object floating around in our solar system. But they do seem to be very clear on the fact that it is artificial.

“A survey for lightsails as technosignatures [scientific evidence of past or present technology] in the solar system is warranted, irrespective of whether Oumuamua is one of them,” the paper said.

Other Claims of Cigar-Shaped Craft

One of Canada’s most famous UFO incidents recalls a man named Stefan Michalak who on May 20, 1967, said he saw two cigar-shaped objects with a reddish glow hovering about 45 meters away.

Two American pilots saw on July 24, 1948, a cigar-shaped UFO over southwest Alabama. It was a summer morning at around 2.45 AM when pilots Clarence S. Chiles and co-pilot John B. Whitted flew in their twin-engine propeller plane the Eastern Air Lines DC-3. 5,000 feet high, with 20 passengers on board. During the flight, they witness a cigar-shaped UFO.

“It was clear there were no wings present, that it was powered by some jet or other type of power, shooting flame from the rear some 50 feet. There were two rows of windows, which indicated an upper and lower deck, [and] from inside these windows a very bright light was glowing. Underneath the ship there was a blue glow of light.”

This particular incident became highly classified and the report was later destroyed.

Finally, you can also explore the testimony of Corey Goode who alleges there are many types of cigar-shaped craft that have been used in secret space programs for quite some time. You can read more about that here.

Mock ups of alleged cigar-shaped crafts from Corey’s testimony.

The Takeaway

It is becoming increasingly interesting to observe the amount of mainstream ET and UFO talk that is coming to the surface. While it is usually not very deep, doesn’t cover what is already well knowing via declassified documents in the public domain, at least conversations are happening.

Interestingly, if you follow the fact that there has been a deep coverup for decades around the UFO subject, you note that one of the ways forward for those involved in the coverup is to slowly disclose this information in a way that doesn’t incriminate anyone in a negative way. So we see small drip disclosures, little narratives coming out about how there may be ET’s, there may be craft, we may know more about our true past etc, yet we don’t see full on admissions of what they know and have known for literally decades.

That type of disclosure has been left to the whistleblowers who come out of these programs having worked on and seen the depths of these coverups. They are now doing the service of trying to speed along disclosure to the public, so that government can’t continue to hide it.

Are you one that truly researches the UFO and ET reality? Or are you one that criticizes it and gets information from the mainstream only? For me, I believe the implications of disclosure are huge and an important next step for humanity, but we must be open to exploring these truths, and not simply cast them off as ‘weird’ or ‘out there’.

The latest company born out of General Electric Co. expects sales of its industrial engines fired by natural gas to benefit from the spread of renewables such as solar and wind.
China’s proposal to increase its solar energy target to as much as 270 gigawatts by 2020 won’t be enough to erase the worldwide panel glut that’s crippling prices, according to analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG.
For most of their history, in North America, electrical utilities have been centralized distribution networks. Utility operated generation resources are the hub of the network and electricity flows one-way via distribution networks largely controlled by the same utilities. In this model, there has been little reason for utilities to share anything but a small slice of data about their operations with anyone else other than themselves.

We are having a New Moon in Scorpio on November 7th at 4:02 pm Universal Time. This is initiating a 29.5-day Lunar cycle and a new wave of energy for the coming month. This cycle will peak at the Full Moon in Gemini that is occurring on November 22nd/23rd.

The Sun has already been in Scorpio for the previous few weeks yet this New Moon will trigger this energy even more so. This sign is associated with power, transformation, sexuality, regeneration, passion, and depth. It is calculated, complex, mysterious and also associated with money/resourceS when it is shared, as well as inheritances, and debts.

It can be also vengeful, secretive, manipulative, fearful,  compulsive, and obsessive. As a fixed water sign, it is emotional, intuitive, and strong-willed. However, Scorpio can be very stealthy when it comes to exposing their true feelings, emotions, and vulnerabilities.

The Sun and Moon are moving towards a sextile with Pluto which is a modern sub-ruler of Scorpio. This aspect emphasizes what I have already written especially the positive qualities of this sign. This can be a great energy for making positive change, overcoming fears, and breaking out of challenges that are holding us back. Jupiter is also in its final day in Scorpio which also reinforces some this energy.

Scorpio Ruler Mars Trine Venus Retrograde

At the time of this New Moon, Mars in Aquarius is making a trine to Venus retrograde in Libra, which will be strongest a few days later. This is occurring in Air signs while Venus is in its last week of its retrograde. This can be a great energy for social interactions, romance, or perhaps even working on something creative or aesthetic, especially if it was initiated in the past.

However, with Venus still being retrograde, whatever occurs during this period will also play a role in the reorientation of how we apply ourselves in Venus ruled areas which will conclude in the coming weeks. Venus rules relationships (socially and romantically), money, beauty, love, values, as well as creativity and pleasures. You can read more about this Venus retrograde here.

Jupiter Entering Sagittarius, Mercury Going Retrograde Soon

As mentioned above, Jupiter is changing signs less than a day after this New Moon. It has been in Scorpio since October 2017 and transitions to its home sign of Sagittarius where it will stay until December 2019. However, its themes have been gradually building up since July after it ended its last retrograde.

Jupiter is the planet of travel, luck, higher education, experience, exploration, philosophy, religion, beliefs and is ‘big picture’ oriented. In its own sign of Sagittarius, Jupiter gets to express these energies at its fullest potential as Sagittarius is also associated with the same things. This next year is a period to expand and broaden our horizons. The area of life that will be affected by Jupiter in Sagittarius also depends on what house it is travelling in and what planets it is interacting within your natal chart.

Mercury is also slowing down to go retrograde on November 16th/17th, so it is possible that you may have started to notice some common retrograde complications. The pre-shadow period for it began on October 28th/29th and therefore some developments that have occurred since then may go through some changes and adjustments during (and following) the retrograde period which ends on December 6th/7th.

Interestingly, most of this retrograde occurs in Sagittarius, and this combined with Jupiter (and the Sun eventually) really highlights Sagittarian themes during that period. I will be writing a separate article on this Mercury Retrograde, you can be notified when it is released by joining my mailing list here.

Lunar Nodes Changing Signs, Uranus Re-Enters Aries While Square Nodes

Less than a day before this New Moon, the Lunar Nodes change from the Leo/Aquarius axis (where they have been since May 2017) and into the Cancer/Capricorn axis. They will stay there for the following 18 months and will also be triggered by upcoming eclipses as well as a previous Solar Eclipse in Cancer.

This is beginning a process of changes of how we work with energies of these signs. This is pushing us towards being more caring, protective, nurturing, and connecting emotionally with loved ones. It is also about making changes towards structures and ambitions that do not serve us.

Uranus retrograde is also returning to Aries less than an hour after the Lunar Nodes change signs (Nov 6th) while it is in a square aspect with them. This is a rare occurrence. The square between Uranus and the Nodes could reflect challenges and developments which ultimately help us to consider the past and the future, or between old behaviours and new ways of expressing ourselves. This could also indicate a turning point for some.

With Uranus changing signs its energy gets amplified and this could reflect sudden changes, disruptions, surprises, and sometimes accidents. Perhaps we can also be revisiting a theme connected to authentic individuality which has been playing out since 2011. Whenever Uranus transitions signs it can be pretty obvious by observing news media and looking at what is happening in the world in the days surrounding it.

Making Intentions And Things To Consider

What has been coming up for you over the last month regarding social/romantic relationships, matters of love, sexuality, or money? What do you need to shift in how you apply yourself in these areas? What part of your life should you approach with greater depth and realness? What can you release or transform to help empower you? What fears do you need to overcome, or perhaps you have already began doing so?  How can you expand and broaden your horizons?

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. However, the closer the better and can be as early as 30 minutes prior to the exact moment of it. This New Moon will be occurring at 4:02pm Universal Time. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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Waking Times

Today I would like to return to your awareness an aspect of the Human condition that can be persuaded into believing in something that isn’t real. The magician with his iconic hat and cloak is far from being the master of such illusions. This dubious distinction belongs to the politician. Behind their towering podium, they extol virtues of a utopian world while deceptively masking true intent.

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And there is magic in their words. We want to believe in our elected— that they will indeed serve us in a dignified, judicious way and their campaign promises will come to fruition. But the role of the politician is duplicitous at best. Those who seek higher office often answer to a much lower calling. Motivated by the prospect of ill-gotten gains, some won’t hesitate to arrange lucrative deals and secure favors with guarantees that will stay in place long after leaving office. This lure can prove especially intoxicating to the high-functioning psychopath who would sell their country short in a heartbeat for the right price and a cursory nod in history books. They seem to always have a trick up their sleeve and an Ace of Spades hidden in their shoe.

In the following paragraphs I’ll briefly touch on what arguably could be the most impressive of all tricks. It is an illusion of grand scale. It’s a maniacal construct so perverse, so malevolent, that it often defies comprehension. And that’s exactly why it works. This deception is known as “false flag” provocation. It’s an effective instrument for ushering in a flood of new laws along with sweeping changes to existing rules and policies.

There are many of us who are beginning to see the fishing line and puppet strings that “rulers” use to control our world. Some would call us “tinfoil hat” conspiracy nuts. That doesn’t get us in much of a fluster these days. In fact, there are some of us who covet the distinction. Truth is our light and we make no apology for it. And the truth is out there. Not only CAN we handle the truth— now more than ever we must seek it!

Sorry, False Flags are a Fact

As difficult as it is to admit, false flag operations are a disturbing fact of life. These attacks can be loosely defined as a covert undertaking designed to deceive a population. The attack gives the appearance it was carried out by a foreign entity (or domestic terrorists,) when in fact it was carefully orchestrated by internally-trained experts. Something invariably goes “boom” and the blame game begins. Forces are rallied and guns are leveled. When the dust and smoke settles, a handful of mysterious people make off with a boatload of blood money.

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Damning evidence is planted and sometimes even phony witnesses are conjured to further implicate the targeted group. In such cases, the media is often complicit and will taint public opinion by choosing the right words in the headline and slanting the facts just far enough to sound fairly convincing. People who voice opposition to a military offensive are often snubbed as non-patriotic, enemy sympathizers or worse. Sooner or later a politician begins banging the war drums. And just like magic a highly developed response plan goes into effect. Complex laws and legislation are spawned practically overnight. Well, that’s because they were written well in advance just waiting for the rightful moment. It’s magic alright. Given an illusion of this scale, I don’t believe even David Copperfield could top such an act.

The following offers a very brief overview of some major false flag undertakings. The noble guards of the tinfoil hat brigade already know about these. But for those who are still scratching their heads and puzzling over all this, I recommend going online and researching each of these events separately and in detail. Why do this? Because I know you CAN handle the truth!

Emperor Nero allegedly ordered a covert mission to have a third of Rome burned down. He would later blame it on Christians who he claimed “hated the Human race.” Nero got what he wanted, a towering statue of himself and a huge complex dubbed the Domus Aurea.

Remember the Maine? The U.S. battleship Maine mysteriously exploded and sank in the harbor of Havana, Cuba, in 1898. Well that fired up the Spanish-American war. Pretty darn convenient too- the war protected U.S. interests in the tobacco, sugar and iron trade with Cuba. Historians and researchers later surmised that the ship was likely blown up by the United States to provide a pretext to invade Cuba and expel Spain.

—Then we have the notorious sinking of the Lusitania. This got us into WWI. Germans warned the U.S. government through our embassies that they would sink this civilian British vessel if she were to continue with her passages. The Germans suspected the ship was carrying a secret cargo of munitions. The media never printed those warnings, and true to their word, a German U-boat eventually torpedoed and sank the RMS Lusitania, taking nearly two thousands civilian passengers with her.

Nearly a hundred years later, in 2008, divers discovered the Lusitania carried more than four million rounds of rifle ammunition. “There were literally tons and tons of stuff stored in unrefrigerated cargo holds that were dubiously marked cheese, butter and oysters,” according to Gregg Bemis, an American businessman who owns the rights to the wreck.

The loss of lives provided the necessary support to pull the U.S. into this ugly war. Apparently they needed an innocent body count to get everyone riled up. They got it. How many passengers would have stayed off that ship if they knew of the warnings that were being silenced by our media?

The Reichstag Fire proved to be Hitler’s ticket to impose broad-sweeping freedom reforms on German citizenry. This engineered crisis in February of 1933 resulted in an emergency decree restricting personal liberties, rights and freedoms. Sound sort of familiar? It led to Hitler’s “Enabling Act” which ultimately established him as a dictator.

Gestapo Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring candidly admitted that “the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.” …And so there you go.

—Here’s a false flag that almost was. Operation Northwoods was a plan infamously conceived by the Department of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Operation Mongoose. During the height of the cold war with Cuba, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff unanimously proposed state-sponsored acts of terrorism that would take place in America. The plan included details on shooting down “hijacked” American airplanes, sinking U.S. ships and even randomly shooting Americans on the streets of D.C. and Miami. We would pin the blame on Cuba then offer up a swift and deadly retaliation. JFK buried the plan before it could get wings. Just over a year later, we would bury JFK.

The Gulf of Tonkin served as impetus for entering the Vietnam War. Problem is it was just another ruse. On August 4, 1964, President Johnson went on national television telling the nation North Vietnam had attacked U.S. ships. “Repeated acts of violence against the armed forces of the United States must be met not only with alert defense, but with a positive reply. That reply is being given as I speak tonight,” Johnson snarled. Soon Congress would approve the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution for military operations against North Vietnam.

Investigators are quite certain this attack never happened. Retired N.S.A. historian, Robert J. Hanyok, found in 2001 that the N.S.A. intentionally faked communications about the incident to create a false flag attack. Senators worried if these facts were ever released to the public that the masses would become infuriated. Hmmm? Maybe this is why they started putting fluoride in the water.

Other possible false flags worthy of deeper investigation include the Oklahoma City bombings, the events of 9/11, the 2005 London City bombings and the list unfortunately goes on and on. –Tinfoil hat, conspiracy, nut-job stuff? I wish it were. I really do. But the pit in my stomach tells me otherwise. The Hegelian Dialectic stratagem famously put into concise terms by David Icke brings it down to this: “problem, reaction, solution.” Create a problem- stir a reaction- then wait for the government to ride in on a white horse and rescue everyone. But the rescue comes at a hefty price, most notably in the form of personal freedom restrictions and taxation. Using a “Strategy of Tension” and by not letting a good crisis go to waste, corrupt politicians can reap rewards from their global masters.

Bomb Makers Rule the World

Who’s really in charge? I say it’s not the government, but the people who build the biggest bombs. They’ve got all the weapons, so who do you think is going to bully them around? Big military contractors get the lucrative contracts to build jets, bombs and guns, and they don’t keep all that money in a shoe box. Nope- big, international, private banking institutions hold on to the booty. It’s a complimentary, almost incestuous relationship. It’s a monster money grab for sure. Nothing can bankrupt a nation faster than going to war. But a multinational entity can profit handsomely from military engagements. With globalists, there is no allegiance to a particular nation and not a tear to be found for the fallen. They enjoy moving pawns across the world chessboard and act only when it serves in their best interest.

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I don’t sense these globalists are particularly fond of people. They clearly don’t respect us. I swear sometimes I can reach right into their evil little brains and hear what they’re thinking. They don’t like us because to them we’re not very bright. If we were just a touch smarter, we could not be marched out on the front lines of a battlefield and ordered to shoot and kill people we don’t even know. Unfortunately I must admit they see us as simple-minded, malleable servants, hopelessly locked into a rigged system. All they have to do is get Mariah Carey to sing The Star Spangled Banner to get us all misty-eyed. She makes the line “bombs bursting in air” sound so beautiful… eeeyikes! Now I’m not knocking love for your nation. I’m merely reminding people how easy it is to get caught up in the lunacy of patriotism. In fact, there are very few “isms” I subscribe to.

Now that I’ve managed to offend a few, I just want to say how much power you can unknowingly place into a system by fervently held beliefs. These beliefs can be controlled and manipulated externally and rather easily and often beyond your awareness. Be wary of the power you surrender to institutions, whether they are governmental, religious or educational in nature.

Final Thought

Many of us have a foreboding sense that things are about to escalate in a big and nasty way. There are no less than three major geopolitical fires burning at the moment and not enough resources to cool them all down. Those who we have entrusted as “leaders” to be civil-minded and fair seem more determined to exploit current situations than find meaningful resolutions.

The question of nuclear warfare has come into discussion as of late. In my estimation, nuclear war is not anywhere near as profitable as the specter of nuclear war. So it’s not logical for that to happen. Still it’s creepy when one considers the level of sanity of those who are in position to make these decisions. The erroneous accusations hurled at Russia from people like Senator Dianne Feinstein and Secretary of State John Kerry only go further to aggravate an already tense situation regarding the recent downing of flight MH-17. Why would we taunt a world superpower in such a loosey-goosey, half-cocked way? -Strange times indeed.

I’m putting a tinfoil hat on now as I wrap up this article. Someone should really shape one of these into a handsome Fedora and sell them on the internet. I think they could make a fortune. Instead of being mocked by this symbol, maybe we could turn it into a rather striking fashion statement. Ralph Lauren probably won’t add it to their “purple label” line of fine clothing anytime soon, but heck, that shiny hat is looking better to me all the time.

-Until next time

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About the Author

There is a certain obscurity that follows Julian Wash. After all, any writer that starts off with “Dear Humans” might be a little hard to nail down. We sense he’s benevolent, a little crazy and we think rather enjoyable to read. Email: jwash@rattlereport.com

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Gary Z McGee, Staff Writer
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“I love the fall of those brave enough to fail for the right reasons. Fuck the easy glory of mere excellence. The only legacy I will accept is to know that however far I got — it was as far as I was capable of going. I want to drown in my own sweat knowing there was nothing left.” ~Jared Singer & Anthony Ragle

Ask yourself: would you rather be considered courageous and stupid or cowardly and smart?

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Sure, the ideal is courageous and smart, but that is rarely an option if you’re wanting to be courageous. Why is it rarely an option? Because doing the smart thing is usually safe and rarely courageous. Because to be considered courageous there needs to be some level of sacrifice involved. Because courage is usually predicated upon doing something where you are afraid, you are outnumbered, you are overwhelmed by the odds, or you are in some kind of danger.

Personally, I’d rather be considered courageous and stupid than be a coward sitting up in an ivory tower in my vain smartness judging through insecure hindsight bias. Because there’s a fine line between courage and stupidity, but it usually depends on the resulting social perception of the situation.

Think about it: imagine you are in a great battle defending your homeland from violent invaders. Everyone is afraid to confront the enemy, so you decide to courageously jump up and yell, “Today is a good day to die!” and you charge into the fray. If you win the day, you are considered courageous. But if you get shot right away, you are considered stupid.

In the result where you win the day you are considered a hero and people will commend you for your courage. But in the result where you got shot right out of the gate people (usually “smart” cowards) will say things like: “He should have waited for a better time,” or “What an idiot. He got shot because he didn’t wait for the order to charge,” or “There are rules of engagement and he didn’t follow them, so he got shot.”

But, here’s the thing: neither result changes the fact that what you did was a courageous act. Whether you won the day or got shot right away, you were still courageous. It is only people’s hindsight bias that changes things.

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That’s the power of perceptual psychology. Especially social psychology. It can actually change the way we view history. A biased subjective opinion can change a concrete and objective fact. Scary stuff. But it happens all the time. Every single day our perceptions are being hijacked by our hindsight bias.

Here’s another example (this is a tricky one): Imagine you witness, from the beginning of the incident, a male cop unlawfully detains a pregnant woman and then violently assaults her after she challenges his authority. So, you decide to courageously defend her by first giving the cop a verbal warning to stop punching her and, second, by tackling the cop away from her after he doesn’t comply.

Can you feel the hindsight bias creeping up in your mind as you go through all the possible outcomes of this scenario? There’s almost no scenario where you are not going to jail, because of the way the justice system is set up, but going to jail doesn’t negate the fact that you were courageous. You faced down danger. The odds were stacked against you. You overcame your fear of authority. Courage; courage; courage. But was your courageous act stupid? Perhaps.

Let’s break it down. Let’s say one scenario is that the detainment of the woman ended up being lawful. Let’s say she stole a candy bar. She hid it in her purse. It turns out the cop was justified in his detainment. But, was he justified in his assault? Is there any scenario where he is justified for punching a pregnant woman even if she is slapping away his blows and resisting arrest? Let’s save that for another article

So, you’re sitting in jail and you find out the cop was justified in his detainment. Was your courageous act more or less stupid? Careful now. That hindsight bias can really do a number on your reasoning. Think it through. How could it be more or less stupid? It was courageous regardless of stupidity or smartness. You just did the brave thing of defending a pregnant woman from being beat up for fuck’s sake!

Now, I’m sure some of you are reading this thinking, “The author is an idiot. It is always stupid to interfere in a cop’s job. No matter how wrong it seems.”

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To which I say, “Tough shit! I will still choose stupid-courage over smart-cowardice if I’ve determined, through my own reasoning, intuition and moral judgment, that someone physically weaker needed help against someone physically stronger.” Bottom line. Call me, or any other courageous person, stupid if you want to. Our conscience will be clear. Whereas you will always be wondering if you did the right thing (over the smart thing) or not.

The psychology of courage and grit isn’t about stupid or smart. It’s about mettle and guts. It’s about forthrightness and honor. It’s about compassion and love. It’s about candor and nerve. It’s about doing the right thing despite cultural conditioning and hindsight bias. Smart and stupid are mostly irrelevant.

As the great Robert A. Heinlein5 stated,

“I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”

That’s courage.

Read more articles by Gary ‘Z’ McGee.

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About the Author

Gary Z McGee, a former Navy Intelligence Specialist turned philosopher, is the author of Birthday Suit of God and The Looking Glass Man. His works are inspired by the great philosophers of the ages and his wide awake view of the modern world.

This article (Crazy Stupid Courage – The Psychology of Grit) was originally created for The Mind Unleashed and is published here with permission. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution and author bio.

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Dr. Mercola, Guest
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Your gastrointestinal tract is now considered one of the most complex microbial ecosystems on earth, and its influence is such that it’s frequently referred to as your “second brain.”

Nearly 100 trillion bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microorganisms compose your gut microbiome, and advancing science has made it quite clear that these organisms play a major role in your health, both mental and physical. Your body is in fact composed of more bacteria and other microorganisms than actual cells, and you have more bacterial DNA than human DNA.

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In the interview above, originally aired in 2015, Dr. David Perlmutter discusses the importance of gut health, the connections between your gut and brain, and the role your gut plays in your health, and in the development of autoimmune diseases and neurological disorders.

Mental Health Is Rooted in Gut Health

Indeed, the connection between your gut and mental health appears to be so strong that some have proposed probiotics may one day take the place of antidepressant drugs.

According to an article published in the June 2013 issue of Biological Psychiatry,1 the authors suggest that even severe and chronic mental health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder, might be eliminated through the use of certain probiotics.

Two strains shown to have a calming influence, in part by dampening stress hormones, are Lactobacillus helveticus and Bifdobacterium longum. Others may have similar effects, although more research is needed to identify them.

Using MRI scans, Dr. Emeran Mayer, a professor of medicine and psychiatry at the University of California, is also comparing the physical brain structure of thousands of volunteers, looking for connections between brain structure and the types of bacteria found in their guts.

So far, he has found differences in how certain brain regions are connected, depending on the dominant species of bacteria. As reported by NPR:2 “That suggests that the specific mix of microbes in our guts might help determine what kinds of brains we have — how our brain circuits develop and how they’re wired.”

Your Second Brain

The human gut has 200 million neurons — the equivalent of a cat’s or dog’s brain. And, if an animal is considered intelligent, your gut is equally smart. Your gut also houses nearly 100 trillion microorganisms, which influence everything from biological to emotional functioning.

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Your upper brain is home to your central nervous system while your gut houses the enteric nervous system. The two nervous systems, the central nervous system in your brain and the enteric nervous system in your gut, are in constant communication, connected as they are via the vagus nerve.

Your vagal nerve is the 10th cranial nerve and the longest nerve in your body, extending through your neck into your abdomen.3 It has the widest distribution of both sensory and motor fibers.

Your brain and gut also use the same neurotransmitters for communication, one of which is serotonin — a neurochemical associated with mood control. However, the message sent by serotonin changes based on the context of its environment.

In your brain, serotonin signals and produces a state of well-being. In your gut — where 95 percent of your serotonin is produced — it sets the pace for digestive transit and acts as an immune system regulator.

Interestingly, gut serotonin not only acts on the digestive tract but is also released into your bloodstream, and acts on your brain, particularly your hypothalamus, which is involved in the regulation of emotions.

While we’ve known that the gut and brain communicate via the vagus nerve, researchers have only recently come to realize that gut serotonin regulates emotions in a much more complex way than previously thought. Not only can your emotions influence your gut, but the reverse is also true.

When Things Go Wrong in the Gut-Brain Axis

Researchers have been able to better examine the gut’s influence on emotions by studying people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which affects 1 in 10 people, and is characterized by digestive difficulties and severe abdominal pain. This, despite the fact that no organic malfunction in the digestive system can be found.

One theory posits that IBS is rooted in dysfunctional information flow between the gastrointestinal tract and the brain. But what could be causing these communication problems? One theory is that the problem originates in the intestinal wall, and that IBS is the result of faulty communication between the mucosal surface of your intestines and the nerves.”

Research shows that in patients with IBS, the nerves in the gut are far more active than in healthy people, which has led researchers to speculate that the pain IBS patients suffer is the result of a hypersensitive nervous system.

Others have noted that IBS is frequently brought on by stress or emotional trauma. To dampen hypervigilance in the nervous system, some researchers are using hypnosis to help ease IBS patients’ pain.

While the brain is still receiving the same kind of pain signals from the gut, hypnosis can make your brain less sensitive to them. So, pain that was previously intolerable is now perceived as tolerable. The effectiveness of hypnosis has been confirmed using brain imaging, showing hypnosis in fact downregulates activation of pain centers in the brain.

Similarly, Dr. Zhi-yun Bo, a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine who specializes in abdominal acupuncture,4 has been able to treat a wide variety of health conditions, both physical and mental, from acute pain to chronic illness and depression, by needling certain areas of the belly.

The Gut as the Seat of the Subconscious

Another intriguing idea is that your gut may in fact be the root of, or at the very least a part of, your subconscious mind. Your gut can send signals, to which your brain responds, even though those signals never reach conscious awareness.

Your ability to think positive thoughts and feel emotionally uplifted is actually strongly associated with the chemical messages broadcast by your gut. Serotonin released during sleep has also been shown to influence your dreams.

The striking similarities between the gut and brain, both structurally and functionally, have also led scientists to consider the possibility that the two organs may share diseases as well. For example, Parkinson’s disease,5 a degenerative neurological disease, may actually originate in the gut.

Parkinson’s Disease — A Gut Disorder?

Parkinson’s affects nearly a half-million people in the U.S.6 According to recent research7 published in the journal Neurology, Parkinson’s disease may start in the gut and travel to the brain via the vagus nerve.

The study participants previously had a resection of their vagus nerve, often performed in people who suffer from ulcers to reduce the amount of acid secretion and reduce the potential for peptic ulcers.8

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Using the national registry in Sweden, researchers compared nearly 10,000 people who had a vagotomy against the records of over 375,000 who had not undergone the surgery. Although the researchers did not find a difference in the gross number of people who developed Parkinson’s between the groups, after delving further they discovered something interesting.

People who had a truncal vagotomy, in which the trunk of the nerve is fully resected, as opposed to a selective vagotomy, had a 40 percent lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. The scientists adjusted for external factors, such as diabetes, arthritis, obstructive pulmonary disease and other health conditions. According to study author Bojing Liu, of Karolinska Institutet in Sweden:9

“These results provide preliminary evidence that Parkinson’s disease may start in the gut. Other evidence for this hypothesis is that people with Parkinson’s disease often have gastrointestinal problems such as constipation that can start decades before they develop the disease.

In addition, other studies have shown that people who will later develop Parkinson’s disease have a protein believed to play a key role in Parkinson’s disease in their gut.”

Protein Clumps Implicated in Parkinson’s Originate in the Gut

Indeed, mounting research suggests we may have had the wrong idea about Parkinson’s all along. As mentioned by Liu, there’s other compelling evidence suggesting this disease may have its origins in the gut. Research published in 2016 actually found a functional link between specific gut bacteria and the onset of Parkinson’s disease.10,11,12

In short, specific chemicals produced by certain gut bacteria worsen the accumulation of proteins in the brain associated with the disease. What’s more, the actual proteins implicated in the disease actually appear to travel from the gut up to and into the brain.

Once clumped together in the brain, these proteins, called alpha-synuclein, form fibers that damage the nerves in your brain, resulting in the telltale tremors and movement problems exhibited by Parkinson’s patients. In fact, the researchers believe alpha-synuclein producing gut bacteria not only regulate, but are actually required in order for Parkinson’s symptoms to occur.

The link is so intriguing they suggest the best treatment strategy may be to address the gut rather than the brain using specific probiotics rather than drugs. In this study, synthetic alpha-synuclein was injected into the stomach and intestines of mice.

After seven days, clumps of alpha-synuclein were observed in the animals’ guts. Clumping peaked after 21 days. By then, clumps of alpha-synuclein were also observed in the vagus nerve, which connects the gut and brain. As noted by Science News:13

“Sixty days after the injections, alpha-synuclein had accumulated in the midbrain, a region packed with nerve cells that make the chemical messenger dopamine. These are the nerve cells that die in people with Parkinson’s, a progressive brain disorder that affects movement.

After reaching the brain, alpha-synuclein spreads thanks in part to brain cells called astrocytes, a second study suggests. Experiments with cells in dishes showed that astrocytes can store up and spread alpha-synuclein among cells …”

Over time, as these clumps of alpha-synuclein started migrating toward the brain, the animals began exhibiting movement problems resembling those in Parkinson’s patients. Findings such as these suggest that, at least in some patients, the disease may actually originate in the gut, and chronic constipation could be an important early warning sign.

The same kinds of lesions found in Parkinson’s patients’ brains have also been found in their guts, leading to the idea that a simple biopsy of your intestinal wall may in fact be a good way to diagnose the disease. In other words, by looking at the intestinal tissue, scientists can get a pretty clear picture of what’s going on inside your brain.

These findings are now steering researchers toward looking at the potential role the gut might play in other neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and autism, as well as behavioral disorders.

The Immune System in Your Gut

In addition to digesting food and allowing your body to extract energy from foods that would otherwise be indigestible, your gut bacteria also help determine what’s poisonous and what’s healthy, and play a crucial role in your immune system. Your immune system is to a great extent educated based on the information received from your gut bacteria.

So, exposure to a wide variety of bacteria helps your immune system stay alert and actually optimizes its function. Bacterial colonization begins at birth, and things like antibiotic use by the mother or child, birth by cesarean section, bottle feeding instead of breastfeeding and excessive hygiene can all impair a child’s immune function by limiting exposure to beneficial bacteria.

Researchers have also discovered that humans can be divided into three enterotypes14 — three distinct groupings based on the makeup of our gut microbiomes, and the difference between them lies in our capacity to convert food into energy. All three groups produce vitamins, but to varying degrees.

Curiously, these enterotypes do not appear to be related to geographical location, nationality, race, gender or age, and the precise reason for the development of these enterotypes is still unknown. Diet is one possible, and likely probable, factor.

In the future, researchers hope to be able to determine how various bacteria influence health and the onset of diseases. Already, scientists have identified bacteria that appear to predispose people to conditions such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes, liver disease and cardiovascular disease.

Experimental data also show different gut microbiota can have a determining effect on behavior, for better or worse, and probiotics have been shown to dampen emotional reactivity, reducing the effects of stress.

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I’m going to talk about a fairly simple concept, but one that I think many people lose sight of when attempting to make significant changes in their lives. Many people stick to the mindset that ‘in order to do the things I want to do, I have to first do all the things I “need” to do.’ I know I’m definitely guilty of this kind of this thinking from time to time. But if I pay attention to my experience, it actually teaches me something different.

I’ve learned that what we spend our time doing, will create more opportunities to do that thing. This recently became very clear to me. I’m going to use acting as an example because that is one of my main passions but it could literally be substituted for anything.

“Where focus goes, energy flows.” – Tony Robbins (source)

An Epiphany

The nature of working in the entertainment industry is rocky at best. It can be a bit of a feast or famine situation. I’m sure you’ve heard of the age-old saying, “when it rains, it pours.” I’ve found that to be so true in the acting world. Over the summer I really wasn’t getting many auditions and I started taking a lot of video editing work, sometimes up to 40 or 50 hours a week.

I quickly found myself with more editing jobs than I could keep up with, but no acting gigs. While I enjoy editing and it’s a good way to pay the bills, I don’t want to spend every day doing it. But the editing jobs kept coming in. One gig could lead to 3 more because of word of mouth, and I kept getting better and better because I was doing so much of it. Suddenly it became very clear to me, if I wanted to act more, I better start acting more.

Make It Happen

I decided to sign up for an advanced acting class where I get to work on intense scenes every week. It was a challenge at first because it had been shamefully long since I’d had to learn a massive 10-page scene and it was like working a muscle that had been lying dormant. The class had been a great workout and within 3 weeks I ended up booking a supporting role in a comedic feature film, for which I recently got to head out to Ayers Cliff in Quebec for 8 days to join the shoot.

While I was in Quebec, getting to have a blast doing what I love, my agent messaged me with a big audition for a major network show that perfectly worked out with my schedule. I had to take a train back to Toronto immediately after shooting and taxi straight to the audition with all my luggage. I felt the momentum like I was riding a wave, and I didn’t feel nervous or out of place in the casting room. The audition was part knowing the script and part improv, and it just so happened that the director of the film I was just working with on the feature loved improv, so I felt very ready for the challenge because I had just spent a week working that muscle too!

As I left the audition room the casting director had a big smile on her face and I could tell she was happy. That’s not to say I will book the role, but I felt 100% ready for that audition and what she saw was a prepared actor who made strong choices, and gave a good read. That’s all I can hope for because there are so many elements out my control in the casting process. Not booking a role can come down to something as simple as height, or looking too much like the lead, or even looking too much like the director’s ex. You never really know. But the fact of the matter is the audition went really well, and I even saw the reader in the hallway after and she gleefully told me I did a great job.

I chose to take a class but there are many other ways I could’ve stayed fresh. It could’ve been through writing my own short film and acting in it, producing a play, writing a scene and hiring a small crew to film it, even performing monologues on the street. I mean, the list goes on and on. The important part is doing it. Whatever your thing is, the thing you want to do but are holding yourself back from, the reason you clicked on this article, find a way to do it.

“If you stay ready, you don’t need to get ready.” – Will Smith (source)

Failure Is Mandatory

To get to a point where I could audition confidently didn’t just take one class though. I started acting at the age of 4 and have taken dozens of classes and workshops and acted on many sets to get to the comfort level I’m at now. I’ve failed hundreds of times if not thousands, but the importance of keeping sharp in my craft has never felt more necessary. When I’m not keeping up with it, the slightest few pages can be daunting to learn and perform, but when I am practicing and staying focused my work seems to flow effortlessly and I even find memorization is much easier.

Based on my experience, the key thing that separates professionals from amateurs is the professional’s willingness to fail over and over. I think it’s absolutely imperative that whatever your pursuit, you redefine your relationship with failure. Depending on what stage you are at, it could take years to become even slightly competent but if you really love what you’re doing, keep at it and it will be worth it.

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” – Napoleon Hill (source)

Choose Your Struggles Wisely

Any career path, any relationship, any endeavor worth anything will come with its own struggles. As much as I enjoy the sporadic life of an actor, I know some people that have chosen this profession who don’t seem happy. They might love being on set, but they despise the lifestyle that goes with it.

Getting last minute auditions, not seeing friends and family for months on end, waking up for super early call times (sometimes as early as 3 AM), long 16-18 hour days, and the non-stop audition process where you have to prove yourself over and over again, this can all be incredibly daunting so you really have to love the entire process, or most of it at least.

I recently read the book, “The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck” by Mark Mason and I found his ideas on struggle quite enlightening. If you are pursuing something but find the pain greatly outweighing the pleasure you get from that thing, it may be worth re-evaluating why you are doing it in the first place. If you are spending your life working towards a goal but rarely enjoying the journey, what’s the point?

That being said, a certain amount of struggle is necessary for any growth and usually the greater the goal, the greater the struggle. So it’s up to us to choose what struggles we want in our lives and if the struggles we choose are worth it.

“Happiness requires struggle.” – Mark Mason (source)

The Takeaway

Now to get back to the simple message: What you put your time and focus into will bring you more of (insert that thing here). Change starts within, that’s for sure, but it continues with action. Love and light!

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” – Paulo Coelho (source)

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