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Grief work is the mourning of unresolved, past pain in our body-minds. Clearing these historical love wounds frees our hearts.

Sharing our grief with others is healing and supportive. Ultimately, however, grief is our own to bear, especially because any single grief event can activate what I call our “treasure chest of woes”—any of our ungrieved losses. Each loss, therefore, is an opportunity to clear out our hearts.

The degree to which we’ve tended to our heart’s pain in years past influences the quality, duration, and depth of our current loss, and therefore the extent of our grief work. For this reason, every experience of loss is an opportunity to cleanse both past and present pain from our body-mind, to which this short poem speaks:


Small sadness
You arrive
A flint, igniting

A world of woes

In my breast.

The result of passing through wholehearted grief is to be able to love more deeply and broadly. This is because heartache is cleared by grief and because our capacity for empathy and compassion grows from heartbreak when we stay present with it. When we can embrace and strangely rejoice in our own grief, we can show up courageously for others in pain and help them into more love.

We gain this capacity for kindness by compassionately showing up for ourselves and being supported by others in distress. In this, we don’t so much try to fix another’s pain; instead, our empathy is able to connect with their depths to hold space for their organic migration into clearer waters. This doesn’t mean we have to stay silent; it does mean that our words are connected to our heartfelt empathy, which in turn is attuned to the somatic experience of the bereaved.

This comprehensive presence or attunement from another can be palpably felt. I think we all can sense this quality in another. We know when we are in their presence. They are the kind of person who has stayed present through the storms of loss and struggle in their own life without turning away, forging them into a living work of art, depth, and wisdom that can’t be gained through study or knowledge alone.

These people are the depth healers through times of collective crisis, holding space for the pain to be expressed and released so it doesn’t fester and contribute to PTSD, apathy, and the enduring suffering that result from not dealing with grief.

Grief is also intrinsically related to anger. The two are Yin and Yang emotions, respectively, and intimately influence one another. What we have not grieved will often manifest as violence, acting out, and malevolent anger. Allowing ourselves to grieve is therefore a form of self-care and a radical path to joy. Conversely, what we have not allowed ourselves to be upset about also can show up as perpetuated sadness, depression, and a muting of our vitality, which is a kind of numbing not to be confused with the muted (Yin) aliveness of healthy grief. Many will turn this anger against themselves, resulting in self-harm and depression. This dynamic is captured in the expression “depression is anger turned inwards.”

If we can’t befriend our grief, we can’t as truly and deeply embody joy or gratitude and the capacity to love in integrated fashion. Khalil Gibran conveyed it this way:

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain . . .  
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. 

Love, then, is forged from embracing and skillfully working with all our emotions. In particular, growing in love derives from the heart-breaking-open power of grief, such that grief and joy are different sides of the same coin. The more we care about things and people, the more we grieve when we lose them, which is inevitable. As a result, the more we grieve the more our hearts open and broaden, eventually filling in with compassion and empathy, as long as we stay open and process our difficult emotions effectively.

To hold back from attaching and caring is to suffer another kind of pain—that of not living fully. Grief work, then, gives us the antidote, the radical security, to care for our world and to live more fully. Grief work is psychic medicine to recover from life’s inevitable losses and disappointments. Because we have no sustainable choice but to grieve in the face of loss, grief is the portal into wholeheartedness and the other side of suffering: passion, creativity, connection, depth, compassion, and belonging.

Grief Does Us

Loss is humbling. Grief instills humility in us, the humility of not being in control, not winning, and of being taken down to the the ground, to the level of humus, from which the word humility derives. Grief brings the humility of vulnerability and openness, so long as we stay true to heartbreak’s breaking us open. Grief’s action to take us down and deeper, to slow us down, and to break our hearts open is how it engenders deep, abiding love in us. Compassion and empathy come with this territory.

Grief work confers another boon: it teaches us simplicity because it schools us in “doing without,” which is the letting go process. Grief is a kind of desert, one that ripens us into being more robustly humane. In grief, we fall away from many usual interests and distractions; we learn to survive and then thrive from this void. This way grief helps us minimize and thrive, as we gain more by facing our heartache than numbing it away with entertainment and frivolous distractions. This helps us reduce our carbon footprint and pollution of all kinds.

When we pass through grief we realize something else: we don’t grieve as much as grief grieves us. We also don’t choose (for the most part) how long we grieve. It shows up and stays as long as it needs to. There does come a time when we might gently effort ourselves out of grief, once we’ve endured its depths. In its nadir, grief transforms us by dissolving our pain, lightening our heart-load, and leaving the inner path from our core self to our expression in the world more clear and potent. Who embodies this clear and robust path, rich with “spiritual” groundedness and wisdom (gained from staying true to moving through pain), is the kind of person that can support others through loss.

To stymie grief is to sabotage love. It is also to consolidate pain inside us, which then acts like a radioactive toxin that continues to emit pain inside us and to the world. This taints every aspect of our lives, especially our relationships. This “radioactive” pain, however, is different from the pain we befriend and accept in embodied grief. Because the former is unconscious, it is expressed as violence, abuse, fanaticism, and misplaced anger . . . all of which amount to projection and displacement of emotion for a failure to embody the root of these disseminations, which is the acute pain of our grief.

We see, then, the importance of befriending inevitable pain once it has arrived.

Love’s Shadow

Grief is crucial for full-bodied, comprehensive love. For grief helps to mitigate love’s shadow that isn’t accessed, and many times is enforced, by the love we already have in hand. It may be that love is all we need, as the root cure for unnecessary human misery and the destruction we cause to the planet. Yet, because so many focus primarily on the bright and easier side of loving, love’s shadow—as the result of our failure to embody grief—continues to act out and wreak havoc.

We see love’s shadow, for example, in the violence perpetrated by some gurus, priests, leaders, “spiritual” pundits, and other luminaries — those who show their bright side without dealing with their darkness. It’s for this reason that when I used to seek out gurus and self-help speakers, I would eventually ask them all one, same question: “How do you address pain?” Those who sidestepped the question, or avoided embracing it face-on, were inevitably the teachers I let go of. Speaking of which, I now add practicing good thinking to the list of crucial factors to dealing with pain and becoming a sustainable lover.

Grief is not virulently dark. It only becomes infertile and lethal when we don’t accept it. When we do, it makes our psyche, and indeed our body, fertile—sustainable to grow more genuine and holistic love and care in the world — because this kind of love is made of integrated light and dark, joy and pain, just as Gibran relates.

Like plants that need both sunlight for their foliage and darkness for their roots, without addressing both the light and dark sides of love, we can’t thrive and become what we deep down know we are capable of in our heart of hearts. If we don’t tend to our inner work, we can’t create what Charles Eisenstein calls “the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.”

Grief As Guru

For these reasons, we should not just try to get through grief, but pause with it. We can summons the courage and curiosity to see what it has to teach us by letting it have its way with us for a time. This learning, however, is not only didactic, but almost unspeakably somatic in the way that it clears our pain. For this, we only need to allow ourselves to feel and follow grief’s pain deep into our hearts; it knows what it’s doing and secretly promises to leave us better for it.

The great poet Rilke invites us to consider: “Why would you try to reject any discomfort, any misery, or sadness? After all, you don’t know what these forces are working inside you.” And for grief’s intellectual and aphoristic wisdom it confers, we can be aware of and reflect on how grief and heartbreak operate in us, as I have attempted to summarize in this writing and to which I dedicate more comprehensive coverage to in this audio.

Running from grief because it seems too painful is short-sighted. Embodying, accepting, and finding the most appropriate ways to address the painful emotions that come our way ensures that we become the fullest human beings we can. Our lack of wisdom to welcome and embody grief shortchanges our humanity and, in my opinion, is a root cause for our inability to generate the real-deal compassion needed treat one another and the planet more kindly.

(note: Because there was some confusion for some readers of the last article as to the source of information about advanced ET civilizations, I will state here that the information comes from the internationally bestselling ‘Conversations With God’ trilogy, with the quotes here and in the previous article coming from Book 3. I personally feel that this trilogy contains some of the clearest and most profound elaborations of spiritual truth I have ever read over the past 35 years. The books are written by Neale Donald Walsch, but the ‘authority’ known in the books as ‘God’ represents a ‘voiceless voice’ that comes into Walsch’s mind in answer to questions he writes down on a pad of paper. Regardless of where one believes this voice comes from, the material can and should be judged on its own merits.) 

As we discussed in Part 1, the fundamental thing that distinguishes us as human beings at our current evolutionary stage from most of the more advanced ET civilizations is that they know that they are all one, whereas our population is widely variant in our embodied awareness of this. Further, most of those who are currently in positions of power on our planet are among the most disconnected and alienated from humanity as a collective.


As a consequence, it is no wonder that ‘work’ is often equated with ‘slavery,’ as we live in a system in which we have to ‘earn a living,’ meaning we are forced to work just to survive, in most cases enriching the ruling class in one way or another by doing so. The capacity to ‘follow your bliss,’ as Joseph Campbell famously would say, in pursuing a vocation or career, would seem like the stuff of fairy tales for most people on the planet. However, for highly evolved beings (HEBs), giving each person in their society the opportunity to follow their bliss is self-evident:

God: As for what you call, in your society, “work”—such a concept does not exist in most HEB cultures. Tasks are performed, and activities are undertaken, based purely on what a being loves to do, and sees as the highest expression of Self.

The fact that HEB cultures support each individual doing what they love to do, what they see as the highest expression of self, also means each being does what they are most suited to do. There is no conflict between what an individual is good at and what they want to do, because the desire of the individual is identical to what is of value to the whole. Therefore, the leaders of the society, the elders who gently guide people whenever there is confusion or conflict, are de facto the best people for the job, likely being the most highly evolved and most loving. With their knowledge, they help the rest of the society to ascertain what they want to be doing, starting from youth.

Menial Labor

Neale’s next question is probably on the minds of many readers, with regards to people doing what they want:

Neale: That’s super if one can do it, but how does the menial labor get done?

God: The concept of “menial labor” does not exist. What you would label as “menial” in your society is often the most highly honored in the world of highly evolved beings. HEBs who do the daily tasks that “must” be done for a society to exist and to function are the most highly rewarded, highly decorated “workers” in the service of All. I put the word “workers” in quotes here because to a HEB this is not considered “work” at all, but the highest form of self-fulfillment. The ideas and experiences that humans have created around self-expression— which you’ve called work—are simply not part of the HEB culture. “Drudgery,” “overtime,” “pressure,” and similar self-created experiences are not chosen by highly evolved beings, who, among other things, are not attempting to “get ahead,” “rise to the top,” or “be successful.” The very concept of “success” as you have defined it is foreign to a HEB, precisely because its opposite—failure—does not exist.

Neale: Then how do HEBs ever have an experience of accomplishment or achievement?

God: Not through the construction of an elaborate value system surrounding “competition,” “winning,” and “losing,” as is done in most human societies and activities—even (and especially) in your schools—but rather, through a deep understanding of what real value is in a society, and a true appreciation for it. Achieving is defined as “doing what brings value,” not “doing what brings ‘fame’ and ‘fortune,’ whether it is of value or not.”

Clues From Our Own Ancient Civilizations

The closest experience I’ve had of this was my time in a yoga ashram in India. I was doing a teacher’s training course and part of our training involved the practice of ‘Karma Yoga,’ which entails being of service to others without being attached to the fruits of our actions (i.e. doing ‘work’ without getting anything in return). In our course, that meant every day we would either have to serve lunch, do some work on the grounds, or clean the toilets. Some people found it a burden at first, but soon something clicked in.

When I saw someone serving food with a kind and pleasant attitude, I wanted to do the same thing when it became my turn to do it a few days later. Eventually, we could really feel like we were serving ‘ourselves,’ because we really saw ourselves as part of a whole. We could really feel it. And it motivated many of us to perform our karma yoga with the greatest equanimity and kindness we could muster. Now imagine if we were brought up in a society that was teaching this from the beginning–we can understand how people in highly evolved cultures experience ‘the highest form of self-fulfillment’ in performing their chosen ‘work’.

The structure of some of our own ancient civilizations, which understood the importance of coming together in smaller tribes, clans, and communities where people more naturally felt part of a whole, has been all but lost in our modern Western cities. Were these ancient civilizations actually brought here to Earth by advanced extraterrestrial groups? That is a question for another time.

There are a number of fascinating documents that have been released by governments, military and intelligence agencies from all over the world, for many years. Recent and continual disclosure of the UFO phenomenon is continuing in the United States, and there seems to be a push from establishment media to cover the UFO issue in a more credible way.

We’ve seen some serious articles written by people of “great distinction” publish a few articles in the New York Times, Washington Post and more.

The fact that the mainstream is pushing this now, and in the way they are, seems to be for a particular agenda. Many contemplate the desire of the global elite to spring a “false flag” alien invasion, it would be the same kind of idea as false flag terrorism, all for the purposes of justifying the growth of the military-industrial complex, and perhaps the intent to have an excuse to justify the weaponization of space. (Which has already happened according to some whistleblowers.)

That being said, there are many well-intentioned people on planet Earth, people who want the truth to come out about what’s really going on. Once you go down the rabbit hole and explore these truths, there really is no going back because what is going on is so vast, so complex, and so compartmentalized that you realize there are multiple facets to this coverup that touches anything from politics to technology to consciousness. This is one of the biggest stories in human history up til now, and it leaves no aspect of humanity untouched.

We Are Not Alone.

We are not alone, and we are slowly being groomed to accept this, and no doubt some more examples will be next to follow.

This particular document from the FBI highlights a truth that not many people know about. Multiple “academicians” have been interested and even hired to investigate various aspects of the UFO phenomena. Be it propulsion systems, the intelligence behind the craft, or something else, this has been demonstrated time and time again by those within the field of academia who openly speak out, or, as shown by various de-classified documents.

The FBI document shows how they were heavily interested in, and received a letter from someone with “several university degrees” and a former “university department head.” The document had to do with the extraterrestrial phenomenon.

Now, before we go any further, it’s important to mention that, as exemplified by this current document, there are multiple examples of this type of communication between intelligence agencies and high-level academia. You can access these declassified documents from the CIA archives in the form of a letter from a CIA task force addressed to the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency that details the close relationship that exists between the CIA, the mainstream media and academia, in this heavily sourced article.

Another great example (apart from the FBI document discussed in this article, is a declassified document discovered in the CIA’s electronic reading room titled “A Telephone Conversation With Dr. John A. Wheeler.” Wheeler was a famous quantum physicist, and the agency was recruiting him to look into the “flying saucer problem”, which was how the CIA referred to it at the time. You can access that particular document and read more about it here.

Back to the FBI document, apart from the academic connection, it was also addressed to “certain scientists of distinction,” to “aeronautical and military authorities,” and to “a number of public officials.”

This academic, as referred to in the document, outlines he belief, or information gathered by an unknown means, perhaps for the FBI, almost like an agent moulder from the X-Files perhaps, states that some of these disks carry crews and that others are under remote control. It also states that those who occupy these craft have a peaceful mission and that many of them are human-like but much larger in size.

Furthermore, this mysterious academic mentions that the disks “posses some type of radiant energy” and that “they do not come from any “planet” as we use the word, but from an etheric planet which interpenetrates with our own and is not perceivable to us.”

This is super fascinating for many reasons, it’s a reminder of the possible ‘magical’ and ‘mythical’ lands spoken out in many ancient texts. Ancient wisdom seems to be returning to the modern world, we can see this big time when it comes to neuroscience and quantum physics. One example of a supposed land that exists, possibly in another dimension but here in the same “location” as planet earth, one that we cannot perceive would be The Legend of Shambhala, or “inner Earth.” 

The document also states that,

The bodies of the visitors, and the craft also, automatically materialize on entering the vibratory rate of our dense matter….They re-enter the etheric at will, and so simply disappear from our vision, without a trace…. The region they come from is NOT the astral plane, but corresponds to the Lakas or Talas. Students of esoteric matters will understand these terms.

Quite interesting to say the least, isn’t it?

Quantum physics is also starting to contemplate and perhaps even prove the existence of these realms. It wasn’t long ago when the US Secretary of Energy made some very interesting comments about doing work in parallel universes.

As far as the UFO/ET Phenomena goes, the global elite will use it like the use everything else, probably to deceive us, but the fact remains apart from that, that the truth really is out there, somewhere. This opens up doors to metaphysical and spiritual realms that still have yet a long way to go to be accepted as real by the masses, but as time goes on and the more we can detect these worlds, the closer we get to usher in the next scientific revolution, which is non-material science. 

To read more of our articles on the UFO/Extraterrestrial phenomenon, you can click here.

Sergey Baranov, Contributor
Waking Times

Historical accounts from 16th century show inhuman cruelty practices towards the native population of South America. Even just reading through history feels like a self-imposed torture. But knowing the true is required in order to have an objective understanding of what really happens during the conquests, when one culture assumes a divine right to oppress another.

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During the Spanish conquest of Peru, the indigenous population went through hell to survive and maintain their traditions. The brutality and intolerance of the conquistadors, approved by the “papal bull” doctrine, knew no boundary and no mercy. I’ll give an example of what actually happened when boats of bandits arrived from Spain to discover the “New World.”

Columbus noted that the Taino Indians of the Dominican Republic were as happy as human beings can be, open to strangers, and eager to show their way of life and share it. Then his people burned the Indians alive in their huts. Being long separated from their own spiritual roots that go back to the Celtic and Druidic cultures of Europe, which were suppressed and eradicated by Christianity, they lost their humanity.  The Spanish conquerors responded to the natives’ hospitality with inhuman cruelty. We learn it from the writing of Bartholomew de la Casas, who in 1609 recorded the crimes of the Spaniards: “They made gallows just high enough for the feet to nearly touch the ground, and by thirteens, in honor of our Redeemer and the Twelve Apostles, they put wood underneath, and with fire, they burned the Indians alive.’’

We learn about this and other inhuman cruelties from a book called A Short Account of The Destruction of the Indies, written by Bartolomé de Las Casas. A missionary that was driven by a deeply-rooted sense of justice and human principles, felt morally bound to record the crimes which have being carried out in the name of God. He recounts a story when a Taino chief Hatuey was tied to the stake but before the fire was lit, Hatuey was offered a spiritual reprieve by a Spanish priest by embracing Christianity. Hatuey responded with a question: ‘Are there people like you in heaven?’ he asked. When the priest reassured him that there were, Hatuey responded that he would prefer to go to hell, where he would not know such cruel men.

This unimaginable horror gets even harder to grasp when put into a historical context. The Nazis, for all the atrocities they committed, burned the corpses only after they had gassed people to death. This story alone puts a big question mark on the legitimacy of an organized religion and its alleged connection to a divine mind. But this is only one of countless genocidal stories in the bloody history of the conquest, which is full of cruelty and torture.

All this can be found in the 15th century documents known as the “Papal Bulls” that provided the legal and moral ground for conquest of the New World. The “bulls” were bills of law that sanctioned genocide.  The originals of these rather revealing documents can be found in the archives of Spain and Portugal. The so-called ‘’barbarous nations’’ which were discovered by the conquistadors were victims of subjugation, slavery, rape and murder, all legitimized by the rational of the Catholic Church, and all in the name of an all loving God.

What an absurd thing to suggest that the native dwellers of the land did not have the right to their land, their possessions and even to their lives simply because they weren’t Christians! Thus, the doctrine of discovery was a pretext to justify the thievery and genocide of the indigenous people. How could such a crime against humanity be done in the name of God whose only son was sacrificed for the love of humanity?

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The ancient cultures of Peru situated along the costal line all the way from Arikipa, to Piura and in the mountains, have all revolved around the ceremonial use of the Huachuma cactus. Abundant archeological evidence speaks for itself. The most ancient of all Huachuma revering civilizations were the Chavin. They had built a temple in the mountains of Ancash. Chavin de Huantar is equivalent to the oracle temple in Delhi. The ancient Greeks, likely had their own mysterious rituals involving psychoactive plants. It is unclear how this tradition survived in Peru. “San Pedro” is the post-colonial name given to the psychoactive Andean cactus known under different names. ‘Huachuma’ is the old Qechua name for it, and it means ‘vision’ or ‘that which makes one drunk.’

With the invasion of the Spaniards in the early 16th century, the native shamanic traditions of Peru faced the very real threat of extinction. The brutal intolerance of the Catholic Church would only allow for obedience and conversion, and certainly not ‘paganism’ and ‘devil-worshipping’ practices, as they generally viewed any non-Catholic sanctioned practices.

Fortunately for the world, the indigenous traditions have survived until today, albeit of course in the form of syncretic religion. And although the cloak of Christian terminology was pulled over the lungs of this tradition, it hasn’t been suffocated, and remains breathing, just as the mountains and trees around you breathe when you see them through the eyes of sacred Huachuma medicine.

The resilience of the shamanic traditions is a testament to their validity, usefulness and power. Many cultures which were much more recent such as the ancient Greek culture have vanished in spite of their wide-spread influence. The lesson we learn from the survival of the ancient shamanic tradition is that there is something fundamentally human about the urge to connect with the Earth, the elements and cosmic conciseness. The need for this spiritual connection is surging from the very depths of our psyche. Just as our bodies have needs and impulses, so does the soul. Suppressing our impulses–physical or spiritual–leads to misery and alienation. And on the contrary, embracing them leads to happiness and wellbeing.

Shamanic practice has not only transformed my life but also the lives of many people who came to work with us and stay in Huachuma Wasi in Peru. The healing power of the sacred Huachuma cactus cannot be even fully described without using words like miracles and magic. It seems as though an extraordinary experience require an extraordinary words. All this is going far beyond psychology and treatment. Psychology is where this all begins, but rather quickly one realizing its limitation. Psychology is a study of the mind which in itself is the product of the soul. And soul is an uncharted territory, which many claim does not exist. But in reality, it is no different from the other side of the moon, which still exist even when not seen. This soul exploration was considered the most important journey one can take since the ancient times. Sages like Socrates, Plato, Herodotus and other in Greece, along with Confucius Lao Tzu and others in China, has dedicated their lives to the study of the soul. Some call it wisdom, other mysticism. But regardless of the name calling, the passion to understand oneself was a tread seeing thru millennia all over the world. Know thyself was carved into the Tempe of Apollo. Why? Was it truly the quintessential message to be recorded on the stone of history? Because they knew that the key to wisdom are hidden inside of us. And if wisdom kills confusion and lead to happiness, then looking inside for this treasure is clearly the most important and meaningful thing we can do in our lives. There are many ways and many paths one can follow. Looking through enough of them myself, I found plant-based shamanism to be the fastest and most effective. In it, I found sacred Huachuma to work the best for me. Perhaps it can work for you as well, if you are able to see through stereotypes and cultural misconceptions about the subject. Consider this as a personal invitation to discover this for yourself by visiting us in Peru, where shamanic practice is legal and is a part of culture.

Our appreciation as Westerners, and an understanding of the value of the indigenous shamanic tradition provide healing for them and their cultural trauma while in exchange gives us an opportunity to heal our own connection with ourselves and Nature, absence of which lays at the very root of our mental problems.

Our documentary was a spontaneous project. We filmed during the ceremonies as they were occurring. The film shows the awakening beauty of the Peruvian Andes, which we use in our healing work. If you feel compelled by its message and called to have an experience, let us here from you.

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About the Author

Sergey Baranov is the author of Path, a book that will be of interest to any spiritual seeker who seeks honesty above all else. Living in various countries and growing up in different cultures, Sergey gained an understanding of the essential, a core commonality of human experience that lies beneath the differences to be found in every culture. By walking different paths and seeing through their limitations, Sergey found shamanism as a unifying path for all people regardless of their cultural background. He currently lives in Peru with his family where he conduct monthly San Pedro retreats.

You can find out more in his book Path, available on Amazon, or follow Sergey on Facebook at Facebook.com/HuachumaWasi

This article (Sacred Medicine – The Path to Unity) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Sergey Baranov.

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John Vibes, Guest
Waking Times

The state of Virginia has announced an initiative to help reverse the decline in bee populations. “The Beehive Distribution Program” promises to give away beehives and the necessary related equipment to any eligible applicants over the age of 18.

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Earlier this month, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), issued a statement that read:

The Beehive Distribution Program (Program) provides beehive equipment directly to eligible beekeepers. Residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia who are 18 years of age or older at the time an application is submitted are eligible to receive up to three beehive units per year. Individuals who submit an application for a beehive unit through the Program will be registered as a beekeeper with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (Department).


Individuals interested in applying to receive beehive units through the Program should review the Program Guidelines. Application instructions are included in this document.


Applications will be reviewed in the order in which each completed eligible application is received by the Department. In the event funds have been exhausted and all beehive units distributed for the fiscal year (July 1 thru June 30), the Department will cease accepting applications and notify applicants. Applications from beekeepers who do not receive beehive units will not be carried forward to the next fiscal year.

There has recently been some good news for the honeybee populations, after several years of alarming reports that their numbers have been making a steep decline towards a possible extinction.

Numbers released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2015 show that there has actually been an increase in the number of bee colonies. Beekeepers across the country have been diligently working to preserve and redevelop bee colonies, and according to these recent numbers, their efforts are actually working.

The report indicated that the number of bee colonies in the country has finally seen an upturn, increasing from an all-time low of 2.4 million in 2006 to the current figure of 2.7 million.

This is certainly good news, but it strangely contradicts reports that came from the same sources just months ago.

In 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that between 40% and 60% of the country’s bee colonies were disappearing, which created a panic among environmentalists. Luckily, it seems that efforts to reverse these trends have actually worked, and new numbers suggest that these efforts to replenish the colonies are still working. The timing of these reports is strange because they are so close together and show such different results, but it is possible that the earlier figures had not been able to account for the recent surge in numbers.

Luckily, you can be a part of the solution also, even if you don’t have the ability to keep a beehive. You can make a difference by avoiding over the counter pesticides that are known to hurt bees. Two years ago, the Center for Food Safety released a list of 68 garden pesticides that are dangerous for the bee population.

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Most of these products contain chemicals called “neonicotinoids,” which are the most damaging pesticides for bees. The following list contains most of the known products containing neonicotinoids, but even if a product does not appear on this list, it is important to check all packages to see if the product contains this chemical.

The list of products to avoid are as follows:

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“Arthritis, the best thing that ever happened to me” Healing the “Incurable” w/Jeremy Ayres S1 E1 PHIL ESCOTT, GUEST In my new series – Healing The Incurable – it is my great honor and pleasure to interview one of my new heroes Phil Escott who healed himself of advanced Rheumatoid Arthritis. Phil is particularly interesting […]

Jon Rappoport, Guest
Waking Times

The 2016 law, hamstringing the DEA, still has not been repealed…

The major pipeline for trafficking opioid drugs starts with pharmaceutical manufacturers, who are intentionally distributing opioids far beyond any legitimate need.



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A significant percentage of this human carnage results from illegal distribution of opioids.

Here is the open secret:


That law is the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016, passed by Congress and signed by President Obama on 4/9/16.

And that is the federal government’s role in perpetuating and expanding the opioid crisis.

Honest agents inside the complacent DEA want to have the right to march into a pharmaceutical company headquarters and say, “We know you’re shipping millions of opioid pills to little pharmacies and clinics that, in turn, are selling the pills to street dealers. We’re going to freeze those shipments now, and we’re going to arrest key executives.”

But that 2016 law raises the bar so high, the whole law-enforcement effort is hamstrung, throttled, and loaded down with legal complications.

In essence, the US Congress gave drug companies a free pass.

And no one in the Congress is admitting it or talking about it.

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The Washington Post, on October 15, 2017, talked about it. The article was headlined, “The Drug Industry’s Triumph Over the DEA”: “In April 2016, at the height of the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, Congress effectively stripped the Drug Enforcement Administration of its most potent weapon against large drug companies suspected of spilling prescription [opioid] narcotics onto the nation’s streets.”

“A handful of members of Congress, allied with the nation’s major drug distributors, prevailed upon the DEA and the Justice Department to agree to a more industry-friendly law, undermining efforts to stanch the flow of pain pills, according to an investigation by The Washington Post and ‘60 Minutes’…”

“The law was the crowning achievement of a multifaceted campaign by the drug industry to weaken aggressive DEA enforcement efforts against drug distribution companies that were supplying corrupt doctors and pharmacists who peddled [opioid] narcotics to the black market. The industry worked behind the scenes with lobbyists and key members of Congress [to pass the 2016 law], pouring more than a million dollars into their election campaigns.”

“The new [2016] law makes it virtually impossible for the DEA to freeze suspicious narcotic shipments from the companies, according to internal agency and Justice Department documents and an independent assessment by the DEA’s chief administrative law judge in a soon-to-be-published law review article. That powerful tool [freezing opioid shipments] had allowed the agency to immediately prevent drugs from reaching the street.”


The fact that no one is stepping up to the plate with a fast repeal is proof that multiple parts of the federal government are, in fact, tacitly supporting the opioid crisis and its devastating impacts on human life.

Failure to act swiftly amounts to collusion in Death by Opioids.

President Obama, the Congress, and key officials within the Justice Department and the DEA are all guilty.

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About the Author

Jon Rappoport is the author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALEDEXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29thDistrict of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at NoMoreFakeNews.com or OutsideTheRealityMachine.

(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, Exit From The Matrixclick here.)

This article (Government-Pharma Collusion in Mass Deaths by Opioids) was originally created and published by Jon Rappaport’s Blog and is re-posted here with permission.

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Ancient lore is fascinating, to say the least, especially if you dive into mythology. What’s always attractive about mythology is that there are good reasons to believe that a lot of it isn’t actually mythological, but real in some cases.

We see this in many examples, Plato’s (among others before and after him) description of Atlantis could be one, especially when you tie in all of the evidence that’s emerged of its existence since Ancient Greece. Another example could be people with ‘superhuman’ abilities, like clairvoyance and telepathy, and psychokinesis that we find in a lot of Buddhist and other ancient Eastern texts.

Today, there are documents and examples, even published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, of people who demonstrate these types of demonstrations abilities. There is especially a lot contained within declassified documents from global military sources. Nikola Tesla derived his ideas of free energy and electrical generators from ancient Vedic concepts, and a lot of modern-day neuroscience and quantum physics also resonates with ancient eastern teachings.

There are many topics to choose from, and it seems that we always place ideas and concepts that don’t fit the frame, or ones that we can’t possibly imagine as actually being real, into the ‘mythological’ category so we can feel comfortable. Just remember that those who actually spoke about these creatures, and studied the lore, are certain of some of these so-called mythological concepts were completely real. Why is that so?


Another example would be mermaids. We see images everywhere today, Starbucks even uses the two-tailed mermaid as their logo. According to Greek mythology, mermaids, also known as sirens, were predatory in nature, masters in the art of seduction. They would seduce men at sea with songs and promises of sex, only to kill those who succumbed to their lure.

One study in the Journal of Academic Study of Religion explains,

The mermaid blurs the boundary between woman and fish, femininity and carnality, land and sea, human and other. She is also held to be an astral entity in various metaphysical circles, in the mermaiding industry she is often marketed as an ambassador for marine preservation, and in the general pervasiveness of this character, competing with inhuman beings such as vampires, werewolves, and angels in the heavily mediated realm of contemporary culture, the mermaid represents an additional opportunity to invest in an other-than-human identity.

They are also depicted in ancient Vedic lore, the story of Suvannamaccha, for example, comes from the Asian versions of ancient Hindu mythology. They are not always depicted as luring, tricky beasts, some stories speak of them as protectors, falling in love, and more. They also tell of a history of capture, which isn’t surprising, reflecting a dark tendency of the human race in our current state of consciousness.

Etheric Domain

According to one of the foremost authorities on the subject, Manly P. Hall, the Undines, as they were also known, were water elementals, that function “in the invisible, spiritual essence called humid (or liquid) ether.

This is particularly interesting because that’s another thing that’s been spoken of in ancient “mythology” for so long, but now physics is showing it to be true. Here’s a great quote that illustrates that:

“And they allowed Apollonius to ask questions; and he asked them of what they thought the cosmos was composed; but they replied; “Of elements.” “Are there then four?” he asked. “Not four,” said Larchas,  “but five.” “And how can there be a fifth,” said Apollonius, “alongside of water and air and earth and fire?” “There is the ether,” replied the other, “which we must regard as the stuff of which gods are made; for just as all mortal creatures inhale the wire, so do immortal and divine natures inhale the ether.” “Am I,” said Appollonius, “to regard the universe as a living creature?” “Yes,” said the other. – The Life of Apollonius of Tyana, Philostratus, 220AD (source)

Tesla even spoke about it,

“All perceptible matter comes from a primary substance, or tenuity beyond conception, filling all space, the akasha or luminiferous ether, which is acted upon by the life-giving Prana or creative force, calling into existence, in never-ending cycles all things and phenomena.”– Nikola Tesla, Man’s Greatest Achievement, 1907

Today, physics is confirming it and technology is utilizing the ether.

Other-Dimensional Visitation

This is why, for me, it’s not hard at all believing that forms of life, invisible to our senses, also dwell in the ether. Other beings would be nature spirits like fairies or gnomes who, according to the lore, can also appear in our ‘dimensional’ reality as well, on our frequency, if they choose to do so.

According to Hall, from The Secret Teachings of All Ages,

The Undines are able to control, to a great degree, the course and function of this fluid in Nature. Beauty seems to be the keynote of the water spirits. Wherever we find them pictured in art or sculpture, they abound in symmetry and grace. Controlling the water element–which has always been a feminine symbol–it is natural that the water spirits should most often be symbolized as female.

Hall writes about how there are many different groups of Undines; some live in waterfalls, others in fast-moving rivers or remote marshes, some in mountain lakes as well as in the ocean.

In describing them, the ancients agreed on certain salient features. In general, nearly all the Undines closely resemble human beings in appearance and size, though the ones inhabiting small streams and fountains were of correspondingly of lesser proportions. It was believed that these water spirits were occasionally capable of assuming the appearance of normal human beings and actually associating with men and women.

 He goes on to describe stories of these water spirits and their adoption by families. As far as the males, Hall does not dismiss their existence but writes that practically nothing is known about them. We do know of one, however, called Neptune. We also know of another:

The Babylonians worshipped a fish-tailed god named Oannes. John Ashton, author of Curious Creatures in Zoologyproposes that this is the first depiction of a merman. Also in classical antiquity, the goddess Atargatis, chief goddess of northern Syria, was depicted as a fish-bodied human, thus constituting the first known representation of a mermaid.

He describes a group of Undines interestingly, and different from other mythology we see. Perhaps these ‘elementals’ differ from other creatures that are closer to our own frequency? Hall goes on,

Their temperament is said to be vital, and to them has been given as their throne the western corner of creation. They are rather emotional beings, friendly to human life and fond of serving mankind. They are sometimes pictured riding on dolphins or other great fish and seem to have a special love of flowers and plants, which they serve almost as devotedly and intelligently as the gnomes. Ancient poets have said that the songs of the Undines were heard in the West Wind and that their lives were consecrated to the beautifying of the material earth.

It’s also noteworthy to mention that multiple apparent sightings have been recorded and spoken about in modern history as well, according to numerous eyewitnesses a few years ago, from a seaside shore town in Israel. They said it looked like a cross between a little girl and a dolphin, and only comes out at sunset. “People are telling us they are sure they have seen the mermaid and they are all independent of each other,” said Natti Zilberman, a local council spokesman, as she spoke to ABC News. It sparked so much controversy that the Mayor offered a million dollar reward for a photograph.

Cesarean sections have been on the rise in recent years, and sometimes, even prior to knowing whether or not one will even be necessary, many doctors are even scheduling this method of birth.

For women who have already had a c-section, most doctors tend to just do another one for any future births. I mean, it’s a lot easier when everyone is ready and prepared and can know in advance, right? Well, this is the common narrative that is given, but are we doing more harm than good by interfering with the natural process and order of birth?

This birthing method used to be performed for emergency situations only, in which case it has saved the lives of many mothers and babies. However, a new piece of research is suggesting that this procedure may be altering human evolution.

A New Study

In this particular study, researchers state that the estimated number of cases in which babies cannot be born naturally have increased from 30 in 1,000 births in the 1960s to 36 in 1,000 in the present day, which may not seem like a lot, but it is a 20 percent rise in obstructed childbirth’s. This is what led researchers to the assumption that this method of birthing could be altering the natural evolution of humans.

When it comes to babies who are about to be born, generally speaking, the larger the better because the longer time spent in the woman’s womb before being born, the better chance they have at survival. However, this standpoint counteracts another that selects women that have a narrow pelvis, which assists women to walk upright which reduces the chance of a premature birth.

The researchers point out that with the increase of c-sections, the natural balance of those two forces is changing. Before the days of caesarians, if a baby’s head was too big or a woman’s pelvis too narrow the babies head would get stuck in the pelvis, this would sometimes kill the child and potentially the mother as well, which in turn prevented those genes from being passed on. Now, because of this method of birth, those genes are being passed on, which could mean more demand for c-sections in the future.

“Without modern medical intervention such problems often were lethal and this is, from an evolutionary perspective, selection,” explains the University of Vienna’s Dr. Philipp Mitteroecker, who co-authored the study published in PNAS. “Women with a very narrow pelvis would not have survived birth 100 years ago. They do now and pass on their genes encoding for a narrow pelvis to their daughters.”

Could This Cause Evolutionary Changes?

Based on the information, it would appear so, however, we do not yet know for sure. The researchers haven’t provided evidence, but rather used statistical analysis which was based on data collected from the World Health Organization.

Even so, having the technology to be able to save women and babies is amazing, and obviously, because modern medicine can save them, it should. It would seem insane to have this technology and not use it. But this research does present an interesting theory and only time will tell just how much we are and have been altering natural human evolution. It is a wonder that women’s pelvis’ have not evolved to become more wide to be able to more naturally give birth. Compared to the rest of the animal kingdom, the human baby is much larger when compared to the size of its mother than the rest. This is a mystery that has baffled scientists and doctors for many years.

If the number of c-sections keeps rising, will it become more rare and difficult for the mother to give birth naturally? It’s possible and certainly something that deserves a closer look and to be studied in depth.

On Human Evolution

Human evolution itself is a very controversial topic. Sure, evolution happens, and has happened, that’s been firmly established and observed in scientific literature. What is not clear, is our connection to the theory of evolution. There are still many unaccounted ‘missing links’ and there are hundreds of scientists around the world who have thrown up red flags against the current theory of evolution, something that’s now turned into scientific dogma.

Human evolution is still theoretical, and the fact that several discoveries have been made with regards to strange looking humanoid mummies, skeletal remains of giants, historical artifacts and more have completely been hushed out and left out of mainstream literature is also very questionable.

Mainstream education teaches a 99 % DNA links is indicative of where we came from, but for example, we share approximately 65 percent of our DNA with a Banana, what does that mean? Are bananas part of our distant past?

Human beings aren’t clueless, and this is why, in 2014, a Gallup poll revealed that in the United States alone, almost half the population believe that there’s something more to the origins of human existence than the two options that are constantly presented to the masses. They believe that there is something more than Darwin’s theory of evolution.

This tells us that human intuition is telling us something more….and some of the greatest scientific minds agree.

Francis Crick, a Nobel Prize-winning co-discoverer of the DNA double helix, as Greg Braden points out,

Believed that the eloquence of life’s building blocks has to be the result of something more than random mutations and a lucky quirk of nature. Through his pioneering research, he was one of the first humans to witness the complexity and the sheer beauty of the DNA molecule that makes life possible. Late in life, Crick risked his reputation as a scientist by publicly stating, “An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle.” In the scientific world, this statement is the equivalent of heresy, suggesting that something more than chance evolution led to our existence.

Again, today, there are hundreds of scientists like Crick who believe the same thing, so remember that questioning this theory is not something you shouldn’t do. And for people to attempt to make you feel ‘dumb’ for questioning the theory of evolution, is arrogant and closed minded.

According to more than 500 doctoral scientists, “We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged.”

If I could recommend only one Youtube video for truth-seekers in the CE community, it would undoubtedly be Mark Passio’s Natural Law Seminar. It is a passionate, harsh and highly enlightening seminar in which reformed Satanist Mark Passio does an excellent job explaining and demystifying the fundamental grounds for the rights of all sentient beings in the universe: Natural Law. I don’t necessarily agree with all the minutiae of what he says, and you may not either. You may even be put off by his harsh, direct presentation style. However, I believe that his overall perspective and lucid articulation does the best job I’ve ever seen of encapsulating this very complex subject.

I will be writing a series of articles on Natural Law because I believe it is important for us as truth-seekers to know our natural and inalienable rights as human beings. We need to understand the reasons we don’t exercise these rights, and why we have unknowingly given our freedom away to powers that would pose as our ‘legitimate’ authority. Subsequent articles on the ‘Sovereign Citizens Movement’, ‘Challenging the Corporatocracy’ and others will be grounded on the base understanding established here.

The question of how we escape from the enslavement and create a new order based on our personal sovereignty is predicated first on actually distinguishing truth from fiction, and gaining clarity about our inbred rights and obligations as sentient beings in this universe. I will do my best to summarize some of the key concepts about Natural Law in the article here, but again I would urge you to take the time to enjoy the entire presentation given in the video below in order to gain the fullest understanding possible.

Human Nature

As a context, Passio gives us something to think about by saying the ‘nature’ of being human is that we are programmable. He takes great pains to explain that he doesn’t think that we are computers, but rather are like computers insofar as the tremendous impact of our outer environment on our behavior, including our early childhood (‘file formatting’), culture (‘operating system’) and inherited beliefs (‘software’).

Human nature is neither inherently good,  nor inherently evil. Instead, we should consider the environment in which human beings exist, which influences behavior to a great extent, thus creating the current human condition.

It is the state of our minds, founded on our knowledge and our belief systems, that leads to how we behave in the world and results in the world being in the condition it’s in. And Passio does not mince words in describing the degenerate and underwhelming state of the world today. As a former Satanist, he sees very clearly how the world is racked in fear and suffering, sponsored by extreme, out-of-balance thought patterns.

He says that if we truly want to create a better world for ourselves, we first need to be willing to learn ‘how to learn,’ and then how to recognize and embrace truth by rejecting all the false programming we have been fed. He believes our knowledge, understanding, and execution (‘wisdom’) of Natural Law is central to this.

Natural Law

Mark Passio’s working definition of Natural Law is ‘Universal, non-man-made conditions that govern the consequences of behavior; a body of natural spiritual laws that act as the governing dynamics of consciousness.’ Because Natural Law governs consciousness within the physical universe, it is beyond the realm of the powers of our beliefs, intentions, and personal consciousness. Natural Law is eternal, unchangeable, and independent of our beliefs, hopes, or preferences. Reminiscent of Jean-Paul Sartre’s notion that ‘we are free to do anything except deny our freedom,’ Passio is hinting that ‘Natural Law allows us the freedom to create anything in this universe except for a universe in which we cannot create.’

Passio makes the point that human beings all have free will, at all times and in all places. This implies that we are always responsible for our actions, since we have the freedom to choose and behave in the way of our choosing. That which governs human behavior and its consequences in our universe actually exists within the synergy of two things: a ‘deterministic’ component (the immutable principles of Natural Law) and a ‘random’ component (Human free will).

The Hermetic Principles

Passio states that there are 8 principles that ‘constitute a Master Key through which Universal Wisdom (including the Knowledge and the Requirements to obtaining what we desire) is unveiled.’ The first 7 of these principles are famously known as the ‘Hermetic Principles,’ while the 8th is what Passio terms the ‘lost Principle’ which actually binds the other 7 principles together to really give us access to the wisdom to create the kind of world we truly want. These principles can be somewhat complex and are worth the time and effort you make to study and understand them.

  1. Mentalism: Thoughts lead to the manifestation of things and events. Thoughts create our state of existence and the quality of our experience here on Earth.
  2. Correspondence: The microcosm and the macrocosm are reflections of each other. The universe is holographic, and is self-similar across all scales.
  3. Vibration: The universe and everything that comprises it is pure vibratory energy. Matter is not ‘solid,’ it is merely energy in a particular state of vibration.
  4. Polarity: In the universe there is duality, everything has its opposite. However at a higher level, ‘opposites’ are revealed as identical in nature but different in degree.
  5. Rhythm: All things rise and fall, and the pendulum swing in one direction eventually becomes the pendulum swing in the other direction. Rhythm compensates.
  6. Cause and Effect: Every cause has its effect, and every action has its consequences. There are many planes of causation, but effects will always be brought to bear.
  7. Gender: All things have masculine and feminine principles which make them whole. Gender manifests on all planes.

Each one of these principles is worthy of an article in itself and a lengthy discussion, but I will leave you to check out the video at about the 3-hour mark for the way Passio explains each of these principles in greater depth. Together, these principles help us understand our capacity to create our world exactly how we want: by making changes in the mental plane (the plane of cause) we can then change the physical plane (the plane of effect) and thus change the state of our world. In order to do this, however, we need to understand the 8th principle and how it binds the other seven together.

The Lost Principle

For Passio, the 8th principle is called the lost or hidden principle because it is not widely known or available in the literature, in comparison to the 7 Hermetic principles. But it is absolutely essential, because it encapsulates the other seven principles in the way that a seed casing encapsulates the wondrous creative power of the seed. The picture below, which is actually a pendant that Passio wears on the chain around his neck in the presentation, is called the seed of life. The 7 intertwined circles represent the 7 hermetic principles, and often with images of the seed of life we only get the 7 circles. However, this pendant includes a circle that wraps around the other 7 circles, representing the 8th principle.

Passio explains that the 8th principle is Care. By care he means what we focus on or put our attention on, what we value as important, what we give our energy to, what we care about. This underlies the biggest secret in the capacity of human beings to manifest through intention, which is one reason that Passio’s presentation is subtitled ‘The Real Law of Attraction.’ It is through care, which has components of thought, emotion, and will, that the creative power of the human mind is unleashed to generate the manifested world consciously rather than unconsciously as we have done throughout our history up to now.

Awakening To Our Tremendous Power

The notion that we, as human individuals, are collectively responsible for the manifestation of the current human condition may be hard to believe and even harder to acknowledge for some of us. But Passio tells us from his own experience that this occult (hidden) knowledge is used by Satanists and other powerful secret groups to ensure that we continue to create the type of world that suits them and their agenda. Passio talks about the tremendous amount of work he had to do looking inside himself and challenging his own beliefs and values in order to reach a fuller understanding of what is really going on in our world. His aim now is to be a ‘de-occultist’, to take this hidden knowledge and present it in a way that it can be understood and proliferated. No matter what you think of his gruff style of presenting, it becomes clear after a while that Passio really does care about the state of the world and has a deep sense of moral responsibility to help make it better.

In part 2, we will look more closely at his discussion of Natural Law and how we can begin to apply its principles.

Two ‘shady’ companies are getting together, a giant pharmaceutical company by the name of GlaxoSmithKline, and 23andme,  a privately held personal genomics and biotechnology company based in Mountain View, California. It’s a multi-billion dollar deal, and 23andMe will only collaborate with GSK on drug development projects for the duration of this deal.

What does this mean? 23andMe has been collecting people’s DNA data and are now about to start selling it. And you’ll get none of those billions.

Companies like GlaxoSmithKline, since their birth, have been developing harmful medications for years that kill at least 100,000 people a year in the United States alone. Countless lawsuits, injuries, deaths, and examples of scientific fraud on behalf of multiple pharmaceutical companies are extremely common. Yet they are still allowed to develop drugs and be trusted with public health.

Here is a great example. The meta-analysis sourced in the article explains how many of the studies were falsified, and data from clinical trials were not disclosed by the pharmaceutical companies.

The DNA Game

As far as 23andMe, they’ve received criticism for multiple reasons. They collect our DNA via spit samples, and in return allow consumers to access information like ancestry, genetic predispositions and more. This can no doubt be helpful, and something many would want to try, but what happens with your data?

As a CNBC article notes:

Companies in this space, including 23andMe, Veritas Genetics and Ancestry, have a good reason to protect your DNA — their business future depends on maintaining the trust of consumers. But there are thorny issues related to genetic privacy that still today don’t have easy answers or iron-clad legislative protections. And regulators aren’t convinced they are doing right by consumers. A recent Fast Company report indicates that 23andMe and Ancestry are being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission over their policies for handling personal info and genetic data and how they share that info with third parties.

All of these companies say they have clear policies that they will not share your DNA with any third-party unless you explicitly consent to it:

23andMe provides consumers the choice of opting into research conducted on behalf of academic, nonprofit and industry organizations. They also offer an option to consent separately to specific disease studies in which their DNA is used in conjunction with for-profit drug companies, such as the Parkinson’s disease research conducted with Genentech and the lupus and IBD research conducted with Pfizer.

That being said, we do it with the belief that we can trust the corporation, and that there are no ulterior motives here. But now, there is complete transparency, many examples of fraud and deceit are now available for the public to see, (The Spider Papers, Dr. William Thompson, not disclosing information is a great example) if they chose to do so.  This is what’s stopping our trust in the corporation, especially ones that get really personal, and ones that deal with collecting massive amounts of data. Not only are we being constantly monitored, and not only is our online data being collected and harvested to supposedly sell and make a profit, so is our DNA.

This is why more and more people are also refusing the products of deceitful corporations. So, there is a positive side…We are waking up.

According to GlaxoSmithKline, “The goal of the collaboration is to gather insights and discover novel drug targets driving disease progression and develop therapies.”

Again, can we really trust these companies? We’re talking about companies that cannot be held liable for harmful products, which allows them to be careless with their product. Yes, pharmaceutical companies are exempt from this! This is why they don’t get in trouble when people die via their medication, there are laws in place to protect them, like the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, and that’s just one example. Is this really their goal for collaboration, just like Facebook’s goal was to “make the world more connected.”


GSK, along with this collaboration, is also investing $300 million into 23andMe.

Concerns are still being raised by the mainstream, however. Peter Pitts, president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, says that if a persons’ DNA is going to be used, that person should be compensated.

Again, it’s important to question why they are using our DNA, beyond the stated examples. It’s so hard to know given how much information giant billion dollar companies actually disclose.

Another very important point to consider, “The problem with a lot of these privacy policies and Terms of Service is that no one really reads them.” Tiffany C. Li, a privacy expert. “You are paying to help the company make money with your data.”

This current project isn’t the only one, 23andMe has already published a number of papers based of customer’s data alone, 100 of them. At the moment, they have millions of customers, this is troublesome.

Other Options For DNA Information?

So what about other options for getting the same types of services but without the data danger?

A new company called TimiCoin & TimiDNA is going to make this possible for users by allowing them to monetize their health data -and DNA data!

From TimiDNA’s press release:

1. Individuals who already have DNA results through another source can access easy-to-use tools within TimiPatient to download and securely store those results;

2. Those who have never taken a DNA test can establish complete control of their own DNA data through TimiDNA services. TimiDNA will provide consumers with a simple swab test kit and their DNA information will be securely stored;

3. Once an individual’s data is in the TimiPatient app, he/she will own it, control it, and have the ability to utilize it as an asset which can be monetized.

Bringing together a crypto token and the blockchain, TimiCoin is pioneering the tokenization of health information, including your DNA sequencing and other genetic information, through a decentralized blockchain ecosystem. They promise to allow users to monetize their own data, have access to their health information whenever they need it and verify that it is accurate.

It’s your DNA and your health data, you should own it, control it and monetize it -not these big corps.

By now, most of us are aware of the harm that plastics are causing to our environment and our oceans. Thankfully, many cities are becoming proactive on the matter and banning the use of single-use plastic bags, and some even take it farther by banning single-use plastic of any kind altogether. Hopefully soon, we will have no choice because plastic as we know it, will be a thing of the past — we can only hope, right?

If you’d like to get ahead of the game, there are some very simple ways you can begin to cut plastic from your life today. While it may seem difficult at first there are alternatives to pretty much everything that comes wrapped in plastic. The thing is, we often are simply unaware of how much plastic we are actually consuming and because the waste is out of sight out of mind, we tend not to question where it ends up.

If you don’t think you consume that much plastic, I would strongly encourage you to hold on the all of the plastic that you would otherwise recycle or throw away for one week. This will give you a visual representation of what you are consuming, and perhaps after this, you may be willing to do something about it.

Great, now let’s get started.

Reusable Coffee Cups, Water Bottles, Take Out Containers & Cutlery

Really, the heading speaks for itself. There are a huge variety of reusable food and beverage containers out there, remembering to carry these with you might seem like a little bit more effort at first, but when you can sleep at night knowing you did your part to protect our planet, I’m sure you’ll begin to see the value. An added bonus here is that many coffee shops and restaurants will offer discounts if you bring your own takeout cups or containers in and you can save money by opting out of purchasing bottled water and refilling your reusable bottle at a filling station. Of course, glass and stainless steel options are ideal, as they last longer and if they break they can always be melted down and reutilized for something else. You could also just have your coffee at the cafe as well.

Reusable Bags

This is a given. Many grocery stores are opting out of carrying these types of bags altogether and encouraging the use of reusable bags before paper ones. To take this a step further, opt for bag made from cotton or hemp as they will last longer and can be used for something else if they were to break or wear out. There are even reusable produce bags available that can also be used for bulk items.

Say No To Straws

Think about it, do you really need a straw? It’s simple to turn down straws at restaurants, but if you just can’t get past the concept of sipping from a glass — well, they make reusable straws too. There are many varieties available, made from glass, bamboo, stainless steel and silicon. Bring it next time you go out and remind your server or cashier that you brought your own and you won’t be needing one. You never know, you may just be inspiring your friends by leading the way to a straw free world.

Make Your Own Condiments & Dressings

Think of all the condiment bottles that you potentially have in your fridge right now, chances are most are packed in plastic. While you can opt for glass alternatives you can also easily make your own. There are tons of recipes for homemade condiments available online. Not only can you ensure the reduction of plastic, but by making your own you can avoid chemicals, artificial sweeteners and preservatives which means it is better for the environment, and you!

Hold Back On Online Shopping

Just 1-click away, it’s so easy these days to get pretty much anything you want on the world wide web, but if you have ordered online before then you are probably already aware of how wasteful it can be. A single battery might be shipped in a large box containing copious amounts of plastic — this is beyond wasteful. This is also a great opportunity to support local businesses and keep the money in the local economy.

Support Businesses That Are Zero Waste

Yes! This is possible, many businesses are doing their part to drastically cut back their waste of even become zero waste, by only offering recyclable or compostable products and eliminating their trash altogether. Of course, this may be more accessible if you are living in a bigger city, but you can encourage your local coffee shops and restaurants to consider it and start something big in your small town.

Lead By Example

By choosing to opt out of plastic and having your alternatives ready you are inspiring those around you to see that there are other options and that we can all do our part to make a huge impact. At first sure, people might give you a raised eyebrow look, but then they may just walk away reflecting on their actions and what they can do to make a difference.

We can all do our part! It’s up to each one of us to take responsibility for our own lives and do what we can to protect our planet.

Much Love

Azriel ReShel, Uplift Connect
Waking Times

We all know it, that dull ache of pointlessness, overwhelming sadness and a deep lack of interest in life. The fog of listless pain that blows in and then settles, trapping us inside it. Most of us have suffered at some point in our lives from depression. Be it a mild version following a major life event, or a more prolonged episode that can get so severe it entraps us in an ever compressing world of hopelessness to such an extent we consider ending our own lives.

Depression is one of the biggest issues in our world today. With record numbers of people suffering from the dark cloud, and soaring suicide rates, depression is a crippling disease reaching epidemic proportions.

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Well-known author and journalist, Johann Hari, suffered from depression as a teen, taking anti-depressants from a tender age. Told, like so many others, his depression was the cause of a chemical imbalance in his brain, he later studied social sciences and embarked on a quest to discover the truth about the cause of his depression. He swallowed antidepressants like millions of others, and after 13 years of pills, without much change, and a broad investigation into the true causes of depression, he is calling for a different approach.

The Chemical Imbalance Myth

His amazing journey involved hundreds of interviews in over a dozen countries and led him to discover that almost everything we know about depression and anxiety is wrong.

I started to research my book, Lost Connections: Uncovering The Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions, because I was puzzled by two mysteries. Why was I still depressed when I was doing everything I had been told to do? I had identified the low serotonin in my brain, and I was boosting my serotonin levels–yet I still felt awful. But there was a deeper mystery still. Why were so many other people across the Western world feeling like me? Around one in five US adults are taking at least one drug for a psychiatric problem. In Britain, antidepressant prescriptions have doubled in a decade, to the point where now one in 11 of us drug ourselves to deal with these feelings. What has been causing depression and its twin, anxiety, to spiral in this way? I began to ask myself: Could it really be that in our separate heads, all of us had brain chemistries that were spontaneously malfunctioning at the same time?

He says that between 65% and 80% of people on antidepressants are depressed again within a year.

We’ve been telling ourselves this chemical story for 35 years and every year depression and anxiety gets worse.

The Power of Connection

Searching for answers to his own depression, he began a quest to solve the depression puzzle.

To find the answers, I ended up going on a 40,000-mile journey across the world and back. I talked to the leading social scientists investigating these questions, and to people who have been overcoming depression in unexpected ways–from an Amish village in Indiana, to a Brazilian city that banned advertising and a laboratory in Baltimore conducting a startling wave of experiments. From these people, I learned the best scientific evidence about what really causes depression and anxiety.

Drugs don’t heal the underlying causes of depression. In most cases, like Johann Hari’s, people aren’t even asked what’s going on in their life, or if there could be a possible cause of the depression. Johan’s research is strongly grounded in his own experience. He has battled the depression demon for much of his adult life and has a keen understanding of what it is to be depressed and all that entails.

I found there is evidence that seven specific factors in the way we are living today are causing depression and anxiety to rise–alongside two real biological factors (such as your genes) that can combine with these forces to make it worse.

During his journey of discovery he found scientific evidence that depression is caused by key issues with how we live. Seven of the nine depression causing factors he discovered are all rooted in disconnection. Disconnection from meaningful work, from other people, from meaningful values, and from childhood trauma. Disconnection from status and respect, from the natural world, and disconnection from a hopeful or secure future. Depression at its deepest roots, stems from a lack of connection. It is a disease of disconnection.

So What Does Heal Depression?

Understanding the root cause of depression is a vital first step in being able to cure it. Our longing for connection is innate. It never leaves us. Perhaps depression and anxiety are an early warning signal, an engine light alerting us to the malfunction in the car. Johann Hari says depression is a collective problem caused by something that has gone wrong with our way of living and our culture. These conditions show us there is something very wrong with the way society works. And, they give us an opportunity to make vital changes in our lives. He advocates reconnection, or what he calls a different kind of antidepressant.

Depression and anxiety might, in one way, be the sanest reaction you have. It’s a signal, saying you shouldn’t have to live this way, and if you aren’t helped to find a better path, you will be missing out on so much that is best about being human.

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His new book suggests seven reconnections. We need to reconnect to other people, to social prescribing, to meaningful work, and to meaningful values. Reconnect to sympathetic joy and overcome the addiction we have to the self. We also need to acknowledge and overcome our childhood trauma and restore our future. It seems what’s called for in healing depression, is a complete and radical reconnection. To someone who’s depressed this may seem deeply overwhelming. but in a way it’s about rebuilding our lives. Rising like a phoenix from the ashes and saying: I want something different. I know there’s more out there for me, I know there’s a different way and I don’t have to do it alone.

After I learned all this, and what it means for us all, I started to long for the power to go back in time and speak to my teenage self on the day he was told a story about his depression that was going to send him off in the wrong direction for so many years. I wanted to tell him: ‘This pain you are feeling is not a pathology. It’s not crazy. It is a signal that your natural psychological needs are not being met. It is a form of grief–for yourself, and for the culture you live in going so wrong. I know how much it hurts. I know how deeply it cuts you. But you need to listen to this signal. We all need to listen to the people around us sending out this signal. It is telling you what is going wrong. It is telling you that you need to be connected in so many deep and stirring ways that you aren’t yet–but you can be, one day.

Once again, as with most things in life, the map to finding our way out of pain and back to wellbeing, is connection. As humans we are built for connection, for love, and for intimacy.

What this evidence was telling me was that this search for quick individual solutions is a trap. In fact, this search for individual solutions is part of what got us into this problem in the first place. We have become imprisoned inside our own egos, walled off where true connection cannot reach us.

Stopping the Dark Slide of Depression

His research, from experts and people all over the world, found that the real path to happiness is to dismantle our walls, and that part of overcoming our depression and anxiety is about coming together. In his own healing journey, Johann Hari made a conscious decision to reach out to others when depression set in, and to do something for someone else instead of something for himself.

I learned something I wouldn’t have thought was possible at the start. Even if you are in pain, you can almost always make someone else feel a little bit better. Or I would try to channel it into more overt political actions, to make the society better.

Amazingly he discovered doing something for others stopped the slide down into the darkness of depression. It comes back to the same thing: We need to reach out to others, not try to build ourselves up alone.

If you are depressed and anxious, you are not a machine with malfunctioning parts. You are a human being with unmet needs. The only real way out of our epidemic of despair is for all of us, together, to begin to meet those human needs–for deep connection to the things that really matter in life.

For more information read Johann Hari’s New York Times best-selling book Lost Connections and watch Johann Hari: The Antidote to Loneliness.

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About the Author

Azriel ReShel is awWriter, editor, yoga Teacher & healing facilitator.

This article (The Root Cause of Depression and How to Heal It) was originally posted at Uplift Connect, and is reposted here with permission.

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Phillip Schneider, Contributor
Waking Times

In a world filled to the brim with likes, posts, and status updates, where the average teenage youth spends a whopping 9 hours a day with some form of media, it almost seems as though Facebook and Twitter are becoming a sub-reality of their own. Plug in and tune out could be the mantra of our coming generation, but is that a good thing? New research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine reveals a link between social media and depression among young adults.

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The study began in 2014, when Dr. Brian Primack and his colleagues used questionnaires to sample 1,787 U.S. adults aged 19 through 32, to determine the association between social media use and depression. It asked the participants about 11 of the most popular social media sites at the time: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, Tumblr, Google Plus, Pinterest, Vine, and LinkedIn.

On average, the study found that these young adults visited the various social media sites 30 times per week and at a total of about 61 minutes per day. Of these participants, over a quarter were considered to have “high” indicators of depression.

individuals in the highest quartile of SM site visits per week and those with a higher global frequency score had significantly increased odds of depression.

Previous studies on the link between social media use and depression have been done, but being limited to small or localized regions, have come to yield mixed results. This was the first nationally representative study to be done on the topic and used a multitude of social media outlets to reach its conclusion.

The findings of this study could lead to a greater understanding of the causes of depression, both for individuals and therapists alike. Having been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Cancer Institute, the research can be found in the April issue of the Depression and Anxiety journal, a very prestigious online magazine on the subject of anxiety and depression.

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Whether it was total time spent or frequency of visits, the authors of this study firmly believe that there are clear and linear links between depression and the use of social media in young adults. Those participants in the study who reported to have used social media sites most frequently were a whole 2.7 times more likely to be depressed than those who used it the least and those who spent the most time on social media were 1.7 times more likely.

SM use was significantly associated with increased depression.

Many other factors were controlled throughout the study, including age, sex, race, relationship status, living situation and income, education level and other factors that may contribute to depression. Lui yi Lin, the lead author of the study, emphasizes that the cross-sectional nature of the study does not disentangle cause and effect.

From a weakened immune system to actual changes in the structure of the brain, particularly the hippocampus which is associated with forming emotions and memory, the importance of combating and avoiding depression is becoming clearer all the time. Perhaps getting out into nature or engaging in more creative activities can help us gain a greater well-being, rather than scrolling through status updates and pictures posted by friends and strangers online.

Read more articles from Phillip Schneider.

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About the Author

Phillip Schneider is a student and a staff writer for Waking Times.

This article (Study Finds Clear Link Between Social Media and Depression) was originally created and published by Phillip Schneider and is reposted here with permission.

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Meat and dairy industries are on the way to becoming the world’s largest polluters, even topping the fossil fuel industry, according to a new report.

The Institute for Agricultural and Trade Policy and GRAIN came to this conclusion after conducting a thorough analysis of the top 35 meat and dairy producers in the world. Overall, their report found that the companies were often hiding data about their emissions others had set targets that showed how they intended to deal with the amount of pollution they were producing.

The authors warned that if these industries were to continue down their current path, that they could be responsible for 80 percent of the allowable greenhouse gas budget by 2050.

“There’s no other choice. Meat and dairy production in the countries where the top 35 companies dominate must be significantly reduced,” Devlin Kuyek, a researcher from GRAIN told The Independent.

“These corporations are pushing for trade agreements that will increase exports and emissions, and they are undermining real climate solutions like agroecology that benefit farmers, workers, and consumers.”

The top five meat and dairy corporations of the world are already responsible for more emissions than ExxonMobil, Shell, and BP.

Who’s Responsible?

The consumption of meat and dairy across the globe is quite concentrated in only several countries and the top livestock companies resemble those countries.

China, the US, the EU, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand combined, are responsible for a whopping 60% of the global contribution to meat and dairy emissions, this is about two times as much as the rest of the world on a per capita basis.

The authors also looked at any efforts that were being taken to limit the amount of emissions and found only six of the 35 companies that were studied had targets including their entire supply chain, even though this portion accounts for up to 90 percent of the total emissions.

“It’s time we realized over-consumption is directly linked to the subsidies we provide the industry to continue deforesting, depleting our natural resources and creating a major public health hazard through antibiotic overuse,” said Shefali Sharma, director of IATP.

“This report shows what a key role they play in creating climate change as well.”

It’s great to see that this research is finally making it’s way to the mainstream. The documentary film ‘Cowspiracy’ did a great job of presenting this information to the masses a few years ago.

With Awareness, Comes Change

Yes, these companies should be held responsible for their poor practices, this might even be an issue for the UN to take note of and step in to ensure better practices for the future. However, we don’t have to wait for policymakers of the world to stop this from happening, we have the power in our own hands.

By stopping the consumption of these products, or at the very least reducing the amount of meat and animal products we are consuming on a regular basis, we could make a significant dent in the number of emissions and pollution caused by Big Meat and Big Dairy across the globe. We can make a difference in a number of ways.

With so many plant-based alternatives becoming available and widespread knowledge on the benefits of a plant-based diet, it’s easy to see why eliminating animal products from your diet simply makes sense.

It’s simple, if we are not consuming these products than the big corporations will not be producing them, thus drastically lowering the amount of harm we are causing to the planet. This is one way to directly vote with your dollar and put your money where your mouth is. It is so exciting to see this information come to the surface and more and more information becoming available to us that shows us blatantly what we can do to make a profound impact.

We can all do our part.

Much Love

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