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Timothy Glenn ~ Your Game Review

Another post from my friend Timothy Glenn. He’s cranking them out these days! This one arrived with the following photo and quote. I’ll let Tim’s words speak for themselves, as I know many will greet them with both shock and relief. Yes, it can really be that simple. 🙂

Truth by Wilde-1

Your Game Review
Analogies From the Proterrian Channelings

By Timothy Glenn

Life on 3D Planet Earth: according to Proterrian, this amounts to nothing more than a virtual reality computer game, an MMO RPG (a massively multi-player online roleplaying game). And the only reason we are here experiencing this life, is because we have become game addicts.

Once upon a dimension, you and your friends were strolling through the Cosmic Gaming Arcade, and you happened upon a strange-looking game in a dimly lighted corner. The artwork for Life on 3D Planet Earth abounded with improbable creatures and incomprehensible symbols. Curiosity got the better of you.

The Right Hook

You slipped a token into the slot, and played for awhile, puzzled as to what this game could be. None of it made any sense. Who would create a game that hardly gave the players any options? Before long, something weird happened, and the game announced you were “dead”.

Huh? What did “dead” mean? You had no clue, except that your icon would no longer function no matter how you clicked on it, and the game indicated that you only had two more “lives” left. Those “lives” passed quickly. However, your curiosity had been piqued, so you slipped another token into the slot.

You had never imagined that a game could be constructed within such narrow parameters, but a few tokens and a lot of frustration later, you started figuring out a few ways to evade that goofy “death” concept, and to prolong your “lives”.

The Left Jab

With so much focus crammed into such miniscule parametric quantities, portions of your consciousness began to feel fuzzy, grow numb and fade out of mind. You had no use for all of that awareness in the game, anyway.

Although your options barely existed, the game itself simply teemed with different ways it could “kill” you. This quickly led to an obsession with avoiding “death”, which for some odd reason seemed to be inevitable anyway. You wavered between weariness with the monotony and fascination with devising clever strategies for staying “alive”.

You might have quit, but you made a momentous move that triggered a surprise announcement from the game: “Congratulations! You have won a Free Life.” What a concept! Now, all you had to do was figure out exactly what you had accomplished to win your “Free Life”. Tokens and “lives” flew by, and soon you were concocting schemes to win those delectable prizes.

You could not fathom what it meant to “compromise your integrity”, much less to “sell your soul”, but those tricks worked like a charm. You developed an arsenal of utilitarian tools. You had already mastered the basics: fear, lust, ignorance, arrogance, anger, judgment. But upon that foundation, you now crafted your “lives” with finely tuned instruments: deceit, manipulation, usury, malice, greed, hatred. Man, you were on a roll…toward loss, pain, grief, depression, and other surefire ways to score points.

Hey, You!

Some of your friends wanted you to join them in playing other games or to explore another part of the arcade, but you merely expressed annoyance at having your game interrupted. “Leave me alone. Don’t break my concentration.” Ignoring your friends became a key part of succeeding in the game.

The fact that you had become socially dysfunctional never registered with you. Nothing mattered but the game, and winning more chances to “cheat death”. Now there was a concept that scored points.

Your friends finally gave up and walked away when they witnessed you jumping into the air and triumphantly shouting, “I won seven free lives!” And somewhere…in some foggy matrix…a game developer intoned the word sucker…

Time Out

We interrupt this analogy to return to Proterrian, who has just illustrated how the soul itself became addicted to this MMO RPG called Life on 3D Planet Earth.

The soul became mired in the illusions of this world over the course of eons, and eventually accepted ridiculous notions, like: we are here to learn something. Proterrian incessantly reminds us that we are part of the Infinite. “And as God, what is there you really need to learn? Nothing. Learning something is merely a structure of playing the game. You don’t come into this world to learn. You come into this world to forget, and then to play the game of remembering.”

Getting Wise to the Game

Proterrian notes that many of us are awakening within the game, and we find ourselves wondering why we ever thought this was a cool game to play in the first place. We are glancing around, refocusing our eyes and shaking our heads, because we can even see the background grid. We are muttering things like, “Too many glitches. And the colorization is off. And when it comes right down to it, the graphics really suck.”

Using another analogy, Proterrian likens us to avid gamers, rather than addicts. Of course, we’re avid. We are working for the prestigious Cosmic Gaming Magazine, and we are studying this game with due diligence, because we are preparing to write our game reviews. We are currently finishing the last round of play, and we are anxious to quit playing altogether, so we can expound with reliable authority. “Life on 3D Planet Earth: A Definitive Review.” Upon seeing our reviews in print, some of us look look forward to clicking on Uninstall.

Reviewer Preview

According to Proterrian, the latest intergalactic poll conducted among the reviewers portends exceptionally low playability ratings. The developers may soon be seeking other employment.

Advance comments from various reviewers:

“The developers apparently took the concept of Crash and Reboot, and turned it into
a game of death and rebirth.”

“The soundtrack will probably rank among the worst for several galaxies around. The jarring and grating noises disturb all neighboring solar systems.”

“If you are looking for nothing but addiction, this game is for you.”

“Interesting rough draft, but not quite ready for beta testing. Vast potential left undeveloped. Never quite got the hang of that loneliness feature.”

“This game is cleverly designed to suck the life energy out of the players, without the players being able to discern who ends up with their energy.”

“Unimaginative to the point that if banality were king, Life on 3D Planet Earth would rule the universe.”

“Divine Love, the Universal Essence, is replaced by something called fear. Joy is replaced by a strange idea called seriousness. Life is replaced by a device called entropy. The game requires massive amounts of energy to learn, and then you wish you hadn’t learned any of it.”

“This reviewer confesses to copping out before attaining Elite Level.”

All Spun Out

Proterrian marvels at the endurance of the Elite Level players. “Each of you has been racing for ages on the Hamster Wheel of Karma and Reincarnation. Indeed, you have been spinning your wheels in the mud for eons.”

The final steps: Click on quit. The game will ask, “Are you sure?” Click on yes. Write your review. Click on Uninstall.

And now for the burning question: As a professional game reviewer, how many stars will you give Life on 3D Planet Earth?

Timothy Glenn
http://soulpurposereadings.com/

The Oracle Report ~ Saturday, August 24 – Sunday, August 25, 2013

I’ve now had two people mention to me how strongly they resonated with the weekend’s Oracle Report, so I thought I’d follow my nudge to post it. Lots going on under the surface and then bubbling up for sharing.

The Oracle Report

Saturday, August 24 – Sunday, August 25, 2013

Disseminating Moon Phase: sharing, teaching, learning, introspection

Moon: Aries/Taurus

Ruling Mahavidya: Bhairavi and Shodashi

Today we begin the Disseminating Moon phase. Disseminating Moon phase is the time of the lunar month when we share with others and receive feedback that helps the wish/intention we set back at the New Moon phase to become stronger. We do not need to share or disclose the wish or intention per se. We share ourselves and, in the process, we not only receive messages and information that is helpful to us, but we provide messages and information that is helpful to others. Disseminating Phase is about communication.

We have ample power for communication and sharing from the Disseminating Moon phase combined with this weekend’s conjunction of Mercury (the Planet of Communication!) and the Sun. You will want to follow inner prompts to share information, go certain places, see certain people, pick up a specific book, talk to someone in particular, etc. Synchronicities abound, so pay close attention.

In the pattern of the Moon phases shifting between active and passive states, Full Moon phase is “active” and Disseminating Moon phase is “passive.” Even though we are taking action when we share with others, the mission is more about introspecting on the information we are receiving. Receiving is passive. Wise owls go inside themselves and observe in order to learn. Disseminating Phase always feels to me like playing the game “Clue” when I was younger (it has since lost its appeal; I tried it again recently). We are on the trail to learn more about our mystery (our wish or intention).

But this works best when we are willing to follow our intutition and share what we are prompted to share. In this way, we collaborate with others to bring about everyone’s wish or intention. We are part of their dream.

This does not mean what we hear from others is the way it is or the way it will be. It’s to be taken on board for consideration. The process of consideration (introspection) is what strengthens the wish or intention. Take the best and ignore the rest.

We have some particularly strong astrological energies coming up this week, primarily the approach of the Black Moon to oppose Pluto (with the exact conjunction on Thursday). As I’ve discussed, this astrological energy is taking romantic relationships to different levels (ending altogether or going in a new direction). Black Moon/Pluto energy only affects romantic relationships that are serious. This energy is interested only in true love, not superficiality. Commitment issues and the desire for commitment are the main focus. Also, the strong feminine energy (wild power) that began yesterday will remain in effect for a few more weeks. The power to fall in love or fall back in love is exceptionally high.

While this is transpiring this week, Mercury and the Sun will oppose Neptune and begin opposition with Chiron. Mars will move out of soft and sensitive Cancer and into fiery and dramatic Leo.

This is a lot.

Translation: Power down this weekend and charge up your inner batteries. Sudden, deep, transformative realizations come from sharing with others and taking in what others are feeding back to us. Pay attention to nature. The Mahavidyas often communicate their teachings through the natural world. Remember that fortification of the heart is taking place this month, calling forth the spiritual warrior in each of us. Follow the mission of Disseminating Moon phase and share your time, your thoughts, your ideas, and your feelings with others and see what feeds back to you.

A Glorious Pre-Autumn Show

Well, the plants say it’s time for another garden update, because they’re showing signs of Fall. We had a cold week here a little while back, with nighttime temperatures in the 40’s! Cool, crisp days, some nice, heavy rains. The plants and I all wondered if Autumn might be making a very early appearance. In fact, my bell pepper plant stopped producing, and “told” me it was due to the cold weather, even though we were nowhere near frost. Last night while having a little ragweed sneezing “break” from sleep, I learned via the iPhone that bell pepper plants stop producing when they sense temperatures below 65 degrees. Who knew?! Certainly not I, but in the future, I will cover my peppers if it dips below 65 at night.

Even though my sunflowers are also looking rather advanced for their age — kinda droopy like Fall — I’m grateful at the moment to have as lush a garden as I do. David and I eat fresh produce every night, immediately harvested before food prep, and most lunches and smoothies feature some kind of garden fresh produce, too. Many people have told me that their tomato plants kicked it in the cold weather — blight seems to like those dewy days that don’t burn off. I’ve had to prune some spotted leaves, too, but I have a different problem here: the tomato plants have grown so huge that three of them tipped over the back of the garden this week, despite multiple cages per plant, plus various booby trapped stakings and stringings. They’re still producing like crazy, though. It seems like every day, we’re eating, giving away, freezing and/or dehydrating tomatoes here. By kindly tipping backwards (as requested by me if they felt the need to fall over), they freed up a lot more sunny space for the rest of the “Bed Bed,” which has burst forth with even more color and productivity.

Lavender and friends

That yellow marigold in the back hadn’t been flowering, because the tomato kept shading it. Suddenly, she has exploded in blossoms, and the Dwarf Siberian Kale has never been happier. I love how the lavender, geraniums, marigolds, onion and cauliflower “trap crop” just love on each other in a rainbow of colors.

Nasturtiums have also taken off. They and the nearby parsley have doubled in size just this past week.

Nasturtiums have also taken off. They and the nearby parsley have doubled in size just this past week.

garden overview

Part of this week’s grind has been filling the rest of the “Guarden” bed, the white structure that will eventually have a cold frame on it. (No affiliate link. I just think it’s a cool product!) That thing takes 600 pounds of soil, and guess what? I hauled it and mixed it all myself. Sheesh! That was a lot of heavy, stinky “Chickety Doo Doo” work. Yesterday, while I finished up the rest of the loading, I glanced over at the “Bed Bed” (a repurposed Sleep Number Bed Frame that performs far better as a garden than it ever did as a bed!). I had a brief moment wondering why I’ve worked so hard to set up this yard and realized that I really haven’t even touched the permaculture aspects yet. I’ve just been trying to get the garden itself up and running. I wasn’t feeling particularly like a partner with Nature, but rather a bit of a crazy faery lady planting flowers and veggies all over the place. At just that moment, I glanced at the Bed Bed and saw a Giant Swallowtail butterfly happily sipping away on the zinnias.

zinnias

I didn’t have my phone on me at the time, and anyway, I was coated in dirt so wouldn’t have wanted to photograph right then. Here’s a picture I found on Wikipedia, though:

Giant Swallowtail (photo from Wikipedia)

Giant Swallowtail (photo from Wikipedia)

This butterfly followed me around the yard as I picked up dandelion puffballs and carefully walked them to a collection bag away from the freshly filled Guarden bed. Then she would hoppity bop her way back to the zinnias, over to the explosion of color in the InstaBed:

Lacinato kale and friends

… and then back to the zinnias. I felt this butterfly was a “she” for some reason, and she kept me company along with the hoverflies who seemed most interested in my next project, preparing a medicinal herb bed for next Spring:

beginning to lasagna garden an herb bed, which will be mulched to high heaven later next week

beginning to lasagna garden an herb bed, which will be mulched to high heaven later next week

For some reason, those hoverflies really love that part of the yard. I don’t know if it’s the watermelon:

Jubilee watermelon growing in a crate

Jubilee watermelon growing in a crate

Or perhaps the happy cantaloupe growing up the trellis, also growing in crates:

cantaloupe

In any case, the hoverflies zipped around me this afternoon, too, while I added sand, peat moss, lime and mushroom compost on top of the newspapers and cardboard. Hoverflies are super cool! They look like giant striped bees — these ones were black and white with a hint of red — but they don’t sting.

I haven’t had any trouble with bees or wasps. Last year, we had a wasp nest close to our little strip of garden on the side of our Madison house. They stung our neighbor when he moved our garbage can, which conveniently kept him out of my garden, where I had previously asked him not to tread. He was afraid of those wasps! He’d joke with me that ours was the only house on the block that he wouldn’t go near because “‘o’ them wasps!” I told him I’d just send a preemptive message, “Comin’ thru, comin’ thru, I mean you no harm,” and they would part like the Red Sea. Never had an issue with them at all.

This year, we have bees galore, mostly bumble bees, which are apparently, the most efficient pollinators, even above honey bees. In the front sunflower and bee-friendly bed, I often see twenty or more bees in a two square foot area that I’m trying to water. Every once in awhile they’ve gotten a bit angry with me for interrupting their meal, but I send a quick, “Hey! I planted these flowers, and if I weren’t watering them, they wouldn’t be here. So don’t give me any of that buzz, alright? If it weren’t for me, you wouldn’t be eating these flowers, because they wouldn’t be here. Got it?” Then they happily move on to a different flower without harassing me at all. In the back gardens, I often see too many bees to count sipping on the flowering oregano:

oregano

I somehow managed to get them to clear away for the photo, because in the past they’ve buzzed around my head and hands making me fear dropping my iPhone in a flower bed!

I also finally just let the arugula flower instead of pinching off the flowers multiple times per day so I could keep harvesting greens. We have enough greens, and if this arugula wants to make seed so badly, so be it! I will replant some in the new raised bed.

arugula

The bees are loving the arugula flowers, and now the nearby bush basil and Italian basil want to know why I keep pinching their flowers. “I’m not done with you yet!” I tell them. “You’ll just die after you go to seed, and wouldn’t you rather become a delicious pesto and have me honor you all winter when I savor your flavor from this summer?” As a matter of fact, they would — for now. Speaking of speaking to plants, I am reading a wonderful library book called “Old-Time Gardening Wisdom: Lessons learned from Grandma Putt’s kitchen cupboard, medicine cabinet, and garden shed!” Page 76 of Jerry Baker’s book reads:

“Talk to your plants!

“That’s what made me famous many, many years ago, and I still strongly believe in that philosophy today! …

“Believe you me, talking to vegetables, shrubs, grass, trees, and flowers is not a kooky or crazy thing to do. Any doctor worth his degree will tell you you’re not a nut if you talk with the living, growing things in your garden. …

“Grandma Putt said anyone who has been gardening for a very long time has to be a great plant communicator. Why? Because they are most likely reaping as much news from their gardens as there is in the newspaper they use for mulch!

“So, if you want to have green-thumb growing success, get out there and start gabbing with your plants … the minute they stick their heads above ground!”

I highly recommend this book, BTW. I wouldn’t try everything in here, but I’m finding all sorts of affirmations of things I just “felt to do” in the garden, including having faery bling and other metal things. One chapter is called “Electrify Your Garden” and describes an old method of using metal to charge the air in the garden, increasing nitrogen for your plants. This is especially noticeable after storms. That’s according to Jerry Baker, his Grandma Putt, lots of scientists and yours truly. Of course, the faeries claim it’s them making the plants grow so well as a thank you for flowers and bling. Whatever works. 😉

Anyhoo, just a little pre-Autumn beauty in the garden, which sustains me as I take on ever larger areas and challenges in this crazy old yard.

Cheers!

Jon Rappoport August 22 2013 ~ The US is Bankrolling the Genetic Engineering of Humans

This is not just a question of the US Constitution, although I do see Jon’s point that it might be Americans’ best defense against such an atrocity. For those who still believe in a benign government and a benign collusion between chemical companies, BigPharma and the GMO industry, I hope this piece will finally begin to make clear what the actual agenda is: genetic alteration of the human species.

And no, I don’t mean they want to help along “Human Evolution.” Between the brain mapping advocated by the current administration, the official psychiatric pathologizing of all human emotions, the patenting of DNA, the stacking of Monsanto employees in the FDA, and now this DARPA program, which, if you’ve ever researched DARPA you know is really a sinister organization … humanity really is in a fight for its very existence.

At what point will people draw the line? Non-organic foods are already spliced with human genes and pig genes (very close to humans), many of which are inactive in the food but activated once they encounter the human body. Do you want to be a Frankenslave? Because that’s the agenda. That and robo-humans who automatically obey orders and can’t decide anything for themselves. “Transhumanism” — machine-human hybrids and genetically engineered humans. Is this what you showed up on this planet to experience? If ever there was a time for not just Americans but the entire world to gather together and shout an enormous “Stop!” this would be it. If ever there was a time for humanity to set aside squabbles and argue for sovereignty over our body and for a return to honoring Nature as sacred, this would be it.

Calling any and every Earth lover, human lover, Nature lover, and any person who recognizes that some things are and shall always remain sacred … please send Reiki, pray, visualize, cast spells, plant organic and heirloom seeds, and/or use whatever gifts and skills you have to provide some extra oomph to blasting ourselves out of this Brave New World, 1984, Frankenstein, and Bladerunner combined. It’s time.

… Speaking of which … DARPA has also been heavily involved in Time Travel and Project Pegasus. … It’s easy to keep control when you keep hijacking the changing timelines. No matter. We have tools for that, too! So dust off your Reiki Distant Healing Symbol and blast away … collapse the time-space and space-time continuum by chanting OM … break out your copy of A Wrinkle in Time and tesseract on outta this timeline.

Even as I write, I know I’m not a part of this, and many of you aren’t either. Still, it never hurts to add extra fuel to the sacred fire of purification and transformation. Who knows? Since all time is Now, maybe that extra fuel is exactly what saves, saved and will save us from the abomination “they” would have us become.

Thanks, Gillian.

Jon Rappoport ~ The US Government is Bankrolling the Engineering of Humans

If you still remember a piece of paper called the US Constitution, you might wonder under what section of that document the government is permitted to alter the human species.

A current Pentagon plan to create a biological platform inside the human body, using it to deliver new genetic information, and thus changing what the human body is and does…well, that is about as outrageous as you can get, when it comes to the violation of permitted federal powers.

Yet, the White House doesn’t care, nor does Congress, nor does the Supreme Court, nor does any federal agency or oversight department. It’s all right. It’s not a problem. It’s a “medical” program, you see. And therefore it will help people, and the government’s job is to help people.

This is the new version of the Constitution: “the government is here to help you, and anything it does in that regard is legal.” Sign up now. Get on the list. Help overrides anything written into the Constitution.

“If the government wants to help me, it’s fine. That’s what government is for. It’s like a parent. If the daddy is injecting me with genetic material to make me better, I love it.”

DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is preparing to launch these genetic experiments. DARPA is organized under the Pentagon, which is organized under the Dept, of Defense, which is an agency of the executive branch, which means the White House, which refers to the President, where the buck stops. So that’s the chain of command. The violation of the Constitution goes all the way to the top.

Here is a key quote from the DARPA proposal: “…the successful development of technologies for rapid introduction of large DNA vectors into human cell lines will enable the ability to engineer much more complex functionalities into human cell lines than are currently possible.”

DARPA plans to insert a 47th chromosome into human cell lines. That chromosome will serve as a kind of platform that will make subsequent delivery of new genetic information much easier.

New genetic information means alterations in the body, at the level of DNA.

Engineering humans.

DARPA will justify these experiments on the basis of improving soldiers’ performance on the battlefield, their general health, their capacity to recover from illness, injury, exhaustion. They can justify it any way they want to, but it adds up to the same thing.

“We will change you. We will make you better. And, ahem, uh, easier to control.”

But this isn’t a debate about how a human could be made better or what “better” should mean or who should decide. It’s an argument that the whole program is a violation of the Constitution—because if we don’t stand on that, we don’t stand on anything.

Without invoking the law of the land, we allow various people to squabble about lesser issues and determine outcomes based on random and arbitrary factors.

“Well, I don’t think the Pentagon should be in charge of this program at all. It should be moved over to the National Institutes of Health, where it belongs.”

“I see no problem with Pentagon handling it, as long as there is civilian oversight from, say, the FDA. We could also have university scientists act in a consulting capacity…”

“The President should appoint a Genetics Czar. He could supervise the whole thing, with Congressional oversight.”

“It has to be run by the government. Otherwise, we can’t guarantee it’ll be done in an ethical fashion.”

No. The whole effort to engineer humans is unconstitutional, where government involvement is concerned. As for private companies taking part, there are already laws on the books about engineering humans. The adequate enforcement of those laws is another problem.

There’s nothing much at stake here. Only the future of the human species.

If private citizens, who are the target of this experimentation, don’t have standing to file a class action suit against the government, who does? A judge denying standing would, in and of itself, create an uproar.

“Let me see if I’ve got this straight, Your Honor. We, as private citizens, who would have our DNA changed, don’t have the right to object. Correct? Call us crazy, but we thought potential victims are precisely the class who must take action. Who should oppose this program? Ants? Rats? Chimpanzees?”

If there are any constitutional lawyers out there who see what’s happening here, I advise immediate filings. Take this horror to the most basic level: the gross violation of federal powers. Bury the government where they stand. Make the point. Cut this off at the pass.

If there is any issue around which the American people should be able to unite, the government alteration of their genes should be it.

If not, I suggest consulting travel brochures for other planets.

Jon Rappoport

A Second “Twin” Star of David Portal – August 25th, 2013

Another potent energy portal on August 25th. Some people are calling this the new “Ascension Date” and I’ve received more than a few emails about timelines splitting on this date, the world ending or other “prophecies.” My take on these potent alignments like 12/21/12, 7/29/13 and all the other really amazing astrological alignments is that they are supportive windows for certain types of energy. No one is going to do all your shifting *for* you. It’s still your life and you can refuse to engage the energies. Some might carry you along a bit anyway, but this is a participatory Universe. Recognizing the energy of the stars, planets and Moon is not so different than deciding to have your roof fixed during a non-rainy season, or planning for the birth of your child sometime around the due date rather than a year out. Enjoy the journey. It’s yours and yours alone, even though many are also taking their own journeys and saying hi along the way.

Tania Marie

quartz-merkabaYou may remember the post from July 29th I shared on the Star of David – Merkaba – Grand Sextile Portal which had profound effect for everyone and was a time to really tune in and harness that heart intention that would be amplified.

Well, this Sunday, August 25th, there is going to be a second “twin” Star of David creating what is being called a “Peace Portal”.

So, what does this mean? Well, it’s yet another energetic doorway to harnessing intentional peace within our hearts – sounds like something good to do every moment of each day, right?

But truth be told, it is easy to get pulled in different directions and not take advantage of the chance to do that daily in a way that would truly shift your experience.

So, if this is the case for you, no reason to be angry that you may get off…

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Two Questions for Doctors — And Congress

I sent this as a private email to my dad today, since he’s needing to evaluate some recommended treatments. Even with my own dad, I am not diagnosing or prescribing — just encouraging him to keep his eyes, ears and Spidey senses open. I thought my comments were worth sharing here, too, with a little addendum at the end:

On the rare occasions I was allowed into one of [my very health-challenged ex’s] doctor’s appointments, I would invariably ask two questions after the doctors had had their say:

1) If this were you, would you pursue this same diagnosis and treatment?

2) If this were your spouse, would you pursue this same diagnosis and course of treatment?

The squirming, lack of eye contact and question dodging were usually quite telling. Every once in awhile, a doctor would look me in the eye and say, “Well, if it were me, I would get acupuncture” or “Well, if it were my spouse, I would do what YOU are suggesting, but I’m not allowed to suggest that to a patient.” Usually, they would just mumble about how those questions were completely irrelevant.

On the contrary, I found the questions ever so instructional! If someone answered yes, I would ask them to tell me why they would choose this particular treatment or diagnosis over all the others available, making sure to ask them if they knew of the variety of other options and how much they had studied those other areas to see if they actually knew what they were talking about.

Not surprisingly, I was usually not allowed in my [then husband’s] appointments, but I was always very polite. 🙂 At least one doctor in Reno and one in Monterey changed their definitions of and treatment of Lyme Disease based in large part on our conversations. One doctor in San Francisco admitted to me that he would not pursue traditional medicine at all and in fact, only uses TCM/acupuncture for his own and his wife’s health issues. I understand that a large percentage of surveyed oncologists would refuse chemo themselves.

Anyway … in your decisions you might want to ask your various doctors recommending certain courses of action what they would choose for themselves as well as for their spouses. Then watch their body language, listen to tone of voice and see if they make eye contact if they’re still trying to sell a particular item –because, unfortunately, sales are a factor. Chemo drugs are very, very expensive, and many doctors get major kickbacks in terms of bonuses, grants, and other perks based on what level of drugs they prescribe. This is not me being paranoid. It’s quite well-documented if you look for the information. I also heard it straight from the pharmaceutical rep’s mouths when I knew sales people from Merck and straight from the MD’s at the Lyme conference I spoke at in January 2011.

Cancer and drugs are big, big business.

Along the same line of questioning, one might ask Congress if they would engage in the same “care” offered in the body-sovereignty crushing “Affordable” “Care” Act. Of course, they have kindly saved us the trouble of asking that question by quietly exempting themselves from Obamacare. The IRS — who will be enforcing this “health” “care” is arguing for an exemption, too. Sometimes silence is deafening, even in a torrent of rhetoric and sales pitches. Sometimes hypocrisy screams so loud you wonder how the whole world isn’t suffering from tinnitus!

Whenever anyone — doctor, priest, armed FDA agent, mandatory vaccine pusher, or Congressional critter — insists he or she knows what’s best for you and your body, take a moment to ask if he or she would willingly accept the route they want to impose on you. Maybe they will, but often they won’t.

Even if they would follow the imposing protocol, that still doesn’t mean they know what’s best for you. It might just mean they’re stupid, brainwashed or mis-educated. When I spoke with some lovely state representatives in Wisconsin back in 2011, they didn’t even know what a GMO was, and they thought people who wanted to drink raw milk would be buying it from factory farms! Um, ewwwwww! No crossover market there: it’s vegan or organic raw dairy from small farms. I gave them a little education of my own, all about accepted pus levels, factory farm conditions, antibiotics and Frankenfoods. Let’s just say, many of them pushed away their snacks during the course of our conversation. I don’t know if it ultimately changed their votes, though. Lobbies work hard for their corporate money, providing free “education” and perks to lawmakers, just like BigPharma reps do for doctors … just like all those Rockefeller grant regulations do for Med Schools.

Personally, I trust myself and my own body’s wisdom far more than a corporation, government or system that only profits from me being sick, weak and too brainwashed to fight back. There’s a time and a place for everything, including Western Medicine. I just personally do my best to ensure that I’m far, far away from that time and place.

What Are You Learning?

We live in the so-called “Information Age.” What kind of information are you imbibing? Do you watch the outsized, overblown mythology and status-quo (or worse) brainwashing ironically called “the news”? Or do you devour alternative media’s infinite listings of all the ways our world is going and has already gone to hell in the proverbial hand basket? Do you “forget all that stuff” and turn on your favorite TV programming “to numb out”? Or do work and childcare fill your days and nights so fast that you find little time for learning anything at all? Even so, we’re in the Information Age. Information bombards us everywhere we turn. The question remains: “What are you learning?”

Because we have agency over what goes into that noggin of ours.

Yes, certain things demand more of our time and attention than others, but we can still squeeze in some positive, practical and joyful tidbits here and there. Passion exponentially amplifies whatever information we glean, making even small time investments pay bigger learning dividends.

Try to learn five new things every day: little factoids, practical tips, new techniques, a new piece of music, a chant, how to cure an ingrown toenail, how to write (and think) in active voice, or acquiring any old-fashioned but largely forgotten skills. Topic or field doesn’t matter. The only requirement is that the information interests you.

Also consider the ways you acquire information. In this age of zippity doo dah texts, emails, web phones, wifi laundromats, satellite this and LinkedIn that … do you ever … unplug? When was the last time you read an actual, physical book? It’s a different experience than a Kindle — having words on a page go directly to brain rather than projected and received through yet another screen. When was the last time you walked outside and observed Nature? Smelled a rose? Picked your own tomato — either from a garden or a Farmer’s Market table brimful of ugly yet delectable heirlooms? Do you even know what “heirloom” means with regard to food? When was the last time you cut your own hair or made your own lasagna? Have you built anything since Legoland? What about music? Or stories? Do you know any poetry by heart? How often do you visit your local library? Have you ever taken a dance class? Or tried your hand at watercolors?

In the “Information Age,” how quickly most people dismiss any information that comes through the body — through doing instead of watching YouTube videos. How quickly our society dismisses beauty as a luxury, healthy food as a weird obsession, trade skills as “blue collar,” and self-sufficiency as a bizarre, “Doomsday Prepper” lifestyle.

Ummmm, until the Industrial Revolution gave us ugly factories, crowded cities, pollution, toxic pharmaceutical drugs, GMO’s, couch potato desk jobs, and instant everything, beauty, real food, tangible skills, and self-sufficiency were just … Life!

What kind of information do you consume on a daily basis? What kind of things would you prefer to learn and experience? “No time” usually just means you haven’t gotten creative enough with how you use the time available. Listen to books on tape or CD in the car or while working out at the gym. Chant while making dinner. Paint during a few of the hours you would have frittered away on Facebook or in front of the tell-LIE-vision. Plant a handful of seeds and just nurture them to maturity, even if it’s just a basil plant in your Southern window. You’ll learn something. I guarantee it.

We can — as a society and as individuals — reclaim the “Information Age.” Learn what we want to learn. Become the change we wish to see in the world:

“Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.” ~Henry L. Doherty

“It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.” ~Jacob Bronowski

“The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.” ~Antisthenes

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” ~Alvin Toffler

“I find four great classes of students: The dumb who stay dumb. The dumb who become wise. The wise who go dumb. The wise who remain wise.” ~Martin H. Fischer