GIVING THANKS IN 2020

In the debacle of Donald Trumps refusal to concede power, American families ponder on whether to meet to celebrate Thanksgiving in the current pandemic. The date might provide a meaningful opportunity to consider what has been gained and what lost since 1776. When the Pilgrim Fathers landed at Plymouth in 1620 fleeing religous persecution, the only Americans were the indigenous peoples. The first Dutch fur traders who had arrived in Albany in 1613 had been welcomed by native Americans who stated  “We have a canoe, you have a boat,” suggesting they link the two vessels and ‘float down the river of Life together.’ The predictable difficulty arose when some wanted one foot in the canoe and one in the boat.

Benjamin Franklin attended the Lancaster Treaty of 1744, inviting the chiefs of 6 Indian nations to attend. Mr. Franklin was intrigued with the governmental structure of the Iroquois’ League of the Six Nations, six Indian tribes under one ruling government. They discussed  good governance, representation, peaceful transfer of power, 2 political houses – and the power of the people. The Indians advised colonial leaders on how to create a government modelled after the Iroquois League of nations. On 17th Dec 1988, the U.S. Senate paid tribute with a resolution that said:  “The confederation of the original 13 colonies into one republic was influenced by the political system developed by the Iroquois Confederacy, as were many of the democratic principles which were incorporated into the constitution itself.”

THE PEACE MAKER 

Native American tradition holds that mankind is  subject to a higher authority and that people and all Creation are intertwined. In an unknown time of great conflict many hundreds of years ago, a spiritual being arrived to teach the tribes the ways of Peace through an observance of Natural Law.   The formula was Peace-Equity-Power of the Good Mind. He warned them  “Do not challenge the laws – you will not prevailWhen you become weak, afraid, the spiritual law will stiffen your spine, then you will survive…“Be fair to the people – Justice comes with fairness”  He taught Unity, that everyone must be of the same mind. This became the Iroquois Confederacy.

Great Turtle Island  is the name give to the continent of America by the indigenous people. The Tree of Peace was  planted by the Peacemaker, a symbol of The Great Spiritual Law with an eagle, a sacred symbol to the Iroquois people, placed above the tree. The fifty chiefs buried their weapons beneath it, a marker that fighting was over. Peacemaker then took one arrow from a quiver and snapped it easily, then three, then five; putting several arrows together he showed it was impossible to break them, that together the tribes too would be unbreakable.

Peacemaker said “You shall know your nation through your women. Because the Earth is female the women will be working with the earth”  he chose a woman as clan leader and made women clan mothers. Society followed matrilineal form, land was vested in the women, when a girl was born she was a  land holder, women held the dwellings, horses and farmed land, and a woman’s property before marriage stayed in her possession. Every child born had a nation, a name, an identity and inheritance.

IF A LEADER DOES NOT PROVE SOUND, BECOMES CORUPT OR DOES NOT LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE, CLAN MOTHERS HAVE THE POWER TO TO STRIP HIM OF HIS LEADERSHIP AND HE IS REMOVED BY THE PEOPLE.

Animal names were given to the original 50 chiefs and Clan Mother, Chief, Sub Chief and a Faithkeeper were appointed. On the death of a tribal chief it is Clan Mother who chooses the next leader, this must be agreed upon by concensus. Clans gather at an appointed time to judge the man, who must be a family man in good standing, honest, courageous, patient and tolerant. In this lengthy process all the laws are recited as a reminder, if he passes scrutiny he is appointed. The people are then asked Does anyone know a reason why this man should not be appointed”A Grand Council, an assembly of fifty chiefs or sachems, each representing one of the clans of one of the nations is the governing body. Chiefs are accountable to the current 7th generation and to future generations.They are instructed “not to let your generation be the one to fail.”.

An English colonists observed: “such absolute notions of Liberty that they allow no kind of superiority of one over another, and banish all servitude from their territories”

On April 4th 1744, Chief Canassatego gave a speech urging the contentious 13 colonies to unite, as the Iroquois had. Benjamin Franklin printed his speech: “We heartily recommend Union and a good Agreement between you our Brethren,” Canassatego had said. “Never disagree, but preserve a strict Friendship for one another, thereby you, as well as we, will become the stronger. Our wise Forefathers established Union and Amity between the Five Nations; this has made us formidable; this has given us great Weight and Authority with our neighbouring Nations. We are a powerful Confederacy; and, by your observing the same Methods our wise Forefathers have taken, you will acquire such strength and power. Therefore, whatever befalls you, never fall out with one another”    He referenced the teaching that many arrows cannot be broken as easily as one. Native Americans believe this  inspired the bundle of 13 arrows held by an eagle incorporated into the Great Seal of the United States

Oren Lorens Jr, Native American Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Seneca Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy has said of the Founding Fathers:

  “They took an ember and lighted their own fire … they  said they wanted peace – a great light of peace at that time but the embers died down”

Thanksgiving was part of native culture, to give thanks for what has been received from a higher plane, this was adopted by the Pilgrims as a celebration of their new life. There were however two major differences in the cultures, the Iroquois Confederacy honoured community and freedom through mutual support, common land and common water; European settlers coming from a patriarchal society were reluctant to accept matrilineal kinship. The American Constitution did not therefore reflect The Great Law. Like much of the world, America fell prey to corporate greed and materialism, seduced by secularism and technology, Capitalism like Communism is bereft of spirituality, the law is transgressed when profit is elevated beyond sharing.

The emphasis on personal freedom, so much a mark of American identity, is perhaps seen today in the refusal to place the wellbeing of others first, as millions of Americans prepare to travel to meet family and friends despite appeals to defer Thanksgiving dinners for the greater good.  We might use this day to pray that the empty chairs at next years table will be few.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vatican Cover Up

November 2020: After two years, publication of the  Vatican internal investigation into former Cardinal McCarricks sexual abuse, has revealed a cover up by bishops, arch bishops and popes.

By the 1990s, there was growing evidence pointing to Mc­Carrick’s misconduct: A handful of seminarians confided in a New Jersey bishop, describing how McCarrick would devise ways to share a bed with them involving explicit sexual activity. Anonymous letters were also sent to various prelates, including Cardinal John O’Connor of New York, warning of McCarricks  “proclivity for young boys.” O’Connor, in several sympathetic notes, alerted McCarrick, apologizing for sending the information saying: “This stuff drives me crazy but I would want you to do the same for me.” The Vatican’s then-ambassador to the United States then “destroyed” his copies of the letter.

Pope John Paul ll  not only knew about and overlooked sexual misconduct claims against McCarrick but promoted him. Although informed in writing that McCarrick shared a bed with young seminarians over whom he had authority, the pope chose to believe Mc Carricks written denials in a letter in which he stated that he  had never had “sexual relations with any person”.  McCarrick was then appointed arch bishop of Washington in 2001.

A  formidable church fundraiser,  McCarrick gave hundreds of thousands of dollars in church money to powerful Catholic clerics over nearly two decades, including those in the Vatican charged with assessing the misconduct claims against him. From 2001, McCarrick sent checks totalling more than $600,000 to clerics in Rome and elsewhere, including Vatican bureaucrats, papal advisers and two popes, according to church ledgers and former church officials. Several of the more than 100 recipients were directly involved in assessing misconduct claims against McCarrick. Meanwhile speculation continues, regarding McCarricks involvement in the $200 million Papal Foundation, which apparently served as a secret slush fund for corrupt Vatican enterprises, to the tune of tens of millions of dollars. Predictably, the report states there was no evidence “that Mc­Carrick’s customary gift-giving and donations impacted significant decisions made by the Holy See regarding McCarrick during any period.”

Archbishop Viganò, former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, warned Pope Benedict in 2006, concerning McCarricks activities. The Vatican vacillated and no penalties were levied, instead “the decision was made to appeal to ­McCarrick’s conscience and ecclesial spirit,” requesting that he keep a low profile and reduce travel in the church’s name.  Benedict requested that McCarrick “spontaneously” withdraw as archbishop of Washington after he reached the standard retirement age of 75. McCarrick ignored the request  amassing power and prestige and travelling the world. In 2008 Vigano again wrote to Benedict and included a letter from Richard Sipe, a former monk and practising psychotherapist, specialising in clerical sexual abuse. Sipe confirmed that McCarrick’s activities “had been widely known for several decades.” In 2009 or 2010 according to Viganò, Pope Benedict XVI then placed severe restrictions on McCarrick’s movements and public ministry, not allowing him to travel beyond the grounds of the seminary where he was living and not permitting him to say Mass in public. Referred to as “one of a number of senior churchmen who were more or less put out to pasture during the eight-year pontificate of Benedict XVI,” he found himself put “back in the mix” with the election of Pope Francis in 2013.

In 2018 Archbishop Vigano stated publicly that Francis subsequently removed Benedict’s sanctions and made McCarrick “his trusted counsellor,” even though Francis “knew from at least June 23, 2013 that McCarrick was a serial predator. He knew that he was a corrupt man, he covered for him to the bitter end.” In May 2014, McCarrick travelled with Pope Francis to the Holy Land, to Armenia to discuss Syria with Eastern Orthodox clerics, the Philippines to visit typhoon victims, China for discussions on religious freedom, Iran for talks on nuclear proliferation and also served as a Vatican intermediary for the U.S.-Cuba talks. The  state-approved Chinese newspaper reported that McCarrick travelled to China in Feb. 2016 quoting McCarrick as saying that the similarities between Pope Francis and Xi Jinping could be “a special gift for the world.”

McCarrick was only officially removed from public ministry by Pope Francis in 2018, when the position of both became untenable due to credible allegations of abuse, dating back to the 1970s and acknowledgement by several diocese, of previous out of court settlements. These required claimants to agree to gag orders. McCarrick, was defrocked by Francis after Vatican officials found him guilty of two charges: “Soliciting sex during confession and committing “sins” with minors and adults… “with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power.” Pope Francis  ordered him to adopt a life of prayer and penance, he was provided with accommodation at a Capuchin Friary in Kansas with fees paid by the Catholic church. Following the failure of his Appeal, he relocated in 2020  to an undisclosed “secluded address away from public attention…to be closer to his family”.

THE LATEST INVESTIGATION INTO CLERICAL SEXUAL ABUSE  HAS THE POTENTIAL TO DAMAGE THE PUBLIC IMAGE OF THREE POPES, JOHN PAUL ll, NAMED A SAINT IN 2014, BENEDICT WHOSE DECISION MAKING IS CALLED INTO QUESTION AND THE MOTIVATION OF FRANCIS  IN THE REINSTATEMENT AND ELEVATION OF McCARRICK.

 

Predictably the report limits the culpability of Pope Francis, who instigated the investigation in 2018. The report states that Francis knew of rumours surrounding sexual conduct between McCarrick and adults but received no documentation of sexual impropriety until 2017 and was not aware of accusations of sexual abuse against minors until 2018. This is at odds with archbishop Viagno’s testament that Pope Francis removed sanctions and made McCarrick “his trusted counsellor,” even though Francis “knew from at least June 23, 2013 that McCarrick was a serial predator.”

Whichever may be true, responsibility for rectifying past errors surely rests with the appointed head of any organisation, government or in particular a church which claims its popes to be divinely appointed.

POST SCRIPT: A new lawsuit has been filed this year, alleging that McCerrick sexually molested an underage boy at a beach house on the New Jersey shore, that other priests groomed the young man and then introduced him to the bishop for sexual encounters at the property owned by the diocese of Metuchen. Jeff Anderson, the attorney for the plaintiff identified in court papers only as John Doe 14, said there were other boys who were abused, referring to “McCarrick’s sordid beach house child sex ring.”

See:

Covering up the Cover Up – Cardinal Depravity

Bishps Aid Priests Instead of Victims

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEXUAL ABUSE COVER UP – Anglican Clergy

THE QUEEN IS THE SUPREME GOVERNOR OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND, THE LARGEST CHRISTIAN DENOMINATION IN THE COUNTRY WITH OVER A MILLION REGULAR WORSHIPERS.

November 2020: The newly published Report on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse within the Church of England, gives a damning account of failure to respond to child victims and survivors of sexual abuse by people associated with the church. The report states that alleged perpetrators received more support than their victims, adding to the trauma already suffered. Attempts to report abuse were covered up by a church hierarchy who were often the very perpetrators. Safeguarding concerns were under reported with cases hidden, giving an inaccurate impression of the scale of the problem. In 2018, there were 2,504 safeguarding concerns reported to dioceses about either children or vulnerable adults yet there have been only 390 perpetrators convicted since the 1940s.

Offending clergy were supported and shielded by the most powerful people in the land including Prince Charles and Lord George Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury who refused to  believe the allegations against Bishop Peter Ball, supporting him in the face of numerous allegations. In 2018 Carey was subsequently forced to resign after the UK Child Sex Abuse Report found that he had covered up allegations of sexual abuse within the church. 

  • Clerics benefited from deferential treatment, defended by their peers in an environment where power was invested without accountability to external or independent agencies or individuals.
  • The moral authority of clergy was widely perceived as beyond reproach by a naive public who failed to question their conduct. A tribal culture flourished where loyalty to peers exceeded consideration of the welfare or protection of children.
  • Members of a church hierarchy ignored reports of abuse, reintegrating abusers into church life, perpetuating further abuse.
  • Bishops ignored  safeguarding guidelines issued byThe House of Bishops, there is no requirement in canon law to require clergy to follow safeguarding guidelines  despite Ministerial guidelines to do so.
  • The Enquiry found that offending was repeatedly minimised and justified.

Reverend Ian Hughes was convicted in 2014 of downloading 8,000 indecent images of children, more than 800 were graded Category A level, the most serious, involving “penetrative sexual activity; images involving sexual activity with an animal or sadism”. . It emerged during the hearing that The Bishop of Chester, Rt Reverend Peter Foster, declined to accept the seriousness of the offending of Hughes. He maintained his view, expressed in a letter to the President of Tribunals, that “many people who download child pornography believe it to be different from direct abuse of a child.” Forster had blocked a life-time ban from ministry being imposed on any minister jailed for pornography, recommending instead that Rev.Ian Hughes receive a 20 year ban.

  • Bishop Victor Whitsey was ordained in 1949 and was Bishop of Hertford, in the Diocese of St Albans, in 1971 and then Bishop of Chester, in 1974, a position which he held until his retirement in early 1982, despite 13 complaints made to Cheshire Constabulary about his serial abuse. In January 2018 an adult male disclosed to a vicar that he had been indecently assaulted by Whitsey as a child in the early 1980s. The safeguarding advisor was informed and also the Bishop of Chester Peter Forster who failed to undertake any enquiries. The complainant told the Enquiry that he had again informed Bishop Forster in 2002 when he was offered counselling but no further action was taken.
  • Further accusations were made against Whitsey by two males, stating he had sexually abused them as children between 1974 and 1981, during his time as the Bishop of Chester. A further 10 potential victims, including teenagers and young adults of both sexes were later identified.
  • In 1979, a 13 year old girl and her brother, both members of the church were invited to meet Whitsey during a time when her father (a vicar), had left the family home. The girl was left alone in a room with him for around half an hour, she described how he gave her a ‘body hug’ and told her that ‘men have urges’ telling her to sit on his knee, she was aware of his erection and recalled him quoting from the Bible ‘Suffer little children to come unto me” before stroking her through her clothes and ‘rubbing against me’. She was then ordered to leave the room and her brother was sent in. She did not disclose the abuse at the time as she ‘wouldn’t have known who to tell’ as the family were already being ostracized by the church because the family was splitting up. In April 2015, while attending the internment of her mother’s ashes with her brother at the church in Cheshire, they noticed Whitsey’s signature in the Book of Remembrance, her brother stated ‘That bastard abused me and she answered ‘Me too”.
  • Police enquiries showed that of 19 complainants, it was “clear that those who reported abuse had previously disclosed details of their allegations to the Church”.

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A CAUTIONARY TALE

‘THE MORE WEALTH AND POWER IS VESTED IN ANY PARTICULAR INDUSTRY OR PROFESSION, THE MORE RUTHLESSLY IT WILL PROTECT ITSELF FROM THREATS’

As the world waits anxiously for a safe vaccine the defining factor in whether or not the public will accept it is surely the degree of trust in decision makers. As stated in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet “Immunisation programmes are only successful when there are high rates of acceptance and coverage” Researchers at Kings College, London, found only 54% of people interviewed would take a corona -19 vaccine if it were available, with those under 55, twice as likely to reject it. Concern about side effects was the most common reason given and global figures show that only a third of people polled currently have confidence in  covid-19 vaccine safety.

Participants in some of the studies by Moderna, Oxford, Johnson and Johnson and Pfizer have emerged with reactions serious enough to pause several trials. AstraZeneca has not disclosed the nature of the patient’s illness which caused a pause in their programme.—stating that it “cannot” do so—for now: The New York Times reported that the patient developed transverse myelitis (a central nervous system disorder) citing an unnamed source.  “NIH director told a Senate committee last week that the reason for the trial pause was a “spinal cord problem.” a seeming confirmation. Trials have since resumed.

TRUST THE SCIENCE

There is widespread concern regarding questionable messaging and attempts to circumvent protocols in the race to market a vaccine. An editorial  in The New England Journal of Medicine  (NEJM) marvelled that “the world has now witnessed the compression of six years of work into six months” Greater transparency is needed to ensure the public are adequately informed. The general belief is that a vaccine will prevent infection, the pharmaceutical companies, however, assume that a vaccine will never prevent infection but will reduce the severity of the illness.

While we may choose to trust the science, the public remains cautious regarding governmental links to Big Pharma  rivalry and possible profit motives of private companies. Pfizers CEO announced that permission has been given to administer their so far unproven vaccine to children as young as 12, the first company in the US to include young children in trials. Incentives to clinical trials provide $1200 to $2000 to volunteers, more than 90 parents have expressed interest in volunteering their teenagers.

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‘IN IT TOGETHER’ ?

Billionaires are partying hard as the US election looms ever closer. The single day record for positive testing in America was broken on November 29th as  88,452 new Corona-19 cases were reported, with spikes in every swing state.

The inconvenience of Covid lockdowns and closure of national borders has forced the privileged few to become inventive to minimise interruption to their excessive lifestyle.  With recreational events cancelled and favoured nightclubs closed in the capitals of the world, they are using their not inconsiderable resources to re-imagine leisure space. Pool houses and out houses are being converted and refitted with tennis courts dug up to create private underground nightclubs. Many of these invitation-only live events, exclusively for the wealthy, can accommodate several hundred people. It is difficult to imagine that social distancing and masks would be a priority.

Billionaires are flying entertainers and guests in to provide personal concerts aboard super yachts equipped with heli pad, state-of-the-art sound system, DJ equipment and smoke machines. The less fortunate who do not own a yacht can charter a substantial one from $300,000 to $400,000 a week. Owners are resorting to extended sailing periods to escape lockdown inconvenience at a cost of $2 million or more. For those owning lavish properties and gated estates who may prefer a more intimate gathering, artists can be booked to perform live from their own base, with  direct online streaming of concerts to the client. A price tag of over a million dollars can include a personalised message from the star during the brief encounter.

Spending is normally a spectator sport for the elite, allowing the privileged an opportunity to flaunt their excesses; self indulgence during a global pandemic demands a degree of sensitivity however and is currently hidden behind closed doors in nightclubs or offshore on yachts and islands.

IN THE FIRST MONTHS OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, 40 MILLION AMERICANS BECAME UNEMPLOYED WHILE BILLIONAIRES SAW THEIR WEALTH RISE.

  • Between March and June 2020, Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos’ wealth increased by an estimated $73.2 billion.
  • Teslo Founder Elon Musk saw a 273% increase in personal wealth by $67.4 billion.

The total net worth of 643 of the nation’s richest people rose from $2.95 trillion to $3.8 trillion between March 18th and September 15th 2020 as Covid-19 killed 195,386 Americans.  Furloughed workers and the unemployed continue to await a decision by Congress to enable them to feed their families and pay their rent as the nation sinks into the deepest recession since the Great Depression.

THERE IS AN OMINOUS SENSE OF DEJA VU

 In 2007, home prices fell 21% and roughly 3.1 million homes were foreclosed on in the US when the housing bubble burst. The stock market dropped by over 50%.  In 2008, the Emergency Economic Stabilisation Act was signed into law, creating a $700 billion programme to purchase devalued assets from banks. President Obama directed $75 billion in funds to help reduce interest payments for homeowners.  Homeowners received $75 billion while banks and corporations received $700 billion.

By the end of 2009, 8.8 million Americans had lost their jobs while the world’s wealthiest individuals had recouped nearly all of their losses in a single year, increasing their share of global wealth by 19% to $39 trillion. The top 1% of the population captured 95% of the income gains made from 2009 to 2012. By 2020, the combined wealth of the billionaire class in the United States had increased by over 80%.

TAX LAWS AND LOOP HOLES WHICH FAVOUR THE WEALTHY CONTINUE TO SECURE THE POSITION OF BILLIONAIRES. TAXES PAID BY THEM HAVE DECREASED BY 79% SINCE 1980.

Tax rules allowed Amazon to pay zero dollars in taxes for two successive years, then paying only 1.2% of the company’s income in 2019. A study in 2012 found that as much as $32 trillion was being held offshore by the world’s wealthiest people using shell corporations to hide their income. An estimated $200 billion is lost in the US annually in tax revenues to offshore havens.

With the onslaught of the Covid pandemic in 2019 $349 billion was made available to small businesses under the Paycheck Protection Programme. But as in 2008, $243 million of this was snapped up by large, publicly traded corporations, some valued at over $100 million. Hedge funds also submitted claims to access what they saw as free money. Five days after Covid-19 was declared a global pandemic the Dow experienced the biggest fall in its history. True to form the Fed lowered interest rates and the Stock Market rebounded. By June 4th seven of the richest people in the world saw a 50% increase in their fortunes, making America great again for the lucky few in a system designed to favour the rich.

 

 

 

 

COVID – THE TEACHER

VIRUSES HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR BILLIONS OF YEARS. The human body is host to multiple viruses at any one time while hormones coordinate 70,000 trillion cells to manage a state of homeostasis. One study showed that 42% of asymptomatic individuals were carrying 30,000 bacteria, 300,000 parasites and some 5 million fungi in the gut while maintaining health.

All species adapt or die: Viruses are agents which have adapted perfectly to survive in any environment.  Viruses cannot live without a host, they seek and identify vulnerabilities and invade with predictable outcome. We believe viruses to be a threat, something to be exterminated – in reality they are a part of the ecosystem of which we are one small part. They can not be eliminated and will respond to our attempt to exterminate them by adapting. The human body is a self regulating ecosystem, a mirror of the planetary energy system,  if we live in harmony with ourselves and others the body maintains health. If humans could live cooperatively rather than competitively the personal and the collective ecosystems would co exist.  Human behaviour is competitive and invasive, scavenging and polluting the environment creating a momentum, culminating in cataclysm. By exploiting each other and global resources we tip the delicate balance, becoming vulnerable to bacterial and viral infection. In effect we are mirroring the virus which  in turn mirrors us.

VIRUSES ARE NOT THE ENEMY, THEY ARE OUR TEACHERS, FORCING US THROUGHOUT HISTORY TO ADAPT OR DIE.

Mankind has faced the challenge of change through the centuries. The Industrial Revolution resulted in a move from farming communities to factory environments supported by over crowded, sub standard housing. Millions worked in unsafe conditions in factories and mines, living in poverty with poor nutrition, in houses lacking ventilation with no sanitation. These conditions created a perfect environment for viruses and bacterial infections to flourish, TB, measles, smallpox and typhoid became endemic. Increased Public Health awareness, improved sanitation, clean water and better housing eliminated the diseases although medical discoveries including antibiotics and vaccination programmes were given the credit.

War and displacement creates epidemics. In the Crimea where British, French, Sardinian, and Turkish troops fought against Russians, of the 1,650 000 soldiers (of all nations), 900,000 died. The majority of deaths occurred not from wounds but from from typhus, typhoid, cholera, and dysentery brought about by the terrible conditions which were rife in army hospitals. Wounded British troops were shipped to poorly staffed medical stations in Turkey. Hospitals had insufficient supplies and soldiers suffered horrific medical and sanitary conditions. Florence Nightingale led a contingent of 38 volunteer nurses who worked towards improved sanitation and nutrition, death rates were reduced dramatically and hygiene became the foundation of nursing.

The post war generation thankfully were not obliged to endure the hardships of their parents and grandparents however, when leisure time increases so does the search for comfort and ease. Seduced by corporate banking the ‘baby boomers’ traded up, mortgaging their futures, oblivious to the true price being paid, only to lose jobs, homes and often families, as the financial bubble inevitably burst. The legacy  of unemployment, homelessness and addiction undermined the health of the nation

The mid 20th century  saw the discovery of seeming miracle drugs and a growing dependency on medical technology, antibiotics and vaccines.

With the rise of medical science, personal responsibility for health was willingly surrendered along with the generational knowledge of herbal remedies and self help skills which had been essential to our grandparents survival. Science and history both confirm that a vacuum is always filled and as we placed our trust in the partnership of doctors, scientists and pharmaceutical companies ‘big pharma’ evolved. Without the knowledge possessed by previous generations and unaware of the impending calamity of Iatrogenic disease ( physical or mental conditions caused by physicians) the public fell victim to profit driven corporate power Continue reading

SOUL OF AMERICA

First published September 2020

The self appointed belief in American exceptionalism stands revealed as self delusion in the intellectual and cultural impoverishment of a government elite whose members are concerned only with self advancement. When the vacuum created by amoral conduct has the potential to be filled with right wing Christian ideology and messianic delusions, the very soul of America is threatened.

America’s creeping corporate coup d’etat  resulted in a mafia economy managed by billionaire investors. Financial systems are restructured to feed the gluttony of amoral Corporations, the true Shadow government. The Covid Pandemic has effectively averted our attention from the twin threats of nuclear war and climate change, neither of which are diminished. As hurricanes create devastation and fires rage out of control across America  the world watched nervously as U.S. President Donald Trump stated that he personally would have “no problem” selling the advanced F-35 fighter jet to the United Arab Emirates, a move which would inevitably alter the balance of power in the Middle East.

While Trump remains the focal point  to vent feelings of anger and disgust, the conditions to manufacture a demagogue were created decades ago.  In 2016 A front man was required who pretended to be or believed himself to be, the voice of the disenfranchised, betrayed by the corporate interests of both parties. Many predictably turned to Trump in desperation in 2016 in the hope that he understood their very real grievances and suffering, only to be lied to again. As the façade was revealed justified anger surfaced.

NOW THERE IS NOT EVEN THE PRETENCE OF A  FACADE. THE LIES ARE PATHOLOGICAL, DELIVERED BY A LINGUISTICALLY CHALLENGED OUTGOING PRESIDENT, SUPPORTED BY THE REMNANTS OF A CORRUPT AND INEPT GOVERNING ELITE, CLINGING TO THE VAIN HOPE OF RE ELECTION.

Trump has demonstrated cognitive dissonance daily, the product of an unwell mind. Cognitive dissonance seeks to reject, explain away, or avoid new information, as repeatedly seen in his delivery.  An unfortunate effect is that cognitive dissonance is infectious, affecting the listener and exacerbating feelings of powerlessness, a motivating influence which urges action in an attempt to reduce feelings of discomfort.

THIS IS THE RAGE WHICH NOW THREATENS TO ENGULF AMERICA.

The complexities of mental health are a minefield even to experts in the field. It is surely incumbent upon Congress to monitor the mental health of the most powerful man on the world stage when this is being increasingly questioned. Cognitive health is multi faceted with brain function measured by memory and attention span, the ability to think and speak clearly, to learn and remember and interpret emotions. Higher order executive function includes decision making, goal setting, planning and judgement, surely essential requirements for the role of President.

Observation of Trump’s behaviour has only increased the concerns of psychiatrists and psychologists.The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.  Published by Macmillan Audio

There is increasing agreement that he embodies the traits associated with Narcissism (NPD), a mental health classification of Personality Disorder where an individual who has an excessive need for admiration or affirmation  overestimates his or her abilities. An idealised self image is marked by superiority, arrogance, grandiosity, vanity and a sense of entitlement with a tendency for exploitation. Talking down to or criticizing others, narcissists live by their own morals and values, changing as it suits them. Donald Trump’s disrespect for any opinion but his own is expressed in cynical vulgarity. The eloquence, formerly a mark of high office has been reduced not just to street level but to the gutter. There are no clear treatment strategies for Narcissism neither medication or psychotherapy are effective perhaps because to heal, the individual must first acknowledge a disorder.

The hope that America will be saved by a change of government may be a vain one. The foundation on which to build has long since been eroded by a  Capitalist system which elevates profit over equitable sharing, diminishing democracy in a system designed to place assets in the hands of an elite minority whether Republican or Democrat. Donald Trump is not the disease which afflicts America, he is a symptom but has revealed the inherent vulnerability of placing almost total power in the hands of one man. A man capable of magnetising self serving sycophants who have no incentive to remove him.  Finer men than Trump abandoned the sinking Washington ship, acknowledging defeat in the face of a dysfunctional cabinet unwilling or unable to exert their considerable authority in curbing the ravings and threats of their Captain.

While America is not alone in its failure to serve its citizens, like all empires which have gone before, it remains oblivious to its decline and so will endeavour to maintain the very power that has corrupted it by any means possible. Oblivious to the impending existential threat of Pandemic, Climate change and Nuclear war, those formerly entrusted with governance  continue to fiddle as Rome burns.

 

PEACE… When we come to it

“We, this people, on a small and lonely planet travelling through casual space, past aloof stars, across the way of indifferent suns, to a destination where all signs tell us... It is possible and imperative that we learn a brave and startling truth.

And when we come to it… to the day of peacemaking, when
we release our fingers from fists of hostility and allow the pure air to cool our palms.

When we come to it…when the curtain falls on the minstrel show of hate and faces sooted with scorn are scrubbed clean. When battlefields and coliseum no longer rake our unique and particular sons and daughters up with the bruised and bloody grass, to lie in identical plots in foreign soil. When the rapacious storming of the churches, the screaming racket in the temples have ceased..

.When the pennants are waving gaily, when the banners of the world tremble stoutly in the good, clean breeze…

When we come to it…   When we let the rifles fall from our shoulders and children dress their dolls in flags of truce, when land mines of death have been removed  and the aged can walk into evenings of  peace… When religious ritual is not perfumed by the incense of burning flesh and childhood dreams are not kicked awake by nightmares of abuse.

When we come to it...Then we will confess that not the Pyramids with their stones set in mysterious perfection…Nor the Gardens of Babylon, hanging as eternal beauty in our collective memory. Not the Grand Canyon…kindled into delicious colour by Western sunsets, nor the Danube, flowing its blue soul into Europe. Not the sacred peak of Mount Fuji stretching to the Rising Sun;  neither Father Amazon nor Mother Mississippi who, without favor nurture all creatures in the depths and on the shores…These are not the only wonders of the world Continue reading

METAPHYSICS OF COVID 19

Many would agree that mankind appears to  have lost its moral compass, the ability to understand the connection between conduct and consequence. The gods of money, power and status are worshipped by those who ‘have’ and pursued by those who ‘have not’. Superficiality and temporary commitment  are just another means of avoiding pain, leading to further disillusionment.  At times the disconnect seems almost complete. Whether we recognise it or not, we are more than a physical body, our origin is spiritual… we simply need to remember who we are, where we come from and how to get back.

REMEMBERING THE SOUL: Ancient wisdom views the soul as the eternal aspect  of consciousness, residing temporarily in the  physical body. We are connected body and soul through our thoughts and emotions but the pull of the physical world is great… we forget the invisible intangible part of our selves, our true identity. Religions offer various paths to  assist our journey while philosophers attempt to define the exact nature of the soul. Both neglect to impart the wonder of the spiritual essence or radiance with which each one of us is imbued. Without this we forget our true heritage and purpose and become distracted by the world. At birth the soul remains connected to the source  by a non physical umbilical cord, described in the literature as ‘the silver cord’ through which the soul continues to receive intuitive guidance from the non material realm.  At the point of death this cord disconnects from the body in the same way the umbilical cord of the baby is cut to allow separation from the mother at birth. What we term ‘death’ is in reality a spiritual transition. Continue reading

COINCIDENCE, CONSPIRACY OR CORRUPTION

For some, synergistic events are coincidental. Albert Einstein said “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”  In 2013 within hours of the resignation of Pope Benedict XV1, lightning struck the Vatican. The resignation is thought to be in response to the sexual abuse scandals about to engulf the church on the heels of  the recent financial scandals involving the Vatican Bank.

On May 13th 1981 St Peters Square Rome was filled to capacity as the faithful gathered to celebrate the 64th anniversary of the appearance of Mary, the mother of Jesus to three children in Fatima, Portugal in 1917,  which predicted the fall of the church due to the corruption of its priesthood. At the exact time the messages from Mary were being read out in Fatima Pope John Paul entered Vatican Square and was hit by 4 bullets in an attempted assassination.

So what were the Fatima messages and what was with held? Continue reading

SACRED CALENDERS OF TIME  – Rise and Fall of Consciousness

WHAT ON EARTH IS GOING ON?  IN THE MIDST OF THE PANDEMIC AND THREAT OF SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC COLLAPSE, MANY ARE SEEKING SPIRITUAL ANSWERS AND NOTING AN UNNERVING CORRESPONDENCE WITH ‘END TIMES’ PROPHECY AND PREDICTION, BROUGHT BY THE MESSENGERS OF EVERY BELIEF SYSTEM AND DISMISSED AT OUR PERIL.

In a secular Age when science has displaced Divinity in the never ending debate about the origin of Creation, ancient wisdom is dismissed as superstition, along with a framework which answers many of the questions science is seeking to resolve. Meanwhile biologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, geologists and cosmologists pool their knowledge as the latest discoveries confirm the wisdom literature, allowing science to adjust its theories regarding the evolution of mankind through Cycles and Ages. Archeology confirms that  the first cities arose in ancient China, Mesopotamia and India, however historians remain unaware that today we are recording only the most recent time period, a partial record at best. Sacred records provide an account of Cycles and Ages preceding our own calendar of time. This record is lost to the masses for global cataclysm creates a break in Time when the collective memory of mankind becomes subconscious; the memory of the Lost Continent of Atlantis is an example of this. Continue reading

LIFE, LIBERTY and LOCKDOWN – A plea for common sense

In the commendable aspiration of achieving ‘Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness’ it would seem obvious to most of us that LIFE must be the first priority since without it the other two cannot exist.

In the current pandemic all nations are struggling to prioritise the health of citizens in the precarious economic situation. Many American voices are loudly raised in protest at the perception of an infringement of individual rights….the right not to wear a mask or to accept social restrictions. The consequence is increased polarization at a time when national unity is critical to controlling global spread. The number of new reported cases of corona-19 worldwide is increasing faster than ever, at July 17th 13,788,300 cases have been reported globally, the highest number 337,724 in the US.   Despite this there is widespread opposition to even the most basic precautions, viewed as a breach of personal freedom.

IN ONE WEEK THOSE INTENT ON IMPOSING ACTUAL DICTATORIAL REGIMES PROVIDED A STARK REMINDER OF THE REALITY AND SPEED WITH WHICH STATE OPPRESSION CAN BE IMPOSED WHEN SO CALLED GUARDIANS OF DEMOCRACY ARE DISTRACTED BY THEIR OWN SUPERFICIAL SQUABBLES. Continue reading

HEART OF THE MATTER – Human/Pig..Monkey/Pig

A CHIMERA IS AN ORGANISM OR TISSUE WITH AT LEAST TWO SOURCES OF DNA. GENETIC MODIFICATION IS CREATING LABORATORY DESIGNED ANIMALS TO MEET HUMAN NEEDS

An international team of researchers has created embryos containing both human and monkey cells (July 2019) Spanish scientist Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte of the Salk Institute in San Diego  is spearheading the project with scientists from his own lab and those from the Murcia Catholic University in Murcia, Spain. The purpose of the experiment is to use chimeras to investigate ways of using animals to grow human organs for transplants. The research was conducted in China “to avoid legal issues”,

Monkey-Pig: New Scientist reported the birth of two chimera piglets in December 2019. Tang Hai State Key Laboratory of Stem Cell and Reproductive Biology in Beijing conducts research into the growth of human organs in animals for human transplantation. The piglets had been  injected with genetically modified monkey cells five days after embryo fertilization.  The piglets died but were found to have DNA from macaque monkeys in their heart, liver, spleen, lung and skin. The scientists aim to repeat the experiments ‘to create healthy animals with a higher concentration of monkey DNA, eventually reproducing a ‘pig’ with an organ containing only monkey DNA.’ The research paper, published in Protein and Cell, said the results brought the team “one step closer to producing tissue-specific functional cells and organs in a large animal model.” Continue reading

A STEP TOO FAR?

In the 1920s, Ilya Ivanovitch, a Soviet Biologist Professor of Zoology, developed a method of Artificial Insemination for livestock to improve horse breeding stock. The method allowed 1 stallion to inseminate up to 500 horses and became the basis of livestock breeding today. Inadvertently it also became the fore runner of IVF (Invitero Fertilization) Ivanovitch went on to cross breed species, the zhorse a combination of zebra-46 chromosomes and horse-64 chromosomes and created further animal Hybrids:

 

Cross bred animals included:

Zebra/donkey = Zonkey

Mouse/Guinea pig – Muinea pig

Rat/Mouse – Rouse

Antelope/Cow – Zubron

 

HE  WENT ON TO CONDUCT RESEARCH INTO IMPREGNATING APES WITH HUMAN SPERM, SUPPORTED BY SOME OF THE MOST RESPECTED SCIENTISTS OF THE DAY. Continue reading

TRUST ME I’M A DOCTOR

AS THE PANDEMIC GREW WE HAVE BEEN CONSTANTLY TOLD TO TRUST THE SCIENCE WITH THE VOICE OF DR ANTHONY FAUCI  OFTEN PROVIDING WELCOME  REASSURANCE – CONFIRMATION OR DENIAL OF RECENT DISTURBING REPORTS ARE NEEDED TO KNOW THAT OUR TRUST IS NOT MISPLACED.

Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) is responsible for viral research programmes and an estimated $5.9 billion budget for the fiscal year 2020. Citizens are normally reluctant to peer too closely into the shadowy world of biogenetic engineering however the pandemic and ensuing panic forced us to enquire into a possible cause.  In the clamour for a vaccine we are forced to address unpalatable facts. Becoming strangely  familiar  with terms such as ‘chimera’ (meaning ‘parts of different origins’) we learn that biotechnology involves combining cells of different species e.g. human/mouse, human/dog or human/chimpanzee to create chimeric genes or antibodies from which to develop a vaccine. At which point we either justify the need or choose to look the other way. Continue reading

BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT – Correcting the Carbon Dating of the Turin Shroud

 

THIRTY TWO YEARS AFTER RADIO CARBON DATING MISTAKENLY PRONOUNCED  THAT THE SHROUD OF TURIN WAS OF MEDIEVAL ORIGIN, TECHNOLOGY HAS ADVANCED ACROSS MULTIPLE SPECIALIST AREAS, PROVIDING AN EVIDENTIAL ARCHIVE OF AUTHENTICITY WHICH EXPERTS AGREE IS BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT.

For many the most unexpected and poignant evidence comes from botanists who  identified microscopic pollen grains retrieved from the threads of the Shroud.  Botanic samples  proved to be native to France, the Mediterranean area and Israel, compatible with the narrative of the Shroud having been brought from Palestine to Europe by Knights Templar after the Crusades.

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GEOMETRY OF DIVINITY

AS MANY PONDER AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE WE MIGHT REGAIN A SENSE OF PERSPECTIVE BY PAUSING TO REFLECT UPON THE WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE AND OUR TRUE PLACE IN AN INFINITE ORDERED UNIVERSE.

‘Let no one ignorant of geometry enter here‘ was engraved over the door of Plato’s Academy. Sacred Geometry is an ancient science, it seeks to understand how the universe organises and unifies all things precisely. It is not difficult to see an indication of purpose and intention within the Grand Design. Every natural pattern of growth or movement manifests within one or more geometric shapes, the building blocks of Creation. Throughout time spiritual movements have used sacred geometry as symbolic representation to describe their  aspirations. Two overlapping circles create an almond shape in the centre, referred to as the Vesica Pisces, the womb of Creation.

The circles can also represent the trinity of body, mind and spirit and the Ascension of the Soul. The ‘fish’ symbol adopted by the early Christians is derived from the Vesica Pisces, the tail  incorporating the upper and lower circles as a path of choice. Continue reading

LOVE IS THE KEY

SEPARATION IN THE LAST DAYS – LOVE IS THE KEY

Among the many difficulties experienced during the Covid-19 outbreak, social distancing has perhaps brought the greatest pain to those facing the ultimate challenge of losing a loved one. Whatever our beliefs we would all hope to have a hand to hold when it comes to the final separation. At this poignant time when all is stripped away, much can be achieved; priorities can change and  past misunderstandings, disagreements or estrangements often dissolve. It is therefore heartrending to think that such opportunities may be lost due to separation but also a relief to remember that even in a deeply unconscious state your loved one retains awareness of the love you have shared and continue to share. As research has shown, consciousness is not limited to the body or defined by distance, so it’s good to remember that we are still able to connect through thoughts and prayers even when circumstances prevent us being present at the bedside.

A BELIEF IN THE SOUL, THAT OUR ORIGIN IS SPIRIT, HELPS US TO ACCEPT LIFE AS ONE PART OF AN ETERNAL JOURNEY. THE SOUL IS THE UNIQUE RECOGNISABLE IDENTITY WHICH SURVIVES THE DEATH OF THE BODY. THOSE OF US PRIVILEGED TO HAVE SHARED THE LAST MOMENTS WITH A LOVED ONE  AS THEY RECOGNISED A NEW REALITY ARE FOREVER CHANGED. Continue reading

BRIGHT SHINY OBJECTS DIVERTING VIRUS ATTENTION

AVOIDING UNPLEASANT TRUTHS WILL NOT MAKE THEM GO AWAY – IT INCREASES RISK AND VULNERABILITY.  INFORMATION IS POWER – USE IT TO DEFEAT THE VIRUS.

As the political wrangling and blame game successfully diverts our gaze from the potential health risks facing the public, Covid-19 continues mutating, creating unexpected complex conditions to puzzle molecular biologists and virologists.

Initially thought to be a pathogen that primarily attacks the lungs, the virus is in fact more complex and more deadly, with a potential to affect nearly every major organ system in the body, posing a much more significant threat. Taking positive action is therefore critical in safeguarding health. Common sense precautions allow a pause to reflect and take appropriate  and timely steps. Don’t wait for the government to do it for you. Continue reading

WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY Let the Truth be told

ON WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY

CAN YOU HANDLE THE TRUTH?

The right to be informed must be balanced by an obligation to respond. Rights are never granted unless claimed. 

On the 59th Anniversary of the late President John F Kennedy’s Address to The American Society of Newspaper Publishers….On the dangers of secrecy, concealment and censorship and the role of a free press in informing and educating the public.

President Kennedy’s Address to the American Society of Newspaper Editors

‘And so it is to the printing press, the recorder of man’s deeds, the keeper of his conscience, the courier of his news, that we look for strength and assistance, confident that with your help, man will be what he was born to be: free and independent’ Continue reading

Who to Bless and Who to Blame

First published May 3rd 2020

A GROWING NUMBER OF CONCERNED VIROLOGISTS HAVE WARNED THAT SCIENTIFIC RESEARCHERS GENETICALLY ENGINEERED THE COVID-19 VIRUS  FROM THE SARS VIRUS TO MAKE A BIOLOGICAL WEAPON.  IF TRUE THIS HAS MAJOR IMPLICATIONS FOR HOW TO MANAGE THE PANDEMIC.

Leading scientists believe Covid-19 is an engineered virus adapted over 30 years as part of a global bio weaponry programme through shared international research labs.  Bio-engineering does not necessarily indicate bio-weaponry, however engineered viruses can be used as a weapon. Offensive biological warfare, including mass production, stockpiling and use of biological weapons, was outlawed by the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).  Many countries, including signatories of the BWC, currently pursue bio weapons research under Defence initiatives which is not prohibited by the BWC. Biological warfare  is not limited to any one country, those currently suspected of having biological weapons programmes include: Canada, China, Cuba, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Libya, North Korea, Russia, South Africa, Syria, the United Kingdom and the United States. Continue reading

EARTH DAY – Beyond Illusion

On a day when millions come together to promote awareness of the existential threat facing the population, even spiritual warriors must be willing to face unpalatable truths.

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PRISONER ASSANGE – A risk to who?

THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION HAS WARNED PRISONS TO EXPECT ‘HUGE MORTALITY RATES’ UNLESS THEY ACT TO PREVENT THE DISEASE FROM INFILTRATING JAILS.

 Andrea Allbutt  head of  UK Prison Governors Association has said  that prisons are “facing unprecedented risk”. The UK Ministry of Justice have suspended all visits to prisons, with inmates confined to their cells in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19.  Overcrowding and staff shortages mean Covid-19 could overwhelm the system,  the release of some prisoners would help prevent disorder, slow the spread of the virus and avoid further burdening the NHS.

JULIAN ASSANGE a non violent prisoner awaiting trial as a whistle blower, remains in Bellmarsh prison despite the risk to his already fragile mental and physical health. Following dismissal of the  previous bail application magistrate Vanessa Baraitser,  was rebuked by the International Bar Association for her decisions having entered the court carrying pre-written judgements before hearing oral argument. The Kangaroo Court continues Continue reading

CONTAMINATION: COMPLAIN OR COMPLY

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS REMIND POPULATIONS ACROSS THE WORLD TO CONTINUE TO REMAIN AT HOME EVEN AS EASTER SUNSHINE TEMPTS SOME TO LEAVE.  RESTRICTION OF MOVEMENT AND SOCIAL CONTACT IS CURRENTLY THE ONLY MEASURE TO PROTECT AGAINST VIRAL CONTAMINATION.

Faced with whether to complain or comply with the enforced limitation, we might pause to remember the story of Eyam, a Saxon village in Derbyshire, England ,where seventeenth century villagers set the gold standard for personal sacrifice. Villagers in the Peak District National Park are currently outraged that a steady stream of visitors have ignored government warnings to stay at home to tackle the coronavirus outbreak. Walkers saunter through the picturesque village, which is home to about 1,000 people, perhaps oblivious to its history as ‘the plague village’. Continue reading

EASTER – Science, Evidence and Faith

IT IS FOR EACH ONE OF US TO DECIDE WHAT TO BELIEVE  REGARDING THE LIFE OF JESUS. THE HISTORICAL ACCOUNTS PASSED DOWN TO US ARE A STARTING POINT FROM WHICH TO QUESTION.

In an increasingly secular and some might say selfish world it is perhaps surprising to note that 84% of the world’s population identifies with a religious group. The Christian faith remains the largest religion in the world, with 31.2% of the global population of 7.3 billion. ‘No religious affiliation’ (6%)  does not indicate atheism, many in this group have a strong sense of spirituality or belief in God, gods or guiding forces. Jesus Christ is revered by many who do not adhere to Christianity or practise an organised religion.

Science and religion are not  incompatible. A survey of 3,000 science, medical, technical, and engineering professionals in the UK, Germany and France, commissioned by the Scientific and Medical Network, found that 25% described themselves as atheists, with 45%, a majority defining themselves as ‘religious or spiritual’. Continue reading

EASTER STORY – ‘Could you not watch with me one hour?’

HONOURING THE LIFE OF JESUS AT EASTER

For those who know the story and for those who don’t.

THE LAST SUPPER

On the Thursday at the end of the week of celebrations to mark the Jewish Feast of Passover the disciples met with Jesus to celebrate the feast together. This commemorated a historical event in Jewish history, still celebrated today which marks the end of 400 years of captivity of the Israelites in Egypt (1446 BCE) when Moses their leader was commanded by God to instruct the pharaoh to “Let my people go”. When Pharaoh refused, twelve consecutive plagues resulted, culminating in the death of the eldest son of each Egyptian family. Tradition holds that the Angel of Death ‘Passed over’ the houses of the Israelites and Pharaoh freed them.

As Jesus and the disciples ate a supper together he shocked the disciples by indicating that he would soon leave them. This became their ‘last supper’.

He broke the bread and said: “This is my body broken for you, eat in remembrance of me.” He gave them wine to drink saying: “This is my blood, drink in remembrance of me.”  This later became the sacred ritual performed by his followers in his memory, referred to today as taking Communion, as he asked.  Jesus talked to them of what was to come saying: “This night one of you will betray me,”  but they did not understand. Judas Iscariot one of the disciples, slipped away to meet with the High Priest, having arranged to betray Jesus to the authorities. Continue reading

EASTER WELCOME

EASTER  2020

IN THIS TIME OF EXCEPTIONAL CHALLENGE,

EASTER REMINDS US OF THE PROMISE OF HOPE AND RENEWAL

Easter is a time of celebration for all of us, the focus is different for different people.  For some it means Easter Eggs and holidays, for others, a time of celebration, acknowledging natural cycles and seasonal rituals. For Christians it is the most sacred part of the calendar, a time of renewal of faith through remembrance of the traditional story of the Trial and Resurrection of Jesus.

For millions of others who do not profess the Christian faith but have revered Jesus and his teaching it is an opportunity to honour his life and example as a foundation for living.

Whatever our beliefs the season brings a sense of hope and renewal.

We wish you all peace and joy this Easter. Continue reading

COVID-19 – MAINTAINING MENTAL HEALTH

It has long been acknowledged that emotions play a major part in maintaining health.  Today, the focus on mental health is greater than ever before, with an acknowledgement of the role stress plays. The current global pandemic is creating fear and panic due to the accelerating speed of what seems beyond our control. It is therefore vital to understand the body’s response to stress which weakens the immune system, our defence against the virus.

RESEARCH SHOWS HOW THOUGHTS AND EMOTIONS AFFECT OUR HEALTH

The late Candace Pert, a neuro scientist, demonstrated that brain chemistry is regulated by thoughts and emotions via neuro transmitters, brain chemicals called peptides which carry an electrical charge. Bruce Lipton, a molecular cell biologist, discovered that cells respond to environment and can therefore be influenced by positive thought processes. His groundbreaking research demonstrates that DNA is not the primary influence in cell biology as previously believed. This research demonstrates how electrochemical messages are passed between brain cells, then carried by neurological pathways to every cell of the body.  Each cell membrane is covered in receptors which allow chemical transmission. Cells are programmed to respond to signals from the brain by opening receptors appropriately, to be bathed in a nourishing chemical cascade. Where pathogens e.g. a virus, is detected, the receptors close off to limit transmission. Cells do not determine whether a threat is real or not, they simply react. Continue reading

ASSANGE – DEMISE OF BRITISH JUSTICE

BAIL APPLICATION FOR JULIAN ASSANGE REFUSED

Several hearings ago, Magistrate Baraitser had already stated, before any had been made, that she would not grant bail.  Doctors for Assange are gravely concerned for the publisher’s health, with increasing risk from the current pandemic. The government  is actively considering releasing some prisoners to reduce prison populations because of COVID-19. As a non-violent remand prisoner, today’s application argued that Assange’s health is seriously deteriorating putting him at extreme danger from COVID-19 and that prison conditions make it impossible to avoid infection. Assange’s legal team were informed  that some 100 Belmarsh Prison staff members were home “sick” from the novel coronavirus, however British Magistrate Court Judge Vanessa Baraitser contended that COVID-19 was not an issue in the facility. Continue reading