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How Mammograms Lead To Invalid Diagnoses & Cause Harm

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This article was written by Sayer Ji, founder of Greenmedinfo.com and reprinted here with permission. Want to learn more from GreenMedInfo? Sign up for the newsletter here

As we have recently reported on, high gravitas journals such as BMJ have begun to publish studies indicating that ‘cancer screening has never saved lives,’ or that what conventional medical authorities considered for decades to be ‘cancer’ really wasn’t after all.  

In the latest BMJ study on the topic titled, “Effectiveness of and overdiagnosis from mammography screening in the Netherlands: population based study,” researchers analyzed stage specific incidence of breast cancer in the Netherlands in women who had been enrolled to receive mammography screening every other year since since 1989 (ages 50-69) and 1997 (ages 70-75). The study evaluated breast cancer mortality and the rate of breast cancer overdiagnosis.

The main outcome measures for stage specific age adjusted incidence of breast cancer from 1989 to 2012 were described a follows:

“The extra numbers of in situ and stage 1 breast tumours associated with screening were estimated by comparing rates in women aged 50-74 with those in age groups not invited to screening. Overdiagnosis was estimated after subtraction of the lead time cancers. Breast cancer mortality reductions and overdiagnosis during 2010-12 were computed without (scenario 1) and with (scenario 2) a cohort effect on mortality secular trends.”

The authors summarize their findings:

“The Dutch mammography screening programme seems to have little impact on the burden of advanced breast cancers, which suggests a marginal effect on breast cancer mortality. About half of screen detected breast cancers would represent overdiagnosis.”

As discussed more specifically in the study,

“Overdiagnosis has increased over time with the extension of screening to women aged 70-75, and with the replacement of film based mammography by digital mammography. In 2009-11, 51% of in situ tumours and stage 1 cancers found in women aged 50-74 and 52% of screen detected cancers would represent overdiagnosis.” 

The study makes clear that the primary goal of cancer screening, namely, to decrease cancer mortality, is not being reached. Instead, as high as 1 in every 2 persons diagnosed with cancer are overdiagnosed — a euphemistic term to describe being falsely labeled with a potentially life-threatening disease. In situ ‘cancer,’ for instance, is profoundly misunderstood within the conventional medical establishment. Despite a 2012 study commissioned by the National Cancer Institute and published in NEJM which found that ductal carcinoma in situ was misunderstood as cancer over the past three decades, and should in fact be reclassified as benign or indolent lesion of epithelial origin, both medical professionals, the media, and the lay public still depend on outdated and outright false information, the consequences of which can be devastating to the health of the public. For instance, it has been estimated that 1.3 million women have been wrongly diagnosed and treated for ‘breast cancer’ over the past 30 years.

Overdiagnosis, and subsequent overtreatment, for breast cancer also has profound adverse psychospiritual and physical effects. As I have reported previously in, “’Hidden Dangers’ of Mammograms Every Woman Should Know About,” women who have been falsely diagnosed with breast cancer, even three years after being declared free of cancer, “consistently reported greater negative psychosocial consequences compared with women who had normal findings in all 12 psychosocial outcomes.”

Moreover, not only do these women often undergo lumpectomy, mastectomy, chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment, and follow up drug therapy with highly toxic agents like Tamoxifen and Arimidex — the former of which is classified as a carcinogen by the WHO and ACS — but their mistaken diagnoses are acknowledged to be ‘overdiagnoses’ and therefore contribute to the illusion that their lives ‘were saved,’ and that mammography and agressive treatment is improving survival outcomes. To the contrary, these woman have survived despite their overdiagnosis and overtreatment (even though, assuredly, both the quality and duration of their lives have been significantly reduced).

The study concluded with the following highly provocative assessment, which implies that x-ray mammography not only doesn’t save lives but is probably increasing mortality:

“The data on advanced breast cancer in the Netherlands indicate that the Dutch national mammography screening programme would have had little influence on the decreases in breast cancer mortality observed over the past 24 years. This conclusion accords with the mounting evidence that randomised trials have overestimated the ability of mammography screening to reduce the risk of deaths from breast cancer in the entire life period after first exposure to mammography screening.44 45 46 In contrast, the extent of overdiagnosis is continuously increasing with the invitation of older women to screening and the adoption of imaging technologies able to detect increasingly smaller breast tumours, most of which are of unknown clinical importance.” [Bold emphasis added]

For further information, read the following articles:

Sayer Ji is founder of Greenmedinfo.com, a reviewer at the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, Co-founder and CEO of Systome Biomed, Vice Chairman of the Board of the National Health Federation, Steering Committee Member of the Global Non-GMO Foundation.

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Why Parents Should Be Concerned About Gardasil 9 – It Will Be Given To 12 & 13 Year Olds In 2018

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*Before you start reading, it’s important to mention that we’ve published multiple articles as to why this vaccine is a concern, filled with evidence and science. Click here to read those.

Gardasil 9, the latest human papilloma virus vaccine, will be given to all Australian 12- and 13-year-old students beginning in 2018. The announcement that Gardasil 9 would replace the quadrivalent Gardasil was made by the Prime Minister at the North Bondi Surf Club.

That Malcolm Turnbull was involved in the ceremony surprised me, but clearly it illustrates the strong support the government has for the practice of vaccination. The spectacle is worth examining, firstly for the pageant itself and what it signifies along with the likely repercussions of this decision.

On a bright sunny day and surrounded by lifesavers from the local surf club, Malcolm Turnbull began the proceedings: “It is an extraordinary development, Australian medical science – it is, so many of those young boys and girls down there will be proofed throughout their whole lives from this virus that is of course the cause of cervical cancer and other cancers as well.”

Of course the choice of venue was deliberate. The news that a more potent HPV vaccine was now to be given to teenagers was announced at one of Australia’s most iconic beaches. Bronze surfers provided the important backdrop to Malcolm Turnbull as he purposely promoted the new human papilloma virus vaccine, claiming it was a vital new step in saving lives and “an example of the way in which we are keeping Australians safe and healthy, we are saving lives, the young lifesavers behind us, they’re getting ready to save lives on this beach.”

If the repercussions in the wake of HPV vaccines weren’t so tragic it would be comical. How can the Prime Minister have missed the fact that there have been at least 73,000 adverse events following the administration of the quadrivalent HPV vaccine, Gardasil, and that so many of these teenagers are still ill, and can’t go to school or play sport?

How can he talk about the value of ‘saving lives’ when he is endorsing this vaccine that is associated with thousands of adverse events leading to sustained illness in so many young people — people who were encouraged to have a vaccination for a disease they were most unlikely to ever get?

Nevertheless Turnbull’s ‘life saving’ announcement was praised by the media, who quoted the mantra of Suzanne Garland, the lead Australian author of a global trial published in The Lancet and funded by the drug’s manufacturer, Merck, which came to the unsurprising conclusion that the new HPV vaccine Gardasil 9 could prevent 90% of cervical cancers worldwide: “Here we have the additional five types, which means you have 93 per cent protection against cancer, so that’s an extra 23 per cent cover. It’s a real bonus, whereas we previously had protection for cancer-causing types, which were 16 and 18, which made up 70 per cent.”

It is incredible that the obvious conflict of interest, with the manufacturer funding studies into its own product, seems to have been entirely ignored in the hype surrounding the Gardasil 9 vaccine.

What Merck has done is fund a study into its own product. Buoyed by the claims of the study’s author, even though they are purely speculative, Merck is endeavouring to ensure that every Australian teenager is administered with Gardasil 9, by accessing the limited resources of the public health purse. And the government is right with them in their profit-making exercise.

What a lucrative business: Fund studies into your own products, talk up the results, and thanks to the newspapers of Australia and their blinkered journalism, sit back and watch the money roll in.

Gardasil 9 was approved for use in Australia by the TGA last year and is said to be protective against nine HPV types: 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58.

On the Gardasil 9 page of Merck’s website sits the slogan:

Your Child Could Be One Less At Risk For Certain HPV-Related Cancers And Diseases

This advertisement too is proudly placed next to healthy, smiling children, this time competing on the soccer field. Again the emphasis is on health and sport. And yet the truth about the vaccine is that it is not saving lives. On the contrary, most of these vaccine-injured teenagers also excelled at sport; were fine pupils and had bright futures before they were vaccinated with Gardasil.

One would have hoped that by now the HPV vaccinations programs would have been stopped, but instead we now have another — Gardasil 9, which contains even more of the aluminium adjuvent than the quadrivalent HPV vaccine Gardasil. One shot of Gardasil 9 has 500 mcg of this known neurotoxin. Girls and boys will receive two shots of the vaccine, bringing the total amount of aluminium injected into their young bodies up to 1000mcg. Gardasil and Gardasil 9 contain amorphous aluminium hydroxyphosphate sulphate (AAHS), used as an adjuvent to stimulate the immune system so that it produces antibodies. But the use of this new form of aluminium causes the immune system to become 104 times more powerfully stimulated than would occur naturally.

In “FDA approved Gardasil 9: Malfeasance or Stupidity?,” Norma Erickson has examined the Gardasil 9 package insert where she found that the rate of serious adverse events in the trials of Gardasil 9 was 2.3-2.5%. This means that for every 100,000 people who are given Gardasil 9, there will be 2,300 serious adverse events, and yet the cervical cancer rate in the U.S. is around 7 women per 100,000. Talk about insanity!

And that’s not all she found when she examined the insert package. During the trials, 2.4% of the recipients developed an autoimmune disorder, which means that 2,400 people could now be suffering from new diseases just because they had this new Gardasil injection. There was also bad news for women who became pregnant during the trials, in that 14.1% suffered adverse outcomes. Erickson notes that those who were in the quadrivalent Gardasil trials suffered similar and even higher rates of adverse outcomes of 17%. In all,  313 women either lost their babies to spontaneous abortion or late fetal death or gave birth to children with congenital anomalies.

The announcement by the Prime Minister of the availability of Gardasil 9 is evidence of the incredible importance the Australian government places on the practice of  vaccination. In Australia, failure to have your child vaccinated according to schedule denies the child of a place in childcare and in kindergarten and penalizes the family by loss of certain family payments. It is therefore unsurprising that this announcement was made in the manner in which it was — in the midst of sun, warmth, youth, and health.

Also in attendance on this day at Boni Beach was co-developer of the first HPV vaccine Professor Ian Frazer who, at the height of the marketing campaign in 2006, was made ‘Australian of the Year.’ Obviously this announcement was a big deal. The public was meant to take notice, have its faith in science and medicine strengthened, and most of all, to take advantage of this free offer for its young teenagers.

Vaccination in Australia is non-negotiable. There is no public debate allowed, and yet, as  Dr. Marcia Angell, a former editor for the New England Journal of Medicine has stated: “It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.”

We have a very compliant media compromised and neglectful in its duty to inform the public about the very real dangers of many facets of the pharmaceutical industry. Why is this so?
According to Stephen Tunley who has a daughter who was damaged after having the Gardasil vaccine, “Fact is that with a regulator (TGA) wholly funded by those it administers, with a Government in the thrall of big corporations, with media under the thrall of the political interests of its owners, with Universities and teaching hospitals reliant on funding from Pharma the issues do not get an airtime.”
But Malcolm Turnbull knows how to get airtime. His announcement that Australian teenagers will receive Gardasil 9 next year was on every television news service that night. But there was no questioning by the media about the effects of this decision. No one asked how many cases of cervical cancer this vaccine will prevent. The answer to the neglected question is that this vaccine has never prevented a single case of cervical cancer. And, after all Gardasil, was marketed as a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer.
Meanwhile the overstimulation of the immune system continues to damage our teenagers, resulting in the development of more dangerous allergies, especially asthma. Our teenagers in receipt of this vaccine are likely to be affected by autoimmune diseases and seizures, POTS or postural orthostatic tachycardic syndrome, gastrointestinal problems, heart disease, cancer, hair loss, depression, insomnia, and excruciating joint pain.
If the government really cares about good health and the sporting prowess of its teenagers, then the HPV vaccination program should be stopped immediately. There is no need for this vaccine. Cervical cancer can be detected by Pap smear screening. There is no epidemic of cervical cancer in Australia.
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Dalai Lama: We Need A Education of the Heart

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Education is one of our core values here at Collective Evolution. By education I don’t necessarily mean the acquisition of a degree, however; education takes all shapes and forms. Simply being alive and experiencing life as we do every day is worthy of the name education. We receive an education when we interact with others, and we receive an education when we do independent research. Formal schooling is a different beast entirely, and it’s unfortunate that our society equates diplomas and degrees with intelligence, since obtaining a piece of paper has nothing to do with intelligence at all. Albert Einstein himself said, “I never let my education interfere with my learning.” He also told us that “everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” This practice of judging everyone based on the same criteria is a major flaw in the education system, for which many children suffer unnecessarily.

From the day we enter into the education system, we are made to feel as if getting good grades means we are smart, and not getting good grades means we are not. In many ways, however, good grades are simply a measure of obedience. The list of problems plaguing the education system is extensive. Not only do we measure intelligence using narrow parameters, we also ignore and fail to nurture emotional intelligence.  This is something many of us have felt, and it was good to see the Dalai Lama bring up this issue in a recent Facebook post. On May 16th, he wrote:

Modern education with its focus on material goals and a disregard for inner values is incomplete. There is a need to know about the workings of our minds and emotions. If we start today and make an effort to educate those who are young now in inner values, they will see a different, peaceful, more compassionate world in the future. (source)

This really gets at the heart of the matter. Modern day education focuses almost exclusively on material goals. From the day we are born, we are shown how the world (supposedly) works and what we need to do to make our way through it. These things include gaining a piece of paper (degree), mostly through memorization, in order to make more pieces of paper so we can have a roof over our heads and put food into our mouths. As a result, we never develop the ability to think critically, and we never learn to question the world around us. Indeed, questioning authority and the status quo are discouraged at every turn. We are instead encouraged to follow identical paths, with material wealth being the marker of our success on this path.   The worst part about it is that many people feel like ‘failures’ or ‘unsuccessful’ if they are not able to reach this level of wealth, and fear being perceived as not smart, educated, or successful as a result.

This unreasonable fear is one example of the ‘inner workings’ the Dalai Lama is speaking about. Modern day schooling disregards, and even discourages, emotional development. It does not teach a child how to deal with their ego, how to recognize their own behavioural patterns, and the result is that most adults cannot even recognize when their actions are being driven by suppressed emotions. It does not teach self awareness. It does not teach children how to handle intense emotion or even that having emotions is okay. It does not teach them about humility, about letting go, about how to manage stress, or about the importance of self love and self care, and it does not teach them about the positive effect self love can have on their life and on the lives of those around them.

If we were taught these important things about life rather than being left to learn them on as adults, if ever, our world would be a much more peaceful and compassionate place, as the Dalai Lama himself says.

Chasing material wealth rather than nurturing the self also makes us incapable of listening to our own hearts.  We are forced into obedience and to do things a certain way, and we learn quickly that to do otherwise will have serious consequences. In my opinion, school teaches many how to be followers, but few how to be leaders.

All those years of being unable to say ‘no’ forces us into conformity, and, according to Dr. Kelly M. Flanagan, a licensed clinical psychologist, this has dire consequences for our agency in the world:

When we can’t say “No,” we become a sponge for the feelings of everyone around us and we eventually become saturated by the needs of everyone else while our own hearts wilt and die. We begin to live our lives according to the forceful shouldof others, rather than the whispered, passionate want of our own hearts. We let everyone else tell us what story to live and we cease to be the author of our own lives. We lose our voice — we lose the desire planted in our souls and the very unique way in which we might live out that desire in the world. We get used by the world instead of being useful in the world. (source)

Our education system needs to focus less on making everybody the same and more on nurturing the individual. The problem is, individuals have opinions, and as John. D Rockefeller himself said, he “wants a nation of workers, not thinkers.” It is in the interests of many to manufacture a working class that does not think for itself. When we are forced to work ourselves to exhaustion simply in order to survive, we have no time to worry about bigger issues, like the environment or corporate greed. We can do much better than this. We are infinite potential and we have amazing solutions for almost all of our problems. One thing is for sure, if our school system does not start to teach these ‘inner values,’ our children will continue to focus on material wealth and look for happiness in external things. They will not learn to consider their emotions and those of other people, or how to manage the stresses of life.

 

 

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Life Without Food: An Interview With Ray Maor ( A Man Who Doesn’t Need To Eat) – The Breatharian

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Ray Maor is a very powerful spiritual teacher, consciousness guide, and breatharian. What does this mean? Ray doesn’t need food to survive and thrive. Since 2012 Ray has been living the Pranic lifestyle, and is the go-to expert on this topic. He went over a year without eating any food, and incorporated numerous bouts of dry fasting (no food, no water) into his diet throughout the year.

Ray has mastered the Pranic lifestyle and now initiates people into a ten-day breatharian process. He emphasizes the importance of spiritual and mental cleansing along with this deep physical cleansing process, and maintains that this is a powerful tool for self-actualization and healing — when done correctly of course.

After conducting this life-changing interview with Ray, my perception shifted dramatically about what our relationship to food is really based upon. It also opened me up to questioning many deeper belief systems around the things we accept as “norms” in society.

Do we really need to eat food?

Are we addicted to food or not?

Is our attachment to food based on our emotional associations or physical addiction to food?

First, let’s dive into it. What is a breatharian?

A breatharian is defined as someone who can give up food and water and live completely off prana. Prana is a Sanskrit word that translates as “life air,” or “life force.”

The notion of “prana” is mentioned in many ancient traditions. Japan, China, and Polynesia all have individual terms to reference “life-force energy,” with unique references to what we call Breatharianism today.

How do we become a Breatharian?

The idea is that it is important to be initiated into this lifestyle, or to be guided by someone experienced. We can slowly transition by becoming vegetarian, then vegan, and eventually reduce to fruits and vegetables. Following this would be a liquid diet of juices and shakes, and eventually incorporate fasting and dry fasting into our experience.

It is important to not try this on your own, as there are very specific breathing techniques associated with this transformation. There is also a great deal of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual cleansing that must be done to properly facilitate change.

Ray shares that one of the most powerful aspects to becoming a Breatharian is that it forces us to really dig deep into some of the deepest programs that exist within us. He uses the analogy that questioning our beliefs around food creates the effect that “the house of cards is collapsing.” He also recommends that we really look into the placebo effect and take these ideas much more seriously in order to create proper transformation.

What are the supposed benefits to living the Pranic Lifestyle?

  1. It is through this experience that we are open to the deepest types of cleansing we could imagine — at the level of mind, body, and spirit.
  2. Our body is a self-healing organism. Once you stop eating, it can go back to a deep self-healing state, eliminating illness and deeply stored traumas.
  3. The Pranic lifestyle allows you to have significantly more energy, productivity, and clarity of mind — all while saving time and money!
  4. We play a massive role in saving the environment.

Three Major Takeaways of This Interview

1. Water has a memory. Some of you might be familiar with this from some of Dr. Masaru Emoto’s work. This memory holds your traumas in the cellular membrane, and when you release these deeply stored emotional memories, emotional healing takes place at the physical level. Holy mind-body connection!

2. When you get sick, it’s your body giving you feedback that you are in deep resistance to something. There is either a negative emotional situation you are holding onto, or a deep resistance you are feeling and not acknowledging in some aspect of your life.

3. When we fast, the body begins eating and releasing decayed blood cells. This allows us to create new and healthier T cells to positively impact the immune system. This lifestyle has the potential to keep us healthier, younger, and more energetic both short and long-term.

Why You Should Watch This Interview

It is a beautiful thing to be in the habit of questioning your belief systems. One of the biggest contributors to suffering in our world is that we believe our own thinking without question. When we are identified with our thoughts and beliefs, we are limited. When we see incredible evidence of the power of the placebo effect, it provides practical reasoning for us to really dig into ourselves and see what we accept as truth.

Whether you resonate with this or not, it is powerful to open your mind, learn from some of the incredible wisdom that Ray shares with us, and ask yourself what part of your reality has currently been left unquestioned. How would it serve you to dig deeper into yourself and your beliefs, and challenge what no longer aligns with the highest expression of you?

Related CE Article

Science Examines People Who Claim Not To Eat – Here’s What They Found

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Life Without Food: An Interview With Ray Maor ( A Man Who Doesn’t Need To Eat) – The Breatharian

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Ray Maor is a very powerful spiritual teacher, consciousness guide, and breatharian. What does this mean? Ray doesn’t need food to survive and thrive. Since 2012 Ray has been living the Pranic lifestyle, and is the go-to expert on this topic. He went over a year without eating any food, and incorporated numerous bouts of dry fasting (no food, no water) into his diet throughout the year.

Ray has mastered the Pranic lifestyle and now initiates people into a ten-day breatharian process. He emphasizes the importance of spiritual and mental cleansing along with this deep physical cleansing process, and maintains that this is a powerful tool for self-actualization and healing — when done correctly of course.

After conducting this life-changing interview with Ray, my perception shifted dramatically about what our relationship to food is really based upon. It also opened me up to questioning many deeper belief systems around the things we accept as “norms” in society.

Do we really need to eat food?

Are we addicted to food or not?

Is our attachment to food based on our emotional associations or physical addiction to food?

First, let’s dive into it. What is a breatharian?

A breatharian is defined as someone who can give up food and water and live completely off prana. Prana is a Sanskrit word that translates as “life air,” or “life force.”

The notion of “prana” is mentioned in many ancient traditions. Japan, China, and Polynesia all have individual terms to reference “life-force energy,” with unique references to what we call Breatharianism today.

How do we become a Breatharian?

The idea is that it is important to be initiated into this lifestyle, or to be guided by someone experienced. We can slowly transition by becoming vegetarian, then vegan, and eventually reduce to fruits and vegetables. Following this would be a liquid diet of juices and shakes, and eventually incorporate fasting and dry fasting into our experience.

It is important to not try this on your own, as there are very specific breathing techniques associated with this transformation. There is also a great deal of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual cleansing that must be done to properly facilitate change.

Ray shares that one of the most powerful aspects to becoming a Breatharian is that it forces us to really dig deep into some of the deepest programs that exist within us. He uses the analogy that questioning our beliefs around food creates the effect that “the house of cards is collapsing.” He also recommends that we really look into the placebo effect and take these ideas much more seriously in order to create proper transformation.

What are the supposed benefits to living the Pranic Lifestyle?

  1. It is through this experience that we are open to the deepest types of cleansing we could imagine — at the level of mind, body, and spirit.
  2. Our body is a self-healing organism. Once you stop eating, it can go back to a deep self-healing state, eliminating illness and deeply stored traumas.
  3. The Pranic lifestyle allows you to have significantly more energy, productivity, and clarity of mind — all while saving time and money!
  4. We play a massive role in saving the environment.

Three Major Takeaways of This Interview

1. Water has a memory. Some of you might be familiar with this from some of Dr. Masaru Emoto’s work. This memory holds your traumas in the cellular membrane, and when you release these deeply stored emotional memories, emotional healing takes place at the physical level. Holy mind-body connection!

2. When you get sick, it’s your body giving you feedback that you are in deep resistance to something. There is either a negative emotional situation you are holding onto, or a deep resistance you are feeling and not acknowledging in some aspect of your life.

3. When we fast, the body begins eating and releasing decayed blood cells. This allows us to create new and healthier T cells to positively impact the immune system. This lifestyle has the potential to keep us healthier, younger, and more energetic both short and long-term.

Why You Should Watch This Interview

It is a beautiful thing to be in the habit of questioning your belief systems. One of the biggest contributors to suffering in our world is that we believe our own thinking without question. When we are identified with our thoughts and beliefs, we are limited. When we see incredible evidence of the power of the placebo effect, it provides practical reasoning for us to really dig into ourselves and see what we accept as truth.

Whether you resonate with this or not, it is powerful to open your mind, learn from some of the incredible wisdom that Ray shares with us, and ask yourself what part of your reality has currently been left unquestioned. How would it serve you to dig deeper into yourself and your beliefs, and challenge what no longer aligns with the highest expression of you?

Related CE Article

Science Examines People Who Claim Not To Eat – Here’s What They Found

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Tell Tale Signs That Suggest You Might Be An INFJ – The World’s Rarest Personality Type

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Every day, people are reading books, watching documentaries, and seeking help with the intention of getting to know themselves better. The rise of self-help books – increasing 13.6% from 2005 to 2008 — speaks for itself, as does the $11 billion we spend on self-improvement books, CDs, seminars, coaching, and stress-management programs. We’re all working hard to scrape away bad habits we’ve carried on since childhood and new ones we’ve adopted as adults so we can better navigate the stressful lifestyles we’ve been pushed into.

There are certain methods that allow us to better prepare ourselves when it comes to how we respond to everyday aggravations. We can meditate, journal, and seek out help from our partner, friend, or therapist. These tools help to quiet our mind and, sometimes, if we’re lucky, offer us glimpses of our true Self. Now what does this have to do with our personalities?

There is no clear definition of what a personality is, but it’s theorized to be a conjunction of habits, environmental influences, and past interactions and experiences. Psychologists have even gone so far as relating our personalities to our birth order, and how we were disciplined growing up. The definition of personality that I resonate most with is, the traits that predict a person’s behaviour, defined by Raymond Cattell. Cattell discovered the 16 separate primary trait factors within the normal personality sphere and created the 16 personality factor model with Maurice Tatsuoka and Herbert Eber. It’s based on decades of empirical research that psychologists and mental health professionals use today as an instrument to help diagnose psychological disorders. It can also help individuals better understand which career is best suited for them.

That being said, labels and definitions of you shouldn’t really be taken too seriously. Something like this is not the most helpful tool to describe you or who you are. Sure it may assist us in our lives, but nobody can really tell you who you are. Just be yourself, and let go of the need to be defined with a specific label, don’t but yourself in a box.

Sometimes with information like this, one can take on the label and its characteristics which they are told best suits them.

Something to think about.

16 Personality Types

Most of us are familiar with Carl Gustav Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology, also known as Jungian psychology. It uses psychological methods based on regular interaction to help people overcome their problems, and “emphasizes the importance of the individual psyche and the personal quest for wholeness,” an idea we celebrate here at Collective Evolution, given that each human being on Earth has separate needs and wants and should be treated accordingly.

Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers were inspired by Jung’s theory, that humans experience the world using four principal psychological functions — sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking — and that one of these four functions is dominant for a person most of the time. Katherine and Isabel utilized this theory and created the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) in 1944, a simple way to describe the order of each person’s Jungian preferences.

Mind, Energy, Nature, Tactics, and Identity are the five personality aspects that, combined, create and define personality type:

Mind: Extroversion vs. Introversion

Energy: Sensing vs. Intuition

Nature: Thinking vs. Feeling

Tactics: Judging vs. Perceiving

The 16 personality types are:

  1. Architect (INTJ, -A/-T)
  2. Logician (INTP, -A/-T)
  3. Commander (ENTJ, -A/-T)
  4. Debator (ENTP, -A/-T)
  5. Advocate (INFJ, -A/-T)
  6. Mediator (INFP, -A/-T)
  7. Protagonist (ENFJ, -A/-T)
  8. Campaign (ENFP, -A/-T)
  9. Logistician (ISTJ, -A/-T)
  10. Defender (ISFJ, -A/-T)
  11. Executive (ESTJ, -A/-T)
  12. Consul (ESFJ, -A/-T)
  13. Virtuoso (ISTP, -A/-T)
  14. Adventurer (ISFP, -A/-T)
  15. Eentreprenur (ESTP, -A/-T)
  16. Entertainer (ESFP, -A/-T)

You can find out which personality you are here.

Here’s How to Tell If You’re an INFJ Personality Type

INFJ people are amongst the rarest of personalities, occupying less than 1% of the population. They are more Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging. These individuals are active dreamers, as they don’t wait for their dreams to manifest, but rather create plans and concrete steps to realize their goals to make a sustainable, positive impact.

INFJs are altruistic in nature and are often found engaging in charitable tasks, but what truly sets them apart is their drive to create a world where people don’t need saving. They see the good in all beings and do not hold anyone at a higher or lower standard than them. They see all beings as equal and deserving of attention, comfort, and compassion.

People are very attracted to the warmness that INFJs exude, and usually feel very comfortable around them, often finding themselves divulging their deepest fears, secrets, and dreams. This type speaks in a language of energy and empathy, which forms a sensitive language that creates a safe environment for all. Close friends would label these individuals as extraverted and strangers would assume them to be introverts. This combination can be very tiring, so it’s important they allow themselves alone time to decompress and reconnect to themselves.

INFJs are highly intuitive and can tell someone’s true character within minutes of meeting them. They do not care for anything or anyone who is inauthentic or those they perceive to be dishonest, deceitful, or ineffectual. This doesn’t necessarily categorize them as judgemental, but just shows they truly know what they like. If any of their friends exhibit these behaviours, however, they are far more forgiving, as they have a full understanding of who that individual is and understands that their actions are based on insecurity and past trauma. They stray away from small talk, as they prefer deeper conversations that stimulate a positive energy exchange. They want to know the depths of your soul, what you’re passionate about, what you want to achieve in life, and how and if you’re interested in helping mankind.

They prefer quality over quantity and are severely disinterested in whether or not you achieved something for personal gain or recognition. They are in tune with their emotions and yet, logical. The operate in the world based off how it makes them feel and trust their intuition, especially when it comes to where they dedicate their time, particularly in regards to how a company or person functions; is it for profit or from the heart? They relish in truth and meaning and will indulge themselves with experiences and adventure related to travel or trying something new in order to spark and promote self-reflection.

Successful INFJs are usually writers, readers, and researchers, as they enjoy reflecting on their purpose and the world around them. They enjoy learning and desire finding meaning in all things related to life.

Final Thoughts

Like astrology, these are only tools that help us to realize what it is we truly desire and to strive for these qualities and traits. There are over 7 billion people on Earth, so it’s highly unlikely that a handful of personality traits will cover each individual on this planet.

When we choose to learn more about ourselves, we are opening a door of connecting that leads to every soul in existence. We have the power to harness this realization to truly do good for ourselves and others. INFJ may seem like the most ideal personality, but it’s one we all have access to. The world is a reflection of the chaos within us; evaluate these themes that you witness and see if they can be resolved within your own being and the relationships you have with others.

 

 

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New Moon In Sagittarius: Finding Your Truth

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We are having a New Moon in Sagittarius on December 18 at 6:30am Universal Time which will work out to be late night of the 17th for those in the Americas. New Moons are the start of a new new lunar cycle bringing in a new wave of energy for the coming month.

Mercury is finishing up its retrograde this week which is also occurring in Sagittarius. It began on the Full Moon on December 3rd and will end on December 22nd/23rd. Mercury Retrograde periods are a time of making shifts and adjustments in certain areas of our lives. It is an opportunity to see things in a different way and gain some new awareness around something. It could be about taking a different approach to things that have already been put in place or attempted prior to this period.

It is important to pay attention to what the Universe has been trying to show through both triumphs and complications so that you can proceed forward in a recalibrated way. When the retrograde ends, and in the days following, we may experience increased clarity and a more defined approach to how we need to handle whatever area of our life this period has been influencing. Much of this will be connected to Sagittarius themes which will be explained below.

New Moon In Sagittarius Conjunct Saturn At The Galactic Center

This New Moon along with Mercury’s retrograde can be about working with Sagittarius energy in new ways and making changes to old approaches that don’t serve us anymore. It can be connected to our beliefs, philosophies, aspirations, travel, education, teaching, and the way we accumulate wisdom and experience.

The shadow expressions of Sagittarius in its shadow can also be opinionated, self-righteous, preachy, and behaving like a ‘know it all’ even when we may have a very limited perspective on a subject. This sign can also overdo, overextend, and take a fearless approach even when there are valid reasons to be cautious.

Both this New Moon and the beginning of Mercury’s retrograde have a conjunction with Saturn which could be about needing to be more realistic, disciplined, focused, cautious, conservative, and structured in how we express Sagittarian energies mentioned above. There could be a theme of ‘redefining’ how we work with areas associated with this sign and for some people this period could be about reworking Sagittarius aspects in career which can be related to marketing, publishing, sales, or any of the other areas already mentioned.

Another way this can manifest is that some people may have to take a serious look and consideration around what is their truth. If we have been dancing with different ‘truths or if we haven’t been living up to our truth, this can be a period in which re-align ourselves with where we truly stand.

Both this New Moon, Mercury retrograde, and Saturn are in contact with the Galactic Center, which is a part of the sky associated with higher consciousness. This can be about aligning ourselves with our highest truth and our connection to source.

Saturn Going Into Capricorn For Three Years

Saturn has been in Sagittarius for roughly the past three years and much of what this edition of Mercury retrograde is about is connected to what Saturn has been doing since then. Therefore, many of the themes written above (and in my Mercury retrograde article) have actually been playing out for a longer term, except now they are being highlighted very strongly as Mercury has been activating Saturn’s ‘last hurrah’ in this sign.

Less than 2 days after this New Moon, Saturn will enter Capricorn where it will stay until late 2020. It is the planetary the ruler of this sign and therefore it is like it is coming home. Capricorn is the sign of career, ambitions, business, social status, banking, and mastery. Along with Saturn, it is also associated with structures, responsibilities, caution, practicality, discipline, and consolidation.

Saturn travelling through this sign will be a period of ultimately redefining many of these things. In that process, it will disregard what is no longer working and put in place or solidify different approaches that are more sustainable in the long term.

The last time Saturn was in Capricorn was from February 1988 until February 1991. Similar themes of that period will be present during this period, except in different ways. Also, this edition of Saturn in Capricorn has the potential to have much more profound and deeper changes as Pluto is also travelling in this sign and has been there since 2008. In a previous article, I wrote about what Pluto in Capricorn could mean for the world and with Saturn joining in now, much of what I wrote about will be more apparent over the next three years.

Those who were born the last time Saturn was in Capricorn, specifically between February 14th 1988 and June 10th 1988, as well as between November 13th 1988 and February 6 1991, will be going through their first ‘Saturn Return’ over the next three years. This is something that everyone experiences in their late 20’s which is ultimately about reaching a new level of maturity.

For those born in those periods, these next three years are a time of increased responsibility, commitment, needing to be more disciplined and getting more real about life and life choices. This can happen through both challenging and restrictive circumstances, or in some cases in can also manifest as a result of our own choices that require us to apply ourselves in those ways.

Making Intentions And Things To Consider

What have your experiences and circumstances been trying to show you over the recent weeks? How can you apply yourself in a way that is more aligned with new realizations, beliefs, and perspectives you have been considering?  Which of your previous perspectives were inaccurate or no longer serving you? What do you need to do or manifest to help you make your visions and aspirations a reality? What is your truth?

These are just some examples of what your intentions can be oriented around, but they don’t need to be limited to them. The exact time of this New Moon will be at 6:30am Universal Time on December 18th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone. It is best to make your intentions as close to the New Moon as possible and even up a half hour prior to when it occurs. If that is not possible, they can even be done within the first 24 hours following.

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US Department of Defense Releases Video of a UFO Rotating In Mid-Air For The Very First Time

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There are a number of pictures and real video footage taken of Unidentified Flying Objects(UFOs). Some of the videos floating around out there have defied the belief of skeptics for years. Even with the official release of hundreds of thousands of documents by dozens of governments and multiple intelligence agencies, it’s still a topic that can change an individuals world paradigm for the rest of their lives, which is why perhaps so many choose to remain in ignorance despite all of the evidence which now surrounds the UFO phenomenon.

This stuff is as real as it gets, here’s a publication in The Journal of Scientific Exploration which shows a picture snapped by Canadian military pilots of a UFO, which was taken back in 1956 at an altitude 36,000 ft (app. 11 km). It was observed hovering around them for 45 seconds before it disappeared.

Multiple documents show that military radar has tracked thousands of UFOs, with military jets sent to intercept hundreds of times. These encounters have one thing in common, objects travelling at tremendous speeds, and performing maneuvers that no known man-made air craft can perform. They often defy our current understanding of physics.

We are living in a time where the UFO topic is more popular than ever, and that could be in large part due to the fact, as Ex-CIA Director Roscoe Hillenkoetter said“through an official campaign of secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense.” 

We are just starting to figure our that something has been going on.

Well, it’s understandable that this type of information could be hard to disseminate to the public, without it changing multiple aspects of our lives from science, to technology all the way down to our beliefs about the nature of reality, where we come from, ancient history, and much more.

“”We have, indeed, been contacted — perhaps even visited — by extraterrestrial beings, and the US government, in collusion with the other national powers of the Earth, is determined to keep this information from the general public.”

-Victor Marchetti (Second Look, Volume 1, No 7, Washington, DC, May, 1979)

UFOs and extraterrestrials might not always be related by the way. That’s discussed later in the article.

US Government Footage

For the first time in history, the US Department of Defense has released officially verified footage of a UFO. The video shows an encounter between a Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet and the unknown object. It was released by the DoD’s “Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program,” which was never publicly acknowledged.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the United States has a history of government agencies existing in secret for years. The National Security Agency (NSA) was founded in 1952, its existence was hidden until the mid 1960’s. Even more secretive is the National Reconnaissance Office, which was founded in 1960 but remained completely secret for 30 years.

There are also Special Access Programs, like this one, which, as a 1997 US Senate Report describes, have absolutely no oversight from congress.

This encounter is one of multiples, and they usually involve critical instrument and electronic equipment failure when military pilots reach a close vicinity to the object.

For example, an NSA document from the 70’s describes and encounter.

Both of the F-4 interceptor pilots reported seeing the object visually, it was also tracked on their airborne radar. Both planes experienced critical instrumentation and electronics go offline at a distance of twenty-five miles from the object. Here is an excerpt from the report:

“As the F-4 approached a range of 25 nautical miles it lost all instrumentation and communications. When the F-4 turned away from the object and apparently was no longer a threat to it, the aircraft regained all instrumentation and communications. Another brightly lighted object came out of the original object. The second object headed straight toward the F4. ”

Check out the video below, the pilots reaction to the object can be heard:

“It is (expletive) going on bro”

“There’s a whole fleet of them, look on the S.A.”

“My Gosh”

“They are all going against the wind, the wind is 120 miles to the west.”

“Look at that thing, dude.”

“That’s not a (unclear) is it?”

“Look at that thing!”

“It’s rotating.”

Drone?

If this is a drone, then some sophisticated agency is operating craft that the military doesn’t know about, is this a secret space program craft made by humans? Could be. Again, there are many possible explanations.

The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program

As an article written in the NY Times points out:

“In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find.Which was how the Pentagon wanted it.For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according to Defense Department officials, interviews with program participants and records obtained by The New York Times.”

The Defense Department has never before acknowledged the existence of the program, which it says it shut down in 2012. But its backers say that, while the Pentagon ended funding for the effort at that time, the program remains in existence.”

The key word here is threat.

Paul Hellyer, former Canadian defense minister once pointed out that:

“Decades ago, visitors from other planets warned us about where we were headed and offered to help. But instead, we, or at least some of us, interpreted their visits as a threat, and decided to shoot first and ask questions after.” 

What also seems to be common with regards to the phenomena is the fact that they constantly perform evasive maneuvers when approached by our air-craft. Stories of retaliation, however, do exist within the lore, where pilots were ordered to attempt to bring the object down, and retaliation followed.

“The reported operating characteristics such as extreme rates of climb, maneuverability (particularly in roll), and action which must be considered evasive when sighted or contacted by friendly aircraft and radar, lend belief to the possibility that some of the objects are controlled either manually, automatically or remotely.” – General Nathan Twinning

Is it in our human nature to perceive and view everything as a threat? These objects have been around, at least verifiably, since the 1950’s. There are many accounts of UFOs in antiquity as well, which point to the idea that this phenomena is much older than we know.

If there was a threat, we probably would have already experienced something scary. That being said, that doesn’t mean there aren’t aspects of this topic that aren’t, what we would call, “negative.”

At this point, who really knows?

Perhaps there are ulterior motives to classify these things as threats? I explore that idea in the article linked below. Is this putting out the truth, but mixed with lies? There is more to this phenomenon that what we are going to be told, that, in my opinion, is safe to assume.

Is A False Flag Alien Invasion In The Works? Wernher Von Brauns Colleague Seems To Think So

Apparently, according to the New York Times article, was funded at the request of Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat who has had a long time interest in space. A lot of the money went to Billionaire Robert Bigelow, founder of one of the biggest Aerospace giants in North America, who is currently working with NASA to produce plane like crafts that humans can use in space.

Bigelow recently express that he knows for a fact that some of these UFOs are actually piloted by extraterrestrial beings. He did so on a recent 60 minutes interview which you can watch here.

As the NY Times points out:

“Working with Mr. Bigelow’s Las Vegas-based company, the program produced documents that describe sightings of aircraft that seemed to move at very high velocities with no visible signs of propulsion, or that hovered with no apparent means of lift…Officials with the program have also studied videos of encounters between unknown objects and American military aircraft – including one released in August of a whitish oval object, about the size of a commercial plane, chased by two Navy F/A-18 fighter jets.”

Above is a picture of Louis Elizondo, one of multiple individuals who is part of the To The Stars academy, along with others, like recently retired Director of Lockheed Skunk Works, Steve Justice who are taking an active role in bringing awareness to the public.

Elizondo is just one of many prestigious individuals to join the academy. A career intelligence officer, his experience includes working in the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense, and the National Counterintelligence Executive, and he spent time as the Director of National Intelligence. He’s also managed the security for several sensitive projects for the U.S. government as the Director for the National Programs Special Management Staff.

For the last 10 years of his career, Elizondo ran the sensitive aerospace threat identification program focusing on unidentified aerial technologies. Where he learned that, as he mentioned,  “the phenomenon is indeed real.” 

Steve Justice, is one of his colleagues in this endeavour, mentioned that some of these craft can manipulate time and space to travel vast distances. You can read more about that here.

During a Facebook Live feed, Luis Elizondo, the Director of Global & Special Programs for To The Stars, announced that the academy will be releasing official, previously classified data and documentation in collaboration with the U.S. government.   And as you an see, this has happened.

When asked if these UFOs are a threat, he told journalist and New York Times best selling author Leslie Keen “they did not exhibit overt hostility.” “But something unexplained is always assumed to be a potential threat until we are certain it isn’t. On the bright side, I believe we are closer than ever before in our understanding of how it operates,” he continued.

We Are Seeing A Speeding Up of Disclosure Within The Mainstream

The fact that everyone involved is a high ranking official from within deep programs of the government might raise suspicions, as it’s no secret that much of the American population does not trust their government to accurately disclose important  information,

There are countless examples of government deception and lies. Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, among others, have made this abundantly clear over the past few years. This isn’t to say there aren’t good people within the government, people working for the good of humanity, but the problem is that Western governments have been completely taken over by the Deep State. 

The real menace of our Republic is the invisible government, which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities, states and nation. . . .  The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both parties … [and] control the majority of the newspapers and magazines in this country. “

– John F. Hylan, Mayor of New York City from 1918-1925 (source)(source)

Could this recent mainstream initiative be a true disclosure movement? Or is Tom Delonge simply being used by the United States government to further some hidden own agenda? Do they want to confirm the reality of UFOs, but debunk the extraterrestrial hypothesis by stating these craft are all manmade?   There are many questions to be asked here, and we can only hope things will become clearer as time goes on.

It’s an unfortunate reality that trusting the government has become so difficult. Their tendency to take real events and spin them to push certain agendas is well documented, and makes it difficult to know what’s really going on in the world. That’s why doing your own independent research on this topic, or any other, for that matter, is so important.

Will We Ever Get The Full Truth?

The world of secrecy is extremely compartmentalized, and when it comes to this topic, we are getting into technology, a new understanding about the nature of reality, and possibly, details about different extraterrestrial groups and what they are doing here.

We are still a long ways from these details, and it’s understandable why, if it’s the case, that some within the world of secrecy want this information to come out slowly.

This topic goes far beyond mere UFOs.

Are They Extraterrestrial? 

I explore this question and the evidence for it in an article I wrote not long ago. You can read more about that below:

It’s Official, We Now Know That “UFOs” or “UAP” Are Real – So Are They Extraterrestrial or Not? 

I’ll leave you with this video, I’ve used it many times so if you’ve seen it I apologize. There are always new readers coming to the site.

It’s a clip taken from the Thrive documentary.

To read our archived articles on this topic, you can visit the exopolitics section of our website. 

 

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The Latest Vegan Bodybuilder To Tackle Protein Myth (Video)

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There is one question that irks vegetarians and vegans more than any other, and that is, Where do you get your protein? The general population has been sold this idea that protein only comes from meat and dairy products, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Just look at gorillas, oxen, or elephants — all herbivorous animals, all clearly getting adequate protein. So where does this misconception come from? I think it’s safe to say that the meat and dairy industry have done a great job of selling us on this lie.

Related CE Article about the science: Plant Based Protein vs Protein From Meat – Which One Is Better For Your Body? 

Every time we post an article on CE about eating less meat and animal products, there are always at least a few comments that say something along the lines of, “Every vegan I know is so frail, skinny, and sick looking.” If we are being completely honest, I’m sure that everyone knows at least a few meat eaters that are frail, skinny, or sick looking, too. As with any diet, there is a healthy way and an unhealthy way to follow it. If people are eating an abundance of processed food, vegan or not, they are unlikely to be at optimal health.

More and more bodybuilders are beginning to turn vegan. This is great news because of the sheer amount of food bodybuilders typically need to eat. People often feel it’s impossible for a bodybuilder to be vegan, but there are a ton of examples that prove otherwise. Take Chui Chin-Hun, for example, a 21-year-old vegan bodybuilder from China who trains alongside other bodybuilders who follow a traditional diet. Check it out.

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Chui Chn-Hun is a perfect example of a vegan who gets enough protein. As said in the video above, he eats quinoa in order to get complete proteins, blending it up and drinking it in a shake. Being a bodybuilder means you need to eat a lot, regardless of whether that includes meat or not, so chances are Chui Chin-Hun drinks a lot of quinoa shakes every day in order to maintain his physique.

And he isn’t just any vegan bodybuilder; he also won the 2016 championship for the Hong Kong Bodybuilding Tournament youth group, which goes to show just how far a vegan diet can really get you.

Final Thoughts?

This story aims mainly to give vegans who are tired of hearing the same question over and over again some peace of mind. Meat, dairy, and eggs are not needed or required in order to get enough protein. Now, regardless of this information, people will still refuse to believe the truth of this, and that’s okay. More and more people are starting to understand the benefits of consuming less meat and are opting to do so. Hopefully this inspires other bodybuilders who are consuming mass quantities of chicken breasts that there are other ways to get protein, and the lives of at least some animals can be spared.

And for all you vegans out there, the next time someone asks you where you get your protein, show them this article!

Much Love

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A Native American Perspective On Veganism

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Indigenous wisdom is something that resonates with many people. Despite the fact that this way of life was almost completely erased all over the world by the ruling class, it lives on today, and there is a big movement to grow it and share its vital message, which necessary for the preservation of our planet.

This kind of cultural genocide began during the Roman Empire, when Roman culture, institutions, and beliefs were pushed upon the citizenry, and consequences were doled out for those who didn’t follow them. The aristocracy controlled the people, and went on a global mission to conquer other parts of the world. Through this conquest, many cultures, beliefs, and wisdoms were lost, all so the ruling power at the time could assimilate others into their way of life.

Moving forward, we saw this type of ideology pushed by the Church, which condemned those who offered new ideas, science, and alternate views about the nature of our reality. Despite history moving forward, very little had changed; the powerful group of people who control politics, finance, and most aspects of our lives today were still pushing a certain way of life upon the citizenry.

And it remains so today. The destabilization of many countries, especially in the Middle East, and the whole process of globalization in general, is proof of that. We now live in a corporatocracy, which thrives on making the “American Dream” the primary focus of all global citizens. War and corrupt politics are the main tools used to carve out this new way of life for others.

As far as indigenous peoples go specifically, scholars have estimated that, prior to the ‘discovery’ of the Americas by Europeans, the pre-contact era population could have been as high as 100 million people. In very recent history, indigenous assimilation, forced by church and state, has continued, as the residential school system in Canada makes clear.

And because these cultures pass down beliefs and teachings orally, a lot of wisdom held by the elders was lost. Fortunately, some remain to preserve it.

The world has changed a lot, but much of their teachings, meant to serve as a guidebook for a way of life that respects and honours all beings, still applies today. One great example would by the modern day food industry. Several different cultures within the first nations of America preach deep respect for all life and the animal kingdom, and a recognition that all life is connected. Imagine travelling back in time and showing footage of modern day factory farms — animals being raised and tortured en mass, in the billions, solely to be killed for our increasing greed.

I would be surprised if you could find one elder today who wasn’t appalled and heartbroken, or an elder in ancient times who would allow their people to participate in such barbaric acts.

There is no question about it — the modern day meat industry and the way we eat meat today would not have been accepted by the First Nations of recent history. But don’t take my word for it.

What Would Indigenous Wisdom Say? 

Rita Laws, Ph.D., published an article explaining how among her own people, the Choctaw Indians of Mississippi and Oklahoma, vegetables were the traditional diet, and homes were constructed of wood, mud, bark, and cane — not skins.

“The principal food, eaten daily from earthen pots, was a vegetarian stew containing corn, pumpkin and beans.”

She explains how meat in “the form of small game was an infrequent repast” and how their clothing was even derived from plants.

Perhaps one of the most interesting revelations shared by her experience and research is the fact that “more than one tribe has creation legends which describe people as vegetarian, living in a kind of Garden of Eden. A Cherokee legend describes humans, plants, and animals as having lived in the beginning in ‘equality and mutual helpfulness.’ “

She goes on to explain how “the needs of all were met without killing one another. When man became aggressive and ate some of the animals, the animals invented diseases to keep human population in check. The plants remained friendly, however, and offered themselves not only as food to man, but also as medicine, to combat the new diseases.”

Laws also points out how many other Indian tribes were like hers, subsisting primarily on plants, but those who did hunt did so sparingly and with care. A special bond existed between them and the animals whose lives they took, or, according to many legends, these animals who offered themselves freely. The animals were also seen as a gift from the great sprit, spiritual warriors who were there for the protection and well-being of the people, to provide in several ways, almost like guardian angels.

“In the past, and in more than a few tribes, meat-eating was a rare activity, certainly not a daily event. Since the introduction of European meat-eating customs, the introduction of the horse and the gun, and the proliferation of alcoholic beverages and white traders, a lot has changed.”

Laws also explains how meat consumption was not revered, and there was nothing ceremonial about it. It was always plants and fall festivals centred around the harvest that were most celebrated.

Meat-eating was a rare activity, certainly not a daily event. Since the introduction of European meat-eating customs, the introduction of the horse and the gun, and the proliferation of alcoholic beverages and white traders, a lot has changed. Relatively few native peoples can claim to be vegetarians today.

“What would this country be like today if the ancient ways were still observed? I believe it is fair to say that the Indian respect for non-human life forms would have had a greater impact on American society. Corn, not turkey meat, might be the celebrated Thanksgiving Day dish. Fewer species would have become extinct, the environment would be healthier, and Indian and non-Indian Americans alike would be living longer and healthier lives. . . . Now we, their descendants, must recapture the spirit of the ancient traditions for the benefit of all people. We must move away from the European influences that did away with a healthier style of living. We must again embrace our brothers and sisters, the animals, and ‘return to the corn’ once and for all.”

You can read her full article here, where she goes into more detail and gives many more examples. It definitely gives you something to think about, doesn’t it?

An Excellent Video Discussing The Topic In More Detail

“If, as our Mi’kmaq legends suggest, animals are our siblings, then how can we justify their treatment as objects within the hunting, fishing and agricultural industries? What alternative do Mi’kmaq legends offer to the Christian colonial models of stewardship and domination, in which animals are our property? This workshop examines Mi’kmaq cultural values as an indigenous grounding for vegan practice while offering a critical standpoint on issues such as the indigenous fishing industry.”

Below is a video from of Margaret Robinson, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  She’s a member of the Lennox Island First Nation. You can learn more about her and view some of her publications here.

In the lecture, she brings up several points regarding food and indigenous culture, and the current issues that surround the modern day perception of a vegetarian/vegan diet according to various indigenous cultures. She focuses primarily on the barriers for aboriginal veganism.

Personally, I believe our world is experiencing a dramatic shift in various areas, and compassion is one of them. As a result, along with all of the health benefits outlined in the articles linked below the vide, this is precisely why more and more people are switching to vegan/vegetarian diets.

 

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