In psychic training, “Spirit Babies” are said to be tiny specs of light representing the future manifestation of a child. The presence of a Spirit Baby is an indication of its intention to be born, though of course there is no guarantee of that occurring. These entities are particularly attracted to the emotional habitats of desire and affection where they are generally just hanging around waiting for humans to create them with their bodies. Sexually active individuals are likely to spend their days in the company of Spirit Babies, who are floating around in anticipation of their calling. Therefore, the sighting of a Spirit Baby is a good way for sensitive persons and perhaps those who may encounter the occasional extrasensory experience, to identify the strong possibility of a pregnancy resulting from sex. If birth control is being used, the sudden appearance of a Spirit Baby could mean that the method will fail – the condom could break, an appliance may dislocate, a minute amount of sperm could find its way, etc. Needless to say, if pregnancy is not desired, a person may want to stop and re-think about how they are going about things.
A message from the other-world regarding birth, is not exactly foreign to Christian theology and stories of the Bible depicting the birth of Jesus. The angels of God came down from heaven to earth (in person) to organize the event from start to finish – and they told a lot of people. Not only were both of Jesus’s parents notified and prepped, but also, random shepherds working in the fields of Bethlehem; prophets from other, potentially unfamiliar, tribes; the ‘magi’ sidekicks of mobile merchants selling luxury items, and so on (Matt. 2: 1-6). A full list of persons were alerted by the angels, and once that was done, they also named the child themselves (Jesus), and provided Mary and Joseph with some very specific, Dr. Spock-type directives (Luke 1).
In my book Tarot For Parties! due out this fall, I wrote about some of the research relating to the biological relationship between humanity and the stars. Lotzof (2018), in Natural History Museum, also wrote of this physiological link, which is evident in materials such as residues sampled from primitive meteorites. These substances demonstrate the way the elements of a human body formed throughout multiple star life-cycles over billions of years. Scientists have also stated the likelihood of human hydrogen and lithium originating from the Big Bang.
Is it possible then that Spirit Babies, if they actually exist, are simply memories of our past existence as stars? That perhaps there are various impressions of light somehow preserved in our consciousness; residing deep within the evolutionary memory of our species…
Overpopulation 1: How Many People Can the Earth Support?
Review of the Quartz Aug 18′ article “We are exceeding Earth’s carrying capacity. Denying it is suicidal,” by Richard Heinberg — (author and senior fellow with the Post Carbon Institute).
Written by: m.wilson
Societies Pollute their Environment to the Point of Collapse
According to Heinberg, the earth has a biological “carrying capacity,” which is defined as “the number of organisms an environment can support without becoming degraded.” The existence of this capacity he wrote, holds the consensus among the majority of ecologists. However, despite a likely causal relationship, overpopulation is not discussed in the media as much as climate change for example, as corporations utilize cheap energy like nuclear, gas, oil, and wood to churn out massive amounts of pesticides, antibiotics, and fertilizers for the 7+ billion people occupying the planet.
Relatedly, it may be reasonable to surmise that mass migration is a symptom of a failing society. And while Societies have fallen for various reasons, including over-extension of empire, invasion, and natural climate change (Heinberg, 2018), archaeologists have consistently reported the ‘consumption of resources and the pollution of the environment — to the point of collapse…’
We have been fighting for our rights for centuries. While its been nearly three decades since the wave of terrorism occurring between 1993 and 2009; when Dr. David Gunn, one of the first of four abortion care providers, was murdered in the United States (HuffPost, 2017). Today, feminists persevere in agitating for reproductive freedom. Despite several great leaps, baby-steps, and bearable setbacks, our reproductive rights and sexual health remain an argumentative issue. This argument seeks to obliterate a woman’s control over when to deliver babies into the world, the number of children we have, and other decisions about birth, such as those regarding whether one’s father or rapist should assume a co-role as parent.
Sexual and reproductive rights are human rights, and a women’s legal access to reproductive services is just one component of acceptable and humane treatment. The state, therefore, is expected to protect, respect, and ensure that all rights relating to women are fulfilled. Additionally, each state should ensure that we enjoy the highest attainable standards of health care, which includes quality in services and pharmaceuticals; with health care facilities that are;
Adequate in number to serve those in need
Physically and economically accessible
Accepts everyone without discrimination
Even though few people identify themselves as feminists, most support our ideals of feminism, which address all of the political, economic, and social issues pertaining to the sexes. For example, choices regarding when a woman is personally prepared for parenthood and becoming a child’s mother are frequently associated with the stability of a relationship and life in general. Concurrently, women in partnerships often seek medical assistance to prevent unplanned pregnancies and control family size. For younger women, pregnancy is particularly impactful, as birth control and access to proper abortion often determine whether or not she will become educated, her career potential, financial class, and future economic security. Therefore, it is within this feminist context that we must seek legal rights that give us freedom and dominion over our sexual and reproductive lives.
Laws that support reproductive freedom help to protect women who currently suffer from societal conditions making it nearly impossible for them to become parents. Undermining legal access to abortion – aborts the right to choose without solving the problems affecting female lives, neither before or after a child is born. The female decision-making process is thwarted most catastrophically when reproductive rights are neglected in cases of incest and rape. Restrictive reproductive laws result in unsafe procedures and maternal death, all of which fail to significantly reduce rates of abortion.
Sobriety is an essential aspect of life. It protects the delicate chemistry associated with decision making and is synonymous with the concept of management; especially in situations that could have otherwise gone worse. So many people are still suffering from the shackles of alcoholism and drug abuse and perhaps the best thing to do is continue writing about it. The impact of living a “carefree life” can be soul-damaging. Perhaps the majority of individuals don’t realize they are addicts until it is too late.
I am a living example of what alcohol and drug abuse can do to a once promising individual. At some point, even the small amount of money I was able to earn from my job was all spent on alcohol. I have made numerous egregious mistakes that could have otherwise been avoided had I been sober. I did not envision the considerable damage drug abuse had caused until it was too late and my family had walked away from me due to my poor standing in life.
It was destined then that I should follow in the path of my cousin, “Peter.” Growing up, I watched him, an alcoholic, struggling to raise a family in a way that resembled a drowning man carrying suitcases. It just appeared to be unbelievably difficult, and certainly unsustainable, because he had this huge family he couldn’t take care of, which may have been prevented by enrolling in a family planning program. Sometimes, I get ashamed because nobody ever thought that I would turn out the same way. The only difference is that instead of giving birth to a million kids, I got infected with several sexually transmitted diseases.
When I first started drinking I thought it was a one-time thing, but as I kept on going back to the bars for more booze, I eventually developed an addiction. For a long time, I lived in denial and would often bash out anyone who said that I was an alcoholic. I thought that drinking alcohol or consuming hard-drugs made my problems go away for a while. This was a coward’s school of thought – not being able to face my challenges head-on. Nothing ever changed much. I’d wake up in the morning with hangovers and spend most of the day nursing them.
I am a smart girl and should have understood the way alcohol has destroyed so many individuals and families. It is a worldwide menace that does not mitigate its prey. Neither does alcoholism spare the elite, many of whom are no match for this loaded dragon-spew of addiction fire. So many professionals like myself have ended up wasting their talent because they couldn’t control their consumption. It always starts with a bottle of beer and before you realize you’ll be clocking-in at a couple more bottles on the hour-daily. The problem gets worse when you make friends with other alcoholics whose lives revolve around booze. After some time, you can no longer make sound decisions and you may break the hearts of your loved ones.
After some soul searching, I resolved to be free again. I have used the term free because I believe that nobody was born with a predilection for drug and alcohol addiction. We only get here because of an undying urge for the wrong kinds of exploration.
My first step towards being free from the shackles of drug and alcohol abuse was accepting that I had a problem. The next step was to enroll in the nearest rehabilitation center to have nearby support with overcoming this menace. The hardest bit of this journey was to change my circle of friends. I often felt the urge of going back to my old habits, but my family came to my rescue and encouraged me to continue pushing on at a point when I had shown progress.
Though the journey has been tough, I can now see the fruits of sobriety. My colleagues at work are impressed with the baby steps that have made me alcohol-free. I can now attest that the key to good health and better work performance is staying away from any drug abuse. Viva!
The second of three essays on Grasping the Nettle, Cases of Intractable Conflict(2005) — Crocker, Hampson, Aall.
“Intractability is a quality of particular social conflicts.”
The recent reproductive rights conflict feels intractable, though technically it may not be. The authors state that the five characteristics identifying an intractable conflict (each of them not causal but processual) include 1). A protracted amount of time — how about, abortion debates for over a century. Reproductive rights arguments have gone on without resolution for a time longer than the book’s example of the Turkish-Cypress invasion in 1974, which took place following the British, Greek, and Turkish-Cypriot resolution of independence in 1960. 2). Identity designation — women are the only afflicted party, though the argument institutes a second designation representing symbiotic growth. 3). Conflict profitability — perhaps not fully known, though there is undoubtedly a profit to be gained from tax payments, work for hire, and from other such subjected persons. 4). Absence of ripeness/stalemates — perhaps this is the way there is no gray area between discontinuing a pregnancy and carrying it to term (at this time). Both seem to be absolute.
Heartbeat laws are basically conception as the basis for illegalizing abortion in all cases, and to put things bluntly, subjects women to whatever is to come from the simple combination of bodily fluids. Non-viable fertilization is a substance made up of mostly cells and electrical conductivity up until about nine weeks. It is here that I must insert a bit of the female/mother-wisdom of the Walking Egg, whose conscious understanding extends into the nether regions and beyond this eggshell planet housing our mysterious existence, lending her to the intuitive knowledge of the heartbeat as the essential existence of a thing. So as to say, what is pumping within the bloodstream of both men and women is itself a heartbeat that when combined, will eventually take the form of a conceptus: a heartbeat (obviously) before the actual heart. Next, we would need to add to this notion what the doctors have said about detectable pulses; that heartbeat activity in the early stages is a grouping of electrified cells, precisely, three to four millimeters long (Dr.Keats-UCSF as cited in Wikipedia, 2019). Correspondingly, a woman may also have the sense, through her own experience of a monthly menstrual period, that life itself is a constant heartbeat, and that what is detectable at six weeks is a fertilized grouping of conductive cells without a circulatory system drawing upon the bodily functions of the mother. According to Dr. Kerns “using the word heartbeat here is an intentional obfuscation (Wired, 2019).”
Aristotle is said to be a relativist, who considered that a right decision for one person might be the wrong decision for another. For example, a severely impoverished woman living in today’s Yemen, whose children lack the nutrition needed for normal development, and where over 85,000 children under five, have died of starvation since the bombing in 2015 (TNYT, 2018), might be scrutinized differently by certain moralists. On the other hand, absolutism, as opposed to relativism, may be the predominant philosophy among many anti-prochoice persons. For example, if a woman does not wish to carry a particular pregnancy to term, is it actually true that she’s an enemy of life as we all know it? That the woman hates and despises life, has a personal problem with it, or does not value the lives of the other human beings around her? That whatever she does in her life should be terminated in such a fashion because she did not want to be pregnant? A soldier who decides not to grow a baby in her womb, is she a coward? Is a woman a horribly insensitive person because she decided not to reproduce? Should a woman be mistreated in daily life because she did not follow through with conception? Should your parents disown you because they did not want to have children in the first place and were just doing you a favor? That she should be shunned away from certain work environments because she doesn’t deserve to be there? Should everything she owns be ‘taken’ away from her because she ‘took’ something away from society? Should a woman walk down the street and be regarded as a murderess by people in the street? Many “pro-lifers” believe the answer is yes to all of these questions. The aforementioned conflicts would certainly seem intractable, since the conceptus in question could not be recovered and reinserted back into the mother to develop. In such cases there may be various social outcomes, and acknowledged or not, none of them seem to be very good. How then is one if four women to regard these particular persons, who consider them (or their doctors) to be criminals at large?
Many absolutist arguments supporting forced pregnancies resound within rape culture, due to the if-then logic and reasoning. For example, a rapist may have been aware that his victim once had sex with someone he knew, which to him might mean that the woman is the ‘the type of person’ who has sex, as opposed to the type of person who once had sex when she ‘was aroused.’ There may be no difference between these two concepts for a moral -rapist. It doesn’t qualify that a woman who has had several sexual partners could say NO to a rapist, and mean it, because it has already been established that she is bad person who ‘does that.’ A woman who has sex is ‘already known’ for sex, and ‘everyone knows.’ In fact, laws criminalizing contraceptives during the 19th century may have been brought about by the non-marital sexual activities of women, which had begun to spring up mid-century. It seems though that the ever-increasing advancement of humanitarian consciousness among the consensus could certainly be used to explain the latter, but perhaps not the former. As recently as 1965, a Supreme Court case, Griswold v. Connecticut, in which administrators and medical personnel of Planned Parenthood had received felony convictions for the crime of prescribing birth control to married couples during a statewide ban, was overturned due to the law’s infringement on marital privacy and its apparent aspersion of the fourteenth amendment concerning fundamental human rights. In the end, it does seem that sexual behavior that perpetually results in unwanted pregnancy would have a desensitizing effect for women towards their libidinous proclivities.
As advances in science (discontinue) ~continue, abortion may or may not remain a generational conflict, and since arguments for abortion may fail to ‘transform’ — transformation being the solution to an intractable conflict. Is it the goal of pro-choice advocates to transform “pro-lifers’ into people who are less spiritual, (insect -sparing) individuals? Furthermore, just about everyone loves babies as it’s only natural; so should people change their minds about that? On the other hand, should the development of a non-viable organism take legal precedence over the will and potentially the life of its mother? Should women go through life without the emotional companionship of a male sexual partner because it may affect a not-yet-existent person ‘incapable of defending’ them-(selves)?’
Finally, if reproductive freedom is an intractable conflict, it is women without enough agency, as compared with those living in other states, who will experience the greatest number of hindrances, since there are various structural factors, which can influence ‘the course of a conflict.’ Eco-development, cultural patterns, capacity for fighting, and decision-making institutions, influence individual identity, self-concept, and the way goals are attained; all of which are indicators of the way grievances are dealt with (Crocker, Hampson, Aall, 2005). The conundrum thus begs the question, is a “total victory” for women even possible? Total victory concerning reproductive rights only really means that a woman has the freedom to go through the very emotional experience of an unplanned pregnancy with a small amount of privacy; some basic dignity, and perhaps a little peace.