Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Spiritual Psychology


"You really think you're better than anyone else",
 
a psychologist told me. I was 16, and going for the entrance exam at Pakistan's Air Force Academy Risalpur. One test was to have a psychologist observe how each candidate lead a team through an obstacle course, followed up with questionnaires.
 
That was his observation. "No I don't", I replied, "my job was to lead them". Still, my first encounter with a psychologist, and it intrigued me. (I passed the exam BTW).

Maybe it was a test, to see how I'd react. Maybe he saw something I'd struggled with since I was a kid. Beyond normal feelings of alienation, yes I knew I was different. While I was a loner, I also was quite social, but in a neutral, friendly sort of way. And I observed, others and myself.

A phrenologist said when I was 11: "He looks at people and sees something others just can't".

I wanted to understand myself, and, the human condition. That's why I looked at them, but with different eyes than others. (I could see auras by then). Psychology was too limited for my way of thinking, so my studies took me elsewhere.

Yes, I eventually studied Freud, and Jung, Adler and Sabina Spielrein. About them, more later, and especially Sabina Spielrein, the Russian psychoanalyst who was one of the pioneers. Yet I found their insights actually mirrored what I learned through my spiritual work. Funny, that Sabina Spielrein and I both shared a Scorpio nature, and worked with The Destruction Of Self. (Which goes back to Buddhism, BTW, and the destruction of the ego). I do this through meditation, laying on of hands, balancing the male and female, going into the void,  and analysis.
 
I also learned the following occult subjects, astrology, palmistry, numerology and many more. Fascinated by the question of the death of self and what happens after we pass through the veil, I learned to talk to spirit. (I'd been seeing them since I was 5, in Tokyo). Again, knowledge from past lives, of Bardo and the Egyptian Book of the Dead, remembering the many times I had passed away. Many of my articles here are of a psychological bent, seen through the spiritual prism.
 
While I learned to be a healer I knew it would be important for me to learn about mental illness.
 
 
Fascinated by criminal psychology, I wrote about The Criminal Mind September 02, 2011.
 
I learned why I decided to focus on mental illness when three of my children were hit by Autism, and a fourth had a learning disorder. This became my life work, so that I treated hundreds of children at my clinics in Toronto and abroad, many successfully, with most showing remarkable improvement.
 
Here's my protocol: Not Incurable- New research on Autism December 11, 2007. In the end, it is not a cure. As I wrote:
I'm sharing this with you because Autism is not only a physical, but also is a karmic and spiritual illness. I've seen it as a metaphor for helplessness; when the world tells you that something is hopeless, I tell you, the answers are out there.
I tell you this, it is the world, not just these children, that is out of balance. Until the world is healed, it will be a never ending battle.

This comes back to my subject, Spiritual Psychology, and, the study of self and how we determine identity.

This the foundation of my work in psychology The 12 Chakra System of Healing
SPIRITUAL HEALING IN THE WAY OF ATLAN by
Naseer Ahmad
(based on a talk I gave in Toronto~1991)

An ancient method of healing rediscovered for the 21st century.

Atlan Spiritual Healing is an energy system that, by the placing of hands on parts of the body that correspond to the chakras and acupuncture meridians, heals the physical, emotional and spiritual parts of our being.

Before Atlantis, there was a way of life called The Way of Atlan. It explained the connection between our individual and divine selves, and how to address our physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Much of the Way of Atlan has been lost, but fragments of it exist in the world’s religions and philosophies.
...(The Yellow Chakra) on the solar plexus, is our soul, ego and identity (and so on)...
Soul, ego, identity can be formed by the sum total of our memories, environment, childhood experience, inherited factors.

Except, what about the sum total of previous lifetime memories? Do they form us as well? That is why I examine previous lives and inherited factors, like individual but also national karma (hence my frequent digressions into 'politics' and interest in history).
 
Ancient Psychology:
History Of Brain Surgery 
"Brain surgery is perhaps the oldest of the practiced medical arts. There is no hard evidence suggesting a beginning to the practice of other fields of medicine such as pharmacology — using drugs, chemical and natural ingredients to help a fellow human being. There is ample evidence, however, of brain surgery, dating back to the Neolithic (late Stone Age) period. 
Unearthed remains of successful brain operations, as well as surgical implements, were found in France at one of Europe’s noted archeological digs.
The success rate was remarkable, even circa 7,000 B.C.
However, pre-historic evidence of brain surgery was not limited to Europe. Pre-Incan civilization used brain surgery as an extensive practice as early as 2,000 B.C. In Paracas, Peru, a desert strip south of Lima, archeologic evidence indicates that brain surgery was used extensively.  
Here, too, an inordinate success rate was noted as patients were restored to health. The treatment was used for mental illnesses, epilepsy, headaches, organic diseases, neuropathy treatment, osteomyelitis, and for head injuries. 
Brain surgery was also used for both spiritual and magical reasons; often, the practice was limited to kings, priests and the nobility". 
Ancient peoples and psychoactive plants 
(use of to create euphoria, help deal with stress, depression),
Prehistoric High Times: Early Humans Used Magic Mushrooms, Opium
and plants were used in healing ceremonies by people living in Mesoamerica,
A Beautiful Mind: The History of the Treatment of Mental Illness
the history of treating mental illnesses dates as far back as 5000 B.C.E. with the evidence of “trephined skulls.” 
In the ancient world cultures, a well-known belief was that mental illness was “the result of supernatural phenomena”; this included phenomena from “demonic possession” to “sorcery” and “the evil eye”. The most commonly believed cause, demonic possession, was treated by chipping a hole, or “trephine”, into the skull of the patient by which “the evil spirits would be released,” therefore healing the patient. 
Although ancient Persians also believed that the illnesses were caused by demons, they practiced precautionary measures such as personal hygiene and “purity of the mind and body” in order to “prevent and protect one from diseases”. 
Similarly, the Egyptians recommended that those stricken with mental illness should participate in “recreational activities” in order to relieve symptoms which displayed that, as a civilization, the Egyptians were very advanced in their treatment of mental handicaps. (Foerschner) 
During the 5th and 3rd centuries B.C.E., the Greeks changed the way that psychological disorders were viewed. The philosopher and physician, Hippocrates, discovered that illnesses come from “natural occurrences in the body” (Foerschner). 
As Hippocrates was studying mental illness, he stepped away from the superstitious beliefs and towards the medical aspect of it. He studied the pathology of the brain and suggested that mental illness stemmed from imbalances in the body. 
Yet at the same time there was and is a prevailing cultural belief that mental illness was a symptom of demonic possession. Tibetan, African shamanic healers all dealt with mental illness in a similar way: explaining the phenomenon through a therapeutic analytical process, ritual and ceremony, the use of psychotropic herbs. Even Jesus was said to cast demons out of people. Here's a modern clinician's attempt to bridge the divide:
Questions about demonic possession
Clinical experience in answering questions about demonic possession 
In daily practice in psychiatry in Egypt, various forms of mental illness are commonly attributed to magic spells or demonic possession. These illnesses are usually manifested by overt motor behavioural disturbances. Top of the list of these disorders are epilepsy and schizophrenia. Unusual ideas and actions found mythical explanations in witchcraft and demonic aetiology by patients and relatives in this traditional community.  
Symptoms that are typical of obsessions are intrusive, unacceptable thoughts which many patients attribute to a demonic agent known as the devil. It's not uncommon for patients and carers to enquire whether this is due to demons or supernatural agents known as jinn.  
The psychiatrist tries to find culturally acceptable answers to patients' questions about demonic and jinn possession. The basic essence in answering this questions can be summarised as doctors can adopt an empathic subjective (emic) approach to understand supernatural beliefs and attitudes within this culturally shared context (1). 
Spiritual Psychology:

Yet: I have found in my work that such phenomena do indeed exist, but it is best to try to explain it within a clinical scientific context. Mental illness does indeed 'stem from imbalances in the body.'

Yes, there are emotional disturbances that stem entirely from the environment, upbringing, trauma, which can effect brain function and cause chemical imbalance. Those imbalances can be felt and measured in the Psychic Chakras (From Greek word 'Psyche', the soul) shown in the 12 chakra system of healing chart above. There has to be a flow of energy through each chakra, without suppression or overemphasis on emotion, desire, the mind, or intuitive sensitivity. I often find that emotional sensitivity, also called Psychism, is just a shade away from Schizophrenia. And that while sugars feed the brain, alcohol, hallucinogenic drugs, and psychotropic medication can pass the blood brain barrier and permanently alter brain chemistry.

But the Spiritual Chakras from the crown onward are where healing takes place, which is why I call it Spiritual Psychology. This is where knowledge exists, and protection from that psychic sensitivity, and inner peace.

The Physical Chakras from the ground up can't be ignored either. The physical/material health is an important component of well-being, as is exercise, as is an understanding of karma. There is the karma of self-identity, recognition of past lives, and other inherited factors from parents, culture, religion.

Angels, Demons, Djinn:

I believe those beings exist but we can think of them as archetypes that exist within ourselves, or energies. Certainly there are forces of good or evil which affect us all on this planet. We can also strengthen our physical, mental/emotional and spiritual bodies to heal and balance ourselves.

The healing:

Sometimes it is a place, or people, or nation that need healing. Sometimes an individual. But as long as we are out of balance, the earth cannot get better, nor can our spirits, and everywhere we go we are haunted by spirits. Everywhere I go there is peace, but also, upheaval as we face up to our own resistance to healing.

I have already covered
Magick, And The Spiritual Alchemy Of The Soul 
so will not go further into the Occult for now, but that too is a part of what I do.
It is the spiritual work that is the more important.

I don't see any end to wars, environmental pollution, or the greed of the 1% until we heal our selves. There can be no political or social revolution without a spiritual revolution. And if you will not listen,

Let there be chaos.




 
 

 
 
 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Manchester~The Heart Breaks


Another terror bombing
 
May 22, 2017: Another bombing, this time as thousands of people left an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena. 22 dead, 59 injured, mostly young teen women. The heart breaks.
 
Today isn't a day to discuss root causes, assign blame or pursue agendas, nor should it ever be on the back of tragedy.
 
I remember after 9/11, when an American friend asked "How did we ever get to this place?" and my heart broke then too, for my friends.
 
I remember instead the outpouring of love after 9/11, as millions marched to prevent war. As the great city of Manchester mobilized once again, with #RoomForManchester, taxis, hotels, first responders, then what I saw was great feelings of love, decency, strength. Manchester is indeed, a great city. I know, since I have so many friends there..
 
Ten years ago, I flew into Glasgow airport just after the terror bombing there. When I finally left the U.K. it was through Manchester airport. If there is a place I love as much I do Canada it would be the U.K.
 
I will not respond to hate, no matter the source or reason. The only response in these times is love. Only then can there be peace, and, seeing the future, I believe the world will then be a better place.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn, The Next Prime Minister


A minority government, but still
 
I wrote a while back: "We are slowly taking back the world, one country at a time. My country, Canada, first. With leaders and parties who will be held accountable": Brexit, What? and What's Up With The UK? plus many more on the UK, Scotland and Europe.

We already took back Canada in 2015. It is not perfect, but still, the best. (The U.S. is not ready yet, still has a long ways to go).
 
Next, the country I love just as much, the United Kingdom. Those who follow me know the deep ties and many friends I have there.
 
The U.K General Election set for Thursday, June 08, 2017 will be the one of the most significant elections in centuries. (Chart below).
 


I had this thought, and wrote on Twitter May 02, 2017 that Jeremy Corbyn would be the next prime minister.


Then later, I checked the astrology. Which is what I did when I said Trump, and then Macron, would win.


 
Jeremy Corbyn
 
 
Theresa May
 
A curious belief via Chinese Astrology: Ben Ming Nian (Zodiac Year of Birth )
"Every 12 years, people will encounter their Ben Ming Nian. In other words, when people are at the ages of 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72 and even 84, it can be an unlucky year...Impacted by this power, people will suffer either exultation or misery during that year."
Then I noticed Marine Le Pen was 48 years old, and Theresa May will be 60 at the time of their country's elections. (Both were born under the Chinese Lunar sign of the Monkey). Yes, there was celebration as they won the preliminary election and leadership respectively, but as I wrote previously, it would be Le Pen's high water mark. And Theresa May has never won a General Election before. No, I do not trust opinion polls commissioned by Britain's predatory media.

I confess, watching Jeremy Corbyn's rise to leadership of the Labour party I had my doubts but felt he would catch up by 2020, when the next election was scheduled to be held. Watching the adoring crowds he attracted, the hundreds of thousands of new Labour Party members, I was reminded of Bernie Sanders improbable campaign that came so close .. I also saw the dirty tricks played on both of them by their own parties and hysteria by the media they might actually win and damage the established order.

Then, the Scottish referendum, and Brexit. Wake up calls, and the U.K is in a better place than the U.S. to change things around.

But, the astrology. I set the election chart for Midnight London Time as that is the energy for the whole day. Neptune in Pisces 1st House square the Sun in Gemini 4th shows confusion, delusion on the part of some, but deep rooted soul searching. This is a battle for the soul of the country and what it wishes to be.

Saturn on the Galactic Center opposition 4th house Sun reinforces that, which is why I feel it is a sign of victory, after a hard struggle. For Jeremy Corbyn, belonging to the signs of Gemini and the Ox, which are significators of adaptability and perseverance. I'm beginning to understand his strategy too. Theresa May, being a Libra and the sign of the Monkey, may just be going through overconfidence in her own ability right now.

Spiritual Astrology:
The Ancients knew the planets didn't influence us, but were signs or symbols for the spiritual energies that exist inside people and nations, that would wax and wane at certain times along mathematically precise cycles. I sense these energies, whether they pertain to people, or, events.
Theresa May:
Natal Saturn/True Node in Scorpio square Pluto-Venus-Moon (?) in Leo makes May rigid, dogmatic, and unlikeable in public persona, unable to connect with people.
Mars in Pisces opposite Jupiter in Virgo means there will always be opposition to her policies. A successful political leader must either have the will to overcome that or, to adapt. Her weak chart shows she can do neither.
Jupiter, the planet of fortune was transiting her own sign of Libra during her rise to power. It will however be retrograding through this period which is reflected in her declining opinion polls. There is no major planet connecting to her on election day except Neptune opposing her natal Jupiter, which is a significator of delusion and the hubris that affected Hillary Clinton as well. She should not have called for this election, which gave Corbyn a sterling opportunity.
Jeremy Corbyn:
Corbyn's natal Mars/Moon (?) in Taurus square Pluto in Leo does make him rigid in his positions as well. However, when coupled with other factors in his chart it shows as a positive, not negative attraction to voters, that he will not compromise on principles. He will need to work with allies though. That is something he'll be forced to do.
His Sun, Venus and Mercury in Taurus trine Neptune shows how capable he is at reaching the public. He is loved.  
Transiting Sun will be transiting over his Sun-Venus-Mercury on election day. This, with the trine to Neptune, shows his popularity being at a peak. Mars transiting over his natal Uranus is a warning to watch out for accidents. But it can also be a sign of unexpected victory. T-Pluto in Capricorn trine his natal Mars in Taurus shows voters rallying behind him.
The Election Day Chart:
The 2016-2017 referendums and elections in Europe were expressions of the unstoppable desire in people for change. When faced with unpalatable alternatives, you will get a Trump or a Macron, as I am so tired of saying, I said beforehand.
Saturn will oppose the Sun, so yes, there will be a lot of hard work required. Voters will have to come out in droves, and not stay home. Young people: this is your future, or would you like the old to determine it for you? Saturn will also oppose Mars, so people will have to overcome lingering angers over Brexit and regional imbalances.
Jupiter in Libra trine Sun in Gemini shows joy, optimism. Definitely not significators of a Tory win. Saturn trine Uranus/Venus, the unexpected, and Uranus conjunct Venus, great feelings of love.
I expect Jeremy Corbyn to lead Labour to a victory in the polls. It may well be a minority government, given how the Labour establishment did its very best to sabotage him, thus damaging the party. The win will be a personal victory for him. Given Scottish Labour's ineffectiveness and poor showing in the opinion polls, I expect he will have to compromise with SNP. It is good he's campaigning in Tory heartlands and marginal seats which is an effective strategy.

Yes, he must figure out how to form effective alliances. Yes, he will have to realize that Brexit will not work, and find the best solution. If he renegotiated or cancelled art. 50 he would have more support than he realizes.

But, above all, I am hopeful for the British people. They are more united than they realize.

Edited to add, 15 June 2017: #DUP deal falling thru, Tories preparing for new GE It now appears that Theresa May has been unable to enter into a coalition with the DUP. Tories are being told to prepare for a fall election. I stand by what I wrote before, Jeremy Corbyn will be the next PM.


Saturday, May 06, 2017

What next for France? An Astrological analysis.



Likely that Macron will win
 
 
"I think Marine Le Pen also reached her high water mark in France yesterday. Probably Macron will win."
The polls show him with a comfortable majority, and I trust their polls more than I do American polls, ahem :)

There's a last minute attempt to leak files against Macron, probably from right wing sources, but since nothing's been verified, doubt it will affect the election tomorrow. That he's a banker's poodle and his wife may have had sex with him when he was an underage student of hers, is so French, may actually help.

I already wrote What's Up With France to show its deep karmic burden going back centuries. Under its degenerate president Sarkozy it invaded Libya along with Hillary Clinton and David Cameron. The suffering they created has now come back to haunt their respective countries, may they live in interesting times..

The two presidential candidates, Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, born 5 August 1968 and 21 December 1977, both have flaws. Macron is a globalist banker who'll push to make France's economy more in line with Germany but also will dismantle social safety nets. Le Pen is a nationalist but also an Islamophobe. If she'd stuck with populism instead of aligning with right-wing European political parties she'd have done better. Their time has come and gone.

But this is a quick astrological analysis, meant to show what might be, based on the individuals involved.  Not, who will win. That's a fool's game, and I prefer to look at the choices facing the country, not eventual outcomes here, in this instance.

Macron was born in the Chinese year of the snake, which is very creative and good with complex ideas but can't stick to one thing. If he loses tomorrow, he will disappear.

Le Pen was born in the year of the monkey, which makes her intelligent and clever. Even if she loses tomorrow, she'll be around for a long time.

The year of the rooster is good for both, but on the face of things I still think Macron will win. The Obama 'endorsement' didn't harm him.

Uranus transiting over Le Pen's Saturn in 7th house indicates she'll lose. Jupiter retrograding past her ascendant into 12th, that the planet of good luck, once ascendant, now is moving backwards into her house of restriction. Pluto opp. her Midheaven which is the public face of Le Pen is almost a guarantee the polls will turn against her.

Transiting Saturn over Macron's sun in the 11th indicates he will come into a position of great responsibility. He not only has powerful friends in banking (he was a Rothschild bank director) but his sun conjunct the Galactic Center in the 11th means he will move closer to Europe. This is the trend right now, to strengthen Europe, not move away from it. (I will continue this thought in my next article on #Brexit and what next for Great Britain).

I warned Trump in my previous articles to avoid war. In Macron's case, the warning is even more imminent; Uranus in 9th opp. Moon, square Mars in the 7th shows a warlike, combative personality, with er, foreign entanglements. He will also be in grave personal danger once he attains office so should be careful.

But really, transiting Sun also conjunct his Moon shows a new beginning for him tomorrow. I call Macron to win.

Marine Le Pen would have been a better president, IMO. It's a pity that nationalism and populism always deteriorates into attacks on the other which is now on the losing side. She must learn to become more adaptable and form allies, but she's a fixed sign Leo, which like with Trump's Leo Ascendant wants to win, not compromise.

Tomorrow, we shall see. I wish my French friends all the best.





Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hands Off Syria!


Furies pursue those who cause this
 
A warning, which again you can accept or disregard. When you allow atrocities to happen, no one is immune from the consequences. Even to the richest and powerful, you will pay. Sadly, even the innocent will suffer, till you change.
 
I don't write screeds or manifestos. These are warnings, based on the clear future I've been writing about for some time. Karma is inexorable for those who cannot change.
 
Recently, Syria was accused of bombing civilians with Sarin gas. Even though the State Dept. had confirmed Syria didn't possess any CW, and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh said Turkey had transferred Sarin to their head chopping allies.
 
Even though an MIT professor and a lawyer whose PhD is in neuropharmacology wrote assessments based on evidence so far,
 
 
 
The media still blamed Assad for "bombing his own people" and Donald J. Trump, who warned against foreign wars, shot off 59 cruise missiles at the Syrian government anyways. Assad, who likely will survive beyond  any of the US, UK, France, Saudi and Israeli leaders who wanted to take him down, was winning the war. Why would he weaken his own position by doing this?

Of course our leaders will argue their case for humanitarian intervention with passionate intensity. They have tried to topple any Arab leader who stood up to them, with disastrous consequences, each time. It's not like they're stupid, it's by design. If we're stupid enough to believe another WMD scare, more fool us.

 
This partial timeline provides evidence that the U.S. government and Obama in particular bear a significant responsibility for the Syrian war and the results of that war. Obama approved elements of CIA plans that go back over 65 years. The CIA meddling is distinct from the Pentagon’s failed plan to train “moderate rebels”, not covered in this timeline. 
1940s and 1950s “…if you want to understand the origins of authoritarian rule in Syria today, it is important to go back to the 1940s and the 1950s and see the role the CIA played in that land.” See also here, p. 122: “In the late 1940’s, U.S. policymakers grew alarmed when the Syrian government, bowing to public pressure, refused to let a U.S. oil company build a pipeline through its territory. Washington also found the strong anti-Western sentiment and the large Communist party in the country ominous. Concerned that Syria was ‘drifting leftward’, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) laid plans to overthrow its three-year old civilian government.” CIA operatives met with right-wing military leaders in Damascus to discuss installing a “military-supported dictatorship”.

to

 
America’s unsavory record of violent interventions in Syria—obscure to the American people yet well known to Syrians—sowed fertile ground for the violent Islamic Jihadism that now complicates any effective response by our government to address the challenge of ISIS. So long as the American public and policymakers are unaware of this past, further interventions are likely to only compound the crisis. Moreover, our enemies delight in our ignorance. 
As the New York Times reported in a Dec. 8, 2015 front page story, ISIS political leaders and strategic planners are working to provoke an American military intervention which, they know from experience, will flood their ranks with volunteer fighters, drown the voices of moderation and unify the Islamic world against America. 
To understand this dynamic, we need to look at history from the Syrians’ perspective and particularly the seeds of the current conflict. Long before our 2003 occupation of Iraq triggered the Sunni uprising that has now morphed into the Islamic State, the CIA had nurtured violent Jihadism as a Cold War weapon and freighted U.S./Syrian relationships with toxic baggage. 
During the 1950’s, President Eisenhower and the Dulles brothers rebuffed Soviet treaty proposals to leave the Middle East a cold war neutral zone and let Arabs rule Arabia. Instead, they mounted a clandestine war against Arab Nationalism—which CIA Director Allan Dulles equated with communism—particularly when Arab self-rule threatened oil concessions. They pumped secret American military aid to tyrants in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon favoring puppets with conservative Jihadist ideologies which they regarded as a reliable antidote to Soviet Marxism.  
At a White House meeting between the CIA’s Director of Plans, Frank Wisner, and Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles, in September of 1957, Eisenhower advised the agency, “We should do everything possible to stress the ‘holy war’ aspect.”
So, once again, US, UK, France, Israel, Turkey, Saudis, UAE & Qatar Planned a Syria Coup and demanded Assad step down. They shipped arms raided from Libya to Jihadis in Syria, and Ambassador Stephens died in the fallout at Benghazi. I saw the waves of refugees pour out from Libya and Syria, and it is for this reason I said Obama's "legacy" would be this, and, "Hillary Clinton would never be the president of the U.S".

But that is just, political analysis. What I wrote from a spiritual perspective January 31, 2011, anticipating the changes to come in Europe, then America and the M.E:

The People Are Revolting

We are seeing the failure of globalization and interventionist colonial wars. The US has become irrelevant. Europe is struggling to overcome its own financial mismanagement. 
It is starting again, as it always has. The actions of a few, snowballing. Poland 1948, Hungary 1956, worldwide in 1968, and Egypt, 2011. The world is not coming to an end, it is a beginning. The next place where people will rise will be Europe, and then, America. 
This is the message:

Change.

We will not be governed by you.
 And now, a new message:

Furies Pursue You.

 


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter, Every One!


 
Letting Go Of Self 
 
A quiet celebration with my family but what, exactly, is the point of Easter? Is it about belief or something more? Yes, there was an event once, with a mythical person or not (I believe, it happened) but the message is, as always in religion or spirituality, universal.

I took a series of pictures and this showed in my phone album. Looks very like an aura. From a previous blog The 12 Chakra System of Healing:

Pink, our purpose in life, sky blue and indigo, the mind, intuition, violet is spiritual journey going into black, karma, the void, nothingness.

On a deeper spiritual level, only when we let go of our selves, can we be free.

Ego, the yellow chakra, the soul, is the sum total of memories, both this and past lives. Yet karma is inexorable and we are bound to and by it. How do we free ourselves?

Rationalists might believe our greatest instinct is self-preservation. I disagree. Our greatest instinct is the yearning of the spirit to free ourselves from the burden of karma. This is the purpose of all forms of meditation, to let go. For peace.

The ego, holds on to things. How we define ourselves, past experiences and hurts, our environment, upbringing.

Sometimes, we need to let go.

Sometimes, the sacrifice of self serves a higher purpose.

We are in the midst of the darkest age of all. Trump, war, the killing of innocents. The knowing pollution of the earth and its waters that give us life. The destruction of relationships and the loss of faith and idols with feet of clay. Should we all say there's nothing we can do?

That is not an option. A bomb went off killing 126 Shiite villagers from al-Foua and Kefraya in Syria, including 60 children. A million Yemenis are facing starvation. Not just in the M.E,., but all over. Furies take over the world.

This is what we can do. Think beyond yourself. There is the meditation of contemplation, there also is the meditation of peaceful protest and action.

Yes, we get all bound up in causes. Yes, there often is a price to pay once you stick your head out. Do not be afraid, you aren't alone.
 
Your religion, your faith or lack of belief doesn't matter. Funny, I have met so many good people on both sides of the imaginary left-right divide, all caring about what is wrong about the world. About the environment, that war isn't a solution but symptom and cause of our ills. You just have to care.
 
The key to it is a spirituality that goes beyond yourself.
 
That, my friends, is the measure of Easter. Not that we sacrifice ourselves, though all love for them that do for their causes, their beliefs, their creativity, their families and to help the ills of the world.
 
But, that you balance the needs of self  with the needs of spirit, that you go beyond with acts of kindness and faith.
 
I wish you the peace and joy of Easter.
 


Friday, April 07, 2017

Brexit, What?

 
What, now?
 
 
 
EU Referendum Chart
 
 
The Union Comes Into Effect
 


We have had worldwide upheaval since the Pluto-Uranus squares of 2010-2012, compounded by attempts to bring everything into balance since the 2014 Saturn-Neptune squares. People dying from war, refugees streaming into Europe, marriages and unions in upheaval. Now, with the people of the UK having voted to leave the European Union, time to ask what next? This was what I was writing, then the US bombed Syria. To the subject at hand, but remember, your country tried to pass a Security Council Resolution against Syria today. Karma will out.
 
Sometimes, Seeing The Future Can Be a Terrible Thing but I would prefer to talk about possibilities, not certainties. Yes, I've written extensively about the future of Europe, about the U.K., but always from a spiritual and historical perspective, pointing out that people have the power to alter their destiny.  
 
This why I use astrology; to look at things from a slightly different perspective to try understand people, events, nations..
 
The horoscope of your birth shows your potential as a person, that of a nation its strengths and weaknesses, and future direction.
 
There are many National Horoscopes of the U.K. and Great Britain so it's a question to decide which is the right one to use as a starting point. Some astrologers use the 1801 Acts but in my opinion that changed when most of Ireland withdrew from the Union.
 
Since the Scottish parliament has just issued its intention to request a referendum to secede from the Union it made sense to use the 1707 Acts of Union as the base line to see what next for the people of Great Britain? May 01, 1707 0:00 hrs. was when the two kingdoms became one. I also use the 0:00 time for the EU referendum chart. When you don't have an exact time for an event the energy at the beginning of the day still tells a picture.
 
I used similar methods to make my analyses of the Trump win and his presidency, and the many articles about the future of America.
 
God Bless Scotland I wrote when the Scottish People voted to remain in the Union in 2014. "But watch out for shocks ahead".
 
What's Up With The U.K.? after the 2015 floods. "Wake up calls", but also, "We are slowly taking back the world, one country at a time. My country, Canada, first. With leaders and parties who will be held accountable".
 
After Brexit, What? written immediately after the referendum. I thought it was a mistake, and said so.
 
I also wrote "The British people have spoken. .. yes, voters have made their choice clear and I respect that. I  also believe their vote, made perhaps out of fear and anger, was the right one. The Leave politicians, forget their xenophobic fear mongering, lied to them about the economic consequences of that decision, so yes, unfortunately, I expect serious fall out.
  1. As the pound continues to fall the Bank of England may raise interest rates, causing hardship to working families.
  2. Imports will cost more. And since the price of oil is set in dollars, gas and heating costs will rise.
  3. The European market will be closed to British goods and capital flight will cause many European companies to move out. Americans will come in and buy your assets on the cheap.
  4. Young people will no longer be able to work or study in Europe. Unemployment will rise. Your properties there and in the UK will lose value, your trips abroad more expensive.
  5. You still have to pay EU fees and an exit fine. No 'savings' to save the NHS, that and the social safety net will be dismantled under the process begun under the Tories and New Labour.
Why, then, do I believe it's the right choice?

I'm a spiritual person. I believe there are consequences to actions. Half a lifetime warning people and nations exactly what karma means and how, it's a law more inexorable than gravity :) so there you go.

If you look at my dozens of posts on Europe and the U.K. on this blog you'll see. (Yes, many of their policies seem bad, but you really were and would have been better off with Europe. Only the America worshippers see otherwise, till you sign away your patrimony).

This is what war, invasions of other countries, and unfettered greed does to you, and if you don't like the consequences, sorry....
 
And now, the U.S. Maybe you, too, need to learn the hard way. Perhaps it needs to get worse before you get shaken out your lethargy, in which case it's a good thing.

Whither Goest Thou, America? And if you can't decide, then maybe, you need a President Trump though honestly, President Hillary will be worse."
 
And this is me, unfiltered: Don't expect a better union or trade deal with the U.S. It will be an unmitigated disaster. They're already aflame and will drag you down. The best deal was with Europe.
 
Now, to the astrology. The EU referendum chart Grand Cross creates immense stress; Saturn, the planet of karma in Sagittarius the sign of seeking freedom in the 11th house of friends and associations square Neptune in Pisces (illusion) and Chiron (wounded healer) in the second house of finances and emotional resources opposite Jupiter/Moon's Node in Virgo (critical analysis tinged by emotion) in the 8th house of joint finances and inheritance, shows this was a decision made on hopeful delusion and optimism Brexit would make things better. It won't.
 
This squares Mercury (communication) in the 5th house of creativity but also, gambling, taking a chance. Since this is a negative, not positive aspect, it shows the lies of the media, failures of communication, that led to this decision. And since the 5th is the house of children, you are literally poisoning the future of your children and  subsequent generations.
 
Pluto on the ascendant shows the underlying, unresolved divisions in the UK made this referendum result inevitable.
 
Transiting Pluto in the 1st house of self expression and individuality squaring Uranus in the 4th house of foundations show further upheaval, as the shambles of Brexit negotiation shows. Uranus squaring Sun and Venus in the 6th house of health and employment since 2010 show why your declining figures there caused deep dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs. Perhaps you should have blamed the Tory government and not, Europe or immigrants?
 
Now to your birth chart, when two Nations became one.
 
Chiron in the 1st house  shows the deep wound that this Union created and still carries. Culloden, the Highland Clearances. But Venus in the second shows your joint creativity made you the richest country in the world, and three planets in the 3rd trine Jupiter in the 7th shows your union was beneficial.
 
Transiting Saturn in your 12th house of restriction shows the problems ahead. Pluto in your 1st House of self-expression makes you er, obstinate but also, self-destructive. Squaring transiting Uranus in your third house of communication means others find you er, difficult to communicate with (and your negotiations with Europe will, sadly, fall apart).
 
I don't have to remind you can always cancel Brexit. That's your decision.
 
But if England leaves Europe, then Scotland must end this union, for its own good.
 
On the other hand, I believe that now, more than ever, we should work on all our unions, personal and external. Your marriages, your alliances. It no longer is a hegemonic world, nor can we be isolated islands. Russia and China, with far more sane leaders than the US, UK, and France axis, are building infrastructure into Europe and buying up sources of raw materials all over the world. Your children's future belongs to Europe once you take the blinkers off. Decent jobs and education, health care, or, they can be unemployed or work at McDonald's, your choice.
 
I have long and deep ties with the U.K. going back many lifetimes. I have great friends there and known how good hearted they are and yes, I am concerned for their future.
 
Perhaps, it will be a Great Britain once more.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Psychology Of A "Troll".

I'm one too, apparently.
 
In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal, on-topic discussion, often for the troll's amusement.
 
In today's environment, that means anyone who disagrees with your opinion :)
 

 

Or, you're a "Hater Troll": OK then.
 
 
Mainstream Media dislikes alternative media so writes about "trolls". Twitter obliges by restricting users, which did wonders for its share price. That happened on Huffington Post too. Intelligent comment went to other platforms.
 
It goes without saying bullying exists on social media. That should be controlled through moderation and the 'report' button. There ARE rules and laws. But in a free society one should be also be careful about limiting debate.
 
Internet gadfly Milos Yiannopoulos was free to make Islamophobic comments and misrepresent liberal views on Twitter, because, free speech. He got banned because he made fun of a lesbian actress and seemingly defended pedophiles. I guess there are boundaries?
 
This was brought up in a recent Washington Post article:

How researchers tried to understand one of Twitter’s oldest trolling groups
Abby Olheiser
March 2, 2017
 
Three-year-old Madeline McCann disappeared from a resort apartment in Portugal in 2007 while on a family vacation. Her British parents were dining nearby. The McCann disappearance, which has never been resolved, became a major British tabloid story. The daily media frenzy has since faded, but a decade later, a tight-knit group of Twitter trolls who are convinced that they have proven the McCann parents’ guilt in their daughter’s disappearance still discuss the case online every single day.

What you’ll see: a steady stream of chatter from a tight-knit community with a common goal. In a new paper on the #McCann group, Online trolling: The case of Madeleine McCann  (Dr.) Synnott and his co-authors tried to shed some light on how this devoted, online trolling community works.

Highlights:
  •  Case study analysis of Anti-McCann internet Trolling Group.
  • The role of language, group identity and in group cohesion is examined.
  • Language is central to Anti-McCann group in the construction of identity.
  • Several strategies were employed by Anti-McCanns to provoke outsiders.
  • Support for previous research linking trolling to western media culture and ASPD.
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This report, also carried in Nature, received widespread media coverage. The lead psychologist Dr. Synnott said he'd also be studying "the pro-McCann group". Ahem, one side is a "trolling group", the other side just has a point of view?

I was intrigued because I'd been involved in a similar group for many years, who discussed the murder of Meredith Kercher. It actually started at the same time as the McCann group and yes, there are similarities between the cases. No, we don't discuss the case "every single day" but we did get fairly involved at the time. Not just on Twitter either, but other social media.

Yes, I'm a volunteer editor on the Meredith Kercher research website but also commented, met with and observed people in the McCann group as well as our own. I was surprised to read the psychologists conclusions. We have Anti-Social Personality Disorder?

 

I read the study and my response was published by the Washington Post:

 

"This study is a violation of the British (BPS) and American (APA) psychologist association's code of ethics.

 

Saul McLeod published 2007, updated 2015

- The purpose of these codes of conduct is to protect research participants, the reputation of psychology and psychologists themselves."

- Moral issues rarely yield a simple, unambiguous, right or wrong answer. It is therefore often a matter of judgement whether the research is justified or not. For example, it might be that a study causes psychological or physical discomfort to participants, maybe they suffer pain or perhaps even come to serious harm.

- Informed Consent
Whenever possible investigators should obtain the consent of participants.

- Debrief
After the research is over the participant should be able to discuss the procedure and the findings with the psychologist.

- Protection of Participants
Researchers must ensure that those taking part in research will not be caused distress. They must be protected from physical and mental harm. This means you must not embarrass, frighten, offend or harm participants.

- Deception
This is where participants are misled or wrongly informed about the aims of the research. Types of deception include (i) deliberate misleading, e.g. using confederates, staged manipulations in field settings, deceptive instructions; (ii) deception by omission, e.g., failure to disclose full information about the study, or creating ambiguity.

- Note:
The post grad researcher set up a Twitter account, did not reveal their identity or purpose of the study, reveal their findings to those who responded, and simply deleted their account afterwards.

- The title "Online trolling: The case of Madeleine McCann" is unprofessional and inflammatory.

- "Case study analysis of Anti-McCann internet Trolling Group" characterizes a whole group of people as socially maladjusted and opens them to ridicule.

- Disclosure: I'm an editor at The Murder Of Meredith Kercher." ~ Naseer Ahmad

The psychologists hid their tweets so their data couldn't be verified but actively tried to locate individuals who wished to remain private. They deliberately provoked by quoting a bad 'scientific' report to get the response they wanted, and used other underhanded methods to prove their thesis. I was able to obtain copies of their work which shocked me.

Psychologists already have a bad reputation for writing papers supporting torture (enhanced interrogation), posing for the media, and attaching unfounded opinions about the psychology of celebrities, or even, Donald Trump. You simply can not use your credentials to diagnose a pathology without examining the individual. Diagnosis by tweet is bad enough, but their assessment didn't even match up with the people I came to know.

It turned out that in both cases, those who supported the Italian and Portuguese justice system (and disagreed with US and UK media PR led efforts on behalf of Amanda Knox and the McCanns) immediately were labelled 'trolls' and a number of journalists and psychologists rushed in with those assessments, without even learning the facts of the case. John Jay college psychology professor Saul Kassin still repeats the lie that Amanda Knox was interrogated for 50 hours over 4 days, even though he was told it was incorrect.

The Knox and McCann families hired PR firms who used social media to out anonymous people who commented on the case, and the media leaped in, leading to tragedy.

Brenda Leyland:

She was an English woman who made thousands of tweets discussing the case, none of which were abusive. (I know, I saw them). Complaints were made but the police found nothing wrong with them. Gerry McCann called "for an example to be made" so Brenda Leyland was confronted at her home by Rupert Murdoch's Sky News reporter Martin Brunt and her picture published on the front page of UK newspapers as "The Face Of A Troll". Hounded by the media, this vulnerable woman committed suicide.

When confronted, the reporter Martin Brunt I wouldn't say who gave him the report filed with the police, then, "A group of 'concerned' internet users". (The McCann group of not trolls).

Challenged again who gave him her address, replied Martin Brunt II "Nobody. I found it from public information sources". OK.

Karma is inexorable. The Portuguese Supreme Court ruled that police detective Goncalo Amaral was free to publish his book containing his opinion Madeleine McCann hadn't been abducted but died in her holiday apartment and the parents were guilty of neglect. Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were found guilty of lying in their alibis and even that they were present during the murder, but acquitted anyway since the case against them 'couldn't be proven'. Strange, that, but neither they nor the McCanns were exonerated.

Thanks to the dedicated volunteers at the Meredith Kercher and Madeleine McCann sites, the truth will always be out there, no matter what the media says.

On Motivation:

Nothing motivates people more than the quest for justice. Be it the crimes of states, corporations or individuals, people do care about getting to the truth.

Social media is a great leveller. People know the media and their political leaders will never hear their voice, and, lie with impunity. But in a medium where people can express themselves, that, is the greatest experiment in democracy. No wonder the media, PR fronts, and the elite hate and try to subvert it.

The actions of many people coming together, for  social, political, spiritual causes, instigates change.

Helping others, is the highest expression. 

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

The Past Is Another Country


And you can never really go back
 
I've been thinking about Pakistan lately. A reflection about roots. Because I want to write a novel? Or is it just nostalgia?
 
Woke up this morning with a title "The Past Is Another Country" and "And you can never really go back" then worried where I'd seen it before. Writers don't plagiarize :)
 
An on line search; it comes from a book, except I never read it:
"The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there", The Go-Between Lesley Poles Hartley, 1953.
Then ah, I see it comes from the 1971 Joseph Losey movie adaption of the novel, with Julie Christie and Alan Bates. No wonder I remembered it, with visual evocations of revisiting the past.

I think of Pakistan, and the memories of childhood. Yes, I travelled widely and each country I've been to evoked memories of past lives. Yes, I love Japan, and the U.K. the U.S. and especially my home, Canada, for memories of friends and events, natural beauty and wonderful history.

But there will always be a special place in your heart for the place where you were born, and here it is Pakistan.

This is about identity, and how I want my children to learn theirs.

There is history, culture, religion even if you think of yourself as an outsider sometimes. You can still love it and want to take your children back there to visit.

This is about the uprootedness of the Pakistani diaspora and how no matter how much we settle elsewhere, a part of us always looks back to remember 'home'.

Yes, we are defined by our history, and ours is one that goes back 5000 years.

The Indus valley civilization, Mohenjo-Daro existed at the same time as the Mesopotamian, Minoan Crete, Egyptian and Peru's Norte Chico civilizations.They were a peaceful, pastoral people and that is who we are also, regardless the number of invaders who went through our lands and yet we absorbed them all. That is why Sunni Islam is tempered by a very strong Sufi traditions which no manner of fundamentalism can ever break.

We are defined by geography, from the plains of the Punjab, mountains of "Afghania", Valleys of Kashmir, rivers of "Sindia", deserts and hillsides of Balochistan. Therefore, Pakistan is a not just a culture of many peoples, but place.

With all respect, we are not like Indians. They have a different geography of place and mind.

I had thought how much I'd love to take my family there. My children need to see who they are as well as their other side. But the past is another country, and maybe one can't go back.

Maybe, you can't go back. Except through your remembered past, with a book.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Trump's 1st 100 Days


Resistance, they say 
 
A Federal Judge  has issued a temporary halt to Donald Trump's controversial "Muslim Travel Ban". This is the first of a series of mistakes he will make throughout his presidency. Which, whether you like it or not, will continue for two terms. Like it or not, he is your duly elected president.
 
 
I analyzed his inauguration chart which showed what would happen in his 1st hundred days: A deeply divided nation, efforts to undermine his presidency, a foreign crisis he must avoid at all costs. That he should focus on the economy, and get good, not self serving advice. That he would get legal opposition for his actions. He must cooperate with people, not try to bulldoze them over, or they would unite against him. I guess he wasn't listening :)
 
I've been told as a "spiritual" person I write quite a bit about politics but really, everything I write is through a spiritual prism. Noting the imbalances in the world; what could be more spiritual than that?
 
Yes, the imbalance between rich and poor, power and powerlessness, matters. Palestine is important, for Middle East peace. LGBT rights, matter. Civil Rights, matter. Black Lives matter. Muslim Ban matters. NoDapl matters. Brown v. Board Of Education, Wade v. Roe, Citizens United v. all matter.

But not separately, which is the divisiveness of identity politics we've allowed to take over. And not that I am particularly concerned about the antics of Alt Reich dummies doing Nazi salutes or Antifa protesters setting fire to trash cans or throwing bricks through windows. I'm interested in what the rulers are doing. Someone said this about power, that while we react to what they did yesterday, they've moved on to their next step. I prefer to see where they're going, and write about what they'll do next. In other words, prophecy.

Yes, I think the anti-war movement is the moral cause of our time. Attacking refugees and people fleeing those wars on the basis of their religion and national origin, even cancelling the visas of 100,000 people and  preventing legal residents from returning home caused outrage and many people to feel ashamed for their country. Decent people all rushed to help. They protested in the thousands at airports and lawyers met incoming travellers to offer free legal services.

Helping others, is a spiritual thing.



Helping to heal the planet, is a spiritual thing.



But I said this about Obama in 2008, that this was America's last chance. And now I say this about Trump: you will have to go so far back before you can go forward. It isn't even about the man. It's about you.

The Democrats are so hapless they won't regain Congress. Not unless they reform. Liberals who didn't speak up and put their bets on a bad choice: you could have had Bernie Sanders, you got Donald Trump instead. Those are the consequences. Politically, you cannot regain what you lost until you learn to listen to the concerns of real people. Politically, not until a third party that embraces real populism, not corporatism. Nancy Pelosi, leader of the Congressional Democrats said, "we're capitalists. That's the way it is".

But that's just me, trying to be helpful on the material plane.

As I wrote then, What next, America?

The real resistance will be spiritual, not political.
 

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Welcome To Canada


"Know that we value you"
 
When President Trump issued his order last week banning travellers from seven Muslim majority countries (even visa holders and permanent residents were turned back) Canada offered to take them in.
 
When we saw the waves of refugees from the Middle East we opened our doors, as we did to Vietnamese and Somalis.
 
The Islamophobic tendencies that started in America after 9/11 (and spreading to Europe) led to the latest outrage when White Nationalist Alexandre Bissonette opened fire in a Quebec City mosque, killing 6 and wounding 8. Oddly, a mosque in Texas was burned down the day before. Americans raised a million dollars to help rebuild it and a local synagogue shared their space to let them continue to worship. Many Christians and Jews reached out.
 
We are a tolerant nation. From an editorial in the New York Times: Quebec’s Response to Hate: More Tolerance 
That was what Canadians sought to do. Thousands gathered at memorial services across the country, including Mr. Trudeau on Monday. Speaking earlier to Parliament, he addressed the more than one million Muslim Canadians: “Thirty-six million hearts are breaking with yours,” he said, referring to the population of Canada. “Know that we value you”.  
Canada is not perfect; it, too, has its demons, as Mr. Couillard said. But the response of a democratic society must be to reaffirm its fundamental faith in freedom, including the freedom to practice one’s faith and cultural traditions. In Quebec, the demons took a terrible toll, but the country’s commitment to inclusion was, if anything, strengthened. 
In the wake of President Trump's attempt to capitalize on fear, Trudeau issued this powerful statement on Twitter and creating the wonderful hashtag #WelcometoCanada


The world has reacted with fear, and, more anger in response to Donald Trump's win. This is not the way.

Love, one another. The most powerful message of all.

 
(Next up: Trump's First 100 Days)
 
 
 


Friday, January 20, 2017

President Trump


He's the president of the U.S.
 
I very nearly emigrated from Pakistan to the U.S. in 1970. I'd have joined the army immediately and knew I'd be sent to Vietnam, which was fine with me. Instead, my family and I moved to Canada, which is where I really was supposed to be.
 
In college, my two favourite professors were American. One, taught me to love their constitution. The other, worked for the CIA :) "I'm just an analyst" he told me over tea one day. I write analysis of your politics". Fair enough.
 
I see the future.
 
I've written thousands of articles about America and the world's future going back to my book "The Way Of Atlan" since 1977. I've written about political and spiritual futures. See this blog and my website www.manfromatlan.com for a good selection.

 
When I knew Obama would be president (and Hillary Clinton not ever) I wrote about it. When I knew Donald Trump would be president I wrote about it.

In the end, Obama won the White House, but he lost the country, because he abandoned the people he promised hope and change. The direction the country was going became apparent in 2010, after the mid term elections.

The American century is over. Will it be a Russian/Chinese century? I'd hoped the spiritual revolution would begin in America. Maybe it will, but for now, it looks like it will be worldwide.

As writer John Pilger says THIS WEEK THE ISSUE IS NOT TRUMP. IT IS OURSELVES.

So you can protest, you can advocate, you can organize. Donald Trump is still the 45th president of the U.S. and likely, will win the next term as well.

When I looked at his astrological chart I came up with this analysis Psycho-Astrology Analysis: The Trump Presidency but really, it's a prophecy, make of it what you will.

Yes, he's a complex being as are we all, and I avoid judgement. He has a chance to be a very good president; karma is neither good nor bad, it is based on the choices we make, inexorable.

And as I wrote at the time,
What can we do? Build material foundations, develop your creativity, find the balance within yourself. Art, music, spirituality, an international movement of quiet, peaceful resistance will accomplish more. We aren't Americans or Canadians or Russians, we are people of the world.
Your material side might not like to hear this. Karma is after all, part of the material realm.

The answers are not political, they are spiritual.  


Saturday, January 14, 2017

#Vaccine Wars

 
 
"Was it because of the inoculation?" the king asked when many children started to die.
 
( Continued from Part I, Vaccination~The Greatest Harm )
 
The above quote by King George I of Great Britain is from The Speckled Monster, A Historical Tale of Battling Smallpox, Jennifer Lee Carrell, Dutton 2003, "a fascinating story of how people struggled to find a cure for smallpox, a disease that killed more people than the Black Plague and all the wars of the 20th century altogether".
 
The author describes it as "a history of hope", which indeed it is. Parents and physicians not giving up, looking to find answers to protect their families and patients. It was a struggle to save "hundreds of millions of lives". It also was a debate whether vaccination, as one Scottish physician in Boston said, was a "malignant infusion" that when injected into the body might cause a rise in untold new illnesses.
 
Introduction:
 
This is a history of the vaccine wars. On the one side, governments imposing compulsory vaccinations on the basis of public safety. On the other, parents and physicians who argued this was causing their children to become ill and creating new epidemics. This struggle, from the early days of variolation (inoculation) in the early 17th century (where pus from a smallpox victim was incised directly into the patient's body) to Jenner's vaccine in the 19th,  is now part of a broader war as people argue about the future of the planet and the direction we are going.  
 
It is a battle that has continued to current times, between what is presented as science and medicine against ignorance, and reason versus irrational fear. It is a history of the science of immunology but also the many mistakes made along the way. The search for safer vaccines conflicted with those who refused to acknowledge any harm done by vaccines, as subterfuge and compulsion became the new world order.
 
Yes, smallpox was eradicated finally, (never mind that improvements in public sanitation and hygiene really made the difference) then it became a battle against polio, and diphtheria, as the goal became a disease free world, and people blindly were led to try to prevent every possible disease that might strike their children, never mind how scientifically illogical that goal that might be.
 
Fear, after all, is quite a motivator. The 'Spanish' Flu, (which actually began in the US), Polio, Hepatitis, the AIDS 'epidemic', Avian and Swine Flu, the human papilloma virus (HPV) new Pandemic scares, all created the conditions to make people demand solutions (and scientists and Big Pharma companies rushing to fill that profitable demand). And when that failed, more and more vaccines were piled in a schedule a normal child's healthy immune system and neurological development could not cope with..
 
It is a cultural and social battle of minds, between 'liberals' who demand compulsion, and conservative libertarians and alternative health believers who insist parents should make reasoned decisions on behalf of their children. The media browbeats with scare stories about unvaccinated children,  California and other jurisdictions rescind all exemptions for reason of conscience and belief, and it has now entered the political debate, as US Green Party Dr. Jill Stein is forced to backtrack from previous sceptical positions and President Elect Donald Trump of all people, speaks his mind.
 
 
 
 
A Quest:
 
It is above all a quest to understand the nature of illness, the causes and possible solutions. 
 
I was inspired by the death of my brother when he was 10 from leukemia, the simplicity and effectiveness of homeopathy, the birth of children with autism and research to find the cause, and, what might be done to help all who were afflicted by it..
 
Then I met these children, and many more.
"Patricia Howes is blind, mentally disabled, and has continuous seizures. She is 6 years old.
Patrick Rothwell is blind and mentally disabled. He is 11 years old."
 
Vaccinations, The Right To Refuse - Naseer Ahmad, Dimensions Magazine Toronto 1991.


(From an article I wrote in 1991 about my personal knowledge of children who died, became blind, suffered brain damage almost immediately after receiving routine childhood immunizations.)

Vaccination wars - A history:

The Victorian Anti-Vaccination Movement

The dewy chill over Leicester, England, in March 1885 did not deter thousands of protesters from gathering outside nearby York Castle to protest the imprisonment of seven activists. Organizers claimed as many as 100,000 people attended, although historians estimate it was closer to 20,000.The cause they rallied against? Vaccination.
Under this pressure, the British government introduced a key concept in 1898: A “conscientious objector” exemption. The clause allowed parents to opt out of compulsory vaccination as long as they acknowledged they understood the choice. Similar to today’s religious exemptions in 47 U.S. states and the personal belief exemptions in 18 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the parents signed paperwork certifying that they knew and accepted the risks associated with not vaccinating.
Forcible vaccinations:

How The 'Pox' Epidemic Changed Vaccination Rules

"The battle between the government and the vocal anti-vaccinators came to a head in a landmark 1902 Supreme Court decision, where the Supreme Court upheld the right of a state to order a vaccination for its population during an epidemic to protect the people from a devastating disease.
But at the same time, the Court recognized certain limitations on that power — that this power of health policing was no absolute and was not total and there was a sphere of individual liberty that needed to be recognized," says Willrich. "Measures like this needed to be reasonable and someone who could make a legitimate claim that a vaccine posed a particular risk to them because of their family history or medical history [would not have to be vaccinated.]. 
In addition, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts stipulated that a state couldn't forcibly vaccinate its population."
Except now, those rights are now being taken away, as state after state remove the conscientious objector clause, and in many third world countries, vaccinate children using coercive methods. Funny, this is one issue I make common cause with Libertarians and Conservatives: our health freedoms and the right to make informed choices for our selves and our children.

Spanish Flu:

The site of origin of the 1918 influenza pandemic and its public health implications

It appears the pandemic began in Camp Funston, now Ft. Riley, in Kansas, and spread via American soldiers arriving in France. This was confirmed by Dr. Edwin Jordan, whose findings were published by the AMA in 1927.

There was a huge increase in death and disease in the army after it introduced compulsory vaccination in 1911. And a new pneumonia vaccine was given to troops in army camps and ships transporting them to France. Once they arrived, it spread amongst the population. 
Source: J.M. Barry, The Great Influenza: the Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History. New York: Viking; 2004

This article explains how when compulsory vaccinations were introduced to US troops in 1911 the number of deaths increased dramatically. They created a stronger vaccine, which resulted in the Spanish Flu. The rest is history. Vaccine not virus responsible for Spanish flu

Homeopathy and the Spanish Flu:

Homeopathic hospitals had a higher success rate against the pandemic.

The Survival Factor in Neoplastic and Viral Diseases by Dr. William Koch
"Dean W.A. Pearson of Philadelphia (Hahnemann College) collected 26,795 cases of (191 influenza treated by homeopathic physicians with a mortality rate of 1.05 percent while the average old school (traditional medicine/drugs) mortality was 30 percent."
 
"The Journal of the American Institute for Homeopathy, May, 1921, had a long article about the use of homeopathy in the flu epidemic. Dr. T A McCann, from Dayton, Ohio reported that 24,000 cases of flu treated allopathically had a mortality rate of 28.2% while 26,000 cases of flu treated homeopathically had a mortality rate of 1.05%. This last figure was supported by Dean W.A. Pearson of Philadelphia (Hahnemann College) who collected 26,795 cases of flu treated with homeopathy with the above result..... Dr. Herbert A. Roberts from Derby, CT, said that 30 physicians in Connecticut responded to his request for data. They reported 6,602 cases with 55 deaths, which is less than 1%. Dr. Roberts was working as a physician on a troop ship during WWI. He had 81 cases of flu on the way over to Europe. He reported, "All recovered and were landed. Every man received homeopathic treatment. One ship lost 31 on the way."---Julian Winston

Oddly, Abraham Flexner of the AMA, whose brother Simon developed several of the vaccines used on the troops, went on to force the closure of most of the homeopathic hospitals in the US after the war.

Oddly, when US troops who were vaccinated against Anthrax and other illnesses in the first Gulf War developed what came to be known as Gulf War Syndrome, the Clinton Presidential Commission disavowed any connection. This when soldiers died and their children were born with debilitating handicaps.

Gulf War Syndrome:

Many troops requited to take a series of vaccines reported serious side effects.
http://www.vaclib.org/news/geneticquotes.htm

A mass smallpox campaign could prove as disastrous as the government's recent anthrax vaccine disaster. Dr. Garth Nicolson, a world-renown cancer researcher and Nobel Prize nominee, told Congress in 2002 that contaminated anthrax vaccines administered to Armed Forces personnel are partially responsible for debilitating chronic illnesses now suffered by tens of thousands of them. Dr. Nicolson confirms that commercial vaccines are often contaminated with mycoplasma, causing symptoms associated with Gulf War Syndrome. When Dr. Nicolson examined the mycoplasma infecting sick Gulf War vets, he discovered that some strains had been genetically engineered with a portion of the HIV virus! Apparently this HIV-implanted mycoplasma was placed in Department of Defense vaccines for experimental purposes
Canadian troops given mefloquine, an anti-malarial drug, reported psychological reactions. This was denied at first, but Health Canada has now agreed that the drug can cause serious psychological impairment and permanent brain damage. Probe malaria drug’s psychotic effect on troops, Canadian veterans urge

AIDS as a manufactured virus:

I lost a dear friend to AIDS. He'd improved remarkably under my treatment, but passed away when I left the country to go to the U.S. in the 90's. He developed HIV after receiving a Hepatitis B vaccination before working as an aid worker in Guatemala.  I volunteered in AIDS clinics and saw many sad cases. There's abundant evidence of AIDS as a virus which was introduced to the Gay and African populations. Oddly, many gay activists who avoided anti-retroviral meds and took intravenous Vitamin C survived the disease. To this day it makes me angry to see the political and anti-human implications of this.

Links:
AIDS AND THE DOCTORS OF DEATH

Polio, Hepatitis B and AIDS

Debunking The Out Of Africa Origin Of HIV & AIDS

Further, comprehensive information can be obtained here:

Vaccine Resistance Movement

The Autism Wars

Parents knew their kids autism was caused by vaccinations. Thanks to brave whistleblowers, that link has now been confirmed.

The Vaccine Autism Link

The CDC Whistleblower Scandal

30 Scientific Studies Showing the Link between Vaccines and Autism

Controversial New Film Claims CDC Hid Data Linking Vaccines and Autism

VaXxed Becomes a Cautionary Tale Of Vaccine Injury for All Americans to Hear


Children suffering from long term disabilities:

Vaccine choice is a fundamental human right. American children are experiencing an epidemic of poor health, with 54% of our children suffering a chronic illness or neuro-developmental disability. Nearly 9 million children have skin allergies. Eight million have respiratory allergies. Seven million have asthma. Five million have a learning disability. One in 400 is diabetic. And 1 in 50 kids has autism. What you may not know is that science links all these chronic illnesses to vaccines. Vaccine injuries are real and some are life-threatening. The U.S. government acknowledges that children have been severely injured and killed by vaccines. (but doesn't help them). 54 Percent of Children Suffer Disabilities Caused by Vaccination

Virus mutations:

There's a process called Antigenic shift, by which viruses mutate to more deadly variations based on shifts within the RNA encoding. See Viruses and Evolution

It has been hypothesised that this is the process by which genetically modified vaccinations can introduce deadly diseases into the population. Such as AIDS, which targeted black and homosexual populations. Such as Ebola and a host of other illnesses which followed WHO smallpox vaccination drives in Africa. See Tracking vaccinations

Vaccines and cancers:

It was in 1960 that an NIH scientist named Bernice Eddy discovered that rhesus monkey kidney cells used to make the Salk polio vaccine and experimental oral polio vaccines could cause cancer when injected into lab animals. Later that year the cancer-causing virus in the rhesus monkey kidney cells was identified as SV40 or simian virus 40, the 40th monkey virus to be discovered. (Shorter, e. 1987. The Health Century) Sadly, the American people were not told the truth about this in 1960. The SV40 contaminated stocks of Salk polio vaccine were never withdrawn from the market but continued to be given to American children until early 1963 with full knowledge of federal health agencies. Between 1955 and early 1963, nearly 100 million American children had been given polio vaccine contaminated with the monkey virus, SV40. Sorry, in the Vaccine Debate, the ‘Experts’ are the Historians

Vaccines for population control:

Global elites have expressed a desire for population control, and oddly enough, many batches of vaccines worldwide have been found to be contaminated with HGH, which causes women to reject embryos:

Polio Vaccines Laced with Sterilizing Hormone Discovered in Kenya

Vaccines Can Cause Infertility

Microsoft mogul Bill Gates: Vaccines could lower world population


Vaccine safety:
The following is a list of scientists and physicians (over 160) who acknowledge that vaccines can and do harm some children and/or have some concern about a vaccine, combinations of vaccines, the vaccine schedule, or an ingredient or ingredients in vaccines. These professionals are not anti-vaccine (though some of the medical doctors are) rather they recognize that vaccines, like all pharmaceutical products, carry risks. They also know that scientific inquiry should never cease. (From 'The Greater Good' documentary). Doctors and Scientists with Concerns About Vaccines
A mutated strain of Polio has made its way to Europe – as medical authorities admit that the Polio vaccine program led by Bill Gates had ended up creating a more deadly strain of the disease. In 2011 Doctors in India reported that young children were being crippled in huge numbers after receiving the oral polio vaccine – with 47,000 children crippled and permanently disabled as a direct result of the vaccine. Doctors Say Bill Gates Polio Vaccine Has Created Deadly ‘Super Polio’
Rise in infant mortality:

Scientists have found a correlation between high vaccination rates and infant mortality. Worldwide, as multiple vaccinations have become the norm, there has been a corresponding increase in mortality: Mississippi First in Infant Vaccination Rates – Highest Infant Mortalities

Herd Immunity:
There is no such thing 'herd immunity', the excuse given by so many for compulsory vaccinations. In fact, human beings had developed 'herd immunity' by themselves, as part of the evolutionary process, long before vaccines were invented. Junk Science Week: Vaccinating the ‘herd’ 
 
Profit motive medical establishment:
Due to the high cost of Gardasil, government funding will impose a high financial burden, especially where the state imposes a mandate. Mandating the HPV vaccine 
Pharmaceutical profits from swine-flu-related drugs alone have soared – with earnings between $10 billion and $15 billion in 2009, according to estimates from investment bank JPMorgan.
The report includes an assessment of products and forecast of market size and coverage rates to the year 2016, predicting that due to the "promising commercial potential" of new, high-price vaccines, the pediatric and adolescent vaccine market will quadruple from approximately $4.3 billion in 2006, to over $16 billion by 2016, across the US, the EU-five including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK, and Japan. Follow the Money
The mainstream media’s top “expert” on vaccines is unquestionably Dr. Paul Offit. Dr. Paul Offit is infamously known among vaccine safety advocates as the doctor who has gone on record stating that he believes a baby can handle as many as 10,000 vaccines during infancy. 
Dr. Offit is a dangerous man. If he gets his way, he will make all vaccines mandatory for every single child in America. He wants to take away parental choice when it comes to the issue of vaccines. And for good reason. He holds a patent on a vaccine he developed with Merck, and has earned millions of dollars on royalties. Dangerous Doctor: Media Vaccine Promoter has Huge Conflict of Interest
It was hoped that following polio eradication, immunisation could be stopped. However the synthesis of polio virus in 2002, made eradication impossible. It is argued that getting poor countries to expend their scarce resources on an impossible dream over the last 10 years was unethical. Furthermore, while India has been polio-free for a year, there has been a huge increase in non-polio acute flaccid paralysis (NPAFP). In 2011, there were an extra 47,500 new cases of NPAFP. Clinically indistinguishable from polio paralysis but twice as deadly, the incidence of NPAFP was directly proportional to doses of oral polio received. Though this data was collected within the polio surveillance system, it was not investigated. The principle of primum-non-nocere was violated. The authors suggest that the huge bill of US$ 8 billion spent on the programme, is a small sum to pay if the world learns to be wary of such vertical programmes in the future. Polio programme: let us declare victory and move on.
Having seen the ill effect of vaccines on so many children, affected me more than many of the other causes I have supported. Yes, I helped many get better with homeopathy and healing, but when you see this as a world wide malaise which just is getting worse, it is enough to make you give up. Perhaps, President Trump will help. In the meantime, I'll just do my work, educate and help. My final segment of the series Natural Immunizations, will deal with prevention and cure.