Archive | April, 2017

Vaccination and Freedom of Choice

20 Apr

When it comes to having our core beliefs challenged in any way, we are prone to resistance. After all, we have not come to our position in life without good reason. The decisions we make and the actions we take are the result of hard earned experience and we are loyal to that experience and what it has taught us.

So when we are ‘challenged’ by new ideas about how to solve our problems and about what decisions to make, it is very difficult to look at the options presented to us, dispassionately. Whether it is political, social, medical, environmental, cultural or spiritual – we have come a long way to the stand we now make. When confronted with ‘new’ material, or challenged about our well established beliefs, we are immediately tempted to dig in and defend what we feel is an offensive attack on that which we have come to believe is RIGHT!

Over the last couple of weeks I have been involved with exploring the pros and cons of the stance on the validity of using vaccines. I am very interested in following debate on this issue in order to become more informed. Unfortunately, much of what I read and hear, is less an informed debate than an emotionally driven bun-fight. People – and experts – are so polarised in their thinking and argument that there is very little wiggle-room for any consideration of an opposing view-point. Facts and studies quoted on one ‘side’ are being ‘disproved’ by those on the other. This is where all of the energy is being spent – on discrediting, or outright denying, any credibility anywhere. We ordinary people interested in exploring these alternative views in order to make an informed choice, who must trust the findings of the scientific community, find we don’t know who to believe. No one is coming together with commonalities and asking questions for proper research to clarify any issues. If an issue is unclear then it is ‘wrong’. And if it opposes it is also ‘wrong’, therefore it must also be unclear.

Most of us wish to do no harm. We also wish to uphold freedom of choice – provided that choice does no harm. And here lies the paradox. Those on one side of the debate strongly believe that those who do not take advantage of the ‘miracle of vaccination’ are harming those who do, while those who believe differently think that the others are the ones doing the harm. Both camps believe their stance justifies the removal of choice for the other. And those of us who just want to know facts are given emotionally charged opinions based on selective scientific ‘findings’ we have no hope of verifying for ourselves.

When we understand both sides of an argument and feel we can empathise with people on both sides, we can be seen as hypocritical fence sitters. We have what is called ‘cognitive dissonance’ which is stress created by being unable to make up our minds and make a decision when the old paradigms are challenged. Often we make it easier on ourselves by going with what we’ve always done, or agreeing with our friends. And we find ourselves in ‘defense’ mode.

Me? I would love to see a series of properly run global public debates by adherents of both arguments and any questions of research being undertaken by independent laboratories and analysts who have no conflict of interest whatsoever, transparently presenting results and conclusions with no advantage gained in the outcome. Let us rally for ‘Truth’ rather than ‘Right or Wrong’ – they are only an opinion – or a judgement!

The question of the freedom to choose has to be paramount. If it comes down to groups of people being denied their right to choose, there must be no doubt whatsoever that their choice would do harm and the other does not. Until then, there is far too much unresolved controversy to allow the law to mandate vaccination for all based on the great wriggling pile of judgemental worms on which both camps are trying to stand. I believe that this is the possibility we must do our utmost to avoid.

There is no doubt that vaccinations can eliminate diseases – but is there a price? Some would say so. They need a fair hearing and we need to know.

 

 

The Human BEING – Being Loved, Being Loving, Being Lovable, BEING Love.

4 Apr

People are taught that The Bible is Absolute Truth. Many religions are reliant on this belief to maintain their power over the population and to uphold laws which keep them subservient to that power. Literal translation of many parts of the New Testament also enslave people to varied doctrines upheld as ‘truth’ by those who would benefit by the power they have over others. This is my observation. I certainly allow that it is not others’ and certainly religious texts are not always used as a source of power or fear, but there is a loving desire to serve God and humanity through wisdom that can be found there.

For those of us who would question these ‘truths’ because of the hypocrisy they represent, because of the inhumanity they inspire and because of the judgements they make, there are a number of considerations to bring to the questions we ask:

  • Does the question arise because of our own judgement of others?
  • Does the question arise because we believe we know better than others?
  • Does the question arise because we want others to be as ‘wise’ or ‘enlightened’ as we are?
  • Does the question arise because we desire to justify a life outside of the ‘law’?
  • Does the question arise because we would wish to be in charge?

When we do this, it becomes obvious that the supreme paradox of life is that when we dare to compare ourselves to others’ thinking and accuse them of being judgemental, hypocritical, greedy etc. then we immediately implicate ourselves in the same actions. ‘Judge not lest ye be judged’ – not by others, but by ourselves.

Therefore, the only considerations we need to apply to any of these questions is:

  • Does the question arise because we desire to be free of  being judgmental?
  • Does the question arise because we wish to be at one with universal consciousness?
  • Does the question arise because we want to know Love?
  • Does the question arise because we want to be loved?
  • Does the question arise because we want to love unconditionally?
  • Does the question arise because we love God?

When the questions are about ourselves desiring the experience of Being Love and we apply this desire to them in the moment, we can stand with ourselves and all creation in compassion and love. We become part of the consciousness of ‘God’ through our own higher consciousness which is able to observe dispassionately, all of the passion and emotion of humanity attached to our ego, with an overwhelming feeling of love – no judgements, no conditions, knowing what we are and what we are not.

When we love ourselves from this perspective, our ego is transcended by that love and we can become loving of, and loved by, all creation – because our nature in that moment is completely lovable.

We can do this even in the midst of drama and crisis where we must take action against action which denies choice. We can learn to drive our emotions from that dispassionate place rather than allowing them to drive us from our ego’s place of passion and judgement.

This is ‘The Power of the Now’ that  Eckhart Tolle teaches us about. It is the place of ‘Zero’ in Dr. Hew Len’s Ho’oponopono philosophy. It is infinity, nirvana, heaven, absolute peace etc within. It is where our divinity can provide guidance and healing for us to serve the highest good of all. It is the Grace of God.