I met Linda Myers at the 2016 Oregon Ghost Conference. We soon became fast friends with a dear kinship. Linda is truly one of the most genuine psychic mediums and paranormal researchers out there. It was an honor to have her as a guest on Haunted Voices Radio.
During the episode, Linda discussed one aspect that is not only imperative to our field, but one that is often overlooked: developing one’s intuition first before commencing supernatural exploration. She studied at the Edgar Cayce Association for Research and Enlightenment and quickly learned many avenues to developing intuition, such as using Zener cards and journaling.
Linda teaches paranormal bootcamp classes at conferences, such as the Oregon Ghost Conference and the Port Gamble Ghost Conference. One question she always gets by attendees is, “What is the best piece of equipment to use and what should I do first?” She lets her students know that fostering one’s own innate psychic senses is extremely important before partaking in investigation of the unknown. There is no such thing as a “ghost detector.” Thus, there is no such thing as a best gadget either but rather our own bodies and their senses.
Some people solely rely on what science and their equipment tells them. Those that do this are selling themselves short. It should be the other way around – let your body and its senses dictate the route of the investigation and blending that in with scientific research.
Along with the San Diego Paranormal Research Society, I also teach local courses on paranormal investigation and research and get the same common question as Linda. My answer is identical to Linda’s. Ali Schreiber and I co-host our “Spirits of the Adobe” tours at the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe in Vista, California. We’ve been hosting these events since 2011. As with our courses, we also reiterate the importance of blending our body’s senses with scientific approaches in paranormal investigation.
On this week's episode (080521) of the Afterlife Chronicles, I welcome friend and colleague Lon Strickler - Fortean researcher, author and blogger at phantoms and monsters - http://www.phantomsandmonsters.com
I have been a guest on Lon's radio show a few times and it was wonderful to return the favor and have him on my show. Discussion of cryptids and cryptozoology are popular topics in the supernatural field. For years, Lon has been researching both ghosts / hauntings as well as various cryptids, interdimensional beings and creatures - Bigfoot, Mothman, Black-Eyed Kids, winged creatures, the Dogman, among many others.
During the episode, Lon elaborated on his journey as a paranormal researcher and gave some spine-tingling first-person accounts of Bigfoot and the Dogman. He even discussed the sightings of the winged humanoid creature that's seen near O'Hare Airport in Chicago. He summarized the many sightings people have had of this mysterious being, including some unique behavioral patterns it has.
Not everyone believes in cryptids, UFO encounters and alien species. When there are so many similar sightings among people from all walks of life, it almost begs us to further explore these unknown phenomena. I am of the belief that there is some sort of nexus between ghosts, spirits, aliens, cryptids, the Fae people, interdimensional beings, etc. More and more people are encountering paranormal phenomena, partly because we are more open to it as a society. I do believe there are other elusive reasons, some that us mortals are not yet permitted to know.
But, this doesn't stop us from exploring and wondering!
On this week's episode, I welcome back Kristina Bloom - psychic medium and spiritual advisor.
Kristina was gracious to offer a free book giveaway of Wisdom for the Age of Ascension. During the episode, she even read some excerpts from the book.
Kristina talked about the importance of meditation and offered some unique tips for practicing it. She also offers free meditation sessions on her website at http://www.kristinabloom.com
Kristina also elaborated on what spiritual ascension is and the signs and symptoms that a person is actually going through it.
We also talked about the symbolism of COVID-19 and how it's not just a "virus." I agree with Kristina when she says that "ascension is basically what this planet is going through. Do you think COVID-19 was just aboud a virus? It's about getting people to stop and getting people to take a deep breath and focus on what is important..."
There are so many systems that are in need of change - education, health care, financial institutions. Until we learn our lessons, it is going to keep coming up in various ways.
Kristina's thoughts on the symbolism of this pandemic mirror the blog I wrote about COVID-19 and how it was needed to try and re-establish homeostasis among humanity.
Also, a huge congratulations to Kristina on her brand new radio show "Be the Change" on the WLTK-db network, which debuts on September 7th 2021.
On this episode of Haunted Voices Radio, Todd and Nicole delve into their “Back to Basics” series, which is beneficial for both beginner and veteran researchers.
On this Part II episode, Todd and Nicole discuss how researchers should respond to client investigation requests and the importance of forms, such as permission and liability waivers; historical research and its overall importance to the entire case study process.
Sometimes, it’s not always about actual paranormal activity on the premises. There may be situations, such as high EMF – electromagnetic frequencies, plumbing issues, carbon monoxide problems, sleep paralysis, etc. So, as paranormal researchers, it is our duty to educate our clients on other potential causes of what they’re experiencing.
Safety is also paramount – physical, spiritual and emotional safety. Todd discusses how his daughter’s home was investigated and the problem had to do with high EMF from the refrigerator. Some individuals are very sensitive to high EMF levels as they can cause a whole host of issues – hallucinations, anxiety, heart palpitations, feelings of being watched, among many others.
Nicole also shared the time when the San Diego Paranormal Research Society investigated a haunted restaurant in Oceanside, California, which is situated on top of a burial ground. About 30 minutes into the case study, two armed robbers stormed through the site’s kitchen. Luckily, Nicole and her team had all of their emergency protocols in place as well as their permission and liability form signed by the manager.
There’s a lot that goes into the entire paranormal case study from client interviews, preliminary studies to tedious data review and supplemental research.
Stay tuned for more “Back to Basics” topics. The series airs monthly on the WLTK-db network.
Let me provide an analogy to help you, the reader, understand where I am heading with this opinion piece relating to the field of paranormal exploration and research. The beginnings of a tsunami consist of seawater. As it moves onto land, it becomes mixed with all kinds of debris originally foreign to the ocean. As the giant wave and subsequent larger ones, approach dry terrain, the saltwater becomes a muddy mix of trash, dismantled buildings and other materials; cars, gasoline, petroleum, waste; deceased animal and human life, etc. In other words, ocean water is not meant for dry land and vice versa. Once the water comes onshore, it creates a whole host of problems and challenges.
Now, is where I enter into my thoughts about the field of paranormal research and where it’s headed if we don’t stop and look at things from a larger perspective. When I say “paranormal research,” I am including all of the branches of anomalous phenomena that people investigate. The current discipline of supernatural study can be just like the tsunami that’s made its way well onto dry land; at least in some regards. In addition to the many positives, it’s often full of foreign, degrading material, rampant egos, exploitation and misidentification of spiritual energies, make-believe and much more that’s cheapening it in many ways.
While reading this, some may feel that I am looking at the glass half full, ignoring the positives and benefits to studying the unknown. Instead, I feel that I am looking at things from a bigger lens and a wider panoramic view. The following are more or less observations I’ve made over the years, not necessarily criticisms. In life, sometimes we have to look at certain situations, which are often pushed under the rug instead of 1) addressing apprehension over dealing with them head-on and 2) bringing these particular conditions to light as a way to foster wider perspectives.
It's a privilege to study the unknown and supernatural realms. It’s amazing to connect with those who’ve transitioned to the other side. It’s equally enthralling to study and get a glimpse into other life forms and beings. As such, those studying the otherworldly need to approach their work with sincerity, devotion and professionalism. Perhaps, if everyone involved, engaged in this mindset, the field of psychical research would be taken more seriously. Those possessing an unwavering intrigue into the mysteries of the paranormal need to first ask themselves why they want to actively investigate and explore these outer realms. Those who’s desires are dominated by frivolous reasons won’t necessarily last too long in the field nor will they be considered professional. Even people who tirelessly engross themselves in paranormal investigation need an occasional reminder to take their explorations and studies in a more earnest manner. Aside from surveying other preternatural creatures and interdimensional beings, the human spirit realm consists of once-living individuals and animals who’ve crossed the veil into the vast realm of the otherworldly. It is with great opinion that we need to respect and honor those in the afterlife and beyond, just as we would treat the living.
I have been deeply involved in the field of psychical study for twenty years. While that doesn’t make me an expert or any researcher an expert, it does provide me a front row seat in observing some of the discipline’s current trends. There should be a cohesive, universal approach and philosophy when it comes to exploring the unknown. Although researchers have their own unique approaches and styles, there should always be a strict adherence to protocol and standard operating procedures. There should also be greater advocacy for the spiritual energies and beings we come across. Instead, I am seeing some divisions that are catering to an almost polluted and scattered sense of what paranormal research has become. I am also seeing the authentic paranormal world placed next to the paranormal world the living is creating. The two are becoming quite incompatible and let me elaborate as to how.
Let’s examine the definition of the word, “paranormal.” Merriam-Webster, defines the word as, “strange events, abilities, etc., that cannot be explained by what is known about nature and the world.” The definition elaborates by saying, “…not scientifically explainable.” Conscientious researchers don’t use the various impressions left over by entertainment and mass media to try and explain the supernatural. One should never rely on the traits of fictional characters, such as Jason Vorhees or Michael Myers to examine and theoretically explain a ghostly being. Instead, depend on what’s evident in the authentic world, not on what’s part of the world of make-believe and fantasy.
Original anomalous events exist on their own and should be left untainted and untampered with. Of course, they can be explored, studied and analyzed by curious individuals but should be accomplished without instilling the unneeded subjectivity and bias that are completely foreign to the bona fide supernatural realm. We are seeing the mortal world treating these raw events like a blank canvas - adding various types of color and texture that ultimately transforms them into a polluted piece. Once this happens, the once authentic world of the paranormal is now contaminated with what the human element places onto it – judgement of contrasting opinions, ego-based projections, inaccurate classifications and descriptions, superficial desires, among many others.
1. There is entertainment’s idea of what the supernatural realm is based on, which is conveyed through Hollywood’s numerous movies and television shows on the subject.
2. There is the real-life view of what the supernatural domain consists of, which is often swayed by Hollywood’s creations and further influenced by differing ideals and viewpoints. Both of these have created a false sense of what the paranormal truly is.
The field of paranormal research is a melting pot of individuals with various levels of experience (beginner versus seasoned), principles, goals and belief systems. Diversity is often welcomed in other aspects of life. In this case, in order to make the field become a more stable, wholesome environment, not all individuals investigating the supernatural belong in the same pot. For example, those who are just out to thrill-seek and get spooked may not be on the same psychological level as those who passionately devote time to the scientific study of paranormal occurrences. Those who visit a haunted location to mainly thrill-seek most likely, do not have the same incentives as those who truly investigate a location through onsite case studies, historical, geological, archaeological and/or genealogical inquires, witness interviews and tedious data review. Sadly, some are in the field to only try and make a name for themselves and will go to any lengths to do so even if they exploit / disrespect the departed and other types of beings. These groups will not mix with people who are inherently humble and approach their work with ethics, respect and the Golden Rule.
A paranormal occurrence, by itself, is left untainted. It is consistent of the entities and their environment. The structure and intent of each anomalous situation stands on its own with authenticity and purity. It’s when the human element gets into the picture when things become distorted, twisted and manipulated – often with ambiguous outcomes that cater to the naïve and gullible.
Ghosts, spirits, interdimensional beings, alien species – any entity dominating the outer realms – is not meant for our amusement and entertainment. Studying these beings and creatures just like a biologist approaches the study of biology, or a physicist approaches the study of physics, is fine. As long as the investigative study is done with legitimacy and respect. These energies are not here to be misclassified, mocked at or oppressed as is often seen with media and entertainment venues.
As with many professions, one needs a license or permit to practice that occupation. There are sets of bylaws and standard operating procedures that need to be adhered to. One needs to be of sound mind and be considered competent enough to engage in the specifics of his or her type of vocation. Violation of the governing rules typically leads to suspension or expulsion from the position. This same principle should be applied to the study of the supernatural as a way to keep it controlled and realistic.
Mixing Halloween, Horror, Science Fiction with Real-Life Paranormal Phenomena
It’s quite memorable to reminisce on our childhood years around Halloween, October’s main claim to fame. As kids, we would anxiously anticipate, as the days and nights grew closer to the 31st of the month. We’d excitedly plan our chosen costumes, who we’d go trick-or-treating with and what piece(s) of candy to enjoy first. As the numerous decorations of fake ghosts, goblins, pumpkins, witches, zombies and black cats made their arrival into our imaginations, we’d soon learn to associate Halloween with various fear-provoking adjectives - spooky, scary, ghoulish, macabre, horrific, etc.
Not everyone has read about the true history of Halloween, but that doesn’t interfere with the realization that the events during the month of October have nothing to do with the real-life supernatural realm – other than the thinning veil between our world and the afterlife. A fake, cartoon drawing of a ghost is not the same as an authentic earthbound entity or evolved spirit. The two are irrelevant to one another; yet, people are continuing to fuse make-believe with reality. With this, enters some serious consequences and outcomes for the paranormal research field and its future leaders. Collectively, we need to teach ourselves and the field’s next generations that genuine anomalous occurrences are mostly unrelated to the highly imaginative and unrealistic plots of numerous fictional television and film ensembles.
In fact, let’s explore the words, “spooky, scary, ghoulish, macabre, horrific,” etc., in more detail. In reality, it’s not the spiritual entity that’s considered to possess the meaning of these adjectives; it’s the living person’s projections onto and reactions to experiencing something paranormal that are considered, “spooky, scary,” etc. The spirits of grandma and grandpa don’t have ghastly features as often depicted in horror movies. No shining, red, demonic eyes, blood and/or pus streaking down their faces, rotten-looking flesh, etc. Humans are inherently taught to fear the unknown; thus, when we encounter something otherworldly, it’s normal to assign a daunting connotation to what we’re experiencing during that particular event. However, we need to remember that it’s the living realm conveying these inferences not the other way around.
As researchers of the unknown, we need to always be cognizant of the ethereal beings we come across; as for the high majority, these are the spirits of those cherished and loved by people. You never know if you may run into the apparition of someone’s beloved mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, grandma, grandpa, co-worker, etc. As such, it’s imperative to treat these earthbounds and/or spirits with dignity and respect. But, if someone chooses to ascribe spooky nuances to such an encounter, it not only denigrates that once-living individual but the paranormal research field at large.
Motivations for Exploring the Paranormal
Inflated egos, personal entitlement and staunch competition are running rampant in the field of paranormal investigation and research. It’s truly sad. Studying the supernatural isn’t about fame, recognition or notoriety. The quantity of social media followers a ghost hunter has or how many TV shows someone’s been on should not be placed as most important. Just because someone has millions of “likes” on their Facebook page(s) or supporters on their YouTube page(s), doesn’t automatically place them in the category of most experienced and/or respected. It’s often quite the contrary. For example, one extremely famous YouTuber traveled to Japan to visit the Aokigahara forest, dubbed the region’s “suicide forest.” Instead of respecting and honoring the young man who had recently took his own life earlier that day, this particular individual instead, chose to mock and disparage the deceased on video for views. This immediately prompted outrage for this YouTuber who clearly lacked any veneration for the dead, especially someone who suffered with enough hopelessness to end his own life.
What’s imperative is the quality of devotion, time and work someone puts into his or her ongoing psychical enquiries – and what these contributions are doing to advance the discipline of supernatural study. Arrogant attitudes often lend to unknowingly and sometimes knowingly exploitation of the deceased. The afterlife and other realms are not here for humanity’s amusement and entertainment. They are not placed in cages for us to merely gawk at and manipulate. They are not here for us to control or possess. Their preternatural existence is completely independent from those in the physical world. All encounters between the two domains should occur without any misuse, deceit and/or false portrayals.
Misidentifying Entities and Using Incorrect Terminology
We all know the saying, “Words have power…” This is why we all have to choose our words wisely in an effort to avoid misunderstanding. There is no exception with certain terminology relating to paranormal research. I am seeing a lot of individuals misidentifying the ethereal realm and other beings by creating inaccurate descriptions and using incorrect terminology. In reality, is it entirely possible to classify and define something that can’t be proven? Certain beliefs and/or a lack of informed knowledge is usually the cause for this. Let me provide some examples:
Negative versus malevolent: While the two distinctions share some commonalities, there is a difference between the two terms when describing the characteristics of an anomalous entity. Malevolent denotes something purely evil and wicked with an intent to harm. In adjective form, negative means something bleak, pessimistic, cynical, unfavorable, etc. With this in mind, would you use the word “malevolent” or “negative” to describe a human earthbound energy that perhaps, lived a bad life and has the same unlikeable personality traits and behaviors in spirit that he or she had while alive? To me, it makes more sense to use the latter term. In my opinion, malevolent should be reserved for nonhuman entities that are considered malicious and vile.
Ghost versus spirit: Yes, we all use both words interchangeably when describing the ghost or spirit of a once-living individual. However, there are differences between the two. A ghost is usually stuck or chooses to remain in the mortal realm due to various reasons. With this, he or she either cannot or will not move on into the “light” and evolve into the spirit world, eventually moving up the reigns. Spirits are the ethereal liveliness of those who’ve moved on peacefully but are willfully able to come back to the earthbound realm. They also advance through the various levels in the afterlife. Thus, they are not stuck on this plane nor do they have unfinished business.
How many paranormal investigative websites have creepy, scary and menacing themes? For the ones that do, what impression does it give off about the human spirit world and beyond? What does this do to certain individuals who are experiencing something paranormal in their home or business? For the ones who are generally unnerved, these sorts of websites may be a turnoff and/or increase their anxiety. Yes, these sorts of designs cater to the thrill of encountering a ghost, spirit, Bigfoot, UFOs, etc., and may be a bit catchy, but don’t always accurately characterize them. Does grandpa or grandma have green skin with black eyes and seeping pus? No, they look just as they were when alive, albeit a bit younger and healthier, perhaps.
Paranormal research is not something that I do merely for fun. I am conscientiously devoted to the scientific study of supernatural phenomena and how metaphysics fits into the overall equation. Not everyone is and that’s fine. However, if you call yourself a “paranormal researcher,” then you better be doing more than prancing through a cemetery at night to have a thrill. Researchers of the unknown devote a lot of time to their case studies and exploring the anomalous.
Investigating the supernatural is both beautiful and mysterious. It enables us to step outside the confines of mortality and connect with and learn from other beings and those dwelling in the afterlife. It also gives us a front row seat in knowing that we will eventually learn the secrets of the universe once we transition to the spirit realm. For these reasons and many others, the field of supernatural investigation and exploration should be treated with dignity and integrity.
The mere thought of cannibalism may invoke sheer curiosity in some and pure disgust in others, or a little bit of both. Both archaeological and genetic evidence prove that cannibalism has been practiced for hundreds of thousands of years - as far back as 600,000 years.
Cannibalism is essentially the consuming of human flesh by other humans. In Spanish, it translates to Caribales or Canibales for the Carib peoples - a West Indies tribe notorious for the act.
In times of needed survival, eating another human's flesh may not be nearly as feared but more of a mandatory necessity. Then, there are those stories of lore that point to people engaging in this horrific phenomenon for other horrific reasons.
Insert Brenda Ganske of her Horrifying History podcast, where she elaborates on the often untold and hidden accounts of people chowing down on human meat. Yes, you will hear some hair-raising tales about cannibalism, including stories from the Donner Party, one relating to Moby Dick and many others. Yes, I am not kidding.
We have one requirement before listening: make sure you've eaten!
You can listen to the episode at https://wltkdb.com/ondemandaudio or via the many audio listening platforms.
On this episode of the Afterlife Chronicles Radio Show, I go solo and talk all about the RMS Queen Mary, a legendary ocean liner that's been moored in Long Beach, California since 1967. Discussion topics of this episode, include: 1) the City of Long Beach's full operational control of the ship - the first time since 1978; 2) historical significance and 3) resident energies and paranormal encounters. Being that this is a new series, there will be many more episodes with more discussion on historical events, resident energies and paranormal phenomena.
You can listen to the episode at https://wltkdb.com/on-demand-video, https://afterlifechronicles.podbean.com/ or on the Afterlife Chronicle's YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxTQhxNbXH_-MhklMy79_Ew
For those that know me, they are hugely aware of my love affair with the Queen Mary. In the year 2000, I was first introduced to the ship in the back seat of my friend's car as we were heading to a 3-day cruise on Carnival. When my eyes first met the ship, I said to myself, "I will be back someday." That day eventually came in 2005. When I first embarked on the vessel - on A Deck to be exact, I felt an immediate soul connection to the ship. I felt like I had been there before even though it was my first time. Many people, including myself, have said that I may have a past-life connection to the Queen Mary.
Since 2005, I have been actively researching the ship's renowned history and paranormal phenomena. It has somehow earned me a seat as one of the people most knowledgeable of her history, resident spirits and paranormal events. History and the paranormal are best friends with a dear kinship; in regards to the "Mary," both of these intertwine beautifully.
I have had some incredible paranormal encounters in various areas of the liner. I have been lucky to participate in numerous paranormal case studies aboard her decks. Blending my love of history, writing and paranormal research, I wrote three books about the ship, which are all available aboard in her gift stores as well as via online retailers. They are, Haunted Queen of the Seas: The Living Legend of the RMS Queen Mary, Spirited Queen Mary: Her Haunted Legend and RMS Queen Mary: Voices from Her Voyages.
I have presented about the Queen Mary at paranormal conferences, business events and libraries. Additionally, it has been an honor to discuss the iconic ocean liner on radio shows and television programs.
Long Live the Queen!
Aaron Collins was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. He moved to the Pacific Northwest when he was just 17 years old. Aaron encountered his first “paranormal experience”. It was so terrifying that it not only shook him but left him with questions, which began his curiosity and fascination with the paranormal. In 1993, he began a career in the security field, which led to internal and external retail loss prevention investigations. Applying his investigative skills, Aaron co-founded NW Paranormal Investigative Team. Aaron has been investigating and researching the paranormal for over 20 years. In early January 2014, Aaron co-created, co-hosted and produced Blog Talk Radio’s Paranormal Crossings. Paranormal Crossings is a talk show focusing on interviewing professionals in the paranormal field as well as owners, curators and victims of haunted locations. In April 2014, Aaron brought Paranormal Crossings to television as the host and executive producer. Aaron has interviewed people such as psychic mediums, paranormal Investigators, authors, actors and more. In 2018, Aaron will be taking Paranormal Crossings to a new level by bridging the gap between talk show and paranormal investigative show! Aaron and his team's objective is to help others that may be experiencing paranormal activity by using investigative skills, technical and spiritual methods to determine the cause of the activity.
Nicole Strickland first met Aaron at the 2015 Oregon Ghost Conference in Oregon City. The OGC is the Pacific Northwest's largest paranormal convention and is quickly growing. The Port Gamble Ghost Conference is another popular annual event in Port Gamble, Washingon. Nicole has been a featured speaker, class instructor and vendor at the OGC and in 2017, she presented on the RMS Queen Mary at the Port Gamble Ghost Conference.
During the episode, Aaron shared his childhood experience with the paranormal, which catapulted him into active research and exploration as an adult. He also elaborated on how his team approaches and helps private residence clients. Additionally, Aaron talked about how he infuses his Christian Ministry with paranormal investigation. Importantly, Aaron elaborated on why "respect" is so crucial and imperative to supernatural research - respect of clients, team members, spiritual energies and the paranormal community at large.
Along with his colleagues, Aaron re-debuted his Paranormal Crossings television show, which can be seen every Saturday at 2:00 pm at Talkcast PDX.
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Welcome to Haunted Voices Radio's "Back to Basics" monthly series where Todd and Nicole delve back to the foundation of paranormal investigation and research.
EPISODE 1: RECORDING METHODS - Listen to the episode at https://www.wltkdb.com/index.php/en/past-shows/haunted-voices
1. Analog vs digital recording - which is better and why?
- Why analog recording can be more beneficial than digital
- How to transfer data from an analog recorder to a computer
2. Setting up an EVP (electronic voice phenomena session) session - things to know
- talking method versus walking method
3. EVP session protocols
- procedures that need to be adopted for all recording sessions
"Let's Breathe Together."
Note: This was written shortly after George Floyd's passing.
As I digest the events surrounding our country – our world – right now, I can’t help but pick up a few things; things that are rather obvious if we each stop, look inward and pay attention.
It isn’t coincidence that a relentless virus is penetrating our globe right now amidst the onslaught of protests over an innocent person’s horrific demise. Let’s stop and each examine the various parallels between the two. I don’t need to sit here and type them out; I think they are fairly visible to those who are willing to see.
Regardless of where we come from, we each breathe the same air; our bodies are made of the same organs and systems; we are exposed to the same viruses; we each experience the emotions that come with anger, grief and loss; we can each stand for what we believe in…the list goes on.
The unfathomable passing of George Floyd – our fellow American, our fellow brother, our fellow son, our fellow father, our fellow friend -has ripped off the scar to a wound that’s been ever-pervasive in our society since the dawning of man. That wound, now fresh and exposed once again, is bleeding with an inescapable urgency and thirst for the greater good among all. In order to penetrate the nucleus and enact the principles we’re begging for, each one of us has to find the answer within. Only from that point, can we extend it outward toward our communities, towns, cities, nations, universes and galaxies beyond. It. Starts. Within. Each. Of. Us.
What exactly is this? It’s the embedded love, innocence and pure goodness that we’re each born with. Many have grasped onto these attributes and have never let go. Sadly, for some, they lose sight of them as they become buried beneath the torments plaguing our world. However, if one searches hard enough, he or she will find the light emanating beneath the rubble. When this occurs, healing and change will take place. The light never turns its back on anyone. It’s a patient friend and ally – to us all. But we have to seek to find it.
“Isms” aren’t innate; they are taught. Until we recognize this, they will continue to be spread and engrained into the mind of society. Every single time the word “race” or “racism” is said, it’s powering the “ism” that continues to divide fellow man. Every single time we use the words, “white, black, purple or red” to describe someone, we are continuing to segregate instead of equalize.
George’s life matters – yes, I say that in present tense for a reason.
Sadly, history has taught us to divide and conquer. Until we all gather together to re-write the scripts of the past, we will sadly continue down the same path of ignorance. Over and over. But we must do this with positivity and responsibility; it must be done with dignity and grace, not with revolting disgust.
Let’s honor George’s life and legacy by finally quenching society’s thirst for equity, respect, empathy and understanding. In order to love and respect our fellow human beings, we must first learn to love and respect ourselves.
Let’s give needed oxygen to brotherhood. Let’s turn “I can’t breathe,” into “I can breathe. We can breathe, together.”
George, as your undying legacy infuses among us all, your soul rests in eternal light, love and peace.