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“Choice” Was Never About Abortion

“Man does not engage the Natural Laws of Life without consequence.”

I’m going to weigh in on the Roe vs Wade controversy, mainly because “Choice” was never about abortion but about women’s freedom to choose in matters pertaining to their health care and their physical body, which includes access to Family Planning services, and abortion if deemed necessary. This right is being taken away from them in our Nation of the “Free and the Brave” causing quite an uproar, and rightly so.

Looking at the current crises created by five Conservative Supreme Court Judges (whose votes to reverse Roe vs Wade are yet to be certified as final), through the freedom of choice lens, there is a pending threat to women’s right to privacy in matters of their procreative functions and futures.  Pregnancy is a personal and private matter which the government has no business policing—and that’s what this Supreme Court and state lawmakers are bent on doing. 

SEEING THROUGH VARIOUS LENSES 

There are several and varying lenses through which one can choose to see this issue besides the partisan political lens, each one soliciting a different emotional and judgmental response.  I will consider a few of these lenses . . . and suggest another myself. No matter through what lens one views abortion, by and large the procedure is done to save a life. In this view, abortion is a pro-life choice in likely the majority of cases.

1. There’s the lens of constitutionality. Freedom of choice is guaranteed to the citizens of America by the Constitution Bill of Rights. Through this lens one sees the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe vs Wade an infringement upon a woman’s right to privacy and autonomy in making decisions about the reproductive functions of her own body.

2. The lens of Planned Parenthood. Through this lens a woman sees the services offered by mislabeled “abortion clinics” as offering safe and healthy services, that include the guidance of a physician and help in planning the size of her family based on various personal factors, including a mutual decision-making process between a couple.

3. The lens of abortion as a criminal act of violence against a “unborn child” and therefore a murderous act punishable by law.  The state of Louisiana is trying to pass a bill that makes abortion punishable by death.  I will develop this further.

4. The lens of religious morality through which abortion is seen as a sinful act punishable by a righteous God who calls for “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”—basically the death penalty, if not here than hereafter.

5. The lens of child pregnancy due to rape or incest which puts both mother and child at risk. Abortion of the fetus is the only way forward that makes any sense whatsoever on all counts.  I include here adult pregnancy due to rape, in which case abortion of the fetus is desirable and necessary for obvious reasons.

6. The lens of viability of the fetus and its development to the stage where it is considered capable of living outside the womb.  Through this lens one may rightly question whether or not a “person” is present with the embryo or not. This is the lens I would like to consider.

7. Finally—though not less relevant—there’s the lens of the personal responsibility of men without whom pregnancy cannot occur . . . and who, by and large, leave the woman to manage her pregnancy and to raise their offspring. The ultimate cause of conception, as we know, is the impregnation of the ovum by the male sperm, whether through consensual or forced sex, or by invitro fertilization.  Once the ovum is impregnated by the sperm, the Natural Laws of Life are engaged, and there will be consequences for which both partners are responsible to steward together.  A friend posted this on Facebook recently:

Mark Hollis: Pregnancy is a matter of personal responsibility. We all know what causes pregnancy. This decision by the US Supreme Court is all about denying the personal responsibility of men for their own actions. I will say this to men who want to deny personal responsibility: For at least 18 years, any woman can sue a man for 1/4 of his salary to raise any child he may have decided he has no responsibility for.  We all know how pregnancies occur.

WHEN ABORTION MAY BE CONSIDERED MURDER   

 It is a medical fact that an embryo becomes a fetus eight weeks after conception and is fully formed with all its limbs and organs, though not fully developed, by the end of the first trimester of pregnancy.  This is when I believe a fetus becomes a human being.  I rest my belief simply on the basis that a being does not incarnate in a human body until its “house of being” is complete, fully functional, and ready for occupancy—in much the same way that you would not move into your house being built or repaired until the work is complete and your house ready for you to move into it. 

I’ve heard a few women comment that they felt an energetic wave like a presence enter their field and abdomen at about the end of their first trimester of pregnancy.  The point I wish to consider here is that, up until the point of completion of embryonic development, there is no “person” present in the fetus.  What is present is a mass of protoplasm being organized by Life into a human body.  From a technical standpoint, an abortion of a human fetus before the end of the first trimester is not the killing of a baby and therefore should not be considered a criminal act.  It isn’t murder.  It is certainly the destruction of a living organism—which deserves to be carried out in a ceremonial atmosphere of dignity and thankfulness, as well as due respect for and honoring of the sacredness of life—but it is not the killing of a person.  Someone may take me to task on this perspective, but I cannot see it any other way.

ABORTION IN AN OVERPOPULATED WORLD

When I look at abortion through the lens of an overpopulated world, I run into a conflicted human consciousness.  While we want to have children, we are facing global famine due to overpopulation and ecological collapse.  So, abortion, which really no one “wants,” can be viewed as contributing to the solution of this problem, as can birth control in any and all forms, which the Catholic Church frowns upon.  Beyond the issue of “freedom of choice,” we are facing much more pressing and dire choices.  Here we have two problematic events running parallel to one another with one event unintentionally slowing down the progress of the other.  There’s a dilemma we don’t seem to know how to face, much less solve.  We want and enjoy sex—and we do need to keep propagating our species—while bringing children into this chaotic and toxic dying world seems selfish and unkind, to say the least.  On the other hand, while the unfortunate and “necessary evil” of abortion does somewhat stem the tide of the population explosion, the majority of both sexes in the US want free access to it. 

This recent “pandemic” may be seen through the same lens, along with the rise in terminal illnesses like cancer and heart disease, as contributing to population reduction. While we don’t want the pandemic hanging around, we were glad to have clean air without smog in our big cities during lockdown. If there’s anything Life seeks to maintain at all cost, it’s balance and homeostasis.  This planet can support just so many consumers, especially the voracious consumers we’ve become as a species.  

According to the World Health Organization, there are an estimated 40-50 million abortions every year. This corresponds, sadly, to approximately 125,000 abortions per day.  It saddens my heart to see these numbers. Yet, in spite of the apparent ongoing escalation in abortions, global human population growth amounts to around 83 million annually, or 1.1% per year.  We are a runaway, greedy species that wants what we want at any cost . . . and at the expense of the rest of the species and occupants of this tiny planet.  It’s appalling to say the least. 

WHEN ABORTION IS PRO-LIFE

I will close with this passionate plea posted on Facebook this past week by Paula Backus under the caption **Trigger Warning**: (A “trigger law” is a law banning abortion that lies dormant in many states and is automatically activated if and when the Supreme Court overturns Roe vs Wade.)

I’m not pro-murdering babies.-

I’m pro-Becky who found out at her 20-week anatomy scan that the infant she had been so excited to bring into this world had developed without life-sustaining organs.-

I’m pro-Susan who was sexually assaulted on her way home from work, only to come to the horrific realization that her assailant planted his seed in her when she got a positive pregnancy test result a month later.-

I’m pro-Leah who found herself in a toxic, emotionally abusive relationship that would in no way support the health, happiness, and vitality of life of the unborn child.-

I’m pro-Theresa who hemorrhaged due to a placental abruption, causing her parents, spouse, and children to have to make the impossible decision on whether to save her or her unborn child.-

I’m pro-little Cathy who had her innocence ripped away from her by someone she should have been able to trust and her 11-year-old body isn’t mature enough to bear the consequence of that betrayal.-

I’m pro-Melissa who’s working two jobs just to make ends meet and has to choose between bringing another child into poverty or feeding the children she already has because her spouse walked out on her.-

I’m pro-Brittany who realizes that she is in no way financially, emotionally, or physically able to raise a child.-

I’m pro-Emily who went through IVF, ending up with SIX viable implanted eggs requiring selective reduction to ensure the safety of her and a SAFE number of fetuses.-

I’m pro-Jessica who is FINALLY getting the strength to get away from her physically abusive spouse only to find out that she is carrying the monster’s child.-

I’m pro-Vanessa who went into her confirmation appointment after YEARS of trying to conceive only to hear silence where there should be a heartbeat.-

I’m pro-Lindsay who lost her virginity in her sophomore year with a broken condom and now has to choose whether to be a teenage mom or just a teenager.-

I’m pro-Courtney who just found out she’s already 13 weeks along, but the egg never made it out of her fallopian tube so either she terminates the pregnancy or risks dying from internal bleeding.

You can argue and say that I’m pro-choice all you want, but the truth is:  I’m pro-life. Their lives. Women’s lives.

You don’t get to pick and choose which scenarios should be accepted. It’s not about which stories you don’t agree with. It’s about fighting for the women in the stories and the CHOICE that is theirs to make.

Women’s rights are meant to protect ALL women, regardless of their situation!

Overturning Roe does not stop abortions, it stops SAFE abortions!

FROM THE ANGEL’S POINT OF VIEW

I offer yet another lens to look through. The abortion of a human fetus, whether induced or natural, as in miscarriage and stillbirth, has repercussions beyond this physical plane of being.  After all, the creation of a human body is the creation of a living temple intended for the incarnation of an angel, a divine being. In this sense, pregnancy is a sacred event that calls for respect and reverence as well as joy. The creation of a child in the womb of a woman is a miracle and an awesome privilege for all women. 

This being the weekend of Mother’s Day, it is only fitting that I close with at least an honorable mention, and certainly a word of gratitude for and celebration of Motherhood.  I can only imagine the vibrational dynamic at play in the Realms of Light when a baby is being created in the womb of a woman.  I would imagine that an angel is given an assignment and opportunity to incarnate on Earth and bring the light of love to this baby’s parents and to this world.  Babies are all about love.  No doubt there’s great anticipation and joy in the angel’s heart as he or she considers the privilege of going down into the physical plane of being and walking upon the earth and breathing the life-giving air.  Then suddenly, with or without warning, the pregnancy is terminated or the baby dies in childbirth, and the opportunity for incarnating is taken away.  Without being overly sentimental, I ponder at this level of consciousness when I listen to all this uproar over abortion and the problems over procreation human beings have created for themselves.  Abortion isn’t a solution to any problem.  It is a problem . . . and we are not handling it very selflessly or responsibly.  It’s not up to the Supreme Court nor the government to decide this issue.  It’s up to us, the people and responsible citizens of planet Earth.  

My offering is that we take a broader view and give consideration to the spiritual aspects and implications of pregnancy and abortion as much if not more than the physical and personal implications, certainly more than the legal implications. This crisis is offering us an opportunity to rise above our human selves and transform our consciousness to see from a higher level with the viewpoint of the angels we are incarnate on a beautiful planet.  That’s all.    

As always, I welcome any thoughts my readers have and may wish to share.  Until my next post,

Be love.  Be loved.

Anthony

tpal70@gmail.com

Wetiko: Mind-Virus or Devil?

“If you are going through hell, keep going.” Winston Churchill

I RECEIVED a few thought-full commentaries on my last post.  This first one came from “across the pond” in the UK and was penned by a friend and long-time follower, Peter Watson.  

Will (Wilkinson) is quite right, at least partly. Wetiko, a ‘mind-virus’  that Will has designated as the devil, is now rampant throughout civilization, and not just a white man’s affliction any longer, as it was before it also spread — like fire-water — to indigenous peoples too. 

However, to leave wetiko as only a virus, it could be imagined as just something else to blame for the human problem; something to cure, or attune.  Beware the snare-of-the-fowler, the devil, the self-active human mind, for it is the subtlest beast in the field, and Will’s word substitution is a prime example of translating and using words to dilute truth (as if it could), to divert the spotlight from itself — a “speak or spin” common to clever politicians. 

Would Jesus have addressed a virus trying to tempt him in the desert?  Would he have had a virus? Would a virus have been able to communicate at a mind level?  Or, rather, was Jesus addressing the dis-eased mind of mankind as he brought it to focus within himself to be dealt with? 

Over the millennia the devil has operated under many guises, and behind and in front of many disguises, prominent among them are leadership, patriotism, and enemy.  Perhaps, though, the most insidious is education, at least education designed to further civilization for self-centered purposes. 

How that works on the human mind is key to the human problem, as we shall see. Starting from the premise that there is nothing intrinsically wrong with the design and purpose of the human mind, we’re faced by the fact of what mankind has done with its mind, by what good men have trained their minds to do, which is, for the most part, collect and store data—enrich the mind with knowledge—explore history to validate and correlate the facts, and develop sciences to expand domination beyond the capabilities of their human capacities. We have megaliths and dolmens all over the place attesting to the legacy of demonstrating power, or, as C. S. Lewis called it, “that hideous strength.” 

Now, if there’s nothing inherently wrong with the design and purpose of the human mind, which is a capacity-of-consciousness, ordained to process and apply creative thought, we’re faced with the fact that the content-of-consciousness, used to develop civilizations, has not much been concerned to consider the way-of-Life, let alone allowing Life to call the shots, as it has been and is (concerned) to sustain and magnify self-centered intentions, albeit imagined to be for the best, but clearly without the vision of wisdom.

My poet friend Don Hynes up in Oregon offered these insightful thoughts:

I have a few thoughts concerning the use of wetiko as a substitute for the “devil” as Martin used the term. I’ve met Paul Levy who popularized this term in western psychology, taken from the Native American use as Will notes, and am familiar with Levy’s writings and blog posts. I believe wetiko is a most accurate term for the mass psychosis present in western civilization at this time, but as we might agree has been around for quite a while, and in my judgement would make a ready substitute for what Martin often termed “human nature.” 
 
However, by the “devil,” Martin, or perhaps I should say I, would indicate an incarnate presence, not a widespread illness as it were. By impersonalizing the “devil” I think the important link of evil with human embodiment is missed. Just as Martin surely emphasized the human form of divine or spiritual government, so I believe he would agree there is a similar form in the focus of anti-spirit or the anti-Christ to use John’s term from 1 John 4:3 in the NT. 
 
I won’t belabor this but offer it as my thoughts concerning Martin’s use of this specific term. I believe the anti-Christ is present in a number of humans who wield the powers of darkness and desolation, the “spiritual wickedness in high places” referred to by the apostle Paul, but the ultimate presence may be with us as well.
 
Geoff Tish sent these succinct words of wisdom from “down under” in New Zealand:
Doing nothing whilst achieving everything, is the master art to practice now. Love is the way of the Master.

♦ ◊ ♦

“The self-active mind clings to that which is like unto itself, but it is afraid of that to which it clings.”

(Uranda, Third Sacred School, Vol 12, Ch 36)

PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR

IT HAS BEEN SAID that perfect love — which is unconditional — casts out fear.  This mass paranoia and “psychosis” that has infected the world is nothing more than a mind-virus.  When a person goes into a fight-flight-or-freeze stress mode, the reptilian brain takes over in a survival mode blocking off all access to critical thinking with logic and reason, love and compassion, functions of the frontal lobe and the cerebrum.  All true thinking comes to a halt, along with the body’s immune system.  How, then, can one have “perfect love” when one’s only concern is to survive a global pandemic?  A large part of the answer lies in facing what it is that one fears and embracing it.  The larger part lies in the direction and object of our love.

Death is not something to fear but something to welcome as a passage to a higher level of life and creativity, a release from the prison of a physical form that offers very limited range of movement, for one thing, and an insecure and fragile abode for another.  From the moment it is born into the material world the human form begins to die and return to the humus from which it arose.  It’s the arduous task of our healthcare system to stave off the inevitable.  To facilitate this process, Life has provided scavengers to help break down and eliminate the metabolic waste of organic processes.  They’re called “viruses.” 

Yes, viruses are organisms we cannot do without.  We wouldn’t make it very far past the crib without them.  They get rid of toxic waste, the breeding ground for pathogens and disease.  In my practice I noticed a repeating pattern that demonstrated this function of viruses in patients that tested positive for a virus after having gotten over a bacterial infection.  The metabolic waste from infection fighting needed cleaning up.  I’ve seen videos showing perfectly healthy cells morph into viruses where scavenging of toxic waste was needed.  This Coronavirus would not be scavenging around in our bodies unless there was toxic waste to scavenge.  With diseases and death, the condition of the host is always the primary consideration in determining the cause. 

On the other side of this paradoxical existence, without a means of returning our human flesh to dust, we might live longer than we are want to in these limiting forms.  That would be a travesty for sure.  We would never be released from the material realm and return to the realms of light.  In the realms of light, there are no viruses.  There’s no need for them, nor for pathogens — nor for death.

Should we dare to look deeper into this “rabbit hole” we may even discover that we don’t really belong here in this plane of temporary existence.  This so-called “existential crisis” with which our planet is presenting us may be trying to tell us we don’t belong here at the level of the animal kingdom — where we behave like beasts at times — and that it’s time to let go of this world we’ve created and be about the business of creating a New World, a world that accommodates spiritual beings incarnate in capacities of light substance that do not break down, get sick and die.  What’s there to fear in this scenario? 

Oh that we could just let go and embrace a new way of living in this magical universe!  Death, then, would surely lose its sting.  Wetiko, this paralyzing mind virus, would be dissipated for the construct of thought it is that has no reality to it whatsoever.  There’s really nothing to be afraid of and everything to look forward to in this right of passage we call death.  

As for a “devil” entity in the world, an embodied anti-Christ as my poet friend describes “the mass psychosis present in western civilization at this time,” perhaps such a devil is in the details, as we say.  And there are so many details in our lives calling for our attention; lots of peripheral fallout from this pandemic, for instance.  I read in the Washington Post that some 140,000 children under age 18 have lost parents or caregivers between March 2020 and June 2021—just one of many crises facing people the world over.  These can be seen a distractions from what’s going on above and behind the surface play of events.  I’m not being cold and uncaring here.  On the contrary, I’m offering a higher view and perspective above our circumstances.   

If we human beings are being asked to let go of this corrupt world, then let us do so graciously and with a attitude of gratitude.  Let us awaken fully to our purpose for incarnating at this moment in time, this historical moment when an old world is passing away needing our blessing, while a new world and New Earth are being born needing our welcome and stewardship.  The second answer to my question “How, then, can one have ‘perfect love’ when one’s only concern is to survive a global pandemic?” lies in what or who is the object of my love response.  

There is no more worthy object of our love than our Creator.  Sometimes in our anguish and grief we look to God with an attitude of blame. “How could God allow this to happen?!” Job’s attitude is exemplary: “Though he slay me yet will I trust him.”  In this biblical story, Job lost everything and was himself inflicted with boils.  His three friends tried to comfort him by encouraging him to blame God for his troubles.  Instead, he blessed God and praised him for his wonderous works.  The result was that everything he lost was returned to him sevenfold.  

If you need some encouraging words of comfort, you may find solace in Sharon Hart’s recent post on Facebook:

“To all my friends out there who know what’s really going on… To all who see through conspiracies and are intuitive… Yes, sometimes it’s a curse and not always a blessing to be awake. Awakening is the most liberating, alienating, excruciating, empowering, lonely, confusing, freeing, frightening, expansive journey.
 
If you find yourself struggling as you try to process all this insanity, you are not alone. No one talks about the darkness that accompanies awakening, or the GRIEF. Not only grieving the life and illusions you once had but the realization that almost everything you thought you once knew, is a LIE. The beliefs you’ve held, people you were taught to trust, principles you were taught- ALL LIES.
 
Shattering illusions is RARELY an enjoyable experience. There is a considerable amount of discomfort that comes with growth and the grieving process doesn’t stop there.  With these newfound realizations, you then find yourself grieving all over again.  Grieving the loss of many relationships with people who just don’t and won’t “get it.” 
 
Feeling alone; being ridiculed and shamed, not only by the masses but for many of you, your very own family and friends too. Feeling like you no longer have much in common with the people you are surrounded by. Struggling with carrying on bullshit, shallow conversations that lack substance with those who are still fast asleep.  Even feeling disconnected from your entire support system because they can’t see what you see. Some even grieve the loss of their ignorance — because “ignorance is bliss” and reality is harsh.
 
Awakening can be a lonely road and you will often find yourself journeying alone.  There is no way to sugarcoat it – Awakening to the realities of this world is brutal. It will have you running through the entire gamut of human emotions.  You have to master the art of diving down the darkest of rabbit holes only to come out and still function in daily life, and that’s a skill people don’t talk about enough.  
 
Some of you are struggling with feeling disconnected from family and friends, it’s as though they exist in another world.  Please know you are not alone, and not only are you not alone, you have an entire tribe standing with you. We may be separated by miles, but we are deeply connected; in purpose and in spirit”. (Author unknown)
Sharon wrote in response to this: 
“When I read this I responded – Exactly, but it’s worth it because we will be creating the New Earth – and much sooner than you think.”
 
This is a time for a reset of our priorities.  We are blessed to have one another to love and care for and share life with. We are blessed by our Creator with a consciousness to know ourselves and each other; above all to know our Creator and share in the creation of our world. To serve God is a privilege not to be taken lightly or begrudgingly, but with a glad heart and an attitude of praise and thanksgiving. Though he slay me, yet will I love and trust him . . . the devil be damned. 
 
I welcome your thoughts on the subject, which you can share with others by posting them in the comment section.  Until my next post, 
 
Be love. Be loved.
 
Anthony 
tpal70@gmail.com
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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