Catholic Church

The Church

February 25, 2022

 For my best friend Kasia 

 
You could say there’s a difficult streak in all of us, and mine would certainly be my unrestrained desire to pull away from all things ‘popular culture’. Being naturally attracted to the weird and wonderful, if you’ve followed my stories so far you may or may not be surprised to find that my new interested is church…  Because lets face it, if folk are running away from churches in their droves, then I’m headed straight for a service near you…  In search of the lost and forgotten riches that most have left behind. 


 In a recent visit to St Andrew’s Holborn: - a Catholic – CoE crossover known as high church, I was captivated by Saturday Mass; an orthodox service of celestial beauty. The strange dress of the Ministers in golden capes and medallions, each word melodiously chanted. The ritual spreading of incense circling the congregation, even the long slim candles appeared so stunningly pretty in their delicate simplicity. Everything glittered in twinkley light … I was surprised however at how soon my experience began to bore and alas I failed to last even the hour out. 


 As a firm believer in energy work and energy transformation through ritualistic practice, despite my reverences, l decided to leave that service early. I am just a casualty of modern day society and the desires of my meddlesome mind had given way to the promise of dinner, conversation, and checking my phone ‘ya’, all of which were demanding my immediate attention…. Praise be to modern technology, because life has never been so good. Moving from discipline into decadence in just a few decades, much time can now be spent luxuriating in the pleasures of modern technology and it’s social interfaces. In fact it is these technological advancements that are considered to be the very pinnacle of progressive societal success… but at what cost?
Now science-based reasoning has taken centre stage, it has never been easier to dismiss spirituality. After all there is no logical argument to be had. But can millions of people have believed in nothing? Can we ridicule folk as being brainwashed or gullible? Well, I refuse. The question is, for what reasons have spiritual practices stood the test of time, far reaching in strength and influence over the millennia. Have folk simply been stuck in a spiritual dictatorship? 


Historically, religious doctrine has been a poor show with centralised buildings of worship lording much power over the people. This is the problem with buildings, they are owned and in doing so have assumed the seat of power. And who can be fit to represent those holy places? Surely no man is capable of representing the supreme divine… So far I’ve not been proved far wrong. Corruption exists everywhere, in every establishment, and institution, the holy and the profane. It’s clear to see how control and fear have been used to cover up corrupt practices and much resentment still exists today.
As we traverse our way through life’s path, our call for guidance can take many forms. Some folk respond to the voice of leadership and authority, others will fall into trends and culture; but some will take a more inward path, following their own heart-felt intuition.  Ultimately it can only be in the heart connection to the divine that will transcend the mortal errors of any rabbi or imam, minister or monk: - in its true and lasting state, through the portal of the heart.


Corona Virus

Hope for Humanity - Part II

December 18, 2021

 

                            
A few years ago I was holiday-ing with family in India, when one morning I saw that a line of ants had made their way into the kitchen sink to dine inside a sticky glass. I had wanted to clean those dishes but since I’m fond of ants I put the glass aside hoping they would make there own way out again. My brother in-law however was not of the same understanding and gave me his ‘don’t be so ridiculous (yo crazy sister in-law) they’re just ants’ talk. So of course I backed down and retreated into the living room to sulk. But the more I thought about it, the more I became certain that something had just happened that ‘I’ actually considered bonkers. It wasn’t my brother in-laws attitude but it was the attitude of a society where killing has become so normalised it looks upon the ‘sane’ person as the one who disregards life, and the crazy person as the one who cares! They’re not just ants, they ‘ARE’ ants and they have a right to life.


Two years later I can now write about the significance of that incident, ‘the ants incident’. Because it’s only now in the unfolding of our current experiences that this disconnect between the understanding of energy consciousness and the view that all life is sacred, has fast becoming our most painful undoing.

 

When I wrote Hope for Humanity, I used to think that the global elitists likened us common folk to animals; enslaved and monitored, abused and imposed upon. But it was worse, we are viewed with the coldest disregard of the most unsophisticated and unnecessary nuisance of little more than an insect.  What ever it is we’re thinking (or not thinking) about our fellow multi-legged beasties, some big rich guy with a ‘superiority complex’ is thinking about us. But can really we blame the global elitists for feeling superior when it is merely our human societal conditioning that teaches us to view ourselves as separate? Would a society that considered life as sacred go to war over land? Would we keep animals in factory farms, would we use pesticide or herbicide on our lands? We have all been taught to view our place on this planet within an intellectual order and the disconnect of modern society from its source can be experienced all around.

 
Everything alive will one day die, from plant to insect to animal, it is the cycle of life. And actually even the most humble vegan would agree that life ‘needs’ to be taken as is only life that sustains life. Sometimes we might step on an ant without knowing or we even sterilise a babies bottle killing millions of bacteria and we can not say that is wrong. But what we can say is that it is in the attitude and circumstance that life is taken that really matters. When we take life through cruelty and not compassion, through greed and not necessity or with disregard and not respect, we cultivate a culture and an energy which devalues and degrades the very sanctity of life to which we are not separate. After all we might not want to live in a world of ants any more than the global elitists want to live in a world of the common free folk.

In our experience of the collective consciousness it is only in the cultivation of compassion and in the honour of all life however small, that will cause our changing experience. Insects will be killed as we go about life and that just is the way it is, we’re so big! But let us also be big hearted because our power is in our love. Let us stop valuing one life over another in dismissive disregard to inferiority of intellect. By cultivating the attitude of compassion, avoiding unnecessary harm and consciously giving thanks for the life we take, the energy we create will be the positive change we will see in this world.
Later on in the kitchen… I noticed that my brother in-law had in the end left the ants and the washing up aside… and the ants were escaping nicely. Champ. 💓


environment

The Tree of Life

September 29, 2021

 

I am drawn to protests – I find them exhilarating; they form community, develop camaraderie, give meaning and purpose, but most importantly, they give us hope.

Over the years, I have been involved with many environmental protection camps and you need not have visited such places to know what lies at the heart of this agenda. With populist slogans like ‘save the trees’ emblazoned from post to post, to the environmental protester, trees are known to be the single most important, sacred and prized natural feature of our land and rightly so. Owing to their impressive repertoire, including oxygen givers, erosion protectors, shade and habitat providers, trees play one of the most fundamental parts of our ecosystem and must be protected at all costs.

Welcome the environmental protester:- valiant protector of our natural world, risking life and livelihood in this saintly pursuit. Unfortunately there are a great number of folk who would fail to share this view and it’s not hard to understand why – because let’s face it, despite centuries of uprising, nothing has been able to stop the steady increase in social and environmental issues. So much so that when we consider the actual successes that environmental protection has offered, it has undoubtedly become a game of small wins and big losses and never was a true word said.

Of the protest camps that I’ve ‘knocked about’ in – a common sight amongst the security guards, the mud and ‘people up trees’, is that these camps are largely inhabited by folk happily whiling away the long under-stimulated hours somewhere up in a cloud of smoke. Smokers of all types, including those claiming to be of the ‘medicinal’ green variety. In fact it is such a common sight there is absolutely nothing of any particular interest, until you start to deeply ponder upon it’s parallels and then you might begin to see something rather very wrong.

Because you see, there is no one who can really disagree with the fact that smoke inhalation of any sort is one of the most self-destructive and dangerous activities that we can knowingly impose on our bodies today. This toxic substance, starves the body of oxygen, directly targeting and damaging the lungs – the oxygen givers of our body, whose primary function is really no different to that of a tree. The very root of what many protesters are on one hand externally seeking so hard to save while internally allowing it’s continued destruction.

This is the great delusion of separation, the lack of understanding that the very life giving instruments that we are trying so hard to protect are also right here within us. The most important tree that we can only truly offer any protection lying much forgotten, while our focus remains firmly fixed outside of ourselves. This failure to acknowledge our bodies also as part of the great magnificence of nature:- the co-dependence between the respiration of our lungs and the respiration of a tree, each bringing the other life is perhaps on one level a product of why environmental protesting continues to fail. Because how can we convince government and multi-nationals to care for nature when the truth is we care even less for our own.

People are drawn to environmental activism for many reasons and knowingly but more often unknowingly, ‘nature’ may not always be at the heart of this agenda. But whatever the reason, we are here for the most worthy cause of all – because we want change. In a culture of diminished responsibility, casting assertions and laying blame on all but ourselves, when we consider change, we must first ask ourselves what it is within us that we can change first, because nothings changes if no one changes so then what better place to start, than where the success is in our own hands.

Be the change you want to see in the world’ Ghandi.

 

 

Political

The Road Less Travelled

July 20, 2021

 

The Road Less Travelled

A few years ago it was revealed in a numerology reading that my life’s path number was five – the path of freedom.

The truth will set you free

To live a life in truth isn’t as straightforward as it sounds. It’s a bit like getting off the express super highway and stumbling out barefoot onto the road less travelled and there are far too few of us here for comfort.

 

It’s been a while since I left my job and the security that laid a beautiful roof over my head. After eight years, life in London and all that it had to offer a young professional had dulled but in a chance encounter, my luck had come in and I happened upon the ancient teachings of yoga vedanta (the ancient philosophy behind the practice of yoga). A beacon of light had set my soul ablaze and all my instinct spoke out – here I had found my truth.

To recognise your truth is perhaps one of the most blessed and cursed experiences of this life. In this time old pursuit many have anguished over the quest to find meaning and purpose however, when meaning and purpose do finally fall into place, to live in accordance with those understandings can be an entirely different matter. After separating the lie from the truth and the material from the immortal you might start to experience an uncontrollable desire to change a fair few things and of course, as with most change, not all folk will understand. Sadly much of this hardship will come from your closest friends and family. This is the lonely road where many walk in the pain of separation, outcast and estranged, ridiculed and hated but when you believe in pulling yourself out of the mire, every sacrifice is sacred and there becomes no other way of being.

Thankfully, for as much pain there is as much promise and there will be many newfound discoveries in which to delight in along the way. In my time as living ‘homeless’, I had come to realise that without an address there were now a fair few societal restrictions that could no longer apply (a top bonus if like me you’re interested in dicing along the thin blue line of the law).

When you cease to see the sense in society, in a world where basic human rights have become increasingly distorted, even something as simple as going outside can become a bewildering experience... perhaps even inciting a volatile protest! Imagine being denied entry to board a costly train because you arrived moments too late, only to watch it sit stationary on the platform for a further two minutes, dumbfounded to the heights at which ‘health and safety’ have reached.

When you’re on the other side, to think deeply about life can become an ever evolving experience and you might start to wonder why it is that others do not. One of the hardest things to contemplate is the plight of consumer culture, something which can bring about all manner of feeling ranging from disbelief to sadness to even outrage. For example, knowing that the existence and growth of major corporations such as the food, beauty, and pharmaceutical industries are driven largely through global demand and that these corporations have seldom served to overcome suffering but have existed for the proliferation of profit in sickness and addiction simply because we have continued to allow it, is amongst the absurdities of modern society in which we now live.

Manipulation and control through institutional governance and it’s rebellion have gone hand in hand throughout the ages, but as we quickly move from one scandal to the next, frustration lies in the forgetting. Through art and film, lyric and literature despite every warning history has foretold, apathy has continued to prevail and can anyone really be blamed for that? In a centralised government, continuity of life as we know it and our attachment to the safety of the system is now so deeply rooted in survival that there is so much at stake and there are some pretty serious topics to contemplate… How would we cope with food shortages, a serious banking crash or a housing shortage? Self reliance no longer exists on our farms and we are so disconnected from the natural world, to whom would we turn1?

While there is nothing that can really be said to someone who isn’t yet ready nor wants to hear, the wisest discipline is often the hardest thing to endure, allowing others their own rates of progression and growth and stand patiently aside while much damage continues to be done. Could it really be that despairingly simple, to do nothing while government continue their steady march forward threatening our abilities to legitimately and successfully protest, removing every right while we contemplate our lot?

Yes and no and perhaps so, but my advice to not do nothing. Every scripture has taught us that the most powerful impressions we can leave this world are simply to live from truth because we can not choose freedom for anyone but ourselves. In my experience, the road less travelled is the beginning of the ultimate path to freedom. It is arduous by nature and not everyone will understand, you may lose friends, family, respect and livelihood, perhaps it will be the hardest and most difficult choice you will ever make, but know this – there is a deep satisfaction in every step and this will be worth many times your effort, because what could be grander than the grandest vision, of the creation of our new earth.

1. Since leaving behind major aspects of the system six years ago, I have spent this time supporting and being supported by the rich diversity of natural and urban communities here in the UK. If you would like to know more, please leave me a message in the comments and I will be happy to share more of my experiences with you.


Corona Virus

How to Stop a Global Pandemic

April 23, 2021

 

In March 2020 following a series of unexplained deaths, a deadly and highly transmissible virus was found to originate at a wet market in Wuhan, China. Somewhere in-between wild and exotic animals cramped close together; sodden cages piled high, the unnatural contact of faecal and mucus excretions between animal and human that would never normally mix, cast loose the deadly pandemic into the world. In this breeding ground for bacterial and viral infection, Covid-19 trans-mutated from bat to pangolin to person, before making a beeline straight for humanity.

This alarming tale is what movies are made of. But what is even more disturbing is that what occurred at Wuhan is not unique. There are in fact countless thousands of other almost identical wet markets spread throughout South East Asia, continuing to trade animals in this way to this day.

To some, this outbreak will come as no surprise, because the study of zoonosis (diseases which are spread between animals and humans) has been prevalent within the scientific community for centuries. First thought to have arisen around ten thousand years ago, the earliest emergence of zoonotic disease was birthed in agriculture and animal husbandry through the domestication of the common farm yard animal. 

Over the past century, as a rapid rise in population has seen a steady increase in the demand for cheap meats, so too have the emergences of zoonotic disease. With traditional farming methods no longer serving the way we consume, billions of animals are now held in immense factory farms, housed in inhumane, unsanitary over crowded sheds, where antibiotics are routinely administered in a bid to suppress the spread of prevalent illnesses. In recent history, Zoonosis has been responsible for many highly infectious and deadly diseases of pandemic and epidemic proportion. There are currently around 200 Zoonotic diseases, where 60% of all human disease and 3 out of 4 new diseases are now Zoonotic emergences. This includes, Spanish flu, bird flu, swine flu, measles, mumps, chicken pox, typhoid, SARS, influenza, small pox, AIDS and whooping cough, all transmitted to humans from the domestication, captivity or close contact of wild animals.


As the daily deluge of pandemic reporting continues to grab headlines, there is much to be said for life in this masked and sanitised ‘new normal’. Coming to terms with how Covid-19 has held the world to standstill has brought to light an insecurity many have never seen in the fragility of ‘mighty man’. In this disempowerment we have fixedly looked towards our leaders, holding dear to our hearts the keeping of their three commandments, “wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance”. But what remains to be hidden is the very root cause of the critical change we so desperately need to see, the change of normalising the recognition of animals as sentient and intelligent beings.

We know how to stop a global pandemic, we have known for decades. But while common man continues to be blind sited from the real cause in the wasteful pursuit of the cure, the ultimate battle lies in the ruthless and unrelenting profits of major industries like the meat and dairy and the pharmaceutical industry. We don’t require any more evidence to understand the basis of our problem, captivity and abuse of animals is the major cause of the biggest threat that humanity faces today and the only answer to a lasting solution is in the rapid reduction of the consumption of meat and dairy and the elimination of live animal markets. These may sound like drastic measures any non vegan would be scathed to approve, but if what we have gone through in one year is not drastic enough and if we really are serious about saving the lives and livelihoods of millions more, then what we don’t need is another ‘lock down’ but a collective ‘shut down’ of factory farming globally.



Final thought

The main agenda of covid-19 global propaganda is to push ownership of responsibility from its place of proper governance and down onto the people. To vilify those for not wearing masks and to imply their heartless arrogance, can be seen as an effort to sideline the real issues at heart. If government really were sincere in their tune ‘in order to stop deaths’, perhaps we would see them acting with such swift severity to end war, combat climate change, to shut down factory farms or even to end world hunger. I could be more convinced but I don’t expect that to happen any time soon because then again lest us never forget... rich people don’t die from starvation.

[1] https://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/research-medical-benefits/the-increase-in-zoonotic-diseases-the-who-the-why-and-the-when/

[2] Dr Greggor


 

Global corporations

PRIVATISE THE NHS

February 19, 2021

 

IMAGINE WHAT COULD HAPPEN IF WE PRIVATISED THE NHS..

There is in truth no battle nor defence when it comes to the great debate involving East vs West, because in reality, with it’s major artillery fire of global finance and mass media monopoly, the western agenda is the only agenda. Dominating and lording its intention over all other. Fully and absolutely complete.

Sadly, there is no difference to this arrangement when we speak of our great modern day medical achievements, because ever since the rise of the insatiable multi-billion dollar spinning ‘Big Pharma’, eastern credibility over a rich variety of holistic approaches to medical care have steadily been stamped out and ignored.

Welcome the NHS, a national treasure proudly proclaimed by the many as the crème of British utopian society. Surely such a system allowing every citizen the right to free medical care despite status or wealth should be heralded in virtuous righteousness, purist sacrifice for the greatest good? It’s likely yes, that there had once been such an intention and yes, all the while the philanthropists probably really did care. But what has now arisen through an allopathic approach to sickness and ‘cure’ is an inordinate disproportion of folk, surrendered to a toxic lifestyle, mislead into the belief that our medical needs will one day be taken care of. A falsity that can no longer be ignored. 

In our understanding of modern day medical science, ‘the most superior of all’. We live and love safe in the knowledge that for the most, the ailments that we are likely to suffer in our lifetime, will be treated or even cured over at the GP or pharmacy. This is the promise to an end of suffering, a course of capsules restoring the body back to balance and harmony. So with that taken care of, there is nothing that one needs to do and nowhere that one needs to go. A falling in mass unison, invoking a culture lacking in the will and knowledge needed to effectively look after our own bodies.

The principle following ‘our health is our authority’, is a premise for living by prevention rather than cure, a practice better known by the eastern approach to medical care. Here exists a wonderous myriad of ancient techniques, therapies and even modern alternatives, reaching far beyond the repetitive mundane adage of ‘5-a-day with 20 minutes of exercise’. Instead we are discouraged from such therapies and warned against such ‘supernatural’ ideas. With western research institutions funded to condemn eastern medicines by discrediting their merits. And all the while, dictating that animal testing and adverse side affects are the better alternative when in fact their chemically synthesised, artificially lab made medicines, mimic the natural compounds that were traditionally used for millennia anyway.

As allopathic medicine dominates the market and alternative therapies remain a niche they have become a luxury that most can not afford. The problem with a pre paid medical care system is that it holds a monopoly, driving down the price of its own allopathic drugs and pricing out the holistic market. So even if you wanted to choose an alternative therapy, be sure to know you’d be paying through the nose for it.. twice! If allopathic medicine became a choice and not an imposition, this would certainly give rise to a growth in all other medicinal markets evening out the vast disparity of cost and making these mighty marvels more available to all.

In our understanding of modern day medical science, ‘the most superior of all’. We live and love safe in the knowledge that for the most, the ailments that we are likely to suffer in our lifetime, will be treated or even cured over at the GP or pharmacy. This is the promise to an end of suffering, a course of capsules restoring the body back to balance and harmony. So with that taken care of, there is nothing that one needs to do and nowhere that one needs to go. A falling in mass unison, invoking a culture lacking in the will and knowledge needed to effectively look after our own bodies.

The principle following ‘our health is our authority’, is a premise for living by prevention rather than cure, a practice better known by the eastern approach to medical care. Here exists a wonderous myriad of ancient techniques, therapies and even modern alternatives, reaching far beyond the repetitive mundane adage of ‘5-a-day with 20 minutes of exercise’. Instead we are discouraged from such therapies and warned against such ‘supernatural’ ideas. With western research institutions funded to condemn eastern medicines by discrediting their merits. And all the while, dictating that animal testing and adverse side affects are the better alternative when in fact their chemically synthesised, artificially lab made medicines, mimic the natural compounds that were traditionally used for millennia anyway.

As allopathic medicine dominates the market and alternative therapies remain a niche they have become a luxury that most can not afford. The problem with a pre paid medical care system is that it holds a monopoly, driving down the price of its own allopathic drugs and pricing out the holistic market. So even if you wanted to choose an alternative therapy, be sure to know you’d be paying through the nose for it.. twice! If allopathic medicine became a choice and not an imposition, this would certainly give rise to a growth in all other medicinal markets evening out the vast disparity of cost and making these mighty marvels more available to all. 

Holistic approaches encourage a lifestyle not a reliance, for the power and responsibility of our health first lies with us. So please let us be honest and let us be done! Lets privatise the NHS and take health care back into our own hands, because the real farmacy is a beautiful thing.

 

Beauty Industry

The Beauty within the Beast

February 06, 2021

 

 

Throughout my life, I have enjoyed the metabolism that most folk can only dream off. With each day bringing forth new opportunity for choice pickings of delectable ‘Junk’, my daily fancies of cakes, chips and pies often succumbed to the playful envy of others. But however many laughs in admiration, and praise that I received for my slim figured frame, I never thought of myself as ‘lucky’, as those folk suggested. Like most other young woman, I too were deeply unhappy, hiding my misery of body dissatisfaction in other ways, and the suffering I carried was the unbearable shame of body hair.

It started at some point between my childhood and early teens. The transgression of life from the idylls of natural care-free expression had turned into feelings of a new-found awkwardness. This marked a tragic turning point, that heralded a modern day ‘coming of age’. I had washed up onto the shores of criticism and judgement, joining the world in the search for happiness in perfection and the message that rung loud and clear was that there was nothing more imperfect than myself.

The new world seemed fearful and hostile towards difference. Here I felt starkly exposed to the thoughts and opinions of others and what these thoughts and opinions might be of me! So, I eagerly joined the crowd, wanting nothing more than to blend in and be accepted. Luckily, help was at hand and the main stream media kindly displayed a variety of advertising techniques to help guide and support me along the way. In them I saw perfect girls beaming with ‘joy’, and of course these were the beautiful girls who I so desperately wanted to be. Then one day, an understanding began to arise. Somewhere, from deep within a sea of accumulated sensory influences. ‘As a woman, your body hair is unfeminine and unattractive, and here are the ways you may rid yourself of your hairy affliction’! I was struck by horror. What then was young and impressionable girl to do? Everything possible, to avoid the fear of ridicule and disgust. So I borrowed my dad’s razor and set to work.

Now, my hair being quite thick and black also grew incredibly fast. This was nothing short of pleasing when dealing with a haircut gone wrong, but on the other hand this would turn hair removal into a continuous and arduous process. The reality of shaving wasn’t the promise of smooth hairless skin that I’d seen on the telly, but having to put up with days of prickly uncomfortable stubble and irritating skin rashes. As I grew older, societies pressures only strengthened my insecurities until I eventually developed a difficult emotional complex. Shame had turned intimacy into my greatest fear and rather than face revealing the extent of my body hair to anyone, I denied myself the relationships that I longed for. I lived with this anxiety for over a decade, always looking to release this pain in the next breakthrough product, but as my hair held fast, my hopes slowly faded.

This was the painful struggle. The pursuit to grasp at an unattainable dream had only caused my desires to intensify and the longer it went on, the more frustration and unhappiness I turned in on myself. But one day, I did find an end to my suffering. Not on the shelf of the beauty isle I had spent decades in searching. But I stumbled upon it, in a place I was never told to look.

Some years ago, I became interested in a philosophy I had heard in many great literatures. This was about the cultivation of a love so great it would stretch far beyond the relationship between two people, a universal love so powerful as to encompass everything and everyone. I was touched by these teachings and became inspired to try and find this ‘unity’ for myself. Perhaps it seemed like a tall order, but I thought it was worthwhile, even if I made only a few steps towards this goal, I knew it would still be of great benefit to me and those around me. During my quest, I came across an idea of acceptance which said, ‘to accept others for who they are we must first learn to accept ourselves for who we are’. I felt drawn to this. On hearing this message, so simple and yet so profound, I began to recognised the intense criticisms that I had held towards my own self over the years. In a culmination of remorse, relief and in my goal to experience the oneness of love, I made a decision and this was to try and accept a part of me that had repulsed me and caused much hurt during my life. For this quest, I decided to stop shaving and put every effort into the acceptance of my body for exactly the way it is.

It’s been over 4 years and my legs, my arms and pretty much all other hairs to this day have remained in tact. Luckily my beliefs have held fast and I have never looked back. However embracing my body hair has not always an easy journey. The strength of my decision was a spiritual one and one that I have continued to believe in. I have used the simple method of cultivating thanks and gratitude to help transform my thinking from the habitual patterns of disappointment or annoyance to positivity. By ‘changing my mind’, I have learnt to truly appreciate my body for all that it endlessly gives and now the struggle is over. By contemplating the beauty and magnificence of the body’s workings, my mind has rested in a state of more harmony and happiness then I ever thought possible.

In my journey with acceptance, I have questioned and scrutinised the ‘why’ behind our prevalent culture of shaved skin. Why has body hair, something so natural has become so vilified, while beauty images photo-shopped to perfection are now the new norm. A lot of my confidence has arisen in the reflection of this point. By failing to find any common sense in branding body hair as wrong or the failure to find any logic behind it, then the fear of judgement has lost its power and I am no longer afraid of an opinion that doesn’t hold any truth. 

 

I have tried to capture an essence of the mental and emotional suffering that body shame created in my life for over a decade and what it took to be able to break free from these damaging views. Sadly, the obsession of hair removal has become a global affliction, one which has spread to all corners of the world where the beauty industry and media serve to exist. By actively creating the insecurities upon which it profits and thrives, this multi-billion-dollar business has crept into the private lives of us all, serving nothing but to create a continuing disservice to womankind. I am waging a war on the beauty industry, to end the untold damage and to restore the true beauty, the beauty of heart, mind and soul that lives within us all.

Originally published in the Elephant Journal www.elephantjournal.com/2019/04/the-journey-to-beautiful/.