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Dear Jess: A Prayer for Peace #prayer #peace #pray #joy #love #dearjess #manifest #manifesting #balance #innerpeace #be #beyou #angels #guides

Dear Jess,
The new blog is beautiful, elegant and helpful. This particular segment is brilliant. Congrats.

Watching current events unfold, it seems to me we need a central prayer of peace to focus around. Sometimes, it feels like I don’t know what prayer is the right prayer or I think if we all could just focus on the same image of peace we could amplify our desire for it and better manifest it. Humans so easily pray for the thing they don’t want but have a harder time wording a prayer in the affirmative.

So, what do,the guides say is the most effective, calming and hopeful way to pray for and achieve a world where peace is a number one goal?

-Amy


Dear Amy,

A prayer for peace from the guides:

Channeled this evening: “Dear Guides, I am effectively praying for peace in the world. Not just peace for my life or for my neighbors, but peace for everyone all around the world. It is important to me that peace, love, positive intentions and healing come to every soul and being on our planet – for we all need it. I ask for and send, love, peace, positive intentions, and healing now. I visualize a world that is balanced and at peace, where suffering has become a worry of the past and it is something we no longer experience. I pray for everyone to have peace and balance – not just me, but the world. Om Mani Padme Hum.

In this day and age, with so much going on, sometimes we need to just sit, take a deep breath, close our eyes, and visualize a world where people are helping others. -Where people are sending positive thoughts and images (visualizations) and more – out to the universe.

Manifesting is something we do all the time; mostly through thoughts and actions but also through visualizations.
There is no right or wrong way to pray. All prayers no matter how they are done, count equally. Whatever is most comfortable for you is what you need to do. And when you find that you want to change the world – think of how you want to do it – not how you think it should be done.

Often times we underestimate our own power. But through manifesting we can see the fruit of our thoughts and actions.

If you want to manifest peace, think of things that are peaceful. Visualize your world as peaceful. Visualize the image of peace.

The same goes for calm and relaxation, or anything you want to manifest.

Thoughts and knowing are important. If you don’t know what you want then how are you going to manifest it? Thinking and speaking affect everything. And you will want all of those thoughts and words to be in line with what you want to manifest.

I feel like, with so much craziness happening right now after the election and the holidays just around the corner, and with jobs, and families, and trying to keep balanced – that we all need peace, calm, balance, serenity, acceptance and more. So think of how YOU want to send out love, send out peace, send out calm, visualize the world you want to live in, etc. What does it look like? What does it sound like?

Then start doing it whenever and for however long you want to. It could be a quick few seconds that you say to yourself “I send love and peace out into the world now.” Or “I love myself and my neighbors the way we are.” Or maybe you want to say a prayer using prayers of versus from your faith. You can also write out what you want and shred it (you can do this for manifesting but you can also do it to let go of the past and the like as well.)
The possibilities with prayer are endless.

When I think of our world right now and the peace we all need, I see a visualization of our planet earth covered in a beautiful white light with shimmering golds and purples sparking. And within our beautifully covered planet, I see a world full of billions of beautiful people, in harmony – not only helping each other but also accepting and unconditionally loving each other. And I visualize us all holding hands while standing or sitting in a circle that encompasses the globe – saying prayers for peace, for acceptance, and for love.

Lastly, I am seeing that we can also use our natural abilities of automatic writing to come up with beautiful prayers. How to do that: Sit or stand quietly in a room with little noise. Get out a pen/pencil and a piece of paper. Then ask your guides for a beautiful prayer for peace (or joy, or healing, or love, etc. or all of the above.) And then just write whatever comes to you. It will be perfect on its own.

I also have to say that peace is something we can learn to have within ourselves. It isn’t easy to create inner peace but it is possible. I have been meditating for over 100 days straight and it has helped me feel more at peace in general. I get overstimulated energetically very easily and sometimes having loud noises or a lot of people around me, causes me to feel overstimulated and overwhelmed. And meditation has helped me cope with the energy around me, and the like. I was told by a therapist that while I want peace in my life (because I largely don’t) that peace is inside us. -And to work on myself and my inner peace, my inner world instead of trying to change my outer world or the people/world around me.  I can only really change myself. And so while I do suggest things to people and the like, I work the most on me.

I am seeing for me to let comments come in. Share your prayers for peace, love, joy, etc. below. It may take up to 24 hours for me to approve them but I think we all could use some prayers. I look forward to joining you all in prayers for peace.

Dear Jess – Endometriosis Treatments and Fertility #endometriosis #womenshealth #holistichealth #dearjess #fertility

Hi Jess
So I have endometriosis and I hoping one day their is a cure or a good treatment. Endometriosis has taken over my life. I sit   here and hope and pray that I can  have another child. I do have one son (my miracle baby ) I wish I can give him a bother or  a sister but since my endometriosis  is  really bad .

I was told I can’t have no more babies and it makes me sad.  Do you see anything happening with endometriosis?  Or  any chance I would have another baby.

Thank you
Casey
God bless


**This article is not a substitute for regular medical care or treatment. It is meant for informational purposes and reading materials only.**

Hello Casey,

(You’ve been forewarned – this is incredibly long.)

As someone with Endometriosis too I can say that I have done a lot of research on it and been on every treatment possible with very few exceptions – as I have refused IUD’s and also the one that is the size of a match and they implant it in your arm. Otherwise, I have tried them all – shot after shot, pill after pill, surgeries, etc. and here is what I have found most helpful:

Treatment – the most effective I have been on is aygestin. It is a synthetic form of progesterone called progestin. (Personal communication, Dr. Laufer, Boston BWH)I have also found Femara helpful but you would have to combine it with something like a progestin or pill/shot of some form. Femara is an aromatase inhibitor and it works by blocking estrogen or restricting it in some forms. You can look it up online. 🙂 It is used also for women who have or had breast cancer and the femara starves the body of estrogen. (Ailawadi, Jobanputra, Kataria, Gurates, & Bulun, 2004) Depo provera can help (Personal communication, Dr. Boyle, MGH Chelsea, MA) but it is birth control. Aygestin is not birth control. (Personal communication, Dr. Richman, Hallmark Health, Malden, MA)And Depo may require you to take calcium and vitamin d with it (Personal communication, Dr. Boyle, MGH Chelsea, MA), similarly to Lupron Depo but not nearly as bad for bone density loss side effects. (Personal communication, Dr. Laufer, Boston BWH)With Lupron you have to take a lot of calcium and vitamin d just to offset some of the potential bone density loss. (Personal communication, Dr. Laufer, Boston BWH) It doesn’t mean you will experience the bone density loss but it is always good to prevent it…(Personal communication, Dr. Laufer, Boston BWH)

Additionally: It is important that I mention to you a drug that is in trial right now called Elagolix. (Found through personal internet research.) It has been in trials for the last couple of years and I try to keep up to date on treatments available – especially this one. It is looking very promising in its treatment (Moore, 2016) – not only while taking it but [last I read – about 8 months ago] it seems it can help keep the endo suppressed even after taking it. It is not clear for how long and the like as it is still in clinical trials but it looks like it can be a promising drug and treatment for the disease. (AbbVie, 2016)

2. Holistic Treatment – this is where things get interesting. So while you have the regular Western medicine treatment (and I highly recommend it) pair it with the following:

A: Go through a elimination diet. (Personal communication, Dr. Gordon, CHA Malden at Canal St., MA) There are many online but Dr. Weil and also the University of Wisconsin Medical Center for Integrative Medicine are the ones I have done. (Lifestyle, 2016) I have done the ACIM one most recently (I attached it to this email because the link URL is giving me a hard time.) (Lifestyle, 2016)

B: Go green with cleaning products and anything chemically oriented. Endometriosis and people with it tend to be more sensitive to chemicals, fragrances, etc. (Association, 2005) and so doing things like: not wearing or using perfume or scented/fragranced products unless they are naturally scented – using things like pure essential oils, buying organic foods – especially produce and packaged products is important, organic meats, eggs, dairy, etc. this way you get less crap in your system and/or there will be less crap for your body to process. Essentially you want to give your body a break and having to ward off the chemicals and everything around you is one big key. (Personal communication; Bamboo Clinic ND, Brookline, MA) Cleaning products – go natural or green, like Stop and Shop here has Nature’s Promise products, Seventh Generation is good and there are others. You can also make your own products too. And you want this to be for everything from the soap you clean yourself with (unscented, gentle, etc.) to your laundry detergent, all purpose cleaners, dish soap, etc.

C: For inflammation: Ask your doctor if you can try Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammation diet. (Personal communication, Dr. Gordon, CHA Malden at Canal St., MA) http://www.drweil.com/health-wellness/health-centers/aging-gracefully/dr-weils-anti-inflammatory-diet/ (Lifestyle, 2006) Women with Endometriosis tend to have some inflammation and pain.(Personal communication, Dr. Gordon, CHA Malden at Canal St., MA) This can help. It is likely best to do this after completing the anti-inflammation diet. So you would do this and essentially eliminated anything you found that bothered your body. (Personal communication, Dr. Gordon, CHA Malden at Canal St., MA)

CC: Inflammation II: Ask your doctor if you can try Turmeric as a supplement. (Swarnakar & Paul, 2009) There has been at least one study I read that said if you pair Turmeric (curcumin) with your other treatment (I am not sure if it was the pill, progestin, the shot, or femara) but I have tried it too when I had a big endometriosis problem last year and I took it with a low dose of Advil and thankfully I wasn’t in much pain at all – where before not even 1,000mg of ibuprofen would dull the pain. Turmeric can help. (Swarnakar & Paul, 2009)

D: Rebuild – GI, reproductive, etc. with pro and pre biotics. (Personal communication, Dr. Gordon, CHA Malden at Canal St., MA) Years of antibiotic use and eating not-so-healthy foods, and a million other factors like stress can give our digestion a run for its money. (Personal communication, Dr. Gordon, CHA Malden at Canal St., MA) And so rebuilding our gut health is important because the gut is kind of like a second brain. (Personal communication, Dr. Gordon, CHA Malden at Canal St., MA) It helps us with our immune system (I have read that most of our immune system is in our gut), it helps us process foods, extract nutrients, and more. (Personal communication, Dr. Gordon, CHA Malden at Canal St., MA) So a good healthy gut can help us have a good healthy system. Ask your physician for a recommendation for probiotics. (Hyman, M.D, 2015) I take Florastor 1 pill in the morning and 1 at night and 1 Renew Life Ultimate Flora Extra Care Probiotic 50 Billion only for about 2-3 weeks and sometimes paired with l-glutamine to rebuild the lining of the intestines. (Personal communication, Dr. Gordon, CHA Malden at Canal St., MA) I tried another brand of 10 strains and it bothered my body so I had to stop. But these work very well for me. And there are a bunch to try. Ask your doctor for a recommendation. Be careful! Some have to be refrigerated. (Found from reading labels.)

And then you got to give those good bacteria something to munch on. (Personal communication, Dr. Gordon, CHA Malden at Canal St., MA) This is where prebiotics come into play. I eat organic cereal with inulin in it. Inulin (chicory root fiber) can cause wicked bad bloat and flatulence but if you take it with a probiotic that may not end up being a problem and they can work together. Other prebiotics you can look up online but some are like raw garlic, onions raw or cooked and more. (Personal communication, Dr. Gordon, CHA Malden at Canal St., MA)

E: Stress: This is a huge thing. I read a study that was on the Endo Association (endometriosisassn.org) website and it was about how stress affects endometriosis. There were three mice: 2 mice they gave endometriosis and 1, the control had no endometriosis. They found that when they gave one mouse with endometriosis, the endometriosis not only grew faster but the pain and symptoms were significantly worse than for the non-stress induced endo mouse. Stress is HUGE for endometriosis. (Long, Liu, Qi, & Guo, 2016) I would recommend the following from years of personal experience: Walking, yoga, meditation, massage, Reiki, reflexology, guided imagery, tai chi, qi gong, acupuncture, acupressure, mindfulness, MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), The Relaxation Response by Henry Benson, EFT (emotional freedom technique), deep breathing, journaling, exercising, enjoying nature, aromatherapy and more – all with the intention of stress reduction. There are tons of ways to reduce stress. You can benefit highly from doing whatever you can to reduce stress. (Long, Liu, Qi, & Guo, 2016) (endometriosisassn.org)

And make sure you surround yourself with good, positive, well intentioned people. -Because the opposite will only contribute to your stress. . (Personal communication, Dr. Gordon, CHA Malden at Canal St., MA)

F: The metaphorical: I have been told by my herbalist (acupuncturist/herbalist) that most women she knows who have endometriosis, such as myself, have some kind of mother relationship issue. (Personal communication, Megan Smith Lic.Ac. Dipl.OM; KenKoDo Clinic, Broadway Somerville, MA) Personally, I grew up with a mother who had multiple personalities and was dissociative. She had been sexually abused as a child, leading her to be dissociative, depressed, etc. during my childhood and I don’t have a relationship with her now. And so working through any mother issues, relationships with mothers, and the like are important. It doesn’t mean you have to reach out to them or anything, but more of heal from within with regards to the disharmony. (Personal communication, Megan Smith Lic.Ac. Dipl.OM; KenKoDo Clinic, Broadway Somerville, MA)

If I remember correctly in Louise Hay’s book “Heal your body A-Z” (Hay & Gross, 2001)she too had a similar metaphorical reason for endometriosis. But the cool thing is that she offers affirmations for it and in her book “You can heal your life” (Hay, 1985) she explains how to use affirmations for just that (and other issues or “dis-ease”). (Hay, 1985)

G: Other Medicines: In addition to Western Medicine, I have personally tried a lot so don’t forget you can pair it with the likes of Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture, herbal prescriptions, food recommendations, and the like; And Ayurveda (India Medicine) – food therapy, herbs, self massage, daily routines, etc. The goal of both is to identify patterns of disharmony in the body as a whole (mind, body, spirit, emotion). They do it from a similar but also different way. You can go online and take a Ayurveda body type assessment (Douillard, 2011) and from there get recommendations of foods, routines, etc. And you can consult an Ayurvedic Practitioner. You can also go to a TCM acupuncturist and/or herbalist and get an assessment (they will ask you questions, take your pulse, look at your tongue, etc.) and they will make recommendations for food, lifestyle changes and the like as well. You can also use acupuncture points (using magnets, earseeds, press balls, acu-pellets, or needles – only by a licensed practitioner) and the professional can tell you which points you need and why. The goal of TCM and Ayurveda is to balance the body as a whole.

Don’t forget Integrative Medicine (using herbs, food therapy, exercise, etc.); Functional Medicine (rebuilding the gut and GI system first and then treating more); Naturopathy (a whole body approach – food, exercise, emotion, etc.) -Homeopathy and more.

The trick is to learn from each professional and come up with treatments you can do. I went to a Naturopathic Physician and she told me I had intolerances to gluten and dairy and that I was vitamin D and vitamin B12 deficient. (Personal communication; Bamboo Clinic ND, Brookline, MA) She was right. The problem I had was that it was 10 years ago and gluten free food, food allergies and intolerances weren’t as popular then so I didn’t go completely gluten and dairy free until July 2009 and egg free not too long after.

G2: Nutrition and Water: Eat good things and drink plenty of water. Nix artificial sweeteners, and “natural” sweeteners. Unless it is pure organic cane sugar, pure maple syrup, or organic local honey don’t use it. (Personal communication,, Acupuncture interns from the New England School of Acupuncture) and . (Personal communication, Megan Smith Lic.Ac. Dipl.OM; KenKoDo Clinic, Broadway Somerville, MA) And even use the real sweeteners sparingly. Sugar is awful for endometriosis. . (Personal communication, Megan Smith Lic.Ac. Dipl.OM; KenKoDo Clinic, Broadway Somerville, MA) It just aggravates the body and so keeping it to a minimum is optimal. And trust your body – if your body likes raw food, and then go raw. If your body likes cooked food, then cook it. If your body likes partially cooked food (and by food I mostly mean vegetables) then partially cook it. There is no strict win that will work for everyone. We are all different. And so getting this in check and doing the above (elimination diet, etc.) will all help. And try to cut soda, caffeine (unless your doctor says you need it), etc. Try to stick to water, coconut water, or maple water.

H: The “Whole”: So if you pair everything above, you can figure out what works for you. I take TCM herbs and I have an herbalist who writes me TCM prescriptions. I also have a primary care physician who is an Integrative MD who tells me to journal, to meditate every day, to exercise, and to get to the root of problems, and to rebuild my gut and more. I also have a psychiatrist now, who I am very grateful for. Full of knowledge and I was blown away with how much he knew. I gave him my life story in 55 minutes and all of my medical problems (endometriosis, fibromyalgia, vitamin deficiencies, stomach problems, migraines, hypothyroidism, anxiety (general with panic), hypervigilance, agoraphobia, and IBS to name the top handful (and my endometriosis specialist and reproductive surgeon told me that basically everything I have is well connected and many women have the same or similar issues and endometriosis is usually the base) and he put all the pieces together and the first thing he asked me was “do you dream a lot?” I said “Yes, I work through a lot in my dreams. I tend to repress a lot.” And then he said “do you get attacked in your dreams or do you dream of being attached?” I looked at him blown away. I told him how I used to dream that my mother was trying to kill me and how it took over 15 years to get to a better place dream-wise with her (she did awful things to us here) and how my ex-boyfriend I would dream of him cheating on me, killing me, etc. and how I dream that I am being hunted down, chased and shot at often. I sleep but I don’t usually get restful sleep. So after we chatted some more, he made recommendations and I took them. My doctors’ office has acupuncture there. I get massages when I can but from a local massage school (they are only $25/hr), and I do a ton.

The point I am trying to make is that there is no “one way” to do the treatment BUT there are many things you can do to help it. And I truly believe you can.

I would never ever say it is not possible for someone to have children. I have encountered many women with infertility or reproductive issues over the years (and I am only 30). And a lot of them gave up (stopped stressing) on having a child and then wound up pregnant. Lots of people who adopt end up pregnant too. It may or may not be possible to become pregnant but I never ever say never. (Personal communication, Acupuncture student interns and supervisors of NESA – New England School of Acupuncture).

I had a physician probably 6-7 years ago who had trouble conceiving (from MGH Everett, MA. Name kept anonymous) She told me she tried everything and nothing worked – not even hormone therapy. Then she decided to use a donor egg and she was implanted and pregnant in a flash. She had a beautiful baby girl and she was thrilled. Then they did it again for baby number two – got a donor, she got pregnant, had another beautiful girl. Then, out of the blue she naturally conceived without a donor – her third child. She said after she got pregnant on her own after years and years of hormone treatments and bad news about fertility – she said she would never say never, ever again. She said she will always say it is possible. She was in her 40’s and had 3 beautiful little girls and she said going forward she would never tell someone that having a baby is impossible.

So what I took from that was- sometimes we need to stop stressing and worrying and just let nature take her course. Nothing is impossible.

I: Speak UP & Do research: Your doctor/s is only one person. I have observed through my own care that they only have short times in a day to talk to patients to respond to requests, etc. and they likely have hundreds of patients and they are usually incredibly busy. Doctor’s cannot know everything; they also cannot be responsible for your health 100%. They cannot read every book, every new research article out there, every study, etc. it would be impossible for them to stay 100% current with everything in medicine. And with them having hundreds of patients and with hospitals and clinics making appointment times shorter – you need to be in the driver’s seat.

I told someone recently that the only way to get the care you want and need is to be strategic. If I wasn’t strategic in my care I would be way behind where I am now. And how I got there was mainly through reading, researching, asking questions, swashing stigma (who cares what other people think – especially about mental health – the stigma is huge), and speaking up.

Every time I go to my physician for a monthly follow up (yes, once per month and a specialist like GYN, etc. as needed) I usually have a list of what I am taking (medications, vitamins, and other supplements), and a list of what I want to talk about and what I want to address by order of importance. I usually have stuff in mind to discuss but if I don’t have it written down then I will completely forget what it was. Write it down. And if your doctor has an email or online messaging system – use it. It is not for emergencies but for minor things, updates or simple questions.

I am also strategic in getting appointments because my doctors are so busy that I have to be strategic – otherwise I won’t get an appointment and I would never see them. You have to ask questions of the people on the phone, of the appointment setters – what is the best time to call for an appointment, is there a cancellation list? etc. It is all super important.

J: Remember we have: Mind, Body, Spirit, Emotion. And they all need love, care, peace, etc. And we can always touch our soul/spirit, do spiritual exercises, develop, etc. just like everything else.

In conclusion never be afraid to talk to your physicians. Never be afraid to help guide your own care, research your possibilities and present them to doctors. I learned research methods and design, applied statistics for psychology, data entry, analysis, and writing research proposals and even presenting them when I was in college. So my final semester I took extra classes so I could graduate early. I ended up researching endometriosis that year and I found that they were combining birth control with aromatase inhibitors like Femara and having awesome results. So I printed all the research, brought it to my specialist at Brigham and Women’s and asked him if I could try it. He said they haven’t tried it there before but he looked through the papers and said if I wanted to try it, he would let me. I did – it was great. And then because of this, it is now a treatment option for women with endo who go to Brigham and Womens and also Children’s Hospital Boston Gynecology (where I was first diagnosed).

I would have never expected him to know about this research because he is jam packed with patients and surgeries and emergencies and he had a family and home life. But I never would have known it was good if I didn’t look for it, research, present the data and findings. And the rest is history.

Keep in mind I don’t expect anyone to really go take hours to research BUT when you have time – do some. Search “scholar.google.com” for endometriosis (or any other illness you have) and go from there. Read books on healing, forgiveness, reiki, TCM, ayurveda, naturopathy, etc. learn as much as you can and never stop learning. Learning is what will help you in the long run.

I actually plan to write a book about everything I mentioned to you here. 🙂

I knew it was going to be long but I didn’t think it would be this long…

Namaste to all.

Here are some references:

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Personal Communications:
1. (Personal communication, Dr. Laufer, Boston BWH)
2. (Personal communication, Dr. Boyle, MGH Chelsea, MA)
3. (Personal communication, Dr. Richman, Hallmark Health, Malden, MA)
4. (Personal communication, Dr. Boyle, MGH Chelsea, MA)
5. (Personal communication, Dr. Gordon, CHA Malden at Canal St., MA)
6. (Personal communication; Bamboo Clinic ND, Brookline, MA)
7. (endometriosisassn.org)
8. (Personal communication, Megan Smith Lic.Ac. Dipl.OM; KenKoDo Clinic, Broadway Somerville, MA)
9. (Personal communication, Acupuncture interns from the New England School of Acupuncture)
10. (Personal communication, Acupuncture student interns and supervisors of NESA – New England School of Acupuncture).
11. (from MGH Everett, MA. Name kept anonymous)

Extra References:
1. A, 2013. (1997). Endometriosis. Retrieved November 9, 2016, from http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/endometriosis
2. Northrup, C. (2010). Women’s bodies, women’s wisdom: Creating physical and emotional health and healing. New York: Random House Publishing Group.


Follow up from Casey:

Hi Jess 
I do dream a lot! Their pretty similar to your dreams. Crazy! 
My husband has done lots of research, he actually made me a binder lol 
The whole baby thing :/ I hope my doctors are wrong #powerofprayer 
I feel that my body is tired 🙁 but I’m not giving up. Thank you for your time.
Casey

Follow up to Casey:

I think if you were to try qi gong it could help rebuild chi. Because you are cultivating and building chi with it. Acupuncture can also build chi. And I think that would help a lot especially where your body is exhausted. A tcm professional can give you ideas too and lots of people with fertility trouble get pregnant after acupuncture. And acupuncture can help not only acute stuff but it can help heal the root as well.
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Together We Stand – As A World #NotOurPresident

The last couple of days I have felt a number of things… sad, like I was in mourning (not for myself but for the world), and overall completely baffled. After keeping a close eye on the news, I can see that I am by no means alone in this.

I didn’t post political stuff on here because I felt like it wasn’t necessary. We all have our own individual views and I am open and accepting of that (to a degree), so I kept it quiet.

Well, not anymore. I am having another “f- it” moment where I am feeling open to just speaking my peace.

I went to bed on Tuesday night in great fear that Donald Trump was going to win but I had hope that Hillary would win. However I was feeling down about it already and it was only around 11:00pm. It was as if I knew something wasn’t feeling right and it was at 4:00am I woke up and with hesitation used my phone to check CNN.com and there it was… Trump won.

Then I fell back to sleep and I did not sleep well.

See, my feeling on this whole thing is that neither candidate is perfect. No one is. Everyone has their problems, things they “should” or “shouldn’t” have done, etc. and you just won’t find anyone out there who is the “perfect person”. BUT this whole time leaked crap has been coming out about both candidates and I have to say it – Trump is the worst and has been the worst candidate from the beginning.

Why? I think that because of how he has treated women, his thoughts about women, how he presents himself and acts when under pressure, how he presented himself during the debates, how totally unprepared he was for the debates, how he thinks things like the election – are rigged against him, how he dislikes anyone that is from another country or of a different ethnicity, and how he wants to bomb or nuke everyone who he doesn’t like, and how he has some weird love for Russia and Putin, and how he doesn’t have a plan for anything he says he is going to do, and how he thinks we should be doing things here in the USA when he himself outsources labor to other countries, and so much more.

No, Hillary isn’t perfect and she has had her own things but nothing nearly as bad as him. And you know what? Emails, and all the other crap about her that has come out is nothing in comparison to what he has done and who he is. She is a leader and he clearly is not.

And I am sick and tired of hearing what Bill Clinton has done. Why are they leaking stuff about him? HE ISN’T RUNNING. WTF?

It is like going and digging up anything they can find about Trump’s wife and because it is easier to pick on Bill (because he was president and has a lot of media attention from the past) they just harped on that. But why would anyone care what Trump’s wife or Bill has done. Are we voting for them? No. Do they have any leadership and/or power? No. So…. Wtf?

When we thought it was the US waiting in terror to find out who won – it was actually countless people all around the globe. And when there was word that Trump won, it felt like the entire world felt it and it was a bad vibration that just rippled its way all around the whole world.

There is only one set of people who stands to benefit from Trump being president and that is rich white males. That’s it.

But what he doesn’t realize is that our great nation thrives on the fact that we all have a rich heritage and that immigration is how most of us got here – in some way – unless you are a Native American – you had a relative come from another country and settle in the US.

Personally I had my genetics tested and I am mostly Italian (35.4%) and then I am very broadly European with a small percentage of roots in other countries from other continents. Somehow I am mostly Italian and everyone who sees me thinks I am from northern Europe or Ireland – pale skin, natural blonde hair, blue eyes.

If my great-grandparents didn’t come through Ellis Island, have a sponsor, and take root in Massachusetts; I wouldn’t be here today. They didn’t know English, they only knew Italian. They learned enough words to get by. My great-grandfather had a beautiful garden and he and the kids sold fresh produce from the garden to make ends meet.

They were immigrants looking to start a new life for themselves, to grow a family and to take root in our great nation like millions of people are trying to do. It takes guts, bravery, and great inner strength to leave your country for a new (and usually and hopefully better) home. They wanted their children to grow up in America and to have a life full of what we call “The American Dream”.

But Trump doesn’t see that.

And unless he is 100% Native American, then he has roots in other countries – which means – down his family lineage someone immigrated here. And if they didn’t then he wouldn’t be here. And the same goes for his family, his wife, and his children.

When news hit that he won it is like billions of people around the world’s heart stopped at the same time. Like the ripple effect happened but more of a shock wave – and with our instincts we don’t know whether to run to another country (flight), stay (fight), be shocked into not knowing what to do – no movement, no thought, barely even breathing (freeze), or we just happen to take an approach of “we will make the most of it and blend in, see how it goes” (fusion).

Personally I have been mostly in freeze mode with a huge amount of thorough confusion.

This doesn’t just affect us in the US – it affects everyone around the entire globe. The people, the governments, the fights for freedom, the economy’s, the stock markets, trade deals, and so much more.

This isn’t like when Bush won and we were just bummed about it and we just accepted it.

This is HUGE. This is life altering.

A man who hates other cultures and countries; a man who is backed by some not-so-good people; a man who doesn’t like women (at ALL) – is – who was elected. He is going to set us back so much and we could end up in a horrid recession that will be worse than any other prior to it and where he hates other nationalities and ethnicities chances are he is going to piss someone off and get us attacked. And because he is so lax about bombing countries, he is probably going to end up killing a lot of highly innocent people. BUT – if you have a crap load of money and it is coming out of your ears you have so much and you happen to be white and a male – you are likely going to be just fine. Everyone else will suffer though.

And so my other beef is how the popular vote isn’t even counted in full when the numbers come in. And how it takes days for them to be counted and yet we know the Electoral College voted prior to even knowing what the people wanted. What is up with that?

And what I think is truly amazing because we have never seen this before – is that people are rallying, petitioning, hash tagging, being vocal, and more about how he is NOT our president. How – we did not elect him. And how we want Hillary and how we have made so many strides in the right direction (with still a ways to go) and now we are at a huge risk of going either back to square one, or even worse – him creating such a hostile world that no one is safe and it is like WWII all over again – because he has that prejudice, misogynist, bigoted, asshole ridden, evil, within him. In addition, so many people are looking into moving to Canada that their immigration website crashed. New Zealand saw a drastic increase in web hits that night as well and a co-worker told me that an airline is offering 75% off flights to Canada to make our move easier and less expensive.

I have a deep fear for our country and even the world right now.

BUT there is STILL HOPE. In mid-December the Electoral College gets to place their finalized vote. (Apparently this Election Day was kind of a “semi-final”) and so I believe it is December 19, 2016 and they CAN CHANGE their vote. I am SO hoping and praying that this gets overturned. And I hope that they see the news of what it is doing to people and countries worldwide. The negative impact it has had on our world – and it has only been 2 days!

It has never been a more important time to realize that as people and living beings on this planet – that we are all connected like a grid and that what happens to us has an impact on others. Distance in miles doesn’t matter. We are all connected as souls, as beings, as spirits, and in our hearts.

I ask that everyone pray and send good vibes out regarding getting the election overturned. Pray, send Reiki, send manifestations, send hugs, whatever you can do energetically and with great love and positive intention – do it.
You don’t have to like Hillary at all … but the world is already suffering after 2 days… Imagine what it will be like after 1,460 days? We cannot have this man be our leader, we just can’t.

We are all love, we are all beings on this planet and we are all connected. So let’s pool our energy together in love and light and healing and hope for a better outcome come December 19.

Namaste. (Which can mean “welcome” but can also mean “the spirit in me, recognizes and respects the spirit in you.)

P.S. I don’t think Trump thought he was going to win either. My initial impression of the last two days is that he is dumbfounded right now. He was likely so pent up about how it was rigged against him and how he wasn’t going to concede, etc. that when he found out he had to do this he was in shock. And with how he is being quoted in the news and the like about needing help and guidance from others in politics and from leaders- he had no idea. – Just something else he wasn’t prepared for.

#NotOurPresident

Basil The Cat – A Short Story

Basil The Cat – A Short Story
By Jessica Caracciolo 11/06/16
(A writing assignment for Creative Writing The Craft of Character.)

Walking with curiosity throughout the apartment, Basil was wondering if anyone was home. He sat on the edge of the couch looking through the window, tail moving side to side. “Hmm… no people in sight.”

He got up, turned around, and jumped off the sofa. It was at that moment he heard people just outside the door so he sat and waited. His excitement started to build, heart rate increasing, eyes wide, and the door knob clicked and turned. “They’re home!” He ran behind Justine as she greeted him walking toward the kitchen. “You are so going to love what I got you at the grocery store Basil!”

She placed the grocery bags on the kitchen counter and Bill walked in a few minutes behind her. “Hey honey, did you find Basil’s new toy in the bags?”

Basil looked at both of them, moving his head to look at Justine, and then to Bill – more excitement building. He didn’t know what they had for him, but the vibe made him think it was something really good.

He sat patiently as Justine and Bill looked through their grocery bags. And just as Bill was finished unloading all but one of the bags, he pulled out a new toy.

Basil looked up with wide eyes, sprang up, and went over to Bill, rubbing his face and body all over Bill’s ankles.

Bill put the toy in the living room, hanging it from a side table.

Basil walked with caution over to the toy that was hanging from the side table. When he gently, and sneakily nudged the mouse at the end of the string, he quickly reacted. He retreated to the nearby sofa and hid while glancing over at his new toy.

Justine and Bill watched from the kitchen. “Are you sure he is going to like his toy?” asked Bill. “I am sure of it. Just give him a few minutes. It usually takes him some time to get used to new toys and then he will play with it for hours a day.” She assured Bill.

Bill and Justine then started prepping groceries for dinner. The opening of a can of food is heard and Basil came running out from behind the sofa. “Sweet! Dinner time. I wonder which flavor I am getting today.”

He sat next to his food, licked and tasted it. “Tuna and cheese my favorite. She knows me so well.”

After eating some of his food, Basil drank some water and ran back into the living room and stopped two feet away from the new toy. He then slowly crawled back next to the sofa to observe his new toy.

Well into cooking their dinner “Are you sure he likes that toy? I am not so certain.” asked Bill. “Don’t worry about it. I know you are still new with Basil, but trust me, he is going to love it.” She smiled.

While eating dinner, they heard a loud noise. They both got up to find Basil looking guilty, hiding behind the television, the side table now moved and was right against the wall. “Basil?” She nodded.

They then continued eating dinner and heard more noise coming from the living room. Quietly, they both got up and peeked in at Basil. He was crouched down next to the sofa, wiggling his bum, and then they saw it. Basil was stalking the new toy and pounced on it.

Basil was playing with his new toy, swatting at the mouse on the end of the string, trying to bite it, swatting more -biting it. He then swatted at the mouse so hard it swung tapping him in his bum. Startled, he ran with great speed to the other end of the living room. Justine and Bill laughing: “you were totally right about the toy. He loves it.”

Basil went back into the living room, again stalking the toy mouse from afar. “I’m going to get you this time.” He runs toward the mouse, swatting at it with great speed, on his back tummy up swatting the mouse. He pauses abruptly to clean himself. Then he starts playing with, and chasing his tail. He runs away again with great speed only to come back two minutes later.

Bill and Justine walked into the living room, sitting together sifting through the TV guide. “I love being a part of your family. I love you and Basil so much.”

“I love you too Bill, we both do.”

Taking a break from playing Basil jumps up on the couch and sits on Bills lap. “Hey! He has never done this before with me.” Gleaming at each other with great joy Bill pets Basil.

They decide which show to watch and Basil purrs with great happiness and contentment. He then gets up and walks over to the other side of the couch, paws at the sofa cushion and curls up into a ball and takes a nap.

Both Bill and Justine smile at each other looking over at Basil. Then they settle in and start watching their television show.