FINAL ACT – The Innocence of Muslims and Others

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In 2012 Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, an Egyptian born U.S. citizen, writer, producer and Coptic Christian, posted a film on YouTube that came to be known as “The Innocence of Muslims”.  The bizarre, laughably unprofessional video contained Anti-Islamic content which had been added in post production by dubbing without the actors’ knowledge. On September 11 the film stirred demonstrations and violent protests in Egypt, which spread to other Arab and Muslim nations, and some western countries. The protests led to hundreds of injuries and over fifty deaths.  Fatwas were issued against the video’s participants and a Pakistani minister offered a bounty for the killing of Nakoula.  J. Christopher Stevens, an American diplomat, lawyer and ambassador to Libya was killed in an attack upon the U.S. Embassy.

The transmission which follows was in response to the many questions asked about this event. I shared it on my blog…

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The Most Painful Wound: Child Abuse and the Origins of Violence (Adult Content)

Dear readers; I must preface this post with the warning that the videos I am sharing today are very difficult to watch and not suitable for everyone. I love to write about the beauty in life, and believe strongly that we must raise up our hearts at every opportunity. However I also believe that our human shadows must not be ignored, must be faced and revealed, in order to be healed.

"Fallen Child," 1989 © Sally Mann Courtesy the artist and Edwyn Houk Gallery, New York

“Fallen Child,” 1989
© Sally Mann
Courtesy the artist and Edwyn Houk Gallery, New York

This morning as I stood on our front steps in my pajamas with the family American bulldog on a leash, she rushed barking down the stairs to challenge another dog being walked up the street. I did my best to hold on but she caught me by surprise and her strength was beyond me, so I found myself sprawled face first on the steps, attempting to cling to her leash to no avail. I am well aware that this story exemplifies the need for some prompt dog-owner training, but there is another more interesting point to share. While the two dogs circled one another I pulled myself (and my pajamas) up and rushed to the sidewalk to reclaim the leash. As I bent to pick it up, the man walking the other dog pushed me roughly to the ground. I lay there looking up at him in disbelief as he shouted at me repeatedly, “Don’t ever do that again!” and turned to stomp away. Both the bulldog and I retreated, tails between our legs. Luckily with the two falls I only sustained scrapes and bruises, but my heart hurt from the unexpected physical assault. In his fear and protectiveness for his own dog, this man struck back at me, so uncomfortable was he with his own vulnerability. I am willing to bet that his words were an echo of a command that had been leveled at him when he was the one considered to be at fault. I felt very much like a small child in kindergarten knocked over because someone perceived me as a threat. The fact that I was trying hard to do my best made no difference. When fear rises, understanding and compassion can so quickly become blacked out by blinding rage.

The incident left the little child in me feeling a bit fragile, and the adult woman deeply considering the impulse toward violence in our human lives. I had come across some of the videos below earlier in the week and made the decision to share them here, despite how uncomfortable it may be for those who see them for the first time.

These videos detail examples of child abuse, two where teachers from very different cultures and countries physically and emotionally violate their students, and the third is the story of a child bride in Afghanistan who was tortured in her in-law’s home. These are not rare instances, but rather examples of common occurrences that take place around the world every single day. A quick search on Google will turn up hundreds of these kinds of videos to choose from. And of course, these are the rare ones caught on camera. Most of this kind of violence goes on unseen by anyone except the victim and persecutor. Let us look at these examples.

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The first video shows a male Muslim teacher systematically beating his very young students as they show him their completed work, while two women look on helplessly. The information on the original video suggests this took place in Palestine. He is not selective; the only child who escapes is one boy at the very end – we have to assume he is either a favorite or perhaps the man’s own son. It seems that he is more aggressive with the girls, especially any child who shows resistance or fear. One has the sense that he is looking for complete acceptance of his behavior, validation that the children need to be broken and wounded, and to be submissive to the assault. These are of course the actions of a bully, an essentially powerless and unconscious man.

Life is already unimaginably difficult for Palestinian children. In addition to surviving the trauma and loss of war, children as young as 12 may be arrested for throwing stones and under Israeli law, sentenced to up to 10 years imprisonment where beatings and solitary confinement are commonplace. Then there is the Hamas indoctrination of children to hate Jews and aspire to martyrdom. Children are known to be used as human shields by Hamas, and forced to open suspected bombs for Israeli soldiers. Of course Israeli children are also deeply marked by this heart-breaking and endless war.

Such abusive treatment is not a symptom of any particular political conflict. When I traveled to Uganda more than once I witnessed children forced to crouch in uncomfortable postures outside of their school rooms as a disciplinary measure, while in India it is said that teachers use electric shocks.

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In China corporal punishment in schools is a traditional and accepted practice. Some programs such as gymnastics incorporate exercises which amount to physical torture for the children. They are separated from their families and submitted to dangerous and painful training in order to aspire to Olympic level results. In this video we witness the physical and psychological abuse of young girls learning a traditional folk dance.

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In the final video we hear the story of a child bride in Afghanistan who was systematically tortured for six months, an extreme case but far from exceptional. Interestingly it was not her husband but her mother-in-law who was her persecutor, in punishment for her attempts to escape.  Women can be so thoroughly indoctrinated by their own oppression that they exact jealous torment on another who might dare to object.

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Afghan child bride

The mistreatment of children reflects one of the most dire expressions of unconsciousness on our planet today. These actions are disturbing, not only because they have been inflicted upon the innocent but because as we watch them take place we know that the trauma being experienced is the very seed of another generation of violence. We are witnessing fear recreating fear, pain projecting into more pain, darkness feeding off darkness as it steals away the light from these children’s eyes. I promise you these violent teachers knew no peace when they were children themselves.

The core issue being demonstrated here may be described as the wounded masculine, even though in two out of these three instances the perpetrators are female. When we speak of the masculine in this sense, it is the archetype, the energy of the masculine presence which is being expressed as it seeks to gain dominance and control in response to an internal fear of weakness or lack. The wounded feminine expresses through abandonment and denial of self-nourishment, whereas the wounded masculine takes the beautiful strength of masculine intent and inflicts power over others, rather than infusing empowerment as a mutual experience.  All of us embody both masculine and feminine energies, but as a species we are deeply out of balance in the way this broken masculine energy runs rampant through the hearts of men and women alike.

The teachers shown in these videos are playing out an inner rage at being denied and shamed in their own vulnerability, and so they take a bitter pleasure in crushing the potential for joy in others. The saying, misery loves company is an understated way of explaining this principle. For one who holds deep-seated self denial, blame and shame, these wounds and emotions become so toxic they take over. A wounded child grows into a wounding adult, and the cycle begins again. Virtually every parent or teacher, if they are honest, will have come face to face with this impulse in their own hearts at some point, but with cultural controls and self-discipline we can manage our own child-like rage when it is triggered. Sometimes reactive rage is made acceptable through endorsed violence such as spanking. Sometimes it leaks out in a weak moment and a wise parent apologizes and asks for forgiveness. Ideally it is expressed, released and transformed in a safe environment away from any vulnerable parties, because the adult thankfully takes charge of his or her own wounded inner child.

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The concept of punishing children to inspire academic or athletic excellence is not new, and still has a deep hold in many cultures. Most of the world still upholds educational systems derived from a fear-based, Prussian model designed to train obedient soldiers, rather than invite creative and joyful individuality. The embedded notion of competition with others is also deeply woven throughout most sport, academia and business models. I can only win if you lose.  I want my team to win because I identify with their name or geographic label (even though the players may come from an opposing country.) If my child is more successful than your child, that makes me a better parent, and better person, and eases my fear of my own worthlessness. Winning is everything. To fail is a sentence worthy of blame, shame and often carries the fragrance of sin.

The very vulnerability of children also inspires unconscious violence. Israeli soldiers are known to beat and kick Palestinian children whenever they get the chance, siphoning their cultural rage into vessels that mirror their own unconscious fear of weakness. Many species in the animal kingdom will react this way – a wounded adult or unattended baby is inspiration to attack, stirring an elemental show of dominance and survival. In Uganda the LRA kidnapped children in the tens of thousands to use as soldiers and sex slaves, using desensitizing techniques such as forcing them to kill their own parents and siblings, to remove any trace of compassion from their hearts and maximize obedience. In Egypt 90% of girl children have their genitalia mutilated with the full consent and even coercion of their own mothers and grandmothers, because the women so deeply believe that female sexual arousal is an ultimate danger, rendering a woman unmarriageable and therefore without a place in her world. Child pornography has risen to epidemic proportions worldwide as vestiges of innocence become sexualized, and human trafficking is a global horror that steals the lives of thousands of children annually in Eastern Europe alone, often sold by their own relatives and family friends.

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But we human beings, are we not a species gifted with consciousness of the Self? And does this awareness not empower us to observe what is misaligned, and in that observation, find the strength to make change? On an energetic level, fear inspires fear, and leaves us vulnerable to further attack. As we undertake the process of our own cleansing and empowerment, we rise up from this toxic vibration and learn not only how to protect ourselves but others.  Fear and love cannot co-exist in the body, and by daring to confront our fears we make way for our natural state of Love.

Even those of us who walk the earth as adults in countries where our rights are protected and we have enough to eat, we have known this suffering, we remember this pain on a cellular level from lifetimes of struggle before this one. But if we are ready, we are here to wake up, to put an end to the pain. To make conscious choices, to gain our own strength through our own inner courage, to rise up against the fear and say no more. To be wise in the face of the darkness, inspired when it seems there is no hope. To share what we have and what we know, to reach out when we see harm and lift the vulnerable to safety. To put aside our distractions and complaints, and place our intention and energy where it can truly shape our lives. To know Love, be Love and insist that Love is a stronger force than any malevolent shadows within our world.

To end on a sweet note, if you have not yet met Jessica have a peek at this final video which went viral years ago. We get to witness a moment in the growing up of a little girl, a child raised in love and freedom, fierce with the self-expression that is the right of every child, of every race, any gender and in any land.  She loves herself and everything around her, not because someone else has to lose, but because she herself is filled up with joy. Jessica is a young woman now, still making videos, but to me she remains a vibrant four year old, inspiring us through the magic of technology toward a better way to nourish our young.

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much love, Adi

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LOVE EVERY MOMENT: The Art of Transforming Pain

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LOVE EVERY MOMENT: The Art of Transforming Pain


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  • The Law of Attraction seems to say I should ignore my pain. What if it hurts too much, won’t go away or keeps coming back?

  • When things seem darkest, how do I shift my energy?

  • I’m sick and my life is full of problems, but I can’t let myself feel or express what is really going on. How do I heal what I can’t allow?

  • What does energetic or emotional release look like? Can I do harm by reawakening old wounds, or can I get stuck in old stories?


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Excerpt from a transmission..

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Our grief is huge
when we witness loss
when the planet seems to rise up
and take back her own
like the lick of tongue
swallowing
what once was alive
what once
was free

In a moment
such power is unleashed
with seeming anger
that we are nothing
of no consequence
as our buildings and our homes
our communities and our children
are made ready sacrifice
to the whims
of the vengeful god
of old

We weep
at this destruction
because it could be ours
we cry for the pain of others
because we already feel
our own deaths
close by
and we lose faith
in the wisdom
of our planet
for it is our comfort
that seems fragile
our mortality
in question now

And so when we cry out
against disaster
should we not also
cry out against
our own blindness
against our determined ways
of pursuing what is useless
what is hurtful
and what has so long denied
the health of the planet
upon whose skin
we have built our world?

Grieve, yes
yet grieve not for yourselves
but for the collective pain
that asks to be cleansed
through this
and all expulsions
to come

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Grieve
but do so with surrender
to the power of love
not with fear of its loss
for it is love
that will guide us through
these times of inner war
and outer chaos
these times of response
to the assault
of ego confusion
that has dominated
our planet
our countries
our thoughts

There is no enemy here
no more
than there has ever been
in any death
There is nothing to fix
nothing to repay
nothing
to amend
There is no better world
that can be made
through restitution
no answer to be found
to the wars that burn
like an underground fire
always ready to appear
anywhere
the soil is broken
anywhere
air feeds it back again
to new and deadly flame

There is no separation here
between those swept away
and those alive
There is no distance here
across this ocean
where the waves came
with powerful beauty
staking their claim
to touch the land

The Earth
and her inhabitants
are One
and this is the only lesson
she wishes us to learn
at this time
or any other

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much love, Adi

LIFT ME UP: Reaching Toward Love

Until the cloud weeps, how can the garden flourish? Until the baby cries, how can the milk flow? ~ Rumi

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Here in Toronto the last few days have brought waves of energy, heavy like a fog, disturbing like smoke, painful like fever. Sirens rise up around the city, and outside the window a little girl crashes off her scooter on the steep hill and screams, bringing her father running.

My dog shivers in the corner, feeling an oncoming storm. Conflicts arise between loved ones. Emotion stirs deep in the belly, old, old fears surface to be witnessed and healed.

Why do we have such days? Why do these times often come with a change of weather, a foreboding sky? Why do we experience moments when we lose sight of joy and direction, when old wounds seem to rise raging, even the ones we thought we had dealt with, even the ones we thought were small and held no power over us anymore? How do we respond when it is not just one challenging conversation, annoying driver or unpleasant sales clerk, but suddenly every friend turns to foe, and we find ourselves feeling utterly alone?

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All life is breath. We vibrate just the way our lungs feed us air. We expand and fill ourselves with nourishment, then we contract and expel what is not needed, what is toxic, what is in contradiction to our true nature. And then we begin the cycle all over, expanding and contracting, being born and dying, each time a chance to release more and more darkness, each time, reaching closer and closer to the light we truly are.

We live in a universe of polarities. For every shiver of cold there is heat waiting. For every cruelty there is a kindness ready to offered. For every night, day will come. We have spent centuries at war with the polarities of our desires, and yet war brings us always back to more war.

Now, at the dawning of a new time, we are asked to consider that there is no separation between the dark and the light, no Us and Them, no enemy, no I. We are instead one pulsating, breathing vital force, all children of God, Goddess, Creator, Spirit. And as such it is up to us to awaken to Love, to shift from alienation to inclusion, to see that we are the ones who create every suffering and joy, not because we are subject to some punitive karma, but because we ARE the experience itself.

And so when we face our own darkness seeking expression, when the vibration of our Mother Earth rises to squeeze breath out of us, saying enough, cleanse your heart, clear your fear.. we have three choices: denial, projection or surrender. We can turn on the television and pretend. Pick up a weapon and project. Or soften into an energetic perspective, listen to our hearts and weep until there are tears no more and the sun shines again. I have heard that Rumi said the clouds celebrate by leaving. We are the clouds, we are the sun, we are the All.

 

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I AM official trailer

Click above to see the trailer for a wonderful documentary called I AM.  Not just recommended, but required viewing. Here in Canada you can find it on Netflix. It is the story of a very successful Hollywood director who crashes off his bike on a steep hill and there are no human parents there to pick him up, only a powerful mystery which awaits. He suffers from Post Concussion Syndrome and his whole life falls apart, but out of this deconstruction, something very, very beautiful is born. If you are feeling heavy energies and want to shift them, try engaging in a high vibration activity, like watching a film such as this one. I dare you not to feel better.

much love, Adi