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The New Age Of Mankind

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It’s official! We’ve entered a new age of evolution. Called the Anthropocene Epoch by scientists to reflect humanity’s deep impact on our planet, it is an age where we can no longer distinguish what is man-made from what is natural.

The word “Anthropocene” means “new human era.” The idea that humanity had entered a new human era was first suggested in 1873 by Italian geologist Antonio Stoppani. It was dismissed. But climate change and other types of earth modifications (levelling of mountains, building islands, etc) made scientists reconsider the idea. Now the Anthropocene Epoch is considered reality and the only thing left for scientists is to determine the exact date we entered the era.

“It is clear that, though we have differences about when it starts, it seems as a group that we were quite happy to say we are in the Anthropocene,” said Colin Waters, secretary for the working group and a geologist for the British Geological Society. (Huffington Post, Oct. 17, 2014)

We’ve changed the way our world looks and functions. We’ve terraformed our planet to suit our needs, created global warming through our continued use of antiquated transportation, and set up such technologies around the world that machines have in some cases begun to think. We’ve killed off entire species of animals and plants. We have modified our food sources – crops and animals – to be ‘better’ than what nature intended. We’ve manipulated and copyrighted our own genetic material to create healthier humans. We can even create designer babies who will have perfect physical and mental health, not withstanding environmental factors. There’s talk of eliminating mental disorders through DNA manipulation and also creating humans with increased intelligence.

Most of us aren’t surprised by the news we’re in a New Age of Mankind. Lightworkers have been spreading the message that we are in a new age for years now. Spirit guides like Kyron have claimed that mankind has been in a new age for decades and only now are some awakening to that knowledge. The Mayan calendar foretold of a new age of mankind whereupon the old world will end and a new one will begin. Even holy books such as the Bible foretell of a new age of mankind in which the Messiah will return and there will be a new world order.

So while science is catching up to what many religions and mystics already know to be true, we must also wonder where this new epoch is taking us. Our earth is so different now that it’s impossible to return to conditions our grandparents knew. Human evolution is also happening. What will a normal human look like a few decades from now? How much of our genetic material will be replaced by designer genes? Might this truly be a new age of enlightenment, evolution and the return of the Messiah? What do you think?

Inspiring Photos For Friday

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When you’re feeling anxious or stressed a nice photo can help lift your spirit or soften your day. So with that intention, I’m giving you 4 beautiful earth pictures to enjoy!

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Waterfall In Romania.

The Subway, Zion National Park, Utah

The Subway, Zion National Park, Utah

Fuji Volcano with Cherry Blossom - Japan

Fuji Volcano with Cherry Blossom – Japan

Chief Mountain, Glacier National Park

Chief Mountain, Glacier National Park

Images are domain free. Clicking on them reveals full size. Feel free to download for personal use.

Suicide Awareness Advocates Encourage Us To Break The Silence

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In my article, “Suicide Prevention – A Mother Speaks Out About The Un-Speakable”(Oct. 2014) I talked about Barbara Swanston being a suicide awareness advocate. Like Barbara, most people become a suicide awareness advocate after a loved ones dies by suicide. The stigma encountered, the silencing of a loved one’s memory – these are but two reasons why advocates are trying to get us talking about suicide.

Stigma encourages silence. Many of us grew up with the notion that suicide is a sin or a crime, so we respond with shame and silence. Sometimes we’re just afraid we’ll hurt the feelings of those left behind. We don’t talk about the suicide. We don’t mention the dead person’s name or talk about his/her childhood or past. We try to wipe the person from history as if he/she never existed.

Suicide awareness advocates encourage honest and open conversations about suicide and the person who died. Say his/her name. That person is still loved and it feels good to hear the name. Names bring back good memories, not just the ones about the suicide. Even if it hurts at the moment, sometimes the release of emotions is what’s needed.

Advocates also hope that by breaking the stigma of suicide, people who are considering suicide as a way out might rethink their choice if they feel they can reach out for help without being labelled mentally ill or a sinful person. Sometimes though a person choses suicide no matter how much help or love is available. Besides shock and all the questions about why, there’s shame, guilt, fear, and anxiety for those left behind by the person. The loss of a loved one to suicide can also bring feelings of betrayal and abandonment. Survivors can feel overwhelmed by what has happened and don’t know what to do much less think. Is what I’m feeling normal? Talking about suicide without shame brings answers or at least a discussion about those questions.

Suicide awareness advocates teach society how to talk about suicide. For instance, we’re used to saying someone ‘committed suicide’. The words ‘committed suicide’ goes back to the times when suicide was considered a crime or a sin. Many people in the suicide awareness community are trying to change that language by encouraging people to use other words instead, such as “died by suicide” and “took his/her life”. Thanks to Barbara, I’m now trying to change the way I use words when talking about suicide.

If you’re not sure how to talk to someone about suicide, there’s many internet forums and suicide prevention organizations that can help you. Here’s a very good suicide awareness video by Barbara Swanston which I hope you’ll watch.

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Suicide Prevention – A Mother Speaks Out About The Un-Speakable

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I was at the CDRIN training program in Calgary, Alberta when I first met Barbara Swanston. We were sitting at our tables, politely introducing ourselves. When it was Barbara’s turn she stood up and without being afraid of what we might think, simply said, “I’m here because my son, Terry, died by suicide.”

I listened to Barbara as she explained why she wants to help others who are left behind by someone’s suicide. Barbara wasn’t apologetic about Terry’s suicide. Terry suffered with severe depression and then one day, in the grip of the terrible darkness, he used a gun to end his life.

Barbara doesn’t blame Terry. In fact, she understands why he took his own life and realizes how difficult it was for Terry to fight both stigma and depression. Instead of blame, Barbara talks openly and honestly about how she copes with suicide bereavement, how the stigma of mental illness and suicide stops people from reaching out for help, and what we can do to make a difference.

“When Terry died I was shattered and thought I would never be able to put the pieces back together again. But slowly, oh so slowly, my new self began to emerge and take shape. Some pieces of my old self are probably lost forever; some got misplaced but eventually have found a place they fit; and some new pieces have been added. Terry’s pieces are interwoven and are an undercurrent in my heart, not always obvious to the world. Sometimes, not even so obvious to me, but he gently flows throughout my life, ever-present, always missed. I will always be Terry’s bereaved mum, but today I also feel happy and at peace.” ~ Barbara Swanston

I love Barbara. She calls herself a suicide awareness advocate. And Barbara has indeed been busy advocating for the elimination of suicide stigma. She’s not afraid to talk about suicide or to use the word in public. She was a guest speaker at the International Conference for Suicide Prevention in Belfast, N Ireland on Nov.22, 2012. Barbara wants people to ask her about Terry and talk about his life and his suicide. After Terry died by suicide, Barbara was met by awkward questions and silence from friends who were afraid they’d hurt her feelings by talking about Terry or asking how she felt. Barbara needed to talk about Terry. Her memories of a beautiful child, a loving son, and the life Terry lived coping with depression are worth talking about and don’t need to be silenced as if Terry had never existed.
Finally, I believe Barbara says it best about suicide and depression:
“We need to open people’s minds so they can open their hearts! To make the Unspeakable speak-able!”

I’m sharing with you Barbara’s incredible speech she gave at the Belfast Conference. Please pass along this post and spread the word it’s okay to talk about suicide.
To read more about Barbara’s journey, visit Remembering Terry

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