Living the New Normal
In the Aftermath…
Our world has turned away from what we once considered normal, a construct that will constantly change. Who decides what is normal?
We struggle to make sense of it when a sister, daughter, or best friend refuses to speak with us about one of the most pressing issues of our times. Is it normal to accept the loss of body autonomy and constitutional rights because you want to “get back to normal?” Or is it incongruent and a sign of cognitive dissonance? Would it not seem that a normal, healthy response to draconian lockdowns, fear propaganda, unprecedented censorship, mandates, vaccine-mongering, pharmaceutical bribery, and loss of generational IQ might look like shock and anger rather than denial? It did for me.
Recently, at a party with close friends, my girlfriend shared how she had been prevented from broaching the subject of RNA gene therapy, masquerading as a vaccine, by a close sister. My friend had a healthy forty-five-year-old son who died suddenly from an embolism caused by a blood clot after receiving his third shot. She needed to talk about these things. But no one besides her wanted to connect the dots. She gave him information so he could make an informed decision. But that made her a conspiracy theorist and someone who delivered misinformation, even though she is Naturopathic Physician and a mother who loved her son. He had just wanted to get back to normal. The wife and four beautiful young daughters he left behind are learning what it means now to live in a new normal. This idea of a new normal, or that we can “get back to normal,” makes me angry. What is the meaning of normal?
Forty-four years ago, in 1978, I began practicing midwifery and supporting women to birth normally. I taught holistic childbirth classes based on Gayle Peterson’s ground-breaking book, Birthing Normally: A Personal Growth Approach to Childbirth.
Webster’s dictionary defines normal as approximating the statistical average. For example, vaginal birth is normal until we statistically reach a 50% C-section rate. Then cesarean birth becomes the statistical norm. Turkey currently has the highest rate of C-sections at over 50%, and C-section rates are increasing worldwide. The rising number of cesareans is contributing to the increase in maternal mortality. The U.S. has the highest maternal mortality rate among developed countries. A cesarean is now considered normal and regularly scheduled.
So why do we not talk about what we are normalizing? Including masking and isolation that causes psychological damage. Why do we not want to face our fear of the natural world, our bodies, and each other? Why can we not admit our dependence on pharmaceuticals and their damaging effects? We are incessantly programmed to rely on artificial solutions to artificial problems and interventions that necessitate further intervention to deal with complications arising from the previous intervention. Why do we no longer trust ourselves in relationship to the natural world? All healing takes place in the context of relationships.
Nothing seems right or normal to me about where we are in the aftermath of COVID. And yet, we are making it thus. Vaccine commercials continue in rotation as we shop for our groceries or mute them during our favorite TV shows. They remind us that our immune system has and never will be enough. We are a world laboring to birth a New Earth. But we have not addressed the source of our fear and pain.
To not deal with the issue of pain in depth, is to not address the source of much of the fear and struggle for control. – Gayle Peterson
Peterson asserts that even though everyone knows there is pain in childbirth, trying to reframe it positively does not prepare a woman for honest-to-goodness pain. There is always pain when new life struggles to its birth. To protect a woman from the concept of pain, is to leave her without preparation for coping. Unable or unprepared to transform the stress of labor to creative fulfillment when we find ourselves truly overwhelmed by the pain of birth, we have two choices. One is to flee from consciousness of the pain through drugs, or to develop a state of distress that leads to complications. The same may be true for those unprepared in life for the reality of laboring to birth a New Earth. How do we prepare properly? Where are our mentors? I would suggest that they are everywhere beneath the censorship veils.
For the last forty-four years, I have been asking difficult questions, following inner guidance, and listening to my body. Despite the disconnect, everyone knows we can’t go back. We have barely begun to address the trauma and pain, let alone integrate it. The overuse of pharmaceuticals is an unsustainable, losing proposition. Yet, as suicide increases and IQ decreases, we persist in our pursuit of getting back to “normal.”
The “new normal” proposed by governing powers outside of ourselves is not in alignment with the laws of nature. We would do well to align with natural law because Nature will ultimately restore harmony to our world, with or without us. And who gets to decide what normal is? We do.
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