A New Era

Easter Flowers
Photo by M.C.

I’m going to change my blog up a bit while the world implodes as scheduled.

When Coronavirus showed it’s ugly, ruling crown, I thought, there goes my blog. Previously, I had debated sharing my anecdotal knowledge about health and thought there are too many vegan/vegetarian blogs, but the time has arrived to add to the topic since everyone is thinking about their health. The cruelty-free lifestyle will be an addition to the California arts and lifestyle I cover.

I’ll mention two things I think we should take notice along with the virus and that is America’s liberties and money. My thoughts are going to be from the perspective of an urban fantasy romance author. We will delve into the supernatural.

But first, I don’t think the situation is as bad as mainstream and alternative media are saying. With faulty tests that are controlled by the CDC, and people dying from the ventilator not the disease—I think the numbers are wrong—manipulated. I’m not saying the medical staff is intentionally changing results or killing people. Nurses are doing as instructed by the CDC.

Then let’s not forget all the debt that always gets buried under an event. Remember the $2.3 trillion dollars Donald Rumsfeld said was missing the night before September 11, 2001. Financial gurus have shouted the National Debt in the U.S., which is at $24 trillion dollars according to the clock. And Catherine Austin Fitts has been saying $21 trillion dollars went missing from the U.S. Budget. Then the World Debt Clock says we are in $72 trillion dollars of debt. John Rubino is one of many financial experts who have talked about a monetary reset.

I speculate they don’t have the digital infrastructure ready yet. It’s possible the coronavirus is an opportunity being used sooner than planned to get the digital groundwork ready for a new digital financial system.

The takeaway here is there is not one answer as to why people are dying and what is going on behind the scenes. There are layers because of the heavenly and earthly power struggles.

We are going through spiritual warfare and one side seems to think they can win. On Earth in America, two factions seem to be fighting each other—one evil and the other the lesser evil.

The following verses have a lot of good advice on what we should do.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” (NIV Study Bible, Ephesians 6:10-18)

I love how the “gospel of peace” is mentioned not war. We fight by reading the Bible and praying.

Notice Ephesians 6:12 mentions “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” It’s not just the devil fighting against us, but other evil forces we don’t see. The Book of Enoch explains how these forces happened.

To highlight the supernatural here are two more verses.

“That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.” (Ephesians 1:20, 21).

The reason I mention verse 20 is because my Bible notes say, “Including whatever supernatural beings his (Paul’s) contemporaries might conceive of, for in his day many people believed not only in the existence of angels and demons, but also in that of other beings. Christ is above them all.”

Notice the mention of a new age coming. Perhaps we are almost there. In our lifetime? I don’t know. My Bible notes say, “Paul distinguishes between the present age, which is evil, and the future age when the Messiah will consummate his kingdom and there will be a completely righteous society on earth.” Another great book to read that will fill in the blanks is Cosmic Memory by Rudolf Steiner.

Paul writes in a letter “His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realm.” (Ephesians 3:10) So think about what is going on in heaven as we are here dealing with the physical world not giving thought to how the spiritual realm affects us. We are part of God’s plan to show that we are His chosen and He is King. But notice how we are being watched from above.

The best we can do is to not believe the hype. There is a push to watch television while we are in “lockdown.” Rudolf Steiner would say that is the Ahrimanic force. If we are watching television then we are listening to that hype. This is a great time to prepare for the future. Read or garden or learn a new skill. We would be better taking action. We can prepare to stay healthy mentally, physically, and spiritually.

I became a vegetarian decades ago then vegan. I’d like to share, through short posts, some of my favorite juices, recipes, vitamins, latest healthy finds, cruelty-free skincare, and books. It won’t be fancy, just knowledge that will help you in these trying times. And I hope by eating purer, your health will clear your mind and prepare you for what is to come.

As Easter approaches, I’d like to leave you with one thought that God said to the Israelites in the desert as they ran from Pharaoh:

“The Lord will fight for you. You need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:14).

Happy Easter Everybody!

Copyright 2020 Melissa Crismon

Operation Sea Shepherd

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Captain Paul Watson and Captain Peter Hammarstedt, Oct. 7, 2018 at Beelman’s in Downtown L.A. Photo by Renaissance Man.

I finally meet Captain Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd. Even Peter Hammarstedt shows. I missed Watson in San Diego so we drive through trash strewn Skid Row and walk through the drugged out homeless of downtown L.A. Hanging out on a Sunday night isn’t usually my thing, but I can’t miss Captain Watson again!

On our way to Beelman’s, we find a familiar face talking to some guy on a bike waiting at the crosswalk. Renaissance Man says, “That was Andy Serkis,” then beats himself up for not stopping to say hi throughout the evening and the next day.

Renaissance Man keeps asking if a lot of people will be at the gathering. I keep saying, “No. Out of all the people I tell about Sea Shepherd only one knew.”

Here’s what I tell everybody when they tell me they haven’t heard of Captain Paul Watson and Sea Shepherd. Captain Paul is a co-founder of the Greenpeace Foundation. In 1977, Paul left Greenpeace and founded Sea Shepherd, a conservation group defending the sea. Watson is best known as an anti-whaler fighting the Japanese whalers in the best reality TV show EVER called Whale Wars on Animal Planet.

The show is no longer on, and Sea Shepherd no longer goes to Antarctica since they can’t justify spending charitable money for 333 minke whales. But it would be great if the show returned following other ships in the organization.

Through the patio at Beelman’s, we enter the yellow-booth, vegan restaurant, bar to the left. The Los Angeles Sea Shepherd Chapter has a small table of merchandise set up. The captain’s not there yet. We settle on a booth, and enjoy vegan pub food. The Dodgers are playing and some at the bar are cheering. I go over to get Renaissance Man a Sea Shepherd T-shirt when Captain Paul walks in. I start clapping. A few begin to clap. Captain stops and is a bit stunned by the enthusiasm. The Dodger fans continue watching their team while I cheer for Team Sea Shepherd.

“Is Peter here?” Watson asks one of the Sea Shepherd volunteers.

Watson makes his way to the bar with the people he knows. He drinks something in a faux coconut with an umbrella. Then Peter Hammarstedt walks in. One of the girls tries to get her boyfriend’s attention at the bar as she points at Peter.

Peter’s no longer that nineteen year old young man when he started out with Sea Shepherd. He’s filled out and he’s not wearing glasses anymore-the look I’m accustomed to from watching Whale Wars.

Eventually, the small crowd makes their way to the duo to get a photo with them. I wait patiently. No one is talking to them so I go up to both Watson and Hammarstedt.

“I wrote a book inspired by Whale Wars. You’re the captain.” I look up at Peter. “And you’re the first mate.”

“He’s my cabin boy.” From the chair, Captain Paul points at Peter standing to his side and laughs.

“You’ve been demoted,” I say. Turning back to Paul, “May I give you my book?”

“Sure.”

I know he’s an avid reader, which I tell him as I give him my book later in the evening. I don’t want him to have to carry my book Superfreak around. He looks at the cover. Flips the book over. A lady says from behind, “He’s going to sign books.” I believe he is walking to a table as someone had bought a book of his and wants it signed. He is an author himself and a good one. He wrote the book Earthforce! The book explains how governments never follow through to strategies for earth warriors to some of his beliefs. His knowledge of Spaceship Earth, as he calls it, is astounding and will blow your mind. (Man, now I’m really kicking myself for not asking him questions, but I was only thinking I’ve got to meet him.) Then Captains Paul and Peter speak to the crowd.

Paul talks about the world’s most endangered marine mammal—the vaquita porpoise. Earlier this year, M/V Farley Mowat and two other Sea Shepherd vessels returned to Mexico’s Gulf of California for Operation Milagro IV to help support the Mexican Navy protect the vaquita refuge. Local fishermen use illegal gillnets to kill endangered totoaba sea bass. Gillnets indiscriminately catch any species of fish, and drown marine mammals and birds.

Sea Shepherd volunteers removed 385 pieces of illegal deadly fishing gear and saved 854 animals—their most successful campaign for the vaquita to date.

Peter talks about seeing his first whale harpooned when he was fourteen years old. It was that whale that made him want to protect the whales and the seas. Peter is truly a kind soul. As soon as he could he joined Sea Shepherd at nineteen. He used to be the first mate on the M/V Bob Barker. He talks about his recent endeavor as captain on the M/V Bob Barker working with the government of Gabon on the west coast of Central Africa. He says a blacklisted vessel that was killing over a half million sharks a year was arrested. He personally tells me he had been patrolling off East Africa. So he put a lot of hours on the engine chasing illegal fishing boats. He reminds the crowd that our global ocean fisheries will be completely exploited by 2048. Each year, 300,000 whales and dolphins are killed as by-catch, 50 million sharks are caught as by-catch, and more than 100,000 sea turtles, seals, and other marine mammals are killed.

Paul asks if we have any questions. You know that part in the story where the author intrudes and says, she didn’t think to ask questions. At that moment, I don’t remember that I do have questions for him.

We are having a great evening sharing our booth with vegans and animal activists. They are supportive of my book and want to buy it. I give them my bookmarks. If I had brought more books, I would have given them away. It’s an eclectic bunch of compassionate people. And I’m hanging with two of the greatest defenders of the sea—Paul and Peter—truly the nicest people.

To donate to Sea Shepherd go to the donation page. In the comments, you can say Author Melissa Crismon told you about Sea Shepherd. Or shop Sea Shepherd for Christmas. One of the volunteers says the donations are well utilized by Sea Shepherd.