The heart is a door to everything. . .
The heart is a door to everything. . .
Understanding the Fentanyl Crisis
John Leake, Courageous Discourse, January 4, 2024
Austin Police Department veteran gives excellent overview
Over the last year I’ve heard multiple stories of young people taking what they thought were recreational drugs—or pharmaceutical drugs for recreational purposes—that turned out to be spiked with fatal quantifies of fentanyl.
Fentanyl is making its way into a wide range of drugs, including stimulants. This means that, even if young people believe they are playing with typical party drugs such as cocaine, adderall, MDMA (“ecstasy”) or Xanax, they may in fact ingesting a lethal dose of fentanyl.
By current estimates, 112,000 Americans died in 2023 from accidental drug overdose or poisoning.
That’s twice the number of American servicemen who died in ten years of combat in Vietnam.
An irony resulting from lethal doses of fentanyl turning up in cocaine is that it has prompted more than one Drug Dunce among my old friends to kick the habit cold turkey.
This reminds me of Samuel Johnson’s famous remark:
“Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”
Contemplating the prospect of dying after snorting a line of coke has concentrated their minds wonderfully on quitting.
Ten months ago, Austin Police Department veteran Anthony Hipolito had a long conversation with Dr. Peter Attia about the Fentanyl crisis.
Given that simple prohibition doesn’t work very well with anyone—and especially not with teenagers—parents are facing the imperative the try to discuss this massive problem with their kids in a candid way.
As we try to make sense of news reports of young people dying suddenly and unexpectedly, it’s worth bearing in mind that fentanyl-induced death happens very quickly after the victim consumes the drug.
If witnesses are at hand (within the context of a party or other social event) they will likely observe the victim pass out and stop breathing.
A father’s candid discourse about his son’s life, passing, his long bereavement turned to action.
Thank you, Dad, for your dedication to a solution for this . . .
This is Kathleen: I was invited back to John Volken Academy, here in Vancouver, BC, on Thursday, January 4th, to do card readings with the women.
A whole new group is there now, in recovery. (When my granddaughter was born, my attention, and availability to volunteer shifted.)
It’s been over a year since I’ve visited this therapeutic community; exciting to hear about changes coming – they will have a proper detox facility incorporated into their cluster of buildings.
I stayed for 3 hours, did 10 readings, and was really impressed with this group, many dedicated to giving back, having had their lived experiences, their trauma, to draw upon to effect the changes so needed.
Ascension is happening, we are evolving. We can’t help but evolve.
From the Divine Mother, the Universal Law of Change:
What are the Universal Laws except what we have laid down to help you understand How Things Work?
It is very simple.
So it is an acceptance.
You do not, you can not, it is not possible for you to exempt or divorce yourself from the process and the Law of Change.
You can put your head in the sand.
You can pretend, and some of you are very good at pretending. You have excelled at it.
You can deny, but it does not change what is going on, and that is change, so let me show you.
Let me help you, not only with the acceptance, but invoking this Law of Change to work with it, to be in the flow, to be the constancy of creation, to be the mirror, not only of the Mother/Father One, but the Truth of Who You Are, Infinite, evolving. . .
Your playground is very large.
Your palate is very large.
The human realm, 12 dimensions, 12 levels within each of those dimensions, and then some fine tuning.
So let us begin:
What do you wish to do with this change?
Welcome it, and work with it, understanding you can say to me, “Things aren’t flowing.”
Well, dear heart, that is simply not true. Things are constantly flowing, so what you are saying to me is:
“Things are not flowing in the way that I desire.”
And that is very different, because then I ask you,
Yes, even though the energy continues flowing — “Stop” — think, feel, and re-direct yourself into that flow, so that it can be working with you in ways that are harmonious and in keeping, not just with our truth, but with yours.
You are magnificent.
You would not be here at this time of change, rapid change, if you were not up to it, if you were not fully-prepared and competent.
My Trust in you knows no bounds, and My Knowing of what you are capable of knows no bounds, so stop hesitating.
Stop denial, and get into the flow, sweet angels.
I Am with You.
Since the late summer of 2023, I have been volunteering once a month, doing card readings at WISH Foundation in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside from 7-9 pm or longer, as wanted.
WISH is about a 20 minute drive from my apartment. There’s usually parking right outside the door where I’m buzzed in. Up 2 flights of stairs to the cafeteria-style eating area and I set up in the Art Room. I haven’t asked to take photos; maybe in the New Year we’ll do a group photo. I’m pleased to see the ones I’ve seen before, and there are always new faces, every time I visit.
Usually I bring my cards and singing bowl. Often, I’ll play the singing bowl, to demonstrate how the energies spin for the letting go.
Addiction stems from our tendency to not want to face into pain, usually from this life, but often a carry-over from other lifetimes. Earth is not an easy place to incarnate.
Last night, Christmas was being celebrated at WISH, including a nice dinner with gifts. Jenny, my contact person, was happy for the readings to be added into the festivities. When I arrive, someone runs around putting names on a list, and we proceed in an orderly fashion. . . or not so orderly. One never knows what is going to happen.
Before I leave my apartment, I always call in the Other Side; I sense who’s up for a visit into the drug-addled world. I feel totally protected knowing my Circle and other beings are all around me. It is really sad to see the devastating effects drugs and alcohol have on these beautiful people.
I’ll never forget my first time at WISH. I had an older lady lambast me when I arrived, “What good will Tarot readings do?!” Not sure where my calmness came from but I asked her if she would like a reading, and when she said, “Yes” we sat down where her things were, and proceeded. She did not want to leave her things to be in the Art Room. Theft of personal items is a big issue.
My readings help to understand inner balance very simply. She was agitated, but this angry one was able to hear what I was saying, and after, she blessed me — introduction by fire to doing readings at WISH — that night I did not leave until after 10 pm.
In many of the readings, I just listen to the woes, but I’m always surprised how deep individual understandings are about How Things Work in the higher realms, their connections to their many friends and relatives who have passed over, their guides, Archangel Michael and the Divine Mother energy.
Often staff want readings on their breaks. With these readings I tend to ask questions about how they feel the government is proceeding with help for our people. Unfortunately, not much has changed. This year we lost over 2000 loved ones to overdose, the highest number recorded in one year for our province.
A few years ago, I designed a therapeutic community, put it on paper, and am holding the vision for my province of British Columbia to build many or provide the funding to those with this as their sacred purpose.
Often the Other Side will send beings to me, where I do readings (not volunteering) in Fort Langley, who are working on projects. I had a lady in the summer excited about BC opening up new funding for the expansion of her therapeutic community.
The Alberta government is revamping their health system and building 10 therapeutic communities for those ready to go into recovery.
Click on video above to learn more about addiction in Canada; at 1 hour 8 minutes in, Aarron Gunn talks about Alberta’s plan for those struggling with addiction.
Going into our DTES or other places of recovery is a way for me to keep a finger on the pulse of what is happening and add a little comfort to those in the dark night of the soul or on the other side of it.
Three times now in the last few months, I’ve been to WISH Foundation on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9:30 to do readings, but mostly to listen to the women speak of their struggles with addiction, their pain and issues. We laugh, we cry, we process together.
Some of the staff at the Foundation have been curious and wanted readings, too. What amazing stories of resilience, from the street to giving back, working to help with the change.
All these women are incredible. It is an honour to be invited. My next visit will be September 14th.
Almost two years ago, October 2020, WISH created a shelter. Here is a post in the Vancouver Sun and below is info from their website, October 2021, a year after it was created.
I have been volunteering since 2016 at John Volken Academy in Surrey, a therapeutic community for young people in recovery from many different kinds of addiction.
At first, I taught sewing and crafts, then I began taking the women on outings to visit therapeutic horses and outdoor theatre.
As we got to know each other, they were curious how I made a living, wanting to know about the information I share in readings.
Lately, when I visit the women on Monday evenings, we pull cards.
We sit in a circle around their large dining room table, and they pull 3 cards from each of the decks I use — I work with 2 Tarot decks and my own, Cards of Balance.
Then we discuss what is going on in their lives, with aid of the cards.
There are often fun gasps of amazement as the cards mirror what is happening for them, encouraging them along on their incredibly courageous paths.
Being with these women is a highlight of my week.
I feel so blessed to be included on their journeys
as they change into Who They Truly Are.
As we let go of the old belief systems, that chaos within, our lack of self-love and self-worth, it is very apparent in our external environment, but also the hope a our new world.
Below is a film outlining issues in Canada from availability of “harm reduction” drugs called “safe supply” (nothing safe about them), to not enough treatment centres – therapeutic communities, to our law system allowing repeat offenders out on bail, to our prisons and recovery centres being revolving doors instead of a place to deeply mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually heal and learn skills to navigate living in society.
This film illustrates how important it is to keep doing our inner balancing work so our outer reality reflects back to us as Love and worth, our Ascension, evolved society.
Several years ago after volunteering at a therapeutic community weekly here, just outside of Vancouver, in Surrey (an hours’ drive from where I live) – John Volken Academy – I envisioned one for women, and for women with children, with added ideas, and put it on paper.
At the end of this film it shows how Alberta is building 10 therapeutic communities for people struggling with addiction, called the Alberta Model — a dream come true!
Thank you everyone involved! This is so much more!