I feel that I make notes every day on mourning a world that has passed – and at times on noticing a new world that is barely stirring. So I mourn, and at times I hope.
I’ve been traveling, and now I am home; so I have observed my fellow humans recently in airports, and on airplanes; on trains; in crowds; and in smaller gatherings.
And in the “mourning”: category I must note that some things about human beings, as an aggregate, have changed — since those fatal sixteen to 18 months, the months of mass injection, from late 2020 to mid-2022.
I have written earlier, in this essay, “Lipid Nanoparticles:” Are the Subtly Changing Human Beings?” about how people seem to be subtly changing.
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I wrote that I felt, right after the rollout of mass mRNA injection, that there had been a change in the feeling one had when one was surrounded by crowds of human beings. It almost felt as if one was surrounded by holograms, since the energy field, the force field, if you will, of individual humans — let alone of humans as a mass, whose force fields used to intensify when they were thronging together (or dancing together, or praying together) — had been shifted; had somehow faded or weakened or diluted.
I have described how I feel that when I hug vaccinated loved ones, that they seem light and frail and ethereal — that I can barely “find” them, energetically – and that only an echo or memory of their earlier “energy fields” survive. (Hugs used to pour heart energy simultaneously from one body into another. That’s why they used to feel so good. Remember that?)
I have heard unvaccinated mothers bemoan the fact that they can’t sense the bodies of their vaccinated children — their children’s physicality or imprint or presence — in the same animal way as they had done their entire lives, before. (They actually also say that they can’t smell their vaccinated children any longer either, or that the children do not have the same scent as they had before vaccination — which is not as trivial or silly a matter as you might think; mothers, along with other mammals, recognize the scents of their children from Day One of the children’s lives, and scent is a major factor in mammalian bonding: “Mother-child bonding is associated with the maternal perception of the child’s body odor”, as the title of a 2019 study, one of many similar studies, which have proven this connection for decades, points out.)
Body workers — massage therapists, Reiki therapists, acupuncturists, healers from various modalities — have told me that the energy fields of their own clients have changed dramatically since the clients’ mRNA vaccination. Unvaccinated customers of such services, for their parts, have described the fact that they don’t bother booking with vaccinated healers, since the “energy fields’’ in those practitioners’ hands, no longer make them feel better.
This all brings up an issue that is very hard to discuss in the Western context, which is why I prepared us, on this journey together, via my two recent essays about “Energies.”
Most other cultures, as I have written, take as given that humans (all living things for that matter) have signature “energies.” This is called “chi” or
“qi” in Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as in acupuncture, which originates in that discipline. “Chi” is often translated into English as “vital life force”. (It’s kind of incredible that Western medicine does not have an accepted equivalent, since my recent near-death experience for sure proved to me that one can dramatically lose or painfully regain “vital life force.”) The same energy is called “prana” in Ayurvedic medical practice and in Yogic practices. The term was cited in the 3000 year old Upanishads. “Prana” is the energy of the whole universe, and translates also as “vital force”; however in the practice of Yoga, its influence affects physical processes such as blood flow and digestion, all the way to emotions and consciousness itself:
“Prana is the source of all movement in the body. It regulates all of our conscious and unconscious bodily functions like our breath, digestion, blood flow, elimination, and cellular growth and healing. The flow of prana distributes its energy through the body based on the quality and capacity of the nadis energy channels and the chakras energy centers. Prana also animates and affects the quality of our thoughts, emotions, and consciousness. Our overall health and well being is tied directly to the quantity and circulation of prana in our body.”
So imagine for a moment that this is real — that people really do have an energy field in them, around them, that is affected by what they ingest as food or medicine or other chemicals; what they do; how they think. If you accept that this might be possible, you must accept that it may be possible to damage or disrupt “prana” or “chi” using physical or psychological means.
Now let’s consider how humans and other mammals relate to each other. Under our natural conditions and circumstances, we are always seeking one another out; always trying to communicate with one another face to face; and always touching, holding, embracing and kissing those whom we love, or to whom we are bonded. Monkeys and sea otters and chimps and koalas and human beings — all mammals — reach out, caress, connect and engage.
Studies that show that human touch diminishes stress; lowers heart rate; boosts healing; and strengthens bonding, are well established.
A bit creepily, given the timing, in November of 2020, Monika Eckstein, Ilshat Mamaev,Beate Ditzen, and Uta Sailer, in “Calming Effects of Touch in Human, Animal, and Robotic Interaction—Scientific State-of-the-Art and Technical Advances”, showed once again that touch signals safety. They summarized many studies revealing that humans are calmed and reassured via touch, explained the neural mechanisms underlying the calming effects of touch, and then — explored the question of whether robots and other “non-human” service providers, could provide some “beneficial effects of touch” via machines relating to humans: “The increased use of intelligent robots as service machines, especially in the medical context, makes human–robot interactions more and more frequent in daily routine as well as in healthcare. This raises the question of whether the beneficial effects of touch depend on the social source of the tactile stimulation or whether they can also be elicited by mechanical or robotic devices […]”
I raise this issue of how we bond, because what I am seeing in many of the human beings around me is: a failure, dissolution or diminution of physical and psychological bonding. Parents are losing the bonds with children and lovers and spouses seem to have lost bonding with one another as well.
Sights I saw recently, that before 2021 I literally never saw: I keep witnessing adult parents walking ahead of their small children, with the kids running to catch up. The body language of parents, except perhaps those with psychiatric disorders, would never have allowed for this before 2021; remember when parents were always aware of where their kids were, in crowded or possibly dangerous settings? On my way out of JFK recently, I saw a perfectly sane-looking, well-put-together mom go through security, in a crowded, chaotic setting, and not look back once at her seven-year-old, or her five-year-old, as the kids made their way through security, barely overseen by a dad struggling with luggage, folded stroller, etc. The dad scarcely looked at the two children either, as the kids walked through a scene rife with strangers, confusion, and the possibility of one or both of them getting lost.
I keep seeing versions of this — desperate-looking children racing to keep up with their families, or wandering a bit too far from their parents, with no one rounding them safely back into the parental orbit.