Archive | October 2015

Don’t let anyone feel less than you are | Red flags of abuse | Be true to yourself ♡


…but one day you’ll realise that you needed them like a hole in the head and you came away thinking you felt crap…but realising you still had integrity. And you will love again. They weren’t capable of it with someone who trusted them…they lost a lot when they lost you.

Never let anyone feel less than you are. Never. If they don’t make you feel fantastic and encourage you in your life and your work and pursuit of your hobbies…if you’re in a relationship where someone resents you for your success…please recognise this is a red flag. Not all narcissists are easy to spot. Covert narcissism fuels the ‘forever victim’ and ‘forever unlucky’ and weirdly negative in ways that seem nonsensical in otherwise apparently ‘normal’ people. Abuse of trust is still abuse.

Seriously friends. Live for love. Don’t settle for less. You’re not worth less. You’re worth the fairytale ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ALM (Maya)

“Sometimes when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul”


Couldn’t blog about the genius of James without sharing the love!

Sooooo beautiful & inspiring to see someone doing what they truly love.  You can hear it in his voice and the see it in the way he dances…it’s written all over his face!  He loves his life cos he lives for love. Nothing is more wonderful than that!

“Sometimes when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul”

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I love… | James | Indie | Starbucks | Lush | Vegan Takeout | American Horror Story | Oz Naturals | & Sharing the ♡


I love…waking up looking like it’s day 3 of a festival in a field & listening to James so I get that 90s indie vibe!

“Sometimes when I look deep in your eyes, I swear I can see your soul”

And I am heading for a fabulous night…Elvis (my bf) will be arriving with Vegan Falafel Chickpea & Couscous salads from Starbucks after I’ve had a Lush Bubblebath & am covered in Karma Kreme cruelty free skincare (an aside – AM LOVING oznaturals superyouth retinol & hyalauronic acid moisturiser!).

EVEN MORE FABULOUSNESS! We started watch American Horror Story Freak Show on Netflix. But the app plays up – so happy the dvds just arrived from Amazon and ready for a great night! X

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Don’t let anyone feel less than you are ♡


…but one day you’ll realise that you needed them like a hole in the head and you came away thinking you felt crap…but realising you still had integrity. And you will love again. They weren’t capable of it with someone who trusted them…they lost a lot when they lost you.

Never let anyone feel less than what you are. Never. If they don’t make you feel fantastic and encourage you in your life and your work and pursuit of your hobbies…if you’re in a relationship where someone resents you for your success…please recognise this is a red flag. Not all narcissists are easy to spot. Covert narcissism fuels the ‘forever victim’ and ‘forever unlucky’ and weirdly negative in ways that seem nonsensical in otherwise apparently ‘normal’ people. Abuse of trust is still abuse.

Seriously friends. Live for love. Don’t settle for less. You’re not worth less. You’re worth the fairytale ♡

♡ ♡ ♡ ALM (Maya)

About the Killing Moon 30 Day Karmic Reversal Ritual Intensive | Special Offer for Samhain


The Killing Moon Karmic Reversal Ritual Intensive is one of the most popular with Mayastar and Maya Magickal and I receive many enquries about this working and the potential uses; it is one of the most comprehensive ritual options I provide so I will tell you a little more about it based on customer enquiries regarding this option.

You can find information on the ritual here

One of the main areas people ask about is whether this spell would work for any kind of psychic attack; a psychic attack is any kind of directed negative ‘assault’ (often taking a very draining form) on the astral level.  There is a misconception that psychic attack is always deliberate and is always supernatural in origin.  In fact, emotional unstable people around us can effect psychic attacks unconsciously or deliberately.  The working is very effective in clearing any connections that are formed to you by another’s negative choices. Regardless of how they are manifesting them; it is the intention that is key.  The spell dissolves or resolves the link that this kind of connection forms rather than attacking the person.  So in no sense is it a hex or a curse to be used in retaliation.  But it’s great for healing yourself of the effects and also provides some protection.

Negative Karmic Bonds as explained above can be formed with people.  But we can also form bonds that cause us conflict or disharmony that we fail to consciously release.  Such as bad memories or negative habits we have had in the past.  In addition, a supernatural component can present in cases where people have been in a bad situation or a negative place emotionally or spiritually…even physically. It can leave one vulnerable to what we call ‘hitchers’.  Now hitchers come and go.  Usually they are a nuisance and they can tend to perpetuate problems because they’re lower astral beings.  To be clear, these are not demonic in any way – they just resonate with lower energies.  They are essentially elemental beings and they are drawn to our negative experiences.  Over time they can form a Negative Bond.  Usually they come and go throughout our lives.  But they can turn a normal situation into a complex one.  The Killing Moon addresses this issue too.

The cleansing & healing effect of the Killing Moon is that which is noticed and reported as an unexpected side effect by clients.  Of course it makes sense – as the working goes on, you are being ‘freed up’ from restrictive energies that may be compromising your energy flow.  So the harmonising effect of the working shouldn’t be under estimated; I would go as far as to recommend it for use as a healing spell because so much of healing has to do with clearing out the rubbish before we work on drawing in the beneficial energies.

In that regard, the spell is also useful in any kind of work where you want to ultimately draw positive energies in.  They all work better if you’ve cleared out the negative ones or any negative influences.  Reversal spells are good for this, but the Killing Moon is the most comprehensive solution.

The option for the Triple Working has gained a lot of popularity; particularly for those who have a long standing issue or a problem that’s very complex and seems to be affecting more and more areas of their life.  Sometimes it can be hard to pinpoint how or when it started but knowing the origin isn’t necessary; the spell is comprehensive enough to follow each ‘bond’ back to its source and either dissolve the bond or resolve the issue.

The Triple Working would also be indicated in cases where the origin in known (or you have strong reason to suspect), or suspected to be supernatural or the result of ‘black magick’.  As I said before, it’s not a retaliation spell, it’s resolving the problem by working with the natural state of harmony the Universe and all things tend towards.  Black magick doesn’t do that therefore it’s unstable and its effects tend to be short lived.  Working with the energy is like re-weaving the karmic fabric – not like trying to make water flow uphill.  So the effects manifest more quickly; are more far reaching; and are essentially permanent.

Also, the Triple Working allows the energy to be focused on you, your professional life/business, your home/family – all at once.  This is important in situations where what seemed to begin as a negative influence that was affecting you in some way, has developed to the point it’s affecting other areas of your life too. Negative and resistant energies can manifest in many ways, even if they are residual, they can, over time, create a ‘complex’ of low vibrational elements that can have very obvious and limiting results; exacerbating medical conditions for example; feelings of anxiety; feeling ungrounded. In this way it works as a reversal but can deal issues and resolve those issues on a karmic level for a permanent solution, rather than working on the symptoms.  This is the case whether the negative effects relate to malicious people, limiting beliefs you have held in the past, destructive behaviours you seem to be drawn to and even bad ‘thinking habits’.

Although magickal change is permanent and occurs in real time, the effects will manifest gradually – but there will be changes very quickly and the changes are cumulative so it kind of builds momentum – as different areas are cleared, different areas are accessible for resolution.  Some choose to repeat the working or take the triple option to speed results in this way.  But also, negative influences will continue to come into our lives from time to time so some people like to take the KM cycle annually or every few months as a preventative kind of working.

The Ritual is also particularly useful for negative work environments, abusive relationships in the past, problems with grounding that may express as addictive or self-destructive behaviours, any malicious or intentional psychic attack whether it originates supernaturally or through use of black magick, or through natural means such as malicious intentions, jealousy etc. – even disgruntled business rivals (some people have the working performed for their business in fact).

As mentioned before, the source if any disharmony or negative influence doesn’t need to be identified before using this method as it works by tracing karmic bonds back to source from you and resolving or dissolving them. So you don’t need to focus on what’s happening or what caused it and how to fix it; the spell is constructed in such a way that it does that part for you.

This is not a hex or curse and can’t be used as one – it works by resolving any attachments to people, places and things of the past, present and future to prevent them manifesting hindrance or discord in your life. It can’t be used for revenge or malicious intentions.  None of my work can.

The dissolution of negative karmic bonds doesn’t disconnect you from your life or undo your past, but can be used to facilitate moving on from the past without fetters;  liberating you up to manifest change on all levels (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual); and always for the greater good.

The healing effect and a lifting of energy is usually noticed and reported at day 7-10 and increases during the ritual.  Sometimes this is reported within a few days especially for those having a Triple Working.

Also, as the Triple option allows focus on different aspects at once, positive changes in the home, professional environment as well as personally tend to be reported early on and continue throughout and beyond the cycle!

Samhain is the season of the ‘final harvest’ and energetically a very powerful time for magick of this type. So this month I am making additional spaces available and working an independent cycle from 31st October exclusively as an option for newsletter subscribers.  If you would like more information, please email me at

There Can Be A Better World | You are an EXTRAORDINARY person; just like EVERYONE ELSE


Please enjoy the new Anonymous Official vid below ♡

I think people know what my principles are. What I believe in, in a philosophical sense. My Aspergers may make this easier for me to see sometimes because my mind constantly looks for ‘faults in the matrix’ so to speak…and never could understand the concept of ‘assumed authority’. I consider it makes me a hippie. Others might say it makes me a heretic, rebel or radical. But I know, I’m not the only one.

I teach for my work and I love what I do. I have contact with people who are seeking to learn alternatives to the mainstream every day of my life. And I am honoured to work with people all around the world who have maintained or are working on empowering themselves…finding themselves…considering there may be another way.

My emphasis has always been on teaching people for the purpose of empowerment…not teaching to learn by rote but to find the confidence in themselves and their choices and views that the world tends to undermine.

I am a human being. I care about the things that make us human beings. I don’t care about those things that undermine our humanity, happiness and freedom. I do have religious and spiritual beliefs. But I first and foremost believe in people.

Remember, you are and EXTRAORDINARY person – just like EVERYONE ELSE. If anyone makes you feel that’s not true, question their motivation. No one is the boss of you!

My feeds have personal stuff in. They reflect my personal beliefs and I expect you can tell quite a bit about me from them. (Even if I didn’t share openly that kind of information through my work and personal blog I think I have used social media so long people have an idea of what my principles are!). If this resonates with you, please follow my feed/blogs. And please share those things that move you with your friends too.

Love to all xx
Anna Louise May (Maya)

Below…the passionate words of Will McAvoy from the video…

Will McAvoy: It’s not the greatest country in the world, professor, that’s my answer.

Moderator: You’re saying…

Will McAvoy: Yes.

Moderator: Let’s talk about…

Will McAvoy: Fine. Sharon, the NEA is a loser. Yeah, it accounts for a penny out of our paychecks, but he gets to hit you with it anytime he wants. It doesn’t cost money, it costs votes. It costs airtime and column inches. You know why people don’t like liberals? Because they lose. If liberals are so fuckin’ smart, how come they lose so GODDAM ALWAYS!

Sharon: Hey…

Will McAvoy: [turns to Lewis] And with a straight face, you’re going to tell students that America is so starspangled awesome that we’re the only ones in the world who have freedom? Canada has freedom, Japan has freedom, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia, BELGIUM has freedom! Two hundred and seven sovereign states in the world, like 180 of them have freedom.

Moderator: All right…

Will McAvoy: And yeah, you… sorority girl. Just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there are some things you should know, and one of them is: There is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world. We’re seventh in literacy, twenty-seventh in math, twenty-second in science, forty-ninth in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, third in median household income, number four in labor force, and number four in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next twenty-six countries combined, twenty-five of whom are allies. None of this is the fault of a 20-year-old college student, but you, nonetheless, are without a doubt a member of the WORST-period-GENERATION-period-EVER-period, so when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world, I don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about! Yosemite?

Will McAvoy: [pause] We sure used to be. We stood up for what was right. We fought for moral reasons, we passed laws, struck down laws for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty, not poor people. We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbors, we put our money where our mouths were, and we never beat our chest. We built great big things, made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases, and we cultivated the world’s greatest artists and the world’s greatest economy. We reached for the stars, acted like men. We aspired to intelligence; we didn’t belittle it; it didn’t make us feel inferior. We didn’t identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election, and we didn’t scare so easy. We were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed. By great men, men who were revered. The first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one. America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.

Will McAvoy: [to moderator] Enough?

Thank you for reading…and…remember “You have to be odd to be number one”…don’t strive to be less than you are!


Anna Louise May (Maya)

I LOVE | The Black Eyed Peas | One world, one love, one passion, one tribe, one understanding, cause you and me can become one ♡

One Tribe, one time, one planet, one race
It’s all one blood, don’t care about your face
The color of your eye or the tone of your skin
Don’t care where ya are
Don’t care where ya been
Cause where we gonna go
Is where we wanna be
The place where the little language is unity
And the continent is called Pangaea
And the main ideas are connected like a spear
No propaganda, They tried to upper hand us
Cause man I’m loving this peace
Man, man, I’m loving this peace
Man, man, I’m loving this peace
I don’t need no leader
That’s gonna force feed a
Concept that make me think I need to
Fear my brother and fear my sister
And shoot my neighbor or my big missile
If I had an enemy
If I had an enemy
If I had an enemy, then my enemy is gonna try to come and kill me
Cause I’m his enemy
There’s one tribe ya’ll

We are one people
Let’s cast amnesia, forget about all that evil
Forget about all that evil, that evil that they feed ya
Let’s cast amnesia, forget about all that evil
That evil that they feed ya
Remember that we’re one people
We are one people
One people, one people

One tribe, one tribe
One tribe, one time, one planet, one race
Race, one love, one people, one and
Too many things that’s causing one to
To forget about the main cause
Connecting, uniting
But the evil is seen and alive in us
So our hopes are colliding
And our peace is sinking like Poseidon
But, we know that the one
The evil one is threatened by the sum
So he’ll come and try and separate the sum
But he dumb, he didn’t know we had a way to overcome
Rejuvenated by the beating of the drum
Come together by the cycle of the hum
Freedom when all become one


One love, one blood, one people
One heart, one beat, we equal
Connected like the internet
United that’s how we do
Let’s break walls, so we see through
Let love and peace lead you
We could overcome the complication cause we need to
Help each other, make these changes
Brother, sister, rearrange this
The way I’m thinking that we can change this bad condition
Wait, use you mind and not your greed
Let’s connect and then proceed
This is something I believe
We are one, we’re all just people

Lord help me out
Trying to figure out what it’s all about
Cause we’re one in the same
Same joy, same pain
And I hope that you’re there when I need ya
Cause maybe we need amnesia
And I don’t wanna sound like a preacher
But we need to be one

One world, one love, one passion
One tribe, one understanding
Cause you and me can become one

PLEASE #ShareTheLove

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I LOVE… | Waking up to The Libertines | Britpop, Lush, Veganism, Cruelty Free

I love…waking up to The Libertines & Babyshambles! Guaranteed to have me dancing from the bed to the kitchen for my Applecl Cider Vinegar & Honey ♡

Setting me up for a day catching up with my Mayastar admin…well…after a Lush bath! Thinking today’s a good day for the Frozen Bath Bomb – it’s sooo yummy and refreshing.

Also am behind on my blogs got updates for my vegan, stoptober & crueltyfree skincare experiments.

Results so far…so mixed. But nothing suits my face like CremedelaMer…and I have something to say about that too!!! 😀

♡ ALM (Maya) ♡

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My 27 Year Journey to Veganism | Please share your experiences!


An update on my cruelty free skincare experiment for Stoptober…this is a blog I hadn’t intended to write at all. I planned to review products first and foremost. But something came up! So here goes…

So far I have had mixed results with cruelty free skincare. But a little research into one product and suddenly my motivation for a switch was called into question. Which brought up a lot more questions for my motivation for following a plant based vegan diet.

This may be long…so please bear with me!

This is how it started…for Stoptober I decided to switch to cruelty free skin care. And one of my favourite discoveries was Argan Oil – a truly fantastic moisturiser! I used to love Bio Oil as an all over moisturiser. I tried switching to Jojoba oil at one time because I felt a tad uncomfortable with the idea of Bio Oil being a mineral oil (petrol on my skin???).

However, I have since found Bio Oil is vegan and not tested on animals. In fact a lot of products I have aren’t tested animals. But that doesn’t mean they’re natural at all. And although my guideline was “cruelty free”, I find actually what I consider more important is something more natural and less potentially carcinogenic.

Realising this meant my Stoptober experiment wasn’t so much cruelty free but more natural as well as cruelty free, I realised as a brand I favoured Lush because I could understand the ingredients labels! Most of their products are vegan…some have lanolin (from sheep’s wool) and honey in. These are considered vegetarian but not vegan. But none of them are tested on animals (though sheep would probably attest to the fact lanolin keeps their wooly coats manageable!).

This realisation…cruelty free doesn’t mean natural, made me think about my vegan diet. You can find all kinds of refined carb snacks that are vegan. I think even oreos might be. But I won’t be eating junk food any time soon just because it’s vegan. It would be possible to be a very unhealthy vegan!

Also, I am not actually a vegan because I have honey and apple cider vinegar as an alkalising alternative to wake up to…honey is an animal product. So my diet is actually “plant based vegan with honey”! Some vegans may drop the honey but go for the refined carbs and high fructose corn syrup. So…what was my motivation for eating vegan? How did I arrive at a plant based vegan diet without seeming to do it deliberately? So many people consider it a radical change…but for me, there wasn’t any point of radical change. So how and why did I take this route?

There are 3 main concerns for me & I have watched some great lectures on the health benefits of a plant based vegan diet that convince me, there is absolutely no going back for me now. I am committed to my eating habits…but it took 27 years for me to make this decision! It was a 27 year gradual process…and it all began…

…when I was 15. I saw a video in my biology class at school showing a slaughter house. I was horrified to see pigs stunned with a bolt to the head being attached by one leg to a chain and pulled upwards, and the voice over admitting that sometimes the bolt didn’t kill the pigs and sure enough some were waking up and screaming. Literally screaming. In pain or fear. Some may say, oh it was probably unconscious and having a seizure or something – no one would kill animals in such an inhumane way. I’d recommend some research!

Seeing that at 15 made me vegetarian in one minute. But I ate junk. I didn’t even know gelatin came from cows. So I wasn’t a very educated vegetarian. Later I added fish back…maybe ten years later. And I had free range eggs and didn’t boycott dairy.

That was until I saw what ‘free range’ actually meant!

I don’t want to bash people over the head with the ethics or horror stories. But the fact is, free range means thousands of chickens that have been genetically altered and given special food they wouldn’t usually eat, to make them grow massive “boobs” (as the consumer wants the white meat), crammed into an enormous warehouse/”barn”.

Unfortunately these poor mutated chickens grow so fast and so lopsided some just collapse and die under their own weight. Some can walk a few steps before falling over. They are unlikely to ever see daylight. They have their beaks cut off to stop them attacking  each other. They are not in any way free to range anywhere. And they’ve been bred and fed to be physically disabled.

I felt I’d been scammed and mislead. Because I had been!

Some people may see that as ok. I personally don’t though. So I had an ethical issue with the conditions animals were raised in and also the ways they were killed.

When the fuss over GM crops put organic veg into our supermarkets (so strange…I thought all vet was organic by virtue of the fact it’s veg!), I decided I would eat organic meat. I didn’t buy it v often though. Months could elapse without me having any. Because I don’t know how to prepare meat for a start. I was vegetarian when I learnt to cook. And I had never really liked meat much anyway!

So it meant although I no longer identified as vegetarian, my diet wasn’t a typical Western one. Except in that over a period of years all the veg had been removed and I lived on snacks…raw nuts and seeds, fish, oatcakes, rice cakes and phases of various junk foods. Not at all balanced! I worked nights and never ate a whole meal. I lived on snacks but mostly they were healthy. And for long periods they would be vegan (by default, not design).

Then I found out, organic animals were killed in the same slaughter houses as abused animals. I didn’t need to see Earthlings for that to make me feel uncomfortable eating meat again. So I limited it to Christmas dinners.

I did however, still eat fish. Until I heard about the industrial fishing practices. And I felt uncomfortable subsidising the practice by buying it. So I switched back to nuts as my staple.

I still was eating dairy though. And as my fish intake went down, my dairy went up and suddenly, I found I had a dairy allergy. I thought food allergies upset your digestion. But my allergy made my hands itch and fingers swell. It took a while to work out it was dairy doing it. But once I had, I couldn’t justify eating dairy as my body clearly didn’t consider dairy food – even if my brain did!

This left me down to a v restricted diet because of my habits of snacking. And so, after some research and consideration, I decided I would get a slow cooker and make a big stew each day…full of veg…chickpeas and lentils and v healthy. Then I got a rice cooker to make perfect brown rice to go with my vegan stew.

Being lazy (it only takes half an hour to prepare my stew and leave it slow cooking on a v low setting while I sleep…giving me 4 servings of stew in a day!) this seemed almost miraculously easy! And that may sound like rabbit food to others but it works for me!

Others would think that’s not a varied diet and they would find it too boring to eat raw nuts and seeds and vegan stew with brown rice every day – but I find I have come to redefine food. If you eat something that gives you calories but little to no nutrition, you’re not really eating food. Food would actually be good for you and nutritious…if you consume mostly calorific products that have little value to your body, your body isn’t going to like that.  In the short term it may be ok. But long term you would be malnourished.

Anyway, within weeks I felt amazing on this new plan. Really amazing!

I lost some weight
My skin got very clear
I slept better
I had better energy throughout the night (still nocturnal)
My digestion was better
My nails got stronger
My PMS symptoms went away

I still wasn’t committed to a vegan diet. I didn’t stop to think about it much to be honest. A lot was going on. My dad was ill. And I occasionally didn’t make my stew and ate fast food. A couple of times I ate junk for a few days in a row. I soon realised it only took a few days on nutritionally deficient food products to feel crap on it. I got cravings for stew and rice! I felt sort of ‘poisoned’ by junk food. I wasn’t sure if it was all the salt…or just the lack of actual nutrients. The sugar? Chemicals? Refined carbs? But those experiences convinced me, for my health (and because I felt and looked better on it and had no qualms of conscience about animal abuse on it), I would go vegan and stay vegan.

A vegan diet…not a vegan lifestyle. I watched Cowspiracy and Forks Over Knives. I watched Vedgucated and Fed Up. I watched several lectures on YouTube about independent studies into the health benefits of a vegan diet. And I watched Earthlings. Earthlings wasn’t a game changer for me. It was useful for information…as was Cowspiracy. But these only made me sure of the decisions I had made. If I hadn’t given up dairy due to allergy I would have after watching Cowspiracy and Earthlings.

I could go on and on about all the problems with animal abuse, modern farming, the health implications…but these things were things that convinced me I had made a good choice rather than the things that made me change my diet. So for my story, they’re possibly not as relevant as they might be for others.

I do recommend everyone educate themselves and watch those documentaries though. After all, you wouldn’t donate money to a charity for animal rescue if you found out that the rescued animals were all going to be euthanised by being gassed if no one homed them after a month. So, if you choose to eat meat, dairy and eggs, it makes sense to find out where your food comes from and that you don’t have a problem with the way it was treated while alive or how it was killed…and anything that was added to it (flavour enhancers…colouring…various chemicals) before it made it to the supermarket. Because subsidising practices that your conscience takes issue with could lead to a habit of ignoring your conscience in other situations…and living at odds with yourself isn’t conducive to health and happiness!

Maybe it’s a bit like when you were a kid and constantly being told “Don’t put that in your mouth, you don’t know where it’s been” really! You would like to be assured it didn’t go anywhere bad and nothing bad happened simply by virtue of the fact a supermarket bought it and sold it to you. Because, they wouldn’t endorse something unethical eh? They wouldn’t deliberately put sweet food and junk at the eye level of children for example? They have your best interests at heart don’t they? They must do…if you’re dead you won’t be buying food! Right?

Well, unfortunately, these days you can’t rely on the ethics of others. There’s a lot of money to be made in keeping people sick but not dead.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom! You have access power as a consumer you couldn’t have dreamt of just a couple of decades ago! The internet!

The internet has led to quite a revolution in “personal power”…steering changes as people become aware of the resources and information available to them. Nowadays it isn’t considered the action of a paranoid minority if, when the newspapers tell you one thing…like milk is good for you…you go online and read independent clinical trials to see if it’s true and who sponsored the trial!

We have access to information that it would have been impossible to find before. And increasingly people are becoming more confident in trusting their own judgement of the facts than the version they hear in the mainstream.

It’s uncomfortable for some. Shouldn’t someone else be in charge of this stuff? Don’t we pay big organisations to protect us and make sure everything is ok? Isn’t it illegal for a company to mislead you in their advertising? Well, most of us thought so once…but you only have to find out you’ve been deceived once…putting your health and life and that of those you love, in some kind of compromise, to realise, you have your best interests at heart…but massive food and drug companies can make money from you while you eat…and more money from you if you’re sick. They may not have your best interests at heart. In fact, it seems unlikely they do.

This information revolution can seem scary because it means our trust in any ‘authority’ is undermined. Wasn’t that once the domain of crazy conspiracy theorists? Not people like you and me?  Also, it puts a responsibility on the individual that’s new and not necessarily welcome – but you may also see that it empowers the individual to make informed choices about their lives and health; to consider their perspective, morality and ethics, with the facts rather than the spin.

But coming full circle…my journey of incremental change to non radical veganism started because at 15, I saw meat came from animals. Advertising and packaging try to prevent us making that association as much as possible. But it made an impression on me and my very first ethical dilemma was the suffering of innocent beings. My response was natural. I think most people would feel similarly if they met their steak under different circumstances…

I used the example to a friend to illustrate this point, that if a cow ran into my garden one day and it was scared and panicky and upset, my natural reaction (and most people’s…including theirs) would be to try to calm it. To make eye contact. Talk to it. Take out a bowl of water. Try to soothe it with your voice and body language. Try to get closer to it to feed it from your hand. You recognise fear or distress in a cow even if you’re not a cow! And your instinct would be to try to help it and reassure it, it wasn’t alone and it was safe. That you weren’t a threat etc. (I picked a cow since we don’t keep them as pets).

If I phoned an animal rescue centre and they said, oh yes, that cow escaped from a slaughter house. We will come and get it and take it back to be killed. I’d not feel comfortable with that. Personally I would feel a sense of responsibility for the wellbeing of the cow even though our paths had crossed accidentally. The chances are, I would think, no wonder it ran away and was scared…I don’t want a hand in the slaughter of this animal.

Then, in some crazy gesture to try to protect the cow, I’d probably try to friend with a horse box to help me hide the cow, tell the people it had run away again. And try to find an organisation that would rescue it and allow it to live out its natural life.

Chances are this would break lots of laws. A cow is usually owned by a big company who pays farmers to ‘grow’ their animals for slaughter etc.

But faced with an animal suffering in any way, no matter if it’s one you think of as a pet or a wild animal or a domesticated living food source, most people’s dominant sense would be compassion. And if they thought someone was going to hurt the animal, they would naturally want to protect it.

Or maybe that’s just me? Am I overly empathic?  Am I being sentimental or even childish to think of an animal that way? Is it because 27 years ago I saw that film at school that I look at an animal and see it as an animal with feelings that doesn’t deserve to suffer. As a living being that has certain fundamental rights whatever its species? Am I being controversial, extreme or inflammatory to suggest a cow bred only to be killed for meat is a living being at all?

I said I wouldn’t bash people over the head with politics…or even morality. If you don’t see value or rights in another living being by virtue of its species then eating it regardless of how it was raised or killed wouldn’t tweak your conscience. If you don’t have an issue with eating meat but have an issue with unnecessary abuse of those animals, that does create an ethical dilemma for you and you might want to find out more. The consumer can vote with their wallet. So there is something you can do about it in a practical sense.

What I am saying in summary is…my journey to where I am now will be different to other people’s. My issue was first with the ethics of what I considered animal abuse. Then with the misinformation about ideas such ‘free range’. Then with industrial fishing and oceanic dead zones. Then with health. Later backed by the environmental impact of modern farming. Mostly, I don’t want to subsidise what to me seem immoral practices carried out on my behalf. I don’t want to pay someone to take out a hit on an abused chicken where a machine may or may not cut its throat before it’s head is dunked in boiling water. Not all chickens suffer such an inhumane slaughter…but if I ate them, I couldn’t help but wonder…did my chicken ever see daylight? Could it walk? Which part of the slaughter conveyer finished it off? Was it ever happy or even content? Did it suffer? Was it ever in pain or afraid? And does it taste so good I can turn a blind eye and hope for the best?

I am autistic…I have aspergers which means I sort of don’t have a blind eye. I also tend to whitter on and convey my thoughts and opinions in a stream of consciousness! So please excuse the length and style of this blog!
These are my opinions…and my own thoughts. I don’t expect others to share them. But I am interested to know…what are your thoughts on your food choices? Modern farming? Veganism? Your health? Animal rights…animal wrongs? If you changed your diet at any time, what prompted the change? If you’ve seen Cowspiracy, Earthlings, Forks Over Knives or Vegucated, did they affect the way you ate…or thought about food?

Please join the discussion!

Xxx ALM (Maya)