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Questions on Ormus

Benson C Sail
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

Today we address questions on Ormus, the mineralogical secret that sustained and lengthened the lives of the Anunnaki, the gods of Old Testament fame, when they were ruling our planet

CAN WE RELY ON MODERN-DAY ORMUS (E.G. THE RENOWNED VANCOUVER ISLAND ORMUS, OR VIO IN SHORT) TO BE EFFICACIOUS ALL THE TIME?

It could work MUCH of the time for as long as there are no countervailing underlying factors working at cross-purposes with it in the body’s tissues. If, for example, you have HIV, even VIO will not override that (although David Hudson was largely able to overcome both HIV and AIDS using his unique brand of Ormus). You will place the fault on Ormus when you are your own stumbling block.  Note that today’s Ormus has varying medicinal strengths in that it is made by various organisations (some of whom quacks) who use a whole variety of ingredients. I have only ever tried VIO myself and it is on this I put my money.
 
YOU HAVE BEEN OPEN (ON SOCIAL MEDIA) ABOUT YOUR USE OF ORMUS. DID IT WORK? WHAT AILMENTS DID IT OVERCOME AND BANISH?

It hardly worked. I should have gone for a thorough medical check-up before I took to Ormus. I had one or two underlying chronic afflictions Ormus could not just budge. Now that these afflictions have been tamed, almost all of my associated ailments have vanished. I therefore have no desperate need for Ormus at this juncture. But I’ll continue using it as a preventative measure. Paracelsus (1493-1541) said, “Of all Elixirs, gold is supreme and the most important for us … gold can
keep the body indestructible … Drinkable gold will cure all illnesses, it
renews and restores.” I am fervently counting on this assertion, which is pregnant with factuality.

WHY IS ORMUS SO POTENTLY EFFECTIVE?

Because it is capable of altering the DNA so that it performs maximally. It is able to correct DNA for as long as the body is not carrying an incurable or hard-to-treat disease. In that regard, it has been proven to cure 80 percent of the cancers, which theoretically are incurable.

THE PROPHETS/HIGH PRIESTS OF OLD CONSUMED ORMUS ON A WEEKLY BASIS. WHAT GREAT FEATS WERE THEY ABLE TO ACHIEVE THANKS TO ORMUS?

They could communicate with and telepathically know most  things, including futuristic events.

WHY WAS ORMUS IN EGYPT OFTEN CALLED THE “GUARDIAN OF THE SECRET”?

In ancient Egypt, Ormus was also  called “The Opener of the Ways” or “The Keeper of the Secret” because it bestowed upon the  user staggering insights and embodied the secret of longevity. Ormus was the little-known answer to lengthy lives and so was the metaphorical Guardian of the Secret of Long Life.

FOR HOW LONG AND AT WHAT TEMPERATURE  DO YOU HAVE TO “BURN” GOLD OR AN ORDINARY METAL SUCH AS IRON TO TURN IT INTO ORMUS, THE MONOATOMIC WHITE POWDER OF GOLD?

The experts say you have to burn it  for 70 seconds at the supposed temperature of the Sun’s surface – 6000 degrees C (a thesis I don’t personally subscribe to as the Sun actually uses cold fusion and not  nuclear fission).  Apparently, that was what Moses and his people did at Mount Horeb. Says a Russian scientist: “At a 70-second burn,  there is suddenly a bright light, like a thousand flash bulbs going off, and all that is left behind in the crucible is a white powder. The gold vanishes.

Another amazing thing is that the crucible has very little weight and so does the powder. If you then take the powder out of the crucible, the weight returns to the crucible. A  heavy stone crucible loses its weight with this white powder in it …  When you arc gold for 70 seconds at Sun temperature, it has been found that a pencil standing on its end right next to the flash scorches but does not fall over…

The only way of burning gold to a powder is in 70 seconds at the temperature of the Sun’s surface, and only then if the gold is very thin. Otherwise, you need to maintain that high temperature for 300 seconds.” Other elements that you get at 70 seconds are metals belonging  to the Platinum Group. These are ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, osmium, iridium, and platinum.

GIVE US TESTIMONY ON THE WONDERS OF ORMUS FROM AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS NOT KNOWN AS BENSON C SAILI!

Fair enough. This is what Dr Ekerette Ekpo, a Nigerian physician and an abiding friend of mine,  asserts: “For starters, I am a medical doctor practicing in Nigeria. I shall share some of my experience with Ormus.  I started consuming Ormus in March 2015, although it has been haphazard due to the absence of a constant supply. Plus, I reserve samples for testing in patients who consent. â€¨One patient, in particular, had HIV-associated nephropathy (a disease of the kidneys).

It reversed her renal condition and for the first time in several days she made urine. She didn't recover, though. Maybe dosing was inaccurate. I still haven't gotten that right because of very short supply, as it is quite costly relatively.  Personal experiences:
Bilocation (being in two places at once) was experienced last night. It was quite vivid. I seemed to have been present in an OR, suggesting a method of repairing a bad heart. At another time,  it was to illustrate a spinal reconstitution surgery.

I have had some other experiences in the past.ʉ۬I have personally used Ormus to cure acute appendicitis and suspected perforation of small bowel. Malaria, too. For the malaria, hydrogen peroxide can work same.ʉ۬As per cognition, it is improved. I suffered an accident in 2012 and suffered amnesia with bilateral facial palsy which only started to truly resolve following Ormus use. I don't know if it will reverse completely and how long.

It would seem there requires a particular steady state of Ormus concentration within the bloodstream for definite milestones. â€¨You will find Ormus sources online, Amazon, ebay, etc, even on Facebook. Personally, I recommend Vancouver Island Ormus here on Facebook. Get on the page and learn some more about Ormus. He's (the inventor) choosing to call them by a different nomenclature. 

Plus, there is a state of hemispheric coherence that is reached under the influence of Ormus that makes a human to instantly become a lie detector. Also, the workings of religion and various forms of indoctrination simply wither away. I have experienced this. I have never read it anywhere else yet. â€¨I have also called it cognitive hemispheric resonance.”

OTHER THAN VIO ORMUS, WHICH BRAND OF ORMUS WOULD YOU ALTERNATIVELY RECOMMEND?

I would endorse David Hudson’s products. They range from Monoatomic Copper (the cheapest at $52 per bottle of 1 ounce) to  Monoatomic Platinum (the most expensive at a price of $428  per bottle of 1 ounce). Overall, Hudson sells 12 Monoatomic products. Monoatomic Gold fetches $484 per bottle of 1 ounce.  People have given very positive testimonials about these products, which you can read on. I will not myself testify as I yet have to use a Hudson product.

I GATHHER DAVID HUDSON  IS THE FATHER OF ORMUS IN THE MODERN ERA?

True. This is his resume in its basic essentials: “Rediscovered in the 1970s by a wealthy Arizona dirt and cotton farmer David Radius Hudson, Ormus is a somewhat baffling (and highly disputed) substance for today's scientists; one that does not occur on the Periodic Table of Elements. Hudson stumbled upon the carbon-based material when using old mining techniques to extract gold and silver from the salt-crusted bedrock of the Arizona desert. Using a heat leach cyanide method, Hudson separated the earth into its respective base metals such as Iron, Silicon, Aluminum, Gold, and Silver. This was not an uncommon practice during his day, and Hudson claimed he did this for fun rather than a means of earning income (the alchemical process is actually quite costly).

As Hudson continued his hobby, he began realising that there was an unidentifiable substance coming off  the minerals he was excavating, similar to gold or silver, but something else entirely. Intrigued, Hudson sought out a Ph.D. of Chemistry at Cornell University to undertake an atomic emission spectroscopy analysis (AES) of the material. In his analysis, he found that the minerals were being identified as Aluminum silicate, which was odd because they had nothing to do with Silica or Aluminum.

Until that point, Hudson had only been burning (boiling) the sample in the AES for a period of 15 seconds (as is common), but decided to prolong the exposure for up to 300 seconds. The beginning of his experiment went as expected. Readouts identified the sample as having trace elements of Iron, Silicon, Aluminum, and Calcium. After about 15 seconds, the test results became silent. Then, after a prolonged exposure of 90 seconds, the machine began producing unexpected results.

At around 90 seconds, Hudson's sample was being identified as Palladium (Pd). At 110 seconds it read as Platinum (Pt); 130 seconds read Ruthenium (Ru); around 140-150 seconds read Rhodium (Rh); 190 seconds read Iridium (Ir); and then Osmium (Os) at 220 seconds. Had Hudson just discovered the material long sought after by alchemists and mystics throughout the ages? Most scientists say no, that this is a natural sequence of the progressive boiling temperatures for these substances, but Hudson was not satisfied with that answer.

Hudson spent the next three years trying to eliminate the Fe, Si, and Al from his sample and was eventually successful. Alas, he found that 98% of the substance still remained as a material he (and the Ph.D.) couldn't quite identify. The Cornell professor deemed the substance "pure nothing," but Hudson was only just getting started. He believed that he had stumbled onto something that would revolutionise the way humans see and interact with the universe forever.

Did David Hudson discover a new element? The Ormus or m-state materials are thought to be the precious metal elements in a different atomic state. Many people in the precious metals community deemed this new substance ‘ghost gold’, suggesting that the Periodic Table of Elements is incomplete. He named these new, and unknown minerals, ORMEs (Orbitally Rearranged Monoatomic Elements). ORMEs, Hudson suggested, could be thought of as the female elements of the Periodic Table due to their ‘illusive and hard to identify nature’.

Sexism aside, he argued that unlike other elements, these could ‘flip’ their molecular structure and actually become precious metals. He likened this process to a popcorn kernel bursting open to reveal a deeper truth within. In the mid-1980s, scientists discovered that several elements in the middle of the Periodic Table do go through this transmutation process, and have been mapping the strange properties of these elements ever since.

Hudson suggests that this is true alchemy (sometimes referred to as ‘sacred science’) and that, contrary to what general education suggests, alchemy is actually an advanced form of chemistry modern scientists have yet to fully understand. When these elements become isolated, they take on strange properties. Sometimes they rapidly gained or lost weight. If they were heated up, they would change mass. The Russians called this process fractal vaporisation, but Hudson believes these are the m-state elements he'd been looking for.”

WHAT COLOUR IS MONOATOMIC GOLD?

Forest green. Its properties are totally different from that of the familiar yellow gold. David Hudson: “In the bowels of the earth, in the volcanoes, nature is producing monatomic gold. When it comes out, 98% of the gold coming out is monoatomic, 2% is metal.  We have worked with the yellow gold, converting it, but always coming back to yellow gold. But when we get monatomic gold, it never goes back to yellow. And as monatomic gold, it is not metallic, has none of the metallic qualities of yellow gold.”

YOU SAID ORMUS INSTILLS SUPERCONDUCTIVITY. WHAT IS A SUPERCONDUCTOR?

A superconductor can see your thoughts in your brain. Different parts of your brain light up when you eat something sweet or something sour — it’s a superconductor that sees it. Says Hudson: “The amazing thing about superconductors is that they don’t have to touch for their energy to flow from one superconductor to another. Electricity has to touch. Superconductors can sit at a distance from each other, as long as they are in resonant frequency with each other, they are One.

They function as one. So when you have your perfect superconducting body, you’re not of this space-time. You are a light being, and your mind is one with other people’s minds. You literally know their thoughts, and they know your thoughts. You and they are literally of one mind, one heart, and this is science.”

WHY DON’T THE PARTAKERS OF TRUE ORMUS FEEL HUNGRY, LIKE ENKI’S MASTER SCRIBE ENDUBASAR WHO WENT WITHOUT FOOD FOR 40 DAYS BUT REMAINED SHARP AND VITAL?

When your light (spiritual)  body  exceeds your material body, you don’t have to eat food. You can if you want, but you don’t have to. You have perfect telepathy.

RELATE ORMUS TO REVELATION’S “NEW JERUSALEM” IF YOU CAN.

I will make an attempt. It is said  at 1160 degrees, the white powder of gold fuses to form gold glass. It’s a transparent glass, just like window glass. And in Revelations, it says, “The streets of the New Jerusalem will be paved with gold of the purest light, as transparent as glass, and the foundations of New Jerusalem will be made with gold liken unto glass.” This is the gold glass, the very basis of the New Jerusalem.

The very basis of raising our self and our consciousness to this higher state. This highest light that will activate all of our DNA will cause us to use all of our brain again, and we will return again to the original state that we were created to be in. Before we fell to the sleeping existence we know now.

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A Begrudged Child

21st June 2022

Princess Diana was at once a child of destiny and a victim of fate

It is no secret, General Atiku, that the British monarch constitutes one of the most moneyed families on this scandalously uneven planet of the perennial haves on the one hand and the goddamn havenots (such as you and me General) on the other hand.

In terms of residences alone, the House of Windsor lays claim to some 19 homes, some official, such as Buckingham Place and Windsor Castle, for instance, and the greater majority privately owned.
Arguably the most eminent of its private residences is Sandringham House at Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England.

It is at this sprawling, 8,100-hectare estate the Queen spends two months each winter, at once commemorates her father King George VI’s death and her own accession to the throne, and more often than not celebrates Christmas. King George VI and his father King George V both drew their last breath here.

A 19th century Prince of Wales, Albert Edward (who would later become King Edward VII), acquired Sandringham in 1862 and it has remained royal property ever since. On the death of King George VI in February 1952, the property passed to his successor Queen Elizabeth II, the incumbent monarch, who assigned her husband Prince Phillip its management and upkeep. The estate also houses a parish, St. Mary Magdalene Church, which the outwardly religious Queen attends every Sunday.

Albert, General, had several additional properties built on the estate the year after he acquired it, one of which was the ten-bedroomed Park House. The house was built to accommodate the overflow of guests at Sandringham House. In the 1930s, King George V leased Park House to Maurice Roche, an Irishman and a bosom friend to his second son, who at the time was Duke of York but would in future be King George VI.

Roche was the 4th Baron Fermoy, a title in the Peerage of Ireland created by Queen Victoria way back in 1856. He and his wife Ruth had three children born at Park House, the second-born of whom was Frances Ruth Roche (futuristically Frances Shand Kydd), born in January 1936.

In 1956, Frances married John Spencer, a fellow noble, and following an “uneasy spell” at Althorp, the Spencer family estate of 500 years, the couple took up residence at Park House, which would be their home for the next 19 years. On July 1, 1961, Frances, then aged 25, and John, then aged 37, welcomed into the world their thirdborn child and youngest daughter, Diana Frances Spencer.

She would, on a positive note, become Her Royal Highness Princess Diana of Wales and the most famous and popular member of the Royal family. On the flip side of the coin, she would, as you well know General, become the most tragic member of the Royal family.

GIRL CHILD WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN A BOY

If there was one thought that constantly nagged at Diana as a youngster, General, it was the “guilt” of having been born anyway. Her parents first had two daughters in succession, namely Elizabeth Sarah, born in 1955, and Cynthia Jane, born in 1957. Johnnie was displeasured, if not downright incensed, that his wife seemed incapable of producing a male child – a heir – who he desperately needed as an aristocrat.

He even took the trouble of having his wife see a series of doctors in a bid to establish whatever deficiency she possessed in her genetic make-up and whether it was possible to correct it. At the time, General, it was not known that it is the man who determines a child’s sex and not the woman.

John’s prayers, if we can call them that General, were as much answered as they were unanswered. The longed-for male heir was born on January 12, 1960. Named John after his father, he was, as per the official version of things, practically stillborn, being so piteously deformed and gravely ill that he was dead in a matter of only ten hours, a development of which Earl Spencer would in future remark thus, albeit with tongue-in-cheek: “It was a dreadful time for my parents and probably the root of their divorce because I don’t think they ever got over it.”

Again as per the official version, General, John was gutted and hurriedly got into stride, this time around utterly positive that having had two daughters in succession, it would be two sons in succession. But nature, General, is seldom that predictable or orderly.

The next child was in fact a daughter, the now iconic Diana, for the third time around. Although John is recorded as having marvelled at what a “perfect physical specimen” her newly-born daughter was, he was forlorn beneath the façade, as a result of which Diana, who as a child did sense a lingering frustration on the part of her father on her account, would openly intuit that she was an unwelcome child, a “nuisance to have around”, thanks to her “failure” to be born a boy. From a very age thus, General, Diana had concluded that she was not well-fated and presciently so!

Although the heir, Charles Spencer (the future Earl Spencer) finally arrived on May 20, 1964, Diana perceived very little if any change in the way she was contemplated by her parents. In fact, both she and Charles could not desist from wondering whether had John lived, they would have been born at all. Seemingly, they came to be simply because their father was desperate for a heir and not necessarily that he wanted two more children.  With the birth of Charles, General, John called it a day as far as the process of procreation was concerned.

GODDESS OF THE HUNT

Why was Diana so named, General? Throughout her life, it was taken as an article of faith that her name derived from Lady Diana Spencer, a member of the Spencer clan who lived between 1710 and 1735, dying at a pitifully tender age of only 25. Certainly, the two namesakes turned out to have precious much in common as we shall unpack at a later stage, as if the latter-day Diana’s life was deliberately manoeuvred to more or less sync with the ancestral Diana.

It emerged, however, General, that the connection to an ancestor was actually secondary, or maybe incidental. The primary inspiration of the name was at long last disclosed by Earl Spencer on September 7, 1997, the day of Princess Diana’s burial. Delivering the elegantly crafted eulogy, Earl Spencer had this to say in relation to her naming: “It is a point to remember that of all the ironies about Diana, perhaps the greatest was this – a girl given the name of the ancient goddess of hunting was, in the end, the most hunted person of the modern age.”

It is significant, if not curious, General, that of John’s three daughters, only Diana was given the name of a goddess. Clearly, there must have been a special reason for this as aristocrats do not confer names casually: every name carries a metaphorical, symbolic, or intentional message. Typically, it honours an iconic personage or spirit or somebody lesser but who evokes memories anyway.

Elizabeth Sarah, for instance, was in all probability named after the Queen’s mother, whose decades-long inner circle included Diana’s paternal and maternal grandmothers, and an ancestor going by the name Sarah Jennings (1760-1744). Charles Spencer was named after the family’s greatest forbearer, King Charles 1 of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 1625-1649. The ill-fated John was of course named after his father, who in turn was likely named after the 5th Earl Spencer, John Poyntz Spencer (1835-1910).

On occasion in occultic families, as the Spencer family latterly have been, a name, General, connotes a bad futuristic omen associated with its bearer and that was precisely the case with Diana.

THE FIRST DIANA

In its ancient rendering, the name Diana meant “The Heavenly One”, or goddess being a feminine style. The first Diana, General, was Inanna, an Anunnaki goddess whose Akkadian name was Ishtar – Esther in English. As you well know General, the Anunnaki are the Old Testament gods, Aliens from the planet Nibiru, the Solar System’s little-known planet which is seen only once in 3600 years, and who came to Earth 432,000 years ago as we comprehensively set down in the Earth Chronicles series.

The name Inanna is Sumerian, the Sumerians being the best-known civilisation of old who thrived around modern-day Iraq (called Sumer in ancient times) about 6000 years ago and who were indirectly governed by the Anunnaki. It was abbreviated from Nin-An-Ak, meaning “Lady of Heaven and Earth” or “Lady of the God of Heaven and Earth”.

She was so-called, General, not because she had particularly special godly qualities but owing to the fact that she was the earthly mistress of Anu, “Our Father Who Art In Heaven”, the King of the planet Nibiru, which humans of the day perceived as Heaven.

Anu was the father of Enlil, the principal Jehovah of the Bible. Enlil in turn had a second-born son called Nannar-Sin, the first Anunnaki to be born on Earth and who eventually became the Allah of Islam. It was Sin who fathered Inanna. Thus Inanna was Anu’s great-granddaughter but every time he visited Earth, Anu was sexually entertained by the stunningly beautiful Inanna, an act which in Anunnaki culture was not frowned upon.

Inanna was amongst other appellations known as the Goddess of Hunting (because of her penchant for, and skill in, waging war) and the Goddess of Love (in the sense of licentious love-making and not conventional moral love). Her other names in different parts of the world and across the ages were Irnin; Anunitu (Beloved of Anu); Aphrodite; Ashtoreth; Astarte; and Artemis, to mention only a few.

Although her celestial counterpart was the planet Venus, she was also loosely associated with the constellation Virgo as well as the moon. Once upon a time, when she was a virgin, Virgo was dedicated to her by her grandfather Jehovah-Enlil, who was Earth’s Chief Executive until circa 2024 BC. With regard to the moon, it primarily had to do with her twin brother Utu-Shamash, whose celestial counterpart was the sun: as such, Inanna’s inevitably had to be the moon. That, however, was only in a putative sense in that the operative moon god of the day was her father Sin.

Since moonlight effectively turns darkness into relative daylight, Inanna has in legends been referred to as Diana Lucifera, the latter term meaning “light-bringer”. Inanna’s association with the moon, General, partly explains why she was called the “Heavenly One” since the moon is a heavenly body, that is, a firmament-based body. It also explains why she was also known as Luna, which is Latin for moon.

A STEERED LIFE FOR GOOD OR ILL

Now, children of royals, aristocrats and other such members of high society, General, are invariably named before they are born. True, when a Prince William or Prince George comes along, the word that is put out into the public domain is that several names have been bandied about and the preferred one will “soon be announced”. That, General, is utter hogwash.

No prince, princess, or any other member of the nobility for that matter, is named at or sometime after their birth. Two names, a feminine and a masculine one, are already finalised whilst the child is in the womb, so that the name the child eventually goes by will depend on no other factor beside its gender.

Princess Diana, General, was named a full week after her birth, as if consultations of some sort with certain overarching figures had to be concluded first and foremost. Apparently, the broader outlines of her future first had to be secretly mapped out and charted in the manner of a child of destiny, though in her case she was as much a child of destiny as she was a doomed child. In her childhood reminiscences, Diana does hint at having been tipped to the effect that she was a special child and therefore had to scrupulously preserve herself.

“I always felt very different from somebody else, very detached,” she told her biographer Andrew Morton as per his 1992 book Diana Her True Story – In Her Own Words. “I knew I was going somewhere different but had no idea where. I said to my father when I was 13, ‘I know I am going to marry someone in the public eye’.” That, General, speaks volumes on the deliberately designed grooming she was subjected to in the formative years of her pilgrimage in life.

Since it was repeatedly drummed in her highly impressionable mind that there was something big in store for her along the way, Diana, General, remained chaste throughout her upbringing, if not an outright virgin to in all probability conform to the profile of the goddess Diana/Inanna before she exploded into a lecherous, loose-mannered nymphomaniac in her adult life as we underscored in the Earth Chronicles series. “By the time I got to the top of the school,” Diana said to Morton, “all my friends had boyfriends but not me because I knew somehow that I had to keep myself very tidy for whatever was coming my way.”

A DISPARAGED BIRTH?

Unusual for an aristocrat, General, Diana was born not in the rather apt precincts of a high-end hospital but within the banality of Park House itself. Whether hired midwives were on hand to help usher her into the world or it was only her dad, mum and closer womenfolk relations who did we can only speculate.

If for one reason or the other her parents were desirous that she be delivered at home, what secret rites did they perform as her mother’s waters broke, General? What incantations, if at all, did John utter over her? Was her birth an occultic one with all the attendant paraphernalia as opposed to a conventional one?

That Diana’s arrival was not a particularly cherished event, General, is evidenced by the fact that she was christened within the Sandringham Estate, at St. Mary Magdalene Church, with only well-to-do commoners in attendance, whereas the more prized child, her younger brother Charles, was christened at Westminster Abbey, in the presence of the Queen, who was designated as his principal godmother.

Anyhow, it was just as well, General, that it was in the hallowed environs of St. Mary Magdalene Church that Diana was committed to the “The Lord” as she was in a manner of speaking the Mary Magdalene of our day.

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Challenges in our lives

21st June 2022

Allah Almighty reminds us: ‘On no soul does Allah place a burden greater than it can bear’ (Qur’an 2:286). Also: “Be patient. Surely, Allah is with those who are the patient.” [Qur’an 8: 46].

Without fail, whether we like it or not there are times in our lives when many things seem to go wrong and as mere humans we go into a panic syndrome and are left wondering; why me? Why now? What have I done to deserve this? We are all tested with adversity, hard times and pain, but these tribulations are the Almighty’s way of transforming us and help us develop spiritually.

As mere humans we all have different reactions when something good or bad happens to us, and usually our reactions depend on the strength of our religious belief and of our righteous deeds and actions.

One person may receive blessings and goodness with gratitude and accepts the bad challenges and patches in his life with perseverance and endurance. This positive attitude brings him peace of mind and happiness, causing his grief, anxiety and misery to ease. Thus, this positivity brings a balance and contentment in his life.

On the other hand another person receives blessings and goodness with arrogance and transgression; his manners degenerate and become evil; he receives this goodness and utilizes it in an unthinking and uncaring manner; it does not give him any peace of mind as his mind is always distressed, nervous and restless.

Thus when faced with loss and difficulty, due to his arrogant nature, he begins to ask why me? What have I done to deserve this and he may even damn and curse others and thinks that they are plotting his downfall.

But every now and then we should stop to ponder over the blessings both apparent and hidden from The Almighty upon us, it is only then that we will realise that our Lord has granted us abundant blessings and protected us from a number of evils; this will certainly ease our grief and anxiety and bring about a measure of happiness and contentment.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Look to those who are lower than you (those who possess less than you) and do not look to those higher than you; this will make you appreciate the bounties of Allah upon you.”

Whether we are believers or disbelievers, virtuous or sinful, most of us are to a certain degree able to adapt and condition ourselves to face adversity and remain calm during these moments of challenge, uncertainty and upheaval.

When people receive affliction with fear, discontent, sorrow and despair; their life becomes miserable, they panic and become short tempered. Such people are unable to exercise patience remain restless, stressed and cannot find contentment that could make life easier for them.

On the other hand, due to a believer’s strong faith and reliance on Allah, it makes him persevere and he emerges stronger than others in difficult situations as this reduces his fear and anxiety and that ultimately makes matters easier for him. If he is afflicted with sickness, poverty or any other affliction, he is tranquil and content and has no desire for anything which has not been decreed for him.

‘If Allah touches you with affliction, none can remove it but He; if He touches you with happiness, He has power over all things’ (Qur’an 6: 17).Therefore the believer prays to his Lord: ‘Our Lord, condemn us not if we forget or fall into error…lay not on us a burden greater than which we have the strength to bear’ (Qur’an 2:286)

However, the one who is weak in faith will be just the opposite; he becomes anxious, nervous, confused and full of fear. The anxiety and paranoia will team up against him because this person does not have the faith that could enable him to persevere during tough times, he is less likely to handle the pressures and will be left in a somewhat troubled and depressed state of mind.

It is natural that as humans we are always fearful of losing the things that we have acquired; we desire and cherish them and we are anxious to acquire more, because many of us will never reach a point where we are satisfied with the material things in life.

When certain frightening, disturbing or unsettling events occur, like emergencies or accidents we find that a person with sound faith is calm, steadfast, and able to cope with the situation and handle the hardship he is going through; such a person has conditioned himself to face afflictions and this makes his heart stronger and more steadfast, which gives him a level of tranquillity.

This shows the difference between a person who has strong belief and acts accordingly, and another who is not at this level of faith. Due to the strong belief of the true believer he is content with whatever Allah Almighty has decreed,

This life is full of ups and downs and uncertainties, but the only certain thing is that from the moment we are born we will be tested with life’s challenges throughout our entire lives, up to and to the final certainty, death. ‘Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives, or the fruits of your toil, but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere’ (Qur’an2:155).

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “How wonderful is the matter of the believer! All of his matters are good and this is the case for nobody except a believer. If he is blessed with prosperity he thanks (Allah Almighty) and that is good for him; and if he is afflicted with adversity he is patient and perseveres and that is also good for him.”

During those challenging times you have three choices: either you can let them define you, let them destroy you; or you can let them strengthen you.

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Train Spotting

21st June 2022

Here in Botswana we are in the throes of winter chills, currently experiencing the tail-end of a deep freeze in South Africa which has brought snow to parts of the Karoo. Conversely, over in the United Kingdom, they are moving into summer and there is a mini heatwave happening, with temperatures in the thirties.

Both countries have one thing in common – they are heavily reliant on tourism revenues and both have accordingly suffered due to Covid which severely curtailed all movement and travel, most of all for leisure and pleasure. However, earlier this year the UK cast off the last of its Covid restrictions and travel requirements and basically declared the pandemic to be over. Britain was back in business!

So the very hard-hit hospitality sectors finally had some good news. The crowds would be returning, needing hotel and bed & breakfast accommodation, snacks and sit-down meals, pub lunches and all manner of ancillary services. Other related sectors also put out the metaphorical flags – theatres, cinemas, theme parks, camping & caravan sites, all of which had suffered hugely during the pandemic and all could now re-open their doors to paying punters.

If you’ve ever visited the UK you will know of its many attractions. London is not only a vibrant, multi-cultural city, it is also very historic, with centuries-old palaces and cathedrals and world-class galleries and museums. Outside the capital, there is glorious scenery, from rolling pastures in the south to the breath-taking Lake District and the Highlands and lovely lochs to the far north in Scotland plus all manner of coastal delights and cultural experiences.

For everyone even remotely involved in leisure, hospitality and entertainment, it was cash registers and swipe machines at the ready!

But then green for go suddenly and without warning changed to red for stop. It began with misery for air passengers. Only last week the UK Guardian reported ‘It has been another ” week of chaos at UK airports, with hundreds of flights cancelled and holidaymakers facing long queues, with reports of waits of up to eight hours. Pent-up demand for travel and staff shortages have combined to put pressure on airports and airlines.’

The Prospect union, which represents thousands of aviation staff, ” warned on Tuesday that “things could get worse this summer before they get better”, quoting staff shortages across the industry, with a huge reliance on overtime to get by day to day. The problem stemmed from the massive, industry-wide lay-offs over Covid and a sector seemingly taken by surprise by the lifting of travel restrictions. Airlines are now scrambling to replace staff made redundant, many of whom were forced to find employment in other sectors.

In addition some specialised staff such are aircrew had no option but to let their licences lapse and now find themselves technically not fit for flying duties. Ironically, one of the country’s largest and longest-established airline – British Airways – appears to be the one most severely affected with many of their former cabin crew members reporting that they had been laid off during the downturn with the promise of potential re-employment later but who are now being told their services are not required.

One BA pilot has warned of potential staff exodus and further delays that could last through to winter. When talking about ongoing staff shortages in the industry he predicted: “We might be correctly crewed by winter time. There is no chance this will be sorted this summer.

The last month (August) might be okay.” UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps put the blame squarely on the industry for the widespread chaos, saying some airlines had cut too many staff during the pandemic. “The decisions as to whether or not to lay off in the end were airlines’ decisions. They clearly in the end, looking back, cut too far on that,” he told the BBC.

Lufthansa is also joining the party in announcing cancellations. The airline will be scrapping 900 flights from its schedule, from next month. Affected flights will predominantly be on Fridays and weekends to a number of European destinations, from Frankfurt and Munich.

The airline stated: “After …two years of the pandemic, Lufthansa group airlines report high demand for air travel this summer……At present, however, the infrastructure has not yet been fully restored. The entire aviation industry, especially in Europe, is currently suffering from bottlenecks and staff shortages. This affects airports, ground handling services, air traffic control, and also airlines.”

Of course some flights are taking place and some tourists are managing to make it into the UK on a much-needed holiday but for many of them sadly, the airport might be as far as they get because to add to the flight misery, members of two large transport union, the RMT and Unite, will bring the London Underground to a grinding halt next week with planned strike action.

Simultaneously, but in a separate dispute, other RMT members will also be staging a series of strikes on Network Rail and other mainline UK train operators. So should those tourists wish to proceed to some of the country’s top holiday destinations, they’d be well advised to seek an alternative means of transport.

Economists are already predicting this wave of strikes to cost the UK economy at least £91million, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research, proving devastating for the night-time and hospitality industries in particular. Hospitality chiefs estimated the national rail strike alone will cost the sector £540million over the week amid a 20 per cent drop in sales, the combination of which will hit ‘fragile consumer confidence’ and could ‘deliver a fatal financial blow’ to some firms.

In response, Transport for London (TFL), presumably in all seriousness, said its teams from Santander Cycles will be ensuring hire bicycles are ‘distributed at key locations according to demand’ and told commuters that ‘walking or cycling may be quicker for some journeys’ during the strike action.

Sounds to me like the message is ‘On yer bike’!

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