In August 2020, I was in the process of publishing of one of my books. My literary agent wrote me a letter, on behalf of my publishing team, requesting that I delete a video and blog post in which I discussed the scientific inefficacy of face masks.
(The video was later deleted by YouTube due to their anti-science “Covid-19 misinformation” guidelines, but the transcript is still available).
My publishing team said they were “very concerned” about my mask post, because it would be “divisive” and could “hurt” people who had lost loved ones to the “pandemic.”
The email explained, “The world we live in is cancel culture central,” and they were worried the “book’s empowering messages will and can get lost in the Covid inflammatory fray.”
In addition, some of the editorial team were “personally hurt by the post.” (At that line, I’ll admit, I rolled my eyes so hard they nearly fell out of my head.)
The hypocrisy of the letter astonished me. They were so afraid of the impacts of cancel culture on their bottom line, they were asking me to censor information essential to open scientific discourse.
I asked myself, “What kind of logic suggests the solution to cancel culture is canceling people’s work?” (The answer is: no logic. That argument is not based on logic, but fear.)
After reading the letter, I didn’t know what the stakes were. I wondered if my book contract could be at risk if I didn’t comply with their request.
If I lost my book contract, I would have to pay back my book advance, which I was currently using to pay for rent and groceries.
Still, I didn’t entertain their request for a second.
I wrote them back, and explained my values of free speech and open scientific discourse. I explained that my blog — and my book in question — challenged mainstream scientific dogma regarding nutrition and dieting. I was not diverging from my work by challenging Covid myths, but remaining true to my mission.
I also pointed out the hypocrisy of asking me to cancel my work to protect me from cancel culture.
This letter drew my line in the sand. In the end, the publishing house published the book, and I kept speaking louder and louder.
In order to write without any censorship pressure, I’ve self-published my recent books, including my FREE book, A Few Practical Steps To Enjoy The Apocalypse: A Workbook for Awakening.
CHOOSING YOUR CONSEQUENCES
I share this story because many people found themselves in a similar position as I did, during the last two years.
They faced a choice: accept the consequences of courage, or accept the consequences of cowardice.
Sadly, I watched many people choose cowardice. They have self-censored, remained silent, and complied with health-harming mandates.
The most common excuses I hear for this choice is, “I couldn’t afford to do anything else. My job was at risk. I had kids to feed, a mortgage to pay.” Or, “The risks are too high. I would lose my clients, or my social media accounts, or my credentials, or my reputation.”
They reasoned, “If my income wasn’t at risk, then I would speak out.” Or, “If I wouldn’t face major changes in my financial stability, then I would act differently.” Or, “If I wasn’t in a small community where everyone knows me, then I would go mask-free.”
In other words, they are saying, “Given my circumstances, I can’t afford to be courageous.”
This is the lie our ego tells us, to keep us from becoming stronger.
If you are willing to listen to the voice of your soul, not the qualms of your ego, you would hear something different.
You would hear: By changing yourself, you have the power to change your circumstances.
By acting courageously when it appears you can’t afford to, you become more powerful and more aligned.
In other words, courage turns you into the kind of person who handles circumstances your previous self couldn’t handle.
Courage takes care of you, by turning you into a more powerful person. Not powerful in the way of the world (physical appearances, numbers, money) but powerful in the way of the SOUL. Powerful in the way of ENERGY.
FINANCIAL SECURITY IS A SPIRITUAL STATE, NOT A NUMBER
It also helps to realize that ultimate financial security has nothing to do with the size of a paycheck, a stable job, or the size of your bank account.
Consider how many people had abundant financial resources in the last two years, and still said, “I can’t afford to speak up.”
Then, consider how many people — like the Canadian truckers — who didn’t have cushy financial situations, and still put it all on the line to stand up for freedom.
Many people believe the fallacy that if they have more money, they can stop worrying about money. Yet this is far from the truth!
Original life coach and author Martha Beck has coached some of the wealthiest individuals. She says, “I’ve worked with billionaires who are still worried about not having enough money.”
Big bank accounts do not equate to financial security, because financial security is actually a spiritual state. It is a state of energy, a state of mind, and — more importantly — a state of heart.
IT’S ALIGNMENT, NOT LOSS
Some people think I took major losses in the last 2 years by speaking out so boldly. I’ve been censored widely, blacklisted, and lost social media accounts. I’ve parted ways from major professional relationships, including my literary agent.
I’ve had many colleagues retract endorsements of my work, and even take down their podcasts in which they interviewed me. I’ve faced tremendous shifts in my business due to this website being highly suppressed on Google’s search engine.
But none of this was a loss.
It is simply the cost of leaving behind all that I am not. It is the price one pays to become powerful in the way of energy, integrity, and love.
As we step into that power, we create the inevitable Great Awakening.
Yes, you will face some losses when you act courageously, especially when it appears you cannot afford to.
But in the end, your courage will take care of you better than any job, paycheck, or bank account ever could.
SOME RESOURCES TO SUPPORT YOUR COURAGEOUS JOURNEY
- Get my FREE 57-page book A Few Practical Steps To Enjoy The Apocalypse: A Workbook For Awakening
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