There can be few of us who have not experienced revulsion at the revelations surrounding Harvey Weinstein and his seemingly habituated abuse of women crossing his path. As time has gone on, our response to the slew of ‘star’ names who have been exposed as similar (if somewhat lesser) abusers may have moved from outrage to disappointment, or even ambivalence, as we become less surprised by or even inured to further exposés.
On a positive note, this has provoked the rise of the ‘Time’s Up’ and ‘MeToo’ movements, championing all womens’ right not to receive the brunt of the masculine propensity to dominate the ‘weaker sex’. The obviously well-founded accusations that have opened the Pandora’s box of evidentiary exploitation and manipulation, could and should serve us all well in making our society a fairer and better place. It is surely a given that abuse in any form should not be tolerated.
During the awards season, witnessing the widespread adornment of elaborate dresses and tuxedos with pins supporting the cause, a more cynical observer might suspect that the movements have, at least in part, been hijacked to become more about ensuring equal pay for actresses than any broader purpose. Abuse has obviously become institutionalised in Tinseltown where time is indeed ripe for change, but there remains a danger that the whole overblown spectacle now becomes more about the vulnerable in Hollywood than a campaign against abuse in general.
The majority (but by no means all) of those victims who have now stepped forward to level their indictments have revealed that the abuses perpetrated against them fell short of actual rape. Nonetheless, they all seem to have felt compelled to go along with what happened to them and subsequently accept it, ignore it or otherwise pretend that it did not happen. Why? They universally state that they were afraid, not necessarily for their lives or well-being, but because to not do so would have meant that opportunities may have evaporated, that parts would not be available to them, that their careers would have been jeopardised, or their livelihoods otherwise threatened.
Coercion is a powerful imperative, and being subjected to such pressure is an unconscionable thing. I have nothing but sympathy for those who were raped, and can think of few things more awful to go through. But there are some questions that should be asked about how the whole ghastly melee could have been handled:
- Were the victims deprived of their freedom of choice?
- Were there other choices the victims could have made at the time?
- Were there other choices the victims could have made subsequently?
There exists in this whole scenario an unsettling possibility that at least some of those who have now come forward to denounce their tormentors acquiesced to what transpired because in the moment of choice, when they could have prevented it, they decided that on balance, to go along with the unwelcome attentions of the monsters that preyed upon them was the lesser of the evils they faced. by their own account, they chose opportunity and the possibility of career advancement over removing themselves from the events that threatened them. They kept silent for (in many cases) years, because the personal career backlash that may have resulted from speaking out was considered worse than acquainting the world at large with what was going on.
We all know that people have to go through what they go through. They chose it before incarnation. However, the etheric were anxious to pass broader comment, so here is their input. as dictated by AA Michael:
“In all things you have freedom of choice.
Whilst you may not (apparently) control that which befalls you, at all times you are able to be in mastery of how you respond.
In all those situations you face, your weighing of the relative merits of the likely outcomes which may be extrapolated from what is occurring, prompts your decisions and subsequent actions.
Decisions based on the course of action that best meets your needs or appears to be for your personal highest good will inevitably lead to a life littered with errors of conclusion.
This is a vital part of the learning process and experience all must go through.
Over time, analysis of your adjudications will inevitably cause you to conclude that you are unable to escape culpability for your own actions.
Responsibility for our response to what befalls us, in all things, must be accepted.
It may take a multitude of experiences or lifetimes to arrive at this wisdom, but it is so.
If a society observes and seizes upon the lessons being offered to young souls (who have not yet grasped the import of the truths that face them) and relies upon their outpourings to form their own understanding which subsequently directs intentions and pathways, wrong turnings are inevitable, for all.
Thus in all things, individual discernment is imperative and the power and value of personal choice must be recognised and assumed.
Situations must be viewed from the perspective of a neutral observer, wherein an individual's role in all that is becomes evident.
There are, in all things, many wrongs to be righted in the world you have created.
Effective corrective action must begin with a thorough examination of that which you do that contributes to your individual state of being and thus to the world at large.
These passings [the whole Hollywood abuse scenario] simply serve to illustrate a far wider and more significant learning point that may be misconstrued.
There is more understanding to grasp here than is evident.
For the old souls amongst you, there is a need to understand and apply this message in all aspects of your life and being. “
It is certainly not the case that this input exonerates or mitigates on behalf of the Harvey Weinsteins of the world. Far from it. Neither does it lessen the hideousness of the experience of the victims. Nobody should be subjected to the kind of coercive and threatening behaviour that Weinstein (and all his ilk) obviously used.
But none of us should ignore the role we play in the outcomes of what faces us. Every day we face choices where we weigh up consequences. The most obvious course of action to take is perhaps the one that seems to best serve ourselves in the short term. Yet in the long run, it is often that route which may seem harder, but serves the highest good of all, that may lead us down what is ultimately the easiest and safest pathway.
NB. This theme is hardly a new one for the etheric. I was last instructed to write about in June 2016, in the blog entitled 'The Dire Perils of Victimology'. The mere fact that they want me to address it again (albeit from a very different perspective) is, perhaps, quite revealing...