Robyn Deane 
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Re: “Opening the Door

Karma! We meet again! And again, I applaud you for positioning your comments around a perspective that one might reasonably argue is not main-stream. I am, however, somewhat surprised to find you so seemingly judgmental. I don't know, but it seems like you would be one to shun the judgmental perspective rather than perpetuate it.

As a parent of three fantastic children that are now all adults, I can offer that I had no parental experience when my first child was born, no experience with supposed middle children when my second child was born, and no experience raising the supposed youngest child when my third child was born. While I looked at what other parents were doing, such as my own, and watched the occasional expert espouse their perspective, I would have to say that most of what I learned, I learned on the fly with the experiences I shared with my spouse and our children. I'll bet that very little has changed in this regard.

That a parent would listen to a child with the challenge that Shannon's daughter faces, is wonderful! That that same parent would provide that child open-minded emotional support is incredible! I wonder if you haven't experienced similar challenges as you've embraced your apparent belief in the impact of the stars on individuals, societies, and the evolution of history and I wonder who cared enough to allow you the opportunity to pursue your interest.

And finally, I agree that many things do change and will continue to change; but I would also argue that there are a couple of things that needn't change and, as such, won't. The first is the value that comes from being able to love unconditionally and the second is the value that comes from forgiving without condition. These two behaviors, especially when taken together, can lead to a level of personal peace beyond measure. While this is easy to say and much harder to live, with practice it gets easier and more powerful! :))

I'm pretty sure that Shannon and parents like her are among those that would light the way for the passage of these values from one generation to the next and I’m grateful that they’re around to ensure that it happens.

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Posted by Robyn Deane on 08/09/2014 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Self-Service

Karma, I applaud your willingness to consider Ellen's past lives. You also seem somewhat let down that there hasn't been more research to that effect completed in this country. Fair enough; but have you also considered the possibility that her brain may actually have developed female in her mother's womb? If I'm not mistaken the changes in the development of the reproductive organs that reflect one gender versus the other (in a perfect world) don't appear until the 6th or 7th week of gestation. On the before side of that point, isn't the fetus really susceptible to environmental factors such as alcohol, nicotine, prescription meds, environmental chemicals, and more? It's why early pregnancy detection is so important. Might there have been some environmental factor involved here?

Based on Ellen's apparent age, it is also not out of the question that her mother might have been prescribed DES (a synthetic estrogen) to ensure that the pregnancy would be a full term pregnancy. Since pregnancy tests back then were done at around the 3 month mark, her reproductive tract and much of her other physiologic development would have already been well under way. From what I've read, the DES would not have been prescribed until a pregnancy test had yielded a positive result and the typical dose would have increased the in utero concentration by as much as 50,000 times normal levels. I'm working from memory here, but any way you cut it, the fetus is swimming around in a hyper-estrogenic environment at time of considerable neural development. What might happen to the development of the brain in this type of environment. If you get near a copy of the Dictionary of Compounds, you might look up DES. When I last checked, it was on page 2175 at the bottom of the middle column. As a side point, it is not uncommon for female children exposed to DES in utero to require a cervical stitch to be able to carry a pregnancy while exposed male offspring were more likely to be transsexual than their unexposed counterparts. It's certainly not the only avenue to being born with one's mind and body out of synch, but it is certainly among the causes and it certainly leads one to wonder about the impact of all sorts of exposures to an unborn child.

That you made note of Ellen's appearance, something about money not likely well-spent, I'm surprised that one so seemingly enlightened as yourself, would call this out. She may not fit society's description of the perfect woman; but I assure you that when she looks into a mirror, she sees a woman, a very happy woman at that. That's a good enough for me and, quite frankly, just as the case would be for any of us that might look different in any way, there are and will always be many people that see her just as she sees herself. In my world, that's a good thing.

Thank you for opening up the past-lives perspective for me; I hope you'll consider what I've offered here, as well! :))

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Posted by Robyn Deane on 08/09/2014 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Opening the Door

Clark, you seem okay with differences in sexual orientation, not so much identity.

Yet, it would seem a reasonable hypothesis that both have their origins in the brain. Are you suggesting that the brain develops according to the physiologic appearance of the fetus in utero? If so, what then would be the specific precursor to sexual orientation?

...and why would any of these differences even matter to you or anyone else?

Imagine what would happen if school age boys and girls were to demand proof of gender from their peers on the playground at recess...

I don't recall ever being concerned with that as a kid. It seems like it's mostly been adults that get caught up in this...

...just something to consider...

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Posted by Robyn Deane on 08/08/2014 at 4:09 PM

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