Intuition, [Social] Media and Law Enforcement

This post is not meant to be insensitive to real acts of discrimination and homophobia, nor is it intended to downplay the dangers that our first responders face every day, but rather to discuss how those with strong intuitive or emapthic abilities struggle with what plays out in the media, as I bring up two different stories that had far different outcomes than what the media (and even social media) first suggested happened, in this particular post.

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This post is not meant to be insensitive to real acts of discrimination and homophobia, nor is it intended to downplay the dangers that our first responders face every day, but rather to discuss how those with strong intuitive or emapthic abilities struggle with what plays out in the media, as I bring up two different stories that had far different outcomes than what the media (and even social media) first suggested happened, in this particular post.

Smollett+caseToday day I woke up to the headlines that read: Police: Two brothers told investigators they were paid by Jussie Smollett to stage attack. I will tell you that from the get-go, that this case, as it was stated in the media, never felt right to me.  From the first time I heard about Jussie Smollett’s attack (Smollett, who is black and gay, said he was attacked while walking home through Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood. He told police masked men tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him and yelled the slurs at him.) Something felt very off or inauthentic about this story to me. Better yet, I felt that the story or incident was fake. I of course kept these thoughts to myself as the world we are living in today IS full of discriminative and homophobic acts. These things really do happen.  Because these alleged incidents happened to an actor, they took center stage in the media.

meganWithin moments of the story breaking and in the days to come, outpouring from stars and social media were made known and publicized. Each time I heard or saw someone showing their support or making a statement on behalf of what Smollett alleged happened to him, I honestly felt a kick in my gut. I kept thinking that this doesn’t feel right. It has been fabricated. The statements made by his family felt off, too. It got to the point that I found myself trying to avoid the story – turning the channel, swiping faster through a newsfeed, or changing the radio station. It was as if I was shutting down around the story whenever it came up.

This sort of thing – thinking that a story in a community, or in the media just isn’t feeling right – I have experienced before. One of the really memorable times was when I first started to realize that I myself was an empath and that I had strong intuitive abilities.

joeThe story that I am referring to is the death of Lt. Charles Joseph “Joe” Gliniewicz of the Fox Lake, Illinois Police Department that happened back in 2015. I live in the Midwest so this story was front and center from the moment it happened. The media started to paint a picture of a heroic man who had 30 years on his force, who was an Army Veteran and who was running a non-profit Explorer organization for children in the community, who was murdered while on duty. The media put him on a pedestal and gave him the nick name of “G.I. Joe.”

RIP GI JOEI noticed that people, even those who never knew him started to change their social media profile pictures to show their support for him, re-posting different images and news stories showing support for “G.I. Joe” and wanting justice for those who were responsible his death. There were reports of numerous people donating large sums of money to find the people who supposedly killed him. I remember that it didn’t feel right to me but I didn’t think much of it. The story was hard to get away from as it was everywhere.

In the days and weeks that followed, I kept getting different tidbits that would pop into my head. Things like “this case has to do with a woman.” Things like “money had something to do with this.” And thoughts like “this guy really isn’t a hero.”

Well, low and behold, as time when on, I later discovered that my “thoughts” WERE my intuition and that my intuition was correct. You can goggle the story for more details but basically Mr. Gliniewicz was using non-profit funds for his own use and was raising a red flag with a female who was now accusing him of such and it was later determined that he committed suicide as an end result of the extensive criminal acts he had been committing.

Everyone has intuition, some of us just have stronger abilities than others. Just like some of us are more athletic than others, a better cook or a better artist or musician than others… you get the idea. And an Empath trait is to “shut down” or find themselves avoiding unauthentic people.  I guess you can say that I shut down when I hear certain news stories or see things on social media.

Both the media and social media get to me more challenging for me to be around. Both make my blood boil as both can assist in making things something they are not. Intuitive abilities aside, I personally wish that the media would stop trying to entertain us and play on our emotions and just state facts when they report on a new story. When did the media decide to make “characters” (good or bad) out of the subjects in the news?  When did other people’s social media posts and photos on social media become statements that are used on the news to help spin a story?

Though it doesn’t happen all of the time, but really it DOES happen too much, I wish that law enforcement would not release so much information so that the media didn’t have so much information to play up for entertainment purposes and that people sitting behind their phones or screens could forward/repost stories in which all of the facts aren’t figured out yet.

I also wish that the general public would not be so quick to cling on to the media’s every word or to everything that they see in their social media newsfeeds and wait for the facts to come out.

For myself, I wish that I would not question the information that my intuition gives me the first time that I receive it. I also wish that I didn’t feel the need to have my information validated in order to feel comfortable sharing it.

 

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The stories and topics that I share are as I have observed them, as I have lived them, and as they have happened to me, along my journey. They are not intended to hurt anybody and they are told as I have experienced them. I have also done my best to protect the identity of the subjects in my writings. If you find yourself reading something and suddenly question: “Is that about me?” If that is the case it probably is to some degree because there’s absolutely some kind of lesson in there for you.
If the topics or stories on my blog or in my other writings are not relatable to you, then it is not for you, at least not at this time. We are all in different places along our journeys. What resonates with some, won’t even touch on the surface for others.

July 2016: I Stopped Biting my Nails and Told the Universe that I Want to Work on Missing Persons Cases.

I know, neither go with each other, but really, this is my highlight reel this month. And honestly, most things that happen in my life anymore aren’t always making sense or necessarily go together.

crime sceeneI know, neither go with each other, the nails or missing persons cases, but really, this is my highlight reel for this month. And honestly, most things that happen in my life anymore aren’t always making sense or necessarily go together.

I still struggle with what I should be doing to best serve me, my gifts, my family, etc. Earlier today, the 21st of July, I asked the Universe to put me on my right path. The path that utilizes my gifts for the purpose of good. Financial gain would also be great, but using my gifts consistently and for the purpose of good is good enough for me at this time in my life as I feel that I am just wandering around in circles. I flat out put it out there. Smack dab into the Universe. Right as I was getting ready in front of the mirror this morning, I asked that I somehow help with Missing Persons Cases. Something that has interested me for years, even before realizing about the gifts that I possess.

As far as my nails go, I’ve been a nail-biter for most of life and even when I do grow out my nails, they are weak and don’t grow very long. I decided that I am going to get manicures on a regular basis and see what I can do in the nail department. Even if my nails don’t grow, sitting in the nail tech’s chair makes me at least sit still. Something that I constantly struggle with – sitting and just being.

Fast forward to this afternoon. I was scrolling though Facebook and stumbled on a Missing Persons Page. There are a few out there, but this one I felt drawn to. I started chatting with the administrator of the page and told her how this is of interest to me but that I am still ironing out how to use my gifts. She offered to let me help her with a case that she is currently working on. The “case” involves a girl who went missing while vacationing in Portugal. I guess we’ll see where this goes. Wish me luck.


 

Update July 2018: I will say that moving forward, I would prefer to work with law enforcement on missing persons cases, (or any cases for that matter). I prefer this as in the past I have provided information to friends and loved ones who are looking for answers in cases and the information never seems to get to the right people to actually help solve things and to bring closure. It is almost like providing a false hope. Up to this point in assisting with cases, I have always used at least one, and sometimes two other mediums, who I trust locally to confirm the information that I have gotten in relation to cases before passing that info along. I have also learned, and will stand by the fact, that Mediums are to just provide the information that they get and it is not our job to “fill in” the missing pieces in order to help solve a crime. Chalk it up to “Lessons Learned.”