By Dr. Jeanne King, PhD.
This has been the most disturbing and most healing year of my life. Today is Thanksgiving 2021 and I’m drawn to the keyboard with an overwhelming appreciation of the blessings within, around and before me.
Why is it disturbing? Anyone can see what’s happening to humanity in the era in which we live. With people dying, losing their health, livelihoods, freedoms and loved ones to segregation, it is crystal clear.
The disintegration of the human race as we once knew it is apparent to anyone looking. So why in all this mess do I claim it is the most healing year in my entire life?
In 1999, I fled my state to avoid an imminent forced (court ordered) medical intervention that I did not need and that would have only caused harm to my mental, psychological and physical health. And for nearly 20 years following I held some residual angst over my departure.
I knew at the time that I was clearly acting in my best interest and I believed in the interest of the people I brought into this world. However, there was this gnawing within (from time-to-time), hearing the voice of my youngest on the phone pleading, “How can we get you back? We know you aren’t crazy. It will only take 30 days.”
My ex and his legal team sought to “butt f___” me (as they described it) in our domestic violence divorce. Essentially, they plotted to use my own psychology profession to “destroy me” (as the tyrant repeatedly threatened), by parking me in a psychiatric hospital involuntarily and holding me in a psychiatric lockdown.
Their claim was that they needed me to retake a battery of psychological tests (generally administered out-patient) to prove my worthiness to have contact with the very people I birthed and raised, as the primary psychological parent, for nearly 16 years. Mind you, I had already taken all of these tests yielding results evidencing my complete mental and psychological health and wellbeing, as well as my parenting proficiencies.
The Perverted Agenda
Now it might be that they either wanted my demise via psychiatric incarceration, commonly known as institutionalization, in which they would have had the authority to inject or administer whatever life altering and destructive psychotropic and electroshock “treatments” their hearts desired…leaving me as a mental vegetable.
Or, it is also likely they realized I’d probably run out from under the jurisdiction of the state, thereby giving them the ability to put in the court record whatever they wished. As it turns out, the latter is exactly what happened. When I failed to fall pray to their ploy, that became their justification for the enhancement of tyrannical actions that followed.*
Personal and Bodily Autonomy
Beginning June 2021, as I witnessed hundreds of thousands of people worldwide stand up for bodily autonomy, I realized that their inner calling was exactly as mine in 1999. These people were (and are) speaking out for the freedom to choose what they put into their bodies.
Their plea was no different than mine. People from all walks of life were walking off their jobs and leaving livelihoods that they had dedicated decades embracing. I, too, had left a 19 year magnificently satisfying livelihood that I was passionate about…all in the interest of bodily autonomy. And that’s a small part of it. I actually left every single aspect of my life including the people I loved in the interest of my personal bodily autonomy.
Your body is your temple. It’s the vessel that houses your soul. You are the Shepard and it is your godly responsibly to take care of this vessel in the way you see fit. There is no right or wrong. There is choice, and your responsibility to exercise it in the service of your highest good.
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* The entire story is documented in All But My Soul: Abuse Beyond Control, 2001 www.AllButMySoul.com
© Dr Jeanne King — Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention