point independence

Lame adaptations and sequels are always like, “how can Mina go back to her stifling Victorian marriage after her experience with the dark, seductive Dracula??”

Meanwhile, Mina marries her best friend, who she’s known since they were children, who she share common interests with, they build a home together, work as partners, make immense sacrifices for each other, support each other through their traumas.

Guys, a marriage isn’t stifling and restrictive just because two people… get along, I guess?

anonymous asked:

do you love hotdiggetydemon like i love hotdiggetydemon because he's honestly great sometimes

as an artist/animator, his content is cool, but as a human fuckin no dude hes kind of a fuckin prick. like, i dont know if theres a single thing hes made thats not tainted with cringy edgy racist sexist tryhard jokes. i rly like his animations but his whole .. personality, i guess? ruins it for me

I think people who avoid medications because they “don’t want to change their body chemistry/depend on artificial drugs” are missing the obvious, especially in the case of chronic illnesses.
If you need medication, your body chemistry is already off. The medication brings it back to normal. It’s not like a perfectly healthy person decided to pop levothyroxine pills for kicks; it’s someone using the tools available to bring themselves just a bit closer to being healthy.
“Well I wouldn’t want to be dependent on so many drugs.”
Good for you, hypothetical health nut. But some of us don’t have that option, and taking medications isn’t choosing to be dependent anyway. Getting proper treatment makes us /more/ independent.
Point is, you’re not polluting yourself or whatever by taking your meds. You’re not taking the coward’s way out or giving yourself over to big pharma.

70 Years of Independence 

“At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.” From the famous speech Tryst with Destiny by Jawaharlal Nehru, 70 years ago on the eve of India’s independence 🇮🇳

Jai Hind and a Happy Independence Day to all my fellow Indians 💙

Pointed pen calligraphy with gouache on drafting film

i really hate when there’s an act of terror and the suspect hasn’t been identified yet and conservatives wait with haggard breath, hoping that the suspect was muslim, while liberals salivate, hoping that the suspect was a white christian male. 

horrible tragedies have turned into a way to bolster one’s political opinion, and post on facebook “THIS is what a terrorist looks like!” without so much as a thought to the victims or their families, and it really makes me sick that this is what we’ve become.

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∙ He (D. Pedro I) could not help but respond to her great love for him, her good nature, sweetness, and considerateness (…) From the voluminous and frank correspondence that Dona Leopoldina carried with her relatives in Europe, it appears that Dom Pedro gave up tavern hopping and womanizing for some time after the consummation of their marriage. She begged her father not to believe the scandalous tales that he might hear about her husband. (…) He could be sharp-tongued and mean, but normally he was good humored and generous. (Dom Pedro: The Struggle for Liberty in Brazil and Portugal, 1798-1834 //  Neill W. Macaulay) 

As ‘The North’s Independence’ is currently being heavily discussed and debated, I just want to make the following clear….

  • Robb’s campaign wasn’t some ‘cute teenage rebellion’. Northerners fought and died for it because it was something worth fighting for. He wasn’t motivated by war stories and glory, but the actual pain of losing his father, siblings and of the North being under tyrannical rule. 
  • Extending your empire to include a region / country that doesn’t want you isn’t ‘peace’. It’s imperalism. 
  • The Stark history isn’t all roses and sunshine. But they’re one of the very few families in the whole series who have improved from a moral standpoint. Meaning: Sansa, Arya, Jon and Bran are undisputable heroes, even if their ancestors may not have been.
  • The Targaryens, however from Aegon The Conquerer right to Daenerys have displayed acts of cruelty.
  • The North are under no obligation to support or to accept Targ rule. They want to be independent. That should be respected. 
  • Tyrion is no friend to The North. I love him, but c’mon. 
  • Robb’s campaign was justified, and The North’s campaign in season seven will also be justified. 
  • The North are fierce, yes but due to the Whitewalker threat they are on the insecure side. So it being used as a political ploy by Cersei and Daenerys is rather frustrating and sad. 
  • Pretty much: The North just want to be safe and independent. There are sympathetic factions in The South- the Vale, for instance (with some wanting to support Robb in the books). It’s more to do with Targaryen, Lannister and Greyjoy. They want power and control.

To sum up this dot-point rant, Northern Independence I will always support. 

anonymous asked:

hey I have a random question, how do you draw someone's face? do you layer the photo and draw or you draw by looking at the photo? Thank youuu

when i FIRST start out with real people, i trace multiple times over their faces as practice mainly for familiarising with their face’s shape! the rest after that is simply referencing from the side, since tracing wouldn’t really help you in understanding the process of sculpting faces itself.

Being Asexual But Not Realizing It: Why Ace Awareness And Pride Are So Important

so. since AAW is almost over and i’ve yet to deliver on the one thing i said i was going to contribute although i will deliver. at some point. eventually i’m going to talk about my experience as growing up asexual without realizing it, since i haven’t really talked about that in detail before

now, the most common narrative we see in the asexual community is aces who grew up feeling broken, knowing there was something different about them, and not knowing how to fix it like everyone told them they should. and this is aces of all ages, from young questioning teens to the elderly who learned the word asexual from their grandkids

and this is an important narrative to highlight, because no one should ever have to go through that. and my heart goes out to every ace who has ever felt this way. only, as i’ve become more involved with the ace community and seen this prevailing narrative, i’ve felt a little confused because, in my case, it was the exact /opposite/ problem for me

because i thought i was straight. even though i exhibited behavior that could be read as bi, even though my parents “worried” i was a lesbian for a number of years, i knew i wasn’t gay and i knew i wasn’t bisexual. i don’t know how, but i did. and because i thought straight and gay and bi were the only sexualities that existed, i figured i must be straight. it was never a question as to whether or not i knew i was, i just wasn’t anything else, so i identified as straight by default

and it’s not that i thought i was straight “but not very good at it.” or that i was straight “but something was still missing.” or even that i was straight “but hey shit happens.” no, i thought i was straight, wholly and completely. and so, because i was undoubtedly straight, i assumed that this was what being straight was. i assumed that how /i/ experienced straightness was how everyone else must be experiencing their straightness

so, how it was for me, is that i thought /i/ was “normal” and that it was literally everyone else who had the problem. because i wasn’t actually experiencing straightness, so obviously our feelings weren’t the same, but i thought they must be, and i held myself as the standard, and when other people didn’t exhibit their straightness as i did, i thought there was something wrong with /them/

frankly, i’m a little concerned to know what this says about my ego, although i’m not about to think it’s exactly a bad thing, since it did save me from that existence of feeling broken and lost and self defeating about my sexuality. or maybe it’s just because i’m a naturally reclusive person and i’ve always been a little more mentally-independent

the point i’m trying to make, is that this is not an ace narrative i’ve ever come across before, only i’m certain i can’t be the only person who has experienced this or something similar. which is why i’ve decided to share this story for AAW, in an effort to bring awareness to the multitude of ways people can grow up being asexual and not realizing it

and this is not to say that i didn’t experience isolation or confusion, because i most certainly did feel these things. although this came from a different perspective than those who think of themselves as the ones who are broken. i didn’t think that i should be feeling like everyone else, i thought everyone else should be feeling like me, and so it confused me that i still couldn’t understand them

because i felt i should have. they were straight, just like me, they felt the same things i did, so why couldn’t i understand them? the degree to which this bothered me varied depending. generally i’m not particularly concerned about the affairs of others, so i didn’t spend /a lot/ of time fussing about this. but when my friends dated or when i heard people talk about sex and all it entailed or when we got the abstinence sermons at church, i did feel very alone

because i didn’t /understand/. why was everyone else obsessed with dating and losing their virginity? why was everyone obsessed with sex? why was everyone having so much romantic drama? why were adults constantly trying to instill in us the importance of abstinence? why was it such a big a deal to wait for marriage?

why were people behaving in ways i couldn’t understand? i felt just like them, so why weren’t they making sense? why was it so hard for them to just not care about sex? to just not have sex? to just not date? if it was so much trouble, why not just avoid it? why was that so hard? what made it worth it to these people?

why did adults keeping telling me it was important to wait? i got it, okay, it wasn’t that hard, you just wait. why did they tell me it was important to resist? what was there to resist? why were they making such a big deal out of it? why did other kids complain about this? it wasn’t that hard, just don’t have sex. so why were they obsessed with it anyway?

it frustrated me to no end that i couldn’t understand these people that i should be able to understand. and sometimes it left me feeling very much alone; and normally i didn’t care about being alone, i didn’t care about being the odd one out, i didn’t care about going my own way as usual

but it was a very distinct feeling of being on the outside looking in. or more accurately, that i was inside and everyone else was outside but they all seemed to be having a good time and i didn’t understand why they didn’t just come inside with me because it was perfecty fine in here

but of course, all of this was because i was coming at it from the wrong perspective. i wasn’t experiencing straightness as i thought i was, it was something else entirely. and it was such an incredible relief to learn about asexuality. because finally--finally–i knew what i was feeling, finally everything /made sense/. it was like i’d been stumbling around in semi-darkness, never questioning that maybe things shouldn’t be like that, and then suddenly all the lights were turned on and i understood

and i was able to relax and find comfort in my identity and stop worrying about understanding all those people and all their ridiculous nonsense. because of course i couldn’t understand it, we were feeling different things. they were feeling exactly as they should, it was i who had mislabeled my feelings. and it was such a relief to know that i wasn’t part of that and so i didn’t have to worry about not fitting in with it

i was part of this whole other group of people, and /these/ people acted in ways i could understand. i didn’t have to be confused or frustrated or isolated because they felt how i did and when they said things, i got it. i could understand these people, and that’s part of why it’s so important to me to contribute to this community as best i can, because it makes sense to me, because for the first time in my life i have found people i can understand

you know, one of the most important aspects of mainting mental health is validation, is understanding. it hurts a person emotionally to be alone, to have no one to talk to, no one who can understand you. and this is coming from me, who relishes being alone, who seeks to be alone whenever possible, who finds fulfillment and satisfaction in solitude

because it’s not just about being physically alone, it’s the emotions. it’s a very different feeling of /wanting/ to be alone and then feeling like you’re alone because you can’t connect with the people around you. even now, sometimes, i get a little tired dealing with my offline friends because none of them are ace and they’re all very sexual, and i don’t mind, really, but it gets lonely, and it’s such a respite to be able to come online and talk to and interact with other ace people whenever i want

and that’s why i’ve decided to share this story, because you guys can understand me, and i know there’s probably some other aces out there who had my same circumstances and maybe wondered if they were the only ones. you’re /never/ the only one, there’s billions upon billions of people on this planet, there is garaunteed to be at least one other person who feels the way you do, and if there’s a chance that i’m that person, well, here i am

that’s why i’m always open to talking to ace people, and especially questioning people, because i can /understand/ you, and sometimes that’s what a person needs. and that’s why this blog exists

that’s why it’s so important to raise awareness of asexuality and instill pride in asexual people, so they don’t have to grow up thinking they’re something they’re not, so they can know that there’s a whole community of others out there that can understand them, and so they never have to feel like they’re alone

~Mod Q

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Jelly’s Energy System Notes: Introduction

Hello! This is my notes on energy systems. I have gathered this knowledge over the years through my dealings with energy work, especially while healing others. This knowledge pertains mainly to human energy systems. The structure of other beings’ energy systems are often similar, however, the way their systems interact with the environment is usually not similar to humans.

Note that while it is similar to the chakra system it is not the same; this is not the chakra system, this is my own system. The points/”chakras” may be similar but the way energy flows through the body is not.

What are Energy Systems?
Your energy system is all of your energy, plus the main energetic points in your body, plus the pathways it flows throughout your body. It’s how your energy is and flows in your body/spirit body/astral body. Similar to how your blood and heart and stuff is called the “circulatory system”; like that, but with energy.

Your energy collects in focal points, of which I just call “points”. These points are where energy is processed and distributed throughout a small location of the body. The health of these points is crucial to someone’s entire energetic system, because of their effect on energy flow and storage. Most points are spherical in shape and appearance, however they can become cubes or triangular pyramids through odd magic shenanigans.

There are 9 Main Points. These points are named for their effect, with the exception of the hand and feet points.

  • Astral Point: Indicates spiritual connection/spiritual ability. This is where most of the communication with spirits, especially deities, “enters” from. This point does not need to be open or flowing for someone to live a healthy mundane or magical life, it is more of an added bonus. 
  • Mind Point: Shows the ability to think clearly.
  • Communication Point: Shows the ability to communicate with ease, without struggles and anxiety, and the ability to listen to and understand others when they communicate; how you connect to others in communication. 
  • Heart Point: Deals with all emotions to a certain extent, though primarily more personal ones such as love and trust. 
  • Confidence Point: Deals with confidence. 
  • Enjoyment of Life: Deals with being able to feel happy and enjoy life. 
  • Security: Deals with feelings of stability, self-reliance, and independence. 
  • Hand Points: These deal with doing work/being hardworking, and thus signs of overworking yourself, or being lazy, can be seen here. 
  • Feet points: These deal with perseverance/general stamina, and work similar to the Hand Points to an extent. Leaks in this point are very common in people with strenuous jobs.

How does energy flow through these points?
All energy in the body should circulate through the heart point, as energy flow is very similar to heart flow. The heart point is the most central of the points because of this, and its health can affect the health of the entire energetic system. Your energy is pumped throughout your body in rhythm with your pulse. All points have entrances and exits with valves that allow energy from other points to pass through them.

Each point makes energy while also absorbing and balancing with the other energies in the body. While each point has a specific “flavor” of energy, all of your energy flows through and circulates throughout the entire body. This circulation is important as it keeps your energy balanced (make sure none of the points have too little or too much energy), and is how your body automatically cleanses itself and distributes energy.

There are also what I term “Flow Paths”, additional paths that the energy flows along. These are special paths in that they don’t directly interact with the main energy flow throughout the rest of the system. They also have their own specialized, specific meanings. (Pink lines in the above picture)

  • Hands to Heart and Confidence Points: Hard work in relativity to your emotions and your confidence. 
  • Feet to Root Point: Perseverance in maintaining your own security; independence or lack thereof. 
  • Mind and Communication Points: Ability to communicate logical, rational thoughts.

How to determine the health of the system in general, or health of specific points?
Skill in sensing energy is the easiest way, as energy sensing skills will allow you to see or feel the blockages. However, you may determine if you have a blockage or if a certain point is unhealthy if you are having troubles in what each point symbolizes. It is still best to have someone else with energy sensing skills, whether they be an entity or human, to verify if you have an actual blockage or not. 

Additionally, energy systems are very relative- determining if something is unhealthy is based on large differences. For example, if someone has gigantic points in general, and their hand points are super large as well- then those hand points are probably healthy. However, if the hand points were small while the rest of the system has rather large points, then those points are highly likely unhealthy.

How do blockages form?

Blockages may form from mental, emotional, physical, or magical stressors. It is my belief that when there is a non-magical blockage, mundane problems arise first, physical, mental, or emotional, which results in an energy blockage afterwards ; an energetic manifestation of the problem.

Magical blockages may form through cursings, bindings, and other harmful magic.

How to cleanse a blockage or heal the energy system in general?

All of my magic is this: mundane first. Ignoring the mundane is probably one of the biggest problems in the magic community I’ve seen, even for people who aren’t aware of it. Mundane problems arise first , physical, mental, or emotional, which results in an energy blockage afterwards ; an energetic manifestation of the problem. Because of this, if you don’t take care of the mundane issue, getting an energy healing won’t do anything: the blockage will keep coming back, because you keep doing the same things that result in the blockage over and over.

Example: You’re really shy and have trouble expressing yourself, and an energetic healer sees the blockage. They heal it for you. You feel better for a few days, but ultimately didn’t change anything about your habits. After about a week or so, the blockage comes back, because you’re still not talking to new people, you’re still avoiding going out because you don’t want to put effort into socializing, etc. Nothing will change unless you take the mundane actions to support it. Did you try talking to someone today? Did you order your food yourself, even though it makes you anxious and your friend offered to do it? Did you force yourself to go out and socialize, even though you felt unmotivated to do so? Or did you stay at home, then complained why you felt lonely, again?

They can get better as you grow as a person, but it’s up to you to make sure that happens.

Meditations and visualizations can and will facilitate getting over these problems, but that’s all they can do: facilitate. They can be a start to getting over your own blockages, but they will never replace the actual physical work necessary to fix them.

Note that energy systems are NOT limited to what I state here; the above picture is only the TYPICAL system for a TYPICAL human; other species often have other points/nodes/other characteristics. 

How is this different from the chakra system? 

Note that I am NOT an expert on the chakra system, this is just what I know of: 

  • There is no religion tied to this system, unlike the chakra system, which is Hindu in origin (please correct me if I am wrong!). In my system, these points contain no spiritual significance, there are no deep meanings behind each point. My system is fully secular. 
  • You don’t need your astral point (”crown chakra”) to be healthy to have a balanced and healthy energy system, unlike in the chakra system. 
  • In the chakra system, energy only flows from the root/feet chakras upwards, instead of circulating throughout the entire body. 
  • My system has absolutely nothing to do with “raising your vibration”, which is a common concern among people who follow the chakra system. 
  • The chakra system does not contain details on energetic flow paths. 
  • Hand and feet points are considered main points in my system. 
  • 9 main points (my system) versus 7 (chakra system). 

Again, this is based on my knowledge, I am no expert on the chakra system. 

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This is just the introductory post, I will add more posts on specific parts very soon! 

anonymous asked:

If you couldn’t afford the deposit yourself, how are you going to pay your parents back for it? This has always worried me wrt borrowing from mine :/

Ahhh anon, my parents are both in their mid 60s, and my mother said to me: ‘Alice, you can spend the next twenty years or so slowly paying us back until the day we die and all that money goes to you and your sister anyway…but to be honest there’s not a lot of point you living off baked beans just so you can give us money that will just end up going back to you anyway, so don’t bother’

She’s a pragmatic, if slightly morbid woman, my mother.

Summary: The Nightshade Witch of Ren, a name that brings fear. Harbinger of revenge and corrupt justice, he’s the number one target of The Church. You are an average young woman of the village, trying to escape your strict parents and The Church. Fate has it that your paths are intrinsically linked, to the disdain of well…everyone.


Kylo Ren was working on requests, when Armitage Hux entered his shop. He sold unspeakable things, magic that was widely used but left unacknowledged. He observed the man with narrowed eyes; watching as a sinister spirit seemed to swirl around him.

“Hux, what do you want?” This wasn’t his first time as a customer, Hux wasn’t afraid to abuse his wealth to attain power. He was quite well versed in the occult, to the misfortune of his enemies.

“I have a sea serpent’s scale and many moonberries, along with 50 golden coins. It’s more than necessary, but I have a feeling you won’t like what I‘m about to ask.” Hux lays his pay on the table for Kylo to examine.

“I need to know what you’re asking before I consider this.”

Hux pinches the bridge of his nose and sighs, “There’s this maiden,” He starts. Kylo raises his brows; he could tell already he wasn’t going to like this. “She is to be my betrothed, well supposed to be. Y/N L/N, I’ve been courting her for years.”

“Get to the point,” Kylo rolls his eyes.

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showvigilance  asked:

It's so unfair that Danielle, who utterly neglects her supposed allies (halo, she seemed to have forgotten about Olenna, Ellaria and Yara once they were of no use to her any more), is praised all the way around while Sansa, who thinks about her subjects and tries her best to save them from cold and starvation( omg, she orders them cover the armour with LEATHER! how considerate is that?!?!?!), is STILL hated and despised. Unbelievable. S7 is waaay over, but I'm still so pissed!

DUUUUDE, TELL ME ABOUT IT!!!

Let me paint you a scene…

Season 7 Episode 1 and onwards – Alys Karstark and Ned Umber are brought to the council to determine what should be done with them because although they haven’t individually done anything, their fathers essentially led a rebellion against House Stark, who has at that point declared independence from the south and was the equivalent of the royal family. They were not just complicit but active in the kidnapping and subsequent murder of Rickon Stark, not to mention the abuse and torture of Sansa Stark, the eldest trueborn heir of House Stark, at the hands of Ramsay Bolton, who they declared their alliance to despite the ancient oath they swore to House Stark. Sansa wants justice done. She wants them stripped of lands and titles, which as they were children, would place them as wards of another Northern house. This is a standard law. Theon Greyjoy was placed as a ward of House Stark after the Greyjoys started a rebellion against King Robert, whom House Stark had sworn fealty to. 

What Sansa wants is to remind the North of their oaths, the alliances made between their families and punish those who fail to comply with these alliances, so that betrayal in the future may be avoided. Sansa knows the importance of her allies. She spent all of Season 7 listening to their grievances and trying to ease their worries because she values those who are loyal to House Stark. She didn’t want to punish Alys and Ned out of some sadistic pleasure or to rule with fear. I don’t doubt she wants revenge for what happened to her and her family as well, but Sansa was thinking about the long-term. She needed people to know the strength of House Stark and that they value and reward loyalty. 

Don’t forget that Sansa spends the rest of the season concerning herself with making sure her people are warm and well-fed. She comes up with plans to ensure that all of the food in the North are kept well-preserved for when people flock to Winterfell. She thinks of ways to get more food so that no one starves. 

But immediately after Episode 2, however, fandom decides Sansa wanted to ‘kill’ Alys and Ned despite that never happening. They decide that Sansa is a cruel, sadistic bitch, high off power and vying for Jon’s crown. They call her cold and undeserving to be a Stark. They still say that even after all the evidence of Sansa working towards the betterment of her people and the contentment of her allies.  

Fast forward… 

Season 7 Episode 2 and onwards – Yara Greyjoy, her fleet and the Sands are killed or captured by Euron Greyjoy and the Lannisters. Yara and the Sands had sworn fealty to D and aligned their armies with her. D hears about this, gets angry about this, but does nothing. She doesn’t spare one thought for the safety and well-being for Yara, Ellaria or her daughter. There is not one piece of dialogue that shows D even cares for the people in her alliance. If they aren’t providing her with something to gain, they don’t matter at all. At the time, D has 3 dragons. She could easily have burnt Euron’s fleet to the ground if she so wished, but even if saving them wasn’t a viable option, the fact remains that D does not care for her subjects if they no longer benefit her. 

Of course, fandom doesn’t care either. They’re all ‘Queen D! She’s so badass! She has such a big heart! She cares for the people! Didntcha know she freed some slaves?’ 

This is hypocrisy at its finest.