And here begins my commentary…
How refreshing to get two eyewitness accounts about what is REALLY happening in one of the most important and volatile regions in the world.
One of those speakers was Emmy-Award-winning reporter Amber Lyon.
I first discovered Amber’s investigative reporting when I happened to catch a segment on CNN back in the Spring of 2010. Her report with Philippe Cousteau was raw and passionate – rare in mainstream media nowadays.
Amber calls a spade a spade. No surprise then that her CNN investigative reporting team was just dissolved.
Amber Lyon is now a free-lance reporter. FREE to report the truth.
Freedom is the keyword of 2012. And Truth is the keyword of our 21st Century.
Like so many people in 2012 Amber is being prompted to follow her soul’s real purpose. To free herself of shackles (doesn’t matter if they are self-imposed or not – they are STILL shackles), and be completely authentic.
Amber Lyon is fearlessly stepping into her power.
Her last name ‘Lyon’ is not a coincidence. As you know names carry frequencies and Lyon derives from Leon (lion) – a fierce and brave warrior.
A warrior she is, as was exemplified last night.
Amber mentioned the word TRUTH many times. She revealed that the role of a reporter is not to give a play-by-play synopsis of the news.
Rather, the role of a reporter is to investigate the truth behind a news story.
Afterwards Ali and I walked up to Amber to hear more of her inspiring story. She shared her view that the state of reporting on main-stream media in this country was absolutely dismal. No matter if it is right-wing, left-wing, or middle of the ground.
Why? Well my view is that behind-the-scenes there are vested interests in keeping the population ‘dumbed down’, uninformed and ignorant.
Connecting the dots is not encouraged by main-stream media who like to feed stories piecemeal and disconnected from their true source.
Fortunately things are changing. The internet has allowed the truth to trickle out with much more in-depth documentaries and reporting, providing more powerful alternative sources of information.
No surprise there. The 21st Century embodies the Ancient Egyptian symbolic meaning of number 21 – “The Truth Shall Set You Free.”
Amber Lyon’s profession like all others is undergoing a shift in 2012.
First, to be clear, corporations own mainstream media outlets, and their vested interests ensure that the important investigative reporters are marginalized and given very little air-time.
So if you ask me, getting all your news from CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, NPR – you are being fed a sanitized version of actual events.
For example. Amber was in Bahrain and filmed the incredible atrocities against the population. Note that imported soldiers taken from the military of neighboring Saudi Arabia were hired by the Bahraini King to stamp out the protests.
This tactic of utilizing imported security forces is often used by dictators because foreigners can be much more brutal.
Amber showed her videos and the danger she and her team faced while gathering the truth of how the Bahraini government was maiming and killing their own population. She also showed her interview with the King of Bahrain and another Government minister both of whom of course denied the atrocities she had just documented on film.
Lyon wanted to call a spade a spade and refer to the King of Bahrain as a dictator in her report on CNN.
However, she was not able to do so.
To understand the vested interests of the U.S. in this region – Bahrain holds a vital U.S. military base on this tiny island nation.
The U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet – with thousands of onshore personnel and dependents, about 30 warships, and approximately 30,000 sailors – is headquartered on Bahrain. The Fifth Fleet patrols the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea, the western part of the Indian Ocean, and the Persian Gulf. They are essential to big corporations by ensuring that sea-lanes remain open and oil can flow out. Of course the Navy fleet is a buffer against Iran's influence in the region. Bahrain also hosts the United States' Naval Forces Central Command. It is the Maritime version of the U.S. Central Command.
In other words, this tiny island is basically being held hostage by huge Western corporate interests and a brutal monarchy. They work hand in hand, as is often the case.
So Amber Lyon, who shared some of her incredible footage last night, could not call a spade a spade.
Naturally she is frustrated about the lack of real reporting. She also revealed that most reporters she knows feel the same way. That is good to hear.
However, unlike Amber, many mainstream reporters continue to share incomplete stories with the world because they have families to support and don’t want to loose their jobs.
Fortunately, in the 21st century with a big kickoff in 2012, the tide is beginning to turn.
2012 is a powerful 5 pivot point Universal Year.
We are all being asked to STEP UP and STEP OUT of our comfort zone. The only way to grow is to face your fears head-on, each and every day. Once you get into the fearless mode of BEING, you can no longer go back to old ways. You know for certain, the only way is the authentic way.
In the coming months I will share more with you about where the intrepid reporting is to be found online.
Together we can start supporting the Truth. Each voice carries power. By encouraging reporters like Amber Lyon who have seen reality and taken on the responsibility of sharing the Truth, we are joining as a community.
Don’t let anyone pressure you to be someone or something you are not.
Stand in Truth, align with your Soul and you will thrive.
Love and Blessings,
P.S. Put these dates in your calendar – October 6-7, 2012. You’ll want to be in Los Angeles that weekend. At my most empowering live event ever! Will share more soon…