This is one of my 6 a.m. posts. Meaning, I have been awake since The Witching Hour (that’s 4:20 a.m. for me; I have no idea why I wake up at that time when I am integrated the big stuff) and need to write in order make meaning of my present life in transition.
I recently attended a gathering of people in a community I have socially inhabited for over 20 years. For three hours we shared our individual dreams and visions for next steps in a terribly dysfunctional U.S of A.
I call myself a healing artist and and artist, healing. Back in 2007–when I woke up to the fact that I could not in any way support allopathic medicine “from the inside” any longer– I shifted to the social service end of the conventional medical model.
And over the past seven years, I have learned and experienced that it is WAY WORSE than the MD part.
A statistic shared at a presentation on women and economic justice by the Vermont Commissioner on women simply floored me.
How much does the average woman in the health professions/ social services earn?
About $60,000 a year.
And how much does the average man in the health professions/ social services earn?
$488,000 a year.
We AmeriKKKan women, equal rights amendment-less as we are, expect a gender gap. But that one is truly astonishing. In fact, it is obscene. The only way that I can make sense of it is to conclude that my country continues to rape and pillage the souls of women. We are raised and conditioned to caretake others way beyond our emotional, physical, and fiscal capacities. And my country continues to reward men who rape and pillage the system; men who move contentedly through their lives as robber barons and privateers.
Yes. Robber barons and PIRATES.
The evolution (devolution?) of managed care and of “for profit” medicine over the course of my career has been ethically unbearable to watch.
Total Truth: no nation anywhere else in the developed world has a health care system as broken as ours.
And everything that is factually true for women with respect to AmeriKKKa, health, wealth and privilege is exponentially worse for Black women.
So my creatively maladjusted response to sharing the tools of my very expensive and complex medical education has been to improvise…
I inventoried the strengths from my conventional training (medical diagosis, anatomy, understanding of HOW and why conventional treatmemts work or don’t work). I inventoried the weaknesses (little in conventional training regarding sexuality, sensuality or spirituality as tools for healing) and got supplemental training/life experiences.
As a result, I have presence in the world as a healer and as an artist in these places:
“The Doctor Speaks” channel on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8VPUZFLSArsXTfzLG52XAg?view_as=subscriber
Temple of the Healthy Spirit on FB:
Channeling The Muse (1 hour radio podcasts, available at www.archive.org)
Dr. O’s Wellness show 15 minute podcasts (which I hope to make available through archive.org as well, since it is an open source public library)
And last, my patreon site. No link to that one… but to a “Go Fund Me” page, instead:
Patreon an idea with a pretty straightforward model, but the stats say it simply does not work.
I continue to be hopeful that I can swim into a NEW PARADIGM on “income”/wealth/and my actual “social security, as I explore new ways to exchange money for services rendered/ gifts exchanged/ideas shared, with gratitude.
So you are my last hope. Whoever you are. If you are reading this, you are in my sphere of influence and can help me in the next two weeks either meet the dastardly new goals for monetization on these creepy consumer surveillance social media hotspots:
” under new requirements announced today, your YouTube channel, Opeyemi Parham, is no longer eligible for monetization because it doesn’t meet the new threshold of 4,000 hours of watchtime within the past 12 months and 1,000 subscribers. As a result, your channel will lose access to all monetization tools and features associated with the YouTube Partner Program on February 20, 2018 unless you surpass this threshold in the next 30 days”
I intend to focus on my Temple of the Healthy Spirit Facebook site and my “The Doctor Speaks” YouTube channel.
If you can click on these links, and start the video: