Inelia Benz: Did you get jabbed and now figured out the consequences?

Did you get jabbed and now figured out the consequences?

by Inelia Benz

In the past week I have had several conversations with individuals who got jabbed and now realized it was a huge decision with massive consequences.

What is this huge decision?

In 2011, we as one of many species on Earth, decided that we were not all going to choose to expand our awareness to a high-frequency experience and empowered, sovereign conscious manifestations. Those of us who decided to continue with a low frequency reality have had to, since then, work very hard to separate, stay “unaware of the consequences of their choices” and are required to embody their choice physically ‘by their own hand’.

The first clear choice to take a huge action towards the decision the person made in 2011 (most people took this choice subconsciously – higher-self level only), is to get a jab that will make the person sick (lower their physical body frequency) at best, and bring about their exit through disconnect or death at worst. After they die, they will incarnate on a planet that is co-creating a fear based existence of power over others pretty much like it has been on Earth for several thousand years now in this timeline.  We might say that they are stepping into a different timeline, but that statement is not 100% accurate. It is more like a different option in a different reality altogether. A little bit like Lemuria being in our timeline, but in a different reality spectrum.

Going back to the choice that these individuals made surrounding the type of paradigm they want to embody, let’s say that the clear signs is that through fear of a virus, or fear of losing something like a job, freedom of travel, loved ones etc.. These individuals took the jab.

Most people who took the jab are still strong in their decision and are still very much afraid and almost dictatorial in their righteousness around getting the jab.

BUT….

There are some who did the above, then woke up to its true meaning and the consequences of having taken the jab, and now have changed their mind.  For those people, here is my advice:

  1. Process your fear of sickness and death 
  2. Process your fear that you are now stuck in the low-frequency paradigm.
  3. Process your fear that you cannot change your mind.
  4. Get your affairs in order, as there is a very high possibility that you will die within the next year or two.
  5. Keep away from pets and children, as there is growing evidence that you are shedding poisonous toxins into the environment and many pets and even unborn babies are dying or getting very sick over it.
  6. Don’t drive. Vaccidents are growing in numbers every day. Erratic driving causing deadly accidents, or people simply dying at the wheel from unexplainable reasons. Hang up your car keys, or sell your car. Use taxis, ubers, public transport or get lifts. 
  7. Tell everyone you love, that you love them. 
  8. When you start feeling negative health issues, mental confusion or other signs, tell your doctor and make a record of it. Post it on your FB page, youtube and other locations. Don’t hide it.

“That’s all very well,” you might think, “but what about my soul and body choice of going to continue on a low-frequency paradigm?”

  1. Do the fear processing exercise over getting stuck in a hellish world.
  2. Clean your entourage.
  3. State out loud, with the voice of power, that you have changed your mind. You now choose to embody a high-frequency experience.
  4. Use the tools on my site and START EMBODYING THE NEW-PARADIGM. No one else can do this for you. No one can save you but yourself.
  5. Support and help everyone in your family who got the jab to get their affairs in order.


One thing about freewill, we can always change our minds. What does this mean in this lifetime? The jab is not a casual or light thing. If you didn’t get the information before you got the jab it was your higher-self choice. I have elderly relatives that can hardly use the internet in Chile, and they found the information without any input from me. If they did it, you would have done so too if your higher-self decision had been to embody a high-frequency paradigm.

So if now you can see what this is all about and have changed your mind, this is what you have to understand:

  1. Death is not the end of experience.
  2. Is there hope of no sickness, separation, disconnection or death? Yes, some of the jabs were placebo. We don’t know the percentage but there have been independent testing that have identified some jabs to contain a saline solution only, no poisons or nanoparticles. For more information on this, research Dr. Tom Cowen’s work.
  3. I want you to say the following sentence like a mantra from now on:

“Throughout time, space and existence, I am fully conscious and aware of the consequences of my actions.”

Now think about those people who feel they have wronged you, or you feel they have wronged you and state:

“Throughout time, space and existence, you are fully conscious and aware of the consequences of your actions.”

I have not taught this powerful mantra before. It is something I have used with huge effect and feel this is the time to release it.

I hear many people talk about “forgiveness”, but here’s the thing: “forgiveness” implies allocation of blame and guilt. It is a core aspect of the victim/aggressor paradigm. Redefine this energy of blame and guilt and put it into awareness and ability to respond. Use the mantra above instead.

  1. Drop the blame and guilt of yourself or others, and become fully aware of the consequences of your actions instead. It is the best thing you can do for yourself and the world.

I cannot give you a meaningful reason for why the timing of your expansion of awareness over this jab came after you got it. It happened. Now do your best to minimize the effects it has on the human collective.

  1. Can prayer, Jesus, meditation or alternative healing methods change what you did to your body by getting the jab? Not really. The co-creative decision of what this means is way bigger than one person or one body. BUT, at the same time, you CAN change your mind of what happens to your body and you from now on, and also there are spontaneous healings within our agreed upon reality. And I can assure you that spontaneous healings don’t happen through fear. Go to my site and read the hundreds of articles I have placed there the past 11 years. That will get you out of fear and into the path of self-empowerment.

See you on the other side.



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https://blog.ineliabenz.com/did-you-get-jabbed-and-now-figured-out-the-consequences/


Fear processing Exercise
https://blog.ineliabenz.com/fear-processing-exercise/


PS: Here is our latest podcast episode: It’s bait, don’t bite it!
https://podcast.ineliabenz.com/episodes/its-bait-dont-bite-it-driving-to-the-rez-episode-70

‼️‼️ MASSIVE DUMP OF FINDERS CULT ‼️‼️



Not the type of thing everyone can stomach… ***Adults only, viewer discretion advised***



‼️‼️ MASSIVE DUMP OF FINDERS CULT ‼️‼️

GITMO TV, [27.07.21 10:22] https://t.me/GitmoTV
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In
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     1. The Finders- deep child abuse group/cult
https://www.reddit.com/r/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/27lqws/the_finders_deep_child_abuse_groupcult/

     2.The Finders: The Story Of The CIA’s Pedophile Ring
https://redpilledreality.com/the-finders-the-story-of-the-cias-pedophile-ring/

     3. The Finders Cult – CIA connections
https://youtu.be/NEntCEa-dhY

     4. The CIA Traffics in Drugs, Child Ritual Sexual Abuse, and Global Murder
https://educate-yourself.org/cn/ciadrugsabusemurder.shtml

     5. FBI Records – The Vault
https://vault.fbi.gov/search?SearchableText=finders+cult

     6.This Cult From the 80s Was Patient Zero for Epstein and Pizzagate Conspiracies
https://www.vice.com/en/article/7x53vg/the-finders-cult-from-the-80s-was-patient-zero-for-epstein-and-pizzagate-conspiracies

     7.FBI Declassifies Documents On Secret Pedophile Group ‘The Finders’
https://www.newswars.com/fbi-declassifies-documents-on-secret-pedophile-group-the-finders/

     8. The Finders – Full Documentary
https://youtu.be/hLe0OItf9NE

     9. True Detectives – The Finders, Kroth, and Satanism
https://youtu.be/PzJZ_JfB1Yw

     10. Document – Finders Keepers
https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Document:Finders_Keepers
By
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In
@ExposeThePEDOSendTheCABAL

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GITMO TV, [27.07.21 10:21]

https://t.me/GitmoTV
[Forwarded from Expose the PEDOS END the CABAL]
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@ENDHUMANTRAFFICKING
In
@ExposeThePEDOSendTheCABAL

‼️ PART 2 ‼️

     11. The Finders Cult
https://finderscult.wordpress.com

     12. INQUIRY SPREADS ON 6 CHILDREN AND CULT
https://www.nytimes.com/1987/02/08/us/inquiry-spreads-on-6-children-and-cult.html

     13. Patch Adams And Pedogate: The Finders Cult Connection
https://thegoldwater.com/news/23811-Patch-Adams-And-Pedogate-The-Finders-Cult-Connection

     14. The Finders of Lost Children – Declassified Docs
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=txKGIkB7ylI

     15. “The Finders” Cult: The Missing “Pizzagate” Links
https://thegodofrage.wordpress.com/2017/10/25/the-finders-cult-the-missing-pizzagate-links-part-1-of-many/

     16. The Finders – 80’s Child Sex Cult Covered up by U.S. Intelligence Agencies Exposed
https://stillnessinthestorm.com/2020/02/the-finders-cult-cia-connections/

     17. The Finders – Part 1
https://youtu.be/Irln7CwnbKU

     18. Conspiracy of Silence
https://youtu.be/vBSIDQt5Dwc

     19. FBI documents expose Finders Cult
https://www.scriberrnews.com/2019/11/04/fbi-documents-expose-the-finders-an-80s-child-sex-cult-covered-up-by-the-u-s-intelligence-community/

     20. FBI releases ‘Finders’ files after 3 decades; Declassified investigation linked to Tallahassee child abuse case
https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/local/state/2019/10/29/fbi-vault-the-finders-conspiracy-theories-florida-tallahassee-child-abuse-case-files/2487934001/

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Ralph Smart: “Trust Everything Is Working Out ” Prepare Yourself To Let Go Now! – Infinite Waters

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Devolution series – Kash Patel via X22Report

X22 Report Official, [25.07.21 11:50]


Here is the article that I was referring to in my report about Devolution


Chris Miller, Anthony Tata, Kash Patel, and Ezra Cohen-Watnick were appointed to key positions in the Pentagon immediately after the November election. These moves seemed urgent at the time, but the public was never told why they were made. This series offers a logical explanation.


Following the 2020 election, Chris Krebs of CISA issued a statement saying the election was the most safe and secure in history. Oddly, this letter, from the government agency in charge of election security, was co-authored by several voting machine manufacturers, who it turns out, sit on the board of advisers for CISA. How did this arrangement happen? Article 5 provides the answer.


Examples are given about the extreme measures Abraham Lincoln took to preserve the continuity of government during the civil war. Since President Trump has stated publicly that we are at war, would he not have used these same powers himself?


Links to the articles in the series.


Devolution – Part 1: https://patelpatriot.substack.com/p/devolution
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Devolution – Part 2: https://patelpatriot.substack.com/p/devolution-part-2
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Devolution – Part 3: https://patelpatriot.substack.com/p/devolution-part-3
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Devolution – Part 4: https://patelpatriot.substack.com/p/devolution-part-4
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Devolution – Part 5: https://patelpatriot.substack.com/p/devolution-part-5
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Lorie Ladd: Is Trump a Lightworker?

I DARE YOU TO SUSPEND JUDGMENT AND LISTEN CAREFULLY TO THE ENTIRE EXPRESSION!

Lorie Ladd explains Trump’s role and purpose and why he does not care if you hate him. Listen carefully. This is about a paradigm shift, about the rise in human consciousness that often comes through challenge. This is about the dismantling of archaic systems, the end to polarization and duality. This is about the awakening of humanity as we move towards ascension. ~PB
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“It doesn’t matter if you like this individual or not. It’s about the bigger perspective, the bigger picture.”

“You don’t have to like him, the way he speaks, the words that come out of his mouth, his personality. Why is he the ONLY President that has ever spoken about sex trafficking. Ever. And sex trafficking is by far the largest, darkest system that is being dismantled. Millions of young children are in this system, being tortured and everything else that’s happening. And there are millions of very powerful individuals that have partaken in this.Why is he the only President that has spoken about this?”

“Why is he the only President that has spoken about the media in the way that he has? And why is that bad? Why is it bad that a President doesn’t trust the media. Why is that not o.k.? “

“Why is he the only President that has spoken about the Deep State?”
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These questions and more are answered and explained as Lorie encourages all of us to suspend judgment, release the labels and step into our own Sovereignty. ~PB

Is Trump A Lightworker?


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J.C. Kay: #157 INTENTION IS EVERYTHING – Explaining #156 video through Quantum Tech, DNA, Living in Truth + #156 video+ # 155 video – THE TREE WHISPERER – Messages From The Trees – 8 July 2021

 Wow!  This is intense! Listen carefully…The messages and analysis get into some deep concepts about Quantum Physics and the co-creative nature of our reality, and how THIS is the key to setting ourselves free when we are brought to the brink! Do not acquiesce to fit in. “STAND IN YOUR TRUTH!” Do not diminish your understanding of Truth!

Take tech breaks and get out in nature to tune into your own desires and set your intentions. We have the New Moon tonight and this is a perfect time to make such changes if this is something new to you. J.C. Kay explains clearly and plays part of a video by Tore Says, who is very smart and experienced in dealing with the dark side of government as a Contractor. She was one of the key Whistleblowers in SHADOWGATE Documentary interviewed by Millenial Millie last year.

Take the time to listen and digest, and you may find much resonance and insight, as we have.

~PB
https://t.me/ForeverUnlimitedConsciousness

#157 INTENTION IS EVERYTHING – Explaining #156 video through Quantum Tech, DNA, Living in Truth

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Thursday 8th July, 2021


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Link to my #156 Video – Message From The Trees:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95b1D…


Link to Playlist “MESSAGES FROM THE TREES”:

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLt…


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#156 – THE TREE WHISPERER – Messages From The Trees
– 8 July 2021

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Thursday 8th July, 2021


This very cryptic message can be taken as a metaphor or literally or as both. It came from my Tree, Brenda, today …


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#155 – THE TREE WHISPERER – Messages From The Trees – (a message dated 21st June, 2021)

Jul 8, 2021
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Recorded: Thursday 8th July, 2021


This message was recorded on my voice recorder 21st June, 2021.


I have finally transcribed it, and recorded this video.


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Kevin Annett nominated for the Order of Canada

A friend I knew in California nearly 40 years ago who has lived in Canada for decades posted some recent news about this on FB. I had not kept up with Kevin’s work.


I first heard of Kevin Annett through Cobra perhaps back in 2013 when hardly anyone was talking about these kinds of things. I recall being pretty shocked at the time. He was pursuing International Tribuals  through ITTCS (The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State) which has now been archived here: http://murderbydecree.com/the-itccs-org-archive/


I also had a Canadian FB friend who said that some of her “First People” classmates would disappear and no one ever mentioned them again, or where they went, and years later they found a mass grave and it was a scandal for the town. (I used to post articles from ITTCS on FB back then, which prompted her story.)


I am glad to see his hard work has gained traction and notice, for until the world wakes to these nightmares we won’t be able to heal the collective consciousness and expose the elite cabals involved.   


~PB


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randy noel 
June 20, 2021 at 11:11 AM


Sunday, June 20, 2021
Ottawa:



The man who has led the public campaign to expose and prosecute the Indian Residential School Genocide
has been nominated for the Order of Canada.



Kevin Annett, the former United Church minister who first publicized evidence of the deaths of native children in 1995, was named today as “one who, at enormous personal cost for over a quarter century, has compelled Christian Canada to face its shadow and brought not only the truth but hope and life to countless people.” His nomination was made by a group of nineteen Canadians and indigenous elders. (A partial list of nominators is below)


Along with their individual nominations, the group stated in a letter to the Order of Canada Nominations Committee,
“The genocide of tens of thousands of indigenous children in Canada is known today because of the pioneering actions of Kevin Annett. Against the stream and in the face of blacklisting, misinformation and persecution, Kevin documented and proved the Crimes against Humanity committed by his own nation and its churches. His lonely courage and selfless perseverance for the sake of the murdered and the helpless should earn him the respect and honor of a genuinely healed, responsible society. As much as any Canadian living or dead, Kevin Annett deserves the thanks and recognition of his country. The awarding to him of the Order of Canada will sanction and encourage the long and unfinished struggle to overcome the crippling legacy of colonialism and genocide.”


Kevin Annett organized the first independent Tribunal into Indian residential school crimes in Vancouver in June 1998, authored its report and several books on Genocide in Canada, and in the spring of 2007 released an award-winning documentary film, Unrepentant. His movement forced Canada’s historic residential school apology in June 2008 and launched an international movement to prosecute crimes against children by Church and State. This campaign compelled the resignation of Pope Benedict in 2013 after convicting him, Queen Elizabeth and others of Crimes against Humanity.


Kevin was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 and 2015 and received the prestigious Prague Peace Award in 2016. In recognition of his work for their people and the disappeared children, elders of the Anishinabe indigenous nation in Manitoba adopted Kevin Annett into its Crane Clan in April 2006 and gave him the name Eagle Strong Voice.


The nomination of Kevin Annett for the Order of Canada is accompanied by the launching of an independent Canadian Genocide Tribunal on July 1 in which Kevin will serve as the principal Advisor. Indigenous and international leaders have endorsed the Tribunal and Kevin’s Order of Canada nomination.


See these recent TV interviews with Kevin Annett:


https://youtu.be/ELrzFOwiPrs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk4g5l7FcFc&list=PLYEnChrKOgm7aRDzbo6yfswzCEdMl2P8e&index=1


For more information contact canadiangenocidetribunal@protonmail.com
and see http://www.murderbydecree.com .


Issued Sunday, June 20, 2021


Sarah Webster, Press Officer for the Canadian Genocide Tribunal

 

THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE – Please Watch This | Awakening Our Truth

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Lost touch: how a year without hugs affects our mental health | The Guardian

‘At some point, not being able to have a hug was genuinely torturous.’

Lost touch: how a year without hugs affects our mental health

‘At some point, not being able to have a hug was genuinely torturous.’ Illustration: Sergiy Maidukov/The Guardian

Humans are designed to touch and be touched – which is why so many who live on their own have suffered during the pandemic. Will we ever fully recover?

Eleanor Morgan
Sun 24 Jan 2021 09.00 EST

Last modified on Fri 29 Jan 2021 13.46 EST

There’s only so much a dog can do, even if that is a lot. I live alone with my staffy, and by week eight of the first lockdown she was rolling her eyes at my ever-tightening clutch. I had been sofa-bound with Covid and its after-effects before lockdown was announced, then spring and summer passed without any meaningful touch from another person. I missed the smell of my friends’ clothes and my nephew’s hair, but, more than anything, I missed the groundedness only another human body can bring. The ache in my solar plexus that married these thoughts often caught me off guard.

The need for touch exists below the horizon of consciousness. Before birth, when the amniotic fluid in the womb swirls around us and the foetal nervous system can distinguish our own body from our mother’s, our entire concept of self is rooted in touch. “The human body has built all its models based on touch received from caregivers,” says Dr Katerina Fotopoulou, a professor of psychodynamic neuroscience at University College London. “We’re utterly reliant on the caregiver to satisfy the body’s core needs. Little can be done without touch.”

Nina Smith is 40, and lives alone in south London. She experienced a protracted recovery after a spinal injury in 2018, requiring long periods of bed rest. People visited, but her pain levels meant that being touched was difficult. She felt she had good foresight for how to prepare for the first lockdown. “I thought I knew how it would play out,” she says over Zoom. “For example, I knew how strict I had to be about the routine of going for walks; you always feel slightly better having taken in different surroundings.” But after six weeks, her resolve started to crumble. “The isolation I’d already experienced made me more vulnerable than I’d realised. I tried to keep myself in a routine but …” she begins to cry. “At some point, not being able to have a hug was genuinely torturous. I don’t believe the government considered the impact of the first lockdown on people living alone.”

I feel like I am holding all this emotion in my body with nowhere to put it

As adults, we may not comprehend the importance of touch even when it disappears. “We might begin to realise that something is missing, but we won’t always know that it’s touch,” says Prof Francis McGlone, a neuroscientist based at Liverpool John Moores University and a leader in the field of affective touch. “But when we talk about the problem of loneliness, we often ignore the obvious: what lonely people aren’t getting is touch.”

Touch has a huge impact on our psychological and physical wellbeing, says Prof Robin Dunbar, an evolutionary psychologist at the University of Oxford. “With our close friends and family, we touch each other more than we realise,” he says. As adults, Dunbar’s research has found, we have a core set of, on average, five friends who we can call on as a shoulder to cry on. “We see exactly the same thing in primates,” he says. “Even in much bigger primate societies, groups of five best friends appear at every layer, who do all their grooming together – their form of social touch. In primates and humans, these intense coalitions act as a buffer; they keep the world off your back.” It is unsurprising, then, that of the 40,000 people from 112 countries who took part in a 2020 BBC and Wellcome Collection survey, the three most common words used to describe touch were: “comforting”, “warm” and “love”.

As the pandemic continues, many of us will be trying to cope with profound stress without the comfort of touch. We all have different needs and boundaries (McGlone says “not everyone suffers from a lack of touch; I don’t really like being cuddled, and drive my poor wife nuts”), but the total absence of touch, particularly when emotions are high, contravenes the hardwiring that regulates us from our preverbal years.

“Touch is a modulator that can temper the effects of stress and pain, physical and emotional. We have seen in our research that a lack of touch is associated with greater anxiety,” says Fotopoulou. “In times of high stress – the loss of a job, or a bereavement, for example – having more touch from others helps us cope better, particularly in calming the effects of [the stress hormone] cortisol.” Even if we’re used to not being touched a lot, after a while the need can feel very physical – sometimes described as “skin hunger” or “touch hunger”.

While I can empathise with the exhausting monotony my friends with young families have described to me (and I know that the grass is always greener), I have felt the lack of belonging to a pack acutely. Claire Birke, a teacher from Edinburgh, has felt it, too: “I’m 37, and most of my friends are living with partners or children,” she says. “I have never felt more aware of my single status, nor the lack of intimate bodily contact, in my life.”

The number of people in the UK living on their own went up by 16% to 7.7 million between 1997 and 2017. The sliver of sociability that came with social bubbles being announced has felt life-saving. Smith has been “bubbling” with a couple who live together and says it has helped with her mood. But the days are long, and her friends “are not particularly tactile”.

“I realise how much I touch people without thinking,” she says. “I feel like I am holding all this emotion in my body with nowhere to put it.”

In high-stress states, it can feel as if our bodies can barely contain our emotion if there’s no one there to hold us. “Lots of studies support the theory that touch gives the brain a signal that it can delegate its resources for coping because someone else is there to bear the brunt. This relaxes the body, going some way to restoring the stress budget, if you like,” says Fotopoulou. But touch is not a single sense. The two square metres of skin that contain us are teeming with nerve fibres that recognise temperature, texture and itch, etc. One set of fibres exists purely to register gentle, stroking touch: the C tactile afferents (CTs). McGlone has been studying this since 1995, when it was discovered in humans. “These neurons, in the skin of all social mammals, transmit slow electrical signals to the emotional processing parts of the brain. They play a critical role in developing the social brain and our ability to withstand stress.”

The highest density of CTs across the body are in the parts we can’t “groom” ourselves, such as the shoulders and back. “If you love having your back rubbed it’s because there are more CTs there,” says McGlone. “Stimulation of these neurons releases oxytocin and dopamine, and has a direct impact on cortisol levels, which regulates our mood.” In 2017, Fotopoulou’s team published a study that showed even gentle, slow stroking from a stranger can reduce feelings of social exclusion. But in our normal lives, we’re not going round stroking each other all the time. “No, you don’t need that touch all day,” McGlone says. “We only need this gentle kind of touch intermittently.”

When you’re stroking your dog, you’re engaging systems that would be activated if the dog were stroking you

In these times of touch deprivation there is no real substitute for what we get from other humans, but there are ways to soothe ourselves. Fotopoulou’s lab will soon publish a study conducted during the pandemic that builds on the theory that, in the same way we think we can feel others’ pain, we may be able to experience touch vicariously, too. Researchers have found that seeing touch (on TV or in films, for example) – particularly social, affective or pet touch – can give us some of the benefits of feeling touch. “This is called ‘vicarious touch’,” says Fotopoulou. “The brain codes multisensory experiences in multiple ways. We can also ‘feel’ the pain and pleasures of others just by ‘seeing’ them,” she says. “This is not a permanent or complete substitute, but a partial one.”

Products such as weighted blankets can help. Smith says that laying one across her chest and shoulders makes her feel “much calmer” – speaking, perhaps, to an instinctive need to stimulate the CTs. Interacting with animals is also settling. “My neighbour’s cat has decided to live with me half the time and having her sat on my chest, purring, is so soothing.”

This resonated: the warmth of my dog’s back under my hand has been the most grounding thing for me over the last 12 months. I know this feels good, but why? “When you’re stroking your dog, you’re engaging systems that would be activated if the dog was stroking you,” says McGlone.

A hunger for touch is a signal that a primitive need is not being met. But evolution is on our side. Every scientist I spoke to was hopeful that, once we can come together again, we will adjust quickly. “It will differ between people, probably based on the duration people have been alone, and there may be a period of clumsiness and renegotiation,” says Dunbar. “But we have evolved to adapt.”

Some names have been changed


https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/jan/24/lost-touch-how-a-year-without-hugs-affects-our-mental-health