About the Author

Name: Shem El-Jamal

Position: Creator and Head Author of DiscerningtheMystery.com

Discerning the Mystery Mission: To provide truth-seekers with a diverse array of news and information, as well as the skills necessary for accurate, independent journalism and research, and to help readers succeed in their overall quest for knowledge.

Education: B.A. In Industrial Design

Description: Product development introduced me to a brand new way of observing and appreciated our physical experience as human beings. This primed me to study and appreciate my own awakening experience as it unfolded, and drove me to help others discover and appreciate the inner journey and its ability to prepare us for virtually every new discovery in our lives.


Independent Journalist
Graphic Designer
Lifelong Student of Science, Spiritually, and Consciousness


My upbringing was significantly difficult in a number of ways. Being raised by a single mom, we were impoverished, but grateful for what we had. In general, we struggled to find a place in society because of what we endured. Even still, for the most part, me and my siblings were (and still are) naturally sensitive and caring people.

Early on, my family got involved a Christian church that turned out to be very controlling, elitist, and cult-like on a number of levels. However, due to a lack of social insight at the time, the reality of this unhealthy environment went unnoticed. It took a good portion of my life for me to realize how unhealthy and manipulative this religious environment was. Even, this near life-long experience was helpful in that it taught me the difference between real authentic love and control.

I spent my college years giving all of my energy to religious tradition, and found my life lacking in nearly every other area. My latter years of college demanded all of my time and energy while at the same time, my health was beginning to fail in unnatural ways. Though I had an avid interest in martial arts and body consciousness, my body did not cooperate. I managed to finish my college education with a high GPA, but with deteriorating health.

Not long after I entered the work force, I realized that my body was not going to let me get far. I was faced with a debilitating illness which made work increasingly difficult, but my life had all of the demands of a normal and healthy person. I did my best to do what I could until my body gave out. This was followed by an extended sick leave (which led to permanent resignation) from my then-current job, as well as years of extreme pain, surgeries, extended hospital stays, and further isolation from normal society.

During all of that time, I was gradually awakening to the greater spiritual reality that I had missed until then. I was also awakening to the possibilities of health, longevity, and vitality which illness had prevented me from experiencing.

This was also a time when I was receiving several intense downloads of information which I did not understand at the time, but which I knew would play a significant role in the future.

At that same time, the supernatural was becoming a particular interest of mine as well. This was not entirely due to my initiation, but due to various phenomena which seemed to follow me wherever I went. Even roommates, at times, would tell me about strange experiences they had while living with me, but they shared these occurrences before they were aware that anything unusual had happened in my life. Only after they opened up did I share my own experiences, and the details they shared paralleled my story so well that it was nearly impossible to write the correlations off as pure coincidence.

After all of the physical difficulties that I had endured combined with all of the knowledge, spiritual experiences, and insights I gained, I was encouraged in a number of ways to come forward and share what I had gained with others. However, initially, I did not know how.

Following a rocky start, I found that a personal blog was the best way to communicate with everyone who wanted to consider the insights I had to offer. I also knew that the healing that I needed was not going to come from a society that was fueled by slavery, poverty, sickness, and death. Further, I knew that I was only one of millions of people who were suffering in similar ways.

I figured that if I wanted to gain health, freedom, peace, and full knowledge of the cosmos, why not help the planet do the same?

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