In our blog, you’ll find information about metaphysics and spirituality from Lazaris and Jach, excerpts from Lazaris recordings and interviews, and travelogues from Jach’s adventures around the world.
One of Lazaris' suggestions for April  is to work with understanding, and toward this end, I have been pondering the ideas of greater understanding. I have been working with the components to have understanding and to reach into the realm of being an understanding person. I mean, I feel that I am an understanding person in many ways, but I also feel that it is an ongoing process. Are we ever finished with expanding our capacity or our depth of understanding? I don't think so. So I have been pondering and musing about the process.
The process for having greater understanding and for being a more understanding person is the same. "The steps of getting there are the qualities of being there." (Lazaris). It begins with owning our resistance and moving beyond those apprehensions and impedances. Much of this involves being conscious of our fears: fears of change, commitment and vulnerability, and fears of the discomfort of looking ignorant because we lack understanding. Our impedance may involve genuine lacking: lacking awareness of and technique for understanding. Sure, using understanding or the lack of it as a manipulative tool creates resistance as does focusing more on being understood than upon being understanding. Owning and moving beyond our resistance is where it begins, and this first step is a familiar one at this point. It's easy with consciousness and choice.
Forgiveness is the second component. To have greater understanding we need to forgive ourselves and others, and we need to use forgiveness to lift our emotional resonance from wherever it is to the expansive level. We need to rise at least to a level of satisfaction and well-being. When we do, we reach beyond understanding into the realm of greater understanding. It seems to me that we can understand things, even ourselves and others, in the depths of fear and anger and even in states of pity or worry and doubt. But to have greater understanding, a keener depth of understanding, I feel that we need to at least have a sense of well-being. That resonance is critical, I think.
The third step of any process is the one that can bind us, imprison us, or at least slow us down. In this process that third component is awakening compassion. To be more understanding, to have greater understanding, feeling compassion seems obvious. Perhaps it is, but it's no less important just because it's obvious. We can feel caring; we can even feel compassion: however, the component is to awaken it. Hum ... it seems to me that this involves being present and in the moment with our compassion. It seems to me we can't rest upon our previous experiences or expressions of compassion. Instead, I think we need to awaken it in the moment. If we can't do that, I don't think we can take our current level of understanding to a deeper more profound level even if we move beyond our resistance and open to forgiveness. It's not just about having or feeling compassion, it's about awakening it. I am not sure I have seen the difference before now.
The fourth component is an elegant step from awaking compassion to stepping into the Magic of Compassion. It sounds abstract, but instead I think it's mystical: that is, I don't think we can define that magic with words, and I don't think we can get there on our own or in some logical fashion. Lazaris suggests we let our soul guide us. So I think once that we awaken our compassion anew, then we reach out and embrace our souls and allow our souls to lead us into the resonance (beyond form and beyond function) of compassion. That's where the magic is. Oh my, yes. The Magic of Compassion cannot be found within logic and reason. We have to be willing to step into and reach beyond each. We need to move from our realm of certainty into the realm of uncertainty. Thus the fifth component unfolds.
The fifth component of any process is the liberator and in this case it is called awakening uncertainty but it means to awaken knowing without certainty. This step can liberate the entire process. It is awakening uncertainty that can set us free to have greater understanding and to be an understanding person. Lazaris talks about knowing with certainty. It's important. It's valuable. It's powerful. We need to know all sorts of things with certainty. And beyond such knowing there is another kind of knowing: knowing without certainty.
For a long time it was difficult for me to wrap my arms around this one. It all fell into place for me (at least for now) when I realized that knowing without certainty and being uncertain are two very different things. Knowing without certainty is not being unsure or uncertain. Knowing without uncertainty is rock solid. Ironically, it is more solid and more powerful than knowing with certainty. Knowing with certainty relies upon logic and reason. It relies upon facts and memory. Knowing without certainty reaches beyond logic and reason, and it reaches beyond memory.
I think an example of loving works well. When I love someone, I have my reasons. There is logic and reason, and I am certain that I love them. I love people with whom I have varying degrees of intimacy. I love all peoples, humanity, humankind. Of these things I am certain and my knowing and understanding have certainty. However, there are others in my life whom I love, and I know a depth of love that is not uncertain -- no, not uncertain, but without certainty. With Enrique, I love with certainty, and I also love without certainty. Further, I am certain that he loves me, and I also understand and know without certainty that he loves me. The certain knowing is powerful, and the knowing without certainty is powerful. The latter is also unshakable. It is timeless. It is eternal. Therefore, knowing without certainty is more powerful than knowing with certainty. The key is to realize that "without certainty" is not the same as "uncertain." At least that was the key for me. When I can awaken uncertainty (awaken knowing without certainty), I am free to understand at a greater depth. Yes.
Listening is the sixth component. It's mystical listening. It's listening with other than your ears. Listening in this way seems to open us to a richer sense of comprehension, interpretation, discernment, and assessment. It seems to clear the way for inference, appreciation, and valuation (the final, often-forgotten components of basic understanding). When you are willing to know, when you are open to knowing without certainty, such listening comes more naturally. It comes with grace.
The final component: Own the Mantle of Understanding. This involves being still and being conscious of the weight -- of the responsibility -- of understanding. I think this involves honoring the majesty of understanding. It takes a moment, but that moment can, as Lazaris suggests, be forever.
So I work with this during April. The process begins and ends with ownership: owning resistance and owning the mantle. It opens to forgiving and listening. It requires awakening: compassion and uncertainty. It calls upon magic.
Personally, I focus on the third and fifth steps of compassion and knowing without certainty. In these troubled times -- and during this particular time, where it is valuable for us to "be cautious" -- working with compassion and with my knowing with and without certainty feels germane.
Anyway, this is what I've been thinking about. What do you think? I invite you to join me in "my corner" on the Forum to discuss this further if you would like. [s]
A Grouping of Questions with Jach's Replies from the Online Conferences
During the Evenings with Jach and the "Twenty Questions" Conferences as well, so many have commented about Jach's wisdom and insight. He connects current events to Lazaris' teachings in a way that helps bring new and refreshing outlooks to so many issues in our world. Because of the overwhelming feedback we have received, we have grouped together some of Jach's answers by topic. Enjoy!
Q: Can you provide your thoughts on the Tucson event this past weekend? It has multiple meanings and metaphors, but I'd like your reflections.
Well, at first I was shocked and appalled, and then I turned to understanding, or to working with understanding, and I have come around to once again being appalled. At first my shock had to do with such an act of violence happening at a shopping center in a place such as Tucson. (I have been there ... once [s].) Then I wondered if this were political. I wondered if this guy, with mental problems and all, had hooked into the segment of the Tea Party that advocates "take them down" or having someone "in our targets." I now am hoping that this guy had no knowledge of that kind of stuff and that he was just part of some obscure lunatic fringe. I am hoping that this was not at all political, not at all. Even so, I am still appalled: This is America. These sorts of things don't happen in America.
The polarization that Lazaris has mentioned stands out here. The lack of imagination and the lack of dreaming leads to instant polarization, Lazaris pointed out in November. We are seeing that now. I do not speak of this with any political bias (and personally, I surely do have a lot of political bias [s]), but I leave that aside now). The issue of an imagination that is lacking and perhaps even dying, and of a lack of dreams, crosses all political terrain. And I think it has a strong connection with a growing sense that can be called a lack of future. I think so many people just do not have a sense that there is a future or the future they see is abysmal. Some tie that to politics: The left says the right is leading us into devastation and the right says the left is leading us off a cliff into oblivion, but such rhetoric is symptomatic of a larger issue, it seems to me. People, left, right, or in any other direction, seem to lack a sense of the future or of a positive future. And I think this is connected to the Tucson shooting. This guy having no sense of the future tried to what? Kill the future of a governmental official? A judge? Innocent people? Why? He had no future. Perhaps he was showing them that they have no future. He created that for 6 people and he significantly altered his future and the future of all who attended (to varying degrees).
We need hope. We need the expectations and anticipations; we need the presence of soul and spirit that are hope. And out of that sense of hope, new dreams can be born. And out of that sense of hope, new futures can form. Initiation is not enough. We need to fuel what we set in motion with hope. I think back to 2000, the Year of Dominion, and to 2001, the Year of Mystery. The terrain of dominion is made fertile by the insemination of mystery. The womb of dominion needs the insemination of mystery to give birth to creation and manifestation. Well, this decade began with 2010: The Year of Initiation. But setting things in motion, causing them to be, is not enough. We need to fuel the initiations with hope so that which is set in motion, rich with hope, can emerge as enchantment. I see a pattern here. And I see Tucson calling us to that pattern. Yesterday Gabby (I think it's beautiful that people are calling her Gabby) opened her eyes. In the midst of this horror: hope. What a gift she gives us all.
Then there are President Obama's comments. Oh man, can we come together? Perhaps we magicians can. He spoke of the tendency to blame and point fingers. He spoke of how we want to know why. We want reasons for the unreasonable. He spoke of how we have choice in how we react and how we respond. I doubt that some such as Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck will quiet their rhetoric, but they are entertainers: They have an audience to please and they are putting on a show. But for us who are magicians, for us who are mapmakers, I think we can come together. Not in form -- I am not talking about coming together in form. But we can come together in function. I am appalled that it happened, and I am determined to find the hope and to augment and embellish the hope in this tragedy.
Q: When Lazaris talks to us about emptying ourselves of all Hope that has been, he also says "not hopeless, but devoid of Hope. I get it when I am in meditation and can do it, but wonder how you would cognitively describe it?
Lazaris talks of the Paradox of Hope. Actually, he talked of it years and years ago in the 1990s, I believe, when he first talked of hope. [s] The paradox, as you point out is that you need to let go of all hope, all of it, in order to receive hope. That is, you need to release it all in order to receive its bounty ... Ah, the bounty of hope and then the magic of hope. In a sense, we have to make room for it by discarding all the hope we have. Lazaris also points out: Not hopeless, but devoid of hope. I love the next part.
You say you get it in meditation, but outside of meditation, how do you describe it? I am not sure you can cognitively describe it in the conscious state. It is a paradox: to have it you have to discard it. You have to be willing to be without hope, not hopeless but without hope. And hope is a transcendent energy. We cannot fully describe or fully comprehend hope, and I suspect we cannot cognitively describe it, either.
So with that as a backdrop, an analogy: I can take off my shoes and be shoeless. But there are those who have lost their shoes or who never had them. So maybe when I discard my shoes, I am devoid of shoes, but not shoeless. I will get my shoes back shortly, but for those who truly lost their shoes? Okay, okay, it's not a perfect analogy. Not perfect? Hey, it's not even a good analogy, but maybe it works.
A hopeless person has no hope, but they do not or cannot take responsibility for its absence. To relinquish hope, to be without hope but not hopeless, means that I can hope, and I can have it again. I am responsible for relinquishing it.
One step more: To be without hope, but not hopeless, is possible because "hopeless" is not a quantity, it is a state of mind and a state of being. It is
a quality. When I relinquish my hope, I still maintain a hopeful state of mind and state of being. I just don't hold on to any hope at the moment.
I hope [s] that answers your question in some way.
Q: It is interesting to me that Hope and Trust are linked at that 4th position of the upper Tier of Emotions. Can you please speak to how you see those two energies working together.
I think trust is an anchor for hope. Lazaris points out that hope can be a miraculous gift, and hope can also be cruel. I was surprised by that comment,
so I thought about it more. Yes. Hope can be false hope. It can be a delusion. It can be clinging to something that isn't or that will never be. We
can hope and hope and hope and do nothing or little else, and our reality and our world can be devastated and devastating, but we just sit there hoping
and hoping and hoping. ...
Hope can be bitterly cruel and ugly. The abused wife or husband comes back one more time hoping things will be different this time. The broken-hearted who clings to the hope that he or she will come back ... waiting for the ghostly lover, hoping. I hadn't put that together. I had only thought of hope as this wondrous, magical thing -- which it can be.
So what makes a true hope, a luminous hope, where otherwise a false or cruel hope might be? I think trust is a key. It is not the only key, I think, but I think it is an important one. And when I say that, I don't mean that we need to trust what we are hoping for. (Maybe that's true, too, but that's not what I am thinking about now.) I think we need to be trustworthy. I think we need to be someone that others can trust -- worthy of another's trust. And I think we have to be one who is willing to trust others, others who have demonstrated that they are worth trusting. So I think we need to be conscious of our rapport with trust, and that we need a working relationship (a relationship that works) with trust. When we are trustworthy and we trust, I think we can release our hold on hopes that could be cruel. I think we can release false hope, delusionary hopes, and hopes that are excuses to hold on to stuff we need to let go of. So such hopes are going to be there. Our negative ego can present them. Others can encourage them. But if we are trustworthy and if we trust, I think we can sort and sift through those potentially cruel hopes.
That's one aspect. Another aspect is that it takes strength to hope, to genuinely hope. Lazaris has pointed out that the consensus reality is distrustful of hope. Hope is seen as an emotion of last resort. When all else has failed, the only thing left is hope. That's what's sadly true for many people in the world. When someone says, "Well, we are hopeful. All we can do is hope," they are describing a really bad situation. To overcome the resonance of the consensus reality and to truly lean upon and rest upon hope ... that takes strength, a trusting and enduring strength, it seems to me.
The word, hope, is an easy one to say. We hope a lot ... We hope people are happy, we hope they are satisfied, we hope they drop dead [s], we hope for positive things and we hope for negative things for almost everyone. The word slips out of our mouths easily. But can we truly hope? Do we work with hope, really? I know I have a great deal to learn about working with hope. I say it a lot. I value hope. I appreciate it. I get inspired by it. I get goose bumps, and I get all teary-eyed when I think of its beauty and its wonder (and its power and potency). But I know very little of hope, of the real deal of the genuinely powerful, magical thing that is hope. ... Primordial Hope, Luminous Hope, Human Hope ... the Glamoury and the Majesty of Hope. I think trust is a part of it. AND I think that the two (trust and hope) may be two very different things, but that they share the same resonance. They function at the same frequency there in the middle or the 4th position -- in that upper tier. They are the most determined, and they are essential for happiness. As alike or as different as they may be, they are key and essential for love.
Q: I am wondering, with all the energies of hope, if there is anything we can do on a daily basis to boost hope in ourselves and keep our resonance high and clear.
Oh, there are so many things we can do. [s] I cannot remember the title of the recording, but it's on Hope and Joy, and it was an Evening recording from a few years back. If you go to the shopping cart and do a search, the exact title will come up. [Editor's Note: The recording is "The Incredible Magic of Hope and Joy."] On that recording Lazaris suggests several techniques. One is an Elixir of Hope. It's very nice. Another is a technique to work with Seven Days of Hope. It is stunningly amazing. For seven days, you focus on hope. You focus on listening to your Soul and Spirit. You focus on expressing your expectations and observing your anticipations. Lazaris points out that we use the words "expectation" and "anticipation" interchangeably, and that's okay. But they are different. Anticipation is our actions or behaviors in advance of an event. Our expectations are our feelings and images after an event. Anticipation is masculine energy, and expectation is feminine energy.
Even though we use the words interchangeably, it is helpful to track our anticipations. What do we do and how do we behave in advance of an expected event? And it is valuable to track our expectations, the feelings and images we hold after the event. We can work to lift each. We can work to allow each to be alive with light. They can be luminous. When our anticipations and our expectations are luminous, we are alive with hope. Our hope is luminous. We can flow that light -- that luminous hope -- into our reality and into the world.
During one of the recent two One-Day events, we worked with Igniting the Embers of Hope. It is beautiful. It is powerful. In the other, we take those embers of hope to the Weaver Woman and together weave a Tapestry of Hope. Those two meditations are luminous. And I truly know the world is and that it can be different because of the work that we can do with luminous hope. We can also work with a Journal of Hope. Write down your hopes: desires, dreams, visions (passive hope) and your ideas, plans, and projects (active hope). Put them together as magic papers ... a 3" square, one for each hope. Fold those papers with intention and attention. Focus. [s] Then put them in a "Hope Chest," a box or a bowl, and let them incubate. You can also work with a crystal that is a Purveyor of Hope or one that has an Incubation Chamber. Or, you can work with a crystal that you choose and from which you get permission, and that crystal can be your Hope Amplifier. Work with the Hope Chest or Hope Amplifier, a box (or bowl), or a crystal. Place the slips of paper under or around the crystal. You can infuse your day with hope. And, perhaps, what is even more exciting and rewarding, you can infuse the world with hope.
But watch out! [s] Hope is the initiator. It will set things in motion and cause things to be. It is immensely powerful. Immensely. And it is beautiful in the hands of a magician. So have fun with hope. Okay? Thanks for asking. [s] You have sparked some ideas in me. I hope I have sparked some in you.
A Question with Jach's Reply from an Online Conference
During the Online Conference (March 21, 2012) the following question was asked:
"With the ongoing political threats to women's autonomy from the right, and the death of the young black boy in Florida, Trayvon Martin, it seems like we are revisiting issues we thought/hoped were more resolved. Any ideas on how to be an understanding person with these painful, angering issues?"
Several people requested that this question and my reply be made available. There will be a transcript of the entire Online Conference in the Forum Library, but I decided to also post this reply in the Forum and on the Lazaris ~ Concept: Synergy page of Facebook.
It's an amazing time, isn't it? Shocking, in many ways. I cannot remember when, but many months ago Lazaris said that the male chauvinism of the past, which seemed to be on the decline and that seemed to many to be a non-issue, was returning with "a vengeance." He spoke of the radical extremists in the Muslim world. He spoke of the castration and mutilation of women in Africa. He spoke of the Taliban and their impact in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He didn't speak of the rise of chauvinism in the West, but it seems to be here. Racism and bigotry that were "supposed to be resolved" with the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, also seem to be increasing. The shooting death of Trayvon Martin speaks to that in a visible way.
How to understand it: What occurs to me is that people, so many people, are dealing with the lower rung of the Tiers of Emotion. So many people are caught up and lost in fear and in hurt. Jealousy seems rampant, as does blame. Unresolved, these constricting emotions, these denied emotions, deteriorate and rot, becoming rage. Rage dips into loneliness and despair. The result: people feel a growing and terrifying sense of alienation. People feel they just don't belong. They don't belong in a world that is "moving too fast."
Alienation, lack of belonging, rage, loneliness, and despair cause people to act out. Some act out with anger. Their anger covers the fear and hurt. Blame covers rage and despair. With alienation, a sense of not belonging, and a world that seems foreign, violence unfolds. Racism, bigotry, and discrimination seem to be a part of that. I think the rise of violent chauvinism is also a major part of that. The term, War on Women, is a political term, a catch phrase. But beyond the rhetoric, there are increased attempts to control women with all the legislation about abortion, contraception, and women's rights, I think it is a function of that alienation and lack of belonging. It leads to a sense of powerlessness. The chauvinism, acting out against women, seems to be a response: an attempt to feel powerful, to be in control, to have impact, to be a part and in a way to "belong." It seems an attempt through control to feel "in control" of a world that has gotten "out of control."
So to understand: It's about comprehending and interpreting along with discerning and assessing. Beyond that, understanding looks to inference -- the emotions that are unspoken and that are "between" the events themselves. Understanding also is about appreciating. That's the hard part here, I think. But I think we can appreciate the pain that the Republican legislators in various states are feeling, and the pain that those who support such oppressive legislation are feeling. I think we can appreciate the sense of alienation and the lack of belonging that I think is behind this new level of chauvinism.
The last step of understanding is valuation. Not to value the violence toward women or the violence to minorities, but to value the desire to belong, the desire to be a part of the world, to be connected, to be included. Under all that, is there a desire, a longing, to be loved? I suspect there is. I can appreciate and value that. I can work my magic to flow love and healing to the perpetrators. I can work my magic to awaken a sense of belonging in those who feel so foreign, so alien, so alienated in this rapidly changing world.
I also think there is shame involved here. I am not sure how it plays exactly. But I think the attempts to corral women (once again) and the acts of violence, are attempts to dump the "sub-human" feelings of powerlessness on to others. Shame: "I feel powerless. If I can make women feel powerless, perhaps I can alleviate my feeling of powerlessness. If I can make others afraid, perhaps my fears will be lessened." Again, I am not clear on this, but as I have been responding to your question, the idea of shame keeps coming up. It's a puzzle piece here, I think, and I don't know where it fits. Anyway, these are my thoughts to your question about how to understand.
I hadn't thought about understanding these situations until this question came up.
A Question with Jach's Reply from an Online Conference
Q: Jach, how do you best vision what you want in an unknown future? I found it becomes increasingly harder to imagine what I/the world would want in 5/15/25 years. I need that juice to want, but if I don't know what, it is weak.
JACH: Is it weak? No. I don't think so. [s] Now to the question. I think the best way to work with visioning the future is to be aware that there are several different kinds of futures, just as there is an entire array of potential futures already out there:
There are pipeline futures, futures that are already in alignment and in the process of coming into manifestation. Some of these are beautiful, and some are ugly, and there are a bunch between beautiful and ugly. They might be futures that have been seeded with pieces of our past.
For example, if I hold a belief that I was never loved as a child, and I will never really be loved by anyone -- if I hold it that nothing has come easily, that it's always been a struggle and I don't expect it to be any different in the future -- if I think that so many people in my family have been sickly and have had major health concerns - then Pipeline Futures of being rejected or abandoned in love, more struggle, or illness could be coming my way.
Seeds of the past become the fodder of the futures that will be possible. There are fantasy futures that are simply there to hold a resonance. There are Beacon or Radiant Futures that are drawing us toward them, but are never going to manifest. They aren't supposed to manifest. They are only there to inspire us to become more.
So I think visioning begins with working with Pipeline Futures and Beacon Futures.
Oh, there are also Optimal and Optimum Futures. [s]
Anyway, this is what I do:
1. I begin with Pipeline Futures. I take inventory of what clinkers from my past are still making noise in my present. What beliefs are outmoded or inconsistent with who I am? What attitudes, thoughts, feelings -- you get the picture -- are still lingering in my reality? I think, meditate and follow the thread of the clinker into the future. I find it in the pipeline knowing it's on the way to my world. Yikes. I then disarm that future. I take my energy back and disconnect it. I use my imagination. I ask for help. I ask for healing.
2. I continue working with the Pipeline Futures by looking for the "beautiful noise" that comes from my past. I look for the beliefs, thoughts, feelings, realizations, and even the successes, and I listen for the function and for the beauty of those things. Those are also seeds in the pipeline. I go there and give the energy that I have taken from the "bad seeds" to the good ones. I augment and embellish the positive Pipeline Futures. Those two steps I find important for clearing away what can obscure and for embellishing and honing what can illuminate. Then ...
3. I turn to my Beacon Futures. What are those? I don't know. So I "make them up." [s] That is, I imagine them. I dream. I daydream. For example, I have a Beacon Future where I am nicely very old and sitting in a wonderfully comfortable chair reading, reading novels of my favorite authors like Virginia Wolfe or Hemingway. I see the room filled with books on shelves and piled on tables. The light is diffuse. I'm not sure what "diffuse" even means. [s] I see my desk where I will sit down to write after I am done reading for the morning. See, I just imagine these sorts of things because these are the sorts of things that speak to me from my Soul. What they do is create a resonance.
4. Then I sit in the resonance and absorb it. I breathe in that resonance. I don't question it. I don't evaluate it. I just accept it, and then I surrender to it. I surrender my sense of separateness, and I become the resonance.
5. Now, through the eyes of resonance, I open to what's there. Is it an entire future laid out before me? No. It's a glimpse and then perhaps nothing more. It's a fleeting thought or feeling or an idea that pops up, and, admittedly, sometimes it's nothing at all. But then in the days or weeks that follow, I dream it. I think it. I feel it. Or someone says something, and I catch it.
6. I embrace whatever comes, vivid or vague. This step is important to me. I need to just hold it without judging it and without deciding what to do with it. I just hold it.
7. I do another meditation: I call it my "This or Better" Meditation. See, I think back to what my life was like 15 years ago ... when I was 50. I look back to 11 years ago when I was 54. What future did I vision then? The form of it isn't anything I would have or could have imagined. But the current reality is so much more than I could have imagined. I couldn't have visioned this as a future. I couldn't have seen what I have now. But as I live my current life, the function that I visioned 15 years ago, the function behind the images I imagined, the function behind the futures I pretended or made up -- that function is here. The service, the inspiring, the loving, the being loved, the laughter, the exploration, the adventure, the functions were hidden in the "made it up, pretended" and imagined. And those functions have taken form here. I continue to make it up and pretend, and deeper more meaningful functions will be there, even if the wonderfully comfortable chair and all those books and my writing desk are not.
That's what I think is the best way to vision the future. I would suspect if the images weren't too clear ... [s] Weak? No, I think it's mightily strong to know without certainty. [s]
Well, that was longer than I expected. [s] Thanks for asking. It gave me an opportunity to organize my thoughts around this.
A Grouping of Questions with Jach's Replies from the Online Conferences
Q: Lazaris suggested getting in touch with nature and the nature spirits during this phase, and I wondered ... What are some ways that you work with the nature spirits?
JACH: Well ... I have been renewing that work over the last few days, so I am glad you asked. [Ed Note: This question and answer come from an Online Conference during the year 2000.]
I have a really strong relationship with gnomes. Fire is my element when it comes to the Unknown and when it comes to working with the Mystical Other, but the Earth element has very profound meaning for me in this world and in my work with this world. So gnomes have a special place in my heart and in my magic.
Out by the pool there is a cluster of rocks, and there are ferns that grow all around the rocks. There is an etheric gateway there. When the gateway is open the ferns seem to have shifted and one particular rock is visible. When the gateway is closed the fern fronds seem to be in a different position, and you cannot see the rocks at all. When the rock is visible, the gateway is open, and I stare into its vortex.
There is a particular gnome that comes and sits there. We talk across the pool. It's telepathic, but we have full and lively conversations. I ask for help with some of my magic. He asks me for help with his projects. Funny, I just realized that he never calls these things his magic; these things are always his projects. I suppose that's because everything is magic to a gnome, ya think? Anyway, we work together that way. Sometimes we sit and just look at each other. I practice seeing without my eyes and then with them. I am not sure what he is practicing. Maybe he's being polite.
Also, between Peny's house and mine, there is a wonderful wetlands-forest-magical lair type of place. We built these wonderful wood walkways through this conservation area. Lazaris has said there are several vortices to the Other in that area. Jennifer, who works for us, has had many experiences with these vortices as she tromps through that area. She has had many dreams that are much more than dreams.
So I use that area as a place to nurture and re-energize. Now, those who know me realize that I am not likely to be trampling around in those wetlands. [g] But here is where altered states, out-of-body adventures, and teleporting can be very useful. [g]
A lot of what I do in this regard comes down to feeling gratitude. I spend time being conscious of the Nature Spirits. I work with sylph and undines, as well. But most of what I do is to be conscious of their presence. I am conscious of the work they do. And I feel grateful. I feel appreciation. I feel joy. I feel thankful. And I express that to them. I haven't hugged a tree in more years than I can say, but I have talked with them often. And I have talked with the gnomes that work so closely with them.
I had a willow tree in the backyard in California. I don't have one now. But there is a section of my backyard where there is a willow tree growing. It's in another world. You cannot see it physically, though I can now. But many people have commented on how there is "something special" going on in that part of the yard. Yeah, a willow tree is growing there. [g]
Thanks for asking. I could go on and on but I won't.
Q: Would you please clarify from the Magic Mills event the energies and forces of the universe and the calling of the Nature Spirits. I don't know if this was covered Friday, but I could not quite get it. I appreciate this, and the whole event was so profound.
Well, I am glad you could get to the workshop for Saturday and Sunday ... and it is good to hear from you tonight.
There are four energies of the universe ... life energy, light energy, warmth as energy, and chemical energy. To effectively activate the Mills, we need to call upon the "energies of the universe." But we need to transmute those energies into a more applicable form. So we need to call down these energies to be transmuted into forces. The four forces of the universe are gravity, weak/strong; strong/weak; and electromagnetic, respectively. So we call the energies of the universe and downstep-generate them (transmute them) into forces of the universe.
At the same time, to activate the Mills, we need to call upon Earth's energy. To do that, we need to call upon the spirit of Nature (capital N). And that energy needs to be lifted to the level of Elements ... to the level of Elemental Magic. So we call upon the gnome, sylph, salamander, and undine energies to be lifted to the Elements of Earth, Light, Fire, and Water, respectively. A quick reminder: These Elements are metaphorical terms.
Now with the forces of the universe and the elements of Nature, we allow them to converge: life/gravity combine with Earth and gnomes; light/weak-strong combine with Air and sylphs; warmth/strong-weak combine with Fire and salamanders; chemistry/electromagnetic combine with Water and undines, and they all combine with each other.
And the spark for the energies and forces of the universe ignites and combines with the Elements and Nature of Earth, and magic happens. The Mills are activated. All this relates to the seminal spark from the universe, impregnating the new form emerging from the womb of the earth. It has to do with spirit seeking soul and soul waiting to be found, and the great turning of the wheel. This is what activates the Mills. And the magic begins (well, it is actually well underway [s]). I hope that helps.
Q: Are the Nature Spirits part of what helps us create our dreams, along with the other Unseen Friends?
Hi there ... I am having difficulty figuring out the phrases to use in answering your question. Give me a moment here. [s]
Nature Spirits surely can help us in creating our dreams, there is no question. But do they? On one hand, since our physical world within our physical universe is composed of the energies of the universe: light, life, warmth, and chemical energies ... and of the corresponding forces: weak/strong, gravity, strong/weak, and electromagnetic ... certainly our dreams are comprised of these energies and forces, too.
The Nature Spirits are metaphorical expressions of these energies and forces. So if we create our dreams and then manifest those creations, I suppose it would be proper to say that the Nature Spirits participated. But did they help us? From this point of view, I think I would answer no. The Nature Spirits don't help us. They participate. Without their participation, we wouldn't create anything, and we certainly would not create dreams. Without their participation, we wouldn't manifest anything, and likewise, we wouldn't manifest dreams. But participation does not mean help. It's not as if the gnomes "care" what dreams we create; it's not as if they jump in to assist us out of some emotional bonding. [s]
That said, on the other hand, if we are conscious of the Nature Spirits, and if we develop a rapport with them, then we can ask for their help and their guidance in the creation and in the manifestation of our dreams. With the appropriate rapport with them and the proper belief in ourselves, I think they can help us immensely with all aspects of our dreams. They ... the gnomes, sylphs, salamanders, and undines ... can be powerful players in the working of our magic. For some, they can be esoteric or mystical players. In that consciously requested participation, they can help. They can also bring an almost unspeakable richness to the living of our lives.
You know, during this month of January, I have been following Lazaris' suggestion to gain perspective and to explore issues of mattering more deeply. I have been thinking about the cliche of "what matters is ... health, happiness, following our dream, etc." And these are important things. Don't get me wrong. But I am coming to a personal conclusion about the important issues. And the term that keeps coming up for me has to do with the depth of experience or has to do with the richness of experience. Sure, the content is valuable and all, but the depth and richness and the texture of that content seem to stand out in my living of life. At least, that is how it is feeling in this January, 2003.
Though I hadn't thought of it before, it seems to me that developing that rapport and letting that rapport mature into a relationship with the Nature Spirits would be an excellent way to find that depth and to cultivate that richness. In addition, the phrase "beautiful patterns of understanding" popped into my head the other day. To the question: "What do I really enjoy doing?" I answered: "I really enjoy spending time thinking and searching thought, looking for beautiful patterns of understanding." I am not sure where that came from, but I suspect it was from my Higher Self and that it flowed out of my unconscious.
To work with the Nature Spirits seems like a viable way to find those patterns. I hope that answered your question. Your asking this question offered me an answer I was looking for. [s]
(Though this first Q&A is from an Online Conference prior to the 2008 Presidential election, Jach's response is as timely now as it was then.)
Q: Lazaris has talked so much about how the new world will really be a new world and not an old world that is fixed, and I wonder what specifically to program for. Is it most effective to program for the resonance that we want, like the resonance of goodness, truth and beauty and a government free of corruption? Or for specifics, like this upcoming Presidential election?
Jach: As I read your question, a couple of thoughts come to mind. ... Give me a minute, and they might come to my fingertips as well. [g]
First, the new world is now destined to be. It's not an ideology or an ideal, as Lazaris has been pointing out recently. But we are just now entering the liminal years or the years in between our current world and the new world. They are still "worlds" apart.
There is a lot that will be happening in these next two decades that the liminal years will comprise. First, there are the building years that make up the next ten years, and then, well, I don't know what then.
But 2018 is the time of birthing the new world, isn't it? The year 2006 is the end of the current chromatic cycle, and it will begin the birthing process in earnest, as I understand it. And then the next twelve-year chromatic octave (2006 to 2018) will be when the new world is born and begins its infancy. So there is a while yet. [g]
So I think we do program things like the Presidential election and the political landscape in America. I think we continue working with dismantling and disarming the negativity and with awakening that tri-polar energy becoming a uni-polar force. I think we continue to focus on the daily magic as expressed personally, nationally, and internationally. And I think we work, not to fix and to cure, as Lazaris would point out, but to change and heal the world we have. I think that is what we do in the liminal years.
And then, I think we work on visualizing the miraculous states and the transcendent states as the way the world will be. I don't know about visualizing for a non-corrupt government, for example. Maybe that's right. Maybe that's right for some of us. But what is government going to be like in the new world? I just don't know.
I am not naive enough, to think that there will be no government or that there will be ideal government, but I really have no clear images. I mean, the images I can currently hold are a government that is a fixed or cured one. I don't really know what a changed and healed one would look like. See what I mean?
Also, Lazaris has been talking about the miraculous states and about transcendent states a little too often for me to ignore that. I started a new thread about working with our unconscious, and one of the keys to successfully harnessing the power of our unconscious has to do with the vision of transcendent states. And it is integral to allowing the Other to be mystical -- to be the Mystical Other. It is part of the collage of energy for healing our magic. It is part of our unstoppable power of magic. And beyond that, Lazaris is saying it a lot. That's a clue, as far as I am concerned.
So I tend to visualize a world in which things happen beyond expectation and imagination and a world in which people consciously talk about that. I see a world where life supersedes and surpasses itself and a world in which people notice that and are excited about it. I see a world where people are hopeful because they see that life is superseding itself and maybe their lives can do that, too. And they are talking about it openly.
I think what I am saying here is that I am visualizing that the current miraculous states become the consensus reality of a new world. And I leave the form -- the details -- to follow that function. That's what it means to me.
Q: Yesterday, while considering the "Paradox of Participation" thread, my mind drifted to what Lazaris said about our creation of a "Virgin Future." Can you talk about how the Virgin Future relates to the "Paradox"?
Jach: I find the paradox of participation thread to be really fun and thought provoking. The actual paradox is even more exhilarating. Hmm. ... I hadn't thought about it in relationship to the Virgin Future, but, of course, it relates.
The Virgin Future, precursor to the New World, is also now destined to be. First, that's a hard one for many of us to get our minds around. We can say the words, I suppose, but do we really grok the reality? I know it is really hard for me. I know that I think I understand it and accept it, and then it seems to slip away again. I keep returning to the idea of a Virgin Future as a fixed up and a much better rendition of the current or the past. I tend to experience the Virgin Future in a Don Quixote fashion. I keep seeing the wrongs righted and the impossible dreams dreamt. Maybe it will be that way. But that is not -- cannot -- be the whole of it.
So, as ideal as I want to hold it, as quixotic as my image of it may be, when it's that way, I know I haven't yet groked it. I haven't yet wrapped my mind around it. And then I realize I don't have to wrap my mind around it completely. I don't have to know the precise details. I can still participate! Ha! I don't have to know every play or every strategy. I don't have to know each move and each step. I can still participate in the creation and the manifestation of the virgin future.
And then I think ... the word virgin means untouched by human hands ... and I smile. I guess I won't be able to pore over the blueprints, will I? I can participate in its creation and manifestation without a direct and conscious "hands on" experience of what it is. And that is so exciting to me.
It seems that the Paradox of Participation is essential for us to have a hand in creating something that is untouched by our hands. And I think it is important to remember that the resolution of paradox is where the power lies. And the resolution of this paradox is in choice. I love it. [g]
Q: Hello, Jach! In the Merlin-Arthur recordings, Lazaris describes Camelot. Apparently, the New World will have the qualities and characteristics found in Camelot, but with the year 2006 "just around the corner," can you give us some more details? THANK YOU!
Jach: Hehehe ... Hi there. Give you more details? Wow. [s] Well, 2006 is fast approaching, that is true. So I go back to that Culminating Weekend called "Earth Changes." During that discussion, Lazaris laid out the chromatic octaves of energy that are active. Beginning in 1982, the pattern of the past was broken and a 12-year cycle began. In 1994, the Vortex of Sirius ... the Vortex of the Goddess ... opened wide and full, as it had not done for over 90,000 years and will not do again for another 90,000 years. After 1994, during the most monumental decade in the history of humankind, we made a choice: There will be a positive future of dreams and visions. 2006 (with a plus or minus of 3 years ... between 2003 and 2009) is the birthing of the New World. And as with any birth, there are labor pains ... there are massive contractions and cramps. I think our world is experiencing such labor pains. But the focal year is 2006 for the birthing. It could be a late birthing; it could be as late as 2009. But it is actually the following twelve years that are key ... 2006 to 2018. The realization or the growing of that New World happens then.
So it's not as if one day in 2006, a New World cries out, and a New World is born with a specific time and date. ... It will not have an astrological sign. [s] And it's not as though our "old world" will vanish and a new one will take its place. It's a birthing, but there the analogy to human birth ends.
See, this is why Lazaris has emphasized growing and changing ... why he has focused so much on shifting our observing and measuring devices. Our reality ... old world or new world ... is still an illusion. It is still the stuff of raw materials, tools, and generating and sustaining energies. It is still the stuff of our creation. In order to experience the New World, we need new calibrations for our old observing and measuring devices. If we don't, the very, very new world will appear and seem to function just as the very, very old one did. There is not some sort of miraculous salvation out there where we will wake up in the New World. It's not about some metaphysical "rapture." [vbg] The energies will be there. It is up to us to configure that energy in formation ... in a new formation ... of a new world.
So between 2006 and 2018, we will be doing that. And even now, we can experience pieces ... glimmers and shimmers ... of that New World. There are many things in my life ... and there are many things in your life ... in all our lives ... that truly are the stuff of the new world. If we look with patience ... attention and intention ... we can experience them. In many ways, we have parts of the New World as our reality already. Yes.
But other people don't, right? Well, that is always going to be the case. There will always be those who insist the world is the same old world. Personally, I don't think we can wait for the "least among us" to get on board. As Lazaris points out, if someone is trapped in a deep well shouting for help, stand strong outside the well and offer to lift them out. Don't jump down and join them in the well so the two of you can shout louder. So I look for my expressions of a New World, and I share that with others. I will not deny it until the "least among humankind" accepts it.
Using another analogy, it is not unlike Magellan's ships. We need to be the shamans for our world. We need to help people see what they cannot yet see. And we don't do that by blinding ourselves. We do that by looking more closely and listening more intently. We do that by shifting our own observing and measuring devices. We do that by working with the building blocks of this decade ... dominion, mystery, creation/manifestation, expansion, union ... and upcoming, illumination. And we work with complexity ... maintaining our individuality, while we come together and function as one without abandoning or losing that individuality.
So, more details? Well, I don't know what it will look like for you or for others. I cannot say I absolutely know what it looks like for me. I suspect it will be incredibly individual and distinctively unique for each of us. I suspect that the New World will actually be more like many New Worlds (plural) ... many different sets of reality creation that are amazingly, even astoundingly, individual. But I could be wrong about that. [s]
Thanks for your question.
Q: Hi, Jach. Can working with the Mystical Other help us give birth to the New World more elegantly?
Jach: Hi there. (And honestly, folks, I did not suggest this question ahead of time. [s]) It's good to hear from you.
In a word: Yes. In more words: Absolutely working with the worlds of Other -- of the Mystical Other (meaning the Other that is not available through our familiar senses, but is nonetheless there) -- can be a powerful venue for giving birth to the New World, or as Lazaris says it, "a world that is becoming new." Lazaris has talked about how we are involved in an evolution of consciousness and in an evolution of the human species. Evolution of consciousness is always happening. The evolution of a species doesn't happen that often, but it happens, for sure. However, such evolution has never been a conscious one, until now.
And the evolution of the human species is often totally misunderstood. People used to have images of people with huge heads and tiny, little, frail bodies, because we were evolving into totally cerebral people. Obviously, not so. Others even now talk of people having extra or additional chromosomes. Again, not so. It is not that sort of totally physical evolution of the species, but it is an evolution -- generating a "new kind of human being." And both evolutions are happening consciously. But we cannot do it alone. We need help. We get that help as we work with our magic and with our friends (seen and Unseen). In addition, we need to reach beyond conscious creation magic and beyond resonance magic. We need to reach into the realms of "Other" magic and confluence magic. And that, I think, is where the Mystical Other comes in.
As we work with magicians from our worlds (current and ancestral) and with magicians from the Faerie Realm -- that World of Other that shares our planet -- I think we lift to an expansive level of magic that can generate realities or changes in reality that are beyond our current scope. I think that with confluence magic -- the blending together of human and faerie magic into a pool of magic -- we can reach beyond the horizons into the Unknown, and we can create possibilities before they become possibilities in our world.
Lazaris talks about this in the Celebrating the Worlds of Other Intensive. The Imaginal Realm is where possibility exists before it is possible, and it's where magic creates itself. And during that workshop, we met with our faerie friend in the Imaginal Realm -- also a realm that we and faeries share. And we worked magic together. And that magic was phenomenal. It "shook a lot of people up" with a resonance shift and shake down. [s] A lot of unexpected changes happened to a lot of us out of that workshop.
But back to the point: We cannot do it alone. We cannot do it with our current levels of magic as masterful and as majestic as they may be. We need to work together. Together -- a concept of our feminine side (regardless of our gender) that is too foreign. Together -- a concept that in our world is being brutalized as women throughout parts of the world are being brutalized. Together -- a concept that with the lack of civility that is occurring in the United States -- is something we all need to begin to understand and to embrace. And together, we can work our magic with other human magicians. Together, we can work our magic with faerie magicians who also have a stake in our success. So, working with the Mystical Other -- which includes Nature Spirits, the Elements, the forces of the universe, as well as with faeries -- can be a powerful component in birthing a world that is becoming new. [s]
I get very excited about all this. Excuse my zeal. [s] And thanks for your question [s]
A Question and Jach's Reply from an Online Conference
Q: Jach, both you and Lazaris mentioned at the Interludes that our Magic is getting ahead of us. Could you elaborate on what that means more specifically? I loved the bits you talked about "The Magic of Presence." Never heard it before per se but it sounds familiar. Would you elaborate on this, too? Is it about being aware of what is going on in our world at large (not putting our heads in the sand, so to speak) and yet 'walking' our life with Love and Will as much in here as out there, so to speak? Thanks [g]
Welcome. [g] I am not always sure what Lazaris means. [s] I still work to catch up to what he is saying.[vbg] What I meant is this:
The world is becoming new. It really is. We are all coming to that realization these days. It was a sad comfort to hear newscasters and academicians use that phrase during the unrest and violence in the Middle East: The old world is dying, and the new world hasn't been born yet. The world is becoming new, and it is happening faster and faster (and faster than even the impatient ones among us were ready for).
Oh, I know ... Back in the 1990s Lazaris talked of it, and we all wanted it now. But now that it is happening in more real and more realistic ways, it is happening faster than we are ready for. Maybe not faster than we wanted or want, but faster than we are ready for. See what I mean here? We have to catch up.
In November, Lazaris talked about being Visionaries. We are finally comfortable with being Magicians, with being Map-Making Magicians, and now we need to move forward to become Visionaries? Yes. Our Souls are challenging us to do just that. Lazaris talked about what the "real problems" in our world are. Sure, there are the basic crises, and they are still here. They are part of our human nature. Those crises we know well: the Crises of Dignity, Character, Vision, and Vitality.
But around those basic crises there are these core problems: Lack of Vision (is that too obvious? [s]), Collapse of Imagination. Loss of Belonging, Lack of Compassion, Dogma Replacing Dialog, Drought of New Dreams, and the Waning of Wisdom.
Hmmm. What are we going to do about that? These are not issues for the world to resolve. These are not issues for others to resolve. These are our issues. We need new and clearer -- illuminated vision. We need to lift our imaginations to new levels, higher levels. We need to create a domain of belonging. We have the compassion, but what are we doing about dialog? There is the dogma of magicians, too, isn't there?
I ask myself: Am I dreaming new dreams? More recently Lazaris has talked about how hope with its bounty can trigger new dreams. He talks about the "dreams of eternal youth" that can come at any age. And to temper those essential dreams, we need the vision that comes with wisdom.
Hope is a critical issue in dreaming new dreams and in ending the drought of dreams. I know what wisdom is. I can state the conditions of wisdom easily now (most of them [s]), but is my wisdom waning?
So in all this, I know that my magic has to grow. I also know that magic -- yes, my magic -- is growing. I say that without the aid of my negative ego: I am working magic, and sometimes I am startled by the success of that magic. I am amazed at the speed and at the depth of the magic I am currently working. My eyes widen and my jaw drops (a bit, not much) at how magical my magic is.
It's ahead of me. I haven't caught up to my magic. I need to expand (not just stretch) my success cube. For example, years ago stretching it was enough. Not now. I need to expand it beyond the normal three and four dimensions of my convention. And yes, I need to work with my image. I need to change it -- oh, here comes my fear of change -- and I need to lift it to new dimensions.
So for me to become a Visionary, I need to catch up to my magic, which seems to be growing faster than I am. During the recent "Evening with Jach" that preceded the Interludes, someone -- and it was someone on staff, no less -- asked me about the Reservoirs of Vision. I must have had a "senior moment" or something. First, I didn't know what she was talking about, and then I had no idea what they were.
Hmmm. I went and looked at my "November workshop notes," and then I remembered: OF COURSE!!!! Another person attending the Interludes came up the next day and gave me the short list. [s] By then I had remembered, and it was still a very nice gesture.
My point: I blocked it out. I listen to the recordings so I can learn the content and so I can listen to Lazaris. But I have to take copious notes. Otherwise, I slip away to sleep. That's because within Lazaris' voice, even as he has gotten rid of his accent, there is a resonance that holds me in trance. When I listen to the recordings, that resonance puts me to sleep. So I take detailed notes that are close to dictation (sort of).
Anyway, I had zoned out on the Reservoirs of Vision. Yes, I have work to do. [s] So that is what I mean when I say we need to catch up to our magic.
I also know that it is my destiny -- that it is our destinies -- to participate actively and consciously in the new world unfolding. It's unfolding. That's happening fast. My magic is keeping up. Am I? That's what I am thinking about all this. [s] Thanks for asking. My reply gave some nice clarity and focus for me. I hope it did the same for you.
A Grouping of Questions with Jach's Replies from the Online Conferences
Q: In a recording from a Sunday afternoon, Unlocking Creativity, Lazaris spoke of creativity as the current we came in on and the one we will return on, as well. He also mentions imagination as the most powerful component of creativity. How does this tie in with the Imaginal Realm and with the current we are now returning on? Thank You, Jach.
Jach: Hi there. Good to hear from you. I know you have worked with the Imaginal Realm before but this last weekend was so incredible. You would have had a great time. [s]
There is a strong connection between these different threads and they are strongly interwoven. Lazaris talked a bit about this during the workshop. Creativity is a flow of energy that has distinct force. Yet to become a usable energy and force in our world, it has to be modulated or "down stepped" in the generation of that energy. It needs resistance to condense into a perceivable and usable energy.
In our world, we are told that creation -- the product of creativity -- is born of necessity or chance. These schools of thought are well established and well laid out. They are as institutions in our world. As a result of that, when we experience creativity, we link it to necessity or we link it to chance. Those are the poles in our world of duality around which creativity condenses and precipitates into creative energy and manifestation.
In the Imaginal Realm there is the creativity that is born of necessity. There is also the creativity that is born of chance. But there is also a creativity that is born of itself that does not require necessity or chance in order to exist and in order to be viable. I think it is that creativity -- the one that creates itself sans necessity and without chance that is the creativity that we came in on. I think that is the energy that is not modulated by necessity/chance, that is the most powerful and the most real, especially beyond the limits and bounds of space-time.
Now, within the creative process, imagination is key. Technique is important. Developing the craft of artistry to the level of mastery is key, there is no question. But if that creativity, no matter how sharp or well honed, lacks imagination, what is it? Replicative, at best. Cameras can do that. Creativity that is only imaginative lacking skill and technique can be entertaining in the moment, but it is seldom long lasting and never is classic. Or at least that's how it seems to me.
So imagination is the most critical and the most important or valuable key. In our world, we are told imagination is make-believe and false. It's interesting how the two are so automatically linked, isn't it? Beyond "just imagination," psychology uses active imagination but limits it to a therapy technique. And Lazaris talks of a living imagination that is very different than the "just" and the "active" imaginations.
But in the Imaginal Realm, there is an imagination that is beyond a living one. That is, just as creativity is connected to necessity and to chance, so imagination, even a living one, is connected to passion and desire, to logic and reason, to our body and our compassion, and to our images and our inspiration. Well, in the Imaginal Realm there is imagination that imagines itself. It doesn't rely upon our desires, passions, logic, reason, etc ... It doesn't need us. It exists and creates -- imagines -- itself. Here is the tie in. Creativity that imagines itself and imagination that creates itself. The braiding of these energies begins in the Imaginal.
Lazaris said something else that intrigued me. He said that the Imaginal is the receptacle to gather, hold, and release the creativity and imagination of God/Goddess/All That Is. Isn't a creativity that imagines and creates itself and an imagination that creates and imagines itself coming close to what God's imagination and creativity might be about? And I think the current that can bring us Home ... all the way Home has do to with creativity, imagination, and love. Add God's love; add Goddess' love; and add the love of All That Is to imagination and creativity. A mixture that is a complexity of energy and force lifting to a higher octave of energy and force. The current that can carry us Home.
Now, having written all that, I also know this description is woefully short of the truth. [s]
Q: Happy New Year, Jach. Would you talk about how you work with your passion and creativity? I am particularly interested in the beginning times of a project or creative endeavor and getting started, though anything on the subject is appreciated. Thank you.
Jach: Hi there. How nice to hear from you.[s] I wish I could ... I wish I could talk of and understand better how I work with these things. I will give it a go.
First, I resist. [vbg] Really, in so many ways, I am reluctant to change, and I resist change. As much as I do it, it is not something I approach with eagerness. I resist; sometimes I fight it. And there are the times that I plow right into self-pity. I can whine a lot about change ... "Oh no, not again!!!!"
Now, this happens when it becomes apparent that change is necessary and when it seems to come about randomly or by chance. It also happens when I consciously
pursue change. Yeah, I know. It's weird. I can be going along just fine, and then I realize ... I am bored or restless. I can wake up feeling an uneasiness,
and I know that I need to make some changes. That is, I know that I need to begin something new ... a new project. It's not a necessity, and it isn't
random, but I know I have to do it. And then I resist ... "Oh, no, there I go again." I can get angry at myself.
But once I move into the resistance, be it pity or anger, I tend to move through it quickly. And then I can find focus. Once over the hump, then the creativity can awaken, and then the passion can begin to flow.
I used to have a much harder time with passion. I could never quite define it. But in the more recent workshop on passion, Lazaris said something that cleared this up for me and it's been much easier to work with my passion ever since. He pointed out that our passion is not really in a thing or an activity or an event. It's in us. The particular activity that we label "our passion" is not really our passion; it is the thing that can trigger it in us. That thing or those events are like matches. They can ignite the passion, but they are not the passion. I don't know, but that made sense to me and cleared the way. I stopped "looking for my passion" and just started letting it find me. [s] Beauty stirs my passion. Beauty in sound, beauty in motion or movement, beauty in a moment ... beauty triggers the passion that is inside me. It also really engages my soul. Tears fill my eyes a lot when I experience beauty ... that love that weeps at the slightest act of injustice or inhumanity and yet rejoices at the slightest act of human kindness ... yeah, beauty triggers my passion and engages my soul. So I resist, and then I move beyond it. Okay. Then I look for the beauty. And my eyes tear up. [s]
Then I am inspired, and I get to work. I ride the wave of those tears and that deep appreciation of beauty. And I come to exclaim the beauty of my own "movement" in creating as I think about ideas or as I write about experiences. And in the exclamation (!) the passion and the creativity are wedded.
And then I get out of the way. In the end I am most often incredulous and then mightily pleased with what comes out of it all. And I love the mystery of it all. I find immense beauty in mystery. I am surprised by how much beauty I find in mystery. I don't know if that helps, but that is what happens at the beginning for me when I think about passion and creativity. Thanks for asking.
Q: Hello, Jach. On the recording "2002: The Year of Creation and Manifestation" Lazaris talks about the *Hidden Face of Creation* or the face between the solid faces and the fluid faces. He says it is in this face that we will find the alliance we seek. Can you share with us what you do to better understand this lost or hidden face?
Jach: Boy, I wish I could. I haven't thought about that lately, but from time to time over the past few months I have wondered about that, too.
There are the solid faces of creation that are most often born of necessity. To produce something new out of what has been or to create new formation (or reformation) generally is a product of necessity, isn't it? Chance sometimes plays a role, but most often those solid faces ... the ones that look to create (and manifest) something new, something different, out of what currently exists ... deal with necessity.
Frankly, the fluid faces intrigue me much more: originating, inventing, innovating. They are also born of necessity, but they can also be the product of chance. While the solid faces most often come from necessity, the fluid faces can emerge from either necessity or chance, and I think they can do so randomly so that neither necessity nor chance has a statistical advantage. [s] Â I could be wrong about that.
Okay. Somewhere between the solid and fluid faces of creation, there is another face ... the hidden face ... the lost face ... the mysterious face. I haven't the foggiest idea of what that is. But then the year is not yet half over. There's time. [s] I suspect that it can be born of necessity or chance. I also strongly suspect that it seldom is. I think it is born of something else. As I type that, it occurs to me: I think it is born of something Other (read: something Other or something that emerges from the worlds of Other). Sure, we could happen upon it by chance; sure, it could serendipitously emerge from necessity, but I think if we are going to find that hidden face, we had better plan on looking other places (pun intended)[s].
I also think that mystery will play a major role in finding that hidden face. And while I am at it, it seems that the energy "between" will be intimately involved. When I think of the energies of mystery and of the "between," the word "miraculous" comes to mind. I think that if we are going to find that lost face of creation, we need to set our observing and measuring devices upon the Other and upon the mystery we find there. Within that mystery found in Other ... within the mystical or esoteric of the Other and its mystery, we can open to the possibility of miracles. We can enter the resonance of miracles. And if we do that, I suspect we will encounter that face of creation.
Will we recognize it? No. I don't think we will recognize it as such. It will come as a "stranger's face," I think, because it has been hidden for so long. But no matter, I think we will find it there. And I think it won't come out of necessity and it certainly will not be by chance, especially if we consciously and actively go looking for it. But when we find it, even though we won't realize that we have, the nature of our creation and manifestation will change. We can still use the solid faces and we can still utilize the fluid faces, but when we encounter the hidden face, the nature of our creation and the stuff we create will be different.
Perhaps that is how we will know we have found the lost face ... not because we recognize it, but because the grace of our creation/manifestation is different. "Who was that masked man/woman?" That may be the first question. In retrospect, the grace of creation is different and then we will retrace our steps, attempting to remember (re-member) where we went and what we found there. Then the recognition will come. And then the realization.
And I think back to what Lazaris said of such: That is where we will master the art of creation and manifestation. I conclude this by going back to where I began: Can I tell you about the hidden face of creation? I wish I could. At this point, I can only speculate. [s] Thanks for asking.
A Grouping of Questions with Jach's Replies from the Online Conferences
Q: Jach, will you discuss making choice, at a level where our reality can change, as we are choosing?
Jach: Good evening. Reality changing as we are choosing ... hum ... Oh, I know such a place exists and I have been there from time to time. It is exhilarating and it is frightening. More exhilarating, though. [s] I am not sure what to say about it.
I am not sure there are particular steps one can follow to get there. There are certain issues of resonance that can play an important role, however. For me, it is intensity of emotion that is amplified by love. That emotion might be anger or fear or it could be happiness or joy. See, for me, it's not so much which emotion as it is that whatever the emotion is, I feel it intensely. Intensity in the moment, with focus and complete attention. Intensity. Letting go once the moment has passed. A reality presents itself. I feel the emotion, whatever it is, and I feel it full out. Deep, rich, exuberant, or filled with pain, I feel it full out. But that is not enough. To that intensity, I add love. Beyond fear, beyond anger, what is there? Love. Beyond happiness and joy there is also love. In the depth of every emotion ... when we can honestly go deep enough ... there is love. With intensity in place, I dive into the love. It is much easier to type it now than it is to do this then, but this is the map I use.
Okay. Intense emotion and now intense love. To this I add a heartaching desire to change the reality. Yeah, heartaching desire. I was going to type heartfelt desire, but that is not it; it's a heartaching desire. Well, combining these three energies fraught with resonance and then choosing ... it can happen.
It doesn't always happen. But sometimes the reality changes in the moment. Sometimes it changes before the choice is complete. Sometimes it doesn't. But when it doesn't, if I take the "non-responsive" choice to become an empowered choice - a choice that has voice (unfamiliar sense) at the first, second, and third power - then the magic often follows in a day or two, or more. So that fourth component of expanding the choice to be voluminous is important, too.
I hope that answers your question. Thanks for asking. [s]
Q: Dear Jach, Listening to the energy recording for the month of April I hear talk about a choice cube, would that be similar to our success cube? Thank you, Jach.
Jach: Hi there, it's good to hear from you. The choice cube is similar in form to the success cube ... I mean a cube is a cube, right? [wink] But the choice cube is defined by the choices that are within it. And the focus isn't on its dimensions or upon its ceiling, floor, and walls. Rather our choice cube is defined by the fundamental choices that are within it.
Fundamental choices: These are the choices to the third power that we make. These are the choices that form the foundation for all the other choices we make in our lives. They are the choices that do not change unless we consciously change them or ... no, I go back to that ... unless we consciously change them even if we deny our culpability in the choosing. Some examples: "I will never get what I want." "I will always fall short of my goal." "No matter what happens, I will always try to control ... or will feel sorry for myself, or blame someone." You know what I mean here, right? These are foundational choices that we hold onto rain or shine, hail, sleet, or sunny weather.
And they are not all negative. We have positive fundamental choices, too: "I will always be curious and want to learn more." "No matter what, I will always reach to be real and more of my true self." These also are fundamental choices that remain in place no matter the conditions or the situation. They are choices to the third power or ... choice cubed. (Thus the expression, choice cube.)
Now, being less than a winner, for example, is a fundamental choice we made as children for a variety of reasons. Often those reasons are noble ones ... ones seeking a higher or a lofty goal. Often those reasons had to do with being loved or with securing safety for ourselves. For example, to insure that my mother or father would always love me, a child may decide that they will always fall short or always be needy or always be frightened of the world. A child decides to be less than a winner. And that choice is a choice to the 3rd power or a choice cubed.
With that choice in place, all other choices happen within its embrace. Even a simple choice to the 1st power ... "I am going to this movie rather than that one" ... can be tainted or soiled by the fundamental choice. Maybe it won't be, but the possibility and potential are there. Or maybe the choice to the 1st power (going to this movie) comes out unscathed, but the choices to the 2nd power may not be so fortunate.
The choices to the second power are the ones that surround the area (choice squared) of the choice to the first power ... they would be such things as the choices about getting ready and actually getting my body to the theater. If I have a fundamental choice to be needy, I may have a devil of a time finding clean clothes or a ride to the movie theater. I would probably have to call someone and *need* a ride or something. These are silly examples, but I hope they make the point about the potential impact of a fundamental choice or what is our choice cube.
Thanks for asking about this. It was helpful for me to review this stuff for myself. [s]
Q: Hi, Jach ... perhaps you can talk about Choice ... especially in this time of rapid change ... constantly choosing ... choice being the rudder that can navigate the narrows ...
Jach: Hi there, ... to me, your question begs this reply: Talk about choice? Do I have to? [Smiling] There is so much to say about choice ... there always is, isn't there? Let me think a moment so I don't end up just rambling on and end up nowhere. [s]
I think about the flow of positive momentum. Lazaris has described it: Love ... Intimacy ... Magic ... Choice ... etc. And then I think of it in reverse: Choice, Magic, Intimacy, and Love. By now, each of us knows that choice is keystone to all creation and manifestation; we know that it is cornerstone to all success and happiness. We know that it is seminal to all change; it is the active agent -- the yeast -- in all creation, manifestation, success, and happiness. All of us are aware and understand it; and most of us know it. And at time of rapid change ... at a time when we are dealing with the narrows and the pinnacle of freedoms ... remembering this is critical, I think. Even if we are only aware of the phenomena of choice, remembering that awareness can be a calm in the storm of chaos. After all, rapid change means rapid chaos ... that may be dark or light chaos, and either way, it is a storm.
Remembering our awareness, our understanding, or our knowing of the phenomena of choice can be the first aspect of that rudder in a storm. It seems to me that remembering the phenomena of choice and then realizing that choice is the root of all magic can be so wonderfully powerful. Choice is the root of all magic and magic is the seed of intimacy. Magic is the seed to closeness, tenderness, vulnerability, and trust. Wow. How do any of us really attain and experience intimacy? How do any of us really attain and experience closeness, tenderness, vulnerability, and trust? How do we attain and experience reduced fears of humiliation and knowing beyond our self-doubt that we are loved, cared about, and known? It's magic!
Again, choice is the root of all magic and magic is the seed to intimacy, and out of intimacy, our love grows and expands. We have worked with the chain reaction of momentum and we have experienced how love grows and reveals intimacy and how there is magic at the base of that intimacy. We have worked with the choices we unfold in the working of our magic. And this chain reaction of momentum also works in reverse. As we make our choices wise, right, willed, and empowered ... magic happens. And out of the magic, we grow our intimacy with ourselves, with the stuff of our reality, with our unseen friends, and with other people (near and far).
With that intimacy or out of it comes greater love. It seems to me that this dance from love to choice and then from choice to love provides a superb way to deal with rapid change. It seems an excellent way to weather the otherwise stormy seas of dark and light chaos. Perhaps this approach can be especially valuable for dealing with light chaos. I say that because over the years, we have developed many ways of working with dark chaos. Light chaos is still an unknown for many of us ... and perhaps certain levels of light chaos are unknown to all of us. I also suspect that light chaos is "more dangerous" because of its unknown character and because it is more seductive to fears of negative ego.
As I write that, I think about something Lazaris said during the Global Magic intensive. When he talked of the fourth step: Grace of Mystery, where we can tap into our greatness, he said this step was the most determined and the most dangerous. More people, coming to this step, get lost here. Touching our greatness can be an overwhelming experience for us because of the temptation of negative ego. So I suspect, though I haven't checked it out beyond my suspicion, that light chaos, like the light shadow, is potentially more difficult and dangerous to work with.
So perhaps the flow of momentum and the reverse flow can be especially helpful here. And, a thought keeps hounding me: Lazaris said that this current evening workshop on Unconscious Presence would be a watershed in our growth. What jumps out at me from that workshop is the mandala of the divine and the experiences of oneness with our unconscious mind. What also jumps out at me is experiencing (if that's the appropriate word) Essence.
It seems to me that our magic has leapt to an entirely new level. The magic that we have known will still be there; the techniques we have and that we use will still be there, but I think we are beginning to work magic on an entirely new level. The old techniques will still work and they will be a comfort for us, it seems to me, but there is something very new here. I don't understand it and I cannot describe it; I can only vaguely feel it.
And in this ... what? High Magic ... choice becomes paramount. I think choice will lift up and be even more present and important. And in that, linking love to choice and then choice to love (through magic and intimacy) feels very important.
Well, I ended up rambling on after all. I will stop now. I hope some of this made sense. I know I will have to read it over to see if it makes sense to me. [vbg] So thanks for asking,
Q: Hi, Jach! Will you say a few words about our choice cubes and how to work with them? Thanks!
Jach: Hi there.Thanks for your question. I find the whole concept of a choice cube to be very fascinating. I really enjoy Lazaris' description of choice to the first, second, and third powers. I am particularly intrigued by choice to the third power, which basically defines our choice cube. So a few words ...
First, the choice cube seems to function differently than our success cube. With our success cube, the distinctions of floor and ceiling and of sides with width or depth are very important and can be very revealing when it comes to understanding the nature of our success and to assessing our relationship with success.
But with our choice cube, it's not so much the actual sides that are important. I mean, a question about how high or wide or deep our choices are doesn't make that much sense -- and an answer to such a question doesn't really make a whole lot of difference, as I see it.
The merit of our choice cube seems to be more clearly defined by its content than by its boundaries. We can understand our choices to the first and second power fairly easily. They are the choices "in the moment" (choice to the first power) and the secondary choices that support that in-the-moment choice. But choice to the third power is different. It is a fundamental choice that, once made, remains in place until we change it. They are life choices. Sometimes we come in with them, and sometimes we craft them in our childhood and young adult years. They are sometimes constructed at the worst possible times, like in the depths of despair or in the pits of hopelessness. And they are often made in the hidden places ... consciously made, mind you, but often in places that are hidden from view.
These fundamental choices define the space in which all other choices are made. And they are to us as water is to fish. We don't see them because we live them. We don't see them because we blind ourselves to when we made them. But they are there. And they are essential to living life. Yeah, essential. No matter how miserable a person's life may be, it is based upon and dependent upon choices to the third power ... upon those fundamental choices that are profound and ever-lasting. So fundamental choices are to us as water is to fish.
How to work with them ... One way is to go hunting for the current fundamental choices and then to assess them. The hunt can be done in several ways. First, we could sit down and jot down a slew of choices to the first and second power, and then look for common denominators, recurring themes or threads, or common conclusions underlying those many choices listed randomly. I don't recommend this way because it can be tedious, but it might appeal to some.[s]
Second, we can look at our destiny, or at what we know of it. Destiny is an intricate combination of fate and fortune along with that which is inevitable in our lives. We can look at destiny that has already demonstrated itself. What has been our fate so far? What have been our core beliefs and what have been our core life choices as reflected and expressed in the life we have lived? What has been our fortune so far? That is, what has been our relationship with abundance ... with bounty, autonomy, exalted giving, co-creation, conscious and active participation, and with celebration and triumph?
Based on what has already happened in our lives, what seems or appears to be inevitable? Such assessment can give us a sense, if not a clear picture, of our destiny. And, unless we change, we know that the same stuff is bound to continue. The form may vary, but the function will remain the same. Again: unless we change. So this assessment of "what was" can give us a good idea of our destiny ... of the destination ... of where we are "going to end up." Pretty picture or not, within our destiny we can find the choices to the third power, and we thus find the volume of our choices ... our choice cube.
Then we can work with those choices ... The best way I have found is to work with the recording from Lazaris called Becoming a Winner at Living Life. His description about how we as small children make the choice to be less than a winner is priceless to me. And his challenge: If we were so powerful back then as to be able to make a choice (to be less than the winner) that has lasted this long, then we surely are powerful enough to make a new choice that is as powerful or more powerful. His challenge is terrific. It makes me smile whenever I think of it.
A third way to unearth those fundamental choices is to work with our Higher Self and Future Self at the gateway to our unconscious mind. Those choices are neatly recorded and held in our unconscious. So we can go to the doorway ... the gateway ... and with our Higher Self and Future Self, we can call those beliefs to come forth in a gentle, non-invasive way. Gentle and non-invasive is very important, and it's important to sit at the gate and call them forth. If we go into our unconscious to find them, often we go unconscious and retrieve nothing. But if we sit at the gateway and call them forth and let them emerge from our unconscious, then we have something we can work with. So those are a few ways.
I guess the key is that working with our choice cube isn't about stretching or expanding the boundaries, as it is with our success cube. It's about discovering that esoteric content and changing it ... changing our beliefs, changing our choices, changing our attitudes and our thoughts and feelings as well. If we change those things at a base level or a core level, then our cube, the volume of choice, changes. Then the everyday choices to the first and second power may be the same as they have always been, but the results, the reality that emerges from them, can be very different. I hope that helps. [s]
From a Series of Sketches of Life in Columbia
He stood at the threshold in supplication. He moved continuously, stepping back a few steps quickly and then slowly forward a step or two. I thought of a well-trained dog that stands at thresholds wondering if it's safe to enter or waiting for permission to come in. He tilted his head this way and that as if asking. For what? His folded hands were also in motion clasped together as if in prayer and then pressed to his chest, his heart, as if to say, "thank you."
I didn't want to watch but I couldn't not. We were at Sebastiana, a simple cafe on the edge of a very busy and very noisy roundabout. Traffic moved with a frenzy around the hub. Homeless men, women, children, crippled and deformed men, moved slowly or not at all around the hub.
We were waiting for our "executive lunch." It's common at such small cafes to offer one option for lunch: fresh juice, daily homemade soup, a tiny salad (mostly shredded lettuce and too much shredded onion with a smattering of diced tomato ( most Colombians don't understand the concept of salads), and a main course of meat, vegetables, and rice, yacca, potato, or a combination of each. Such lunches are different each day and they cost about $4.00 (USD). I like executive lunches and I like Sebastiana. It has a writer's motif with quotations from notable Colombian writers and poets printed on the walls. It's also a fun place for people watching.
He stood there at the threshold knowing he was not allowed, he was not welcome to come in. The soles of his worn out flip-flops were so flat as if to be almost invisible. His too big pants, cinched with a rope, were grimy and torn, and they hung low. The cuffs all but gone. His ragged tee was torn and stiff with grease and dirt. He danced his slow dance of supplication. Waiting. For what?
Ten, fifteen minutes passed. He prayed. He gave thanks. He waited, stepping back coming close, stepping back again. Finally, the waitress dressed in a white uniform of synthetic pants and jacket blouse came from behind the counter with a white plastic bag draped over two outstretched fingers. It swayed back and forth as she walked slowly toward him. His tail wagged had he been a dog. Tentatively, he reached out but did not step or grab. With a tenderness that brings tears to my eyes even now, he took the offering and bowed. He breathed a sigh. Relief.
He turned and walked away. His daily task was done, or had his work just begun? I watched him weave his way through the fast cars and slow people. I wondered: Is he going to find a quiet place to eat? Is he saving his meager treasure for later in the day when the cool breezes of the afternoon come? Will he share his bounty with another, a friend, family? I watched as he disappeared into the crowd knowing I would never know.
Poverty is ugly. It's painful. But here in Colombia, it's visible. No one tries to hide it as too often we do in the States. Many ignore poverty, but no one seems to deny it, and it is not hidden. Further, it is not rounded up and contained in "those sections" of the city. Poverty and its tragedies are more intense in some areas, dangerous areas where it's not safe to go after dark, but poverty invades every area of this metropolis of over three million people.
But it's visible. That feels important to me. I thought of Katrina back in 2005. It exposed the depth of poverty that had been hidden in New Orleans. Evacuation had been ordered but there were so many, painfully so many, who could not afford to evacuate. Their poverty was paralyzing, and it had been hidden. Exposed then, but what happened to it since?
Poverty does not get forgotten here, and ironically that inspires hope in me. If we don't see our shame, how can we end it? If I don't own that I allow it, how can I allow changing it?
So I watched him waiting. For what? Food. Yes. But I think he was also waiting to be seen. I think he was waiting to be heard as he spoke only with his body and his hands.
I hope I saw him as I watched him walk away. I hope I heard him as he disappeared. I probably won't see him again, but I know I will never forget him. The look on his face, the dog-like movements of his body, the pleading prayfulness and gratitude are burned in my memory and in my heart forever. Later that day, I worked a bit of magic for him. I imagined putting something more in that plastic bag. I also worked magic around the poverty that is too much a part of this country and too much a part of the world.
Our executive lunches arrived. It was simple, and it was delicious. "Que rico!" We ate. We continued our day.
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