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Lazaris Talks About Death

Monday, May 9, 2016
Blog: Lazaris Talks About Death

By Lazaris

Several Questions and Answers on Death

From interviews with Lazaris, originally published in Lazaris Interviews, Book II. (this book is out of print)

Q: Lazaris, would you talk to us about death -- and can you program to avoid certain realities like the death of one's parents and oneself?

Lazaris: What about death? The real statement -- assumption -- behind this question is: Death is bad. And we would ask: Why? What's wrong with dying? Well, we're going to talk about some of the problems with dying, but we would ask: What's wrong with it? You see, you've been geared, you've been conditioned, to believe that it's bad, that death is a failure, and that if you die you somehow have failed -- unless you live to be ... well, very, very old. Even then, people treat it as a failure. "Oh, that's too bad." Why? What's so bad about it?

The world that you go into, the reality that you move into, is far more exciting, we dare say, far more thrilling and far more to your liking than the one you're dealing with now. Death is something that you do not because you have to, but because you decided to.

Your body is a vehicle. That's all it is. It's an illusion. It's made up of light and sound that is dense enough to be called a body.

When you watch television you see light and sound, and it looks like bodies walking around in your television screen. They aren't bodies. You know that. When you go to movies and see figures on the big screen, they look like bodies moving around, too, but you know they're not. You know that's light and sound in coordination to create illusion.

Well, you're just a three-dimensional illusion, and that body of yours is a vehicle. Now how would you feel about getting an automobile assigned to you at birth, but you could never get rid of it? You had to keep that same automobile ... from birth! Well, even at 16, yes? Think back to the first automobile you had. How would you feel about still having to drive that? ... {laughter} ... "You mean I don't get to trade this one in?" No! You have to keep it, and you have to treat it right, and you have to program it to run forever. Would you like that? "No, I want to trade it in. I want a newer model!" Some of you trade them in every two years regardless. Some of you keep them a little longer if you particularly like them, but you always look forward to a new automobile -- the new vehicle.

Well, similarly, death is a process of turning in the vehicle, and saying, "I'm done with this vehicle. I'm ready either to move on without a vehicle or to get another one." So indeed, to program not to die? We would suggest look deeper. Why are you considering death a failure? Why are you considering it bad and wrong? Why are you seeing it as something you never want to do?

Admittedly, you might not want to do it now or next week or next year or whatever, but some time you're going to want to. You can program to be healthy and to live as long as you desire, to live to be as old as you desire to be, but eventually indeed you will want to die and be ready to die and be eager to do so. Truthfully, it is not inevitable as a "rule" or a "law," but it is something you will desire ... someday.

Also, there is the power of belief. You have been so conditioned to believe that you have to die at a certain age. Some people have a belief that they're going to die at 50 because their mother, father, brother, and sister all died at age 50, "so I'm going to die at age 50." And many times they do. Others feel that "once I retire and the old ticker stops working so well, you know, there's not much use in living."

Some of you who are led totally by your second chakra decide that once you can't have sex there's no reason to live, and therefore you go about the process of dying.

You've been conditioned to believe that the moment you're born you begin to die. What a devastating thought, but nonetheless ... So there are very high thresholds, and if you really wanted to get over it, you could. Ultimately, you don't really want to get over that threshold. You will want to die sometime. Eventually you -- everyone -- will choose to die.

Q: Death. Speak to us of physical death.

Lazaris: Well, it's a rather interesting concept, you know. You've been so afraid of it, and we understand that, certainly so. We understand your fears. We've heard you echo them. We've heard your call. But we would suggest that, in fact, death ultimately is the healer, as it is the ultimate end of your pain, the ultimate end of your fear, the ultimate end of your frustration in life. We do not encourage you to do it quickly. We do not encourage you to bring it on any sooner than you are fully willing to. But we would suggest that there will come a time, indeed, when each of you will choose to discard this form that you carry.

That discarding is the process called death. Some choose to do it with their eyes closed and pretend they can't see what's going on. Others choose to do it with their eyes open, and therefore more consciously select their death.

When you decide to die -- by whatever means, early or late in your life -- what happens is you slip out of your body, much as you would slip out of a garment at night, and let it fall to the ground and seem lifeless around you. But you, you as the spark that you are, are still alive, still vibrant, still reaching. What do you see before you?

What? A most glorious light, a most glorious light, and that light attracts you, and that light draws you to it, and you want to reach for that light. You stretch for it, and at a certain point as you are reaching, it draws you in. As you are drawn, you realize how much you are loved by God, by God/Goddess/All That Is, and how capable you are of loving. It is toward this love, this love, this love and light that is God, that you are so drawn.

Q: Do we have the physical chance to come back?

Lazaris: Oh, most definitely you do. After you go through the light, and have this most glorious of celebrations, most definitely you take a bit of a rest, you know? You carry forth with you much of your physical desire, and therefore bodies turn younger and thinner and more athletic and you get, finally, the body that you've always wanted, for a bit of time at least.

You go into this wondrous somnambulistic state, half-awake, half- asleep. When you awaken, you look at your life, and you look it over, and review it, to see what you've done and what you've accomplished -- not in a judgmental way, not in a harsh way, but just in an evaluative way.

Then you decide. You see, this power of choice is effective not only in your physical world, but in the world beyond. You decide: Do you want to come back into physical form or do you not? Are you most suited to learn by re-entering this density that you call physicalness, or are you most suited to learn without it?

The choice very clearly is yours, absolutely. There is no referee; there's no judge. There's no one there saying, "Ah ..." No. You are the one who decides. At times it would seem almost better if someone else did make those choices and decisions, because you are much harsher on yourself than anyone else would be. However, it is always you who chooses and decides.

Q: You've described the death experience as passing through a tunnel with the sound of wind rushing in our ears. What happens when you emerge from the tunnel?

Lazaris: Wonderful things! What happens when you die? Well, let's not belabor it, because we have talked about it frequently. When you die you leave your body behind. You go out of body, and it is a terrifying experience because you believe it is, because you've been conditioned to believe it is, because you get close to that brink, and you get scared. What if it's not there? What if there isn't a heaven? What if there isn't a God? What if the existentialists are right, and your body just rots in the ground, and you go into some sort of oblivion?

Nonetheless, you have all these sorts of resistances right at the edge. Therefore, you sort of faint when you leave you body ... {laughter} ... It's a trauma, you know?

You're born in trauma, and you die in trauma, many of you. When you're born, you're amazed that you're confined to this tiny body that doesn't even work! ... {laughter} ... And you wonder, "Did I sign up for this?" ... {laughter} ...

Then you make it work. "All right, if this is what I have, I'd better roll up the old sleeves here and get this body to grow and to function and to be able to walk and talk and do both those things all at the same time!" Then you go on and do other things more sophisticatedly. Then you reach that point of death when you're finally going to be liberated from this body, and you say, "Whoa! Wait a minute! Do I really have to be free of it?"

So when you die, many people "faint." It just sort of goes to black, yes? Well, very quickly you revive. It lasts whatever length of Earth time. It's outside of time by that point. But then you revive, and you are drawn to a tunnel of light, clearly so.

At the other end of that tunnel is everybody you want to have be there ... all the relatives whom you miss, the ones who died before you ... none of the ones you don't care for. ... {laughter} ... And since consciousness is multi-dimensional, all those people who are still alive that you would like to have there are there, also. So your kids, your friends, all the ones you left behind are there. It's a huge celebration, a huge party!

Now some who have a Fundamentalist belief and have fears of maybe going to hell will take a little sidestep, and they'll go sliding down toward hell, you see? They'll get right to the edge, and they'll teeter on the edge, but alas, nobody ever goes! ... {laughter} ... Some Fundamentalists get very close ... {laughter} ... not because they belong there, but because they're so afraid of it that they come right up to the edge and: "Whoa! I looked into hell! And I saw the Devil looking back at me! And I commanded the Devil to get out!" So they have their feared brush with the Devil, and then they go through the light into heaven, where they knew they belonged all along. ... {laughter} ...

So you go into heaven. You go into this wonderful place that is this huge celebration with everybody you want to be there ... including historical people you always wanted to meet. Everyone is there coming to greet you.

You go through this grand celebration, and then you go to sleep. You go into a somnambulistic state that can last in Earth time a few minutes, a few hours, a few years, a few decades. It is like that wondrous period when you wake up in the morning and you get to sleep that extra half-hour -- the time when you are half-awake and half- asleep, where you can just snuggle in when it's chilly, or listen to the birds chirp when it's a beautiful morning. You enter a somnambulism, a floating, wondrous state.

Then you wake up, and you experience the heaven you anticipated. If you thought that heaven was streets paved with gold, then you'll find a city with streets paved with gold, angels with harps, and wondrous creatures of this sort, and you'll play "Heaven" for awhile.

At a certain point you say, "Is this all there is?" Then the walls fall down, and you get down to the serious work of growing, of reviewing the life you experienced, of putting it in context to the other lifetimes you've experienced, of going to classes. You talk to friends, you get involved in activities, you do all kinds of things in your process of reviewing.

Ultimately you make another decision: Do I want to go back into the physical? Do I want to pick another lifetime? There's a broad array of them out there. You decide: "I want to learn this. I want to learn that. I want to deal with this, that and the other. That one will do. That lifetime. I'll take that one." Then you'll create and put the arrangements together to thus re-enter into physical incarnation.

Or you'll decide: "No, I'm done. I don't need to do any more physical lifetimes. I'm not done growing, but I've learned everything that I can learn or want to learn from the Physical Plane." Two statements: can learn and want to learn. "So I'm going to do my growth without body now, and therefore I'm going to move on."

That's what the death experience is like. It's rather beautiful, it's rather wonderful, and it's the ultimate healing. It's important perhaps to remember that. Death is the ultimate healing. It ends the physical misery. It ends the physical limitation.

Can you "learn to transcend death?" Can you be immortal? Now there are two approaches to immortality. One approach, which we would plainly say is rather adolescent, is the approach to immortality which says you've got to keep the same body you have. "I want to live to be 200, 300 -- I want to live forever in this body." Why on Earth would you want to? Why? We are rather amazed by that, just as we are by why you might want to keep the same automobile forever and ever. But we would suggest here some people are attempting that, and quite frankly they won't succeed. Quite frankly, their belief structures, the importance of giving up the body, and the value of being detached from it are such that they won't ever succeed at that kind of immortality.

Oh yes, human consciousness is going to be able to live to be 100, 120, 130 years old. That's not going to be a difficulty in a number of years. Out of a lot of the diseases that are currently operative, one of the byproducts is going to be a tremendous knowledge of longevity, such that people will be able to live to be 100, 120, or 130 -- and not by replacing all their organs. More and more people will be living to be that age. That is much more viable, much more possible -- but not to live forever.

There is a way to transcend, however, and that way -- the adult way, as we call it -- is to consciously die, to consciously die. You know, we take you on meditations, right? In those meditations you close your eyes, and you relax, and you lift yourself out of your body. Sometimes you float up and out, and you go here or there.

Well, immortality, in the truest sense of the word, can be accomplished. You can decide "today's a good day to die," and lie down and close your eyes. You enter a "meditation," and your light body stands up, fully conscious, climbs out of your body, and leaves it for good. Now that, we would suggest, is true immortality, where you "never die," where you never die, because you are fully conscious throughout the entire experience.

The movie "Cocoon" is a movie that appeals to a lot of people because they came close (they didn't really quite do that, but they came close) to portraying conscious death, immortality, when all these old people decided, and together, at one time, sort of ascended, yes? You can approach death by deciding, "Today is a good day to die, and, therefore, I'm going to go to bed tonight, and I'm going to consciously die."

You can decide not to "faint."

Q: Most of your comments on death seem to be directed toward the one who is dying. Can you offer some insights to the ones who are left here to deal with this phenomenon?

Lazaris: Yes, it is important. Obviously, we do talk primarily about the person who is dying because that's rather final, in that regard, for many of you, and it's important to want to know about it.

For those who remain, what's important is realizing why you are sad. You know, we tell you it's beautiful, it's wonderful, it's a huge party, you experience heaven, no one ever goes to hell, no one ever has a bad time, it's always wonderful -- it's fantastic! It's being able to program your reality and get it every time. That's what you're shooting for here, right?

You are not sad when you die. Why would you be sad when they die? Because you're going to miss the person. You're not really sad they're dying as much as you're sad they're leaving.

You think about a friend. You've had a lifelong friend, and they come and announce that they're moving to Hong Kong. You're going to be sad. Now imagine they say, "I'm going to move to Hong Kong, and I'm never going to write, I'm never going to telephone, and you'll never see me again." Of course, you're going to be very sad.

Death is an intensification of that, an exponential of that, because they're going away. From your perspective they're never going to come back. You're not absolutely sure where or to what they are going.

You can hear our words, but, hey, you've kind of got to experience it to know it's real. And what if we're wrong? That's more than sad. That's scary.

And so when someone dies, there is a natural sense of loss, a natural sense of missing them. You're not really mourning that they are dead. You're mourning that you are alone, that you got left behind.

We would also suggest that many times you're angry. "How dare they leave me! How dare they leave me!" Particularly a loved one. You're married to someone, or you've been with someone for lots of years as a friend, as a partner, and they up and left. They didn't consult you. They just did it on their own, and you're angry.

But, you see, you're not supposed to be angry. You wonder: "Isn't that a terrible thing to say? I'm so angry at them for dying. Oh, that's terrible!" So, therefore, you convert it to another feeling. You feel guilty, you feel bad, you feel this wave of unidentified feeling.

What's important around death is to realize that no matter how much you understand what it's like, you are going to feel sad. Don't deny your feeling. No matter how much you understand it, you are going to be angry, just as you'd be angry at a friend who applied for a transfer and is going to move thousands of miles away without telling you. You go over to their house one day and they're gone, or they're packing, on the way out the door. There's nothing you can do to stop it.

You're going to be angry. You're going to feel hurt. You're going to feel betrayed. You're going to feel fear.

The thing that is important for the living: When someone dies, let yourself mourn. Don't do a metaphysical "better than": "Well, I know what death is like, and I know this, and I know that, and I'm not going to mourn." Mourn. Cry. Wail. Thrash about. Get angry. Get hurt. Feel the betrayal. Feel the sadness. Feel the hurt. Feel the remorse. Feel the loss and the loneliness. Feel it, and feel it intensely. Don't drag it out. Don't spend a year or two. Feel it intensely. Don't hold yourself back. When you can feel it intensely, you can release it. You can release it.

If you feel it in a mediocre way, then you'll drag it out, and when you think you're past it, it'll bubble up again, and you'll feel it all over again. It can go on for years and years and years. If you refuse to feel it at all ... "I refuse to deal with it" ... you have to numb yourself out. Therefore, you shut down, and you will shut down other parts of yourself as well.

When someone dies, feel the full range of emotion, and let yourself feel that full range as intensely as you can. Take a day off from work if you need to. Take some time away. Don't be "big" about it. Be emotional about it!

Recently, a dear friend of the staff had an auto accident. The staff realized that she could well have been killed. In fact, when one looked at the automobile, it was amazing, truly a miracle that she wasn't. She came out with six broken ribs. That's all. More damage was done at the hospital than in the accident, as a matter of fact. ... {laugher} ...

But it hit everybody: She could have died. As metaphysical as everybody is, that realization was a real scary and very sad thought. Everybody knows that when people do start dying eventually -- and they're going to -- that it's going to be something very difficult to deal with.

But the way to deal with it is to feel it. Feel it. All the range of it. You're going to be angry at God for taking them. You're going to be angry at the world for whatever they died of. You want to strike out at that world. Well, do it in a way that's appropriate. Feel it as intensely and as fully as you possibly can, for that's how you get it out of you and release it.

Be done with it. Then when it's all done, you can sit around and talk more philosophically about what's it like to be dead.

We deal with alot of people who obviously are dealing with death. We deal with a lot of people dying. We tell them what it's like and describe it to them, and we are there for them if they so desire, and work with them over the hump, as it were.

It is a sadness, there's no question, because you're lonely and left behind, and that's sad. So understand what you're really mourning. You're mourning your loss, not their gain. If you can put it in that perspective, it is much easier to deal with.

With love and peace ...

Lazaris

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On Forgiveness

Monday, May 9, 2016
Blog: On Forgiveness

By Jach

Excerpts from the Online Conferences

Jach:

Forgiveness is such a powerful tool; it is only recently that I have come to realize that it is far more powerful than I thought. We often think of forgiveness as the proper thing to do and we have all heard the clichés about the importance and beauty of it. It's the Christian thing to do or the spiritual thing to do. And it is. I mean, those thoughts are correct.

But it is more than that, too. It truly is a powerful technique that can profoundly and instantly change our reality. That is why the title tonight is The Dynamism of Forgiveness. Dynamism describes a process whereby the nature of reality -- of our illusion -- is a function of force and energy rather than of movement and mass. The velocity and mass are quantitative measurements but the true building blocks are energy and force. It takes very little energy and force to generate a change in mass. So it is the force and energy of forgiveness that I thought we could talk about tonight.

Q: Why is it so much easier to forgive others but so difficult to forgive ourselves?

Jach:

You know, the answer to that does vary so much with each of us. However, at this point in our growth, when this happens to me I look at why I don't want to forgive myself. I mean, for someone who knows little about forgiveness the answers may vary, but most of us here know a great deal about it. So I ask myself why don't I want to forgive myself. Sure, the obvious answer is that I still want to punish myself. That could be true. I also look at this: Am I still wanting to keep others on the hook? What I mean is this: If I forgive myself now, then all is well and the changes can happen and the freedom can come and all is well. But if I refuse to forgive myself, then I am in a less-than-adult place. I am being less than my true self. I am being less than my "more." Why would I do that? Why would I do that to me? And why would I do that to others?

This is what helps me get off the difficulty of forgiving myself. Beyond that, I suppose it has to do with belief structures that say it is better to forgive others and better to punish self. [g] Anyway, this is the way I approach it.

Q: How to know if I really forgave myself, or just went through the motions?

Jach:

Well, reality is a nifty feedback mechanism. [g] If any of us have just gone through the motions (motion without emotion, as Lazaris would say), our reality will reflect that soon enough. And if we did do the forgiveness, reality will show that.

See, the force of forgiveness has not speed. It is not mass and it is not motion. Forgiveness has not speed. It is or it isn't. It is a quanta phenomenon. Forgiveness, like change, may not have speed, but it does have size, the size of the change we make, the size of the forgiveness we allow. There are things that can make the forgiveness smaller in size or larger in size. I think that reality reflects and expresses that nicely. I have found it so. Also, when the forgiveness is real, it feels freeing. There is an exhilaration and an exuberance -- there is a breath, a breath of release or of healing or of something. Perhaps it is called knowing.

As a quick aside, knowing is something that we think is a big mystery. It is mysterious and it can be mystical, but I think knowing is probably a lot easier than we sometimes think or allow it to be. When we know, we know. When we don't, we don't. It seems to me that the mystery is not about knowing as much as it is about why we will not tell ourselves the truth about knowing. [g]

Q: How do I know when I've forgiven "enough" (i.e., when I'm done with forgiveness)?

Jach:

Again, reality, though an illusion, is a great feedback mechanism. It is the best biofeedback machine we have. [g] And again, I think the freedom that we feel and the sense of knowing is a big part of it. Perhaps we have forgiven ourselves enough when we feel that release.

Also, there are stages of forgiveness. I think once we have honestly and consciously moved through those stages, the forgiveness will be enough. I also think that when we do not go through the specific stages of forgiveness we risk falling short of our goal.

The stages for those who are not familiar with them are:

Stage 1: Denial -- denying the need to forgive ourselves or others or denying the value of forgiveness.

Stage 2: Then comes the blame stage. We know that blaming does not work, but that does not stop us from doing it in life. [g] And it is the second stage of forgiveness. Once we really own that there is something to forgive and that there is value in forgiving, then we hit the blame stage. This can be blaming others or it can be self blame. But it is a stage, as Lazaris points out, and we need to deal with it. I think if we ignore this stage for example, the forgiveness risks not being complete.

Stage 3: Self-Pity. Yeah, need I say more. [g]

Stage 4: Indignation. This is such a powerful stage. And we, spiritual people that we are, often deny this stage or want to say we don't have this stage, but it is there. I have found that it is essential to respect this stage.

Stage 5: Becoming conscious of the why of the situation or circumstance of forgiveness; learning the lesson that is there; and giving meaning and significance to the constricting and the expanding potentials of the situation before forgiving it.

Stage 6: Freedom. See, that is why I think we know when we are done: freedom.

And the final stage that Lazaris talks of is Integration, the actual forgiving of self and then of others and moving on. He stresses the moving on,

let it go and move on. It is part of the intensity of the force and energy that is the dynamism of forgiveness.

Q: How does indebtedness play into this dynamism?

Jach:

I think this is an important question and I think it goes back to the size (not the speed) of forgiveness. We can each do the same meditation and process of forgiveness, and it can be around the same kind of issue, yet for one of us the size of that forgiveness may be much larger than it is for the other.

What influences the size of forgiveness is the energy and force that we muster. What influences the size of forgiveness alters the impact of the dynamism. Lazaris points out certain things that can influence the impact of the force and energy. This is an important point, I think. The dynamism: it takes very little force and energy to change reality. It is the force and energy not the movement and mass. Okay. It takes very little energy. I use a little energy and force. You use a little energy and force. The dynamics or dynamism for each of us is the same. What then makes the size of the forgiveness different? It is how we let that dynamism impact us. See, forgiveness is not a reward. It is not something we earn. It is an energy. It is non-discriminatory. It does not discriminate; we do. It does not set boundaries of its size; we do.

The things that can influence the size of forgiveness:

1. The source of the pain: who did it to us.

2. The dimensions of the pain: length, width, depth, and the "space-time" of the pain.

3. What is our reaction pattern to being wronged? How much do we hurt ourselves and punish others when we are wronged?

4. Our resistance to the concepts and ideas of forgiveness. Our reluctance to entertain and follow through upon the concepts and ideas of forgiveness.

5. Stuck in one or another stage of forgiveness, stuck in pity or in blame or in indignation, and often denying that there is any indignation. [g]

6. The dimensions of our love also are key. If those dimensions of love are shallow, forgiveness will probably be shallow.

7. Relationship with the future. If we do not have a working rapport with the future, the size of forgiveness can be severely affected.

So all of this ties into indebtedness, which also dampens and can stop the energy and force of forgiveness totally. Even more energy and more force (Binford style) is not the answer when it comes to indebtedness.

Q: Jach, could you expand more about forgiveness as a letting go of old ideas and images such as illness and malady? Do you feel there is any limit to this?

Jach:

Well, I am not sure that forgiveness is a letting go of old ideas and images. [g] I think that we can use forgiveness to accomplish this end result, but I don't think the letting go is forgiveness. Often the forgiveness aspect is to forgive ourselves for holding onto the old ideas and images. When we come to finally admit that that is what we have been doing, we can feel pretty foolish. We can feel indebted to our Higher Self for indulging us our indulgences for so long. In this case, once we forgive ourselves, then we can let go. I see them as separate activities that call us to separate tasks.

Beyond this, forgiving others may be a critical link. I mean, if we are holding onto those old ideas or old images to maintain a hidden agenda or to maintain a function of blaming them, then that forgiveness would probably have to come first. But even so, then the letting go would follow.

With illness sometimes we blame our bodies for getting ill, sometimes we blame ourselves. Sadly, in the New Age, there are those who hold severe better thans about themselves (who are well) and severe less thans about others (who are ill). We often buy into that New Age arrogance, sometimes consciously, most often unconsciously. If we do blame our bodies or ourselves, as well as changing the belief about illness, forgiveness would be in order, wouldn't it?

I refer back to the stages of forgiveness: if we are in a state of denial or one of blame or pity or one of indignation, then forgiveness seems to be an answer and an issue, our issue and part of our answer. So around illness or another malady, around anything that we sense as failure, there is a role for forgiveness.

Is there a limit? Sure there is. But that limit is not inherent in the forgiveness. I think its power is unlimited.The limits are not inherent in us, either. But they are within the beliefs we choose to hold. I don't even say within our beliefs, but within the beliefs that we choose to hold. And more and more the limits are contained in the choices -- the quality of the choices-- we choose to make. Or, at least that is how it seems to me. [vbg] Thanks for asking.

Q: Why does forgiving often feel like giving in or wimping out?

Jach:

Well, I know what you mean. I have felt that and I have felt waves and waves of anger when I have approached forgiveness from that point of view. We are conditioned to think that. Chauvinism with its twists teaches us that the only acceptable way to be is to be on top of the heap, to be the best and to be number one, to be king of the mountain in the hierarchy of competition and comparison. Forgiveness, on this battleground, is tantamount to defeat. Forgiveness, on that turf, is utter failure. "Cry uncle." "I give." We are conditioned. Until we face and deny that conditioning -- until we start defining what forgiveness is for us -- we are often bound by that conditioning. That conditioning is an avenue of least effort. It is easy to feel that it is wimpy to forgive.

It is a strange irony isn't it that the consensus society in America holds Christian values. Paramount in such values is the value of forgiveness, yet it is held as weak and giving in. I wonder how a good Christian holds it when Jesus talked of forgiveness and forgave? Jesus, the wimp? Jesus, the loser who gave up? I doubt it. [g]

Beyond that conditioning, I think we each need to look at why we would want to continue feeling that way. As I said before, for someone who is naive, who has not been engaged and involved in spiritual pursuits, following the conditioning would continue to make sense. But once we are free of that conditioning, then we have to ask ourselves why we persist. It doesn't mean we are bad or wrong. We may have other agendas. Maybe we have other agendas for which we need to -- that's right -- forgive ourselves. [g]

Q: Jach, it seems permission and authority are involved in self-forgiveness. Can you speak about this?

Jach:

LOL . . . thanks . . . the $5.00 will be in the mail tomorrow. Because the question was so appropriate, people might think I put you up to it. [g]

Anyway, Lazaris has talked so much already this year about the new kind of empowerment that involves finding and creating permission inside us, finding and creating authority (authorship, originality, innovation, inventiveness) inside ourselves. But you know, even as we come to understand and know this, some of us will still look outside ourselves. Some of us will still consider any permission we might grant or authority we might have is tainted or spoiled, as we are tainted and spoiled. When we are caught in the unresolved stages of forgiveness we will find it more difficult to empower ourselves.

The explanations and reasons, all valid and legitimate, may be many, but the answer or the solution can come down to forgiveness. Forgiveness is not a panacea; it is not the one prescription that is going to solve all our ills. But forgiveness can be -- CAN BE -- a phenomenal tool toward that end. It can, likewise, play a critical and phenomenal role in empowerment. And why do we forgive others more easily than ourselves? Empowerment: we lack the permission, we lack the authority, to forgive ourselves. When do we know we feel empowered? Ha! I am discovering my own answers as I am typing along. [g]

Q: When you say it takes very little energy and force to change a mass, are you saying that forgiveness is such a force that can change a "mass," that can change a lot of issues for us by forgiving ourselves around one issue, and then that change translates into changes perhaps in other areas where we weren't even working on forgiving ourselves?

Jach:

And another $5.00 is on its way. [g] What a fun question. Yes, that is how it seems to me. That is also my experience. Forgiveness *used* to work one way. It did not have that dynamism that it seems to have now. I would find an issue, forgive myself, and move on. The forgiveness would reflect in my world and it was wonderful. It was magical and I discovered a bit more of who I really am. But everything is different now.

Forgiveness has always had a dynamism. Always. But that dynamism is now more available to all of us. It was embedded, I suppose, in those seemingly dormant or redundant parts of our brain that Lazaris talks about, lost in the "garbage" of our DNA, but now it is out there and present.

Now the "same" forgiveness (as though it really were the same) can generate more profound (far reaching) results. The dynamism is active and available more than ever before.

And when we:

1. release our resistance to forgiveness in general;

2. release our resistance to the specific forgiveness;

3. move through the stages of forgiveness in a conscious way;

4. and forgive the "why" of the situation whether it is self-forgiveness or forgiving another we will set that dynamism in action.

As you say, it will change the mass and the movement of that mass in our reality. It will begin a resonance action (more than a Newtonian chain reaction). The resonance of the energy and force is more powerful than the forgiveness that we do.It is more powerful than us (and our limitations) and it can change us and our reality surrounding us. It can do it in ways that we cannot yet imagine.

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Imagination & Imaginal Realm

Monday, May 9, 2016
Blog: Imagination & Imaginal Realm

By Jach

A Question with Jach's Reply from an Online Conference

Q. I wonder if you would talk about imagination and the Imaginal Realm; about the different forms and functions of imagination (making it up vs. letting it be) and what "imagination imagining itself" means? Thank you!

JACH:

There are several questions here, so I will begin with different forms of imagination. [s] I think about how Lazaris looks at three types. First, there is "just imagination," which is the form most often acknowledged in our consensus reality. And it is as the label suggests ... it's just images that we hold or that we imagine.

Such imagination can be chaotic or it can be random. As with any form of imagination, it can be fuel for negative ego or for the less admirable parts of ourselves. [s] Among the types of imagination, it is the easiest one for our negative egos to work with. It takes little effort and even less imagination to burden us with chaotic and random images. [s]

Even so, such imagination can have merit. Sometimes such random "just imagination" images can be a catalyst for deeper thought or exploration. Often it's not, but it could be. If it is, such deeper exploration could be valuable -- it could have merit. Also, these sorts of images could be as whispers, encouraging us to turn to a more sophisticated form of imagination.

The second kind of imagination that Lazaris mentions is Active Imagination. This is also a psychological term. And I think that it is this imagination that is the fuel for most creativity. What begins as random or chaotic images (just imagination) can take form. That form can have direction. And when the random takes on form, the imagination shifts to become potentially an active imagination.

Being active, it can lead us somewhere. [s] It is the stuff of fantasy, which does have value on its own. And out of fantasy, it is the stuff of fantasia (or fantasy that carries a message or a deeper meaning, valuable to us). I think this active imagination is also the raw material of dreaming, and then of visioning. Those among us who are highly creative, for example, may begin their process with just imagination, but they do not settle for those random images. They organize the images; they bring a sense of order to the randomness. And that's active imagination.

Now, the third type that Lazaris mentions is a Living Imagination. This is the imagination that involves passion and compassion. It engages the body as well as the mind -- it engages soul and spirit, as well. It is full of images, as are the other two types, but these images have the capacity to inspire. These images have the capacity to engage our souls and spirits. [s]

I see these three types working in a non-linear fashion. We begin with just imagination and then move forward to an active imagination. We do this as kids and are often chided for it ... we are often told that our imaginations are just too active. Many people, doing as they are told, stop there. The creative people hold on to that active imagination, despite what they are told. And somewhere along the line, we slip beyond the boundary of active imagination and enter the realm of a living imagination. Sometimes we retreat, unaware or ill-equipped to deal with it.

As metaphysicians, however, we have learned to work with that Living Imagination and feel much more comfortable there. [s] And it seems that a Living Imagination is inclusive of the other types. You can find "just images" there, and you can find an active imagination with direction. And you can find much more. We can find the stuff of magic. [s] And this brings me to the Imaginal Realm, which exists beyond the boundary of our imagination.

It exists beyond the boundary of a Living Imagination, I think. The "just imagination" type and the Active Imagination type of imaginations don't seem sophisticated enough to reach the Imaginal. Perhaps that is my limitation. [s] In the Imaginal, there is also imagination. But it is not of our conscious creation. We can bring our "just imagination" and our active as well as living imaginations into that realm, but there is a different kind of imagination there. It's one that is not imagined by us, the lesser or the more. It is an imagination that is imagined by itself. It doesn't need us. [g]

Well, what does that really mean? I think that is something we have to imagine for ourselves. [s] I could go on, I suppose. But I hope this reply is helpful. Thanks for asking.

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Working with Futures

Monday, May 9, 2016
Blog: Working with Futures

By Jach

A Grouping of Questions with Jach's Replies from the Online Conferences

Question: Hi Jach! During "The Joy of Right Living: Crafting the Future and Creating the Present" workshops Lazaris talked about "anchoring futures". Would you please say more about what they are and possibly give a couple of examples? Thanks!!

JACH:

Humm ... Anchoring futures are somewhat of a mystery to me, too. I think of them as the ones with gravity ... referencing the earlier question about core beliefs and then about our choice cubes. I think of anchoring futures as being akin to the choices we make that form our choice cube, for example. I think of anchoring futures as the futures out of which emerge our core beliefs and then as the futures that feed or fuel those core beliefs. And you know, Holly, it ties into our dark law or dark laws as well.

The future creates the present. The future creates the present. I often remind myself of that by saying it over and over to sort of let it sink in all over again. So where does our current choice cube come from? The answer has to be the future, doesn't it? Now, it is laid against the backdrop of the past, but it is created in the future.

I think those futures that generate our fundamental beliefs are the anchoring futures. They are not necessarily optimal or optimum, are they? And they are not clearly beacon or archetypal futures. I would be hard pressed to call them destiny futures, either. But there are certain futures whose primary or even sole function is to form and then feed our fundamental beliefs.

As an example, the fundamental choice: "I will always seek to be my truer self." Where did that come from? It didn't come from the past, not really. The idea came "out of the blue" and we attached it to a reference point from the past. First person ... I had this idea that I will always try to be my truer self ... novel idea ... and it floated by one day ... or Lazaris mentioned it on a tape I was listening to and I decided that it was a neat idea. So I decided to do that. I may attach it to the past, i.e., come up with things in my past that encourage me to try to be my truer self. But the actual fundamental choice came out of the future.

And now that I have adopted it as my own, it needs energy to grow and expand. If I don't feed it, it will die. Where does the food come from? My knee jerk answer is to say from the past, but that really isn't true. There is nothing in my past that can feed this choice that forms my choice cube. The food comes from the future.

Okay, those futures that create and feed the fundamentals of my life ... be they fundamental beliefs, fundamental choices, core beliefs, fundamental or core attitudes, etc., ... the fundamentals of my life are the stuff that make up Anchoring Futures.

Now, some of what are Anchoring Futures may be optimal and optimum and have a splash of the archetypal to them. I suspect they do. And those Anchoring Futures most likely bounce around and influence the Beacon Futures, too. Remember, Lazaris describes the relationships of the various futures as a matrix ... it is fluid and flexible ... it moves and shifts and grows. And he calls it an Organic Matrix of Futures.

So I think it is self-sustaining. We do contribute to the futures, that's true. But the futures in our Organic Matrix of Futures do not depend upon us remembering to feed them. Good grief! That's a scary thought, actually. What if our Organic Matrix of Futures depended on us to remember to feed it? We would all be dead. I mean, surely we would forget and the darn thing would starve to death. [s] So we do feed it, but just in case we are human [s], our futures feed themselves as well. Well, that's how I think of it anyway. [s]

You ask about examples? Well, I can't think of any specific example. And you know, Holly, I am not altogether sure the Anchoring or the Beacon Futures are well formed. I am not sure they are storyline oriented as pipeline, optimal, optimum, or destiny future are. They may be more like fractals. Now please, don't ask me why I think that: I don't know why. It just seems that anchoring Futures anchor with substance, gravity, or weight. They don't need to make sense or be linear in their expression.

Question: Hi, Jach! On “The Magic of Receiving,” Lazaris talks about the importance of disengaging (from the lie) and engaging the future. I seem to focus on the disengaging part.[s] Would you share some of your favorite techniques for engaging? Thanks!

JACH:

Engaging the future: Dreaming. Actually, I like to work with fantasy ... I like to fantasize about the future as a way of engaging it. This is not as formal as weeding and seeding the future or as working with any of the various types of futures (beacon futures, archetypal futures, optimal, or optimum futures are the ones that are easiest to seed).

I just sit and spontaneously fantasize ... I let the fantasies flow without any censorship or judgment. That's how it begins. Sometimes I very consciously include my child and adolescent (more often my child because my adolescent fantasies are often absurd). Those fantasies hop all over the place. I let them happen. It might be called daydreaming, but it is often less focused than that.

Once the fantasies slow down, and they do slow down, I then turn to my Higher Self, and I open my unconscious mind: I ask for the fantasia. I ask for the insight or the knowing (okay, I will settle for an awareness or two) that can come from this array of fantasy. I don't try to force it. I ask. I make my intention known. I become silent and still and wait. Sometimes I fall asleep. Sometimes I get tired or bored with waiting. So I get up and go about my day. Often the response will come later that day or in the next several days. That insight or awareness is the kernel I use to connect to my dreams, my hopes, my wishes, my desires that are the future. That is the kernel that becomes the seed for new dreams. And out of that seed and dream come new ideas of what to do now in my life.

That's how I disengage from the past ... from the lie. That's how I shift out of obsessing on the past or the lie or the negative stuff my negative ego would love me to indulge. It's hard to break free sometimes, but this approach seems to work for me once I have cut those ties. Thanks for asking. I hadn't thought about this in a while. It was helpful to me.

Question: Could you talk a bit what "Right Living" is all about? Thank you.

JACH:

Right living ... Oh, it's been a while. [s] I mean it's been awhile since I have thought about that as a topic, not that it's been a while since I've done it. [g]

The future creates the present ... we are coming to know this. More than just understanding the concept, we are experiencing the impact and the power of the future more and more. So we work with creating positive futures ... We weed the negative ones that are in the pipeline of futures. We seed positive ones to place in that same pipeline. We work with an array of futures. Among them are beacon futures (my favorite) that are out there to serve as their name implies, as beacons in the sea of possibility and in the sea of the unknown. We can change futures as part of our magical workings to create a better reality now. But we can also create futures.

Changing, creating, what's the difference?

Well, when we think about it, the difference can be significant. Changing is working with the futures that have already been created. Changing is working with futures that we have conjured in weak or frightened (or angry) moments, futures that we crafted as children or adolescents or when we were giving sway to them, and futures that we have lifted out of the past and tossed into the "things to come" for a variety of reasons. Changing has to do with reviewing the "hand we were dealt" and doing something about it. Change is good. [vbg] It's a whole lot better than the attitude of those who say we must accept that hand that was dealt.

But we don't have to rely on only changing, we can create future. Okay. And we can create futures that we never would have otherwise created. Right Living is a term that could be construed as a roadmap for those new futures, futures that have never been, that we can create. Some of those Right Living futures can be Optimal or Optimum Futures, or they could be Beacon Futures or Archetypal Futures. They might even be Destiny Futures. As we create them as such, some can flow into the pipeline and become our reality. But even if not that, they can influence the futures that do make it into the pipeline destined to manifest in our reality. Okay.

Right Living offers guidelines for crafting futures ... for creating them. Detachment/intensity is one concept that goes into Right Living. Do the futures we conjure -- that we imagine -- express a sense of detachment that at the same time involves intensity? Another concept involved in laying the foundation for Right Living is complexity/integrity. That is, do the futures we seek to create, that we seed, reflect complexity, and is there space for all of who we are? Is there space for the weak and the strong of us? Does the particular future have integrity ... our integrity?

And the third component of the foundation of Right Living is the voice of spirit. Does this future that we are creating have a voice (presence), and is that voice that of our spirit. Detachment/Intensity; Complexity/Integrity; Voice of Spirit ... these are the cornerstones of Right Living and thus of the futures we want to create fresh and new.

Upon this foundation come the issues of Chivalry and our work -- our true work. Upon the foundation we add courage, loyalty, virtue, etc. (the components of chivalry), and we add the energies of our true -- our rewarding -- work. And then there is the breath of soul. Is there a vibrancy of soul? In this crafted future, is there music? Foundation, substance, and now the action. The final components have to do with wisdom with dominion, and with authenticity.

So as we work with what future we want, we can play around with the stuff to have and the things to do. And that's important. We can allow our fantasies to be conscious so we might find the fantasia within them. We can work with the magic of claiming and demanding and with our subconscious and our unconscious. This work can be incredibly rewarding. And then as we cull the information that comes from this work, we can give it form. We can mold it into this foundation: detachment/intensity, complexity/integrity, and a voice of our spirit. We can create an armature of substance: chivalry, work, and the breath of soul. And then we can make it distinctively and uniquely our own with wisdom, dominion, authenticity.

Then we can let the power of the future ... of crafted futures ... do its thing. And our present reality will reflect and express the qualities more and more. Our illusion, a reflection of something more real, can be a reflection of the Right Living we have consciously and meticulously put into the future. For me, that's what Right Living is all about. [s]

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Dealing with Symbiotic Guilt

Monday, May 9, 2016
Blog: Dealing with Symbiotic Guilt

By Jach

A Grouping of Questions with Jach's Replies from the Online Conferences

Dealing with Symbiotic Guilt

Q. How do we deal with positive dread? I have had some truly transcendent experiences. I know I am different, and my life is reflecting that. But I feel like I am going to get in trouble. What do you suggest?

JACH:

First, I think it's important to deal with levels of guilt ... both neurotic guilt and symbiotic guilt. The neurotic guilt is the stuff that makes you feel like a criminal ... like you are doing something wrong. You say it as if you are going to "get in trouble," and that is the criminal-like guilt. So before you get to issues of dread, bring that guilt to the surface and then convert it (transmute it) to a usable form. As Lazaris has pointed out and as we have all experienced, we cannot process guilt -- neurotic guilt -- because it's a synthetic emotion.

So transmute that guilt into a genuine emotion. It could be anger ... anger that you have these transcendent feelings in a world that seems far from transcendent or with a community that is burdened with non-transcendent issues. That is, you might have anger that there just isn't "space" to be as ebullient as you are. Maybe the genuine emotion is fear ... fear that it will be taken away; maybe it's fear that it won't last. It could be fear that others would be jealous or envious. And then again it could be anticipated or expected hurt. So transmute the guilt to its genuine emotion and then process (release) that emotion.

Symbiotic guilt is the guilt of "not belonging." You know you are different, and you have that "ol' transcendent feelin'" [s] but others in your world don't. Symbiotic guilt is the urge to belong -- "I am just like you, honest." -- when we feel so very different. Forgiveness is often the key with this guilt. At least that is what I have found.

Now, with these two guilts (neurotic and symbiotic) out of the way, listen. Be really still and listen. Maybe get off by yourself: solitude is sacred, and it can be incredibly magical in its mystery. Listen to see if you are sensing dread. Perhaps you are not. And if not, hurray, move on. [s] But if you are, then I have found the best way to deal with it is to work my way through the narrows. I create a corridor and sense the dread as a ball of eerie light ... bizarre light that is wrapped in fear. I sense this eerie ball of light at the end of that corridor, and then I make my way, step by step. I sense the options along the way ... the options of pity, martyr, judgment, rage, etc. I may even dip into one or another of those places, but I do it very consciously. I don't have to be perfect. I used to think I did ... that I had to stay away from those temptations completely. But I know better now. In my corridor, I move toward that dread -- that imminent threat of non-being.

I may feel martyred. And when I consider that as an option, I may decide to spend some time there. Yeah, I am feeling very misunderstood and put upon. I am feeling very unappreciated, and I am not going to pretend otherwise. The trick for me is that I am doing it consciously. I turn it on consciously, and thus I know I can turn it off just as consciously. And I do. I may give myself ten minutes, or I may give myself a day and a half. The key is, it's conscious. The other key is that it is my choice -- my decision. I remain in charge. If I do stop to partake of the taste treats along the way, I then get back on course and eventually move through the concentric circles of defenses that surround the dread.

Then I enter the dread as though it were an all-consuming fire. In certain ways it is (for me). And then I emerge on the other side not knowing what I will find there. It is always more. Whatever I find there, it is always more ... I am always more. The thing that I always remember about dealing with dread and with working through the narrows is this: It is like a metaphorical birth canal. And if I come out of it, something new has been born in me. And that new birth is always something more. You may notice that dealing with positive dread is the same as dealing with negative dread. I think that is an accurate statement. Dread is dread.

Q. So many people around me, family and some friends, are having health and some relationship crises. Too often I feel overwhelmed and out of balance with the flurry of these crises. I realize I don't want to feel happy or successful -- symbiotic guilt. I am trying to integrate my being a Healer, but I wonder if I am a part of the problem, needing people to be 'sick' in order to offer healing. I wonder how I can redefine the role and function of being a Healer as crisis increases in the world. How do you approach this?

JACH:

My delayed reply is due to the slowness of my reading. [s] Give me a moment.

First, I understand your sense of not wanting to feel happy or successful, and I agree, there is a ray of symbiotic guilt there. For those reading along who may not understand that, as humans we have a powerful and a profound need to belong. It is the third core need beyond survival and security, and it precedes our need to be valued. It is that powerful. And when many are in crisis, if we are not, we can feel "left out," as if we do not belong. And so we feel guilty ... denying our happiness and our success. We feel guilty as a way of being connected and thus as a way to belong. Symbiosis is a process of connecting and aligning.

As you recognize your guilt, are you also in touch with your anger, your fear, and your hurt? As you witness those in crisis, especially those whom you love, these feelings can be there, too. So as I begin here, my concern is for you and the unrealized emotions that may be tucked inside that neatly-identified guilt. I hope that makes sense.

To your major concern: what if you are part of the problem, creating the sickness so you can offer healing? That you are open to the possibility is a strong indicator that you are not. So ask yourself. You see the possibility that you could be part of the problem. You see the possibility that you could be creating not the health problems and relationship crises, but the environment in which these things exist in your reality so that you can be the champion, the knight in shining armor, so that you can be needed and so that you can belong ... not out of guilt, but out of need. Okay.

You see the possibility. Now explore it. Is that what is happening for you? Are you feeling loved and needed because you are offering your healing? Are you feeling useful now whereas you were useless before? Have you finally found your place, where you fit in your family and with your friends? Most likely the answers here are, "No. No, that's not what it's about at all."

So once you honestly look at the possibility, you can ask yourself what's true or what's so about it. If you are not getting your identity, your image, your meaning out of their problems, then you are not "part of the problem." And if their problems are the major source of meeting your needs ... their illnesses and crises give you survival, security, belonging, and a sense of value ... (having lacked these things without their illnesses and crises), then you are part of the problem.

My point here is that you don't have to continue to wonder. You can face the possibility and answer it. If you are part of the problem, recognize it, acknowledge it, forgive yourself, and change. If you are not part of the problem, let it go and move on. [s]

How do you redefine yourself as a healer? I am wondering why you would need to do that. I think this issue is more one of accepting yourself as a healer in the face of current and building crises. I think the overwhelm often comes from a lack of acceptance. Having said that, let me back up a moment. When I am feeling overwhelmed with anything in my life, I have come to discover that those feelings or sensations are not coming from a faulty definition as much as they are coming from a lack of confidence, a lack of respect, and a lack of acceptance (of realization). That is, the overwhelm is coming from a lack of value. The valued self begins with self-awareness and moves into self-worth followed by self-esteem. All this flows into the pool of energy, force, and resonance call self-love. And out of that pool come the other three often hidden components of a valued self: self-confidence, self-respect, and self-realization. So when I am not confident in who I am, when I don't respect myself, or when I lack the realization ... when I don't allow myself to be real ... I get overwhelmed. Like you, I tend to think I have to redefine myself, but I have found more often I have to accept myself.

And with healing it is especially hard. I think healers have to continually work with self-acceptance (self-realization) and with self-respect (the ability to look back at yourself). Healing is a hard road to follow, and it is an easy road to fall off of. I remember something Lazaris said long ago about healers: "Once you open that door, you cannot close it. So be careful. Be sure you are ready to open that door before you do."

So maybe it would be helpful to explore the fuller range of feeling within that guilt, then to face the possibility that you are part of the problem and either heal it or let it go. And then work with valuing self rather than defining what it means to be a healer in the 21st century.

As I type that, I think of the seduction of looking for sweeping answers ... I think about what I wrote as this online conference began: looking for sweeping answers that apply to all of humanity is seductive, but looking within ourselves is more revealing. Likewise, looking to refine what it means to be a healer in the 21st century can be very appealing; it can be very seductive. It can be the stuff of theses. But looking into ourselves can be more revealing.

I suspect that during this Year of Illumination, we will all be seduced by the sweeping answers when we would be better served to look inward. I suspect that it will be tempting to shine the light out there rather than to shine it with greater focus "in here."

Q. I've been feeling symbiotic guilt coming up -- especially around the recent London bombing (7/7/05) -- the paradox of growing happier and more successful in a world where there is still so much pain and nightmare. Can you talk a bit about this?

JACH:

Symbiotic guilt ... it can be difficult to deal with, but I have found that mostly it is associated with a sense of belonging. Or better said, it is associated with a sense of the lack of belonging. To be in a symbiotic relationship with someone or something is to be in alignment, to be in tune, to be connected. The guilt that we feel that is a guilt of connection -- symbiotic guilt -- comes when we fear separation or loss (the pain of love and the fear of love). It seems you outline it nicely here ... as you feel happier and happier, as you feel more and more successful, and as you feel a greater sense of fulfillment with your success, there is a loneliness that comes along. Those around you aren't as happy or as successful. Or even if they are, they don't seem to be as fulfilled as you are, or they don't feel it as you do. Maybe they do, but it doesn't seem so to you.

And I suspect that symbiotic guilt is particularly associated with issues of reward, intimacy, meaningfulness, and fulfillment ... even more than with the simple matters of success or happiness. I think that even when people feel happy and are successful, the degrees of reward, intimacy, meaningfulness, and fulfillment are the determining factors.

And when there is disparity there, often we feel alone ... we feel separate ... we feel as if we don't fit or that we don't belong. We can get arrogant about that ... we can turn to the judgmental postures of better than ... to assuage the feeling. And/or we can turn to guilt ... symbiotic guilt ... as a means to narrow the gap and to feel as if we, indeed, do belong or that indeed we are connected. "I feel your pain." And thus I belong and you belong and we belong to each other. [s]

So as you discover your personal sense of guilt here, I would look to your personal sense of being cut off and of not belonging. I would look to the challenges to belonging (from the workshop on the miracle of belonging and on receiving the miraculous gift of belonging from the Ancients). I would also take a walk in the Dark Wood and work to move beyond it. And in this, I would open up to receiving the gift of belonging. I would ask my Higher Self to give you that gift. Work with "your Ancient One." And I would also do a blending with your Higher Self ... maybe with Lazaris as well ... and ask for the gift and then demand and claim that gift. I bet the guilt vanishes after that. [s]

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Forgiveness I: Process and Techniques for Forgiveness... and Dealing with a Few Entanglements

Monday, May 9, 2016
Blog: Forgiveness I: Process and Techniques for Forgiveness... and Dealing with a Few Entanglements

By Jach

A Grouping of Questions with Jach's Replies from the Online Conferences

"Amid all the mysteries, it is forgiveness that is the miracle of magic - is the miracle of your magic." (Lazaris)

Many people have asked Jach about aspects of forgiveness. Here are some of his answers, incorporating many of the most salient points about the forgiveness process, influences that shape forgiveness, and some favorite techniques for engaging this miraculous energy.

JACH:

Forgiveness is such a powerful tool; it is only recently that I have come to realize that it is far more powerful than I had thought. We often think of forgiveness as the proper thing to do, and we have all heard the clichés about the importance and beauty of it. It's the Christian thing to do or the spiritual thing to do. And it is . . . I mean, those thoughts are correct.

But it is more than that, too. It truly is a powerful technique that can profoundly and instantly change our reality. That is why the title tonight is: The Dynamism of Forgiveness.

Dynamism describes a process whereby the nature of reality -- of our illusion -- is a function of force and energy rather than of movement and mass. The velocity and mass are quantitative measurements, but the true building blocks are energy and force. It takes very little energy and force to generate a change in mass.

And reality, though an illusion, is a great feedback mechanism. It is the best biofeedback machine we have. [g] And I think the freedom that we feel when we forgive and the sense of knowing we attain is a big part of that feedback. Perhaps we have forgiven ourselves enough when we feel that release.

Also, there are stages of forgiveness. I think once we have honestly and consciously moved through those stages, the forgiveness will be enough. I also think that when we do not go through the specific stages of forgiveness we risk falling short of our goal.

The stages for those who are not familiar with them are:

Stage One: Denial ... denying the need to forgive ourselves or others or denying the value of forgiveness.

Stage Two: Then comes the blame stage. We know that blaming does not work, but that does not stop us from doing it in life. [g] And it is the second stage of forgiveness. Once we really own that there is something to forgive and that there is value in forgiving, then we hit the blame stage. This can be blaming others ... or it can be self blame. But it is a stage, as Lazaris points out, and we need to deal with it. I think if we ignore this stage, for example, the forgiveness risks not being complete.

Stage Three: Self-pity ... Yeah, need I say more? [g]

Stage Four: Indignation ... This is such a powerful stage. And we, spiritual people that we are, often deny this stage or want to say we don't have this stage, but it is there. I have found that it is essential to respect this stage.

Fifth Stage: Becoming conscious of the why of the situation or circumstance of forgiveness ... learning the lesson that is there ... giving meaning and significance to the constricting and the expanding potentials of the situation before forgiving it.

Stage Six: Freedom. See, that is why I think we know when we are done ... freedom.

Stage Seven: The final stage that Lazaris talks of: Integration ... the actual forgiving of self and then of others and moving on ... He stresses the moving on ... let it go and move on ... it is part of the intensity of the force and energy that is the dynamism of forgiveness.

Q. How does indebtedness play into this dynamism?

JACH:

I think this is an important question and I think it goes back to the size (not the speed) of forgiveness. We can each do the same meditation and process of forgiveness ... and it can be around the same kind of issue ... yet for one of us the size of that forgiveness may be much larger than it is for the other.

What influences the size of forgiveness is the energy and force that we muster ... what influences the size of forgiveness alters the impact of the dynamism. Lazaris points out certain things that can influence the impact of the force and energy.

This is an important point, I think. The dynamism: it takes very little force and energy to change reality. It is the force and energy not the movement and mass. Okay. It takes very little energy. I use a little energy and force. You use a little energy and force. The dynamics or dynamism for each of us is the same. What then makes the size of the forgiveness different? ... How we let that dynamism impact us.

See, forgiveness is not a reward. It is not something we earn. It is an energy. It is non-discriminatory. It does not discriminate; we do. It does not set boundaries of its size; we do. The things that can influence the size of forgiveness:

1. The sources of the pain ... who did it to us.

2. The dimensions of the pain ... length, width, depth, and the "space-time" of the pain.

3. What is our reaction pattern to being wronged? How much do we hurt ourselves and punish others when we are wronged?

4. Our resistance to the concepts and ideas of forgiveness. Our reluctance to entertain and follow through upon the concepts and ideas of forgiveness.

5. Stuck in one or another stage of forgiveness ... stuck in pity or in blame or in indignation ... often denying that there is any indignation. [g]

6. The dimensions of our love also are key. If those dimensions of love are shallow, forgiveness will probably be shallow.

7. Relationship with the future. If we do not have a working rapport with the future, the size of forgiveness can be severely affected.

So all of this ties into indebtedness ... which also dampens and can stop the energy and force of forgiveness totally. Even more energy and more force ... is not the answer when it comes to indebtedness.

Q: Why does forgiving often feel like giving in or wimping out?

JACH:

Well, I know what you mean. I have felt that, and I have felt waves and waves of anger when I have approached forgiveness from that point of view. We are conditioned to think that. Chauvinism with its twists teaches us that the only acceptable way to be is to be on top of the heap ... to be the best and to be number one ... to be king of the mountain in the hierarchy of competition and comparison.

Forgiveness, on this battleground, is tantamount to defeat. Forgiveness, on that turf, is utter failure. "Cry Uncle." "I give." We are conditioned.

Until we face and deny that conditioning ... until we start defining what forgiveness is for us ... we are often bound by that conditioning. That conditioning is an avenue of least effort. It is easy to feel that it is wimpy to forgive.

It is a strange irony, isn't it, that the consensus society in America holds Christian values ... paramount in such values is the value of forgiveness ... yet it is held as weak and giving in. I wonder how a good Christian holds it when Jesus talked of forgiveness and forgave? Jesus, the Wimp? Jesus, the Loser, who gave up? I doubt it. [g]

Beyond that conditioning, I think we each need to look at why we would want to continue feeling that way. As I said before, for someone who is naive ... who has not been engaged and involved in spiritual pursuits… following the conditioning would continue to make sense.

Once we are free of that conditioning, then we have to ask ourselves why we persist. It doesn't mean we are bad or wrong. We may have other agendas ... maybe we have other agendas for which we need to ... that's right ... forgive ourselves. [g]

Q: Jach, it seems permission and authority are involved in self-forgiveness. Can you speak about this?

JACH:

LOL ... The $5.00 will be in the mail tomorrow ... [g] (Because the question was so appropriate ... people might think I put you up to it. [g])

Anyway ... Lazaris has talked so much already this year about the new kind of empowerment that involves finding and creating permission inside us ... finding and creating authority (authorship, originality, innovativeness, inventiveness) inside ourselves. But you know, even as we come to understand and know this ... some of us will still look outside ourselves.

Some of us will still consider any permission we might grant or authority we might have is tainted or spoiled, as we are tainted and spoiled. When we are caught in the unresolved stages of forgiveness ... we will find it more difficult to empower ourselves.

The explanations and reasons ... all valid and legitimate ... may be many ... but the answer or the solution can come down to forgiveness. As I responded to a previous question, is there a limit?

Forgiveness is not a panacea ... it is not the one prescription that is going to solve all our ills. But forgiveness can be ... CAN BE … a phenomenal tool toward that end. It can, likewise, play a critical and phenomenal role in empowerment.

Q: When you say it takes very little energy and force to change a mass, are you saying that forgiveness is such a force that can change a "mass," can change a lot of issues for us by forgiving ourselves around one issue, and then that change translates into changes perhaps in other areas where we weren't even working on forgiving ourselves?

JACH:

And another $5.00 is on its way! [g] What a fun question. [g] Yes, that is how it seems to me. That is also my experience.

Forgiveness *used* to work one way ... it did not have that dynamism that it seems to have now. I would find an issue, forgive myself, and move on. The forgiveness would reflect in my world and it was wonderful. It was magical and I discovered a bit more of who I really am. But everything is different now.

Forgiveness has always had a dynamism. Always ... but that dynamism is now more available to all of us. It was embedded, I suppose, in those seemingly dormant or redundant parts of our brain that Lazaris talks about ... lost in the "garbage" of our DNA ... but now it is out there and present.

Now the "same" forgiveness (as though it really were the same) can generate more profound (far reaching) results. The dynamism is active and available more than ever before.

And when we:

1. Release our resistance to forgiveness in general;

2. Release our resistance to the specific forgiveness;

3. Move through the stages of forgiveness in a conscious way;

4. And forgive the "why" of the situation whether it is self-forgiveness or forgiving another ... we will set that dynamism in action.

As you say, it will change the mass and the movement of that mass in our reality. It will begin a resonance action (more than a Newtonian chain reaction). The resonance of the energy and force is more powerful than the forgiveness that we do ... it is more powerful than us (and our limitations) ... and it can change us and our reality surrounding us. It can do it in ways that we cannot yet imagine. Thanks for asking about that.

Q: Jach, Would you please suggest some techniques to use while working with forgiveness? Thank you!

JACH:

Well, the first thing that comes to mind is that forgiveness is the technique to use. [s] As I read your question again, I see that you are asking about techniques in preparation for working with the specific forgiveness. [s]

That really varies. It depends upon the nature of the forgiveness. I mean, if you are working to forgive yourself, I find working with the basics (recognition, acknowledgement) to be the most solid. I know they are key to allowing the actual forgiveness of self to work. Without thorough recognition of what it is we want to forgive in ourselves, and without full acknowledgement that we created it, the forgiveness rituals may be helpful, but they won't be fully valuable. So in that work of recognizing and acknowledging, I think it is critical to also work with self-love.

What I do in such cases is sit down and recognize the situation, and I stay with that as long as necessary. I can most often distinguish when I am just intellectually recognizing and when I slip over that boundary and begin to emotionally recognize "what I have done." For me, getting to that emotional recognition is essential. Once there, I work with choice as I work with acknowledging. I keep going back to the fact that it was MY choice. MY choice ... and it was my conscious choice. It's hard at times, but I work to stick with it.

And when I can genuinely see that I created it and that it was my conscious choice to do that, then I rush in there with self-love. I don't like the me who did whatever, but that doesn't have to preclude loving ... loving the me who did the deed. And I think that dose of self-love ... loving the "ugly" or "bad" me ... is critical.

Then I have the substance to forgive. I do the ritual of forgiveness ... I like the Valley of Forgiveness Technique for such things ... and it seems to work for me. [vbg] So I guess working with choice and working with self-love and loving are the additional components that I work with in such cases.

But if it's another whom you are forgiving, then it can involve any number of techniques to deal with the residual emotions surrounding or cocooning the situation. It may involve venting anger or writing "Hate Letters" that never get mailed or emailed. [s] It may involve working with healing hurt. Or it may involve sitting with your Higher Self and releasing the disturbing or errant emotions.

I think we can recognize and acknowledge with great acuity. And we can work with forgiving others, but if we are still angry, hurt, fearful, resentful, or jealous -- or still wrapped in a constricting emotion -- that forgiveness is going to be dulled. I don't mean it won't work, but its full effect will be dulled or diminished if we still (overtly or covertly -- secretly) harbor those imprisoning emotions whatever they are. So when it comes to forgiving others, beyond the basics, perhaps it would be to work with choice, love, and emotional release.

The other thing I would say here is that it is also important to release any hidden agendas that we might be harboring ... agendas hidden in our acknowledgements that we created (mostly by allowing) this ... or agendas hidden in our acts of forgiveness themselves.

I hope this reply spoke to some of what you were questioning. Thanks for asking.

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Lazaris' meditations for forgiving ourselves and forgiving others are incorporated in his recording “Forgiveness: The Miracle of Magic (Excerpts),” available as CDs or cassettes, and can also be downloaded or streamed (go to the streaming / downloading section of our shopping cart).

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Storms and Electromagnetism, Union and Imagination

Monday, May 9, 2016
Blog: Storms and Electromagnetism, Union and Imagination

By Jach

A Grouping of Questions with Jach's Replies from the Online Conferences

Storms and Electromagnetism, Union and Imagination

The last several years have seen a dramatic upsurge in geophysical energy, made manifest in earthquakes and storms. In several conferences, Jach has approached the subject directly or as part of other questions. Here are some of his thoughts.

JACH:

Right now I am siphoning a lot of energy and redirecting it. There is a tremendous amount of electromagnetic energy at play right now during this month of August (2004). I also heard Lazaris talking about how people are looking for a bonding agent that could be an "act of God" to bring people together. There is an unusual amount of electromagnetic energy at play right now. There is excessive heat in some places ... more than usual. The winds are kicking up and becoming threatening in places. Right now Florida is preparing for the landing of two hurricanes, for example. The wind and fire (heat) are extreme. So I am siphoning off that energy and redirecting it for peace, comfort, calm. The wind of people (thinking) and the fire of people (emotion/passion) are also extreme right now, as reflected in the weather, I believe. So I siphon that energy and I redirect it.

That energy is also great for sparking creativity, by the way. It can spark imagination, and where there is imagination, will cannot be far behind. So I use the excess that is not redirected to fuel my own creativity, imagination, and will. I think ... I choose to believe ... that with this siphoning, I can soften the edge and I can create a reality where people move off the sharp edges and seep back toward the middle ... back into the mysterious between.

The third thing I am doing also comes from Lazaris' comments during the last workshop. During such times of turmoil, he reminded us, we do what magicians do ... we dream, we love, we heal, and we work magic. So I am dreaming dreams of greater civility. I am working with loving and healing within me and within situations around the world. And I am working magic ... I am seeing people slipping and sliding off the sharp ridges and gleefully sliding down into a valley ... laughing all the way. It's a silly image, perhaps, but it is a symbol . . an imaginary icon ... of the reality I want to create. In a way, it is a three-dimensional talisman. [s] I don't know if any of this will work for you, but it is what I am working with in this regard.

One final thought on this issue: I think back to the culminating weekend from several years ago called "Earth Changes." It still stands out among the culminating weekends. During that time, Lazaris outlined and somewhat detailed the "genuine threats" to our world after he spent time dispelling the disingenuous ones. Among the genuine threats was the blackmail of terrorists. Another was a lack of civility in America. Okay, we have avoided the economic house-of-cards collapse that was the third genuine threat. We are experiencing the real potentials of terrorist blackmail. Are we entering a time of American civil war? (Not Civil War as in the 1860's but a war of civility)? So that's why I work with those energies between.

Q: Hi, Jach. In times of personal and global stress and tension, I find it difficult to slow down and give voice to my soul and hear its call. Can you share how you connect and give voice to your soul? Thanks!

JACH:

I know what you mean. For me there have been two extremely stressful and anxiety-producing events out of the month of August. Though it was not as dark or as disastrous as many of us imagined it might be, it was truly a dark month. The terrorism in Russia and, of course, the hurricane situations in Florida were very stress-producing, and they were fraught with anxiety and tension.

Here's how I dealt with that: Now, admittedly, I didn't think of it in the terms you use. I didn't think of it as connecting with my soul. But as you mention it, I see that that was a part of what I was doing.

First, I owned the stress and anxiety. I recognized that I wasn't sleeping well and that I was creating bizarre dreams. I found that I was waking up and feeling anxious with no focal point for that anxiety. I found that I was irritated by the simplest of things, and I was becoming more and more short-tempered. Also, I found myself distracting myself from the truer issues at hand. Fortunately, I quickly realized that I was in denial, and I was resisting my feelings. At that point I just admitted it to myself and forgave myself for being so obvious with my diversion from the stress/tension/etc. [s] Again, forgiving myself at that early stage may have seemed premature, but it was helpful.

The second thing I did was to acknowledge the effects of the surges of electromagnetic energy. Those hurricanes, long before they landed, were emitting massive amounts of electrical and magnetic energy. That energy was at play in Florida, but it was also at play in me (who was thinking, feeling, and caring about Florida and all the people there). So after forgiving myself for being so susceptible to the stress, I began shielding myself from the electromagnetic "pull." I also began aligning chakras, especially at the security level and then at the love level (the first and fourth levels of each chakra). With this three-pronged approach -- forgiveness, shielding, aligning chakras -- I began to center. The centering just seemed to happen.

In that centering, I turned to remembering: I told myself, sometimes saying it out loud and most often voicing it silently, that I am a magician, and I can handle this magically. My ego self -- positive ego self -- could handle the physical details of making telephone calls, giving advice, helping to make the tangible decisions. So I assigned that task to my ego. ... Hey, it wanted something to do, right? So I gave it a productive task. Rather than letting it decide what to do, I decided what it would do. [s] So my Ego-I was involved. Then I could involve my Self-I in being the magician and in working the magic. I think that it was at that point that I could hear my soul again. It was at that point that the anxiety, tension, stress of it all subsided. It was at that point that I knew that the magic would mitigate the threat and the damage. And it was at that point that I turned my attention to working healing magic for those I love and for the thousands and thousands of people who were either in need or were going to be in need of that healing energy.

So as I think about it, I like my map ... It begins with the basics: recognizing, acknowledging, and forgiving myself for my emotions (my thoughts and feelings). Then it's about shielding ... creating a domain of protection and a dome of magic. The third step had to do with aligning myself. Fourthly, I gave my Ego-I a direction. I think that is what it most wants, don't you? Fifth step had to do with the direction of my Self-I. Sixth and seventh steps had to do with working magic and then with working healing magic. I think that basic approach can work in a situation of personal or global crisis and distress. It seems that these steps can create an environment where it is much easier to connect with our soul. Or better said, an environment when it is easier for our soul to connect to us. So thanks for asking. [vbg]

Q. Can you talk a bit about funneling the electromagnetic energy from the storms and using it for other good things personally and globally? Thank you.

JACH:

There is a wonderful recording from Lazaris about visioning [Standing on the Verge: Elegant Visions Creating Magical Successes] ... about using vision to create amazing success.

Anyway, to talk a bit about it, first, obviously there has been a massive amount of electromagnetic energy bursting in our reality. In fact, Lazaris has suggested that the current surges link back to the massive amount of sunspots and sunspot storms that happened two years ago ... 2003. Those sunspots then are integral in triggering the current surges of electromagnetic energy. The year 2003 was the Year of Expansion and the electromagnetic energy that we have been experiencing has to do with expanding imagination and expanding creativity. Unattended, that energy has whipped itself up into tempests of destruction ... almost unimaginable destruction. Rather than bursting with imaginative creative construction, we have been experiencing unimaginable destruction.

Okay. It's not about blaming anyone or about being so sophomoric as to blame humankind or ourselves personally. I mention this to suggest how we might use this electromagnetic energy in a more productive and more elegant fashion. The electromagnetic energy is immense. We can meditatively enter the space/time ... enter the geographic domains of the Gulf Coast ( New Orleans, Biloxi, Mobile, etc.), from Northern Florida to Western Texas, and walk the land in solitude or walk the land (the streets and roadways) amid the people and draw that electromagnetic energy into ourselves. We can open our seventh, sixth, or fifth chakras, for example. Some among us might do better to open the third or maybe even the fourth chakra (though I would be especially cautious about opening the fourth chakra for this kind of work). We can open and draw in the energy. We can just suck it in almost indiscriminately. We can fill and overflow ourselves with that energy. And then we can flow it into expanded imagination. To me, that means we can flow that energy (energy that had formation and now does not have formation) into imagination that is quantitatively more. We can see people ... people that we know and those we don't know ... ordinary people, world leaders, the "good guys" and the "bad guys" ... all being more imaginative.

But expansion isn't just having more; it's not just quantitative. We can see the scope of imagination expanding. We can see (we can imagine [s]) our own imaginations being richer with greater texture and with a grander reach -- grander scope. We can add revelation to our imagination and to the imaginations of others. We can see President Bush with an expanded imagination that is rich with texture and an imagination that is far-reaching; we can see him imagining new solutions ... solutions that are outside the box or outside his current paradigm of possibility. Whether or not we like or agree with the President's policies, we can all agree that he would be (and we would be) better served with an expanded imagination, can't we? And we can see the same for other world leaders ... Imagine what it could be like if world leaders had a new and fresh imagination that could imagine anew.

And we can also use that energy -- the siphoned electromagnetic energy -- to spark creativity. We don't have to know what specifically to create; we can just give formation to that energy: we can see more creativity flowing into our world and into the world around us ... More creativity? Yes. But also creativity with a broader scope, creativity that is revealing (alive with revelation), and creativity that focuses on celebration. Again, we don't have to know the form. Hey, I don't know the form that expanded imagination or expanded creativity should take. But I can imagine the world would be healthier and happier if there were more of each.

So rather than funneling that energy for "just something," I think it works more elegantly to understand a bit of the why ... This electromagnetic energy was designed to spark imagination and creativity, it was designed to expand imagination and creativity. So I will help it along. I will help that expression of consciousness reach its destination. It has been diverted into unimaginable destruction. I will help it get back on course to become very imaginable and to become constructive rather than destructive. There is something more elegant about that and I like it.

Now, another question ... How do I know that was the purpose of the electromagnetic energy? How do I know that was its destination? Well, partly I know that because that is the nature -- the grace -- of explosive electromagnetic energy. Partly I know that because it has to do with limbic brain or mid-brain function. And thus it has to do with creativity and imagination. But beyond that, the sunspots in 2003 came during a time of expansion.

And then there is the other part: I create my own reality. Ha! It makes sense to ME! In my world ... the world I create ... the proper destination for that energy is expanded imagination and creativity. So that's the way it is in my world. [s]

What destination do you think it should have in YOUR world? Go for it!!! [vbg] I hope that reply was helpful and that it gave you the answer you sought and maybe even sparked a new idea or two. [s]

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The Veils Between The Worlds

Monday, May 9, 2016
Blog: The Veils Between The Worlds

By Jach

A Grouping of Questions with Jach's Replies from the Online Conferences

The Veils Between The Worlds

Over the course of several years, OnLine Conference participants have asked about the Veils between the Worlds, those veils between us and other realms -- including Oneness. In magic as diverse as programming for greater happiness, to having impact on global problems, to escaping the Dark Wood, parting the Veils opens us to new power, more profound magic, and more self-love.

Q: Hi, Jach. I was wondering if you would talk a bit about the veils that separate us from Oneness, especially how to discover which veil is ours -- where do we look? How do we begin? All the talk in the Forum has me very intrigued! [s].

JACH:

Well, the veils ... I find this fascinating, and I am going to digress a bit as I answer.

There are certain veils that stand between us and the world beyond. I borrow that from Lazaris' title for last December's Weekend here in Orlando. The "Veils between Worlds" ... that's how Lazaris put it. I think those veils are between us and so many worlds that could be ours. They are between our world and the world of oneness, as you ask. But they are also between our private worlds and the worlds of those we love and of those with whom we interact every day.

We are all aware of how projection works: If I project an image onto another, it becomes a veil obscuring who they really are. We know the workings of projection very well. But the veils are different. More insidious, perhaps, but they are definitely there and powerfully impactful. So Lazaris taught us how to lift them. The first step was to identify them.[g]

1. Veil of Mattering ... We cannot see, or we deny ourselves knowing, what really matters to us in life.

2. Veil of Magics ... We do not allow ourselves the full workings of the magic we know, and we do not allow ourselves to learn the new magics or to receive their bounty, even if we don't know them.

3. Veil of Choice ... We refuse to be more conscious of our choices; we refuse to allow our choices to be mysterious, mystical, and thus magical and miraculous.

4. Veil of Perspective ... We don't develop this tool; we don't use it. Remember, it involves inspection, circumspection, expectation, and respect. Well, we may use these ideas, but we don't pull them together to create perspective, and thus we are veiled.

5. Veil of Majesty & Magnificence ... This is a common one for many of us who have worked with Lazaris and now are mapmakers. It is a veil that everyone will eventually confront or encounter. We are veiled by it. We "will not see it" in ourselves.

6. Veil of Alliances, which is an interesting one to me. [g] … When we refuse or are reluctant to receive help, to let others "do for us." This can be a debilitating veil.

7. Veil of Admission … That is the veil that "prevents us" from admitting ... who we are ... that we are happy ... that we have met our needs ... that we are loved ... that our past does not matter anymore ... any number of things that we will not admit come with this veil.

These veils keep us in our world and stand between our world and the worlds ... the universes, I suppose ... that are beyond. They stand as veils between people who want to share their individual worlds with each other but just cannot seem to be able to do that. I think these veils are all around us and separate us from so much in life that could be ours. Ubiquitous perhaps, but they dull our magic and imprison us in ways that our previous prisons (rage, shame, pain, judgment, sorrow, narcissism, humiliation) never could.

I don't mean to sound limiting when I say this. And I am not being so since the freedom is so available.

So anyway, how do you know? Well, I go down the list and eliminate the ones that don't seem to be issues in my life.

The veil of choice, for example, is not a veil between my world and other worlds or between my world and the world of oneness. [g] After I eliminate the obvious non-veils, then I go for a meditative walk with my Higher Self. We talk. I think about it a great deal, knowing that there is not a time limit and there are no point deductions for not answering right away. [g] I feel a lot. I try each of the remaining veils on. I go through them and see what I find. Between thinking and feeling, revealing comes. Intelligence, as Lazaris talks of it, is the combination of thinking and feeling and of the revelation that emerges from them. So I use my intelligence, as defined here, to discover the veil. And I dream. Between all this ... I find the veil that stands between.

Now, a quick digression ... This first phase of 1999 is about Gathering Sources and Resources. Well, between the "First Step" that Lazaris talked about during the culminating weekend in November and these particular veils, we have 14 potential sources and resources from which to gather energy and force; from which to find more of what we need to work our magic and to consciously create our reality including our dreams and visions; and with which to work our destiny and all that comes with that.

As Lazaris said in November, those old sources of pain ... we can return to them and they can be resources (going back to the source -- re+source) that can lead us to the new magic. Out of our apprehensions and inhibitions, out of our faulty momentum, or out of our fear of secrets and the places they hide, we can find renewed energy and the stuff we need to create the new magic. Out of the bridges of the basics or out of our lack of empowerment, we can gather what we lost and become more.

And by maturing our egos and awakening our genius, we can become new magicians. These are all places that stopped us; now they can be places to restore and refuel us, to "get going" in ways we cannot yet imagine. So these can be sources and resources for this first phase of 1999.

So, too, with the veils. As we face and deal with them, we do more than lift a veil. We come to understand ourselves. We come to know ourselves.

Q: How do we get in touch with majesty?

JACH:

This is the way I work with it ... I think of the workshop Lazaris did about and around the New Magic. In that, we gather the energies that we need for healing. We gather the energy of what is missing. And then we gather the energy necessary to face our majesty. In that magical working, we open three portals and step up to or beyond the thresholds and allow ourselves to be filled with the energies we need of healing, missing, and facing.

We don't need to label those energies ... we don't need to give them names. We just need to open the portal ... we just need to create the opportunity and then to gather what we need without defining or knowing what it is. Then, remember what we do? We give these energies over to the Elements. Then we "avert our eyes" to allow the "commerce of magic." Once the Elements have worked their magic, we receive this mantle of magic ... this protection and power ... and work our magic.

Okay. In this, to touch our majesty ... I know that I need healing energy and I need to find something that has been missing from me. I also know that I need the energy of that very majesty, if I am going to face it. [s] So I open these three gates: I visualize a gateway and step upon or beyond its threshold. I breathe in the energy of healing. I just breathe deep and then deeper and deeper still until I sense that I have what I am looking for.

Then I move on in the meditation to a second gateway and open it. I repeat the breathing activity, only this time to collect the energy of something I need ... something that is missing or that I have lost. I move on. At the third port or opening, I use movement magic (my preference) and gather up the very majesty that I want to touch. I know that I am not touching it. Rather, I am gathering the stuff that I need in order to touch it. Full now. . breathing, breathing, moving ... I give all that I have gathered to either Earth (my personal element) or Fire (my esoteric element) and I turn away to let the gnomes and salamanders do their thing.[g]

They give me a cloak that I consider the mantle of my magic. They give me a veil, which I consider the Veil of Majesty. I stand before it. And I gather a bit of courage and either lift or walk through the veil. I allow the touch. With or without conscious sensation, I allow the touch with majesty ... with the majestic in me. Even if there is no conscious sensation at the moment, within the next few hours or no more than within the next few days, I sense it ... the sensation is very conscious.

This is my approach. As I write of it and mention the mantle of magic, I also consider that the process of working Global Magic would be another way to touch that majesty. That particular process is neatly described on a recording of the same name. You probably have it already. [s] Within the Grace of Mystery you can move beyond the "little story" of ego and self. You can open to the bigger story of your great work and to your participation in the Great Work. In that, you can be touched by your personal greatness. That touch has a lot to do with the majestic within you. [s]

And perhaps I should stop there. Thanks. [s]

Q. Hi, Jach! Would you share how you work with lifting the Veils between the Worlds, particularly the veils of majesty and perception? Thanks so much!

JACH:

The way I work with any of the veils between worlds is this: First, I visualize a field of veils ... for me, it's seeing a field with sheets flapping in the wind. It's beautiful ... I make it beautiful and feel that it is beautiful. I do this because for me, the reason we have those veils and the reason we get tangled up in them is because some part of us thinks we need those veils or thinks that those veils offer protection or something else. The veils between the world I have and the world I could have … some part of me thinks the veils are beautiful. So I see them as such as I begin working with moving through them.

Second, I visualize moving into this field of veils. I walk among them and around them and then I get tangled up in them. Again, these first two steps are statements of the status quo. In this symbolic way, I am emulating what happens in my life. Once tangled in the yet-unnamed veils, I then cut my way through them.

As a magician, I have a sword. I cut through this veil and that one. It is easy. It is elegant. I don't let it be a struggle; that would be a lousy message to my subconscious.

It is easy to get tangled in them; it is easier to cut through and be free of them. Once free of these ambiguous veils, I feel a sense of celebration and a subtle sense of triumph.

The triumph is subtle because that is more accurate. I mean, cutting through a bunch of bed sheets in a field is not a huge triumph, now is it? [g] Subtle? Yes.

That done, I now ask to see the veil that is specifically in my way or that is particularly encumbering. That is the fifth step, I suppose.

When that veil re-appears, I then examine it and ask for healing or forgiveness; I ask for what feels appropriate with that particular veil.

Finally, I use my magician's tools to cut through that veil. Where I used the sword before, I may use it again. But I may find that for this specific veil, the staff or the shield may be more appropriate. This final cutting is very conscious and a willed choice and action. Out of this, I ask my Higher Self to "make it so." That is, I ask my Higher Self to bring whatever it is I need or that I can use to follow through and move beyond this veil.

The veil of majesty is one that I have worked with reluctantly. I have been more willing and eager to bust through the other veils … the veils of mattering, of choice, of magic, of perception, of alliances, and of admission … than I have been willing to deal with that veil of majesty.

(Notice how artfully I got the list of the seven veils in there. [wink])

Even so, that is how I work with the veils and would work with them during this month. And your question has given me an answer to my afternoon query.

I can cut through my veil of majesty. And on the other side of that veil, I can release the resonance of the majestic into the world. As I think of the majestic, I keep coming back to Lazaris' words about how we as a human race among all the human races ... we love with a fierce majesty and a tenacious magnificence.

So I think of our love as something that is majestic ... it is fiercely majestic. [s]

Q: Hi, Jach. There seems to be an endless number of issues all over the world these days, from animal abuse, environmental abuse, wars, abject poverty and suffering, nuclear weapon proliferation, political corruption, etc., etc. -- and I'm having a hard time staying out of overwhelm and despair. Any suggestions?

JACH:

Suggestions ... Well, you know, the first thing that comes to my mind is "perspective." Now, you have keen perception and a solid perspective, I am sure, but ... I think it would be helpful for you to work with the Veil of Perspective ... it's one of the veils between worlds.

What I mean is this: If you look at your list of issues, from animal abuse to political corruption, is there a time in this world where this list would be obsolete? Look at the entire last century, for example: the endless number of issues have always been there and probably, to one degree or another, will always be there. Perhaps it would be more helpful to say that you are more conscious of this endless list of issues and that you are a whole lot more caring about them now than you ever were. In fact, maybe it would be fair to say that you are becoming so conscious and that you care so much that you find yourself slipping into despair. Then you could say more clearly that it is difficult for you to care this much and to be this conscious, and you are finding a way of numbing the caring and reducing the level of consciousness. It's called feeling overwhelmed and filled with despair. These may be techniques of denial or avoidance; they may be techniques of discounting and distracting. Hmmm ... Could you be feeling afraid of caring so much? Could you be feeling afraid of being so conscious?

Now, if any of this makes sense to you, then you can work on owning your depth of caring and making peace with that depth. You could work on facing your fears of caring and your fears of being “so bloody conscious” all the time. You could place despair at the end of the Narrows and make your way through the Narrows to enter your despair. Consciously entering despair and going into its interior ... you can find sorrow, you can find compassion, and strangely, you can find your soul and spirit, and they can bring you joy. Weird, huh? But it's true. It's not a guarantee, but it's a possibility. And if you let your Higher Self guide you into that maelstrom, it is more likely that you will find the sorrow, compassion, and the joy. Then you can step beyond your despair ... out the other side ... and bring the compassion and joy with you.

This is sort of a combination of working with the Narrows and working with the Dark Wood. Lazaris talks about belonging and about how important it is to enter, and to fight to move beyond, the Dark Wood. The reason, he points out, is that in the Dark Wood we can find our sorrow and we can find despair. And we need ingredients from both. We need compassion ... the caring born of sorrow. And we need soulful (soul-filled) joy. There are other places to get these, that's true. But both compassion and joy can be found in sorrow and despair. And since you are close to despair at times, you might as well stop in and pick up some extra compassion and joy. [vbg] So perhaps the answer comes with a shift in perspective: work on the global issues, sure, but also working on these particular personal issues might prove fruitful and valuable, too. Those are my suggestions. [s]

Q: Can you talk about processing success and happiness?

JACH:

As I read your question, the immediate thought is about a question asked before: "Can we tolerate being loved?" Can we tolerate being so completely and so totally loved? It is hard. For many of us, it ties into our fears around the Veil of Admission. We are taught not to acknowledge the good stuff. And among the traditional old fears of happiness we learn and are conditioned not to be happy, and if we are, then we shouldn't be too happy. We have fears of vulnerability and of other people's jealousy and envy. Hey, we have seen the dirty work of our own jealousy, right? Okay, I have seen the dirty work of my jealousy during my growing up years. Yeah, I have also seen the dirty work of my jealousy in my grown-up and even adult years. When I get jealous or envious, it can be pretty ugly. It's a good thing I can recognize, acknowledge, forgive, and then change to release and heal my jealousy and envy when it STILL shows up. So anyway, I know how ugly my jealousy/envy can be, so I can imagine how ugly other people's are, right?

Also, there are our fears of our own negative ego or what our negative egos can do with the good stuff in our lives. And finally, there is the fear of responsibility.

These voices, often silent sentinels, compose the Veil of Admission. And that veil can entangle us in lots of ways. We can stumble and make real fools of ourselves. ... I just got booted off as I was about to say that we can even humiliate ourselves as we get tangled in that veil. [s] I will have to take a look at that ... later. [vbg]

Anyway, I write about that damned Veil of Admission because it can be so tricky on a day-in, day-out basis. And it is a veil between worlds ... a veil between the reality we have and the reality we could be having right now. But it is also where I often begin when I process my success and my happiness. I start with recognizing my success or a particular happiness. And in order to recognize it, I talk to myself and let myself feel and think about what I am saying to myself. While I do that, I keep an eye on my fears of vulnerability, and I pursue my fantasy. Yes. It is a dark fantasy, but I pursue it: I am afraid of being vulnerable here. I am reluctant to admit this happiness. What is the fear? Beyond the label of vulnerability, what is the fear fantasy? I pursue it and play it out in my mind/heart.

As I speak to myself of my happiness, I look to my fears of other people's jealousy and envy, and again, I don't just label it. I may begin with a label, but then I dive into it and see the fantasy that fleshes out that fear. I do the same if I find myself shrinking because of my negative ego, or because I think something will be demanded of me. As I play out the fantasy, many of the fears dissipate right then and there. There is magic in the telling, and in this case the magic is that speaking a fear, seeing its fantasy, allows it to evaporate.

You know, silence is what keeps our shame in place. Well, I have found that silence also keeps our negative fantasies in place. I don't think silence works that way for positive fantasies, but it sure seems to work that way for the negative and the unreal ones.

So I work my way through that Veil of Admission, and on the other side of it I can admit my happiness and my success. More than paying or giving lip-service to them, I can genuinely admit them. I can own them. I can receive them. Like that gift that life is, I can receive the success and happiness as a gift, when I can move myself through and beyond that Veil of Admission. I think that veil is that important. I think about what Lazaris has said about creating uncompromising happiness and uncompromising success ... what he has said about creating unprecedented happiness and unprecedented success: It begins with admission. It begins with admitting that we are happier than we have been and not as happy as we will be; it begins with admitting that we are more successful than we have been and not yet as successful as we will be. Admission is powerful, and it is powerful in processing our success and our happiness.

On the other side of that veil, for me it becomes about receiving. And to do that, I bring in the stuff of my bounty. Bounty is a powerful voice that composes abundance. It is also a powerful component of processing. I open to my significance and dignity. I open to my freedom, presence, and grace. And then I embrace my responsibility. And I conclude with reminding myself (opening my mind to the truth) that I am enough. I am enough. And in that "enoughness," I can accept the success and the happiness.

All my life I have struggled with believing that I was loved or worth loving. I know most of us have that same struggle. We learn to circumvent its environment, and we learn to cross its terrain. It was once a battlefield for all of us, and it has changed to varying degrees for us depending upon how we have changed. Even so, it's not a walk in the park. We still deal with the shadows and ghosts of whether we are loved enough or good enough or if we are just enough.

Through the years with Peny and Michaell, I knew that I was loved and that I was enough ... I genuinely did. And yet I still battled it. I still wondered and often felt that I wasn't. I feared that I would do something to lose that love, or that they would discover something about me or in me and that love would evaporate or whatever. The fantasies of loss and of separation ... ghosts as they may have been... were ghosts that I feared were still alive and active. But now, after working as much as I have with all this processing of happiness and success, I have come to a different dimension of being enough. Sure, the ghosts that threaten to take love away are still there and they still scare me, but I know at a new or different level: I am loved. I know it in a different dimension: I am enough. I still stumble and fumble. I get scared, and when I am scared I get angry and snappy and attempt to get controlling (I am not very good at it, but I try damned hard). But I catch myself sooner, and I understand myself more. I forgive myself more quickly and the forgiveness has more substance because it's about love and it's about being enough rather than some other fancy mumbo-jumbo that isn't really true (but sounds good [s])

Anyway, I am better at it all. I know that I am loved, and I know that I am enough. I don't have to earn it. It's not about what I deserve. It's not a reward of the hard work. It just is. I am enough. No one gave that to me. God/Goddess/All That Is gave that to me for no reason at all. For no (blankety-blank) reason at all ... It would have been easier if there had been a reason (my ego tells me) ... but there is no reason. And I have finally come to peace with that. Maybe the processing for happiness and success, beyond the veil of admission, is about finding peace with it and with ourselves. I don't know, but that feels right to me.

Q: Hi, Jach. I've been thinking that so much of the life we could have is beyond a veil of permission to receive. Do you have any suggestions about how to more effectively grant ourselves that permission to live the life we could live?

JACH

A veil of permission ... Wow. I hadn't thought of that specific label. I like it.

First, I agree with your idea here. I find myself pondering it in this moment rather than writing about it. Excuse me for that. [s]

Lazaris talks about various Veils to Perception ... the Veil of Mattering, of Magic, and of Choice ... the Veil of Perspective, of Majesty, of Alliance ... and the Veil of Admission. He has always talked of these seven veils that are the veils between worlds ... between the current world and the new world ... and also between the reality we have and the reality we could be living.

So I find myself wondering where this Veil of Permission fits in. What occurs to me is that the Veil of Permission ... the Veil of Permission to Receive ... could well be the synergy of the other seven. It could be that as well as allowing Mattering, Magic, and Choice, we open to lifting the Veil of Perspective. The first three are paramount for the fourth step, the most determined veil, the Veil of Perspective. And it's the third veil that stops us. The lack of choice or the fear of choice prevents us from shifting/lifting our perspective of reality and the world. And the fifth veil is what liberates us. Facing our Majesty (the Veil of Majesty) is what can liberate us and give us the freedom to shift/lift our perspective. From majesty we can open to our alliances (the Veil of Alliances) with a new perspective, and we can finally admit. We can finally lift that seventh Veil of Admission.

And what's the eighth step? Is it receiving? Is the eighth veil the Veil of Permission? I like that idea. And more than like it, it fits. There's an elegance and a beauty (often a criterion of truth) to it. And key to each of the other seven veils is the energy of permission and the energy of receiving. Mattering involves permission and it involves receiving, doesn't it? And all along the line.

And when it comes to the Veil of Admission, it seems that both permission and receiving are paramount. To admit that we are happy, happier than we have been and not as happy as we will be ... to admit that we are successful, more successful than we have been but not as successful as we will be ... well, permission is paramount. Receiving is essential.

Your specific questions:

Do I have suggestions for lifting this Veil of Permission? Yeah. [s] First, admit that it is there ... let it matter and admit that it is there ... be conscious of that veil. Then I think it’s important to focus on the seven. I don't mean that we have to successfully lift all seven before we can lift that eighth veil (if indeed the Veil of Permission is the eighth veil [s]), but I do mean that as we consciously work with the veils that currently entangle us or trip us up, as we consciously embrace the veils we have moved through and the ones we are currently engaging, I think we will find the permission. Or, better said, I think we will find parts or pieces of that permission. We don't need it all, do we? We just need a bit of permission. The veil doesn't have to be gone, just lifted enough to sneak or squeeze under it, don't you think?

Another suggestion: Ask for help to awaken the permission that we already have. Don't ask your Higher Self for permission, but ask for help in awakening the permission that lies dormant within us.

These suggestions should make a difference And you know, just thinking about it and choosing ... imagining it lifting or imagining ourselves being lifted over or through it ... that imagining can be amazingly powerful. We can make the choice and then imagine it and then open our perspective to see what changes happen in our daily life ... to see what happens to bring us a little bit closer to the reality that could be. Oh my, that means we need to dream and vision a bit, too, doesn't it? [vbg]

Thanks for bringing such a provocative question to the table. I hope my reply was helpful.

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Forgiveness II: A Look Deeper

Monday, May 9, 2016
Blog: Forgiveness II: A Look Deeper

By Jach

A Grouping of Questions with Jach's Replies from the Online Conferences

Jach answers a collection of questions on unique issues on forgiveness -- from a discussion about 9/11 to why forgiveness is the "mystical something" that allows magic to work.

Q: Why is the Year of Union starting with an event about forgiveness?

JACH:

I don't fully know the answer to that, but I suspect it is because the lack of forgiveness is so often what fosters separation. The lack of forgiveness is what cements the discord that prevents so much happiness and success in our individual realities and cements the discord that keeps nations in Eastern Europe and in the Middle East in perpetual states of violence. The Croats and Serbs, for example, have little or no potential for coming together because they each have inflicted so much violence on each other for over 1,000 years and no one is willing to forgive. Separation is fostered, discord is cemented, and there is little or no chance of union. In the Middle East, each side thinks God is on their side. And he is. [s] But no one is willing to forgive.

Now, I am not so naive or so sophomoric as to think they should just sit atop that wall and forgive each other, but my point is that forgiveness is at the root of the discord that prevents union in that region. Now, there are a zillion reasons why. ... But I wonder how many of those reasons were spawned by the refusal to forgive so long ago?

In our personal lives, isn't it similar? And within ourselves, isn't it just as similar? The discord we feel within ourselves ... how much of that could be healed if we would forgive ourselves? How much of it is never fully healed because we refuse to forgive ourselves? So, I think that is a big reason why the Year of Union begins with working with forgiveness.

Another thought: Many of us remember working with Lazaris and forgiveness many years ago ... decades ago. We remember crossing those fields and gathering those flowers to present at the altar of forgiveness. And we were successful. Ha! We were mightily successful. [vbg] But, you know, we have changed and grown. We have evolved our perspective and our perception. We see through different eyes now, and we also see with other than our eyes. Likewise, we hear with different ears and with other than our ears. The observing and measuring devices are different now; the reality we observe and measure is different now. And with our different perspective and perception, there are things to forgive that we couldn't have even seen or heard so many years ago when forgiveness was so fresh at hand.

So a new us, well-seasoned and matured, returns to forgiveness in our search for union. The enlightened us who can hear the music, a metaphor that Lazaris uses, and who has matured with a sense of justice and compassion, comes to revisit forgiveness. That's another reason why the Year of Union [2004] begins so. Also, as the title of the workshop suggests, forgiveness is the miracle of magic. To me that means that no matter how proficient we are with technique, no matter how much magic we know, choice is at its core, its heart, but it is forgiveness that is the mystical something that "allows" or "makes" magic work. Choice is the active agent, the yeast, of change, but forgiveness is the active agent, the yeast, of magic. And that's another reason why, I think. [s]

Q: I wondered if you could talk about forgiveness around the events of 9/11; I found myself feeling that even with the recent success, there is still a sense of failure for creating this in the first place, and forgiveness seems like a key to preventing future attacks, but I know it isn't a guarantee. Do you have any thoughts about this?

JACH:

Well, if we view ourselves as failures, then the potentials of punishment are not too far behind, are they? I mean, we have been conditioned to believe that punishment should be meted out for failure, right? So I see what you mean about forgiveness being so important. But more than to avoid punishment, it seems that forgiveness is a critical antidote for judgment.

Did we fail? Frankly, I don't think so. I think we created incredible and miraculous success around the horror of September 11. There are people who are going to create the nightmare. And there are those who will come close to the edge of that nightmare. Was September 11 a part of the nightmare? Well, for some, I suppose it was. For others it may be an ingredient or the beginning of a chain of events that will become their nightmare, I don't know. But I do know that there will be a nightmare for those who create it. And I know that the genuine threat of negativity will, in fact, be genuine.

We are magicians; we are not perfectionists. Ours is to change the reality in compliance and in accordance to our will, love, and imagination. Sometimes ... more often, that is anticipatory magic. Sometimes it is reactionary magic. And when the events of September 11 happened, we went to work to change the reality in compliance and accordance to our wills, our loves, and our imaginations. I think we were incredibly successful.

That said, I do have the space to understand that others feel as if they failed. [s] Okay. And forgiveness is critical to assuage or dissolve the judgments that we would make around and about failure. See, it's not that failure really breeds punishment or that failure really deserves punishment. We have been conditioned to expect or believe or even to want punishment when it comes to failure, but I think that’s more associated with avoiding responsibility.

I mean, if we are punished for our failures, we call that taking responsibility. Maybe it is, but often such punishment is avoiding genuine responsibility. Well, my point is that punishment is not inherent in failure. But punishment is inherent in negative or constricting judgments. To quote Lazaris from so many years ago, "Judgments hurt."

So I think the forgiveness is necessary to dissolve judgments made about September 11. Without it, yes, we could punish ourselves with future acts that come closer to our own world. Or we could create realities that involve our personal terrorists or our personal nemesis. So forgiveness is critical.

For some, it may be related to a sense of failure, as you point out. For others, it may be related to fear. For me, I don't feel as though I failed, but I do feel fear. Or I have felt it. Fear about the future ... fear about the chain reaction ... fear about the negative alchemy that can attend terror and can build within the field of terror. So I have felt fear and I have worked to forgive myself for giving sway to it.

I suppose this ties into the question about lifting resonance. I forgave myself for slipping into the fear resonance. My response was not to become brazen or cavalier. My response was to forgive myself. See what I mean? [s]

Q: Hi there, Jach [s]. From time to time Lazaris has mentioned forgiving the unforgivable and mending the unmendable. Would you mind talking a bit about that? Thanks for this conference!

JACH:

Lazaris first talked of the unforgivable when he talked of abundance. One of the reasons why we do not create abundance even when we know how and when we have every opportunity to do so is because there is that something that is unforgivable within us. It's not true for everyone, but for some of us, it is what stops us from being truly abundant.

What I found interesting in all that was that the unforgivable doesn't necessarily stop us from being successful, but it can stop us from being abundant. It was then that I really began looking at the difference between being successful and being abundant. And I can see how a person can create success and how a person could work magic and still hold on to the unforgivable in them. But to turn success into abundance and to turn magic into a confident magician's life could be severely hampered by the unforgivable. I began looking for it in myself.

Lazaris next talked of the unforgivable during the November Culminating Weekends last year. Part of the New Magic from beyond the threshold involves healing what needs to be healed. For some, that is healing the delusions that they still carry with them; for others, it involves healing the broken alliances. The broken alliances are what account for the unforgivable within us.

Lazaris pointed out that the unforgivable often is *not* some hideous thing that would shock the world. Often it is something that others would and could readily forgive. But it is unforgivable in us because in the event or the deed, an alliance was broken. Or maybe several alliances were broken. Obviously, Lazaris was referring to spiritual alliances. He has talked of these broken alliances and of forgiving the unforgivable more recently when he spoke of finding lost dreams - an evening discussion.

For me, the key is in the concept of broken alliances. I knew that there was that sense of the unforgivable in me but I couldn't find anything that would warrant such a strong and imprisoning decision. But when I looked for broken alliances, bam. It all fell together.[g]

Within the unforgivable was shame, as well. Not infant or child shame, and not adolescent shame, either. It was adult shame. And with it came the need to fix it before I could be forgiven. Strangely, it was a matter of character and integrity ... or so it seemed.

It would be improper to be forgiven for this thing, I thought, until it is fixed. Ha! Well, when I saw the issue of alliances broken, it became clear. Healing those alliances was easier than I anticipated. And once healed, the forgiveness work that I had already done fell into place. It's like it was all there (the healing work that I had already done) waiting in potentia. Once I healed (not fixed but healed) those broken alliances, the floodgates opened and the forgiveness fell into place.

To conclude, the phrase Lazaris uses is ... "The grief that will not end, the unforgiven and unforgivable, and the malady that will not mend." I suspect that the issue of broken spiritual alliances is at the root of these, as well. Such broken alliances would be such as an alliance with Soul or with Spirit. It might be an alliance with Higher Self. Or it could be an alliance with our inner child or our Future Self. It could be a broken alliance with God/ Goddess/All That Is.

Q: Jach, could you expand more about forgiveness as a letting go of old ideas and images such as illness and malady? Do you feel there is any limit to this?

JACH:

Well, I am not sure that forgiveness is letting go of old ideas and images. [g] I think that we can use forgiveness ...to accomplish this end result ... but I don't think the letting go is forgiveness. Often the forgiveness aspect is to forgive ourselves for holding on to the old ideas and images. When we come to finally admit that that is what we have been doing, we can feel pretty foolish.

We can feel indebted to our Higher Self for indulging us our indulgences for so long. In this case, once we forgive ourselves, then we can let go. I see them as separate activities that call us to separate tasks.

Beyond this, forgiving others may be a critical link. I mean, if we are holding on to those old ideas or old images to maintain a hidden agenda or to maintain a function of blaming them ... then that forgiveness would probably have to come first. But even so, then the letting go would follow.

With illness ... sometimes we blame our bodies for getting ill ... sometimes we blame ourselves. Sadly, in the New Age, there are those who hold severe better-thans about themselves (who are well) and severe less-thans about others (who are ill).

We often buy into that New Age arrogance ... sometimes consciously ...most often unconsciously. If we do blame our bodies or ourselves, as well as changing the belief about illness, forgiveness would be in order, wouldn't it?

I refer back to the stages of forgiveness [see Forgiveness I in this section] ... if we are in a state of denial or one of blame or pity or one of indignation, then forgiveness seems to be an answer and an issue ... our issue and part of our answer. So around illness or another malady ... around anything that we sense as failure, there is a role for forgiveness.

Is there a limit? Sure there is. But that limit is not inherent in the forgiveness. I think its power is unlimited. The limits are not inherent in us, either. But they are within the beliefs we choose to hold. I don't even say within our beliefs ... within the beliefs that we choose to hold. And more and more the limits are contained in the choices ... the quality of choices we choose to make. Or at least, that is how it seems to me. [vbg]

Q: Why is it so much easier to forgive others but so difficult to forgive ourselves?

JACH:

You know, the answer to that does vary so much with each of us. However, at this point in our growth ... when this happens to me ... I look at why I don't want to forgive myself. I mean for someone who knows little about forgiveness the answers may vary, but most of us here know a great deal about it.

So I ask myself why don't I want to forgive myself ... Sure the obvious answer is that I still want to punish myself. That could be true. I also look at this: Am I still wanting to keep others on the hook. What I mean is this ... If I forgive myself now, then all is well and the changes can happen and the freedom can come and all is well.

But if I refuse to forgive myself then I am in a less than adult place ... I am being less than my true self ... I am being less than my "more." Why would I do that? Why would I do that to me? And why would I do that to others?

This is what helps me get off the difficulty of forgiving myself. Beyond that, I suppose it has to do with belief structures that say it is better to forgive others and better to punish self. [g] Anyway, this is the way I approach it.

Q: How do I know if I really forgave myself or just went through the motions?

JACH:

Well, reality is a nifty feedback mechanism. [g] If any of us have just gone through the motions (motion without emotion as Lazaris would say), our reality will reflect that soon enough. And if we did do the forgiveness ... reality will show that.

See, the force of forgiveness has not speed ... it is not mass and it is not motion. Forgiveness has not speed. It is or it isn't. It is a quantum phenomenon. Forgiveness, like change, may not have speed, but it does have size ... the size of the change we make ... the size of the forgiveness we allow.

There are things that can make the forgiveness smaller in size or larger in size. I think that reality reflects and expresses that nicely. I have found it so.

Also, when the forgiveness is real, it feels freeing. There is an exhilaration and an exuberance ... there is a breath ... a breath of release or of healing or of something. Perhaps it is called knowing.

As a quick aside ... Knowing is something that we think is a big mystery. It is mysterious and it can be mystical, but I think knowing is probably a lot easier than we sometimes think or allow it to be. When we know ... we know. When we don't ... we don't.

It seems to me that the mystery is not about knowing as much as it is about why we will not tell ourselves the truth about knowing. [g]

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Working with Destiny

Monday, May 9, 2016
Blog: Working with Destiny

By Jach

A Grouping of Questions with Jach's Replies from the Online Conferences

Working with Destiny

There's almost nothing more mysterious: Destiny even sounds as if it is imposed from without, having nothing to do with our conscious choice. In fact, there is destiny that is given and destiny which is chosen. As these excerpts from OnLine Conferences show, destiny is a complex of Fate, Fortune, Forces and the Inevitable, with a magical Empowered Destiny emerging when we consciously work with the Forces of Destiny. And in the midst of life in which destiny already operates, we can place programs in our destiny, knowing that anything placed within its umbrage and radiance will come to pass.

Note: In these discussions, Jach refers to several seminars. The intensive he refers to is not available as a recording, but there are several evening workshops and discussions which are. To find their descriptions in The Lazaris Material section, please click on these links:

Utilizing Our Destiny: Consciously Directing Evolution

Allowing Destiny to Work for You

Building & Achieving Destiny

Q: Would you please discuss Destiny and the inherent calling to be the Magician? As in self-chosen? Much, much earlier?

JACH:

Destiny is a really powerful concept, and I used to think that it was in contradiction to the ideas of conscious reality creation. I was thinking of it in the old consensus ways and in the ways of religions from earlier in the twentieth century and in the century before.

The paradox: If something is destined to be, then how can you say you consciously create your own reality? If something is destined, how can you say time and space are illusions of your creation? I pondered this paradox for years, and it was a source of a great deal of highly productive energy. In a joking way, I say that I am sort of sad to see that paradox leave (be resolved), as I will miss it. [g]

Now, there are several kinds of destiny, I suppose. The two most common are given and chosen.

There is a timeless and spaceless sense of destiny that is our Soul's sense of destiny for us. As our Soul's sense of destiny, it becomes our Higher Self's sense of destiny, too. And it becomes the destiny that God/Goddess/All That Is holds for us as well. I think that our Soul's destiny is not so much fate. Fate is more a function of *our* choice and *our* free will. But Soul's destiny has to do with fortune. It has to do with the issue of abundance again. [g] And Soul's destiny has to do with the power that determines the course of events in our lives.

That power is dubbed "unknown" in our world because few people know that they even have a Soul. They know the word and they use the word, but most people -- even most within the New Age -- don't really have a working relationship or a working sense of Soul, do they? I don't think so.

So I think Soul's destiny, or the destiny given to us by God/Goddess/All That Is, is about our fortune and our abundance. It's about power, known and unknown, which we can call upon to guide us and that will determine the course of events, by our choice and by our free will.

Now, when I say fortune and abundance, I don't mean that God/Goddess/All That Is determines our financial well-being. But I do mean that they give us the full and total, the bountiful potential to be ... bountiful, autonomous, exalted in our giving, co-creating in our reality, actively participating, conscious of our participation, and celebratory and triumphant. Who among us could not do any and all of these things? There are many in the world who just won't or who refuse to do them. But we can do each. The destiny to seek success, abundance, and prosperity is our fortune, and it is given to us.

There is also the sense of the inevitable that is called destiny. And when I listen to Lazaris talk about it, I really see what he is saying. The inevitable is our choosing because the inevitable is linked to our identity and our image. So it seems that issues of fate and the inevitable are of our making and of our chosen destiny. And issues of fortune and of powers that determine the course of events are more linked to our given destiny. Now, when I say that, the concepts of fortune and powers are also very personal ones and part of a chosen destiny as well.

To finish answering your question, the most exciting part of all this is this: Whatever falls within the umbrage (shadow) or the radiance of our destiny will truly come to pass; it will be ours. I have to say, I have never found an exception to this truth. [g]

Q: Empowered destiny ... How is that unique from what we normally think of as destiny?

JACH:

Well, I am not sure of how you normally think of destiny, but Lazaris talked about how we have the chosen destinies within this lifetime and the chosen destiny of this lifetime. And then we have given destiny that is carried by our Soul from one lifetime to another. Like our Soul, that given destiny is always available; it is always there whenever we choose to give attention to it.

Lazaris explored with us the components of destiny and how they work. During the evening recording from Allowing Destiny to Work for You Lazaris talked of Fate, Fortune, the Inevitable, and the Forces that determine the course of events in our lives. In the discussions of destiny from years earlier, Lazaris has talked of the role of our life focuses, our identity, our image, and our motivation/momentum as they relate to discovering destiny and then as they relate to directing destiny.

Empowered destiny comes when we can work with these components -- when we can work with the voices of destiny, as Lazaris refers to them. When we can hear and understand the voices of destiny, then we can understand the resonance that emerges from those voices.

With this understanding, we can discover that we have authored the chosen destinies within this lifetime and the chosen destiny of this lifetime. And we can step further and discover how we authored the given destiny, the one given to us by God/Goddess/All That Is and by our Soul. We can understand the destiny that began in Sirius for those of us who work with Lazaris.

With this understanding, even in its rudimentary beginnings, we can touch what Lazaris calls the primordial destiny that is made up of Fate, that is born of preconceptual beliefs and of choices made before choice existed. We can be touched by the primordial of our fortune, which is not luck and chance but rather is magic and choice. We can be touched by magic before there was magic.

Out of all this, we can discover how incredibly powerful the tool of destiny can be. Whatever falls within its radiance shall be ours, Lazaris has reminded us often. Well, this becomes profoundly true when we will own the authorship of what lies in the umbrage of destiny. So, when we can fully own that we wrote the umbrage of our destiny, we can fully receive the bounty of its umbrage.

Q: In Destiny, the fourth factor is the Unknown. Would you share some of what this is for you and what you have seen? To clarify ... This event was more than a watershed for me.

JACH:

Each time Lazaris has done a workshop on destiny, I have listened to the recording. Destiny was a powerful concept to me. But I never really "got it" about how precisely powerful it could be. When I reviewed the recording of this workshop, I was stunned in the most magical way. It is as if the calibrations for observing and measuring my reality had changed, and thus my world was different. Anyway, the fourth component of the synergy that is destiny: Unknown. Actually, the fourth component is the unknown forces that determine the course of events in your life. The shorthand for that is the Unknown. [s]

There is this thing that God/Goddess/All That Is gives us. Our Soul is the messenger of this gift. God/Goddess/All That Is gives us a destiny. They give us this eternal resonance. They give us this immortal synergy. And it has four voices. It has four constituent voices, voices that count and that matter. One of those voices is fate while another is fortune. A third voice is the inevitable in any given lifetime. And the fourth voice inside this gift is an unknown force that does and will determine the course of events in our lives. That fourth voice will listen to our fate and fortune; it will take into account what is inevitable in our lifetime. It will listen and heed what it hears. And our fate, fortune, and the inevitable will be a part of the unknown -- unlimited and unconstrained (free) -- force that will determine what manifests in our reality and what does not.

It's an amazing gift we have been given. In our difficulty to receive, we have twisted the meaning of fate to a sinister voice. We have run from fortune because we fear the magic and choice involved in it. We have called it luck and chance instead. Running from it, good fortune is distant for most. They are left with bad luck, bad fortune. And the inevitable and the unknown forces? They have become frightening voices. But when we can receive this incredible gift, the voices can be clear and beautiful. And that fourth voice, the one of the unknown forces, doesn't have to be unknown at all.

When we empower ourselves ... when we know we are the author and give ourselves permission to continue to author our reality ... we can make or allow our motivation and momentum to be those forces. Our motivation and our momentum can be the forces that determine the course of events in our reality. Now, if those motivations are dark and constricting and the momentum is faulty, well then, we will want to hold it -- we will want to pretend -- that these forces are unknown to us. After all, who wants to admit that the negative and nasty motivations are theirs and that they are known?

But when the motivation is light (multidimensional, multi-emotional, for the thrill, for the dominion, for the wisdom, freedom and for the eternity of it) and the momentum (love, intimacy, magic, choice, mysterious/mystical/miraculous, majestic, and then the magnificent), and the momentum is strong and forward moving, then we can stand up and know those forces. And these forces, light motivation and loving momentum can determine the course of events in our reality. We can hear the voices of fate, of fortune, of the inevitable, and of the "unknown" now to be known forces, which determine the course of events in our reality. And when we do, we can receive the gift as God/Goddess/All That Is intended to give it.

Q: Can you discuss the technique for putting something you want to create into your destiny?

JACH:

I am not aware of a specific technique that Lazaris has discussed, but here is what I do:

1. I think about the concept: Whatever falls within the radiance or the umbrage of destiny surely will come to pass. I think about that a lot when I want to bring a particular desire or dream into alignment with my destiny. I go over this concept and allow myself to feel the juice of it. I allow myself to see the beautiful pattern of understanding within that concept. I suppose that what I am doing is setting up and allowing a particular resonance to develop or to appear.

2. Then I break down the concept to understand its implication more fully. For example, I think about what would be something that falls within the umbrage ... the shadow ... of my destiny. I think about what might fall within the dark shadow of my destiny ... Does destiny have a dark shadow? Of course. We live in a universe of duality. If our destiny is real, then it has a light shadow and it has a dark one, just as it has a radiance, and that radiance can express itself as dark or light radiance.

So I think of things that could fall within the shadow of my destiny ... dark things and light things. The umbrage is the backdrop or the foundation or the stuff out of which destiny emerges. I do the same thing with examples of what might be in the radiance of my destiny ... within the future expression of my destiny.

3. I work to clean up the umbrage and the radiance. If I find something in the umbrage that I don't want to have there or if I find something in the radiance that I don't want to create, I "weed it out." I visualize doing just that very literally: I pluck it out of the umbrage or radiance. Sometimes I do further work with it; sometimes I just toss it. Either way, I get it out of the umbrage or the radiance, for if I don't, I know it will surely come to pass.

4. Now I take the desire or dream that I began all this with. And I look to see how it fits with my destiny. I look for the logic and reason. I look for the consistency of this desire/dream with what has been and with what will be in my life, in my beliefs, and in my self-defined destiny. It if doesn't "fit," I adjust it. I adjust it or drop it. In this way, I use my destiny as a yardstick to assess and evaluate the desire or dream.

Now, if it doesn't fit and I drop it, what I mean is that I stop trying to make it a part of my destiny. That's all. I may still want that desire/dream and I will still work magic to create it. It's just that the working of magic won't be using my destiny. I mean, not every desire I have has to fit with my destiny. If it does, and I place it in that alignment, great. It will come to pass. But if it doesn't fit, I can still create it. I have lots of magical workings. [s] So, anyway, back to the 4th step. I see how it fits and either make it fit better, abandon it, or abandon the technique.

5. I metaphorically plant the desire/dream in the umbrage. I see its roots in the shadow of my destiny. I plant it in the radiance. I see its manifestation in the future. That is, I plant the seeds in the shadow... the earth ... the umbrage, and I see the bloom in the light ... the air ... the radiance.

6. I ask for help from my Unseen Friends.

7. I celebrate the success that is going to happen. I celebrate the desire/dream that will come to pass because it is in the umbrage/radiance of my destiny.

I hope all this makes some sense. Don't worry if it's not perfectly clear. But if it makes some sense, it can work as a map for you to create your own technique. [s]

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