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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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Magician's Tool Chest - Past Lives Meditation

Monday, May 9, 2016
Blog: Magician's Tool Chest - Past Lives Meditation

By Jach

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

A Technique for Exploring Past Lives

During the June 2006 Online Conference, Jach was asked a question about accessing past lives for specific understanding, and answered with a succinct, powerful meditation for safely exploring "past" lives. 

Q: At workshops I’ve heard Lazaris talk with some people about the influence of their past lives. Would you talk of ways to become more aware of our past lives? Do we need to become conscious of specific past lives to move beyond them?

JACH:

Past lifetimes fascinate some people, and for others ... well, they just can’t “get into them.” Working with them is not necessary, for sure, but such work can be amazingly valuable. Working with past lifetimes can add such a rich texture to our personal processing work. And that rich texture can carry over into the daily living of our lives. One of the most important things to remember is that we are the ones—in this lifetime—who are creating our reality. Past lives are influences. They do not create our current reality; they are not controlling factors. Again, they are influences. They can be powerful, amazingly powerful, stunningly powerful influences, but they are no more than that: influences.

It is also important to remember that they really are not “past.” We label them or categorize them as such for convenience. They are concurrent lifetimes that are located in a different set of time. They are lifetimes in the same “space” but a different time. Parallel life times are concurrent lives that are in a different space but in the same time. [s] The point is: They are concurrent and thus do not cause in our “now” lifetime. They are ... influences.

Understanding and working with those influences can be immeasurably helpful (but not necessary). I think of Lazaris’ analogy about seeing stars at night. In the bright lights of the city it is hard to see the stars and to make out the constellations. Difficult as it may be to see them, those stars are there and the constellations are still there. If we go out into the country where there are not bright city lights, the night sky comes alive with stars and constellations. Wow! It is so easy to see them; they are beautiful. We can gaze into the sky for countless and endless moments. Captivated, mesmerized, we can stand there for hours.

Well, in the bright lights of living our daily lives, we can’t always see the influences and constellations of influences that play upon our decisions and choices and give us predelictions to follow this old pattern rather than a new one. But if we can get out in the country of exploring certain influential past lifetimes, we can be captivated, and we can see so much more clearly what was there all along.

So working with past lives can be like going out into the country. With a different point of view, now look up in the sky. ... With a different perspective, now look at yourself. See what I mean? Lazaris used to talk with people about the most influential past lifetimes. He doesn’t do that anymore.

When I work with crystals, often they tell me their stories, and often those stories include some past lifetime information about the current keeper of merit. I am still always amazed when people write to me about the story the crystal told. They give me feedback about how on target the crystal story was about their lives. They are amazed, and, in turn, I am amazed at how the crystal reveals influences in the current keeper of merit’s life.

Well, you don’t have to buy a crystal to find out about your past lifetimes. [vbg] There is a technique that Lazaris talks of. I don’t know if it is on a recording or not. Here it is.

1. Go into your altered state and enter your safe place; feel that safety. Stay there until you do feel safe.

2. Now speak your desire and speak it three times. Speak it to your safe place. You can make a statement such as: “I want to explore a past lifetime that is currently influencing my business life.” Or, “I want to explore a lifetime that is currently significant to my physical well-being or health.” You could be more specific: “I want to explore a lifetime that influences my relationship with (name the person).” Or you can state your desire to know more about the influences in anything in your life. You can ask about lifetimes in Lemuria or in Atlantis. Or about any area of your life ... lifetimes when magic really worked or lifetimes where you turned away from your magic. The key is to state your desire. ... It’s not a question; it’s a declaration. And be as specific as you can be, but also allow a range of possibility.

3. Once you have stated this three times clearly, concisely, and with determination, find yourself standing at the top of a staircase. You look down into the dark ... into the unknown and the Unknown. Feel your feelings ... from the fear and anxiety to the excitement and curiosity. It’s important to feel your feelings as you stand at the top of the stairs.

4. You begin your descent in a very specific way. You step down with one foot (left or right, it doesn’t matter), and then you bring the trailing foot to that step. Then with the other foot you step down, and bring the trailing foot to that step. You count down 10, 9, 8 ... all the way to 1. Count slowly and bring each foot to each step. I hope I described that clearly enough. [s]

5. At the bottom of the staircase, there is a long corridor with a door at the end. As you walk the corridor, repeat your declaration at least three times, maybe more. Repeat the declaration of what you want to experience.

6. Come to the door. Stand there a moment and say: “I am now going to step into my past life.” Grab the knob or latch and say it again. Turn the knob/latch and say it a third time. Now open the door and step in. Step beyond the threshold into the dark.

7. Wait. And allow the energies to adjust. Allow the shape-shifting to settle. Now experience. Let it come to you. Some people visualize clearly; some do not. There are those who sense rather than see. See or experience, whatever is your nature. Will it work the first time? Maybe; maybe not. Experiment, explore, develop your expertise.

By the way, this surprises some people: In most of my meditations, I sense. I don’t see much at all. When I do see, it is unbelievably vivid, but most often I sense things without seeing. I have learned to trust my sensations and my sensing. So I don’t demand that I see things. Seeing can be misleading, at least for me. Sensing for me is far more valuable. I trust it a whole lot more.

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Jach's answer to a question about forgiveness, separation, and union:

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]

 

Copyright 2007 NPN Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

Other Resources

 

Past Lives and Parallel Lives,” transcript of the chapter from Lazaris Interviews: Book II. Available at: http://www.lazaris.com/publibrary/

Evening with Lazaris and Peny (November 1986), a Lazaris and Peny recording

The Sacred Journey: You and Your Higher Self, a Lazaris book

Reality Creation: The Basics, an Evening with Lazaris recording

Freedom from Karma, an Accelerated Journey Series recording

Stop Feeling Not Good Enough, an Evening with Lazaris recording

The Magic of Our Spiritual Ancestry, an Accelerated Journey Series recording

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Encountering the Dark Wood

Monday, May 9, 2016
Blog: Encountering the Dark Wood

By Jach

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

Encountering the Dark Wood

Q. Jach, please would you talk about the Dark Wood? I have seen only short references to it.

JACH:

The Dark Wood ... Lazaris first referenced the Dark Wood when he talked about the mystery, the magic, and the power of belonging. It is third among our needs according to Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. And belonging -- something we are born with, something that is challenged, and something that we lose -- is also a gift of the Ancients.

There are certain challenges to our sense of belonging. One of those challenges is our denial of our Dark Wood. That is, when we pretend that we don't have a personal Dark Wood, when we pretend that we are not in our own Dark Wood (when we are), our sense of belonging is challenged. With this denial, many things can go askew. One of them is that we drift away, and then farther and farther away, from our sense -- the power and the magic -- of belonging.

Okay, that said, what is the Dark Wood? When Lazaris referenced it, he referred to a line in Dante's epic poem, "The Divine Comedy." (I haven't read it. [s]) The line goes something like this: "Somewhere in the middle of my life I woke in a Dark Wood where the true way in my life was totally lost." The reference is to the fact that in the living of life, if, in fact, we are truly living a life at all, we will wake up and find that our true way seems to be wholly lost. It can be at the time of a mid-life crisis. It can be at any number of points and times in the time of life called the "Time of the Double." And it can come at times of crisis or of extreme stress. We can find ourselves in our personal Dark Wood at any time, I suppose, but there are times that are more conducive, I think. There are those times when we suddenly "wake up" and look around and wonder, "What in the world am I doing here?" You know what I mean? They are times of fear, pain, and shame ... adult fear and pain, adult shame. They are times of alienation and often of quiet or disquiet chaos. They are times of sorrow and of despair.

We wake up in these states ... subtle at first ... We deny where we are (often we don't really know where we are) and these states of fear, pain, and shame grow. Changing and mutating, they grow. Sometimes insidiously, sometimes brash and brazen, they grow. It can often feel more like we are slipping into a black hole than that we are lost in the wood ... the Dark Wood.

But, nonetheless, we find ourselves there. I say we will find ourselves there if we are living a life. And I mean that. I think that if a person goes through life and has never been in the Dark Wood, they have been in denial, or they are numb, or something ... They are skating along the surface of life, or something. When we really embrace our lives ... when we live loud or when we live daringly, I think we will find ourselves in the Dark Wood from time to time. The key is to recognize it; and the key out is to let ourselves sink into the depth of that wood. The key is to let ourselves sink into the fear, the pain, the shame, the alienation, sense of loss, chaos, and then into the sorrow, and finally into the despair.

And once we have sunk, then we need to fight our way out. We need to thrash about screaming and fighting (metaphorically) to get out of those spaces. We need to climb out once we have touched the bottom. Because at that bottom there is something we need ... there is something we need out of that sorrow and out of that despair. Lazaris points out -- and I have found it to be true -- that in the pit of sorrow there is compassion; at the depth of despair there is will. I have also found that at the depth of despair, at least for me, there is vision. I have found my sense of vision in the darkest corners of myself. It has been tucked away in despair. I hate going there. I hate it; I hate it; I hate it. But I also know the value of going there.

So I do ... when I find myself in my Dark Wood. You know, those times that I do wake up in my personal Dark Wood, I am shocked. It is disturbing to look at my life and consider that its true meaning has been totally or wholly lost. It's disturbing to consider that everything I have done is meaningless or that I have somehow fallen short of my destiny. But as disturbing as it is, when I will face it as squarely as I can, the shifts and then the changes are always so utterly, and sometimes sublimely, wonderful. I don't look forward to my Dark Wood, no way. But I do look forward to the fight to get out of that wood. [s]

Q. Have you or can you share any ideas of working with one's adolescent in regard to one's Dark Wood?

JACH:

Working with your adolescent and the Dark Wood? Tell him, "Get the hell out of the woods and go back home or you're grounded for a month!!!"

Well, more to the point and to answer your question ...

The Dark Wood is not a place for your adolescent. The adolescent in each of us is not equipped to handle the Dark Wood. There are a broad range of emotions there. And while the labels are the same (fear, pain, shame, loneliness, sorrow, despair), the intensity and the depth are very different. Our adolescent self is not sophisticated enough to deal with that intensity or depth in any real or in any truly effective way.

An adolescent in the Dark Wood is akin to one of the challenges to belonging: Denial of the Dark Wood. By that I mean that if it is our adolescent who is wandering around in the Dark Wood and feeling the emotions that are markers of the Dark Wood, we (the adult, the magician, the spiritual being that we truly are) are in denial and/or are just not present. The adolescent may feel the feelings, but they will be adolescent fears, shames, disparities, etc. Though I begin with a joke about sending the adolescent home, I am also quite serious about that. The way to work with your adolescent in the Dark Wood is to gather them up and to send them home. Gather up your adolescent and then recognize who it is and acknowledge that that is where you are in the moment.

Why are you there? What are you denying of your own Dark Wood? What are you denying of your sense of direction -- "waking up in the middle of the road of life knowing that the true way is wholly lost." What of that sense of being lost are you pretending isn't real for you? Why are you wanting to think this Dark Wood is just a game or just a fun technique?

These are the questions, or the kind of questions, to gently and lovingly ask yourself. In the asking, often the adolescent will retreat from the Dark Wood. They won't fight their way through it; they can't. Just as a child or an adolescent cannot fully feel compassion (because they have not yet truly known sorrow), so an adolescent self cannot garner from the depth of sorrow (something they cannot yet fully feel) nor from the depth of despair what they need to fight their way out of the Dark Wood. So ask the above types of questions to expose yourself in the moment. The adolescent will scurry off and leave the Dark Wood.

And who will remain? You. [s] Now you can deal with the Dark Wood ... feeling your feelings and plumbing their depths. In the isolation you can find sorrow. Out of that sorrow you can gather the compassion. Beyond sorrow there is despair. And in its depth the adult/spiritual being can find determination/will (and with will is imagination, and with will and imagination is love). You can find a rare and precious love that seems to dwell in the depth of despair ... a quality of love that those among us who recoil from despair might never know. You can find a unique expression of each: will, imagination, and love. With compassion and with this distinctive will/imagination/love combination, you can fight your way out of the Dark Wood. And in so doing, often you can find the resolve, the new image, and the new direction that you seek ... that we all seek.

And we now enter a phase of the year to maximize hope, light, and magic. So that's some of what I think about working with our adolescent and the Dark Wood. More and more, I think we can "send our adolescent away" when it comes to working our magic. I do not mean to diminish the adolescent. He/she has a powerful and well-earned place in the expressions and reflections of our beingness. And there was a time that working with that adolescent yielded fine results.

But I think we have moved beyond that level. I think that when we find our child or our adolescent attempting to hone in, we need to give them attention and answer their needs, but I think we also need to attend them and put them back in their place -- back in their worlds -- and then get back to the commerce of magic. I suspect we will find less and less place for child/adolescent as we expand the Great Work in which we are so intricately and intimately involved, don't you?

Q: Jach, I wonder if you would please explain the term "a ring pass-not" that Lazaris has used several times this year. Many thanks.

JACH:

Ring Pass-Not ... it is a fairly new term that Lazaris has used of late, that's true. Actually, I recall that he used it briefly ... only in passing ... during an intensive on finding freedom from control. But that was several years ago, and it was only a brief mention. I remember it only because the term intrigued me. [s]

This year Lazaris did an intensive on a grander love that is available "beyond the glow of enlightenment." It was an especially powerful workshop for me. The idea is that we are enlightened. We need to admit that in earnest and without pride. With that admission, we can cloak ourselves in the mantle --in the protection -- of our magic, and travel to a point in consciousness that is metaphorically the "glow of enlightenment." We can warm ourselves there or nourish and nurture ourselves there. We could be content and go no further. We could be satisfied. But that is not our nature. We can relinquish our personal mantle of magic. We can release it to that glow. Then we can receive a different cloak ... the mantle of Love's Magic.

Again, this is all happening at a point of consciousness, and the images are metaphors, and they are messages to a more conscious part of ourselves ... to our unconscious mind and our Higher Conscious Self. Cloaked in the mantle of Love's Magic, we can move beyond the glow of enlightenment in search of a grander love.

But ... But along the way ... standing between us and that grander love is a ring. It is a boundary past which we cannot pass. It is akin to the bottom line or fortress of our Dark Matrix. It is akin to the anxiety of the Narrows through which we have attempted to pass and through which we have passed many times as magicians. It is akin to these things, but it is different.

With the bottom line or fortress, for example, we can process our way through and release that bottom line or let down the walls of our fortress. With the Narrows, we can stay in them despite the temptations to rest a while in self-pity or martyrdom or judgments or whatever other tempting waiting room presents itself. We can release our fortress/bottom line and walk away from that line; we can stay in the Narrows and enter the fear and then enter the miraculous beyond fear.

But with the ring, we cannot pass. It's a boundary, and there is nothing we can do to move past it or to avoid it. We can accept it. We can admit that we have one even though we don't know how to define it or describe it fully. We may never know the components of which it is composed. But it's there. We cannot pass beyond that ring and thus the name: Ring Pass-Not. We cannot move past it, but we can be guided through it. We need help. We need to receive. It is a new concept, and it is more abstract and more surreal than most. But then we are entering new territory. We are moving into the uncharted territory. In it we will encounter new things, different things. The Ring Pass-Not is one of them.

Another is the Dark Wood. In that case, Lazaris uses Dante's metaphor with the line from "The Divine Comedy" about entering the Dark Wood where the true way was wholly lost. I am still working with understanding that concept more clearly. I have been there, and I have gotten out. We all have been there, I am sure. We have gotten out as well.

But as we continue our growing and changing ... as we continue our evolution ... we will encounter our Ring Pass-Not and our Dark Wood. Perhaps that's why people would rather just gather around the glow of enlightenment and call it a day -- and call it a lifetime or an existence. It can be scary out there beyond the glow. No matter what it is that is glowing, it can be frightening. But then we have our magic, and we are magicians. [s] There can be great joy in even the scary stuff that is out there.

Q. There seem to be an endless number of issues all over the world these days, from animal abuse, environmental abuse, wars, abject poverty and suffering to 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 care a whole lot more about them now than you ever did. 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]

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The Tiers of Emotion

Monday, May 9, 2016
Blog: The Tiers of Emotion

By Jach

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

The Tiers of Emotion

Q: Jach, would you care to comment on working with the Tiers of Emotion?

JACH:

Tiers of Emotion ... During the evening workshop Lazaris talked about charting the new course for the future and for the world. Cutting to the core of it, he pointed out that the key to charting the new course was in visioning. It all begins with vision; it all begins with visioning. I find that so incredible and so amazingly powerful. It all begins with vision. Vision is the light or the Light. It is a state of mind or a state of being that is exceptional in its utter and sublime beauty.

Vision is the light, and function follows the light. Function, our function, follows the light, and thus it follows the vision ... OUR vision. Ha! Function follows vision/light. And form follows function. If we want to change something, vision it. Lazaris said it so much better. [s]

The first step of visioning involves being ourselves. Oh, so obviously and deceptively simple, but it begins with being ourselves ... having the courage to be ourselves. I think of the Knights of the Round. Even though Honesty was the first knight to come forth according to the legend, it was the Courageous Knight who was first seated at the Round to the left of Arthur. It all begins with the courage to be ourselves. Okay, in that, when we want to vision something ... anything, we need to stand the ground of our emotion; we need to stand the ground of our feeling. In this Lazaris laid out a three-tiered grid of 21 emotions starting at the highest resonance: love. Love with its voices of individuality, joy, authority, and freedom is the highest resonance of any and all emotions. The first tier were emotions that are expansive in nature, and he laid them out in descending order: love, happiness, passion/compassion, hope/trust, thrill (enthusiasm, eagerness, excitement), optimism, and well-being.

There is a second tier of emotions that are transitional. Their resonance is lower, and they can either be expansive or constricting. They begin with boredom/impatience, and they end with anger, fury and resentment, with pity in that all-important fourth position.

And then there is a final tier ... constricting emotions from fear to despair. Despair and hopelessness have the lowest resonance of any emotion. And they can be intense. Lazaris' point: Be courageous enough, be brave enough, to accept who you are and to accept where you are ... What feeling is linked to that which we want to vision? Then the plan is to lift the resonance ... to lift our resonance ... by stepping up and up and up. The secret is to move up one or two steps at a time. Do NOT try to move a whole bunch of steps. As Lazaris pointed out so poignantly, people can spend lifetimes trying to jump from fear, hurt, jealousy/envy all the way up to love. And they never make it. But if we will move from our lower rung emotions toward love, taking one or two steps at a time, it doesn't have to take more than an hour and a half. [s]

I found the tiers and the concept of jumping small steps (truly giant's steps, but often the steps of a true giant are small) to be invaluable and very exciting. So much began to make so much more sense to me as I looked at the tiers. I laughed when Lazaris talked about how being in despair and hopelessness is the lowest resonance and to get out we should lift one step (loneliness, worthlessness, hollowness). Though not pleasant, it's better to feel lonely or hollow than it is to feel despair and emptiness. Or we could lift from despair to revenge, violence, and hate (feeling violent, not being violent). And it's a whole lot better to be feeling that you want revenge than it is to feel hopeless. We don't stop at that one or two steps up, but it sets in motion a momentum that can lift to love.

Oh, it is really exciting to explore the potentials. What I noticed is that Lazaris has this uncanny knack for explaining things in ways that make them sound so obvious and that make the ideas seem so beautifully obvious. The complete idea of visioning, that we are already living our dreams and that we are already loving our lives, was so foreign to me. I hadn't the foggiest idea. But after the evening, it seems so clear and so obvious. It seems as if I have always known how to do that. [s]

And this first step of being myself with these Tiers of Emotions ... well, it all seems so important, doesn't it?

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Beyond the Need to Control

Sunday, May 8, 2016
Blog: Beyond the Need to Control

By Lazaris

This is an excerpt from the Personal Growth Recording: "Busting Free: Beyond the Need to Control"

You love. Absolutely, you do. You have grown, you have changed, you have evolved. And you do love. You feel love with your Unseen Friends and with your Inner Child and Inner Adolescent. You feel love outside in your illusion, in this physical realm. Oh yes, you do.

But, you see, you also feel the need to control, and that control robs you of the intensity, the depth, the beauty, and certainly the power of that love. And through the decades you've become so conditioned to that control that it is like the drone of a fan: It's only when it stops that you realize, "Oh, my gosh." It's only when the control is gone that you start feeling what love can really be, what power it really has. And when you do, you no longer have to settle just for the words, just for the poetry that for so long you've had to settle for. You actually experience that love far more deeply, far more richly than you ever have. Love really is all there is. It really is everything people say it is, and oh, it is so much more.

Of course you do love. But even so, the price of control is giving up love, banishing it, renouncing it to whatever degree.

In the consensus reality, there are those who live control. They have no idea (and don't care to know) of its devastation. They don't care to know the damage that it can do, the successes it can sabotage, the hopes it can dash, the dreams it can destroy. They don't want to have anything to do with looking at how it fuels and fosters so much of the denial and the resistance they have. They don't want to know how much it is a consistent answer and response to fear and crisis in a world where you're not supposed to have those kinds of fears. If you're afraid of spiders and snakes, OK. But get over it, get past it when it comes to anything more significant or more real. Yours is a world where crisis is a dirty word. Yours is a world where if you have a crisis you're at least to have the decency to keep it quiet and get over it as fast as you can so others won't be too disappointed in how humiliating it is that you had a crisis. And so control.

There are those who enter life seeing its purpose purely as getting more of the stuff, more of the trappings. There are those who are so locked in that dominating masculine principle, so devoted and so dedicated to the logic and reason and the constraints of the consensus. And the price they pay is the abject denial of love.

You have grown, you have changed. It is not that severe in you. But even so, you have denied the love you could have had. You have rejected a deeper level and intensity of love even though you desire it. The price of the need to control, with its patterns and behaviors, is love. Subsequently, the price is your feminine energy and your access and familiarity with your Soul and your Spirit. It interrupts, twists, and distorts the communication you have from your Higher Self, your Counselors, and from any number of your Unseen Friends. And it disrupts the flow of what otherwise could be your Magic: For your High Magic of choice -- where techniques seem not visible at all -- and your Low Magic, with its many techniques, are crippled by that incessant and ever-present need to control. So yes, you do love. But you could feel it so much more. You could receive it so much more.

You see, control, regardless of its origins, comes down to fear. People who control -- you in your control -- are fearing. It all comes down to fear around love -- fear about love, fear associated with, attached to, and connected to love. It all comes down to that.

For some of you it may have begun lifetimes ago. It may have been in one of your incarnations of significance, or one that may otherwise seem insignificant, where something happened that was so threatening, so terrifying, so completely debilitating, that it created a level of fear that was far too intense to handle -- so intense that it got shoved down into the Unconscious. For some of you it came from another lifetime, or a juncture of several impacted lifetimes, all apexing in a tremendous need to control -- a tremendous, convincing -- immortally convincing -- need to control. Shoved into the Unconscious then, it only now emerges when you are able to handle it in this lifetime. It's not to punish you. It comes now when you can handle it, when you can do something about it. You laid forth a future that THIS would be the lifetime where you handled it, and thus now it emerges.

For others of you, the source of your control may be purely of this lifetime: a fear around love that was so intense, so immense that it threw you into a place of control. You may be jealous, envious, filled with the rage, and therefore seeking vindication, seeking revenge, seeking power at any price. It's valuable to know; it's valuable to source that. It's valuable to understand and perhaps heal it and release it at its source so that the healing might flow and flood through each generation and through each lifetime -- through yourself if that's where it began.

But it all comes down to fear around love. The fear and fears of getting love, the fear and fears of holding onto it once you do get it, and the fear and fears of being unable to respond, unable to be responsible for that love. It all comes down to that core: the denial of fear to protect love. Sometimes you protect it because you feel you're not ready, or you're not good enough yet. Or you think you don't deserve love yet -- but someday you will -- so you section it off. You put it aside and tuck it away and hermetically seal it in fear. Because one of these days you're going to be good enough, you're going to be entitled, and then you'll crack the vault and have that love. But not yet. How many of you have torn out your hair at a potential partner who has come to you and said, "I'm not ready for commitment ... I'm not ready for this level of intimacy ... I'm not ready ... It's happening far too quickly ..."?

Control is fear around the issues of love. The more intense your control, the more frightened you are. The more frightened you are, the more arenas of your life you'll feel the need to use your control or to play it out. Those who are "control freaks" are terrified, absolutely terrified of life. And your levels of control vary. Some people feel it so intensely they've got to control strangers. But most of you don't feel that need, because, you see, with strangers love isn't involved, so you aren't afraid. You have different arenas in your life. Some of you have arenas of work, and you have arenas of play. You have arenas of your spiritual growth, certainly so. You have arenas of your body. Some of you feel an immense need to control your body, so afraid, so afraid that it isn't good enough to be loved the way it is.

And you will find that your need to control fluctuates. It may even be slightly different in one arena or another, but it fluctuates even so. Therefore, it's very possible that a person could be very non-controlling at work, for example, even though that work is what pays the bills and provides the roof over their head. Because when fear about love is not involved, then the need to control is diminished. When it comes to loving relationships, however, this same easygoing, noncontrolling person can suddenly become a tyrant. Then the feeling is, "This is where I never could get love, or where I could lose love, or where I cannot respond to love." Then there is fear around love. Then there is control.

And if perchance your work setting suddenly became of a nature where you really loved this work, this job, this place, these people, suddenly the need to control would increase. The intensity of the control is determined directly with the level of intensity of love that is there.

And so you can look at it and say, "Hey, how do you mean ... me control? Look at me at work. I'm just ..." Yeah, but how about you at home? What about you where love counts? What about you where love matters? How about you with your Higher Self? "Oh, I'd never think of controlling." Oh, maybe not in the tyrannical sense you might in your physical reality, but maybe in ways you wouldn't otherwise suspect.

Control fluctuates. It fluctuates and shifts and changes depending upon the fear of love, depending upon the fear and the love. That is always the key. As you control, you're terrified of not getting love, or terrified of losing love, or terrified of not being able to respond to it. And the height of that terror increases your need, and the behaviors and patterns, of control.

Many of you find that when you think about a relationship you don't have -- be it a with a physical intimate or with an intimate of another nature -- you have a certain savvy. For example, you know that loving relationships are about giving and not being concerned about receiving. You know that they are about understanding the other person, not necessarily worrying about being understood by them. You've got it all right. And indeed, for others who are in loving relationships and are having difficulty, you can often be a wonderful source of inspiration and help and insight.

Then you meet somebody -- an intimate of a physical or nonphysical kind -- and suddenly Dr. Jekyll becomes Mr. Hyde. Suddenly: "I've got to hold on. I've got to keep it." Now you use all these skills (at which you were so adept in terms of helping others) to corral that person, to make them toe the line, to make them stay with you. "You can't get along without me. You can't survive without me." Suddenly ...

There's this one with whom we talk. He's a very important man in his career, and there are many, many people that pay him many, many dollars for his advice and his connections. Yet every time he meets a woman, by the second time he's dated her, he's decided he's going to marry her, that she's going to have his children, and he tells her so. And then he wonders why she backs away. Somehow she doesn't like her life all planned out by the second date, no matter how attracted to him she may have been. And he can't figure it out. He can't figure out what in the world is going on. Control. All of a sudden ... you see?

Even in a loving relationship where you both are really spiritually evolving -- a beautiful, loving relationship -- suddenly one day you wake up, and you realize you love this person so much more than you ever dreamt you could. And suddenly you want to control them. "What's wrong with me? I know better than this!" What has happened is that love has reached the level of fear.

Now that doesn't justify it, that doesn't say, "Oh, well, all right, go right ahead." It's rather just to explain what happens. For wherever love increases to the level of fear, control -- lying dormant thus far in that arena -- emerges. It is elusive, ever-changing, ever-shifting. That's why just trying to stop the behaviors never works. Even if you stopped every one of them -- gritted your teeth, turned down the screws, exerted control over yourself -- chameleon-like other forms would pop up.

Now just as all control comes down to fear around love, so its goal, among other things, is to be safe with love. That's what you are trying to accomplish: safety around love. You're motivated out of fear, and wanting to deny that fear, not wanting to deal with that fear, not wanting to own or look at or feel or experience that fear so as to protect this love that you're so afraid you'll never get -- so afraid you cannot hold onto -- so afraid that you cannot respond to even if you should, by chance, by some fluke, by some weird stuff, ever get it and keep it for awhile. That's what's motivating you, this incredible fear. What you're trying to accomplish with control is to be safe.

Now, some of you may also want to tack onto that a desire to be better than other people, to be superior to others, to have that hit, that cheap hit of power over other people. Sure, but if that were all you got, you wouldn't keep it up. It's about safety. That's the highest priority, because the reason you want to feel better than others is to be safe. The reason you want to make others squirm is to be safe.

Now it's not a healthy way to be safe. Please don't misinterpret here and decide that because you have fear around love you therefore have a right to control. "Even Lazaris said so. It's all right. You made me afraid, so therefore, you made me control." NO! NO! Nobody makes you control. Nobody makes you. "You scared me and therefore I fell back into control." That was your choice. They didn't make you do it. "I'm just trying to be safe." That doesn't mean that makes it OK to control. "Oh, well then, go right ahead. Go ahead, control me. At least you're not trying to be maniacal. Just keep stabbing me in the heart. That's OK. If that makes you feel safe, just go right ahead." No! You'll bleed to death, and then they'll have to go stab someone else, because you're no more fun.

So we're NOT saying that because the motivation is fear around love, isn't control beautiful? We're NOT saying that since what you're really trying to find is safety with love, control is endearing. No, it doesn't make it OK. And it doesn't mean that you, who are the recipients of such control, need to put up with it.

An appropriate response may be: "I can understand that you are afraid of having, losing, or responding to love, but the way you're handling that doesn't work for me. So either you change, or I'm out of here. I understand that when you try to control me you're just trying to be safe. But your safety is lethal. I won't play. I understand what it is. I don't think you're some devil. I don't think you're some evil spirit. I think you're a frightened person who just wants to be safe, but the means by which you're doing that are destructive to me, and I cannot, out of any respect for myself, play in this arena with you."

But understand that still, it's motivated out of fear around love, and its goal is to be safe around love. That's what you're after. Control motivated out of fear and love, and it is an attempt to establish safety around love. It is ironic as well that in the face of love, people who control get angry. You get angry in the face of love. Depending upon the intensity of control, you get angry. Obviously, those who control massively get incredibly angry. With those who control less powerfully, less intensely, the anger is diminished, yes. But you always get angry in the face of love. As much as you want it, as much as you're afraid you're never going to get it, as much as you're afraid you're never going to hold onto it, as much as you're afraid that even if you did you could never properly respond to it, as much as you want it, when you finally face it, you get angry. Often you turn tail and run, because love reminds you of your fear, reminds you of what you can't have, or rather what you don't have and what you wouldn't be able to keep even if you got it. It reminds you ...

It's like being on a diet and somebody puts chocolate cake in front of you. It makes you angry because it reminds you of what you can't have. Love reminds you of what you fear the most: never getting love. It also makes the need to control more intense. "I've gotta, I've gotta, I've gotta so I can get that love, so that I can be safe, so that I can always win, so that I can have some sense of value, meaning, some worth, some power so that I can deny my fears, so that I can ..."

Not only does it remind you of what you can't have, but because where love is control intensifies, it makes you angry. There are very few of you anymore who enjoy control. It gives you a hit here and there, but you know you shouldn't do it. You try to keep it hidden, and when love's there, you can't hide it. And it makes you angry.

Also, receiving makes you angry. Sometimes, when we say, "Now, we want you to do this meditation, and in the meditation, we're going to fill you with this, and change this, and fix it." No! No! It makes you angry.

There's one we talk with who finally said, "You know, Lazaris, every time you say that you're waiting at the edge of my reality loving me, I get so furious I can't stand it. It makes me so angry. I'm doing fine in the meditation, doing just great, and then you have to say that you'll love me forever. Don't say that! It makes me angry when you say that."

In the face of love, you get angry. You get angry when you control. Why won't you let this technique work, or that technique work for you? Because it's too akin to love. Why won't you let the magic work with a consistency? Because it's too akin to love. Yes, it may have those other ramifications also, but so much of it is around control. "I don't want to lose control. I need to control, don't you see?"

Ironically as well, love makes you turn and run because love is a threat to control. You see, when you feel love, control is in jeopardy. It breaks down the game. When you are feeling love, it breaks down the patterns, it breaks down the behavior. You just can't do it. "Yes, I can." No, you can't.

Control is not love. Even though that's what you're trying to protect, even though that's what you're trying to make, it isn't a loving act. And while you're doing it, you're not loving. Because when you are feeling the love, you can't control. The need can still exist, understand, but you can't do it. You can't do it.

If you are in a fight with someone you love, you may recognize: I'm controlling now, I'm trying to control them. Fearful of this love, fearful around this love, I'm trying to protect it, I'm trying to make it safe on my terms. And I'm saying that you're just like your mother, or you're just like your father, or just like my ex to try to get you in line again, to get you where I want you. And that's not loving." But if you will genuinely do the loving, control vanishes. The behavior, the pattern of control vanishes. If it doesn't, then you didn't feel the love. "Did, too!" No, you didn't.

You see, self-pity cannot thrive when you feel love. Love and self-pity are antithetical to one another. You can't feel sorry for yourself and feel love at the same time. Now you can feel sorry for yourself and stop that and feel love, and stop that and feel self-pity. You can go back and forth, sure. You're capable of doing a lot of things. You're very adroit. But you see, when you're in pity, you see, you can't feel the love. When you feel the love you cannot feel sorry for yourself unless you turn off the love for a moment. "Oh, poor me." And turn it back on. "Oh, poor me." And you can't feel like a martyr, you can't be a martyr, when you feel the love. You can't feel guilt. In fact, none of the anaesthetics work when you feel love.

So when love's there, not only can you not control, but also the love breaks down the pattern. It breaks down the behavior, and it eliminates the "support group" of anaesthetics.

When you face your control and how ugly it is -- "So I'm going to have to face that I'm being controlling, and how ugly that is" -- you may feel sorry for yourself, judge yourself, go into stagnation, head into repression, or feel so guilty that you never really deal with how ugly the control is. You see? But in the face of love, the "support team" is gone.

Love can also do for the need to control what it does for the pattern of control. When you feel love, and really let love in, you are out of control. Not "out of control," which is how the controlling ears hear that. "See, I knew it! Out of control!" No: You are out of the place of control -- out of the place of controlling. Not out of control, which is itself a form of control.

It's an interesting and important play on words. Love makes you out of control -- out of being a controlling person, unable to continue the patterns, unable to continue the behaviors, unable to support and justify such patterns and behaviors with the anaesthetics that you usually use.

Love can heal the need. Love can heal the need. And then you will be out, then you will be out of control, free of control. But the control itself hears that as "out of control" in the sense of being in a state of chaos, in a state of free fall, in an unsafe state where you always lose, where you have no meaning, where you will be swallowed up by your fear, where you will be empty, devastated, and powerless.

Love and control are made of the same stuff. They're spun of the same light, not a light your eyes can see, but light. Love and control are spun of the same light. You are either going to spin control, or you're going to spin love. You can't spin both. That's where love can set you free of control. It can let you out of the prison. And that's why control denounces love and tries to imprison it -- to idolize it, to pedestalize it, to turn it to stone, denouncing and imprisoning. Love and control are made of the same stuff.

It's love that can and indeed will set you free of the need to control. And as the need is set free, it's only a matter of time, usually a very short time, before the patterns fall, before the behaviors end.

The Question is: Do you back away into control, or do you plunge headlong into the love? What would a Fool do? A Spiritual Fool? A Spiritual Fool would plunge headlong into love.

Be the Spiritual Fool. Plunge headlong into love.

Turn up your light, for even if you don't know where you are going, it'll be brighter when you get there.

With love and peace ...

Lazaris

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Electromagnetic Energy & Crop Circles

Sunday, May 8, 2016
Blog: Electromagnetic Energy & Crop Circles

By Lazaris

Well, as we said as 1993 began, there is a tremendous upsurge of this particular energy, surging electromagnetic energy, which results in all kinds of phenomena in your physical plane - particularly when that energy is not absorbed. When the human consciousness or the human being does not absorb the energy, and therefore reflects it or rejects, it bounces off. And therefore, it gets grounded in the earth itself, thus producing the tectonic activity which is so evident, which is an electromagnetic response. It also produces massive changes, erratic changes in weather patterns, certainly so. It also produces anomalies indeed such as crop circles of this sort which are often a product of that very electromagnetic energy, used in a more positive way, certainly so.

We would suggest it creates also within the human spirit, within the human consciousness, emotional volatility. And that's why in your world today you see so much violence. Certainly violence always has been there, sadly, unfortunately, and it fluctuates. It has its own ebbing and flowing, its own waxing and waning. But now you're noticing that the violence is becoming more emotionally erratic and more senseless, if not all violence being senseless. It has become more inhumane, more shameless. And this again is a result -- a lot of it -- is a result of the electromagnetic energy.

What one can do with it is to realize that this is an upsurge which is increasing in your world. In 1993 it began. In 1994 it became much more intense. In 1995, 1996, certainly so, it will continue to increase -- this spurting, expanding, explosive electromagnetic energy. And if it's not absorbed, it's going to produce expansive, explosive kinds of erratic patterns along these same lines.

But we would suggest here that it's important to begin with to understand that this energy is not here to punish. It's not here as some sort of wrath of God, as so many would want to see it. Rather, this electromagnetic energy, that can produce such tragedies as tectonic activity is really meant to help expand, to help evolve the very mechanism within your head that you call the brain, the hologram that projects this reality around you -- the body you occupy, and the reality which that body makes its way around in.

It is almost as though what is happening is that this electromagnetic energy is supposed to be absorbed by the human to allow the brain to evolve. And therefore, if it is, then it can and indeed does work very powerfully, very positively. But if it's not, then clearly it can have its deleterious effects. It's just as if when you put toast in a toaster, you're going to get warm toasty bread -- but if you put that toaster in the bathtub, it could be disastrous. And so it's all in its proper use, the proper use of that energy.

One way to use it positively is to start developing an imagination -- not "just imagination" which is just a series of imaging -- but the living imagination that involves desire and passion, that involves a certain kind of logic and reason, that involves the body and the compassion that one has, for example. And therefore, an imagination where you realize that what you are imagining is perhaps much more real than what you are "living in the illusion." And therefore, to work, to expand that imagination.

Similarly, work with expanding creativity. Now again, people tend to think, somewhat automatically that creativity is fine art or some performing art or some craft -- and certainly so those things can be creative. But we would suggest creativity is anything that you do that uplifts you, that inspires others to become more than they are. And when one looks at that definition of creativity, which is closer to what true creativity is about, indeed, there are so many things that can be creative. A walk in the woods can be creative if afterwards you are more, you are uplifted, you are inspired. A conversation with a friend can be far more creative than any stroll through a museum, if indeed it uplifts you and lets you and perhaps the friend as well, to become more.

And therefore, people need to work not so much to develop a particular fine performing or craft art, but to do things that uplift them, to do things that allow them to be more, that inspire them. Therefore, to develop and work with one's creativity and imagination will absorb that electromagnetic energy more effectively.

Similarly, work with intuition. To work with one's intuitive sense, one's instinctive sense, to pay attention to the animal that is inside of you in a somewhat shamanistic sense. Not the wild animal, not the destructive animal that so often shows itself in the world -- but rather your Spirit Animal, the Spiritual Animal Nature which is that part of you that is so in touch with instinct, in touch with the earth, in touch with the Elements, which is the fourth component here.

From imagination, to creativity, to intuition, to being in touch with the Elements -- with the wind, the earth, the fire, and the water that is about you -- to open your senses to those Elements. Even if you are "trapped in the city" you have an imagination, a doorway in your mind that you can open: You can be in any countryside you want, on any mountaintop you desire, in any lush valley that you wish, by any stream that you could even imagine. And see that's the point: To open the window of the mind, through imagination, through creativity, through intuition, through a connection with the Elements. That absorbs the energy. That absorbs the energy.

Also, what you can do is "funnel" the energy. What we mean by that is that in a meditative state you imagine that there is this funnel, yes, like you would find in your kitchen, with its apex at the top of your head. It opens up, opens up, opens up very wide, very big, above your head so that you have this funnel there. And you imagine that this funnel now is gathering that electromagnetic energy.

Therefore in the time of storm, in the time of upheaval, in the time of earth anomaly in the world -- whether it be a physical violence of people against people or when the Elements seem to be attacking -- if you will imagine this funnel on top of your head. And draw all the electromagnetic energy -- no, not the violence, not the tragedy, but all the electromagnetic energy -- into this funnel, into your own brain, into your own head, in a sort of grounding capacity. "I will ground this energy so it doesn't have to express itself in these calamitous sort of ways, in these tragic sort of ways, but can be drawn into me. I will use it for my imagination, my creativity, my intuition, for my relationship with nature. And as I do that, I can have" -- and indeed people have had -- "the capacity to mitigate some of the intensity of the electromagnetic energy surges" to their benefit.

Now where's it going to lead? What's it going to look like in the future? If people will absorb this energy, what it's going to lead to is an incredible increase in one's capacity of sensing, one's capacity of seeing, of hearing, of smelling, of touching, of tasting -- but also one's capacity to perceive, one's capacity not just to see what's out there, but to perceive what's out there. It's also going to lead to a greater sense not just of the physical being, but of the true being, the real self, the truer self, as we sometimes have come to call it, that you really are.

And it can lead to having something of a duality -- and we hesitate to say it because people can jump to the sense of schizophrenia. No, we're not talking about a schizophrenic experience, but a sense of duality where "I am aware of myself" -putting it in your language -- "as a human being that I am, functioning in this illusion, but at the same time, I am also aware of a bigger me, of a truer me, a fuller and richer me that is functioning simultaneously. And I can flip-flop between two worlds.

I can double-screen -- I can function in both realities simultaneously.

And in that way, with the increases in electromagnetic energy, that's the kind of thing one can experience personally.

Globally, in that regard, we would suggest that indeed the inspiration, the intuition, the creativity, the connection with nature, can lead to the solutions to problems that are otherwise unsolvable. It can lead to the exponential kind of nonlinear experience of problem-solving that can lead to what we refer to as creating a new floor rather than just trying to clean up the old one. It can create that ability to enter into the Imaginal Realm and into the new world rather than just trying to reorder the old world. You see, it's not about creating a New World Order. It's about creating a New World.

And in that sensing, that's what this electromagnetic energy ultimately is here for. As people can understand that, absorb that, be the sponge for that, then it doesn't have to bounce off people and explode in these cataclysmic ways in the world around you.

With regard to crop circles, the natural human tendency is to be looking for, "OK, I want sort of the definitive, clear-cut, logical ordering, structured explanation of what they're about."

If they were about something so orderly, so structured, indeed we would certainly be more than willing to say so. But the crop circles have a variety of explanations or expressions. In other words, here is an avenue of energy, and a lot of different people are getting on that pay phone and using it to communicate.

And we would suggest some of the energy we would clearly say is erupting out of the Unconscious Mind of humanity -- of all of humanity, in the Jungian concept of the Collective Unconscious Mind. And in that way, in the Collective Unconscious, using that Jungian term as well as in the personal unconscious, there is such an amount of energy. And there is such an attempt of the Unconscious to erupt and to explode and to communicate into the Conscious World. In that regard, a chain is as strong as its weakest link. Therefore, in the British Isle mainly -- but they're happening elsewhere now more increasingly -- but mainly there the link has been weak enough -- thank goodness for it's the positive sense of weakness here -- where indeed that eruption could come through.

Therefore, some of those crop circles could well be seen as expressions from the Unconscious Mind. Maybe the message in some cases is that there's something more than you, that there's something bigger than you -- not something "better" necessarily, but bigger -- something out there that has intelligence, that has consciousness, that can create. And in that particular regard, that is often the distinction between the human kingdom and that of the lesser kingdoms: It is the creativity that distinguishes you from those that you consider to be "less than."

And we would suggest here perhaps it is nothing more than an abstract message of that nature, at times. Sometimes it is a clearer, more direct communication, certainly so, but an eruption out of the Unconscious that manifests quite demonstrably in a physical world.

Beyond that we would suggest here that also -- and we would suggest more frequently -- it is a communication of the Soul. The Soul speaks in pictures and in imagination. The Soul doesn't have words as you have in your language or any language of humanness and the earth. The Soul speaks in pictures, it speaks in imagination, it speaks in picture-language. The old language like the Egyptians spoke with hieroglyphs, like the ancient "primitives" that have been so summarily dismissed -- spoke not with words but with pictures. What, a picture is worth a thousand of them, right?

But nonetheless, often these crop circles are messages from the Soul, teaching you a new language. One might say it this way:

The Goddess is returning, and before she returns, you need to learn Her language -- and that is the language of the Soul, the language of imagination, the language of pictures.

And so, in that sensing, precipitous to Her return there come these diagrams, these hieroglyphs, these pictures. But more than just looking at them -- aren't they beautiful? aren't they symmetrical? aren't they very nice? -- when one touches them, when one goes and stands in one of them, it is an unbelievably phenomenal experience. Even to look at the photographs -- not just to see them with your eyes, but to see with your ears, to see them with the tips of your fingers, to see them with your nose, to see them with the whole of the body -- is an incredible experience that opens and reveals so very much. There are thousands -- more than 1,000, many thousands -- of words in that picture. And if you will quiet yourself, get into the silence you can experience the meaning and the depth of meaning that is just incredible, a very full language preparing you, preparing you. It is much like when you go to a foreign country, you often are advised to learn some key phrases ... "Hello, how are you? Where's the restaurant? How do you get to the hotel?"

So, in that sensing, you are given the key -- they look like keys many times -- phrases that open the door to that Language of the Soul, that Language of the Spirit, that Language of the Goddess. That's a whole major communication that is happening there.

Beyond that, what is also happening is extraterrestrial influence, absolutely so. There are many different kinds of extraterrestrials. They're not all this, not all that. You wouldn't say, "I met a human being once, and therefore that's how all human beings are." That would be absolutely unfair. So indeed the extraterrestrial energies and beings are also quite varied as well. And some of them are using this as a means of communication, a means of communication to say, "We're here, and we're friendly. We're here and we're reasonable, and we're intelligent. And we're here trying to help you awaken to who YOU really are -- not to who we are, in that sensing. We already know that. But to who YOU are."

Often, in that sensing -- and so important to understand -it's not about finding solution, it's about savoring the solutions. And in that particular regard, the crop circles, what do they mean? What they mean, in that sensing, is it's time for you to ponder, it's time for you to savor the mystery, not solve it. It's time for you to be patient, to look more closely, to listen more intently.

It's time for you to awaken, to realize that there is more out there and that indeed it even knows more -- if you can conceive of it -than the human being does.

Also, it is important to understand they are an avenue for the vortexes of energy that are out there. There is the vortex of the Archetypes. Then there is the vortex of the Sirius Connection -- that constellation that is in your heavens, the vortex of the Goddess Herself. And there is the Vortex of the Future. These portals, these openings, also use that phenomenon called crop circles to express: "We're opening." They're not beings, but they are putting forth a message to you that the vortices are beginning to open, to flutter, to fluctuate in ways that they have not before.

And this is creating these anomalies. And also, speaking of anomaly, certain of it is the electromagnetic energy that is surging.

So when one looks at it in that way, it is the Collective Unconscious; it is the communication of the Soul; it is the preparation for the return of the Goddess; it is, in that sensing, the communication from extraterrestrials; and it is the communication that the vortices are erupting and emerging; and it is electromagnetic energy.

So there are about 6 different things that are all coming through that little bitty slice of reality expressing itself as crop circles. So it's not neatly ordered in the logical. "Well, which is it?" Well, it's all of them, and varying degrees of some of them, from time to time.

But the biggest message, in that particular regard, is to realize that there is awakening coming, there is an opening coming, there is massive change coming -- not the destructive doom-and-gloom change that so many are so quick and ready to hop on the bandwagon about -- but indeed a most glorious and most beautiful and most incredible change of entry into a world of the Imaginal Realm as we call it -- where indeed imagination exists on its own and creativity exists on its own. An Imaginal World which holds a positive future of dreams, which holds what we call the Virgin Future of magic and miracles. And we would suggest these are the keys -- these are the doorways. Not that one has to go there, but one has to be open to the idea -- which then opens something, changes something, shifts something in your own consciousness, in your own belief structure, that in that sensing makes room, opens the window of the mind, for more to come in. And that's what they're about.

With love and peace ...

Lazaris

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Empowering Your Imagination

Sunday, May 8, 2016
Blog: Empowering Your Imagination

By Lazaris

A Four-Week Process from the Connecting with Lazaris series "Empowering Your Imagination" (excerpts)

It is a pleasure to be connecting with you once again this month. We want to welcome you, for it is a pleasure to connect with you, to be with you. And over the next twenty-eight days we want to work with empowering your imagination.

Now previously, we have worked with improving and enhancing your visualization. If you haven't worked with this process, we would strongly encourage working with it simultaneously with this, or to set this aside for a bit, and work with improving and enhancing your visualization. Or you can continue with us at this time. It's all right. It's your process, and whatever works for you, certainly so ...

This time, we want to work with you to help you improve the quality, the intensity, and the value of what it is that you are seeing so that you can work with it. We want to help you enhance that capacity, to empower your imagination so that you can work with what you find more vividly, more powerfully.

There is so much to be gained, not from the fantasy, though that can sometimes be fun, but from the fantasia -- from the truth that is revealed from the Unknown. Indeed, visualization is important so as to visualize what you see from the Unknown, from the invisible. But you also need to enhance, strengthen, and empower your own imagination so that those fantasias, those wonderful truths and realizations, can be as vivid and as vital and as powerful and as empowering as your own imagination is becoming.

And so, as we look to working over these next 28 days, it's important to understand several things about why it is so vitally important to work with empowering your imagination. Why not just improve your visualization, leave it at that, and leave your imagination alone? Who needs it anyway?

Well, there are several reasons why your imagination needs to be there and why you need to empower it.

First, and perhaps most obviously, is that there are three tools with which you work with reality. Oh, we have talked of this so very frequently, we know: There are the raw materials that you use, three tools, only three. No one has any more. Some people's tools are sharper, some people's tools are forged more powerfully. Some people's tools are used more frequently and with more adroitness and more adeptness, that is true. But nobody has any more tools than anybody else. And as you want to look at those people who are so successful, and assume they know some secret, know that they do not. They have the same tools that you have: desire, expectation, and imagination.

And the greatest of these is imagination, for it is what sparks your desire and expectation. It is through the imagination that you intensify and deepen and stretch and expand your desires and your expectations.

If, indeed, you had no imagination -- and you can't really imagine what that would be like -- then you would desire nothing. There would be nothing that you would ever desire or ever expect.

You know, you run into some people sometimes, out there in the consensus or within your reality, who seem to have no desire. And they seem to have no particular expectation. "Whatever happens, whatever comes, I don't expect, I don't know." And it's not because they have no imagination. Indeed, you have to have enough to create a reality around you, certainly so. But because their imagination has no power, it is not being empowered, it has no authority, it has no permission to function. And therefore, the desire and expectation have waned.

Well, to that end, without imagination, you would have no desire, no expectation. And if you will empower your imagination, so you will empower your desire, and so you will empower your expectation.

And in this most monumental decade, it is so important that you have an empowered desire, an empowered expectation, so as to chisel, to carve, to tool your reality out of all those raw materials -- with the sustaining and generating energies -- in order to produce the reality you want. And therefore, that reason (even if there were no other) would be significant enough for you to empower your imagination -- so as to empower the desire and expectation within you as well.

And we would suggest beyond that, of course, dreams do spark your imagination. When you dream at night, you spark your imagination. Even if you don't remember those dreams, even if you wake up in the morning sure that you didn't dream anything, you absolutely did dream. And those dreams absolutely did spark the imagination. Indeed, they did empower your imagination to some degree -- sparked it perhaps, sharpened it, titillated it, woke it up in some capacity. Night dreams, whether remembered or not, do spark your imagination. They do feed that imagination.

You see, the body doesn't need to sleep. The body needs to rest, admittedly so. Your heart, your liver, your lungs, the digestive process, the entire homeostatic process in the body, everything that keeps you alive and healthy -- none of it needs to sleep. None of it does sleep. All of it rests.

But, we would suggest here that you need to sleep, you see? You're the one who needs to sleep so that you can dream, because your brain needs that energy. When you dream, the energy that sparks, the electricity that goes off, the chemistry that happens is so vital. You can hook up to mechanisms, and they can measure it all, absolutely. They don't always know what it means, but they can measure it, certainly so. All of that is essential to you, because that's what sparks your imagination, which then further feeds you and gives you the tools so that you can have a reality. That's why you sleep: You sleep so that you can dream.

Well, we would suggest that as you can consciously work with it, you can spark that imagination even more, because, you see, the dreaming just keeps it functioning. It sparks it, but it doesn't empower it. You need to empower it. You can consciously empower it and then that empowered imagination, similarly, sparks and empowers all your dreams, not just the night dreams, but it sparks and empowers the day dreams, the conscious dreams, the meditations that you have, the gestalts that you are aware of, the intuitions that you work with, the visions that you create.

And we would suggest here that it works with your reality dreams, yes, absolutely so. In other words, you dream at night, and that sparks your imagination. A sparked imagination, that is further empowered consciously, will turn right around and engage all the other kinds of dreams. It will engage your conscious dreams, the futures that you're creating. It will engage your meditations, to empower them, to make them more and more of what they are, and what they can be.... one of the most powerful and most positive motivations in your life is to explore the multidimensionality of the illusion.

It will engage your intuition, to make it sharper, more attuned. It will engage the gestalts of awareness, those "ah- ha" realizations that are so eagerly sought, those peak experiences as they are called. And similarly, your vision for a future will also make your night dreams perhaps more vivid.

But even short of that, all the other dreams will benefit. And that's why it's so important not just to spark your imagination, which you do at night, but to empower it, and to empower it consciously so that all the daytime facets of dreaming -- the conscious dreaming, the meditations, the gestalts, the intuitions, the peak experiences -- can also be empowered.

Another reason why it's so important to enliven your imagination by empowering it is that one of the most powerful and most positive motivations in your life is to explore the multidimensionality of the illusion.

Now, when we talked most recently of longevity and immortality, we spoke of why. Why do you want to live forever? Why do you want to have longevity and immortality? And among the many reasons we gave, we spoke of that multiplicity of dimension.

You have a three-dimensional reality: length, width, breadth. And you work with that. But the idea is to work with it fully, to do so with panache, to do so with a grandness -- to experience all the length of life, thus to live a long time. To experience all the width of life -- to experience success in as many arenas and as many areas as possible and to impart yourself in as many parts of your life, as widely as you possibly can. And with the depth to reach the intensity, the power, the beauty of what life can hold, absolutely so.

And yet, there is a fourth dimension that your science already tells you about. That fourth dimension is space-time.

Space-time: where you take length, width, and depth and stretch it and work with it to curve it into a circle -- to make a torus, a mathematical word that describes something that looks, perhaps for all intents and purposes, like a doughnut, yes? A doughnut with a hole in the middle, a doughnut that is therefore round and spherical at the same time. This is a torus, and we would suggest here, it's a term that implies something that is shaped such that you can get into it and never get out of it, going around and around and around, seeming to go on forever. It is something of a Mobius strip, we would suppose, in the topographical understanding of that word.

Well, the fourth dimension of space-time is like a torus. It is a circle, and it is more than a circle. It is a sphere that is a three-dimensional bending of time-space. It is a bending of length, width and breadth that produces space-time. That is the fourth dimension.

But you know something? There is another dimension out there. Oh, there's more than one, but the dimension after the fourth dimension is the fifth dimension (we're not talking about some singing group out of the Sixties) -- and the fifth dimension is imagination.

Now you know imagination as a tool. You know imagination as flights of fancy. You can't imagine imagination as a dimension. But, in fact, it is a whole dimension of reality that has the same kind of power, the same kind of force that length, width, and depth have. It has the same sort of intensity. And you know how much you believe in three dimensions in your illusion. Your three dimensions can scare you, can terrify you, can glorify you, can celebrate within you, absolutely! And imagination is that intense, that powerful, that strong. But you can't possibly begin to understand that, or grok that, or hang onto that in any capacity, unless you empower the imagination you have now as a tool, a powerful tool, the most powerful tool you've got.

And that's how you set yourself up, line yourself up, engage yourself so that someday, somewhere down that line, you can slip through -- not getting caught in space-time as everybody seems to do. You can slip through that fourth dimension to touch, to tap, to glimpse, to glimmer, and eventually to immerse yourself in a dimension of reality called imagination.

Now, for some of you, as we speak this, it may mean nothing at all. That's OK. But we must speak it anyway, because there are those among you who can understand, who feel a tingle in the backs of their necks, who can feel the goose bumps beginning to rise. You can feel that "yeah" sort of sensation at the very thought of it, and you don't even know why.

But we would suggest that the fifth dimension of imagination is connected to those with a stellar connection to the Pleaides or certainly to Sirius. And we would suggest it is a connection to those of you who are reaching and stretching and wanting the growth and evolution in your spirituality to be even more of reality. For those of you who are not there yet, that's all right: You will be, you will be. And in time, when you re-understand and re-work with this, it'll make all the sense in the world. But nonetheless, that's the third reason we suggest.

Another reason (though certainly not the last) is that there is a future out there: There is a future out there that is a brand new future that has never been dreamed before. The great mystics and the great sages of the past never could have picked it up, never could have even had an inkling of it, because it simply wasn't there.

The great Enlightened and Exceptional Ones of the past who truly did choose for themselves a totally positive, absolutely positive, future, couldn't have chosen this future because it literally wasn't there. It did not exist even twenty years ago in the early 1970s. It didn't even exist. It has only been in the last decade, in the 1980s, that this future has been conceived. There has been the conception of a future that never existed and is embryonic, and now is in its perhaps fetal stages.

And you, as Mapmakers, are the midwives of this future, and you will practice your midwifery. And one of the most important keys to the midwifery of giving birth to a Virgin Future is empowering your imagination. One of the most important keys to a miraculous future that has never yet even been fully understood, and certainly not conceived before now -- a miraculous future that you can't even yet believe -- is to empower your imagination.

For these various reasons -- and certainly, you can imagine a whole bunch of them for yourselves -- we want to work with you to empower your imagination.

Well, we're ready to begin this twenty-eight day exploration to empower your imagination.

Now, you can work with this a week at a time, or some of you may want to take a longer time and therefore rather than spending seven days with each cycle, you may want to spend 14 days or 21 days with each cycle. And that's fine. Let us begin.

Week #1: Pictures

What we want you to do the first week is to find a picture in a magazine, in whatever source. We would recommend a magazine so there can be a really colorful picture. It can be National Geographic or any kind of magazine for that matter. It doesn't have to be a photograph, however. It can be a painting. It could be an illustration, a Monet painting or something of this sort.

We want you to find a picture of something in nature, an outside scene of some sort. It doesn't have to be a forest necessarily. It could be similar to your Safe Place, but it doesn't have to be. We want you to find some kind of picture of something that's outside in nature that delights you, that intrigues you, that you find really beautiful or somehow stunning. It is somehow very wonderful, intriguing, mystical, magical. Something about it that really draws you to it, and you just really want to stare at it.

We want you also during this first week to find a picture of something -- again from outside, from out in nature -- that either frightens you or disturbs you or that is unpleasant, something that you don't like very well at all. It isn't grossly ugly or grotesque in any capacity. It is not sickening, no. But it is just disturbing or unpleasant, or even frightening, in that way. Maybe it's a scene at night of a city street, in that particular sensing, and "Ooooh, I can imagine the terror that could occur here." Or a back alley. Or maybe it's a daytime shot of some skid row area, in that sensing. It's just really an unpleasant sort of picture.

And we want you to cut both of them out. You don't have to frame them or mat them or anything like that, but just cut them out. And what we want you to do with each of these is stare at them. Stare at them and imagine what's behind the things you can't see. What's around the corner of that building? behind that tree? on the other side of that rock? It could be a pathway that turns and leads out of the picture.

What's beyond that? What's on the other side of that? What's in that boat? What's in that building? What's on the other side of that shadow? Just imagine, just imagine all kinds of things. Just let your imagination run wild.

Similarly, then, we want you to now look at the second picture, the ugly or frightening picture. And we want you to do the same thing. Stare at it and stare at it. You're not meditating this week, you're just staring at the image and imagining what's beyond sight, what's out of view, what is happening that you're not seeing. Then we want you to go back to the beautiful picture again. Go to the delightful, intriguing image, and once again look at it.

Now, you find the picture you really want to work with -- and you need to work with it over the whole period of time -- so make sure it's the right picture. Don't just pick something haphazardly. Really take your time to find it. And then REALLY stare at it. REALLY look at it. Lose yourself in it. Imagine, both with the intriguing one and the frightening one. And then to end on a positive note conclude by going back to the delightful image and looking at it again, and imagining maybe a little further, picking up where you left off and going a little further -- or look at a different part of the picture and go a little further.

And that's the activity. Now, you may want to record what you experience, or you may just want to live with it, holding it in your head. Either way, this is the first week's activity -- whether it takes you one week, or two, or three, or four. This is the first phase and how to work with it.

Week #2: The Music and the Shoebox

Now that you're ready to move on, we want you to pick some music, instrumental music, that you particularly like. Many of you have a library of New Age music, or have other kinds of instrumental music. It doesn't have to be that you're going to go deeply into meditation, you see. Just instrumental music. And maybe as you understand, that'll help you make your choice.

What you're going to do is play this music, and you're going to play it maybe with earphones, or just into the room, etc. And you're going to close your eyes, and you're going to let the music take you, carry you. And you're going to visualize a shoebox. Yes, a shoebox. If you're a woman they look maybe pink, or purple, or blue, or whatever. If you're a man, they're often white, or grey, or black. But in that sensing, you imagine a shoebox, an ordinary shoebox.

And we want you to visualize it as best you can. Use the visualization abilities that you've already enhanced. And we would suggest here then, in that particular regard, we want you to open the box and discover what's inside. Discover what's in there. And let it be wild and woolly in your imagination. Discover what's in there.

Now as you work with it, in that particular capacity, you open yourself up to it in that way. Again, you don't have to use just meditative music. You might like something very jazzy, something very uplifting. You might like certain stirring, rising music from your favorite movies -- like some of John Williams' music or whatever. It's not so much to create the meditative state as it is to create an imaginative state. So the music may be very loud, very fast, very up-tempo, very slow, very classical, whatever you want. Perhaps you go to your safe place, perhaps not, but visualize a shoebox while you play the music.

Then every day, each of the seven days that you work with this (or over a week or two or more) we want you to open the shoebox and see what's inside.

Now, let your imagination be wild. It may be something that would fit inside a shoebox. You know, is it smaller than a shoebox? Let it fit inside a shoebox. It may be a trinket, it may be an ornament, it may be a wonderful gift, it may be a very strange gift. It may be that you open it up and suddenly there's a huge automobile. Or there's a huge tiger, or there's a huge forest that just sort of pops up, you know, sort of like one of those greeting cards that when you open it, the inside sort of stands up. Who knows what'll be there? That's the idea: to find out what's there.

And use the music, for it will flavor and color the tempo and the temperature of your imagination. So work with that. That is the second phase, the second week. A little meditative work indeed.

Week #3: The Seven Treasure Chests

And now you're ready to move on to the third week of activity.

In week number three, what we want you to do is to put together a different kind of imagery altogether. We want you to go into meditation (if you want to tack this onto another meditation, that's fine) and visualize that there are seven treasure chests.

Now, visualization is important here. Let yourself get very involved with the visualization. Open all of your senses. Go into that meditation visualize these seven chests, all of them. Maybe they'll all look exactly alike. Maybe they're exact replicas of one another. Maybe each of them is subtly different, or each of them is grandly different.

But we want you to see one, and then two, and then three, and then four, and then five, and then six, all seven of them. Not one at a time, but eventually you see all seven of them sitting there in front of you.

And each day, then, we want you to open one.

So once you've visualized all seven of them, touch them. Open your eyes, your senses -- your sight and your hearing. What do they sound like? What do they smell like? What do they feel like to the touch? What are they made of, etc.?

Then we want you to open one and see what's inside. See what's inside. Now a treasure chest is going to be different than a shoebox, so it may be more magical. It may be less magical. It may be a wild and woolly adventure. There may be any number of activities in there. Let's find out. Each day you open one.

The second day when you come there, one box is already opened. And there are now six, and you open the second one. Or a second one, let's say, because you don't have to go in order from left to right, or right to left. You can use your imagination. Maybe this is the one you open now and work with.

The third day you enter the scene, there are two boxes open and five of them left. And now you open that third one, whichever one you want.

And you work your way along. And with this phase we would encourage you to record what you find. You may have done that during the second week (or second phase), but for sure record the third phase in your notebook. Keep track of the wild and wonderful, the enchanting, the frightening, and the glorious things that you find within each of those treasure chests for each of the seven days in which you work with it -- whether it takes a week or two or three or four weeks to get through the "seven days." Work with it in that capacity.

And then you will be ready for week number four.

Week #4: Problem, Resolution ... Imagination

This week's activity is a little more intricate so we'll go slowly in describing it so that you don't wonder and concern yourself about whether you're doing it correctly.

What we want you to do is to retrieve that picture that you used during the first phase -- the particular delightful, intriguing picture -- the wonderful picture that you worked with, imagining what was behind this and behind that. Retrieve that picture.

And in the first day of this phase four, what we want you to do is to imagine that somewhere within that intriguing picture is a particular problem that you're trying to solve.

Now it's a problem that you have, and it can be physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, esoteric -- any nature of problem that you're trying to work with. You may want to develop a deeper relationship with your Higher Self or cure a particular malady, solve what's going on in your relationship, improve work conditions, find an answer to this or to that. Whatever the problem is, it doesn't matter what it is.

Pretend. Imagine. Use your imagination, eyes open, without meditating, knowing that somewhere within that picture is contained the problem and the answer. Meaning: Somewhere within that picture is contained the clarity of what the issue is really about, what's really going on -- and the answer of how to solve it, how to find resolution.

Maybe it's behind that tree. Maybe it's over there behind that rock. Maybe it's along that pathway that twists and ultimately leaves the picture altogether. Maybe it's buried underneath that rock. Maybe it's up in this tree. Maybe it's in that building, in that shed, behind that .... Maybe it's lost in those shadows over there in that hollow tree trunk. Or maybe it lies down that paved road, or in that little village over there, or on that hillside. Whatever the picture contains. Just imagine.

When we say imagine, we mean imagining, "Hmmm, I wonder if it's there?" and letting your mind work with that, let your imagination begin to sort of play with the idea. Maybe the problem is tucked away over here. What would that be? How would you go about finding it, discovering it? How might it show itself to you? Or what if it's over there?

The first day and the second day we want you just to imagine where it is. Place the problem somewhere in the picture, know it's there, and know its resolution is there. Just think about it. Just imagine with your eyes open. What would it be like? Maybe for 5 minutes, maybe for 10 or fifteen, and then set it aside.

On the third day what we want you to do is now retrieve that picture and the second week's activity, the music. We want you to play the music as you go into meditation and then go into the scene.

Find yourself in the midst of the scene. And on the third, fourth and fifth days (or the third, fourth, and fifth times you do the meditation) we want you to explore the scene. 

You'll be looking for the problem, but not finding it. Maybe make your way across the terrain to where you thought it might be, only to discover it's not there. "Ok, I thought it might be over there, also." So you might trudge on over there and find it. "Nope, it's not there, either." Maybe you'll look in the third place today and that's all, because you're taking your time to open your senses, to use your visualization ability, but also to expand and then stretch your imagination by searching the third day, and the fourth day, and the fifth day.

All the while, the music is playing gently in the background. All the while you are looking in the various places that you anticipated that you would find the problem and solution. Only you come up empty-handed.

The sixth time: Again with the music playing, you go searching. This time you are going to find either shoeboxes or treasures chests that will give you further clues, further insight, further analysis, further understanding.

You don't know what they'll give you, but you'll find out as you open the various shoeboxes you happen to come across -- shoeboxes that may be indigenous or not at all indigenous to the scene that you've created. Or you may find treasure chests which, again, may or may not be indigenous. But you will find clues.

And you will jot these clues down and try to do whatever ciphering and whatever sleuthing work you can do, certainly so.

On the last day, you will go into meditation. Again, with the music, with the picture, finding not the treasure chests and shoeboxes this time, but rather finding the clarity on the issue you want to solve and finding resolution -- finding solution.

And as you do that, as you work with that, not only will you solve a particular problem that has been at hand, but you will also be empowering your imagination beautifully and incredibly -- not just your visualization capacity, but the very strength and power of your imagination.

So work with it in this way in this period of time, and you will have a delightfully wonderful time.

And with that we do close, and to each of you we close with love -- and know that as long as there is Light, we shall love you -- and peace.

Lazaris

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Earth Energy / Earth Power

Sunday, May 8, 2016
Blog: Earth Energy / Earth Power

A light, and at times humorous, exploration of a very important subject

An edited partial transcription of the Lazaris recording "Earth Energy / Earth Power"

Well, a pleasure to be here and a pleasure to be talking with you this afternoon. We have only done this kind of afternoon one other time, and that time we primarily focused on creating your reality, which we have discussed many times in many different ways. This afternoon there are a number of different topics we want to talk about, each very important to understand in the extension of creating your own reality, in the understanding of your power.

You see, you've heard many, many times that you create your own reality. You've learned the phrase very well. You can trip it off your tongue very easily. You could answer the test questions correctly, if there were ever such a test. "Do you or do you not create your own reality?" ... {laughter} ... You'd get the answer right, you know? ... {laughter} ... You've heard it, and you've read it, and indeed metaphysics has been saying that you create your own reality -- on again and off again, admittedly -- for aeons of time, ever since there's been that level of community.

It tends to come on and go off depending upon people's willingness to be powerful. And in realities or times or sequences of your reality when people are willing to take their own power then indeed the concept of "creating my reality" becomes much more real, much more vivid. But at times when you're afraid of power or want to deny it or want to shove it away, then suddenly "creating your own reality" seems to be but a wisp of a thought somewhere off in some ancient's or mystic's mind, yes? ... {laughter} ...

You know, you learn this -- that you create your own reality --but how many of you really know it? How many of you really know that you create your own reality?

We have been talking about it for years. Metaphysics has been dealing with it for aeons of time. Physics -- not even metaphysics, but physics -- has been dealing with the fact that you create your own reality since approximately 1925 with Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle and Neils Bohr's principles around the quantum. In fact, in quantum theory, there is this wonderful concept that there are no observers in reality, that everyone is a participant, and that reality bends and molds according to your thought, according to your attitudes, according to your expectations, your beliefs, and your imagination.

All of that has been very scientifically theorized and then demonstrated, and it was all put forth between 1925 and 1935! Where were you? ... {laughter} ... Some of you were finishing up other lifetimes so you could hurry up and get into this one, absolutely! ... {laughter} ... So the quantum idea, and the scientific proof that you do create your own reality, has been around a very, very long time.

So why do you have difficulty with it? Why do you deny it? Why do you pretend it's not true? Or, even if you don't pretend it's not true and you try to grasp it, why do you have such difficulty?

Why? Why? Because you do understand enough about your power. When you understand more about your own power and then combine that understanding with the knowledge that you create your own reality, it becomes real.

And so this afternoon, as we talk about the earth, the thread is power. And the power we want to look at is the power of the Earth and talk about certain aspects therein that are often curious and cumbersome to people.

See, first of all, the Earth is a consciousness. Now, let in more than just the words, more than just something you could get correct if asked on a test. "Is the Earth a consciousness? Yes/No" ... Let it in: It is a consciousness. Just because it doesn't have a human form doesn't mean that it's not alive. See, there is sometimes a certain egocentricity that you as human beings have. You assume that if it's not human it's not real, yes? Or else it's worth enslaving ... whatever ... {laughter} ... But we would suggest here that the Earth is a consciousness as much as you are a consciousness. It just didn't choose to have a body form like you do. It chose to have a body form like it has.

And just as you are curious and wondering about where its head and feet and chakra centers are -- where's its heart chakra? -- so it is curious about you. It wonders why you have those strange growths that come out of your shoulders and your body, and why you walk around like you do instead of gracefully spinning ... {laughter} ... But it accepts you. It would be great if you accepted it as a consciousness, too.

As a consciousness the Earth has a vibration, a frequency of vibration, a very powerful frequency of vibration. And as that consciousness with vibration, it has power. It has power.

You see, many assume -- again egocentrically -- that the Earth's power is no greater than your own, and that it is expressed in the same fashion and manner as your own. In fact, it would be freaky and scary to consider that the Earth may be a lot more powerful than you -- have a lot greater ability to act than you. That indeed may be frightening to many, and so they would rather think that the earth is inert, having no power whatsoever - - that it may rumble a bit here and there, or explode here and there, but that it has no power. But to consider that it might have power -- and might even have more power than you -- is a scary thought for many. To consider that it might even be more sophisticated in its growth than you is a thought that is frightening to many people.

But in fact the Earth is a very beautiful power, and a very wonderful power, and in many ways it has a greater ability to act than you do. In many ways, therefore, it is more powerful ... not the least of which is that it knows its power and it can accept it and work with it.

And in certain ways we would suggest the Earth is an older consciousness than you are (it has certainly been around longer), and in the wisdom of its age, it is in many ways -- not all, but in many ways -- more sophisticated than you.

And that need not be a threat. That need not be bad news. Rather, it can be something to celebrate. A newfound friend that is stronger than you! How do you like that! A newfound friend that you can lean upon, that you can work with.

Four Relationships with the Earth ...

In fact, there are four relationships that you can have with the Earth.

One is a relationship of working together, and that is a relationship of co-creating with the Earth.

Another you can have is a relationship of giving -- where you give to the Earth. You see, the Earth loves herself, itself, himself (however you prefer). The Earth loves herself in those places where the Earth is alive and beautiful. And the Earth doesn't love itself in other places. And those other places are where the Earth does not seem alive, where it seems to be dead. That's where the Earth does not love itself.

You can give to the Earth. You can give the Earth love. Teach the Earth that it can love itself. Teach the Earth to love, for you might learn something. In those places where the Earth needs love, where the Earth seems dead, love the Earth.

And you also can give to the Earth also by understanding and working in harmony with the Earth, in harmony with the future that the Earth is attempting to produce.

And as well as working with and giving to the Earth, you can also receive from the Earth. Let the Earth teach you. Let the Earth give to you. In those places where the Earth is alive, let the Earth love you. Give the Earth that privilege. Give it that opportunity to love you.

And finally, you can be loved by the Earth. And the Earth can be loved by you. Now what does "being loved" mean? Remember: being loved means that you are changed by the love that is felt. "Because the Earth loves me, I am a different person. And because I love the Earth, the Earth changes."

You can have that kind of impact. You can be that significant in your reality, to work with, to give to, to receive from, and to be changed because of it. And the Earth similarly can work with you, and can receive from you, and can give back to you, and can be changed because of you. You and the Earth can establish an intimate relationship. You and the Earth can have a loving relationship. For that is what is involved in intimacy, is it not? That is what is involved with love, is it not?

Now to love the Earth ... Does that mean you have to lie down and embrace it? For some, maybe. But realize, the Earth, like you, is an illusion. Yes ... the Earth ... like you ... is an illusion. It's a hologram. It's a holographic image. It's an expression of light trapped by your desire, your expectation, and your imagination. And therefore, like every other holographic image, any part of it contains the whole. Any piece of it contains the whole. And therefore, if you love this piece of Earth, you are loving the totality of Earth. That love becomes a part of the whole. And if the Earth loves you, that love becomes part of all that you are.

So there is a very important relationship between you and the Earth. Why else would you have bothered creating it? You see, you have created your whole reality. You are the ones that have done it -- each of you individually has created the Physical, Astral, Causal, and Mental Planes of reality. You have created all of it -- the Earth, the sun, the moon, the stars.

You've created it because you intend to have a relationship with it. And at a certain point in your growth, you stop walking across the earth as though it were inert, as though it had no power, as though it were a rock, and you start to recognize the consciousness that it is, the power that it is. And you start tapping into and using that power as part of the greater power of the spirituality that you are about.

Tapping into the Earth's Power ...

So how do you tap into that power? How do you reach and touch and work with the Earth's energy that is indeed quite immense?

There are a number of ways ... as you might suspect. Probably seven of them. ... {laughter} ... All right ...

(1) Moving Meditation

The first way is through Moving Meditation -- the martial arts used positively as meditative means as in T'ai Chi. The Earth's energy is called Chi or Ki, depending upon which part of the Orient you are from. It's the Ki energy that energy you lodge below your navel, deep within the pit of your being. And when you study T'ai Chi or Aikido it is centering and focusing your energy -- drawing in the Earth's energy and aligning yourself with that energy. So "two or more are gathered ..." to produce an end result more powerful than either could produce alone.

Now, that will work, though we don't necessarily say all of you should start studying T'ai Chi ... because that's the first method, and there are six others!

(2) Grounding and Holding

The second method is not as elaborate, admittedly. You don't get any belts of any color for this ... {laughter} ... and it doesn't look impressive. But the second method is what we call grounding and holding. You can ground to the energy of the Earth, hook into it, and hold the energy.

You can do it one of two ways.

One way is to go outside, take off your shoes, and stand on the Earth -- not on the concrete or the asphalt, not on the redwood deck, but rather on the Earth itself. Wiggle your toes to get down to the ground. Sure, you can stand on the grass, but if you wiggle your toes you can get in between the blades of grass and down there to the Earth so you're really touching the Earth, the soil.

Then what you do is close your eyes, and sense a ball of light above your head, a wondrous ball of light floating above your head. Take a very deep breath, inhaling, inhaling, inhaling -- filling your lungs as fully as you can. Let your shoulders broaden to fill your entire diaphragm. Now, some of you can't breathe that deeply. Just do what you can. This is not to suffer over. It's to draw in the Earth's energy.

Then as you exhale -- holding that breath until you're ready -- sense that ball of light coming down to the top of your head, moving in through your head, through your neck, down your spinal column to the base of your spine. Then sense that ball of light coming out of your body at that point and -- as you are skewered on this light -- let it plunge into the earth -- still on your exhale. So it's an exhale the whole time as the ball falls through you, out of you, and down into the earth.

Then you hold your exhale -- comfortably, though. Then inhale, and as you inhale sense yourself drawing the energy of the Earth into you. And then exhale, and then inhale again, drawing more of that energy in. And you may find that it takes three or four breaths. The first one may go only to the knees. The second one maybe to the waist. The third one to mid-torso. And the fourth one may be filling you fully and completely. Or you may find it's two breaths or six or whatever. Just let it be what it is. Draw that energy in through that beam of light that you have plunged deep into the earth.

You have grounded and you have held into the Earth to draw that energy into you. That will similarly fill you with that Chi or Ki energy, and make you balanced and aligned with the earth.

And from that position then, program or process or put forth your energy, or state your demands, or move forward into your reality to create the reality you want. It will work very powerfully, very wonderfully.

The other way of doing this is one you use when you can't go outside. You're in your office downtown, 12th floor. If you could make it to the street, then it's about 14 blocks to any grass ... {laughter} ... "so I guess I can't tap into the Earth's energy until I get home." No, no, no, you can't slip out of it that easily! ... {laughter} ... We would suggest there are other ways to do it.

As you're seated in a chair -- no matter what level above the ground you are, even in an airplane -- you can ground yourself to the Earth by inhaling. Sense that light above you once again and hold it there for a moment to sense it, to center it, to be ready. This time on the exhale, draw it again down into your head, through your neck, through the torso of your body, down the spinal column, exiting the body at the base of the spine, etc. This time the light goes through the bottom of the chair, through the floor, all the way down to the Earth that somewhere is there beneath you. Still exhaling, the beam of light plunges into the rock. Similarly then, hold it for a moment, and then draw it back in. And similarly, in the three or four -- however many -- breaths you need, draw that energy in and fill yourself with it.

The beam of light can extend miles, so you need not be limited by your space.

Those are two ways in which you can ground and hold the Earth's energy. Then work with it in your own programming and processing and meditative techniques. That's the second way.

(3) Power Points of the Earth

A third way which has been practiced by the ancients and has been practiced by all metaphysicians through most time, even up to the current time, is to understand that your Earth is a consciousness. Therefore, like you, it has energy patterns, has flows of energy or ley lines that travel across it -- just as you have acupuncture or acupressure points that fall upon meridians -- governing meridians, lung and spleen meridians -- that travel throughout the body.

And as you well know from what rudimentary understanding of acupuncture or acupressure you may have, by pushing or inserting a needle in a certain location, you can very effectively and wonderfully change other parts of your body. You may put something in your ear for headaches or for weight loss or for changing moods or whatever. Touching something around your knee, or placing a needle just below on the shin, might have profound effects on other parts of the body. It doesn't "make any sense" except to understand there are flows of energy throughout the body.

We have talked on numerous occasions about the types of energy -- the vertical energy that runs up and down the body, the horizontal energy that runs back and forth, the spiraling energy that very elegantly rotates in its 30 degree spin or a spiral around you -- and then the random energy that just seems to be moving in all directions simultaneously. They are all energy patterns around you.

Well, the Earth is no different than you. It is a consciousness. It has a different form, but it is a consciousness, and therefore it similarly has these flows of energy, its own sort of ley lines, its own sort of meridians. And if you can go to those places where those ley lines cross -- if you can go to those places where those meridian lines have a point of release of energy, a vortex of energy -- you can tap into the Earth's energy.

Many have said that mountains, various volcanic mountains from Kilauea in Hawaii to Mt. Shasta and Mt. St. Helens up in the north, have always been seen as points of power. They have always been held by the aboriginals who lived there or by the transients that have come in as a point of power, a place in which the Earth has power. Go to Mt. Shasta and simply ask, "Does this place have power?" and you will hear 45 different voices telling you yes for 45 different reasons. But they all agree, "There's power in them thar hills." ... {laughter} ... In Marin County (north of San Francisco) there is lovely Mt. Tamalpais, and there is power there. The Indians say it in their folklore: There's power there.

And often where there is power you find Standing Stones. Even on Mt. Tam if you have been up a little farther than the government lets you go, you can find that there are the Standing Stones of Mt. Tamalpais as well. And many places have their Standing Stones, because what's there is that the ancients discovered these power spots. They didn't necessarily know about ley lines, or about meridians in an acupuncture sense (though they did in the Far East), but they did know that they felt something here. "There is power here. I can feel it."

Some were sensitive enough to feel it. Others had to trust that it was there. Some of those that were sensitive could discern the energy and its different patterns. And therefore, they depicted that. They gave the energy a signature, depicted that energy in the stones they stood around it. Therefore, at Stonehenge -- one of the most famous places of standing stones -- there's a massive vortex of energy there. And when it was first discovered, the sensitives could feel it. And certain of those sensitives could tell the size of the vortex, and therefore laid at its circumference certain stones to depict the energy's vortex. And then certain crossbeams were laid to indicate certain "wobbles" in that energy, because it didn't move just steadily in a vortex, but had wobbles, little shifts in the energy. The stones that lay across the top were the ones which designated the wobble, and the size and frequency of that wobble, by a symbolic meaning. Now, there are other meanings for the stone placement. We are not suggesting this is the only meaning; we suggest that it is one of the meanings.

There were also spurs of energy. You think of the sun and how it is a ball of energy. It's not just sitting there radiating equally in all directions. There are electrical storms, there are sunspots, there are magnetic spots, etc. -- huge leaps of energy. Well, those are spurs of energy, and the vortices of the earth similarly have spurs of energy. Those are often represented by smaller stones that are stood in certain particular positions. The mystics that could sense it -- the ancients that could tell -- signatured the power spot with stones.

You can travel to these places, and you can draw upon the energy. The limitation to that, however, is sometimes the energy isn't always positive. That's true even with Stonehenge. It was once used very positively -- astronomically, astrologically, and as a power place of communication with the various deities that those who were there communicated with -- but it was also used for very negative rituals, very negative rituals and sacrifices. And therefore, the energy of Stonehenge is mixed. And depending on your own predilections you may well find it to your benefit, but you may well find it disconcerting and disorienting. You may well find it helping you, and you may find it hurting you.

There are so many places in the world that you can travel to where the stones are standing, where the power is. In England, it's very strong. In parts of France, in the northern Breton portion of France, there are eerily, eerily powerful stones standing all over the place, like they must have spent aeons of time standing all these stones in all these powerful places. You look at Rome and parts of Italy -- standing stones very clearly. You look at Greece, and the standing stones of the ruins, yes, but there were also standing stones. Sure, they were more sophisticated than the rocks that were piled up in England. They were pillars with capstones, but they were still stones standing - - some with keystones, some without -- some with smaller, cut pillars, some not. And now, hundreds of years later, what's left? A floor, and standing pillars. Standing stones of power, places of power.

In Egypt clearly there were standing stones. Not just pyramids. They did some of those, too ... {laughter} ... but not just pyramids. In Asian areas as well, there are wonderful places. Those who have been in the back country of Siberia find wondrous points of power. No one lives there, but there is nonetheless power emitted and taken in, transmitted, transmuted at these particular points. Wondrous places of power.

You can go there. You can draw upon the energy, you can experience the energy.

And there is a latticework, or a series of Ovals of Power. We aren't going to belabor this greatly, but just to mention that there are two Northern Hemisphere ovals, and two Southern Hemisphere Ovals of Power. And these Ovals of Power are connected by two very powerful points within the oceans.

The one northern oval is an Oval of Power that goes from San Francisco down to the Phoenix/Tempe/Sedona area, over to Houston, over to Atlanta (its twin city, another point of power), up to the New York/Boston area, across to Minneapolis, across to somewhere in Wyoming that is not by name a town, and then connecting back to San Francisco. These are epicenters, yes? Those of you in California know what an epicenter is, yes? ... {laughter} ... It's not that the power's in San Francisco and therefore if you live in Mendocino or down in Los Angeles you're out of luck. No, it's not that. These are points that radiate energy out, and they create an oval of energy.

The European Oval comes from England, of course. There's much that goes on there. You can't turn around but there's some power slapping you in the face in England. ... {laughter} ... It extends from England, down into that area of Rome or Greece, perhaps in the Aegean sea, Cairo and parts of Egypt, very clearly -- coming around to Tibet and the Himalayas up into northern China, up into northern Eurasia, and then into the Scandinavian area as it comes back to England. And that's the European Oval.

Now there is also energy that zigzags through those -- such as San Francisco down to the Arizona one, up to the Wyoming one, down to Houston, up to Minnesota, down to Atlanta, up to New York. Similarly, from England to Scandinavia, etc. But mainly the Oval of Energy is what's important to realize.

And what connects these two Ovals that sit next to each other? These two chain links as they might well be seen? These chain links of power that would otherwise be disconnected? What connects them? Atlantis. The power point is somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean that is Atlantis. Invisible, yes, but nonetheless there.

And what connects them on the other side? What connects the Asian to the Western American? Lemuria, as the point of power. Atlantis and Lemuria are the two soldering points that connect these two otherwise disconnected chain links of power.

In South America there's a chain from Peru that extends out into the Atlantic. At one time Africa and South America were together and have subsequently split apart, and so the Ovals are a little distended. There has been more movement of land in the Southern Hemisphere than there was in the Northern Hemisphere. Therefore, there is an oval that goes from Peru out into the Atlantic, linked there by Atlantis. And then an Oval across Africa and out into the area that would be the Indian Ocean, and into parts of Australia and the Indonesian Islands, linked on the other side similarly by Lemuria.

So Atlantis and Lemuria represent the two points that link the north and south, and the two chain links of energy that run around the world. And there are places within these that as you travel there you feel the power. You can experience the strength of the Earth, and you can tap into it.

But, you see, not all of you have that capacity to go traveling wherever you like. Not all of you can go heading off to these places to explore them. Though it is fun if you can, that is only the third method of tapping into the Earth's energy.

(4) Going There in Your Mind ...

The fourth method -- which is, of course, the most powerful and the most definitive -- is to go there in your mind. You can go to Stonehenge any time you wish. And furthermore, you don't have to take the flip of the coin as to whether it's going to be positive or negative for you. You can decide it's going to be positive. And you can go to Avebury also, even though some of you haven't got the foggiest idea where it is. And you can find the place in Greece ... the little street, the alleyway, right there by the bakery with the baklava ... {laughter} ... that point, you can find it. You can go to Cairo, avoiding the dust and the crowds. And you can spend your night in the King's Chamber, if you wish, in the air-conditioned comfort of your own home. You can go to these places in your mind.

You see, this is a very important point. The ancients would travel to these places. In the "good old days" the serious student would spend months traveling cross-country to go to these places. The serious student would go to India and spend however much time studying with the masters, etc. Barring no expense, no hazard, no hardship, they would do it because they were devoted to their spirituality. In the "good old days," when spiritual was spiritual ... {laughter} ... when you wanted to go meet with the Earth and commune with the Nature, you went out into the forest and stayed alone for seven days and seven nights fighting the elements. You went out into the desert and almost starved to death or sweated it out or thirsted yourself until you had your hallucinogenic awakening ... {laughter} ... Or you climbed the mountain on your own and sat there in the cold, shivering and shivering and shivering, until finally the gods relented and gave to you the knowledge so that you could return.

Back then, you did these things literally. When an Indian would go into the ground, they'd literally go underground into a kiva or into a cave. Or when you would sacrifice, they would make a sacrifice literally.

Now, today. ... "Ah! You lazy, lazy spiritual people!" ... {laughter} ... No! Not at all. You have to understand why they did that. Why did they travel to the desert and to the mountaintops? Why did they literally go underground? Why did they literally travel to India to learn? Why did they spend -- as they did in The Canterbury Tales -- their whole lives traveling in their mystical journeys? Why?

Because they didn't have the imaginative capacity to do it any other way. You see, your brain is a tool. It's a muscle. The use of that brain is a skill. If you refuse to read, refuse to think, refuse to talk, refuse to do anything, your brain is going to dwindle in its function. But when you do talk, and you think, and you read, and you force your brain to think ...

Sometimes it hurts to think. Have you ever experienced that? Some of you surely have ... {laughter} ... when you've thought so hard that your brain hurt. "Ah, that's just ... " No, that's real. Your brain literally hurts if you think hard enough, just as when you flex a muscle long enough and hard enough you get that burn. You build up muscles by using them. And if you don't, they atrophy. It is similar (not exactly the same, but similar) with your brain function.

Well, back then, in the time of the Ancients, they didn't have full use of their mental capacity like you do today. They couldn't imagine going underground, so they had to do it literally. They couldn't imagine closing their eyes and mentally going up a mountain. So they had to literally go up the mountain. They couldn't imagine closing their eyes and being in Stonehenge, so they had to literally travel to that location to experience what it held for them.

They didn't have the focus. They couldn't concentrate. They couldn't focus like you can today. They couldn't see blue then, either, as Homer's tales of the "wine red sea" -- the Mediterranean -- tell you. They saw the Mediterranean, which anyone today can tell is beautifully blue, as red. Their brains were not developed enough to see the color blue.

Magellan's records tell very clearly that as he came around the tip of South America and went ashore there, the natives literally could not see his ships. They could see the little rowboats that the men came in on, and went out on. But when the Spanish sailors would get off the rowboat to climb the ladder onto the ship, they disappeared. The natives could not see them. Literally, they would look out and see an unbroken horizon. Why? Because their brains were not capable of perceiving a reality that had three-masted ships. No wonder they thought they were gods. For out there, there is an unbroken horizon and suddenly ... pop! ... there a boat with men in it -- with this man with a funny beard and a funny metal hat standing at the helm. Must be god. "Silly!" ... Ah, what would you think if -- poof!-- there appeared somebody standing there. Ah, must be a god, must be an extraterrestrial. "Must be a spiritual leader come here to save us, to rescue us!" From what? We're not sure what you're rescuing yourself from ... from the beauty and the wonder and the marvelousness of your Earth? ... {laughter} ...

The natives couldn't see them until the shaman pointed them out, until the shaman said, "Look here, and look there, and look for this and look for that. Try. Try."

And in time the natives would say, "Ah ... ah, I'm starting to see. Does it also have something like this?"

"Yes! That's it." And then they could see it.

Now that's not conjecture. Magellan's written logs record the fact that they could not see the three-masted ships because it was not within their mental capacity to see them. 

You, however, have a tremendous capacity of focusing your attention. See, don't put yourself down just because you're 20th century. Don't put yourself down just because you have technology. That technology has been a tremendous boon to your capacity to be spiritual in a more sedentary fashion ... {laughter} ... You can read. No matter how poorly you do that, you can read. And do you realize what a marvel that is? Do you ever stop and really think about it as you're buzzing through USA Today? ... {laughter} ... What a marvel it is they can take these shapes, these funny little shapes, and line them up with certain spaces and certain funny little punctuation. And you can just look at it. And you don't even have to mouth the words. You can just look at it, and pictures erupt in your mind -- in color. As you read about volcanic action somewhere you can see the lava. As you hear of massive explosions and pounds and pounds of dust, you sense the grey mist of smoke covering everything in dust. What a wonder it is that you can arrange these little flat, black letters in such a way as to open an entire vista of reality. That was impossible for people who couldn't read.

Television. As much of a wasteland as you and T. S. Eliot want to think it is ... {laughter} ... it is a marvelous thing. It is a marvelous thing because it's focusing your attention. If we say, "Visualize the Taj Mahal," you have an idea of what we're talking about, not because you all have college educations, but because you all have televisions. And if we say, " Visualize a waterfall that seems to fall forever," you can do that. You can even put the big rocks at the bottom that we didn't even mention. And you can see the mist coming up that we didn't say was there. And you can hear the thunderous roar of the water that we didn't even mention. And you could even feel it on your face before we said to. You can smell the smells of that fresh, oxidized water. And you can feel the mosses ...

For so many, it is because of television, and because of movies. They have taught you to focus your attention. They have given you the capacity to go to places in your mind's eye that hitherto were out of your reach, were beyond your perceptual ability. They have allowed you, common folk that you are ... {laugher} ... to be more powerful than the ancient shamans. They were the most powerful, because they could already see -- they could already see the ships. They could conceptualize places. They could imagine getting out of the body. So they were the leaders, the powerful ones. "Hmmmm! Heavy magic!" ... {laughter} ... If you were dropped into South American in 1643 A.D., my god! They'd be following you around as some sort of supreme guru -- some "outer space" person that has come here to "save the planet" clearly so! Why? Because you can visualize. Because you can imagine. Because you can get out of your body. Because you can imagine what it's like on the other side of the world. Because in the daylight you can imagine what it's like at night. If we were to tell you to be on a beach, you could be there. And if we said to turn it into nighttime, you would turn into nighttime. And if there were lovely little houses in back, the lights would come on. You have that capacity.

In many meditations we've taken you on in the weekends, in the matter of an hour you've traveled four or five days, seeing the sun rise and set and the night come upon you -- and then seeing the day fight away the night once again to lead to the second day.

Now, in the ancient times you couldn't have done that. In the ancient times it's ... "Hugh. Sunrise ... see it?" Now, spend x number of hours until it sets. "That's a sunset. Now it is night. See?" And twelve hours later ... "Now it's coming up again." They literally had to take four or five days to travel four or five days. We over simplify to make the point: Now you have the capacity they didn't have then.

They had capacities that you don't have also. They had an openness to belief, and a faith and a trust and an understanding -- a willingness to be unintellectual but to think, a willingness to be nonlogical. But nonetheless, though they had advantages, they had disadvantages as well. Don't always put yourself down.

You don't have to travel to these power spots. You can go there in your mind. They couldn't. You can. Take advantage of it.

(5) Build Your Own Power Spot

The fifth way you can tap into the Earth's energy is to build your own power spot. You have a yard? Build a power spot. Find a place -- not right out on the driveway ... {laughter} ... but find a place in it ... off by itself, a little private ... under that special tree, or over there in the corner of the lot where somehow it feels good, or the plants there feel so serene. Walk your property. Find your power spot on your property. It's there! And then make it your spot. Go to it, meditate there, sit there, contemplate there, do your planning and programming and visualizing there. And rather than standing stones, stand power objects. Take your crystal or take a special object that means something to you, or a special symbol or a special piece of jewelry. Take it there to consecrate the place, to stand it in the circle of this energy that is yours. Make your own power spot.

But what if you live in an apartment in the city? You can make your own spot ... it can be a table top on which you place your things of meditation, place your power. It doesn't have to be outside. It doesn't literally have to be on the earth, although it's nice for those of you who like to do that more than others do. But you can clear off a table top. And it's not going to be used for dinner tomorrow night or for paying bills next week. No, this is your power spot, and you put things there which are symbols of your power. Those of you who have crystals from the workshops can put the crystals there with other notes and little reminders. Script things that you want to have -- to be happy, to be successful. Some like candles. Some like incense. Build an altar. Build a power spot. Correspondent to going there (step #3), this is bringing it to you. Third is going there; fifth is bringing it to you.

(6) The Power of Permission and the Power of Demand

And the sixth way you can tap into that power? As the second way is by grounding and holding, the sixth way is by the Power of Permission and the Power of Demand -- the power of your words. The Power of Permission and the Power of Demand are tremendous ways to tap into the Earth's energy.

The Earth is an energy of positive and negative charge -- expansion/contraction, yin/yang, however you want to refer to it. It is an electromagnetic energy, and a piezoelectric energy, and a thermoelectric energy -- all combined to produce a charge of energy that is the Earth. It vibrates at a certain frequency. It has a resonance, and it is emitting electrical charge, positive and negative polarities. The positive and negative poles of the north and south put out a field. The Earth is a generator. The Earth is like a battery.

You are like a battery. Within you, every cell that contains the electrical impulse, positive or negative charge. Every finger releases and attracts by its negative and positive charge. A system in the upper part of the body. A system in the whole of the body. A system in the lower part of the body.

You know how a battery, a battery in your automobile works. Some of you do very well. Some of you don't have any idea at all. "I don't know. It's just a thingy up there in the corner. It gets that funny kind of green mossy stuff on it every so often." ... {laughter} ... "Pour a Coca-Cola on it and it disappears." ... {laughter} ...

Well, a battery is this thing that contains these two cells or these two poles, negative and positive, and it contains certain chemicals. They activate it by putting water in it. The water interacts with the chemicals and the electrical charges such as to create a completed circuit of electricity. Crazy, but it works.

Well, you have chemicals in you, and you add water to the chemicals to create a battery, a positive and negative electrical charge. The Earth is like a battery and so are you. What can connect the two of you? Permission, the Power of Permission.

Permission is a passive energy. No matter how dynamically and how enthusiastically, how filled you are with emotion when you do it, permission is a passive energy -- a negative charge. As you give yourself permission -- "I permit myself to be happy, I permit myself to have this job, I permit myself to be healthy now, to be done with this illness, to be done with this pain, I permit myself to be done with my negative ego and done with my martyr" -- as you give yourself permission, there is a power in that. It is a negatively charged power that connects with the positive charges of the Earth and the positive charges of you, and is the transference. Opposites attract in this sensing. Positive to negative. And in that particular regard, you transfer the energy. And therefore, you're drawing on the Earth's energy when you give yourself permission. So it's you and the Earth giving permission.

Now you don't do so in a wimpy, whiny sort of way. ... {laughter} ... You do it with a great deal of gusto, a great deal of aliveness, a great deal of vigor and energy. And therefore, rather than doing it overtly, go into meditation and give it every ounce of energy you have. Right from the very guts of yourself, give yourself that permission.

The positive, or the aggressive energy, is that of the demand, the decree, the declaration. "I declare that this is so. I announce that to the world. I proclaim it! By proclamation I so decree!" To do so in an arrogant or lofty way goes nowhere. It needs to be done with the aliveness and the vitality of jumping up and down and thrashing your arms around and declaring it, letting the whole world know.

The negative/positive polarities are permission and demand. They connect your negative/positive polarities with those of the Earth, and suddenly you have just jump-started your reality. ... {laughter} ...

It's a powerful and exciting way to tap into the Earth's energy, most definitely. And that's why it works. Not just because permission is permission, or demand is demand, but because it's a setting forth, a chain reaction, an electromagnetic chain-reaction that engulfs the Earth and embraces the Earth -- and all of the Earth, because the Earth is a hologram, and each piece of it contains the whole. Therefore, as you stand here in your reality -- wherever that reality is -- and permit and demand what you want to have happen in your reality, you are telling every part of the world and every ounce of soil on the Earth. And every human being who is touching the earth now is in tune and aligned with your decision. You've got the whole world on your side. What are you afraid of? ... {laughter} ... Why are you waiting? For one more permission. Take it. You and the Earth together. What a team.

(7) Being Responsible for a Piece of the World

And finally, the seventh way to tap into the power of the Earth is by being responsible for a piece of the world larger than your own. That's not a moving meditation. It's moving life. We encourage you to take this responsibility without judgment. It is helpful to realize: "Look, everything is happening. It's up to each of us to decide whether it's beneficial or not, and I send energy that whatever is happening happen right, happen for what's right and what's best with harm to none. And if this negativity is to continue, then have it at least be something people learn from. Let it function elegantly so that it can be done, so that they might lift their consciousness to realize you don't have to grow through pain."

It was once thought that all growth had to come from pain and struggle. Some still believe this way. Some tenaciously hold to the old order of pain and struggle because their own limited thought will not allow them to see a new horizon. They cannot see Magellan's ships, either. There is a New Age and that means that there is something new -- not just the old re-packaged and re-dressed. There is something new like growing in joy, growing in laughter, growing in love -- without the pain. Even though you can grow through pain, there is a higher state of growth that is growing through joy. There are those who insist upon pain. OK. But program, program that they might wake up and see the light, that they might someday understand that that is a way, but not the only way, and that there's a much more expansive way of growing.

Take a piece of responsibility bigger than you. That doesn't mean to dictate what should happen in any specific place, or what should happen about plane crashes -- never again should a plane crash. Rather, program that whatever happens, happens for the best, the most elegant growth possible. And then learn from that area of the world for which you are taking responsibility. What goes on there? What does it say about me? What am I saying about my own reality? What whispers or shouts may be here? To take that level of responsibility is another way to tap into the Earth. Not a moving meditation, but a moving life where you are part of the Earth that you occupy. ....

Those are ways to tap into that energy. And it is important to do so. It's not just a frivolous opportunity. It's important because you've got a future waiting. You've got a future that's counting on you. You've got a future that many are saying is a doom that is destined to destroy you. All across spirituality, from the Fundamental to the Esoteric, many are saying the world is going to be destroyed. It's going to end in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2013, or the highest bid ... {laughter} ... Get your money down on the company pool here to see when the world will destroy itself.

There are many who are saying that. In so saying, many forget:

(1) The Earth has power of its own. They want egocentrically to think the Earth is no better than they. And therefore, they are exposing their own limitation when they talk of the world destroying itself or purging itself. They are believing the only way the Earth can grow is through pain. The Earth is more sophisticated than that. The Earth knows that it doesn't have to grow through pain. It doesn't have to destroy itself to renew. Many people think they have to destroy themselves to renew. Many think they have to get rid of their wives, their husbands, their children, move, change jobs, go to another part of the world, change their hair color, hairstyle, clothes, car, and everything. People think they have to do that. The Earth knows She doesn't. There's no place for the Earth to move to ... {laughter} ... The Earth learned long ago that it doesn't have to up and move. It doesn't have to turn itself inside out. It doesn't have to destroy itself to renew.

Such thinking exposes limited thought and short horizons. The Earth does not think this way. The Earth is very patient with you, because the Earth knows that no matter what you do to it, it can take care of itself. Now that does not give you license to destroy. Work with the Earth. Cooperate, work together, share the responsibility. You do not have to decide what is best for the Earth by yourself. Tap her energy and listen. The Earth can purge, it can change, it can evolve without destroying itself -- without pain. You can't always do that, but it can. And if you would let yourself tap into it, you could work with that energy -- loving the Earth and letting the Earth love you, changing the Earth and letting the Earth change you.

And that's what the Doomsayers of the late 1980s and before were not counting on. That's what those Doomsayers forgot in their delighted, manipulative panic. Those kind of Doomsayers have been around almost as long as the Earth has been -- maybe a day or so less. ... {laughter} ... And they're going to disappointed, because your world is not going to be destroyed.

(2) Lemuria is re-emerging. We said long ago that Lemuria would once again emerge, but we also said don't get your boats and go out and look for it, because it's not going to show up that way. Lemuria was a most marvelous and wonderful continent in the Pacific Ocean. It was a simple place, a beautiful place where the emphasis was on spirituality. It was not destroyed like Atlantis. It was certainly not destroyed by Atlantis, as some would want to say. It's so arrogant to assume that the only way that something could come to an end is through destruction. Lemuria was not destroyed. Lemuria was done. And that's a major difference that's important to understand.

The continent was a mystical place covered in wonderful clouds. But underneath those clouds was a radiant light that came not only from the sun, though the sun was there, but from the land itself. There was a luminescence that made everything brighter and more vivid. People lived in lovely little villages, and they lived very peacefully. There was no warring, no destructiveness in that way. They were powerful, they were spiritual, they focused their power and their spirituality.

There were Crystal Cities high upon mountains that were accessible only by teleportation. So therefore, there were no gates to guard, because if you could get in, it meant that you teleported yourself. You belonged there. If you couldn't teleport yourself there, you wouldn't get in. Therefore, there was no judgment, no rules, no regulation. It took care of itself.

And the people there grew, and the people there learned. And when Lemuria was done, some realized, "We're done," and moved to higher levels. Others realized, "We're done, but we're going to plant crystals out into the world so as to pass on these knowledges when people are ready to understand so that they, too, might become spiritual and preserve their Earth and their reality until they, too, are done, and then graciously and elegantly leave it."

And as well as putting crystals out there, certain consciousnesses agreed to stay and to plant themselves out into humanity -- to forget what they knew. They went into the Atlantis that was yet to come, for Atlantis as a continent did exist. And they would grow in their forgetfulness and learn, and learn all over again, and eventually come back to what they always knew. They would reawaken the true essence of their spirituality -- the true essence of their relationship with God/Goddess/All That Is.

The Doomsayers even now have not counted on Lemuria. The power of the Goddess energy is re-emerging. The Goddess, though she never left, is returning. There is a future that does not call for destruction, but rather calls for the opening to a new world of love, a world of joy, a world that approaches that of Lemuria - - a world that doesn't have judgment because there's nothing to judge, a world that doesn't have anger because there's nothing to be angry about, a world that doesn't have fighting because there's nothing to fight about. To open to that, to move toward that -- that was not counted on.

And that's why we say that a future was determined. You, coming back from Atlantis, said, "No, we're not going to let it be destroyed this time. Despite what the detractors say, despite what those who want us to be Warriors say, we're going to be Adventurers. We're going to be Adventurers and enjoy this reality, and create it, not run from it, not hide from it, not fear it and try to destroy it. We're going to create it." And in that sense, come alive with that Light as the energy from the Pacific -- the feminine energy, the energy of the Goddess, the energy of the Light -- re-emerges.

And that's what it's about. And that's why it's important that there are power spots, that you can tap into that power, and that you allow yourself to do so. Because as you do so, you can then tap into your own power and the energy that is part of what you are.

Many cannot see it. But then the natives in South America couldn't see Magellan's ships, either. And someone had to say, "Look here. Look like this. Look like that." In many ways what we are doing is offering that alternative, trying to tell you:

"Look, there's love, love that can grow. Love can change reality. Love is all there is. You don't have to suffer. You don't have to be in pain. You don't have to deny yourself."

And you say, "Lazaris, I just can't see it."

But eventually you, too, can stretch your mind to conceptualize it, and once you can conceptualize it, you can create it. And once you can create it, then you can live it. So we are stretching and trying to help you stretch to see what right now lies just beyond your vision, beyond your capacity. Some of you are beginning to glimpse it. We want more of you to glimpse it.

And a way to do that is by establishing intimacy in your life, personally with others, with your world, with your reality, and with the Earth. Call upon the Earth to work with her (or him or it) to love and to receive love and to be loved. And allow the possibility that the Earth can work with you and be loved by you and be changed by your presence, by your thought, by your energy. ...

With love and peace ...

Lazaris

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Lazaris on The Bridge of Belief

Sunday, May 8, 2016
Blog: Lazaris on The Bridge of Belief

"The Story of Two Bridges"

An excerpt from "The Sacred Journey: You and Your Higher Self" by Lazaris

There are two bridges that you can cross. One is called the Bridge of Faith, and the other is called the Bridge of Belief.

The Bridge of Faith is long and flat. It goes on for what must seem like forever. As you stand at the beginning of the Bridge of Faith, it's like looking down a railroad track in Kansas. It goes on forever until the parallel tracks appear to meet. With the railroad tracks, however, you know they don't really meet. The Bridge of Faith looks the same way, except that eventually the two sides do meet, because the Bridge of Faith goes on to the end of time -- or more precisely, it goes on until it is beyond time. Time and space are illusions which together comprise the fourth dimension of your illusory reality. In outer space, when time and space collapse, when they end, you call it a black hole. This is where all time, all space, all light collapse.

The Bridge of Faith also collapses into a single point in time/space and disappears. There is no end to the Bridge of Faith.

Those involved in traditional spirituality are crossing the Bridge of Faith. To Eastern faiths, the bridge is one they cross between the many lives of karma. For them the traffic is two-way and seldom ending. To the Jewish faith, the Bridge of Faith is the bridge from pain to the Promised Land, from being lost to being found, from being without their King to finding the Messiah. To some of the Christian faith, the Bridge of Faith is short -- it only goes from here to the Second Coming, which could be any day now. And for others it is forever!

The other bridge is called the Bridge of Belief. It is quite different. It is arched very steeply, though it is easy to cross if you know how. The arch is so steep that you cannot see over the crest of the arch until you get there. Once you do get there, it is rumored, then you can see clearly all that lies on the other side. No one who has not crossed the Bridge of Belief, however, can substantiate this claim of clarity. No one can say whether the claims, the rumors, are true or not. Those who have crossed it say it is true, but no one can prove it. They cannot prove it, because what they claimed to have experienced was beyond words, and what they saw was slightly different for each of them. There is no chance for empiricism there. There is no proof!

There is also something very strange about the Bridge of Belief. Once someone begins crossing, it can be an ordeal where one has to be a warrior attempting to conquer the obstacles along the way. However, the crossing also can be an adventure filled with wonder and with exciting encounters. The difference seems to be in the preparation and the desire, the imagination, and the expectancy.

Something else: When someone is crossing, everyone else can watch just like with the Bridge of Faith. However, when they reach that crest over which no one can see, they have a choice: Go on or go back. If they choose to go on, they also disappear out of view. Very strange, this Bridge of Belief.

Those of you who have known, or at least now know, what the New Spirituality, the New Age, is really about, are the ones involved with the Bridge of Belief. You see, those of you crossing the Bridge of Belief and those crossing the Bridge of Faith are really looking for the same thing. You are all looking for God/Goddess/All That Is, by whatever name you use.

What lies beyond the Bridge of Belief? You will have to cross the bridge to fully see, but let us tell you this: Beyond the Bridge of Belief lie Atlantis and Lemuria. Beyond the Bridge of Belief is where you will find your Higher Self and your Soul. Beyond the Bridge of Belief is God/Goddess/All That is.

Nothing that lies beyond this bridge can ever be empirically -- scientifically -- proved. If it could be, it would no longer exist ... beyond the Bridge of Belief! Once you get to the crest, and not before, you will see what we mean. It is beyond words in its wonder, and it is beyond words because language is linear and the reality that is beyond is nonlinear.

Once you reach the crest, and not before, you will change. You will step out of one Set of reality constraints, and you will step into another freer, more powerful, and more responsible Set. Your world will never be the same again.

There is no need for fear. You do not have to abandon anything you already have, but it will never quite be the same once you cross the Bridge.

Some have crossed back, forgetting what they knew, forgetting what they understood. They pretend everything is as before. They even re-create all their old problems, obstacles, and blockages. They gather up all their old raw materials from the choices they used to make to the beliefs they used to have. It is very difficult. Once you have crossed the Bridge of Belief, it is much more difficult to fail than it is to succeed! To fail you have to keep remembering the lie!

For all intents and purposes, they are their same old self. But underneath --- very deep -- they know. They know what lies beyond proof. They know there is a God/Goddess/All That Is! No, they did not see All That Is on the other side of that Bridge, but within each cell of their bodies they knew and still know: "There is a God/Goddess/All That Is who loves me ... and whom I love!"

Your Higher Self exists beyond the Bridge of Belief. You see, we know this, because in your reality, we lie beyond the Bridge of Belief, too.

You must decide on your own whether or not there is a Higher Self. Cross the bridge. ... You are ready. ... Cross the Bridge of Belief.

With love and peace ...

Lazaris

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Shifting Paradigms... Another Look

Sunday, May 8, 2016
Blog: Shifting Paradigms... Another Look

By Lazaris

All right. All right. Well, well, certainly so. Certainly so, it is a pleasure to be working with you; it is a joy to have this chance to explore with you. As we touch in this moment, our goal is not to provide a complete picture. No. Our goal is to stir ideas and to stimulate thoughts and feelings. Our goal, in this touch, is to tickle something deep within you so as to set something in motion - to set that "something more" inside you in motion.

As we touch in this moment, let us look again at a topic that may seem all too familiar. Let us look again at the shift of paradigm that is taking place within the Great Awakening that unfolds all around you.

Yes, we know. Those words – paradigm shift – are ones with which you are more than familiar. We would suggest that despite their popular use, and at times overuse, you are in the midst of a profound evolution. You are in the midst of a massive paradigm shift that we call the Great Awakening.

We speak of it as a tri-polar energy that is attempting to become a uni-polar force in your universe and in your world. We speak of it as an awakening of the domain of spirituality, the field of play of Earth, and the complexity of human individuality. We speak of it as three powerful energies working together to become one … to become one incredible force that can catapult your world into becoming the New World it is now destined to be.

To many, these words can seem as nothing more than hyperbole. Yet, we would suggest, those who know us also know that we do not speak in hyperbole. These words of the New World can sound as glorious fantasy. Yet there is a New World, and, we would again say, it is now destined to be.

And the agent of change behind this Great Awakening? The engine of change beyond the precipitation of the New World? The shifting paradigm. So let us look again …

The Shifting Paradigm

You are in a massive paradigm shift. And we would suggest here that many do talk of it, and that is because the energy or the essence of that shift is present -- and becoming so much more present -- in your world.

There are many people who have never thought about such things. Suddenly they are having thoughts-feelings – realizations – about this changing and shifting paradigm and about the changing natures of their reality. Some are familiar with the New Age – the New Spirituality; most are not. We would suggest it is indeed an incredible and exciting time, an incredibly exciting time, certainly so.

Predictability … You have been living within a paradigm, the old paradigm, the old fabric of existence as it might well be called, that has been based upon predictability. That elusive predictability has been desperately sought since the Renaissance, so many hundreds of years ago.

Indeed Newton in his discovery of physics was looking desperately for a predictable system, for a mechanism, for a machine, for something of that sort that would explain it all. The hope: If you understood the workings of "the machine," you could understand the whole of the nature of reality. If you could understand the working of "the machine," you could understand the workings of God.

We would suggest that in his desperate and indeed quite determined look he came up with the cause-and-effect theory -- the theory that every effect has its cause, and every effect becomes a cause for the next effect -- a chain-reaction, billiard-ball model of reality, certainly so, machines with cogs and wheels that worked so very precisely.

He felt good and slept well at night (at least for awhile) as he came up with his particular concepts of how the causes and effects of reality worked, of how things happened.

Then there was Descartes. Also searching desperately for some sense of predictability, some sense of solidity, he developed his Cartesian philosophy of "I think, therefore I am." While Newton looked for a mechanism, Descartes looked for an explanation.

Safe and secure … Trying to explain it all, and having it all fit together ever so neatly, he also was looking for "the machine" – the cogs and the wheels – that would make sense of philosophy and that would explain science. If all became predictable, indeed, all would be good and all would be safe. Man could be secure.

A paradigm emerged: Newtonian physics and Cartesian philosophy. Cause-Effect and Upward Causation combined, and the world seemed predictable and it was good, safe, and secure. So they thought; so they said.

Even with Einstein and his theories of relativity that were introduced in the very early part of the 20th century, and Heisenberg coming in 1935 with his concepts of the unpredictable – the unpredictability of the Principles of Uncertainty -- your world has clung desperately to predictability. Your consensus reality still clings desperately to Newtonian physics and to the Cartesian philosophy.

Indeed, the controversy still embroils your scientific community. Even now, so many years later, confronted with the quantum nature of reality and with uncertainty and probability-possibility, people still want to hold out for the mechanical cogs and wheels of Newton and the explanations of Descartes.

But we would suggest that is what is shifting: Newtonian physics is being altered and changed by the discoveries of quantum physics and quantum mechanics. The new physics is rooted upon expectation, a physics based on anticipation; it is based upon what a people believe and upon their attitudes as well as upon the thoughts they are thinking and what feelings they are having. In many ways the new physics is rooted and based upon the decisions and choices that the observer-participants are making.

We would suggest that despite what the spokespersons of traditional science may say, they do know the profound impact and influence of this root and base. We say this because the rigors of your conventional science demand double-blind experimentation. In your world your scientific community demands double-blind experiments so as to eliminate belief and attitude, so as to eliminate thoughts and feelings, so as to eliminate the decisions and choices of the experimenter. In this sensing, it is an attempt to keep the experimenter, who not only is an observer but also a participant, out of the experiment.

And we would suggest here, indeed, if scientists did not already know that expectation and anticipation, belief and attitude, thought and feeling, choice and decision were the raw materials of change – the common denominator of change – they would not be so desperate to eliminate them for experimentation. Keeping them out of there so that everything can remain predictable is indeed the fight, the battle, that goes on.

But we would suggest, it is a losing battle because the new physics and quantum mechanics are now part of your reality. You can no longer retreat. No, the new physics are not replacing classic physics. It is not an either-or world. Rather the new physics are joining the old.

Out of the complexity emerges a new octave. Out of the resonance of the new and the old physics working together as one comes a synergy – a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Likewise, Upward Causation is not being replaced, but it is being influenced, altered, adjusted. Within the New Spirituality emerges a new causation: Downward Causation.

We would suggest that when Upward Causation is joined by Downward Causation and each is allowed to be viable, a complexity and a new resonance emerges. The paradigm shifts to a new level – to a new octave.

Upward and Downward ... The Difference

To cause upwardly is to say this:

"The reason that I am late to work today," says the person, "is because, you see, my alarm clock did not go off on time. And so therefore I overslept. And because I overslept I rushed breakfast, and dropped the plate of eggs upon the floor and had to stop and clean that up. And therefore I was in a real hurry. So when I backed out of the garage, I took out the lawn mower, and had to stop and take care of that and change the tire. And then the traffic ... Because I was so late, I got caught in the traffic, and therefore … and when I got to work I was rushing so much I left my briefcase in the car. And now I have got to ... And that is why I am late for work."

As one event builds upon another, brick by brick, piece by piece, the "jigs" of this jigsaw puzzle are fitted together. This, we would suggest, is what is meant by upward causation. It may seem a silly example, but it is a workable one.

Downward causation works differently.

"For some reason I wanted to be late for work, though I did not admit it at the time. Because of this particular game-play or that particular motivation, I chose to be late for work. Once the effect was in place – once I chose the outcome – I went about creating all kinds of causes. I created oversleeping, spilling the eggs, clobbering the lawn mower, and having to change the tire. I created even more causation as if that were not enough.

"Why did I want to be late for work? Did I want to feel like I am always too rushed? Did I want to feel martyred – unappreciated, misunderstood? Did I want to feel sorry for myself?

"What was I trying to gain with the drama of the morning? Was it self-pity? Was I looking to prove something less than admirable about myself, such as I am always late? Was there a twisted attempt to control because being late caused others to have to wait for me?"

The cause begins at the top and works its way downward. We would suggest, it begins with the effect that goes searching for a cause. In this case the desire, however hidden, to be late for work led all the way back to that one "first brick" or "first piece" of the puzzle. It’s another obvious example, but it makes the point and shows the flow of energy ... downward causation.

The kick ... Now here is the kick, here is the important point: It is not an either-or.

You see -- and this is what gets so very frightening to people in your world who live in a paradigm of either-or -- it is not either-or. It is not as though Newtonian physics is going to be kicked out and replaced by -- elbowed out by -- quantum mechanics. It is not as though Cartesian philosophy is going to be totally abandoned in favor of a different spiritual philosophy that speaks in other ways.

No, it is not about one eliminating the other. It is not about a new billiard ball on the table that is going to smack into the old ones and move them off the table. No, we would suggest, they are going to share the table. The new paradigm is not a paradigm of exclusion; it is a paradigm of inclusion.

The new paradigm will include classic Newtonian physics and quantum physics. In this sensing, it will include the familiar upward causation and the less familiar downward causation.

We say again: The new paradigm is not about exclusion – it’s not about a singular authority. It is about inclusion; it is about working together. It is out of this mix that complexity arises.

You are moving beyond a particular paradigm of either-or into a paradigm of and. Both are true, in that regard. Both can be there. You are moving from a paradigm of the actual into a paradigm of the probable and of the possible.

Complexity

What does this all mean? We would suggest that the meaning comes with understanding complexity. Simply put, complexity occurs when separate and diverse energies come together to function as one without sacrificing or losing their separateness or diversity.

In this sensing, let us give you an example of the complexity principal. Your human body has a heart, a liver, a pancreas, and a brain, to name a few critical organs. Each of these organs is separate and diverse. Heart cells are uniquely heart cells, distinguishable from any other cells within the body. Brain cells are uniquely brain cells. The function of each organ is also separate and diverse.

Yet they function together as if they were one. And we would suggest, they do not sacrifice or lose any of their uniqueness. In this regard, they retain their individuality.

A heart never functions as a liver, and a liver never becomes a heart. Each is individual with its separate function. Though they work together as if they were one, they continue to be individual and separate.

You see, the key to oneness is not sameness: The key to oneness is complexity.

We would suggest, in this context, sameness could be dangerous because it blurs or eliminates the boundaries of diversity. The danger can be most easily seen when considering the oneness of your body. If that oneness were based on sameness, each organ of your body would strive to become the same. As soon as your heart began functioning as your liver, for example, you would be in trouble – serious trouble. Likewise, if your brain yearned to be the same as your heart or liver, the consequences would be terminal.

The key to oneness is not sameness: It is complexity.

Applying this to the shifting paradigm, we would suggest that the current paradigm seeks predictability in an "uncertain" world; it seeks safety and security through the simplicity of an either-or reality. The new paradigm seeks complexity in an "uncertain" world; it seeks safety and security through the complexity of an "and-both" reality.

The new paradigm is one of increased complexity. It is a paradigm that brings together Newtonian physics, quantum physics, upward causation, and downward causation. The new paradigm brings these separate and diverse concepts together to function as one without losing their diversity.

The two physics will work as one, and the two directions of causation will work as one. Neither replaces the other; they work as if they were one – they work together in coordination and cooperation. Complexity.

Key to Transcendence … the Key to Evolution

"Okay," we hear you thinking. "So the new paradigm is one of increased complexity. So what?"

A prominent scientist of your world won a Nobel Prize for his demonstrations and scientific proofs that whenever an organism steps into the flow of complexity, that organism can be lifted to a new level – to a higher octave – of existence. We would suggest, this does not mean that the organism becomes a better or more efficient organism; it means that such an organism can be lifted – to a whole new level of existence.

Complexity offers the opportunity of transcendence. To be lifted to an entirely new octave of existence is the essence of transcendence.

Put simply, your current paradigm of reality cannot "get you there." However, the shifted paradigm – the paradigm of complexity – can create the lift or the potential transcendence to the New World that is now destined to be.

As your paradigm shifts to a paradigm of increased complexity, you and your reality – you and your world – stepping into the flow of that complexity, can be lifted to a whole new level and a whole new octave of existence. You and your world can be lifted not just to a better past or present but can be lifted to a New World.

Here’s the rub … Many are aware that a New World is coming. Those who speak so enthusiastically about the doom and gloom erroneously assume that the only way to get to that new future is through the destruction of the "world as you know it." They do not understand the shifting paradigm; they do not understand the function of complexity.

However, when you do understand the shift and when you do understand complexity, you can also understand that the key to evolution is not destruction. The key to evolution is complexity.

Rather than gathering canned goods preparing for some New Age Armageddon, we would suggest, people would be better served to develop the skill, the mastery, and the artistry of working with the metaphysics of quantum mechanics and of downward causation. You already are skilled at understanding Newtonian physics and at working with upward causation. Now develop your acumen with quantum mechanics and downward causation.

Do this, as we say, not to replace what you know of classic physics and upward causation but to add to what you know. Use what you know as foundation and base. Upon that foundation add the new skill, mastery, and artistry.

Step into the hope … In this sensing, step into the complexity. In the flow of this complexity comes the Great Awakening. In this flow of complexity comes the new hope for the positive future of dreams and visions. In the flow of this complexity, you and your world take a giant’s step toward being lifted to a new level – a giant’s step toward the New World.

The New World is coming, many would agree. The anticipated means of its arrival vary among the many. There are those looking for the doom and gloom. Sadly, they are almost eager for it and jump at any supposed beginning of it. We would suggest, they look in the wrong direction. The means of their anticipations are not the true means of manifestation.

Again, we would suggest, the key to oneness is not sameness; it is complexity. The key to evolution is not destruction; it is complexity.

There is a New World coming. Step into the complexity. Step into the hope. You shall find it.

We love you. And we close ...

With love -- with love and peace.

Lazaris

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