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In our blog, you’ll find information about metaphysics and spirituality from Lazaris and Jach, excerpts from Lazaris recordings and interviews, and travelogues from Jach’s adventures around the world.


Roadtrip in Spain #2

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Blog: Roadtrip in Spain #2

We bought our tickets late Sunday night. We had slept most of the morning adjusting to the six hour time change. It was sunny, brilliant sun, luminously bright, and crisp, refreshingly crisp, sharp, when we began wandering Metro Centro in Madrid. Our first stop was Plaza del Sol and as we were walking into the vast open space the name was obvious. There were hundreds of people strolling through the plaza, a Mariachi Band was playing by the central statue as perhaps 200 people, families with kids and pets, looked on. Enrique stopped to get a Sim card so he could stay in touch with the world, and then we checked our map and headed off to walk the narrow streets. I’ve mentioned it before, I am enamored with the architecture of the apartment buildings that line the narrow streets. There aren’t any daring designs like the Gaudi designs in Barcelona, but there is something that speaks to me. I suppose that something speaks to my soul. As I walk along I look up. I stop. “Oh, my isn’t that beautiful?” I say out loud to myself. The words tumble out. Goosebumps. Then I move along.

We ended up at the Plaza Mayor and then to the San Miguel Mercado again. This time we stayed.

With a glass of Rioja in hand, we went looking for a space to sit. There are long rows of tables with stools lining both sides. Young, old, families with babies in strollers, groups of friends huddled together laughing, all sorts of individuals and groups, mostly tourists from all over the world, gather to enjoy the tapas and tasty treats. Once we found a place, one stool and then another stool, we took turns going off to explore. Enrique would come back with some surprises, we‘d eat them, and then I would go off. I found a Paella stand with six or seven variations. Enrique stopped at the Olive Bar. Amazing “Olive Kebobs.” I had to go to the Mozzarella Bar. It took me a while to find it. The eating was fun but it was the sitting there amid the flow of people that made Sunday afternoon and evening in Madrid special. After three hours, we were ready to leave but first Enrique went looking for a special dessert to share. “Milhojas” -- a thousand leaves -- which is a delicate dessert of flaky pastry filled with lush cream.

We quietly walked back to our hotel. We stopped to talk to the Concierge. We bought tickets to the Prado Museum for Monday.

It was drizzly. A perfect day for museums. With tickets in hand, we walked past the very long line of people waiting, and were shaking off our umbrellas and moving through security in no time. We entered the main hall. The Prado is huge. Second largest museum in the world next to the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. Wow. We turned around and went looking for a guide, not just the recorded tour, but a live person. We had a wonderful four hours at the Prado. We went back to our hotel to rest a while and then we went out walking again.

We had wanted to go to the Reina Sofia Museum but as we looked at our map, it seemed too far away. So just went walking the narrow streets again. Can never do that too much. Before we realized it, we were only a block away from the Reina Sofia. It’s a beautiful museum. The main building was once a hospital and now it’s a museum of eclectic art with an emphasis on Modern Art. We focused on Cubism. Why? Well, it was close to where we had entered, but once we went into the first exhibition hall, we focused on Cubism because it was an intriguing exhibit.

It was 8:00 when we returned to the street and to our walk. We had dinner plans with friends. We would meet at 9:15. Our friends are Colombians living here in Madrid. Mario, is a marvelous chef and owner of two very successful restaurants in the Metro Centro area of the city. His husband, Juan Pablo, a relative of Enrique’s, is a very successful architect. We had dinner at “Hortencio.” Only Juan Pablo, Enrique, and I sat at the table. Mario was busy preparing an incredible meal for us. A delicate Morel Mushroom soup, Morel Mushrooms garnished with foie gras or egg (egg for me), and I had “La Soup aux Trufa,” which Mario prepared as an homage to the deceased famous French Chef, Paul Bocuse, who first presented this soup on February 25, 1975. It was delicious beyond words. Enrique had a tender lamb dish that was sensational. A dab of Pistachio ice cream added the exclamation point to a culinary delightful evening.

The day was full, and it was wonderful. In the morning we’d be off to Sevilla.

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Roadtrip in Spain #1

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Blog: Roadtrip in Spain #1

Bumper-to-bumper movement or none at all, we were caught in a traffic jam at the Yumbo Roundabout on our way to the airport in Cali, Colombia. We arrived just as our flight was scheduled to leave. My cellular buzzed with an announcement. Our flight was also delayed. Mechanical trouble, a new plane was en route. Mechanical trouble or magic? I dispelled my building anxiety with a smile.

From Cali to Bogotá with a four hour layover that became two and a half hours, we were off on our overnight to Madrid. We disembarked at 1:30 Saturday afternoon. Friday afternoon we were caught in traffic and less than 24 hours later we were in Madrid. I know it’s a cliche but travel still fascinated me. Thanks to many moving sidewalks, escalators, and trains, we move from gate to immigration and then to baggage claim easily. Waiting for luggage, my anxieties always stir. Today they were broken by a voice.

“Are you from Cali?” I turned to see a young woman with a beautiful smile standing there with who appeared to be her mother.

“Yes.” Maybe I said, “Sí,” not sure.

“I think you’re our neighbor.” She speaks excellent English; very little accent. I wished my Spanish had been that good. “You have two Vizslas, right?”

“Yes! Abbie and Lucas!”

There is only one other Vizsla in our neighborhood. It’s hers. We each knew each other’s dogs -- our kids -- now we met face to face at baggage claim in Madrid. What a world. It was a nice wink as our journey got underway. Rental car picked up, GPS’ed to the hotel with only one missed turn and route correction, and we were resting in our room. After just resting a few hours, knowing better than to go to sleep in the daylight, we bundled up, it was in the low 50’s out there by 6:00 p.m., we headed out walking.

I find Madrid to be a fascinating city, more than most. There is something in the resonance, in the lay of the land, in the architecture of the buildings, in the green trees that line the streets and fill the parks, and in the energy of the people, that is mysterious and intriguing at the same moment. I just love walking the streets and just love looking, looking at everything. It fills me; I feel alive as I walk and look and listen. I think there just might be a common denominator of caring. I don’t think everyone cares about this city, but I think enough people do care, and care with a Latin sense of immediacy and passion, that it makes a difference. Madrid is a different city. Sure there’s some graffiti on the walls of vacant buildings or run down doorways, but not much. Otherwise the streets and the buildings and the windows are amazingly clean. There is a pride along with the caring and I think that matters.

We walked along these delightfully narrow stone slab streets. They are wide enough for single lane car traffic by day but in the evenings pedestrians take them over. Oh, occasionally cars come, but they move meticulously slow and with great caution. People own the streets as the sun sets. Street lights and shop lights and restaurant lights fill the night along with the chatter and laughter of hundreds of people coming alive and filling the nights.

Along the way, we encountered a group of men practicing for an upcoming Easter procession. During Semana Santa -- Easter Week -- there are many parades or processions where people carry huge religious statues for miles and miles. So they practice ahead of time. There were six rows of men. Four per row. They were marching slowly and in precision with each step in unison. They had a wood platform resting on their shoulders. On top of the platform were concrete blocks with a total weight equal to that of the statue they will carry during Semana Santa. See the accompanying photo.

It was early. We walked and meandered for almost an hour making our way along those narrow walkways through several plazas until we reached Plaza Mayor. It’s famous. A tourist attraction. And it’s still grand and majestic and warm and friendly. We found a restaurant and had an easy dinner of tapas and sangria. It was 10:15 when we walked out into the Plaza again. The night was now fully underway. Restaurants were full. Outdoor cafes under blazing gas heaters were full. Rapid fire talking and laughter and an occasional shrill laugh, the night was sizzling.

We walked through the Plaza to the San Miguel Mercado on the far side. Also famous. Also a destination for most tourists, and also a must stop place. It was after 10:00 and people were streaming out. We thought they must be closing.

Oh no. No way were they closing. The places was abuzz with hundreds of people. Four deep standing around a wine bar here or a sangria bar over there. People carrying plates piled high with tapas or other hors d’oeuvres were weaving their way through the jam of people. No, no one was closing. The night had just begun.

San Miguel Mercado is not a farmer’s market or a grocery store. It is an enclosed building with hundreds of vendors: I saw a Mozzarella Bar selling countless culinary treats with mozzarella and buffalo mozzarella, and each was an intricate creation. There were all sorts of tapas vendors, and salad vendors, and ... there was one display of tapas made with olives, just olives of all kinds, olives adorned with all kinds of delicacies.

We slowly made our way through the growing crowds of people. Everyone was smiling, laughing, celebrating, and eating. To me, this is Madrid. This is Spain. As we left the market and walked back through Plaza Mayor, we realized we’d left our street map in the restaurant. We used it to find our way to the Plaza and Market. We were on our own to walk back. A few wrong turns, but soon enough we were at our hotel. We stopped in the lounge for a night cap. Our first day of our road trip complete, now we could go to bed.

 

 

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How Jach and Lazaris create Talismans and how you can work their magic

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Blog: How Jach and Lazaris create Talismans and how you can work their magic
2016, The Year of Co-Creation, is the first year that Lazaris created a talisman for a specific year. In this inspiring video Jach talks about how he works with Lazaris to create talismans, how he works with this one, and more. These insights can add depth and meaning to talisman magic, and inspire you to expand your magic in ways you may not have considered. Topics included:
  • how Lazaris and Jach create the form, symbols, and colors of the talisman
  • orienting the talisman
  • several ways Jach uses this 2016 talisman
  • how to activate a talisman
  • how to work with a talisman on multiple projects simultaneously

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Reaching Beyond: Lazaris Talks about the 2016 Election

Monday, December 5, 2016
Blog: Reaching Beyond: Lazaris Talks about the 2016 Election

A Gift from Lazaris 

Reaching Beyond: Lazaris Talks about the 2016 Election

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Be a champion of change, a champion of the new future -- a future no one has yet imagined. ~ Lazaris

Many have asked whether Lazaris would comment on the election results. After purposely giving space so that everyone could feel, express, and release whatever they were feeling, he has answered with this detailed and wonderfully hopeful release. Lazaris also outlines so much about not only what happened, but specific ways to work magic in order to leap into a world becoming new to create something special in our world ... something more, something unfathomable. A truly incredible map of magic that we are offering as a free gift to our community.

 

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Asia Excursion 4

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Blog: Asia Excursion 4

4:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. I am lying on a futon with a hard pillow behind my head and a thick down comforter covering me. There is a chill in the air. Sweet. To my right there is a wall of window. In the predawn light, the window frame seems a picture frame that’s framing a Japanese wood block print. Dark gray sky, white cloud mountains and silhouetted trees, stark as if they had been cut out of black construction paper. Beautiful harbinger of the day to come.

Monday was our final day in Tokyo. We went to the Senso Ji or Asakusa Temple. We arrived at the temple gate at 11:00 and it took us 90 minutes to finally enter the actual temple. The walkway and the side streets are lined with hundreds of tiny tourist shops, and there were thousands of people milling about. It was great fun. We bought chop sticks and I bought some postcards. The temple is a Buddhist Temple and the oldest one in Tokyo. The surrounding area is “old Tokyo” offering a view of what Tokyo once was. Enchanting. Charming.

I felt more at home here. Not sure why. It was crowded, hectic, and loud . . . very different than the Meiji Shrine with its elegant and majestic grounds. Anyway, I had a great time at the Temple and I really enjoyed walking the narrow streets of the surrounding neighborhood. We continued strolling those narrow street until we found a wonderful lunch place, “Goroku,.” We had what we called Japanese Tapas. I had Assorted Tempura, Pork Rolls, Crab Coquettes, along with a glass of red wine. Everything was delicious. Ready to go again, we continued walking the area and finally caught a taxi to head to another part of town for the evening.

40 minutes later we were in a glitzy part of town called Kabukicho in the area called Shinjuku. Bright colorful neon flashing lights. Young, fast paced, alive. Street barkers encouraging people to eat at this restaurant or to take in that show. The taxi driver got us as close as he could and it was fun walking the pedestrian streets looking for “Robot Restaurant.” Up this street, down that one, turn left there and then right, we finally found it. Huge sign nearly 30 feet long. Wow.

We went to the Robot Restaurant for the show. It is not a restaurant and as it turned out it wasn’t really a show, or at least not something I would call a show. It was the worst “show” I’ve ever seen. The only saving grace was that it was so bad that it was funny, and I was curious to see just how bad it would be. How bad was it? The bottom.

As we left I smiled and thought about how our universe, a reflection of something more real, expresses itself as a duality. We have experiences the ups, and now the downs of Tokyo. It’s time to move on.

Tuesday morning we had gone to Tokyo Station and waited on Platform 17 to take the noon Bullet Train to Kyoto. We arrived mid-afternoon at our hotel — Gion Hatanaka Ryokan. A Ryokan is a traditional Japanese county inn. This one is beautiful. Minimalistic in design with an elegant ambiance. We had a traditional Japanese dinner served in our room. Several courses, each a work of art as well as a delicious dish — haute cuisine of nine courses. Beautiful. After dinner our server set up the futon beds, and we went down to the public baths on the lower level of the Ryokan. We will move to a Western hotel today but we wanted to have one night at a place like this.

It’s now 7:30 a.m. I am still looking out my window. My “Japanese Wood Block” painting has shifted now to become a lush green morning with a soft blue sky. There’s a rainbow arching between the trees. Yes, a beautiful day to come. Our Japanese breakfast will arrive at 8:30 and we will discover what the days holds.

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Asia Excursion 3

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Blog: Asia Excursion 3

Tokyo is huge and the architecture is fascinating. What seems obvious really became more obvious Sunday morning as we made our way to Ropongi and then to Ropongi Hills, a trendy area of the city not far from our hotel. Near the Grand Hyatt, we got our tickets and took the elevator up 52 floors to the City View — a round glass enclosed observation room with a small cafe, a museum, and incredible views — stunning views — of Tokyo. It was another crisp morning, about 60 degrees F, and the winds were gusting, but the sky was powerfully blue. The city sparkled. Towering buildings, patches of green parks, low warehouses and storage buildings down by the piers, and the deep blues of the seemingly endless bay. Captivating. We were there for more than an hour.

Then we explored the rest of that 52nd floor. There were scale models of the city that filled the side rooms. As many as 30 people at a time stood silently peering over the lucite walls marveling at the detail or identifying neighborhoods and buildings. On the walls, decade by decade descriptions of the development of the modern city of Tokyo. It was all in Japanese, but it was impressive even to my eye. The display in any language, was beautiful.

Finally we left the City View and explored Ropongi Hills. It was Sunday morning and already the foot traffic was building. Yes, a huge city with an increasingly huge population. We found a restaurant for an early lunch and then planned to head out to the Meiji Shrine.

Previously at the hotel when we inquired about the Imperial Palace, the attendant at the front desk took a post-it size paper and wrote the words “Imperial Palace” in Japanese characters. Often taxi drivers don’t know the English names of their shrines and tourist attractions. So rather than pointing to a location on a city map, we gave the driver the paper. Easy. Elegant.

We asked the waiter to write “Meiji Shrine.” Smiling broadly, he returned with a small paper and it said, “I would like to go to the Meiji Shrine,” in characters. We were off in the easy flow of traffic to some other part of the city and one of the most famous and most popular Shrines in Tokyo.

We stood several long minutes at the Gate, the 40 feet tall entrance to the grounds of the Shine. Amazing. Almost immediately we felt the reverence; others did too. As we made our way along the walkway, I listened to the “music.” The crunch of gravel underfoot as hundreds of people walked the pathways in silence that was accentuated as kids intentionally shuffled along. Shush, shush, shush. The call of the ravens in the trees that, at times, swooping low overhead. A soft whisper of a breeze playing in the trees. It all added to majesty of the place and to the honor of the procession of people making their way to the Shrine of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken.

The Emperor Meiji is credited with bringing Japan out of the feudal system and out of over 200 years of isolation. He is credited with introducing Western technology and culture to Japan. He lifted Japan into economic viability and vitality as he ended the Edo Era and as he opened Japan to a new world in which the old structures — structures that needed to be replaced — broke down making room for a new way of living and a new way of being. It felt appropriate to be walking the pathways to the Shrine.

The buildings weren’t that impressive, but the energy was. The several original buildings, some still being restored, were traditional Japanese, Shinto. Practical. Symbolic. Not intended to dazzle. This temple is where the souls of Meiji and his wife are enshrined. There’s a reverence and a reverie here that supersedes the physical design. There is a presence here that is available without being imposing.

Meiji and Shoken wrote “Wakas.” They are 31 syllable Japanese poems intended to offer subtle insight or guidance to living a better life. Meiji wrote over 100,000 of them; Shoken wrote 30,000. I purchased two. I reached into the box and dug around and picked one Waka for me and another for our Asia Excursion.

My Waka: “We shall fall behind our fellows in the world if, when we should advance, we make no move at all.” — Emperor Meiji

I smiled thinking about how God/Goddess/All That Is — God, Goddess — are continually growing, becoming more. Our souls and Higher Selves are continually growing and becoming more. If we aren’t, we are falling behind. I like the phrase, “when we should advance.”

The Waka for our journey: “As clear and refreshing as the rising sun — thus might it always be with the human heart.” — Emperor Meiji

Okay, so I am going to begin each morning of our journey through Asia, with my heart open to the refreshing clarity of a sunrise. Focus on the light of a new dawn, of a new day. Always.

It was a magical afternoon. From the Shrine we walked the grounds. The call of the ravens was loud and persistent. One raven swooped low and landed on a fence. We chatted for a bit and then he flew off. We walked on.

The public access to the Shrine closed at 4:00 and we along with hundreds of people began meandering our way toward the gate. Around 4:30 we move with the steady flow of people through the narrow exit. Ahead of us, a grand boulevard of shops: modern shops, old shops, simple shops, and high end shops. Ahead of us, thousands of people strolling along the sidewalks, sidewalks that are 10 to 12 feet wide and the people are moving like an undulating human river. Amazing. Intriguing. It was Sunday early evening and there were throngs of people walking this shopping highway. I got a photo.

We walked or flowed with the crowd for nearly a half hour. It was our “grounding time.” Hailing a taxi, we made our way back to the New Otani Hotel, Garden Tower. A fine day. A quiet night.

 

 


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Asia Excursion 2

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Blog: Asia Excursion 2

Arriving in Tokyo in the evening was a fortunate change in our plans imposed by the airline. I had made our reservations to leave SFO at 2:00 a.m. on November 2 and we were scheduled to arrive in Tokyo at 5:00 a.m. Wasn’t sure what we would do from 5:00 a.m. until we could check into our hotel, but I figured we could handle it. It was Cathay Pacific or JAL that changed the schedule and our departure was pushed forward 14 hours to 4:00 p.m. Arriving in the evening was great because we could be awake for only a few more hours and then sleep. Nice.

Immigration was so easy and baggage claim was fast. Through customs in a breeze, our driver was there with my name spelled correctly. We arrived at the New Otani Hotel and were in our room by 9:00 p.m. Peggy, Enrique’s mother, had flown in from Rome and had arrived mid-afternoon. The hotel restaurants close at 10:00. We rushed down to the restaurant for my last “western meal.” I had a juicy square hamburger with all the imaginable trimmings. $25.00. Ha! I know prices are high in huge cities. I knew prices were high in Tokyo and all of Japan. Still. It’s a bit of shock. $25.00 for a hamburger? $8.50 for a soft drink in a glass?

In Cuba I expected to find only the facades of old buildings and vintage cars. I did. In Tokyo I expected to find high prices. I did and I am continuing to find high prices.

However I didn’t expect to encounter people who are so courteous and so very kind. Gentle people who seem eager to help tourist such as us. Several times we stood looking both curiously and helplessly at our maps. Each time someone came up and quietly bowed and asked if we they could help. Some spoke English fluently with excellent pronunciation while others struggled to find the words and to pronounce them correctly. But each was patient and helpful.

I also didn’t expect to find such a clean city. No litter. None. Really. None. No graffiti (so far?) and the buildings seemed to sparkle in the sunshine. The white bricks were still white. Not darkened by auto exhaust and other air pollution. No paper in the gutters. No cigarette butts. Clean everywhere. We walked quite a bit in the Akasaka area: narrow old streets, tiny shops, many restaurants with secluded doorways, and not a speck of litter anywhere. I didn’t expect to see the streets and the buildings so clean. And then there’s the architecture . It’s wonderfully creative and inventive. Okay, I expected that.

I didn’t expect the tranquility that I felt. I mean, Tokyo is a huge city with all kinds of traffic and highways creating a crisscross maze of concrete. I expected the hectic frenzy of New York City or Bogota or even Cali, Colombia. But no. Loads of traffic but it was all moving in a quiet orderly fashion. Thousands of people, many with those white masks covering mouth and nose, but everyone walking casually and minding the walk-don’t walk signs. There was one intersection where each road was six lanes wide. The cross walks created an X in the intersection. All the lights turned red simultaneously. All traffic stopped. Silence. Suddenly streams of people from all four corners walked in all directions: straight ahead, left or right, or diagonally criss crossed through the middle of the intersection. A massive flow of humanity in confluence. It was orderly. No pushing, no shoving, no congestion, just easy flow. A dance. It was quite beautiful.

The people, the landscaping and architecture, and the tranquility . . . there is something delightful and mysterious about this city. We will be here for four days before taking the Bullet Train to Kyoto. I am eager to explore this city before going to that one. Our Asia Excursion is only 3 days old and already . . . yes, it’s going to be a magic journey.

Friday: Late morning with a walk across the street to find a breakfast place. Found a delightful restaurant called Starbucks. [s] Yeah, all the Japanese restaurant were closed until 11:00 a.m. when they opened for lunch. Starbucks for a coffee and a spinach quiche, then we walked for several hours finding a local lunch place. After lunch we went to the Imperial Palace. We anticipated a going on a tour of the palace. Not so. There are tours of the grounds but none that actually go into the palace. Disappointed we walked to the Ginza area and found the department store Food Court and were astounded. We bought fruit, cheese, crackers — dinner for Friday night.

Saturday: After a Japanese breakfast at the hotel, we went on a 4 hour tour of the city and ended up at the East Garden of the Imperial Palace. It is a beautiful garden rich in greenery and powerful in tranquility. We walked for nearly an hour, and then we made our way back to the hotel. We had dinner reservations at Tajimaya Ginza. We had Sukiyaki . . . . incredible. The food, the service, the ambiance, the entire evening was memorable — an incredible moment that lasted nearly 3 hours linearly. Forever beyond the linear.

What does tomorrow hold?

 

 

 


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Arrival in Tokyo

Monday, November 7, 2016
Blog: Arrival in Tokyo

What was that amazing smell? It was seductive for sure. I made my way through the Food Court at Mitsukoshi, the department store in the Ginza area of Tokyo. It was the bread department and the scent of warm fresh bread was almost overpowering. I had never smelled such sensational smells. Amazing. Sensuous scents. The experience on this Friday afternoon was definitely enhanced by the whole of the food court. It wasn’t like food courts in the US. No Burger King or pizza place or even a noodle shop. The foods were prepared as works of art. Usually I don’t take many photos and I seldom take photos of food. This was an exception.

Enrique and I had been planning our Asia Excursion for nearly a year. Initially it was my idea and I suggested that we invite Peggy, Enrique’s mother, to join us. Over the months, what began as a cruise of Malaysia that started and ended in Singapore and included Viet Nam and Thailand grew into visiting Bali again. Of course. We’ll stay at the Komaneka at Bisma again and we will have a day tour with our favorite Balinese guide from the last time. Of course. Oh, and yes, we need to spend some time in Hong Kong. It was late in the planning that we added Japan — Tokyo and Kyoto. We sneaked it in ahead of Hong Kong and our excursion began November 2 — a few days after the San Francisco Bay Area intensive.

The workshop ended Sunday, October 30. We stayed on at the Pullman Hotel because on November 1 Lazaris would be recording an online workshop to be released before year’s end. We finalized our packing that evening and we flew from SFO to Tokyo on Wednesday, November 2, at 4:00 p.m. and we arrived Thursday evening in Tokyo. It was an 11 hour flight with a 16 hour time change, and it was also an elegant way to begin our six week excursion.

From time to time I will be posting messages here. Today it’s food. The horizons will expand but I just couldn’t help it. I had to send off these photos.


 


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The Seven Faces of Soul, Part 2

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Blog: The Seven Faces of Soul, Part 2

By Lazaris

In Part I of this article Lazaris talked about the first three faces of the Soul -- the Name, the Power, and the Eternal Youth. In this, the second part of a partial transcription of a Lazaris Weekend entitled "The Soul's Path," Lazaris begins with a discussion of The Wounding which follows The Eternal Youth and traces the remainder of The Soul's Path.

The Wounding

The wounding is when the wind gets knocked out of you. It's when the fire gets extinguished. You crash and burn. This is a time when you are punched in the gut, when the fire of The Eternal Youth is extinguished. The Wounded Soul comes and breaks your back. It breaks your invincibility. It breaks your delusions. At first it seems cruel, for in so doing, it cuts the umbilical cord, and you are abandoned. Your Soul is wounded, a self-inflicted wound. Your Soul bleeds.

As we've often said, for some the Wounding is a great event, a major crisis, one you know well. For others it may have been but a straw that broke the camel's back, as the cliche says, a feather that tipped the scale in a delicate balance of pain.

It always happens quickly. It might have been that summer when a counselor, or a bunkmate or cabinmate, did something that they shouldn't have -- something that ripped or shredded your self-esteem or your self-respect and self-image. It might have been the throw-off phrase from your mother or father. It might have been a phrase or incident that meant nothing to others, but that pierced you, cut you, made you bleed.

Traditionally and classically, for women it was the menses, the beginning of the menstrual cycle, when you bleed and realize you're now a woman. You're now fertile. You're now capable of mothering. You're no longer a little girl. You're now a woman.

For men traditionally, it is a time of the hubris being broken. In the chauvinism of society, boys are given power and privilege because of their gender. Further, they are expected to live up to standards that are defined by their gender. The result: male hubris. When the hubris of that time of pride and invincibility was broken, you realized: I'm no longer a boy. I am now a man.

But The Wounding is not limited to the classic. And certainly in your world, where the mythology is now technology, those Woundings take all kinds of forms. It is a time when your back is broken. It is a time when because of the hubris, because of the invincibility, you fly too close to the sun. Your fire consumes too much, and you crash and burn, and a big wind blew out that fire.

It is more than hurt. It is pain. And something died then. Something died.

Up to this point you had the Name, the first clues of destiny. Then there was the Power, the first throes of personality, of power, of identity taking form. Then came the Eternal Youth with its sense of invincibility, its glimpse beyond the horizon, beyond the cracks and crevices, into a world that had not yet been. And each of the phases and Faces of the Soul was an expansion. You were expanding and expanding, and then ... In the Wounding you were punched, cut in a moment. And in a flash the expansion was gone.

The Wounding is perhaps the briefest face of the Soul, but it is one that lasts. For many it lasts all their lives. Most people spend the rest of their lives licking that wound, and thus never letting it heal. They react and respond for the rest of their lives, pretending that the Wound never happened, that it didn't affect them -- not really. Most people spend the rest of their lives running from that Wound.

The wound was not a mistake. It was not something you did wrong. It's not as if "had you done it differently, had you not been so arrogant, this would never have happened."

It had to happen. It is the fourth birthing, when you sever from the umbilical of God/Goddess/All That Is. When you are born of the placenta of that Wounding, you come forth and really give birth to the self -- not to the illusion of a physical body, or the abstraction of emotion and thought which had happened in the three Faces of the Soul thus far. This fourth phase is the real birth of you, the birth of the real you.

You see, up to this point, you'd been filled with all the images mothers and fathers give you, all the images teachers give you, all the images that authority figures, whoever they might be, give you. Up to this point you were motivated in a negative way by their desires, for ambition which is not your own is always negative ambition. Up to this point your sense of what it is to be a man or a woman was defined by your mother or your father, depending on which of them predominated. Their chauvinistic view -- their twisted view of what it meant to be a man or what it meant to be a woman -- defined you, your hopes, your dreams. Maybe your own dreams were present, but they were riddled and polluted with other people's hopes and dreams. Your identity, your motivation, your drive -- if any part of them was present, it was polluted.

There had to come a point where you severed that tie, where you broke from that past, from that family, from all that was fed into you so that you could consciously pick and choose, so that you could consciously decide -- so that you could consciously develop your own parenting, your own inner child and adolescent, your own identity as a man or as a woman, your own motivation, your own drive, and your own relationship with God/Goddess/All That Is. The tie had to be severed. Your Soul tried to teach you and reach you at that time, but for so many of you, the pain was overwhelming.

It happens quickly. There may be many incidents, but one of them caused the snap, the break, the plunging of the knife, the punching in the gut -- however you tend to symbolize it -- where the wind was knocked out of you, and you crashed and burned.

The Wounding may occur prior to puberty, but it cannot happen in your early childhood. It cannot happen then. Now an incident of the same nature could happen then, but it won't wound you. It may wound, but it won't be The Wound, because, quite frankly, you're just too young. You don't have enough of your Name, enough of your Power, enough of that testing of Power, or enough of that invincibility of The Eternal Youth. You've got to have that first, because if you're only two feet off the ground, no matter how hard you fall, it's very difficult to crash and burn. You've got to be way up there, and then ...boom! You've got to be filled with fire. You've got to be consumed.

So it cannot occur when you're two years old. You were wounded most likely, but it wasn't The Wounding. It is the fourth Face, not the second, not the first, not the third. It's the fourth. So although there may be horrific experiences, though there may be many experiences that wounded you, that produced enough pain that a part of you died, it was not The Wounding. Maybe the one that was The Wounding, as we say, was exactly the same thing. But because of the set and setting in which it happened, this time it didn't just wound you, it wounded your very Soul.

It may have occurred in a pre-pubescent time. However, most often it occurs between 14 to 18. For some of you late bloomers, some of you holding out in your reverie of Eternal Youth, it did not happen until you were in your late teens or early twenties. Usually not past that. By that time it's happened.

At that point the fire was extinguished in an explosion where the oxygen was removed and the fire was extinguished. What was left was smoke, shadows. And thus comes the Face of the Shadow.

The Shadow

For so long this Face has been seen as the dark face, the ugly face, the terrifying face, the nightmarish face, the mistake, the black sheep of your Soul, the bad one. Perhaps it is the most compassionate one of all. This face of your Soul loves you so phenomenally, for it is the one who comes when you are broken. It is the one who comes when you are bleeding. Not that the others love you less, not that the others have less compassion, but this one perhaps demonstrates that love most completely -- certainly for the longest period of time, for it is the major face of your Soul. And you crash and burn. And the earth, and the water, and the fire and the air are sucked down. And you take them all into the Shadow, down into your Unconscious.

Now you may well have been dumping things in your Unconscious already. You may have learned as a child: Stop that imagination. Stop that creativity. Stop being so vocal. Stop being so much the center of attention. Stop this. Stop that. Don't ask so many questions. Don't be this way. Don't be so curious. Don't be so .. Don't be ... Don't be.

Some of you said, "Naaaah!" Others of you said, "OK," and you stuffed it. You've been dumping things into your Unconscious all along, certainly so. Certainly ugly things, certainly fearful things, yes, but also some beautiful things. But at the time of the Wounding, it all gets sucked in. And that's important to understand. It all gets sucked down:

Your Name gets sucked down. You feel a loss of identity. You don't matter. You're not important. Nobody cares. Nobody loves you. Your name is stupid. You are stupid. Your existence is stupid, as you pull your Name -- whose element is the earth -inside of you.

Any sense of power? Forget it. You're weak. You're impotent. You're useless. You're valueless. You've nothing to offer. You'll never amount to anything. You decide that at this time. And you pull your Power -- the river, the flow, the Power whose element is water -- down deep inside of you. And your personality now becomes persona. It has been raped, it has been ravaged. And it has been tossed aside in the heap, pulled inside of you to be replaced with the persona: OK, I'll give you what you want.

Your sense of invincibility, your sense of adventure, your sense of excitement, your sense of wonder, your sense of awe has been totally sucked inside. The fire of the Eternal Youth is sucked down. And you hate life, and you hate the world, and there's no way out, and it's only dark, and it's only ugly. And you never want to ... and maybe you just want to die at that moment, at that time.

And likewise, the Wounding itself, with its element of air, is sucked down in.

And then comes the face of the Shadow, which is the etheric -- the combination of earth and water and fire and air. And you go deep into the womb of your own being in the dark place where it's moist, where it's damp. Some become brooding. Some become lifeless/listless. Some become defensive. Some become arrogant with chips on their shoulders, bitter and angry. All of you are hurt.

Then comes the Shadow. The Shadow comes at the time of Wounding, and stays with you until your mid-50s. So calculate the number of years. Of all of the Faces of the Soul, it is with you the longest.

You are supposed to go into the Shadow. That's the right thing. You didn't blow it. You didn't do it wrong. You're supposed to do that. You're supposed to drag all this stuff down with you.

But, you see, what you're supposed to do then is to heal it -- to allow the Wound to be healed, to listen to your Soul, to let it explain why it had to happen, where you would have gone had it not happened, why you had to be tethered, why you had to be reined in, why you had to be yanked out of the sky and crashed into the earth. Had you not been, this would have been a wasted lifetime, because you would not have been you. You would have been an extension of somebody else -- a twisted, hollow extension. It had to happen.

With the denial of spirituality, however, for many the Wound is never healed. It's supposed to be that in this Shadow place you learn the secrets, you understand. You start looking at what your name is, at what your destiny is, at what your power is. What is your passion? your fire? And what is your breath of change, of transcendence, of transformation? You are, from this Shadow, supposed to emerge into this world to test out what you learn, to try things out to see what works. And then you go back into the Shadow again to redirect. You come out, go in, come out, go in. Your growth is cyclical. There are times to be in the world, and times to remove yourself from the world. There is time to be out there, and time to be inside. There is a time when you are supposed to try things out, to experiment in this grand playground, to learn how to play the games and to create new games.

And when the rules don't work, or when your technique is faulty, you go back in and find out why -- back into that warm, moist place that is your Shadow. You go back into the Underworld. You go back into the Unconscious, back to your Soul, your Higher Self, and the various spaces/aspects of who you are to learn, to grow, to experiment, to try, to work with it.

The Shadow is with you from the time when you're roughly 16 to the time you're about 56. That's 40 years, and for many, sadly, that's more than half a lifetime. Most of you are now in your Shadow time. The Wave Generation -- that bulge in worldwide population called the baby boom -- is in the Shadow, in the time of mid-life.

Do you realize that in the next five years there will be more women in menopause than there has ever been in the history of your planet? It is an incredibly powerful time. Now we know in your world menopause is not considered powerful. But remember, your world is a chauvinistic world which sees most feminine functions as dirty and distasteful and a source of embarrassment. But it is an incredibly powerful time, that stage of one's life in the latter part of the Shadow years.

Men go through a menopause as well, of a different nature, of a different kind. And it also comes in the latter years of the Shadow. In your mid-to late-forties, for men and women alike. This is the Shadow time.

The Double

After the Shadow comes the sixth Face of the Soul, that of The Double. The Double comes when you emerge from the Shadow, having experimented, having explored, having tried everything out, having made the mistakes that you are supposed to make and the mistakes that you're not supposed to make.

This is when you come out into the world, when you come out of the Shadow to be your full and total self. This is when women, past their menopause now, come into the time when they can be who they are fully and completely. Men (if they handle it right) can be past the imprisonment of other people's definitions of manhood and can truly discover their whole self. Finally, you can be who you want to be, and be who you intended to be. You can fully come into the time of wisdom. It happens in the mid-fifites or early sixties. It varies. Again, it's not absolute.

This is the time when many, emerging from the Shadow but not having done the Shadow Work, long for that Eternal Youth, long for that passion, long for that time, and try to go back there. You never can. You didn't have it then, and you're not going to get it now.

Others, recognizing that sad truth, come out of the Shadow and sit in the sun and wait to die. On the East Coast it's called "moving to Florida." They get a condo and wait to die. "Move the parents to Florida. Move them to Sun City. Move them to the Southwest where it's hot, but it's dry heat." So many either wait to die or long for and chase after a youth they never had.

Some, having taken advantage of the Shadow, emerge and become wise and have a life that they've been waiting to live -- a life filled with their dreams and their desires and their powers and their grounding and their passion. These people don't have the fire of a teenager. They have the glow of a mature fire, and their fire does burn eternal. You've seen some of them in your life, these older people who glow, who radiate, who have a wisdom, who are living the fullness.

It doesn't have to wait until then. You can become wise much earlier than the time of the Double, but just in case you don't, that Face of the Soul will show up and force you out of the Shadow. What you do as you face yourself is make the decision: Am I going to go back and try to live my parents' life or my children's life? Am I going to live my life? Or am I going to die?

And the choice is made then. In your mid-fifties you decide. Oh, the health problems may not show up for a decade or two, but the decision is made. For those of you who decide to try to return to the youth, the senility won't set in for another couple of decades, but it'll be there. And between the choice and the senility, you can make a fool of yourself, that's so.

And the decision to be wise? Though the wisdom may not attach to you then, it will be there.

The Remain

The final Face of the Soul, the last face, is that of The Remain. It comes at your time of dying, and at the times when you might die. When you choose to die, it ushers you out and watches over the remain. If you choose not to, it retreats, and waits. At the end of life, it is this Face of the Soul that comes to you to usher you out of the body. It has been called Death, or the Grim Reaper, but it is the Soul with the Face of the Remain.

At times of near-death experience, it is also the Soul that comes to you. It is often the one who sends you back. "No, not yet." It comes at times when you are hurt and in pain. Not hurt alone, but hurt that is pain. When a part of you dies, it is the Remain that comes. Those of you who have worked with healing and have gone through the experience of The Valley of Lost Souls, it is that Soul, the Remain, that travels nightly, waiting for you to retrieve yourself, watching over you, because your Soul will never abandon you ... Your Soul will never abandon you.

And therefore, the Face of the Remain also shows up at the time of the Wounding. But it is the Shadow Soul that picks you up, and starts putting you back together again.

Those are the Faces. And you can see how you can get so misguided and off-course in a world that denies the very existence of Soul. It is the Soul that keeps your course of growth according to your pattern, according to your rhythm, that allows and makes sure that the ebbs and flows happen, and that the waxings and wanings occur as well. It is your Soul that nudges you -- maybe bumps you -- when you get off-course. It is your Soul that lets you know when it is time to change course, when it's time to move up an octave.

Now there is a tendency, because of the natural propensity for hierarchy, to try to figure out: "Well, where does it fit? Is my Soul above or below my Higher Self? Where are my counselors?" You kind of have God/Goddess/All That Is at the top, OK, and after that it gets pretty nebulous, between Them and you.

Let the Soul be a part of your team. It's not better than your Higher Self; nor is your Higher Self better than it is. But it's there with its many faces. The Soul holds secrets that only it can reveal even, though certainly we could assume your Higher Self, being who it is, knowing all, knows those secrets.

But there are secrets of the Soul that can only be learned from the Soul, not because they have priority or hierarchy, but because the Soul has the resonance, the energy, the essence that comes to live with those Secrets.

Perhaps moving beyond the Faces of the Soul into the Dialogues with the Divine, beyond the Faces to that One Soul is where the secrets lie -- not in the hierarchy, but in the resonance, the connection, the essence of being in communication with your Soul. It holds the destiny. It holds the power. It holds the talent, and the means and the wherewithal to discover and have your talent revealed ...

With love and peace ...

Lazaris

 

 

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The Sirius Connection, Part 2

Monday, May 9, 2016
Blog: The Sirius Connection, Part 2

By Lazaris

The Sirius Connection: What it Can Mean in Your Daily Life, Part 2 

All right ... As we look at how you can apply The Sirius Connection, what it means in your daily life, so we turn now our attention to technique.

In this time after the opening of the Vortex, attention and intention come more to the fore; resonance becomes the source of causation; and spiritual hunger and thirst awaken even more than they already have -- and awaken in so many about you. Your chakras are realigning to a whole new frequency. And indeed electromagnetic energy can be used to boost and to work with your very resonance. With the futures, now so much more impactful, there are ways you can work to create an elegance.

You can continue to use the techniques that you know -- from the simplest of manifestation to the most intricate -- to create your own reality. Now you approach them with a greater intensity of your own intention, a greater intensity of your own attention, and with an awareness to let in the resonance that it's different now, it's different now. You can have that humility: it is different now.

The futures are far more impactful, far more impactful, than they have ever been. And your brain works differently now.

Portions of it are now functioning that never did before. And your DNA is functioning differently now than it ever has. Just sit with that. Just thinking about that -- just feeling that -- shifts your attention and opens the way for a greater intention to link together pieces of what is your conscious world in alignment with your conscious creation.

Resonance

So certainly, with that as a preface, we look at technique. First of all, you can notch up your own overall resonance.

Sometimes you can sense: "I'm in the dumps. Yes, I'm in depressing places. I'm in self-pity places. I'm in martyr places. I know those are low-resonance. I don't have to look them up anywhere."

... {laughter} ... "Gee, what's my resonance? Low. That's good enough." ... {laughter} ...

And if you will not judge yourself, but go into and beyond it, you can find the reason you're in martyr. If you're feeling defensive, there's a reason for it, and that reason is because you're defending something. That's why people get defensive. ... {laughter} ... They don't do it for no reason. ... "The sun's out, I think I'll be defensive." No, it's always to defend something. People don't control just for the heck of it, you know? There's always some need that is trying to be met. Martyrhood is an anaesthetic, yes, and it is an expression of hostility in its punishing nature, absolutely, but there's always something behind it.

You see, when you're in those resonant places that you know are low, stay out of self-pity -- and out of judging yourself, which shuts off any communication. Stay somewhere in between, and let yourself go into the martyrhood, or into the control, or into the defensiveness, into the whatever the low resonance is, and look behind it. "What am I defending? What am I numbing? What am I avoiding? What am I holding onto, and why?"

In that place, understanding it, you can take your power back. You can take your power back. Then you can let it go, having taken the power, the treasures, and the gifts. Then you can drop the attention from it and shift it to something else. Then begin to notch your resonance up, to bump it up, to bump it up.

Now you can do that in your meditative Safe Place. You can do that in some special place using your own imagination, using your own creativity, being inventive about it. Maybe you'd like to get inside the double-tetrahedron and spin and spin and spin and spin and spin, and rotate. Because in that double-tetrahedron, as you're spinning and rotating, you disintegrate and suddenly disperse to the whole of the universe. When you come back, you can come back without that low resonance. You can put your martyr out of you. You can put the defensiveness out of you. You spin and rotate and then suddenly you're very non-local. You're in the nonlocality of the enfolding energy. And then when you come back together again, you can consciously leave whatever it is out of you. You don't have to let that be part of your molecular structure. Maybe you'll want to go into the future and there let your resonance be notched up.

And that's a technique that you can use. And at first maybe it will not be as effective as it will be later with practice and with a bit of experience, but in time it can be tremendously effective in literally shifting the resonance from one place to another in a very short time -- and changing the reality configurations as you do so, changing the reality potentialities as you do so, changing which futures have impact upon you, notching your way up.

Working with the Chakra Centers

Certainly you can work with the resonance of your own chakra centers. As we adjusted them {in the meditation at the workshop -ed. note}, certainly your Higher Self or one of your Unseen Friends can adjust them. Or you can bask in the light of Sirius itself, allowing your chakras -- like radionics dials -- to be turned, to be shifted, to be lifted, to be adjusted. Sense your Higher Self reaching in. If you want, we'll be glad to do it. You can work with any of your Unseen Friends. Again, go about it inventively, creatively, finding what feels right.

Perhaps it doesn't make sense to you that you could do that in your Safe Place. Maybe it does make sense to go into the Underworld. Maybe it does make sense to go over the bluff and sit in your Success Cube. Maybe it makes sense to go down by the river and be in a very private place with the willows that weep and the shade and the mottled light. If that seems appropriate, so do it there. You can find the meditative place that feels right for you and adjust your chakras.

Working with the Pipeline

Also you can work with the pipeline of futures. It is most helpful to find a way to go into that future and work with it. You can go into the Underworld. You can go to the Causal Plane. You can use the double-tetrahedron. It's so incredibly teleporting from the present reality to futures. In those futures, find the pipeline. Maybe it looks like a clear Lucite pipe. Whatever it looks like to you, it is the pipeline of the futures that are coming. What's in the pipeline?

At first your natural tendency is to be somewhat hesitant. "I don't want to see if there's something horrible there. I don't want see that there's some dread disease, or some terrible accident." But then you realize, "Wait a minute. Whatever's there I can change it." Wouldn't it be better to see an auto accident and change it than not to have seen it and manifest it? The short-term gain of avoidance is far outweighed by the long-term reality.

Now that doesn't mean that you necessarily have to see dreadful horrible deaths and destructions. No, be honest. And in time, as you get used to working with it, you can work very powerfully, very profoundly, to clear the pipeline. And as you look in the pipeline, you can be very specific. "I'm in this relationship with this person and I'm seeing trouble. There's difficulty we're running into. Let me see what futures are creating this. Let me see what futures are out there. Let me flow into that and find the future. Oh, gosh, this is the future. Six months from now I'm going to realize I was projecting this or fearing that or I was running away from something. But I've found it now and I can change it in the pipeline."

And once you discover it allow in the Light of Sirius. Allow in the Goddess. Allow that energy to change what's in the pipeline.

Intercepting & Disconnecting

Another technique is what we call Intercepting & Disconnecting.

Now, when you work with self-sabotaging futures, you intercept the potential self-sabotage, you disconnect it, and you release the energy into a new success. And you can do similarly here.

For example, if you were in a situation where you discovered: "Oh, six months from now I'm going to have this huge fight. I can see it, because I can feel it brewing. I can sense it there, so I'm going to disarm it and instead take all that energy that otherwise would have been a fight and create an incredibly close, intimate experience -- an incredible wonderful argument that leads to wonderful great experience." Intercept those futures.

Now this might have been a somewhat airy-fairy technique a few years ago, but now, because everything's different, because the vortex is open, you can work with that, thought maybe not exclusively. Maybe you also want to use the techniques that you're very familiar with. Certainly so, if you recognize that it's your martyr, you may want to use the techniques you know to deal with that. But you may also want to create a variation using the future techniques to begin to stretch your experience and expertise with intercepting and disconnecting futures.

The Light of Sirius

And of course there's always the Light of Sirius itself. Since the opening, that resonance of Sirius is inside you. Perhaps you'll want connect with it by stepping outside at night and looking up to the heavens and locating it, just off there to the left of Orion's Belt -- that twinkling star -- and calling upon it, sensing it, opening to it. Perhaps it's in a meditation where you are sitting on a mound of earth and looking up into the night sky, sensing it, letting it come, calling on it ... "In the name of Sirius, in the name of the Goddess, in the name of ..." An abstract, but oh, phenomenally powerful technique.

Optimal Futures

Also, and seventh, there is a technique for creating Optimal Futures.

Now we're not saying "optimum," meaning the most incredible of any other. There can be many optimal futures. If you go for optimum it gets competitive. You know, which one's better? And ... could I come up with a better one? There can many Optimal Futures.

The idea here is that you're going to create these Optimal Futures, and you're going to lay them within the Radiance of your Resonance. And they will start having impact now, long before you would ever manifest them, for as a conduit of that future, it changes you now.

Now, admittedly, this technique takes time, it takes thought, it takes work. So it's not something you can just throw together.

There are several components, but you can take your time. And you work on it over a period of days or weeks. Not every day all week for weeks. You work on it, maybe a little bit now, and a little bit a couple of days from now, coming back after you've thought about, after you've worked with it. Yeah, made some changes there, etc. So again, respect yourself and not just throw it together. The goal here isn't to get it done as fast as possible and get as many as possible. I've got a book full of optimal futures. I got 20 or 30 of them this afternoon alone. I just sat down and buzz-sawed through." ... {laughter} ... That's probably self-sabotage. ... {laughter} ...

Now, an Optimal Future has several characteristics:

First of all, Optimal Futures involve skill and challenge that somehow engages your strength, your power, and your talent. Optimal Futures call upon your creativity, your confidence (your ability to cope), and your expertise. An Optimal Future involves a certain skill that presents challenge -- not struggle, but challenge -- an interesting, curious, wonderful challenge. And that challenge involves or in some way engages some of your strength, some of your power, some of your particular talent, some skill. Skill and challenge.

When you say you're going to be the zillion-trillionquadrillion-billion-dillionaire of the world, there's no skill there. There's no challenge there, because it's become meaningless. There's no way to engage your strengths. "I can add. I can subtract." Oh ... {laughter} ...

Your power is certainly not your talent. There's no way to involve your creativity or your confidence. You can't really be confident. You can't even figure out how much that is, much less be confident that you can create it. It has to have some sort of task that involves skill and challenge.

Secondly, it's important that the Optimal Future involve complexity and attention. That is, in order to do this skill, in order to do this task that involves skill and challenge, it engages your full attention. It can't be something you do on automatic, and it must have complexity.

Now complexity is often seen as difficulty. It doesn't have to be difficult. Intricate, yes. Involved, yes. But not necessarily difficult. Complexity exists when you allow something to be an expression of your individuality as well as your oneness. When an Optimal Future expresses your uniqueness as well as your sameness, it has complexity. Complexity involves your individuality, your uniqueness, your signature, your autonomy, as well as your oneness, as well as your partnership, as well as the "together energy" you have with others -- perhaps involving my spiritual family more than my biological family, my chemical family -- my spiritual family developed not by chemistry and biology but by character, by personal and spiritual character.

Therefore, an Optimal Future is not something you do totally alone -- or if it is, it gets passed on to or is involved with others. Also, whatever it is, you want to become totally absorbed in it while you're doing it. Not obsessed, but absorbed.

And, you see, there are those of you doing things in your life now that already involve a certain amount of skill and challenge, and which give you the chance to express your individuality as well as your oneness with another. Some of you are working in sporting activities. Some of you working in creative projects that are purely hobby but are nonetheless beautifully creative. Some of you are in relationships where you are taking the skill and the challenge of intimacy, love and caring that calls upon your strength, power, and talent as well as your creativity, confidence and expertise, and that gives you the opportunity to be fully yourself and a partner with another.

Thirdly, an Optimal Future needs to have clarity -- specific and clear goals, short-term and long-term, immediate and eventual.

An example: You see yourself having an Optimal Future in which you compose music. That involves a skill. Certainly it involves a challenge because no matter how talented you may be, it involves challenge. It involves skill. It calls upon your strengths. It calls upon your power of vision and creativity. It calls upon your talent. Creative, yes. I have confidence, though, a sense that in that future I can do it with the expertise. And it's intricate, complex.

It also involves me by myself, but it also involves others who will listen or who will play or who will enjoy this music. And to that end, it takes my attention. When I'm focussing on this composition, I can see myself totally engaged, totally involved. And there is a clarity. There are goals in mind. I want to write so many measures every day. Or I want to get the first movement done by a certain time. There is a goal of completion, a goal of achievement, a goal of accomplishment that is clear.

Fourthly, an Optimal Future needs to involve Choice, the choice to take charge of the situation, to exercise control in the situation, rather than having to be in control of the situation.

You have a sense of dominion: You can exercise control in the situation in varying degrees of intensity. Rather than having to control the situation or be in control of it, you can exercise control. You have that choice: to intensify or to lighten up, to work faster or to work slower, to let it ebb and flow. You have that sense of choice.

Fifthly, an Optimal Future needs to have a continuum of feedback, short-term and long-term feedback, a system of gratification and reward, where some of the feedback is immediate. Going back to our composer: You've set the goal. Today you want to get this many measures done, this many minutes. This portion that has been a stickler. Yes, you would get immediate feedback from that. Now this is a future. You're not doing it but you can see that it has the opportunity of immediate feedback. It has that immediate gratification, that immediate reward.

The sixth quality it must involve is commitment and centering, where you are absolutely committed to doing it, to be engaged in it, being involved in it, a total commitment, in the moment, in the now, centered, where you have to give it all my focus now. You can't be distracted. You want to create it in such a way that you can be totally centered and totally committed.

Finally and lastly, an Optimal Future needs to stretch you beyond your self-consciousness so that your Conscious Self can emerge. Ironically and paradoxically, being self-conscious is never your Self and it's never being Conscious. An Optimal Future is bigger and grander than you are, and because of that it lifts and engages you such that you lose all sense of self-consciousness. You forget the cameras are rolling. (In fact, they're not.) With an Optimal Future you aren't conscious of people watching. You aren't conscious of what they think, of whether they care, of what they're deciding. You don't even know they're there. You're so engaged that it stretches you beyond being self-conscious. It may well be called a moment of ecstasy, where you are in a euphoria, in a sense of unity, of oneness, beyond space and time. Sacred, ineffable, a self-transcendent moment. You let your self-consciousness go so that in that transcendent moment, in that self-transcendent time, the real you, the true you, the self that you really are can emerge.

Now admittedly, these characteristics of an Optimal Future take some thinking and feeling. They take some playing around with.

Now putting together an Optimal Future calls upon what:

It calls upon clarity.

It calls upon centering.

It calls upon choice.

It calls upon commitment, challenge, complexity, and creativity.

It is automatically raising your resonance.

As you finalize it, what you do with it is you digest it and you project it. Let it in. Let it in. Imagine yourself caving, mountain climbing. You imagine yourself engaged in this sport or that sporting activity. Imagine yourself having that country home where you can be and do all these creative projects. Imagine it.

And as you create it, it's raising your resonance. As you imagine it, as you digest it, it becomes a part of you. You sense it. You feel it. You smell it and touch it in your imagination. Then you project it out there into what we call the Radiance of Your Resonance -- that wedge (of the futures you can experience). OK? Here's your resonance now. After working with creating an Optimal Future, it's maybe moved up a few notches. Now you're feeling pretty good about yourself, as a matter of fact. Your feeling very positively, drawing in a more valuable reality than you were even before you put this together.

Now you digest it. You feel it. You let yourself taste it. What does it taste like? What does it smell like? What does it feel like? You're notching up now just a little bit. Not enough that anybody might notice any difference, but you're still notching up.

Once you've digested it, throw it out there. Project it out into your future. How far? Well, it depends. If this is an Optimal Future for when you retire from work and sell your property and move to the country, it may be 20 or 30 years from now. Even though between now and then you may change it, it doesn't matter. You still digest it and throw it out there. Throw it out there somewhere within the Radiance -- obviously on upper end of the Radiance of your Resonance.

Now that Optimal Future, by its very projection is starting to have impact on you now. It will start immediately to have impact on you. Subtle, yes. It may cause you to feel more optimistic about something, or your programming around some issue may be more effective. Whatever, it's drawing you toward it, toward that Optimal Future. Now if you have four or five of them out there, they're each going to draw you -- not necessarily any faster, but more deeply. It doesn't mean you're going to be 65 any sooner, you see? But it'll draw you more deeply.

Now, if you want to really have it come in more deeply, there are one of two things you can do.

You can consciously start developing that skill more fully and exercising the challenge. You can start developing that complexity and that attention even now. You can bring the clarity into your current reality. You can exercise that particular skill, that particular challenge, or that particular complexity. You can start exercising that in direct activity. You see, when you're in that Optimal Future, you want to be doing some specific thing. You don't necessarily know how to do that yet, but it's always been there as a dream that you've had. It seems like that would be such an incredible reality, to do woodworking, to carve. But you don't know how to do that, so you're going to start developing the skill now -- preparing, learning, taking steps, maybe taking a class here, reading a book there. It's anchoring. It's not anchoring that future to you, it's anchoring you to that future. You start developing the particulars of skill now, and it will anchor you and pull you to that Optimal Future more deeply, more richly, changing the reality along the way more significantly.

Now the other way: Maybe that particular Optimal Future really is something that can't really happen until down there. There's no real way you could go about developing the skill or challenge without actually doing it now in a real way. So the other way you can anchor your current reality to the Optimal Future is to find something else that you can do now not upon the same specific skill and challenge, but upon some skill, challenge, attention, complexity. It will not have the same clear goals, but it will have clear goals. It won't have the same kind of exercise of control in the situation, but it will offer a way to exercise control in some situation. It won't have the same feedback, but it will have feedback in a continuum of rewards and gratifications. And likewise through the list, with that sense of feedback -- it's not going to be the same feedback, but it's feedback in a continuum of rewards and gratifications. And it does involve that sense of commitment, not to the Optimal Future, but to the quite separate skill and challenge you are working with now.

It may be that you have an Optimal Future out here that has to do with more academic concerns. But right now you express it through playing tennis. Challenge, skill, certainly so.

Complexity, amazingly so. Attention, absolutely. You can't be thinking about what you had for breakfast or who you're going to see later or whether it's awfully hot. You've got to be right there. Clear goals? Yes. Choice? Can you take charge? Yes.

Continuum of feedback. After every volley. ... {laughter} ... You get immediate feedback. Either you got the point or you didn't.

They don't have too many draws. Nobody got that point. Well, that can happen, we suppose. You just volleyed for six hours and you both dropped dead. You know, it doesn't ... {laughter} ...

Does it involve that sense of commitment, that sense of absolute centered commitment in the moment? And do you escape yourself? Yes, if you aren't worried about your hemline or whether your shoes are white enough, or whatever. You lose yourself. You lose yourself, the self-consciousness. And a more real you emerges. It can. Not always, but it can.

In that way now, in your 20s, another activity can link you, can connect you, to an Optimal Future that has nothing to do with such physical activity in your 70s, or in your 50s, or in your 30s or some other kind of Optimal Future that isn't that far away. So, you can just nudge it and push it and create it. That's going to lift your resonance, because it involves the attention and the intention. And it involves the qualities of resonance raising from clarity to creativity. When you start digesting it, it nudges your resonance a little further. When you project it out there, it nudges you further. And that can be enough. And then every so often let yourself digest it again. Ponder it. Savor it. Daydream about it. Dream about it in your meditations, or in your night dreams.

So if you want to nudge that Optimal Future a little further, you can begin doing that now or preparing for that now, or something else that involves the same seven energies, do you see? You see, it's the energy of skill and challenge that engages strength, power, talent, creativity, confidence and expertise.

It's the energy. It doesn't matter what the form is. At least for linking purposes it doesn't matter what the form is.

As you do this, you will start creating Optimal Experiences and Optimal Futures, and the link can be phenomenal. It can generate successes that seem not to have anything to do with it. Suddenly things at work get tremendously better. Suddenly the intimacy takes a powerful turn for the better.

But you see, it has impact, and shifting your resonance - not just your resonance about the Optimal Future, but your resonance now. That Optimal Future may be very involved in curing the malady you have now. Not so that you can hurry up and achieve the Optimal Future, but so you can move the Radiance of Resonance. "Here's my Radiance of Resonance now, which includes X disease.

And through this Optimal Future I've nudged it up to here where now that disease X is outside that wedge. It's not within my radiance. And therefore, it goes away." It's unable to stand the resonance -- even though that Optimal Future had nothing to do with "health concerns" other than perhaps wanting to live fully and richly in order to do that. And what other futures are here in this Radiance of your Resonance, in the wedge of your resonance? When your Radiance of Resonance moves up, futures that are all along the wedge shift and change. And it becomes like magic, very much like magic, so much like it that it probably is magic. ... {laughter} ...

Now that the Vortex is open, now that the past has ended its bitter grip and control, now that practice is over, everything IS different. Not "can be" -- IS different. You can make it suspiciously the same, but it IS different.

Meditation

In this meditation, again open to the energy of Sirius, to your connection. But you know, we've talked so often about that stellar heritage. Well, what is your stellar heritage? It's either Sirius or Pleiades. No, it's not Orion. ... {laughter} ... Even if there's an Orion connection, it's Pleiades/Orion, Sirius/Orion, but it's Sirius or it's Pleiades, or you wouldn't have found any interest in wanting to deal with the Sirius Connection, you see?

It wouldn't have interested you.

What is that connection? What is your heritage? Were you one of the genetic engineers, so appalled at what had happened? And also one of the souls clearly who said, "I'll sign up." You see, this isn't the first time you've been a Mapmaker. It's not a job assignment that's handed out like karma. "Who wants maps?" ... {laughter} ... It's a quality of who you are. It's part of your nature. It is your destiny -- chosen, yes. But then only Mapmakers choose to be Mapmakers. In a planet full of people, in a universe full of consciousness, there are relatively very few of you overall. But enough.

Until we have the opportunity to work with you, be it in workshops, in Blendings, in meditation, we shall close, and we shall do so to each of you and all of you with love, oh yes, with love, with love, and peace. ...

Lazaris

 

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