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

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

By Jach

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

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

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

JACH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q. How does indebtedness play into this dynamism?

JACH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JACH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JACH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

JACH:

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

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

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

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

And when we:

1. Release our resistance to forgiveness in general;

2. Release our resistance to the specific forgiveness;

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

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

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

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

JACH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Storms and Electromagnetism, Union and Imagination

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

By Jach

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

Storms and Electromagnetism, Union and Imagination

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

JACH:

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

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

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

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

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

JACH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JACH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Veils Between The Worlds

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

By Jach

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

The Veils Between The Worlds

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

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

JACH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q: How do we get in touch with majesty?

JACH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JACH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JACH:

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

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

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

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

Q: Can you talk about processing success and happiness?

JACH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JACH

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your specific questions:

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

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

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

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

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Forgiveness II: A Look Deeper

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

By Jach

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

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

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

JACH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

JACH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JACH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JACH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JACH:

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

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

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

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

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

JACH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Working with Destiny

Monday, May 9, 2016
Blog: Working with Destiny

By Jach

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

Working with Destiny

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

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

Utilizing Our Destiny: Consciously Directing Evolution

Allowing Destiny to Work for You

Building & Achieving Destiny

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

JACH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JACH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JACH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

JACH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6. I ask for help from my Unseen Friends.

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

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

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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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