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


Message from Lazaris on the Events of September 11, 2001

Saturday, December 19, 2015
Blog: Message from Lazaris on the Events of September 11, 2001

By Lazaris

This message was originally sent to everyone in the Forum and who is on the mailing list that has an email address. We have received many requests to post this message on the Website as well, so we are posting it now.

Dear Ones,

We invite you to join us in a journey of healing; we invite you to join us at this time of immeasurable tragedy and pain. There are those who will rush to make sense of this insanity. In time you will search to find the meaning and then craft the significance for yourself of what happened today.

But now it is a time to act. It is a time to heal. There are thousands of people – unnamed people who will most likely remain anonymous to you – who need your love, your compassion, and your magic. There is a nation that needs your strength and resolve – that needs your substance and light – to bolster and restore its soul and spirit. There is a world that waits for those such as you to stand up, step forth, and lift your voices of love and healing. It is a time to act. It is a time to lead.

Terrorism threatens various forms of insanity as it attempts to shake and shatter the very foundations of growth. It tries to steal and crush your dreams and hopes just for the sake of destruction. Its goal is to shackle your truer self: to rob all humans of their gracious and tenacious capacity to love and to care.

Terrorists play upon the fears of the possible, the future, and the unknown as they lurk in their own brand of mystery and cower in the “between energies” of the dark and the light. They emerge and then retreat into their own prisons and poisons and into their own manipulations and addictions as they conjure a field of terror trying to force you and others back into similar constricting harbors from fear and pain.

Terrorists, with their war of terrorism, came today. Their ultimate success or failure is not in their hands; it is in your hands now. Many innocent people are dead. More are in shock, riddled with the pain and horror of this day. A nation and a world are in shock. The grief and grieving has just begun. Do the terrorists with their terror win?

With your love, compassion, and magic, with your strength and resolve, and with your substance and light, you can choose: No, the terrorists do not win.

With your healing, you can restore the sanity and stabilize the foundation of growth. You can restore the dreams and hopes in you and in all whom you touch. You can participate in renewing the soul and spirit of a nation and its people. You can stand up and step forth. This is the dawning of your day: You can lift your one voice – a heroic and magical voice – and be heard.

Yes, you can. Oh, dear one, you are part of the equation. You matter. And those such as the terrorists in your world did not count on those such as you, the mapmaking magicians and dreamer/dream weavers of a new world.

We invite you to come with us upon a journey of healing. Come with your Higher Self and those of your Unseen Friends.

1. The journey begins with feeling the full range of your emotions. Feel your fear and pain; feel your anger and hate; feel the tears of your weeping. Feel them fully and intensely. Then release that energy to your Higher Self. Release that energy to your Soul. Release the fullness and intensity to God/Goddess/All That Is.

2. Allow these mystical alchemists to transmute and transform your emotions from their current formation into the formation of greater love. Allow God/Goddess/All That Is to lift you, transcendent, into the embrace of Their Love and into the heart of your partnership together.

3. Then step forth and stand tall: as a beacon and lantern of that Divine Love and Light. Step forth with your individual images of people, of a nation, and then of the world mending and healing. Step forth with your collective images of a world becoming one – becoming One.

4. Now let us all gather in the solitude of the night. We will build a bonfire – a good fire – together. The branches and logs fueling this mysterious and mystical fire will be your healing images born of love and light. The fire will burn luminous and bright in the magic of the night.

If you choose to participate in this healing journey, work with us each night. Any time after twilight and before the dawn ... your Higher Self and Soul know when the time will be right.

Dear one, you are not alone ... never again will you be alone. We are here for you, we love you. Your Unseen Friends are about, and magic is afoot.

And they come ... the Dreamers, the Ancients, and the Shining Ones. You are the magicians of this current and coming time. Even in this tragic time, this is the dawning of your day.

Thank you for accepting our invitation to act.

With love ... with love and peace,

Lazaris

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Nature Spirits

Saturday, December 19, 2015
Blog: Nature Spirits

By Jach

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

Q: Lazaris suggested getting in touch with nature and the nature spirits during this phase, and I wondered ... What are some ways that you work with the nature spirits?

JACH: Well ... I have been renewing that work over the last few days, so I am glad you asked. [Ed Note: This question and answer come from an Online Conference during the year 2000.]

I have a really strong relationship with gnomes. Fire is my element when it comes to the Unknown and when it comes to working with the Mystical Other, but the Earth element has very profound meaning for me in this world and in my work with this world. So gnomes have a special place in my heart and in my magic.

Out by the pool there is a cluster of rocks, and there are ferns that grow all around the rocks. There is an etheric gateway there. When the gateway is open the ferns seem to have shifted and one particular rock is visible. When the gateway is closed the fern fronds seem to be in a different position, and you cannot see the rocks at all. When the rock is visible, the gateway is open, and I stare into its vortex.

There is a particular gnome that comes and sits there. We talk across the pool. It's telepathic, but we have full and lively conversations. I ask for help with some of my magic. He asks me for help with his projects. Funny, I just realized that he never calls these things his magic; these things are always his projects. I suppose that's because everything is magic to a gnome, ya think? Anyway, we work together that way. Sometimes we sit and just look at each other. I practice seeing without my eyes and then with them. I am not sure what he is practicing. Maybe he's being polite.

Also, between Peny's house and mine, there is a wonderful wetlands-forest-magical lair type of place. We built these wonderful wood walkways through this conservation area. Lazaris has said there are several vortices to the Other in that area. Jennifer, who works for us, has had many experiences with these vortices as she tromps through that area. She has had many dreams that are much more than dreams.

So I use that area as a place to nurture and re-energize. Now, those who know me realize that I am not likely to be trampling around in those wetlands. [g] But here is where altered states, out-of-body adventures, and teleporting can be very useful. [g]

A lot of what I do in this regard comes down to feeling gratitude. I spend time being conscious of the Nature Spirits. I work with sylph and undines, as well. But most of what I do is to be conscious of their presence. I am conscious of the work they do. And I feel grateful. I feel appreciation. I feel joy. I feel thankful. And I express that to them. I haven't hugged a tree in more years than I can say, but I have talked with them often. And I have talked with the gnomes that work so closely with them.

I had a willow tree in the backyard in California. I don't have one now. But there is a section of my backyard where there is a willow tree growing. It's in another world. You cannot see it physically, though I can now. But many people have commented on how there is "something special" going on in that part of the yard. Yeah, a willow tree is growing there. [g]

Thanks for asking. I could go on and on but I won't.

Q: Would you please clarify from the Magic Mills event the energies and forces of the universe and the calling of the Nature Spirits. I don't know if this was covered Friday, but I could not quite get it. I appreciate this, and the whole event was so profound.

JACH:

Well, I am glad you could get to the workshop for Saturday and Sunday ... and it is good to hear from you tonight.

There are four energies of the universe ... life energy, light energy, warmth as energy, and chemical energy. To effectively activate the Mills, we need to call upon the "energies of the universe." But we need to transmute those energies into a more applicable form. So we need to call down these energies to be transmuted into forces. The four forces of the universe are gravity, weak/strong; strong/weak; and electromagnetic, respectively. So we call the energies of the universe and downstep-generate them (transmute them) into forces of the universe.

At the same time, to activate the Mills, we need to call upon Earth's energy. To do that, we need to call upon the spirit of Nature (capital N). And that energy needs to be lifted to the level of Elements ... to the level of Elemental Magic. So we call upon the gnome, sylph, salamander, and undine energies to be lifted to the Elements of Earth, Light, Fire, and Water, respectively. A quick reminder: These Elements are metaphorical terms.

Now with the forces of the universe and the elements of Nature, we allow them to converge: life/gravity combine with Earth and gnomes; light/weak-strong combine with Air and sylphs; warmth/strong-weak combine with Fire and salamanders; chemistry/electromagnetic combine with Water and undines, and they all combine with each other.

And the spark for the energies and forces of the universe ignites and combines with the Elements and Nature of Earth, and magic happens. The Mills are activated. All this relates to the seminal spark from the universe, impregnating the new form emerging from the womb of the earth. It has to do with spirit seeking soul and soul waiting to be found, and the great turning of the wheel. This is what activates the Mills. And the magic begins (well, it is actually well underway [s]). I hope that helps.

Q: Are the Nature Spirits part of what helps us create our dreams, along with the other Unseen Friends?

JACH:

Hi there ... I am having difficulty figuring out the phrases to use in answering your question. Give me a moment here. [s]

Nature Spirits surely can help us in creating our dreams, there is no question. But do they? On one hand, since our physical world within our physical universe is composed of the energies of the universe: light, life, warmth, and chemical energies ... and of the corresponding forces: weak/strong, gravity, strong/weak, and electromagnetic ... certainly our dreams are comprised of these energies and forces, too.

The Nature Spirits are metaphorical expressions of these energies and forces. So if we create our dreams and then manifest those creations, I suppose it would be proper to say that the Nature Spirits participated. But did they help us? From this point of view, I think I would answer no. The Nature Spirits don't help us. They participate. Without their participation, we wouldn't create anything, and we certainly would not create dreams. Without their participation, we wouldn't manifest anything, and likewise, we wouldn't manifest dreams. But participation does not mean help. It's not as if the gnomes "care" what dreams we create; it's not as if they jump in to assist us out of some emotional bonding. [s]

That said, on the other hand, if we are conscious of the Nature Spirits, and if we develop a rapport with them, then we can ask for their help and their guidance in the creation and in the manifestation of our dreams. With the appropriate rapport with them and the proper belief in ourselves, I think they can help us immensely with all aspects of our dreams. They ... the gnomes, sylphs, salamanders, and undines ... can be powerful players in the working of our magic. For some, they can be esoteric or mystical players. In that consciously requested participation, they can help. They can also bring an almost unspeakable richness to the living of our lives.

You know, during this month of January, I have been following Lazaris' suggestion to gain perspective and to explore issues of mattering more deeply. I have been thinking about the cliche of "what matters is ... health, happiness, following our dream, etc." And these are important things. Don't get me wrong. But I am coming to a personal conclusion about the important issues. And the term that keeps coming up for me has to do with the depth of experience or has to do with the richness of experience. Sure, the content is valuable and all, but the depth and richness and the texture of that content seem to stand out in my living of life. At least, that is how it is feeling in this January, 2003.

Though I hadn't thought of it before, it seems to me that developing that rapport and letting that rapport mature into a relationship with the Nature Spirits would be an excellent way to find that depth and to cultivate that richness. In addition, the phrase "beautiful patterns of understanding" popped into my head the other day. To the question: "What do I really enjoy doing?" I answered: "I really enjoy spending time thinking and searching thought, looking for beautiful patterns of understanding." I am not sure where that came from, but I suspect it was from my Higher Self and that it flowed out of my unconscious.

To work with the Nature Spirits seems like a viable way to find those patterns. I hope that answered your question. Your asking this question offered me an answer I was looking for. [s]

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Lazaris Message on the War in Iraq March 20, 2003

Saturday, December 19, 2015
Blog: Lazaris Message on the War in Iraq March 20, 2003

By Lazaris

LAZARIS:

All right, all right. Well, indeed, a pleasure to be with you, a pleasure to be talking with you and to be looking into your world, and to welcome you, and to welcome you with all kinds of pleasure and all kinds of joy.

And tonight, a time of blending, a time of meditation, a time of contemplation. A tumultuous time in your world, that is so. A war, the obvious topic that is on all your minds and weighs heavily upon all your hearts regardless of your politics, regardless of how you experience this energy, a war that weighs heavily upon mind and heart, weighs heavily upon soul and spirit this night.

The Channel’s response earlier in the evening about the dawning of your day, about finding that voice as Magician, masterful magician, about raising your voice so that you can be heard amid the din … and you have both found that voice and you have been heard. You have changed the complexity, you have changed the nature – no, not perfectly.

So what is this war about? Last time, a dozen years ago, it was about a bully and how you respond, how you interact, with a bully. It was about a crisis of character, it was about a crisis of ego, it was about a crisis of success. This war, a very different war. And it is, we’ll put it quite succinctly, a shame that it has come to this. And all would agree. Those who are very supportive of the American administration, part of a coalition or otherwise, those individuals who are totally supportive would totally agree, it is a shame that it has come to this.

And those who are in opposition, in varying degrees, to such activity, however insightfully or blindly in opposition, would likewise agree, it is a shame. And there would be many who would want to blame. And others, more wisely, would want to look to where lies the fault … not whose fault is it, in that of blaming, but where lies the fault? It is a shame – the war is an issue of shame on all sides; how people respond, how humankind responds to shame.

Shame-based: You’ve worked with it personally. This, a shame of humankind. And the fault lies where? In humankind’s inability – we’ll say it as succinctly as we can – in humankind’s inability to build alliances. Humankind, relying upon the word “ally,” but not really developing alliances. Had the European Union, for example, truly built alliances, had the Western world – had the Western Hemisphere and the Western world really pulled together to create a viable alliance, a variety of alliances – no, not organizations, not labels – but not just allies but truly building alliances, then there could have been an alternative solution to what now is something that is this war around which everyone feels shame.

The failure, if there is, the fault lies in the inability to truly build alliances. And had alliances been fully built – over the last decade of years from 1992 onward, had alliances truly been built that were other than political gesturing or posturing – had they more solidly been built, then there would have been viable alternatives that everyone could have enjoyed. And it is a shame that it has come to this.

So what do you do about it? As you look into your shame, as you look into the shame that you personally feel around this war, how do you react? How do you respond? What thoughts? What feelings?

Some may be angry, some may be hurt, some may be scared, some may go into all states of self-doubt. When you look squarely into this countenance, when you look squarely into the face, when you look into the eyes of shame, what do you feel? What do you think? Feel those feelings, think those thoughts. Let yourself sift them and shift them, sort through them.

What beliefs and attitudes do you hold about shame? What choices and decisions do you make about shame? And in that shame – your shame, not other people’s, your own – in that shame, what do you do? How much do you punish yourself? How much do you throw yourself into self-doubt? How much do you ridicule yourself? Or how much do you forgive? How much do you forgive and work to heal yourself? How much do you release that shame? Ask for the help in lifting that shame? Turn to your very Soul, to your Higher Self, to your relationship with God/Goddess/All That Is, to your love, to lift that shame, forgive yourself, and heal yourself?

Yes, this war, it is a shame that it has come to this, and therein lie your clues, Magician, to the focus of your magic. No, you will not write the reality that there is no war, but you can still write the reality that this war – a shame that it has come to this – can lead you into that future, that future, that positive future of dreams and visions – that positive future, that virgin future untouched by human hand, rich with magic and miracles. How exactly, where exactly, what the form will be …

But as you can squarely face your shame, resolve how you deal with your shame, ask for help in its release, forgive yourself, and then direct all that energy that otherwise would have been lost in shame to the dream, to the vision, to the love, to the magic, to the miracles that you want to create. And you can let your voice, the voice of a magician, the voice of magic, be a part of the resolution of this war, of this shame, and part of what can follow in the years – in the months, in the years ahead.

With Love and Peace,

Lazaris

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Bringing In The New World

Saturday, December 19, 2015
Blog: Bringing In The New World

By Jach

(Though this first Q&A is from an Online Conference prior to the 2008 Presidential election, Jach's response is as timely now as it was then.)

Q: Lazaris has talked so much about how the new world will really be a new world and not an old world that is fixed, and I wonder what specifically to program for. Is it most effective to program for the resonance that we want, like the resonance of goodness, truth and beauty and a government free of corruption? Or for specifics, like this upcoming Presidential election?

Jach: As I read your question, a couple of thoughts come to mind. ... Give me a minute, and they might come to my fingertips as well. [g]

First, the new world is now destined to be. It's not an ideology or an ideal, as Lazaris has been pointing out recently. But we are just now entering the liminal years or the years in between our current world and the new world. They are still "worlds" apart.

There is a lot that will be happening in these next two decades that the liminal years will comprise. First, there are the building years that make up the next ten years, and then, well, I don't know what then.

But 2018 is the time of birthing the new world, isn't it? The year 2006 is the end of the current chromatic cycle, and it will begin the birthing process in earnest, as I understand it. And then the next twelve-year chromatic octave (2006 to 2018) will be when the new world is born and begins its infancy. So there is a while yet. [g]

So I think we do program things like the Presidential election and the political landscape in America. I think we continue working with dismantling and disarming the negativity and with awakening that tri-polar energy becoming a uni-polar force. I think we continue to focus on the daily magic as expressed personally, nationally, and internationally. And I think we work, not to fix and to cure, as Lazaris would point out, but to change and heal the world we have. I think that is what we do in the liminal years.

And then, I think we work on visualizing the miraculous states and the transcendent states as the way the world will be. I don't know about visualizing for a non-corrupt government, for example. Maybe that's right. Maybe that's right for some of us. But what is government going to be like in the new world? I just don't know.

I am not naive enough, to think that there will be no government or that there will be ideal government, but I really have no clear images. I mean, the images I can currently hold are a government that is a fixed or cured one. I don't really know what a changed and healed one would look like. See what I mean?

Also, Lazaris has been talking about the miraculous states and about transcendent states a little too often for me to ignore that. I started a new thread about working with our unconscious, and one of the keys to successfully harnessing the power of our unconscious has to do with the vision of transcendent states. And it is integral to allowing the Other to be mystical -- to be the Mystical Other. It is part of the collage of energy for healing our magic. It is part of our unstoppable power of magic. And beyond that, Lazaris is saying it a lot. That's a clue, as far as I am concerned.

So I tend to visualize a world in which things happen beyond expectation and imagination and a world in which people consciously talk about that. I see a world where life supersedes and surpasses itself and a world in which people notice that and are excited about it. I see a world where people are hopeful because they see that life is superseding itself and maybe their lives can do that, too. And they are talking about it openly.

I think what I am saying here is that I am visualizing that the current miraculous states become the consensus reality of a new world. And I leave the form -- the details -- to follow that function. That's what it means to me.

Q: Yesterday, while considering the "Paradox of Participation" thread, my mind drifted to what Lazaris said about our creation of a "Virgin Future." Can you talk about how the Virgin Future relates to the "Paradox"?

Jach:  I find the paradox of participation thread to be really fun and thought provoking. The actual paradox is even more exhilarating. Hmm. ... I hadn't thought about it in relationship to the Virgin Future, but, of course, it relates.

The Virgin Future, precursor to the New World, is also now destined to be. First, that's a hard one for many of us to get our minds around. We can say the words, I suppose, but do we really grok the reality? I know it is really hard for me. I know that I think I understand it and accept it, and then it seems to slip away again. I keep returning to the idea of a Virgin Future as a fixed up and a much better rendition of the current or the past. I tend to experience the Virgin Future in a Don Quixote fashion. I keep seeing the wrongs righted and the impossible dreams dreamt. Maybe it will be that way. But that is not -- cannot -- be the whole of it.

So, as ideal as I want to hold it, as quixotic as my image of it may be, when it's that way, I know I haven't yet groked it. I haven't yet wrapped my mind around it. And then I realize I don't have to wrap my mind around it completely. I don't have to know the precise details. I can still participate! Ha! I don't have to know every play or every strategy. I don't have to know each move and each step. I can still participate in the creation and the manifestation of the virgin future.

And then I think ... the word virgin means untouched by human hands ... and I smile. I guess I won't be able to pore over the blueprints, will I? I can participate in its creation and manifestation without a direct and conscious "hands on" experience of what it is. And that is so exciting to me.

It seems that the Paradox of Participation is essential for us to have a hand in creating something that is untouched by our hands. And I think it is important to remember that the resolution of paradox is where the power lies. And the resolution of this paradox is in choice. I love it. [g]

Q: Hello, Jach! In the Merlin-Arthur recordings, Lazaris describes Camelot. Apparently, the New World will have the qualities and characteristics found in Camelot, but with the year 2006 "just around the corner," can you give us some more details? THANK YOU!

Jach:  Hehehe ... Hi there. Give you more details? Wow. [s] Well, 2006 is fast approaching, that is true. So I go back to that Culminating Weekend called "Earth Changes." During that discussion, Lazaris laid out the chromatic octaves of energy that are active. Beginning in 1982, the pattern of the past was broken and a 12-year cycle began. In 1994, the Vortex of Sirius ... the Vortex of the Goddess ... opened wide and full, as it had not done for over 90,000 years and will not do again for another 90,000 years. After 1994, during the most monumental decade in the history of humankind, we made a choice: There will be a positive future of dreams and visions. 2006 (with a plus or minus of 3 years ... between 2003 and 2009) is the birthing of the New World. And as with any birth, there are labor pains ... there are massive contractions and cramps. I think our world is experiencing such labor pains. But the focal year is 2006 for the birthing. It could be a late birthing; it could be as late as 2009. But it is actually the following twelve years that are key ... 2006 to 2018. The realization or the growing of that New World happens then.

So it's not as if one day in 2006, a New World cries out, and a New World is born with a specific time and date. ... It will not have an astrological sign. [s] And it's not as though our "old world" will vanish and a new one will take its place. It's a birthing, but there the analogy to human birth ends.

See, this is why Lazaris has emphasized growing and changing ... why he has focused so much on shifting our observing and measuring devices. Our reality ... old world or new world ... is still an illusion. It is still the stuff of raw materials, tools, and generating and sustaining energies. It is still the stuff of our creation. In order to experience the New World, we need new calibrations for our old observing and measuring devices. If we don't, the very, very new world will appear and seem to function just as the very, very old one did. There is not some sort of miraculous salvation out there where we will wake up in the New World. It's not about some metaphysical "rapture." [vbg] The energies will be there. It is up to us to configure that energy in formation ... in a new formation ... of a new world.

So between 2006 and 2018, we will be doing that. And even now, we can experience pieces ... glimmers and shimmers ... of that New World. There are many things in my life ... and there are many things in your life ... in all our lives ... that truly are the stuff of the new world. If we look with patience ... attention and intention ... we can experience them. In many ways, we have parts of the New World as our reality already. Yes.

But other people don't, right? Well, that is always going to be the case. There will always be those who insist the world is the same old world. Personally, I don't think we can wait for the "least among us" to get on board. As Lazaris points out, if someone is trapped in a deep well shouting for help, stand strong outside the well and offer to lift them out. Don't jump down and join them in the well so the two of you can shout louder. So I look for my expressions of a New World, and I share that with others. I will not deny it until the "least among humankind" accepts it.

Using another analogy, it is not unlike Magellan's ships. We need to be the shamans for our world. We need to help people see what they cannot yet see. And we don't do that by blinding ourselves. We do that by looking more closely and listening more intently. We do that by shifting our own observing and measuring devices. We do that by working with the building blocks of this decade ... dominion, mystery, creation/manifestation, expansion, union ... and upcoming, illumination. And we work with complexity ... maintaining our individuality, while we come together and function as one without abandoning or losing that individuality.

So, more details? Well, I don't know what it will look like for you or for others. I cannot say I absolutely know what it looks like for me. I suspect it will be incredibly individual and distinctively unique for each of us. I suspect that the New World will actually be more like many New Worlds (plural) ... many different sets of reality creation that are amazingly, even astoundingly, individual. But I could be wrong about that. [s]

Thanks for your question.

Q: Hi, Jach. Can working with the Mystical Other help us give birth to the New World more elegantly?

Jach: Hi there. (And honestly, folks, I did not suggest this question ahead of time. [s]) It's good to hear from you.

In a word: Yes. In more words: Absolutely working with the worlds of Other -- of the Mystical Other (meaning the Other that is not available through our familiar senses, but is nonetheless there) -- can be a powerful venue for giving birth to the New World, or as Lazaris says it, "a world that is becoming new." Lazaris has talked about how we are involved in an evolution of consciousness and in an evolution of the human species. Evolution of consciousness is always happening. The evolution of a species doesn't happen that often, but it happens, for sure. However, such evolution has never been a conscious one, until now.

And the evolution of the human species is often totally misunderstood. People used to have images of people with huge heads and tiny, little, frail bodies, because we were evolving into totally cerebral people. Obviously, not so. Others even now talk of people having extra or additional chromosomes. Again, not so. It is not that sort of totally physical evolution of the species, but it is an evolution -- generating a "new kind of human being." And both evolutions are happening consciously. But we cannot do it alone. We need help. We get that help as we work with our magic and with our friends (seen and Unseen). In addition, we need to reach beyond conscious creation magic and beyond resonance magic. We need to reach into the realms of "Other" magic and confluence magic. And that, I think, is where the Mystical Other comes in.

As we work with magicians from our worlds (current and ancestral) and with magicians from the Faerie Realm -- that World of Other that shares our planet -- I think we lift to an expansive level of magic that can generate realities or changes in reality that are beyond our current scope. I think that with confluence magic -- the blending together of human and faerie magic into a pool of magic -- we can reach beyond the horizons into the Unknown, and we can create possibilities before they become possibilities in our world.

Lazaris talks about this in the Celebrating the Worlds of Other Intensive. The Imaginal Realm is where possibility exists before it is possible, and it's where magic creates itself. And during that workshop, we met with our faerie friend in the Imaginal Realm -- also a realm that we and faeries share. And we worked magic together. And that magic was phenomenal. It "shook a lot of people up" with a resonance shift and shake down. [s] A lot of unexpected changes happened to a lot of us out of that workshop.

But back to the point: We cannot do it alone. We cannot do it with our current levels of magic as masterful and as majestic as they may be. We need to work together. Together -- a concept of our feminine side (regardless of our gender) that is too foreign. Together -- a concept that in our world is being brutalized as women throughout parts of the world are being brutalized. Together -- a concept that with the lack of civility that is occurring in the United States -- is something we all need to begin to understand and to embrace. And together, we can work our magic with other human magicians. Together, we can work our magic with faerie magicians who also have a stake in our success. So, working with the Mystical Other -- which includes Nature Spirits, the Elements, the forces of the universe, as well as with faeries -- can be a powerful component in birthing a world that is becoming new. [s]

I get very excited about all this. Excuse my zeal. [s] And thanks for your question [s]

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In Search of the Truer Self

Saturday, December 19, 2015
Blog: In Search of the Truer Self

By Lazaris

All right. All right. Well, well, oh my, yes. Certainly so. Whenever we conduct a workshop, we begin by listening and by watching. At workshops, with your permission, we begin by touching – by touching that vulnerable and tender part of you that, in turn, always touches us so deeply. We touch that part that shimmers – that part so fragile and so powerful – so profoundly powerful – somewhere deep inside you.

That part of you that we touch and that touches us, in many ways, is the you who always loves – it’s the you we call the Truer Self. As you read these words, we will work with you so that you might touch – so that you can be touched – by that part, by that Truer Self as well.

Your journey with its few and many paths has taken many twists and turns. You have known struggle and suffering. You have known fear and pain – more fear and pain than was ever meant to be. You have known failure and sorrow and the silence of shame and despair.

And through it all, you love, you continue to seek and search for love. You have also known the power and wonder of celebration and triumph. And still you love even more. You do not settle or become complacent. You continue to seek and search for love – for more love.

You are amazing; you are astounding. No matter how bad it gets, no matter how good it becomes, you always seek and search for love. No matter how obscured, encumbered, or entangled your quest becomes, it never ends. No matter how lost you appear to be, you keep searching to be found.

It is your nature; it is your grace. Seeking more love comes to you as flight to an eagle. It is your dignity and your presence.

Amid this never-ending search for love, there is another search. We would suggest that while more love is your goal, you are also seeking your Truer Self. And as you seek both – more love and your Truer Self – there are so many wonders waiting for you.

So many wonders ...

1. You can create and manifest so much more of what you want, and you can fulfill so much more of your dreams and visions. You can touch and be touched by more of your magic, by more of your passion, and by more of your creativity. The peace, the self-acceptance, the more healing and the more loving can be yours.

2. A new sense of compassion and dominion can be yours. You can metaphorically walk with the elements, creating positive futures in the world that can become friendlier and more encouraging. You can give without guilt – beyond guilt – and you can love without fear – beyond fear.

3. Greater freedom to be and to become, the freedom to supersede and to surpass, with its possibilities and its capacities, can be within your grasp.

4. As you search for more love and seek your Truer Self, you can challenge the limits of your beliefs and imagination and the constraints of your trust and love. You can be wise. You can know. And in many ways, you can become your Truer Self and the beneficiary of the more love you always seek.

You are ready ...

That you are reading these words suggests that you are ready. We would suggest, your Higher Self is ready to link and connect you to your Truer Self. Your Truer Self is ready to be found.

Your world is waiting. As we have often said, "Nothing changes until you do." The world is evolving, and your conscious and active participation is an integral part of the evolution. The positive futures, rather than the "nightmares" and "mediocrities," are coming. It is your conscious creation and midwifery that will make it so.

Your spirituality calls you to the challenge. You are at a crossroads. Your future is waiting with so much abundance and bounty – happiness and success. In so many ways, we would suggest, seeking your Truer Self is the next step in your quest for love. With new ways of changing and new ways of growing, you must have known that there would be new ways of loving.

The Great Work and the Great Adventure are your work and adventure. In this sensing, these are yours to unfold with more of your magic and with the miracles of your Truer Self. With your Truer Self, the Great Work leading to the Great Adventure can become the Grand Adventure.

We hear you ...

We hear you. "It's too much. I am not enough. I cannot do all that; I cannot do it alone."

You are not alone. There is help. We would suggest, we are here to help you. Your Higher Self and Soul are always with you to help you and to assure you with their love and caring. Each is ready to help you come face to face with your Truer Self.

Your spirit, so filled with the breath of life and the inspiration-aspiration to live life more full and rich, is aligned with your Higher Self and Soul.

As we have said, your Truer Self is waiting to be discovered. And of course, God/Goddess/All That Is is always there for you and is always ready to love you.

You are not alone. You are loved more than you can know.

The nature of your Truer Self ...

Dreamer and Visionary: We would suggest, the Truer Self in you is always reaching for the future, the possible, the luminous – that which is filled with Light – and the numinous – that which is filled with the Divine. This august part of you is always reaching for the Unknown and the unfathomable.

Your Truer Self uses their raw materials and tools of creation with a focus on the future. In this sensing, your Truer Self accesses their beliefs and attitudes, their thoughts and feelings, and their decisions and choices with an emphasis on creating a better future rather than continually attempting to fix or perfect the past. The Truer Self forgives the errant of the past and works with receiving the powerful of the future. '

Your Truer Self activates and utilizes the generating and sustaining energies of conscious reality creation with an eye that is more upon what they are about to create more than upon what they have already created. In this sensing, this Self works with trust, gratitude, happiness, and value (the generating energies of reality creation) to build bridges to what lies at and beyond their horizons. They are visionaries; they look forward more than backward. They work with the sustaining energies (discipline, responsibility, intimacy, and love) to empower the present and the future rather than to justify the past.

That is to say, this powerful and beautiful Self within you asks, "Where am I going?" more often than they ask, "Where have I been?" That Self asks, "Where will this lead me?" more than, "What will this get me?"

Find these ingredients in you and you begin to see the hints and clues that your Truer Self is ready to find you.

Consciousness and Conscience with Dignity: Everyone has a sense of their consciousness. We call that awareness the Self-I as opposed to the Ego-I. Each person has a conscience.

That "little voice in your head" that is mistakenly called your Higher Self by some, we would suggest, is actually your conscience. Too often it is born of guilt or fear; too often it is born of duty and obligation.

Why do you get up and get about the work of the day? With a conscience of guilt or fear, that "little voice" offers threats and warnings about the dire consequences of not getting up and getting on with your day. With a conscience of duty and obligations, that "little voice" speaks of endless lists of things to do.

Yet, there is a different voice. We would suggest, there is consciousness and a conscience born of and based on dignity ... upon your dignity.

The base of your personal dignity is found within your sense of valuing yourself for who you have become and for who you are about to be. It is found within the strength of your character and integrity and in the presence of your Soul and Spirit. It is formed in your sense of freedom.

That "little voice," when based on dignity, encourages you to get up and be about your day because you are a valuable person with much to explore and offer this day. It entreats you with a remembrance of an embrace of Soul and Spirit and of the wonder of freedom. And you respond to that "little voice" with doing the right thing because it is the right thing. In this sensing, you respond with character and with integrity.

Your Truer Self is conscious of its dignity. Its conscience is born of and based upon that dignity. Find your dignity, and you are in pursuit of that not-so-elusive Truer Self.

Integrity: Admittedly so, integrity is a hard concept to fully understand. We would suggest that many within the consensus reality have used the word and the concept of integrity for less than admirable purposes. Many have used the idea of integrity to manipulate others.

Despite the twists and distortions that have come to the concept of integrity, we suggest it can be helpful to understand it as involving four ideas: 1) being spontaneously responsible for the impact you have; 2) thinking and feeling the full range of your emotions with intensity and humility; 3) becoming wise; and 4) having both personal and spiritual character.

People with integrity hold the space within themselves to hold every aspect of who they are. They hold a space for the beautiful within them. They also hold the space for the ugly within them.

In this sensing, a person who is unaware of their shadowy side lacks integrity. That is, a person who says such things as "I don’t have a negative bone in my body" lacks integrity because they do not have the space within them for their ugly side.

In the reverse, a person who says "There is nothing good about me; nothing at all" also lacks integrity because they do not hold the space for the beautiful in them.

The person with integrity says such things as, "I know I can be negative ... very negative. I also know that I have many wonderful strengths and powers. I have the potential for either the negative or the positive. I know this about me. And I can choose. Yes, I can choose the space from which I come. I choose the positive. I choose my power and strength."

Your Truer Self has integrity. You will discover more of your Truer Self as you explore your own integrity.

Making and Working Miracles: Your Truer Self doesn’t deserve more miracles than others do; it is not rewarded with more miracles. We would suggest, your Truer Self is capable of making and receiving miracles ... miracles available to anyone.

When we have talked of miracles makers, we have suggested that they have certain characteristics of personality ... they have a unique nature.

They are confident and conscious of their spirituality. The miracle maker uses success and failure and personal and spiritual crises to become strong and to transform. We would suggest, they do not use such as these to justify weakness or to explain their "specialness."

The miracle maker has the courage to craft their life filled with freedom, individuality, joy, and authority. That is to say, they look to utilize their strength and power ... their magic ... to make a life more than they look to these to make a living. In life, they look to supersede and surpass what has been, in search for what will be. They pursue the unfathomable with expectation and anticipation. They pursue the Unknown with hope.

As you seek these, you come closer to your Truer Self.

Seeking and Searching with Spirited Passion: Spirited passion includes such as these: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty; Creativity and Productivity; Awareness and Understanding; Meaning and Significance; Value and the Valuable; Wonder and Joy; and Spirituality.

As you ponder these words and the concepts contained within them – as you seek the experience of each – in the mystery and the secrets that unfold, you can reveal more of your Truer Self.

Gracious Generosity: This is a kind of giving that has little or nothing to do with giving to "give in" or to "give up." It has little or nothing to do with "giving away" or "giving in exchange." Gracious giving is both giving and receiving beyond guilt; it is loving beyond fear.

We would suggest that gracious giving – the giving that is a natural part of you and exalted in you–is giving of your being more than of your doing.

By this we mean that often you give of what you do and of what you have. For example, you give money, time, space (your spare room or garage), and skill. Such giving can be and so often is beautiful and touching. It can be an inspiration. Giving of what you have and do can be profoundly powerful, and it is necessary.

We would add that there is giving of what you are; there is giving of what you "be." In this sensing, you are not money, time, your spare room or garage. You are not your skill. You have these, but you are not these.

What are you? You are consciousness of love; you are caring and creative. You are a spiritual being. Gracious giving is giving of your love and caring; it is giving of your talent and creativity. It is giving of your spirit ... your Soul and Spirit. These are the stuffs of your beingness more than your doingness.

Your Truer Self knows the difference. As you come to sense that difference, you come to sense your Truer Self.

Transcendence: Certainly there are transcendent states within your reality. There are those moments marked with beauty and with ecstasy; there are those moments –those timeless and spaceless moments that can be eternal – that are sacred in the hallows of beauty, love, solitude, and enchantment. Your Truer Self knows such moments. And we would suggest, they also have a resonance or a radiance of being transcendent.

What does that mean? Perhaps the most elegant way to describe being transcendent is to say that such a person has a radiance about them that seems to say that they enjoy life and enjoy living it rich with love and caring. That radiance seems to say that such a person is intrigued by and seeks complexity and challenge in their life. And they seek it with wisdom and with spirituality. A transcendent person, we would suggest, is one who invests in themselves and in their future.

Beginning the search ...

Work with the components. Work with where these qualities are present and where they seem lacking; work with where they seem missing. As you acknowledge and augment the presence of these, your Truer Self can emerge more fully. As you bring more loving and more healing to what seems to lag or to be lacking, you can love and heal your Truer Self into participating more fully in your life.

Work with:

  • Dreaming & Visioning
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  • Consciousness & Conscience of Dignity
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  • Integrity
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  • Making & Working Miracles
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  • Seeking & Searching with Spirited Passion
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  • Gracious Generosity
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  • Transcendence

Work with love. Remember, whereas it used to be that your growth was based on discipline, admonishment, fixing, and curing, your growth is now about more loving and more healing. It’s about changing more than about fixing; it’s about healing more than about curing. Work with love. You always do.

As we said when we began ... You are amazing; you are astounding. No matter how bad it gets, no matter how good it becomes, you always seek and search for love. No matter how obscured, encumbered, or entangled your quest becomes, it never ends. No matter how lost you appear to be, you keep searching to be found.

Yes, work with love ... always more love.

We close with the love we feel and hold for you.

With love and peace,

Lazaris



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Our Magic is Getting Ahead of Us

Saturday, December 19, 2015
Blog: Our Magic is Getting Ahead of Us

By Jach

A Question and Jach's Reply from an Online Conference

Q: Jach, both you and Lazaris mentioned at the Interludes that our Magic is getting ahead of us. Could you elaborate on what that means more specifically? I loved the bits you talked about "The Magic of Presence." Never heard it before per se but it sounds familiar. Would you elaborate on this, too? Is it about being aware of what is going on in our world at large (not putting our heads in the sand, so to speak) and yet 'walking' our life with Love and Will as much in here as out there, so to speak? Thanks [g]

Jach:


Welcome. [g] I am not always sure what Lazaris means. [s] I still work to catch up to what he is saying.[vbg] What I meant is this:

The world is becoming new. It really is. We are all coming to that realization these days. It was a sad comfort to hear newscasters and academicians use that phrase during the unrest and violence in the Middle East: The old world is dying, and the new world hasn't been born yet. The world is becoming new, and it is happening faster and faster (and faster than even the impatient ones among us were ready for).

Oh, I know ... Back in the 1990s Lazaris talked of it, and we all wanted it now. But now that it is happening in more real and more realistic ways, it is happening faster than we are ready for. Maybe not faster than we wanted or want, but faster than we are ready for. See what I mean here? We have to catch up.

In November, Lazaris talked about being Visionaries. We are finally comfortable with being Magicians, with being Map-Making Magicians, and now we need to move forward to become Visionaries? Yes. Our Souls are challenging us to do just that. Lazaris talked about what the "real problems" in our world are. Sure, there are the basic crises, and they are still here. They are part of our human nature. Those crises we know well: the Crises of Dignity, Character, Vision, and Vitality.

But around those basic crises there are these core problems: Lack of Vision (is that too obvious? [s]), Collapse of Imagination. Loss of Belonging, Lack of Compassion, Dogma Replacing Dialog, Drought of New Dreams, and the Waning of Wisdom.

Hmmm. What are we going to do about that? These are not issues for the world to resolve. These are not issues for others to resolve. These are our issues. We need new and clearer -- illuminated vision. We need to lift our imaginations to new levels, higher levels. We need to create a domain of belonging. We have the compassion, but what are we doing about dialog? There is the dogma of magicians, too, isn't there?

I ask myself: Am I dreaming new dreams? More recently Lazaris has talked about how hope with its bounty can trigger new dreams. He talks about the "dreams of eternal youth" that can come at any age. And to temper those essential dreams, we need the vision that comes with wisdom.

Hope is a critical issue in dreaming new dreams and in ending the drought of dreams. I know what wisdom is. I can state the conditions of wisdom easily now (most of them [s]), but is my wisdom waning?

So in all this, I know that my magic has to grow. I also know that magic -- yes, my magic -- is growing. I say that without the aid of my negative ego: I am working magic, and sometimes I am startled by the success of that magic. I am amazed at the speed and at the depth of the magic I am currently working. My eyes widen and my jaw drops (a bit, not much) at how magical my magic is.

It's ahead of me. I haven't caught up to my magic. I need to expand (not just stretch) my success cube. For example, years ago stretching it was enough. Not now. I need to expand it beyond the normal three and four dimensions of my convention. And yes, I need to work with my image. I need to change it -- oh, here comes my fear of change -- and I need to lift it to new dimensions.

So for me to become a Visionary, I need to catch up to my magic, which seems to be growing faster than I am. During the recent "Evening with Jach" that preceded the Interludes, someone -- and it was someone on staff, no less -- asked me about the Reservoirs of Vision. I must have had a "senior moment" or something. First, I didn't know what she was talking about, and then I had no idea what they were.

Hmmm. I went and looked at my "November workshop notes," and then I remembered: OF COURSE!!!! Another person attending the Interludes came up the next day and gave me the short list. [s] By then I had remembered, and it was still a very nice gesture.

My point: I blocked it out. I listen to the recordings so I can learn the content and so I can listen to Lazaris. But I have to take copious notes. Otherwise, I slip away to sleep. That's because within Lazaris' voice, even as he has gotten rid of his accent, there is a resonance that holds me in trance. When I listen to the recordings, that resonance puts me to sleep. So I take detailed notes that are close to dictation (sort of).

Anyway, I had zoned out on the Reservoirs of Vision. Yes, I have work to do. [s] So that is what I mean when I say we need to catch up to our magic.

I also know that it is my destiny -- that it is our destinies -- to participate actively and consciously in the new world unfolding. It's unfolding. That's happening fast. My magic is keeping up. Am I? That's what I am thinking about all this. [s] Thanks for asking. My reply gave some nice clarity and focus for me. I hope it did the same for you.


 

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Creativity as the Current We Came In On and One We Will Return On & Working with Creativity and Passion

Saturday, December 19, 2015
Blog: Creativity as the Current We Came In On and One We Will Return On & Working with Creativity and Passion

By Jach

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

Q: In a recording from a Sunday afternoon, Unlocking Creativity, Lazaris spoke of creativity as the current we came in on and the one we will return on, as well. He also mentions imagination as the most powerful component of creativity. How does this tie in with the Imaginal Realm and with the current we are now returning on? Thank You, Jach.

Jach: Hi there. Good to hear from you. I know you have worked with the Imaginal Realm before but this last weekend was so incredible. You would have had a great time. [s]

There is a strong connection between these different threads and they are strongly interwoven. Lazaris talked a bit about this during the workshop. Creativity is a flow of energy that has distinct force. Yet to become a usable energy and force in our world, it has to be modulated or "down stepped" in the generation of that energy. It needs resistance to condense into a perceivable and usable energy.

In our world, we are told that creation -- the product of creativity -- is born of necessity or chance. These schools of thought are well established and well laid out. They are as institutions in our world. As a result of that, when we experience creativity, we link it to necessity or we link it to chance. Those are the poles in our world of duality around which creativity condenses and precipitates into creative energy and manifestation.

In the Imaginal Realm there is the creativity that is born of necessity. There is also the creativity that is born of chance. But there is also a creativity that is born of itself that does not require necessity or chance in order to exist and in order to be viable. I think it is that creativity -- the one that creates itself sans necessity and without chance that is the creativity that we came in on. I think that is the energy that is not modulated by necessity/chance, that is the most powerful and the most real, especially beyond the limits and bounds of space-time.

Now, within the creative process, imagination is key. Technique is important. Developing the craft of artistry to the level of mastery is key, there is no question. But if that creativity, no matter how sharp or well honed, lacks imagination, what is it? Replicative, at best. Cameras can do that. Creativity that is only imaginative lacking skill and technique can be entertaining in the moment, but it is seldom long lasting and never is classic. Or at least that's how it seems to me.

So imagination is the most critical and the most important or valuable key. In our world, we are told imagination is make-believe and false. It's interesting how the two are so automatically linked, isn't it? Beyond "just imagination," psychology uses active imagination but limits it to a therapy technique. And Lazaris talks of a living imagination that is very different than the "just" and the "active" imaginations.

But in the Imaginal Realm, there is an imagination that is beyond a living one. That is, just as creativity is connected to necessity and to chance, so imagination, even a living one, is connected to passion and desire, to logic and reason, to our body and our compassion, and to our images and our inspiration. Well, in the Imaginal Realm there is imagination that imagines itself. It doesn't rely upon our desires, passions, logic, reason, etc ... It doesn't need us. It exists and creates -- imagines -- itself. Here is the tie in. Creativity that imagines itself and imagination that creates itself. The braiding of these energies begins in the Imaginal.

Lazaris said something else that intrigued me. He said that the Imaginal is the receptacle to gather, hold, and release the creativity and imagination of God/Goddess/All That Is. Isn't a creativity that imagines and creates itself and an imagination that creates and imagines itself coming close to what God's imagination and creativity might be about? And I think the current that can bring us Home ... all the way Home has do to with creativity, imagination, and love. Add God's love; add Goddess' love; and add the love of All That Is to imagination and creativity. A mixture that is a complexity of energy and force lifting to a higher octave of energy and force. The current that can carry us Home.

Now, having written all that, I also know this description is woefully short of the truth. [s]

Q: Happy New Year, Jach. Would you talk about how you work with your passion and creativity? I am particularly interested in the beginning times of a project or creative endeavor and getting started, though anything on the subject is appreciated. Thank you.

Jach:  Hi there. How nice to hear from you.[s] I wish I could ... I wish I could talk of and understand better how I work with these things. I will give it a go.

First, I resist. [vbg] Really, in so many ways, I am reluctant to change, and I resist change. As much as I do it, it is not something I approach with eagerness. I resist; sometimes I fight it. And there are the times that I plow right into self-pity. I can whine a lot about change ... "Oh no, not again!!!!"

Now, this happens when it becomes apparent that change is necessary and when it seems to come about randomly or by chance. It also happens when I consciously pursue change. Yeah, I know. It's weird. I can be going along just fine, and then I realize ... I am bored or restless. I can wake up feeling an uneasiness, and I know that I need to make some changes. That is, I know that I need to begin something new ... a new project. It's not a necessity, and it isn't random, but I know I have to do it. And then I resist ... "Oh, no, there I go again." I can get angry at myself.
But once I move into the resistance, be it pity or anger, I tend to move through it quickly. And then I can find focus. Once over the hump, then the creativity can awaken, and then the passion can begin to flow.

I used to have a much harder time with passion. I could never quite define it. But in the more recent workshop on passion, Lazaris said something that cleared this up for me and it's been much easier to work with my passion ever since. He pointed out that our passion is not really in a thing or an activity or an event. It's in us. The particular activity that we label "our passion" is not really our passion; it is the thing that can trigger it in us. That thing or those events are like matches. They can ignite the passion, but they are not the passion. I don't know, but that made sense to me and cleared the way. I stopped "looking for my passion" and just started letting it find me. [s] Beauty stirs my passion. Beauty in sound, beauty in motion or movement, beauty in a moment ... beauty triggers the passion that is inside me. It also really engages my soul. Tears fill my eyes a lot when I experience beauty ... that love that weeps at the slightest act of injustice or inhumanity and yet rejoices at the slightest act of human kindness ... yeah, beauty triggers my passion and engages my soul. So I resist, and then I move beyond it. Okay. Then I look for the beauty. And my eyes tear up. [s]

Then I am inspired, and I get to work. I ride the wave of those tears and that deep appreciation of beauty. And I come to exclaim the beauty of my own "movement" in creating as I think about ideas or as I write about experiences. And in the exclamation (!) the passion and the creativity are wedded.

And then I get out of the way. In the end I am most often incredulous and then mightily pleased with what comes out of it all. And I love the mystery of it all. I find immense beauty in mystery. I am surprised by how much beauty I find in mystery. I don't know if that helps, but that is what happens at the beginning for me when I think about passion and creativity. Thanks for asking.

Q: Hello, Jach. On the recording "2002: The Year of Creation and Manifestation" Lazaris talks about the *Hidden Face of Creation* or the face between the solid faces and the fluid faces. He says it is in this face that we will find the alliance we seek. Can you share with us what you do to better understand this lost or hidden face?

Jach: Boy, I wish I could. I haven't thought about that lately, but from time to time over the past few months I have wondered about that, too.

There are the solid faces of creation that are most often born of necessity. To produce something new out of what has been or to create new formation (or reformation) generally is a product of necessity, isn't it? Chance sometimes plays a role, but most often those solid faces ... the ones that look to create (and manifest) something new, something different, out of what currently exists ... deal with necessity.

Frankly, the fluid faces intrigue me much more: originating, inventing, innovating. They are also born of necessity, but they can also be the product of chance. While the solid faces most often come from necessity, the fluid faces can emerge from either necessity or chance, and I think they can do so randomly so that neither necessity nor chance has a statistical advantage. [s] Â I could be wrong about that.

Okay. Somewhere between the solid and fluid faces of creation, there is another face ... the hidden face ... the lost face ... the mysterious face. I haven't the foggiest idea of what that is. But then the year is not yet half over. There's time. [s] I suspect that it can be born of necessity or chance. I also strongly suspect that it seldom is. I think it is born of something else. As I type that, it occurs to me: I think it is born of something Other (read: something Other or something that emerges from the worlds of Other). Sure, we could happen upon it by chance; sure, it could serendipitously emerge from necessity, but I think if we are going to find that hidden face, we had better plan on looking other places (pun intended)[s].

I also think that mystery will play a major role in finding that hidden face. And while I am at it, it seems that the energy "between" will be intimately involved. When I think of the energies of mystery and of the "between," the word "miraculous" comes to mind. I think that if we are going to find that lost face of creation, we need to set our observing and measuring devices upon the Other and upon the mystery we find there. Within that mystery found in Other ... within the mystical or esoteric of the Other and its mystery, we can open to the possibility of miracles. We can enter the resonance of miracles. And if we do that, I suspect we will encounter that face of creation.

Will we recognize it? No. I don't think we will recognize it as such. It will come as a "stranger's face," I think, because it has been hidden for so long. But no matter, I think we will find it there. And I think it won't come out of necessity and it certainly will not be by chance, especially if we consciously and actively go looking for it. But when we find it, even though we won't realize that we have, the nature of our creation and manifestation will change. We can still use the solid faces and we can still utilize the fluid faces, but when we encounter the hidden face, the nature of our creation and the stuff we create will be different.

Perhaps that is how we will know we have found the lost face ... not because we recognize it, but because the grace of our creation/manifestation is different. "Who was that masked man/woman?" That may be the first question. In retrospect, the grace of creation is different and then we will retrace our steps, attempting to remember (re-member) where we went and what we found there. Then the recognition will come. And then the realization.

And I think back to what Lazaris said of such: That is where we will master the art of creation and manifestation. I conclude this by going back to where I began: Can I tell you about the hidden face of creation? I wish I could. At this point, I can only speculate. [s] Thanks for asking.

 

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Choice and Choice Cube

Saturday, December 19, 2015
Blog: Choice and Choice Cube

By Jach

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

Q: Jach, will you discuss making choice, at a level where our reality can change, as we are choosing?

Jach: Good evening. Reality changing as we are choosing ... hum ... Oh, I know such a place exists and I have been there from time to time. It is exhilarating and it is frightening. More exhilarating, though. [s] I am not sure what to say about it.

I am not sure there are particular steps one can follow to get there. There are certain issues of resonance that can play an important role, however. For me, it is intensity of emotion that is amplified by love. That emotion might be anger or fear or it could be happiness or joy. See, for me, it's not so much which emotion as it is that whatever the emotion is, I feel it intensely. Intensity in the moment, with focus and complete attention. Intensity. Letting go once the moment has passed. A reality presents itself. I feel the emotion, whatever it is, and I feel it full out. Deep, rich, exuberant, or filled with pain, I feel it full out. But that is not enough. To that intensity, I add love. Beyond fear, beyond anger, what is there? Love. Beyond happiness and joy there is also love. In the depth of every emotion ... when we can honestly go deep enough ... there is love. With intensity in place, I dive into the love. It is much easier to type it now than it is to do this then, but this is the map I use.

Okay. Intense emotion and now intense love. To this I add a heartaching desire to change the reality. Yeah, heartaching desire. I was going to type heartfelt desire, but that is not it; it's a heartaching desire. Well, combining these three energies fraught with resonance and then choosing ... it can happen.

It doesn't always happen. But sometimes the reality changes in the moment. Sometimes it changes before the choice is complete. Sometimes it doesn't. But when it doesn't, if I take the "non-responsive" choice to become an empowered choice - a choice that has voice (unfamiliar sense) at the first, second, and third power - then the magic often follows in a day or two, or more. So that fourth component of expanding the choice to be voluminous is important, too.

I hope that answers your question. Thanks for asking. [s]

Q: Dear Jach, Listening to the energy recording for the month of April I hear talk about a choice cube, would that be similar to our success cube? Thank you, Jach.

Jach: Hi there, it's good to hear from you. The choice cube is similar in form to the success cube ... I mean a cube is a cube, right? [wink] But the choice cube is defined by the choices that are within it. And the focus isn't on its dimensions or upon its ceiling, floor, and walls. Rather our choice cube is defined by the fundamental choices that are within it.

Fundamental choices: These are the choices to the third power that we make. These are the choices that form the foundation for all the other choices we make in our lives. They are the choices that do not change unless we consciously change them or ... no, I go back to that ... unless we consciously change them even if we deny our culpability in the choosing. Some examples: "I will never get what I want." "I will always fall short of my goal." "No matter what happens, I will always try to control ... or will feel sorry for myself, or blame someone." You know what I mean here, right? These are foundational choices that we hold onto rain or shine, hail, sleet, or sunny weather.

And they are not all negative. We have positive fundamental choices, too: "I will always be curious and want to learn more." "No matter what, I will always reach to be real and more of my true self." These also are fundamental choices that remain in place no matter the conditions or the situation. They are choices to the third power or ... choice cubed. (Thus the expression, choice cube.)

Now, being less than a winner, for example, is a fundamental choice we made as children for a variety of reasons. Often those reasons are noble ones ... ones seeking a higher or a lofty goal. Often those reasons had to do with being loved or with securing safety for ourselves. For example, to insure that my mother or father would always love me, a child may decide that they will always fall short or always be needy or always be frightened of the world. A child decides to be less than a winner. And that choice is a choice to the 3rd power or a choice cubed.

With that choice in place, all other choices happen within its embrace. Even a simple choice to the 1st power ... "I am going to this movie rather than that one" ... can be tainted or soiled by the fundamental choice. Maybe it won't be, but the possibility and potential are there. Or maybe the choice to the 1st power (going to this movie) comes out unscathed, but the choices to the 2nd power may not be so fortunate.

The choices to the second power are the ones that surround the area (choice squared) of the choice to the first power ... they would be such things as the choices about getting ready and actually getting my body to the theater. If I have a fundamental choice to be needy, I may have a devil of a time finding clean clothes or a ride to the movie theater. I would probably have to call someone and *need* a ride or something. These are silly examples, but I hope they make the point about the potential impact of a fundamental choice or what is our choice cube.

Thanks for asking about this. It was helpful for me to review this stuff for myself. [s]

Q: Hi, Jach ... perhaps you can talk about Choice ... especially in this time of rapid change ... constantly choosing ... choice being the rudder that can navigate the narrows ...

Jach: Hi there, ... to me, your question begs this reply: Talk about choice? Do I have to? [Smiling] There is so much to say about choice ... there always is, isn't there? Let me think a moment so I don't end up just rambling on and end up nowhere. [s]

I think about the flow of positive momentum. Lazaris has described it: Love ... Intimacy ... Magic ... Choice ... etc. And then I think of it in reverse: Choice, Magic, Intimacy, and Love. By now, each of us knows that choice is keystone to all creation and manifestation; we know that it is cornerstone to all success and happiness. We know that it is seminal to all change; it is the active agent -- the yeast -- in all creation, manifestation, success, and happiness. All of us are aware and understand it; and most of us know it. And at time of rapid change ... at a time when we are dealing with the narrows and the pinnacle of freedoms ... remembering this is critical, I think. Even if we are only aware of the phenomena of choice, remembering that awareness can be a calm in the storm of chaos. After all, rapid change means rapid chaos ... that may be dark or light chaos, and either way, it is a storm.

Remembering our awareness, our understanding, or our knowing of the phenomena of choice can be the first aspect of that rudder in a storm. It seems to me that remembering the phenomena of choice and then realizing that choice is the root of all magic can be so wonderfully powerful. Choice is the root of all magic and magic is the seed of intimacy. Magic is the seed to closeness, tenderness, vulnerability, and trust. Wow. How do any of us really attain and experience intimacy? How do any of us really attain and experience closeness, tenderness, vulnerability, and trust? How do we attain and experience reduced fears of humiliation and knowing beyond our self-doubt that we are loved, cared about, and known? It's magic!

Again, choice is the root of all magic and magic is the seed to intimacy, and out of intimacy, our love grows and expands. We have worked with the chain reaction of momentum and we have experienced how love grows and reveals intimacy and how there is magic at the base of that intimacy. We have worked with the choices we unfold in the working of our magic. And this chain reaction of momentum also works in reverse. As we make our choices wise, right, willed, and empowered ... magic happens. And out of the magic, we grow our intimacy with ourselves, with the stuff of our reality, with our unseen friends, and with other people (near and far).

With that intimacy or out of it comes greater love. It seems to me that this dance from love to choice and then from choice to love provides a superb way to deal with rapid change. It seems an excellent way to weather the otherwise stormy seas of dark and light chaos. Perhaps this approach can be especially valuable for dealing with light chaos. I say that because over the years, we have developed many ways of working with dark chaos. Light chaos is still an unknown for many of us ... and perhaps certain levels of light chaos are unknown to all of us. I also suspect that light chaos is "more dangerous" because of its unknown character and because it is more seductive to fears of negative ego.

As I write that, I think about something Lazaris said during the Global Magic intensive. When he talked of the fourth step: Grace of Mystery, where we can tap into our greatness, he said this step was the most determined and the most dangerous. More people, coming to this step, get lost here. Touching our greatness can be an overwhelming experience for us because of the temptation of negative ego. So I suspect, though I haven't checked it out beyond my suspicion, that light chaos, like the light shadow, is potentially more difficult and dangerous to work with.

So perhaps the flow of momentum and the reverse flow can be especially helpful here. And, a thought keeps hounding me: Lazaris said that this current evening workshop on Unconscious Presence would be a watershed in our growth. What jumps out at me from that workshop is the mandala of the divine and the experiences of oneness with our unconscious mind. What also jumps out at me is experiencing (if that's the appropriate word) Essence.

It seems to me that our magic has leapt to an entirely new level. The magic that we have known will still be there; the techniques we have and that we use will still be there, but I think we are beginning to work magic on an entirely new level. The old techniques will still work and they will be a comfort for us, it seems to me, but there is something very new here. I don't understand it and I cannot describe it; I can only vaguely feel it.

And in this ... what? High Magic ... choice becomes paramount. I think choice will lift up and be even more present and important. And in that, linking love to choice and then choice to love (through magic and intimacy) feels very important.

Well, I ended up rambling on after all. I will stop now. I hope some of this made sense. I know I will have to read it over to see if it makes sense to me. [vbg] So thanks for asking,

Q: Hi, Jach! Will you say a few words about our choice cubes and how to work with them? Thanks!

Jach: Hi there.Thanks for your question. I find the whole concept of a choice cube to be very fascinating. I really enjoy Lazaris' description of choice to the first, second, and third powers. I am particularly intrigued by choice to the third power, which basically defines our choice cube. So a few words ...

First, the choice cube seems to function differently than our success cube. With our success cube, the distinctions of floor and ceiling and of sides with width or depth are very important and can be very revealing when it comes to understanding the nature of our success and to assessing our relationship with success.

But with our choice cube, it's not so much the actual sides that are important. I mean, a question about how high or wide or deep our choices are doesn't make that much sense -- and an answer to such a question doesn't really make a whole lot of difference, as I see it.

The merit of our choice cube seems to be more clearly defined by its content than by its boundaries. We can understand our choices to the first and second power fairly easily. They are the choices "in the moment" (choice to the first power) and the secondary choices that support that in-the-moment choice. But choice to the third power is different. It is a fundamental choice that, once made, remains in place until we change it. They are life choices. Sometimes we come in with them, and sometimes we craft them in our childhood and young adult years. They are sometimes constructed at the worst possible times, like in the depths of despair or in the pits of hopelessness. And they are often made in the hidden places ... consciously made, mind you, but often in places that are hidden from view.

These fundamental choices define the space in which all other choices are made. And they are to us as water is to fish. We don't see them because we live them. We don't see them because we blind ourselves to when we made them. But they are there. And they are essential to living life. Yeah, essential. No matter how miserable a person's life may be, it is based upon and dependent upon choices to the third power ... upon those fundamental choices that are profound and ever-lasting. So fundamental choices are to us as water is to fish.

How to work with them ... One way is to go hunting for the current fundamental choices and then to assess them. The hunt can be done in several ways. First, we could sit down and jot down a slew of choices to the first and second power, and then look for common denominators, recurring themes or threads, or common conclusions underlying those many choices listed randomly. I don't recommend this way because it can be tedious, but it might appeal to some.[s]

Second, we can look at our destiny, or at what we know of it. Destiny is an intricate combination of fate and fortune along with that which is inevitable in our lives. We can look at destiny that has already demonstrated itself. What has been our fate so far? What have been our core beliefs and what have been our core life choices as reflected and expressed in the life we have lived? What has been our fortune so far? That is, what has been our relationship with abundance ... with bounty, autonomy, exalted giving, co-creation, conscious and active participation, and with celebration and triumph?

Based on what has already happened in our lives, what seems or appears to be inevitable? Such assessment can give us a sense, if not a clear picture, of our destiny. And, unless we change, we know that the same stuff is bound to continue. The form may vary, but the function will remain the same. Again: unless we change. So this assessment of "what was" can give us a good idea of our destiny ... of the destination ... of where we are "going to end up." Pretty picture or not, within our destiny we can find the choices to the third power, and we thus find the volume of our choices ... our choice cube.

Then we can work with those choices ... The best way I have found is to work with the recording from Lazaris called Becoming a Winner at Living Life. His description about how we as small children make the choice to be less than a winner is priceless to me. And his challenge: If we were so powerful back then as to be able to make a choice (to be less than the winner) that has lasted this long, then we surely are powerful enough to make a new choice that is as powerful or more powerful. His challenge is terrific. It makes me smile whenever I think of it.

A third way to unearth those fundamental choices is to work with our Higher Self and Future Self at the gateway to our unconscious mind. Those choices are neatly recorded and held in our unconscious. So we can go to the doorway ... the gateway ... and with our Higher Self and Future Self, we can call those beliefs to come forth in a gentle, non-invasive way. Gentle and non-invasive is very important, and it's important to sit at the gate and call them forth. If we go into our unconscious to find them, often we go unconscious and retrieve nothing. But if we sit at the gateway and call them forth and let them emerge from our unconscious, then we have something we can work with. So those are a few ways.

I guess the key is that working with our choice cube isn't about stretching or expanding the boundaries, as it is with our success cube. It's about discovering that esoteric content and changing it ... changing our beliefs, changing our choices, changing our attitudes and our thoughts and feelings as well. If we change those things at a base level or a core level, then our cube, the volume of choice, changes. Then the everyday choices to the first and second power may be the same as they have always been, but the results, the reality that emerges from them, can be very different. I hope that helps. [s]

 

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Poverty Does Not Get Forgotten Here

Saturday, December 19, 2015
Blog: Poverty Does Not Get Forgotten Here

By Jach

From a Series of Sketches of Life in Columbia

He stood at the threshold in supplication. He moved continuously, stepping back a few steps quickly and then slowly forward a step or two. I thought of a well-trained dog that stands at thresholds wondering if it's safe to enter or waiting for permission to come in. He tilted his head this way and that as if asking. For what? His folded hands were also in motion clasped together as if in prayer and then pressed to his chest, his heart, as if to say, "thank you."

I didn't want to watch but I couldn't not. We were at Sebastiana, a simple cafe on the edge of a very busy and very noisy roundabout. Traffic moved with a frenzy around the hub. Homeless men, women, children, crippled and deformed men, moved slowly or not at all around the hub.

We were waiting for our "executive lunch." It's common at such small cafes to offer one option for lunch: fresh juice, daily homemade soup, a tiny salad (mostly shredded lettuce and too much shredded onion with a smattering of diced tomato ( most Colombians don't understand the concept of salads), and a main course of meat, vegetables, and rice, yacca, potato, or a combination of each. Such lunches are different each day and they cost about $4.00 (USD). I like executive lunches and I like Sebastiana. It has a writer's motif with quotations from notable Colombian writers and poets printed on the walls. It's also a fun place for people watching.

He stood there at the threshold knowing he was not allowed, he was not welcome to come in. The soles of his worn out flip-flops were so flat as if to be almost invisible. His too big pants, cinched with a rope, were grimy and torn, and they hung low. The cuffs all but gone. His ragged tee was torn and stiff with grease and dirt. He danced his slow dance of supplication. Waiting. For what?

Ten, fifteen minutes passed. He prayed. He gave thanks. He waited, stepping back coming close, stepping back again. Finally, the waitress dressed in a white uniform of synthetic pants and jacket blouse came from behind the counter with a white plastic bag draped over two outstretched fingers. It swayed back and forth as she walked slowly toward him. His tail wagged had he been a dog. Tentatively, he reached out but did not step or grab. With a tenderness that brings tears to my eyes even now, he took the offering and bowed. He breathed a sigh. Relief.

He turned and walked away. His daily task was done, or had his work just begun? I watched him weave his way through the fast cars and slow people. I wondered: Is he going to find a quiet place to eat? Is he saving his meager treasure for later in the day when the cool breezes of the afternoon come? Will he share his bounty with another, a friend, family? I watched as he disappeared into the crowd knowing I would never know.

Poverty is ugly. It's painful. But here in Colombia, it's visible. No one tries to hide it as too often we do in the States. Many ignore poverty, but no one seems to deny it, and it is not hidden. Further, it is not rounded up and contained in "those sections" of the city. Poverty and its tragedies are more intense in some areas, dangerous areas where it's not safe to go after dark, but poverty invades every area of this metropolis of over three million people.

But it's visible. That feels important to me. I thought of Katrina back in 2005. It exposed the depth of poverty that had been hidden in New Orleans. Evacuation had been ordered but there were so many, painfully so many, who could not afford to evacuate. Their poverty was paralyzing, and it had been hidden. Exposed then, but what happened to it since?

Poverty does not get forgotten here, and ironically that inspires hope in me. If we don't see our shame, how can we end it? If I don't own that I allow it, how can I allow changing it?

So I watched him waiting. For what? Food. Yes. But I think he was also waiting to be seen. I think he was waiting to be heard as he spoke only with his body and his hands.

I hope I saw him as I watched him walk away. I hope I heard him as he disappeared. I probably won't see him again, but I know I will never forget him. The look on his face, the dog-like movements of his body, the pleading prayfulness and gratitude are burned in my memory and in my heart forever. Later that day, I worked a bit of magic for him. I imagined putting something more in that plastic bag. I also worked magic around the poverty that is too much a part of this country and too much a part of the world.

Our executive lunches arrived. It was simple, and it was delicious. "Que rico!" We ate. We continued our day.

 

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Beauty and Magic

Saturday, December 19, 2015
Blog: Beauty and Magic

Q & A with Jach

Q. What is the relationship between Beauty and Healing? Perhaps it's obvious, but I've noticed lately ... as I've been touched by it, it seems to bring me to remembering the love.
JACH: There is a strong connection between beauty and healing, I think ... But I don't think it is immediately obvious. When I think of what you ask, I think about what Lazaris has said about what beauty can do in our lives.

First, it can open us up to our sense of immortality and our sense of eternity. With that resonance -- the resonance of being immortal and eternal -- we can create an environment that is conducive to healing, don't you think? I mean, there is a lot of hope and a high level of expectation in that resonance, and so much of healing hinges on hope and expectation.

Further, beauty allows our desires and our needs to become splendid. To me that means that our desires and needs, no matter how mundane or esoteric, take on a glow: They become shining in the grandest meaning of the word. Again, in the shining of beauty, our desire for healing and our need for healing take on a new life and a new energy, I think.

And one more: Not only does beauty fuel the truth that Goodness and Truth Shall Prevail, it also generates a state of renewal and revitalization; it generates and sustains a state of healing. Personally, I think the enchantment of beauty gives us both pause and a reason to begin again. Out of all this, I think there is a strong connection between beauty and healing.

Q. I feel there is a connection between the Beautiful Unknown and experiencing easy miracles -- and letting go of struggle. What can you say about the Unknown and beauty and miracles?

JACH: Well, Lazaris talks of the Beautiful Unknown. There is a powerful and everlasting connection between the two. [g]

For me, the beautiful Unknown is very akin to the Imaginal Realm or perhaps it is the Imaginal Realm that is akin ... [g] And as I work episodically in the Imaginal or the Beautiful Unknown, several things happen around struggle:

First, I find that alternative means present themselves in the Unknown. I remember Lazaris saying that there are as many solutions as there are steps to getting there. If there are five steps to reaching a goal, then there are at least five different ways to get there. Or there are at least five different solutions to the issue.

Using that, when I go into the Unknown, I open to the various solutions or means toward the end I seek. Some of those ways are known to me. Often those that are known are also ways of struggle. There are some ways or means to the solution or goal that are unknown to me. I bet those that are unknown to me probably do not involve struggle. [g]

So first, I find that when I seek the alternative means or solutions, I can find them and that they can be innovative and inventive ... always that means without struggle. Now when I say that, I do not mean without effort, and I do not mean without work, but I suppose you were aware of that. [g]

Second, while in the Unknown, it can offer us so much that would otherwise stand in my way. There are still entanglements that get in the way of success. But rather than processing them through from the start or from scratch, in the Unknown I can offer them up for healing. This comes with experience and with having done the work already. But when we have done the work and have the authority -- the authorship -- of our reality, then we can give ourselves the permission -- I am talking about empowerment here -- to offer up our entanglements rather than having to work through them one more time. That offering up, for me, works best in the Unknown. And the Beautiful Unknown as distinct from the Silent and the Sacred Unknown is where that happens for me.

Lazaris talks of how with beauty our unconscious can enter our conscious states with elegance and ease. In the presence of beauty, our Dark Shadow can integrate with our Light Shadow and both as one can integrate with us. In all this, it would be hard to justify struggle. [g]

So, the Beautiful Unknown can hold incredible keys to success, magic, and miracles.

Q. Is it not magic when I see Beauty, and is it not beauty when I experience Magic? What do you think of this?

JACH: I like what you say of beauty and magic. Often it is true. When we see beauty ... I would say that when we allow ourselves to experience beauty ... then it can truly be a magical moment. I say "allow ourselves to experience," because I think the power of beauty ... the mystery and the mysticism of beauty which is its magic … come from somewhere beyond seeing. Lazaris has often said that any of us can see something that is beautiful, but not all of us can reap the bounty of beauty. Not all of us can experience the richness of the gifts of beauty. To do that, I think we must reach beyond seeing. You may well have meant what I am saying. I know that English is not your first language. [g]

But when we will lift beyond our familiar senses and experience beauty, then I think we can receive her gifts. When we will stop and let beauty have her way with us, then we can sense the life and the light that can change us forever. Then we can hear the voice and our hearts can silently weep. When we will reach beyond and surrender a bit of our time and space to beauty, I think we can be wrapped and enraptured in her warmth and "never be cold" again. I think there is a substance to beauty that can move us in ways that "distance" has no meaning. Then beauty is magical.

And then to magic ... I think much of magic can be beautiful. And some magic just isn't that pretty. [g] There is some gutsy and "down and dirty" magic that is still very positive and wonderful, but I would be hard pressed to call it beautiful. [g] Remember … magic is changing reality in compliance with our will. It can be beautiful, but that is not a requirement. [g]

And there is magic that can catch our breath with its beauty. There is magic that is Soul Magic ... at least that is what I call it ... and it is inspiring and uplifting and transcendent. [g] That kind of magic is beautiful.

I also find the magic that I work with intensity and intimacy is a beautiful magic for me. It is a private magic. I don't do it in front of anyone, but alone and in the stillness of the night. This magic ... my magic of intensity and intimacy ... is a beautiful magic to me.

So the statement you make is true or can be true if we are conscious and if we are willing. But I would not rely upon it too strongly. It could lead to complacency or to the doldrums of assumption. [g] I hope this helps.

Q. Any suggestions for using crystals to explore Beauty? [g]

JACH: You know, I just put together the flier for the October workshop on crystals here in Orlando [a past event]. Lazaris described briefly the first stages of one of the "Adventures into the Incredible" that we will be doing then. He described holding our crystal ... whether it was an old companion or a new found friend, it is a dear crystal. We touch it in the ways Lazaris has just instructed us. We whisper the words, he says, the words that we just learned from Lazaris. And suddenly we are standing upon that reflective message plate or within that glimmer veil. We intone the sounds Lazaris taught us and we are on our way ...

For me, talking with and working with my crystals can open me to beauty. They are gateways. Whether that is their particular expertise or not, any crystal can transport and teleport us. In October [ refers to a past event] many of us are going to learn more about this than we can yet imagine, I think. But before that, any crystal can transport us. And beauty is one of its methods, I think.

Also, as we all know, crystals amplify, and they communicate as well as carry communication. They don't do this as we humans might. They have their own way. I think they sing. [g] I think there is a tonation and an interplay of undertones and overtones as well as the tones themselves. I think they sing. As we can touch a bit of that, we are struck by their beauty, and we are changed by a deeper sense of beauty herself. That's the way it seems to me. [g]

Q. Would you talk about how you work with your passion and creativity? I am particularly interested in the beginning times of a project or creative endeavor and getting started, though anything on the subject is appreciated. Thank you.

JACH:  I wish I could ... I wish I could talk of and understand better how I work with these things. I will give it a go.

First, I resist. [vbg] Really, in so many ways, I am reluctant to change, and I resist change. As much as I do it, it is not something I approach with eagerness. I resist; sometimes I fight it. And there are the times that I plow right into self-pity. I can whine a lot about change ... "Oh no, not again!!!!"

Now, this happens when it becomes apparent that change is necessary and when it seems to come about randomly or by chance. It also happens when I consciously pursue change. Yeah, I know. It's weird. I can be going along just fine, and then I realize ... I am bored or restless. I can wake up feeling an uneasiness, and I know that I need to make some changes. That is, I know that I need to begin something new ... a new project. It's not a necessity, and it isn't random, but I know I have to do it. And then I resist ... "Oh, no, there I go again." I can get angry at myself.

But once I move into the resistance, be it pity or anger, I tend to move through it quickly. And then I can find focus. Once over the hump, then the creativity can awaken, and then the passion can begin to flow.

I used to have a much harder time with passion. I could never quite define it. But in the more recent workshop on passion, Lazaris said something that cleared this up for me and it's been much easier to work with my passion ever since. He pointed out that our passion is not really in a thing or an activity or an event. It's in us. The particular activity that we label "our passion" is not really our passion; it is the thing that can trigger it in us. That thing or those events are like matches. They can ignite the passion, but they are not the passion. I don't know, but that made sense to me and cleared the way. I stopped "looking for my passion" and just started letting it find me. [s]

Beauty stirs my passion. Beauty in sound, beauty in motion or movement, beauty in a moment ... beauty triggers the passion that is inside me. It also really engages my soul. Tears fill my eyes a lot when I experience beauty ... that love that weeps at the slightest act of injustice or inhumanity and yet rejoices at the slightest act of human kindness ... yeah, beauty triggers my passion and engages my soul. So I resist, and then I move beyond it. Okay. Then I look for the beauty. And my eyes tear up. [s]

Then I am inspired, and I get to work. I ride the wave of those tears and that deep appreciation of beauty. And I come to exclaim the beauty of my own "movement" in creating as I think about ideas or as I write about experiences. And in the exclamation (!) the passion and the creativity are wedded.

And then I get out of the way. In the end I am most often incredulous and then mightily pleased with what comes out of it all. And I love the mystery of it all. I find immense beauty in mystery. I am surprised by how much beauty I find in mystery.

 

The above questions & answers are a a grouping of questions with Jach's replies from the Online Conferences

 

 

 



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