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A Gift from Lazaris
Reaching Beyond: Lazaris Talks about the 2016 Election
Be a champion of change, a champion of the new future -- a future no one has yet imagined. ~ Lazaris
Many have asked whether Lazaris would comment on the election results. After purposely giving space so that everyone could feel, express, and release whatever they were feeling, he has answered with this detailed and wonderfully hopeful release. Lazaris also outlines so much about not only what happened, but specific ways to work magic in order to leap into a world becoming new to create something special in our world ... something more, something unfathomable. A truly incredible map of magic that we are offering as a free gift to our community.
(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]
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.
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]
The Two Major Focuses of Every Lifetime ...
When Lazaris has spoken of Life Focuses he has always said that people have seven of them in every lifetime, varying from person to person and from lifetime to lifetime, depending upon what they want to be doing any particular time. There are two focuses, however, that are part of every lifetime we have: Learning To Have Fun and Learning To Consciously Create Success. This excerpt from Lazaris Interviews: Book II (out of print) is about these two, which are always part of every incarnation.Learning To Have Fun
"What is the purpose of life? ... What is my task? Why am I here? ... Why am I physical? What is my mission?"
You are haunted by this desire to know. Deep within your brain stirs the thought that if you just knew the answer to one of these questions, then everything else would make sense. Your heart echoes with feelings that a satisfactory answer would make everything ... absolutely everything ... all right.
Your purpose, your mission, your task -- or, as we prefer to say, your focus -- can be stated with disarming ease. The prime reason you are here: To learn to have fun.
Yes. That's it. You are here to learn to have fun! You have created a physical form and a physical world to put it in. You have created all of your reality to give yourself the opportunity to learn -- to learn to have fun.
The critics and detractors pounce upon that statement as proof of the shallowness and hedonism of the New Age. They either get angry at the apparent lack of social responsibility, or they dismiss the idea as the emptyheaded "fad philosophy" of this yuppie "sport" called the New Age.
Many who consider themselves part of the alternative spirituality of the New Age want the purpose, the task, the mission to be more serious or to at least sound more spiritual. Missions should be loftier. A purpose of connecting with your Higher Self or becoming one with the Source sounds much more reasonable. It sounds much more valuable and viable.
At first glance, these criticisms seem to have merit. Upon further investigation the kind of fun we are talking about, the kind of fun you are attempting to learn, is valuable and totally viable. We are talking about the kind of fun derived from accomplishing the lessons you have selected to experience and fulfilling the destinies you have chosen to explore. Your spiritual focus -- your spirituality -- is all about your living, breathing, loving, embracing relationship with God/Goddess/All That Is. This is what learning to have fun is all about.
|Your purpose, mission, task -- your focus -- is not only about achievement; it is also about the means of achieving. It is not just about succeeding -- it is also about the way in which you succeed. You can grow through the struggles and hardships of life. Some of you needed to do that. Some still feel the need to struggle and suffer. However, you also have the choice to grow through the love and the laughter.|
|Creating your own reality is something you do whether you are conscious of it or not. Everyone consciously creates their own reality. Some, lost in the labyrinth of ignorance or naivete, do not know it. Others, caught in the web of fear and ridicule, deny it. Many, trapped in the paralysis of being in potentia, wish it were true. Regardless, you do create your own reality.|
Conscious creation of reality is how you function. Conscious creation of success is where you focus.
We do not want to examine the entire arena of creating success. That has been done. The bookshelves of your reality are replete with the "how-to's" of success.
We want to plant seeds of consideration to help you more clearly understand what success really is for you, and how to more concretely be able to consciously create it for yourself. To begin, we must look at what success isn't. Many of you don't really know what success is. It is one of those concepts that you are supposed to "just know." Potential humiliation overrules curiosity. Without clear understanding you continuously seek and never find success.
In lieu of clarity you accept the consensus reality definitions thinking that success means greater intelligence, more deserving, and "better than." You assume success entails competing with others and conquering scarcity. Success is concomitant with perfection in action and intention.
Initially, this sounds acceptable -- even preferable. In time, you realize that you are not meeting these standards. No matter how intelligent you are, there are those who are smarter. You don't feel deserving. No matter how persuasive you are, no matter how many others you convince, you cannot convince yourself that you deserve -- that you really deserve. No matter how tightly you hold on to your "better thans," they keep slipping through your fingers. Competing and conquering are not only exhaustive, they're boring. You are not perfect. You are not perfect. No, you're not.
To stop the erosion, you simplify your consensus reality definitions. Success means having more and better than, being more and better than, doing more and better than. Success means more ... !
Shuddering at the prospect of failure, you take a deep breath, you steel yourself, and you dive in again. Rather than realizing that the definitions are incorrect, you try again to make them work for you. Some will spend their whole lives on this merry-go-round reaching for a brass ring that isn't there. Never was, never will be.
"Um-pa-pa, Um-pa-pa." There is no end. What success you do create feels like a fluke that can be snatched away at any moment. As much as failure is painful, success is more frightening. There is not real success on the merry-go-round.
Some reluctantly get off the carousel by being knocked off with the hard edge of failure. They judge, punish, and conclude that they are no good. They feel and are convinced that they "blew it - - it's too late."
Then there are those who are forced off the carousel by getting caught in the soft voice of self-delusion or by getting lost in the mirrored maze of grandeur. They convince themselves that they have met the criteria. The euphoria is eventually replaced with the haunting hollowness: "Is this all there is?"
A few, a very few, consciously climb off the merry-go-round by releasing the consensus reality definitions. Admitting that they do not know what success is, they then search for new meaning and create their own definitions of success -- of their success.
The most effective way to define success in a way that the definition can be your definition, is to lay forth the core -- the backbone -- the backbone of what success is. The skeleton of success is just that: a skeleton. You must give it life by adding the flesh and blood, the muscle and nerve, and the thinking and feeling of success. You must breathe life into these pieces of the puzzle called success.
Not surprisingly, there are seven basic components to being successful. You all know these seven pieces of the puzzle. Often, you just don't know how they fit together.
1. First is power. The most elegant definition of power is the ability and the willingness to act. Power, in truth, has nothing to do with intimidation, control, or manipulation. It has nothing to do with the desire or the attempts to overpower.
"Power" has become a euphemism for fear. When you confront a scary person you often call them powerful. When you encounter a powerful person you often call them scary! Very strange.
True power is being both able and willing to choose and decide, and to act on those choices and decisions. It is being able and willing to think and feel and act on those thoughts and emotions. It is being able and willing to admit to having attitudes (opinions, evaluations, and discernments) and beliefs and then acting consciously on those attitudes and beliefs.
2. The second puzzle piece is creativity and productivity. Creativity is generating and stimulating conception and perception in yourself and/or in others. Creativity is not defined by career or label. The artist and the non-artist, by whatever definition, are creative if they generate and stimulate conception and perception.
Levels of productivity are measured by the amount you learn about yourself. Whatever you are doing, if you learn a great deal about you and who you are, then it is productive. If you learn little or nothing, then it is nonproductive. Productivity is a quality, not a quantity.
3. Then there is awareness, and there is aliveness. Many look for lofty esoteric meanings for these two concepts. In their search they lose sight of success. To be aware, concisely, means knowing you have impact. Some believe that it is impossible to have impact on each other. Yet others will concede and deal with impact. Whether they are supposed to have it or not, they actually do have impact on the people around them. Regardless, everyone agrees that you have impact, at least on yourself. When you know this -- really know this -- you become aware.
When you combine four very special ingredients, something very special happens. You create the synergy of aliveness. Synergy means the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and in this case the aliveness is more than just equal parts of love, trust, expectancy, and enthusiasm.
To become really alive it is important to combine the flexibility and fluidity of love with the fragility and rigidity of trust. Then it is vital to stir in the wonder of expectancy and the sparkle of enthusiasm. Mix well. Be alive.
4. Happiness is the fulfillment of your needs. Joy is the fulfillment of your preferences. Enjoyment is the elegance with which you do both.
5. Many make the mistake of assuming that success means having resources. In truth, success means having access to resources. There are those who have money, but no real access to it or to what it can buy them. They do not experience success. Others have loads of access to money as their only resource. They often experience limited or shallow success. The truly successful person will have expansive access to physical and metaphysical resources. Success is within the grasp of anyone who can close their eyes, alter their state of consciousness, visualize, and manifest in their reality. If you are willing, each of you has unlimited potentials for success.
6. Critical to being successful: the willingness to adventure.
In your "old age" world you learn to be a warrior. You learn to confront, to battle, to conquer, and you dominate. In the "New Age" world you can learn to be an adventurer. You can learn to encounter, to understand, to befriend, and to transmute with dominion. Consciously created success involves - integrally involves -- being willing to adventure in your reality and in your world.
7. Dominion is an attitude and a belief. Dominion is a point of view. When you are willing to co-create your success with God/Goddess/All That Is rather than expecting someone to do it for you, you are on your way. When you are willing to stretch and reach for the future rather than grovel in the past, you begin to feel the excitement and the wonder of dominion. when you are able to see and demonstrate that first your world -- and then the world-at-large -- is a friendly place ready to support you rather than out to get you, then you have dominion.
With dominion, you have the final piece of the puzzle called success.
The secret of being successful -- of learning to be successful? Begin by owning each of the seven puzzle pieces as an attitude first. Feel. Feel powerful, creative/productive, aware/alive. Feel happiness and joy in an enjoying way. Feel that you have access to resources, a willingness to adventure. Feel dominion.
Do not expect to be successful first and then to have the feeling. Feel it first. Feel it first.
Do not aim at being successful. Do not make success the bull's eye of your target. Don't "shoot for success." Ironically, the secret to consciously creating success is not to make it the central target of your desire, expectation, or imagination. Rather, accomplish the means. Aim to be powerful, creative/productive, etc. Aim at the means and allow the ends to follow.
Don't shoot for the ends. Accomplish the means, The ends will follow.
With love and peace ... LAZARIS
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