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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.
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]
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.
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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