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.
We had planned to go back to California for the March events of course, and when they were postponed until December, we thought we’d go back anyway.
Yes, we’ll go; no we’ll stay. No we’re going to go anyway; no definitely we are staying here. A doctor friend had told us of that soon no one
would be allowed in or out of Colombia and that lockdowns were coming for the States and for Colombia. With that news our final decision was
All this happened on the eve of a long holiday weekend here. The Governor of our state, Valle de Cauca, called for a curfew during the long weekend
as a way to keep people home and away from large celebratory gatherings. A few other Governors and the Mayor of Bogotá did the same. However
the Colombian President, perhaps angry that they went ahead without letting him make a national decree, cancelled the curfews say that “social
distancing was absurd.” Sadly a familiar cry by some others who claim to be leaders. However, the Governors and Mayors countermanded the President
with an outcry of support from the people.
Curfew in place, it was followed by a nationwide lockdown. We had prepared for the four day curfew, but then we had to scramble to prepare for
three week lockdown. Thousands of Colombians had to scramble too. However, a country that seems to thrive on chaos, handled the situation well.
We loaded up one car with the dogs, their supplies, and with Enrique’s dialysis machine with its many supplies. Another car was overloaded
with our stuff. Then we were off to the country.
We were worried though. There was a deadline time for leaving the city and we were late. Of course. [s] We might be stopped and turned back or
fined or both. We worked a bit of magic and we headed out. The otherwise gridlocked road was almost free of cars, trucks, and people. We moved
quickly coming to and then driving past two potential military check points. We reached the final curve in the main road and our turnoff was
just ahead. As we turned from the paved road to the open road (narrow dirt road with its share of ruts and boulders) we looked ahead. The military
check point was about 100 yards beyond our turn off. Magic was afoot. We will be here until Easter at least. There is talk of extending the
quarantine for those over 70 or even for everyone.
These are painful times and tragic times and the days are rife with fear, and people are dying and people are loosing everything and people are
getting lost. The dark and darkening chaos exacerbates the situation threatening the unspeakable of the unknown or of an abyss. In the mire
of darkness, of pain, tragedy and fear, I think of what Lazaris said in South Africa: He said that we stood on a pinnacle and that things were
about to get worse. Where and how we stepped from that pinnacle were crucial. He added what I thought was an aside: Things are about to get
much worse. I also think about what Lazaris said as the Vermont days were concluding: It’s time to be the Sentinel, the Champion, and the Guardian
that we always have planned to be and that we are destined to be.
So I am being conscious of where I step and how I step. Where? Into the chaos. How? With resolve.
I am stepping into the dark and then into the darkest parts of that chaos and in that depth, I am looking for the light. It’s there. Simply said,
I found that light in the beauty and in the love. The dark chaos is neither beautiful or loving; this novel virus is not beautiful and it’s
not loving. But in the darkest chaos, and I think it has to be the chaos beyond the dark and darker, the chaos that is the darkest, there is
hope. Not the hope of desperation or last resort, and not my hope. In that darkest chaos, there is the shimmering hope that is a reflection
of the soul and spirit of humankind. It’s not the hope that any of us can muster. It’s beyond what we can create. Luminous hope? Divine hope?
And this hope is beauty, and is love. Not beautiful and loving, it’s beauty and it’s love. And I know without the need for certainty, that this
shimmering hope is there in the darkest recesses of the chaos of this virus. It is waiting to be found.
So we will wash the vegetables from our garden. We will stay healthy and safe, and we will work our magic.
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.
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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