Small Group Sessions September 30, 2001

IS OSAMA BIN LADEN WHAT HE APPEARS TO BE, OR IS HE A DISTRACTION TO TAKE THE FOCUS AWAY FROM OTHERS WHO WISH TO BE IN SOME KIND OF WORLD CONTROL?

He is one, not the only one, of a group that wishes to create terror and fear. There is a certain exhilaration or power that comes from creating that much terror in others. They get a lot of energy. So it is not purely a distraction as you may wish to believe. Perhaps that is a little black and white, and you would like to make it about some other secret organization that is to benefit by such a diversion.

Yes, there are those monied interests largely behind weapon sales who benefit from disturbances. They are not known in the world. There are among them Americans, Germans, people from what we would call the free world, who benefit. These people are not as organized as you would like to make them out. They indirectly support these organizations that create terror, because they benefit. But they are not in control of them, they are not controlling in the way that you might perceive that they are. That is a whole thoughtform in consciousness that would like to then have an organized evil opposing the organized good, do you understand? It is actually a disorganized structure. The lightworkers are disorganized, too.

Hitler would be a good example of an organized structure, very organized, highly organized. And at the same time there was an organization of allies, those that had to organize to fight it. Everything is much less organized right now. Duality itself is in a wobble pattern, it is not structured in a way that is organized as it once was. So there is that which is moving beyond duality, but in the midst of it there are pockets of very strong forces that continue to operate. They are supported in an indirect fashion by those who benefit. It would be good to expose them, and it may become exposed within the next year or so, because more and more people will begin to look deeper than what is on the surface. Then those people will begin to make that known, because more voices are going to open. More voices are feeling less fear and more that it is time to speak.

But do not stand in a place where you ally with those who would like to create more fear by pointing at a secret government. That is another duality that actually is a fabrication based on those who have not yet done their own work to eliminate or release that place of their own fear.

I HAVE READ THAT THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION IS CONSIDERING THE USE OF NATIONAL IDENTITY CARDS. I AM CONCERNED ABOUT THIS. DOES THIS COME FROM A PLACE OF FEAR OR A PLACE OF CONTROL?

There is much fear acting out. In a free country there is no need to have such limitations and restrictions. So it is wise for the populace of your country to watch very carefully and to not agree. Do not let your senators and representatives agree to reduced freedom because of fear. Interestingly enough, there are groups of conservatives and liberals who could agree on that.

I READ IN A CHANNELING ON ANOTHER WEB SITE THAT SEVERAL PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY “ASCENDED”. ASCENSION WAS DEFINED AS MOVING FROM ONE LIFE TO ANOTHER WITHOUT HAVING TO DIE. IS THAT ACTUALLY THE CASE?

Yes, and you have already been through that once, at least (response to this particular person). Others have been through it two or three times already, and are in the process of another. So, of course it is possible. And it is possible in deeper level terms where they describe the body releasing the patterning from a need to continue to utilize duality for the lesson plan, so to speak. So then you are no longer bound by it, and you have more freedom. So ascension is that process where you are no longer bound, and you have more freedom to choose your own creation, your own experience. Then your experience becomes coalesced in consciousness so that there is a sense of creating a new heaven, so to speak, on earth. That is what is possible in moving into manifest reality. There is also that which would like to stop the process because duality has fed many and continues to, as they are patterned within it. So there is that, too, that is currently playing out.

We have not often used the word ascend, partly because it has so many interpretations through religion and through the public media that has given it so many different images that it is often understood very differently by different people. And so our process or languaging through this one (Michele) has been to describe it more as the embodiment of light, of bringing your own Divine essence into union and marriage within matter, and simultaneously marrying that light and matter and spirit and Source with Mother. And the Father and the Mother coming into a new union of wholeness to become Creator within creation. This is the language we use. This other one is using ascension to describe the same process.

THERE SEEMS TO BE CONFUSION AROUND THE NATURE OF “SERVICE”. I FEEL THAT THE CONCEPT IS CHANGING FROM THE OLD DAYS OF GIVING ONES LIFE FOR ANOTHER, AND I HAVE FELT JUDGED BY SOME WHO TELL ME I AM NOT BEING OF SERVICE FOR BEING WHO I AM.

It is like the word ascension that we talked about earlier. There are so many different experiences, and in duality service has meant giving away yourself to others, giving away your power to those that need you in different ways. The feminine has perhaps been drawn more into that particular pattern than many of the males. For males, it may feel like a shift to come from a place of looking out and seeing how the whole is needing your participation. For the feminine ones, it may be that they need to open up what it is to give to self in order to come to balance within them, and to come to harmony and wholeness within them.

So service is a word we don’t often use, either. We often use a language that is more in alignment with how all things are part of a greater whole. The hologram of wholeness, where everyone has a place and a part, and you fully are who you are without any binding upon who you are from old patterns, karma, agreements, or structures of consciousness that are yet based in fear. Then you are simultaneously fulfilling what is most fulfilling to self AND most fulfilling to the whole. That simultaneousness is, if you wish to say, fulfillment. Fulfillment is actually the clue that you are in place within the whole, AND serving the whole in your particular placement through being who you are. It is a descriptive way that we wish to perhaps form a new frame. The word service puts many into a frame where it looks a certain way, and then they do not understand the whole picture of what is truly the transformation or the new vision that is surfacing within the whole. They might feel it, but if language continues to be interpreted in certain ways because of religious traditions or the dualistic patterns that they grew up with, then they will perhaps not see the new as explicitly as they might.

THERE IS A GROUP IN CALIFORNIA OFFERING A HEALING SERVICE. A PERSON CAN SEND THEM A PICTURE, AND THE GROUP SUPPOSEDLY SENDS BALANCING FREQUENCIES INTO IT. THIS HAS BEEN REPORTED TO HEAL ALMOST EVERY KNOWN IMBALANCE AND AILMENT. HOW DOES THIS APPROACH FIT INTO THE THEORY THAT PEOPLE MUST CHOOSE TO WORK ON THEIR IMBALANCES AND THEN DO THE WORK THEMSELVES?

There is the capacity for ones to focus healing and balancing energies to another long distance based on a picture or even directly as in prayer and long distance healing. That assistance is received, and does assist the balancing of the system and the consciousness at those levels. It would be necessary to do follow-up on those who have reported healing. For those whose consciousness has not completely shifted, the imbalance will return in one form or another. It is impossible for it not to re-manifest if they have not shifted in those levels of consciousness where the cause for the original imbalance still lies.

It is important not to see this as a savior model that says these ones can now heal me without the simultaneous awareness that I am open to becoming whole on all levels and dimensions and levels of what that means to me. If, however, these ones are seen as serving in a capacity to assist that process, that then avails the person of having greater wholistic healing, which means the level of causation as well. So, it is not an either/or. It is a healing assistance that has a great amount of power because it is a group of people who have dedicated themselves to this process of focusing frequencies of love, balance, and harmony to another who is requesting it. It is really up to those who are receiving to utilize it to the greatest degree possible, and they then can achieve lasting wholeness.

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF REIKI IS A MORE SAFE WAY OF HEALING PEOPLE. I AND OTHERS SPEND A LOT OF MONEY TO GET THE ATTUNEMENT TO DO REIKI, BUT IS IT REALLY A BIG DIFFERENCE IN HOW TO HEAL, AND DO THESE SYMBOLS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE?

It is always such an interesting question, because those who have a draw to do healing work are most often natural healers in the sense that they have a certain way they translate the energy of love through their body to different levels of imbalance in another or in themselves. Some people are particularly geared to assist the emotional rebalancing, some people are more geared to the physical rebalancing, and some people are more focused into the soul and causal plane. There is a certain way that your soul knows the area of healing that you are most focused in, most designed to affect, in a sense.

We would say that Reiki gives people confidence and a certain structure or mapping of placement of hands and symbols. It’s a structure that then allows a person to feel more comfortable and confident to do what is already natural to them. Those who follow the natural current of their own soul would be led to being in the presence of others and doing similar work, perhaps with a different structure that would be revealed to them. Different because it may be more unique and more aligned with what is specifically their quality of healing and balance that comes through them. So what we see often is that Reiki gives people confidence, and gives them a structure where they can say that people can now come to me to do this work. But then they evolve through that into what is more specifically their own pathways, their own structures.

So, is it necessary? No. Is it helpful? Yes, for many it has been and will continue to be, because healing and the translation of energy and love into balancing energies that work in the field and body of another is still relatively new, and people are still looking for confirmation that people are trustworthy. Is it safe? Yes. Is it the only thing that is safe or most safe? No. But it is a structure that can support people as they begin.

I LIVE IN EUROPE, BUT I WAS ON A RECENT TRIP TO THE UNITED STATES (BEFORE SEPTEMBER 11TH). I FELT THAT MOST EVERYTHING ON TELEVISION WAS HIGHLY MANIPULATIVE, AND ALSO THAT PEOPLE DIDN’T SEEM TO REALLY CARE ABOUT MUCH ANYMORE. IT WAS VERY SUBTLE, BUT IS THE ENERGY CONTRACTING AND DARKENING?

It comes from a certain complacency that can come from excess money and abundance where there is a sense of security behind the walls of having the material world so overly manifested in some ways. The spirit, then, is starving or lacking. Yes, it was growing (before the terrorist attacks), and it is now in a process of shifting. But the heart of this nation is not that way. Looking at the surface you can judge many things, but if you go to the heart and soul of this country there is much that you would still come to respect, and love, and know as true.

IS THE ONLY WAY HUMANS LEARN TO LOVE THROUGH PAIN AND SUFFERING?

Until there is a willingness to learn differently, yes.

IS THE EXPERIMENT OF HUMAN FREE WILL ON THIS PLANET A FAILURE?

No. There are significant numbers of people now moving into that place of conscious creation, conscious choice, conscious awareness, of alignment with life and all of what is the Divinity of Life within themselves and within all. That utilization of choice to choose love in the midst of fear, to choose love in the midst of all that is discovered in self that has been named bad or evil or shameful or whatever, and then to transmute it with love, has been largely a very successful experiment.

There are those who say they are making free will choices, but it is not truly free. They are still bound in karma, they are still bound in unconsciousness. They are not free. So it is not yet truly free and cannot be considered failure. It can be considered ignorance, or that which is less than conscious, and there can be a denial of moving in the direction of consciousness using that will to do so. The human will has largely grown up in duality and ego that sees itself as separate, and therefore in control of its own destiny, which also means it is in charge of survival for itself and perhaps family. But in that focus there is inherent illusion, and that illusion is that you are separate to begin with and that you are not part of the whole of life, and that your focus is not on taking care of yourself, your needs, your survival, but more upon how you are in the whole of life. The frame changes, then the choices change.

IS THERE SOMETHING ELSE HAPPENING ON THIS PLANET THAT NO HUMANS SUSPECT, SOMETHING BEYOND THE PHYSICAL FORMS THAT HUMANS TAKE FOR REALITY?

Of course. The material plane is just the tip of what is created in consciousness, and that is multi-dimensional and multi-layered, so yes. The true reality is not the material plane, that is the manifest reality.

ARE ALL THE CHANNELED MESSAGES COMING IN NOW REALLY HAVING A BENEFICIAL EFFECT OR ARE THEY JUST MORE EXOTIC DECORATIONS FOR THE HUMAN EGO?

Well it depends. There are those that utilize the counsel or perspectives that are offered to grow more conscious in awareness of who they are. And there are those who would like to use it for their ego, which is also allowed in the whole of the consciousness, you all have choices. Channeling has always been there. The early mystics in the churches were channels, they just didn’t call themselves that. There are many people in spiritualist churches started with mediums and certain kinds of channeling. They have increased because of the nature of this time, and the shift of transformation that is upon the whole of consciousness needing a little assistance to open to the non-material reality that is living within each one as well as the whole of creation and consciousness. So that is why it has been opened up. We don’t perceive ourselves to be a decoration for the ego, but perhaps there have been those who have used it that way. We do not know.

I AM INTERESTED IN KNOWING A PROCESS FOR MAGNETIZING OUR OWN ENERGY SO THAT WE CAN DRAW OUR HIGHEST GOOD TO OURSELVES.

The first thing is to release fear. That is oftentimes locked up in the base of the spine, and limits the upward current of the life force from the planetary body to your body, and then you have limited magnetism. The magnetic force is physical, energetic, and spiritual. Physical magnetism is actually a physical attribute that is about chi, and energy, and how much you can hold or contain with comfort and ease. That is a matter of how healthy you are as well as how much the physical, manifest, energy field is open. So that includes the root chakra, the meridian system, etc., and is one avenue to work with to increase your physical capacity for a magnetic chi field.

The energy capacity is actually connected to your ability to be present in your soul. How present are you, are you floating around, are you in your mind, are you distracted, are you all over the place, are you fragmented? The more whole you feel, and the more present you feel, then the more you are magnetizing what is real and of your essence to you. It takes being here, being present, being fully present in each moment. That is also something that can be opened, healed, practiced, and worked with.

The spiritual dimension of magnetism is connected to purpose and a larger over-arching part or plan and how you fit into that. Certain things are then magnetized to you by spiritual currents that say that you are to carry out and be part of this particular manifest reality in order to benefit the greater whole. It has a purposeful intention, it has a sense of being placed, it has a sense of being part of something greater. You have less control over that, but you can also be observant about your life and see where it may have been in your life, and where it may still be working in your life and in your sense of who you are. Some people ask for purpose, but they are not willing to surrender to the current that will move them beyond their own volition into places, activities, and changes in their life where they feel they are losing control. So they can have magnetism in other levels, but not on that level because they resist or refuse because of fear.

To have magnetism on all levels means you are truly open to being a creator within creation, serving the greater whologram of life and the purpose that is moving through that life into your life to serve the greater whole. And you are also creating for yourself the life that you wish to create in fullness and fulfillment.

IS IT POSSIBLE FOR A BEING TO GO THROUGH AN ENTIRE LIFETIME WITHOUT ADDRESSING THE SOUL’S INTENT IN THAT LIFE TIME. COULD YOU CHOOSE AGAIN AND AGAIN TO BACK AWAY, NOT TO DO, NOT TO DO, OR IS THE NATURE OF THE SOUL’S INTENT SUCH THAT IT’S IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO LIVE YOUR LIFE?

Sometimes the soul will choose lifetimes or a series of lifetimes to address a more singular soul issue or path or learning or balancing of an event that was very traumatic. Usually there is some progress in each life, even if it seems small it is some progress towards the ultimate goal. Even if it takes several lifetimes to attain it, there is some progress. A soul may not in its intent set out to do the whole thing in one life, so it extends it out so that there is a gentler pathway or a more well-rounded pathway or something that is deeper than what could be attained in one solitary experience and lifetime. So it may look as if a soul backs away from what is ultimately the lesson, but progress has usually been made.

IS THIS PLANETARY SHIFT IN CONSCIOUSNESS ON SCHEDULE AS INTENDED?

It’s actually doing fairly well, even though it looks on the external plane to not be doing well at all, but it is actually doing fairly well. There is a certain momentum that numbers of people gathered together with similar focus of intention and desire in their soul evolution as well as their soul imprint create in a collective. Combined with those who have gone ahead and the influx of many more who are being born now or in the recent time, there is a growing momentum. And so it is had to evaluate against a standard that we don’t have about “on schedule”. We don’t have a schedule, so we can just say it is doing very well and there is a certain momentum that probably next year….that has been our projection, we’re not always the best on time but we are not alone in this projection…..will begin to break through in the consciousness in the collective sense.

WHAT FORMS MIGHT THAT BREAKTHROUGH TAKE?

Media beginning to be more and more permeated by the consciousness that says there is a different way to proceed than what has been the only dominant cultural and social and institutional models that have been part of your history, your story. Some breakdowns that will look to be frightening to some but will be breakthroughs in the potential that is now open for new forms to be looked at or sought. Sometimes things have to break down before anyone will consider what is sitting there. So there are certain things that may look like crisis, but they will also be the opportunities that are to propel the next choices.

There’s the possibility of certain significant people rising to the forefront, and their leadership will be informed by greater consciousness. Simultaneously there will also be those rising to the forefront who would like to control or dominate even more. It offers a good choice, does it not?

MIGHT PART OF THIS BREAKTHROUGH INVOLVE THE COLLAPSE OF CERTAIN VERY POWERFUL PEOPLE OR THE REMOVAL OF THOSE PEOPLE?

Perhaps not completely the removal. There is a certain energy of challenge, you might say, and that will be difficult for those who are challenged, but also again part of a breakthrough. There is also a sense of people in groups beginning to stand together, and unlikely groups, unlikely partnerships where people begin to realize that what they desire is the same even though perhaps before they have stood apart and even against each other. And those coalitions or cooperative ventures will be gain more publicity, power, and perhaps also resources that will make their voices in some ways have more power in the marketplace so to speak, or the place where money seems to have the loudest voice.

DOES IT SEEM PROBABLE AT THIS POINT IN TIME THAT WE MIGHT DAMAGE THE EARTH SO TREMENDOUSLY ENVIRONMENTALLY THAT PEOPLE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SUSTAIN THEMSELVES?

There may be a challenge of sustainability for some time, which will reduce the population of the earth to some degree. That is not necessarily a negative thing in terms of reduction of population and opening to greater resources of sustainability along the way. There is that which is already available that those who choose not to see, choose not to inform with resources, choose not to allow to make available…..needs to be jarred up, needs to be challenged a bit. So it’s already in process, it’s not new. Nothing we say is new, it’s just perhaps a report of what is happening.

IT SEEMS UNFORTUNATE THAT THOSE POPULATIONS MOST LIKELY TO SUFFER WOULD NOT BE THE POPULATIONS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE POLICIES THAT CREATED THE POLICIES IN THE FIRST PLACE. I CAN SEE VERY VULNERABLE NUMBERS OF CHILDREN, PEOPLE WITHOUT RESOURCES SUFFERING BECAUSE OF GLOBAL WARMING OR DISEASE.

Their part may be to be part of the lifting of the veil by being the ones that are not able to stay embodied because of the policies that are restrictive and dominating and not supportive of life. If their voices, even in death, are loud enough, then there is a sense of their part being fulfilled.

DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT THE VERY RECENT ESCALATION IN SHARK ATTACKS ON PEOPLE?

Animal attacks on people are escalating, not just shark attacks. The animal kingdom is fighting back, so to speak, for what has been the decimation of their territories, their food, their livelihood, their part in the whole of creation. There is a way in which they are making it known that those who are human ones are the ones who are taking more than they give.

THE ATTACKS HAVE ALMOST ALL BEEN CONCENTRATED IN AN AREA OFF OF THE EASTERN UNITED STATES. IS THERE SIGNIFICANCE TO THAT?

Just that it has been a place that has been over-fished and the food chain has been very disrupted. There have been no boundaries on those who would take from the sea and make profit from it. There has been no limitation on it, no boundaries, no regulation, therefore those who are the largest of the sea animals are losing their food. And it is the same all the way down to the smallest, even. There is a very great danger for the imbalance to be more than just a little imbalance. It is already a great imbalance, and it is in danger of tipping the scale where it would need to replace life from the ground up. It is time to look, perhaps, more closely at what the sharks are saying.

MY FEAR IS THAT RATHER THAN CHOOSING TO LISTEN, SOME PEOPLE MAY IN FACT GO ON A CAMPAIGN TO WIPE OUT THE SHARKS.

To their own detriment they would do so.

ARE THE LAWS OF PHYSICS OR OTHER PHYSICAL LAWS ABSOLUTE WITHIN THE PHYSICAL UNIVERSE. IS IT, FOR INSTANCE, POSSIBLE TO LEVITATE. IS TIME TRAVEL POSSIBLE WITHIN THE PHYSICAL UNIVERSE?

Within the physical universe, yes, but not according to the physical dimension and the laws of the physical dimension. You need to be accessing or accessible to universal law and universal awareness of matter and that you command it with love. You cannot do levitation or travel through dimensions of time or space if there is not a sufficient command of love. The particles of matter will not respond if it is done with motivations less than a vibration of love.

SO IT’S NOT POSSIBLE TO ACCELERATE A PERSON FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF LIGHT, WHICH TO ME HAS ALWAYS SEEMED RATHER ARBITRARY AS AN ABSOLUTE? SO IT’S NOT POSSIBLE TO MANEUVER SOMEONE BACKWARDS IN WHAT WE PERCEIVE TO BE PHYSICAL TIME?

With love there is anything that is possible. Without it, it would be mechanical and a need to work with the laws of physics. And that has its limitations.

CAN YOU SAY MORE ABOUT THE UNIVERSAL AWARENESS THAT YOU REFER TO?

All things are commanded by love. The origin of all things is love, of that source which IS love. And therefore that source has the power to command through consciousness all things which are in creative form, including all things that are matter, including all structures. If, however, ones pretend to have alliance with love and with the source of all and then move from a lesser motive for self gain, power, etc., they drop immediately out of the command place and into their lower self. Then what they think they can do can only disrupt certain patterns or pathways, and they lose the power to command. So disruption can happen, yes. And that disruption is oftentimes if they have been playing with universal laws and love, etc., but not with clear intent, can create repercussions on a variety of dimensions for them. And they may spend numbers of lifetimes working with it. There is no way to command without an alignment with source and love. That is pure, clear, and without the disruption of the lower ego self.

THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE NOW WHO ARE PRACTITIONERS OF VARIOUS FORMS OF ENERGETIC HEALING. I’VE BEEN INCREASINGLY CAUTIOUS ABOUT WANTING PEOPLE TO BE IN MY FIELD THAT WAY. ARE THERE POTENTIAL REPERCUSSIONS FOR NOT ONLY THE PRACTITIONER BUT ONE WHO MIGHT GO SEEKING ALIGNMENT?

If you are aligned purely, then they cannot disrupt you if they are lower frequency. If, however, there is a certain place within you that is still working with some of your own illusion or that which is less than whole in your awareness, then there can be some disruption. And that disruption often is part of the journey. At times, the disruption illuminates the place of illusion or distortion yet to be lifted to consciousness. So it can be that kind of backwards gift that can happen at times. But your intent, your alignment is more your protection than anything.

THE PHENOMENON THAT WE THINK OF AS POSSESSION OR EXORCISM, ARE THESE REAL?

Yes. There are those who have damage, injury, in their auric membrane, in their auric plane, and they have a soul who has left the premises, so to speak, and only a very small portion may be within them. They are weak, they are not strong in that condition. Stronger souls who wish to have power or dominate can use the weakness and the opening such souls provide and enter that soul and take up residence. That is possession. That actually occurs more often than would be reported.

HOW DOES SUCH DAMAGE OCCUR?

Through childhood abuse or abuse as a young person. Through abuse of alcohol or drugs, addictions. Through soul patterns that have not been healed from other trauma or past places of disruption. A variety of things, but it can happen.

AND WHAT IS THE VALUE FOR THE SOUL OF HAVING THIS DISRUPTION?

At some level they agree that a stronger soul will live their life and that they will in some way not be responsible. However, in abdicating responsibility for the life that they chose, they are also then made responsible for that life. So they share all the karma of that one that is in possession of their body, which can be a big load if they give it to someone who is not very aligned with love.

I CAN’T IMAGINE WANTING TO MAKE SUCH A CHOICE?

Most souls do not understand fully that the abdicating of responsibility is such a large karmic responsibility in and of itself. They are souls that consider that they don’t feel very strong, they want to leave, they don’t want to be here, they feel victimized. And in attaching to that train of consciousness they make themselves vulnerable to stronger soul presences that would like to dominate. You see it all the time in victim/abuser relationships. That is one form of possession, perhaps not full body possession, but similar. So the victim actually takes on all the karma that the abuser is inflicting. That is why the victim then feels trapped until there is an awareness that they need to take responsibility for their own experience. That is the shift then that begins to move them out of that position, and then they can rapidly burn off the karma.

ARE DRUG-INDUCED EXPERIENCES, HALLUCINOGENIC, SHAMANIC JOURNEYS AS A RESULT OF BEING INTOXICATED. ARE THEY REAL? DID THE SHAMAN TRULY ENTER THE BODY OF THE BIRD AND EXPERIENCE THE WORLD THROUGH THE BIRD’S EYES. DOES THE PERSON TAKING LSD TRULY ABLE TO PERCEIVE SOUNDS OR AURAS THAT HE COULD NOT OTHERWISE?

Yes. It is a matter of how strong the soul intention is in using the drug as the medium or the pathway for the experience. If the soul is not strong in that intention and able to hold the current, it can fragment and then you can have a very bad trip, so to speak. Shamans practice holding the current, and they partner with the elements of the plant, directly, so that they are not separate from them. They are not a drug separate from them. They partner with them as a pathway, a medium, to accomplish the intention. And their strength of current and ability to hold the current draws them into their experience of becoming the bird or seeing the future, or whatever is the intention. And it has been practiced that way for many years, but Shamans were grown within communities. They had many, many years of practice before they were allowed to do such things. In the current age, people are going on trips, being introduced to such without so much practice. Some can handle it, and others can’t. Whose responsibility is it? The ones who choose it or the ones who bring them into the experience without adequate preparation? We would say it is both.

I WAS WATCHING A SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM THE OTHER NIGHT, AND THEY WERE THEORIZING ABOUT AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES WHERE SOMETHING MAY BE SO SUBTLY DIFFERENT THAT ONLY ONE PHOTON IS DIFFERENTLY PLACED. BUT AN INFINITE NUMBER OF UNIVERSES WHERE IF I WAS DECIDING TO TURN LEFT OR RIGHT AND I TURN RIGHT THAT SOMEWHERE THERE IS A UNIVERSE WHERE I TURN LEFT. AND AN INFINITE NUMBER OF POSSIBLE FUTURES WOULD SPIN OFF FROM THAT DECISION. WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THAT?

In the field of all living potential such things exist. In the field of direct experience, you make a choice and it unfolds and opens up this level of possibility, this repertoire of choice beyond that. You make another, and then this opens. The great souls, those who are able to be aware simultaneously of all potential can and do reincarnate into the same moment and do different choices at different moments of the same life. Perhaps several time, in order to open the fullness of that particular lifetime. That is possible, that is being done, has been done. Perhaps you have even done it.

THE PHYSICIST STEPHEN HAWKING HAS SUFFERED FROM A SEVERE AND ULTIMATELY FATAL ILLNESS. I’D BE INTERESTED IN WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT HIM AND ALSO THE ROLE OF THAT ILLNESS IN THIS LIFETIME FOR HIM.

By disengaging from what most people consider a physical life and physical fulfillment he has freed his mind to open into the multiple dimensions of possibility, to be receptive in ways that others glimpse but are oftentimes too involved in outcomes to allow. So he has in a sense inserted himself into a body that would not live the fullness of the external life in order to bring a gift into humanity through his ability to connect and become conscious.

MANY OF MY OLD RELATIONSHIPS SEEM TO BE ENDING, EVEN THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN IN MY LIFE FOR A LONG TIME. IF I’M BECOMING MORE IN ALIGNMENT, WOULDN’T THEY BE BECOMING MORE HARMONIOUS?

There is a place where you move through a time of sorting where you say this fits, this doesn’t, this fits, this doesn’t, etc. It is a phase of the soul’s coming to awareness of itself and what it needs and wants. There is also a phase where the self feels secure, and there is no longer a need for sorting in the same way. That will come. That phase is one where there is a sense of being present in it all without needing to be affected by it all. So you stand in a place where there is limitless awareness and love, and how everyone is playing out their thing and what they do. And you no longer expect them to be anything other than they are, yet the love that you feel is permeable to all that is and that includes them. So you’re not expecting, you’re allowing. At the same time you’re feeling love and connection, but not perhaps in the same way that you expected it to be there in the past. Simultaneously with that you are also in relationships that are fulfilling, not because you need them to be but just because they are a place where you meet without attachment.

CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE MEDITATION PRACTICE OF VIPASSANA AND HOW IT RELATES TO INTEGRATION IN THE NEW PARADIGM?

It is intended to empty the mind of thoughts, beliefs, and structures that have limited the awareness of Spirit, or soul, or being. So it is to clear the mind. What is necessary, however, that they do not always teach is that the awareness will inform the mind and the mind does not like to be empty. Nothing does. So when you release something it is wise to be aware that empty mind is also a place where thoughts can be sown that others would give you, beliefs that they would give you, about life, about cosmic reality, about God, about yourself. Do you understand? Be aware of that. Do not allow others to sow thoughts or beliefs, even subtly, within your consciousness. As you release, listen to what is within you. Replace with what is most true, most real. That would be a good practice.

WHEN YOU SAY OTHERS, DO YOU MEAN OTHERS WITHIN THE VIPASSANA TRADITION?

Yes, it is just to be aware that it is very much possible. They are not totally ignorant, often, of what they do. They feel they are doing a service by lifting ones out of a certain realm of thought and replacing it with a higher realm of thought. But it still may not be the absence of truth or reality for you.