Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Dancing With The Stars


As a continuation in the vein of Samhain, when the veils between worlds/dimensions are said to be at their thinnest . . .

Many people might be noticing recently that their astral-dream activity has increased over the past week or so. The dream content may also be unusual, weird, stimulating or tiring, with lots of drama and players. This heightened activity is very likely due to the increasing dissolution of the barriers between dimensions, including ours and that of the Risen, which is currently taking place and will continue for a few days or possibly weeks after November 1.

I myself have had a tremendous upsurge in visits from many Risen, mostly relatives who crossed over and are taking advantage of the opportunity to get close to the Earth and schmooze with me. I've even had a former psychotherapy patient, who had transitioned over two years ago, return to warmly greet me, and eager to show me some of the vast life changes that have taken place since his transition. I look forward to these reunions every year at this time, and it seems they do to, treating it like a special trip. Of course Tim has been making these trips much more frequently, in spite of his having transitioned on so much further in vibration into higher Risen geographies. There's the distinct feeling that he has something "special" planned for us at the height of the dimensional opening, but hasn't given me any details about exactly when, or where I should be, or if I should prepare in any way. He loves surprises, so I may simply have to wait and see.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

From The Archives: Gone Fishin'

[First posted 1/16/06]

Oh, August! Don't you know that you are attempting to skim the surface of Reality with a very loose net, one with really big holes? A net formed by the fabric of the limited human mind that is knotted together by words that no two people can ever agree on? When others see the sign that says “Gone Fishing” that you are going to put on your door, will they ever be able to understand or agree on what you really meant, or where you even really went?
—Timothy Gray

My new Siamese kittens, Fiona Isobel Wickerbill and McHenry Aloysius Wickerbill, are not quite 5 months old now and we continue to spend most nights negotiating sleep and play (my sleep, their play) in bed. My other Siamese cat, Oolong, who transitioned this past June at the age of 18, still spends a great deal of time with me in her astral-etheric form, which has made the grieving process vastly easier. Aunty Oolong now teaches and guides the new little ones. I called upon her last night during an especially energetic moment on the bed when F. & McH. would not behave and stay settled down. Almost immediately, they went from high-level shenanigans to quietly purrsnoring. This was a miracle. I asked Oolong how she did this. And she told me.

[Since her transition, Oolong is now able to quite literally talk to me—this is most dramatically obvious when I'm with her in the astral-etheric zone. Or perhaps more correctly, I'm finally able to understand her at her level of communication. My first experience with this kind of thing was with Bridget, another cat companion who had also transitioned at age 18, six years ago. When I'm with them and they're talking, it feels surprisingly normal and yet overwhelming in its weirdness, because I hear them speaking to me in English and in female voices—which are nothing like I might have imagined. And boy are they smart.]

Oolong shared that she had stimulated a certain part of the kittens' brains while singing a feline lullaby to calm them. I asked her to show me which part of the brain she meant. I thought she would show me theirs, but instead, she directed my attention to my own brain by somehow lightly touching it in a way still not clear to me. With my eyes closed, I was able to clairvoyantly see the result. (If you've read The Risen, you will have some understanding of what visualization and clairvoyance are, and the differences between them.) I initially felt very tired and thought, "Great, now I can get some sleep!" but then saw the inner darkness quickly give way to patches of light. The patches resolved into more solid-looking "openings" that showed light was coming from somewhere through them. A man's face then appeared, as if looking through the "hole" and at me, as if he could see me seeing him, and he smiled, and so I smiled back. I suddenly no longer felt tired, but instead rather compelled to start thinking about who this person might be and why I was seeing him. Everything then suddenly vanished, because Oolong had ceased stimulating my brain when she saw I was becoming more awake instead of sleepy. Somewhat bemused, she said that obviously it didn't work the same way with humans as it did with cats, so she stopped since she didn't know what else would happen.

She then "flickered" — my scientific term for "stepped out for an astral minute"— and then came back into focus. Ever the nosey over-achiever, Oolong had gone somewhere to research for information about what she had experienced when she had stimulated my non-kitten brain. According to her findings, although the stimulation had indeed caused my body to get sleepy, the attention of my simulate self (ego) was also stimulated and this activated a kind of "pre-dream" process that involved the sense of clairvoyance. This is very interesting because sometimes when I have insomnia I activate the sense of clairvoyance to dissociate my astral-etheric bodies , which then makes my physical body fall asleep. (I'm too lazy to get up and make some Sleepytime tea.) If I could learn how to stimulate this part of the brain in the way Oolong did, while disallowing the simulate self to react, I might be able to cause my own cat nap to happen!

The area she had stimulated seems to be someplace in occiptal lobe, an area that receives visual images. Oolong explained that the visual response was something that happened with the kittens, but in vague, misty images that first distracted, and then lulled and soothed them. Because they have no simulate self ego-mind, they quicky fall asleep. But because I have a human's simulate self ego-mind, the soothing action was interrupted by its "need to know and respond" and thus it began waking me up. This certainly sounds like the experience of "racing thoughts," when anxiety rules and the mind can't stop tumbling thoughts and worries round and round. She further explained that my amygdala had become activated by the ego mind activity. (It took me awhile to figure this word out, as she was trying to tell me in a conceptual way and did not have the human English word for it. But because the word "amygdala" is actually one I saw at some point, it was stored in my mind— although this is not a word I use much so couldn't find it myself (meaning it was on the tip of my tongue.) We finally looked at a labeled picture of the brain together which seemed to confirm it. I was also aware of Kaufmann wavering around somewhere in the background, guiding the two of us from some distance.* I read that the amygdala is believed to control emotions, (meaning they don't really know what it does). This would fit with the known behaviour of the simulate self, which uses emotions to direct and control what it believes to be the correct way to navigate life's circumstances. I won't attempt to comment further on any connections and possibilities here, since the best science can come up with is a belief about what perceived parts of the brain might do. Read or review The Risen for material about the brain and mind fields.

Well, that's it. There was really no point to all of this, other than my just wanting to share the experience, to possibly confirm the experiences of others and at the continued risk of confirming the beliefs of certain inquiring minds that there's a hole in my boat and the bait's dead.
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Update 10/24/10 -- the Wickerbills are now 5 YEARS old, and needless to say, there are nights when we still argue about when to play and when to sleep.




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* Kaufmann is introduced in The Risen, "Tim Rises" -- Chapter 17, p. 173.

Monday, October 18, 2010

From The Archives: The Lullaby of the Dream Body

(First posted January 31, 2006)

[I've been gonging for the past several days, which in this case has indicated that several recently transitioned persons are trying to speak to me, which sounds like bells to me when not in an altered adaptive state. I'd like to gong them sometimes. In order to attend to their requests, and continue to function on my everyday level, my consciousness is "comparmentalized" to enable function on several levels of vibration. To this end, note that the following is entranced discernment as assisted by the Risen and by Krishnamurti and my contribution is minimal. I've been assured that the material will be related to the previously mentioned curmudgio so that I can discuss it later if I want. It seems that they want to put that discussion on hold for a bit.]

The act and stance of giving can be seen to be the emergent point from where healing aspects (energies) flow. "Energy" is presented here in a parenthetical way because, in spite of its very common usage in all mental/physical/spiritual earthly aspects, there really is no such "thing"—it's an "aspect" or "an appearance from a specific vantage point." In other words, energy is a useful fiction. (That should stir up something in anyone's cosmic soup-of the day!)

The subject of healing is an apparent major component of the experience of grief—that is, suffering—within this manifested world, but not always realized because of the apparent complexity of grief, and of suffering in general. "Act" is used here to suggest movement, and "stance" is used here to suggest an assumed posture. One is movement (through perceived space-time) and while the other is non-movement, it is often perceived as movement —which is a delusion. Delusion is a deception of the simulate self-mind (ego-mindself); freedom of movement is of the Self.

"Apparent" is used here because the grief experience has been codified on earth due to collective and individual expectations which are all fear-based, and all fear is based on a belief in death. Although "apparent" is meant as "easily seen," easily is what the simulate self promotes, and seen is what it connotes. Although in its mind "seen" implies the present, notice that it's the past tense of see. Therefore, a belief is structured that holds that seen = see, i.e., past = present—which is a connotation of "memory." A belief in death is a delusion that, because the illusion of death being real is held before us like a hypnotist gently swaying his shiny pocket watch back and forth before us, we fall into a waking sleep and therefore we dream our memories, while the Real World (awakened awareness) moves in its vast, profound and wondrous depths around us, and as we move within It.

One main aspect of our manifested dream world is that it gives us grief—a giving which is not healing—and which the ego-mind interprets as suffering. "Suffering" is defined by the Risen as "(increasingly) complex and persistent forms of (physical and mental) pain and fear, leaving us to feel helpless, hopeless, and demoralized, which together comprise the experience of earthly suffering."(p. 5) A key word here is "form," as in the imaginal process of the dream.

There are as many answers as there are questions when it comes to approaches to healing within our active and static forms of manifestation. Often, asking questions leads to more questions. Perhaps it's knowing when to stop questioning. As Yoda suggested, "No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try." Yoda is a personified, symbolic example of an awakened consciousness within the sea of dreams. To those asleep, the world seems chaotic, uncontrollable, and trying is only stirring the soup. Doing is containing the soup (perhaps by drinking it) and even changing the soup, as in-formed by one's imaginal ability. The very key word here is "no" or "negation" as K. has sometimes suggested, which, when merged with his concept of "choiceless awareness" allows Self to emerge from the veils of self. Somewhere in my journals is a discourse K. delivered to me over several days on choiceless awareness, and I'll try to remember to look for it to perhaps present here another time.

Recall the only words of A Course In Miracles which it (correctly) says are the only words worth recalling:
"This course can therefore be summed up very simply in this way:
Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God." (Introduction, ACIM)

This is simplicity itself, so close the book, and stop reading. Bring attention to the realization that this statement is presented in language of the present—which is the experience of Presence. Yet the complexity of healing has also been previously noted above, because of the nature of the world system of the simulate self. Negation of unreality is the key to the door of Self whereupon the door is no longer seen, unless and until one returns to unreality—or the dream.

Once the feeling of Self is felt—which is an experiential understanding that this is an authentic feeling, for it is the corridor to the door as well—there is then a catalyzing process that parallels the atomic-quantum-astral-etheric process mentioned a few posts ago. There is now a receptive state that enables That-Which-Is-Of Higher-Vibration (Self) to "descend" and enter into that-which-is-of-lower-vibration (self). The higher cannot be found within the lower—remember salt and water?—the lower can only be prepared to receive the higher. The arrival of the higher into the lower accomplishes negation of the felt experience of lower selfdom—or neutralizing or negating it—and achieves the appearance of divinity as uniquely expressed through individualized Self. This is healing.

However, because of the very realness of the way terrestrial humans believe they experience space and time, there is almost always an experience of delay between the arrival of the divine experience and the reappearance of wholeness (health.) The delay can be minutes, hours, days, or longer. "Reappearance" because, as noted somewhere in The Risen, aspects of reality, including a state of wholeness, are not discovered but uncovered.

Sometimes the healing is heralded by strange events of synchronicity, sometimes by an increase in the discomfort/pain as it moves toward resolution—depending on the personal belief system and its strength.

Or course, this all looks good on paper. Most of us are used to instant gratification as learned through the use of medications and giving in to addictive behaviours. The usual reactions of anger, frustration, disappointment, fear, and worry to the delay process will disengage one from the process. I'm reporting this kind of healing method to you from my own personal experience as it has evolved over many years. It didn't arrive overnight, but over years. It's easy to read about it. Because I've individualized it, it might not resonate for others in the same way, or at all. Take what's needed, focus the attention on what feels right. Your imaginal abilities will then engage to manifest your own individualized healing approaches. As always, ask for assistance from your internal world resources—guides, transitioned relatives and friends, the Risen.

When healing of any kind is needed—physical, emotional, mental—we can start with what we have and where we are, which is our physically experienced, material body. This body is also the dream body, for it is our vehicle of expression (movement) within the dream of manifestation. We think it's real; yet we don't remember what "real" is because we don't know we are asleep. When we begin to awaken within the dream, the approach to healing will change quite dramatically.

Recognize that the dream body we inhabit, and any area of the body, especially when isolated by any kind of trauma, will develop a temporary awareness—short and/or long term—meaning that a leg can carry a memory of physical trauma for months, or the lower back for years, for example. The result is that the body part experiences isolation from the whole body, and has a need to be reconnected. Isolation causes fear, which the simulate self-mind seizes upon to further capitalize and promote its agenda of survival by engendering yet more fear. This ultimately, and often quickly, backfires and we have a situation where the isolated area is like an animal in a trap chewing its leg off to escape.

Flood the body with the choiceless awareness of I AM. This saturation can be directed into a specific body part, or generalized into all body parts. If this seems too ambiguous or woo-woo, flood the body and the affected part with feelings of love—nonjudgmental acceptance. This is your child, and approach and treat it as your child.

Eckhart Tolle's first book, The Power of Now, has some exceptionally clear discussion about this awareness and its healing aspects. (Unfortunately, his second new book falls very flat, clearly written by others, and was a waste of his time, so don't waste your money. Borrow it from the library.)

To reconnect the ailing body part, talk to it. Use any language that offers quiet compassion and sympathy and promises unfailing support and love. Ask it to come back and join the rest of the body, which loves and needs it, and is itself unwhole without it. This communication will most likely need to take place many, many times a day and over several days and even weeks. If the trauma, expressed as illness, pain, discomfort, numbness, etc., is entrenched enough in its isolation—often exacerbated further by miscommunication in the form of heavy medications, legal and otherwise, or neglect/abuse, deliberate and otherwise—the affected body area may have dissociated significantly so that it cannot hear or sense our reaching out to it. Here, "dissociated" means one can no longer feel it, for communication has been numbed out, and the part is disconnected. It needs to be plugged back in.

The approach to the body part may have to be like slowly making friends with a feral animal, gaining trust and acceptance. You are calling this abandonded, hurting child back into its parental arms—you. This takes time. Our current culture prefers "saving" time by other quick methods of relief that are essentially unloving acts, and the body area, as informed by the wisdom of innocence, will respond, in time, by continuing to waste away. The body part can talk back. It might take a while, so it needs coaxed and coddled—sing it a lullaby The response may be in the form of a sensory experience, inner pictures and sounds, perhaps memories and even words. Be quiet and listen; ask what it needs.Often the body part has been trying to get your attention, perhaps by moving itself in certain ways, and of which you've not been aware. Arny and Amy Mindell are psychologists who have uncovered a powerful form of therapy for the dream body called Process Oriented Psychology. Arny's books are especially useful in accessing the body's wisdom, and it's clear he and Amy are both intimately engaging with the imaginal.

I've seen back pain dissolve, sinus issues resolve, infections clear, and internal systems order re-establish itself. Psychologically, peace, serenity, and non-fear arise. Outer events will mirror the inner state. Unsolvable situations with resolve. Chrystalized anger will soften and dissipate. Paralyzed emotional and phsyical states will release. Eventually, perhaps even quickly, pain will disappear for short periods of time, and then may return. Diligence in the form of a committed relationship will be in order. This approach works for any relationship—with a hurting body part, with self and with others. On a higher order, long-distance healing can be achieved. This is nothing new and was expressed to a new art form in New Thought thinking, exemplified by Emmett Fox and others. New Thought is a form of imaginalism. It could be said to be prayer.

Next: Another method which might be called "do, not try." K. referred to it as "negation." It can be preceded by the above approach of flooding the material form with I AM Self Awareness, or not. It is akin to New Thought approaches but is on a very different level of the imaginal realms typically experienced by average persons on the terrestrial vibration levels.

Vote for the Birds


 Vote to Build New York City's 1st Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center

 Goals:
  • To build NYC's first wildlife rehabilitation and education center.
  • To continue serving NYC's animal agencies and Parks Department.
  • To be the coordinator for wildlife rehabilitators and vets in NYC.

About Wild Bird Fund Inc.
The Wild Bird Fund treats over 1,000 wild birds and animals in New York City each year. Working with two veterinary hospitals, the WBF is the central resource in NYC for wildlife emergency care and rehabilitation. This critical work is accomplished using only borrowed space and volunteer labor.

Thirteen years ago, a good friend of August's found an itty-bitty starling on the sidewalk at Columbus Circle, barely a few weeks old. She raised this amazing creature with the help of knowledgeable vets who worked with wild animals. Starlings are members of the minah family and so can be taught to talk! This beloved friend lived to be 12 years old, and in those years, amassed a vocabulary of over 100 words, and could whistle many classical tunes. Beakie was also very attuned to the Risen and like to sit on August's shoulder to act as a "tuner" for higher energies; she was very proud of this! Here is a video of her. Here is another of Beakie talking on the phone. And another showing off her versatility.


NYC has a lot of wild birds visiting and living in it -- believe it or not! Every day, injured and lost birds are found and need to be cared for until they can be released. Please join us in helping this special service happen by casting your vote which will help this endeavor get a lot of grant money!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Yellow Cloud Circle Latest Testimonials

Yellow Cloud
Our friends Tom and Kevin report yet more astounding phenomena  and experiences in sittings with The Yellow Cloud Circle of Eternal Illumination that took place in October 2010.  These are written reports, but to listen to audio archives that include recordings of the circle's spirit guides speaking, go here.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

At the Bookworm Cafe


More than a few readers of The Risen have expressed how they especially enjoy the physicality of the actual book itself; indeed, it was carefully designed to specifically evoke the physical senses in ways that raise certain sense vibrations and escort the reader into a certain intimacy with the material; meaning it feels good to hold and touch as well as to look at. Knowing that the actual material is challenging and could make the reading process slow and even challenging at times (it was designed for this, also) we had considered publishing it in a hardcover edition, but opted for the trade edition form to allow for the most inexpensive and portable version possible while still using the best of archival-approved materials. 

All that being said, a few people have literally worn through their copies from much handling and marking them up with highlighting and notations, and are on their second copy. While we appreciate such diligence and even devotion, we'd like to make a very simple suggestion to help extend the life of the book.  When coming upon certain phrases, paragraphs, etc., that you want to emphasize to be able to return to, simply make a small dot with your pencil or pen next to it. Then write down the page number on the last blank page of the book; a word or two next to the page number could be added to remind you of the subject, but when I (August) just go to the page, I see the dot and upon reading the text, remember what it was about that page that I wanted to keep in mind. I have done this for many years, as I have a lot of books, and dislike highlighting and underlining, almost as much as I secretly frown upon turning down a corner of a page as a bookmark.

Many of my books may remain shelved for quite some time before I get the urge to re-read them, and I especially like to go to the last page first to see if I noted any particular page numbers, and then go to those pages first; I'm often startled by some of the things I placed a dot next to; often, they're incredibly but appropriately synchronistic to my life at that time.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Podcast



October 7, 2010 -- August and Tim discussed The Risen and sundry
with Michael "Old Hip" Johnson at True Voices Radio

The recorded broadcast is available for listening at Michael Johnson's Podcast.