Saturday, December 24, 2011

Peace on Earth: Christmas Everyday

Earth Rising: from Apollo 8
“Numinosity is that something, that particular sensation one might associate with a certain holiday. We speak of it as ‘the spirit of a thing.’ The spirit of Christmas is very different from that of Hallowe’en. The experience of time during these festivals becomes altered or ceases entirely. ‘Numinous,’ from the Latin numen, literally means “a nod of the head”—‘head’ meaning ‘Highest Self’—so a nod from the Divine. So a numinous event—a numinosum—is an experience of Authentic Self, which is gifted to us as a grace from Creator Source. ‘Grace’ can be generally defined as ‘the all-nourishing substance of the universe which is Creator Source, and freely given by Creator Source to Creator Source.’ ” From The Risen, p. 128.

Many of my friends have heard me say, and I’ve even said it in The Risen, that when it comes to my own eventual transition, I’m like an excited four-year old who can’t wait for Christmas. And, also like a small child, I still want every day to be Christmas; every day to be a Christ-day. This would truly be peace on earth, which is the Kingdom of Heaven.

This peace on earth is really peace in oneself. Once achieved, the peaceful inner becomes the peaceful outer: the outer world manifests as an effect of the inner world of causation. It starts from within and goes forth. Sometimes, to convey a sense of the raising of vibration, various sources will conceptualize this as “as above, so below” – but there is no real distance within the time-space of a Risen experience; the space-time of a terrestrial experience just makes it seem so. As Risen, we will understand that the individual is at the center of everything, a living experience that emanates forth from our consciousness. On the earth, we do this with thought, which is a by-product of the ego-mind. As Risen, and without an ego-mental component, we will no longer need thought, and our environment of manifestation will be purer, lighter, and unfettered.

“It often happens that numinosum that occurred days, weeks, or even months and years ago finally come together and make sense. This is due to the way time is utilized by Risen Ones as well as our inability to directly perceive and comprehend the complex realities involved. As we continue to strive to increase comprehension and become more open-minded, much will fall into place, like piecing together a large, complex jigsaw puzzle. The numinous becomes luminous, and we will begin to distinguish aspects of new worlds.” (Ibid., p 184)

It is one thing to be in a numinous state; it is a far different thing to be in an aware state of numinosity. Increased consciousness, which is increased vibration, brings increased awareness.

Before we can begin to experience a change in our currently manifesting vibration that will alternate and uplift our consciousness – and have Christmas every day – we must first learn how to live in our own world of manifestation. We are immersed in our own individual and shared dimension as particular beings that dwell in a particular geography. The idea, then, is to purposely increase conscious awareness of the actual experience of being, and of being conscious of being.

Purposely increasing awareness mean uncovering; using, waking up; turning on; activating underused and latent, inactive senses – both physical and spiritual, which interpenetrate and cannot be separated. We – that is, our ego-mind which we often non-consciously identify with – can try to separate the spiritual from the physical, which results only in discomfort and suffering to the already whole mind-body system. Discomfort and suffering are signals, which are messages that tell us, with great and simple wisdom, which way to not go.

For perhaps a long while, we have allowed ourselves to be directed by these messages of suffering, which emerge after we less-than-consciously, or even non-consciously, invest in actions that then cause the suffering messages. This means that we cause the suffering ourselves by choosing, consciously or not, one course of action or actions over others. Such actions are not only composed of any and all thought, but are then followed by more thought of the same kind, which we then continue to sustain and carry with us through the experience of suffering, thus maintaining and seemingly strengthening the distress.  "Seemingly" because the distress can be ended at any time, much like turning off a film projector and turning on the lights.

The feeling of carrying the experience of misery is burdensome, and if we are not conscious that we have made our own burdens, we let the ego-mind convince us that we actually are victims. This essentially means that the results of our thought-actions are effects, which are really nothing more than bright, noisy lights and sounds, caused by our thought-actions, which are further nothing more than our choices about how we want to use our beingness. We then also choose how to react or respond to these effects, these displays of fireworks. We can react by screaming and running in fear, or we can respond by going, "Ooooo! Aaaahhh! Again!"

As often pointed out before, all this talk about achieving Authentic Self Awareness looks great on paper; learning how to make it happen off the books is a different story for most of us. Even with all  my intimate contact with the Risen, as a terrestrial human I know what it is to struggle to awaken and stay awake, how hard it is to forget about scary effects and just laugh the fear away. I am grateful to all my friends and readers who have, with great compassion, accepted my own admissions of feelings of worry and inadequacies without judgment, but with loving, supportive acknowledgment. You are the bearers of peace on earth.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Toward An Invincible Summer: More Light!

Winter Solstice, the shortest and therefore darkest day of the year, will be here soon. The light in my neck of the woods lately has been like one of those new energy-saving light bulbs: grey and dreary, weak and unnatural. I miss the hot sun so much, and try to time my runs when it's at its brightest so I can find a tree to lean against and let the revitalizing warmth shine on my face and hands.

While doing this, I recite the following prayer, as referenced in The Book of Runes (by Ralph Blum) under the rune of Sowelu -which signifies Wholeness, Life Force and The Sun's Energy. Ralph tells us, "Sowelu counsels opening yourself up, letting the light into a part of your life that has been secret, shut away. To accomplish this may call for a profound recognition, for admitting to yourself something that you have long denied."

The Gayatri Sun Prayer
"You who are the source of all power,
Whose rays illuminate the world,
Illuminate also my heart
So that it too can do your work". 

When reciting the Gayatri, visualize the sun's rays streaming forth into the world, entering your heart, then streaming out from your heart's center and back into world. This is a very powerful way to raise energy and open the heart area, while making the chattering monkey mind quieter.

Here are a few quotes by some mystics that might bring more light to any mental darkness in our life right now – one by Boris Pasternak, one of my Risen guides and colleagues, and another by Victor Hugo - little-known medium and mystic, who wrote a book about his seances, and who also "just" happens to be a direct ancestor of mine.

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."
Albert Camus

"It snowed and snowed, the whole world over, Snow swept the world from end to end. A candle burned on the table; A candle burned."
Boris Pasternak

"Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart."
“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” (August once received this in a fortune cookie after a long conversation about Victor Hugo.)
Victor Hugo

"Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it."
"More light, more light!" - from his bed while transitioning.
“We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The moment we indulge our affections, the earth is metamorphosed, there is no winter and no night; all tragedies, all ennui, vanish, - all duties even.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, December 12, 2011

Season's Greetings from The Risen, or, perhaps, Rising Greetings.

My friend, Robert Warner, is the Master Printer of Bowne and Co. This print shop was founded in 1775, and looks pretty much the same, where it resides in the historic South Street Seaport area of lower Manhattan. Robert has been committed to keeping it that way. Everything is hand-printed off the 18th century press. The cards and artwork cannot be purchased online; they didn't have the Net in the 18th century, so why ruin a good thing? He prints only so many each day and then they are bought up quite quickly from those-who-know, who come from far-and-wide in the city, including many whose families have been in the city for the past 200 years.

This year he asked me what kind of holiday card I would like to have to send out. "Nothing all that jolly and crissmassy," I answered, "Maybe something along the lines of a polar bear dragging a little kid across the snow on a beautiful moonlit night. Both would be laughing uproariously, possibly for different reasons." "OK" he replied, "I like it; I'll see what I can do."

Above is the result. I'm sorry that I can't send one in the snailmail to everyone, so this is the next best way to extend to you our Season's Greetings. I regret that I can't reproduce the fact that the wreath is hand-applied in green sparkles on the actual printed card. Regardless, we wish you whatever you wish, too.

To learn more about the amazing Robert, see the NY Times article here; and another, here.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Does the Universe Have a Purpose?

Thank-you, M. & B., for the pleasure of your company on your visit to Manhattan, as well as for the very exquisite Japanese dinner in a quiet, comfy-cozy space — And don't forget to ask "Puss" to gift you with his name!


This is the first in a series of conversations about the “Big Questions” the John Templeton Foundation is conducting among leading scientists and scholars.

We will endeavor to add our own Risen reply to this question, based on currently published Risen material, enhanced by new communication.  Stay tuned for this, hopefully to come soon, if August can get in enough cat naps first. Please feel free to add your own comments.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

From the Archives: Rinse, Repeat, Rise.

[First Posed 7/23/10]

A Reader asks:

"Is it your notion that unless we are essentially focused, intent-wise, on maintaining our bodies in the afterlife, we won't have them? and they go away And we'll become absorbed into God and lose our identities or be instantly reincarnated? Sorta a spooky notion. Most ITC etc. material would argue that it's an automatic, natural and even scientific process that we transfer to our astral bodies, without having to think about it at all, and they naturally maintain themselves and us our identity and singularity. The only other source that reflects what you seem to be saying would be Whitley Strieber's "Master of the Key," a very interesting man, in his discussion with Whitley about the soul in the afterlife.

"Anyway! :) Your post about scientists and skeptics in the afterlife definitely jives with what I've read. What a funny thing! I can already see some of my silly atheist friends denying that they were ever on Earth!"

Regardless of whatever the focus is, (and focus can be a very dramatically different thing from one person to another,) most people will usually have some kind of body, although often at first may have difficulty controlling and maintaining a consistent presentation of form. There is no "transfer" à la pod people from one body to another. What we conceive and call "spirit" on earth will actually be "body" once it's free of the terrestrial physical form. This body will continue to evolve and be host to the next stage of spiritual development, and then we will transition yet again as an even more advanced mind-spirit-body. This vehicle continues to become more fluid and malleable under the guidance (or misguidance) of the mind. We may need a specialized teacher to help us learn how to build and then maintain our form. It's where we arrive that is often the clue about such determining factors about what we look like. Our minds determine the where, or the geography, as we call it; they also determine who we will be with, according to the Principle of Affinity. If you've read The Risen, you know that there is no reincarnation as commonly believed by the race consciousness; nor is there "karma."

There have been, and, increasingly, are people who cannot seem to manifest a form of much substance; often they are not even conscious or awake, but in a kind of stasis of sleep. These individuals are carefully cared for and brought to places of healing and restorative healing.

In his charming little book, In Heaven as on Earth: A Vision for the Afterlife, Scott M. Peck manages to capture some fairly accurate observations of the essential experience of transitioned arrivals who are essentially inexperienced. They can't seem to focus enough to see their own body upon awakening - does this mean they don't have one, or simply unable to imagine having one - or is that the same thing? They also can't see the forms of the Risen except as spots of light, although the Risen can adjust this. This is an indication that one can control how they appear to others, and new arrivals often have no control over this. They spend so much time on Earth trying to control their material body shell, and so little learning how to control their spiritual body, that they might as well be a balloon with a slow leak in it.

Most of the ITC communications take place with those who have Risen fully-formed with few or no challenges. These are exceptional individuals, and not the rule, and so are not an accurate representation of the far greater population in spirit geographies, who not only are unable to fully and healthily manifest, but have no concept or idea that communications with those on Earth are even possible. Because their ego-minds were dominant while on Earth, their own sense of Authentic Self is practically negligent; their ego-mind had existed as a parasite, quite literally feeding on its own host mind-body. Upon leaving the terrestrial body, such individuals have to undergo a careful restoration program of spiritual nourishment and rest. Once restored to sanity, one is Risen.

It's not uncommon, however, for some ITC technology to be able to pick up signals from individuals who are in various stages of Risen development, including those who are basically asleep and in a dream-like state. These states may be calm and quiet, or unstable and nightmarish, so the quality of the ITC transmissions will reflect those mental and emotional energies accordingly. The results may be garbled and confusing, sometimes frightening and threatening. As our book reflects, the process of accessing and correctly discerning, interpreting and presenting the higher-conscious states of the Risen is seldom easy or predictable, certainly time-consuming, and takes an immense amount of psychological and emotional energy and commitment. This commitment must take place on both sides of the veil. It appears to be no less difficult for the Risen to devote considerable energy to such a commitment than it is for someone still on Earth. Hence, there is so little of it happening.

It's wonderful that your have such a good sense of humor about the scrooges -- Risen and non-Risen -- who maintain such a staunch and limited, dour view of the Universe about them. It's this laughter that dissolves the illusions in a flash, and washes away the grime of grimness to reveal the original pristine state of Authentic Self.