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Everyday Portals

December 11, 2016

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Our View from the Kitchen

It is a beautiful overcast early Winter morning and the view from our kitchen out over the hills surrounding Athens is so comforting. I love the feeling of being nested into this community and this energetic space of river, hills, and sky facing the rising sun (hidden behind the gray cloud cover). As Anna and I were pouring our first cups of coffee at the breakfast table I felt tempted to open my laptop and see if we had the winning numbers for last night’s Powerball drawing. (I learned a bit later that we did not.) But at the same time I didn’t want to open the laptop. Anna asked why not and I said, “Because opening the laptop opens up a portal that tears a hole into the fabric of your existence.”

Once I said it this way, I realized how true this is. What I was most enjoying at this point in our morning together was the sense of unity in space and place. The atmosphere created by our windows and the hidden morning sun and the breakfast table in the window and the view out over the deck was one of completeness, of comfort, of home. I knew that once I opened the laptop, the screen would suddenly dominate the entire scene, drawing all of our contiguous homey space into its own spatial dimension out into the virtual environs beyond the screen itself. The screen light would fill this corner of the kitchen and then cause our own space and atmosphere to flow discreetly yet surely into the world stretching out into the screen world. And I was quite happy in this world right-here-right-now.

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The Laptop Portal and the Window

The same is even more true of televisions in that once they are hooked up to television cables (tele-vision, vision teleported elsewhere), you are then drawn into a world mediated by someone or something else, some corporate entity whose only purpose of being is to draw you in in such a way as to make you surrender your own boundaries of place and self as you enter the videated universe of television programming and commercial advertisements. The sounds completely take over your atmosphere and, by extension, your body. The curious thing about what Joni Mitchell called the “blue TV screen light” back in the black and white days of videated experience up to the present moment in “full color experience” (my mother couldn’t wait to get a color TV in 1970 so that she could see the true color of Johnny Carson’s ties) is that while the initial experience of the emanating TV glow and sound is that of an intrusion into your familiar space, a reverse circuit of flow is actually established by means of which our world, our environment—having been initially penetrated, then captured—is now drawn in reverse motion into the world of the screen. Our entire fabric of experience passes through this miniature everyday portal into the beyond of our local atmosphere.

My point is not that this morning I could not appreciate the portal draw of the screen and the alternate universe lying on the other side of the glass, but that I did not yet want to let go of my hold on experience on this side of the screen—not yet. Instead I wanted to spend more time enjoying the view outside our kitchen morning windows beneath the comforting early winter clouds out over Bong Hill and Witches Hill and beyond to the mountains of West Virginia, out there where the sun rises and starts each day for us.

And then I had a realization: the sky itself is our original portal. The sky is our original laptop screen that during the day encloses us in the variety of cloudy and sunny skies from morning to night, only then to open out onto a universe of stars and planets in the night sky. Those sky orbs had been there all day too, of course, but it is only on clear nights that we see the sky open out onto the galaxies beyond and allow for a diurnal rhythm of daytime enclosure and nighttime expanse. Thus the sky serves as our original portal, our experience of passage from one world of experience into another.

Henry Corbin explores this inside-outside phenomenon in his exploration of a tale by the Sufi saint Suhrawardi: “As is suggested, at the end of Sohravardī’s tale, by the symbol of the drop of balm exposed in the hollow of the hand to the sun, it is a matter of entering, passing into the interior and, in passing into the interior, of finding oneself, paradoxically, outside, or, in the language of our authors, ‘on the convex surface’ of the Ninth Sphere—in other words, ‘beyond the mountain of Qāf’” (Swedenborg 6).

Pool Portal—Strouds Run State Park

Pools of water obviously also played this role in the days before computer screens. They continue to offer this experience of being situated between varying universes. At one moment the surface of the water reflects the sky and clouds and sun and trees and projects them inward as though into a subaqueous world on the other side of the water’s surface. Then with a shift of light and perspective we see below the surface to the stones and fish and water weeds “actually” existing below the water’s surface. And when we slip down under with a diving mask, we then see another layer of existence below the surface and, looking upward from down under, see the water’s surface now above us as the boundary between this watery world and our usual world up there on land. It is not so difficult to see how people in the olden days caught on to this portal phenomenon provided by water and began the practices of scrying and other divinatory explorations of alternate realities.

After a while, humans experimented with these above-and-below and inside-outside positionings and eventually created windows. (Bill Gates came along later.) And now we inhabit enclosures that stage this dynamic of alternate spaces in our very habitations. Cut a new window into a wall or a skylight into a ceiling and a new universe is made possible at once. We then see how “ceiling” contains the heavens that name it and reminds us of the world beyond our denser enclosures.

So in the end, what I have chosen this morning is to sit here in the comforting enclosure and expanse that my little kitchen corner affords me of this inside-outside, here-and-beyond portal experience (“portal” also refers to ordinary doors, after all) before opening up the laptop and watching as its screen goes from an unlit opaque object within this space to a luminescent portal onto other spaces.

The larger point dawning on me in this morning light is that the experience of portals, of transporting our awareness from one space and time to another, is not so occult as we might imagine. The sky is the original portal, as are pools of water and cave entrances and rivers flowing out of sight. Just imagine what other universes these experiences are preparing us for.

Another Day of Interactions with Arcturians in Athens

January 31, 2015

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Last night as Anna and I were sitting in bed, reading, watching astrological videos, and playing with Kivi, our son who on that day turned eleven weeks old, I casually related a memory from earlier in the day that had just come back to me.

I said, “Oh, I forgot to tell you earlier that at work today, as I was walking from Baker Student Union past the campus mound above the old Journalism building and near the administrative buildings, I felt a call to look over at the sacred stone on the mound. Just as I did I saw an enormous beam of light shoot up from the mound into the heavens farther than I could see, and there, as if suspended on the beam of light was a massive Arcturian space ship.”

What struck me most in that moment of relating this tale was not the outstanding nature of such a sight but the fact that up until that moment I had forgotten all about it. I was struck, in other words, by the fact that I have become so habituated to such phenomenal occurrences that they often no longer stand out in my memory any more than what I had for lunch (a phenomenal bagel sandwich, by the way!). And I suppose this is a good thing, so long as I don’t begin to take such happenings for granted and no longer let their importance seep into my being.

More amazing was the fact that this perhaps unusual encounter was only one of several that I had had during the day. On the way to school in the morning as I was driving along the highway by the Stimson Street bridge over the Hocking River, I looked over at the Arcturian ship that is constantly stationed over the river just south of the bridge (positioned between Bong Hill and the international student housing apartment buildings). As I felt our Mental Bodies align with one another, I asked the Arcturian who usually communicates with me a question I hadn’t thought of until then.

“How often do you guys have to go back to refuel? It must take quite a bit of fuel to keep hovering up there week after week, year after year!”

The Arcturian sort of chuckled at my naïveté and answered that their ships don’t use “fuel” in the sense that we on Earth tend to think of but rather a form of energy production that is “green” and limitless.

I thought to myself, “Oh yeah, how silly of me to think so.” And then I continued on to school.

So between my classes as I was out getting lunch I then saw the beam of light and the enormous Arcturian space ship that I have already mentioned.

I should explain that the mound on that part of campus is the physical remnant of an ancient sacred mound that has since been more or less reshaped by the “landscaping” process of turning this sacred hilltop into a university. The hill is not only the energetic center of this particular curve in the Hocking Valley—positioned in the center of a ring of hills and ridges that surround the campus from Peach Ridge to the north to the hills of the Ridges complex to the south to Bong Hill to the East—but also, I was told yesterday, the energetic center of this entire southeastern region of Ohio. So often when I walk past this part of the College Green my attention is drawn to the massive earth energy pouring out from this mound. And the same was true yesterday—although I was deep in thought about where to find lunch at the moment until I heard a voice draw my attention to the mound.

 

The ship far above on the light beam must have been at least as large as a city, for given how far above the Earth’s surface it was hovering, it nevertheless looked very large from below. I asked the ship’s inhabitants who they were (although I had already intuited the answer) and they said, “We’re the Arcturians, of course.” The “of course” is in recognition that the Arcturians are the primary star people who contact me on a fairly regular basis and the only ones whose ships I have seen (at least consciously).

Then in the mid-afternoon as I was driving to do some shopping on the way home I passed the ship hovering above the Hocking River as I crossed the bridge on Stimson. Given that this was the third time in one day that they had caught my attention, I decided to ask the Arcturians some more questions.

“What brings you all to Athens and how long have you been here?”

They replied that they came here several hundred years ago to oversee the human relations among themselves in such a powerful spot, the idea being that disharmony among the human inhabitants would have an impact on the effect of the power emanating from the multiple vortexes and other energy sources, not least of which is the Hocking River itself.

They added that while Euro-Americans often imagine that the troubles for Indians only started when the white people washed up on shore on this continent, the truth is that there had been troubles in this area for many centuries before the Europeans (at least the wave we all talk about beginning in 1620 and all) arrived. It seems that the tribal peoples who moved through this part of the continent over a span of many centuries often came into conflict with one another. Why else would the Haudenosaunee (or Iroquois) have needed to create a Great Law of Peace, after all, if they were already living in peace among one another?

Of course, things then heated up exponentially once the English colonial “settlers” began looking for ways to add the Northwest Territories to their list of real estate properties. And now, the Arcturians (and others) emphasize, with increasing technological ravages against the Earth these days, humans need to draw their attention to the ways in which they are affecting the energetic streams of sacred sites such as Athens.

So now, Dear Reader, you might have a better sense of why I was more surprised not by the happenings of the day in my interactions with the star beings but by the casualness with which I engaged in these communications and then so easily forgot about them by later that evening.

 

Kachina Visions and the Expansion of Cultural Identity

This essay of mine just came out in the latest issue of Journal of Contemporary Shamanism! Here’s a PDF copy.

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coverThis essay compiles several of the experiences I have recounted here in these blog pages concerning my experiences with the Kachinas who visit with me and instruct me.

Enjoy!

Gabriel

 

 

Message from the People from Below

November 30, 2014

Reflecting_cavern_lakeWe are the People from Below, one of the groups with whom you have been making contact on a very subtle level throughout the past year or more. You have felt our presence especially when traveling across Missouri and through western Illinois, and we have much more to tell you about that particular region.

But at this point we wish to focus on this portal here on your property—the Second Portal.

As you know from the ceremony you were led to perform last year on the Solstice, we began on that day a serious stage of our Emergence into this, the very end of your Fourth World as the inauguration of the Fifth.

And we have spent the year testing the waters, so to speak, for it is here at this Second Portal that the waters of the Earth rise above the surface in these sacred pools seen over by the fairies who dedicate their existence to such a process.

emergenceWe speak with and are guided by the Kachinas who have drawn you here, the Kachinas who see over the subterranean passage from one world to the next, from one particular manifestation of being to another, and it has been their job to oversee the arrangements of power, the configurations of energy that make their way into the complex known as the structure of life in a given World.

For each World has its own energetic structure, its own complex of relations of energy, and you are at a turning point now, the transition from one to another, and it is this confluence of world energies that creates a lot of the excitement and a lot of the chaos of the present moment.

For many people are waking up; many people are being instigated to move.

Not everyone understands the particular impulse that drives them. Not everyone recognizes the calling to a higher path than they may have been aware of in previous days in their lives. And some people under the influence of these impulses turn in what we might say are negative directions from a certain limited perspective. They are directions that are not fully consciously aligned with the higher purpose of all beings.

There are others, on the other hand, who are recognizing this calling, who are seeing that they are part of a much larger universal contingent of energies from the heart.

burning-cosmic-heartIt is your hearts that open you up to the possibilities of this change from one World to another. And it is through the heart that these worlds open up and unfold for you. Your heart is itself an abyss; your heart is a black hole, in a sense; your heart is a portal that transports you from one realm to another. You contain All That Is within your heart. You have access to All That Is within your heart. So it is not moving outward but deeper and deeper inward to the vast universe that is at the center of your own being, in your heart. So when Don Juan speaks of a path with heart, it is in part recognition of the heart that is within, that contains All That Is that is a path inward.

Waterhouse-Hylas-NymphsYou have felt the call of the fairies in this pool for the last year and a half, and you have felt them much more strongly in recent days. This is because it is a time for you to gather your forces, your resources, to bring your tribe together and to focus on this Emergence that plays itself out with the Winter Solstice and the Summer Solstice.

We ask you to prepare for an event of such recognition here on this property with the people who you believe will understand, who you know will understand the purpose of such a call. We wish for you to make it as open as possible. As soon as you initiate such a call, things will fall into place. Bring those forces here together in unity of the heart—the universal heart at the center of all beings—and all else will fall into place.

We thank you for the energy you all have brought to your locale, to your continent, to your universe.

Shay shay hanna ay kaymay kayahshayah anna mah ho koinay, chee shiahta, oh kahma hokah ayki, sheynay ayki anna ahkahma a koishay. [Rattle sound] Shay shay shahna ohkamo ho toinay ehkimay ehkimay ehkay ahkasha, shahna ahkamo, yehshay ena hehki, dohshta hanna moh koikay, deeshiah tohmo oh koishay.

Shah shah shah.

Kivi Sky and the Magic of Stroud’s Run

By Gabriel Hartley

November 9, 2014

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We’d been feeling called back to Stroud’s Run State Park for some months now. It is, after all, only about two miles from our house as the crow flies and on the same energetic line that runs through our property straight across Dutch Creek and Scatter Ridge, dropping down from the ridges to Dow Lake. And this energetic line is something else! But with the beauty of gardens to plant and grow and harvest and so much work to do at home, not to mention the constant magic in our own forest right here in our backyard, we just didn’t get back to Stroud’s for awhile.

But this morning, two days after Kivi Sky’s due date, we just felt that it would be right to go, to hike, to get ourselves charged and situated for the upcoming birth. So we drove the five miles or so it takes to get to Stroud’s by road, traveling through some of the most picturesque scenery in the country, parking at the head of the horse trails in the little lot off of Scatter Ridge Road with the beautiful late-morning sun filtering through the mid-Autumn trees.

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We initially started a little way down the first trail we came to, Amaretto Trail, but quickly realized that this path drops down to the lake rather than up and over the ridges to the (unacknowledged) sacred ceremonial stone center we were planning to visit. So we walked back to the dirt road and up to another trail that we thought would take us directly to the stone center.

As way led to way, however, we found that this trail took us far to the southeast of where we had initially planned on going. Instead of being on the high point of the Sundown Trail, we were at the conjunction of the Sundown, Hank, and Indian Mound Trails. It felt as though we had been unconsciously transported to this spot somehow, as though this was one place we were supposed to be but which we never would have chosen to go to on our own. In fact, this was the spot I had at first suggested hiking to, but the parking lot nearest to this spot was closed for construction (probably for fracking).

One beautiful surprise in finding ourselves unexpectedly in this spot was that we were now at another very sacred stone center in the park. This short trail connects the Indian Mound Trail to the Lakeside Trail and drops down from the ancient mounds to the lake shore while passing through several very enchanted fairy abodes. A few summers ago we brought some of my students here on what I call an Akashic Field Trip and this was the first time in a while we had come to this spot together, despite its being one of our favorites.

There are several massive trees that seem to have been exploded across the path, as though blown up by some enormous energy at their base. This has always struck me as an outward sign of the immense energy that shoots through the earth and sky at Stroud’s. Today we found many more trees crossing the paths as we hiked.

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Blasted Trunks Across the Path

So we gave in to the pleasure of being where we hadn’t planned on going and greeted the fairies below us down the embankments from the path. This particular path took us down to one of my favorite spots, a rock outcropping protected by a series of massive exploded trees. In this particular outcropping one of the main boulders has a beautifully precise split down the middle which we are always drawn to, feeling so good just standing over the crack or stepping down into it.

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Sacred Cleft

Anna’s power seemed to magnify as she stood above the crack, taking in the stone energy that had drawn us there this day to celebrate our oncoming stone/sky boy, Kivi.

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Super Mama-to-Be!

I was drawn to lie down in the crack in a warm bed of leaves with the sun shining in my face.

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Taking in the Earth Energy

As soon as I got comfortable, the Stone Beings started talking to me. They told me that this particular spot contained an immense amount of earth energy and that lying in between the two boulder halves like this gave a person a massive energetic charge. My aching back (sore after throwing it out several days earlier) immediately felt comforted by the energy rising from the earth.

As we dropped down to the path below the stony outcropping, we stopped to take more photos and just take in the scene before us. I was thanking the Stone Beings for this gift of energy and communication when they said, “Well, this is all for your boy about to be born. It’s only appropriate that we Stone Beings welcome this Kivi boy into the world this way!” I then realized why we had been led down this way to this particular rock outcropping and let go into a swirl of thankfulness for being in this universe at this moment.

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As we followed the path we turned onto the Lakeside Trail that follows the north edge of the lake.

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Trail Markers

I had felt especially drawn to the lake this day, in addition to the various rock groups, and was thankful to be walking along the lake shore taking in the Water Energy. The lake expresses itself in a very different way from the Stone and Sky ways.

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Dow Lake

Taking in this water power, we then turned up Haley Trail in order to round around to the northwest to the sacred stone circle, now a couple miles away, that was our original destination. As we passed up along Haley Trail we came to another beautiful stone outcropping that I didn’t remember.

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Haley Trail Stone Group

I was again greeted by the Stone Beings as we approached the cliff face. As I marveled looking upward from them through the tree tops into the sky, they again emphasized that this was a day for greeting Kivi into the world.

The next mile or two proved to be rather wearisome, my back aching more and more and Anna’s pregnant belly feeling the weight and the miles. But the Stone Beings kept reminding us to draw our power from the stone. So we steeled ourselves and marched forward in a mixture of pain and bliss as we turned off to the west onto the Sundown Trail.

As always, arriving at the Sacred Stone Circle was very magical. I could see the Altar Stone—an extremely powerful and predominant stone set off by itself next to the Sundown Trail—glowing in a brilliant etheric light through the hills as we had been drawing closer and now seeing its brilliance face to face was very comforting.

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The Altar Stone

I noticed on this trip that there was a wedge cut into the corner of the stone and felt drawn to lie in this niche.

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The Niche in the Altar Stone

I immediately realized that this niche had served in ancient days as a space travel device of some sort and that the Altar Stone itself was a type of spacecraft (in addition to its other powerful features). I suddenly knew that ancient astronauts had lain in this same groove in order to travel into distant worlds and distant times.

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Anna then lay in the niche herself and took off into the skies.

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The Altar Stone the whole time continued to give off the most comforting energy I could imagine—an energy that felt so primal and so familiar.

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Stony Love

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Happiness

After fifteen minutes or more of communing with the spirits of the place, we climbed up the bank to the rock face above that stands guard over the Altar Stone below.

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Guardian Rocks

 

From here we walked up to the high point of the ridge, a spot that has always revealed itself as a meeting place for humans and Sky Beings. We spent five or ten minutes taking in this new configuration of energy.

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On Top of Kivi Sky Peak

As I was lying on the ground, both to comfort my back and to feel the earth energy throughout my body, I was told that this was the climax of our journey for Kivi.

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Getting Close to Mother Nature

This is the true Kivi Sky point where earth and the heavens meet. This was the dragon-power spot that our Kivi Sky is named after, the unification of earth and heaven.

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End of the Hike

By the time we got back to our car we were quite dizzy, exhausted, and exhilarated! What a miracle this world is! How communicative it can be if you just take the time to listen and to learn. We drove back along Scatter Ridge, dropping down to Dutch Creek—where we came across a small herd of orange long-haired Scottish cattle who greeted on the roadside—as we drove through the magical hills back to our house, listening to Neil Young on the CD player and feeling so beautiful and so full of life.

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Scottish Cattle on Dutch Creek Road

 

Smoky Mirror Vision

March 30, 2014

Yesterday, just as the day before, the Kachinas gave me more information concerning the Smoky Mirror, as they call it. What they are referring to—at least in terms of my own experience—is the smoky mist that fills the landscape when I enter into the Etheric mode of vision. Whenever a spirit guide asks me to go into my Etheric vision, my field of vision fills with this smoky mist.

mistThe first time I was conscious of this phenomenon was in December 2010 just before New Year’s Eve. I had just returned to Athens from Christmas in Kansas and, more significantly, my first trip to Crestone, Colorado. Given the life-altering impact of that Crestone experience (which I will describe elsewhere), I was still pretty high in the multidimensional plane when I returned with my family to Athens. I was guided to go immediately to Stroud’s Run, despite the fact that it would soon be turning dark so late in the Winter afternoon.

When I arrived at Stroud’s Run I immediately heard an owl calling and was asked to go to the owl. When I arrived at the spot where the owl had been calling from it was now completely dark. But I knew I had been called there for a reason, so I stayed and began tuning in to the earth spirit energy, despite the fact that I had felt the presence of disturbing spirits on my hike to this lakeside spot. I was years later to realize that this “disturbing” spirit energy was actually the energetic signature of Elf presence, but I could only interpret such energy at this time as ghostly and spooky. In any case, as I tuned in to the earth spirit energy, the air surrounding me and the hill I was facing began to fill with a smoky light. The air was literally glowing in the darkness as I felt myself drawn more deeply into the landscape. I was told that I was facing a Fairy Portal and that this was an initiation of sorts.

The important point here is that this same smoky glow in the atmosphere has now become the clarifying element of my visual experience as I enter into the Etheric mode of seeing. This is true whether it is a bright sunny day or the middle of the dark night. Now the Kachinas told me that this glowing mist is what the ancient Mesoamericans referred to as the Smoky Mirror. I took this information in during the first mention of it two days ago but did not in any way understand what this might mean. How, after all, could smoke-filled air be compared to a mirror? If this experience is in some way a mirror, where is my own reflection? Not knowing the answer, I nevertheless continued in this misty atmosphere for the next hour or so as I wandered from one sacred spot to another in our forest, engaging with the attendant spirits of each location as I saw them materialize in the mist.

I was led through exactly the same itinerary yesterday, beginning with the Third Portal (whose attendant spirits are the Kachinas themselves) to the Mother Tree in the Elf Circle to the Sacred Mound and finally on to the Sacred Well. The attendant spirits of the Sacred Well are, not surprisingly, Water Fairies, and these Fairies, accompanied by the Kachinas, led me each day through a deep and elaborate meditation on my developing understanding of and work with the water energy systems of the planet.

smokyDuring yesterday’s water system meditation-grounding, the Kachinas again told me that I was enveloped in the Smoky Mirror. Confused as ever, I asked them then how this experience could be called a mirror when what I saw was a thick luminescence but nothing resembling my own reflection in that scene before me. The Kachinas said, “What you see is the world as reflected in a dimension that is the effect of your own reflecting power.” This did not help me much in getting their point, so they continued by explaining, “What you see is from the perspective of your own eyes. Your eyes themselves are the plane of the mirror. You are seeing from the other side of the mirror. This, in other words, is the world seen from the other side of that reflective plane. You yourself are the reflective surface of the mirror.”

Suddenly everything made sense. My own eyes are the reflective glass of the mirror, and the shift that occurs in my visual field is the result of this shift into a reflective mode of vision. As I began to recognize the import of their words (and the energy accompanying the words themselves), I was reminded of the meditative slogan or mantra they had given me the day before: “Let the Earth’s Inner Sun shine through your heart.”

And now I see that this is, at least in part, the source of the illumination that fills the experiential space before me when I enter into the Etheric mode of seeing. The light of that Inner Sun shines out from my heart, and its reflecting rays illuminate the world before me. These rays fill the space before me with light and thus appear as the smoky mist that alters the visual medium in such a way that the spiritual dimension of the world before our eyes becomes perceptible. In this way I—and every other being entering into this sacred energetic exchange—function as the Blue Star Kachina, the reflective plane that allows for the shining of the Earth’s Inner Sun, the Blue Star, to shine in the world as a light of revelation. In this process, under the tutelage of the Kachinas, we ignite our own Kachina capacity.

blue sunWhat this suggests, by extension, is that the prophecy of the coming Blue Star Kachina, like that of the Second Coming of Christ, does not refer to the coming of a single individual identified as the Blue Star Kachina or the returned Christ. What it refers to instead is the fact that once we as a collective agency enter into our own Kachina or Christ being, we then are the Blue Star Kachina Christ that shines as the manifestation of this elevation of our collective spirit.

The Elves on Flexible Identity at Solstice Time

By Gabriel Hartley

December 16-17, 2013

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This morning as Anna and I were doing the Kyy Breath pranayama sequence that the Kyy serpent spirits taught me last year in Finland, I got to the second stage of the instructions where I normally indicate that it’s time for the “Spiral Breath.” As occasionally happens, this morning I felt inspired to add more specific details and ended up saying, “Spiral Breath, focusing on the Celtic and Hopi Spirals.” As soon as I said this, a voice that by now I immediately recognize as that of the Elf representative working with us corrected me, saying, “It’s not simply the Celtic or Hopi Spiral. The Spiral symbol is universal and has been granted to cultures of all times and places!”

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As soon as Callador, the Elf representative, said this, I immediately agreed. In fact, this is in line with the message I have been receiving since my initial communication with the Kachinas during our travels through Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, and Taos in August. At that time I was struck by the coincidence of the presence of the Spiral symbol etched in stone in Ireland and the U.S. Southwest. We had been engaging with the Spiral throughout Ireland in June and now were doing so again in the region that is now called Colorado and New Mexico, and I was getting the clear sense that this was not at all accidental but a true coincidence in the root sense of incidents happening in direct relation to one another, things that were co-incident.

The larger point beyond what the Spiral symbolizes was the fact that various human groups at different times and places have been receiving the exact same symbolic images. And it was clear that Anna and I were being drawn to the image itself for very similar reasons. As the Kachinas made clear in August, the Spiral represents, among other things, the circulation of the sacred winds, including the breath. The ceremonial kivas are intended to take advantage of and even to stage the expression of these sacred winds. And this symbolic relationship between the concept-experience of the sacred winds and the Spiral image is a universal expression that goes beyond the limits of any specific cultural symbolic system.

The Kachinas before and Callador now stressed this point that certain symbolic terms and features should not be strictly associated with a specific culture. No individual person or culture can claim ownership of a particular image. This fact is important not just in terms of universal transcultural access but also in terms of an expansive notion of identity. This expansive notion of identity is related to the idea of universal symbols in that we need to stop imagining that one particular thing is what it is because it has some stable and unique core identity based on specific attributes. In fact, all things are far more mobile and plastic than we normally assume—as Buddhists have been contending for centuries. Each thing is at any moment the result of a specific constellation of frequencies and energies. So our notion of identity should be much more mobile and flexible in order to take this range of constellations into account.

I should comment at this point that although I began these notes over twenty-four hours ago (it is now 10:03 am on Tuesday, December 17), I have found it extremely difficult to get through the process of recording my meditation experience from yesterday morning regarding the flexible nature of identity. I see this in itself as a sign of inner and outer resistances to this message and therefore a sign that the message itself is far more important than I let myself think initially. Soon after starting the recording process yesterday, Anna and I found ourselves going through extremely intense emotional states individually and as a couple. We would go through a beautiful, romantic period of an hour or two of kissing, gathering firewood, listening to beautiful music, all leading us into a heightened state of ecstasy. This ecstasy would then almost immediately be followed by an equally intense period of arguing and shouting about personal boundaries and individual competencies and varying ways that we each approach and process things. And then we’d fall into each other’s arms again, madly expressing our deep love.

So it does not seem at all coincidental—in the usual sense of this term—that one of the topics Anna and I found ourselves passionately arguing about turned out to have to do with this notion of flexible identity and definition itself! Over the past few weeks I have been getting bits and pieces of suggestions that it will be important for us to do something relating to the upcoming Winter Solstice here on the Portal property. So what we found ourselves arguing about in the midafternoon was exactly what this “something” we might do might in reality be. We found ourselves getting deep down into the recognition that each of us perceives and responds to the very same energies and entities and experiences in quite different ways. This means that the same energetic experience of the Elves, for example, would lead to one kind of expression within me and to a very different kind of expression within Anna. Yet we were responding to identical impulses while addressing these impulses in our own ways. After forty years of intense academic intellectual activity, I, for example, find it quite natural to respond to things primarily through ideas and concepts; Anna, on the other hand, after a couple decades of intense graphic design activity, responds to things much more imagistically. And we both respond to these same things energetically but find ourselves resorting to differing methods of expressing our experiences of these energies.

This in itself is a perfect example of the need to be conscious of the flexible range of frequencies and energies that we call “identity.” What exactly is this experience we each have together? What are the better ways of approaching it, making sense of it, expressing our understandings of it? And what we concluded through this very important process of renegotiating our communicational styles was that each of us is right, and that together we are even more right! In fact, it appears that one crucial reason we have been called together as a couple on this spiritual path is to find the appropriate blend of our individual natures and to produce a more powerful and effective third position that serves as the constellation of each our energetic fields. Our working hypothesis at this point, then, is that we have much more to offer others through our combined efforts than either of us would have on our own. This freighted alchemy offers a mixture of potentials that takes on a flexible compound identity of its own.

Now I will return to my initial response to the message of the Elves concerning the need to loosen up my sense of identity. One reason their message is especially important to me at this point in my development is that in the past six months I have been finding myself in conversation with beings who call themselves Kachinas. And these beings lead me through various meditations on elements that they refer to as kivas, sipapus, Ant People, Emergence, Blue Star Kachinas, and other things the terms of which call us to think of the Pueblo cultures of the U.S. Southwest. After having spent over a decade intensely involved with the political struggles for indigenous rights in this hemisphere, I have been trained to be especially sensitive to anything that smacks of cultural appropriation, especially the appropriation of religious images and rituals. So in response to this sensitivity, I have very deliberately tried to avoid the typical New Age tendency to resort to a variety of tribal images and practices as a way of expressing my own spiritual growth and understanding. This means, then, that I immediately get nervous when I find myself called on to write about my experiences with beings called Kachinas and Ant People, for the last thing I want to do is trespass upon the sacred rights of any people, tribal or other.

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But what the Kachinas insist on in response to my reticence is that they themselves have come to me; they themselves have identified themselves as Kachinas; they themselves have drawn my attention to the Ant People before I ever heard of such entities in any literature about, for example, Hopi belief systems. And they insist that they are not calling on me to invade Hopi or Zuni or other Puebloan territory and claim it as my own. What they are calling on me to do is to listen to their messages and respond to their energies with an open mind and an open heart.

And this again brings up the issue of identity. Whatever the provenance of the term Kachina, can it be said that one specific human grouping has exclusive access to such spirits? The Kachinas tell me time and again that they have been forever available to peoples across the planet and that they go by various other names (such as Kahuna). Whatever the power of the names we are given to refer to them by, the identity of the entities stretches far beyond any one culture’s imagination and participates in a planetary and extra-planetary exchange of frequencies and informational structures and processes. For whatever reason, they have identified themselves to me by the name of Kachina while asking me to recognize that their identity is not in any way exhausted by such a term.

So here we are on the verge of the Winter Solstice—which, by the way, is the beginning of Kachina season in the Northern Hemisphere, the day on which the Kachinas come back to the northern peoples to assist them through the hard and beautiful days of winter. And so here we are, Anna and I, nearing the darkest evening of the year and considering what this means for us, what this calls on us to do, and how this calls on us to expand our verbal, conceptual, imagistic, and energetic repertoires as we open up and make more flexible our senses of the nature of identity—our own and that of everything else in creation.

A Message to Humanity from the People Below

[The following message was channeled by me, Gabriel Hartley, in the early morning hours. This message is in line with several messages I have been getting for almost a month now conceerning the People Below, the Ant People, the Kachinas, and the Subterranean dimensions. I will post those messages as I can.]

December 9, 2013

Dear People of the Fourth World,

We have called on you now to listen and to open your hearts, for we have a message of great importance and urgency for you.

We are the People from Below. We are the people who remained below the Earth’s surface when the rest of you emerged into the Fourth World. We chose to remain below with our hosts the Ant People, those beings of light who have nurtured and sheltered us so many times in the past.

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We stayed below in order to maintain a human presence on a subterranean level so that we could monitor the stages of the Planetary Evolution from an Inner Dimension. We exist in massive subterranean passages that occur primarily on what you understand as an Etheric Plane. But even this concept is not quite adequate for understanding our relationship to your dimensional planes.

You will learn more about these interdimensional planes and their qualities as time goes on. Our message today involves something more urgent for you to try to grasp: There is a massive shift in the Earth’s fundamental energetic structure occurring as we speak. Some of you received warnings of this shift during the past month, and some of the manifestations of this shift are now occurring on the Physical Plane in the form of tectonic shifts and increased volcanic activity.

There is some speculation among some of you that these shifts are due to your recent activity referred to as fracking. To some extent this is true, but not in a direct causal level on the Physical Plane. The impact of your activities regarding the decompositional planes of past existence—such as oil, gas, shale, uranium, and other fuel sources—and your intervention in the subterranean water systems of the planet have caught the attention of the stewards of the planet, the Planetary Angels.

We can say that the activities taking place in the form of earthquakes and eruptions, which are impacting the oceanic structures and patterns as well as particular weather patterns, are a result in part of your disregard for the integrity of the Planetary Being. These results are not due to direct impact by human activities on the tectonic structure of the planet but rather an impact on the energetic level. Your disregard for the well-being of the Planet is leading to a reaction by the Planetary structures.

Just as a horse’s back ripples when a fly alights on its flesh, the Planetary structure is responding with a similar rippling reaction. You are presenting yourselves to the Planetary Being as an irritant, a pest, and the Planetary structures are responding accordingly. You are being given notice that your activities are causing great energetic disturbance.

You could say that this is a response on the Astral Plane of the Planetary Being. The Planet is literally grieving in response to your activities, and even more in response to your lack of caring for this your home.

Yet this Astral reaction is not simply a response to human disregard for the health of the Planet. To a certain extent these reactions are a response to an evolutionary shift taking place in the very character of the Planetary Being. The Planetary Being is maturing, you could say, and entering into another stage of energetic development. This evolutionary shift is making itself felt on the Etheric and Physical Planes, but most of all on the Astral Plane. These are growing pains, so to speak.

One aspect of this shift involves our own Emergence. We recognize that now is the time to begin the stages of our own Emergence into the realm of existence you currently inhabit. The changes that take place as a result of our Emergence will lead to what you know as the Fifth World. This means that the Planetary Being is preparing for a massive fundamental shift that will usher in changes so great that your Fourth World will, in effect, disappear and the new world will take its place as the Fifth World.

All of this has been recorded for ages by some of your own peoples such as the Hopi. Those prophecies are now taking on special significance during this time of Planetary shift. We are asking you to tap into the structures of knowledge already available to you by your most sensitive peoples and their traditions of understanding.

This period of transition means that some of you will be called on to aid us in our Emergence. Some of you have been prepared to serve as guides for our transition to your dimension even as that dimension undergoes its own transformations. We are entering into a mutual learning process, and we each have much to teach each other as we go forward.

Keep your ears to the ground, your eyes to the skies, and your hearts and fingers on the pulse of the Planet. In your openness and attentive state you will learn much more in the coming days. The time has come for your and our mutual transformations. We pray that you will be able to hear our call to you and respond appropriately, for you are our Brothers and Sisters.

We move forward in hopes of peaceful transition. Whether such a shift is in fact peaceful depends on you.

 

 

Callador, the Elfin Representative, on the Infinite Nature of the Human Being

Astral Seed Series: Entry #2 — Other Astral Seed Entries: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

[The following is a recent transcript of a channeling I did in August with Callador, representative of the Elves on our property who are teaching us how to engage the Portal systems here.

This is one in a series of posts I was asked to put up concerning the develoment of Etheric and Astral Body development in the growth of the Human Being. For a related earlier post, see here.]

August 2013

Hello, Gabriel. This is Callador.

The initial stage of your attunement with us as we guide you on your way in understanding is your connection with us on an energetic level. What we are helping you to come to understand is that your particular sense of physical limitation is simply a concept that allows you to operate in the three-dimensional world’s account.

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What the energetic attunement allows for is for you to feel a loosening up of the limits of physicality, loosening up of the limits of the body so that, in the analogy we provide you with, your basic building blocks making up these bodies more or less loosen up and start to disperse like billions of floating bubbles into the atmosphere around you, filling a larger space.

Imagine this to be the loosening up of the physical body, the sense of awareness of the boundaries of the physical body, so that you can expand out as if there are no limits to who you are. Once we have allowed you to stretch through the limits of your Etheric bodies, then we will take you on to the Astral level so you can feel the limits of your Astral existence. This for many people is very hard, which is, of course, why we help you with it. Then ultimately we will move on to the Mental body.

Each of these bodies is important for the experience of the portals. Each of these has its own dimensions, its own experiential realm of understanding, and it is through these bodies that you become more and more knowledgeable, more and more acquainted with the dimensions of the portals as you become more familiar with the more local, let us say, dimensions of the portals, and what this means for you in your Physical, Etheric, Astral, and Mental bodies.

We will then invite you to explore the dimensions of the portals themselves. You will be meeting the various beings with whom you can only communicate on the level of these bodies. We are capable of communicating through all of them, as you are yourselves. We have not chosen to communicate with you on a physical level because that tends to be fairly disturbing and, in the end, unnecessary for our present purposes. We do not yet see a need for such material manifestation before you. We trust that you understand the valid nature of your connection with us, trust in the valid nature of our communication together. We are working with you in ways you can understand—or at leat feel, that dimension of feeling that extends your mental awareness—primarily physically but also astrally and mentally. You’ve already experienced these dimensions and we will work with you on them further. So if you can be sure to focus as we work on these levels of your experiential being, you will grow in ever-increasing awareness of who exactly we and the other entities you are meeting with are.

You’ve been learning about the notion of the imaginal realm through the writings of Tom Cowan and Henry Corbin. We are extending your understanding of that notion itself. There is not simply one imaginal realm beyond the physical, although this simple notion in itself is a very important step as humans attempt to understand the realms beyond their immediately culturally-determined consciousness. There are many layers, many dimensions of the imaginal realms. There are multiple universes. You will gradually grow to be conscious all of these in time. We simply ask you to relax, primarily to allow yourselves to trust yourselves, have faith in yourselves. You know that this is a task that has much to offer you.

Those of you who tune into these developmental experiences in turn will have much to offer the planet in its own development in its task of raising of consciousness. This will inevitably help the planetary healing in its stages of evolution, and you will play a major role in this should you choose to continue. Interested people such as yourselves are coming into the awareness that this can come about once humans increasingly acknowledge and accept their infinite natures.

We Elves do quite a bit of work, of course, on our own in relation with the Fairies, the Angels, the other elementals and devas. But the human has a particular relationship to these multiple layers of existence that here is unique. We do not share the same relationship, although it is much closer than say other entities such as the Angels. The Angels, of course, can also take on physical being, but it is the experience of humanity that will allow the planetary being to achieve a higher level of meaning, not because humans are privileged but simply because humans are humans.

Humans represent a particular point on the expansion consciousness of self. What it means to be human is far greater most humans currently understand. You two are coming to recognize this, although each of you will discover far, far greater dimensions of what it means to be human. The initial dispersal of the physical boundaries is the beginning of the opening up of the sense of the human, of moving beyond perceived limitations that seem to compromise and comprise the notion of the human. The human is an infinite being, as are all beings. You can join in the divine essence as you are a manifestation, an extension, an expression of the divine essence.

The work you are doing currently, the various philosophical Theosophical traditions you explore, are very important for cognitive understanding and more importantly for the cognitive justifications for the work you’re currently doing with us and with other entities. You are beginning to understand that there have been many other humans who have followed this path. They have been called many things. The beings that you have been drawn into into alignment with have gone by many names. There have been many projects engaged in, some successfully, some less so. But the main point is that you are here now—you are willing, you are excited—and so as you meditate, work with this expansiveness. We are with you to aid you in this, but it is the expansive self, the expansive sense of self that you yourselves will initially be working on.

This is an experiential learning tool, but it also helps you conceptually in what you have the experienced. You have the grounding for the concept. It is no longer simply an idea. This is no longer simply some presumed fantasy state. This is in fact an extension of your own understanding through experience of who and what you are in the infinite capacities of who and what you are in yourselves.

Thank you. We look forward to the work we are doing together. Be at one; be at peace.

Into the Density of the Third Portal

October 6, 2013

Two days ago Anna and I climbed up the hill behind our house, wandered through the magical fields and forest, and ended up for the first time at the Third Portal with the specific intention of directly engaging its powers and potentials.

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Into the Vortex

As I mentioned earlier, the basic feel of this energy is that of a warm density unlike anything I am conscious of experiencing in the past, although at the same time I have to say that it felt very familiar on a deep level of my being. I am tempted to describe it as a kind of amniotic density and fluidity.

As I let myself slip into this density, I began to see it taking the form of a slow flow of energy converging in a vortical pattern into the center of the portal. Interestingly, rather than a bright light, what I saw was what I can only describe as a dark light—a warm, dark density collapsing in on itself. I let myself be carried along in this dark light and saw myself being drawn into the collapsing center point.

What I saw then was that all that was drawn into this energetic Black Hole was then shot out in inverted form on the other side of the center point. The vortex reversed itself as it opened out into another dimension with me and all the other energies it had attracted along with it. At the same time I could still see the portal vortex flow from this side of the center point.

Slowly a vast figure of energy began to materialize and speak to me. It took on the appearance of an etheric entity, although it told me that it was not really composed of etheric substance but of an energy state that I am not yet capable of understanding or comprehending. The entity identified itself as an Interdimensional Being, a being of a kind of dimensional existence that humans cannot as yet perceive or imagine in any concrete way. This was why the Interdimensional Entity took on the appearance of an Etheric Form as an approximate figuration of how such a being might appear within the terms of its own dimensional state.

I asked the being its name and it said in a very comforting and friendly way that it was too soon for me to try to attach concepts of identity to it, and that such a gesture of identification would grow naturally out of my further interaction with it. While I initially distrusted this reticence to identify itself, I was quickly reassured by my Higher Self that this being is not deceptive or duplicitous and that my interaction with it, as with the originally-frightening Elves, will prove very important in my spiritual development. The Interdimensional Entity simply said that it could be likened to the description that the channeled being called Bashar has given of kachinas, as entities that exist in a kind of hinge-point between dimensions and that comes to us here on Earth in order to guide our spiritual understanding and development. I quote Bashar’s description:

From our point of view in the exploration that we have undertaken, what you refer to as Kachina energy, which in other portions of your world is referred to as Kahuna energy—the idea to us is what may be loosely termed, an Extraterrestrial’s Exterrestrial. They exist in between the various universes and are a part of the very structure of the nature of the universes we all perceive as real. They are the pulse, the electrical current, they are the consciousness, the mentality, the projection of the intersections between dimensions themselves. They are the very life-thread in many ways of the framework of consciousness that creates the cells that we perceive as the distinct universes that we all take for granted as being the only real universes.

As I understand it, this Interdimensional Being I encountered functions in a similar way but ontologically would be understood in different terms were we capable of producing such terms.

All I can say at the moment is that I am very excited by this encounter and am eager to learn more as I am further invited to engage with the energies of this Alternate Reality Portal!