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Jacob-Becoming-Israel and the Divine Syzygy: An Inner Manifestation

March 2, 2016

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One of the most profound spiritual experiences I have had took place on Monday, February 29, 2016 as I drove from Athens, Ohio to Topeka, Kansas to see my daughter Tori. As I was driving on I-70 in eastern Indiana I was moved to speak with Samuel, my High Self. Samuel instructed me to begin a conversation with Jacob, my Male Self, so I did.

I don’t remember much now from the early parts of this communication, but at a crucial moment my Female Self, Esther, began speaking. The surprising thing was that she was speaking in English, which she almost never does. She usually uses her ancient language that I speak so frequently now. Esther began addressing Jacob by announcing that the time had come for him to accept his true inner nature, which meant accepting his transformation from Jacob to Israel. She then began chanting in a wonderful sing-song way, “You are Israel—accept your true nature! You are Israel—accept your true nature!”

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Initially Jacob was both flattered and a little disturbed to be called on for such a transformation. He has known for some time now that his moment was coming soon, but he had never imagined that it would take this form of accepting a new identity, and especially not the identity of Israel. Given his strong condemnation of the colonizing behaviors of the state of Israel and the earlier American manifestations of such Biblical imperialism, not to mention the brutal relations between the early nation and its neighbors in the Bible,  Jacob was not predisposed to take on such an identity.

But the remarkable thing was how beautiful the new identity felt, not just to Jacob but to all of my inner selves and to me as a total personality. Jacob, in utter ecstasy, began chanting, “I am Israel! I am a child of God! O am Israel! I am a child of God!” This ecstatic acceptance of this newly-revealed identity filled my entire being with warm light. I believe that I was actually glowing as I soared across the highway of Indiana, deeper into the magical plains of the Mississippi Valley.

Esther and Israel joined together in a new ecstatic union, which increased the ecstatic glowing and the musical round of heavenly song. I could hear angels singing all around me as I was filled with pure joy.

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In response to my lingering questions about the brutal nature of the nation of Israel in ancient and in modern days, I was told that the true meaning of the Biblical Israel’s transformation from Jacob had been the marriage between humanity and the Planetary Being. The “Land of Israel” did not refer simply to the place commonly referred to as the Holy Land but to the planet as a whole. Israel was being instructed in his role as avatar for humanity in this newfound sense of being at home, this new atonement between humankind and the Earth. This was never meant as a covenant between a single tribe on a single plot of land but as a unification of the human with Gaia. My recognition of this human-planetary unity filled me with even more ecstatic energy.

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I was then urged to remember the moment in the movie version of The Da Vinci Code when the main character revealed the meaning behind the two triangles that make up the Star of David, the downward-pointing triangle representing the female womb and the upward-pointing one representing the male phallus, with the unity of the two signifying the divine unity of the Female and Male Principles. My new experience of the unity of Esther and Israel represents just such a cosmic unity of male and female within myself, a unity that promises great changes in my social being. In fact, this newfound unity within myself as symbolized by the united triangles of the Star of David revealed yet another transformative element for me: the “Star of David,” a universal symbol that pre-existed its association with the Jews of Israel for thousands of years, was originally known as the Star of Gabriel as well as many other names. This, then, is my star, my sacred image that is to guide my mediations for some time to come.

The oddest part of all of this is how much sense it all makes and how healed and transformed I feel as a result. I am truly blessed to receive this new understanding and to be grounded in this unity of humanity and Gaia as a divine syzygy.

Venus Transmission

October 21, 2015

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As I went to bed last night I was thinking about my conversations with beings from Jupiter last winter. Then out of nowhere Jupiter told me to expect a visit from another planetary force soon. Well, “soon” turned out to be within just a few hours as I opened my eyes at 4 a.m. this morning and saw a light come into focus through the branches of the trees on the hills east of our house. I immediately knew this was Venus come to pay me a visit.

Jupiter (as a collective planetary voice) said, “Relax, lie there focusing on this beautiful light of Venus manifesting before your eyes. See and, more importantly, feel the energy of this alignment of stars and planets, of Leo’s beautiful frame, of Regulus.”

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So I watched as Venus slowly rose higher into the eastern sky, light waves flashing as she passed behind the tree branches, expanding in her brilliant illumination.

And then Venus herself began speaking. “It is not at all accidental that you found yourself making several reference to me in your classes yesterday and in your readings. This is all part of an important, consciously orchestrated series of synchronicities on your planet at this time. You and many others have been profoundly, if not always consciously, affected by this particular alignment of planets and stars from your Earthly perspective. This is a critical time of transition for your planet, and as you can see and feel, I play a key role in this alliance of waves and rays and energies.”

Venus’s reference to my teaching involved my growing awareness of an unexpected “coincidence” of references to Venus in both of my classes yesterday at Ohio University. In my first class, Multicultural Critical Theory, we were studying a chapter by Patricia Hill Collins on Black Female Sexuality. In her overview of various modes of oppression, Collins spent some time discussing the Hottentot Venus phenomenon as a primary moment in the development of racialized sexual domination in the West. Her primary thesis is that the domination of Back women’s bodies serves as the Matrix of Domination in Western culture, the crucible out of which other forms of domination—racial, class, gender—grow or are articulated. What struck me most in the chapter, however, was Collins’s claim that “[A]ll systems of oppression rely on harnessing the power of the erotic.”

The erotic, of course, is one area under the purview of Venus. And while in this chapter Collins explores the negative side of this work of the erotic, she closes the chapter with the suggestion that while “harnessing the power of the erotic is important for domination, reclaiming and self-defining that same eroticism may constitute one path toward Black women’s empowerment.”

So this got me to thinking about the role of the erotic when harnessed in such systems of domination and liberation. The Rebel Flag of the Confederacy, for instance, gains much of its power precisely from harnessing the power of the erotic. This symbol of racial domination serves to stimulate and organize the flows of erotic drive into a relatively coherent yet often only dimly conscious expression of racialized sexual domination, a power struggle over who’s on top—a power play especially appealing to poor White men who are often dominated in other various ways in our collective Matrix of Domination.

And all of this led me to wonder how we might more productively harness these erotic drives for a platform of liberation. How might the energies we draw from Venus lead us to a higher social constellation than we can currently imagine?

In my later class, a Senior Seminar organized around the theme “Exraterrestrials, Angels, and Elves,” we were finishing up our discussion of the American poet H.D.’s book-length poem Trilogy. While there is much to say about this stunning book, I will here only point to the central role of Venus as one aspect of the liberating powers of imagination that H.D. stages in her coordination of various goddess figures of the erotic: Isis, Astarte, Aphrodite, Venus, and—through a wonderful transfiguration brought about in the poem—Mary Magdalene. Through this particular constellation of goddesses of the erotic, H.D. offers us a glimpse of what a liberating reclamation of the powers of Imagination might offer.

So I was quite stunned and yet not at all surprised to hear Venus mention these moments as part of a larger process of Venus-Earth realization.

When I asked her what I might do at this point, she suggested that I do more research on this moment of planetary alignments spanning Leo and Virgo during this Fall of 2015. But more importantly, I and others should tune into the energies emanating from this eastern portal each early morning during this season. We can do so in our meditations and communicative journeys. She suggested further that these powers will influence us in one way or another, so it is our best interests right now to tune in very consciously as we experience these transformative powers. The VENUS-JUPITER-MARS conjunction energy following the transition from Leo into Virgo is intense! (I’m referring, of course, to the planetary alignments with the constellations, not the Zodiacal time of year.) This is a powerful time for personal and global transformations, but we need to focus our intentions or be swept away on the tide. In other words, the shift is partly under our control—just learn to surf this wave!

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Venus engaged me in an extended discussion concerning my own life as lover and father. I was overcome by the beauty and warmth she expressed in her assurance that we can tune into these higher energies right now and allow ourselves greater comprehension and control over our extended erotic faculties, which include our roles not simply as lovers but as parents, children family members, friends, and members of the planetary family at large (which is not at all limited to the planet’s human inhabitants).

Moreover, she suggested that I do some research on certain esoteric expressions of our relationship to Venus in order to gain greater clarity concerning what all this means on personal and collective levels. I have only begin in this work, but I already found a most stimulating passage that could serve as a postscript for this entry:

“Perhaps some idea may be gained if we remember that, in an occult sense, Venus is to the Earth what the higher Self is to man.” Alice Bailey and Djwal Khul, A Treatise on Cosmic Fire

The Matakin Sky Spirits Speak on the Energy Waves of the Atmosphere

December 6, 2015

As we were saying earlier, Gabriel, here in Greenville, Illinois, although we were speaking with you earlier, and we will repeat some of what we were saying before: On one of your previous trips we were telling you about our function as the Spindle connecting the heavens and the Earth. Today what we were speaking of was simply less about us and more about the atmosphere. Since we are mediators of the atmosphere, of course this concerns us.

magnetosphereThe atmosphere of the Earth, generally speaking, is very unknown to humans. Even the most widely known and experiential aspects of the atmosphere are very unknown in terms of what’s actually happening. This includes, for instance, sunsets and the aurora borealis. What we were speaking to earlier is the fact that the atmosphere, as with all realms of material reality, but more freely speaking the atmosphere functions as a realm of radiation.

And we mean radiation in its root sense of energy waves, energy particles, radiating out from particular sources. So the sunset is a particular colorful display of a certain refraction of light radiation. It occurs in that particular way because of the radiation of moisture and particles in the atmosphere. The aurora borealis is a response to magnetic waves that radiate throughout the atmosphere and around the surface. In fact, what led us to begin speaking to you in more detail is that when humans take into account the magnetosphere of the Earth, they often picture it as a protective bubble—which in many ways it is. It does protect the inhabitants of all kinds of the surface of the planet from particular kinds of space radiation that would destroy the life on the surface or certainly cause it to mutate in fundamental ways that would leave it very unrecognizable in relation to its manifestation today.

But the magnetosphere certainly is penetrable by other kinds of radiation. Light and heat from the sun are obvious examples of this. There are many other kinds of energies emitted from a whole variety of sources that are unknown to humans today and these radiating waves of energy bathe all beings on the planet and interact with the radiating waves that extend out from all beings on the planet. For everything has its own particular radiance.

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This is a theme that you’ve been coming across and working with yourself in your classroom and in conversations in different groups on Facebook—the idea of the human body as a source of radiation and the point of radiating human energy of various kinds. You have liked imagining a group of people in a room and all the various spheres or bubbles of energy that encase each body overlapping each other in the space of the room so that what you have is a massive interaction of energy fields where they end up merging and communicating in ways that humans are basically unconscious of. So much communication takes place between humans in this energy-radiating sphere rather than through any kind of verbal or gestural communication. Without this particular radiating sphere, there would be no communication as you understand it, and yet you do not as a species understand this level to any significant degree.

So to return to the atmosphere of the planet, the planet is a medium, it is a space for particular types of energetic radiance to mingle, to compete, to harmonize, to synchronize, and to express themselves in various ways around the surface of the planet. And if you keep in mind David Abram’s radical statement that the atmosphere is itself part of the planet, as can be seen from photographs in space, you are in the planet and you are in these waves of energy, whether they’re radio waves, light waves, heat waves, magnetic fields, and so on.

What this means is that you and others who are turning their attention to this fact should first of all pay attention to this fact and allow it to shape your conception of how you interact on the planet in this atmosphere and contribute to the overall makeup of this harmony and dissonance of various energetic wave forms. As you become more and more conscious of this, you will become more and more aware of how you can consciously and unconsciously affect these particular wave patterns.

You are becoming highly attuned to this in the realm of sexual attraction, for instance, and recognizing that each individual gives off many different types of radiation that create a kind of energetic interplay with other beings in a particular range of influence. The more highly attuned among you to these waves are all the more stimulated, attracted to, repulsed by various sexually active wave transferences. But this goes on many levels, and as Turehu was saying earlier today, Love is one of these radiating waves you should especially pay attention to, for what is called love is a form of heart energy that can transform all other energetic patterns. This is the greatest facility that humans have available to them in this particular three-dimensional form—this conscious attunement to one’s own heart energy. This is a message that you’ve been getting from many different sources you have been interacting with over the past few years. There are various ways that this registers in your consciousness—yours in particular and people in general. What we are trying to do is draw attention to it again from yet another angle. That is, how does your wave radiance, your Love wave radiance affect the greater cosmos of energetic radiating patterns? How do you radiate into the Infinite Rainbow of Being?

Let us repeat that: How do you radiate into the Infinite Rainbow of Being?

This should be a mantra for you for a while now, a sort of motto for raising consciousness, and, in this case, recognition of heart consciousness, the role of the heart in consciousness, that the brain as an organ is simply one component of the organs of consciousness, the heart being the primary one.

So we leave you with that mantra, with the proviso that given that we are the mediators of the exchanges in the plane of existence that you call the atmosphere of the planet Earth, we ask that you focus on how Love is distributed and refracted and engaged with within this sphere called the atmos-sphere: the atmos, atman.

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Showdown at Cahokia Mounds

[I originally wrote this report of an experience at Cahokia Mounds in November 2012. Given that I have been again drawn to Cahokia for a variety of reasons and have as a result experienced new things, I am posting this older spirit journal entry in order to provide some explanatory background to the stories I am now recounting.]

November 8, 2012

I feel the need to recount my last experience at Cahokia in part simply to record the information of that day, but also because I know I have been avoiding confronting what happened then and what it might mean. I’ve been avoiding it because it involves ego issues for me that I am uncomfortable with. Getting to the point, the event was a kind of Matrix-movie dramatic showdown between the forces of Life and the forces of Death, and I was playing the leading role as the hero shaman who saved the day.

This has become an issue for me again as Melchizedek (one of my guiding spirits) has been urging me to step up to my identity and my calling, to accept the power that I know I have, and yet I am uncomfortable with appearing to be sunk in some ego hero drama. It seems, though, that rather than coming to some kind of balanced understanding of who I am and what I need to do, I keep getting caught in this see-saw back and forth between denying myself any power at all and seeing myself as the all-powerful savior of the movie. And Cahokia itself draws this out of me because it is there that I am most being called on to take a stand, not simply to understand the past but to correct it.

So to the story of that day: on October 2, 2012, as I was driving back to Athens, Ohio from Lawrence, Kansas with the goal of closing up the house so it could be ready for a buyer to move in should it sell while I am in Finland, I stopped by Cahokia again. I was called to do so, but I had no idea what the plan might be. I wasn’t aware of any new mound to explore or situation to take into account. I just knew that I needed to go there. So I did, despite the fact that I was also eager to make good time on the fourteen-hour drive back to Athens.

As soon as I stepped out of the car into the moody, rainy afternoon, I knew that I needed to walk between the Twin Mounds. I still didn’t know why. As I approached the mounds I felt a growing sense of anticipation, knowing that there was a large host of spirits gathered here for this very visit and that I was somehow going to be involved in something big. I walked up along the southern end of Mound 60 (which Anna and I take to be a male energy mound) and entered into the space between it and Mound 59 (which we take to be a female energy mound).

As I entered into the space in between the mounds I could feel the combined energy vortex there growing in intensity. At this point I found myself quickly shifting into the consciousness of what I knew was one of my former selves—a shaman who had lived and died at Cahokia during the critical time of the take-over by the sacrificial priests. With reassurance from my Higher Self, I gave this shaman permission to use me as his vehicle for this action.

I immediately knew everything about this former self who was now controlling my body, speech, and actions. I knew that this shaman-priest was very powerful but that he was now confronting the power of a rising class of sacrificial priests who were converting the mound powers from structures of love to structures of death and mind control. As with many other early communal experiments in democratic spiritual societies devoted to superconscious development of the Power of Love, this Cahokia was facing its destruction and conversion into a technology of death. I was the shaman representing the losing side, the advocates of Love Power. But I was now here to turn the tables and bring back the Power of Love.

I—I will now speak of the shaman in the first person, given that he and I were now unified in action and that this was a lesson for me from a past self, even though I was watching the entire scene as though I were a passive observer watching a movie—I walked solemnly and powerfully to the power point where the vortex energy of the two mounds converged. I raised my hand to the west and began drawing in the energy from Mound 59. Then suddenly and completely by surprise, I found myself shouting prayers to the mounds in a language I have never heard before. I continued to speak this language, shouting out sacred orders and incantations of some kind throughout the rest of my time at Cahokia.

Next I turned my face to the east towards Mound 60 and began taking in that mound’s energy. Two whirlpool columns of light shot up from each mound high into the heavens. During all of this thousands of voices were cheering me on, shouting “Gabriel! Gabriel! Gabriel!” I then found myself turning my face northward and drew in the energy from Monk’s Mound, the massive earthen pyramid that draws most tourists to Cahokia. As I did so, a whirlpool column of light shot up from Monk’s Mound and then arced downwards towards me. The power point between Mounds 59 and 60 was now triangulated by this addition of energy from Monk’s Mound. Suddenly a massive tower of light shot up from my power point high into the heavens, illuminating the entire quadrant of the planet in the midst of the rainy overcast Illinois sky. This was accompanied by the increasing sound of cheering voices coming both from other past inhabitants of Cahokia and from a host of spirits and fairies.

Throughout this drama of energy and light I was still clueless as to what the whole show was about. Things started to get a little clearer, though, when I found myself turning my whole body around to face the south—where Mound 72 lay in the distance, secluded from the greater community of mounds. Mound 72 had been revealed to me during an earlier visit to be the site of the sacrificial priests, all of whom were represented by the figure of the Birdman of Cahokia, the honorary priest whose corpse was found by anthropologists with its bones lying among the skeletons of dozens of women. This particular mound had become the primary embodiment of the sacrificial turn at Cahokia.

While initially a figure that commands awe and fascination (and today is the official Park icon), the Birdman in the end represents the power of the bird of prey turned against the innocent. In order to enhance their own status and power and prestige, the shaman-priests here began a culture of ceremonial sacrifice that converted the site’s Power of Love into the Power of Destruction. Now here I was, with thousands of shouting spirits by my side and in the skies above me, solemnly and powerfully marching southward towards the representatives of the Powers of Destruction at Mound 72.

As my shaman-self continued marching confidently towards the mound, my watching self was getting pretty nervous. This was shaping up to be some kind of major confrontation, a battle between the forces of Love and the forces of Destruction. While this was all very exciting, I was at the same time a bit embarrassed at playing such a Neo-type role in this drama. Who am I, after all, to be drawing such attention to myself, with throngs of spirits and followers shouting in support as hosts of fairies sang their songs of anticipation and praise from the surrounding woods? I was both thrilled and embarrassed to find myself unexpectedly cast in this messianic role. I was also uneasy with the thought of the impending violence that promised to be unleashed in this righteous confrontation.

When I arrived at Mound 72 I circled around it from the west and then the south, walking to the southeastern corner of the mound. This is where I had sat months before when I originally received the vision of the blood and sacrifice that the mound had always represented. Now I saw that it was my intention to challenge this figure of destruction. This was to be the initial showdown in my attempt to turn the tables once more and raise the Power of Love. The shouts and songs echoing around grew in intensity.

I raised my arms into the sky, staring intently at the center of the mound, seeing the Birdman of Cahokia ready for attack. I began to open my mouth to shout, expecting this to be the onset of the great battle. I leaned my head back and shouted, “Birdman of Cahokia, bearer of sacrifice and destruction, representative of the Priests of Death, I am here to tell you that we love you! We are here to welcome you into the Circle of Love where you have belonged from the beginning. Forgive yourselves for the destruction you have created and unleashed upon the world. Forgive yourselves for the rape and the murder you have conducted in the name of all that is holy. Join us in this Circle of Love!” I was absolutely stunned by this speech. This was not what I had expected at all. Here I was, nervously expecting the beginning of some battle of Armageddon, and what I witnessed instead was a call to Love and self-forgiveness.

The Birdman of Cahokia was clearly just as stunned as I was. He drew back into his mound, not sure what to make of this surprising turn of events. All around me the fairies of Cahokia were singing and cheering, thanking me for finally returning and beginning the Great Turn of Love. I looked deep into the woods into the heart of the fairy throngs and smiled. I knew that I had finally stepped up and had accepted my calling. I knew that now I had finally embraced the Shaman of the Circle of Love who I had always known myself to be but had never dared to acknowledge.

Just at this moment, I looked back northward at the space between the mounds. A deer ran into the space from the same southeasterly direction in which I had approached Mounds 59 and 60. The deer ran right to the vortex power point where the light funnels from the three main mounds had converged. It stood there, facing Monk’s Mound, surrounded in intense light. And then it turned and looked directly at me for what seemed like a full thirty seconds. I thanked the deer for consecrating this event. At that point it turned and ran off towards the north, disappearing from view as if it had evaporated before my eyes. I felt truly blessed at this sight.

I marched back towards the Twin Mounds as triumphantly and gloriously as I had marched down to Mound 72. I spoke with the spirits of the trees as I passed. I returned to my car, looked back briefly at the Twin Mounds, and then pulled back out onto the street to continue my trip to Ohio in the gathering rain.

WORDS—FROM LIMITATION TO INFINITY

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It is only the clinging to our limited understanding of words that separates us when, in fact, we speak the same language of the heart.

“Heart” might just be one such word that needs to be nurtured in order to bloom in this earth under these heavens. Let your heart be the blossom that transcends all boundaries; let its name rise up from within you to embrace all that is.

Whatever word or name we choose for God, let that word wrap all in the luscious lap of infinity.

Blue Kachina Message to Humanity #4

Attune Yourself in Atonement

September 15, 2014

reikiAs you will see, part of the exercise for this line in the Song of Humanity is to encourage you to find a way to let go of your own desire to control and create the events as they unfold before you. What we are asking you to do instead is to recognize that, yes, you are a co-creator of the events that you participate in. But your co-creation involves on a very critical level your ability to let go of your desire to control.

Even when that desire is guided by higher intention, higher principles, higher goals, when you begin with those intentions, those principles, those goals, you are beginning with concepts, you are posing up front the conceptual framework within which truth might unfold for you, might show itself in the space that you could otherwise allow to open up before you. So rather than putting your concepts on the table and using them for creating a framework for controlling how you then define what else you find participating in the unfolding of truth on that table, we ask you to simply sit back and behold, to let things unfold before you in the space of acceptance and openness created when you let go of the desire to control.

This means that frequently you might find yourself believing that you are actually moving forward according to notions, concepts, goals that have been suggested to you by higher entities, your Higher Self, and that you then go on to pursue them. You might indeed be getting suggestions from a higher source, but their suggestions will rarely take the form of providing you with some conceptual term or notion to put forward as the framing mechanism for making sense of what then unfolds. Instead, what you are asked in a higher sense to do is to go with the flow, to go with what you feel opening up before you. And step-by-step following that guiding light without trying to predetermine where your destination might be, where this particular journey might lead you.

It is this opening up the space before conception, before brief recognition of concepts that guide you as principles for action, for thought, for behavior, for understanding. We instead are asking you to use this space of conception in its other sense—as a space for giving birth to new modes of creation, new modes of expansion, new modes of unfolding, for humans are in a constant state of unfolding and under-standing. And they should be standing under the display of wonder and magic that unfolds before them rather than to be posing concepts that provide the pre-determined groundwork for that apprehension of wonder.

So bring forth this message on atonement and attunement and we will continue to speak to humanity as a whole in universal terms as yet another Message to Humanity. We work with you at all stages of composition, for it is com-position, that is, bringing together, positioning together, com-posing as a mode of attaining unity.

Our last message concerned unity and the necessity for humanity to start recognizing the necessity for unity. At this point we wish to pose one more step, a step out of that field opened up by the desire for unity among humans, the unity among humans that alone can make possible an effective human interaction and community with other entities on a species level, on a planetary level. So that next step forward that we suggest is one of attunement, and we wish for you to meditate on the senses of this word that you have in English—attunement—and ultimately, in ways that we will lead you to consider as we go on, the relationship between attunement and atonement. For it is through this attuning atonement that humans can bring themselves to move forward beyond a mere concept of unity, of unification beyond the simple desire and recognition of the necessity for unification, and realize that that unification has to involve a kind of attunement.

So if we begin with the word “attunement,” and you think back to our message on unification, we suggested that each of these communications is in a sense the production of another line in what we called the Song of Humanity. And that musical reference is not incidental or accidental. It is crucial to the very feeling of understanding that we are inviting you to participate in. If you think of attunement in its musical sense, you are the orchestra preparing to sing together, to play your instruments together in a way that produces a symphony of humanity, a song of the earth in which the human voice resonates so beautifully.

When you tune in together, when you align your instruments of expression, those instruments that best allow you to express your very being in a given moment, we allow you a way to imagine how humans might consider and might enact the kind of unification we spoke of in the previous message. Imagine yourselves as the orchestra sitting down together, tuning your instruments, preparing for the greatest symphony you have ever played together in all of the existence of humanity. This is humanity’s great song, and you are tuning your instrument in order to play your part in that great musical composition.

It is through that musical composition, that alignment of resonances, that alignment of voices, that alignment of unified intention and rhythm, timbre, tone, not always seeking some simple harmonious chord but perhaps some energetic play of discord in order to emphasize what needs to be emphasized and not washed over in the simple rhythms and tones of accord. Discord is not the opposite of accord; discord is another mode of accord. It’s when you together as the orchestra, as the one unified entity, the one unified musical organism playing this song, recognize how you work together in this creation of the universe. And as you let yourself go in the performance, as you let your voice of your instrument sing forth, as you play your drum, vibrate that bow on those strings, press the keys of that wind instrument, you bring forward your own voice in the creation of attunement. And when you are attuned, then you can move on in your performance of that great Song of Humanity.

When humanity can allow itself to consciously seek this kind of attunement in which discord is another mode of accord from a higher perspective that allows for the various voices and rhythms and movements to play in and through each other, then you can begin to imagine the necessity for atonement—the atonement only made possible by the previous recognition of the necessity for attunement. Atonement only has genuine meaning when you are in tune with and seeking greater attunement with all of the universe, all of humanity, all of this planetary creation that you are yourself participating in in its unfolding.

“Atonement” is the English word these days referring to various modes of contrition and reparation where guilty parties express their sorrow and seek forgiveness. They say, “I am sorry for the pain and the suffering I might have contributed to in my previous ventures that were out of attunement with humanity’s great song. I apologize for acting out from an egocentric platform which at the time best expressed what I understood to be the most appropriate and opportune behavior or mode of expression. Yet seeing a greater overview of how all of these various voices come together in this attunement, I am sorry for imagining that my voice was more important and more pure and more to the point of truth than those others.”

It is only when we can humbly let go of our singular claim to truth that we can begin to recognize the claims of truth expressed by others. For when we can begin to recognize how the various expressions that seem so discordant might on a higher level actually be working towards a higher resolution of energies which from a limited perspective appear to be in conflict and only capable of producing conflict and pain and suffering and anger and hatred—yet pure atonement, pure expression of contrition is not satisfied by expressions of sorrow and of being sorry, but is a recognition that All are One.

Atonement is At-One-Ment. It is the recognition that at base we are all one being, one people, one expression of this total planetary being as it works itself out toward a more beautiful and harmonious expression of energies and tones. That At-One-Ment is the ultimate goal of atonement. It is not to hide in shame. It is not to use expressions of being sorry to hide behind when you haven’t in fact truly grown in your comprehension of the apparently conflicting forces at play. True atonement comes out of true attunement. When you are truly attuned to the other impulses and vibrations of your fellow human beings and, ultimately beyond them, the other entities participating with you in the Song of this planet and this universe, you are ready for a true understanding of atonement, At-One-Ment: the true unity that we spoke of in the previous message.

To repeat: that unity does not come about simply through good intention, for good intention can often unwittingly provide the framework for further conflict. You are so sure of your good intention that you are no longer capable of understanding the good intention of others. You are so sure that you have found the best possible way of making sense of and expressing the conflicting resonances of a given set of circumstances that you become convinced that you are the sole possessor of the words of truth. Atonement moves beyond that. True atonement moves beyond Ego. It’s a giving up of Ego and saying, “I am part of a larger resonance, a larger array of forces, energies, vibrations, frequencies, and only in the illusion, the Myth of Separation can I even imagine that my one voice can be true in itself.

When you can imagine all of these voices as various modes of expression of truth, however one-sided they may appear, however limited they may appear to your presumed perspective of what is appropriate and right and true, only at that point of true recognition of attunement can you move forward to the creation of atonement where all of humanity comes together and realizes that true atonement, the true At-One-Ment is acceptance. It is Love.

The saying, “Love your neighbor as yourself” is a very important step toward attunement and atonement. An even greater step in that direction is the embracing of the saying, “Love your enemy as yourself.” When you can get to the point where you can actually feel the truth of that expression from within, and from a non-egocentric position step forward into the universe where you are actively loving your enemy, then you are actively seeking attunement and atonement. It is only at that point that you can truly be sorry for your previous expressions guided by well-meaning but limited definitions of truth.

So prepare your instrument. Practice it well. For it is your mode of expression. It is your mode of excelling, of letting yourself go in the grand symphony of existence, in the great song of life, the great Song of Humanity. Become perfect at the expression of love and joy through your instrument, and tune that instrument to those of the other members of your orchestra. Then your own expression will truly resonate and truly find its place in the Song of Humanity.

Go forward seeking the peace that you know you at base are yourself. You are peace. You are love. You are attunement. You are atonement. Move forward with an open heart. Move forward into the space of creation and let the resonances unfold before you, and let your spirit be moved in that unfolding as it moves forward. Do not try to predetermine the outcome of that song. Go forward with the understanding that very beautiful and mysterious strains will find utterance through your voice in ways completely unexpected by yourself. Go sing your unexpected song of beauty. Go forward in your attunement, in your atonement, in your song of love, which is the Song of Humanity.

Blue Kachina Message to Humanity #3

Unify yourself by resonating in the love that defines you as a species

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This is the Blue Kachina speaking to Humanity, speaking to all entities engaged in the work of furthering the development of this planet, this planet known as Gaia, this planet known as Turtle Island—this rock in the sky that you all call home, and for whom all of these energies come into concerted orchestration in order to allow for a place for your own song, your own resonance.

So as you breathe in this air of this atmosphere of this planet that you call home, recognize that you are joining in in spirit with the spirit of all, for the atmosphere is one plane on which all come together as spirit. The Sky Spirits work in this way, by helping to mobilize and orchestrate the various impulses of the various entities on this planet, in the atmosphere that makes up this planet, beneath the surface in the subterranean passages and waterways of this planet. We call and unite you all together in breathing in one breath, one unison of spirit—one spirit for one planet. And as you breathe out, your own being flows out into and joins with the being of all other entities on this planet.

gazaWe wish to speak to the issue of conflict, the issue of strife, the issue of pain and sorrow resulting from such conflict, resulting from such strife, resulting from such misunderstanding brought about by the Myth of Separation. The Myth of Separation is a particular energetic framework that has been in existence on this planet for quite some time. A lot of what can be called harm has come about as a result of this. A lot of creativity has been released as a result of this.

What we are hoping for at this point as we all join together with you is that you will recognize this Myth of Separation, recognize the accomplishments and drawbacks that have been produced under its auspices, and recognize that it is time to move on. It is time to recognize your kinship. It is time to recognize your membership in the planetary family of beings. When we speak this way, the conflicts that exist among humans appear so small and so relatively insignificant when humans are seen as one element among the many that come together as the consciousness of this planet.

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When we talk of unity of purpose, unity of intention, unity of will between humans and nonhumans (fairies and elves and angels and all kinds of elemental beings throughout the various levels of the planet), one might imagine that such interspecies cooperation should appear to be more difficult than bringing conflicting groups of humans together for any such purpose. And yet the reality so often is that people tend to imagine finding the grounds for unifying all humans to be much more difficult than finding the ground for unifying humans and nonhumans.

Humanity at this moment is coming to a very important point of recognition. Humans at this point are ready to step out of the Myth of Separation that keeps one human separated from another. It is this unity of purpose on the human plane that we draw your attention to and that we ask you to concentrate on and meditate on, to direct energy towards, for it is in such energetic conscious meditation that you can change the vibration of the planet. You can change the resonance of your heart and you can bring the resonances of the various groups of the human being into a particular conversation, into a particular orchestration, and when humans—no matter how diverse, no matter how separated by war, by greed, by fanaticism, by single-mindedness—begin to recognize the unity that exists among themselves, then they start to resonate differently. They start to move forward with a very different sense of purpose and a very different sense of relationship.

When humans start to recognize that there is one human family, no matter how diverse its origins and its modes of expression, this unity of family becomes real. It becomes an actual expression of a unified resonance from out of the hearts of all humans. Eventually, as more and more humans become aware of the power of their own heart resonance and become aware of the power of joining in unison the resonance of each individual heart, those more resistant hearts are affected. You can see this in a heightening of hysterical attitude and behavior, where certain long-standing assumptions about how the world is organized, how people within that world should operate, are now challenged, where the grounds of everyday awareness are falling beneath their feet and they no longer know where they stand on a particular issue, no longer know where they should direct their energies, their intentions, their love, their anger, their fear, their joy, their sorrow.

What we come to speak of today, in other words, is the very real possibility of a bringing together of all humanity into a singular purpose and focus.

It is this faith in such a possibility that allows for it to flourish.

It is going forward, despite the evidence to the contrary—the continuing wars, the continuing bloodshed, the continuing lies and justifications.

It is going forward beyond the continuing separations, beyond the devotion to separation.

It is in challenging the claims to priority, to originality, to special nature and special dispensation—it is by challenging all of these Myths of Separation with messages of connection, with messages of heart, by saying, “Don’t you realize how we are all one being? Don’t you realize how we all come from one source, this very planet that we have chosen to participate in during this lifetime?”

This is a message concerning the consciousness of union, the consciousness of bringing all of humanity together as a family, as a unity, as a being capable of relating to the untold number of other beings, other entities on this planet.

When humans come together in a united purpose, in a united heart, then there will be a dramatic shift in the energy of the entire planet. When humans learn that they are all brothers and sisters to one another, they will then be able to recognize their kinship to those who are not human. For some people, this kinship to that beyond the human is easier to grasp than kinship within the human family. It is easier to identify with the animal kingdom than with the various warring nation states on this planet, the various spiritual traditions transformed into warring institutions. For others, there is an even greater sense of alienation in relation to the natural world, and certainly in relation to what is often referred to as the supernatural world.

ONEhumanitySo in line with the previous messages (see the Blue Kachina Messages to Humanity #1 and #2), we bring forward yet another slogan, you might say, another line in the Song of Humanity that we are hoping to compose together with you. Just as we spoke of grounding yourself in the traditions and the energies that most sustain and excite you, and just as we talked about freeing yourself by embracing your shadow, we now ask that you love yourselves in allowing yourself to imagine another world, another way of being, another way of resonating together in unity. It is especially in times of great conflict that such a message is all the more important. It is in the midst of the sound of missiles soaring through the air and exploding around you that your song of unity has all the more purpose and necessity.

So we call on you to recognize this loving nature as a core principle of human identity itself in loving unity. This is a key element of what it means to be human. Humans have come to this planet in order to foster and develop their capacity for love. And in this loving unity they can best resonate with the other elements, elementals, the planet.

So go forward in peace, in love, in unity of purpose, grounded in that which excites you, freed by the embracing of your shadow, and unified in the love that defines you as a species.

Thank you for listening. Thank you for your song in the universe.

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[This message was channeled by Gabriel Hartley in Athens, Ohio on September 12, 2014.]

Solar Thoughts on My Birthday

June 30, 2014

Early this morning I was awoken by Anna’s voice saying “Happy Birthday, Rakas (Love)!” And I thought, “Yes, today IS my birthday! How lucky I am!”

sun cardAs I lay there in the warm glow of those thoughts, a spirit voice began softly speaking, saying:

“Yes, today IS your birthday! And perhaps you have never had the chance to really think about what this day means to you!”

Curious, I asked the spirit voice to continue.

“Well, you might like to think about the fact that this day is the annual reproduction of your personal relationship to the Sun. Remember, you chose to come into this world and this life on this particular day in part because of its specific expression of Solar energy. On the day and hour you were born the sun was in a unique position in relation to your planet and the Planetary Being at large. You were born at that moment as an embodiment of that Solar expression.

This means that each year on this same day you enter into that personal Solar aspect once again and reacquaint yourself with the Cosmic Alignment as it speaks to you. Making yourself conscious of this fact on each birthday allows you to ground yourself more deeply and consciously into the fact of your Cosmic purpose. You are a Star Being carrying this particular ray of sunshine as your own light in the universe.”

Upon hearing this message I felt myself sink deeper into the warm glow of this moment that began with Anna’s loving greeting.

Wow. We truly are unique expressions of the Cosmic Divine as we play our part in the enunciation of the Solar Logos! And on our birthday each year we get to rejoice in our own tone in the great Cosmic Chorus of Existence.

Yes, today IS my birthday! And I am now humming in the tone of my particular being, thankful for the role I get to play, the tone I get to sound, the love I get to express as one of those born into this particular glow of the Sun!

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The Matakin Wind Spirits of Illinois

May 26, 2014

[Transcript of Channeled Message]

This is the voice of the Sky Spirits here in Illinois, near Pocahontas on I-70. The sky spirits here are the Matakin, which reminds me of the Matachines of New Mexico, but that’s something different. So the spirits of the sky, these swirling vortex spirits, these whirlpools of consciousness that sweep through the atmosphere here, [1:00] are so powerful, so amazing! I’m feeling their presence, and they’re actually speaking to me.

[Long pause.]

They are speaking, but without words, so it’s a more difficult channel. It’s an energetic channel. They are swirling, swirling through my energy body as I drive through here. My intention was to channel the energies as they are transformed into words, which is what normally happens. Yet [2:00] this is a much more energetic swirl I feel through my limbs, through my chest, and my head—these energetic whirlpools—but it’s such a conscious, living energy. I’m being embraced and penetrated by these massive swirling, beautiful beings. And again they are drawing my attention to the Heart Chakra and the role that the Heart Chakra plays in the human energy system as a kind of conduit, a portal, a vortex of its own with the various energies that the human has at its disposal are woven together and disseminated. [3:00]

This is one area where James Cameron had it right in Avatar with the tsaheylu notion, the bonding. This is a kind of bonding. The difference is that he had to fall back necessarily, in terms of the audience and the filmic medium, on some kind of visual connection, and so the various “ponytails” of the humanoids connect with the fiber, the sort of fiber optics, of all the other entities on the planet—the Tree of Souls, the various animals that they [4:00] ride, and so on—whereas it’s the Heart Chakra itself on an energetic fusion level, an energetic bonding that opens up in this way. And I can feel—phew! oh!—I can feel the Matakin as they sweep through my energy body. It’s a sweeping; it’s a rushing; it’s like being in the shower, but it’s penetrating my chest, through my arms. It’s a big swirling swoop, and it’s . . . well, I’m ecstatic! It’s so amazing! So amazing, this [5:00] kind of union, this kind of communion with the beings.

And I guess what I’m supposed to record at the moment is this particular experience, because one of the things I think I get stuck in—and this might be just a human peculiarity—is that when I communicate, when I channel, I get stuck in a verbal mode and expect that the beings will be speaking through me, giving me verbal information, intellectual information, and one of the things that we need to be much more conscious of is our energetic communication. How do we open up and respond and project [6:00] outward from ourselves, radiate this beautiful human energy that pours from our being, from our Heart Chakra in this way?—just an open source of energy and, this portal, this vortex portal at the center of our being with all this energy, this infinite scope of energy that I can see, I can see going through my heart into this infinite vortex and feel that energy spinning out from me, the energy of these Matakin as they swirl through my being.

And no wonder the Plains Indians, at least down here—the Prairie Indians might be more appropriate [7:00] for here in Illinois—they were ecstatic. I am being told that this was not the Illini—[in excited response to the spirit energy] phew!—and I am not sure that it was the peoples involved with Cahokia either. It was some other people that was out here in this glacial plain, and I can feel their presence, too, I can feel that ancestral presence in the land as they—it’s sort of a universal human response that’s left its imprint in the landscape and in the atmosphere and its charged—well, in some senses that’s a categorical mistake because [8:00] I’m imposing a kind of linear time span on what is actually a kind of infinite now, an infinite present moment—it seems like there’s another word for that, but it’s now coming to me—and in this infinite present everything is present simultaneously. This simultaneity of all things and all times—the peoples, I see them dancing in circles in a kind of frenzy, what you would imagine going on in the Bacchanalian ceremonies occurring right here across this vast glacial plain.

As I’m heading toward [9:00] Vandalia driving east, sort of northeast, on I-70 . . . wow! . . . and the striking thing about this is that so few people would find this landscape remarkable other in its utter flatness. And to them that would be a negative quality. If the land isn’t undulating into some hilly terrain then there must be something wrong. The human spirit seems to call for bodies of water and mountains and hills, and these open glaciated plains stand to be neglected. These are open, [10:00] sort of like a drumskin. It’s as if the earth is a drumskin or some other sort of plate. I would say bowl, but it’s not a bowl. It’s flatness is exactly what is part of the experience here. It’s a plate; it’s a skin; it’s a membrance. It’s sort of like a . . . yeah, a membrane. The surface of the Earth is this energetic membrane that responds to the various frequencies of vibrations, and as we humans engage with the energies of the sky, the atmospheric angels, the Matakin, let them swirl through our being.

All of this is being recorded, impressed, vibrating [11:00] through this membrane of the Earth’s surface and is being sensed below as well. So this is an Above-and-Below exchange, as is everything. And part of the key to coming to the awareness that is necessary for this particular moment is to recognize the relationship between what is going on in the atmosphere and in the heavens beyond, and what is going on on the surface, and what is going on below the surface: As Above, So Below. This is not simply some analogy or metaphor or some kind of magical homology; this is a literal relationship. As things are ignited [12:00] above, they draw into their circuit the energies of the surface and the energies below the surface. The surface is this membrane that records the energies above and below. They are impressed upon this holograph—recordings like pictographs, photographs. “Photograph” is a perfect analogy because the image of three-dimensional space laid out on the paper of the photograph, on the screen [13:00] of the computer, is also what happens with the surface of the planet. It is like some sort of vellum, like some sort of textured paper that is a recording medium. It’s like the Wunderblock, like Freud’s mystic writing pad, like the child’s toy—the cellophane over the wax. You draw the image and then lift the cellophane and it disappears. But in the wax below there is still the imprint. There’s imprint upon imprint upon imprint in this palimpsestic overlay so that all particular times and all messages are there on top of [14:00] one another in this two-dimensional plane, this holograph that records all of existence.

And that opens up infinitely upward and infinitely downward from that two-dimensional plane of the surface of the planet so that, for instance, in the Medicine Wheel the wheel is drawn is drawn on the surface of the planet. We have our horizontal relationships of East, South, West, North, but the wheel, the circle comes into fullness for the human experience when we then look upward and when we look downward from the center point. And at that center in an infinite set of radii [15:00] the human extends outward into a sphere of experience. It is no longer a circle but a sphere. And that sphere itself is a vortex; it’s a swirl of massive energy that condenses through the conduit of the human heart, the chakra. And this chakra is the point through which All That Is passes.

It’s as if you turn a glove inside out and you not only turn the glove inside out but the entire three-dimensional universe in which the glove is existing, that is pulled inside [16:00] out and through as well. You can take all of existence because it adheres to the surface of the glove and inheres in the nature of the glove. And that’s what the human heart does—the human chakra, the Heart Chakra, at the center of our being, the core of who we are, our energetic conduit. Ahkama hey shaymi heyla ko ana hey shakayahka. Ohno hokoma he shayni ey nah. And these Matakin—wow, there’s a great blue heron! My nature experience this morning was phenomenal. There’s another great blue heron!

All of existence passing through this chakra, and is the consciousness of this, [17:00] the energetic consciousness that allows us to become one with All That Is. And in that condition of being One with All That Is, it is not simply some kind of remedy for loneliness or alienation. This particular experience is what we are and what we are here for. Because all comes into being and passes through us, and we pass through our own Heart Chakras in this sense. We are the portals. We are the moving human portable portals. Yeshema heykama hayekeshe. And when we’re open to this experience, when we’re open to the energetic charges and flushes of our being as we radiate out from this point [18:00], we are divine, we are beautiful, we are the song of the universe. We sing forward! We sing beautifully, loudly in this harmonious relationship with All That Is. Ah! And this is what love is! This is what love is! The experience of the infinity of the One as it passes through our own Heart Center. Shahkama hayekeshe!

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.