Chapter Eight – “Empathy is Awakening”

“Now, I must ask again, how does your ‘project’ relate to all this? Is the project something you want to ‘get done’? Will you explain what you want us to do?”

“This question links back to your original one, about what I had ‘in mind’ for a structure of the project. What I have ‘in mind’ is only what is passing through my mind from deeper presence in any given moment. I sense that passage at the same moment you do. It is always fresh and alive. Such is the way of presence. I cannot predict what will be coming through my mind before it comes. To try to do so would take the vitality out of it. This is the problem of any examination of the future, I might add. The future, to be useful, must always be held in the moment of presence. Vitality—Life with a ‘V’, if you will—is key to any creation and presentation.”

I react. “The Letters from 500 were coming from the future, right? Does that mean they were taking vitality out of the moment?”

“Orange’s books speak of the future, yes, as we are all aware. However, the essence of the moment is always present in them. There is no subtraction from presence in their contemplation of what is evolving for your species. The future in these letters is metaphorical for what is within you all in the Now.”

I admit, “I have always struggled with the idea of ‘the future’ in those books and how it relates to the Now. Many wise teachers have said that only Now exists and the future and past are not real. I know O has explained it many times. And now you have as well. But I still don’t really know what to think.”

V answers with empathy, “The future is only a thought, a way for your mind to understand a set of impressions. The importance of the messages can only be received in the moment. And the essence is timeless. But the descriptions and explanations enter into time—just as you are taking time right now to type these words. Words and explanations are all metaphors. Letters are metaphors. The future is a metaphor for the timeless evolution of your awareness. In the end, it is a paradox. If paradox is troublesome for you, then take a look at that. True paradox, even if it makes you struggle at first, is liberating in the end. It is all good. Continue reading

Chapter Seven – “Bank Of Empowerment”

“Please explain ‘destiny’ a bit more. I’ve heard the perspectives of O and Omis in the other books, but not yours.”

V replies, “Destiny is an immediate process that clothes the emerging essence with what is ‘uniquely appropriate’. Within each presence-moment, for each creature in the world, there is a ‘rightness’ that can be registered and appreciated—and then manifested. The degree to which your awareness arises and aligns with the inflow of presence in the moment is the degree to which you are manifesting destiny.

“It can be said, from the individual viewpoint, to be ‘your’ destiny. But truly is the not personal. It is always the destiny of Source, flowing into you through Life in the moment. If you attune to this resonance, any action you take will be empowered, energized, and electrified. In turn, it will empower the surrounding environment to the uniquely appropriate measure.”

“I sense that. It’s truly wonderful.” I scratch my head, though, wondering again. “So, V, I’m constantly drawn back to the question of ‘what are we doing here, you and I?’ What can we do with this Life of Source? What is different about this ‘project’ of yours from other teachings today? And excuse me. I must voice a concern that I have had for some months now.”

“Yes,” V immediately interrupts. “I know what you’re wondering. You’re feeling that all the teachings have already been given, that there is ‘nothing new under the sun’. Solomon voiced the same concern in the book of Ecclesiastes many centuries ago. It is a common passage for human minds. You feel there is a hiatus in the flow of inspiration into the world right now. All the old teachers and teachings seem to be tired and used up. Am I right?”

“Yes,” I exclaim. “That’s it. I listen and read their stuff and very little of it is inspiring any more. It seems rather empty and worn out, just rehashing old ideas.”

“This is true in a sense. There are clearly cycles, like waves and tides on the beach; some cycles last for millions of years. And yet there is never a halt in the flow of inspiration—the cosmic breath of Life. At your current time, there are many souls in need of catching up with what they missed from previous teachings. For them, the revelations are fresh and new. Continue reading

Chapter Six – “All Time Is Now”

“Thank you for taking the time to explain that—once again,” I acknowledge, still vibrating from my glimpse of the cosmic web. “We have been talking about presence. I sensed that size doesn’t matter to it; that surprised me, really. The same presence seemed to pervade the entire Cosmos when it was spread before me, with exactly the same intensity as on my own human scale.”

V answers, “You are correct. Presence is itself in all times and spaces, in all dimensions—great or small. Subatomic waves or inter-galactic filaments don’t matter—presence gives it all the same precious attention. It never varies or departs. Presence cannot leave, cannot separate. It is the very being of being itself.”

I continue to wonder, “Are we still on track in this conversation, V, with your project?”

“Indeed we are. Let me say it yet another way. The intention of this book is to aid you to identify with your true identity: The one that lies beneath form, beneath even Life itself—the utter bottom. Source! It is the Ancient of Days, the ‘one about whom naught may be said’. To ‘say’ anything about Source is to place it inside a form. Source is formless; it cannot be contained in a form, such as a definition or a concept or a feeling. It does, of course, generate all form, but its true reality is far beyond form. The ‘identity’ intention in these messages is to connect you and transmute you, not to form you, not to give you another form to identify with.”

I feel I need to challenge something she just said. “If nothing can be said about Source, what is it that you are saying here? Aren’t you talking about it now?” Continue reading

Chapter Five – “Accepting Presence”

“Somehow I don’t think I’m finished with my exploration of death,” I sigh. “Especially given that insight about resistance blocking my finding it.”

“I agree,” V sighs back.

“But moving on for now,” I allow. “Let me ask something about what you just brought up. Is ‘isness’ exactly the same as ‘what is’?”

“It is more than what you might normally consider to be ‘what is’. It is the Now, the deeper quality of the moment. To know your isness is to apprehend the essence of all creation—the ‘Great Isness’, shall we say? Who you are is a non-separate, non-detachable fragment of that. Your persona is an eye-slit in the mask of the Great Isness. The eyehole, of course, is what consciousness uses to peer through into your particular incarnation. Human beings identify so thoroughly with the ‘eyehole’ that they cannot see themselves as otherwise. Imagine, for instance, what a blow it would be for the ego to suddenly have no way of seeing. ‘No,’ says ego, ‘I am my eyes!’ And ego also says, ‘I am my mind!’ Imagine what a blow it would be to go mindless!”

I smile. “I’ve often wondered if I was going out of my mind. Is that the intention of your messages? Must we become mindless in order to understand the Life of Source?”

V explains seriously, “Yes and no. The mind has been a great boon to the advancement of your species. But it has now become more of a limiting factor in overall evolution; it blocks you from bridging your awareness into consciousness. The mind provides a home for the ego—a hiding place we might say. The most important single thing you can do as a human now is to move beyond thought and evolve out of ego. The mind still wants you to be its servant, but you must become the master. Evolution proceeds ever thus: Advances occur; they serve for a season; and then they need to be transcended. At this stage, what was once of great value becomes worthless; and more, a hindrance.” Continue reading

Chapter Four – “Finding Death”

I pause and sit in stillness for a time, collecting myself around the idea of death. “When I stop and reflect on this, I find that death is always with me. You could say it’s lurking in the shadows—the grim reaper. But you might also say death is watching reverently, monitoring my progress in life. This is just the opposite, of course. Perhaps both are true. In either sense, it seems that death is alive.”

V interrupts, “I like that. Death certainly is alive. That puts it squarely in the bosom of the Life of Source, our subject at hand.”

I continue, “Realizing that death has always been with me—like a presence—I can almost see it the way Ingmar Bergman did, as a chess player, in his classic film, The Seventh Seal.

“I’m feeling a need to talk about presence for a moment though. I’m sensing—streaming—something. I’ve suspected this before, but it’s hitting me with a new force, like a revelation. Presence is never separate or individualized. It is not personal. Yet, by definition and by reality, it’s always present. Death is not ‘personal’ either, though it certainly affects our personal selves.

“All presence is one! Perhaps all deaths are one, too. And I have felt that before, but I always thought it was ‘my’ presence or ‘your’ presence, too—somehow individualized—as in my death or yours. I’m seeing now that as I find the presence in myself, it is always also the presence of all. That’s what makes it so special; it’s a direct, unmitigated connection to Oneness; and it is equally available to everyone and every creature, every bit of creation—continuously, if we would be aware of it.

“Death is like that, too. In fact it is exactly like that; it connects us directly to Oneness! When we die as separate individuals we become free to be infinite! I’m getting, strangely, that death is actually synonymous with presence; it is the same as stillness and the Now. Does that make any sense, V?”

She replies, “Yes, it does. In fact, the reason most people resist the arising of presence within themselves is precisely because they fear death; they are afraid of what it will make them realize about themselves. Their egos resist it and are rightly concerned, for as presence rises, ego diminishes; it begins to die. The ego fears presence just as much as it fears death. In each of the portals to Oneness—stillness, spaciousness, the Now, faith, presence and indeed death—there is divine synchrony and synonymy.” She stops, waiting for me. Continue reading

Chapter Three – “Duality is Resistance”

“As a follow up to the meditation, here is an exercise—a mudra—to implant the vesica in your body: Lift your hands straight above your head, touching fingers together. Push your elbows out beside your head into a vesica shape made with your arms. Your heart center, inside you, is the lower point; your fingertips form the upper point where there is an eighth chakra—the sky. Between heart and sky is your head, at the center of the oval made by your arms and represents the ‘iris’ of this eye-vesica. The mudra you are holding, brings together head, heart and hands in a divine union of vision and expression.

“Let this exercise bring in tangible energy to your body. Feel it flow and center in your single eye—the pupil of the iris. As you drop your arms, allow the impression from the mudra to enter your entire energy field. With this infusion you may see the world as one and as two—within and without; this is the way the soul sees. You are creatively joining forces between the formless—one—and the form—many. Duality is actually a divine gift to you from your own Oneness of being. That is what the portal is—the divine joining of heaven and Earth. A primary function of all mudras is this joining.”

The abstraction of these exercises makes me feel a little restless. It’s a kind of resistance, I know. My mind is regaining dominance again. “V, I think it’s my job in this dialogue to do the same thing I did with O—to ask questions, to bring the abstract a little more down to Earth, and to be a little resistant even. It’s like creating an intentional separation. Do you think that’s appropriate or not?”

V answers, “It is, to a point. But there’s more. While you play the skeptical role, at the same time you can bring in your own inspirations and intuitions, stimulated by the counterpoint. This is one of the values of resistance—stimulation of its antipode. In addition, resistance has a higher function in the world of spirit and core values than in the world of form. In the higher world, resistance is not a blockage to the flow of inspiration. It’s a ‘stopping’ of the illusion and the constraints of form. It filters out the superfluous debris and opens clear access to the evolutionary field. Continue reading

Chapter Two – “Consciousness Is Original”

“Very good. So now, please find a quiet, dark place where you will not be interrupted for a while. You might want a cloth for covering your eyes. I will wait while you prepare.”

I pull the curtains of my room closed and sit down on the edge of the bed. I have an eye mask on the bedside table.

She goes on in a soothing, mesmerizing tone, “Become calm, very calm. Relax into stillness. Now, recline on your back to a comfortable position; this may be on a bed or a mat on the floor or on the ground in a natural setting. Close your eyes and cover them. This posture is known as incubation—the form of prayer and meditation practiced by the ancient Greek oracles. You will want to block out the external light in order to better know your internal light. Lay in full relaxation for several minutes. Let the darkness merge with the silence. I will wait.

“Breathe deeply, slowly, serenely. Do nothing more. Enter the stillness in and around you. Enter the darkness. Feel them as one. Sense your body. Feel it from the inside out. Begin gradually to feel the vibration of your inner body. Feel it inside your hands and feet, arms and legs, in your chest and abdomen.

“Now, bring attention sequentially to your heart, the crown of your head, your forehead, your throat, your belly, your upper groin and lower groin, which is the physical ‘root’. Pause and relax, dispatching any thoughts that arise, even thoughts about this exercise. Simply appreciate the stillness beneath your mind and body.

“Feel the difference between stillness and thought.

“Begin to allow your imagination to flow through your body. As you flow, bring relaxation to every organ and tissue and cell by simply coursing slowly through and around your inner body—slide up and down. Gently side to side. This will, as well, serve to detach you from thought. Continue reading