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Monday, September 29, 2014

The Red Button version of The War of the Worlds...by H.G. Wells

Just to bring everyone up to date. In my next book, ‘The Antikythera and The Source’, my character—The Source, who was Theoclea (The Delphic Oracle) eons ago finds herself in the world of the Antikythera…in the ‘Jules Verne Bookstore’ where Red Button editions are available of the works of Verne, H.G. Wells, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, and others. She asks to see a rare edition of Wells’ ‘War of the Worlds’. The Bookkeeper finds the book for her, hands it to her, and asks her what her interests are. She mentions, among other things, Mark Twain’s humor, ancient advertising, 20th and 21st century Earthly Realm TV shows, and old radio shows…like Orson Welles version of the ‘War of the Worlds’ that frightened so many people when it was broadcast on the radio in the late 1930’s. She also mentions that one of her agents, Phoebe often uses profanity. The Bookkeeper tells her that if she presses the red button, then her interests, memories and personal traits, as well as the traits of her friends will be included in the book. If not, then she’ll simply be reading the original. Later, she sits down, presses the red button and starts to read the red button version of ‘The War of the Worlds’, by H.G. Wells.

The War of the Worlds…

A band was playing on the radio, it was Harry James Band, and Harry was playing ‘The Flight of the Bumblebee’ on the trumpet…his big hit record.

“We interrupt this program for a report from one of our correspondents in Malville Pennsylvania about a strange meteor that seems to have landed in Lonchar’s farm, outside of Malville.”

“Robert Pierce here, I’m talking to the farm owner, Grover Mills about the event. Mr. Mills, can you describe what you saw?

“Well, heck Mr. Pierce, I ain’t ever seed anythin’ like it. It was a-flashin and a-blazin’ as it lit up the sky. I’ve seed shootin’ stars but this one was the size of a house! It looked to me to be like a huge smokin’ Belissima Cigar…you know like the kind that smell so mild and cost only five cents at the Acme Grocery Store. It was flamin’ red in color, and it came crashin’ down right over there, why it must be thirty yards long. The ground is still hot from where it hit. It seems to be pulsin’ different colors—reds. yellers and greens. It’s makin’ a weird sound like a rattlesnake! It’s a mighty awful sight Wait, look over there—what the @#$% is that Mr. Pierce?”

Pierce held the microphone in front of his face. His hands were obviously shaking.

“Something is unscrewing like a hatch at the top of what now seems to me to be not a natural object, but something extra-terrestrial, a glowing red hot thirty foot long cylinder! Wait! Mr. Mills, do you see what I see?”

“Yep, that hatch is unscrewin’ and…my gosh, it jest fell out on the ground. There’s somethin’ emergin’ from the cylinder. Oh my Lord…it seems to be some monstrous @#$% in’…”

Suddenly the line went dead, and one could hear the music of Raul Cassander’s Cuban Band playing the theme from the movie ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’, by composer Bernard Hermann from Roseland in New York.

That went on for about thirty seconds, and then there was another interruption.

“This is H.V. Kaltenborn here with Drew Pearson and Walter Winchell, in the Lux Soap Radio Theater, we’re getting news reports from all over the world of these landings of thirty foot long smoking cylindrical objects…what do think Drew?”

“Well, let’s not be hasty, they’re clearly of extra-terrestrial origin but they may be friendly. Let’s not be alarmed…yet. Their intentions may be peaceful. I advise people to just sit down relax and have a bowl of Wheaties, the best way to start something new, after all, this is our first encounter with an extra-terrestrial phenomenon.

What’s your opinion, Walter?”

Winchell pulled the microphone close to himself, and pulled back his hat.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m getting reports from my own correspondents of some sort of a snake-like heat ray like a huge silver art deco Ronson cigarette lighter—you know, the kind that makes a perfect anniversary gift? Anyway, something like that has been emerging from those cylinders and destroying everything in its path, why it sounds as if Los Angeles is on fire. New York is being attacked…we’re getting the same reports from London, Paris…Tokyo…and…” The line went dead and piano music was heard for about thirty seconds.

Suddenly, a voice was heard, she said, “It’s Starting!” in a commanding tone. There was a stunning silence. Then the voice whispered, “It’s Starting…” then once again a stunning silence. A third time, the voice said, “It’s Starting.” in a normal tone of voice. The voice paused for maximum effect and then said, "Mystery always finds me!"

From some realm, time and place it seemed as if Magic was beginning to happen. There was the sound of static and then another voice was heard.

***

“We are witnessing the beginning of one of what will undoubtedly become one of the most significant events of the twentieth century—this is Edward R. Murrow—and we’re live—to Hear it Now! I have an expert here on other-worldly phenomena, Theoclea, the Delphic Oracle, the Pythian Priestess, The Dragon Priestess of the Earth, the sixth century BC Oracle of the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Greece! Theoclea, do you mind if I smoke a Lucky Strike cigarette while we discuss the current crisis? What do you think is going on?”

“Well Mr. Murrow, I’m not surprised in the least at what is happening. I’ve had several visions about this over the course of the last week. I just didn’t know what I was seeing until today when Pythagoras one of my counselors explained to me that he knew what was happening. By the way, Mr. Murrow, are you aware that cigarette smoking is bad for you? It can cause impotence, heart attacks…and all kinds of…” 

Suddenly the line went dead.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


PanOrpheus (Pen name of Howard Lipman) is the author of the ‘Theoclea (The Delphic Oracle)’ books, the new series of Phoebe books- ‘Phoebe (The Delphic Oracle) takes Nikola Tesla to Peru...and other stories by PanOrpheus’- and the full length Phoebe novel ‘Phoebe (The Delphic Oracle) and the Medallion of Gaia’. His newest book ‘Songs and Stories from Tesla’s Tower will appear at the end of December. He is the administrator of the 2000+ member facebook group ‘Delphic Oracle Mystical Magical Fact and Fiction’. PanOrpheus is a Board Member of the Philadelphia Tesla club and the Tesla Science Foundation...and was a presenter at The Tesla Conference Jan. 5-7 at the New Yorker Hotel in 2013...and will continue his Tesla Outreach program in 2014. Nikola Tesla and the Spirit of Nikola Tesla appear in some of his novels and short stories. He maintains an active Author’s page on Goodreads, and has spoken at other conferences on the many themes of ‘The Mysteries’. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Our Dearly Departed Joan Rivers ... Can We Talk?


For weeks, I've been writing profiles for my forthcoming book on Eris, of famous provocateurs and connections in their natal charts with dwarf planet Eris. Naturally, Joan Rivers was among those receiving a special page. When news hit of our losing Joan on Sept. 4th, I was deeply saddened to have to modify my comments from is to was. For those curious about Joan's chart, and her recent transits, here is how her profile page now reads, in memorium ...



Joan Rivers, June 8, 1933, 2:00 AM, Brooklyn Heights, NH (Group C)
Death: September 4, 201, at 1:17 PM, NYC, NY, shown outside the wheel

If this time of birth is right Joan River’s Eris conjuncts her AC 3 Aries. Bitingly funny, her pithy quips became cultural taglines -- “can we talk?” She was hyper-vigilant with her image and her self-effacing jokes gave her license to skewer celebrities as The Fashion Police. A warrior whose career was being outrageous, her image issues led her to plastic surgery in an ongoing fight with nature. As Eris reached her Ceres, her career climbed with appearances on The Tonight Show and The Late Show. Her Eris-sextile-Chiron and square to Mercury/Venus goaded her to make others squirm with provocative comments. She broke through every barrier that anyone tried to put in her way, and dared the rest of us to live as authentically as she did.

In standup, QVC, Celebrity Apprentice, best selling books and her YouTube show, In Bed with Joan, she improved with age and served others via God’s Love We Deliver. We were stunned to lose her at a youthful 81. At her passing, Eris squared her Pluto, (8th house ruler) from 22 Aries, and T. Jupiter at 10 Leo exactly trined her natal Eris. These transits affirm Eris as a factor in life events, though we cannot presume them to be predictive of death. As with other outer planet transits, there are numerous levels on which Eris energy can manifest. We can only know that when Eris touches our lives, we will be forever changed, and as an agent of Eris, due to its conjunction to Joan’s AC, she too changed those whose lives she touched. She will be greatly missed!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

For 40+ years, Astrologer Amy Shapiro has nurtured soul growth with skills and services drawn on her training with Astrologer Isabel Hickey, William Swygaard, Jo Onvlee, John Chung Li and Dr. Oskar Adler. Amy was the first Clerk for NCGR and an early President of NCGR- Boston. She co-discovered a technique with Astrologer Ron Davison called The Relationship Chart or as she calls it The Conception Chart of the Relationship due to its esoteric implications.

Her TV and radio show, "Good Heavens!" won her wide acclaim with the public and her Good Heaven’s column appeared monthly in Dell Horoscope Magazine. She continues to be a contributor to Horoscope Magazine. She founded the Cape Ann School of Astrology and has been a consultant, editor and writer for Para Research, Astral Research, Cosmic Communications and Dell Horoscope. After earning her MA in Education and Psychology, she earned an M.Ed. in Counseling, and trained in stress management, T’ai Chi, meditation, visualization; reincarnation, hypnotherapy and nutrition. She has been as a Head Start Advisor, taught at Wheelock and Endicott Colleges, and trained at Harvard’s Mind-Body Institute and New England Society of Clinical Hypnosis.


She has dedicated 20+ years to The Testament of Astrology, 7-volume course by Austrian Astrologer Dr. Oskar Adler, and has now published a comprehensive Curriculum Guide for the entire 7 volume series. She has also written and published Dr. Adler's biography called Dr. Oskar Adler: A Complete Man. Her other books include One Sex to the Other – Reincarnation and the Dual-Gender SoulThe Dis-Appointment Book –A Human Therapy Guide to Conquering Disappointments She coauthored the book Questioning the Oracle—The IChingThe Gift of the Tortoise-New Insights into the I-ChingNever Mind, and Forces at Work: Astrology and Career, Before This Song Ends - A Timeless Romance.

With her husband, Ed Kaznocha, Amy raised two sons in Gloucester, MA, where they enjoy gardening and landscaping. She can be reached at www.NewAgeSages.com

Other Blog Posts by Amy: Mass Wedding Bells on 11/12/13, Ride the Wave of a Rare Grand Water TrineCourage and Compassion … in a SongLoss, Love and Poetry in Times of ChaosMaster of the WheelEnergy Shifts in 2013 as Pluto dips into the Taurus Decanate of CapricornBirthing Pains & Rewards: Saturn Sextiles Pluto on 12/27/12December 2012 Astrological Forecast Rousseau's Novel Romance ~ Portsmouth: A Love StoryOctober 2012 Astrological ForecastMars in Scorpio - What Legacy Compels You to Act?A Gardener’s Dream: No Soil? No Problem!The Mercury Wave: Retro Direct, Astrological Forecast for August 2012This Pivotal Year ~ Uranus goes Retrograde on July 13th2012 A Pivotal Year2012 - A Pivotal Year - Coping with ChangesWhose Astrologer Are You?



Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Red Button Version of Mysterious Island

In the new book that I’m working on, ‘The Antikythera and The Source’, my character, The Source, who was Theoclea, The Delphic Oracle in a past incarnation (eons ago!), finds herself in the strange world of The Antikythera. Her companions in her adventures Phoebe, the Spirit of the third Oracle of Delphi, and The Mage, the Spirit of Pythagoras, are back on the Earth engaged in a seemingly futile attempt to find out where The Source is.

In many ways The Antikythera is a parallel universe…with subtle differences—it seems to be powered by a complex, futuristic steam and clockwork technology.

The Source enters a shop called the ‘Jules Verne Bookshop’, and buys the Red Button Edition that contains three Verne novels, ‘Mysterious Island’, ‘Five weeks in a Balloon’, and ‘Around the world in 80 Days’. The proprietor of the shop asks the Source about her interests, hobbies, friends, etc. She mentions The Mage, and tells ‘The Bookkeeper’ that she enjoys Mark Twain’s sense of humor, late twentieth century TV series, Steampunk, and that one of her friends, the Oracle Phoebe uses profanity. His response is—“If you press the Red Button, then the version that you will read will contain you, your interests, your friends and acquaintances…and more. Otherwise you’ll just enjoy the original version.”

The Source stared at the Red Button.

“Care to try it?” the proprietor said.

The Source settled down in a comfortable chair in the shop, and hesitated for a few moments. She gazed up at ‘The Bookkeeper’, then opened the book, pressed the Red Button, and started to read Chapter One. My apologies to the writers of the TV show LOST…but…well…the ending…was…

CHAPTER ONE…THE ISLAND

“We’re Lost!” The Source said.

“No #$%$!” Phoebe replied. Phoebe gazed all around, while brushing the sand out of her red hair. She was dressed in her current style—red, black and gold, and the style of the clothing was reminiscent of the Retro-Deco Steampunk look of the late twentieth century USA, in the Earthly Realm. As usual, she wore pins of gears, skulls, and watch parts attached to her leather clothing, and on her right arm there was the tattoo of a Red Condor. She also wore a black bowler hat festooned with the requisite watch parts. There were goggles tied around the hat, and she had her ray gun in her holster. The Source was also dressed in red, gold and black, the only colors that she could wear, after all, she was who she was. Her clothing was sedate in all respects, reminiscent of the style of Ancient Greek statues.

They were on the beach of a Mysterious Island. All around them there were pieces of a wrecked airplane. There was a huge section of the fuselage not more than twenty feet away from them. The cockpit was caught in trees to their left. A wing towered over them and tottered dangerously in the wind.

“WHERE THE %^&* IS EVERYONE? IS ANYONE HERE?” Phoebe shouted.

There was only silence.

The Source shook her head, then gazed around carefully. “No one could have survived a crash like that—they must all be dead.”

They walked over to what appeared to be the front part of the plane—the remains of the pilot’s cabin. There were no bodies to be seen.

“Can you imagine that maybe some of them survived, and are somewhere on this island having adventures…and five hundred pages into the book the ending is that they were all really dead for five hundred pages?” Phoebe said.

“No,” The Source replied, “Jules Verne would never have never written an ending like that!! Come, let’s walk along the beach.”

Phoebe looked up at the sky. “There’s something strange here,” she said, “There are no birds.”

The Source looked up. “You’re right. Anyway…what you said before—rule number one in any creative writing course is not to end the work with everyone being dead!”

“You’re right,” Phoebe replied. “Rule number two is not to imply that it was all some kind of a %^&*in’ lame dream about Purgatory. But I have a bad feeling about all of this. It’s just not…Jules Verne!” She turned and gazed ahead.

“Let’s walk over to that clump of bamboo over there,” she said.

They walked some distance away from the wreck, and then heard a horrendous animal sound. There was a crunching, it was getting louder and louder, something seemed to be coming towards them.

Suddenly a huge boar came out of the bamboo, and with a leap and an angry roar quickly descended upon them. Phoebe quickly removed her ray gun and fired, roasting the boar.

“Pure Jules Verne,” The Source said, “exotic threatening animals that appear from nowhere…now that’s better! I’ve never roasted a boar before—smells like Andouille sausage. I wonder what it tastes like,” Phoebe said as she put the ray gun back in its holster. “Hey, who’s that…over there?”

They both looked in the direction that she was pointing in, and they started to walk.

Cautiously they approached the stranger—he wore a hooded purple robe, and they couldn’t see his face. The figure in the robe turned toward them, and pushed back the hood. It was The Mage.

“I’ve been waiting for you, I thought that you’d never get here,” he said. “I saw the wreck back there, they must all be dead.—no one could have survived a crash like that!”

“My thoughts precisely,” The Source replied.

“Then what happens in the rest of the book?” The Mage wondered. “What kind of a book can you write about dead people in a plane crash?”

“Yeh…” Phoebe said. “Dead for five hundred pages?”

“Maybe they’re survivors in a kind of a Purgatory…maybe this island is Purgatory!” The Mage said.

“Might I remind you that we are Spirits of Ancient Greek history, myth and legend, and we don’t believe in Purgatory. Anyway, Verne would NEVER have written about Purgatory—Dante, yes, but not Jules Verne!” The Source stated emphatically.

“So where and when are we?” Phoebe asked.

“The where is the easy part...we seem to be on a Mysterious Island...the when is the hard part,” The Mage replied. He gazed up at the sun, and shielded his eyes. “My guess is that we’re in the Earthly realm. What day and time is it?” The Source, looked up at the sun and took out a complex geared mechanical sun dial of some kind. “The reading on the dial says that it’s April 8th, 2115. The time is 16 hours, 23 minutes and 42 seconds.” The Source paused as if trying to remember something.

“Hmmmm...4—8—15—16—23—42—there’s something about those numbers. Yes, we seem to be on an island, but...”she kicked some sand away with a foot and said,

“...but what is this?” She pointed to a metal object underneath her foot, and cleared away more sand so that they could see it better. It seemed to be a hatch of some kind. They all tried to lift it up but it wouldn’t budge.

Phoebe gazed up at the sky, she thought that she had heard something.

“What’s that?” she said as she pointed at something coming out of the clouds—“up in the sky?”

“It’s a black airship, a rigid airship…it looks like a small version of the Graf Zeppelin!” The Mage replied.

“Ah, finally…more Jules Verne!” The Source said with a satisfied smile.

“Look there’s writing on the side of it!” Phoebe shouted. “Can anyone make out the words?”

“Yes,” The Source said with a sigh, “it says ‘The Black Falcon’. You know what that means. The Captain of that ship is Livia!”

“Livia,” Phoebe replied, “one of the ‘android children’ that you and The Mage made. One of the ones who—went bad.”

“Yes, like most families, not all of our ‘children’ turned out well,” The Mage said.

“I’ve always wondered how you and The Source could have made The Reporter, a hero in all realms, times and places—the ultimate Steward of Truth and the Editor of the Newspaper, read daily by trillions of beings…and then produce someone as evil as Livia!”

“Livia wasn’t always that way. In the beginning she was a teacher. Don’t believe all of the legends and myths about us,” The Source said, “the Mage and I are not perfect…and neither are our children.”

As the ship approached it appeared to be a miniature version of the ‘Bodensee’, one of the last of the post-World War One airships to be made by the Zeppelin Company. The ship was small, barely over 125 feet long, and it was soon overhead. A rope ladder was lowered, and a woman descended carrying a grappling hook. She wore a leather bomber jacket, flared tan trousers, and a white scarf around her neck. Black boots, goggles, a gas mask, and a leather flier’s cap completed her look, and there were tools of all kinds attached to a belt around her waist. She attached the grappling hook to the hatch, took off her goggles, flier’s cap, gas mask, and faced them. Her jet-black long hair waved in the breeze.

“Well,” she said, “It’s a good thing that I arrived at the right time. You all might have been stuck in this book believing in all the characters and their adventures, only to find out in the end that they were all DEAD all of the time!”

“See,” The Source whispered to Phoebe.

“And, “Livia said, “about four hundred pages in you’d find out some stupid things about the hatch and the numbers. I saved you from a lame dreary ending where they’re all dead and meet in some dead people’s church for a party or something. Definitely NOT an exciting Jules Verne ending! Anyway, the hatch is mine”, she said as she tugged on the grappling hook. The hatch opened and they all peered in. There was a glitter of gold far below as if a well was full of objects made of the precious metal. “I see that all my golden pirate loot is still there,” she said as she closed the hatch. “All right, now let’s all go up the ladder to the control room, and then I’ll show you some real Jules Verne stuff! There’s a replica of the Graf Zeppelin with the Spirits of Dr. Eckener and his crew back on my Pirate Island, and we’re getting’ ready for an around-the world-cruise!” Livia said. “Care to come along with us?”

“I think that NOW this book is about to get a lot %^&*in’ better,” Phoebe said.

The Mage just shook his head as he looked back at the plane parts all over the beach. Then he followed the others up the rope ladder and into the control room of the airship—‘The Black Falcon’.

“How could anyone write a book about people on a Mysterious Island, have them go through some great adventures…and then say that they were ALL DEAD in the end? Verne’s fans would have beheaded him on the guillotine for that!’ he thought.

The Source closed the book. She was back in the bookshop and the Bookkeeper was standing in front of her.

“Well?” he said.

She smiled, put the book down and said—“I was in it, and some of my associates were there as well. It was very amusing! I’ll have to read the rest of it at another time. Does it…get any darker?”

“Much darker,” he said. “Remember, we’re on the Antikythera, and NOT cruising down Mark Twain’s Mississippi River in a steamboat,” he said in a haughty manner.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


PanOrpheus (Pen name of Howard Lipman) is the author of the ‘Theoclea (The Delphic Oracle)’ books, the new series of Phoebe books- ‘Phoebe (The Delphic Oracle) takes Nikola Tesla to Peru...and other stories by PanOrpheus’- and the full length Phoebe novel ‘Phoebe (The Delphic Oracle) and the Medallion of Gaia’. His newest book ‘Songs and Stories from Tesla’s Tower will appear at the end of December. He is the administrator of the 2000+ member facebook group ‘Delphic Oracle Mystical Magical Fact and Fiction’. PanOrpheus is a Board Member of the Philadelphia Tesla club and the Tesla Science Foundation...and was a presenter at The Tesla Conference Jan. 5-7 at the New Yorker Hotel in 2013...and will continue his Tesla Outreach program in 2014. Nikola Tesla and the Spirit of Nikola Tesla appear in some of his novels and short stories. He maintains an active Author’s page on Goodreads, and has spoken at other conferences on the many themes of ‘The Mysteries’. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Seeds of Change: Bardo, Part 2

Some time ago, I read Lama Surya Das’ book, Buddha Standard Time. In thinking about the book from time to time, it seems to me that Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be is one way to access what he calls “Buddha Standard Time.”

I feel that it can be especially helpful in a time of bardo, when we are planting and nurturing the seeds of change and transformation. At the time that I previously posted on this book, I wrote:

“The major premise of the book deals with time and how we live well or not well with it. For example, one of the problems, he says, with people thinking that they do not have enough time is that they are not focusing. Lama Surya Das maintains that we can find more time in our lives by learning to focus among other practices.

One chapter is devoted to the Buddhist concept of bardo. Wikipedia, to loosely paraphrase it, says that bardo is that time between two incarnations. The first definition is the traditional one, but Tibetan Buddhism has six bardo states including the time between our birth and death in a particular life time.

Bardo, according to Lama Surya Das, is also the space between breaths, the silence between words, the time of transition between one thing in our lives and the next. It can be the fallow period of an illness. He says, if I understood him correctly, that paying attention to bardo can be a mindfulness practice or a way to teach ourselves to focus on the present—not looking back and not looking forward—but rather the practice of living in the in-between.

I suppose that learning to live with bardo in its various manifestations could be learning to live fully present in ourselves and our lives. We can also, I suppose, use that fallow period as do plants and animals in winter, learning to rest in it and come out the other side rejuvenated. I recall reading something by Eckhart Tolle where he talked about the shift happening in the silence between the words. It occurs to me that by paying attention to the in-between we can allow the shift to happen while we are focusing on the in-between—the present moment—possibly because we are not putting up the usual human blocks to change. And as we feel this present moment, we can also allow the shift to become integrated into ourselves.”

Opening the Heart helps you delve into that space between breaths between words. For example, meditation image 1 is: “Breathe deeply, breathe slowly. You can breathe through anything.” I think a corollary is that you can breathe into anything and learn its nature and how you want to be in relation to it as well as to yourself and others, to the world and the divine. This is the image as it exists in the text:

The expanded meditation from Opening the Heart is: 

Breathing slows down our minds and bodies. It allows us to clear out anxiety and dread. By following our breath, we can journey to that calm, inner place of ourselves.

So, we are all called to sit and breathe. Sitting and breathing allow the time to imagine, to dream, to conceive of ourselves and our world in new ways, and to birth the action that brings those dreams into the world.

What are you called to imagine, to dream, to breathe into your life? What are you called to breathe out of your life?

Being in that place of in-betweenness enhances the delving into self, the seeing of dreams and the planting of the seeds of change. Coming out of bardo then moves us into the place of action and nurturing those seeds of change into a fulsome harvest.

Meditation image 11 is: “Time does not exist in the heart of the universe. Be there.” Breathing yourself into that place of no time, a place possibly of bardo (the space in between) brings you into the fallow place where dreams can be nurtured and grown. It can bring you to the core of your heart where, with time seemingly stopped, you can see what exists in your heart, what grows there. It can connect you with the energy of the universe and the divine.

Meditation image 11 as it is in the book is:

The expanded text of meditation image 11 is:

Science tells us that there is not literal heart of the universe: however, whenever you dive deeply enough into your inner self, you know the heart of all things. This heart is the all-encompassing love, knowledge and wisdom that we see, and, when we arrive in that heart, time does not exist—all is flow, all is stopped—all at the same time. It is in this “heart” of the universe that we come to know the healing of that love, compassion and knowledge as well as our deepest soul existence. Find your way there.

Again, entering into our hearts creates that space in between that can help us to find how we want to be but also provide us with the vision of what seeds to plant to bring ourselves into alignment with that vision.

We can also look for those states of bardo in our lives, in our thoughts, in our speech to use to bring us into the present through the awareness of those states and their uses. But we can also use the awareness of those moments of bardo (whether a fraction of a second or weeks or months of bardo) to move deeply into our hearts to find the seeds of change that are waiting to be planted, nourished and ultimately harvested.

(Please remember that not only is the text copyrighted but also the photographs are copyrighted. Please only use them with permission of myself and the photographer. We thank you for this. To purchase the book, please use the link contained in this post.)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathryn Samuelson, as an intuitive, channels your angels and guides who are delighted to connect with you, and who are uniquely suited to answer your questions and address your concerns. She can receive information as to who your angels and guides are, as well as receiving information for you about family, health, job and career, and life path among other issues and concerns. In her life coaching practice, she welcomes all clients, but specializes in helping those who are undergoing a transition in their lives—whether it is a move, a job or career change, a loss of some type, or some other transition issue. She was certified as a life coach in 2007 by the University of New Hampshire. Kathryn also leads workshops based on the set of meditation images and text contained in the book called Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be. She created this book with her friend, Linda Lewis. For more information: www.kathrynsamuelson.com, klsamuelsonATyahoo.com, or 781-799-733

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Antikythera and The Source

I haven’t posted here in quite some time. The reason is that I’ve been writing my next book, and working on future works as well. ‘You’ve got to go with the flow’, as they say. The next book is called ‘The Antikythera and The Source’.

What is the Antikythera? Here’s a quote from my character Theoclea, a very gifted child from ca. 500 BC, living in Delphi, Greece. A Priest and Priestess from the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, where the Oracle of Delphi resides have come to the child’s home. They’ve heard about her visions, and present her with a strange geared mechanism. (The mechanism, by the way actually exists and was found off of the island of Antikythera in the Mediterranean around 1900 by a Captain Condos and his men while sponge diving.)

“It’s a wondrous invention. And the secret lies deep inside, there are four 50 tooth gears! Right in the deepest spot, they show how the moon speeds up and slows down during its cycle!” Theoclea said proudly.

The Priest and Priestess were astonished…they were looking at a detailed drawing of the inner moon gear mechanism. Then they both looked at her in a loving way.

“Yes, Theoclea, you’re right. That’s what it does…and more. But why do you call it an Antikythera?” he said.

The Priestess was silent. She gazed at Theoclea with a look of awe on her face. ‘The gift is—this child!’ she thought.

“I call it an Antikythera because that’s what the ones from the future call it. I have seen them in my visions.”

So, that’s just a hint of what the Antikythera is. It is still being studied today, and one theory is that it was a complex mechanism with over 29 gears that showed the times of future eclipses of the sun and moon, showed the positions of the known planets in the zodiac…and possibly much more. It was similar in concept to Charles Babbage’s device—the first analog computer built in the 1880’s.

You might be wondering—who or what is The Source? Here’s a quote from the ending of my first book, ‘Theoclea (The Delphic Oracle) and Pythagoras in Eleusis and Atlantis’. Theoclea has become the Delphic Oracle, and Pythagoras is one of her counselors. They have just been through an amazing adventure in Atlantis. She is speaking of what will become of them when they pass on from the Earthly Realm:

“What will I become, Theoclea, and who will you be? What do you see?”

“We may not always be together, Pythagoras. There may be adventures that we shall have together and apart—as we have had in this life. We shall continue to have adventures in the Earthly realm. When we pass on—things will continue as they have on the Earthly realm in other realms and times, there shall be more Gates to pass through in those places. Whatever entities we evolve into…we shall have children…of a kind…just as we’ve had in this life. We shall rise and evolve past our own imaginings. I shall continue on the right path just as I imagined it as a child playing with my friends in the woods, and you shall be with me.”

She continued to gaze into the distance, finally she saw a fiery desert and a cold wasteland. She closed her eyes.

‘What do you see, Theoclea?”

“We will become…”

Slowly she opened her eyes, and once more stared into the distance. There was a look of awe on her face, as if she herself could not believe it.

“Yes…Theoclea…what will we become?”

She stopped looking into the distance and gazed at him once again. A new light was shining in her eyes.

“You and I shall become…the…THE MAGE and THE SOURCE”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

PanOrpheus (Pen name of Howard Lipman) is the author of the ‘Theoclea (The Delphic Oracle)’ books, ‘Theoclea (The Delphic Oracle) and Pythagoras in Eleusis and Atlantis’, and ‘Theoclea (The Delphic Oracle) and Pythagoras in Egypt’. He is also the author of the Phoebe books- ‘Phoebe (The Delphic Oracle) takes Nikola Tesla to Peru...and other stories by PanOrpheus’- and the full length Phoebe novel ‘Phoebe (The Delphic Oracle) and the Medallion of Gaia’. His newest book is ‘Songs and Stories from Tesla’s Tower’. ‘The Antikythera and The Source’ will be the first book of a new series. He is the administrator of the 2000+ member facebook group ‘Delphic Oracle Mystical Magical Fact and Fiction’. PanOrpheus is a Board Member of the Philadelphia Tesla club and the Tesla Science Foundation...and was a presenter at The Tesla Conference Jan. 5-7 at the New Yorker Hotel in 2013...and has continued his Tesla Outreach program in 2014. In May of 2015 he will give a seminar on Nikola Tesla at the World Steampunk Fair in Piscataway New Jersey…the largest event of its kind. Nikola Tesla and the Spirit of Nikola Tesla appear in some of his novels and short stories. He maintains an active Author’s page on Goodreads, and has a ‘Songs and Stories from Tesla’s Tower page on Facebook. He has spoken at other conferences on the many themes of ‘The Mysteries’. All of his books are available on Amazon. Just search Phoebe, or Theoclea, and ‘Delphic Oracle’ at Amazon—the paperback and kindle versions of the books will appear for sale. His blogspot lists all of his books with links for the purchase of them www.panorpheusbooks.blogspot.com

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Death Transition - A Book Review

I decided to take a brief break from blogging about my book, Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be to tell you about a book titled The Death Transition.

I recently met the author, Cliff Aguirre, at an event that I was working. He told me about his experiences communicating with the spirits of people that he knew before they died. He went on to explain that they were insistent that he write about what they were communicating to him in relation to the transition from a physical state to a non-physical state, or as he calls it, the death transition. I wanted to read this book to see if what my sense of the transition is what came through for him. I would say that, in most part, the book has validated what my beliefs are about this process, although, I will confess that some of it is a bit different or a bit new to me. This, however, is not unusual for those of us who work in the metaphysical world. We all have our belief systems and filters through which information comes. I do recommend The Death Transition as it is a clear, concise description of the process.

The book does not delve into philosophy or religion. It is a straight forward recounting of what was transmitted to Cliff from those who communicated this information to him. He explains how he came to be in touch with spirits and how the information came to him in the Forward to the book. He has this to say in the Forward about death:

“Thus, life after death can be understood by opening our perception and minds to wider possibilities. Only now are people beginning to talk openly about such experiences [near death experiences and the like] and journey to the seven other rooms.”

By the seven other rooms, he means that life is like living in an eight room house but only living or experiencing it in one room. Death opens us up, so to speak, to living in or experience the other eight rooms, metaphorically.” (Page ii)

He then goes on to say:

“It has taken years of learning and experiencing to allow myself to write this book without misconstruing the information through the eyes of my old beliefs. Misconstruing information is one of the mistakes commonly and unwittingly committed by many writers on the subject of death, their misconception being emphasized by their beliefs and especially their fears.” (Page ii)

Cliff wanted to be sure that he was clearly and concisely transmitting the information given him rather than embellishing it or making it fit into the belief system that he had when he began to receive the information contained in The Death Transition.

He ends the Forward by saying:

“With each new awareness, we become closer to the awareness of God, however you choose to perceive God and our eternal selves. Life and death are all parts of our ongoing existence. With each new life and each new death we gain insight, growth, and wisdom.”

The Death Transition also talks about reincarnation and the fact that we have all lived many lives, what we learn in between human lives and how we process all this information when we transition back to a non-human existence. Please be aware that he uses the terms awake state and sleep state in a very specific way. He says:

“The awake state is the portion of time in which your main focus is within the physical reality. It is the time you are actively going about your physical life. The sleep state is in reference to the time in which your physical body sleeps and you are mentally active in other realities.” (Emphasis added.)

He uses the terms death, dying and the like as a convenience when talking about the transition. Cliff does not want to instill fear in anyone.


This guide to the transition at death, or rather to the non-corporeal state, is clear, easy to understand and concise as I said above. The sections are clearly labeled, and the table of contents is quite useful as you can quickly turn to a section of the book that you wish to read or re-read. The Death Transition chapter contains, e.g., the following sections: What Happens Upon Death, Pre-Death Guides, The After-Death Body, The Mourning Process and the Funeral, The Missing Body, and After-Death Environment (Heaven) Beliefs as well as other sections. There are also chapters called Pathways to Making the Transition, Communicating with Loved Ones, Reminders, Questions and Answers, and Selected Reading. Except for the last two, the other chapters also have clearly titled subchapters that allow you to browse by topic if you choose, or you can read the whole book through, possibly even at one sitting.

Much of the book is aimed at allaying fears that people might have about death. On page 48, Cliff writes:

“Death is simply the changing of your perception from one reality to another. There is no mysterious, evil force awaiting your arrival upon transitioning and this transition is not an end to consciousness nor is it an eternal sleep. Nor are there rewards of martyrdom or golden castles other than what you may temporarily perceive.”

I recommend this book as a validation for beliefs or as an education for those who are unsure about this phase of our lives. I hope that it meets his goal of alleviating fears for those who are fearful about death. You can purchase this book through the link contained in this post to Amazon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathryn Samuelson, as an intuitive, channels your angels and guides who are delighted to connect with you, and who are uniquely suited to answer your questions and address your concerns. She can receive information as to who your angels and guides are, as well as receiving information for you about family, health, job and career, and life path among other issues and concerns. In her life coaching practice, she welcomes all clients, but specializes in helping those who are undergoing a transition in their lives—whether it is a move, a job or career change, a loss of some type, or some other transition issue. She was certified as a life coach in 2007 by the University of New Hampshire. Kathryn also leads workshops based on the set of meditation images and text contained in the book called Opening the Heart: Meditations onHow to Be. She created this book with her friend, Linda Lewis. For more information: www.kathrynsamuelson.com, klsamuelsonATyahoo.com, or 781-799-733

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Nurture and Nature

In thinking about what to blog about next on Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be, I decided to blog about meditation image number 47, Nurture, and meditation image number 48, Nature, at the same time. 

This is meditation image number 47:

The accompanying text for meditation image 47 contained in Part 2 of Opening the Heart reads:

“The old debate is about whether nurture or nature has the most importance in a person’s development. The truth is that they are equally important.

Nurture means the providing of sustenance, the act of bringing up, educating, and helping growth and development. What in the way nurturance have others given you? What have you given yourself? What are you giving others? What do you and others need now, even in adulthood?”

This is meditation image number 48:

The accompanying text for meditation image 48 contained in Part 2 of Opening the Heart reads:

“The old debate is about whether nurture or nature has the most importance in a person’s development. The truth is that they are equally important."

What has nature given you? Where do you come from? What do come from? What gifts has this given you? What about this can you use now on your path?”

As with all of Opening the Heart, the seeming dualities or opposites exist at the same time and influence us and our paths. Nature and nurture can be so deeply entwined that, at times, it might be difficult to sort out whether something belongs under the “heading” of nature or the “heading” of nurture.

Wiktionary defines the noun nurture as:
  • The act nourishing or nursing; tender care; education; training. 
  • That which nourishes; food; diet. 
  • The environmental influences that contribute to the development of an individual…. 
Wiktionary says that, as a verb, nurture means to nourish or nurse; to encourage, especially growth or development…

I think, that for me, I can list the following under Nurture:

A mother and father who:
  • Loved me deeply and provided me what I needed but not necessarily more than I needed;
  • Provided me with a sense of discipline and a moral bearing;
  • Provided me with the opportunity for education and the encouragement to be the best I can be and, interestingly at the time, encouraged me to go to college and law school:
  • Nursed me through illnesses and cared deeply when I had heartbreak, along with countless other intangible things;
  • and, when it came time to move to Massachusetts accepted that I would be moving 900 miles away and encouraged me in that.
The also gave me two sisters who still care about me and provide moral support when I need it. My sisters have given me a terrific niece and nephew.

I had loving grandparents, great aunts and great uncles, aunts and uncles, and cousins. They all accepted me for who I was then, and those still with us accept me for who I am now. Acceptance by family and friends is deeply nurturing to me as I do not need to pretend about who I am or hide what I do from them.

Friends are part of what I consider Nurture for me. They help me laugh, help me sort out questions and problems, and do lovely things for me.

I include eating well and exercising as well as anything that I do to take care of myself as nurturing myself.
Wiktionary includes the following among the definitions of nature:
  • The natural world; consisting of all things unaffected by or predating human technology, production and design, e.g. the ecosystem, the natural environment, virgin ground, unmodified species, laws of nature. 
  • The innate characteristics of a thing. What something will tend by its own constitution, to be or do. Distinct from what might be expected or intended.
  • The summary of everything that has to do with biological, chemical and physical states and events in the physical universe. 
  • Conformity to that which is natural, as distinguished from that which is artificial, or forced, or remote from actual experience. 
  • Kind, sort; character; quality.
I think, that for me, I can list the following under Nature:

My DNA, RNA, all of my cells and that which makes up my body are the most rudimentary gifts that nature has to give me. They, at the most basic level, set the stage for my life and being. I include any innate abilities, such as being able to hear, read, talk, think, and the like that help me move through life. There are those who believe that personality is somewhat set at time of birth, or rather that we all have a tendency towards a personality given to us by nature. (Although personality is, of course, influenced by nurture.)

As with all of the pairs in Opening the Heart, the question is existing within the seeming duality of the pair, as well as using the pair to go deeply into our hearts to find out what lives there, what our hearts want to tell us about living and being in relationship to ourselves, others, the world, and the divine. The seeming duality is that it is not just either/or in life. Sometimes, possibly all the time, it is neither and both at once. How do we navigate our way in a world where it neither and both at once, yet at the same time possibly either/or without it being crazy making, causing us to not be fully in the world or to keep us from having our hearts fully open.

What did you receive from Nurture? How do they interplay to make you who you are? What can you learn from this seeming duality to help you in your life and to heal your being?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 Kathryn Samuelson, as an intuitive, channels your angels and guides who are delighted to connect with you, and who are uniquely suited to answer your questions and address your concerns. She can receive information as to who your angels and guides are, as well as receiving information for you about family, health, job and career, and life path among other issues and concerns. In her life coaching practice, she welcomes all clients, but specializes in helping those who are undergoing a transition in their lives—whether it is a move, a job or career change, a loss of some type, or some other transition issue. She was certified as a life coach in 2007 by the University of New Hampshire. Kathryn also leads workshops based on the set of meditation images and text contained in the book called Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be. She created this book with her friend, Linda Lewis. For more information: www.kathrynsamuelson.com, klsamuelsonATyahoo.com, or 781-799-733