The decision to cancel the Pillars project was not an easy one. As I wrote, I spent the previous 7 + years trying to make the pieces fit, couldn’t. Or rather, I could but it would cheat readers and myself because trying to force fit a subject as broad as the 4 separate types of EMFs that affect human health and well-being is was going to require sacrificing somewhere.
UPDATE: After rescoping I was able to complete the Pillars project.
The years beginning after moving to the SF Bay Area and becoming ill have provided me with incredible knowledge and experience on the misunderstood and often dramatized condition known as EMF Sensitivity.
The WHO calls it Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity or EHS which suggests a base understanding that all of us are impacted by EMFs with some being more sensitive than others.
The books I’ve written give broad and often in-depth overviews of the various EMFs and I stand by my work. Thanks to my efforts I have freed myself from sensitivity to technology EMFs and eliminated negative symptoms from my awareness of the other types.
Geologic, Atmospheric, and Esoteric.
That doesn’t mean there isn’t a middle ground and in the weeks to come I will attempt to find it if for no other reason than to provide information that will be helpful – and perhaps fun.
Ghost hunting anyone?
In the meantime I have a number of other projects I’m working on.
On to the Subject Line.
This morning a headline caught my attention. The images of Valparaiso, Chile were beyond startling not because of the drying up of a lake – I’ve seen a number of those images in recent months – but because of the dramatic difference of the area around it, including a photo of the Andes Mountains. Why?
Valparaiso, Chile is the non-US location for numerous scenes in my Hangover Series.
In preparation for the story locale I did a lot of research, interviewing people familiar with the area and local customs as well as those with knowledge of flight rules for private pilots wanting to fly from Silicon Valley to Central and South America. I also let my fingers do the walking across the keyboard.
Internet photos showed an area lush and green with vineyards and a university nearby and beautiful snow-capped mountains in the distance. To see the place now compared to how it looked ten years ago? I was speechless.
What the hell happened?
It was sobering to think of the short amount of time in which the dramatic and devastating transformation took place.
The sites I was familiar with in the US – China Lake and the Salton Sea in particular – were not as dramatic though some of the more recent photos of dam created reservoirs are troubling for sure.
Having spent months and then years immersed in the non-US location of the books in the series probably made me more emotionally attached than I might have otherwise been. I know one thing. The saying a picture is worth a thousand words? I couldn’t agree more.
A Picture You Say?
Ironically, a different set of photos from long ago brought a different emotional response.
Imagery and Manifestation.
Back in 2000 I took the Silva BLS course where I learned something called The Long Relax. As part of this meditation students are asked to visualize their Ideal Place of Relaxation.
This location can be real or imagined and can contain whatever elements you wish.
For my place I chose a number of different images, some real and some imagined, then kluged them together to form a location that included a bit of adventure.
To get to my location I had to cross a stream wide enough to require I be ferried in a way I imagined similar to the Mists of Avalon travel to the isle – then a walk to an area that had a sunken amphitheatre – acient Greek style – and depending on the route through the tropical forest surrounding the area you may find yourself at a castle or if you went a different way a plantation house on the Pacific ocean.
This house had a large veranda.
Depending on my mood I might spend time in that house gazing out at the horizon or I may walk on to this area of trees overhanging the beach.
If I wanted to go to the castle I rode a horse through the part of the forest immediately next to the amphithatre which was sunken into the ground and had an orb in it. Seating was carved from the natural rock.
Lots of images and paths to choose from.
For years I used this diverse location as my Ideal Place of Relaxation. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to find a real place that not only held all those elements but had them all in one location.
Back in 2004 Aaron and I were fortunate enough to go to Kauai where I found not only my Ideal Place of Relaxation but a manifestation of a childhood wish!
When I was a kid my family went to see King Kong at the drive-in.
The one with Fay Wray.
I remember watching the scene with the waterfalls and thinking how awesome it would be to swim in such a beautiful place. Tucking the thought away I went on with my life.
I was six at the time.
Checking the Fodor’s Guide to plan our day’s activities I came upon an entry about a place where tourists could view waterfalls that were the location for the filming of King Kong.
We rapelled to the edge of the water into which the falls were pouring and I got my childhood wish.
It was colder than I would have thought which made me spare a bit of empathy for what Fay must have gone through in the filming of that scene.
The Scene to Relax.
On another day we set out to do a bit of exploring. Parking the car we proceeded to hike toward the shore. We were almost to the ocean when I caught site of a tree overhanging part of the beach.
OMG It’s My Tree!
I excitedly told Aaron about the tree being a central fixture in my Ideal Scene of Relaxation.
It was a place I would sit and think while staring out at the horizon.
I took several photos and we continued on our journey walking along the water.
OMG It’s My House!
We hadn’t gone too far when we came upon a house on the water – complete with a large veranda.
It was not plantation style but otherwise fit the image I’d created in my mind’s eye.
Amused we continued on.
I think you can see where this is going.
We passed over a stream that was narrow enough a toddler could cross it without a boat but it was in the exact location I imagined in my Place of Relaxation.
By this point I was starting to feel a little unnerved.
If you can believe we came upon a sunken area carved out of rock and not far from it a large boulder spherical in shape.
We were snapping photos left and right as we continued on and I shared more details of the locale I’d created in my mind.
Including riding a horse to the castle if I wished.
As we were leaving the area we decided to hike through the woods instead of backtracking. You can imagine my reaction to seeing riders on horseback coming out of the forest next to that amphitheatre.
Just like my vision.
Ginsu Knife Moment.
Aka There’s more.
I was so shaken by seeing everything from my vision – regardless of the fact the locations were not exact relative to each other – I didn’t visit the Place of Ideal Relaxation for years.
Ironically I went through a period of manifestation efforts that failed during that same timeframe.
Finally, around 2009 I began trying Silva again.
As I write in Riding the Waves: Diagnosing, Treating, and Living with EMF Sensitivity, I got the exact opposite of everything I tried to manifest.
I now know it’s because of the EMF Sensitivity.
In 2010 I wrote to a senior individual at the Silva Method and asked what he thought might have happened. As if part of a nightmare he responded with a scathing accusation that I was obviously trying to cheat the universe and cheat God in asking for what I was asking for.
A quick sale of our house in a down market? That’s cheating the universe and cheating God?
At the time I was devastated but decided that like recent attempts at using Silva to manifest solutions, my message was somehow lost in the universe somewhere.
Or at the very least having a Mercury Retrograde moment.
Aaron did what he could to console me suggesting that given the down housing market perhaps I’d struck a nerve with the guy.
I returned to my Ideal Place of Relaxation which was completely new and recreated.
Another nature scene this had mountains on the left side of the path through the woods and a fork to the right that led to a steep path down to a rushing river.
One I knew would be very cold.
Wanting to get a feel for our new Colorado home base, we set out to visit a park.
Not Estes Park.
After a nice picnic we hiked out a trail that went along the Flatirons.
The mountains were to the left as we hiked.
You can see where this is going too I bet.
We came upon a fork where a branch of the trail led to a cliff. Down below? A rushing body of water.
A cold river.
Badly shaken – this was the second time elements I’d pulled together in my mind from random areas or sources in a very specific way had come together in a real place. Only this time – which is why I was so shaken – everything was exactly where it had been in my vision.
In the years since I’ve manifested my Ideal Place of Relaxation a number of times.
Enough that I now take great pains when crafting an image.
Life can be thrown into chaos as it seeks to fulfill your apparent desire.
Images are Powerful.
They also travel faster.
I have written about an equation I was asked to solve.
Details are in Lessons From the Edge: An Author’s Guide to Metatron’s Army.
Though I will be sharing details in whatever publication I end up pulling from the rubble pile, I can at least share this much now.
Direct from the equation which was a communications translation key.
When talking to the universe, images travel faster than words.
There’s more to the equation but what’s important is keeping an image in your mind is a good way to have it manfest.
For more on protecting manifestation efforts from EMFs readers may want to check out The Intention Experiments by Lynne McTaggart.
I will have information too in some upcoming publication though I did give a big piece of the puzzle in a recent blog.