This report runs the two weeks of 8/25 - 9/7. Not only did our annual Homecoming Gathering happen, but this! ...
- The Ra Contact: Teaching the Law of One Volume1 Audiobook: Four years in the making. It was four years ago that the incredible Sam W. came over, helped us set up a home studio, and lent us all of the equipment we'd need for Jim to record all of L/L's library. Jim poured his heart into the effort, recording the entire material 3.5 times. After he'd accomplished that amazing task (as well as recording every other L/L book), we were sitting on a treasure trove of audiobooks, but failed to find the time to edit, master, and publish all of it (quite a time-consuming task given our recording setup and techniques). We sent the audio off to Jade for the first listening, where she'd compare the audio and the transcript, marking all necessary changes, edits, and reviews. And then a Heaven-send: Trish was able to join the team and bravely took up the task of accomplishing all necessary edits and offering the final review. Thanks to her talents and thoroughness, accomplishing all edits and much audio polishing along the way, we were able to finally master and submit the audio files to Audible. It got approved a week ago, and then yesterday, it was finally put up for sale on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. We are super, super excited to finally have this out, with work on Volume 2 underway, and then the rest of the L/L library. All narrated by the one and only Jim McCarty. Please join us in a dance of joy!
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- Translations: Had another productive couple of weeks on the translation front, receiving the final pieces of the Indonesian translation of The Ra Contact, Volume 1. Now all that is left is the somewhat tedious job of formatting per Ra Contact standards.
- Also received and published:
- Ra Contact Session 25 in Bulgarian -https://llresearch.org/library/the_law_of_one_bulgarian/session25.aspx
- August, 1973 - Sunday Meditation in Bulgarian -https://llresearch.org/transcripts/issues/1973_bulgarian/1973_0800.aspx
- January 21, 2017 - Saturday Meditation in German -https://llresearch.org/transcripts/issues/2017_german/2017_0121.aspx
- May 25, 2019 - Saturday Meditation in Polish -https://llresearch.org/transcripts/issues/2019_polish/2019_0525.aspx
Round of applause, as always, to the translators. Thank you Fatiha, Kirilina, Jochen, and Adam! Translating is a difficult and time-consuming job, but with each piece translated, we're able to make this material that much more available to seekers who might find use in it.
- Practice Channeling Transcript: Also edited then published the most recent practice channeling transcript, thanks to Aaron T. whipping up another excellent transcription: https://llresearch.org/homecomings/channeling_circles/practice_circles/2019_0821.aspx
- Cyclical tasks: Did all the other typical constant tasks, including:
- packed and shipped book orders
- made minor updates and corrections to the archive site
- responded to a variety of seeker email
- retrieved and processed PO box mail
- performed the weekly and growing bookkeeping
There is some comfort in the regularity of the constant tasks, and they are done with gratitude for the opportunity.
- Prague Seeker Gathering: Vojta of the Czech translation team arrived in town five days prior to Homecoming to collaborate on other projects and volunteer for the event. We met once before Homecoming to finalize the curriculum plan for the upcoming Prague event. Then emailed the attendees, introducing everyone to open space technology and inviting them to use Vojta's new system to submit their presentation ideas.
- Then met again with Vojta after Homecoming to continue planning logistics around the Prague event. And received great news that the Czech team will have Book II ready soon!
- Documentary: Met over the phone with Roger and Doug about a documentary. We considered every point thoroughly, sought consultation, grilled them with questions, and had multiple emails and online/phone meetings. The end result is buoyant positivity and a sense that this is a blessed project. Roger and Doug seem to have all the right qualities and a pure motivation to serve the same mission that L/L Research and all wanderers serve: to help lighten the planetary vibration, to help awaken or deepen the awakening of spiritual seekers, and to assist with the birth of fourth density.
- Interview: Went through the full list of interview questions for the video interview that we will sit for after the Prague event, and bounced them back to the videographers/interviews Thomas and Nadine.
- Public meditations: Resumed the weekly public meditations led by Jim!
- Italian meeting: Received update from Gianluca about meeting Italian law of one seekers in Rome.
- Hebrew translation: Helped Laurie transfer the Hebrew translation of the Ra Contact to Jed, learning that Laurie had reached up to Session 15!
- Morris meeting: L/L's longest standing member and presently Chair of the Board, Morris, is in Louisville for business for several weeks. Used the opportunity to meet with him on L/L matters.
- Media production: Received update from Zak K. that the contracted writer will put together a pitch this fall for a fictional series.
- Prague Gathering: Filled the last seat for the Prague Law of One Seeker Gathering! Wait list is now open.
- Homecoming Production: And in the same time span that all of the above was done, Homecoming was produced and conducted. Vojta arrived five days in advance, Jade and Joseph three days. Together we (Austin, Trish, Gary) teamed up and got it done. A sampling of our work in the lead up to Homecoming: created, printed, assembled handouts; cleaned floors, rooms, surfaces, and bathrooms; emailed attendees final information including parking, weather, carpooling logistics, airport pick-up/drop-offs; coordinated airport transportation; made final purchases at stores; made two massive grocery store runs for supplies and food for 40 people; transported to the house and finished Trisha's week's worth of food preparation for Friday dinner, Saturday and Sunday lunches; set up an honor system booth for purchasing L/L books during the event; received the 40x40 canopy tent and the portable restroom; set up signs around the house to guide 40 people through a private residence; transported all chairs and backjacks and set up the circle under the tent and a smoker's area elsewhere; collectively chose and planned an innovation for Homecoming that included using "authentic relating games" for Friday night's opener; installed tiki torches with oil; strung lights around tent canopy and front yard; installed burlap curtains around 160 ft of tent; rearranged the living room to accommodate more people; created and affixed name tags for the water bottles we gifted to attendees this year (trying to be more green by reducing disposable water bottle usage); set up the food tables in the garage; planned breakfast set-up (thank you, Jade!); set up water refilling stations; along with a dozen other unnamed things and all this in reverse come Monday - Thursday clean up.
Now, more personal reflections into Homecoming. Every single year without exception we are seeking improvement, whether to production, or attendee experience, or both. One of the sources of improvement this year has been the cross-pollination with the Asheville group and our co-created event: Coming Home to a New Earth Gathering. From them we learned about authentic relating games, which is a profound means of creating safe space to open, share, and connect authentically. We employed those for the first time on the opening night of Homecoming.
We also learned from open space technology the value of simultaneous presentations. So we innovated and for the first time created simultaneous presentations, one in the tent, one in the living room where people managed to squeeze in half the circle! It was a hit, we learned, during another first: holding a "meta-homecoming" session where we as a circle reflected on Homecoming itself. (Three-quarters of the 40 attendees are return attendees, many year after year.) Here is this year's curriculum if interested: https://llresearch.org/homecomings/homecoming_2019/curriculum_2019.pdf.
And then there was the undisputed star of the event: Trisha Bean. This is her eighth consecutive Homecoming. Despite leading and usually single-handedly taking on the meal production, she has struggled with feelings of being on the outside and feeling unworthy to belong in the circle. This feeling persists no matter how many doors are opened and encouragement offered. It's gradually lessened over the years but it was not until Coming Home in Asheville that Trish found integration. She experienced what they call a "heart share," which creates the space in an intimate circle to fully open to others to the extent desired. It was powerful for her and it was, in our opinion, key to making Coming Home a transformational event, as it shares actual catalyst in an overwhelmingly supportive environment where one can be seen.
Trish was so affected that she decided to offer her first ever presentation at Homecoming, so she held a heart share on Sunday morning in the living room. There were tears, joy, and intensive movement of emotion. It was so appreciated that the circle requested a follow-up during lunch.
This would be incredible enough, but Trish also cooked an ungodly amount of healthy, delicious food for 40 people, and lead the taxing effort of the kitchen set-up/clean-up effort (excepting Jade setting up for breakfast (thank you, Jade!!)), and offered Homecoming's first yoga during lunch, and did her first co-presentation with me, Gary. We each opened up about our marital journey and the crises of the past year and our subsequent transformation, with group discussion about intimacy in and outside of a committed relationship.
This was Jade's fourth time volunteering for Homecoming production, Vojta's third, and Joseph's first. The first two knew the drill so well, combined with Joseph's focus and motivation, that together with Austin and Trish, we made an ace team. And I implemented a new use of technology that made the production so much more efficient. I built the entire list of production items (over 100 total) into an app and then invited everyone to share the app. The app syncs between phones, so that when a task is completed, it's marked off of all our lists, and the same when a task is added. It unified our efforts and took much of my own shoulders.
Each offering at Homecoming could be highlighted for its virtue, from Vojta's creation of essential oils for everyone, to Austin's discussion of blue-ray wisdom in balance with green-ray love, to Lily's moving story of her discovery of Jesus, to Eddie's deep insight into the Parablg oef the prodigal son, to Suzanna's reflections on her journey toward authenticity, to Lynn's reflections on her journey with the dark side, to Jonathan's dive into divine love, to our (Trish and Gary) sharing of our marital journey, to John's fantastic, truly mind-blowing display of qi energy, to Beatriz's demonstration of the pH balancing effects of Homecoming, to Trisha's heart circle, to Zachary's use of andarra crystals for healing, to Ken's live musical performance with a full drum set, to Bob's merkaba balancing, to Morris's sharing on the values of mindfulness, to the meta-Homecoming discussion, to the Q'uo channeling!
Thank you everyone who lifted this event in the love and the light of the One Creator, including Jim who helped the yard sing and shine with beauty and praise to the One.