Prague & Berlin Law of One Gatherings

PRAGUE

We didn’t realize how much we missed this, how much we needed this. To be with spiritual seekers again. To blend the energies in service to others. To share not only a love for this philosophy but – more importantly – to share each other. My eyes welled with gratitude at multiple points during the weekend. Magic is everywhere in a universe made of and by the Law of One, but it really becomes evident and inspiring when like-hearts connect in a space focused upon collaborative work and sharing. Three weeks later I can see everyone’s face, hear everyone’s voice, and bring to life in my heart everyone’s particular energetic signature.

What I am pointing to is L/L Research’s first in-person event since before the pandemic: the recently completed August, 2022 Prague Law of One Gathering. Our last event was, funny enough, the October, 2019 Prague LOO Gathering. Almost three years! A drought that was so gradual we didn’t quite realize how parched our throats were, though our cracking skin was a growing sign.

27 people registered from nine different countries. It began Friday evening with introductions and what we call authentic relating games, which are just mechanisms designed to break the proverbial ice and begin the process of blending the individual into a harmonious whole.

Having been over three years during which the world became…different, we didn’t know what to expect; but from the first moment forward, each seemed to merge in the open heart the way it always happens at these gatherings. We do various check-ins over the course of the event, from beginning with questions about expectations/hopes/desires to sharing reflections at the end. Invariably there are reports of feeling at home, feeling an inexplicable familiarity and kinship, being where one is supposed to be (along with some accompanying sadness at times to return to the routine life and its attendant challenges); this due not to any special powers of L/L Research, but to the way the Creator makes Itself more known when humble seekers come together in shared seeking and service.

Breaking into smaller groups for Friday’s authentic relating games

Three dinners, two lunches, all vegan, including this pizza

Open Space

We utilized the Open Space format that has proven so successful in the past. In this format, each attendee has an opportunity to pitch their presentation to the circle during the morning Marketplace portions. With feedback from the group, they then determine in which venue and time slot to situate the presentation. Offerings can run the spectrum of brain hemispheric activity, from the left-brained intellectual lectures and discussions to the right-brained artistic and emotional explorations, to body exercises, group activities, and everything in between.

Jochen introducing his open space offering

Each attendee has a different experience, as no two attend the same exact offerings throughout the weekend. I loved every presentation I attended. To highlight a few:

  • Bara, a member of the Czech translation, held a discussion about forgiveness where she courageously shared a tale of traumatic events in her past, her own struggles with forgiveness, and the very recent moment when it suddenly shifted and she moved into that sweet eternal river of light. The discussion that followed highlighted some of the difficulties (which I too grapple with) regarding the lived practice of forgiveness in a world such as ours.
  • Jochen, the German translator and L/L’s partner in publishing German and French translations, shared his deep and extensive background with the spiritual discipline of using chanting as a means of communion and purification. (He spent some years of his 20s in an ashram.) He is drawn toward sacred words such as “Adonai Vasu.” We participated in a chant set to a rhythm of those two words. I wish we had had more time, because as we chanted, I could feel an emotional knot of pain begin to open and the tears begin their journey to the eyes as my voice faltered during the chanting. But it was only a hint of a beginning.
  • Narek, a multinational friend with whom we’ve shared time at past Louisville and Prague events, led a breathwork session that was very much like the breathwork I did at a Stanislav Grof/Jack Kornfield workshop at the Omega Institute many years ago. Following Jochen’s session, the access to that buried crystallized emotional knot of pain began to re-open. Laying on my back on the ground breathing rhythmically and intensively to music playing in the room, the tears began to flow and the body began to convulse. But again I felt I was not reaching what needs to be processed and released. Outside of my sister Noelle’s sudden passing almost two years ago, which hardly let me stand upright at times, I haven’t had a deep soul cry in so very long. And I really need to cry.
  • Radim, another member of the Czech team, spent a whole session examining the Lord’s Prayer, line by line, a prayer that he had integrated into his own practice upon learning how important it was to Carla and integral it is to L/L’s channeling service. It was incredible how much insight and richness of meaning there was in each turn of phrase.
  • Sarah, a return attendee from the UK, held what I and others felt was a much needed service: a woman’s circle. Naturally I was not present, but each who did, including Trish, was quite grateful. Trish in fact decided to forgo offering her heartshare in favor of giving space to this woman’s circle.

And many others! This is just a small taste of the great variety of offerings at these events.

Discussing The Lord’s Prayer

A breathwork session

We were able to travel with Jim to the 2019 event, but this year Jim had cat commitments (the literal four-legged feline entities). Travel was not in the cards for this home-rooted Taurus. Fortunately, the group connected with Jim via Zoom for some Q&A. And we kept him with us in our hearts.

Channeling

Also in highlight, Trish, Austin, and I did the unthinkable. Prior to the event, we were invited to channel. We conveyed to Vojta not to build a channeling into the schedule. In our years of practice, and thanks in large part to the pandemic which put public meditations on hiatus, we had yet to channel in front of other people. We had taken plenty of live questions, just not with other people join us in the room. (Exception: Morris did once several years ago.) We were expecting to break that barrier when public meditations resumed this fall, but at an event on another continent with almost 30 other people? Unlikely.

But, we kept our minds and hearts open. Austin performed the Banishing Ritual every day in the space we might use just in case, and, come the day before, Trish, Austin, and I combined hearts and decided… yes, we would try it. We gave appropriate disclaimers to the circle and set a time for the next day.

Come Sunday evening, one of the attendees, Miroslav, played sacred sounds for the circle while we three human instruments performed our individual tuning/challenging process in the space to be used for the working. (Miroslav is one of those entities who anchors a grounded and expansive presence that gifts the circle tremendous light. He spent much of the weekend in meditation.)

We finished our processes a minute or two before the group began solemnly streaming into the space, Trish had tears flowing. In what I think may be a first, she reported seeing Carla “clear as day.” Trisha said that Carla was present and aglow with pride for her proteges, and also some light admonishment for taking ourselves too seriously. Trish received the message that we should essentially loosen up and enjoy ourselves—we were supported and would serve great. We were quite nervous.

It was an ordinary channeling like any other non-Carla (read: extra-ordinary) channeling. It was positively oriented information, but ultimately just a perspective inherent with its own incompleteness and biases. But special for us because we did what we thought we wouldn’t be able to do. In the moment after the session, my eyes were water-filled as I looked over to my companions. Austin transcended the role of colleague/friend and Trish transcended the role of colleague/wife, and I saw each as something… larger… a brother and a sister, each an equal peer and teacher to me, the three of us with arms linked taking another step on a long road of fulfilling the incarnational mission of service. It was a moment I and we will cherish for years to come.

By the end of the day with eyes I could barely keep open (dinner was very…celebratory), I excitedly report the event to Jim by email to receive a very heartfelt and supportive reply in return.

The gathered circle was so supportive in their beingness and attitude. What seemed a daunting prospect was made possible because of the generosity of their hearts. It actually turned out to be a highly conducive space to take this leap! Now, so long as we never have to do it again, because there are still apprehension-causing hurdles to cross, we can rest easy and put up our feet… : )

A Few People

Readers of L/L Research may recall the name Romi (or Roman) mentioned over the years by us or by Carla and Jim. A Czech transplant to Louisville in the early 90s, having defected when it was under the Iron Curtain, he was a very faithful friend to Carla and Jim, and then us, over the years. In 2013 he gave up his life in the States to return to his native country to care for his mother. He and we were eager for a reunion at this event, and then just days before it was scheduled to begin… he contracted covid. It was quite sad to be unable to see our old friend.

I wish I could speak about each person and shine a light on just some facet of the beauty I see in each, but that’s not possible. There are a few other highlights I wish to make.

Vojta, the lead of the Czech translation team and our dear friend, really came into his own. This was his second effort to lead the production on the ground in Prague following the 2019 event. It is always a lot of work, and it always presents new challenges, but there is a certain quality of copy + paste when you establish your precedents, so we were able to carry over the good work of 2019 and improve upon it. Thanks in large part to his efforts, the event ran without a hitch! Including filling our bellies with delicious vegan food for dinners and lunches.

Vojtech (nickname: Vojta) is someone with an irrepressible quality of energy and zest for life. A tall entity, he speaks loudly and seems often incapable of modulating to lower decibels (I joked that I imagine he is permanently banned from libraries throughout the Czech Republic), and he fills up whatever room he occupies. He is always laughing, whether at other people’s jokes or his own, sometimes halfway through what he is saying; and oh, he is ever on the lookout for a new English idiom. Vojta welcomes all into his heart and is very much himself with little pretense, an authenticity that he’s learned to embrace over the years.

And while I’m at it, a shout-out to Prague in August! Weather was a bit on the hot side but amazing nonetheless. It was great walking to the local small vegan restaurants for dinner.

It was also a first partial run for L/L’s first-ever dedicated Event Manager, Tiffani. (Since 2005 when Carla threw me into the ring and asked me to produce an event without training or preparation, I have been leading the production of L/L events.) Tiffani had helped to produce the event, processed all the registrations and various attendee-related questions and needs leading up to the event, but this wouldn’t yet be the platform for her to put her skill set to use—that is still upcoming. She was able to lend support and did a fantastic job designing and leading Friday’s authentic relating games and keeping the European attendees flowing from one session to the next.

Left to right: Emilly and Tiffani greet people at the door at the start of the event

And Sheyla! A member of the Serbian translation team for the TRC. We previously had correspondence and “met” through Jonathan Tong’s live zoom Q&As, but this was a first in-person meet-up. Among that which I personally needed was her humor. A barrel of laughs, that one; and fluent in the sarcastic arts, but not in the condescending or cynical way that many are. She threads that very fine needle of imbuing each quip with the green ray so there is always a sense of embrace and safety, even as mutual barbs are being exchanged. A delight to share energies with.

Left to right: Trisha, Gary, Jochen, Emilly, Vojta, Austin, Sheyla

And in the way that Ra describes the exponential possibilities of the mated relationship, Vojta’s life mate, Emilly, also passionate about the Law of One—and oh what a story of synchronicity, their coming together—supported the production and synthesized so effortlessly with Vojta and the rest of us in keeping the event not only logistically viable, but energetically clean and vibrant. While grounded, greatly intelligent, and pragmatic, she has the energy and the light of a flower. She just shines.

Vojta and Emilly meditating on a noodle

Emilly and Trisha

Emilly and Vojta distributing food during Saturday’s dinner.

Holding physical space for seekers of the Law of One has been part of the lifeblood of L/L Research. The absence of that space was beginning to become acutely felt. Being in a live circle of seeking again, giving and receiving service, was so reenergizing, uplifting, and heart-restoring. And hearing the same from others… I wish I could hug each one once more. I never want to again go three years without this

BRUSSELS

Among the translators that have remained dedicated to their service over the years is one entity forever rooted in our hearts: Misha Deschreider. A professional translator by trade, she has gifted L/L Research 13 different books in the French language. As she said recently, “Translating L/L Research books is always a great joy for me since it gives me a feeling to be closer to you all, and it is also the best way for me to learn fascinating things. How fortunate I am in this respect!” But it’s not her service alone that she has gifted; it is her energy, conversation, culture, and charm. Misha has been a friend since we crossed paths in September, 2007.

In the rooftop garden of Misha’s apartment complex

Sadly, she had to cancel her registration for the Prague LOO gathering. At almost 80 years old, her knees wouldn’t allow her the journey she made for the 2019 Prague LoO gathering, so we knew what we had to do: go see her. In between Prague and Berlin, Austin, Trish, and I made a stop for a couple of days in Brussels to spend with Misha.

Living in a well-maintained and comfortable senior living center, one of her neighbors brought over a paella dish for us to share together on day one. And we were joined by one of Misha’s LOO study group members, Mia, a transplant from Finland, for a blend of spiritual and personal discussion. The next day, Misha guided us through the public transit system to make our way to Brussels, the Grand Plac in particular, where with great care and meditational speed, we were able to walk, visit shops, and share a lively meal together. Though operating an aging body, she has such vitality of spirit, wit, good humor, questions, and stories to share.

It was sad to say goodbye. We all agree that the time was too short, though next year there is scheduled to be a sleeper train up and running that will allow her to travel to Prague.

This visit also intensified the repeating clock digit phenomenon. They arrive in clusters, and our first day with Misha I experienced five of them. They’ve continued, but less intensely.

BERLIN

And for our final stop, we were met by Vojta and Emilly (the latter of whom organized much of our weekend) in Berlin, the home city of Jochen Blumenthal who is the head of Das Gesetz des Einen Verlag. For the few who follow this Blogworthy, you’ll have seen Jochen’s name repeated over the years. In 2014, with Carla and Jim’s blessing and joy, Jochen officially pioneered something new for L/L Research: a satellite operation authorized to translate and publish L/L’s work in German. (Later Misha would join the arrangement to bring in French.) And since then he has been a faithful and much valued partner in the mission of L/L Research.

In conjunction with Daniel, a German student of the Law of One who we met the weekend prior in Prague, Jochen hosted a small public gathering that Saturday. We met at Daniel’s workplace for an event live-streamed via Zoom. As with the channeling effort the weekend prior, we were a bit nervous because being in front of a camera recording and streaming us, that’s still pretty new after all these years. But it went so well. As with Prague, the atmosphere itself was just beautiful—seekers gathered together in shared focus and positive spirit.

It was the first event we’ve participated in that was bilingual: every question that Jochen asked or relayed, along with every reply, Jochen translated into German. And extra exciting: Trisha finally joined Austin and me for our three-person panel. Uncharacteristic for her, she was nervous but spread her wings and, in our opinion, soared. It was strengthening for us three to be upon this adventure as a group, from the channeling the weekend prior to this live Q&A. We three have gone through a lot together, and thanks to catalyst both wonderful and not-so-wonderful, we’ve grown closer into a tight-knit, well-oiled operational unit, each of us dedicated to the mission and each other.

I had never seen Jochen in this role before. He was great and much more at ease than us. Jochen is a good speaker with a melodic voice. He is a great (albeit often meandering) storyteller who’s lived like an ascetic much of his life, including some years in an ashram, and has undergone a good deal of hard experience.

Being with him in his home environment gave me a deeper window into soul. He loves the streets. He loves the people. Smoking his rolled cigarettes and observing the world around him, he interacts with all walks of life, talking compassionately with whoever he encounters—from drug addicts, to the homeless, to religious sectarians, to business people, to young, old, and all manner of mind/body/spirit complexes.

Jochen radiant

Jochen showing Austin some aspects of his operation

We enjoyed meeting some new seekers at the Berlin event, re-seeing some faces that had been in Prague the weekend prior including Lin and Maximillian, and seeing some old ones like Matthias Galke who had helped us to produce the series of YouTube videos in 2019. Matthias led the Berling event in a couple short yoga sessions and spoke about his own Law of One-based tour de force: Intelligente Unendlichkeit . (Kids in the 80s may remember Johnny 5 from the movie Short Circuit. Matthias’s reading habits remind me of Johnny 5. He has consumed thousands of non-fiction books in years of research and study, the fruit of which he synthesizes into that book.)

I could also add a personal note about the fascinating and…painful history of Berlin. I am forever passionate about history, one of my great loves after metaphysics, and Berlin was a particularly rich place to be in that regard. Among the historical places we visited while in Berlin on our time was a walk along a preserved section of the Berlin Wall, which now features a variety of painted murals. (I didn’t quite realize that West Berlin was totally encircled by the wall, though being an enclave in then East Germany, that would make sense.)

But in the way of positive transmutation, we also walked by the site of the future House of One. From their website:

“Berlin is soon to become home to something truly unique. Jews, Christians, and Muslims are planning to build a house of worship here – one that brings a synagogue, a church, and a mosque together under one roof. The three separate sections will be linked by a communal room in the center of the building. This will serve as a meeting place, where worshippers and members of the public can come together and learn more about the religions and each other.”

Berlin is a hotbed of clashing and cross-pollinating cultures. Jochen called it a microcosm of the world.

HOME

Returning home, we were faced with a backlog of accumulated work that converged with the need to kick the engines into gear to ready ourselves for TWO more in-person gatherings coming in mid-September! (The first of which is this coming weekend.) This was not the universe’s brightest scheduling idea.

Time moves soo fast. It’s difficult to soak in and savor any one of experience. I blinked and Prague was over. And I am back in this fast-flowing river of duty and commitment in the service of this organization. But the aftertaste of the two events in Europe grow sweeter.

On the organizational level, to return to form after a three-year hiatus, to feel oneself of service, to see impact, to actively support other seekers in their journey, and to play a part in holding a container of connection, healing, and transformation—it was well worth all the effort. Also, the opportunity to work more closely with Jochen (who may one day head up a European publishing center for a variety of foreign languages) and Vojta (who is growing into leadership for European event production) was in good support of L/L’s mission.

On a personal level, Trish and I are somewhat isolated in our day-to-day lives (which was especially intense during the first year of the pandemic given that Trish is an immunocompromised person). But generally, much of our human interaction comes mitigated by technology. Outside of a week here and there spent with birth families, I can’t recall the last time we both spent such a span of time with loved ones/peers/fellow adventurers on a path of service on this strange planetary outpost. It felt so good.

My mom has six siblings. My dad seven. I had cousins galore growing up, combined with friends in school. Living with my grandmother from grades 7 – 12, my parents loved to host. We always had family members and friends over, whether something my parents organized, or our school friends visiting my brother and/or me, and all the dumb things that kids get into. When adulthood and the spiritual path commenced, I drifted and detached from all of that, losing a universe of relationships, along with the identity that was part of that world. While I’ve welcomed many beautiful people into my heart thanks to the Law of One, it’s been over 24 years since I had that sense of local community. It took some years to make peace with its loss, but I still feel its ache; perhaps an echo of that faint subconscious memory of being one with a planetary society of loved ones…

The above accounts of our journeys of service are not to be read as being experienced by perfect beacons of love and light. We are dumb, imperfect, ordinary mortals. I struggled with low energy at various points. One afternoon in Berlin I became somewhat withdrawn. After abstaining in the lead up to the Prague channeling, I keep my system clear for channeling, I succumbed to the inner seduction of nicotine and vaped on an off. But, save for a private moment of tension between Trish and me unrelated to the event, the venture was conducted in harmony. I love people. I love their stories, their aspirations, their talents, and their humor, especially. I love their individually unique light. I will miss everyone encountered during our European journey. The sights now are upon our upcoming events!

Prague, here and below, is an exceedingly beautiful city

An overlook of Prague near the event venue

Addendum

After the event, Radim reached out to a few of us regarding his presentation on the Lord’s Prayer at the Prague event. With his permission to publish here, he wrote:

I wanted to describe you what I imagine during the prayer but we were running out of time. So let me do it now. I altered this after digestion of the words and inspiration/thinking that came to me after our session.

I imagine space, infinite space and try to feel love and gratitude – Our Father who are in Heaven, I imagine how this space forms Sun, logos, as a concentration of love, as a facet of the One – hallowed be Thy name.

Sun, its surface starts to move in a dynamic endless process
– Thy kingdom come, Sun starts to glow more into outer space being its Will to be received on Earth – Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Moving to Earth where all people have what they need in 3rd density, no thirst, no starving.
– Give us this day our daily bread I imagine people smiling, then hugging, all nations doing that – and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

I imagine a person(s), balanced, knowing his/her incarnation purpose – And lead us not into temptation I imagine people in great armor of light – but deliver us from evil.

I pause here for a while, trying to feel what comes back, no words – (For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever.) Amen. – Amen.

2022-07-15

5/27 – 7/15

Team expansion: You who follow our ongoings may remember that this past February we put out a call for a new hired position with L/L Research, what (for lack of better term) we titled an Operations Specialist who would work alongside Austin, Gary, and Trish in the daily operation of L/L Research. As we described in past blogworthy reports, we received over 35 applications from around the country!

It was a first for us, and it was a difficult selection process as many of the applicants had gifts to offer the organization and the readership. After a substantial collaborative process of engaging both the analytical and intuitive gears, we narrowed down the field to a handful with whom we conducted interviews. And then Jim, Trish, Gary, and Austin in consensus landed on two with whom we held final interviews.

The one to fill the Operations Specialist role was an unknown to us, this being our first contact with her, but she had a resume and portfolio that not only checked nearly every box, her bright heart and authenticity of spiritual seeking and service were also glowingly evident in her beingness. She has been a joy to work with, catching onto everything quickly, intelligent and witty, master of puns, a great organizer and communicator, and, thanks to a life of various hardships, deeply empathetic to the suffering of others. Now that she has completed her 3-month probationary period and has settled in with us for the long haul, we are happy to introduce to you the amazing Joanna Burns! Please welcome her onto the team!

The role was originally designed to include managing L/L Research events. But among the 35 applicants was a particular soul who has been attending L/L Research events for 20 years and who thus understood the spirit and practicalities of our events. Consequently, from the Operations Specialist we split off an Event Manager role for that and other reasons. A guest on our podcast in 2020, she rose and resurrected from the dark trenches of life and substance abuse into a self-forgiven person who is single-pointedly dedicated to growth and service, including through volunteer work to help other women struggling with substance abuse. She also has one of the most forgiving hearts we’ve ever encountered. Strong in the ways of will and faith, and a longtime dear friend of ours and the organization, and a past volunteer, we are happy to introduce to you the incredible Tiffani Mauldin! Please welcome her onto the team!

Whereas Joanna devotes her time to L/L Research as a regular staff member, Tiffani works on an as-needed basis for helping with the production of events as Gary guides her in taking up the reins, which has been quite a lot lately as we are conducting three of them in August and September.

And then last but not least, if you’ve been following L/L Research at all, you’ve heard of the name Daniel spoken in tones of reverence. He is the entity who fulfilled and exceeded our vision of a new library site at LLResearch.org by gifting the organization his web development skills and blending in his own vision. As mentioned in news bulletin for the launch of the new website last year, Daniel volunteered for two years working intensively before we got him to accept some compensation for his service. Since the launch of the site, his efforts have not decreased. Every week he is working with us and working on the website, bringing his own initiative and leadership to constant improvement and innovation. Our collaboration for over three years now has been seamless and, surprisingly, because we’re all humans, frictionless.

The most unifying thread for these three people, along with the rest of L/L Research’s staff and volunteers, is a sincere love for the Law of One and Confederation philosophy.

You can now meet the expanded team on the updated About page! We are honored and grateful to be working with these other-selves.  

Channeling Circles: The channeling circle continues gathering in Jim’s living room semi-monthly to receive messages from the Confederation. It is always a volunteer service, happening outside of our regular work hours. We were only able to meet once in May this time, and the sessions from June are still in the transcription pipeline and being tended to by our amazing volunteer transcribers. Thanks to Daniel P. for transcribing this one!

Ra Contact YouTube: Trish, with some input and support from Austin, continued on with the steady task of creating the audio/text videos for the Ra Contact Youtube project, bringing us up to session 95.

A Book of Days Narration: Jim recorded another inspirational message from A Book of Days to share on Youtube, bringing Carla’s unique Christian mysticism to interested seekers:

Discussions with Jonathan Tong: Jim met again with Jonathan Tong and the Seattle Law of One Study Group (based online) in a live Q&A style discussion. If you haven’t sensed the pattern, this will be a regular occurrence (along with sessions with Gary and Austin):

Spiritcomplex.com – Gary: In March, 2022, I fulfilled a long-held dream of undergoing a 10-day silent meditation retreat. It was life-changing, and it inspired me to type up and share my notes, which inspired me to finally launch a journal. If interested, you can find The Light of Polaris at the nascent www.spiritcomplex.com. Over time, I hope to share my heart. At the simple beating center of its myriad layers and complexities is the spiritual impulse, the striving toward oneness. I hope to focus on the mystical aspect of my journey, that which is most interior and true to me; that which, even when serving in a spiritually oriented organization among those similarly seeking, goes often unarticulated.

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  • Working with Translators:
    • Korean –Memory refresher: a family who asked to remain anonymous appeared on the scene and gifted L/L a complete Korean translation of the Ra sessions. However, it needed updated to TRC standards. Enter Sienna, who was recently begun her own work to produce a Korean TRC. After some coordination, she in great spirits took up the task of updating the text and translating the accompanying material of TRC. In this period, she sent in her completed work up to Session 50. We could be quite close to seeing a Korean Volume 1 of The Ra Contact. Thank you, Sienna!
    • Arabic – In addition to replying to some questions about the meaning of things, we received from B. sessions 41 – 56. Like the Korean version, bringing us very close to an Arabic TRC, and the first Arabic of anything for the website. Thank you, B.! He works full time while raising a family and finds time around the edges to this passion project.
    • Farsi (Persian) – Received from Meysam the first ever transcript in Persian for the website. Thank you, Meysam, for the translation, and Pupak for the editing! Also discussed the effort to produce a Persian Ra Contact as their efforts continued and we found a way to be of support to Meysam & the team. (Thanks again to Zachary for the expert help!)
    • Hebrew – And to continue in the region… Ra has had a challenging road entering Hebrew, which is interesting in light of what Ra says about the nature and origin of the Hebrew language. Over the course of several years now, the project has passed hands three times, and the third translator has been stalled for a while. Enter a new volunteer, Alina, who generously reached out and went through the onboarding process with us. Contacted the third translator, O., who was grateful to hear that another translator was willing to take up the work. He made himself available to her and we facilitated the transfer. Then connected Alina with another Hebrew-language friend of the organization, Erez, who would also like to lend his support to the project. Thank you, Alina, O., and Erez! Fingers crossed.
    • Chinese 1 – Lots of work in Chinese of late. Held an in-depth discussion with Wen, Sean, and Terry on the pros/cons of using machine translation to help Wen produce a new (and additional) Traditional Chinese translation of TRC. There are various schools of thought about the potential utility of services like DeepL and Google Translate. Obviously on its own, it will produce an inferior translation to a human. But if carefully and thoroughly reviewed and edited, it may be of some support. Wen will experiment further. Thank you Wen, Sean, and Terry!
    • Chinese 2 – Worked with Li-Yun on various content-based and formatting-related questions for the Traditional Chinese translation of A Concept Guide. ACG. Thank you for your continued work!
    • Chinese 3 – Received an offer to help contribute Simplified and Traditional Chinese translations of the Transcript Library from a new volunteer who we onboarded. We look forward to working with you, Iris! But this precipitated another round of discussions with Sean and Terry who helped us to navigate the question of the literally hundreds of backlogged Chinese transcripts, some awaiting publication to LLResearch.org once some problems about Chinese text are solved, and many more awaiting editing from their team. Coordinated with them and with the new volunteer. Should you be reading this, Sean and Terry, thank you for your indefatigable efforts, especially the skillful, speedy, and thorough replies that Sean unhesitatingly gives every time we reach for help.
    • Serbian – Collaborated with Dejan and Sheyla on the project to produce a Serbian TRC. A bit complicated, as Dejan has more or less produced most of the material, but it needs edited and updated. But the work continues! Thank you, Dejan and Sheyla!
    • Spanish – Receiving from the ever-forward moving Henry some Spanish-language transcripts. Thank you, Henry!
    • Russian – And another new volunteer effort arrived, this one from Vladimir (no, definitely not that one), who would like to contribute Russian-language transcripts to the Transcript Library. He was successfully onboarding, agreeing to our basic terms and sharing something of his journey. We look forward to working with you, Vladimir!
    • German/French – Received from our partner, Jochen, a Q1 report of his and Misha’s German/French publishing operation, along with some other points of collaboration as he gets resettled in Berlin. Thank you, Jochen!
  • Upgrading the website for translations: At the start of 2022, we met with Daniel for a year-planning meeting to set objectives for the new library site for the year. At the top of that list was the development and launch of the search engine, which happened in May. While there is still lots of evolution yet for the search engine, Daniel has taken the lead to move onto the next big objective: integrating translations into the site better, and making the site a more multi-lingual site altogether. That includes:
    • Translated Ra Contacts: We will seek to create translated mirrors of the English Ra Contact page. For the protype, Daniel is beginning with French. And toward that end, among the huge variety of back-end work ongoing, Misha provided a spreadsheet’s worth of French translations for the page. Thank you, Misha!
    • Translations for the search engine: A big and complicated process. Like the one above, in addition to the back-end work, we received spreadsheets of translations of English words that appear around the site in various languages. Thank you Kirlina (Bulgarian), Sean (Simplified), Terry (Traditional), Vojta (Czech), Erik (Dutch), Misha (French), Jochen (German), Ori (Hebrew), Laszlo (Hungarian), Mauro (Italian), Edgard and Pedro (Portuguese), Horia (Romanian), Catherine (Russian).
    • Translations, general: We have a pending meeting on the challenging question of how to make the site multi-lingual, and just what that will look like. Discussion has begun in a  a dozen cards spread out over a Trello board.
  • Publication training: Daniel, ever the above-and-beyonder, produced two series of training videos, one to use our content management system for publishing and managing content on the library site, the other for using the Markdown formatting language for properly formatting all the material published to the site. These were more than just technical how-tos, but also helped to synthesize with our existing publishing standards to set new standards of excellence for the website to keep everything consistent and professional. The Markdown videos were 2.5 hours in sum! Watched those, took notes, put together a reference guide/cheat sheet for all the rules, and got Trish and Joanna watching the same in order to train them to publish to the website as well.

    Trish adds a personal note: A note to Daniel: Thank you for all of the work you put into creating these videos! I sometimes feel behind the curve when it comes to technology, but your tutorials helped me learn so much, and I finally feel comfortable publishing material to the new website.
  • Events: Each of the three upcoming events is unique in construction and setting, making it difficult to create a one-size-fits-all template. The objective for the new role of Event Manager (as reported above) is to take over leadership of the production of the events from Gary who has been filling that particular role since 2005. Tiffani has been stellar in taking up the work, but is still in something of a training phase as there is a lot of unique knowledge that can only be given through experience. In addition to all the attendee registration, inquiries, and arrangements, there has also been:
    • Prague: Worked with Vojta (lead of the Czech translation team and our counterpart on the ground there) to finalize the curriculum and issue a general communication to attendees. Sadly had to accept the cancellation of Misha who had been looking forward to return to Prague for the past three years but whose age mitigates against the rigors of travel. Fortunately, we will get to spend some time with Misha in her home are following the event.
    • Coming Home: Nearing being full for this event, we continued working with the venue (including on the delicious-looking catered menu) and our friends in TOTOH on developing the event, planning for a meeting in a couple of weeks.
    • Homecoming: Filled up the final registrations for this event, finalized the curriculum, communicated with attendees, booked restaurants and an extra outdoor toilet, among other points of logistical planning. Took stock of in-house items we commonly use when hosting events (mostly household items like cleaning products, kitchen utensils, and other essentials) to ready L/L  for future in-person events.
    • Jochen event: Made plans with Jochen for another small event following Prague for Law of One readers. Stay tuned!
  • Online course: Met with our friend and LOO scholar, Aaron Maret, for some very early chalkboard discussions about the prospect of developing an online course in collaboration with his leadership and service. Looking forward to the potential journey to come.
  • Seeker Ministry: The inbox continues to brim with the shining light that is messages from seekers all over the world. Our goal, as has always been the case, is to respond to every email that we receive (except for spam, of course, though spammers deserve our love and acceptance too). The whole team takes part in this significant task, which can range from answering questions, offering guidance, offering prayers or condolences, relating to unique stories, laughing at jokes, accepting appreciation with gratitude, and all around doing our best to offer our highest and best to the seekers who reach out to us.
  • Typo Project: As previously reported, we’ve been embroiled in an intensive project thrust onto us from the LOO publisher. Thankfully, that project is almost wrapped up, after some significant hours were put into untangling a mess of typos introduced when the publisher created the boxed set anniversary editions of the books. To give some extra background, before the boxed set was first published, we had reviewed what we were led to believe were the final proofs of the text to be printed, with many of these newfound errors corrected. By some process that we still do not understand, those final proofs were further changed, reverting many of the corrections and undoing a significant copyedit to the text, along with introducing new, baffling edits that escaped our detection until the initial typos sent in from a seeker.
  • Morris Interview: Completed review of the transcript from the long interview conducted with Morris last November about the early history of L/L Research. After receiving his review in turn, put it on deck for a final once-over and publication to the site.
  • Light/Lines Newsletter: The summer edition of Light/Lines was compiled and sent out to the mailing list (both of the electronic and snailular kind). This chosen session discusses the dynamic between surrender and responsibility. You can check it out in the Light/Lines archive.
  • TAW Videos: This project has been one of the most slow-burning, being now a few years in the (slow) works. But, it is in the works. Received from Ken five finalized videos of the Tilting at Windmills videos, with 16 more to go. Thank you, Ken!  
  • Photographer: In the past 20+ years, the only professional photography we’ve done was for some shots of Carla for her publication of Living the Law of One 101. Now that the team is growing, we need some pics that weren’t snapped on our phones for the website. : ) Researched and contacted local photographers and booked a photo session.
  • Audiobook: As previously reported, trying to create audiobooks in house, while greatly successful for The Ra Contactproved way to time-and-labor intensive. An attempt to commission a volunteer got us two-thirds of the way through AWH, but that took a year. So finally turned to a third-party professional a couple months ago. Received word back from our new audiobook editor with suggestions on areas for re-recording and final processing questions. Secrets of the UFO should be done super soon!
  • Living the Law of One 103: So many disruptions have kept the important project of editing this important project so close to Jim’s heart, but no longer! We developed a rough plan to keep the ball rolling and are getting back to work on 103.
  • Prison Ministry: One of the responsibilities given to Joanna was to resurrect with prison ministry, which hit dormancy during the pandemic when prisons restricted mail intake. With some guidance from Austin, Joanna assembled a team of volunteers and we’re officially back in business. Over this period, our prison ministry received a number of letters, mailed out 10 responses, and sent 6 books to incarcerated seekers. We expect those numbers to continue to grow as the program gets back in its groove.
  • Yellow-ray Fun: The unfortunate reality of being a non-profit who employs people and sells products (books) is that there the mundane organizational needs of these aspects require time and attention. On that front, our payment processor required a regular (but significant) security compliance audit for us to complete, which did necessitate some investigation and slight changes to protocol to ensure our practices are up to the latest standards. And then with a new employee comes an entirely new state’s worth of employer laws and compliances, and various forms related to insurance, workers comp, benefits, etc. needing to be filled and filed properly.
  • Online store updates and maintenance: Investigated a pesky spam issue around the contact form in our online store and found the most reasonable way to implement a captcha filter to hopefully stop the pesky bots. Also investigated another ongoing issue that causes some orders to be misfiled (and sometimes missed) in the backend of the store, and found a few possible explanations, but so far not good solutions.
  • Social Media/Printed Book Sharing of the Confederation’s Message:
    • Updated Facebook and Twitter with Confederations quotes, created and shared Instagram images, and updated Patreon with L/L news and offerings.
    • Completed another five sessions worth of the Ra Contact YouTube Videos.
    • Shipped book orders around the world and managed the online store, with various customer inquiries to process.
    • Implemented edits to channeling transcripts on the website and continued to support the volunteer transcribers in the question to fill in some holes in our channeling library.
    • Continued project of digitizing channeling audio, including discovering channelings and meetings that have yet to be transcribed/added to the website. The sometimes haphazard way that cassettes were recorded and recovered over and non-systematically stored at the time is humorous.
    • Joanna has continued working on editing podcast transcripts, and we have a total of 15 edited podcast transcripts ready to upload online once she completes her website publishing training.
  • Nuts & Bolts:
    • Worked with the LOO publisher on concerns other than the typo-related ones reported above in a spirit of mutual goodwill.
    • Received word from our old friend Mimi about a troublesome spam issue from our newsletter mailing service. Looked into it and found a temporary solution, along with a path for further investigation. Thank you Mimi for sending along the tip!
    • Reached the conclusion of a long project on a question of copyright with our skillful and helpful attorney. And began a new project to explore book publishing contracts. Ah, the yellow-ray world.
    • Completed, let’s see, five weeks since the last blogworthy report so five weeks worth of bookkeeping.
    • Played around in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to see if potential new banner images/icons could be created for the online store.
    • Regular PO box and bank visits, as usual.
  • Smatterings Held several internal meetings to talk about all of the above and then some. | Received some volunteer offers for the upcoming massive indexing project. (Mentioned at the end of the news announcement for the launch of the search engine. | Found a slight edit to 95.24 in the course of producing the Ra Contact YouTube videos. | Facilitated Jim’s processing of the final student of the Basic Principles of the Law of One course. Thank you, Harrison! | Worked with Matthias on his effort to find an English translator for his German book, Intelligente Unendlichkeit | Performed a quarterly update of the Volunteer list | After proactively inviting Sherri upon learning of the publication of her new book, added a page to the Friends Of section for Why You Were Born and What Happens When You Die: Short Answers for the Soul-on-the-Go. | Edited errors discovered in past transcripts (thank you Jan for the help!).
  • Intermediate Circles: Met 6/8, 6/23, and 7/7 at Jim’s for our channeling circles. The first was a group question about the will, the second a series of smaller questions, and on the third, Jim was grieving the recent lost of his feline companions, Dan D. and Chloe, lost five days apart, and the rest of the circle had strong catalyst in their lives, so we opted for group discussion instead.
  • C/C Circles: The C/C channeling circles were put on hold because…well, one of the members got shot (see previous entry), which happens to introduce a large burden of doctor appointments, physical therapy, surgery, and other very fun time-sinks. As healing continues and the appointments lessen, we hope to again make time for these exploratory channeling circles.

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Personal Sharings

Austin: Thank you to everyone who reached out with kind words of support after reading my account of getting shot. It is truly healing to receive such kindness and love, and those healing vibes have been crucial. Some good news on that front: the bullet that was lodged in my leg moved closer to the surface as my physical activity increased, to the point where the surgeon felt okay to go ahead and remove it. The surgery went well and I am now bullet free! As they had to cut into a meaningful amount of muscle to remove the bullet (and other subcutaneous tissue), it did prolong the physical recovery a decent amount. While my physical therapy is going well, the lack of full function is even more obvious to me than before the surgery, and pain has returned in the muscles that have to pick up the slack from the damaged muscles. But I am still ever-grateful for having medical care available to me in this situation. I have also started therapy to help with the processing of the traumatic situation, which continues to have recurring effects on my mind and emotions. Thankfully it is not debilitating, but it is present. I still expect a full recovery, both physically and mentally, but the journey continues.

Gary: Sometime around 2006(?), Carla and Jim returned home (I was living with them at the time) with Chloe and Dan D. Lion. Dan D. was energetic, playful, and adventurous, longing for the outdoors (which he eventually won), and Chloe was more reserved, lazy, and not the most people-centric cat, but both were wonderful family members of the household. Both Jim and Carla were devoted to their cats (as was Don, evidenced by the amount of questions about Gandalf in the final sessions of the Ra contact). After Carla passed, the two kitties were Jim’s last living animal link to Carla. And, I believe, they offered him an outlet to fulfill one of his core incarnational missions: to serve as a caretaker for a portion of the Creator in need. And toward that end he gave himself completely to their care, as if they were his own human children. So it was an emotional blow to Jim to lose them five days apart from one another. His grief is quite strong, and our hearts open to him in love and support, and saying goodbye to those furry creatures who were our friends too.

Chloe
Dan D. Lion

Anniversary: Gary: The summer solstice marked 19 years since I moved to Louisville following Carla and Jim’s inivitation, 16.5 of which have been serving in a formal position.

DGDEV French & German
Our partner, Jochen, produces quarterly activity reports in his efforts to share the Confederation philosophy in German and French (with other languages on the way). He and Misha are powerhouses. Thank you, Jochen, Misha, Ivy, and team! Here is his 1st quarter report.

  • On January 11 the “Guide des Concepts” was finally published as a softcover book (https://www.amazon.fr/dp/3945871484) , and a little later as a PDF in L/L Research’s library: https://www.llresearch.org/fr/library/le-contact-ra-serie-ressources.
  • Misha continued translating A Channeling Handbook.
  • Misha and Jochen had, as always, beautiful video calls every now and then. Misha also enjoyed her regular calls and meetings with her Polaris study group and Law of One friends around the globe.  
  • Horia, Gary, Austin and Jochen concretized several pre-publishing issues of Horia’s Romanian translations, and then Jochen started the work of creating the Romanian Ra Contact publishing documents. One of the accompanying outcomes is that the blog https://legealuiunu.wordpress.com/ became more alive.
  • Matthias Galke and Jochen finalized the second volume “Chaos Logos Kosmos” of the series “The Law of One and the evolution of consciousness” which was published then in various formats.

spiritcomplex.com

In March, 2022, I fulfilled a long-held dream of undergoing a 10-day silent meditation retreat. It was life-changing, and it inspired me to type up and share my notes, which inspired me to finally launch a journal. If interested, you can find The Light of Polaris at the nascent www.spiritcomplex.com/.

With everlasting love/light,
Gary L. Bean, temporarily

The Bullet

(To anyone looking for the most recent Blogworthy Report, a new one has been published below at the same time as this story.)

A Personal Sharing from Austin:

To my memory, I’ve never used the opportunity of the Blogworthy to offer a personal sharing into my life. I experienced something pretty extreme recently that seems like as good a reason as any to break that trend. It’s something that I think some readers might care about, and more may at least find it at least interesting.

I’ll start with the preface: I’m okay, and should make a full recovery from this event (physically and mentally).

The short story is that I got shot. There was a shootout in front of my partner Kat’s house and I was a hit in the crossfire. It was in the leg, left calf, no bone or major arteries were hit.

The longer story has a bit more drama and speaks to the psychological experience of it – what I’ve been defining as trauma. I’ll offer a semi-detailed account with some personal reflections at the end. Warning, it’s a detailed account of a scary violent incident.

It was a beautiful afternoon. Kat was scheduled to move into her new home the next day and we spent all day getting her stuff organized for the move. We were in high spirits and very excited about the move. At around 5:30pm, I went outside to get my car from the street in front of the house to pull it around to the alley out back so we could load some stuff into it.

Kat’s yard is long and narrow, and her house is set back far from the road.

When I made it to the gate, about to open it to step out onto the sidewalk, I heard what I now know were gunshots coming from the nearby street corner. I then saw an SUV screeching out of control around the corner, turning in my direction. It jumped the curb, hitting the neighbor’s car and crashing fully onto the sidewalk. It was coming straight towards me very fast, so I turned and ran about halfway back down Kat’s yard as fast as I could.

The SUV continued crashing through all of the fencing and tree guards before it stopped directly in front of Kat’s house, taking out her fence and gate right where I was standing moments before.

(While Kat’s house is set back from the road, her neighbors’ houses are right up on the sidewalk. Her next-door neighbors have three young children who are frequently on the sidewalk in front of their house, directly in the path of the SUV. Thankfully they were not home.)

Kat heard the noise, rushed to her front door (in her bedroom – a typical shotgun-style house layout) and opened it. She saw everything that unfolded from here.

I turned and began moving towards the car to see if they were okay. I have a vague flash of memory of another car pulling up alongside it, and then another round of gunshots started directly in front of her yard. I began running towards Kat’s house again, and then fell down.

It felt like I had maybe just tripped, but in the moment I knew it was likely that I got shot. I could feel something wrong with my left leg. I looked at it and saw a bump on the inside of my left calf, but I didn’t see an entry wound (it was in the outer-rear, out of my sight), so in the moment I wondered if I got hit by something else.

I was on my hands and knees for a few moments (Kat says I looked frozen) before I glanced back and saw a man get out of the crashed car, jump Kat’s fence, and begin running towards me.

I did not know what was happening or why he was running towards me. There was a quick logic going on in my mind that it didn’t quite make sense that I was a target in any of this, but the look on his face and the way he was running made me think that he was coming for me, possibly to try to kill me. Before that moment, I knew my life was in danger; at that moment, the danger became much more immediate and frightening. Gunshots continued. (The police apparently recovered 30 shell casings afterwards.)

The next minute or two are the blurriest in both mine and Kat’s memories. Without knowing if I even could, I got up and ran literally for my life without looking back again. I remember distinctly thinking, “Thank God I’m able to run right now.” I wasn’t sure how badly my leg was hurt at that point. Kat later mentioned how shockingly fast I ran.

As I ran, I was shouting for Kat to close and lock the door, thinking that the man was chasing me and might come inside the house. I ran to the side door near the back of the house and made it inside and locked it without looking back to see what the man was doing.

Kat was at the front of the house in the bedroom with the dogs, and I went in there continuing to tell her to lock the door. She said she did, and then I told her, “Call 911, I think I’ve been shot.”

In my memory, I can recall even in this moment recognizing how utterly surreal this was, with such a violent, sudden departure from the reality of our happy afternoon together not a minute earlier.

It’s also worth pointing out the events from Kat’s perspective at this point. She heard a horrible crash, ran to the front door, saw me running as gunshots were being fired, and saw me fall to the ground. Then a man jumped her fence and began running towards me. It seemed as though I had either been shot dead, or was going to be killed by this man (who would then possibly proceed kill her and the dogs). I got up and ran, telling her to lock the door, and came in the side door, and into the bedroom telling her I think I’d been shot.

At this point I was aware that there was some blood on my leg but I still wasn’t sure exactly what happened. She got her phone out and I began to sit down on the ground, but became cognizant that I did not want to bleed on the carpet, so I told her I was going to the kitchen, and went in there and sat down on the ground.

My memory gets clearer at this point. I still did not feel anything specifically wrong with my leg, but I saw now that my shoe was filled with blood (my white sock was completely soaked red) and there was a significant amount of blood pooled on the floor. I didn’t know exactly where on my leg it was coming from, but Kat grabbed some paper towels and put pressure on the general area.

Kat was on the phone with a 911 operator, and eventually I took the phone to answer some of their questions. The woman just said to keep pressure on the wound with a clean cloth, and then continued asking me questions about what happened. I did my best to answer. She sounded very uncaring and unalarmed, but I don’t blame her for that. She never indicated that there was someone on the way to help, so I eventually said, “Is someone on their way? I’m bleeding pretty badly.” She said that someone was on the way.

Around this time, Kat looked outside and saw that the man who we thought was chasing me was in the alley behind her house. The operator then told me to tell Kat to go look for the responders outside.

Kat went to the front door and apparently saw a lot of firefighters kind of mulling around the crash, so she opened the door and shouted to them for help. She led them around the side of her house to the kitchen door, where apparently the man who had been running in her yard popped up from the alley and said, “I’m here, I’m okay.” I’m not sure what happened with him directly after that.

(To the best we can gather, he was the target of the shooting. One of the EMTs told me that the other car circled the block looking for him. We believe he thought it would be better to surrender to the police than risk running and getting killed. He was arrested for felony possession of a handgun, which he had tried to ditch in the neighbor’s yard, where young children play.)

The kitchen door was locked, so I reached up to unlock and open it, saw a flood of firefighters and police, and part of me relaxed knowing that the craziest part was over.

The firefighters came inside and immediately began tending to my wound. Police also came inside, and I was surrounded by men asking me rapid-fire questions about me and the situation. At a certain point, after my wound was fully bandaged and they let me sit up, there was a calmer moment and Kat (who had been watching from the doorway into the kitchen) asked if she could come sit by me and hold my hand. Through the shock I felt some relief knowing the situation would play out somewhat as expected at that point, so I told Kat a few times that we’re okay, and that I’m okay.

During these moments, the firefighters were talking calmly and with humor about the situation. Their station is barely a block away on the street the cars were on, so they apparently even saw the cars racing down the street shooting at each other. A young firefighter told me that as he saw the shootout from in front of their station, he thought they were shooting at him so he ducked. I sarcastically thought, yeah, well they got me.

The EMTs showed up soon after and began taking a closer look at my wound, asking me questions, and getting some more vital readings. They had a stretcher in the alley, so the firefighters helped me to my feet and helped me hop out of Kat’s door, down the stairs, and onto the stretcher. I remember thinking about how comfortable the stretcher was. I then saw the man who ran into her yard sitting behind Kat’s house in handcuffs, surrounded by police.

After a bit longer, I was loaded into the ambulance and taken to the ER.

To spare the details of the hospital, I was ultimately very lucky (given the circumstances). I was in and out of the ER in four hours, with the entry wound cleaned and the bullet still in my leg. (That is apparently standard care for bullets. If they are not actively doing damage, the conventional medical wisdom is that any surgery to remove them is more harmful than leaving them in. The body can heal completely around a bullet. I was shocked at this, as are most people I share this with, but it is apparently true.) Five hours after I got shot in her front yard, I sat on Kat’s couch eating a cookie, unsure if I was still in reality or not.

The above details were mostly written in the couple of days following the incident. As I write this now, it’s been more than three weeks since the incident. I am recovering well, though the frequent medical care appointments are getting tiring. I had to walk with a cane for a couple of weeks, but can now mostly move around mostly normally (though with impairment). I’ve been making frequent trips to my PCP. I’ve had a couple visits with a surgeon, to treat a massive hematoma where the bullet settled, and to see if the bullet might be able to come out (it’s still inconclusive). I officially began physical therapy this past week and will be going twice a week for a little while, to hopefully regain (mostly) full function of my leg. I have been looking for a therapist to help process the after-effects of the event, but I am not experiencing any severe symptoms of PTSD. I do have some lingering effects to my mood, attitude, and cognitive abilities, but nothing keeping me from returning to a normal, peaceful life. Thankfully, Kat successfully moved the following day, so we have not had to be at the site of the shooting at all.

I have also had ongoing contact with the police, but they are not very forthcoming with information about the investigation. The person/people who shot me have not been arrested yet. I have oddly thought very little about them. I do not feel any sense of anger or desire for retribution towards them, but it does concern me that these people armed with guns and with no care for human life walk society freely. For that reason, I’m hoping the police can find them and I will do what I can to help.

Soon after it all happened, as I was pondering the spiritual implications of the catalyst, I got a clear message from my inner guidance that healing was fully possible, and that the primary effect of this catalyst would be in an opening of the heart. I did not quite see how that would happen at the time, but since then I have felt it strongly settling into my heart and doing work there.

I am feeling an almost overwhelming sense of gratitude – for the fact that it wasn’t worse than it was (it could have been so much worse), for Kat, for all that I have in my life, for the first responders, for the ER doctors, for my PCP, for the hospital staff, for everyone who has offered support, for L/L Research, for the Law of One, for Gary and Trish (who have not only been incredibly supportive of my healing process, but helped Kat move the following day, which was a healing gift that can’t really be described), for you who is reading this. Really, thinking about almost any angle of my life surrounding this event, I just feel strong gratitude.

I can also feel that gratitude carrying a heavy weight. When I think about how grateful I am for these things, I also think about the people who don’t have the kind of support I have had, or who have gone through worse experiences and haven’t been able to find peace and healing. Whether it’s trauma or anything else, this experience has highlighted to me how important support is, and what kind of healing and transformation is possible when support is available. I’ve been amazed at the kind of support society has to offer someone like me (not to mention the direct support from friends and family). I want everyone to feel as supported as I have in anything they have to go through. I am so lucky. It’s feeling like a call to service, but I’m not quite sure what form that might take right now. I would like to find a way to pay that support forward, and work towards a society where others have the same opportunities I do. I’m going to continue letting it do its work on my heart as I heal and see what comes as I walk that path.

If you are still reading, thank you for witnessing and for caring. Sincerely from the bottom of my heart, I love you all.

2022-05-27

4/22 – 5/26

Search Engine: One of the principal goals of L/L’s new library website is to create more “surface area” for a virtually endless library of information. That is, to make it more accessible, useable, researchable, and helpful. Toward that end, we are VERY HAPPY to report that on May 25, L/L’s new search engine went live! For the first time in the history of the universe, readers, including us, may search the entire breadth of the Confederation channeling—the Law of One and almost five decades of conscious channeling—as a single, synthesized body of material.

Prague: We are excited to announce that we are resuming holding gatherings outside the US! In collaboration with our friends of the Czech translation team, we opened the Prague Law of One Gathering from Aug 12–14. More information here!

Coming Home Gathering: Opened in the previous BW cycle, registration still open.

Channeling Circles: Our small group continues meeting regularly to receive messages from the Confederation. Semi-monthly we meet in Jim’s living room for our Intermediate Circles, and though we have hit a delay this past month, we plan to continue also meeting once a month for our C/C channeling circles. And thanks to our amazing transcription team, a number of transcripts have gone up these past weeks:

RC Youtube: Trish and Austin (mainly Trish) continued on with the Ra Contact Youtube project, inching ever closer to the finish line:

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  • Working with Translators
    • Chinese – Worked to assist the intrepid Li-Yun as she nears completion of translating A Concept Guide into Chinese, including content questions and the challenges of formatting. | Dialogued with Wen about her great effort to produce a new Chinese RC and our policies on machine translation | Welcomed YiTong into the translator family, connected them with Sean and Terry, and thanked them as they embarked upon a translation of Voices of the Confederation. Thank you, all three!
    • Serbian –Dialogued with Sheyla about Dejan’s effort to produce a Serbian RC. Sheyla is a very active person who loves exercise and lots and lots of work. So huge translation projects are right up her alley. ; ) (<– A note for her if she reads this.) Thank you, Dejan and Sheyla!
    • Danish – Received first contact from Thomas, a fellow interested in translating the Ra Contact into Danish. Worked with Thomas to establish terms and relationship, and off to the races he went. Subsequently assisted with some translation related questions. Thank you, Thomas!
    • Russian – Received from Marina some Russian transcripts and assisted with some interesting questions, including how to translate Latwii, as it risks looking like the country Latvia, and the ever thorny questions of noun gender (such a strange concept to a native English speaker). Thank you, Marina! | And dialogued with Catherine about starting on a new book and translating Carla’s audio lectures from her Basic Principles course into Russian. Thank you, Catherine!
    • Farsi  – Publishing Meysam’s work to the website has ended up being a bit more of a difficult task than initially thought. Daniel has had to do some special coding and reviewing thanks to the right-to-left text, which has also caused some issues thanks to our graphic software stubbornly and pointlessly omitting right-to-left functionality. But after some work and cooperation with Meysam, it is almost ready to go… but before it is launched he will translate a couple more items so that the official Farsi page on our site will have more content in all of the sections. |And a huge shout out to Zachary Horn who helped us to green light a way to lend some additional support to this project. Thank you, Zachary!|  And a beautiful quote from the one known as Meysam: “Indeed, finding the material was like coming across an unexpected oasis after a long but hopeful walk along the desert. That blissful feeling of reading the confederation words has stayed with me every day. Having the chance to share the source of that feeling and knowing that it might be the same for many is the greatest reward.”
    • Portuguese – Had some dialogue with Edgard and Pedro about following the Farsi model (and Bulgarian, actually) by publishing batches of sessions of the material. First batch + front matter of the book shouldn’t be far behind.
    • Romanian – Received from Horia not only his usual insightful reflections on the spiritual journey, but a revised Romanian translation of Esmerelda. Thank you, Horia!
    • French – Received outreach from Geoffrey and after setting up terms and relationship, connected him with Misha and Jochen. Look forward to sharing Geoffrey’s work!
    • Italian – Received from the ever-fun Mauro a few new Italian transcripts along with lovely dialogue. Thank you, Mauro! | And received the annual report from Stazione Celeste of the Italian publication of AWH from Susanna. Thank you, Susanna!
    • Korean – And just a couple of days ago, received outreach from Haru, a reader interested in producing a Korean RC book. Explained that that project was actually already underway and then initiated our processes of setting terms and relationship. We’ll see how it goes!
  • Coming Home/Homecoming/Prague: Even though much is being taken up by L/L’s new Event Manager, particularly in terms of processing registrations and responding to attendee inquiries, still tons of logistical work on our end for three events, from scholarships and using the online store to track and process registrations, to budgets, travel, lodging for us, lodging for the Coming Home event (the first time we’re managing all attendee lodging at a retreat), to coordinating with Vojta for Prague, to Misha and Jochen for their attendance and subsequent activity, to filling out Homecoming, to a variety of attendee-related questions. A lot! Much thanks to our new Event Manager and to Emilly, a Law of One reader and Vojta’s partner, who helped a great deal with some of our European lodging! And a special thank you to the HC attendee who is anonymously contributing a couple of scholarships!
  • Seeker ministry: With our new hire on board, and Trish taking up responding to seeker emails as well, the weekly load of emails from seekers around the world is spread out a bit more and feels more manageable. It is still one of the greatest honors of our position, to connect with seekers looking to share their stories and the fruits of their seeking, to ask questions about the material, or just looking to find some connection.
  • Search Engine: While announced above, there was a lot of work in this! Most of which was on Daniel’s shoulders, but the plenty of design and function-related questions and tasks for us to work through, among which was writing the Guidelines Page, many thanks to Joanna for first drafting that one!
  • Audiobooks:
    • For a while now, we’ve been working with Juliane, a wonderful soul in Brazil who has been editing the audiobook for A Wanderer’s Handbook. She’s been a joy to work with, and has done a great job. The work has been delayed some due to life circumstances, and she has recently opted to set it down completely so that we can find another editor. Thank you so much Juliane!
    • Worked to find, for the first time, a professional third-party audiobook editor to get our long overdue audio library of Jim’s narration to publication!
    • Trish adds: “The process to find a professional audiobook editor definitely took me out of my comfort zone – in a good way, though. I’ve never been in a position where I was the sole individual in charge of deciding who should be hired for a certain role. I would much rather act as a sounding board/cheerleader to an individual making a decision than be the actual individual making the decision. (Do not ask me where I want to go for dinner because that is way too much pressure for me. And honest to Bob, I almost certainly have zero preference anyway. “Is there a salad on the menu? Cool, I’m set.”)  Adding to my discomfort, my personal vocabulary for this particular job is, well, limited. I edited the audio for our TRC audiobook, but I did so as a novice. The processes I developed to edit that audio were largely discovered through trial and error. So for me to find the language to dialogue with a professional audiobook editors required some finagling. I very much felt like a high schooler interviewing a post-grad student. But thanks to a combination of intuition and help from my home team, we signed a contract with an amazing 4-person company. I genuinely look forward to hearing what they produce.”
  • Typo Project: We reported in the previous Blogworthy that a reader discovering typos in the 40th Anniversary Edition of the Law of One books became a bit of a can of worms. Since then, that can of worms have become a barrel of worms. Perhaps an oil tanker of worms. The publisher has been working kindly with us to sort out the issue, but it has necessitated a significant amount of effort on our part to begin to unravel their mistakes so that they can be undone by a reprint. A thorough process is unfolding of meticulously comparing three different versions of the text to note both mistakes made during an OCR scanning process and edits done without our approval. Trish began the process by discovering around 163 errors in the five books just by an eye scan alone. Since then, we had to create a process to compare three different documents in order to ferret out the additional errors and wrongfully made edits, and anywhere from 2–3 of our team have been working on it at a time. | Had a couple of video meet-ups with the publisher on the matter and various emails. Maybe another week or two and it will be finished.
    • Trish adds: “Fun fact: Between editing the TRC audiobook, creating the YouTube videos that utilize the original channeling audio, and going through this second round of error-finding, I will have essentially read the books just for these purposes five times now. And each time I am discovering juicy li’l nugs of inspiration. ❤”
    • “I have never researched grammar so much in my life, BTW. I feel like I have a pretty robust understanding of the English language. But dang does this project make me question the mechanics of hyphenation more than ever before.”
  • Social Media/Printed Book Sharing of the Confederation’s Message:
    • Updated Facebook and Twitter with Confederations quotes, created and shared Instagram images, and updated Patreon with L/L news and offerings.
    • Continuing working on producing the Ra Contact YouTube Videos.
    • Shipped book orders around the world and managed the online store, with various customer inquiries to process.
    • Implemented edits to channeling transcripts on the website and continued to support the volunteer transcribers in the question to fill in some holes in our channeling library.
    • Continued project of digitizing channeling audio, including discovering channelings and meetings that have yet to be transcribed/added to the website. The sometimes haphazard way that cassettes were recorded and recovered over and non-systematically stored at the time is humorous.
    • Continued to work on editing and finalizing podcast transcripts. Completed 3 podcast transcript edits this period.
  • Prison Ministry Program
    • Chose 5 volunteers to work with us on the Prison Ministry and onboarded them to the systems we use to manage our correspondence
    • Since the program re-launched, our volunteers have helped to send out 5 letters.
  • Nuts & Bolts:
    • All of the typical maintenance, typo correction, etc. with the library site and the online store. |IT stuff – addressing software issues, investigating solutions to problems, integrating technology into our processes. All regular activities in our daily rounds.
    • Online store issues, again: Over the past few weeks, multiple random issues have popped up . The platform is an open source piece of software, which has its benefits, but among the drawbacks is that there is no real professional help available, and more unique bugs that don’t necessarily affect the whole community will often be ignored. So we have to scrape by with our own limited skillset.
    • Took another step on the long journey with a tangled copyright question with the help of attorneys, this one bringing us much closer to resolution.
    • Could not find the time to perform the in-depth analysis for our annual tax returns, so sought and gained an extension.
    • Pursued all sorts of questions with the Law of One publisher related to underreported and missing sales (due not to foul play on their end but mechanical mistakes…. that persist) and other related logistics. Fortunately they are cooperative in good faith and continue to work toward resolution.
    • Completed five weeks’ worth of the bookkeeping
  • Smatterings: Helped to facilitate Jim’s ongoing work with the final student of the “Basic Principles” course | Held some dialogue with the CSC | Had a video meet-up with the Swedish translator and our friend, Lana, after a long lapse in communication | Held rounds of dialogue with Aaron Maret, seed of the AVLLOO study group, about efforts to teach the LOO | Enjoyed a couple emails with the Tarot deck team | met with a journalist for an online magazine who had questions about the Law of One and L/L | Made a push toward completion of editing the transcript of the Nov, 2021 interview with Morris about early L/L history after a long hiatus. Just a few pages away!

  • Daniel: If Daniel made his own report, it would be a long one all by itself. The Trello Boards we share with him for website work are filled with cards as far as the eye can see…
  • Intermediate Circles: On our own time, joined Kathy and Jim at Jim’s on 4/28 and 5/11 for two intermediate circles. 4/28 was about the tension between surrender and responsibility, and 5/11 held space for individual questions.
  • C/C Circles: Did not have our monthly C/C circle due to Austin receiving a bullet in his leg (see post above this one), Gary’s Dad passing, and Trish being blessed with a breakthrough case of COVID-19 that laid her out for a week.

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Personal Sharings

Gary: Celebrated Jim’s 75th birthday in this period. He is still full of vigor and energy for service and seeking.

And then on a less celebratory note—unless the completion of the incarnation is celebrated, which seems appropriate on the metaphysical level—after a few years of advancing dementia, my father passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 27. We will hold a service in June to say goodbye as a family. In the meantime I wrote a little piece.

About My Dad’s Closing Chapters

I think we have two basic fundamental choices regarding how we relate to our suffering. Do we dig in and face it in order to learn, grow, and be better than we were, thereby transmuting the misery into expanded being? Or we do resist, run away from, and avoid our difficulties, thereby extending their duration and increasing their intensity?

Most of us vacillate between these two, I believe. My dad often chose the latter path. Whether through alcohol or a cocktail of pharmaceutical numbing agents, he spent a lot of time not facing himself. I don’t judge him for this, particularly as I see similar threads in me—my dad just didn’t have the tools or the wherewithal to really dig into those things that troubled him in the deeper layers, and to face the fears and pains buried there. Instead I want to share my admiration for what he *was* able to accomplish.

Beginning sometime in the late 2000s, sometime after the divorce when his own long dark night got underway, when he began to turn increasingly to prescription medication for some kind of solution, some sort of false release from pain, he made a conscious, intentional vow to himself to release his anger and “negativism.” For him, this meant to no longer complain, to not speak ill of others, to not waste an extra minute of his life in anger, to see the positive, and to be grateful for the blessings that life gifts all of us.

In the very difficult subsequent years—driven in large part by his deep well of guilt and self-punishment for perceived wrongdoings—he held onto that vow tightly. And from the trenches he somehow managed to fulfill his promise. Gradually he transformed. He released his anger. He became such a soft, gentle, and kindhearted man. He expressed love and gratitude so often. As suffering has a way of doing, he was humbled. Underneath the daily game of running from pain, his chief wish in life seemed to be to relate to others with love.

After the stroke and onset of vascular dementia, that process of opening his heart accelerated. As dementia stripped him of his memories, he became so innocent, so much more in his heart. He seemed to express even more love and gratitude. He was a light.

And what few memories he could hold onto he cherished. Endlessly he loved showing everyone his “memories” in the form of pictures hanging up around his walls. And in every conversation he cycled through the handful of memories he could recall. (He seemed to have a different set of for everyone he talked to. His favorite with me was remembering how he and I marched in our hometown Memorial Day parade together in our military uniforms.)

Due to his years spent self-medicating and then the dementia, it feels like we’ve been losing him for a long time such that the actual passing feels like a formality, an official confirmation and graceful close to the long unfolding separation, like seeing the boat you are watching grow smaller from the shore finally vanish over the horizon. So there is great peace in my heart with his transition.

But the tears come thinking that that great and proud man who I called “dad,” who as a little kid was a giant to me, is no longer here with us, at least while we live and breathe on this side of the veil of forgetting.

For all your human imperfections, and the inadvertent pain you brought to others, you did your best, Dad. Of this I have no doubt. I admire what you were able to accomplish in this life. I see your perseverance when you were at bottom and wanted to end it all. I thank you for those gifts which are too many for the counting, among which includes the gift of life, the gift of your years and long hours of hard work to provide for us, the gift of giving me the protected space in a difficult world to grow into who I am, and even, in the end, the gift of your vulnerability as you became a portal into innocence for us.

And I thank my brother Adam for the mountains he moved to offer that fatherly service in reverse to our own father, and my sister-in-law Lori who so lovingly carried that weight alongside of Adam, and to my Aunt Sue for the selfless love of a sister that sheltered and sustained my dad’s heart through challenging times, and my mom who underwent her own hard times with my dad but put aside her suffering to stand by him in mutual service to their four kids.

Dad. I love you. We will meet again.

2022-04-25

3/31 – 4/21

Coming Home to a New Earth Gathering:  We have officially opened registration for L/L Research’s first public in-person event in three years! It will take place Sep 8–11 outside of Asheville, NC. As of this posting, seats are available.

Discussions with Jonathan Tong: The unstoppable Mr. Tong hosted Gary and Austin again for a Q&A with the Seattle Law of One Study Group. Thank you for holding this service, Jonathan! Check out the discussion here: Q&A with Gary and Austin, April 9, 2022

Peace meditation: In addition to the daily Gaia Meditation facilitated by Jim, we continued to hold the weekly world peace meditation. Facebook post here.

Team Expansion: In this period, L/L’s professional team increased by two! We onboarded a new member to work a regular part-time role as an Operations Specialist, and another to work on an as-needed basis as an Event Manager.

The former will blend their energies into the daily operation and join us in the hat business—learning how to wear many of them, sometimes multiple at once, sometimes ill-fitting, sometimes perfectly fitting, sometimes I was born to wear this hat, all of them designed to serve others through the service of the mission. This person’s presence is growing and will increasingly continue to grow our circle of collaborative teamwork in taking another small step toward fulfilling L/L Research’s potential.

The latter will help L/L Research to help meet a vital need among the readership to host in-person and online events. We know how to host events. We are uniquely situated to host events. We are good at the logistics & energetics of hosting events/holding space. But our existing operation is at max. Help is needed, not just to fulfill our designs but to bring leadership and voice to the table of event design and production.

Adding these two entities (to be announced upon conclusion of their probation period) has complexified our processes as we upgrade our coordination, communication, workflow management, etc. Our busy levels have been extra busy. They join with Daniel, L/L Research’s webmaster, who has become a regular voice and partner, expanding our team and empowering the mission with each new addition, both practically and metaphysically. We are so lucky to be working with all of them!

Note: This Blogworthy includes the bullet points of the main new hire who’s been awesome to work with and has added such great energy and ability to the team. One of her jobs in this period has been to reboot the prison ministry with Austin’s guidance. Thanks to her for her contributions!

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  • Working with Translators
    • Bulgarian – Received outreach from one B. who was interested in, and had already somewhat begun, translating Ra into Bulgarian, with intentions of forming an audio recording to be shared. Through successive rounds of dialogue to gain understanding, and to explain that a project to translate the Ra Contact was begun some time ago by Kirilina but stalled after reaching session 38, clarity was gained and the way forward open. Meanwhile reached out to Kirilina, got a status update (prayers and love to Kirilina!), along with her determination to continue the project. Eventually connected B. with Kirilina in the collective hopes that a collaboration might reboot the project. Typically teamwork is better than solo work. Thank you, Kirilina and B.!
    • Serbian – In a not dissimilar situation in a Balkan neighbor, a seeker, D., showed up intent on translating Ra into Serbian. As above, did a dance of finding clarification with D. while communicating with Sheyla about the same project. At the end of the day, Sheyla and D., the Serbian reader, were connected and Sheyla will take up the lead in producing a Serbian Ra Contact. Thank you, Sheyla and D.!
    • Russian – Made contact with a new Russian seeker, M., interested in translating L/L’s material into Russian. Established terms and relationships and really enjoyed her emails and her English. She will begin on the channeling transcripts starting in the 80s. Thank you, M.! | Also, finally succeeded in getting a couple books to Catherine, the Russian translator of 101, via an intermediary.
    • Spanish – Received from the onward-moving Henry several new Spanish transcripts. Thank you Henry! | And received first contact with Emiliano, a Spanish reader who is assisting Gabriel in the efforts to produce a Spanish RC, and got him set up to continue work on the transcripts.
    • Chinese – An active period for Chinese. Received contact from Wen (same name as one of L/L’s volunteer transcribers) interested in translating Ra into Chinese. Discussed the existing Simplified and Traditional Chinese-language versions, talked with Sean and Terry (the principle translators of the two versions, respectively), and made a connection between all three. Wen is going to embark on an a new version of the Chinese RC. |  Also, a young reader from China with a beautiful story of awakening and seeking that most spiritual seekers would find resonance and likeness with, Y., reached out about translating L/L’s website into Chinese. “As I am studying the work of L/L, there is always a strong impulse in my heart to help the L/L Research to translate the whole website so that many seekers in China can access it with the least distortions. I believe they will have the same feeling of coming home as I do.”
    • Polish – After an over year pause, we were surprised to receive a few Polish transcripts from Marlena. Thank you, Marlena!
    • Czech – Worked with the Czech team about a challenging situation of an individual who had produced a machine-based translation of L/L’s material, insisting that it was superior to the carefully human-translated version. Supported them in a finding a path as balanced in love and wisdom as best as we folly-prone, unwise humans can muster.
    • Portuguese – Received a few Portuguese transcripts from Marta. Thank you so much, Marta!
    • Farsi – Worked with the Farsi translator (and Daniel, L/L’s webmaster) to get bits and pieces ready to publish the first sessions of the Farsi translation of the Ra Contact! The biggest hurdle being a difficulty in getting Adobe to cooperate with the right-to-left text, which will hopefully be resolved soon. | Also, dialogued with Pupak about ways to support Meysam’s efforts with intensive internal dialogue required.
    • Korean – And last but not least, received from Sienna some more pieces for the Korean RC. Thank you, Sienna! Always, like all the translators, with a positive spirit.
  • New Hire process: Both new hires have begun their roles! It has been a large process of onboarding and training so far, including all of the work leading up to the hire that involved ensuring employment compliance for a work-at-home employee in a different state. These processes took a large part of our time this period, but the process is going smoothly and we’re eager to continue merging the new people with the squad. It’s been a joy working with them so far. (There will be a probationary period before we officially introduce them publicly, so they’ll remain behind a veil of mystery in public communication until then.) The many various tasks to complete include:
    • New state employment setup (registering for a business tax account, new hire notification, unemployment insurance account, compliance verification, etc.)
    • Work computer and software setup.
    • Registering for the many various accounts needed by the new hire.
    • Orientation, employee handbook, employment agreement, etc.
    • Introduction to processes, communication and style standards, and other policies.
    • And then the actual onboarding for work, and more.
    • Work accounting and systems sharing, etc.
  • Search Engine
    • Search engine. Yeah we’ve said it’s almost here a few times, but you know how it goes…there’s one more thing, and then we could make it better like this, and then we should really get this sorted before it launches, and then the server situation has changed, and then this bug requires a bit more work than necessary, and this new feature would be so great to push for before it launches. Daniel has dedicated an incredible amount of focus and energy on getting it ready (with no shortage of effort from us as well), and it is actually almost here…really. By next report it will be launched.
    • Processed all the feedback from the beta testing of the search engine from friends from around the world, including translators. Thank you so much!
  • Coming Home to a New Earth Gathering: Despite some medical catalyst, L/L’s new Event Manager got started on the job! Her first assignment: help design and launch the Coming Home event. At this initial stage, her presence hasn’t reduced too much work, as there is so much to impart. Invested a lot of time in meeting, planning, constructing all the logistical considerations, refining the language that would help set the container, collaborating with our TOTOH friends, launching preregistration and newsletters and public announcements, working with the venue, etc. She’s in place and is processing registrations and communicating with attendees!
  • Prague Gathering: Our dear friend and lead of the Czech translation team, Vojta, spent a week in the States with his partner, Emilly, an expat born in Indiana, living in Prague for some years, and… cousin to the person who played spontaneous matchmaker, Trisha. (An incredible story.) On Vojta and Emilly’s long sojourn in the US, they spent a week with Trish and Gary at their place. While here, we held a meeting with Vojta to discuss, agree upon, and begin planning for a Prague event! A successful Law of One gathering was held in Prague in Oct, 2019, with 15 different nationalities in attendance. After seeing what a success it was, the intention was to hold an annual event, but, the pandemic. This year will be the sequel, likely in August.
  • Homecoming Gathering: For some years, Homecoming had been held on Labor Day weekend (usually the first weekend in September). But we couldn’t yet commit to it, and the TOTOH crew proposed holding Coming Home in September, and the second weekend worked best, so we jumped on Coming Home, unsure that we’d even be holding a Homcoming. Well, after multiple rounds of dialogue and meeting with Jim, and his own decision to go ahead and open his home to the event, we decided to do it! And then learned that every tent rental place in the area was booked up for that month! On a hail mary, found a company willing to deliver from far away (but twice the cost). We decided to make Homecoming a smaller, alumni-only, low-key event. And in tandem with the above two events, got that one opened as well in this period. And well ahead of officially opening it, Trish gleefully began the experimentation of various dishes in the kitchen, excited to be expressing her love language for a large group again.
  • 102 Editing: Due to all of the above and below busyness, and an extra crunch due to Gary’s meditation retreat, it’s been a difficult task to cycle the editing of Living the Law of One 102 back into the workflow, but with more conscious effort applied to making room, the work has continued.
  • Card deck and LOO typos
    • There are actually two card deck projects on…deck. One being the potential production of a tarot deck faithful to Ra’s standards being handled by some creative professionals who crossed our path, and one being a more inspirational, non-tarot deck based on the Law of One from our publisher. The former didn’t have any movement for this period, but we met with Schiffer to get the ball rolling on the latter.
    • And then a whammy: a reader discovered significant typos in the 40th anniversary edition of the Law of One. She wrote in about a few instances where “light” was replaced with “fight.” We discovered a few more.
    • The LOO publisher created the text to produce the 40th anniversary boxed set by OCR’ing the physical books into digital format, we would learn as a result of this. Lowercase l’s sometimes become f’s in the OCR process. The publisher used the same 40th anniversary text to publish a re-formatted version of the paperback LOO books into a 6×9 format, released just a couple months ago. Meaning that the same typos are present in the paperbacks.
    • One of L/L’s highest duties is to faithfully preserve the fidelity of the material for the interested seeker, particularly the Law of One text, so “fight” subbing in for “light” is significant. We immediately took the printed Law of One books from our online store and reached out to the publisher, who has come to understand our duty to and care for this mission and its material, about the issue, emphasizing how serious this is to us. Fortunately, they got right on the issue and hit pause on their own sales. And… work began between them and us to sort through how it happened and how extensive it is…
    • Enter research on our end. Literally as of this Blogworthy posting, Trish is typing up the abundance of mostly typesetting errors she’s discovered in the newly formatted books (missing paragraph breaks, wrongly inserted line breaks, hyphenated changes, etc.) There is also some puzzlement about what happened to the text that we had reviewed and approved/rejected when they produced the 40th anniversary edition. Each update they wanted to make to the text (the great majority of which were grammatical) were reviewed by us. It seems that the new edition incorporated all of our decisions, but missed some.
    • Held a meeting with the publisher to get the first round of results from their own investigation. They’ve been very supportive, understanding, and responsibility-taking in the mishap.
  • New hire: All Systems A Go!
    • Worked with Austin to set up all necessary programs and laptop settings
    • Learned about and implemented basic workflows and online tools used by the team
    • Familiarized self with the organization’s guidelines
  • Future SOPs: Created a spreadsheet to help track questions about processes, which will be continually added to and referenced when producing SOPs later down the line
  • Podcast transcripts
    • Set up a Dropbox account to work with Christine, a volunteer who is helping to transcribe podcasts
    • Completed editing of four podcast transcripts, with another about halfway done
  • Prison Ministry Program
    • Learned about the prison ministry program
    • Helped to create the seeking letter to email to volunteers
    • Reviewed all volunteer responses and answered their questions
    • Worked with Austin to finalize the list of volunteers by selecting five for the service
    • Drafted the welcome letter that will be emailed to chosen volunteers
    • Set up the Trello board that will be used to manage the program
    • Responded to letters from incarcerated seekers asking for books and newsletters
    • Working on creating The Trello Process document to help guide volunteers
  • Seeker ministry: We continued the regular service of responding to a wide variety of emails from seekers from all around the globe about a number of different topics. There are usually a lot! It’s always an honor and a blessing to be able to connect with people in this way. After some orientation and training, we also integrated the new hire into the process, spreading out the workload a bit more.
  • Social Media/Printed Book Sharing of the Confederation’s Message:
    • Updated Facebook and Twitter with Confederations quotes, created and shared Instagram images, and updated Patreon with L/L news and offerings.
    • Continuing working on producing the Ra Contact YouTube Videos.
    • Shipped book orders around the world and managed the online store, with various customer inquiries to process.
    • Implemented edits to channeling transcripts on the website
    • Got the Portuguese Living the Law of One 101 added to the Translations section of the online store that directs the interested reader to the publisher’s store. As this was created through conventional means—a foreign publisher acquiring the foreign-language rights, translating and printing the book—it won’t be available as a free PDF for a couple years yet.
    • Continued project of digitizing channeling audio, including discovering channelings and meetings that have yet to be transcribed/added to the website. The sometimes haphazard way that cassettes were recorded and recovered over and non-systematically stored at the time is humorous.
  • Audiobook: Producing audiobooks has been one of our most molasses-speed projects. They are so massively intensive that we eventually gave up trying to do it in house after successfully editing and mastering 101 and Ra Contact. Next step was to commission a person on the volunteer list with the skillset, but while she is close to reaching the finish line, and we have formed a great relationship, it is going on a year now for one book. Thus began investigation into unaffiliated professional services to get the remainder of the Jim-recorded audiobook library into publication.
  • Nuts & Bolts:
    • Undertook normal website maintenance to the library site and the online store.
    • Completed several weeks worth of the bookkeeping, including building new systems for the events.
    • Fixed an error that caused L/L’s little Etsy shop to go offline.
    • Tried to find a way to disable ads from the start of our videos on youtube. Research thus far indicates that it’s not possible (outside of having an ad blocker on the user’s end)
  • Smatterings: Met with one of the 35 job applicants whose resume so caught our eye, particularly around her pioneering skill and expertise in designing group programs for healing through creative self-expression, that we asked her if she’d be available to meet. Enjoyed a wonderful video meeting with an open-hearted and funny entity who we subsequently invited to the Coming Home event in order that some cross-pollination learning between us and her might occur. | Continued internal dialogue about Bring4th and our almost non-existent ability to be involved or support the site. | Discovered that some of the links on our tarot page were throwing up errors for our antivirus programs and, by great synchronicity, our friend, Paul, reached out to share that he had found a new and clear source for the original Comte de Saint-Germain version on whose work Fathman and Zain (the version that Don used) were built. That solved the problem for two of the three links!
  • Intermediate Circle: On our own time, met over at Jim’s on Apr 13 for a “five questions” circle. (Each of the five instruments takes a question.)
  • C/C Circles: On our own time, met over at Trish and Gary’s on Apr 20 for a smaller C/C circle where our group question focused on the disclaimer that the Confederation issues about taking what resonates and leaving the rest behind.

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Personal Sharings

Gary: I would have liked to use this space to talk about my recent experience spent in 10 days of Noble Silence at a vipassana meditation retreat, and the profound, chakra-opening experiences I had there while deep in meditation, but the stark contrast between silence and busyness has never been more apparent to me. I remain slogged down in the latter, so there is no extra time/energy at the moment.

I have long wanted to reboot my ancient blog in order to write about a wingèd spirit’s desire for the skies through the slats of the (mental) prison bars, accompanied by those moments when the soul takes flight after eras of moonlight groping and stumbling, and I’ve written up a long-form account of my retreat, but that too has been put on the backburner. Hopefully it, like the heart, will see the light of day.

In the meantime, we send prayers and healing energy to the Dutch translator, Erik, and his family in light of some of the most challenging catalyst a third-density entity can face: the hard medical diagnosis.

2022-04-01

2/25-3/30

And here is the ceremonial note about the irregularity of this Blogworthy Report. For this round, Gary departed on a personal journey for a 10 days of silence at an intensive vipassana meditation retreat in mid-March but sent me his authored portion of this before leaving. A report should have been posted soon after, but as tends to happen, the plate was a bit overloaded with the reduced human power, along with a confluence of catalyst in my (Austin’s) personal life that further stretched the mental capacities. So there’s the reason this time. 🙂

Channeling Circles: Our channeling circles continue going strong as we gathered several times since the last Blogworthy:

Peace meditation: We continued the peace meditation that we began at the end of February, scheduling it for every Saturday at 11:00am Eastern time lasting until 11:11am. You can find more information in the Facebook post.

Interviews: We have a few interviews to share, including two from Jonathan Tong, who leads an online Law of One study group, and Gabriel Lugo, who is leadingthe effort to produce a Spanish Ra Contact.

Spring Light/Lines: Time came for the seasonal Light/Lines newsletter. Jim selected the channeling session and drafted his portions of the Notes to the Readers, then for the first time Trish drafted our own portion of the Notes to Our Readers. It was then formatted and published to the website, sent out to the email list, and printed/stuffed/sent to the snail mail list. Check it out on the Light/Lines Newsletter page.

A Book of Days Narration: Jim recorded another narration from A Book of Days to share via Youtube, this one titled “The Holy Ground of Consciousness” – an inspiring message from Carla’s channeling of the Holy Spirit. Check it out here.

Coming Home to a New Earth Gathering: We are very happy to report that, after a long slumber for public events, we are getting back into gear and beginning event planning! Oh does it feel good! Not only is facilitating the linking of hearts an important part of our mission and a great honor, on a more personal level we’ve just missed everyone so much. Youdon’tevenknow.

For our event, in collaboration with our friends and co-facilitators of TOTOH, we will be holding the Coming Home to a New Earth Gathering from Sep 8–11 outside of Asheville, North Carolina, our first in-person gathering since before the pandemic.

Our focus for this year’s gathering is on actively cooperating with and supporting the increasing 4D+ energies in a more dedicated fashion, both individually and collectively. How can we embody unconditional love? How can we serve the healing of our planet and its peoples? How can we discover and share our particular gifts? What would it mean to deepen our commitment to fulfilling our individually unique paths? Etc.

Registration will be opened sometime around mid-April and announced via the Gatherings Newsletter. Stay tuned!

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  • New Hire process: The new hire process has nearly reached its conclusion. The journey included:
    • 35 total applications received and reviewed. Thank you to everyone who applied. The process made us wish that we could hire 35 people.
    • Interviewing four final candidates. A massive THANK YOU to all four who gave their time to the process. We felt genuine connection with all of the candidates, and were faced with making one of the most difficult decision of our lives.
    • Role reconfiguration. At some point in the process, we had a lightbulb moment realizing that hiring an employee for administrative/project-and-volunteer management/more regular duties, then a contractor for the event and workshop management, made sense. So that’s what we ended up aiming for an ultimately deciding.
    • We convened with Jim on the process, who offered his own selections and then interviewed our two final candidates, before all four of us landed on our final decision.
    • After making the official selections and celebrating, more work was needed in the form of drafting an Employee Agreement and Handbook, setting up payroll stuff, registering as an employer in another state, finding and setting up an work laptop (then ultimately returning it due to a hardware defect then finding another one), and lots of other fun logistical and HR details.
  • Search Engine: After lots of work, research, and testing, Daniel found the perfect search engine to implement on the new site. We went through an initial testing process where we evaluated factors such as:
    • How it displays return
    • Variations on terms and typo sensitivity. A “did you mean?” option for spelling errors and incomplete words.
    • Numbering and tagging systems for the conscious channeling library, which will further aid with study of the archive and have implications far into the future.
    • Things like results counters, result-type headers, and dozens of other things.
    • We then reached out to over 50 of our amazing friends and volunteers to help beta test the engine, and collected some extensive feedback. Amazingly, it seemed to have virtually no real bugs and received very high praise from most testers. And since the search engine will work for translations too, we sought feedback from translators for their particular languages – a really cool feature we weren’t expecting, but as usual, Daniel exceeds expectations.
    • We’re nearing homeplate and should be launching in April!
  • Other new website stuff:
    • One benefit of being a non-profit is that some companies like Microsoft offer some pretty impressive benefits, such as free software, credits for servers, and the like. Daniel discovered that their server credits would be ideal for the search engine, so we went through the process of registering with them to claim the credit. It was an involved process to set up L/L Research as an official org in Microsoft’s system, but upon doing so we found many other benefits that we’ve been poking around with.
  • Working with Translators
    • Farsi (Persian) – Meysam, with support from Pupak and Julien, has officially delivered everything needed to publish Sessions 1 – 12 of the Ra Contact, the front matter included. So exciting. Thank you, Meysam, for that and your ever positive vibe.
    • Korean – Sienna remains undeterred in her sizeable project to revise to Ra Contact standards the Korean translation that manifested on our doorsteps thanks to a family who wishes to remain anonymous. She has sent sessions 1 – 26 and we worked with her to review and get her the other needed pieces. Thank you, Sienna!
    • Catherine – It is a report for books, it seems, as after a year or two of dedicated work, Catherine has sent us a Russian translation of Living the Law of One 101. And expressed desire to continue the work, moving on next perhaps to A Concept Guide. What a gift. Thank you, Catherine!
    • Chinese – Held multiple rounds of dialogue with Wen S. about the prospect of contribute traditional Chinese-language translations to the library, with desire for something centered on Ra, but we are trying to get clear on that. Like all translators, Wen has a love for Ra’s precision and a desire for fidelity to the intention and meaning of their message as faithfully as it can be reproduced in another language.
    • Serbian – The journey of the Serbian translation goes on. Reached out to Jochen then dialogued with Alex and Sheyla about producing a TRC version from an existing and in-need-of-much-editing Serbian LOO. After some volleys it seems that Sheyla may take up the work. Thank you, Sheyla! And in the meantime, another seeker has self-embarked on his own question of Ra translation. We are trying to understand the nature of his project and how or whether it intersects with the above.
    • Spanish – And as the world spins, Henry continues to quietly produce Spanish transcripts. Thank you so much, Henry!
    • Romanian – And totally out of left field, Horia delivered a fully translated Crucifixion of Esmerelda Sweetwater in Romanian! We didn’t know he was working on it. Surprise translations are always the best kind of gift.
  • Translations published to the library site:
  • Gatherings: Coming Home and Homecoming
    • As mentioned above, we will be hosting events again this year! Worked with Jess, BJ, and Aaron of TOTOH to lay the groundwork for our first event since before the pandemic.
    • Worked with the former venue of Coming Home, with much gratitude to their care and attention, but ultimately landed on a new venue thanks to the scouting efforts of Jess. Worked with the new venue and put down a deposit!
    • Issued updates to the Gatherings Newsletter. Registration to open mid-April.
    • Also worked with Jim to plan for a potential Homecoming Gathering this year, also our first since before the pandemic. We will wait until mid-May, give or take, to make the call on that one. A small shout-out to Anthony for reaching out and offering to arrive early to help with set up!
  • Bring4th: Dug into dialogue with Steve about the state of Bring4th and potential options for the future. He has communicated to the forums a snapshot of the challenges involved.  
  • Podcasts Transcripts:
    • Received outreach from Christine P. along with a surprise transcript of one of our podcast episodes. She has offered to voluntarily create transcripts for us of the Law of One podcast! We had made some effort in the past to produce transcripts, but it didn’t come to fruition as we don’t value the podcast like we do the channeling transcripts, and energy was allocated elsewhere. But Christine made the case that:
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      People with hard of hearing or who cannot hear can still enjoy the podcasts by reading what you discussed. You guys are very helpful in breaking down the material and offer great wisdom.
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      People can copy/paste from the transcription and easily add it to their Law of One notes.
      – 
      People who are in an environment who cannot access volume (say at work or out somewhere) can read the transcript instead.
       Gives people the option to listen and follow along with the words.
      – 
      It’s nice to go on a website and browse a transcript if they do not have the time to listen to a full podcast. Or they can read part of the writing, get intrigued by the topic, then go listen to your soothing voices.
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      To which we added: foreign readers generally have an easier time reading a transcript rather than listening to the spoken English
    • As a result of which we did some digging and realized (remembered) that there are around 50 transcripts in our files! They just need some editing. So we accepted her offer with much gratitude for the great kindness and moved forward in collaboration to set up a system. She intends to transcribe not only the Law of One podcasts, but the archive with Carla, as well.  Thank you so much, Christine!
  • Study Groups: Points of excitement for us, added a Finnish group (as in, Finland) and an Alabamian (as in, Birmingham, Alabama) to L/L’s Study Group Directory.
  • Seeker Ministry: As usual, emails from seekers all over the world arrived in the inbox sharing their stories, asking questions about the material, seeking guidance on their paths, and generally offering a beautiful glimpse of the variety of the Creator’s expression of third density. It’s always a large honor/duty to respond and connect with these beautiful souls.
  • Social Media/Printed Book Sharing of the Confederation’s Message:
    • Updated Facebook and Twitter with Confederations quotes, created and shared Instagram images, and updated Patreon with L/L news and offerings.
    • Continuing working on producing the Ra Contact YouTube Videos.
    • Shipped book orders around the world and managed the online store, with various customer inquiries to process.
  • Nuts & Bolts
    • Worked with the LOO publisher and our own legal counsel to finalize an unresolved question on ebook royalties.
    • Produced the six-month report to issue royalties on sales of The Ra Contact to Tobey.
    • With the time for annual filing approaching, gathered all the documentation, produced all the reports, updated the 990, and got the whole package over to our CPA.
    • Communicated with the LOO published about the new format books they created for the LOO, making them 6×9 for the first time in their history, and changing out our small inventory.
    • PO Box runs and bank deposits.
    • Maintenance on the online store and the website.
    • And all of the regular fun stuff that blesses our to-do lists.
  • Smatterings: Thanks to a reader, learned of two sets of duplicate channelings on the website. Tracked down the true date, merged and edited the transripts, and updated the site. | Updated our work management applications. | Learned that one of L/L’s primary volunteer transcribers, Wen K., was born and raised in Taiwan! Connected her with Terry, our friend of two decades responsible for the first Chinese LOO.
  • Intermediate Circle: We met on March 9th and March 23rd, continuing our practice of channeling, hoping to improve and refine our ability to serve as channels of the Confederation’s message. The circle continues to deepen in connection.
  • Extra Circles: We had our second C/C channeling circle on March 2nd, where the topic of bellicosity was on everyone’s mind. It was another successful session with great energy, showing promising potential for the future. Some logistical challenges caused a humorous hiccup that resulted in a solo channeling for Austin.

2022-02-28

1/19 – 2/24

As the workload continues, it is difficult to keep up with this service. But we feel it’s important—we want to give others a window into the workings of L/L Research. However, due to the large workload + fatigue, we’re going to reduce the prose in this one. [Update after finishing this: Did. Not. Succeed.]

Peace Meditation: In response to the invasion of Ukraine, we dedicated time this past Saturday with Jim to meditate and pray for peace. Through our newsletters and social media we shared Jim’s prayer and invited readers in the Law of One community to join us. We were linked together in spirit. It was beautiful, though the cause bringing us together continues to break the heart. As we communicated in a follow-up post, we intend on facilitating collective peace meditations for the Law of One readership beginning this year.

Ra Contact Youtube: Two more sessions in the long-term project to archive the entire Ra contact audio with text video on Youtube were published:

Podcast: We managed to meet and record two episodes of the Law of One Podcast:

  • Episode 102, in which we discuss navigating the world of money and finances as spiritual seekers, and the spiritual implications of money on our world.
  • Episode 103, in which we discuss the concept of polarity from various angles.

Channeling Circles: Our regular channeling circles continued meeting twice per months in Jim’s living room, and we began an additional monthly circle dubbed the C/C channeling circle:

Discussions with Jonathan Tong: JT continued with his series of discussions and Q&As with Jim and Gary/Austin:

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  • Working with Translators:
    • Ukrainian – A language, a people, and a country that loom extra-large in the heart right now, we received from Fedir a couple weeks before the invasion began a copy of RC Vol 2 in pdf, mobi, and epub (the latter files making essentially free kindle versions). Thank you, Fedir. Wherever you are right now, you have our utmost hope and prayers of light for you and your family’s well-being, and for everyone you love. (We reached out but haven’t heard back.)
    • Korean – Sienna, editing and updating the gift of Korean LOO to TRC standards, sent in sessions 1 – 26 + various other components. Dialogue and planning. Thank you, Sienna!
    • Farsi – Meysam delivered his enough TRC sessions to publish, up to 12. Studied work, found still needed a couple pieces. Next report we’ll likely have published the first appearance of Ra in Farsi (Persian). Thank you, Meysam!
    • Serbian – Received contact from a Serbian seeker interested in volunteering for translating TRC into Serbian. This opened a investigation and discussion with Alex, Sheyla, and Jochen about the fate of the existing Serbian work and how to proceed next. In dialogue, thanks to all three parties.
    • Czech – Put together a comprehensive plan for the Czech team regarding producing Volume 1 of the TRC. Thank you team for working with us.
    • Dutch – Worked with Eric on some translation questions and received a few new and a few updated Dutch transcripts. Thank you, Erik!
    • Chinese – Enjoyed some dialogue with Sean and Terry with discussion about getting new Chinese translations on site. And receive the semi-annual report from the Taiwanese One Center for the Chinese-language sales of a few L/L titles.
    • Slovenian – Enjoyed some wonderful initial dialogue with Ljubo who started out with the best of intentions to produce a Slovenian TRC. Alas, looking up at that mountain from its base, Ljubo realized that such was not his path to walk at this time. The intention was pure and beautiful, however, and we thank Ljubo.
  • LLResearch.org:
    • Talked with Daniel about his self-initiated passion, of which he is fully capable, to build a meditation app that would host guided meditations and allow people to check-in and interface on various levels, among other things. He and we are hoping that he can integrate the project into LLResearch.org in service to the readership and to fill in a missing need in our mission. Stay tuned.
    • Search engine. Is almost here! After trying a few different services, Daniel landed on one and built it with our comprehensive instructions re how we needed it to perform. Ran an intensive review and submitted another round of feedback/requests to Daniel. By next report, LLResearch.org should have a robust search engine in place!
    • Related to the previous point, Daniel learned that Microsoft offers a general grant for their could computer service Azure, which may be very beneficial for the search engine. Registering with Microsoft as a nonprofit, setting up all of the necessary admin stuff, and claiming the grant credit turned out to be a bit of work, but will hopefully be well worth it in the end.
    • Supported Daniel, or just thanked him, for various updates around the website.
    • Some smaller things published: guidelines for submitting questions, and the Czech Republic and Denver, CO study groups to the Study Groups Directory.
  • Translations published to the site:
  • New Hire: Since the last report, we officially announced that we were looking for a new hire to fill a new position that we are calling Operations Specialist, though job titles are kind of irrelevant in a small organization like L/L Research. It has been an interesting, exciting, illuminating, and difficult experience. Since opening up to applications:
    • We have received 30 total applications from an impressively varied and qualified collection of interested people.
    • After reviewing the applications, selected a few top candidates and scheduled initial interviews
    • In the midst of those applications, we received some amazing wanderer stories, reflections on the Law of One, perspectives on the nature of service and L/L Research’s mission, some photographs of personal closets, and most importantly of all, some funny memes.
  • Das Gesetz des Einen: Multiple rounds of work with the inestimable Jochen, including receiving his fourth quarter reports and holding a video meeting. He in Germany, we in the US, the meeting happened the morning that Country A invaded Country B. We had an emotional start to the meeting, and then Jochen took us through his work on the manual we commissioned him to make for a licensing program, with further homework for us to do, along with exploring his project in Berlin.
  • Banishing Ritual: As part of our new extra channeling circle, Austin and Gary learned the Banishing Ritual from Jim. To support that, Jim gifted us a written set of instructions of his performance of the ritual (which has been doing every single morning since the 1981.) Some formatting and tweaks later, we published it to the website as a free public resource.
  • AWH Audiobook: Juliane continued her steady march forward in editing the A Wanderer’s Handbook audiobook, delivering chapters 8 and 9 in finished form.
  • 102 Editing: As readers likely know by now, Jim undertook the valiant task of taking up Carla’s torch on the Living the Law of One series and wrote the second book in the series, 102: The Outer Work. After developing a workflow for editing and interfacing with Jim, we began reviewing each chapter in an initial edit that involves proofreading, copyediting, formatting, applying styles, line editing, and general editorial feedback. Work slowed down around Chapter 3 thanks to a deluge of work for the new hire project, but will pick back up soon.
  • Bring4th: Said goodbye to Louise after about a full year of service on the community stewardship circle. Louise possesses a brilliant mind and a skilled pen. She also is a systems person and was instrumental in building the policies that would structure the roles and operation of the CSC. And if not enough, she was also generous in being a friend, especially through a very difficult time personally and organizationally. Thank you, Louise!! | Had some light dialogue with the team and some even lighter dialogue with the webmaster and made no progress in this period on getting any bugs fixed. Fast approaching a dramatic solution in one direction or another.
  • Coming Home planning: Joined forces with our Carebear cousins in Asheville on the first in-person L/L Research co-created event since before the pandemic! Held a video meeting with them to discuss our objectives and plans. And began venue research with phone calls, emails, onsite visits, data crunching, inter-team communication, and so forth. By next BW report, we’ll likely have something concrete in place for a gathering!
  • Transcription team and the lost channelings: Got into full swing with the newly formed person transcription team. They’ve been kicking butt on the project to get 20 lost channeling sessions from 1980 – 2006 into transcript form, along with keeping up with the recent circles. Thank you, Daniel, Donna, Michael, Nicole, and Wen!
  • Basic Principles Course: After 10.5 years, we in conjunction with Jim decided to cancel the “Basic Principles of the Law of One Course” as offered the IMU (International Metaphysical University). They updated their software and thus the way the course was run, and, no harm no foul, we simply didn’t find congruence, so we amicably parted ways. They have some wonderful offerings if interested. Meanwhile we harvested all the student data, and began a project to clean up the audio of Carla’s twelve audio lectures for the twelve courses. We will offer the audio for free to the interested seeker on the Living the Law of One 101 page in the near future, and we may even re-launch the course as a self-piloted, donation-value-based course down the road. Also got all the material to the final student as Jim works with him through the course as a gift.
  • Seeker ministry: As usual, we receive many emails each week from seekers all over the world with a variety of reasons for reaching out – to ask a question, to seek guidance, to offer reflections, to share their story, to simply connect. It’s our goal to ensure that each email received is received with our full hearts and given a proper considered response.
  • Tarot Deck: Met for a second round of video meeting with a couple of creative producers and students of the Ra Contact interested in producing a tarot deck using L/L Research’s images. Project looks promising.
  • Interviews: Austin and Gary met with the lead of the Spanish team producing the Spanish The Ra Contact for a planned one-hour interview that became two hours. Gabriel was sharp in his articulation and deep in his study, it was a wonderful conversation. To be published in English and Spanish. | As was our second meetup with the dedicated Jonathan Tong for a video Q&A with members of his Seattle LOO study group among others. | Set Jim up to join the Higher Density Living podcast. Episode to be published.
  • Social Media/Printed Book Sharing of the Confederation’s Message:
    • Updated Facebook and Twitter with Confederations quotes, created and shared Instagram images, and updated Patreon with L/L news and offerings.
    • Continuing working on producing the Ra Contact YouTube Videos.
    • Shipped book orders around the world and managed the online store.
  • Nuts & Bolts
    • Put together an agenda for the AGM (Annual General Meeting). Part of which required looking through the past year of bookkeeping for the financial review, which granted an opportunity to take a deep dive into Trisha’s first full year of bookkeeping for L/L (she began in 2020). Impeccable, nearly flawless work – which is impressive in light of the huge volume of data that’s processed over the course of 52 weeks. Thank you, Trish! | Held a successful AGM and had a yes vote to publish minutes of the AGM.
    • Finally updated our inventory with the new format of the original Law of One books after exchanging our existing old format stock for the new. The publisher made it 6×9 for the first time. | Held discussions with the publisher about updating the ebooks royalties, with some counsel from our IP attorneys. | And enjoyed a phone call with a rep in their imprint department about their desire to produce a calendar and some cards
    • Completed several rounds of bookkeeping
    • Taught Trish/Trish learned new processes for channeling transcript generation, how to publish transcripts to the new website, adding countries in the online store, and bookkeeping tasks
    • Finalized a new system to issue year-end thank you notes/tax receipts to donors of the just-completed year. Thank you, to all!
  • Smatterings: Enjoyed offering some review and feedback to Doug Esse’s latest work at CosmicChrist.net | Set up the always generous Tomas with a new system for creating the PDFs that accompany all the transcripts. Thank you, Tomas! | Got a bit overloaded. For instance, in addition to all the normal workflow, in one week we had: Tue: Podcast; Wed: Channeling Circle; Thu: Tarot deck meeting; Fri: meeting with TOTOH (Asheville friends) about launching an in-person gathering; Sat: Video Q&A with Jonathan Tong; Mon: Video interview with Gabriel Lugo + AGM
  • Intermediate Circle: Met on our own time and joined Kathy and Jim for three intermediate channeling circles at Jim’s: Jan 26Feb 9 (to be published soon), and Feb 23.
  • Extra Circles: Met at Gary and Trisha’s for our first extra intermediate channeling circle. Feb 2. We needed a name to differentiate the circle from the intermediate one, and we came up with a list of unique name—“Where the Dogs Bark Channeling Circle”, “Random-series-of-alphanumeric-characters Channeling Circle (X37B Channeling Circle),” “The Emma-Cooper-Junebug Channeling Circle,” “Non-Fight Club Channeling Circle,” along with some actual serious names—but there is no precedent in L/L’s history for a unique name. All the channeling circles are basically variations of “Day-of-the-week meditation,” “Advanced meeting,” “Intermediate meeting,” “Intensive meditation,” and, bonus: one called “Senior citizens meeting” (14 Jul 1979). We didn’t want to risk elevating the extra circle or making it special, so we settled on “C/C channeling circle,” the C’s designating our alternating home neighborhoods. Kind of hoping something better comes along. It was an overwhelmingly positive experience. We seek to gain more practice and to proceed forward in a spirit of discovery in a way that adds to the primary channeling circles.

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Personal Sharings & Announcements

Gary:

Beatriz: Our dear friend and board member, Beatriz, fell desperately ill during this period due to a lung infection. She was brought to death’s door, actually. But she was not in fear. Instead she was in grace. Divine grace. Agonizing pain too, but her spirit became alight with an infusion of vision. To my eyes, Beatriz purified the human encasing even further to lose the unimportant, to distill the truth, to become transparent. She shared some of her experience with us, including the following which was beyond beautiful…

I walked a thin line and all the beautiful people beckoned to me.

And I was filled with love and gratitude. God was by my side and he showed me what a beautiful life I lived….not because of what I did, but the people who touched my soul, who awakened God in me….so I surrendered. God breathed new life into me and slowly I am eating and walking and beginning a new.

It is only about love. In this moment I felt nothing I did in this life matters……only love. Did I convey my love to those with whom I have shared this journey? Only this matters….and that I conveyed this love with grace…..in praise and honor of our Father, our Creator

We were all touched by Beatriz’s light. And we are so grateful that she’s still here with us and this world. She is a healer of hearts and bodies.

AVL 106: I attended the Asheville group’s weekly Law of One study session to celebrate with them their third cycle through the material in 6 years as they reached session 106. It’s a remarkable feet to have held this level of dedication, meeting 51–52 weeks a year to study one session at a time, and then starting over at the completion of a cycle. Many hats off to the whole group, and deep bows to the primary two anchors, Aaron Maret and his wife BJ Harden Jones, for their anchoring perseverance, loving space-holding, and the unremitting nurturance they offer to the group. And to Benji and Mae for the years they hosted the group in their home.

It was a heartfelt moment for them. They will be taking a break from Law of One study for the moment to focus on Ken Keyes’s Handbook to Higher Consciousness.


DGDEV French & German
Our partner, Jochen, produces quarterly activity reports in his efforts to share the Confederation philosophy in German and French (with other languages on the way). He and Misha are powerhouses. Thank you, Jochen, Misha, Ivy, and team! Here is his 4th quarter report.

  • Misha completed another huge book project: “A Concept Guide” is now available as “Guides des Concepts”. Congratulations! 
  • The Polaris study group had another meeting at Misha’s place and maintained communication also otherwise
  • Jochen and Misha shared some great video calls, talking about publishing details and “God and the world”
  • Misha immediately started translating the next book project “A channeling handbook”
  • Had a first round of work with Zineb, a new translator based in Morocco.
  • L/L Research, Horia and Jochen closed a cooperation agreement that will allow for Romanian translations to be published in the near future through DGDEV.  
  • Jochen focused on translating the remaining channeling transcripts of 2017, and hence provided these to L/L’s archives and published the half-year collection 2017 (II) of Confederation messages.
  • Based on Horia’s Romanian translation Jochen began the blog https://legealuiunu.wordpress.com/ and other preliminary works to publish the Ra Contact in Romanian soon.
  • The German whatsapp group had a couple of great zoom calls, hosted by Daniel, in which we connected much deeper and shared insights and inspirations.
  • The planning of our Berlin group’s lecture program with “Haus des Friedens” advanced by an important organizational step. Hopefully we’ll see the first events happening in spring.

2022-01-21

12/11 – 1/18

A note about the Blogworthy: Meysam, the honorable Persian translator of The Ra Contact, wrote recently in an email: “I like making connections with other translators. There is a good chance that we are of the same soul family. And the friendships built on shared spiritual beliefs are usually the stronger ones. I follow your updates [in the Blogworthy Report] on the translation efforts. I enjoy reading about their life and work stories. Like how Jochen’s left his monk-like life to seek a service among other people. And how consistent Horia’s efforts are. The Korean translation was also an interesting case. Like me, B is translating Ra’s messages while he is raising his daughter. It is such a blessing. Nothing is sweeter than these little angels. These are inspirational stories. They give me a sense of belonging to a big wave of good deeds.”

That landed as quite inspirational to us. It is a joy to work with each translator. Most translators give window into the emotional, personal, and spiritual dimension of their work, and nearly across the board they describe variations on fulfillment, honor, joy, communion, being of service, and upliftment when in contact with this message. Sometimes tears. The light that the normal reader feels grow inside when reading the material takes on a different shape, and perhaps depth, to the translator who must scrutinize the meaning of each word and syntactical combination thereof. An intimacy develops.

And knowing that a translator might feel joy and greater sense of belonging by hearing of the work of their counterparts in other locations and languages inspires us to share more of the snippets of the personal dimensions we receive. The function of the blogworthy is to communicate the work of L/L Research, but all that work is done by humans who each are on a spiritual journey and who are often sharing themselves in the process. We would love to bring this extended family that wraps around the world into more color. And as communicated via email, thank you, dear Meysam. 🙂

Intermediate channelings: Jim, Gary, Trish, Austin, and Kathy continued meeting regularly to receive thoughts and inspiration from the Confederation in our Intermediate Channeling Circles. Thanks to volunteer transcription from Wen and Suzanna, two transcripts were published in this period:

Ra Contact YouTube: Thanks to the indefatigable Trisha Bean, the journey to Session 106 nears closers to the finish line. Published three more sessions perfectly syncing the text with the original recorded audio of that conversation between a Kentuckian and tens of millions, but really just one, ex-Venusian:

Podcast: We met to record the 101st episode of the Law of One podcast, in which we discuss the spiritual concept of purity. Jim was unfortunately unable to join for this one. You can check it out on our podcast page.

Discussions with Jonathan Tong: Dedicated seeker and host of the Seattle Law of One Meditation and Discussion Group has invited Jim to join their weekly Zoom call a couple times to do a discussion and Q&A, and then recently also invited Gary and Austin to join. Both were recorded and can be seen here:

Light/Lines: We published the 160th edition of the Light/Lines Newsletter, with a session from Q’uo talking about the dance of the seeker on the journey to the Creator. Check it out on our Light/Lines page.

A Book of Days narration: Jim came across another inspiring session from A Book of Days that fits the turning of the year, so we recorded his narration, put it on a video, and published it to our Youtube for anyone looking for a dose of inspiration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKHZ7tmAZHg

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  • The Library Website:
    • Daniel: Had a great meeting in early January with Daniel for the purpose of looking ahead and prioritizing the many, many things to do on the new site. Daniel arrived with the equivalent of a suit and tie, not in his clothing but in this incredible, pro-level slideshow presentation he made for us. A very, very calm and mellow fellow, he’s got a voice that is conducive for meditation. It lulled us into an absorptive state as he presented his slides. Working together for 2.5 years now, the three of us enjoy a wonderful, frictionless harmony wherein we all autonomously bring pieces to the table. After collaborative discussion, we have worked out a set of projects for the year (in addition to the never-ending tweaks, improvements, and small requests) roughly prioritized as follows:
      – Build a robust internal search engine with various filtering and sorting options (to make the library a real study library)
      – Create admin accounts with specific permissions to publish to the site (for dedicated translators)
      – Improve SEO . Did you know that LLResearch.org is not even on the first page of google returns when you search “Law of One”? Neither did we. Fortunately tho Lawofone.info is on the first page.
      – Improve translation integration
      – Develop the wiki
      – Create special corners of website for licensing partners (maybe study groups and/or translators too)
      – Create user accounts (so that readers can mark transcripts as read/unread, favorite, to read, etc.)
      – Integrate the seeker Connector map and journals (so that Bring4th can purify down to a forums)
    • Some other data points: The website uses 10gb of bandwidth per day! Which is costly. | Thanks to a change, the site now rebuilds daily, so that when we publish new content or edit existing text it will appear the following day as it rolls out around the world. | And in the just over 3 months the new site has been in existence, it received 92 thousand unique visitors. (No cookies were used in the making of these numbers.)
  • Translations published to the site:
  • Living the Law of One 102: As you probably know, Jim has worked on a couple drafts of Living the Law of One 102, a continuation of Carla’s series, and we’re now at the stage to add our editing touch and bring it closer to actual publication. So we set up a proper process with Jim and began the grand journey of editing. We’re up to Chapter 2 so far and Jim seems to appreciate the edits!
  • Bring4th: Enjoyed some light convo with our friends in the CSC (including getting to meet Diana F. in person over the Christmas holiday). Minus the bugs on Bring4th, things seem to be flowing relatively harmoniously with positive contributions. But as to those bugs… logged a couple more ways that the site is not functioning optimally from a member and subsequently returned once more to our erstwhile webmaster for a final… how to put this English idiom uncrudely… do your business on the ejection chamber or relinquish the seat expeditiously please.
  • Working with Translators: The new library site has a stats bar on the bottom of the home page. It lists the number of years L/L Research has been in mission, number of books, etc. We realized that one of the less important numbers could be replaced with a much more significant number: languages. So Daniel added 21 to a language counter (includes English). And in the process he told us that there were 768 things (books, transcripts, articles, etc.) translated on the website. Just wow. Thanks be to the generosity of translators over the decades helping to make this particular wavelength of love/light available to their fellow seekers.
    • Persian – Received a gift from Meysam, the first ten sessions of TRC. Thank you, Meysam! He is currently on a mission to produce the front pieces of the book. Loved seeing our first images, a picture of he, his wife, and their beautiful toddler-aged (?) daughter. Learning English came up in an email. Part of his youthful English training came by way of Al Pacino movies, whose trademark speeches he and friends would memorize and recite. Meysam added: “Learning a new language is a unique experience in many ways. It opens the door to other cultures. You get to have a more direct experience of the people’s subcultures, traditions, and everyday life. Moreover, each language has its spiritual words. Those words have their own unique vibrations.”
    • Italian – Even through a relocation to another country, a wedding, and contracting (a mild case of) covid, Mauro has nonetheless stayed in communication and sent his work, including planning around the revision work on TRC, and the first Italian transcripts since 2018. Thank you, Mauro! And a huge congratulation on two Big Events: marriage after 15 years of partnership, and a move out of country. We loved the few wedding pics he sent of a lovely couple shining brightly even after a decade and a half together.
    • Romanian – Speaking of inspiration, this entity inspires us not only for his tireless work (he is the most prolific with the transcripts), but with his eloquent reflections about the material and the mission of this little organization. We speak of course of Horia who has sent not only lots of transcripts in this period, but who has compiled a collection of 60 transcripts into two volumes for Jochen to make his first print outside of German and French. We also got to work with Horia on the preface to the collection which serves the channeling well, and discuss the trouble of there being no direct equivalent of “Questioner” in Romanian. Should it say “Don” instead? Equivalents of “moderator” and “interrogator” didn’t work. But he struck on a translation of “interviewer” that does, though apparently it is a bit awkward to the Romanian tongue. Thank you, Horia!
    • German – Speaking of Jochen, his Berlin move is really a Berlin move now. Living humbly in the rural outskirts, he needed a quick source of employment in the city. It required a winter bicycle ride + a few forms of public transportation to get into the city. Then through a series of synchronicities, and the kindness of a friend, he was blessed to be offered living quarters right in the cultural heart of where he would like to operate. Go Jochen! Designs for a European printing center for L/L books are still on the drawing table.
    • Polish – And right next door, country-wise, we have received news from Pawel that he + team are working on revising their translation of TRC, and afterward he wants to move onto A Concept Guide. (Which would be the third language, as it’s on the cusp of a Chinese and French appearance.) Moreover, Marcin, a seeker who years ago volunteered to translate TRC into Polish but was taken elsewhere by his PhD studies, returned onto the radar, delighted to discover that his once dream had been manifested by Pawel & team. With permission, we connected Marcin with Pawel and received feedback that a collaboration is blooming: Marcin is able to augment Pawel’s operation with the integration of added community. Congrats and thanks!
    • Portuguese – Received a lovely offer to contribute Portuguese translation from Marta. After establishing terms and relationships, as we do, she decided to start with 1980 and work forward. But as we also like to do, we made new connections, linking Marta with the existing TRC Portuguese team of Edgard and Pedro. Success! And thank you (in advance) Marta!
    • French 1 – While Misha is quietly working away at A Channeling Handbook—with ever enjoyable and humorous personal updates (she is such a wit)—we received a new French transcript from Ivy, a member of the Jochen/Misha team who manages the French social media. Thank you, Ivy!
    • French 2 – Jochen is in the process of finalizing Misha’s French translation of ACG, and some of the illustrations included in the text needed to have labels translated, a task requiring access to the Adobe suite that the images were initially designed in (which we have and were happy to oblige in aiding Jochen).
    • Chinese – And through a rare crack in the system slipped an email from a Chinese seeker who, with support from one of our longest translator companions, Terry Hsu, decided to embark on translation of A Concept Guide into Chinese… 14 months ago. Oy vey. Egg on us. We learned of this because Li-yun has returned, almost done. Wow. Thank you, Li-yun! She joins Misha as well in locating a couple numerical errors in the book. (The author had an occasional habit of discombobulating the numbers sometimes. e.g. if, say, 15.19 was quoted, he might list it as 15.9. Hairbrain, that one. :))
    • Dutch – Received a new Dutch transcript from Erik. Thank you, Erik! Assisted with questions about translating “mind” and “spirit.” And dug into pensive and a little apprehensive reflections about the state of our world centered mostly on healthcare and pandemic-related responses, topics which weigh heavy on a father raising two children.
    • Spanish – And another new/old translator reappeared: Esther! She had gifted L/L some Spanish transcripts las year and returned to continue the effort. Thank you, Esther! And, if you notice a pattern here, we connected her with the ongoing Spanish translators, Henry who is producing transcripts routinely, and Gabriel & team who are working on a Spanish TRC. And to Henry who returned to his Australian home after some time spent in Europe with his daughter, thank you for your transcripts! Worked as well with Gabriel on a brief question: Contacto con Ra or Contacto de Ra? With or of, respectively. Tough, but the latter was the more appropriate choice, Gabriel with our feedback determined.
    • Korean – And onward this incredible work continues. (We need a CG visual of the Earth that zooms out at each bullet point and zooms back in to the region in the world the next Confederation translation work is taking place.) In previous BW reports you may remember, but probably don’t, that a Korean translation of Ra miraculously manifested thanks to the efforts of a Korean family, but as it was done without guidance, it was an unusual hybrid version. In entered Sienna who graciously set aside the work she had begun on the same book to bring this up to specs. And that she has done through this period, even through a busy holiday season. She gives the translation high marks but is locating some areas that require refinement, like a Korean translation that works out to “dimensional density.” A big project, thank you, Sienna!
    • Hungarian  – And last but not least, Laszlo wrote in with some questions and reflections regarding his work to refine the Hungarian translation of the RC that he had completed some moons ago. As translators evolve and deepen their understanding, so too does their translation at times. We had a good in-depth discussion about Ra’s counsel to the group in 2.1. Thank you, dear Lazlo!
  • Czech Team report!: A few years ago, the Czech team—Vojta, Radim, Bara, and Roman—followed in Jochen and Misha’s footsteps to officially form a licensing partnership with L/L Research that would give them ability to translate, print, and distribute all L/L Research work in Czech. They were the team with whom we collaborated to hold our first international event in 2019, the Prague Law of One gathering. They’ve been slower than originally intended, which is fine, and part of which is due to the pandemic, but they have sent in their first annual report of activities (as Jochen does). Among the highlights they reported holding public meditations online every month, maintaining their facebook group and study group, investigating book printing, continuing translation of the latter half of TRC, and communicating with a newsletter list of over 200 people! You can find their work here if interested: www.zakonjednoty.cz. We also briefly expressed mutual interest in the prospect of another Prague gathering this year. It was supposed to be an annual event, the next one to transpire in 2020, but, pandemic. Hopefully we’ll be in the epidemiological clear to co-host one this year.
  • Transcription team: The text transcripts that one reads on the library website for the channeling don’t manifest themselves. While (really smart) machines assist the process to transcribe the audio into text nowadays, human review is still needed. Suzanna and Wen were L/L’s team for that work, but Suzanna needed to retire the service after almost a year in favor of her service on L/L’s board. (Thank you, Suzanna!) So, we pinged the volunteer list after getting it over for the first time ever to our new email newsletter system. We received twenty-four offers to help in reply! Holy moly. Though we were only looking for one, we wanted to say yes to everyone (they were all good). SO we decided to expand the team to six new entities to join Wen to make seven. Communicated with everyone, even the non-utilized offers were so gracious, and got the system set up in Otter and Trello. Thank you, Christian, Daniel, Donna, Lisa, Michael, and Nicole!
  • Lost transcripts: The new transcribers arrived just in time. As Trish was mass converting L/L’s audio from the channeling library over to MP3, she discovered that there were twenty recordings from 1980 – 2006 for which there was no text transcript. She set up a system for the new team and as of this writing, they are underway transcribing the new sessions.
  • New hire work: You may have heard whispers of an project to expand the L/L Research team with a part-time position. We continued sorting out the details, building the role, creating the job posting, planning to convene for a visualization-meditation to post this soon. Keep an eye out!
  • IMU: With the enrollment of a new student in L/L’s online “Basic Principles of the Law of One” course, we received news that IMU had rolled out a new system. After some navigation, it seems that, like our very own Bring4th website, there are some issues and inefficiencies. Catalogued them and commenced communication with the prez.
  • Transcript PDFs: For years, dedicated volunteer Tomas has helped us with the task of generating PDFs for channeling transcripts. He’s never failed to send in a PDF after a new channeling goes up. After getting caught up on a bit of a backlog on our end, we set up a new system on Trello to integrate his process with the overall transcription process, and then passed the duty of receiving, reviewing, and publishing the PDF on to Trisha.
  • Seeker Ministry: Every week over the course of the past five weeks we received, read carefully, and responded to emails sent to L/L Research from around the globe (but mostly presumably concentrated in English-speaking countries). Usually a joy, sometimes a challenge, sometimes a “huh?”, we love receiving stories and trying to shed some light on the body of philosophy that illuminates and puzzles our own hearts as well.
  • Audiobook: Juliane continues her diligent work on editing the audiobook of A Wanderer’s Handbook, and she made it through a few more chapters. We get ever closer to the end, and nearer to being able to publish our fourth audiobook. Thank you, Juliane!
  • Fundraiser: The fundraiser, and all the fun logistics and administration that come with it, officially wrapped up at the beginning of the year. It was another year of truly overwhelming gratitude for all of the support sent in from seekers that totaled just over 42k for the fundraiser! Thank you, thank you everyone. Donations will allow us to continue the various services and expand to more areas to fulfill the mission of L/L Research.
  • Smatterings
    • LOO: Met for a phone call with a representative from the publisher of the original LOO books to receive and talk about their proposals for the creation of some new projects for the text. Also dialogued with the prez about sales/royalty questions, tbc.
    • Morris interview: While on an Oct-Nov roadtrip, spent a few cherished days with Morris and Linda; and while there, conducted a three-hour interview about Morris’s experience with Don, Carla, and eventually Jim in the 60 to early 80s. Trish got it all transcribed and late in the evenings Gary chipped away at editing. It produced 70 pages! And there is still more interviewing to do. (Morris appears in the Introduction to Book 1, along with a couple Q&As with Ra, along with Secrets of the UFO.)
    • RCYT integrated: Got all of the existing Ra Contact YouTube videos integrated with the session text on the library site.
    • Audio improvements: Got some equipment to help with the audio quality of the channeling transcripts as well as the podcast. The initial test with the channeling transcripts was a success, and will be an aid for the transcribers.
    • Year-end donor letters: Taking a surprising amount of work, built a new system for thanking donors at the end of the year, including a message for recurring donors. And felt the heart soften in thanking one recurring donor in particular who himself is not a LOO reader but who continues to donate in his wife’s name after she passed given how much she loved the material and this mission.
    • Chinese connection: Loving connecting people, we were able to connect a couple Chinese LOO readers who were unaware of one another and delighted to e-meet.
    • A Concept Guide error: ACG was published in May, 2020, and despite the fine-toothed-comb level of editing, numerical and grammatical errors made their way in (including an error in getting the sequence wrong in What Dreams May Come). All of them logged for a future update. And then a big one arrived: the author (that freakin haibrain), in the entry for Mind Complex, quoted the Questioner as Ra! And neither he nor any of the editors caught it. It’s funny but also a serious error, particularly as a paragraph of additional text was built off of a quote that was mistakenly thought to be Ra. To the author’s credit <clears throat>, Don’s question does have a very Ra-like ring. So, ACG will need corrected post-haste. Thank you, Paul!
    • Inner/outer planes: Had a great internal discussion on the terminology around inner/outer planes, and inner/outer planes sources, and the potential misnomer and confusion around the sets.
    • AQD Royalties: The book, The Aaron/Q’uo Dialogues, is the only one done in tandem with a group outside of L/L Research. So what little royalties arrive are split between L/L and Barbara. Though, again, a small amount, we determined that Barbara should receive 100%, especially as she is caring for her husband Hal who suffered a stroke a couple of years ago and is completely dependent. We enjoyed a couple volleys of dialogue with that bright bright soul.
  • Social Media Sharing of the Confederation’s Message:
    • Updated Facebook and Twitter with Confederations quotes, created and shared Instagram images, and updated Patreon with L/L news and offerings.
    • Continuing working on producing the Ra Contact YouTube Videos.
  • Nuts ‘n Bolts:
    • Book shipping: Processed book orders and shipped ‘em out. Handled customer inquiries. Took year-end book inventory.
    • Bookkeeping: Over the course of the past five weeks, performed five weeks’ worth of bookkeeping.
    • Budget meeting: Put together a budget for 2022 and met with the hot BOD to review edit and approve
    • Employee stuff: The end of the year always beings a flurry of activity, from adjusting insurances, reconciling any discrepancies, ensuring taxes are reported and filed correctly, ensuring W-2s and 1099s are generated properly and on time, and many other little pieces that come with being a registered employer. It’s all quite exciting!
    • Website maintenance: as with the old library site, there are always small mistakes to correct or other random types of maintenance to perform.
    • Errands: Made the typical runs to the PO box and bank for shuffle around the various things that our society deems appropriate to put on paper.
    • Online Store: After the upgrade of the Online Store, lots of little kinks were left to be worked out of the system. Small bugs are still being found and squashed, but thankfully it is up and running smoothly now.

Intermediate Channeling Circles:

During this period, met on Dec 22 and Jan 5 for two channeling circles at Jim’s. This week’s was postponed till next week due to snow. And… gained Jim’s blessing to spread our wings a bit and add an additional channeling circle each month on our own, alternating between our respective homes. As part of the new endeavor, we will each undertake to learn and perform the Banishing Ritual in order to purify and protect our home working spaces, as Jim has done for decades in his (and Carla’s) own home. In the process, received a comprehensive set of written instructions from Jim that we’ve formatted and will be soon publishing to the library site as a resource on the Protection Rituals page. Next week we’ll meet over at Jim’s to perform it with his guidance.

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Announcements & Personal Sharings:

Gary: Over the past couple/few reports I’ve meant to make a personal sharing of a southwest experience, but look at the above! Christ almighty. Though written mostly by Austin and me (with contribution from Trish), it just takes a lot out of one to put all that together. So in short:

Trish and I had an opportunity to spend some time with Morris and his wife Linda, and then Beatriz. I wish I had the bandwidth and ability to give you a window into Beatriz’s story in particular. It’s quite incredible, including coming close to death—she should have died, by the account—due to contracting the worst type of malarial infection in west Africa in the 70s. Then experiencing a miraculous healing that set her on a path to becoming a healer herself, now using a technique called broadcasting serving people around the world who reach out to her. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, she also grew up with seven family members in a small space, most or all of them working on Texas farms for poverty wages. She worked very hard in school, broke through some barriers to be accepted into university, was elected president of the Mexican-Americant student body despite not running for or seeking the position, and thanks in part to Beatriz’s leadership in protests, they they were able to make the Texas public university system end their blatantly discriminatory admission practices.

Morris’s story, also chocked full of interest, is overlapped with L/L’s (he having met Carla and Don 15 or so years before Jim did) and will be explored in the text of the 3hr interview I conducted with him, along with more to interviewing to come.

Beatriz and Morris both had in common the living of a devoted life of surrender. Each wakes in the morning consciously orienting toward how they may be of service, and in each and every curveball and catalyst that life has thrown them, they see the will of God at work, as it might be described, including Morris’s many work assignments around the world that necessitated that he spend years living in China, the Middle East, Europe, and elsewhere. In each case, they sought as best as possible to cooperate with the invisible guiding hands of spirit. This emerged as a theme for my own contemplation in the various spiritually oriented discussions with both entities. I returned home waking in the morning asking how I may best be of service.

While out and about, we also got to meet with some members of the Dallas LOO study group—Doug, Brian, Tiffani, and Troy—including one of the FB LOO study group admins, at the house of one of my oldest friends in the Law of One world, Tiffani. We didn’t hold a study session but we did hold a round robin, going around the circle and sharing our seeking.

Tiffani and I both met each other on the same weekend we met and befriended Carla and Jim almost 20 years ago in April, 2002. She’s remained a friend to Carla and Jim and L/L ever since. She has a regular practice of diving into the archive to read whatever channeling happened on the present day’s calendar date.

Troy introduced Doug some years back to the Law of One, both are professional counselors and mystic Christians. Doug, like me, has deep concern for and confusion about certain trends in society generally and the new age community specifically; Troy is a rather serene entity with a heart seeming untroubled by Big Catalyst; and Brian is a very gentle soul with a vibe that rings of innocent purity. He has a travel destination to seek, and I hope he makes it!

Tiffani, a guest on our podcast in 2020, is someone we have a deep personal love for, as does Trish with whom she has become buddies, but it’s grown also into admiration. Tiffani rose and resurrected from the dark dark trenches of life and substance abuse into a self-forgiven person who is single-pointedly dedicated to growth and service, including through volunteer work to help other women struggling with substance abuse. She also has one of the most forgiving hearts I’ve ever encountered, so forgiving that I don’t even know that she experiences something to forgive; evidenced not by a pleasant demeanor, though she has that, but by treatment from a longterm person in her life that is among the most cruel that I’ve personally encountered. Yet, her heart remains open.

And to round it out, we spent a few days in Austin, TX, with someone who has become a dear friend, Luis, while meeting his lovely amazing wife, Carrie. Luis, like Aaron Maret of Asheville, put out a call in his hometown for a LOO study group a couple years back. And the seed grew! He now facilitates two different groups, one of which Trish and I had the privilege of joining. That group, the more intensive studiers, uses a unique format of arriving to the circle with questions from having read the targeted few sessions of the Law of One. We had such a good time meeting everyone. Luis is a budding healer himself, also offered Trish and me a reading’ish sort of experience that produced tears for both of us. A deeply kind heart, he was headed to the Damanhur community in the Italian Alps after we parted ways. I still have to follow up on his pictures and report.

And then fast forward a couple months later: for Christmas, Trish and I, with my mom’s help, flew out to Arizona for the holiday to spend it with my mom and her husband, my sister and her partner and their two kids, one five, one just about one year old. Colton, the five-year old, has ADHD (they say) pretty fiercely. His attention span doesn’t stay in one place for more than a couple of seconds. But the kid is always bright and smiling with an inexhaustible well of energy. Along with my brother’s two kids, about the same age, we love our nieces and nephews. They pull on the paternal heart strings, making us wistful for another life where we would have kids together.

At any rate, this trip is relevant to L/L Research because while there, Trish and I made a drive to visit with someone with whom I’ve been friends and collaborators for a few years (she contributed a couple of the art pieces in ACG) but have never met in person, Diana Fisher! Diana is one of the members of Bring4th’s community stewardship circle, not to mention a seriously gifted artist and creator of children’s books. We enjoyed a delicious vegan lunch and even better conversation, and got to meet with Nathan, a member of their local LOO study group and admin of the FB LOO study group who we haven’t seen since his Homecoming Gathering visit ten years ago. Except for a streak of grey, he looked much the same, and astute as ever in his LOO study. Thanks to Diana, we were all treated to our first mind-blowing, almost transformational experience of VR.

And to close this monster out…. a few resources from the Law of One readership:

Two articles from Doug (mentioned above), one of which diagrams for the first time that I’ve ever seen it, the movement of the green-ray energy in healing, and a look at the archetype of catalyst.

Wen’s video of what gardening has taught her

This video that the author calls: A Wanderer’s Purpose

Adonai! (Can you exclamation mark that?)

2021-12-13

11/20 – 12/10

Intermediate channelings: Jim, Gary, Trish, Austin, and Kathy continued meeting regularly to receive thoughts and inspiration from the Confederation in our Intermediate Channeling Circles. Thanks to volunteer transcription from Wen and Suzanna, two transcripts were published in this period:

100,000: After receiving the semi-annual sales report of the original Law of One books from the publisher, our tally indicates that a(n ultimately arbitrary) threshold has been crossed: Over 100,000 copies of Book 1 have been sold over its lifetime, beginning with its first printing in the early 80s. That’s a fuzzy number because we do have a small gap in our records, and that number does not include the number of times the material has been read at Lawofone.info or LLResearch.org, or the number of times PDFs have been downloaded. It also doesn’t take into account any stats from the Ra Contact, or the most helpful understanding of all and our greatest hope: whether the material was of help to the seeker in catalyzing their self-healing recognition of self.

Though such a threshold does bring us joy, L/L Research doesn’t place a strong emphasis on such numbers. As you know, we don’t advertise or proselytize. We do our best to offer our services for those who are drawn to it. As Ra said, “To serve one is to serve all.” But we humans also celebrate and measure threshold-crossings, whether birthdays or anniversaries or “I was this tall at age 7 and this tall at age 12.” And for the lonely wanderer missing their community, a number such as this might be a boon to the soul in the knowledge that one is not alone, that there are others, many others.

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  • Translations: The volunteer translators, who dedicate their free time to a service that allows the Confederation’s message to be shared to new segments of the world, continued their amazing work. Once translators finish their work, they send it to us for us to format properly and publish to the archive site. New translations were published this week in Italian, Romanian, Dutch, and German; thank you Mauro, Horia, Erik, and Jochenm respectively:
  • Working with Translators:
    • Korean – Continued the journey with the surprise Korean translation that was delivered to us by a Korean family (who wished to be unnamed) but that was a uniqique hybrid version that needed to be upgraded to Ra Contact standards. Toward that end, worked with Sienna to identify all the revisions that needed made and outline the scope and sequence of the job. Blessed be, she’s up to the task and moving forward. Thank you, Sienna, and thank you, other family!
    • Portuguese – After receiving outreach and establishing terms, welcomed a new volunteer translator into the collective effort to help the Confederation philosophy reach interested seekers around the world. She will commence with translation of the Transcript Library beginning in 1980. Thank you, Marta! Also, did something that we love doing and connected otherwise previously non-connected seekers by linking Marta with Edgard and Pedro, the Portuguese translators working on the RC.
    • Arabic – Received from B. sessions 31 – 40 of TRC in Arabic! Thank you, B.! Along with enjoying lovely dialogue with this lovely, dedicated entity who is in love with his and his partner’s baby daughter and wishes he could have a dog but would take the blessing of his baby a hundred times over.
    • Spanish – Continued receiving and publishing the work of Henry, thus resuming the effort to translate the Confederation into Spanish that stalled after the previous translator turned her focus elsewhere. Thank you, Henry!
    • Italian – Dialogued with Mauro on his work to make slight revisions to the Italian RC Vol 1 and 2, but even more importantly, a big congratulations to he and his (now) wife for their recent marriage after many years together!
    • Serbian – Dialogued with Alex and Sheyla about their joint efforts to create a Serbian glossary of terms to support their work in translating the transcripts into Serbian, and congratulated Sheyla on her big recent move back home to Europe! Alex is interested in launching a LOO study group in Ontario, so if any among the handful of people who read these bullet points lives in the area, let us know and we’ll connect you with Alex.
    • Farsi – Received a wonderful update from Meysam about his and the team’s efforts in translating, and a unique animal encounter with a fox. Meysam recently expressed what is a theme in variation in the work of other translators: “I have never had the chance to sit with the text the way I am doing these days. And translating it is a whole different story than reading it. It is such a self-fulfilling time for me. I cannot imagine how happy and excited Don, Carla, and Jim felt when they had the contact.”
    • Romanian – The powerhouse Horia continues engine’ing away, sending a few transcripts every week, often accompanied by musings about the material he’s translating. In the windows he shares, one sees another aspect of translators’ work: the evolution of their own spiritual journey.
    • Dutch – Received a new session from Erik. Thank you, Erik! Along with insightful discussion into the happenings of our fragmenting societies and its effect on the personal outlook.
    • Czech – Worked with Romi and Vojta, a couple members of the Czech team, on the question of the recently delivered machine-produced translations of the Ra text and how to process this surprise, one byproduct of which might be to reinvigorate their operation from its largely dormant state. Also, congrats to Vojta for completing his meditation training! He’s also built a meditation course: How to Start Meditating in 7 days
  • Fundraiser: Last time we reported that we were in the latter phases of sending out the physical fundraiser mailing. Since then, the thousands of letters were stuffed into envelopes, organized in a specific way compliant with the USPS protocols, and delivered to the ever-mysterious USPS Small Business Mailing Entry Unit. And then came time for the email campaign! So we went the process of gathering, culling, and organizing new email addresses, designing an email to send, and coordinated with Daniel to put a banner on the archive website to officially launch the fundraiser. (After Amazon SES scared us with a misplaced probation placed on our email account.) Donations have been coming in for a couple weeks now, and as always we are utterly overwhelmed by the love and support shown by such generous seekers wanting to support our work. Thank you! (With a special thank you to Jeff and Zhang!)
  • Online Store: In the last report, we shared that we were in the process of transferring data from our old store to a new fresh install of a more recent version, in order to resolve some issues with a server upgrade. After some intensive effort and some support from Steve, all customer data, product data, category data, and order data was transferred! Then another intensive process unfolded to get the store up to standard, which included coding mods to both customize it to our liking, and coding mods to fix a myriad of bugs or bad coding decisions made by the developers. Issues continued popping up out of nowhere and stretched our ability to weave code together to fix everything, but after about a week of intensive effort, the online store should be totally squared away.
  • Seeker Ministry: Continued the weekly and neverending efforts to lend support as best we’re able to the wonderful mix of emails that L/L Research receives from around the world, a mix of story-sharing, question-asking, and gratitude-offering. “Wonderful” may seem like we paint too rosy a picture. No, we are not always in a constant state of inspiration. Yes, it can tax the bandwidth to try to show up so consistently for the unique and varied needs of others. No, not every email received is a ray of sunshine. But overall, people who write are sincere and compassionate, interesting, and not infrequently inspiring. It can be humbling for us, especially when bearing some witness to the tests and trials that others endure in this hard world. Overall, it is an honor.
  • New future growth project: The announcement referred to last time is about expanding staff with a new part-time hire. That project continued development, requiring lots of intense brainstorming, lots of difficult research, and drafting lots of copy, and multiple meetings. There are still a few steps left to totally square it away, but the biggest hurdle has been crossed!
  • French A Concept Guide: Jochen is in the process of finalizing Misha’s French translation of ACG, and some of the illustrations included in the text needed to have labels translated, a task requiring access to the Adobe suite that the images were initially designed in (which we have and were happy to oblige in aiding Jochen).
  • Social Media Sharing of the Confederation’s Message:
    • Updated Facebook and Twitter with Confederations quotes, created and shared Instagram images, and updated Patreon with L/L news and offerings.
    • Continuing working on producing the Ra Contact YouTube Videos.
  • Smatterings:
    • 102: Finalized a plan for editing Jim’s manuscript for 102 with the goal of getting it published in 2022.
    • Bring4th: Worked lightly with the CSC and enjoyed catching up on responding to wanderer stories.
    • Jonathan Tong: Received invite from Jonathan to do a zoomcast with his Seattle LOO study group and worked out some plans.
    • Jochen and Misha: Really enjoyed a great video meet-up with the inestimable Misha and Jochen, sharing personal news, learning about Jochen’s efforts in his new location in Berlin, and diving into other L/L Research questions.
    • Christmas cards: Updated and printed the list for Jim’s annual Christmas card send.
  • Nuts ’n bolts:
    • Bookkeeping: Completed a few weeks of bookkeeping since the last report to keep the financial universe in order.
    • Budget meeting: After all of November’s numbers and reports were completed, made the forecast for December to complete the year’s numbers and put together a budget for next year, scheduled it with the board, and assembled the other pieces for the package listed above (the new hire) to solicit board feedback.
    • Website maintenance:  as with the old library site, there are always small mistakes to correct or other random types of maintenance to perform.
    • PO Box: Made the typical runs to the PO box and bank for shuffle around the various things that our society deems appropriate to put on paper.

Intermediate Channeling Circles: Met on our personal time for a channeling circle on Dec 1 that focused on a group question about self-judgment. (Got another session tonight.)

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Announcements & Personal Sharings:

Gary: I had wanted to catch up on an Oct/Nov roadtrip that Trish and I took to Louisiana and Texas, which included meetings with a couple LOO study groups, but two days ago, Friday night, a weather disaster occurred nearby that made global news. At 220 miles long from start to finish, it was the longest tornado in US history, and 200 miles of it laid waste to parts of Kentucky, our home state. Drone footage of Mayfield, KY reveals a town that was leveled—it looks like a hurricane ran through it. It’s estimated that 70–100 people lost their lives, with many more suffering from injury or severe damage to or destruction of their home. It’s devastating.

If interested, here is a list of ways from Louisville Public Media you can help offer disaster relief to those affects by the storms.