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Location: Louisville, KY
Interests: Gary Bean and Austin Bridges wear a lot of hats in attempting to meets the needs of the organization and the readership. Our weekly Blogworthy Report represents most of the diversity of our various honor/duties. In our work we have the added honor of collaborating with volunteers in the various projects and services that L/L Research offers. We love the Confederation philosophy, L/L Research, and the readership with all our hearts.
The Blogworthy Report details the adventures, happenings, and work of L/L Central. On a weekly basis, Gary Bean and Austin Bridges supply a list of bullet points highlighting their collaborative work for L/L Research. Occasionally they may also offer a specific update, a personal reflection, or unconditional love.
You can access Jim McCarty’s daily “Camelot Journal” via the home page of Bring4th.
This entry runs two weeks from 8/5 - 8/18:
- Ra Contact YouTube: Finalized and published the 13th Ra Contact audio+text session to Youtube: https://youtu.be/4lpXRhgXuiI
- TAW French: Don't think that we gave this proper attention when it happened. Tilting at Windmills has been translated and published into French! Thanks to the incomparable efforts of Misha in translating and Jochen in publishing. They have made such a powerful team and we are so grateful for their work.
- Transcript Library E-Books: Continued working with a couple who offered to create ebooks for the entire transcript archive, receiving their first mock-ups and running some tests, sending some feedback and requests back to them. And they are working fast! The first volume of the 12-volume set is done. Thank you Dale and Maria! Exciting to see this manifesting.
- RC Audiobook: Week One: Also continued the work getting the Ra Contact audiobook finished up, working with Trish to get the last of the files squared away and edited, then continued mastering the fully edited files per Audible specifications. We're close!
- Week Two: Continued with some focus on the Ra Contact audiobook project. Of course, predicting an actual release date would surely alert the universe's prankster energy and a hurdle would present itself. But it is close. :)
- New Translations: Got a few things formatted and published to the archive website this week, including:
- Prison Ministry: Had an active week with the Prison Ministry, sending multiple letters to each of our amazing volunteers, sending out a slew of initial catalog letters, and responding to a few letters.
- Podcast Intro Music: Struck up a discussion with Ken about him creating a new song for the L/L Research podcast.
- PO Box processing: Collected PO box mail and did the regular PO box processing, which primarily was Prison Ministry mail, sending out catalog letters, fulfilling a lot of book requests, and forwarding on letters to seekers and volunteers.
- Regular Stuff: Fulfilled the typical weekly tasks of packing and shipping book orders, retrieving and processing PO box mail responding to various types of emails from seekers, processing payroll, bits of archive site maintenance, and the growing weekly bookkeeping.
- Seeker Email: Responded to the ever interesting batches of seeker email.
- Scholarships: Worked with the Czech translation team who from their own funds have offered the readership two scholarships for the Law of One Seeker Gathering in Prague. A bunch of applications came in! We don't envy the task of choosing that the Czech team will have to do.
- Meetings Jim: Held a weekly meeting with Jim to share updates and plans.
- T-Shirt Project: Met with Trish to support her project to create apparel for the readership, putting Confederation quotes on t-shirts. Learned that she needed to set up an Etsy page that would then connect to a print-on-demand company.
- Publisher Meeting: Held a meeting with the Law of One books' publisher to talk about some exciting ideas they have for the original volumes.
- Interview Project: Did intensive work with Nadine and Thomas on the structure and plan of the interview project following Prague. Processed their questions for the interview, prioritizing them, refining, and adding our own suggestions. Got the rental car rented for the three days. Got Vojta a room so that he can join us! Explored software and equipment we have available to inform the workshop she is going to offer us to help us learn how to produce professional quality videos from a short workshop that Nadine will give us.
- Docuseries: Formulated a list of interrogating questions to ask Doug and Roger about the docuseries and received excellent replies in return. Presently scheduling our next meeting. And received and enjoyed biographical sharings from both Doug and Roger.
- Hebrew. Received word from Jedediah that he agrees to our basic translator stipulations. Subsequently connected him to Laurie, the original Hebrew translator who had to put things on pause, in hopes either of collaboration or that Jed could pick up the torch.
- New website: Worked with Christian on some questions for the development team on the new website.
- Bulgarian. Received from Kirilina new Bulgarian transcripts. Thank you, Kirilina!
- This blog! Worked with Steve E. (Bring4th's webmaster) to create this brand new blog!
- Patreon. Worked with Jade in her project to launch a Patreon for L/L Research to both create a central portal for sharing L/L Research updates and to give people a means to contribute.
- Homecoming. Processed what should be final cancellations and new wait list registrations. Completed further preparations. And examined Dana's Crystal Corner in the corner of the yard. A large tree fell there and Jim, with the help of Diana, transformed into both art and social space. It's fairly amazing, actually. But it interfered with one corner of the 40x40 tent. Measured, photographed, contacted rental company and got the green light from them that they can work with it. Dana's Crystal Corner will be spared modification
- Concept Guide: Gary: Made amazing progress on the Concept Guide! Diana is miraculously almost finished with her edits, and Austin is well underway, and I am processing Diana's edits to turn it over to Austin. OMG it's possible that this could be ready before Prague as a free PDF. (We'd get the book printed after returning.)
- And worked on the cover art to the book, gathering refinements to Julie's artwork from the braintrust of Aaron, Austin, and me, relaying to Julie, receiving her masterful adaptation, and initiating a new round of review. And discussed how to properly credit the book's MVP. : )
This poem comes from a reader of the Law of One books, an old friend named Mikey Bergman. It is incredible.
I am alone
So don't try to tell me nonsense like
I am connected to everything
Because if the truth be told
I am separate from all the rest
And I'm not going to lie to myself by saying
That love and unity is the source of all
I will continue to remind myself
That i am all alone in a lonely universe
And nothing could convince me
That our consciousness is the same
Because i know for sure
There is no meaning to life
And i have no reason to believe that
There is a presence we all share
Because my mind is always thinking
Am i alone if all is one?
(Now read each sentence from the bottom to the top)
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This delayed Blogworthy runs from 7/21 - 8/4.
- The major project these past two weeks has been getting TRC Volume 1 audiobook past the finish line. Thanks to Trish's great and quick work in editing and touching up the audio, we are just a few steps away from being able to officially publish. Some of the final steps have included:
- Preparing audiobook manuscripts for all of the various pieces needing recorded or re-recorded, getting reoritented with the recording process, and setting Jim up to get it done, which he did with the hallmark Jim speed and efficiency. (Twice, unfortunately, due to some sound issues with his first round.)
- Getting those files to Trish to edit after reviewing and fixing some small sound issues.
- Taking Trish's other files and figure out a process to master them to Audible's specficiations, and make them sound as professional as possible. There are lots of little things to address in post production due to the homemade setup we use, but thankfully have the resources to do so. After landing on a final process, got most of the files mastered and ready for upload.
- Also spent a bit of time this week getting the Ra Contact unified volume project started, creating a draft of the manuscript and searching out printers, gathering quotes and services for comparison.
- Continued on with the long-term Ra contact Youtube project. Got the next batch of audio files ready for Nick, applying some noise reduction and fixes to the audio. Also published sessions 10 and 11 in the past couple of weeks. Only 95 more to go! Thanks to Nick for his hard work on this project.
- Continued working with Jade on getting a Patreon set up for L/L Research, working out the text for the main page and making decisions about how to utilize the platform in an open and free way.
- Got a section set up for Translations on our Online Store, and thanks to Misha and Jochen, got a page set up for the French translation of Living the Law of One 101. The goal is to hopefully increase the visibility of the translations available for in print, especially through Jochen's satellite station.
- Also received a final manuscript for the French translation of Secrets of the UFO from Misha. Congratulations and thank you to Misha! She has worked tirelessly on her tranlsation efforts and has created a library of French L/L Research works. Worked her and Jochen to get herset up for her next translation project, because she can't be stopped.
- Also received a proposal from two individuals offering to work with us in getting the conscious channeling library converted to ebook format. Worked with them a bit to figure out their process and how such a project would unfold.
- Did some book stocking, ordering, and organizing.
- Per usual, processed and shipped book orders, responded to a plethora of seeker emails, retrieved PO box mail, and did L/L's finances.
- Worked with Nadine and Thomas on some plans for the interview project after Prague, including getting Votja there.
- Multiple rounds of work for the Homecoming Gathering, including processing cancellations and wait list seats, pinging group for lodging, flight, and payment, and getting the ever important portable restroom on the books. (One attendee did empty their bladder just outside the circle once many years ago. Otherwise everyone uses facilities.)
- Received from the Prague team their excellent and detailed research on getting catered food ready along with analysis of our Sat and Sun restaurants.
- And if that were not enough awesome from the CZ team, they decided to sponsor two attendees for the upcoming event. If you live in Europe and need financial support, please read their announcement here.
- Received from Fatiha two more pieces to RC Vol 1 in Indonesian! Two small pieces to go and it will be complete. Thank you, Fatiha!
- Began the process of working with Aaron M. of the Asheville LOO study group to use Julie J.'s artwork to create cover art for the first book in the coming Resource Series.
- Helped Aaron T. with some transcription work.
- Put together a budget for the final leg of the L/L portion of the journey to Europe, including receiving invitation from the Italian translator to come to Rome to speak with Italian seekers and work with him to help develop a satellite station there.
- Received Bulgarian transcripts from Kirilina, signaling a resumption of her translation service. Thank you, Kirilina!
- Received interest from a Hebrew translator in RC1. Checked in with the volunteer who had already been on that project and realized it's been six months since last contact. She indicated that work intervened but that she'd be willing to collaborate or release the project to the other translator, so initiated the translator greeting with him. We'll see!
Gary's report from the field
Trish and I are back in Louisville after a ten-day stay in Asheville, NC (where I was able to complete some of the above bullet points remotely).
Jim, Austin, Trsih, I, and others in the L/L readership who have come into contact with the LOO study group there, feel both a special energy to the region, and an evolutionary quality to the study group. So Trish and I wanted an immersive experience of the culture and the study group, along with the opportunity to deepen bonds of friendship. We received opportunity to do so from our four friends BJ, Aaron, Jana, and Karin.
During our stay, we:
- Met each morning with our hosts to do a morning check-in, each of us sharing our recent experience, our internal reality, and scheduling for the day.
- Held two intensive "heart shares" where we took a deeper dive into present challenges in in our incarnational journey, including receiving marital support.
- Hosted a potluck for the Law of One Study Group.
- Hiked as a family in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
- Held a group meeting along with Zak K, (our partner in media production) and Jana to watch a pitch for a docuseries, followed by discussion.
- Met with other LOO friends.
- Held an intention-setting circle.
- Connected with some vibrationally resonant people outside of the study group.
- Joined a men's ceremony (Gary) and a women's (Trish).
- Held a small shamanic ceremony alongside a river with Benjamin and Maeikisala.
- Met to discuss potential forms of collaboration.
- Joined two Law of One study group sessions
The Study Group:
Hosted at Benjamin and Maekisala's house, the study group has been meeting every Sunday, 50x per year (taking two weeks off for the Christmas and New Year holidays), for over three years now. Their process includes a check-in for everyone present, with emphasis on authentic sharing, a brief meditation, followed by collective study. In their shared study they read every Q&A in sequence from Session 1-106, interspersing the reading with reflection, discussion, and investigation. So thorough are they that it took nearly three years to move through all the sessions, and are now around session 15 again in their second pass through.
Snacks are provided via potluck as everyone is invited to bring something to the circle. Many linger afterwards for continued conversation.
The demographics of the attendees of the study group seem to be weighted heavily toward women who compose roughly 80% of the group, giving a distinctive and much needed feminine, intuitive flavor to the experience. This is noted for being in contrast to L/L's more male-heavy group experiences.
The weekly study group is the main event for this community. From this springs other social experiences, including weekly Friday evening potlucks and practice groups, a women's and a men's group, shared outings, and focus-specific meetings.
The Culture and Energy:
In our experience, Trish and I feel the presence of a field in the area. Even without human interaction, it passively nourishes, supports, and uplifts. When intentional, active support of friendship is layered on top of that field, it becomes an antidote to the hard and lonely ways of the illusion, and it strengthens the capacity for service to others.
Those of this vibration place a premium on authenticity-which is to say, on learning to be who and what we really are beneath the costumes. And they hold each other in that authenticity, making non-judgmental room for a fuller range of expression than is typical in most human situations.
And through group work they pioneer the progression to fourth density. From learning how to be with one another, to dedicating shared time to seeking the Creator, to deepened eye contact and physical embrace, to learning to live and express unconditional love and forgiveness, to actively healing the collective and personal trauma within each of us, to discovering and implementing new social-spiritual technologies, to their evolution of language. I pick up so many helpful words and turns of phrase for navigating and mapping personal psyche and interpersonal relationship.
And when interpersonal dynamics inevitably become difficult, or when infringement is perceived, they avoid blame and judgment fairly successfully while being true to their experience and needs. They understand the nature of catalyst and its use, and because they do this as a group, it again reinforces this field of authenticity. Though no group of people is perfect and free of distortion, the Asheville collective is oriented toward finding ways for kindness and support toward one another through imperfection. It's an effective teacher. So much so that I feel we receive an upgrade every time we come into contact with the group.
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- Jim and Gary joined Caroline Change, the host of the podcast "Awake 2 Oneness Radio," for a video conversation on some of the fundamental principles of the Law of One. Caroline had not previously read the material but embodies a consciousness of oneness and universal love. We discovered great congruity and resonance in our perspectives in this delightful conversation. Available in audio and on youtube here.
- After one final hiccup with Amazon, completely finished rolling out the "second printing" of The Ra Contact with updates and corrections. Now that is all finished, the next evolution of that project will be to create the much anticipated single volume! Coming soon, hopefully.
- Speaking of things coming soon - after weaving together various pieces that need recorded for the audiobook, going over procedure and process with the team in an afternoon meeting, and getting the downstairs studio set up, Jim is now ready to record the final pieces needed to complete the first Ra Contact audiobook! We're in the home stretch, thanks to Trisha's great work.
- Continued the work with Jade in setting up a Patreon. Thank you Jade!
- Processed PO box mail - donations, Prison Ministry mail, etc. Sent out some Prison Ministry responses and forwarded a couple letters to Sam and A. Whitecrow.
- Met to watch an exciting one-hour a recorded hour-long pitch from a small-time documentarian and his partner about creating a documentary about the biography of L/L Research and the metaphysics of the Law of One. Discussed, formulated questions, and reached out to schedule a second meeting.
- Per usual: packed and shipped books, responded to seeker emails, processed payroll, slogged through a heavy load of the week's bookkeeping, etc, etc.
- Austin: Knocked out the editing of Gary's Kundalini piece, intended to compliment the Concept Guide. Another project that is rounding third and entering the home stretch.
- Though not part of our "work," met in the evening with Jim for a practice channeling of Q'uo.
- Did lots of work with the hard-working Vojta. He and the Prague team including Romi, Bara, and Radim are picking up steam for the event! They did lots of research and planning, including lining up a weekend's worth of excellent food choices for catered food and restaurants out.
- Worked with Vojta as well on a potential new system for presentation submission and schedule design, discussing the pros and cons of the various methods, including those we're trying for Homecoming this year.
- And speaking of, finalized and issued this year's curriculum to the 40-person circle, for the first time experimenting with offering two simultaneous presentations, one inside and one outside in the tent. It's difficult to tell if there is grumbling when sending an email.
- And learned that one staple attendee, L/L's Bring4th moderator, Garry Fung, has a multi-stop tour across the US planned for his Homecoming visit.
- Worked with Thomas and Nadine on travel plans after the video interview following the seeker gathering in Prague. And put together some of the final budget pieces. And
- Then for the first time met the Italian translator, Gianluca, over video! Had a couple hour talk with him for planning.
- Received a wonderful second quarter report from Jochen detailing his and Misha's work on the German and French satellite stations. Interest continues to increase in the translations, Jochen is making more connections, and Misha (among other things they've accomplished), finished both Tilting at Windmills and Secrets of the UFOs!
- And speaking of translations, heard from two French seekers about the French translations, and connected one with Misha and Jochen who seemed potentially interested in collaboration.
- And enjoyed responding to the ever interesting, insightful, mirror-holding, teach/learning-learn/teaching seeker email.
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- Double-reviewed, finalized, and published Session 7 of the Ra contact audio Youtube project: https://youtu.be/cl4y2ajJ_u0
- Joined 14 other attendees of the Coming Home event for a two-hour post-gathering integration call over Zoom. It was the first time ever doing something like that following an event and it worked out splendidly. We shared a meditation together, broke out into small groups to reflect on the event and share our experience since, and then returned to the larger group to identify common themes.
- Figured out how to transfer cassettes directly to mp3 on the computer and got some letter tapes from Carla to Dana over to Aaron T. for transcription. And speaking of, sent a big happy birthday to Aaron!
- Did multiple nuts and bolts like processing and shipping book orders, responding to some seeker emails, (Trish) sharing via social media and making blazing progress on the audiobook, processing PO box mail and prison ministry letters, doing some light bookkeeping.
- For the upcoming Homecoming Gathering, collected the final submissions for presentation-offerings and then created and issued a survey to all attendees. IN the survey we ask each to indicate a non-committal interest in attending or participating in various offerings. Using this data, we hope for the first time to create simultaneous offerings, those with larger interest in the main circle, those with lighter interest in the living room. Also processed cancellations and new registrations.
- In the translation dimension, multiple piecese of news, including that Nihal is translating AWH into Turkish (thank you, Nihal!); Jochen's friend discovered complete Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian (all the same basic language) of Books I and 2 online!, Jochen reaching out to the friend to see if they would bring it up to RC standards (thank you Jochen and friend!); and we received a surprise Book 2 in Romanian from Horia P. (thank you, Horia!).
- In the Board of Directors dimension, we welcomed Beatriz into the fold, setting her up with a new member package courtesy of Fox's ideas, did an assessment on where our present projects stand, finalized and voted on mission and vision statements, got one of our members staged to begin work updating by-laws, made a first draft of a coming announcement, and did some financial stuff.
- Worked with Ken W. on the Tilting at Windmills interviews in the project to publish those online.
- Received a very thorough and compellidng proposal from Jade, each paragraph subduing all resistance. : )
- Continued working on some plans for home care while on the Europe trip and learned that we will finally meet the great Pupak in person, as she will be attending the event! Seats still open: https://bring4th.org/news/index.php?newsid=170
- Gary: Heaven oh heaven, resumed work on the Concept Guide! Finished my penultimate volley on the series of terms from Adept - Will and reached out to Diana about her indispensable, extraordinary, game-changing work. Now awaiting Diana's final volley. Then finished the adjunct piece about Kundalini and staged it for Austin's desk, the final editing eyes before publication. There is a small chance that the book could be in print, or at least free PDF, by the Prague event.
- Austin: The big project this week was implementing all of the various corrections, changes, edits, and updates to the Ra Contact books for its "second printing," as we decided to do a year from the release last June. After discussing changes with Jim and Gary, there are a total of four version to update (print manuscript, PDF, ebook, and Excel database), two volumes for each. The most complicated being the ebook version, it took a couple days to get the kinks worked out. Even untangled some messes from the initial release and made some aesthetic corrections Amazon has been bugging us about in the Kindle version. After completing the changes in all of the versions, submitted them to Amazon and Lulu for review.
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- Reviewed, finalized, and published Session 6 of our Ra Contact Youtube series: https://youtu.be/o3_xTxKs9XA
- Edited and published Episode 84 of the In the Now podcast in which we talk about "the eternal now" - https://llresearch.org/podcast/default.aspx. (Fitting as it will be the final episode under the title "In the Now." We are changing the title for the next episode.)
- Received the final PDF transcript of the season from Tomas and published it to the archive site. This will be the third season of channeling that Tomas has completed in creating formatted Word documents that can then be published to the archive site as PDFs. Thank you for the service, Tomas!
- Continued getting the Prison Ministry caught up, working with Sam and the new volunteer on sending out letters and solving some mysteries.
- Did some regular correction and maintenance to the archive site.
- Met with Jim to record a brand new episode of the podcast, the first under the new title. The new title happened to coincide with the arrival of new equipment as well. We sound better than ever. But make no more sense than we did before.
- Did the weekly bookkeeping, and replying to seeker email, and processing and shipping book order.
- Worked with BJ and Karin to prepare for a post-Coming Home integration call this weekend over the net.
- Trish shared the Confederation vis social media and continued editing the audiobook.
- Got Nihal set up to translate a Turkish version of A Wanderer's Handbook. His heart is dedicated to service and like many who resonate with the Law of One, he was profoundly transformed by this material. Thank you, Nihal!
- Completed/continued a smatter of tasks, including receiving the Italian AWH annual report, connecting with Roger and Doug about their pitch for a docuseries, setting up a project with Aaron T. to transcribe what may be the final batch of Carla's leter tapes, worked with the Board on an investment question, welcomed a new student to the Basic Principles of the Law of One course, worked with Fox in her effort to transfer the secretary role to a new board member, got some photos to Tomas for a Law of One powerpoint presentation he is making, and made plans for home needs for our L/L event in Europe.
- Austin: The big project that took most of mytime this week was overhauling our cybersecurity through various means, including implementing new password protocols and setting up two-factor authentication. A weight feels like it has been lifted as these new systems provide both protection and contingency preparation.
- Gary: That reminds me. I was reading a blog post for a small, locally owned shop in Louisville selling textiles. In her post, the owner wrote: "I'm hoping to do a lot more actual designing this year, rather than spending so much of my time working on shipping and logistics issues. It's so funny and has happened to so many creatives I know- you start a business doing what you love, and then don't get to do that thing most of the time because the actual running of the business takes all your time. So it will be a joy to get back to the colors and textures and patterns..."
True of the L/L operation too. Though ever fulfilling, the creative passions often have to take a back seat to the logistical operations. Fortunately, much of those logistics intersect with some of the best people on the planet.
Note: For older Blogworthy Report entries, please visit The Camelot Journal which contains entries going back to 2011. This blog was launched on August 19, 2019, and preloaded with four entries previously published to the Camelot Journal.
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