MAIN TOUR: Inca Legacy. Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley – Inca Trail – Machu Picchu
August 6 – August 13 ( 7 days / 7 nights). Cost: $3200 Note: Continue from Pre-tour (see below) or arrive in Lima night of Aug 6. First overnight in Hotel Estelar, Lima-Miraflores. Land tour begins Aug. 7.
Cusco, ancient capital of the Incas.
The early morning finds you at Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport for transport to the ancient Inca capital city of Cusco. Start your Inca tour by visiting Awanakancha, a living museum of Andean camelids (llamas, alpacas, vicuñas). Then, visit the famous Pisac market as you travel through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Spend a morning at the community of Huilloc where ancient Inca customs are still alive. You will also visit a rural school. (Small school supplies will be welcomed as a donation!) Participate in the Kusi Runa, as you experience how the Andean men (“runa”) live their daily agricultural life, wearing the typical Huilloc poncho and using traditional tools. The activity ends with a spiritual moment expressed through local dance and music. Then, enjoy a delicious home-cooked Andean lunch with local products harvested in traditional and sustainable ways. Later, visit the ancient ruins of Ollantaytambo.
As the Sacred Valley tour continues, you will board the Vistadome train to the base of Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas,” for the trip up to the ancient citadel by bus. Return to Machu Picchu the next day by bus for sunrise and to tour the entire city. On the way back to Cusco you will be able to visit the spectacular ruined fortress of Sacsayhuaman and the vestiges of Puka Pukara, Tambomachay and Qenquo. A day spent in Cusco itself will complete this portion of the tour. Visit the Coricancha (“Temple of the Sun”), the main plaza, and enjoy a relaxing final evening at the El Mercado Tunqui Hotel.
Lima’s main plaza at night.
Upon return to Lima, visit the breathtaking Gold Museum and enjoy some last-minute shopping before your international flight that evening, or continue on the the Post-Tour.
PRE-TOUR: Mysteries of Nazca. Lima – Paracas – Nazca – Ballestas Islands
August 2 – August 6 (4 days / 5 nights) Cost:$2000 Note: Arrive Peru night of Aug. 2. First overnight in Hotel Estelar, Lima-Miraflores. Land tour begins Aug 3.
Experience the bustling capital of Lima, known as “The City of Kings.” See the Presidential Palace and the Lima Cathedral. Enjoy lunch at a vice-regal mansion, and visit the Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology in Lima’s old district of Pueblo Libre.
Huacachina, Oasis of the Americas
Four hours south of Lima in the wine country of Ica, see Huacachina, the famous Oasis of the Americas.
Then, face one of the world’s great mysteries as you fly over the Nazca Lines etched by this pre-Inca civilization on the arid planes of one of the driest deserts in the world.
The famous hummingbird (colibri) design, Nazca, Peru.
Later, sail to the Ballestas Islands, home to a large population of sea lions and penguins. Then, back to Lima to enjoy some of the world’s greatest cuisine, “la comida criolla,” and a rich array of folkloric music at La Dama Juana in Lima’s artistic district of Barranco.
POST-TOUR: Andes Pilgrimage. Lima - Huaraz – Yungay – Chavin de Huantar
August 12 – August 17 (4 days / 5 nights) Cost: $1575. (Pachacamac excursion, add $175). Note: Continue from Main Tour (see above) or arrive in Lima night of Aug. 12. First overnight Hotel Estelar, Lima-Miraflores. Land tour begins Aug 13.
Mt. Huascaran, Peru’s highest peak.
Start the Andes Pilgrimage with a short morning flight to find yourself in the central Andes. Beginning in Huaraz, the capital city of Ancash province, you will drive along the breathtaking Callejon de Huaylas watered by the Santa River below Peru’s majestic Mt. Huascaran, the country’s highest snow peak.
On the way through the valley, visit the picturesque towns of Carhuaz, Caraz, Recuay and the national shrine of Yungay, where, it is said, the “Christ Child of the Andes” lived and walked before perishing in the avalanche of 1962. A later avalanche of 1970 sealed the town as a memorial for all time. Spend the day walking and reflecting on the messages of The Child.
Chavin de Huantar
Then, traverse the Cordillera Blanca to visit Chavin de Huantar (1300 to 1400 BCE), one of South America’s oldest and most advanced cultures. Chavin’s monumental granite pyramids and ceremonial plazas are linked by colossal carved stone staircases and platforms. Chavin de Huantar has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This Andean Pilgrimage concludes with a journey to Lake Llanguanuco in the heart of the Huascaran Biosphere Reserve. Once back in Lima, enjoy a final day of shopping and an optional visit to the pre-Inca temple of Pachacamac outside the City of Kings before taking your international flight that evening.
FULL TOUR – SACRED PLACES OF POWER. – SAVE $200! 15 days / 15 nights (not including int’l. travel days) – All of the above. Cost: Only $6475 (Add on $175 for Pachacamac excursion.)
NOTES: Your tour may begin with the Pre-Tour or with the Main Tour. Post-Tour may be added to the Pre-Tour + Main Tour or to the Main Tour.Prices include domestic airfare and land transportation within Peru.
Prices do not include international air to and from Peru or domestic travel within country of origin. Breakfast is included every day. Several lunches and dinners included, expert guides and additional personalized cultural talks and information by the the Tour Director.
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“Dawn was breaking, like the light from another world.” – Alfred Jarry
A couple of months ago I was invited to give an interview for Australia’s premier new age magazine, New Dawn. I was asked about what I teach and why. The following article is based on that interview:
My purpose as a spiritual educator in transformation studies and personal development is to inform people of the new environmental condition that is causing an influx of Consciousness (spiritual energy) in the physical universe and, more important, to help them expand themselves to participate with that universal Consciousness by actualizing their personal Consciousness.
This concept may fly in the face of established, dogmatic theology, which is based on faith and worship or on social mores or codes that hardly address actual spiritual development. Religion cannot be confined to paper; the Word of God is not dead but a living, thriving source of intelligence and love. Nor can religion be relegated to historical terms. Every field of human endeavor advances with new technology and with new understandings. Religion should be no different.
The popularized religious conceptualization of God — be it within the context of Christianity or any other belief — is to confine Him, Her or It to either an anthropomorphized icon or an unattainable, imperceptible illusion. The power or force that we so often term as God is not something to be limited by the human mind or by human institutions. God is something to be experienced by means of the potential within each person. The way to do that is to live within God’s Presence and that means to be resonant energetically with the non-physical, ultra-dimensional intelligence of the universe. Thus, to be Conscious is to know God.
Humans left to their own devices are limited and for the most part arrogant. That is the mortal nature: to convince itself that it knows better than the spiritual nature, which is mostly inert or dormant in the third-dimensional paradigm. It can, however, be activated so as to awaken the whole individual, who can then be liberated from the trap of space and time and the temporal construct.
This is what we teach in Cosolargy — a modern form of an ancient trasnformative process. The system was a spiritual technology practiced by people of secret orders throughout the world. It was all but lost, yet has been restored and updated for today.
The practice involves absorbing, processing, and personalizing (as well as transmitting) cosmic-solar energy, which “contains” non-physical or spiritual data: intelligence or information factors. This spiritual data can be received by and reasoned upon only by a person’s spiritual Consciousness, a sense or faculty beyond mind and psyche yet related to them. Consciousness, therefore, must be awakened and developed. The way to do this, as a beginning point, is by absorbing sunlight.
This process stimulates the receptors of the eyes, the brain, nervous system, and endocrine system (pituitary, pineal, hypothalamus) for physiological benefit but, more important, acts as a catalyst for unlocking the dormant higher psycho-spiritual senses, which are pre-existent to physical form and function. Simply put, these are the energy centers and the organizing field of the human being. The aim of awakening these is the activation of Consciousness and the revivification of the Light body — a person’s eternal, immortal nature. This allows for co-existence in both spiritual and physical dimensions (or energy states) simultaneously, the result being the extension of a person’s spiritual identity after death.
The human being, individually and collectively, has the potential to unlock the “immortality code” within its own make up. This is the key to spiritual existence.
Gene Savoy & His Search for the Secrets of Vanished Civilisations: An Interview with Sean Savoy
No sensible man goes down into the jungle unless he’s
got something to follow. I see explorers as people with
open minds who can scan many different sources for
information, unconfined by an academic discipline, just
like computers scan the internet. We’ve all learnt that the
great thing is to follow the roads. Roads lead to ruins.
– Gene Savoy (1927-2007)
Douglas Eugene “Gene” Savoy (1927-2007) was an American explorer, author, religious leader, and theologian. He undertook a series of daring expeditions to the Andes and the Amazon jungle in search of the ancient mysteries of the Incas, Aztecs and Mayans. He is perhaps best known for bringing to light a number of Peru’s most important archaeological sites, including Vilcabamba, the last refuge of the Incas during the Spanish conquest.
Today Gene Savoy’s work is continued by the religious community and the educational institution he founded. New Dawn recently spoke to Gene Savoy’s son Sean about his father’s remarkable discoveries and insights based on the lore of lost civilisations.
NEW DAWN (ND): Your late father Gene Savoy has been called the original ‘Indiana Jones’. His South American expeditions, exploring and documenting various pre-Columbian archaeological sites, challenged the ‘conventional wisdom’ of the time. Can you tell us about your father’s journeys undertaken in the 60s and 70s?
SEAN SAVOY (SS): Well, that is a long story. It would take a book to tell the full account. In fact, my father did write several books on his adventures of that time, but I believe a new book is due to continue the story where he left off. It is my aim to write such a book.
To be brief, my father began exploring in Peru in 1957 at the age of 30, first along the desert coast researching pre-Inca and Inca settlements by foot and by air. Eventually, he undertook a major expedition in 1964 whose purpose was to locate the legendary last capital city of the Inca Empire, Vilcabamba. It was Vilcabamba that 50 years earlier the American explorer Hiram Bingham had set out in search of but instead located the mountain citadel now known as Machu Picchu. Bingham never did successfully locate Vilcabamba, which was recorded by the Chroniclers to have been located deep in the jungles of southern Peru.
Following Bingham’s original route, my father arrived at the Plain of Ghosts and after a long, treacherous and arduous journey of some weeks came upon the hidden city, which he uncovered, explored and surveyed. In terms of pre-Columbian history, this was like finding the Troy of ancient Greece. Naturally, this find propelled my father to international fame as an explorer and opened him up to controversy and speculation, as he was not a papered archaeologist, a fact which would dog his career until the very end. The Vilcabamba discovery is recounted in his book Vilcabamba: Last City of the Incas (Robert Hale, London, 1971). The American edition, Antisuyo: Search for the Lost Cities of the Amazon (Simon and Schuster, 1970), has become a classic of students of Andean archaeology and history.
After the success of the initial Vilcabamba expedition, my father set out north on a quest that no one before had dared undertake, let alone imagine. Although the Vilcabamba discovery secured him in history as a major explorer, alongside the likes of the British Lt. Col. Percy Fawcett or the American Hiram Bingham, some even claiming him to be the inspiration for the fictional Indiana Jones character, it was his next series of expeditions that were perhaps his greatest contribution to Andean history – the rediscovery of the fabled white stone cities of the pre-Inca Chachapoya(s) culture of northeastern Peru.
These cities were briefly mentioned by the great Peruvian chronicler“El Inca” Garcilaso de la Vega in his Royal Commentaries of the Incas, as well as by his contemporary the Peruvian priest-chronicler Blas Valera. They were not, however, considered by archaeology or history. Even with the mid-19th century discovery by Juan Crisostomo Nieto of the monolithic Chachapoyan citadel of Kuelap, the Andean highlands and high jungles immediately east were not generally believed to have been territory for important or advanced culture, save by the forward thinking “father of Peruvian archaeology” and inspiration for much of my father’s work, Julio C. Tello.
With the idea that high culture could indeed exist east of the Andes, my father set out on a series of “El Dorado” expeditions in search of the legendary “Seven Cities of the Chachapoyas.” The Antisuyo book recounts the early discoveries (1965 through 1970), which we continued through the Andean Explorers organisation through the 2000s, most recently under my leadership.
There have been reports and documentaries produced on the recovery and exploration of these lost cities, including the ancient metropolises of Gran Vilaya (1985-1995) and Gran Saposoa (1999-2004), not to mention one of my father’s most memorable finds, the picturesque Gran Pajaten (1965), the Bird City of the Amazon. Although my father is often not credited with discovery of Gran Pajaten, suffice it to say that he was the first to explore it and it was he who brought the site to the world’s attention, including to that of the Peruvian government who later declared the site and much of the surrounding area protected within the Rio Abiseo National Park.
There is no doubt that without Gene Savoy’s foresight, determination, research and skill as an explorer the Chachapoyas territory would not be the hotbed of activity that it is today. It is no exaggeration to claim that without his pioneering work a whole culture would likely not have been considered worth investigating by science. New expeditions under more recent explorers, including myself, have assigned great historical importance to the Chachapoya(s) civilisation, which is inextricably tied to the historical period related to the rise of the Inca Empire and its fall under the Spanish.
ND: Gene Savoy’s book On the Trail of the Feathered Serpent was highly acclaimed. What was behind this incredible adventure?
SS: Yes, it is a great adventure tale, which was of course a real life story. The sea journey took place in 1969 to prove that intercultural contact between Peru and Mesoamerica was possible by means of the sea. The reed raft expedition proved that point. My father’s specific interest was in the similarities between the great god-ruler of Mexico, Quetzalcoatl, whose emblem was the Feathered Serpent, and the Peruvian creator-god Viracocha, both of whom were related to the sun and both of whom it was said travelled to their respective lands by sea only to depart again promising to return at a future time.
ND: More than an intrepid explorer, Gene Savoy deeply studied the world’s religions and mystical traditions. I believe he was heavily influenced in his early years by Khalil Gibran and Paul Brunton, as well as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Carl Jung? One of his Gene Savoy’s major achievements was the rediscovery of the fabled white stone cities of the pre-Inca Chachapoya(s) culture of northeastern Peru.
SS: Yes, my father was deeply spiritual, a mystic, a revealer, and a theologian. He was ultimately a teacher of a profound yet practical spiritual path or way. He started to teach this way, known by its modern name of Cosolargy, in 1957, after many years of formal and personal study. His early intention was to become a priest of the Roman Catholic Church but mentors within the Jesuit Order convinced him that his life’s work was beyond what the established priesthood could offer. His ideas were revolutionary for the time. Yes, he was a student of the great masters and thinkers, those you mentioned as well as others, such as Mahatma Gandhi and Karl Stromberg, and he was versed in most if not all the mystical teachings of ancient India and China. Needless to say, he was a Bible scholar and well versed in the historical Church. He was an avid reader and a prolific writer and lecturer.
ND: How were his explorations connected to his search for spiritual truth?
SS: Any quest into ancient mysteries concerning sociocultural themes must include a search into religious and spiritual traditions. This search ties directly with the peregrinations of ancient societies but also with the origins of the human being, not so much anthropologically speaking but in terms of our spiritual or non-physical/energetic beginnings and evolutionary processes.
ND: What is Project X?
SS: Project X is a program of cultural-historical research into comparative religious practices, primarily the holy solar teachings of ancient societies. The quest for the secrets and keys to understanding immortality led my father to undertake many research trips, beginning in Peru, as well as to deliver several symposiums on the matter, concerning the traditions of many world cultures. Some of the work was chronicled in a popular book published by Bobbs-Merrill in 1977, Project X: The Search for the Secrets of Immortality.
ND: Among your father’s numerous writings, The Decoded New Testament and The Lost Gospel of Jesus shine a light on aspects of Christianity most people are unaware of.
SS: Yes, these primer books of the Jamilian University (Cosolargy’s educational institution), along with The Essaei Document: Secrets of an Eternal Race, provide insight into the historical Church and the historical Jesus, as well as shed light upon the secret gospel message of Jesus’ Messianic Community or edah Church, which has been lost to the popular Christianity under Pauline doctrine. The forbears to Jesus were the mystic Jewish community known as the Essenes, who were the originators of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the discovery and translation of which caused great controversy within the established Church a half a century or more ago. These books discuss Jesus’ origins as an Essene, the traditions of that community, the corruption and loss of the sacred teachings, and offer a decoding of the gospel message.
ND: What is Cosolargy?
SS: Cosolargy is the modern application of an ancient religious system, a spiritual technology that was practiced by people in ancient holy orders in various iterations throughout the world. The system was all but lost to the world, but has been restored in our modern era and is taught exclusively through Cosolargy International and the Jamilian University.
The practice involves absorbing and then processing or personalising, as well as transmitting, cosmic-solar energy, which ‘contains’ non-physical or spiritual data: intelligence or information factors. Cosolargy teaches that this spiritual data can be received by and reasoned upon only by the faculty of spiritual Consciousness, which has to be developed. It is beyond mind and psyche yet related to them. Consciousness, therefore, must be awakened and the way to do this, as a beginning point, is by the absorption, processing and personalising of light-energy with its inherent ultradimensional information factors.
The process of solar absorption stimulates the receptors of the eyes, the brain and nervous system and the endocrine system (pituitary, pineal, hypothalamus) for physiological benefit but, more important, acts as a catalyst to unlock or awaken the dormant higher psycho-spiritual attributes of the individual, which Cosolargy teaches are pre-existent to physical form and function. These attributes are, to be simple, the psycho-spiritual force or energy centres and the organising field of the human being. The result is activation of Consciousness and the revivification of what in Cosolargy we call the Light body. The Light body represents the eternal, immortal aspect of the individual, the aim being to participate in spiritual dimensions while still in possession of the physical mind-body. The spiritual aspect naturally continues in its non-physical vibrational state after the mortal body passes away.
ND: How are you continuing your father’s work today?
SS: My father’s work and legacy go on in the form of the Community and School which he established for the teaching of Cosolargy and the living of the Sacred Teachings of Light. His many books, lessons and lectures stand as the core teaching material of the Jamilian University, along with revelatory and prophetic works that bring new understanding to the future of humankind and the nature of universal religion.
Personally, I have been involved in the practice of the solar-energy techniques of Cosolargy since my birth, and actively involved with formal institutional responsibilities starting at the age of 10 when I began studies in comparative religion. Eventually, I apprenticed and was assigned multifarious duties in departments of the Community. Pre-theological, theological and divinity studies in Second Advent doctrine led me to multiple ordination within our Order and to leadership in the Second Advent Community alongside my older brother and many colleagues. I am privileged to serve as an executive of our organisation as Chancellor. I am an administrator, teacher, lecturer, and I work in public outreach, communications and marketing, and as a writer and editor, to name only some of the areas in which I serve. I also have a passion for advocacy in the areas of poverty, interfaith relations, community relations, as well as ethnic and LGBT issues.
ND: Are you also an explorer? Can you tell us about your own expeditions and experiences?
SS: Yes, I am. Some people may not know what that means. An explorer of what exactly? To clarify, I am an archaeological explorer, not a trained archaeologist per se, specialising in the search for new evidence of the Inca and pre-Inca cultures of Peru. My father was known as the real-life Indiana Jones, a moniker he often rejected because his work was based on serious historical research, if coloured with an air of the romantic Hollywood quest. I began alongside him at the age of fifteen with hands-on field experience, first as an assistant supply officer and cook and then moving my way up to supply officer, field research assistant, logistics officer, expedition coordinator, assistant director and eventually director of expeditions.
Ours were the expeditions some say of a bygone era: mule trains of 80+ pack and riding mounts, 30 or more porters and machetemen, police escorts, etc. The father-son bond became more than one of mutual affection, but of collegiality and respect. I learned from him and he entrusted me with the leadership of his life’s work as an explorer when he became too frail to continue. In that light, I have led some important expeditions with specialists participating from many diverse fields, including archaeology. But I have much more work to accomplish in this arena, work I look forward to continuing. My next adventure will be to lead an historical and cultural tour of Peru in the summer of 2014. It seems as though I was born with the passion for adventure and exploration. I suppose that my Peruvian blood – my mother is from Lima – contributed to my natural love of the Peruvian culture and the Peruvian people.
ND: Many people believe we are entering a new spiritual era, one that is challenging the religious and historical assumptions of the past. How do you see humanity’s spiritual unfoldment?
SS: My purpose as a spiritual educator in transformative studies and personal development within the context of Cosolargy is to inform people of the new cosmic condition that is raising the cosmic Consciousness of the physical universe. And to help people expand themselves to actively participate with the external cosmic Consciousness by actualising personal Consciousness, awakening the so-called Light body. The human family has the potential to unlock within its own make up the codes that extend immortal spiritual life.
Certainly, this flies in the face of established, dogmatic theology, which is based on blind faith and worship or on social mores that hardly address actual spiritual development. Religion in my opinion cannot be confined to paper; the Word of God is not dead but a living, thriving source of intelligence and love. Nor can religion be relegated to historical terms. Every field of human endeavour and life goes forward, advancing with new technology and with new understandings. Religion should be no different. It seems that the popularised religious conceptualisation of God – be it within the context of Christianity or any other belief – is to confine Him, Her or It to either an anthropomorphised icon or an unattainable, imperceptible chimera. The power or force that we term as God is not something to be limited by the human mind or by human institutions. God is something to be experienced by the potential within each of us. The way to do that is to live within God’s Presence and that means to be resonant energetically with eternal, non-physical, ultra-dimensional Consciousness. To be Conscious is to know God.
The historical assumptions of the past are just that – historical and assumptions. Both are determined by humans, and humans, left to their own devices, are limited and for the most part arrogant. That is the mortal nature: to convince itself that it knows better than the spiritual nature, which is mostly inert or dormant in the third-dimensional paradigm. It can, however, be activated so as to awaken the whole individual, which liberates the human being from the trap of space and time and therefore the temporal construct.
ND: These days much of the world’s attention is focused on Fundamentalism, intolerance and religiously motivated violence. What do you see as the primary causes and what can we do to encourage greater understanding between different faiths and cultures?
SS: I see the primary cause as ignorance, not just the simple lack of information, but the state of ignorance that seems to be the natural human condition. Ignorance, in my estimation, is a manifestation or symptom of dark energy. I’m not referring to the dark matter discussed in astronomy but of the creator-force of the physical (read: not immortal) universe. This dark energy is an opposing force to the natural spiritual state, which is based on divine Knowledge. To participate in divine Knowledge means to be at once in harmony and unity with God-Consciousness or cosmic Consciousness.
What I’m alluding to is the dual nature of the material universe. The dark creator-force has a built in self-destruct, a decay and diffusion mechanism, that has as its primary purpose the separation of matter from spirit. Any attempt by any institution to proliferate hate, bigotry, violence and disrespect is actually in alignment and collusion with dark forces whether they know it or not. That is against the will of God and the teachings of all the great masters. It is that simple. There is no need for any further discussion on that point other than to say that the human condition cannot for very much longer sustain that type of mindset and worldview. Nature and the human family will rebel, are rebelling.
This may sound radical, but the solution is to be found first in social liberation but primarily within the make up of life itself. Despite the dark creator-force, physical reality is an outgrowth of a spiritual reality, so at the core of all things physical is the so-called ‘God particle’ or spiritual DNA, the built in seed of goodness. It is that seed that is being nurtured, as if through spiritual photosynthesis, within the human species as we speak. Those who are able to process the manifesting cosmic Consciousness within their own beings by means of an awakened spiritual nature will be sustained by the life-giving spiritual energy that is right now ‘streaming’ into our universe.
Any institution or person that promotes dark or destructive thoughts, ideas and actions cannot be sustained. What we can do is to align ourselves individually and collectively with divine Knowledge and cosmic Consciousness and shed the spectre of dark forces. We can begin with basic respect, understanding, tolerance, compassion and love, but good thoughts and right action may not be enough. I believe that greater understanding and, therefore, change can really only be accomplished universally when we adapt ourselves to the new solar condition, which can alter our very make up. Only then will we be able to harmonise with spiritual forces for a compound or exponential positive effect on creation.
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New Dawn Special Issue Vol.8 No.1 In Search of Lost Cities & Places of Power
Lost civilisations and the mystery of Atlantis. Sunken lands and strange monuments to a forgotten past. Remnants of advanced cultures and arcane sciences. Signs of an earthly paradise dating back to before the dawn of recorded history. All this has fascinated humanity for hundreds of years and fired the minds of many of the great explorers and adventurers.
In New Dawn Special Issue Vol. 8 No. 1 you’ll discover a range of in-depth articles by respected authors like Bruce Fenton, Brien Foerster, Hugh Newman, Dr. Robert Schoch, Thomas Brophy and Erich Von Daniken. There’s also enlightening interviews with Sean Savoy (son of noted adventurer Gene Savoy) as well as Larry Flaxman & Marie Jones (who recently released a fascinating book on Viral Mythology). 72 pages of original, informative reading, challenging the conventional view of humanity’s ancient past.
I am personally wishing Jeromy Manke and Brian Jensen (of Reno, Nevada) the best of luck and much success with the contest and, more important, with their partnership and upcoming union. Marriage equality is a polarizing issue to say the least. Perhaps the point is that while Nevada has recognized domestic partnership, which is a big step toward equality, it does not allow the sanctity of such union under the term “marriage.” Certainly, both same-sex and opposite-sex couples, as well as straight and gay individuals, have differing views on the importance of the “estate of marriage” for gay people. Some wish it, some do not. Religious considerations aside, as long as the State is the arbiter of marriage as legal or illegal — and uses the term “marriage” to identify legal union between two consenting adults — then, as a civil institution, “marriage” should be allowed and honored in both same-sex and opposite-sex scenarios. If civil unions were the benchmark for just that, civil unions, then marriage, per se, might be more fairly considered solely within the jurisdiction of religious institutions, each of which, including their respective adherents, would be able to decide — without the State’s involvement — how to view the matter. Until then, if that is ever the case, marriage equality is necessary.
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” – Nikola Tesla
Do you remember the expression he’s giving off good vibes, or the idiom we’re on the same wavelength? Well, if you grew up any time after the beatnik era, you probably do. No matter how cliché or hippy-dippy, these phrases serve to convey the idea that there is a correlation between a person’s state of being or the atmosphere of a place and actual vibrational energy.
When the Beach Boys wrote about “good vibrations,” they weren’t necessarily just referencing the joy of love. What they were alluding to, knowingly or not, was the law of affinity or attraction, now known as field particle exchange — the exchange of forces between particles of energy or the action of the force field of particles on other particles.
Organisms put off this energy as vibrations. These vibrations can be thought of as particle emissions, as mentioned above, but also as waves. It is believed in science that all particles, in actuality, have a wavelike nature. This basic law of vibration means that everything vibrates and, I might mention, at its own frequency. Animate and inanimate objects, even thoughts and words, vibrate in fronts of waves, sending off energy containing carrier particles. Let’s call these energy bundles simply “wave-front patterns.” You might think of them as a force moving away from one object, organism, or system toward another, like waves of the ocean are moved to shore and then out again.
The law of resonance dictates that the vibrations put off by one organism as wavelengths will adjust the energy of another. In most cases, the weaker or lower frequency system will be adjusted by the stronger or more intense one. By frequency we mean the rate at which the wavelengths travel in space and time. The vibration of one organism can set off sympathetic vibrations in other organisms, much like a plucked guitar string causes neighboring strings to vibrate at a resonant frequency. An object’s or organism’s frequency will be amplified and will vibrate more strongly when it is subjected to energy vibrations or impulses equal to or close to its natural frequency. This phenomenon of resonance is the principle behind vibrational healing or energy medicine.
Some may chalk all this energy vibration talk up to New Age hocus-pocus, but we have science to prove it. In the study of energetics, which is a branch of physics, it is not fanciful at all. It’s all about the mechanics of energy transformations: flow, exchange and storage. The Earth, for example, is driven by the radiant energy that it receives from the Sun, and it is sensitive to change in the amount of energy received. The same holds true for the human organism. One of the underlying principles of energy is that it can be transformed, and the total energy of a system can increase or decrease only by transferring it in or out of the system. This means that living organisms require available energy to function and stay alive.
From this basic understanding of energy, vibration, frequency and resonance, we can see the great value in people gaining and attuning to energy vibrations in the form of healthy frequencies, whether they be from other organisms with which we interact or by exposure to the resonant wave-front patterns of healthy foods and water, minerals, sound, color and, perhaps most important, light. The main idea is that we must find and work with energy that is not only natural to healthy states of being but that enhance our individual and collective energy potential. If we resonate with higher and healthier energy vibrations, the likelihood of health, longevity and even enlightenment is increased.
“You just can’t live that negative way. You know what I mean? Make way for the positive day. ‘Cause it’s a new day…” – Bob Marley
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For a deeper understanding of how wave-front patterns of color, sound, and solar light with its inherent energy information factors can help the individual consciously develop a more active and vibrant spiritual nature, Sean invites you to explore the System of Cosolargy® by inquiring with the Jamilian University at www.jamilian.org.
THE LIGHT FACTOR is a featured column on spirituality, consciousness, science, energy and adventures into the unknown featured in the Reno Tahoe Tonight magazine. Sean Savoy is an ordained spiritual educator, explorer, radio personality, community advocate, writer, raconteur, and public speaker who lectures in the United States and abroad.
Follow these links to see the PDF files of the article as featured in the December 2013 issue of RTT:
A couple months ago, local men’s e-zine, Aries, tapped me to be on the cover of their October 2013 issue. (I was previously featured in the July 2013 issue). Naturally, I’d like to think this idea came as a tribute to my 41st birthday, which was October 7. Ha!
Seriously, though, when publisher and editor, David Hexberg, asked me to be featured again, I was thrilled to do so because I believe strongly in the advancement of positive messages for young gay men. I commend David for his entrepreneurial spirit and for his commitment to publishing a full magazine online. Good job, David!
October 2013 cover of Aries Magazine (Reno, NV). Photo by Vic Crulich.
A condition, I told David, of my being on the cover — and the subject of the photo centerfold as it turned out — was to find a message to impart to the 18-35 readership demographic. Given my position as a professional and as an ordained person, I felt it important to do a tasteful, if youthful, photo spread (including the centerfold), as well as offer some insights. So, we discussed the interview theme, and he agreed that what I could offer was a bit of hope (one way to put it) to younger generations of gay men… that being gay and over 40 doesn’t necessarily spell the “end of the world.” If 40 is the new 20 in the hetero world, 40 is the old 80 in the gay world!
It has been a passion of mine to be fit and athletic, and I have enjoyed long distance running, relay races and obstacle races for some years. A couple years back I started Crossfit training (randomized strength and endurance training), which I absolutely love. Recently, I decided to take the training to a new level and began incorporating more Power and Olympic lifting as part of my regimen. That turned into a type of hybrid Crossfit-strength training routine, as well as a specialized meal plan for bodybuilders that has been very good for me as I’ve passed the 40 mark.
One of my greatest concerns in doing this interview and photo spread was that the centerfold portray fitness at age 40, as well as a tasteful image of the body regardless of my profession in spiritual education. In my opinion, a fit and healthy body is not something to be ashamed of but something to be proud of. Even ministers can be in shape!
Some have asked why I am wearing pink in some of the photos. In the United States, October is considered Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to bring awareness to the disease and to finding a cure, people — including sports figures, newscasters, and the like — wear pink. I chose the pink sweater and shirt to honor this tradition.
I hope you’ll enjoy this exposé as much as I enjoyed being asked to participate. Thanks, again, to Aries, David Hexberg, and photographer Vic Crulich.
Click on the link here to see the electronic edition of the October 2013 edition of Aries. Please note that this magazine is akin to a “Cosmopolitan” for young gay men; therefore, its themes are related to LGBT life. If you find these topics offensive in any way, you may wish to simply go to the PDF files below for the cover, interview and photo spread on me specifically.
The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity. -Albert Einstein
Einstien was correct. The religion of the “future,” which is now, is completely cosmic; it is universal, practical and empirical. While spiritual energy is beyond physical limits of time, space and matter, it is also at the very core of every atom and sub-atomic structure of the physical universe, for it is the underlying creative principle of Creation. Spiritual energy is Cosmic Consciousness; it is Light. It shines impersonally, equally on all, yet only those who attune to it can benefit by it. Each of us has the power to associate with it, identify with it, and personalize it to become Conscious ourselves, exemplifying God in nature. Then, and only then, by giving off the very energy we absorb, can we generate the power of Life from within, that very force that allows us to harmonize with all animate and inanimate things — past, present and future. Again, there are no limits to spiritual energy. It is ultra-dimensional.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, Grassroots Books, Washoe County Library System, and University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Writing Center are sponsoring the 4th Annual Northern Nevada Banned Books Week event on Sunday, September 22, 2013, at 10 a.m.
They have invited Sean Savoy to participate (for the second year) as one of the readers during this event, which will be held at Grassroots Books in Reno, Nevada.
As we celebrate the 31st anniversary of Banned Books Week, it is an opportunity for the community to focus on the importance of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms that censorship through attempted banning of books can bring. The program itself will include between four and six other guest readers, story time for children featuring a banned or challenged book, and open-mic time after invited guests have finished their excerpts.
Sean’s selected readings centered around the portrayal of homosexuals in film based on stories originally in book form. First, he read from the Introduction of “The Celluloid Closet” by Vito Russo, followed by passages from “The Well of Lonliness,” a novel written in 1928 by British author Radclyffe Hall, and then from the short story “Brokeback Mountain” by Annie Proux. While “The Well of Lonliness” was not made into a film per se, it inspired films that aimed to benefit from the notoriety of the book and subsequent play. “Brokeback Mountain” was made into a popular, if controversial, film in 2005, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger.
“We need to be the change we wish to see in the world.”
That famous line or some variation of it has often been attributed to the Mahatma “Great Soul” Gandhi. Whether or not he actually said it is historically up for debate. But despite historical inaccuracies, the “Father” of India, who was an advocate and pioneer of nonviolent social protest and direct action known as Satyagraha, personified the misquote he has been forced to wear. He lived the message that change in the world begins with faith in humanity and in striving to see, as he put it, “the universal and all-pervading Spirit of Truth.”
The following poem has been attributed to another great personage from India, Mother Teresa:
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway. What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway. Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway. In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
The message of these advocates of love, harmony, and peace, as well as many other sages of times past, is clear: that it is only by example that we are able to be a light in the world, and only by being that light can we affect change. Accomplishing that is a matter between each person and the source of all things.
Mystics throughout the ages have told us, and now science confirms, that everything thought of as physical is not really physical at all — that everything is energy — and that energy is controlled by a potential often referred to as “consciousness.”
What is consciousness? What spiritual force or factor exists to convey intangible ideas, thoughts and impressions through consciousness to perceptible energy? That consciousness could be and function may well be considered a chimera by naturalists on the one hand and classical theists on the other; however, it is plausible to suggest that what informs energy is a higher intelligence not confined to matter or constricted by intellect. This is the consciousness that causes cells to divide, nuclear fusion to occur in stars and in the sun, and the incredible process of conception to bring forth life.
The Greek philosopher Plato maintained that the world of ideas itself is just as real as the world of objects, and that it is through “ideas” that humanity attains consciousness of the absolute. In trying to explain the pre-existent, higher nature of consciousness, the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung wrote: “My thesis then, is as follows: in addition to our immediate consciousness, which is of a thoroughly personal nature and which we believe to be the only empirical psyche, there exists a second psychic system of a collective, universal, and impersonal nature which is identical in all individuals. This collective unconscious does not develop individually but is inherited. It consists of pre-existent forms, the archetypes….”
It is clear from these and other great thinkers that there is intelligence, information, consciousness — call it what you will — that is beyond space, whose origin is not dependent on the physical, but pre-exists it. Just as the contents of an e-mail, tweet or Facebook post are generated and sent in packets of energy-information over cyberspace to reach the recipient through a device, so cosmic information is transmitted in packets of spiritual energy through consciousness to inform the human experience.
It is this cosmic information send-and-receive that is at the core of being the change we want to see in the world. It begins with each of us individually. Are we tuning in to get the messages being sent from consciousness? Are we, like a radio tower, emitting messages back to consciousness?
When Jesus the Christ said (as paraphrased from John’s Gospel), anything I can do, you can do and more, he meant that it is possible to harmonize with the underlying principle of all things — to be in tune with the music, so to speak, that provides the soundtrack to the motion picture of life. If we can hear it, then we can experience it. If we can experience it, then we become part of it. And in that instance, we take on the role of actor living according to a script that was devised long before we came to be. It is through this play that we recapture our true identity, sending and receiving cosmic information, and regenerating the spirit by our very own direct action. In this way, we change from the inside out to, as Gandhi would likely attest, be a conscious light that will change our world.
“You are an explorer, and you represent our species, and the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness.” – Terence McKenna
THE LIGHT FACTOR is a featured column on spirituality, consciousness, science, energy and adventures into the unknown featured in the Reno Tahoe Tonight magazine. Sean Savoy is a spiritual educator, ordained minister, radio personality, explorer, writer and public speaker who lectures in the United States and abroad. His next public lecture is October 5 at the University of Nevada, Reno. See www.spiritualstateoftheworld.org for more information on that presentation.
Follow these links to see the PDF files of the article as featured in the September 2013 issue of RTT:
Please join us at the 4th annual Spiritual State of the World Conference: “Awaken Your Light,” being held October 4-6, 2013. The full day of lecture-presentations will be Saturday, October 5, at the Joe Crowley Student Union (4th floor) of the University of Nevada-Reno.
A welcome reception will be held the night before, October 4, at the southwest Reno home of the President of Cosolargy International, the sponsoring organization.
On Sunday, October 6, we’ll be heading out to the Red Rock Desert Sanctuary (north of Reno) for a sunrise celebration, breakfast, and a final talk.
“Becoming the Change: Generating the Spirit with Cosmic Information“
Abstract: This presentation will provide insight and techniques on how the individual person can activate the inner, spiritual nature of his or her being, primarily by absorbing solar light and then by learning to process it to unlock universal, archetypal knowledge contained within the quanta or cosmic “packets” of its radiant energy. This process of personal awakening allows the person to become a receptor and transmitter of cosmic (spiritual) information beyond the written or spoken word. By so doing, the individual is transformed organically on the physical and mental levels to become a living spiritual being that — that which Jesus, Buddha, Gandhi and other teachers exemplified and taught about as the Way to heal humanity and the world.