You have often said that you did not vote for free will, and at the Lexington workshop in February 2004, you stated that the alternative to free will would have been total knowledge. You also said that fear comes from not knowing, bringing forth the need for security-based control. What then are the prevailing reasons for, and the advantages of, a free-will system?

Free will provides two things that having all knowledge does not provide, things that might be considered the advantages of a free-will system. First, free will provides new, unexpected, undefined activity, and that allows for faster growth toward wholeness. Ultimately, moving faster to wholeness is a good thing, but, unfortunately, it also means that your “stuff,” your challenges to wholeness, are coming up faster, as well. Now, do I think that’s a problem? No, I think it’s great. But if you fear failure, then that very free-will advantage means that you might hole up in a cave and not come out because you don’t want the pain that comes with dealing with your stuff in an accelerated fashion.

The second thing is that free will creates a relationship to Source—mind you, I did not say with Source—to Source that would not otherwise be available. The thing you need to remember with that one, before you think “Oh, that’s a good thing,” is that if you have all knowledge, the relationship would be with Source.

Free will keeps you functioning through the Hierarchy, and having all knowledge bypasses the Hierarchy.

Within the last few months, one of my sons has been experiencing something that has been described to us as astral travel. During this event, he finds himself in a half dream, half awake state. He feels temporarily paralyzed, and during his first experience he felt as though some outside force was holding him down. Emotionally, he felt angry and/or agitated. While this was happening, he recalled having a dream of being in a place that seemed very familiar, but not being able to name the place or people he recognized in the dream. In subsequent, similar events, he described what felt like energy moving in and out of his body. I have heard from other people who have had similar experiences and was hoping you would be able to explain the nature of these events and why they happen. What is happening while a person is experiencing them? Is it necessary to protect oneself during the occurrence, and how does one do that?

My biggest concern in answering this question is that somebody will say, “Well this is about that particular situation and it doesn’t apply to my situation.” But the truth is that the answer I’m giving is important and useful for everybody, even though it’s a personal situation.

Remember, everybody experiences everything in his or her own unique fashion, and reality for you is different than reality for the next person. Even the three of you in this room all have a different understanding of what is going on. That makes it—and I don’t use this word often—wrong for anybody to look at someone else’s experience and define it: “Oh, what you were doing was this.” Having said that, I’m now going to do that very thing.

With these things in mind, what does it mean to you: “Greater is that which is in you than that which is in the world”? What it should mean to you is there is nothing outside of you that has the slightest hope of ever doing anything to you, good or bad, that is not the result of your brain okaying it. The sense that something is holding you back is a natural, human need to make something anthropomorphic, the very human tendency to put form on feeling. So I am not trying to set aside or belittle the experiences of this person as lam explaining this, but those things—the keywords being “felt angel;” “felt held back”—are fear reactions. You need to remember that a newly awakened spirit awareness is very hampered by physical fear, because the physical self is afraid of that greater spiritual being taking over, and the physical self’s whole job is to keep you safe in the world. Ego translates your emotional feelings into what that’s going to mean in your day-to-day experience, and if it fits with the things you consider successful and those things you’re good at, then it defines it as a good thing. If it’s something it doesn’t know, then it’s “watch and be wary.” And if it’s something it knows but associates with a negative experience, it’s fear: “Get away from this.”

The fact of it is, every one of you, as Guardians, has gone through that transition of learning that the physical self is working to protect you, and it’s afraid. And you have had to learn how to recognize its fears—which sounds a whole lot like what the interview began with—and adjust yourself accordingly to either let it be a fear you act on or to gently and sweetly ignore it and put it aside. But when you are beginning that awakening process, the neat spiritual experience, tra-la-la, is a whole lot weaker than the twenty forty, sixty years you’ve had in security mode, keeping yourself alive.

So the first thing is, fear is a very typical response to a spiritual behavior. What is that spiritual behavior? When you are asleep or in a semi-sleeping or a trance-like state—maybe you would think of it as daydreaming—with just a little bit of conscious awareness, your physical security system is functioning at a lower level. This allows your spirit to connect into the physical body more freely, to be more functional, perhaps. As a result, these are times in which your natural physical powers function at their highest level, which means that you are able to see more, hear more, understand more; your intuition is brighter, your awareness of the whole is greater, and it can seem to the uninitiated that you are literally out of this dimension, this realm, when in fact you’re not. It’s only that you’re unfamiliar with having that sort of heightened function.

There is no possible harm that can come to a dimensional traveler; there is no possible harm, even to the uninitiated who have no idea what’s going on and barely any awareness that it happened. It’s not possible. And any feeling that harm is there is that physical fear response to an unknown.

Now, I said all of that to land at this one place: If you can eliminate the emotional translation and allow yourself to trust your Greater Self, allow those experiences to happen without judgment, without seeking a familiar pattern, you’re going to build up a collection of safe experiences—meaning safe as far as the brain is concerned. That will allow you to begin practicing that art and doing it purposefully, rather than having it happen to you.

Remember that those things that activate your highest spiritual functions should be normal to you. They shouldn’t feel extraordinary. Don’t judge that the ritual was good because it gave you the heebie-jeebies. That means that you weren’t fully there, not that it was better than the last one.

So put all of that together and don’t give yourself a hard time for feeling afraid. Learn to adapt to it and to overcome those instinctive security issues. If you let yourself practice and don’t judge by the heebie-jeebies, you’re going to find that you are taking a very large step to being able to move out of this dimension and function at higher ones. That is another way of saying moving beyond this personality into the greater Personality that you are and the experiences that are going on, along with this one, in different “time zones.”

Reiki, which means life force energy, is a method of directing chi through the practitioner’s hands to a recipient. A Reiki practitioner receives attunements from a Reiki Master, one who has received all of the attunements and has been practicing for a while. The attunements are said to open the hands to a greater flow of chi. During the attunement process the student practitioner is instructed regarding the history of Reiki, given an understanding of the meaning of “energy work,” and learns the use of symbols for specific types of healing and the proper use of hand positions. Is it necessary to go through the process of attunements and learning symbols, or are we able to access this healing modality naturally and improve it with practice on our own?

Technology, like ritual, is useful. It’s useful particularly for those who are either afraid of or not yet in tune with their own spiritual abilities. The technology provides a doorway. The problem with technology, of course, is that you begin thinking that it’s the system that’s working instead of you. You begin thinking that the proper steps, hand motions, and calling in a ritual are what creates the result, the opening of a Heart Portal, rather than realizing that One Heart, One Mind, One Body created an energy that opened that portal.

The magic words aren’t the magic.

That’s right. The magic words click that place in you that says “This is real” and, boom, you think it’s happening because of that.

Do you need the technology to have the result? Well, now, I can’t answer that, can I? I would have to ask back, “Do you?” think it can be very useful and, in fact, often encouraging. Learn the system, practice it to perfection, and then watch what happens. Every Guardian will find, I promise, that they start modifying that system. Guardians can’t help it, because it’s not the system that makes “it” work.

Am I saying Reiki isn’t real? No. Am I saying don’t waste your time? No. I’m saying that if the technology is what you need in order for you to accept and believe and know what you are capable of, then by all means go for it. But be aware that once you’ve got it, have put it into action and are mastering it, it’s going to evolve. It’s going to evolve because you are going to find that as you do those techniques, certain things happen that weren’t in the book. And then pretty soon you’re going to find that it works so much better than the original system that eventually you end up creating your own version.

My preference is that you move straight to Go, and bypass Jail—really.

What is the best way to use quartz crystals, lapis lazuli and other minerals so that the mineral kingdom can help me with balance, healing and energy work?

The answer to that is that everything emanates energy, and naturally if you throw a rock in a pond, those ripples are going to move out to the boundaries. If you throw another rock in, those ripples are going to meet the ripples that are already there, and it’s going to have an additional effect.

However, as I explained in the previous question, what you are capable of makes those subtle little energies seem non-existent and unnecessary. But if what you need in order to reach what you are truly capable of is meditating with a crystal or putting activated, precious stones along the central body lines, go with it; just don’t think that’s what’s doing it.

You have suggested that we eat a raw food diet one to three days a week. I eat beans and tofu every day for protein. How can we get enough protein eating three days of raw food, and how do you know if you are getting enough protein?

If a raw food diet is not your normal way of eating, only do it one day a week, If you don’t have a diet that has a lot of raw food in it and you give yourself three days of raw food, you’re going to have digestive challenges. One day a week will achieve the purpose I had for putting you on raw foods. I am really happy if you can do that. And with one day a week of raw food, you’re not going to do any damage if you don’t get enough protein, for instance.

But moving on to specifics about protein: You don’t need nearly as much as you think you do. A lot of the reason people think they need more protein is that their diets have been filled with things that require a lot of extra energy for the body to digest, and high protein gives that extra energy. Ideally, if you have a vegetarian diet, your protein needs are lower because your body is using the foods that you’re eating much more effectively.

Your body gets tired out trying to digest meat and highly refined carbohydrates, but you think you need more protein because your body is digesting a lot of trash, which makes you tired. Single sources of protein are not good for your body—and what I mean by that is any one food that on its own has a high amount of protein in it—because that is not the optimal way for your body to manage its protein needs.

Your body works better with combined protein. So rather than fourteen grams of protein out of tofu, which for the most part is going to run right through your system and not be used, it is better to get those fourteen grams out of three different foods that have smaller amounts of protein in them. That’s the reason for that whole system of complementary proteins—beans, rice, squash, for instance.

It’s a technology that gets involved, and you can get carried away with it, but what I’m saying is, if you look for three small sources of protein that you combine together, you are going to have a body that uses it much more easily and much more effectively.

In a raw food diet, you can use nuts and seeds—although if you’re consciously watching your weight, be careful, because nuts and seeds tend to have a very high fat content—plants and legumes. Plants include fruit, but the protein that you get from fruit is very minor compared with the protein you get from vegetables, and root vegetables are a better protein source than leaf.