I have noticed that in the rituals you have conducted you use the words “life force on the planet.” Is there life force inside the planet? If so, how is it connected to the life force on the planet?

The life force of the planet has its own path, but very often I have said “of” or “on.” When I say on, I’m referring to humanity, but there is that which is a part of this planet that is sentient and spirit-led, yet not a part of that which is on the planet.

When you anchor, you are anchoring into the heart of the planetary spirit. You are connecting into the planetary spirit.

Squid, octopuses and cuttlefish are really, really strange. Although their DNA evolves very slowly, they can edit their RNA to alter their physiology, especially in their nervous systems. Our evolutionary lines separated about half a billion years ago, when consciousness itself was very primitive, and so our brains and minds have evolved along separate paths for a very long time. Yet cephalopods, especially octopuses, are very intelligent, self-aware and even seem to demonstrate emotions and personality. What, can you tell us about this kind of awareness that is so different from our own?

Everybody knows that I don’t support the idea that “in the beginning God created heaven and earth in seven days.” I have said multiple times that the human originated ultimately in the water. Well, if you want to get to the real origin, it was with the formation of the planet itself, with the seeding of life from asteroid hits and sprinklings of fairy dust and so forth across the planet.

So early life was successful in the water, not on the land. And, of course, success is the key. “This works, let’s try it again.” It doesn’t always work, but that’s the key in any evolutionary process, because stupid survives if it’s strong and doesn’t get shot early on. So you can’t say the smartest survives. It’s really that which is most adapted to its circumstances.

Nevertheless small changes bring about small changes bring about small changes, until diverse species exist at the same time. Depending upon their adaptability, they’re going to continue.

Because of that similar origin, there is a certain amount of genetic material that is shared by cephalopods and humans. But the divergence had more to do with remaining invertebrate versus developing a backbone, which ended up becoming human. Brain started with the cephalopods, and that’s why their bodies are organized with essentially three brains. You have three brains, so it shouldn’t throw you off too much to hear that.

They say nine in the case of the octopus.

They’re counting every leg.

Yes, a brain in each, and one in the head.

There is the brain that controls the reactive portion of their physical body. There is another brain that controls their vision—think hand-eye coordination, but with octopus—but they have a separate brain altogether that, so when they see either a predator or prey there is an automatic reaction, and that is controlled separately. And yes, each tentacle has its own functioning system. So the question isn’t how many brains as much as how many types of brains, because each type has specific aspects in the same way that the human brain has its own aspects.

For cephalopods, the intelligence isn’t from that core. It’s from the three parts—or nine or ten if you want to count them that way—and their ability to work together as one function, because the three on their own would not, but the three together do. Effectively, the octopus brain is spread across its form, so it ‘reads’ and interprets and acts/reacts, from any interaction with it, from multiple points of input. It’s very effective. Humans have a similar, but unawakened, system for information input that remains mainly unused until Awakening—your sixth sense, more or less, your Spirit working through your form.

Remember octopuses are Guardian animals—squid and cuttlefish are not, unfortunately—but octopuses are, because they have a very unique evolutionary path. But their intelligence is very different. They see with their tentacles as much as with their eyes, and it creates a composite kind of image, but that image immediately creates action, because they’re just wired differently than you are.

The question “What would our lives be and look like without free will?” was raised at a recent Lifescapes. Human beings without free will would have to be pre-programmed robots, like ants. There could not be any spiritual evolution and individuation, so the Plan and the Experiment for this planet would not be possible. Please explain this more fully.

The first thing I would say is that not having free will doesn’t make you robots. I think not having free will is a very viable alternative. I think it’s a great alternative. And the way that I try to explain that is by pointing out that you know in your own life there come times when you have a choice before you that is no choice: ice cream or break your leg. “I’ll take the ice cream!” No choice there. But of course, if you have free will you can make the choice.

Well, that’s not the free will I’m talking about. If you had all of your knowing here with you, it would eliminate the painful parts of gaining wisdom. It would be much more like an artist who really enjoys painting and so plays with one method until something else sounds like fun, and then plays with another method, to master it. And then something else might be fun. As opposed to “I’ve got to make a choice. All right, I’ll make this choice. Oh, it’s the wrong choice! Oh, I’m so stupid. I make such mistakes. I’m never going to ... ,” which is the painful method.

So it’s not that you would be robots; it’s that learning wouldn’t be as fast, because a lot of people learn faster from pain: “Stay away from that. Don’t do that again.” The artist might say, “Well, I might do that again, but use different colors.”  So I cannot answer that in a good way, because the whole idea of robotic hive-minded beings is not what it would create.

At the first seeding, when life force was at a place to recognize alternate realities—choices within the structure of life—the option was given. And it’s not given like “Hear ye, hear ye! You now have a choice in front of you.” It was essentially inscribed into the core of the species—all of them: How do you want the Plan to continue? And fast was chosen over “slow and steady wins the race.”

I’ll get over it someday.

You have told us that the United States had, and hopefully still has, a special role to play in the world. How have the problems in our political and electoral processes affected that role or function?

The statement that says you always have the government you deserve is very accurate. The United States is a very powerful force in the world. You have a tendency to think that right now your country is in a great downward spiral, that your democratic system is in danger, and that the world is going to be falling apart because of it. No, it’s not, and you’re not.

This is a cycle. Your government right now is representing a very large number of people, not only in your country but in the world, that have views quite different from that which has been in effect since right before WWII.  The cycle will complete itself and another one will come up, because that’s what always happens.

However, here is where that should get interesting, I think. Right now you’re in a different density than when the cycle began, and you’re with a majority of awakened individuals, which is also different from the beginning, and at this point what that is creating is a huge awareness of divisive words and behaviors and a lot of opportunities for individuals to do some reflection as to where they stand on that unity-individualism cycle, because that’s what those cycles are, all the time: look out for yourself—look out for each other—look out for yourself—look out for each other.

Guess what you’re on right now? “Look out for yourself.” But it’s turning, in a very loud way, to “look out for each other,” causing a lot of kickback from “look out for yourself,” which causes kickback from “look out for each other,” and on and on.

So, how quickly this cycle ends is the question, and that’s where America can take the lead again, but unfortunately it isn’t, at this point. But it could take the lead again, and it doesn’t require an election to do that. You take the lead by becoming an active believer in unity; and you start living what you want to see in the world, and the world changes. That is going to have an effect, like that rock in the pond, on the next person and the next and the next.

A very wise person once said “One by one by one you can change this world.”  And ultimately if enough in America stand up for unity, that will speed up the change of this particular cycle and open the door to a much brighter version of unity outside of this particular cycle.

Lately you have been frequently referencing the topic of “individuation.” Please give us a quick primer as to what that means in practical terms for the individual human being or creature in form, on Earth, and when transitioning from Spirit and back to Spirit.

When humans start school, there are usually many children and one teacher. But the higher children go in their education, the more it becomes self-study. You have to research and write about something, and then you bring it back to the teacher, who will take a look at it. If you did well, then you continue on. If you didn’t do well, you might have to go back to some basic courses.

Individuation is sort of like that—a very big sort of—in that as the human spirit develops there are multiple species, not just homo sapiens. Before humans became what you think of as human, at that point when they first started, they functioned as a group soul in very much the same way as your cat, because in all early development that is a very smart way to go—to have a group mind, to have a group soul.

But as environment, intelligence, ease, made way for a more specific growth pattern—kind of a nice way of saying when homo sapiens pretty much took over—the need for a group mind was far less, and so it became separated out until you eventually reached individual spirit growth and individuation.

Individuation is only a spirit thing, but it’s about how easily it functions within whatever form it’s working in. Basically, the easier the life of a species, the more likely individuation will come about. If your life is that of a prey animal, if it is all about survival, you’re going to have a very short, not very wisdom-filled experience. You don’t need individuation at that point.

So individuation is a kind of graduate school. Group soul is kind of—and these things always come back to bite me—is kind of nursery school. But as you go higher in frequency, at every major leap you’re back in nursery school, and then quickly develop to individuation, which is mastery of that level. And then comes another leap. Individuation of the spirit is something that begins with the initiation of spirit into form and ends with the final return to oneness, which is a sort of individuation on a mass group scale.

And at any given moment within your individuation, you have access to a group, don’t you? Because you are a function of your Twelve. And as a function of your Twelve, you are kind of a group soul even now.

There is a lot of spiritual information out in the world much of which I think is very misleading. It is more about selling a system than giving information.

So as a result of that I would rather be truthfully broad than marketing-dishonestly narrow. But everybody wants “narrow but truthfully,” and that gets tricky.

Stuart: It’s hard being Samuel.