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by James Redfield


It begins with a heightened perception of the way our lives move forward.  We notice those chance events that occur at just the right moment, and bring forth just the right individuals, to suddenly send our lives in a new and important direction.  Perhaps more than any other people in any other time, we intuit higher meaning in these mysterious happenings.



…the Manuscript dates back to about 600 B.C. It predicts a massive transformation in human society… in the last decades of the twentieth century… a kind of renaissance in consciousness, occurring very slowly.  It’s not religious in nature, but it is spiritual. (4)


…the First Insight… always surfaces unconsciously at first, as a profound sense of restlessness. (5)


…we’re beginning to glimpse an alternative kind of experience… moments in our lives that feel different somehow, more intense and inspiring.  But we don’t know what this experience is or how to make it last, and when it ends we’re left feeling dissatisfied and restless with a life that seems ordinary again. (5)


We’re all looking for more fulfillment in our lives, and we won’t put up with anything that brings us down.  This restless searching is what’s behind the ‘me-first’ attitude that has characterized recent decades… (5)


…when both partners in a relationship are overly demanding, when each expects the other to live in his or her world, to always be there to join in his or her chosen activities, an ego battle inevitably develops. (5)


We’re finally becoming conscious of what we’re actually looking for, of what this other, more fulfilling experience really is.  When we grasp it fully, we’ll have attained the First Insight.  (6)


He said the First Insight occurs when we become conscious of the coincidences in our lives. (6)


These coincidences are happening more and more frequently and that, when they do, they strike us as beyond what would be expected by pure chance.  They feel destined, as though our lives had been guided by some unexplained force.  The experience induces a feeling of mystery and excitement and, as a result, we feel more alive. (7)


…something else is going on beneath everyday life. (7)


…experience is the evidence… our experience validates what the Manuscript says.  When we truly reflect on how we feel inside, on how our lives are proceeding at this point in history, we can see that the ideas in the Manuscript make sense, that they ring true… does it make sense to you?  (10)


In my quest I found myself in a number of situations in which I felt totally lost and bewildered, unable to decide how to proceed.  Incredible, at each of these moments, a person would appear out of nowhere as though by design to clarify where I needed to go next.  (14-15)


Have we been slowly building, in spite of our denial and cynicism, a critical mass of people conscious of these coincidences?  (16)

CHAPTER 2 (2nd Insight)  – THE LONGER NOW

…the First Insight is an awareness of the mysterious occurrences that change one’s life, the feeling that some other process is operating. (19)


History is not just the evolution of technology; it is the evolution of though. (20)


To understand history, you must grasp how your everyday view of the world developed, how it was created by the reality of the people who lived before you. (22)


We totally lost ourselves in creating a secular security, an economic security, to replace the spiritual one we had lost… the question of why we (are) alive… was slowly pushed aside and repressed all together… “Working to establish a more comfortable style of survival has grown to feel complete in and of itself as a reason to live, and we’ve gradually, methodically, forgotten our original question… We’ve forgotten that we still don’t know what we’re surviving for.” (26)


How many people do you know who are obsessed with their work, who are type A or have stress related diseases and who can’t slow down?  They can’t slow down because they use their routine to distract themselves, to reduce life to only its practical considerations.  And they do this to avoid recalling how uncertain they are about how they live. (27)


When you look at the human world now, you should be able to clearly see this obsessiveness, the intense preoccupation with economic progress… It’s time now to wake up from the preoccupation and reconsider our original question.  What’s behind life on this planet?  Why are we really here? (27)


A thousand years ago, we had lived in a world where God and human spirituality were clearly defined.  And then we had lost it, or better, we had decided there was more to the story.  Accordingly, we had sent explorers out to discover the real truth, and to report back, and when they had take too long we had become preoccupied with a new, secular purpose, one of settling into the world, of making ourselves more comfortable.  (28)


Propelling it all was the call to progress, the desire of the individual to provide his own security, his own purpose while he was waiting for the truth.  We had decided to create a more comfortable and pleasurable life for ourselves and our children, and in a mere four hundred years our preoccupation had created a human world where all the comforts of life could now be produced.  (28)


We had created the means of material security, and now we seemed to be ready – poised, in fact – to find out why we had done it.  (29)


“Do you understand that chance encounters often have a deeper meaning?”… that begins to happen once you become alert and connected with the energy.” (34)


If one cannot connect and build up enough energy, the coincidental events begin to happen consistently. (35)


The findings of physics, psychology, mysticism, and religion are all coming together into a new synthesis based on a perception of the coincidences. (36)


“It just happens.  It wouldn’t work for me to just tell you.  You might have the information about each of them but you wouldn’t have the insights.  You have to discover them in the course of your own life.”  (36)

CHAPTER 3 (3rd Insight) – A Matter of Energy

…the Third Insight… describes a new understanding of the physical world.  It says we humans will learn to perceive what was formerly an invisible type of energy. (40)

After the fall of the medieval world view, we in the west suddenly became aware that we lived in a totally unknown universe.  In attempting to understand the nature of this universe, we knew we had to somehow separate fact from superstition.  In this regard, we scientists assumed a particular attitude known as scientific skepticism, which in effect demands solid evidence for any new assertion about how the world works.  Before we would believe anything, we wanted evidence that could be seen and grabbed with the hands.  Any idea that couldn’t be proved in some physical way was systematically rejected… this attitude served us well with the more obvious phenomena in nature, with objects such as rocks and bodies and trees, objects everyone can perceive no matter how skeptical they are.  We quickly went out and named every part of the physical world, attempting to discover why the universe operated as it did.  We finally concluded that everything that occurs in nature, does so according to some natural law, that each event has a direct physical and understandable cause. (41)

We decided along with everyone else to master this place in which we found ourselves.  The idea was to create an understanding of the universe that made the world seem safe and manageable, and the skeptical attitude kept us focused on concrete problems that would make our existence seem more secure.  (41)

With this attitude… science systematically removed the uncertain and the esoteric from the world.  We concluded, following the thinking of Isaac Newton, that the universe always operated in a predictable manner, like an enormous machine, because for a long time, that’s all it could be proven to be.  Events which happened simultaneously to other events yet had no causal relationship were said to occur only by chance. (42)

Then, two investigations occurred which opened our eyes again to the mystery of the universe… those of quantum mechanics and those of Albert Einstein. (42)

The whole of Einstein’s life’s work was to show that what we perceive as hard matter is mostly empty space with a pattern of energy running through it.  This includes ourselves.  And what quantum physics has shown is that when we look at these patterns of energy at smaller and smaller levels, startling results can be seen.  Experiments have revealed that when you break apart small aspects of this energy, what we call elementary particles, and try to observe how they operate, the act of observation itself alters the results – as if these elementary particles are influenced by what the experimenter expects.  This is true even if the particles must appear in places they couldn’t possibly go, given the laws of the universe as we know them: two places at the same moment, forward or backward in time, that sort of thing.. (42)

…the basic stuff of the universe, at its core, is looking like a kind of pure energy that is malleable to human intention and expectation in a way that defies our old mechanistic model of the universe – as though our expectation itself causes our energy to flow out into the world and affect other energy systems.  Which, of course, is exactly what the Third Insight would lead us to believe. (42)

The Third Insight brings a transformed understanding of the physical universe… Sometime near the end of the second millennium, it predicted, humans would discover a new energy which formed the basis of and radiated outward from all things, including ourselves.  (43)

The human perception of this energy first begins with a heightened sensitivity to beauty.  (43)

* The perception of beauty is a kind of barometer telling each of us how close we are to actually perceiving the energy.  This is clear because once you observe this energy, you realize its on the same continuum as beauty.  (44)

The first thing I developed was a deeper appreciation of beauty. (44)

* The things that we perceive as beautiful may be different, but the actual characteristics we ascribe to beautiful objects are similar.  Think about it.  When something strikes us as beautiful, it displays more presence and sharpness of shape and vividness of color, doesn’t it?  It stands out.  It shines.  It seems almost iridescent compared to the dullness of other objects less attractive.

…the very next level of perception is to see an energy field hovering about everything. (44)

…the old skeptical attitude was great when exploring the more visible and obvious phenomena in the universe, such as trees or sunshine or thunderstorms.  But there is another group of observable phenomena, more subtle, that you can’t study – in fact, you can’t even tell they’re there at all – unless you suspend or bracket your skepticism and try every way possible to perceive them.  Once you can, then you return to your rigorous study.  (45)

We’ve tried to look at these plants as total energy systems, and think of everything they need to flourish – soil, nutrients, moisture, light.  What we have found is that the total ecosystem around each plant is really one living system, one organism.  And the health of each of the parts impacts on the health of the whole. (46)

The basic point is that once we started thinking about the energy relationships all around the plant then we started seeing amazing results.  The plants in our studies were not particularly large, but according to nutritional criteria, they were more potent… they contained more protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals. (46-47)

We found that the plants which had the most direct human attention were even more potent.  (47)

… fiddling with the ground around them, checking them everyday.  That sort of thing.  We set up an experiment with a control group: some getting special attention, others not, and the finding was confirmed.  What’s more… we expanded the concept and had a researcher not just give them attention but to mentally asked them to grow stronger.  The person would actually sit with them and focus all his attention and concern on their growth… they (grew) stronger… by significant amounts, and they also grew faster. (47)

Then the focusing of attention on these plants gave them something that boosts human strength in return when they’re eaten… (48)

When a person has sexual thoughts the person’s energy field sort of swirls  about and actually propels out toward the person who’s the object of attraction. (49)

We’ve found two periods of the day most conducive to seeing energy fields.  One is sunset .  The other is sunrise.  (50)

...this energy is what science has always been looking for: some common stuff underlying all matter.  Since Einstein particularly, physics has sought a unified field theory. (51)

The existence of this energy is not that foreign actually.  Karate masters have talked about an underlying Chi energy responsible for their seemingly impossible stunts of breaking bricks with their hands and of being able to sit in one place unmoved with four men trying to push them over.  And we’ve all seen athletes make spectacular moves, twisting, turning, hanging in the air in ways that defy gravity.  It’s all the result of this hidden energy that we have access to.  (51)

Well, the people around here who readily see these energy fields eat mostly vegetables.  And they usually eat only these highly potent plants they’ve grown themselves. (51)

Do you realize some of the trees here are close to five hundred years old?  This is truly a virgin forest, a rare thing.  Everything is in perfect balance: the larger trees filtering the sunlight, allowing a multitude of tropical plant life to thrive underneath.  The plant life in a rain forest is old too, but it grows differently.  It’s basically jungle.  This is more like what an old forest looks like in a temperate zone, such as the United States… only a few remain.  Most of the ones I know of were sold by the government to lumber interests, as though all they could see in a forest like this is a board feet of lumber.  Damn shame that anyone would mess with a place like this.  Look at the energy. (53)

* Lean back and touch the tips of your index fingers together. Keep the blue sky in the background.  Now separate the tips about one inch and look at the area directly between them.  What do you see?

Take your eyes out of focus a little and move the tips closer, then further apart… I finally  placed my gaze vaguely on the area between my fingers.  Both finger-tips went slightly blurry, and as this happened I saw something like strands of smoke stretching between the tips. (54)

.I was immediately awed by the shapes and forms around me.  I seemed to be able to focus on each of the massive oaks in a total way, not merely on one part, but on the whole form at once.  I was immediately struck by the unique shape and configuration of limbs that each displayed.  I looked from one to the other, turning all around.  Doing this somehow increased the feeling of presence each oak exuded to me, as though I was seeing them for the first time, or at least fully appreciating them for the first time. (55)

I stepped back in shock. Around each plant within my vision was a field of whitish light, visible, yet totally transparent, so that none of the plant’s color or form was obscured.  I realized that what I was seeing was an extension of each plant’s unique beauty.  It was as though first I had seen the plants, then I had seen their uniqueness and presence, and then something had amplified in the pure beauty of their physical expression, at which time I had seen the energy fields. (56)

She sat down in front of me and faced the philodendron.  A plume of the whitish light encircling her body erupted outward and engulfed the philodendron.  The diameter of the plant’s energy field, in turn, broadened by several feet. (56)

I realized that the perception of the fields, rather than evoking a surrealistic sensation, actually made the things about me more solid and real than before.  Yet at the same time, everything around me seemed different.  The only reference I had for the experience was perhaps a movie which enhanced the color of a forest in order to make it seem mystical and enchanted.  The plants, the leaves, the sky now  all stood out with a presence and a slight shimmer that suggested life there, and perhaps consciousness, beyond our ordinary assumption.  After seeing this, there would be no way to take a forest for granted again. (56)

Just focus your attention on the plant, as though to inflate it with your energy… I looked at the plant and imagined energy swelling up inside it. (57)

All you have to do is see the beauty and then extend from there. (57)

A cut forest, especially one that’s been stripped of hardwoods in order to grow pines for profit, has a very low energy field.  And a city, except for the people, has a different kind of energy altogether. (58)

…some people had what he called lazy receptors in their eyes.  He had thought people how to see colors they’d never experienced before.  According to him, seeing energy fields was just a matter of doing the same thing, of waking up other dormant receptors, something that everyone, theoretically, can do. (58)

Everything is amplified. I seem stronger, I can think more clearly, and quickly. (59)

* To what extent does the physical universe as a whole – since it is made up of the same basic energy – respond to our expectations?  To what extent do our expectations create all the things that happen to us? (59)

* …think of the events in your life.  The old Newtonian idea is that everything happens by chance, that one can make good decisions and be prepared, but that every event has its own line of causation independent of our attitude. (59)

* After the recent discoveries of modern physics, we may legitimately ask if the universe is more dynamic than that.  Perhaps the universe runs mechanically as a basic operation, but then also subtly responds to the mental energy we project out into it.  I mean, why not?  It we can make plants grow faster, maybe we can make certain events come faster – or slower, depending on how we think. (59)

But postulating some newly visible energy that underlies the chemistry of living things – that’s absurd.  You have no proof. (60)

Immediately, both their energy fields had seemed to grow more dense and excited somehow, as though from an inner vibration.  As the conversation progressed, their fields began to intermingle.  When one of them make a point, his field would create a movement which seemed to suck at the other’s field with what appeared to be a kind of vacuum maneuver.  But then as the other person made his rebuttal the energy would move back in his direction.  In terms of the dynamics of energy fields, winning the point seemed to mean capturing part of the opponent’s field and pulling it into oneself. (60-61)

* Seeing the energy – grasping this new way of perceiving the physical world – grows through a kind of contagion.  We don’t understand it, but when a person hangs out with others who see this energy, usually they begin to see it, too.  So, go show it to someone else. (62)

…the Third Insight elaborated on the nature of beauty, describing this perception as the one through which humans would eventually learn to observe energy fields.  Once this occurred, it said, then our understanding of the physical universe would quickly  transform.  For instance, we would begin to eat more foods which were still alive with this energy, and we would become conscious that certain localities radiate more energy than others, the highest radiation coming from old natural environments, especially forests.  (63-64)

I don’t think anything happens by coincidence. (64)

I had been accused all my life of remaining too distant, of asking questions but not expressing opinions or committing to a position.  Why, I wondered, was this coming up again now? (64)

The energy of that place makes you high like a kite… you have to crank up your own energy when you leave a place like that.  (65)

How humans compete for energy is the Forth Insight.  (65)

It said that eventually humans would see the universe as comprised of one dynamic energy, an energy that can sustain us and respond to our expectations.  Yet, we would also see that we have been disconnected from the larger source of this energy, that we have cut ourselves off and so have felt weak and insecure and lacking. (65)

In the face of this deficit, we humans have always sought to increase our personal energy in the only manner we have known: by seeking to psychologically steal it from others – an unconscious competition that underlies all human conflict in the world. (65-66)

CHAPTER 4 (4th Insight) – The Struggle for Power

…in psychology… we have asked what happens inside a human being that makes him want to control someone else.  We have found that when an individual walks up to another person and engages in a conversation, which happens billions of times each day in the world, one of two things can happen.  That individual can come away feeling strong or feeling weak, depending on what occurs in the interaction. (70)


For this reason… we humans always seem to take a manipulative posture.  No matter what the particulars of the situation, or the subject matter, we prepare ourselves to say whatever we must in order to prevail in the conversation.  Each of us seeks to find some way to control and thus to remain on top in the encounter.  If we are successful, if our viewpoint prevails, then rather then feel weak, we receive a psychological boost. (71)


In other words, we humans seek to outwit each other not just because of some tangible goal in the outside world that we’re trying to achieve, but because of a lift we get psychologically.  This is the reason we see so many irrational conflicts in the world both at the individual level and at the level of nations. (71)


The consensus in (psychology) is that this whole matter is now emerging into public consciousness.  We humans are realizing how much we manipulate each other and consequently we’re re-evaluating our motivations.  We’re looking for another way to interact.  (71)


Did you see that girl? …She is a classic example of psychological violence.  This is what the human need to control others leads to when taken to the extreme.  The old man and woman are dominating the girl totally.  Did you see how nervous and stooped she was? …Her parents have never let up.  And from her point of view, she has no choice but to lash out violently.  It is the only way she can gain some control for herself.  Unfortunately, when she grows up, because of this early trauma, she will think she has to seize control and dominate others with the same intensity.  This characteristic will be deeply ingrained and will make her just as dominating as her parents are now, especially when she is around people who are vulnerable, such as children.  In fact, this same trauma, no doubt happened to her parents before her.  They have to dominate now because of the way their parents dominated them.  That’s the means through which psychological violence is passed down from one generation to another. (72)


They were actually doing experiments where they projected their own energy onto plants and affected the plant’s growth… It affected their nutritional potency too.  (74)


*The Third Insight is that the universe on the whole is made up of this energy, and we can affect perhaps not only plants but other things as well, just by what we do with the energy that belongs to us, that we can control… I wonder how we affect other people with our energy?  (75)


You saw their energies pulling at each other, trying to, say, capture each other as they argued?... We must analyze this fully.  We had two people arguing over who had the correct view of the situation, over who was right – each seeking to win out over the other, even to the point of invalidating the other’s confidence and to outright name calling. (75)


The movement of this energy, if we can systematically observe it, is a way to understand what humans are receiving when we compete and argue and harm each other.  When we control another human being we receive their energy.  We fill up at the other’s expense and the filling up is what motivates us. (75)


We humans, although we are unconscious of it, have the tendency to control and dominate others.  We want to win the energy that exists between people.  It builds us up somehow, makes us feel better.  (77)


Mountain peaks are special places that can build energy in whomever sits on them. (77)


When a virgin forest is on a mountain, the energy is amplified even more. (78)


He really had you hooked… You should have seen your energy field.  It was flowing almost totally into his. (86)


If you had witnessed one of them winning, convincing the other that he was correct, then you would have seen the loser’s energy flowing into the winner’s, leaving the loser feeling drained and weak and somewhat confused… (86-87)


He first pretends to be your friend, then he finds something wrong with what you’re doing… In effect, he subtly undermines your confidence in your own path until you begin to identify with him.  As soon as that happens, he has you. (87)

All this is still unconscious in most people.  All we know is that we feel weak and when we control other we feel better.  What we don’t realize is that this sense of feeling better costs the other person.  It is their energy that we have stolen.  Most people go through their lives in a constant hunt for other people’s energy.  (87-88)


Occasionally, another person will voluntarily want us to define their situation for them, giving us their energy outright… It makes us feel empowered, but you’ll see that this gift doesn’t usually last.  Most people… aren’t strong enough to keep giving energy.  That’s why most relationships eventually turn into power struggles.  Humans link up energy and then fight over who is going to control it.  And the loser always pays the price.  (88)


…dominating another make the dominator feel powerful and knowledgeable, but it sucks the vital energy out of those who are being dominated.  It makes no difference if we tell ourselves that we are doing it for the person’s own good, or that they are our own children, and therefore we should be in control all the time.  The damage still occurs.  (88)


When someone is dominating you psychically, they actually take your mind away… All your mental power… Unfortunately this kind of psychic violence happens all the time throughout human culture, often by otherwise well-meaning people.  (89)


Try to integrate the Fourth Insight fully… See how it fits together with what you already know.  The Third Insight showed you that the physical world is actually a vast system of energy.  And now the Fourth points out that for a long time we humans have been unconsciously competing for the only part of this energy we have been open to: the part that flows between people.  This is what human conflict has always been about, at every level: from all the petty conflict in families and employment settings to wars between nations.  It’s the result of feeling insecure and weak and having to steal someone else’s energy to feel okay. (89)


The only reason that any conflict can’t be immediately settled is that one side is holding on to an irrational position, for energy purposes.  (89)


Insight… is a matter of seeing the human world as a vast competition for energy and thus for power.  Yet, once humans understand their struggle…we would immediately begin to transcend this conflict.  We would begin to break free from the competition over mere human energy… because we would finally be able to receive our energy from another source.  (90)


Yet once humans understand their struggle… we would immediately begin to transcend this conflict. We would begin to break free from the competition over mere human energy…because we would finally be able to receive our energy from another source. (90)

CHAPTER 5 (5th Insight) – The Message of the Mystics

*What would it be like, death? (96)


My arm had glided upward with incredible ease and I was holding my back, neck and head perfectly straight with absolutely no effort.  From my position – sitting cross-legged – I stood up without using my arms, and stretched.  The feeling was one of total lightness. (97)


I noticed that a daytime moon had been out and was about to set.  It looked to be about a quarter full and hung over the horizon like an inverted bowl.  Instantly, I understood why it had that shape.  The sun, millions of miles directly above me, was shining only on the top of the sinking moon.  I could perceive the exact line between the sun and the lunar surface, and this recognition somehow extended my consciousness outward even further.  (97)


I could imagine the moon having already dipped below the horizon and the exact reflected shape it would present to those who lived further west and could still see it.  Then I imagined how it would look when it moved directly under me on the other side of the planet.  To the people there, it would appear full because the sun over my head would shine past the Earth and strike the moon squarely.  (97)


…I experienced the same amount of space commonly felt over my head as also existing under my feet, on the other side of the globe.  For the first time in my life, I knew the earth’s roundness not as an intellectual concept but as an actual sensation. (97)


At one level this awareness excited me but at another it seemed perfectly ordinary and natural.  All I wanted to do was immerse myself in the feeling of being suspended, floating, amid a space that existed in all directions.  Rather than have to push myself away from the Earth with my legs as I stood there, resisting the Earth’s gravity, I now felt as though I was held up by some inner buoyancy, as though I was filled like a balloon with just enough helium to hover over the ground and barely touch it with my feet.  It was similar to being in perfect athletic condition, as after a year of intense exercise, only far more coordinated and light.  (97-98)


And as I watched the limbs of the trees sway gently in the breeze, I experienced not just a visual perception of the event, but a physical sensation as well, as if the limbs moving in the wind were hairs on my body.  (98)


*I perceived everything to be somehow part of me.  As I sat on the peak of the mountain looking out on the landscape falling away from me in all directions, it felt exactly as if what I had always known as my physical body was only the head of a much larger body consisting of everything else I could see.  I experienced the entire universe looking out on itself through my eyes.  (98)


*…my life did not, in fact begin, with my conception and birth on this planet.  It began much earlier with the formation of the rest of me, my real body, the universe itself. (98)


…that there was nothing truly solid about it.  Matter was only energy vibrating at a certain level, and in the beginning matter existed only in its simplest vibratory form: the element we call hydrogen.  That’s all there was in the universe, just hydrogen… matter (then) evolved from the element of hydrogen, the simplest vibration of energy, to carbon, which vibrated at an extremely high rate.  The stage was now set for the next step in evolution…our sun… water vapor…life…plants and animals… (99-100)


Further evolution was related somehow to the experiences of life coincidences.  Something about these events led us forward in our lives and created a higher vibration that pushed evolution ahead as well.  Yet, as hard as I tried, I couldn’t quite understand.  (100)


I stopped and looked closely at the trees and underlying bushes, focusing on their shape and beauty.  I could see flickers of white light and what seemed like a pinkish glow around each plant. (101)


I knew I would know exactly what to say and do.  I had a feeling of perfect well being. (100)


*I felt this euphoric connection, and this total kind of security and confidence… you had a mystical experience…This is the experience the mystics of every religion have always described. (105)


*That humans are stuck in a kind of competition for each other’s energy.  When we can get others to acquiesce to our view, they identify with us and that pulls their energy into us and we feel stronger… so the problem is that everyone is trying to control and manipulate each other for energy, because we feel short of it… But there is a solution, another form of energy. (106)


It described a new understanding of what has long been called mystical consciousness… For most this consciousness would remain an intellectual concept, to be only talked of and debated.  But for a growing number of humans, this consciousness would become experientially real – because these individuals would experience flashes or glimpses of this state of mind during the course of their lives.  The manuscript said that this experience was the key to ending human conflict in the world, because during this experience we are receiving energy from another source – a source we will eventually learn to tap at will.  (106)


*Food is the first way of gaining energy… but in order to  totally absorb energy in food must be appreciated...savored… taste is the doorway.  You must appreciate taste.  This is the reason for prayer before eating.  It is not just about being thankful, it is to make eating a holy experience, so the energy from the food can enter your body. (110)


…this kind of deliberate appreciation for food was the real purpose behind the normal religious custom of being thankful, with the result being a higher energy absorption of the food. (110)


But taking in food is only first step.  After personal energy is increased in this way, you become more sensitive to energy in all things… and then you learn to take this energy into yourself without eating… everything around us…has energy.  But each has its own special kind.  This is why some places increase energy more than others.  It depends on how your shape fits with the energy here. (110)


You have to be open, to connect, to use your sense of appreciation, as in seeing fields.  But you take this one step furthers so that you get the sensation of being filled up… sit down in a clear spot amid the bushes facing the gnarled tree…Do you think the tree is beautiful? …I felt light and secure and connected…Like the whole landscape was part of me… But what was the feeling? …Love… I guess I felt love for everything… Feel that for the tree (111-112)


You do not make yourself love… You allow love to enter you.  But to do this, you must position your mind by remembering what it felt like and try to feel it again… you are accepting the energy… (and) your energy field (gets) larger. (112)


When you appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of things… you receive energy.  When you get to a level where you feel love, then you can send the energy back just by willing it so. (113)


By remembering the love I felt I was able to open up. (116)


*The role of love has been misunderstood for a long time.  Love is not something we should do to be good or to make the world a better place out of some abstract moral responsibility, or because we should give up our hedonism.  Connecting with energy feels like excitement, then euphoria, and then love.  Finding enough energy to maintain that state of love certainly helps the world, but it most directly helps us.  It is the most hedonistic thing we can do.  (116)


…when one has already encountered a mystical experience, getting back into this state and raising one’s personal energy level comes much easier.  Others can also connect but it takes longer.  A strong energy of the experience… facilitates its re-creation.  After that, one slowly builds back. (116-117)


What does a person’s energy field look like when this is happening? It grows outward and changes color slightly… Normally from a dull white toward green and blue.  But the most important thing is that it expands… your energy flashed outward into the whole universe.  Essentially you connected and drew energy from the entire cosmos and in turn your energy swelled to encompass everything, everywhere. (117)


I felt as though the entire universe was my body and I was just the head, or perhaps more accurately, the eyes… at that moment (my) energy field and that of the universe were exactly the same… The universe was (my) body.  (117)


I seemed to remember how this larger body, this universe of mine, evolved.  I was there.  I saw the first stars formed from simple hydrogen and then saw more complex matter evolve in successive generations of these suns.  Only I didn’t see matter.  I saw matter as simple vibrations of energy that were evolving systematically into even more complex higher states.  Then…life began and evolved to a point humans appeared.  (117)

*Think of how the insights fall into sequence.  The First Insight occurs when we take the coincidences seriously.  These coincidences make us feel there is something more, something spiritual, operating underneath everything we do.


The Second Insight institutes our awareness as something real.  We can see that we have been pre-occupied with material survival, with focusing on controlling our situation in the universe for security, and we know our openness now represents a kind of waking up to what is really going on.


The Third Insight begins a new view of life.  It defines the physical universe as one of pure energy, an energy that somehow responds to how we think.


And the Forth exposes the human tendency to steal energy from other humans by controlling them, taking over their minds, a crime in which we engage because we so often feel depleted of energy, and cut off. 


This shortage of energy, can be remedied, of course, when we connect with the higher source.  The universe can provide all we need, if we can only open up to it.  That is the revelation of the Fifth Insight. (119-120)


*…you had a mystical experience that allowed you to briefly see the magnitude of energy one can acquire.  But this state is like leaping ahead of everyone else and glimpsing the future.  We can’t maintain it for very long.  Once we try to talk with someone who is operating in normal consciousness, or try to live in a world where conflict is still happening, we get knocked out of this advanced state and fall back to the level of our old selves. (120)


And then… it is a matter of slowly regaining what we glimpsed, a little at a time, and to begin a progression back toward that ultimate consciousness.   But to do this we must learn to consciously fill up with energy because this energy brings on the coincidences, and the coincidences help us actualize the new level on a permanent basis.  (120)


Think about it: when something occurs beyond chance to lead us forward in our lives, then we become more actualized people.  We feel as though we are attaining what destiny is leading us to become.  When this occurs, the level of energy that brought on the coincidences in the first place is instituted in us.  We can be knocked out of it and lose energy  when we are afraid, but this level serves as a new outer limit which can be regained quite easily.  We have become a new person.  We exist at a level of higher energy, at a level  – get this – higher vibration.  (120)


We fill up, grow, fill up and grow again.  This is how we as humans continue the evolution of the universe to a higher and higher vibration. (120)


This evolution has been going on unconsciously throughout human history.  This explains why civilization has progressed and why humans have grown larger, lived longer and so forth.  Now, however, we are making the whole process conscious.  That is what the Manuscript is telling us.  That is what this movement toward a world-wide spiritual consciousness is all about.  (120)


*…the Forth Insight reveals that humans have always felt short of energy and have sought to control each other to acquire the energy that flows between people.  The Fifth then shows us that an alternative source exists, but we can’t really stay connected with this source until we come to grips with the particular method that, we, as individuals, use in our controlling, and stop doing it – because whenever we fall back into this habit, we get disconnected from the source. (121)


*Getting rid of this habit isn’t easy because its always unconscious at first.  The key to letting it go is to bringing it fully into consciousness, and we do that by seeing that our particular style of controlling others is one we learned in childhood to get attention, to get the energy moving our way, and we’re stuck there.  This style is something we repeat over and over again.  I call it our unconscious control drama.  (121)


*I call it a drama because it is one familiar scene, like a scene in a movie, for which we write the scripts as youths.  Then we repeat this scene over and over in our daily lives, without being aware of it.  All we know is that the same kind of events happen to us repeatedly.  The problem is if we are repeating one particular scene over and over, then the other scenes of our real life movie, the high adventure marked by coincidences, can’t go forward.  We stop the movie when we repeat this one drama in order to manipulate for energy.  (121)

CHAPTER 6 (6th Insight) – Clearing the Past  

This is a perfect example of how a control drama interferes… you were so aloof you didn’t allow an important coincidence to take place. (126)


It’s all right… everyone plays a drama of one kind or another.  At least now you understand how yours works. (126)


Your way of controlling people and situations… in order to get energy coming your way, is to create this drama in your mind during which you withdraw and look mysterious and secretive.  You tell yourself that you’re being cautious, but what you’re really doing is hoping someone will be pulled into this drama and will try to figure out what is wrong with you.  When someone does, you remain vague, forcing them to struggle and dig and try to discern your true feelings. (126)


As they do so, they give you their full attention, and that sends their energy to you.  The longer you can keep them interested and mystified, the more energy you receive.  Unfortunately, when you play aloof, your life tends to evolve very slowly because you’re repeating this same sense over and over again. (126)


The first step in the process of getting clear, for each of us, is to bring our particular control drama into full consciousness.  Nothing can proceed until we really look at ourselves and discover what we are doing to manipulate for energy.  This is what has just happened to you.  (127)


Each of us must go back into out past, back into our early family life, and see how this habit was formed.  Seeing its inception keeps our way of controlling in consciousness.  Remember, most of our family members were operating in a drama themselves, trying to pull energy out of us as children.  This is why we had to form a control drama in the first place.  We had to have a strategy to win energy back.  It is always in relation to our family members that we develop our particular dramas.  However, once we recognize the energy dynamics in our families, we can go past these control strategies and see what was really happening.  (127)


Each person must reinterpret his family experience from an evolutionary point of view, from a spiritual point of view, and discover who he really is.  Once we do  that, our control dramas fall away and our real lives take off.  (127)


An interrogator is another kind of drama.  People who use this means of getting energy, set up a drama of asking questions and probing into another person’s world with the specific purpose of finding something wrong.  Once they do, then they criticize this aspect of another’s life.  If this strategy succeeds, then the person being criticized is pulled into the drama.  They suddenly find themselves becoming self-conscious around the interrogator and paying attention to what the interrogator is doing and thinking about, so as not to do something wrong that the interrogator would notice.  This psychic deference gives the interrogator the energy he desires.  (128)


Anyone manipulates for energy either aggressively, directly forcing people to pay attention to them, or passively, playing on people’s sympathy or curiosity to gain attention.  For instance, if someone threatens you, either verbally or physically, then you are forced,  for fear of something bad happening to you, to pay attention to him and so to give him energy.  The person threatening you would be pulling you into the most aggressive kind of drama… the intimidator.  (128)


If on the other hand, someone tells you all the horrible things that are already happening to them, implying perhaps that you are responsible, and that if you refuse to help these horrible things are going to continue, then this person is seeking to control at the most passive level… a poor me drama.  Haven’t you ever been around someone who makes you feel guilty when you’re in their presence, even though you know there is no reason to feel this way… it’s because you have entered the drama world of a poor me.  Everything they say and do puts you in a place where you have to defend against the idea that you’re not doing enough for this person.  That’s why you feel guilty just being around them.  (129)


Anyone’s drama can be examined… according to where it falls on this spectrum from aggressive to passive.  If a person is subtle in their aggression, finding fault and slowly undermining your world in order to get your energy, then… this person would be an interrogator.  Less passive than the poor me would be your aloofness drama… intimidator, interrogator, aloof, and poor me.  (129)


That’s correct.  Some people use more than one in different circumstances, but most of us have one dominant control drama that we tend to repeat, depending on which one worked well on the members of our early family.  (129)


If you are a child and someone is draining your energy with bodily harm then being aloof doesn’t work.  You can’t get them to give you energy by playing coy.  They don’t give a damn what’s going on inside you.  They’re coming on too strong.  So you’re forced to become more passive and to try the poor me approach, appealing to the mercy of the person, guilt tripping them about the harm they are doing.  (130)


If this doesn’t work, then, as a  child you endure until you are big enough to explode against the violence and fight aggression with aggression.  (130)


A person goes to whatever extreme necessary to get attention energy to their family.  And after that, this strategy becomes their dominant way of controlling to get energy from everyone, the drama they constantly repeat. (130)


Wouldn’t you have to resort to probing and prying and finally finding something wrong in these aloof people in order to force attention and energy?  This is what an interrogator does… aloof people create interrogators.  (130)


And interrogators make people aloof! And intimidators create the poor me approach, or if  this fails, another intimidator! (130)


…there is a tendency to see these dramas in others but to think that we ourselves are free from such devices.  (130)


…we  can find a higher meaning for our lives, a spiritual reason we were born to our particular families.  We can begin to get clear about who we really are.  (131)


I saw the full splendor of the ruins at Machu Picchu: a temple complex of massive, carefully shaped rocks weighing tons sitting atop each other on the mountain.  Even in the dull cloudy light, the beauty of the place was overwhelming… It is one of the highest energy centers in the world. (131-132)


Most of the people… come up here and are entranced by the energy.  That alone makes them rethink their lives.  (133)


Each of us has to go back to our family experience, that childhood time and place, and review what happened.  Once we become conscious of our control drama, then we  can focus on the higher truth of our family, the silver lining so to speak, that lies beyond the energy conflict.  Once we find this truth, it can energize our lives, for this truth tells us who we are, the path we are on, what we are doing.  (133)


Don’t confuse calmness with carelessness.  Our peaceful countenance is a measure of how well we are connected with the energy.  We stay connected because it is the best thing for us to do, regardless of the circumstances.  (135)


Staying connected… will be easier once you get clear on who you are.  (135)


The process of finding your true spiritual identity involves looking at your whole life as one long story, trying to find a higher meaning.  Begin by asking yourself this question: why was I born to this particular family?  What might have been the purpose for that?  (136)


You’re looking for the meaning her life has for you, the reason you were born to her, what you were there to learn.  Every human being, whether they are conscious of it or not illustrates with their lives how he or she thinks a human being is supposed to live.  You must try to discover what she thought you and at the same time what about her life could have been done better.  What you would have changed about your mother is part of what you yourself are working on… How you would improve on your father’s life is the other part.  (137-138)


We are not merely the physical creation of our parents; we are also the spiritual creation.  You were born to these two people and their lives had an irrevocable effect on who you are.  To  discover your real self, you must admit that the real you began in a position between their truths.  That’s why you were born there: to take a higher perspective on what they stood for.  Your path is about discovering a truth that is a higher synthesis of what these two people believed.  (138)


But let me leave you with one thought.  You can go to sleep and never think again of what we have discussed.  You can go right back into your old drama, or you can wake up tomorrow and hold on of this new idea of who you are.  If you do then you can take the next step in the process, which is to look closely at all the other things that have happened to you since birth.  If you view your life as one story, from birth to right now, you’ll be able to see how you have been working on this question all along.   (139)


I was an interrogator… The only way I could get any attention energy was to pry into what they were doing and then point out something wrong with it.  (140)


…the ultimate destiny of the human race was to perfect itself.  His father never advocated anything but the purest of humanitarian principles, but the Nazis used his basic idea of perfection to help legitimize their murderous liquidation of inferior race.  The corruption of this theme destroyed the old man… (His mother) was basically Eastern in her philosophical beliefs. …life was about reaching an inner enlightenment, a higher consciousness marked by peace of mind and detachment from the things of the world.  According to her, life was not about perfection; it was about letting go of the need to perfect anything, to go anywhere.  (141-142)


…the Western idea of working for progress and perfection and… the Eastern belief that life was only about reaching inner peace, nothing else. (142)


…the thought of both East and West can indeed be integrated into a higher truth.  They show us that the West is correct in maintaining that life is about progress, about evolving toward something higher.  Yet the East is also correct in emphasizing that we must let go of control with the ego.  We can’t progress by using logic alone.  We have to attain a fuller consciousness, an inner connection with God, because only then can our evolution toward something better be guided by a higher part of ourselves.  (142)


…if I looked closely at how my life has evolved, this question would put my life in perspective and clear up what’s happened to me now.  (144)


*Each of us must look at the significant turns in our lives and reinterpret them in light of our evolutionary question… Try to perceive the sequence of interests, important friends, coincidences that have occurred in your life.  Weren’t they leading you somewhere?  (144)


*How did you spend your  time as you  grew up? (144)


In order for emotionally disturbed children to evolve, they have to do what we all have to do: get connected with enough energy to see through their intense control drama, what you call ‘acting out,’ and go forward in what turns out to be a spiritual process, a process you have been trying to understand all along.  (146)


Your whole life has been a long road leading you directly to this moment.  (146)


(To achieve) a clear awareness of your spiritual path… we all must spend as much time as necessary going through this process of clearing your past.  Most of us have a control drama we have to  transcend but once we do, we can comprehend the higher meaning for why we were born to our particular parents, and what all the twists and turns in our lives were preparing us to do.  We all have a spiritual purpose, a mission, that we have been pursuing without being fully aware of it, and once we bring it completely into consciousness, our lives can take off.  (146)


Stay centered.  Remember who you are.  (148)


Clearing the past was a precise process of becoming aware of our individual ways of controlling learned in childhood.  And once we could transcend this habit… we would find our higher selves, our evolutionary identities.  (148)


…before we could fully enter the special state of mind that so many people were glimpsing – the experience of ourselves moving onward in life guided by mysterious coincidences – we had to wake up to who we really were.  (148)


The truth you are pursuing is as important as the evolution of the universe itself, for it enables evolution to continue.  (149)


…humans are born into their historical situations and find something to stand for.  They form a union with another human being who also has found some purpose.  The children born to this union then reconcile these two positions by pursuing a higher synthesis, guided by the coincidences… each time we fill up with energy and a coincidence occurs to lead us forward in our lives, we institute this level of energy in ourselves, and so we can exit at a higher vibration.  Our children take our level of vibration and raise it even higher.  This is how we, as humans, continue evolution.  (149)


The difference now… is that we are ready to do it consciously and accelerate the process.  No matter how afraid you become, you now have no choice.  Once you learn what life is about, there is no way to erase the knowledge.  If you try to do something else with your life you will always sense that you are missing something.  (149)


As I glazed out at the surroundings, consciously trying to appreciate what I was seeing, I began to experience that now familiar feeling of closeness.  Suddenly everything seemed to exhibit more presence and to glow slightly.  I began to feel lighter, my body more buoyant.  (150)

CHAPTER 7 (7th Insight) – Engaging the Flow


The first thing to do… is to focus on the environment around me… Then I try to remember how everything looks when I’m being filled with energy.  I do this by recalling the presence everything displays, the unique beauty and shape of everything, especially plants, and the way colors seem to glow and appear brighter… Then I try to experience the feeling of closeness, the feeling that no matter how far away something is, that I can touch it, connect with it.  And then I breathe it in… To regain this buoyancy, I try to breathe in the energy with which I have just connected.  (152)


…taking deep conscious breaths, holding each about five seconds before exhaling… When we visualize… that each breath pulls energy into us and fills us like a balloon, we actually become more energized and feel much lighter and more buoyant.  (153)


After I breathe in the energy… I check to see if I have the right emotion… I consider this the true measure of whether I am truly connected… love is not an intellectual concept or a moral imperative or anything else.  It is a background emotion that exists when one is connected to the energy available in the universe, which, of course, is the energy of God.  (153)


Thoughts feel different once you get connected with the energy… the words you have habitually willed through your head in an attempt to logically control events… stop when you give up your control drama.  As you fill up with inner energy, other kinds of thoughts enter your mind from a higher part of yourself.  These are your intuitions.  They feel different.  They just appear in the back of your mind, sometimes in a kind of daydream or mini-vision, and they come to direct you, to guide you.  (153-154)


When you have acquired enough energy, you are ready to consciously engage evolution, to start it flowing, to produce the coincidences that will lead you forward.  You engage your evolution in a very specific way.  First, as I said, you build sufficient energy, then you remember your basic life question – the one your parents gave you- because this question provides the overall context for your evolution.  Next you center yourself on your path by discovering the immediate, smaller questions that currently confront you in life.  These questions always pertain to your larger question and define where you currently are in your lifelong quest.  (154)


Once you become conscious of the questions active in the moment, you always get some kind of intuitive direction of what to do, or where to go.  You get a hunch about the next step.  Always.  The only time this will not occur is when you have the wrong question in mind.  You see, the problem in life isn’t in receiving answers.  The problem is in identifying your current questions.  Once you get the questions right, the answers always come.  (154)


After you get an intuition of what might happen next… then the next step is to become very alert and watchful.  Sooner or later coincidences will occur to move you in the direction indicated by the intuition… Think about why these thoughts are coming now, considering the story of your life.  (154-155)


Remember to stop as often as necessary to re-connect your energy.  Stay full, stay in a state of love.  Remember that once you achieve this state of love, nothing, nor anyone can pull more energy from you than you can replace.  In fact, the energy flowing out of you creates a current that pulls energy into you at the same rate.  You can never run out.  But you must stay conscious of this process in order for it to work.  This is especially important when you interact with people.  (156)


(Insight) Seven deals with the process of consciously evolving yourself of staying alert to every coincidence, every answer the universe provides for you… but it talks about the way objects jump out at us, the way certain thoughts come as guidance.  As for the Eighth, you will find it yourself when the time is right.  It explains how we can aid others as they bring us the answers we seek.  And further, it describes a whole new ethic governing the way humans should treat each other in order to facilitate everyone’s evolution.  (156)


Let your perception of beauty and iridescence lead your way.  Places and people who have answers for you will appear more luminous and attractive.  (157)


Bad dreams have the most important messages… the Seventh Insight… tells us how to… interpret dreams… (164)


It says to compare the story of your dream to the story of your life… compare parts of the story with your life… start… At the beginning… What are you doing at the beginning of the dream?... How did you feel?... Compare this situation to your real situation… And what else is happening to you in your life?...What happened next in your dream?... If you had to experience the dream again, what would you do different?...So what is the message to you? (164-165)


Why are you here?... Why specifically?  (166)


…dreams come to tell us something about our lives that we are missing.  (166)


Not only dreams guide us.  Also thoughts or daydreams guide us… they show us a scene, a happening, and this is an indication that this event might happen.  If we pay attention, then we can be ready for this turn in our lives.  (168)


…we all have many more such thoughts than we realize.  To recognize them, we must take an observer position.  When a thought comes, we must ask why.  Why did this particular thought come now?  How does it relate to my life questions?  Taking this observer position helps us release our need to control everything.  It places us in the flow of evolution.  (169)



…fear images should be halted as soon as they come.  Then another image, one with a good outcome, should be willed through the mind.  Soon, negative images will almost never happen.  Your intuitions will be about positive things.   When negative images come after that… they should be taken very seriously and not followed.  For instance, if the idea comes to you that you’re going to have a wreck in a truck and someone comes along and offers you a ride in a truck, then do not accept it.  (169)


The church feels the Manuscript is confusing to our people… It gives the impression that people can decide on their own how to live, without regard to the scriptures.  (170)


Your body is vibrating at a certain level.  If you let your energy get too low, your body suffers.  That is the relationship between stress and disease.  Love is the way we keep our vibration up.  It keeps us healthy.  It is that important.  (174)

To grasp the Seventh Insight and truly enter the movement of evolution… one must pull all the insights into one way of being.  (174)


Can you sum up how the world has changed for you as a result of the insights?... I guess I’ve woken up and seen the world as a mysterious place that provides everything we need, if we get clear and get on the path… Then, we’re ready to begin the evolutionary flow… By keeping our current life questions firmly in mind… And then watching for direction, either in a dream or in an intuitive thought or in the way the environment illuminates and jumps out at us.  (174-175)


We build our energy and center ourselves in our situations, in the questions we have, then we receive some form of intuitive guidance, and idea of where to go or what to do, and then coincidences occur to allow us to move in that direction… That is the way.  And each time that these coincidences lead us into something new, we grow, we become fuller persons, existing at a higher vibration.  (175)


…in the Eighth Insight… You must learn that all the answers that mysteriously come to us really come from other people.  Think about all that you have learned… Haven’t all the answers come to you through the actions of other people you mysteriously met?  (175)


But not all the people you meet will have all the energy or the clarity to reveal the message they have for you… You told me of learning to project your energy toward a plant by focusing on its beauty… Well, you do exactly the same thing toward a person.  When the energy goes into them, it helps them see their truth.  Then they can give this truth to you.  (175-176)


It’s the idea of participating in evolution that bothers them… The idea of physical evolution is bad enough.  But to extend the idea to everyday life, to the individual decisions we make, to history itself.  That’s unacceptable.  They think humans will run amuck with this evolution, that relations between people will degenerate.  (177)


Even people who are still unaware can stumble into answers and see coincidences in retrospect.  The Seventh Insight occurs when we can see these answers as they arrive.  It heightens everyday experience.  (178)


We must assume every event has significance and contains a message that somehow pertains to our questions.  This especially applies to what we used to call bad things.  The Seventh Insight says that the challenge is to find the silver lining in every event, no matter how negative.  (178)


The Eighth Insight… is about an Interpersonal Ethic, a way of treating other people so more messages are shared.  But remember not to go too fast.  Stay centered in your situation.  What are you questions?  (179)


The Eighth Insight warns against something… it warns against your growth being stopped.,, It happens when you become addicted to another person.  (179)

CHAPTER 8 (8th Insight) – The Interpersonal Ethic

(The Eighth Insight) is about how humans will eventually learn to relate to each other, and talks of many things, such as how to project energy to others and how to avoid addictions to people.  (184)


The Eighth Insight… is about using energy in a new way when relating to people in general, but it begins at the beginning with children.  (184)


We should view them as they really are, as end points in evolution that lead us forward.  But in order to learn to evolve, they need our energy on a constant basis, unconditionally.  The worse thing that we can do to children is to drain their energy while correcting them.  This is what creates control dramas in them… But these learned manipulations on the child’s part can be avoided if the adults give them all the energy they need no matter what the situation.  That is why they should always be included in conversations, especially conversations about them.  And you should never take responsibility for more children than you can give attention to.  (184)


…any one adult can only focus on and give attention to one child at a time.  If there are many children for the number of adults, then the adults become overwhelmed and unable to give enough energy.  The children begin to compete with each other for the adult’s time… sibling rivalry.  (185)


Adults often glamorize the idea of large families and children growing up together.  But children should learn the world from adults, not from other children.  In too many cultures, children are running in gangs… humans will slowly understand that they should not bring children into the world unless there is at least one adult committed to focus full attention, all of the time, on each child. (185)


…humans will learn to extend their families beyond blood ties.  So that someone else is able to provide one on one attention.  All the energy does not have to come from the parents alone.  In fact, it is better if it does not.  But whoever cares for the children must provide this one on one attention.  (185)


I have tried to give her energy, and to always tell her the truth of every situation in language she can understand.  When she asked the questions a young child asks, I treated them  very seriously, avoiding the temptation of treating her a fanciful answer which is plainly for the entertainment of adults.  (186)


It says we should always find a way to tell a child the truth.  (186)


We chase and tumble and play all the fantasy games.  The difference is that when we are fantasizing, she knows it.  (186)


I gave her one on one attention when she needed it.  And if I wasn’t there, my sister, who lives next door was there.  She always had an adult to answer her questions, and because she has had this sincere attention, she has never felt she had to act out or show off.  She has always had enough energy and that makes her assume she will continue to have enough, which makes the transition from receiving energy from adults to getting it from the universe… much easier for her to grasp.  (186)


When one first learns to be clear and to engage one’s evolution, any of us  can be stopped, suddenly, by an addiction to another person.  (191)


…the idea of an addiction… explains why power struggles arise in romantic relationships.  We’ve always wondered what causes the bliss and euphoria of love to end, to suddenly turn into conflict, and now we know.  It is a result of the flow of energy between the individuals involved.  (191)


 When love first happens, the two individuals are giving each other energy unconsciously and both people feel buoyant and elated.  That’s the incredible high we all call being “in love.”  Unfortunately, once they expect this feeling to come from the other person, they cut themselves off from the energy in the universe and begin to rely on the energy even more from each other – only now there doesn’t seem to be enough and so they stop giving each other energy and fall back into their dramas in an attempt to control each other and force the other’s energy their way.  At this point the relationship degenerates into the usual power struggle.  (192)


…our susceptibility to this kind of addiction can be described psychologically, if it can help you understand… the problem starts in our early family.  Because of the energy competition there, none of us were able to complete an important psychological process.  We weren’t able to integrate our opposite sexual side.  (192)


The reason we can become addicted to someone of the opposite sex is that we’ve yet to access this opposite energy in ourselves.  You see, the mystical energy that we can tap as an inner source is both male and female.  We can eventually open up to it, but when we first begin to evolve, we have to be careful.  The integration process takes some time.  If we connect prematurely with a human source for our female or male energy, we block the universal supply.  (192)


Think of how this integration is supposed to work in an ideal family… and perhaps you can see what I mean.  In any family, the child must first receive energy from the adults in his life.  Usually, identifying with and integrating the energy of the same-sexed parent is accomplished easily, but receiving energy from the other parent can be more difficult because of the differences in the sexes.  (192)


Let’s use a female child as an example.  All the little girl knows as she first attempts to integrate her male side is that she is extremely attracted to her father.  She wants him around and close to her all the time.  The Manuscript explains that what she really wants is male energy – because this male energy compliments her female side.  From this male energy, she receives a sense of completion and euphoria.  But she mistakenly thinks that the only way to have this energy is by sexually possessing her father and keeping him close physically. (192)


Interestingly, because she intuits that this energy is really supposed to be her own and that she should be able to command this energy at will, she wants to direct her father as if he were that part of herself.  She thinks he is magical and perfect and able to supply her every whim.  In a less than ideal family, this sets up a power conflict between the little girl and her dad.  Dramas are formed as she learns to posture herself in order to manipulate him into giving her the energy she desires.  (193)


But in an ideal family, the father would remain uncompetitive.  He would continue to relate honestly and have enough energy so as to supply her unconditionally even though he can’t do everything she asks.  The important thing to know here, in our idea example, is that the father would remain open and communicative.  She thinks he is ideal and magical but if he honestly explains who he is and what he is doing and why, then the little girl can integrate his particular style and abilities and proceed past an unrealistic view of her father.  In the end, she will see him as just a particular human being, a human being with his own talents and faults.  Once this true emulation takes place, then the child makes an easy transition from receiving her opposite-sex energy from her father to receiving it as part of the overall energy existing in the universe at large.  (193)


The problem…is that most parents, up to now, have been competing with their own children for energy, and that has affected all of us.  Because this competition was taking place none of us have quite resolved this opposite-sex issue.  We’re all stuck at the stage where we are still looking for our opposite-sex energy outside of ourselves, in the person of a male or female we can think of as ideal and magical and can possess sexually.  See the problem?  (193)


In terms of our ability to evolve consciously… we are faced with a critical situation… When we first begin to evolve, we automatically begin to receive our opposite-sex energy.  It comes in naturally from the energy in the universe.  But we must be careful, because if another person comes along who offers this energy directly we can cut ourselves off from the true source…and regress.  (193)


…until we learn how to avoid this situation, we are walking around like a circle half complete.  You know, we look like the letter C.  We are very susceptible to a person of the opposite sex, some other circle half complete, coming up and joining with us—completing the circle that way—and giving us a burst of euphoria and energy that feels like the wholeness that a full connection with the universe produces.  In reality, we have only joined up with another person who is looking for their other half on the outside too.  This is the classical co-dependent relationship and… it has built-in problems that begin to arise immediately. (194)


…the problem with this completed person, this O, that both people think they have reached is that it has taken two people to make this whole person, one supplying the female energy and one supplying the male.  This one whole person, consequently has two heads, or egos.  Both people want to run this whole person they have created and so, just as in childhood, both people want to command the other, as if the other were themselves.  This kind of illusion of completeness always breaks down into a power struggle.  In the end, each person must take the other for granted and even invalidate them so that they can lead this whole self in the direction they want to go.  But of course, that doesn’t work, at least not anymore.  Perhaps in the past, one of the partners was willing to submit themselves to the other—usually the woman, sometimes the man.  But we are waking up now.  No one wants to be subservient to anyone else any longer.  (194)


Oh, we can still have romance… But first we have to complete the circle on our own.  We have to stabilize our channel with the universe.  That takes time, but afterward we are never susceptible to this problem again and we can have… a higher-relationship.  When we connect romantically with another whole person after that, we create a super-person…but it never pulls us from the path of our individual evolution.  (194-195)


By resisting the ‘love at first site’ feeling for a while, by learning to have platonic relationships with members of the opposite sex.  But remember the process.  You must have these relationships only with people who will reveal themselves totally, telling you how and why they are doing what they are doing—just as this would have happened with the opposite-sexed parent during an ideal childhood.  By understanding who these opposite-sexed friends really are on the inside, one breaks past one’s own fantasy projection about that gender, and that releases us to connect again with the universe.  (195)


Remember, also… that this is not easy, especially if one has to break away from a current co-dependent relationship.  It is a real pulling apart of energy.  It hurts.  But it must be done.  Co-dependence is not some new malady some of us have.  We’re all co-dependent, and we’re all growing out of it now. (195)


The idea is to begin to experience that sense of well-being and euphoria experienced in the first moment of a co-dependent relationship when you are alone.  You get to have him or her on the inside.  After that, you evolve forward and can find that special romantic relationship that really fits you.  (195)


Your energy was connected to Majorie’s.  When you were sitting here and she was in the other room, your field stretched all the way in there and attached to hers… You had lost your connection to the universe.  You had become addicted to Majorie’s energy as a substitute.  It is the same way with all addictions—one goes through someone or something else to connect with the universe.  The way to deal with this is to get your energy up and then center yourself again in what you are really doing here.  (196)


How we approach other people determines how quickly we evolve, how quickly our life questions are answered.  (199)


By lifting you up and helping you get clear, we could search for the truth, the message that you had for us.  Do you understand that?  Energizing you was the best thing we could do for ourselves.  (199-200)


…whenever people cross our paths, there is always a message for us.  Chance encounters do not exist.  But how we respond to these encounters determines whether we’re able to receive the message.  If we have a conversation with someone who crosses our path and we do not see a message pertaining to our current questions, it does not mean there was no message.  It only means we missed it for some reason.  (200)


Have you ever run into an old friend or acquaintance, talked for a minute and left, then run into him or her again the same day or the same week?... what we should do instead in that situation is to stop what we are doing, no matter what, and find out the message we have for that person, and that person has for us… once humans grasp this reality, our interaction will slow down and become more purposeful and deliberate.  (200)


But isn’t that hard to do, especially with someone who wouldn’t know what you were talking about?... humans are unique in a world of energy in that they can project their energy consciously… it is done by appreciating beauty of an object until enough energy comes into us to feel love.  At that point, we can send energy back… the same principle holds true for people.  When we appreciate the shape and demeanor of a person, really focus on them until their shape and features begin to stand out and to have more presence, we can then send them energy, lifting them up.  (201)


Of course, the first step is to keep our own energy high, then we can start the flow of energy coming into us, through us, and into the other person.  The more we appreciate their wholeness, their inner beauty, the more the energy flows into them, and naturally, the more that flows into us… its really a rather hedonistic thing to do… the more we can love and appreciate others, the more energy flows into us.  That’s why loving and energizing others is the best possible thing we can do for ourselves.  (201)


The effect on the individual of this projection of energy is immense.  Right now, for instance, you’re filling me with energy.  I can feel it.  What I feel is a greater sense of lightness and clarity as I’m formulating my thoughts to speak. (201)


Because you are giving me more energy than I would have otherwise, I can see what my truth is and more readily give it to you.  When I do that, you have a sense of revelation about what I’m saying.  This leads you to see my higher self even more fully and so appreciate and focus on it at an even deeper level, which gives me even more energy and greater insight into my truth and the cycle begins over again.  Two or more people doing this together can reach incredible highs as they build one another up and have it immediately returned.  You must understand, though, that this connection is completely different from a co-dependent relationship.  A co-dependent relationship begins this way but soon becomes controlling because the addiction cuts them off from their source and their energy runs out.  Real projection of energy has no attachment or intention.  Both people are just waiting for the messages.  (202)


…if the person we are speaking with is  already operating in a control drama and trying to pull us into it… if we do not assume the matching drama, the person’s own drama will fall apart.  (202)


Why are you do angry?...Because it is my job to look after this place. 

I’m sure you do a good job.  But it’s hard for people to talk if you’re frightening them. (203)


I didn’t play the drama he expected.  Remember that each person’s control drama was formed in childhood in relation to another drama.  Therefore each drama needs a matching drama to be fully played out.  What the intimidator needs in order to get energy is either a poor me, or another intimidator... My drama response would have been to play the Intimidator myself, trying to out intimidate him.  Of course, this would probably have resulted in violence.  But instead I did what the Manuscript instructs.  I named the drama he was playing.  All dramas are covert strategies to get energy.  He was trying to intimidate you out of your energy.  When he tried that on me, I named what he was doing… covert manipulations for energy can’t exist if you bring them into consciousness by pointing them out.  They cease to be covert.  It is a simple method.  The best truth about what’s going on in a conversation always prevails.  After that the person has to be more real and honest.  (205)


And the key to making it work is to simultaneously look beyond the drama at the real person in front of you, and send as much energy their way as possible.  If they can feel energy coming in any way, then its easier for them to give up their way of manipulating for it.  (205)


I could appreciate him as a little insecure boy needing energy desperately… grasp how to deal with someone playing a drama. (205)


The universe is energy, energy that responds to our expectations.  People are part of that energy universe too, so when we have a question, the people show up who have an answer.  (207)


Get it into your head.  Everyone who crosses our path has a message for us.  (207)


The hard part… is figuring out who to take time to talk with when talking with everyone is impossible. (208)


There are signs… sudden, spontaneous eye contact is a sign that two people should talk… after it happens, most people forget about it and go on with what they are doing… a sense of recognition.  (208)


Seeing someone who looks familiar, even though you know you’ve never seen the person before… we are members of the same thought group with certain other people.  Thought groups are usually evolving along the same lines of interest.  They think the same, and that creates the same expression and outward experience.  We intuitively recognize members of our thought group and very often they provide messages for us.  (208) 


When you are appreciating someone at a deeper level, you can see their most honest self beyond any facades they may put up.  When you really focus on this level, you can perceive what someone is thinking as a subtle expression on their face.  This is perfectly natural… telepathy is perfectly natural.  (209)


Put the truth in a form you think he can recognize.  (209)


What do you think the Eighth Insight is saying?... It’s about a way of relating to other people, to children and to adults.  It’s about naming control dramas and breaking through them and focusing on other people in a way that sends them energy.  (212)


And if we are observant about who to talk with, then we get the answers we desire as a result. (212)


… a conscious conversation.  Each person speaks when the energy moves to him…

Part of the Eighth Insight is learning to interact consciously when in a group.  But don’t get self-conscious.  Just understand the process.  As the members of a group talk, only one will have the most powerful idea at any one point in time.  If they are alert, the others in the group can feel who is about to speak, and then they can consciously focus their energy on this person, helping to bring out this idea with the greatest clarity.

Then as the conversation proceeds, someone else will have the most powerful idea, then someone else, and so forth.  If you concentrate on what is being said, you can feel when it is your turn.  The idea will come up into your mind. 

The key to this process… is to speak up when it is your moment and to project energy when it is someone else’s turn. 

Many things can go wrong… Some people can get inflated when in a group.  They feel the power of an idea and express it, then because that burst of energy feels so good, they keep on talking, long after the energy should have shifted to someone else.  They try to monopolize the group.  

Others are pulled back, and even when they feel the power of an idea, they won’t risk saying it.  When this happens, the group fragments and the members don’t get the benefits of all the messages.  The same thing happens when some members of the group are not accepted by some of the others.  The rejected individuals are prevented from receiving the energy and so the group misses the benefit of their ideas…

How people are excluded is important… When we dislike someone, or feel threatened by someone, the natural tendency is to focus on something we dislike about the person, something that irritates us.  Unfortunately, when we do this—instead of seeing the deeper beauty of the person and giving them energy—we take energy away and actually do them harm.  All they know is that they suddenly feel less beautiful and less confident, and it is because we sapped their energy.

            That is why… this process is so important.  Humans are aging each other at a tremendous rate out there with their violent competitions…

            But remember… in a truly functional group, the idea is to do the opposite of this, the idea is for every member’s energy and vibration to increase because of the energy sent by all the others.  When this occurs, everyone’s individual energy field merges with everyone else’s and makes one pool of energy.  It is as if the group is just one body, but one with many heads.  Sometimes one head speaks for the body.  Sometimes another talks.  But in a group functioning this way, each individual knows when to speak and what to say because he truly sees life more clearly.  This is the Higher Person the Eighth insight talked about in connection with a romantic relationship between a man and a woman.  But other groups can form one as well.  (214-215)


My mother was a Christian reformer.  She hated the use of guilt and coercion when evangelizing.  She felt that people should come to religion because of love, not out of fear.  (217)

CHAPTER 9 (9th Insight) – The Emerging Culture

The Ninth Insight explains how human culture will change in the next millennium as a result of conscious evolution.  It describes a significantly different way of life… we humans will voluntarily decrease our population so that we all may live in the most powerful and beautiful places on Earth.  But remarkably, many more of these areas will exist in the future, because we will intentionally let the forests go uncut so that they can mature and build energy.  (222)


According to the Ninth Insight, by the middle of the next millennium… humans will typically live among five hundred year old trees and carefully tended gardens, yet within easy travel distance of an urban area of incredible technological wizardry.  By then, the means of survival- foodstuffs and clothing and transportation- will all be totally automated and at everyone’s disposal.  Our needs will be completely met without the exchange of any currency, yet also without any overindulgence or laziness. (223)


Guided by their intuitions, everyone will know precisely what to do and when to do it, and this will fit harmoniously with the actions of others.  No one will consume excessively because we will have let go of the need to possess and to control for security.  (223)



In the next millennium, life will have become about something else… our sense of purpose will be satisfied by the thrill of our own evolution – by the elation of receiving intuitions and then watching closely as our destinies unfold.  The Ninth depicts a human world where everyone has slowed down and become more alert, ever vigilant for the next meaningful encounter that comes along.  We will know that it could occur anywhere: on a path that winds through a forest, for instance, or on a bridge that traverses some canyon. (223)


During the Middle Ages we lived in a simple world of good and evil, defined by the churchman.  But during the Renaissance we broke free.  We knew there had to be more to man’s situation in the universe than the churchmen knew, and we wanted the full story.

            We then sent science out to discover our  true situation, but when this effort didn’t provide the answers we needed right away, we decided to settle in, and turned our modern work ethic into a preoccupation that secularized reality and squeezed the mystery out of the world.  But now, we can see the truth of that preoccupation.  We can see that the real reason we spent five centuries creating material supports for human life was to set the stage for something else, a way of life that returns the mystery to existence.

            That is what the information now returning from the scientific method indicates: mankind in on this planet to consciously evolve.  And as we learn to evolve and pursue our particular path, truth by truth… once we reach the critical mass… and the insights begin to come in on a global scale, the human race will first experience a period of intense introspection.  We’ll grasp how beautiful and spiritual the natural world really is.  We’ll see trees and rivers and mountains as temples of great power to be held in reverence and awe.  We’ll demand an end to any economic activity that threatens this treasure.  And those closest to this situation will find alternative solutions to this pollution problem because someone will intuit these alternatives as they seek their own evolution.  (224)


…giving is really a universal principle of support, not just for churches, but for everyone.  When we give, we receive in return because of the way energy interacts in the universe.  Remember when we project energy into someone this creates a void in ourselves which, if we are connected, fills up again.  Money works exactly the same way.  The Ninth Insight says that once we begin to give constantly, we will always have more coming in than we can possibly give away.

            And our gifts… should go to the persons who have given us spiritual truth.  When people come into our lives at just the right time to give us the answers we need, we should give them money.  This is how we will begin to supplement our incomes and ease out of the occupations which limit us.  As more people engage in this spiritual economy we will begin a real shift into the culture of the next millennium.  We will have moved through the stage of evolving into our right occupation and will be entering the stage of getting paid for evolving freely and offering our unique truth to others. (226)


If everyone we participating then we would be giving and receiving constantly and this interaction with others, this exchange of information, would become everyone’s new work, our new economic orientation.  We’d be paid by the people we touched.  This situation would then allow the material supports of life to become fully automated, because we would be too busy to own those systems, or to operate them.  We would want material production automated and run like a utility.  We’d own stock in it, perhaps, but the situation would free us up to expand what is already the information age.  (226)


We’re here on this planet not to build personal empires of control, but to evolve.  Paying others for their insights will begin the transformation and then as more and more parts of the economy are automated, currency will disappear altogether.  We won’t need it.  If we are correctly following our intuitive guidance, then we will take only what we need. (227)


…the natural areas of the Earth have to be nurtured and protected for the sources of incredible power that they are.  (227)


As the human race evolves spiritually, we will voluntarily decrease the population to a point sustainable by the Earth.  We will be committed to living within the natural energy systems of the planet.  Farming will be automated except for the plants one wants to energize personally and then consume.  The trees necessary for construction will be grown in special, designated areas.  This will free the remainder of the Earth’s trees to grow and age and finally mature into powerful forests.  (227)


Every time we follow an intuition and some mysterious encounter leads us forward, our personal vibration increases.  (228)


I was alert to the mysterious way my life evolved, as revealed by the First Insight.  I knew that the whole culture was sensing this mystery again as well, and we were in the process of constructing a new world view, as pointed out by the Second.  The Third and Forth had showed me that the universe was in reality a vast system of energy and that human conflict was a shortage of and a manipulation for this energy.  (230)

            The Fifth Insight revealed that we could end this conflict by receiving and inpouring of this energy from a higher source.  For me, this ability had almost become habit.  The Sixth, that we could clear our old repeated dramas, and find our true selves, was also permanently etched in my mind.   And the Seventh had set in motion the evolutions of these true selves: through question, intuition of what to do, and answer.  Staying in this magic flow was truly the secret of happiness.

            And the Eighth, knowing how to relate in a new way to others, bringing out in them the very best, was the key to keeping the mystery operating and the answers coming.  (230)


As he spoke, I focused on his face, trying to see his higher self.  His energy field widened.  (234)


We’ve spent centuries talking about it, visualizing it, professing our belief in it.  But we’ve always characterized this connection as something abstract, something we believe in intellectually.  And we’ve always cast this connection as something an individual must do to avoid something bad happening, rather than acquire something good and tremendous.  The Manuscript describes the inspiration that comes when we are truly loving others and evolving our lives forward.  (236)


I see that the truth is a synthesis of the scientific and religious world views.  The truth is that evolution is the way God created, and is still creating.  (236)


…the Manuscript describes the process of succeeding generations as an evolution of understanding, an evolution toward a higher spirituality and vibration.  Each generation incorporates more energy and accumulates more truth and then passes that status on to the people of the next generation, who extend it further.  (236)


Didn’t Jesus, himself, say that what he did, we could do also, and more?  We’ve never really taken that idea seriously, not until now.  We’re only now grasping what Jesus was talking about, where he was leading us.  The Manuscript clarifies what he meant! How to do it!  (236)


All religion… is about humankind finding relationship to one higher source.  And all religions speak of a perception of God within, a perception that fills us, makes us more than we were.  Religions become corrupted when leaders are assigned to explain God’s will to the people instead of showing them how to find this direction within themselves.  (239)


The Ninth reveals our ultimate destiny… It makes it all crystal clear.  It reiterates that as humans, we are the culmination of the whole of evolution.  It talks about matter beginning in a weak form and increasing in complexity, element by element, then species by species, always evolving into a higher state of vibration.

            When primitive humans came along, we continued this evolution unconsciously by conquering others and gaining energy and moving forward a bit, and then being conquered ourselves by someone else and losing our energy.  This physical conflict continued until we invented democracy, a system that didn’t end the conflict but shifted it from a physical to a mental level.

            Now… we’re beginning this whole process into consciousness.  We can see that all of human history has prepared us to achieve conscious evolution.  Now, we can increase our energy and experience the coincidences consciously.  This carries evolution onward at a faster pace, lifting our vibrations even higher.  (240)


Our destiny is to continue to increase our destiny level.  And as our energy level increases, the level of vibration in the atoms of our bodies increases… It means that we are getting lighter, more purely spiritual.  (241)


The Ninth Insight… says that as we humans continue to increase our vibration, an amazing thing will begin to happen.  Whole groups of people, once they reach a certain level, will suddenly become invisible to those who are still vibrating at a lower level.  It will appear to the people on this lower level that the others just disappeared, but the group themselves will feel as though they are still right here – only they will feel lighter.  (241)


Her body was talking on the characteristics of her energy field.  Her features were still clear and distinct but it was no longer muscles and skin at which I was looking.  She looked as though she were made of pure light, glowing from within.  (241)


The beauty I was able to perceive had increased beyond anything I had experienced before.  (241)


When humans begin to raise their vibrations to a level where others cannot see them… it will signal that we are crossing the barrier between this life and the other world from which we came and to which we go after death.  This conscious crossing over is the path shown by the Christ.  He opened up to the energy until he was so light he could walk on water.  He transcended death right here on Earth, and was the first to cross over, to expand the physical world into the spiritual.  His life demonstrated how to do this, and if we connect with the same source we can head the same way, step by step.  At some point everyone will vibrate highly enough so that we can walk into heaven, in our same form.  (241-242)


Fear lowers one’s vibration tremendously. (243)


The Ninth Insight says that while some individuals may cross over sporadically, a general rapture will not occur until we have abolished fear, until we can maintain a sufficient vibration in all situations.  (243)


The Ninth Insight is the insight of knowing where we are headed.  All the other insights create the picture of the world as one of incredible beauty and energy, and of ourselves as increasing out connection with and thus seeing this beauty.

The more beauty we can see, the more we evolve.  The more we evolve, the higher we vibrate.  The Ninth Insight shows us that ultimately, our increased perception and vibration will open us up to a Heaven that is already before us.  We just can’t see it yet. 

Whenever we doubt our path, or lose sight of the process, we must remember what we are evolving toward, what the process of living is all about.  Reaching heaven on Earth is why we are here.  And now we know how it can be done… how it will be done. (243)


From now on the insights will have to be shared between people.  Each person, once they hear the message and realize that the insights are real, must pass on the message to everyone who is ready for it.  Connecting with the energy is something humans have to be open to and talking about and expecting, otherwise the whole human race can go back to pretending that life is about having power over others and exploiting the planet.  If we go back to doing this, then we won’t survive.  Each of us must do what we can to get this message out.  (246)