One Who Knows

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Sacred Vow is an interesting book of fiction about Ian, a well-read man in his early 50s who lives in New England. Divorced, he works in an office looking forward to his nightly cup of tea when he gets home. One particular evening, while relaxing in his study, he slips into a parallel universe where he meets a woman with whom he feels a strong connection. After this excursion into alternate time, Ian returns to his study and is perplexed and intrigued. He decides to attempt to recreate the experience. He returns to see the woman whom he eventually calls Katerina. The story proceeds as a mystery following the soul connection between Ian and Katerina. Ian is a likable man who truly loves and respects women. The story is well written and enticing as the facets of their connections unfold. I would definitely suggest adding this book to your fiction collection! —Susan LosCalzo, for New Age Retailer

Installment 16 of 22 Sacred  Vow (Dragon’s Beard Publishing, ISBN: 978-0-9774271-4-7, paperback, Fiction: Visionary/Metaphysical).

One Who Knows

When he got back from work the next day, Ian was still charged from the  previous night’s experience, even though he had lost several hours of sleep to  it. Without brewing tea, he tried sitting in another meditation, hoping for an  additional visitation. He tried sitting in the study with the teapot, but with  no tea. Then he tried sitting without the teapot in the study. Unfortunately,  Ian was too energized to relax. Nothing happened.

Even knowing that it would further delay his getting any much-needed sleep, Ian  brewed a pot of tea and had a cup. He wanted to see Katerina right away. If a  few seconds with her, here in his study, were all he could have, Ian would be  glad for it.

What he really hoped for was to visit the Katerina of his tea visions. Since he  was able to hear Katerina in this other life perhaps that was an indication that  he would now be able to hear the Katerina he had been visiting for months, if he  could only get back there. Ian longed to share with her what he had discovered.

From the moment he had initially seen her, walking through the forest path in  their very first visit, Ian had been left with the unsettling conviction that  she and he shared more than just the ongoing exchanges that he was experiencing.  He had not been able, however, to find any rational justification for such  strong feelings. But after the vivid memories of the night before, Ian felt he  had seen pictures of a life that Katerina and he had lived together, or were  living together now, in some parallel existence.

With the night before, he had experienced some additional portion of their story  together. He had known her voice, her laugh, and her direct interaction with him  in that life. And he wondered how this previously unrealized parallel life had  subconsciously affected his experiences in his primary world.

Ian drank the tea, but he was disappointed. After taking his time enjoying two  more cups, he was even more awake and yet had no additional experience of  Katerina. Lingering in his recliner, he did not immediately notice when he  started to go through the memories of the evening before. Soon Ian questioned  why he was determined to have a new visit, since he was so blessed with a rich  memory that he could relive with such vivid detail and sensations. His  recollections of that experience were unlike any memories he had ever known  before. They were just as authentic as the original experience.

After a while, Ian got out a notebook and began writing down every detail he  could recall. The location of that new visualization was definitely not the  world of his consciousness, or in his time. He wanted to firm up all the details  in his mind. Perhaps he could find some answers to his recent experiences within  the memories of those few days. He wanted to be able to share what he had  experienced with his Katerina.

Again, he was late getting to sleep.

For the next several evenings, no visit occurred. Though short on sleep, Ian  continued to feel fully energized and happy. Night after night, until he had  gone carefully through the entire experience of that simultaneous life with  Katerina, he recalled an unbelievable amount of detail from that single visit.  He concluded that something had changed. He was no longer merely visiting  another reality, but actually living a portion of a parallel life. This had  obviously resulted in a change in him, right down to his definition of self.  Then it hit him.

“A change in me?”

From what Djalma told him, Ian realized that such a change could alter the  vibrational rate at which he resonated, change the signature of the study! He  had been so busy recounting his extended visitation with Katerina that he had  not worried himself about whether there was any significance in her recent  absence. Ian tried to reassure himself by recalling that in the early days she  had been gone for extended absences and there had been no reason for concern.  Maybe sleep deprivation had caught up with him, but he felt overwhelmed by  apprehension.

His first instinct was to immediately call Djalma and beg for help. But Ian felt  guilty for departing their meeting so hastily and not keeping Djalma informed.  Besides, Ian couldn’t just call him. He would have to call Liz and ask her to  hike up to Djalma’s forest home. Although she tramped through the woods quite  regularly, Ian was not willing to ask her to do so at his request.

The next thing Ian knew, he was drowsily responding to the alarm clock. He’d  finally slept, but apparently not for very long. He woke, exhausted.

Later that day at work, Ian’s anxiety about losing contact with Katerina  overcame his reservations. He made the call to Liz. It was comforting just to  talk with her for a while. He asked her to ask Djalma to call him collect any  evening, whenever she next saw him. She agreed not to go looking for Djalma, but  would wait until he came for one of his frequent visits to her B&B.

Djalma called that night. Ian hoped the prompt response was due merely to his  good fortune, not to any extraordinary efforts on Liz’s part.

“I’m surprised to hear from you again so soon,” Djalma said with a pointed but  friendly irony.

Ian apologized and groveled appropriately. “Oh, I know, Djalma. I’ve been  meaning to call. The charm you gave me worked so beautifully that I did not want  to trouble you. I really have to thank you. You knew what you were doing with  that.”

“Thank you,” Djalma said.

Ian paused for a moment. “I believe I have a related question.”

Then he told Djalma about the reality-transfer during meditation. He did not go  into details, just mentioned the fact the teapot had not been in the room, how  it had felt, and the impact the experience had had on him. Then Ian told how  since then he had achieved neither a new meditative transfer experience nor a  tea visit.

While he was relating his story, Djalma made no real response. He just made the  kind of slight diversionary sounds one might make when distractedly turning a  strange or unexpected idea over in his mind: “Uh-huh.” “Hm-m-m.” “Really?”

Ian assumed the limited responses meant Djalma was surprised. Ian had thought  the new kind of experience might have been caused by the token. This made Ian  wonder why he had assumed that all that happened was part of Djalma’s plan.

Ian concluded his story and said, “Maybe the token you gave me needs a new  charge.”

“I’m afraid it could never have been more than a temporary solution, Ian,”  Djalma replied. “It performed its only intended function. Your visits ceased to  pose any immediate threat to your health.

“You need to realize that the visits, in their previous form, may not be meant  to continue forever. It sounds as if you have moved into another phase.”

“Yes, the dearth stage. That’s what troubles me, Djalma.”

“I don’t think you realize the extent of what you’ve achieved, Ian. You removed  a distinct part of the portal, and yet it continues to function. Not only that,  you now have a degree of access beyond what the collective resonance of the  study gave you. You can hear the sounds of that place and seem to be somewhat  embodied within a physical form.

“This new development is almost unbelievable! I wish I could manage such an  experience.”

Initially, Ian swelled with pride. Seconds later, he deflated back to  humility—realizing he had no idea how his experience had been induced. Then he  sank to sheer terror. If he had no idea, and it had not been the specific result  of Djalma’s assistance, how would they know how or even if the portal would  function again?

“It’s only been a few days since your last visit,” Djalma continued. “It’s  possible that your nervous system can only take so much of such high-intensity  experiences. It’s quite probable this kind of a connection would be very  demanding on your spiritual energies. This was no ordinary visitation. I  wouldn’t push for the next journey too soon, Ian. You found your way there, and  it is likely you will do so again when you’re ready to handle it.”

Ian felt too anxious to adopt a wait-and-see approach. “Is it possible that my  reaction to the extended trip has changed me in such a way that Katerina and I  can no longer contact each other?”

“That is possible, Ian, but I think it unlikely. It’s too early to tell. We can  only wait and have faith that your inner intelligence knows what it’s doing, and  knows when you’ll be ready for more.”

“What about making the kind of counterbalance adjustment within me that you made  with the token? Wouldn’t that be a more direct solution?”

“Oh, no. Even if I were capable of such a thing, Ian, I wouldn’t do it.  Attempting to sculpt another’s energetic resonance would be a very dangerous  undertaking. Not only would such a reckless venture endanger your body, mind and  spirit, it could also harm me.”

“What about giving a new charge to the token?” Ian asked.

Gently but firmly, Djalma said, “You don’t understand the delicacy and potential  danger of what you’re suggesting. When we used the token, we weren’t in full  control of the result. It was a calculated gamble at best. I tried because you  were caught in a situation that was damaging you. The alteration seemed to be  the best of a number of possible choices, all of them questionable.

“This is an entirely different situation, despite what you may believe. Your  subconscious is in a recuperative phase. Whenever that recovery is complete, you  will probably return to Katerina. But this visit may have yet other new  aspects.”

Ian was frustrated by Djalma’s rational path. Djalma, however, had never given  Ian reason to doubt him or his wisdom. Until given reason to do otherwise, Ian  would trust him.

“Ian,” Djalma said. “I need to point out something that I know you know, but  seem to have momentarily lost track of. I have the terms to describe what is  going on. I have studied the relative theories, and even have the odd talent  that suggests possession of some superlative information. But you are the ‘one  who knows’ in this situation.

“I cannot do what you have done, nor have I ever done anything similar. You lack  the conscious understanding of what is going on and why. But your spirit knows.  Within you is all the information you will ever need.

“If you allow me, I can be a support to you. I can point you back to yourself  when you stray. But that’s all I can do.”

Djalma went silent.

For the first time since he had given Djalma the position of acting as his  personal source of wisdom, Ian was forced to return to the place of his own  insight. It was both powerful and painful to retake control of his direction. He  too became quiet, trying to reclaim the energy, the will, to take charge. Ian  accepted that what had begun as his respite from this responsibility had gotten  out of hand.

After a few moments, Ian remembered Djalma’s offer of assistance. He was not  alone, and for that Ian was genuinely grateful.

“Is there anything I can do to repay your kindness, Djalma?”

“Call Liz and leave me a message—better yet, come by—after you see Katerina  next. I would really like to see you again.”

Ian was both surprised and comforted.

Djalma finished their conversation by saying, “Ian, I’m not trying to intrude,  but if I were you, when you see Katerina, I would not assume this new access  will remain open forever. You two are too intertwined to take these  opportunities casually. There is a purpose for this connection, and I would say  a very important purpose considering the energy it takes to overcome the  obstacles that generally disallow such cross-reality reunions.”

Continued next week, Sacred Vow

copyright 2006 CG Walters

For those who cannot wait to read Sacred  Vow over installments, I have a gift for you–the first 15 chapters online to be  read at your leisure!

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C.G. Walters primarily writes fiction that focuses on the multidimensionality of our loves  and our lives.

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