These are the mysteries James Schwartz set out to answer in One Voice, Sacred Wisdom, a groundbreaking exploration of spiritual questions we have all pondered. Using a process called alchemical hypnosis, he has gathered information from clients who were in direct communication with their guides and angels. And from those sessionsabout life, death, karma, parallel planes, healing, and why we existcome new insights that may challenge many of the spiritual beliefs that we have come to accept.
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What Is the True Nature of the Divine?
My introduction to spirituality in my early life was our family's tenuous connection with the Catholic religion. We didn't go to church every Sunday. Our attendance at mass and catechism was sporadic at best, but it was my initiation to religion and spirituality. I was intrigued by the ritual, the traditions within the church, and the stories of the Bible. Something about having a deeper connection to God innately felt right to me.
Unfortunately, most of the emphasis in my experience with Catholicism wasn't on the ceremonies or rituals or storytelling, it was much more about the dogma. On numerous occasions, we were told that if we were bad, we were going to go to hell. The idea of heaven was plausible, but even at an early age, I didn't buy into the idea of hell. It sounded to me as if it was no more than a way to scare young boys and girls into behaving.
As a boy, I would go to church with my father and my brother. My father would not take communion. He always acted as if he wasn't allowed to participate in that sacrament. I remember how that troubled me. I was taught to honor and respect my elders, and here was this man I looked up to who wasn't okay in the eyes of the church. On some level there was an element of guilt — it felt truly palpable on those Sundays when I was there with him — and an element of punishment and non-forgiveness that were all part of that experience.
Because such things were never spoken about at that time, it wasn't until later that I understood the reality of the situation. I learned that the issue was that my father and mother had divorced when I was quite young, and he had remarried without ever having the first marriage annulled. Divorce and remarriage without annulment was a sin in the eyes of the Catholic Church and that made him unworthy. By association, when going to church with my father, it felt like all of us were outsiders.
As I grew older, I always wanted a connection with Spirit. I was torn because I didn't find resonance with traditional religions. I could see the importance of formal religion for many people: it gave them a sense of community, a sense of structure, and a connection to the Divine. But I felt like I didn't fit into that structure. I felt a strong sense of connection with God or the Divine or the Great Spirit or whatever word was used to describe that energy, but there never seemed to be a good fit for me when it came to organized religion.
Years later, as I worked in my practice, I found a lot of people in my same predicament: searching for some type of spiritual connection, but not comfortable with traditional religions. The reason I know this is because in alchemical hypnosis work, we often work with guides, and before the beginning of a session, I would always ask clients about their spirituality. That was the safest route so that I didn't end up saying things that were incongruent with that client's belief system. For example, some people are okay with words like Universe or energy, but are not comfortable referring to that energy as God. Some might be okay with angels, but feel spirit guides are too metaphysical. Some don't believe in spirituality at all and don't want to do work in that realm. I didn't bring up these conversations to try to influence or change a client's belief system; I simply didn't want to offend anyone by saying something that might conflict with their principles or conviction. So, I always found it best, before beginning any of our work together, to get a clear understanding of their spirituality, or in some cases, an absence of spirituality.
Three Concerns With the First Question
In addressing this first question, an inquiry about the true nature or essence of the Divine, I had three areas of concern. In some ways, the answers to this question would either validate or invalidate whether I was actually communicating with the guides or whether the responses, on some level, were merely coming from the conscious minds of the participants.
1. That was the first concern: what if the answers to this question turned out to be no more than a conscious mind expression of the beliefs of the clients? In an earlier section of this book, called "The Participants," I outlined a breakdown of what people had told me, prior to our hypnosis sessions, about what they believe in terms of religion and spirituality. About half of the respondents, though expressing a few vague notions about their leanings, could best be described as unsure about what they believe. When I asked questions about God, religion, and spirituality in these conscious discussions, many would preface their answers with "I don't know," "That's a good question," or "I'm not really sure."
What if the answers that were supposed to be from the guides were identical to the pre-session responses that came from the clients during their intake interviews? What if the answers from the guides expressed that same degree of uncertainty? By opening the guided wisdom sessions with a question about the nature of the Divine, it provided an opportunity to see if the responses were truly coming from the clients or from the guides. If the subjects were expressing their personal opinions, then the answers would break down into the same percentages reflected by the data I had collected in pre-session interviews. If the answers significantly deviated from the pre-session statistics, then that would suggest that the guides were the source of the information.
2. The second concern was if the participants might respond with answers that mirrored what they had been taught early in life when many were exposed to traditional religion. The subconscious mind can be a vehicle for accessing past memories and experiences, and because most of us were exposed to organized religion at an early age, there was a possibility that the respondents would simply regress back in time and provide information that replicated their exposure to those early doctrines. However, when clients go back in time, they can usually be objective about their past experiences. If the answers strongly reflected traditional religious ideologies, the concern would be that somehow those old beliefs were coming back to the surface.
3. There was yet another possible outcome, and third concern, that I considered. This third concern was if the guides associated with a specific religion would only respond in a way that was congruent with that faith. For example, what if Jesus, acting as a guide for a client, would only espouse Christian ideology even if the client didn't embrace that belief system? And would Buddha only adhere to Buddhism? I didn't feel that this was likely because that had never been the case in sessions conducted prior to this research, but it was a possibility.
In short, I was aware that there were potential outcomes connected to this specific question — more than any of the others — that would indicate whether the replies were simply human responses or we were accessing another realm and genuinely capturing the wisdom of the guides.
Fortunately, none of those concerns proved to be an issue: the answers did not fall into any of those worrisome scenarios. The doubt and uncertainty that clients expressed in pre-session interviews were not present with the guides. Early religious programming was not reflected in the replies, and guides associated with religions — such as Jesus — freely expressed ideas that often deviated from the corresponding belief system associated with that figure. Despite the wide diversity of backgrounds of the participants, the responses to this question had a surprisingly strong thematic consistency. The answers were not at all what I expected. In fact, the insights from this first inquiry represented the beginning of a journey into rethinking much of the programming we have come to accept about religion and spirituality.
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To begin the interview process of each session, I would start by asking the client to invite their guide(s) to come in, and then I would ask the guides to identify themselves. Once that connection was established, the first question was always an inquiry about the essence or nature of the Divine. I tried to phrase it in such a way that was open to a variety of responses, such as how I have expressed it in the following:
JS: Is there such a thing as God or Divine or Universe or whatever description you want to use, and if so, what is the essence or nature of the Divine?
I should mention that I didn't distinguish between the various terms used to describe the Divine. It could be Source, Creator, Energy, Divine, Spirit, God, Universe, or a number of other descriptors. I would often use those words interchangeably and try to give the guide several choices so they could choose one or they could say that none of the above exists. If the response was affirmative and utilized one of those terms, I would try to echo whichever term was spoken by that individual during the remainder of the interview.
In this book, I made a concerted effort to include those conversations that captured or represented the views expressed in the majority of the responses. It is important to remember that even though I use fictitious client names in the dialogue portions of this book, the clients are relaying answers that come from their guides and not responding with their own beliefs. In cases where an individual might have shared how they feel or what they personally believe — and not echoing the information from their guides — I have tried to make that clear in the text.
So, what is the nature or essence of the Divine? The first excerpt comes from a client I call Megan, working with a master guide, and I chose to start with this dialogue because her response was very typical of the many answers to this question.
JS: Is there such a thing as God or Source or Creator? And if so, what is the nature or essence of that entity?
Megan: It's all around. It's everywhere. It's the source of all things. A lot of people think that it's a being of some kind, but it's sort of a source of energy, an innateness in everything.
JS: So this image that we've created of the man with a white beard in the clouds, that's not it?
JS: You used the word energy. Is that a good word to describe it?
Megan: Yes, that's a good word.
JS: And you said "all around us," can you talk about that?
Megan: Well, it's in everything, so it's all around you, all around us, in the things that get created that are used by people. That's the God energy. That comes from the God energy. The people around us are created from the God energy.
JS: So that energy is in all people, all plants, animals, all things, is that right?
JS: Is the source or the nature of that energy a loving, forgiving kind of energy? Some people believe that Divine energy is punishing and vengeful. What is its true nature?
Megan: It's allowing, forgiving, accepting, loving.
JS: Not punishing?
That dialogue, in some ways, might be a preview of some of the conversations to come in this chapter. First, the Divine is described as an energy and not a being or entity or a man in the clouds waiting to pass judgment. That energy is present in all things, and it is portrayed as loving and forgiving, not punishing.
I included those last questions because so many individuals have learned to associate shame, guilt, and an element of punishment with the Divine. One of the guides summed up what dozens of sessions had come to bare when I asked about shame, guilt, non-forgiveness, and punishment: "That is human. Humans made that up." That same guide went on to remind us about the true essence of God's energy: "It's just love."
Lia's guide, a being of light, expressed her reply a little differently, but the information was consistent. The idea that there is no separation between man and the Divine was reinforced in this response.
JS: Is there a God or Divine or Universe or whatever description you want to use, and if so, what is the essence or nature of the Divine?
Lia: It is all there is.
JS: What does that mean?
Lia: There is this profound pulse of energy, and from that is all this light and love, and this is where everything comes from. And it is really all we are.
JS: What is the connection between people and this Divine energy?
Lia: It is us, and we are this energy. There is no separation.
JS: This God energy is in every one of us, is that what you're saying?
Lia: Yes, it is in everything. It is in the space between everything.
Once again, the Divine was described as energy, and, again, the message is that there is no separation between Divine energy and the energy inside each of us. Some religions claim that there is a separation between man and God. There was never a sense of that in these responses. It was quite the opposite. Time and time again, the message was that Divine energy is in all of us.
Many of the subjects received their answers by being shown scenes or actually experiencing moments or visions that gave them the answers to the questions. This was the case with Nicole. Her guide, a tiger, was continually allowing her to have experiential understandings.
JS: If God exists, what is the true essence of God?
Nicole: Breath and warmth. There is a fire, a creation. I'm seeing a horizon and light hitting the horizon, and at the same time I'm feeling a warmth in my belly, and it's telling me that it's the same experience. It's inseparable. There's a joy, a sense of open bliss.
JS: You mentioned a connection. You said I see it, I feel it inside of me. Can you talk about that?
Nicole: Yes, there is a familiarity, a similarity. For me, right now it's showing me a plane and then the sunlight hitting the plane, and when the sunlight and the plane blend, it becomes the same color and the same light. It's this yellowish warm color and light, and I can feel that inside also.
JS: You described this as bliss. Are you saying that this energy is a positive energy?
Nicole: It's loving and warm and it's open. It's not catching on anything. It doesn't have boundary to it.
JS: You said that it's inside you. When you say no boundary, do we all have this?
Nicole: Yeah. And it's connected to the earth and sky and sun. It doesn't feel separate, but within my body, within the 3-D or physical, it feels separate, but it isn't. It's like the blending of the sky and the sun.
JS: Are you saying that this spirit energy is in all of us?
JS: What about those of us that have heard that God is punishing and vengeful?
Nicole [laughing]: Why? Why would that be? There's a mistake in that thinking. First of all, they're showing me this [about] personification: There's no person of God. It's not a person. People have feelings like that.
JS: So it's more like an energy field, not like the way we depict God here as a human?
Nicole: There's no person, no face. It's faceless. It's big, big energy. It doesn't look like a human, that's for sure [laughing]. That's silly thinking.
Nicole's guides didn't support the visual representations humans have created through the years depicting God as a physical entity or human being. The repeated message in these communications was that Divine energy is in all humans, and it is an energy, not, as it has been depicted for centuries, some sort of being or entity or a man with a white beard sitting in the clouds. The other conviction that was quickly becoming debunked was the idea that God and man are separate entities. Nicole's tiger described the dynamic as having "no boundaries." The responses from the guides continually affirmed that there was no separation; God is not a separate energy, and God energy is in all of us. For Nicole, she said being in a three-dimensional human body might make us feel we are separate from the Divine, but she went on to say that this wasn't true.
It wasn't uncommon for the guides to show my clients various scenes in order to allow them to see the answer, but in some instances the guides would actually have the subject feel the answer. That was the case with Shelly, who was working with a wolf and a spirit guide. As soon as I asked about the Divine, she immediately had an experiential response.
JS: We have terms like Divine, Source, Creator, God. What exactly is that?
Shelly: They're not telling me anything. They're making me feel it.
JS: Sometimes they do that. Sometimes they show people; sometimes they let you feel it. What do you feel?
Shelly: I can feel every cell in my body. I can feel the vibration and frequency in the energy just pulsing. It almost makes me nauseous and dizzy, it's so strong.
JS: When you say nauseous and dizzy, that doesn't sound like a good thing.
Shelly: I think it's because I don't think I've ever felt this much energy. It's just so strong. It's not scary. At first it was a little scary, but now I'm getting more acclimated to it.
Occasionally, when it was appropriate, I would give clients the opportunity to feel Divine energy during a session, and the response from Shelly was pretty typical. The feeling is very powerful and leaves a profound impression.(Continues…)
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 What Is the True Nature of the Divine? 31
Chapter 2 What Happens When We Die? 49
Chapter 3 Do Parallel Planes Exist? 59
Chapter 4 Do We Stay Connected to Those Who Are Close to Us? 83
Chapter 5 Are Our Lives Predetermined? 99
Chapter 6 Is There Such a Thing as Karma? 117
Chapter 7 What Is the Nature of Illness and How Do We Heal? 129
Chapter 8 Why Are Humans on This Planet? 149
Chapter 9 Understanding the Concept of Time in the Universe 175
Chapter 10 How to Find Love, Connection, and Inner Peace 213
About the Author 253