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WRITTEN EXTRACTS FROM MYTHICCA - PART 1

Track 1 - Higthéran Shélifa

1) Welcome to the 1st in a series of meditations and journeys to Mythicca...a long-forgotten land of Magic and Enchantments, where fact and fiction, myths and legends blend perfectly together...

2) Imagine that you're being surrounded by a Darkness, that's descending upon you...a soft, velvety, welcoming darkness, that makes you feel safe, secure and warm...it's enveloping you, with strong, protective arms...wrapping itself around you...watching over you...protecting you...as you go forward, on today's journey...

3) Find yourself walking down a little stone path, there's a gentle breeze blowing...glorious blue sky...wispy clouds and a few birds lazily flying, soaring and singing above you...On each side of the path is dense foliage...bushes and trees of many different shades of green...bright flowers punctuate the greenness all around you...they're in the bushes and they also line the path, along which you're walking...Their perfume permeates the air around...

4) The sun is fairly high, but not too strong...it reaches down, with long, golden fingers, gently caressing your face, neck, shoulders and arms...You feel a sense of excitement and anticipation...as tho' you're about to meet someone special... As you walk around the next bend, the path continues to stretch out before you, but leads into a little copse...Just as you enter, notice the strange triangular, symbols, in the form of metal wind chimes, hanging off a branch...they tinkle slightly in the breeze...

5) You're quite captivated by the stranger's appearance and general presence, but can't quite decide if they're male or female...the warm, dulcet tones neither betray, nor confirm, the stranger's identity, either...the androgynous features are set in a beautifully sculptured, face, with mischievous, yet kind, twinkling eyes, that sparkle like crystal and seem to see thru' you...you instantly know that this Being possesses infinite wisdom and is ageless...

Track 2 - Aquatika

1) The gulls mournful cries float over to you on the sea breeze, you trail your fingers over the edge of the boat in the pleasantly warm water...the rocks are fascinating...many different kinds of rocks and all manner of shapes and shades...there are a few trees, here and there too, adding colour to the whole scene...breathe in the colours now as you fill your lungs with the sea breeze ...they'll help to balance and refresh your chakras...

2) As you begin to walk along, the little tunnel is lit by lanterns, spaced periodically along the walls...the flames dance playfully, enhancing the colours of the crystals...you can feel the crystal energies permeating your entire being...After only a couple of minutes, you see daylight ahead, streaming in thru' another opening...It leads out into another cove, which appears to be deserted...

3) You turn to see a huge, flat rock, covered with merfolk...Behind is sandy beach, with white horses crashing onto the sand...only, instead of disappearing into nothing, they canter round, leap onto the rock, and jump back out to sea! Some merfolk are riding them in the water...their laughter, shouting and singing echoes round the bay, resounding off the rocky coastline...mixed with the neighing and snorting of the horses...it's a spellbinding scene...

4) Before you can reply, it begins. The merfolk squeal with delight at your shocked face and wave good-bye...shouts of "Lo-Li-Pe-Su" fill the air, along with Ishmiri's singing...The ride is exhilarating... thrilling... invigorating...and faster than anything you've ever known...it takes a moment, or two, for you to catch your breath...

5) A sudden gust of wind whips the flag from your hand, accompanied by the familiar laughter of a young child...the sand message has gone completely, now too...

Track 3 - Flammos

1) "Enjoy the last few minutes of your journey; Mount Helios and Fire Islands will be visible in a moment."...

Sure enough, no sooner has E'greton spoken than the sky begins to change colour...it's streaked with reds, pinks, peaches, yellows, golds and oranges...a huge, imposing mountain looms up, directly in front...it seems to be on a peninsular, with several small islands dotted about below it - each, intermittently exuding flames, and whose colours match the sky above...

You look to see who has spoken...a very large, handsome, powerful, regal, lion is walking towards you, mane glowing, as tho' its every strand is made from dark, liquid gold...behind him is a procession of several more Beings whom, you correctly surmise, hail from other regions...You're introduced to them all, beginning with the lion, who, like the dragons, is from Flammos, but he's from the Lion's Arch suburb, beyond the Amun Oasis, near Blayzus...

"May the God, Astraeus, Being of Pure Light, who's balanced both Light and Dark, aid you on your journey, with his breath of the 4 winds, and may his Light from the stars guide you - Lo-Li-Pe-Su."...

Farewells over, you glance up at the sky and note that it's changing colour now, thru' pinks and reds to purples and indigos, as the sun sinks slowly, in the west, behind Mount Helios..."How do we cross into The Land of Shadows?" you ask Salmyron, as you're legged up onto Lauros's warm, velvety black back...

Track 4 - Nérin

1) And as you sit there, you become aware of a beautiful stillness...a wonderful sense of calm and peace ...it's as tho' you're entering a safe, secluded little sanctuary somewhere...there's nothing much to hear at the moment, except a slight lapping sound...like a little stream, lapping gently against its banks...

As you look around, you can see that it's dusk in this part of Mythicca...the air is quite still, yet smells fresh...tiny spires of smoke are wafting skywards from the chimneys of nearby quaint thatched cottages, which all look cosy and welcoming, with soft, golden lights in their windows...somewhere close by, in the stillness of the twilight, you hear the familiar tinkling of windchimes...A few birds are wading, and swimming, nearby, not at all perturbed by your presence...a fox materialises from a nearby bush, walks a couple of steps towards you, sniffs the air, then turns and walks nonchalantly away into the shadows...

It's quite dark...you're unsure about how far it extends...and you blink, straining to see, whilst your eyes adjust...the light from the room doesn't seem to extend in there very well, but...just then...you realise that there's someone staring back!...someone who's looking very relieved to see you...

Know that as you return to the Mortal Realm, you're bringing back with you the treasures, secrets and Knowledge of your special journey...all of which will fortify, support and sustain you...Know that you're able to revisit any of the destinations whenever you wish, now that you know the way...

WRITTEN EXTRACTS FROM MYTHICCA - PART 2

Track 1 - The Path of Self Knowledge.

1) Jasmine replies, "This is The Path of Self Knowledge. It was here...it's always here...maybe you weren't ready to see it last time... Some Travellers from the Mortal Realm are never ready, or willing, to begin their journey along this path; some who do aren't prepared for the Challenges that lie ahead, or they grow bored and back-track. Some get stuck in the ruts which line the sides of the path, periodically...The journey along it can be arduous and take many of your Mortal years." "Well, it does look a bit overgrown, from what I can see," you say, peering along it, "and it's quite hard to see exactly where it leads; it looks like it's going quite a way into the Forest of True Sight." "Traveller, in the middle of life, why not stray into the woods now and again? And if you can always see the road ahead, is it worth the trip?"

2) Higthéran replies, "Traveller, you know that I'm always close by; remember what I told you at our 1st meeting? If ever you need me, simply call for me, out loud, or with your mind, and I'll be there...that's why I'm here right now; I heard your call; your hesitation over the decision was enough to alert me. You're truly one of a kind, Traveller, with your own unique passions and purposes, and you're fully capable of travelling your own route, along The Path of Self Knowledge, to the fulfilment of your dreams; ...you won't be travelling that route alone tho, because help and support are never far away when you have established your connections to Mythicca... I will walk with you, but not today, Traveller...you won't need me to be physically with you today... Go forward, enjoy today's walk in the Forest of True Sight and know that I'm only a thought away...Take this chevron amethyst with you. It's an extremely powerful and protective stone, as well as being a good healer and cleanser...It's spiritual vibration is high, so its serenity enhances higher states of consciousness..."

3) ...an Awakening of the Senses leads to an Awareness beyond description that needs to be experienced...Knowledge derived merely from dulled senses is illusionary; true knowledge can only come from the understanding of the Union of Opposites...(you really want to interrupt him here and ask him to explain what is meant by "Union of Opposites", but Lupercus is continuing, so you hope that you will be able to ask him soon and decide to try and take in what he is now saying...) "Don't be stopped just because the road that everyone else uses has been closed, or is overgrown...find your own path and if that path is blocked, find another and you will surely reach whatever destination you choose...if you focus on the obstacles, then you give them more power; instead, focus on your purpose, on your most authentic and fundamental intentions...if it feels right, then look again at the obstacle before you and seek a way thru...

4) The great and beautiful Goddess Isis, Mistress of Magic and Queen of Gods, takes her name from Sirius and her husband, Osiris, takes his from Orion...Anubis, the jackal-headed God, and son of Osiris aids his father in the Halls of Justice, where the heart of the Traveller, who is passing into the Field of Reeds, is weighed on the Scales of Justice, against the feather of the Goddess of Truth, Karma, Justice and Equilibrium, Ma'at, daughter of Ra, the Sun God. Part of Anubis's role is to walk along the Hidden Ways, with the Traveller, encouraging them to bare their soul, to tell him the truth about their life, so that by the time they reach the scales, the heart will be as light as the feather, the scales will balance and the Traveller can pass safely onto the next stage of the journey, to face the Council of 42, presided over by Osiris...Anubis is a truth-seeker; he opens the Inner Ways to the core of the soul...He is also The Challenger...he will challenge you to look witthin...in early texts, it's said that he has a brother, Apuat, as white as he is black...a white brother, who is a wolf...other texts say that they are one and the same, or 2 brothers in one body...

5) Just as he finishes speaking, you hear the unmistakable sound of the tinkling metal windchimes, somewhere nearby ... so move over and sit next to Lupercus...put your arm round him if you like and feel the soft, warm, deep fur, listen to the wolf song as he calls to his sister and she and their brethren answer...1...2...3...the light is definitely fading now...4...5...6...The Pool of True Reflection still sparkles like glass and holds your gaze...7...8...9...and here it comes, the soft, velvety Darkness is quietly surrounding you once more...wrapping its arms around you... the welcoming, friendly, silent shroud of Darkness, which helped you to enter Mythicca... enveloping you... Protecting you...just allow it to be...as before...Know that you're safe... note how revitalised you feel, care-free and whole...refreshed...relaxed and light-hearted from your journey... The magic of Mythicca has vanquished all your stresses and tensions.

Wolf sound effects reproduced by kind permission of Keith (Shadowhawk) Adams - www.shflutes.com.

Track 2 - The Rescue of Kipros

1) And as you wait for the Darkness to lift, you begin to see a tiny speck of light - shimmering, sparkling - just in front of your feet...like a little, fallen star, shining brightly, penetrating the Darkness...twinkling and glimmering to attract your gaze as it grows steadily in size, till it becomes luminous ball, about the size of your palm...and there's another, just ahead of it...and ...as you're focusing on the 2nd, a few more begin to materialise before your eyes...the collective glow is now bright enough to illuminate your immediate surroundings, beginning with a narrow path underfoot, which also shines as tho' wet, but wait...it's not wet, it's smooth, shiny crystal...maybe obsidian or hematite or tourmaline...and now that the Darkness is lifting, you see that the walls and ceiling are also shining and sparkling too, as they're completely covered in gems and crystals... all manner of pigments, shapes and sizes...reflecting...glimmering

2) "Are we going the right way?" asks Tanilak. "Yes," replies Lupercus, "The trail is faint but we're definitely on the right path." You're glad that the wolves are with you as there are so many paths leading off from the one along which you're walking; it looks so easy to get distracted or lost. "Where did Kipros come from?" you ask the wolves. Lobo responds, "He came into being a short while ago. Tanilak, who often spends time with Nérin, is fun-loving, spontaneous, impetuous and gets into mischief with practical jokes. Altho Tanilak is a full-grown and Nérin but a childling, they're great friends. Tanilak reminds us that within us all lies a sleeping childling, for all time, waiting to have fun; however, sometimes practical jokes have consequences, for which one must take responsibility." Lupercus takes over, "Tanilak once released a trizoid fire-flies near some sleeping Shadow Creatures." "What's a trizoid?" you find yourself asking, before Lupercus can say anymore.

3) You notice that Nérin is looking a little apprehensive and glancing nervously around at the gloomy woodland, with its trees looming forebodingly over the little party. Higthéran notices too and picks up the child saying, "Nérin, can you remember what we talked about concerning Light, Dark and Shadows?" "Yes, I think so, replies the child, looking thoughtful, "You said that we can't have Light without Dark; it's a Union of Opposites. To recognise one, we must also experience the other, like up and down, yin and yang, male and female. There must be Balance in all things." "Well remembered," encourages Higthéran, "And what did we say about Shadows?" Head on one side as the child recalls the conversation. "

4) Tanilak replies, "Forgiveness is when a Being understands that except for circumstances, there is no real difference between one's self and one's offender; when one stops punishing others for perceived weaknesses, punishment of the self for one's own weaknesses will also cease."

5) ...And, sure enough, the Darkness is descending, and this time it doesn't waiver from being the soft, velvety, comforting Darkness, the one that welcomes and envelopes you and makes you feel safe when you enter and leave Mythicca...just allow it to be...and as the Darkness surrounds you now, the faint smell of the sea air begins to filter thru ...it's getting stronger and stronger, along with the sound of the sea breeze and the cry of the gulls and sounds of the ocean...and as the Darkness lifts, you see that the circle of friends are now all safely standing on the sand, near the opening of the Crystal Cavern, the warm sun is beating down on you all...

WRITTEN EXTRACTS FROM MYTHICCA - PART 3

Track 1 - Terrana : Earth Region

1) And as the Darkness surround you now, begin to be aware that your body is moving slightly...gently...rhythmically...in time with a far, distant sound...and also in time with the motion of whatever, or whoever, is carrying you...As you sit there, relaxing further and further, with each breath you take, your senses begin to tell you that you're sitting on the back of a large animal...an animal who moves gracefully...stealthily...silently...yet has such power and presence...you feel totally safe and at ease...Reaching down, your suspicions are confirmed, as you feel the short, soft, warm fur on the creature's back...is it Lauros, the bull from Terrana, the Earth Region?...Bringing your hands a little way in front of you, your fingers suddenly meet with an explosion of longer, dense, coarser hair, extending across the animal's shoulders, up its neck, towards its head...All this time, the far distant sound has been growing slightly louder, till it betrays your location and you suddenly realise on whhose back you're sitting...

2) You take this opportunity to breath in the kaleidoscope of colours...1st, the rich brown colours of the tree trunks connect with your Earth Star chakra, about 6" below your feet...then the effervescent richness of the red and oranges feathers of the numerous tiny hummingbirds, and parrots, replenish your base and sacral chakras...Let the warm, golden solar rays invade your solar chakra...augmenting your feelings of self-worth and self presence...and you suddenly feel such a connection to your own special, individual capabilities and qualities...

3) You can see that the path ends shortly...as you emerge from the copse, you see a large, circular, open area, which is rocky underfoot - obviously well-trodden as it is so smooth, as tho it's been polished by innumerable footsteps throughout the centuries...fascinating rock formations conveniently form naturally sculptured seats, many of which are beginning to glow in the way now familiar to you, signalling that you're about to be joined by more Inhabitants of Mythicca... Sure enough, seconds later, some familiar faces morph thru the rocks and materialise before your eyes...There are some old friends, along with some new companions for you to meet...

4) "Lo-Li-Pe-Su to all; greetings and Hail, This quest is important, and we mustn't fail. I've just arrived, from deep in the wood; I bring you fresh news, although it's not good.

5) Galébron further explains, "Higthéran Shélifa journeyed to Spiritos-Sanctos, to meet with Pollymaestros and the Ascended Masters, also known as "The Keepers of the Rainbow Flame". The Ascended Masters are the Enlightened Beings, who each reflect a colour of the spectrum, thru their heart, directly from the Source. They're also known as Lords of the Rays. As well as an Ascended Master, or Lady Master, like Kwan Yin, being assigned to each ray, there is also an Archangel and an Elohim Angel, together with their respective female counterparts". "For example," interjects Salmyron, "Serving on the Blue Ray of Divine Will and Truth, you will find Ascended Master El Morya, along with Elohim Hercules and Amazonia and Archangels Michael and Faith; the latter 2 being responsible for The Sword of Truth and Justice and The Holy Grail, in connection with all that is feminine." Nyan continues, "The Ascended Masters once walked upon Gaia and have perfected self-mastery, often thru countless lifetimes of lessons, before ascending to a plane of existence where they have no need for a physical body, although they can appear in their last physical incarnation to those who have the eyes to see."

6) The largest fairy steps forward, followed by 2 others...This 1st fairy is dressed in a dark grey tunic and cut-off trousers. The edges of his garments are irregular, zig-zaggy...they remind you of elongated raindrops splashing on window panes...the buttons on the tunic glisten and sparkle like raindrops and the whole outfit seems to be moving slightly!...It's quite fascinating and, altho you feel a bit self conscious for doing so, you can't help but stare!...His clothes actually seem to be swirling slightly, as tho they're made from cloud-cloth. His hair is charcoal grey and stands up in a spiky arrangement...the spikes vary in length and you can't help thinking that it does rather look as tho he's received an electric shock, or maybe, he's been struck by lightning!

7) As your conversation ends, you notice that the group has gathered together near Pegasus. Tanilak's cheeky, smiling face is a welcome sight...The customary greetings are just shouted to each other in unison...and you feel quite transfixed by Pegasus, who is even more magnificent, if that's possible, now that you're close to him...but there is no time to lose, you all have a job to do, so off you go... "So how do we do this, Nérin?" you ask.

Track 2 - Protection : Higthéran's Castle in the Sky.

1) And as the Darkness begins to lift, you realize that you can hear the faint sounds of waves caressing the shore line ...just gently lapping as a playful breeze runs its fingers thru your hair...the sound of tinkling windchimes filters across with the breeze too and you begin to see a faint outline of a sun bed on which you are reclining...the Darkness is slow to lift this time but your vision is gradually improving...you're definitely on a sun bed, which is definitely on sand...but nothing else is clear right now...and then, a crescent-shaped luminescent moon begins to materialize in the sky, gradually spreading a wonderful, silvery, almost magical light around...and you realize that it's night time in Mythicca...you're sitting on a beach, barefoot, in the moonlight...

2) See the surface rippling some way off shore ...watch, as a white foam crested wave begins to grow...looming larger and larger as you gaze upon it...and see how it approaches the shore, transforming every second now...taking on the shape of the sleek, elegant, beautiful, gentle and wise mare...mane flowing as she breaks free from her watery abode and gallops, swift of foot, across the sand to answer your call...She comes to a stop and walks silently over to you...then gives a soft wicker...and bows her noble head in greeting...

3) You're in a magnificent hallway...there's a central grand staircase before you and, once at the top, it looks as tho' you could go to the left or the right, to explore further...there are twin fire places on each side of the generous corridors that flank the staircase, at ground floor level and numerous doorways along them too...there are fascinating pictures adorning the walls, depicting scenes from Mythicca...there are portraits of Higthéran, Nérin and other inhabitants...some you've met, some you don't recognise...there are wonderful plants rising up to the ceiling from their huge flower pots and equally wonderful ones trailing down over the banisters...delicate scents from the blooms fill the air.... Moonlight floods in thru the tall windows, whose sashed curtains are pulled back and there are colourful lamps, with flame shaped bulbs, on the walls...

4) Higthéran begins to explain, "Traveller, as you journey further along The Path of Self-Knowledge, and deeper into Mythicca, you're facing more and more challenges...gaining insight, wisdom and resources, as well as strengthening the bonds of friendship with the Beings and Inhabitants of this Land. So far, you've coped well with your journeys into the Land of Shadows but, you must never let your guard down, Traveller...remember my words to you at our 1st meeting; the Shadow Creatures are cunning and clever, often capable of disguise and they feed on emotions like fear...but, as long as you remember that there is nothing to fear, but fear itself and keep your vibration high, with positive thoughts, you will be fine. If you learn to appreciate your own qualities, the stronger they will become...Remember also that "fear" is merely False Expectations Appearing Real...We would like to help reinforce your Protection, Traveller and this visit will aid the process...

5) This is further protection, explains Higthéran, before going on to say, "Traveller, your visit is almost over and all you have to do now is to sit here, a while, and enjoy the energies within this room...know that you can connect with me, once back in the Mortal Realm, to initiate, and visualise, this whole ritual, at any time, which will reinforce and strengthen its Powers...You will be taking the benefits of this Protection back with you, into the Material World.

The Garden of Tranquillity

1) Hanging from the branch of a spectacular copper beach, you spy the familiar triangular windchimes of Mythicca and, as you watch, they begin to move, producing the delicate tinkling sound, whilst sunbeams dance on them, encouraging them to sparkle and shimmer... Underneath your now bare feet is lush, verdant grass, smelling sweet, as tho' recently cut...you appear to be in a beautiful garden and wonder where this is situated, within Mythicca...it's a wonderful, calm sanctuary, full of colour...the many plants, trees, bushes and blooms seem to be carefully tended...the Mythicca sky is glorious blue, with the glowing, radiant sun shining down; there aren't even any wispy clouds...just endless clear, blue sky, like a giant canvas, with the sun as a single, prominent feature...sounds and smells of Nature invade your senses...the buzz of bees on nearby flowers, as they busy themselves, extricating the nectar, so expertly, the sound of bird song...some close by, from within the bushes, somme from further away, at the top of the trees...intermingled with all this, you can hear the sound of trickling water from somewhere nearby...

2) Whilst you've been sitting here, a few wispy clouds have gathered above you and look as though someone has placed bundles of soft, white cotton wool around the sun...the formation reminds you of a daisy without a stalk...but... as you stare upwards now, the clouds begin to change shape...continuously...reminding you of strange animals, mythical creatures, fairy cities and castles, with spires...it's such a peaceful past time...suddenly, there's a movement which catches your eye, as 1 small cloud partially hides the sun, momentarily...

3) As you approach the tree, you feel that the tree is familiar...its girth is vast, its trunk gnarled and knotted...it has many forks leading from its main trunk and countless branches; some bend and twist downwards, near to the ground, some seem to form perfect seats...last time you saw this tree, you wished that you could stop to sit on one of the branch seats... Gazing skyward, the other branches towering above you, still intertwining so much that you can't see the top of the magnificent tree...

4) As you approach, you see that here is a cluster of colour amidst its foliage...something, or indeed some things, are hanging from its branches...and they're on coloured ribbons...your favourite colours, in fact...but what is hanging off them?