The Readings

Ever since my friend Jean was a young child, she could “tune” in to, for lack of a better word, this relaxed state, where she would ask questions pertaining to whatever was going on in her own life and this “guidance” would explain the underlying motivations that were guiding whatever was occurring. She was never taught HOW to do this. It was something that she did intuitively.

“Tis also why ye were sent with so many memories of how it works – tis so that ye may shortcut the process for others who were sent.” (October 27, 1983)

Sometime during the early to mid-1970s, when she was in her early twenties, she was told to start writing these messages down because these lessons were intended to be of a benefit to others, as well. Although her questions were often of a deeply personal nature, the principles explained in the answers spoke more generally towards human behavior, and by consequence, to spiritual development.

I met Jean in 1992. By 1994, Jean was told by this guidance that it was time to pull the lessons from what were now reams of spiral binders that had amassed in her home office over the last 20 years and give them to me to see.

I approached these readings the same way I do everything, if a is true, then what else must necessarily be true. So the first thing I sought out to do was see for myself if these readings could be corroborated by other sources of information. Remember, facts are never in conflict with facts. Truth always affirms truth. If the lessons in these readings were in fact true then I should be able to find information in other areas of knowledge to support them.

Today I consider myself to be non-religious, but when I was first shown these readings I was unapologetically anti-religious. What’s the difference?  In 1994, I saw religion as bad for people. I saw religion, at best, as a vice for the weak or as Karl Marx put it, “the opium of the masses” . At worst, I saw religion as a justification for discriminating against, oppressing and even killing other human beings.

I also had my own personal experience with God at a young age and my experience was so totally different than what I found was being told to people by organized religion. My personal experiences with God had been deeply loving experiences. There was never any pressure to accept some dogma or face eternal damnation. I never got the feeling that God hated or was even capable of hating anyone. I had come to deeply resent that the subject of God was only ever discussed in the context of religion because I felt that religion was categorically unqualified to speak to the subject of God.

It seemed that my only options were to either deny my own personal experience and say that God didn’t exist  or believe in a God that, as Richard Dawkins put it, “is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”(Dawkins, 2006 The God Delusion) .

By the time 1994 had rolled around, whenever I even saw the word God written somewhere I was immediately turned off. I had been so disillusioned by people who were teaching that God was something to be feared.

When I first saw these readings, it took me a long time to digest the lessons within them because of this prejudice that had built within me.

Today I am not anti-religion, mainly because now I understand why it exists. I no longer believe it is a vice for the weak. I understand what purpose it serves and for whom. I am just not in its target demographic.

Once I had read them, they became the subject of countless hours of conversation and lively debate between Jean and I as we worked through them.

I invite you to do the same.

Accept what you can. Reject what you can’t. At the very least, it might get you questioning, which is something that more of us should be in the habit of doing.

Be passionately curious my friends. There is nothing wrong with questioning. It’s how we learn.

“Ye can teach of what ye do know to they who want to listen and are ready to learn. Tis up to them to accept, or not, according to what they are ready for.” (October 27, 1983)

If you’re interested I’ve placed The Readings below in chronological order in their entirety.

Wednesday, August 17, 1983
Saturday, October 01, 1983
Thursday, October 06, 1983
Friday, October 07, 1983
Wednesday, October 12, 1983
Friday, October 14, 1983
Monday, October 24, 1983
Wednesday, October 26, 1983
Thursday, October 27, 1983
Monday, October 31, 1983
Sunday, November 06, 1983
Monday, November 07, 1983
Tuesday, November 08, 1983
Wednesday, November 09, 1983
Thursday, November 10, 1983
Sunday, November 13, 1983
Monday, November 14, 1983
Friday, November 18, 1983
Thursday, December 01, 1983
Friday, January 04, 1991
Sunday, January 06, 1991
Friday, July, 12 1996
Thursday, February 27, 2003
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Wednesday, August 3, 2011