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Just a Bag of Bones

What is this body that we are so attached to but a mere bag of bones. When the life force leaves a body, what is left is just that, a bag of bones. Yet we spend our lives and our energy totally attached to the bag of bones that we identify as “Me.”

We are, in reality, so much more than that. As Robert Monroe has taught so many explorers of higher consciousness: “You are more than your physical body.”

Our life force, our spirit energy, though it resides inside our bag of bones finds ways to also leave it, to go beyond it and explore. Exploits outside of our bag of bones happen most naturally and most familiarly at night, when we dream. We all dream, even if we can’t remember doing so. Thus, we’ve all had experiences of our selves as spirit energy alone, sans bag of bones.

So many things can hold us back from uninhibitedly experiencing our spirit energy. To fully appreciate such experiences, to be able to engage in them with our full awareness, we need to be freed of our fears, our incessant internal dialogue, our traumas, our sexual abuse, our judgments, and anything else that might hold us back from further exploration of the many and varied spiritual possibilities we all hold within us.

Recapitulation is one means by which to rid ourselves of the things that hold us back from greater enjoyment of life, from spiritual exploration, and from understanding the knowledge and wisdom that our spirit might present us with.

During recapitulation, our spirit helps us to recall and relive past events while simultaneously keeping us grounded in our bodies, that bag of bones that we love so much, or hate so much, or just can’t seem to reconcile with.

As we recapitulate, old beliefs about ourselves are stripped away. Our energy is freed from where it has been stuck; in memories, in all those old beliefs about ourselves, in entanglements with the energy of others, in pains, regrets, resentments, self-pity, judgments, etc.; the list is endless.

In the process we learn to trust our spirit, that part of ourselves that is so eager to explore beyond the physical body, that just can’t wait to show us what we are really made of—energy! Our own spirit then becomes our greatest teacher and guide, and we come into our wholeness.

As we lose our fears and discover that we are really energetic beings, we become fluid and fearless explorers, in-body and out-of-body. But best of all, we become loving beings, fully happy in our bag of bones.

Sending you love,

J. E. Ketchel, Author of The Recapitulation Diaries

Published simultaneously on The Recapitulation Diaries Facebook page.

Soulbyte for Wednesday January 22, 2020

Hone your energy. No matter your age or your condition, it is the most important aspect of life in human form. Your energy is your life force, your spirit’s vehicle within you, your guiding force through life. It is your most valuable asset, your greatest friend and traveling companion. Without it you would not exist as you know yourself. Keep it in tiptop form. Hone it by your intent but also by how you take care of yourself so that it does not get damaged. By your intent keep your energy in good shape, keep it interested, engaged, and always eager for a new day. It’s so easy to get lost in the mundane, to forget about it. When that happens, bring your attention back to your energy and with your intent, with your breath, and with your lust for life give it a boost. It’s up to you to do all you can to keep your energy alive and well!

Sending you love,

The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Tuesday January 21, 2020

Remain flexible, agile enough so that you can always regain your balance, no matter what transpires, within or without. Intentionally gather your equilibrium so that you are always fluid, so that you go with the flow, without self-judgment or self-criticism but only with love for yourself and the most stupendous journey that is your life. Embrace yourself tenderly and yet stand strong in your conviction to change, but also be as flexible as the ocean turning its tides against the pull of the moon, going with the flow, as easy and natural as all that.

Sending you love,

The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

A Message for Humanity from Jeanne: Don’t Believe Everything You Hear


Imagine calmness…
– Photo by Jan Ketchel

In today’s channeled message we are asked to deepen our connection to our own path of heart, to our own spirit guide within us, to find our way to beauty and truth within, rather than focusing on what is happening outside of us.

We all have the same abilities within, the abilities to connect with spirit, to change ourselves, and then to assist in changing our world, one new thought, one new idea, one new experience at a time.

Sending you all love,

The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Monday January 20, 2020

Never say never. Stay connected to the magical being you are, to the utter truth that everything is possible, to your own power as a warrior, capable of far more than you know. For yes, you are a warrior, waking up to knowing who you truly are. Your spirit knocks many times, trying to get your attention, bringing you wake up call after wake up call. One day you will finally understand. It will not be too late; it’s never too late. Possibilities abound. Remember this. And never say never.

Sending you all love,

The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne