Introducing: The Book of Us

In July 2006, Jan and I submitted our book proposal for The Book of Us to several publishers. We were extremely careful; selecting only those whose mission statements resonated with our own. In addition, we chose only publishers who accepted direct submissions from authors, wishing to bypass the middleman process of an agent. From its inception, we trusted the energy and value of the book to stand on its own and find its place, going against conventional practices and the energy of the times.

Over the past year, we have received many polite form letter rejections, and some heartfelt, personally written notes of encouragement to: “find a place for this very worthy book,” and this “fascinating story.” Presently, there remain three publishers who have been considering the book for over a year. On September 25th of this year, I had the very strong feeling that it was time to publish the book on our own. Jan and I had let only a handful of people read excerpts from the book, though many others have asked me about its publishing status on and off over the past year, anxious to read it. It suddenly dawned on me that we were holding back valuable information, while waiting for someone else to decide the fate of our book. I simply couldn’t justify that. If this book can help people now, I thought, it should be made available. In my characteristic fashion I proposed to Jan, “Let’s just do it ourselves!” Also, in characteristic fashion, I asked Jan to ask Jeanne for feedback, and she challenged me to question the I Ching, our two most faithful guides. Following, are the synchronistic commentaries from these two voices of infinity. First, Jan notes some interesting synchronistic experiences of her own before posing her question, while I was in another room asking the I Ching for guidance.

Dear Jeanne,
I have a question to ask you. Today, and yesterday, Chuck has been posing the question of whether or not we should publish The Book of Us ourselves, in E-Book format, and offer it for free on our website. I have been a little bothered by, what I call, his impatience, preferring to sit and wait. But I realized this morning, with clear insight, that my patience and ability to sit and wait is partially fear. I am still often afraid of public exposure, preferring to remain private, though I push it aside and keep going forward.

Today, as I walked Spunky down a tractor path in a field, I posed the question to you. “All right,” I said. “Just give me one sign so I’ll know if it’s time, now, for us to publish The Book of Us ourselves.” Then I waited, looking around, wanting a concrete sign, a blatant, apparent sign: A tattered old book in the grass, a slip of paper with the word “yes” on it, or straw on the path spelling out “Yes” or “No.” Then I thought, “Oh, she’ll make me work for it, as usual.” When I turned and started walking back, two butterflies, one white, and one yellow, flew out of the field in front of me, doing a lovely dance, back and forth in the pathway, and I thought, “Oh, The Book of Us.” Then a third, a yellow butterfly, joined them for a while, dancing with them, then flew off again. And I thought, “That’s Jeanne, that’s The Book of Us,” and I took it to mean yes.

Now, we’ve been talking about what to do. I feel sad and a little empty, but I think those are my own feelings about ending this very private and intimate life we three have shared. Going public and publishing the book, exposing ourselves to public opinion, also scares me a little, but the ending of that wonderful time we’ve had together really saddens me. So, I wonder if you can comment, right now, as Chuck throws the I Ching to ask the same question. Is it time now, to publish The Book of Us, as an E-Book that people can download for free? Can you give us guidance on this question?

Do not worry about what you lose, but think instead about what you gain as you allow yourself to be swept up into positive energy that is now awakening, even as the dark energy swirls about with such disturbing rancor. Underneath the darkness is there new light, a new sun, seeking to rise; and that new sun brings new light, new seeing, clarity, and energy that the darkness keeps hidden. Yet is it there, awaiting discovery, even in the darkness.

I do not advocate running from the inevitable, nor do I advocate hiding from the truth underneath the darkness. The light will abide by the rules of good energy, and this you must focus on. On top of light is there yet more light as it radiates outward, into the universe. Find your place now more firmly in this mission as you go ahead with your plans to publish, for life cannot wait any longer for dilly-dallying. I dare say it is the way to go, though do not be surprised by the progress that others hope to gain from it. By this I mean, monetary. Stick to your mission, no gain, only what you absolutely need, and give the rest away where it is best used, though monitor it sharply, for sharks and hustlers abound, even in the world of light.

You have come far, yet must you push onward to continually progress the mission. Yes, do it so differently that there can be no dispute that these two people have goodness of purpose, and undeniable love for the journeys of all, in their hearts. No personal agenda exists, just the spreading of the mission, and the opportunity for evolutionary growth. That is what these two people seek to offer. This I applaud, along with their courage, and their conviction to remain always growing, and changing, and meeting the challenges that arise. This is you two, my dearest Chuck and Jan, that I speak of. For my part, I am not attached to the book unless it is read, for otherwise I do not exist! If no one knows about me, and my group, then how can I exist, or have impact? Pick up your pens and pencils of the future, and begin the process now. Tell my story, and yours too, and let’s get the show on the road, moving now at a faster pace.

What about waiting for another, legitimate publisher?

Legitimate? Who is more legitimate than you? Let others catch up, that will be their fate, yet do I risk saying they will never, for that is not the method. No gain. Go for it.

Jeanne Marie Ketchel channeled by Jan Ketchel
September 25, 2007

For my part, I threw Hexagram #64, the final reading in The Book of Changes, with special emphasis on the ruler of the hexagram, 6 in the fifth line. This closing, optimistic reading in the I Ching, the time of Before Completion, depicts a time of transition, from chaos to order, from winter darkness to spring light and life. The seeds of new life, long germinating in the darkness of the earth, are about to spring forth with new life. The ice over rivers is melting, and the I Ching draws attention to the plight of the fox, moving circumspectly over such precarious fragility, suggesting caution over unbridled enthusiasm. Nonetheless, the ruler in this case, gives unbridled support to the light of the superior man, taken here to mean the book. All has indeed been prepared for, and this true light is favorable for accomplishing this transition to new life.

The future of this hexagram turns into #6, Conflict. Indeed, the controversial nature of The Book of Us will undoubtedly lead to conflict on many levels, from the decisions Jeanne and I made with cancer, to the validity of channeling itself. We make no claims to absolute truth, or the absolute “way”. The book however, is deeply the truth of our experiences and our journey, and is intended to support, and further, the journeys of those with whom it resonates. Both commentaries from infinity were extremely similar, and supportive of our decision, hence we launch The Book of Us.

Chuck Ketchel
Red Hook, New York
November 19, 2007

#192 Take Life to a New Level Today

Dear Jeanne,
Do you have a message of guidance for today?

Sit now in quiet contemplation. Gather to you all your tools, your skills, your knowing that lies deep inside you, and allow your self permission to try living your life in a new manner with all of these possibilities as your new means of practice. Take life to a new level today by inculcating in your life all that you have been learning about awareness, recapitulation, energy, balance, and centeredness. Begin to utilize all of these skills. Allow your self access to your own doubt about what I speak of, and sneak past it now; leave it off to the side; and though you know it remains as your rational grounder, so do I dare you to leave it now, for a time, and allow your self to boldly trust your new tools and techniques. As you put aside your doubt, as you take time to sit in contemplation select one of your new tools or techniques and put it to work for you, and then see what happens.

Practice a new art today. Give your self permission to accept the possibility that everything is available, and with that trust and acceptance freeing you from your compliant, everyday self, put to the test some of your new skills. Even just sitting in quiet meditation, with empty mind, can bring you into a keener awareness of the self and your surroundings. Don’t be afraid to see where your own energy directs you, where it leads you, and what it may point out to you today as your next challenge. Be alert so that you do not miss your lesson of the day. But instead of waiting, why not institute a practice of opening to it, by putting aside doubt and heavy thinking to allow for open flow of energetic inquiry?

You may be surprised at what comes to greet you and to invite you in to investigate for meaning and significance. Your energy and your inner self are attuned to much more than your thinking mind will allow. Remove your thinking cap, and use your calm awareness as your guide. Look for feelings, sensations, images, and energetic vibrations to guide you to your daily issues. Do not attempt to force anything, but in calm repose allow your spirit to bring you to where you need to go. See where this takes you today, a few minutes of utter calm. Without your troubled mind, without your personal judgments of your self and others, without your concentration on your physical image, and without your normal outer distractions intruding, do you offer your self an opportunity to access your deeper self. See what arises to greet you from this place of deep detachment, and displacement from your normal outer self. You may be surprised at what comes up.

Then, once you return to your outer you, retain some of that calm centeredness and bring what you have learned forward with you into your day. As the day progresses may you discover what it truly means, and where your inner you suggests you go to investigate further. Is it a deeply seated desire? Is it a sense of uncomfortable memory? The return of an old behavior? Is it your energy body? Is it your future being revealed? Is it your restless spirit, urging you to wake up and see what is waiting for you? Is it your child self, urging you to rescue it from the past that lies so heavily buried? What challenges lie waiting for you?

Do not be afraid to attempt this endeavor of quiet contemplative emptiness in meditation. Even a light delving in to detached emptiness may yield results, but your awareness is key if you are to gain clarity, and truly know what is being offered to you. Whatever comes up is a gift. Keep that in mind. Even the most troubling of issues is a true gift, for without uncovering all that lies hidden will your growth and evolution remain elusive.

So for today, and every day for that matter, pay attention to your inner spirit self and its need to speak to you in utter calmness. No matter what is going on in your life, is it mandatory that you give your self time to sit in quiet contemplation. Accept what you receive from your moments of calm as highly necessary for your evolutionary growth. Your challenges may be disturbing to you, better left untouched, hidden, forgotten, but that is never the case. Everything must be picked through, for the hidden jewel that awaits. And when you are done, will you have a beautiful string of precious stones, polished, and prepared by your hard working self, a necklace of recapitulation, a beautiful memento of your daring, trusting self. Begin to find your first stone, your hidden jewel, by going in to utter calm retreat for a few minutes every day. See where this next step in your practice of awareness takes you. What comes up? Something always comes up, but will you pay attention?

Comment on Message #191 by Chuck

Jeanne’s message today reflects three points from the world of the ancient shamans. Her focus on the use of words to define one’s world is captured in the shaman’s view that the socialization process human beings are subjected to from the time of their birth and the uniformity of it among all people generates the world we live in. That world is a description, not an actual perception of reality. This description is very much constructed by our use of words. To perceive energy directly is the goal of the shamans, enabling direct access to alternate worlds.

It is critical to interrupt the flow of energy that generates our dominant description of the world, via a number of techniques, in order to experience a different world. The shamans used a technique entitled: not doing, to accomplish this interruption of energy flow. When Jeanne suggests using new words to define experiences, such an interruption of habitual flow of energy is accomplished, and one is freed to enter a different world. The shamans would call this, having an experience of being unfamiliar to oneself.

Finally, words are vehicles of intent. Words attract energy to construct the intent they embody. A new vocabulary constructs a new world in which to live, just as viable as the habitual world we commonly inhabit, which is indeed in need of evolutionary change.

Comment on Message #191 by Jan

Today, Jeanne asks us to really take time to change the way we think about ourselves, and the world we live in. She asks that we become proactive in changing our world by actually using new words, allowing for a distinct change in perspective. If confronted with anger, rather than staying caught in anger accept it as an opportunity to challenge the world you are in and the reason for the feelings of anger. What is the deeper issue that you are being asked, by your inner you, to confront? The anger is merely the tool to accessing it. If being confronted with great change in your life, rather than be consumed by old patterns of victimhood or depression, change your perception of your situation to one of growth, and the opportunity to, instead, be firmly planted on a new path with a new set of rules and intentions. By removing our old sets of behaviors we open the door to be able to allow our intent to really work for us because we now know that we want to live life differently, but awareness is the key. If we are aware that we are caught in an old habit, we can shift out of it simply by applying new words to the situation. “I’m not stuck, I’m being challenged to grow. How do I choose to grow? Am I choosing to be on a new path of evolutionary change, utilizing my new tools, or am I going to remain using the old words about my self?” Jeanne is urging us all to partake in this time of change by really taking control of the way we think, perceive, and experience life. We can have a different experience simply by changing our perceptions, our perspectives, and our words.

#191 Reality Is, In Fact, Many Realities

Dear Jeanne,
What is the message for today, to start this new week?

Unearth now those long unused tools of wisdom and knowing that lie hidden deep inside. Together with your newly honed tools of awareness, and your hard work on balancing the inner and outer self, may your efforts reap rewards. Find now, today, your balance for the week ahead. Set your intentions of calmness and steadiness, sobriety, and energetic vigor in order to remain firmly upon your path of growth.

With your intent to grow and evolve uppermost on your weekly agenda, do not deny that which comes to serve you in this endeavor. There is little you need to fixate upon or force, simply remain alert and aware, and find your equilibrium daily in order to have access to your inner knowing. With this inner knowing slowly emerging in your every day life, will you discover that there is so much more to that which you perceive as reality.

Seek now to notice that which is different. As you have grown and evolved, so is more made available to your knowing. There is much that exists simultaneously in your world that you may be unaware of, or unaccepting of, until you have begun to experience it; learning to accept it as, definitely, part of reality; and by accepting with open heart, and without rationalization interfering, are you allowing your world to change, and to become a different one.

Allow this perception of reality as different to become part of your weekly intent. With awareness that energy can allow for anything to happen, do you open the door to furthering your learning of how reality works. For reality is, in fact, many realities, not just the one you have been taught to perceive. When you are a baby, you are taught what everything is called. What if you had been taught that a “chair” was called “lamp”, and “up” was “down?” What if your earliest teachings had been opposite? In such a case, you would live in a totally different world, and your childhood would have been one of confusion, as everyone around you perceived the world differently. Well consider yourself, now, that child who is perceiving the world differently. The worlds are all mixed up because no one else speaks quite in the same manner as you, and your attempts to communicate do not resonate with even a glimpse of recognition.

This new world you live in invites a new way of using your mind, your brain, your trained thinking, asking you to suspend all that you have ever learned, turn it upside down, and begin to use new words to describe your life and your experiences. Begin to make your new words your common language. Allow these new words to be spoken so that they become commonplace, and the world begins to shift as a result of your efforts to disrupt the status quo.

But this process must begin within, and you must be committed to a path of true growth in order to speak new words of change. In order to really change your world, must your new words be thoroughly understood and practiced, so that you become not only aware of your new and changing outer world, but, most importantly, that your inner world keep up with your perceptions of outer reality and access your greatest inner truths. This process of changing your world must extend to your inner world as well. Your old truths are but old words of description of the self, but your awareness is seeking to alert you to the fact that new words about the self exist, ready for your choosing, and when applied will they have the great advantage of allowing new doors to open, so that your view and perception of the inner you may also change.

Allow now for your awareness and perceptions of your outer world and your inner world to be given new meaning. Rename your surroundings, both outer and inner, and see what happens as you apply words of growth and awareness to all that you encounter. Your world will change because it will have new labels and new meanings that will be evolutionary.

Apply today your intent in this new direction of change as you contemplate the new direction that your path will take. Allow this new direction to aid you. See the world differently, perceive yourself differently, and open the door to allow for change and a different experience of life. With this new outlook will your mind clear, your head detach from the old you, and your inner you find resonance in clarity and truth. Apply your new words today, and find a new you, unearthed from the old habits and perceptions, and ready to grow. This is good! Trust your self, and trust all that you perceive now; it is meant to aid you. Accept and trust, and perceive differently now. I dare you, my friends, to take this opportunity to grow!

Chuck Ketchel, LCSWR