THE BOOK OF THE VICTORIOUS ONE
November 24, 1962
Present: Rhom, Nadine, John, Rosalind.
Prior to the session, everyone had been talking about Point Lobos. Earlier that year, many meditations had been held there and it, in itself, seemed to contain a legend or a tale. In Spanish, this tiny promontory, now a state park, had been called La Punta de los Lobos Marinos-or the Point of the Sea Wolves, meaning Sea Lions. It was also the scene of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.”
WE: What will ye?
John: Are our “treasures” buried on Point Lobos?
WE: No. Priceless gifts there ARE. Buried they are not. Call it not Lobos.
John: What shall we call it then?
WE: There is a land called Motherland. This area is called, in like fashion, Sisterland. John, direct the questioning, please.
John: How are we to understand our relation to Sisterland and use its power for humanity?
(It was said to be the center of psychic force for the entire Pacific coast but that, unlike Mount Shasta, it had “not yet made friends with humanity.”)
WE: The meaning of a Sisterland is not known of in this time. A meaning there is and knowers of it are ye.
John: Was Motherland in the Pacific? (He was thinking of the legend of lost Lemuria with which “Lobos” was supposedly connected.)
WE: The Motherland extended from North to South and beyond both horizons. Its center was above and its core had no boundary.
John: Was Motherland physical? (By this time, he was thinking, also, of Atlantis-since Motherland, apparently, was not confined to the Pacific, and, in any case, the exact geographic location of Atlantis was uncertain. Atlantis, it was said, had been called the Motherland-but so had Mu, or Lemuria. Were they one and the same?)
WE: Motherland has many children.
John: Does it still exist today? Is it what is called “home”?
John: Is this land the Mother’s sister?
WE: Child of child.
WE: Yes. It is now a haven for gathering, restoring, preserving and multiplying.
Nadine: (Recording). You are going so fast I can’t keep up with you! Speak louder, Rhom!
WE: WE will change the pace, for sweetness is a theme you sing well. Sisterland is a secret place and its meaning is not to be known of by all. Nor does its secret mean equally to ye. There will be seasons of its import to ye. (Noticeably, the WE of the board was being “cagey” about Sisterland and Motherland. Direct questions would not be answered directly. A secret was being preserved.)
Q: Is this symbol on the table tonight connected with Sisterland?
WE: Yes. Such symbols as are in black (the center portion) tower in white above this land. Three in number are they. A word may be fitting here: make not a graveyard out of a haven. Gather strength and move on. Havens are many-graveyards but one for ye.
Q: Does this symbol have to do with the Tarot card Judgment, or Resurrection?
WE: That is another Book. Please-there is no judgment anywhere, no Book.
Q: We’ve been asking many questions. Have you a message for us?
WE: Voluntarily you selected plays and donned costumes and, on occasion, had star billing. Each vehicle had its author and director. Now you are in the New Theater where you are writer, actor, director and audience. Critics there are not.
Q: What are we performing plays for?
WE: Each is learning to know what he is. That answer cannot satisfy but WE cannot answer otherwise. It has been similarly answered by the men of old whom you knew also. When that answer is fully known, the theater season ends.
Q: When did the present theater season begin?
WE: The New Theater began for you at moment of birth. For all present-this life.
Q: Why this life?
WE: The season is on schedule.
John: Is this because of what the Hindus call the unwinding of the skandhas?
WE: It is not for One to say which is winding and which is unwinding. An author may omit whatever scenes he wishes.
Q: What is the next step ahead in this play?
WE: All participants-actor, director and audience-can be totally aware of each other at any given moment and, at instant of creating, may become aware of curtain’s close and any acts between. It is an art form to be experienced. Practice is in rehearsal.
Q: Were we not actors, directors and authors in previous lives?
WE: Yes, but you have never sat in the balcony before. Who asks about the missing One? No matter. (Dean.)
Q: What is his role?
Q: Are there many of us in this play throughout the world?
John: Plays inter-play, don’t they?
Q: Who, then, is directing the overall play?
Q: What about God? WE: It has been said, “ye are Gods.” What do you think that means?
Q: How can we understand this, know it?
WE: Shall WE try another medium, a tale? A girl-child unwanted by mother and father was placed on a log in the river. The quickening water carried her to the white water and beyond. For many days a black bird carried drops of water to her tiny lips. When the Moon passed one time, the log was brought aboard a ship. The girl-child and blackbird were revered by the travelers. When the ship homed, the girl-child was sung to by her new people. She in turn sang to them of her homeland, and other songs. In time her song was known, and she left her new family, and the black bird was left behind in marble. To this day, her song is sung.
Q: What on earth has this tale got to do with anything? (No one ever understood it, and none of the group does so to this day.)
WE: The tale is told. WE have not spoken idly. Is there a pressing concern?
(Rosalind said that she had been thinking of one. She did not name or explain it.)
WE speak to the concern: Leave! You are not in this child nor is she in you. Too long have you leeched. You are no more substantial than the nightmare you are. The cock crows, the sun lifts, the morn arises and all awake. The dark is over the hill and the shapes of the night are the well- loved landmarks of memory. Daydreams arrive, bringing fulfillment ere dusk. Be gone!
(Pause. The “speaking to the concern” seemed to have a universal, not a merely personal, meaning. It needed not to be explained to be significant.)
WE: A new Book. ‘Tis a great Book-one that you studied and, in fact, (have) written.
John: What colors are around our hands-pink, gold, green, blue-gray! (All watched the brilliant display of color over the hands of John and Rhom on the “table.” This was not the first time there had been a visible manifestation of color, but this was the most varied one so far.)
WE: Remember colors.
Picture now a noble man. He is the Victorious One. He has just left his golden chariot. His dress is as follows: white is the color of cloth he wears. He wears only one sandal which has thongs rising above calf on his right foot. His left foot has two wee wings rearward.
His white robe is unusual. It is like a long strip with a slit for the head to enter. It falls front and back to just below knees. It is narrow and does not extend beyond nipples.
He leads on a leash-one leash-a brace of lions. His chariot behind him is without animals. The chariot in front has a device like your pulpit. The device is a guard for the vitals. Two wheels, a standing area, no seat. Was a battle wagon. No roof. A sunburst on front of chariot. The chariot leads are grounded. The whip remains in chariot.
From a chain on his neck hangs tonight’s symbol. Not black-gold. No weapons. Upheld flower-one, exotic in right hand. One glove on raised arm-right hand. A circle of blue stars on brow. Seven stars.
In the sky hangs a full and mighty sun, directly above him in center. The lions are right front. Right rear-chariot. Two lions. Lions are-one white, one black. Black’s mouth is wide open. White lion next to noble.
Above Sun at top of Book, spreading from cover to cover, is winging eagle. Black. In his talons are shafts-spears, three in each talon, pointed up and down. They cross also, like pyramids joined at peaks. Each talon holds two pyramids. Eagle looks at left on Book.
On left, a curtain. Fine one-thin, seen through-held aloft by small blue birds. Behind curtain, area of battling wolves. Many wolves.
Name of Book is Victorious One. Letter is C. C placed on curtain. Is drawn over battling wolves. Letter ripples on curtain.
Q: What other meanings has this Book?
WE: Self-mastery is meaning of Book. Very noble battle and Book and victor. You know this one well. Rejoice! The Redeemer draws close. Sing your song. Well done. If no more, then no more.
Clearly the Victorious One was the former Chariot or Charioteer. Self- mastery had been mentioned earlier in connection with the battle of the Self the battle with the Armed One. The eagle on the Book held shafts in his talons in the form of pyramids. Was it a coincidence that a cluster of shafts appears in the left talon of the eagle on the U.S. dollar, and that the cluster of stars above the eagle’s head forms a star of David or a double pyramid? “The writer is a silver dollar” it was stated in the opening session, referring to the silver dollar, with its eagle, used as a planchette.