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A Lizard & Forgiveness
One day a Lizard came up to me and said that he had worked under Pintas and was having terrible dreams. These dreams were haunting her to the point of waking up in cold sweats and not being able to go back to sleep for fear of what the dream state would bring. This Lizard began to cry and explain to me about all of the harm that she had done under the power of Pintas and told how ashamed she was of her actions. I put my hand on this young Lizard and said, “You have come to me because the Great Mystery has ignited your soul. Your past is now behind you. You have given your life to the better half of Gamehendge and for that forgiveness will be granted as was written in common law from my culture of the long ago time. As terrible as your life has been, you now are ignited by the graciousness of the craft and many gifts will be awaiting you from now until eternity! Live your new life knowing that you are loved and part of a larger good. We are not cogs as Pintas would have suggested. We are a family with one goal in mind. Join us and all will be forgiven for the high road is yours and ours in space!”
The Two Initial Plants
Perform rituals in front of the female and male givers of spiritual ease because they are the star gate to the freedom of delusion. These plants are the mother and the father and will guide us on the path to a new life. Many will find them through ingesting the flame. Soon we will all be free and we must prepare for the aftermath of this freedom
The Two Plants & Their Seeds
We must protect these seeds. We must produce them in massive quantities and create great farms throughout the land. Be leery of those that may wish to destroy these farms. We must bring them to judgment. You will gain insight through the flame and will be able to distinguish those that may wish to do the farm harm and to those that are on the path to spiritual acuity. These seeds will be the start of great budding gifts that we will take in upon the first harvest and we will have more and more farms dedicated to the production of more seeds. We will then have farms like the one below the mountain that are dedicated strictly for the females! These seeds will bear us with the star gate to the great revolution that will come once the dark King arrives. A dedicated Lizard cannot stray from this path that he or she has chosen unless they choose to go against the farm. If they do choose to go against the farm then they will have a serious choice to make. Any Lizard that tries to destroy the farm will grow in the deep mental illness. So it is written so that we shall all understand the rules of the Great Mystery that we have come to know as holding authority over this universe.
This is my word that has been given to me and that I must share with the Lizard People and Those Who Worship The Water. I am honored to be a vehicle for this transmission and I wish that the farm will grow to great lengths and wash over this land as we learn to use this medicine in moderation and with the utmost respect.
“I will go out into the public and will try to speak and engage with as many people as I can. Together we will join hands and create a great network of music lovers for music is the key to the many healing properties in us all. The network will grow when we try to learn more and more about each other. Many will travel long distances for short periods of music and it is this journey that will heal them, for even though the music is a large part of this power, it is not a concrete definition of the entire engagement. In the name of this music I will speak to the clouds and many will witness the banishing of evil. We will sing together the glorious songs that these clouds have sung to us. We will say to strangers – ‘come and join in this adventure. Take a good look at what we have learned together, you glorious race of Lizards!’” – Me
Thus began a very long journey to the far reaches of Gamehendge. I would eventually come back to the mountain safe and in high spirits and many would have come back with me to learn about the craft and the growing farm.
I Encounter The Mockingbird
“Listen now…This mockingbird presents the ability to transfer many messages for long distances. We will guard and protect these birds at all costs! This bird is like a long lost friend who has come to give us the good news. One day the mockingbird will be known as part of the great savior. Part of our universal family lies within this sacred animal! Every Lizard that can hear this message must keep the word alive through the oral traditions…through stories and games….this is the foundation of this great land of Gamehendge! If anyone does not believe what I am saying then may they see the signs in the sky so that their doubts may be like dust blowing away in the breeze. This dust may blind you for the time being, but our family is the wind and will blow it away with this universal truth. Behold the species of the mockingbird!” – Me
This led to a new found respect for birds throughout the land. It was at this time when the Lizard People would begin using the mockingbird to communicate between each other for long distances. As I left the region I commented that soon I will be forced to deal with dissent in the form of one Lizard and the ground will open. This made me very uneasy to see this far into the progression of this land. However, I was certain that these messages were coming from a genuine and loving source. I was still concerned about the dark element that was to come but could also see beyond that time of tyranny and the Great Mystery was giving me insight into the true fear of the dark King and why he choose to capture this knowledge for his own enslavement of this race that had already been through so much struggle. I could see beyond this and could also see my writings being held in secret as this future time would bring tyranny and maliciousness upon the sacred land of Gamehendge. The propagation of this plant would see through all of this and more.
This is my praise to the Highest Authority.
The Great Mystery Banishes A Lizard Who Walks In The Shadow
When I was making my way back to the mountain from this long journey of meeting the massive amounts of Lizard People, several people began to point out a Lizard that had cut down one of the plants for no reason other than that it was out of anger towards the goal. They brought this Lizard before me and forced him to his knees where he began to plead his case. Unfortunately for him he began to say that he didn’t believe in the powers of the Great Mystery and that Pintas was the one true way. I tried my best to reason with him but the angry Lizard just spit in my face and said that I was not a true member of this land. This angered the Higher Authorities and they summoned a great earthquake. As the ground began to shake, I screamed, “brothers and sisters! Run to the east as fast as you can. The Great Mystery has been forced to act!” Just then the ground opened up, and into it fell this Lizard. At the very exact moment I took a giant leap and landed on the other side of this hole. I suggested that a bridge be built over this area so that the rest of the Lizards would be able to cross and remember what had happened at this site. Work began on this immediately. The Lizard was never seen or heard of again.
I Speak of the Healing Powers of the Plant
I went back to the top of the mountain, and there many Lizard People gathered. I walked over to the two mother and father plants, and they began to dance in the wind. This further strengthened their stalks. When the crowds grew so big that no other Lizard could fit on the top of the mountain, I lit a torch and proclaimed that soon the harvest would provide many answers to the questions that the Lizard People had. I said to ingest this plant and time will seem to change. Our priorities will shift and we will experience healing on a grand scale! Your previous enemies will seek forgiveness and you will sit together in harmony thanks to this plant. Just then a Lizard in the crowd screamed out “Icculus has given us the true path….We must put faith in what he says. Forgive us for our ignorant ways. Teach us the magic of this green wonder!” I requested that a giant festival be planned. The Lizards celebrated for many days in the name of the large crop.
The Gifts From The Craft
I said that those who come in the name of the craft shall come through the light that we take in through the flame; and those who embrace this mystery will embrace my great father Mark. He is the bringer of storms and will produce life by way of the grand harvest! Those that seek the answers will find them in the craft. It is our gateway to the mystery. Those that will open their homes to their brothers and sisters will be greeted with the many gifts from my father. I promise you many gifts from the craft if you extend your hand out in love and especially to those that appear to be enemies. This would be a hard experience for many but I must stand firm in knowing that this outpouring of love pays off in the long run whether or not the enemies are able to absorb that which we are sharing in this unique new land.
The Brothers Come Forward
Upon the time when I was gaining fair acceptance throughout Gamehendge several Lizard blood brothers came forward and said that they wanted to learn everything that they could so that they would be able to share this universal knowledge with the other citizens. When the first Lizard had learned of the magical powers of my land, he had to see for himself and traveled a great distance from the edge of Gamehendge to witness these unique things. “We will give our lives so that the Great Mystery will be revealed to all Lizards of this land,” he said. I put my hand on his shoulder and we hugged in a loving embrace. I responded that they have been told of the things that others have seen and now they shall see for themselves. Behold the lanterns of the craft! Just then the great cloud parted and the craft was exposed to the Lizards. The Lizard People stared in wild wonder as the craft ignited the sky once again with a brilliant strobe. While this first Lizard left to tell others what he was about to embark on, I approached the other brothers and said when you go out into this great adventure you will hear the glory of those four musicians. They will direct your bliss but be warned. You will be in a trance that only you and you alone are able to control to a point. Do not be taken in by the people but by the vehicle itself! At this time the cloud appeared and covered up the exposed craft. I stated “I must ask you brothers of Gamehendge. Why are you here? What are your intentions in approaching me? Do not judge a Lizard by his exterior but more by his acts. Be careful of anyone with clipboards for the information that they gather might be used against you! Some will call me a prophet….Fear these titles! They walk in the shadow. I am no more special than the next citizen. We are brothers in the Great Mystery. Do not forget this. I assure you that there are things much greater than the craft. It is our unified mission to teach each other that there are things out there greater than anything we can possibly imagine, and if you are willing to open yourselves up to this then you will know that our harvest will bring Lizards together and will heal old wounds. What shall be said about the Lizards of this new and exciting age? They are like the great map builders of my homeland. One Lizard will say to another brother or sister, “We have discovered a new and exciting road and we will document it here for historical purposes! We listened to the music fall from the clouds and we tried to emulate it through this esoteric map making of ours.’” When the second brother stepped up, he offered me a tonic and the rest of the brothers said, “You are the light of this new land.” I drank and shared this drink with the other Lizards that had accumulated on top of the mountain. They all shared stories and continued to teach me of their old ways…A mutual lesson was taking place. Both parties were students….Both parties were teachers.
I began to feel this deeply in my heart as the plants grew greener and denser with time. The life that I was witnessing take place within this sacred space was beginning to flourish in a way that could only be described as the purest of love and hope. Life was good at this time. Wilson would come and the dark King would hide away these teachings out of the fear from these psychic transmissions.
This is the Helping Friendly Book
I Mention Fighting Between Loved Ones
I must proclaim that anyone who publicly tries to humiliate their loved ones through verbal or physical abuse will suffer the wrath of the unseen craft. Many of you will not heed this warning and examples will be made of you. Those that follow in the shadow of Pintas will reveal themselves through their nefarious unions and shall pay a very dear price. Those that are predetermined will be brought to the mountain and shall be given the time to plead their case before this hidden disc. The great light will show their true colors. If a male Lizard must insult his loved one in public then his weakness shall be revealed to the entire population of Gamehendge. The same applies for those female Lizards that try to dominate their male loved ones. Bridges will be built where the ground opens up and their transgressions will be forever taught as the work of evil brought on only by their own weaknesses and the musicians will play.
I Mention The Farm
It has been said that in the past this plant served no purpose. To say such a thing is a great transgression and will no longer be tolerated throughout Gamehendge. Soon the time will come when we will ingest the flame and all will be revealed through our many uses of this crop. Do not fear this promise, but do what your instincts tell you is right. The judgment of your actions does not reside in our own blood but in the greater plan of this universal truth. These are the promises of gifts that all will fight for when the dark king appears. Many will hide in fear and shame. The farm will eventually prevail!
This is our promise. Do not cross the lessons of the farm because it the star gate to your glory in space where you will have a place of equal powers. Fear not for the craft is not your ruler. It is our catalyst. Do not offend the farm because you cannot yet understand her magic. The harvest will come, and with it great knowledge. Ask questions. To not ask questions is to aid in the claim of the shadow. Many have told you before my arrival that this plant is useless. I stand here before you to tell you that we must love this farm and defend it upon the great harvest and offer your blessings to this unified work. Doing this will allow the craft to shower you with immeasurable gifts. We will take in the flame and you shall become the new found family. The craft brings the storm to nourish all of those weak souls that are searching for answers. It is our mission to bless those that share selfless love and to guide those that may wish harm upon others for their extension may come if they seek answers through the craft. Break through and embrace those that fear the farm for they have the chance to change and not to destroy the family. Do not just congregate with those that you know personally. Expand the farm for the spiritual harvest!
We must strive to understand the flame in the same way that the craft understands the storm. The lantern above us all shall glow! Just as I finished writing this a great flash of light appeared in the west and ignited the entire sky. I was gaining knowledge but still remained the student in the larger context of these mysteries.
I Speak of Forgiveness
Make it your life goal to forgive those that may wish you ill will even if the Higher Authorities take them away forever. Do not hide your compassion for this is a grave sin and goes against all that the craft teaches! If you do hide this forgiveness then you will not receive the gifts that await you in space. You will be forever banished to wander Gamehendge as a directionless ghost. Eternal misery will be your judgment.
It is only when you learn to forgive yourself and others that the baby stages of harmony take place. However, when you do forgive someone I must demand that you do not brag on it, as those who brag will be judged by the Higher Authorities in the strict courts. Braggers do what they do for guilty and false pleasures. It is a most self centered act. This is a great transgression and to do so may cause the earth to open up and take in many loved ones. I can promise that to brag on forgiveness is frowned upon by the craft and is a virtual death sentence in this spiritual world that we are building. Forgiving should be made between you and the person and promise yourself not to hold it over his or her head. To act in this regard is to sign a pact with the grand mystery and is a promise to obtain all answers in space and beyond!
Young Lizards Begin to Emulate the Meditations Of My Rituals
I would allow the Lizards to make their way to the top of the mountain where I would share many stories and future predictions of the coming dark age of the coming King. During this time many young Lizards would begin to engage in the meditations that I would practice on a daily basis. They were taught that when they focus on certain topics in their lives there was a high probability that the right answers would come to them. I taught them to love this sacred and silent time between the craft and their inner voice. They were assured that the more a topic was focused on (by this topic being focused on by more and more Lizards) that great constructions in thought and evolutions of the extra sensory mind would begin to take shape.
It was taught that this very construction would lead to the proper channels that would ultimately defeat the coming King. They were promised great rewards and would often comment on the calming effect that these unified meditations would provide. There even came a time that when multiple groups of young Lizards would meditate and a great cloud would hover over them playing music that can only be described as spiritually glorious. It was small gifts like this that would make the young Lizards practice their meditations day in and day out. As time grew on their answers would come in the form of concrete proof. Ultimately their deepest fear would be realized by the coming age of Wilson and their logical skills would hibernate for a very long time due to his tyranny. Moreover, these writings would be lost and in his hands as he began to try to erase what we have begun to build. We were thriving and moving so much closer to the one true message and I felt a sense of urgency upon us with the knowledge that seemed so innocent and pure.
The Feast & Importance
It is very important for us to congregate and embrace the gifts that this land provides for it nourishes us and sustains our life! When we celebrate we must realize that this is a joyous time and it goes without saying that we must never give way to the past memory of Pintas. Pintas neglected your people as a whole and grew weak in his paranoid fantasies. I tell you now that that it is our duty as the new found family to use these feasts as a constant reminder in regards to our own power as a unit. When we celebrate our bounty we are reminded of the very things that unite us as a community of loved ones. The great craft will see our work and will shower us with gifts now and forever. This is the promise that I make to you! I dropped to my knees and cried tears of joy. The Lizards gathered around me and began to sing one of the songs that they had heard from the clouds. Mark watched this from his craft and ingested the flame of truth.
A New Day
Do not hide in fear upon the coming age of the dark King. Many of you will lose your intelligence but you must stay strong! His tyranny will last for a long time. This is part of the great mystery and is something that I do not fully understand. However, it is you that will eventually rise up and reclaim your lost and misguided world. Do not shy away in your homes under this ruler! Instead, build bridges between you and your loved ones. Cross these bridges together through the underground network, where the lost secrets will remain and where only you and the craft may go. It is my promise to you that your future revolution will eventually prevail over evil. Behold the lantern! Then, as it happened previously, another great flash of light appeared from the night sky.
A Full Cycle of Light
The great lantern in the sky remained for a full cycle and many of the Lizard People would not be able to sleep during this time. I would tell them that this is a sign from the craft! If your heart is in the right place then this cycle will not cause you stress. I must tell you now that if your intentions are not pure then you will experience this cycle in the way of great discomfort. This is one of many tests that will fall upon my brothers and sisters. Stay strong and do not grow paranoid. Paranoia that is the way of Pintas and we all know where that leads! Continue with life as though nothing has changed. This too will pass. Eventually the light vanished and the cycles went on as normal. Many Lizard People would claim that this was a moment of extreme clarity for them and they would go on to celebrate this day every year as a holiday. This brought me great joy and soon the images of marbles, symbols and sacred stones entered into my mind as I brought forth the ancient game that I would hope could create the much needed bridge between the cultures of the Lizard People and Those Who Worship The Water.
Surrender to the flow would ring out through my dreams every night and I felt closer to my father now than I had ever felt before. I knew now what must be done and tried to get this down onto the papyrus as much as possible when I had the free time so that I could explain the game in the coming text.
You cannot live in harmony with each other unless you respect nature; you must love your environment and respect your surroundings as though they were members of your family; you must know now that our environment is a far greater power than any of us combined. It is our duty to honor our land! We must serve our surroundings! I must tell you today to work the land so that it provides you with a bounty of life giving properties. Your lives shall be determined worthy by the work that you give back into this land! Appreciate all that the masters have given us as we work the soil! Concern yourselves with the destruction of the forests and the pollutants of the great river that has given you this farm. Rebuild these concerns so that they may live again. Defend them with your lives. You must have faith in the craft, for it teaches these lessons daily to me so that I may share them with you. Do not let your paranoid fantasies take you into a world of delusion. These delusions are the work of the shadow. The craft knows that we are in a great transition and they will guide us into our new world. Focus on the world that awaits you beyond this realm! It is this world that teaches to respect your surroundings as well. Focus on the coming days and what you must do to set your life in order for the coming age that we are walking into together. However, live each day as if nature was a brother or a sister. Both are equally as important!
Mark Hovers – Two Days
Mark and his storm came to reside a few miles away from the farm for two days. The storm stayed in one place for this time and a great sound came from the clouds. The Lizard People could hear four instruments playing and from the sky came a formal voice that said, “Icculus has a word. It is Icculus that will take this race into the land that is awaiting your people. Why must the coming dark age come at all? We do not have the answers to this. We cannot control this inevitable cycle. Know that you will survive and Icculus will live on in the name of all that is sacred as will his brothers and sisters. Do not attempt to destroy these teachings, for if you do a great split will form in the land and will take you in with it!” Then, a sudden rumble from underneath the surface shook the area and scared many of the citizens of Gamehendge. The voice said, “Do not act like Pintas…Scared and afraid to embrace the great mystery! Do not give your life to the mindset of weakened Lizards!” On the second day the storm passed and this left me very confused.
I often wondered about this event and the complexity of these words. Why was I chosen to appear on this land and at this time? I was receiving answers but most of my pressing questions remained a mystery. I saw the machine in my mind and the game that would harbor this future life on Gamehendge and I tried my best to piece everything together as the images presented themselves. I was confused at times but always remembered to put my faith in the family that lived in this land and my larger family beyond that I hoped to eventually return with once my tasks had been completed in this beautiful and mystical landscape. I drank my wine and wandered into the night.
I Teach Breeding
One day while I was meditating on top of the mountain, I saw that the plant that they had brought had grown little patches of round objects which I automatically knew were the traits of a male plant. I motioned for some of the Lizards to come forward. I climbed down to the foot of the mountain and made my way to the river where I located a female plant. I took this plant back to the mountain and ordered that a great migration was about to take place. Some time passed and the two plants created the first seeds that would be planted at the base of the mountain. The news about this farm spread throughout the land so that many Lizard People would understand the importance of the plant that they had neglected for all this time. Large masses would soon appear at the foot of the mountain so that they could tend and protect this new farm. These people would eventually be held in high regard by the further generations and would be treated as spiritual masters.
I Speak of the First Harvest
I saw that more and more Lizards were coming to the foot of the mountain to watch this farm grow and I climbed down to speak to these individuals. Many Lizard People would gather around the circle and I began to sing:
“These seeds will bear fruit and they shall provide a gateway to what lies beyond this land; Our craft will come and we will embrace the mysteries of the universe!”
“These seeds will heal the sick and will help those that are sad and ill.”
“Linear time will seem childish upon our ingesting of this sacred gift.”
“Praise the gift and ingest the fire!”
“Blessings to those that breed this plant…..For the approaching craft will protect them and provide the pathway!”
“Do not destroy this plant because it does what no other plant can do; what lies beyond is yours for eternity!”
“Blessings to the weak minded who judge without taking in the flame because they are marked by the old way. Embrace them as your family. Four will come…and they will speak in languages foreign and familiar at the same time. Our citizens shall be etched in the history of a far away place. They call this place planet Earth.”
Just then a great storm came and soaked the ground for many hours. The children that had come with their families to tend the farm sang these words over and over again while a glorious sound came form the clouds. Days of dancing and the forging of friendships continued while the plants grew stronger and brighter in color. The smell was something to be imagined. Just then a great storm came and soaked the ground for many hours. The small and innocent children that had come with their families to cultivate the farm sang these words over and over again while a glorious sound came from the clouds. Days of dancing and the forging of friendships continued while the plants grew stronger and brighter in color. This book would become the way that the light was preserved from the coming darkness.
I name Gamehendge
I was sleeping and I had the most vividly grandiose dream. I would later write about this dream in detail in the book of Torlun. In this dream, my father Mark came to me and said, “try to become the light of this land. Our home was not so different at one point. It is time to give these Lizard People a reference point. Build the sign…You are loved young Icculus.” I awoke and next to me was laying a series of pebbles that spelled out the Lotuk translation of Gamehendge. I could not sleep and stayed for the rest of the night staring at these pebbles.
The next morning I went to the rhombus with a group of Lizard friends and together we made a sign out of papyrus and ink. This sign would later be duplicated and constructed throughout the entire land. It simply said “Gamehendge.” As this sign was being made I would begin to show signs of being sensitive to electrical current. My eyes changed color and my friends said that I am the answer to their message that was sent. I was being told that I was the one true way and was their beloved brother. This troubled me. I did not understand the one true way and I was afraid of being it. Our home did not have one true way as a person. We were all one true way. We shall go into this journey together. Since my arrival the storm has brought with it glorious music for us all to enjoy and we thank the Higher Authorities for it. What is ours is yours. We hugged each other and I said “We will join the old with the new and make a fresh land where many games will lead to extensive knowledge and spiritually uplifting understandings of the world around us. Behold the land of Gamehendge!”
Just then a single flash of light ignited the entire sky and all of the Lizard People fell to their knees for I had said through the cosmic transmission that was out of my control that morning that the brightest of all lanterns would present itself over the land. I brought the Lizards up to their feet and proclaimed that this prediction had revealed itself through this miraculous manifestation. It is important to note that these predictions were coming through me. However, I was merely a vehicle for these messages. The group went back to the mountain and held a great feast in the name of the new land.
It was around this time when the game began to enter into my mind. I had been spending a lot of time on the mountain watching nature work the magical wonder before me. The previous event with the pebbles allowed me to establish the implements that would make up Surrender to the Flow. The marbles began to present themselves one by one and the energy that lied within soon began to send me the rules and regulations of this great game that I hoped would bring the two factions of cultures together again. I knew that Those Who Worship The Water and The Lizard People had a great struggle in the past with each other. However, I knew that some members of both cultures did want to work together even though there was still tension about the past ancestors. I also knew through these transmissions that we would all have something far more sinister to worry about once the next dark time came. This time soon would pass.
The game began to unfold and I knew that I would have to present it in these future writings. Surrender To The Flow. It all began to make perfect sense. The colors and their meanings came soon after and this new family was being born out of the cosmic dust that resided within each and every one of us. Surrender To The Flow.
I Mention Pintas & The Future Threat
“You have witnessed what will happen to those that betray their own brothers and sisters. Do not murder the family that has been put here to protect you unless they come to attack you in the name of Pintas. I will tell you this now: If you grow paranoid against your fellow lizard race come to me and we will summon the storm. Together we will ask that the circle provide us with an answer. Those that come in the name of Pintas shall be recognized and pin pointed before they can do any of us harm. The predictions of the great storm shall be our guide and will prepare us for future contact after the age of the coming dark king has passed. If you call your brothers and sisters in the name of paranoid delusions you will be in danger of opening up the ground and this earthquake will soak up all that is evil in her path. If your paranoid fears are about to take you into a world that you know you cannot handle then listen to your clean instinct that is free of any filters and remember that the coming age has been predetermined for some higher reason of education and evolution. Leave your fears behind and proclaim your love for your brothers and sisters! Walk hand and hand into this future that has been written in the sky!”
I Mention Romantic Unions Between The Lizard People
“Our craft teaches us that love is universal and stretches far into space. The feeling itself is something that we can all relate to regardless of the fact that we are of a different species. Now I must proclaim to those that will listen: Any lizard that feels romantic emotions towards another but wants to claim power or has a need to threaten the balance of equality between the two will be taken in by a great earthquake. If your instinct causes you to want to control one that you claim to love in public then that love is not really the most dangerous word in the language and will not be recognized as a true union between the craft and the new order of Gamehendge. Our mission is to create balance between the sexes and not to divide through a power struggle. It must be our collective goal to engage in harmony and a true sense of balance with those that we claim to love. You will be able to gauge this balance by requesting a sign from atop the mountain. Let it be known that your peers will try to judge you in the weakest of hearts. Look not for their approval but only in the eye of the unseen craft. This craft has been right every time upon my arrival and will continue to promote the universal truth and the musicians will play.”
This would begin the phase of many marriages taking place atop the mountain. The Lizard People would regard this teaching as the focal point to their wedding. This ritual made me very happy as it began to take root. I could not accurately explain in words the honor that I felt once these teachings worked their way through me and into the lives of my brothers and sisters. The Lizard People were my family now and I did my best to show pure love to each of those that reciprocated even though I was touched by something even foreign to me at the time. I would often wonder of Those Who Worship The Water and if they would ever come out of the shadows and leap off of the ancient texts of their culture that I had been allowed to keep in my library.
These were some of my most sacred gifts and the game began to fashion itself into my mind as I pieced these sacred texts together with the oral traditions of my new family.
Hey everyone! This is Robert Champion typing from the truly fast forward area that we like to call Chicagoland. There is a lot happening with The Sloping Companion and I haven’t sat down to give the full run down in a while so away we go! I have to be honest. Sometimes it feels like I am trying to do too much. We are making merchandise, filming bands, producing original videos, trying to invent interesting ways to raise money for The Mockingbird Foundation, producing cloudcasts, adding audio content to our radio station and trying to build as many solid relationships with other like minded people along the way.
We’ve also begun to produce our own shows in Illinois under the ELEVATE umbrella. These are proving to be very rewarding experiences. We are not generating large sums of money at this point. However, we are building an infrastructure that we hope will grow with time. This growth will hopefully capture the attention of nationally touring acts that will be interested in donating their efforts to our fund raising shows for one night of giving back to that which has given us so much over the years.
The Sloping Companion has been using some of the money from our merchandise sales and ELEVATE shows over the past few months to make investments in our infrastructure so that our shows will stand out more than your average night at the bar to see a band. Our ultimate goal is to create an experience where the senses are constantly being triggered in all areas of the venue. We are very lucky to have some great bands involved in these shows and many of these players have become good and loyal comrades in our efforts. We’ve purchased a projector and a large flat panel television with these funds to help create a multimedia experience that keeps people interested and captivated as our performances take place. We are also currently using money to help fund a lighting rig so that we will not have to pay the extra $150.00 per show that it costs to hire a professional lighting director to perform with the band. One of my luxuries that I have in my bag of tricks from being a classically trained musician is that this carries with it a natural ability to act as my own lighting director. Running lights for a band is a lot like actually playing in a band. Our hope is that we can build a lighting system to add to our multimedia experience so that sensory overload can take place and cause us all to elevate together. The first installment that we purchased with funds from our shows is a lighting truss that will hold our par cans and intelligent lights. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as we make more progress.
I’ve had the honor to be a part of the productions at The Abbey Pub in Chicago over the past few months. We have made several friends at the venue and I get the child like joy of being able to run the lighting rig for Terrapin Flyer on Wednesday nights. The wonder that comes out of that room when Doug and his ensemble are performing Grateful Dead music is essentially church for me. That may seem odd to those that have never been exposed to the ascension that takes place when music lifts one up but it is perfectly natural and complete for me. Here is a video of Terrapin Flyer from the Abbey with The Sloping Companion on lights.
Check these guys out when you get a chance. They do hit the road.
The Sloping Companion was also honored to be a part of the Rock For Autism event held at The Cubby Bear North recently. The Helping Phriendly Orchestra recreated a classic Phish performance from The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival that took place in 1996. I was lucky to have been at this actual festival when Phish played it. The Sloping Companion auctioned off a print for the event and it helped raise $80.00 for the organization. I was also happy to volunteer my time to run the lighting board for the band during their performance. We’ll be adding more footage as we move forward of some of bands around Chicago. Here is an excerpt of the performance that features a string of Phish classics both original and of the cover variety.
If I still have not convinced you that we have been busy busy busy then stay with me. We have been collaborating with some of the finest musicians and artists in the scene and have dropped a bunch of new gear for people. We recently developed two new posters that are now for sale in our store. Our ELEVATE poster and our “Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan” posters are both now available and ready to ship. “Got A Blank Space Where My Mind Should Be” resonates as this painting came to life @ ELEVATE III in Downers Grove by the hand of Jonathon “Crazy Red Beard” Blake and Jessica Bone. The painting sold for $375.00 after it was all done and over and we were so pleased with the painting that we decided to create 100 limited edition prints for you to enjoy. You can purchase the print by either clicking on our store above or by just clicking on the image below.
We also have our iconic ELEVATE graphic depicting animals found in Phish songs available as a poster print too now. You can buy it in our store by clicking at the top or just click the image and it will take you there as well.
Our “got a blank space where my mind should be” pin has been released. We took things to the next level and created nine different very limited edition variants for this design. The Sloping Companion, Jessica Bone and Crazyredbeard Productions collaborated to turn our ELEVATE event painting into a very special pin for the Phish song “Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan” and we’re excited to make it available. There are nine different variations of three varying colors. Each color offers three separate styles. One pin has two embedded red rhinestones. Another version has two white rhinestones and a third version exists without any rhinestones. We only made a small amount of each version so grab them before they go. Again, you can click on our store at the top or just click this image below to take a closer look at all the varieties. The response to this one has been great and we want to thank everyone for the awesome support as our ELEVATE events continue to grow in the Chicagoland area.
And the bus keeps rolling on in The Sloping Companion land. We have turned some of our more popular graphics into four inch diameter stickers. These are weather resistant vinyl stickers that you can put just about anywhere your imagination can take it. We’ve had a good response in Chicago with some of the local concepts but there are also stickers for a more national audience in the collection as well. Feel free to browse through the collection by clicking on the store at the top of this page or just click this sticker below to take a look at the current series!
Is that the end of this rant? The answer is a resounding no! Jamband pins are huge and people love collecting all the great designs that are out there on the Internet and at shows. The Sloping Companion took a bit of a departure and created a non jamband related pin to gear up for all the news about the Star Wars franchise moving over to Disney with talks of a bunch of new projects for the story. Our first pin to commemorate this awesome tale is taken from the first four minutes of Episode IV when the Princess inserts the hologram into R2D2 – A New Hope – You’re My Only Hope! This scene only takes place for a second but it is so iconic that we wanted to immortalize it in pin form. Moreover, we have noticed that there are not nearly enough pin designs out there for women or acknowledging the female force with the Star Wars pins that are out there so we decided to fill that gap. We created a color variety and an antique silver style. They are both available by clicking on our store at the top of the page or by clicking this picture.
Sorry….Yoda is NOT for sale
We’ve also released a Star Wars/Phish mashup pin taken from a lyric in the song “Tela” as the lyric reads “Tela…Tela…jewel of Wilson’s foul domain” etc…We released two versions of this mashup. One is a Storm Trooper and the other is Darth Vader. You have the option to buy them individually or as a pair at our store. Again, just click on the store at the top of this page or click the image below to help our infrastructure and mission grow.
THE MOCKINGBIRD FOUNDATION – It’s the night before Memorial Day in 2013 and so far The Sloping Companion has raised $1,645.00 for this great organization. We are so happy to be a part of such an important group of people that are doing important work for music education throughout the world. I have been playing music since the fourth grade and was raised in the classical tradition of music education and this cause has been something that has been near and dear to my heart for a large part of my life. Our team of creative people continue to grow and we continue to strive towards the goal of keeping the arts available for everyone because it is our soul that is at stake if we ignore the importance of music and the impact that it can have on the individual and the cultures that make up this dynamic world that we live in each and every day. You can check out all of the details of our ongoing donations by clicking on the Funds Raised section at the top of this page. We’ve got a lot more planned in the coming weeks for everyone and will be adding more cloudcasts once Phish hits the road for the Summer Tour. We’re also planning another Kickstarter campaign to ramp up another important element of our media presence.
Have a great week and stay safe out there…Take care of each other.
We had some local hoopers come over a few weeks ago and did some filming to highlight the Future Hoop. We were able to acquire two hoops from our awesome Kickstarter campaign in April. We feature Ligia Herrera and Sarah Struck with some songs that our fans may know very well. Stay tuned for more and thanks for checking out these videos. Sit back, get comfortable and enjoy! Hula Hooping has made a major come back!
Come on out to the House Cafe this evening in Dekalb, IL for ELEVATE III – Listen – Read – Rage!
Welcome to episode two of The Extranjero Hour. This episode features Stardog Greg. He sits with us and chooses some songs through his esoteric list and explains how they tie into the theme of the show. You’ll hear some great artists like Jefferson Starship, Phish and Alanis Morisette. You’ll also hear two songs at the end from the Rusty Clearwater projects that I have produced over the years. You’ll hear “Where I Stand” and “The Meaning of a Sign”. Just click the play button above and enjoy.
I have witnessed some unexplained things that have changed me on a cellular level over the years. I could feel things change as I witnessed these events. I am convinced that there are songs in the human landscape that act as communicative efforts to intelligent life in the cosmos. These songs are cool enough on the surface. However, if you listen and allow yourself the freedom to surrender to the flow then a larger message presents itself. The Sloping Companion loves you and wishes you a great journey as you sit with us and enjoy a conversation with Stardog Greg and his passion for the subject of intelligent life here, there and everywhere. You are loved! Listen – Read – Rage and click the player above to listen!
Take care of each other…