Interview Transcript

Here now is my interview with Jacqueline, which gives you greater insight into the book and why it so moved me to want to share it with you.

The tales move from basic plot to more and more intricate ones and each chapter fleshes (I like that Gaia word!) out more and more the characters involved. So was that a conscious path for writing, or did it just unfold naturally as a process of inner guidance as you wrote the book?  I sense that movement is very instrumental in leading the reader on a journey of consciousness rather than simply giving them erotic pleasures through the reading.)

The process of birthing this book was magical; I don’t know how to say it otherwise. It started with my intimate communion with the sentience of Earth a few years ago, which led to revelations of her aliveness as a palpable, living soul with stunning emotions and rapturous sensuality. This World Soul, whom I have come to know empathically, is not just an esoteric concept or a poetic notion of our conscious planet. She is an all-encompassing vibrant essence that permeates through every living being in our 3-D realm and other dimensions.

I wasn’t consciously aspired to write in an erotic language, but Lady Earth— as she wants to be called instead of Mother Earth— urged me through a series of transmissions, to express her passionate nature through various feminine emanations of her quintessence, whether it is through a mermaid embodiment, a human being or a spirit entity. Each living being is but a microcosm of her macro matrix. She reassured me that I would see the fuller tapestry when the book was completed, which culminated in the last story. The simplest way to describe my writing process is that Lady Earth was my muse; she guided me through the flow of the book’s unfolding…

What inspired you to create these stories?
Each story was a ‘transmitted’ inspiration from Heaven and Earth—short of sounding like a cliché of As Above, so Below. I ‘saw’ the visions as each tale was conveyed to me through synchronistic events. For example, the mermaid story was revealed to me while I was inspired to tone in high frequency sounds with a friend in front of the Karnak Temple in Egypt, in the Spring of 2007— which neither one of us was capable of toning as such before or after that experience! Why would a mermaid story radiate in my mind’s eyes in the high Egyptian desert?! When I stumbled, trance-like, back toward rejoining the tour group, the awaiting Egyptologist started to ‘educate’ us about that sacred ground and she said: “once upon a time, this very place was a primordial ocean…”

Are any of these stories based on real life events?  For example, is the last story true?
Actually most of the tales were interwoven with real life happenstances. The spirit of Guan Yin came to me one day while I was hiking with friends on Mt Shasta in California. Out of the blue, scenes of the tale were shown to my inner eye (I’m a visual person). As a Chinese, I inherently have a reverence for the Goddess of Compassion in our cultural legends. I was stunned and ‘argued’ with her that I wouldn’t be so impudent as to write such a story about Guan Yin… She teasingly challenged me: “why not? Humanity reveres me as the Goddess of love, fertility and compassion, yet I’m not honored in my sexual identity, isn’t that ironical?” I retorted and asked for a confirmative sign if I was going to venture into telling the tale. My friends and I then went to the nearby health food store to have lunch. I stopped in my track as I entered: a 3-feet tall Guan Yin wood sculpture— in a sensual posture, was displayed in the center of a huge pile of vegetables (the placement of the statue was so out of context!), as though taunting my sense of reality!

The last story, The Shaman’s Ecstasy, was based on the real life story of a shaman friend of mine. He gave me the permission to ‘fictionalize’ in a short tale his love story with lady Earth— a remarkable epic that spans a life-long devotional pursuit. This shaman is now completing his own book that details his amazing life, which I think will be published this year or next. Life indeed is more ‘sci-fi’ than fiction?!

The book unfolds, tale by tale, from basic, even simplistic eroticism, to increasingly complex and multi-layered tales, which flesh out the characters of the women and men in them in greater and greater detail.  Were you doing this consciously, or were you being led through inner guidance?
Just as fairy tales are simple and yet carry deep metaphors of the human conditions, these tales are archetypes of rapture with benevolence from the future. The stories were bestowed upon my consciousness and they ‘worked’ me! These fables invite us to leave the currently constricted, often convoluted and manipulative sexual paradigm behind with compassion, forgiveness and gratitude, and move toward a kinder tomorrow…

What was the guidance from Earth Spirit that spurred you on?
My story is the tale of the ‘reluctant’ scribe; I was hesitant to publish such a book. Not only did I come from a conservative Chinese family of buddhist upbringing, most of my siblings and their offsprings are currently converted devout christians. Although I have been an independent spirit throughout my adulthood and don’t need my family’s approvals for my actions in life, the ‘good Chinese girl’ in me wouldn’t have wanted to offend my family by publishing a theme of sexuality as my first book. But Earth Spirit prevailed— her yearning for humanity to acknowledge her All-Woman facets and her sensitivities was so preeminent, I needed to abide by the call… It brought tears to my eyes when I heard her mantra:

I am transmuting from tired, abused and undeserving

Into fully remembering

My devotion to the magnificence in the making.

You depict much of the Divine Masculine qualities, which is refreshing especially when most current writings and movements emphasize more the Goddess and the Divine Feminine.  Would you please comment on this?
As it was gradually revealed to me by Lady Earth of her intimacy with the Sun to engender life potency for all living beings, the divine masculine images came as waves through this macro-matrix flow, though the sacred male is barely manifested or honored in this current paradigm of patriarchy. Men need to be acknowledged for their natural thriving through physical love that leads to the opening of their hearts, which inspires their creativity, chivalry and the protection of their beloveds. Lady Earth so elegantly affirmed this potentiality in her poem:

Masculine strength— fused with the Sun’s radiance,

When shedding skins of the serving knights, controllers or dominators,

You remember your rightful place as life giving protectors and lovers.

Creative alchemy of the Sun in Male

Activates the ambrosia of Earth in Female.

Why did you write that amazing poem at the end of the book that seems to transcend the sexuality theme and takes us into something deeper philosophically and spiritually?
How that poem came about was explained in the Afterword of the book. In July 2010, I was asked to share, at the Conscious Convergence gathering in Ashland, Oregon, some insight on my sacred work with Lady Earth, who has been guiding my evolutionary path. The Conscious Convergence was a worldwide event held in many participating countries— a call for Unity, speaheaded by Carl Johan Calleman, the eminent leading expert on the Mayan Calendar— based on two important dates (July 17-18) that would help usher in the opening of the Golden Solar Age starting in 2012, when humanity’s heartbeat aligns more closely with the heartbeat of Earth’s crystalline core, as prophesied by the Mayans. As I was meditating on what I could say of the complex journeys that Earth has whirled my life through since the last few years, she led me to scribe her words into poetic form— her yearnings to share with humanity!

It wasn’t a conscious plan on my part to include the poem in this book of erotic tales, but once again, I heard her urging as I was finalizing the book for publishing. This is not a mere book of tales to sprinkle delicious spices to satisfy our senses or our fantasy dreams, but an exultation of awakening our inner knowing that we, humanity, is but a microcosm of the exquisite mystery of the greater whole. As depicted on the book cover, our united DNA transmutation is the alchemy of the Sun’s fire and the Earth’s ever changing waters…

How have readers been responding to the book?
I was pleasantly surprised how the male readers, from all walks of life, have been responding very positively to the book’s messages. It isn’t so much the erotic images that stir them, but the ‘inner heroic journeys’ of the male characters that they resonate with. Men told me that they cried with The Temple Dancer story— the universal archetype of the male burden and their unspoken sorrows…
Some women commented that these tales are rather fantastical, that life doesn’t happen this beautifully. Maybe they have been rather disillusioned by relationships in life? Whereas the younger generation responded with much enthusiasm: some said they are inspired to manifest the best in themselves and identify psychically with one of the book’s characters. No matter of life challenges in twists and turns, I remain optimistic of a better tomorrow for all. These tales are, after all, archetypes of the future that may inspire our lives.

How do you feel about the awards you have already received?  Can you share further thoughts on this category called ‘visionary fiction’?
I’m all at once delighted and humbled by these unexpected awards. I actually felt that the book needed much more re-polishing before it should go to print, and the stories needed to be more refined and told in deeper ways… but once again, something beyond me prompted me to publish it at the dawn of 2012, when I completed the work on 11.11.2011—a coincidence or synchronicity?! I didn’t feel the writing was good enough to apply for awards, but the urging from Lady Earth was otherwise. I was ‘guided’ in dreams to submit in the category of ‘Visionary Fiction’ rather than the romance or sexuality sections, for example. For me, these awards are magical manifestations of a higher consciousness; it is not about my writing at all.

Where does this book fit in the movement towards greater Unity beginning to arise since December 21st, 2012?  You speak of a relationship with Gaia Herself:  where is our evolution with her taking us next?
Unity will not happen in a significant way, unless the commitment starts from home: a fundamental shift in relating between a male and a female (whether in heterosexual relationships or in same sex love connections), in unity and not in war in our communing— changing from our patterns of defensiveness, sabotage, vindictiveness, manipulation or blame into heart-centered expressions. It is about integrating the divine male and female within. Unity Consciousness starts with fully equal partnership, which is the Divine Will, bridging the deep wounds and the chasm between the sexes. Thus the rapture of sexuality, which is the foundation of life itself, becomes sacred— the divine union that we all yearn for.

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