Chapter Nine

Master Fwap’s Brief Course in the Earth’s Cycles and Auric Patterning

“EVERYONE IS PSYCHIC!” MASTER FWAP declared with a broad smile. “When your mind is clear and focused, and if there aren’t too many people in your immediate vicinity, you can feel all kinds of wonderful things! You can feel the brightness of eternity and the ecstasy of creation. You can see the light of enlightenment inside of everything!

“When your mind is clear and your third eye is open, you can see and know things that are taking place thousands of miles away from you. You can know what other people are thinking about you, or what is coming at you—and decide whether or not you want to experience it!

“During the time of Atlantis, members of the Mystery School discovered and developed specific concentration exercises that they found would radically increase and sharpen their innate psychic abilities. These techniques, when properly employed, allowed them to control and suspend their thought processes for prolonged periods of time.”

Master Fwap then explained to me that by suspending thought for protracted periods—a practice that he and other modern day Buddhist masters refer to as meditation—an individual can perceive and have direct experiences in countless nonphysical worlds and dimensions.

“The members of the Atlantean Mystery School were the earliest human explorers of the frontiers of inner space!” Master Fwap exclaimed jubilantly. “Through their internal meditative journeys and explorations, they discovered many secret astral passageways that led to an infinite variety of other worlds and dimensions.”

“Are those worlds and dimensions as solid and real as our world, Master Fwap?” I asked.

“Why yes, of course they are,” he replied. “As a matter of fact, some of those dimensions are much more ‘real’ than this universe is!”

I interrupted him again: “But how can that be, Master Fwap? Nothing can be more real than the physical world. Isn’t that what the word ‘real’ means to begin with?”

“Reality is perhaps a more complicated concept than you might imagine,” he quickly replied. “In our Far Eastern languages we have many different words to describe the varying degrees of reality that a thing, a state of mind or a plane of being may have.”

“But I still don’t see, Master Fwap, how one object or world can be more real than another!” I protested.

“You are having trouble understanding this concept because you are thinking in English!” Master Fwap said. “The language you think in can limit your ability to understand something like this.”

“What do you mean by that, Master Fwap? Now you are really confusing the issue by blaming it on semantics!” I was beginning to get frustrated by my lack of understanding, and for some unknown reason I felt that Master Fwap was intentionally making his explanation more complicated and abstruse than was really necessary.

“Consider the word ‘love’ as an example,” Master Fwap calmly responded. “Now, as you know, love is an emotion. In your English language you have just a single word for what is perhaps one of the most complex feelings in all of eternity.

“But there are thousands of types of love, aren’t there?” he continued. “There is romantic love, family love, friendship, flirtation, parental love, the love of God and the spirit, jealous and possessive love, selfless love, innocent love, multiple-life love and so on. As a matter of fact, no two people ever experience love in exactly the same way.

“But in English you have just one word for something that is so complicated. In other languages, however, there are sometimes dozens or even hundreds of different words for the degrees and types of love that human beings can experience.”

“But what does that have to do with different degrees of reality?” I complained.

“Everything and nothing,” Master Fwap responded at once. “Don’t allow yourself to get frustrated so easily. Give me a few more moments of your time, and I think you will understand what I mean.

“You see, my young friend, language is the medium of our thoughts. Thoughts can increase our understanding of a subject, or they can just as easily constrict or block our understanding of a subject. It very much depends upon the language that we are thinking in.

“If the language that we think in doesn’t have the right words for what we are trying to understand or express, it’s like trying to put a square peg into a round hole!

“So,” he continued, “if you have only one word for all the colors of love, then you may begin to ‘think’ love instead of feeling it. You may take it for granted that when you think the word ‘love,’ you already know and have experienced all of its possible permutations.”

“Let me see if I understand you correctly, Master Fwap. In other words, when I think the word ‘love’ in my mind, you are suggesting I have a concept for love that is based upon my past experiences and associations with love, and that this concept will stop me from experiencing other types of love, unless I have additional words at my disposal that define different gradations of love. Is that what you mean?”

“Exactly!” he replied with a broad smile.

“But if that is the case, Master Fwap,” I continued, in a mock argumentative fashion, “why would thinking the word ‘love’ in any way curtail new and different feelings of love, as they would spontaneously arise within me? Wouldn’t the new types of love I feel and experience for people, places and things modify and expand the meaning of the word ‘love’ for me?”

At this point, I was getting a little bit giddy. Everything that had seemed so frustrating to me just moments before, had somehow suddenly taken on a comic tone. It seemed to me that Master Fwap and I were both taking part in a ludicrous mock debate, of absurd proportions, similar to the one that had taken place at the Mad Hatter’s tea party, in Alice in Wonderland.

“Master Fwap, does thinking a word stop me from experiencing what the word describes?” I asked.

“Yes and no,” he replied.

“Which part is yes and which part is no?”

“Do you know much about Zen Buddhism?” Master Fwap inquired, with what I perceived to be a deceptively wry smile.

“No, not really. Tell me about it.”

“It is the method of knowing the mind through its own emptiness.”

“What does that mean, Master Fwap?”

“Zen Buddhists believe that when we think about something conceptually, we cut ourselves off from its true essence. From a Zen point of view, it is only by going beyond our limited concept of something, and experiencing its ‘suchness,’ or essential nature, that we really come to know what a thing, experience or understanding truly is.

“The Zen Buddhist monks use concentration techniques to rid themselves of concepts. They believe enlightenment lies just beyond words, in the things and experiences of daily life that are right in front of us at every moment. In short, according to Zen doctrine, happiness comes when we rid ourselves of the concepts that society, language and structured thinking have given us.

“There is an old Zen saying,” Master Fwap continued. “Before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water; after enlightenment, chop wood and carry water.”

Master Fwap paused and waited for me to respond.

“What does that mean?” I hesitantly inquired.

“It means that enlightenment doesn’t really change anything, yet it changes everything; or you might say that enlightenment changes everything without changing anything.”

“Master Fwap, are you deliberately trying to confuse me?”

“No,” he replied with a good-natured laugh, “I am not deliberately trying to confuse you at all. Actually I don’t think that I have to. You’ve been doing a pretty good job of confusing yourself all of your life.”

“What does that phrase mean then? I don’t understand it!”

“It’s a way of trying to explain what enlightenment is and isn’t,” Master Fwap responded. “Most people who read about or study enlightenment have a preconceived notion of what enlightenment is. Naturally that concept, like all concepts, is limited by the words that make it up. So this phrase explains that enlightenment is not a concept.

“Before enlightenment,” Master Fwap continued, “the Zen Buddhist monk chopped wood and carried water. After he became enlightened, he continued to chop wood and carry water.

“Most people assume,” Master Fwap continued, “that after they become enlightened, their outer lives will magically change. They imagine that they will suddenly dress in flowing robes, give up working, and spend their time sitting on top of a mountain meditating in bliss all day.”

“Well wouldn’t you, Master Fwap? I mean, what good would enlightenment be if it didn’t change your life? Isn’t that why people seek enlightenment, to get away from the boredom and frustration of their daily experiences?”

“Exactly!” Master Fwap replied. “That’s what most people think! But that is not necessarily the case. You see, enlightenment allows you to perceive things differently. Perception is the key to everything!

“Before the Zen monk became enlightened, chopping wood and carrying water seemed like mundane, repetitious and boring tasks to him. But after he became enlightened, his perception of chopping wood and carrying water, and of everything else in life, radically changed. He discovered that enlightenment exists in chopping wood and carrying water, as much as it also does in sitting on top of a mountain and meditating all day.

“Before you become enlightened,” Master Fwap continued patiently, “the world appears to be three-dimensional, dull and boring. But in reality, the world is not three-dimensional, and if you are at all aware, it is anything but boring.

“Life is composed of millions of dimensions. To an awakened mind, life and even the most repetitive tasks in daily living, can never be dull and boring at all, because infinity exists in all things!

“Before he became enlightened, the monk’s thoughts, concepts and mental routines blocked his perception of the infinite brightness that exists within all things.

“After his enlightenment, while the monk’s body might still have been chopping wood and carrying water, his mind was constantly roaming through the ecstatic dimensions of light. So the point of the Zen phrase is that enlightenment is not what you think it is, because enlightenment is beyond the power of your thoughts and ability to understand.

“Once you have become enlightened,” Master Fwap said dramatically, “you don’t have to live in a monastery, because the whole universe has become your monastery. You can lead a normal life doing whatever you choose.

“Physically it might appear that nothing remarkable has changed in your day-to-day life. But within your mind, you will live in a condition of continuous light and ecstasy, just like the Zen monk.”

“But Master Fwap, I still don’t understand how some types of reality can be more real than others!”

“Once you get beyond your conception of what reality is,” Master Fwap said, “you will transcend the words and concepts you have already developed for reality. It’s really that easy. But as long as you continue to ‘think’ life, instead of directly experiencing it in a nonconceptual way, you will not understand any more about reality than you do today.

“So,” he remarked, “let us forget for a few minutes that we have a preconceived understanding of what the word ‘real’ means. Let’s start from scratch, and through observation determine what is real and what is not. Let’s find out, by directly examining life, if some things have more reality than other things.”

At that point in our discussion Master Fwap paused. “How would you define reality? What, in your opinion, makes something real?”

“Well, I suppose something is real because it exists,” I replied.

“But things don’t exist, or if they do exist, they only exist for a fleeting moment.”

“What do you mean by that, Master Fwap?”

“Well, the only thing that exists is this moment, right here and now!” Master Fwap said emphatically. “There is no past,” he continued, “not past any given moment that is still taking place. The past, whether it was thousands of years ago or just a few seconds ago, only exists as an idea or impression in our memory.”

“So then, what is real isn’t real for more than a fleeting moment. Is that what you are saying?” I inquired.

“Exactly so!” he swiftly replied. “And to complicate matters even further, the reality of a thing depends entirely upon your perception of it, and your perception of an event only lasts for an instant before it fades into memory.”

“Master Fwap, I think this is getting a little too metaphysical for me. I’m starting to get a headache!” I said in a sudden outburst.

“Try thinking of it this way,” he continued, ignoring my overly emotional statement. “What makes something real to begin with is the fact that it exists. We both agree that when something doesn’t exist, it isn’t real. So suppose some things exist longer than other things do. Would you say that makes them more real?”

“I suppose so,” I reluctantly agreed.

“Enlightened Buddhist masters know that nothing in the physical or astral worlds exists for more than a moment at a time. But they also know that nirvana exists continuously; it is a constant. So therefore nirvana—which is enlightenment—is certainly more real than anything physical or astral, because it never ends.

“The only constant outside of nirvana is change,” Master Fwap continued. “Nothing remains the same from one moment to the next moment, in this or any other dimension. You may think that things do, but that is a trick of your thoughts and conceptions.

“All things and beings are made up of vibrating energy,” he continued. “Nothing in the universe is really as solid as it looks. For example, an unenlightened person sees a tree as something solid and tangible. But an enlightened person looks at a tree, and sees an ever-changing continuum of energy, that is currently taking the form of a tree.

“The universe is made up of endless dimensional planes,” Master Fwap said strongly. “Some planes are more durable than others, and of course nirvana is beyond change. So the closer a plane of being is to nirvana, in a way of speaking, the more real it is. Conversely, the farther away from nirvana something is, the less real it is.”

“But Master Fwap, I thought you said that nirvana wasn’t spatial. It’s not really a physical place, is it? If that is the case, then how can one dimension be closer to it, or another be farther from it?”

“You are absolutely correct,” Master Fwap swiftly responded. “Nirvana is not spatial, not in the way that you mean, anyway. I know that, as frustrating as it may be for you, there is really no way to explain nirvana at all. Words are useless.

“Nirvana is something you have to experience directly in order to know it,” Master Fwap elucidated. “And nirvana is not something you can know directly, in the way you can know a person, know how to do something, or know and understand a concept.

“The knowing of nirvana is nonconceptual knowledge,” he continued. “That is why, in Buddhist philosophy, we say nirvana is the wisdom beyond the mind’s knowing.

“We meditate and practice mindfulness to go beyond the limited concepts that keep us in relatively unreal states of mind,” Master Fwap said with a twinkle in his eyes. “Beyond the limited states of mind most human beings experience, there are more durable levels of perception that exist in the astral and the causal planes.

“When you experience these more ‘real’ levels of perception you will be happy all of the time! So the members of the Atlantean Mystery School practiced meditation, and discovered there are varying degrees of reality in the universe. In addition, they also discovered that internal harmony directly affects a person’s ability to perceive and experience enlightened states of consciousness.”


“IN AND THROUGH THEIR INTERNAL study and metaphysical research, the members of the Mystery School discovered there was a strong relationship between one’s state of mind, and one’s level of psychic attainment. They found that an individual who wasn’t happy, emotionally in control, balanced, funny, and at peace with himself, couldn’t fully develop his innate psychic powers.

“The reason for this is deceptively simple,” Master Fwap said with a laugh. “All psychic and spiritual development is dependent upon an invisible internal energy called ‘prana.’ Prana—which is sometimes also called ‘kundalini’ or ‘chi’—is the energy of consciousness. The amount of prana that people store within themselves determines both their level of day-to-day awareness, and also their ability to use their psychic and occult powers.

“Prana is stored in an internal ‘reservoir’ inside a person’s subtle body,” Master Fwap continued. “Certain activities like meditating, visiting places of power, and being empowered by an enlightened master increase the amount of prana a person has.

“There are also ways of thinking, acting and feeling that quickly use up stored prana and unnecessarily waste it. The fastest ways to burn up and waste prana are to experience unhappiness, hate, anger, depression, self-pity and egotism.

“When people’s lives are in a continual state of emotional and mental upheaval,” Master Fwap explained, “they lose almost all of their prana, even if they meditate and engage in other internal practices that increase their psychic energy level every day.

“Without the internal energy that stored prana provides, people cannot develop their higher psychic perceptions, let alone gain siddha powers and become enlightened.

“In addition to learning how certain types of emotion and behavior could burn up or increase prana,” Master Fwap continued, in a tone that a university professor might use to address a large gathering of his students, “the members of the Atlantean Mystery School also discovered the importance of keeping themselves aurically pure and clear from the thought forms, desires, fears and negative emotions of others.

“They observed that most individuals, without consciously realizing it, absorb a great deal of psychic energy from the people they casually associate with, and an even greater amount of psychic energy from the people with whom they have strong emotional connections.

“The energies and mental states that we psychically pick up from the people we are emotionally close to, or those with whom we physically interact, build up on our subtle body, in much the same way that dirt builds up on our physical body during the course of a day.

“If these negative auric vibrations are not kept to a minimum by using psychic shielding techniques, and if they aren’t cleansed from our subtle body each day through the practice of meditation, they will accumulate and eventually become extremely toxic!

“The buildup of negative auric vibrations initially impairs our ability to perceive psychically,” he continued to elucidate. “If these energies build up over a long period of time, they can eventually cause us to become physically ill. Most serious illnesses, including many types of cancer, are the result of auric toxicity.”

MASTER FWAP WENT ON TO explain that the secret knowledge of enlightenment is like a flame. He said the first people to become enlightened in Atlantis had, in effect, lit the “flame of enlightenment” on earth for the first time. The members of the various Mystery Schools of spiritual and psychic development had kept that flame of enlightenment alive by preserving and passing on—from generation to generation—the secret techniques for attaining enlightenment, from the time of Atlantis to our present day. He said the Rae Chorze-Fwaz was the most recent Tibetan incarnation of the Mystery Schools of the past.

Master Fwap also informed me that during the Atlantean Cycle, the earth’s aura—the invisible astral energy field that surrounds and protects our planet and through which all psychic perception flows—was very pure. He compared the earth’s aura to its ozone layer.

“The earth’s ozone layer,” Master Fwap continued, “is an invisible shield that protects human beings and other living things from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. If the earth’s ozone layer ever becomes severely depleted, most plant and animal life on our planet will perish.

“In a similar way, all living things have an aura, a rapidly vibrating, invisible psychic energy field that protects them from toxic, nonphysical energies that would otherwise be detrimental to them.

“During the age of Atlantis, there were only several hundred thousand people living on our planet. They lived in a sublime state of harmony with nature. At that time, because of the purity of the earth’s aura, it was much easier to meditate, to be in touch with the spiritual side of your being, and to become enlightened.

“Think of it this way,” Master Fwap continued. “If you want to hear music on the radio, you simply have to tune in to a station and listen to what is playing. But if hundreds and thousands of stations were all jamming the airwaves at the same time, you wouldn’t be able to hear any of them. Even if they were all playing the most beautiful music, you would only hear a dissonant white noise coming out of your radio.

“Every living being is psychic!” he exclaimed. “Whether or not we are consciously aware of it, we all feel vibrations and energies coming to us from other people all of the time. We feel these things with our aura, the outermost layer of our subtle bodies.

“Did you know that the vast majority of the thoughts you think and the emotions you feel aren’t even your own?” Master Fwap asked with a wry smile on his face.

“As I mentioned to you before,” he reminded me, “you pick up most of your thoughts and emotions psychically, from the people you are physically near, and also from people for whom you have strong positive or negative emotional feelings. In addition, you also pick up psychic impressions from where you work or go to school, the roads you drive on, the stores you shop in, the city and the country you live in, and, to a certain extent, from all of the people who live on our very crowded planet.”

“In what way are we affected by other people’s vibratory impressions, Master Fwap?”

“Well, let us suppose that you live next to an alcoholic. You might suddenly find yourself wanting to drink. If you follow that feeling, which was not yours to begin with, you might start to drink on a regular basis. Then, in an intoxicated haze, you might neglect your work, get mad at the people you care about, or even get into a car accident. In short, if you followed the feelings of the alcoholic next door, without realizing they weren’t your own feelings, you could ruin your entire life!

“Or let us say,” Master Fwap continued, “that you love someone who is very depressed. Even though that person may live in a different part of the country than you do, you may find yourself thinking and feeling that person’s unhappy thoughts and depressed emotions, even though you might be a very happy person.

“Psychic impressions can also remain in a physical location for some time. If a newly married couple who were very happy with each other moved into a home just vacated by a couple whose marriage had ended in divorce, the newlyweds might find themselves fighting with each other all of the time, even though they really loved one another!

“Without either of them consciously realizing it, the newlyweds could easily pick up the thought forms of the previous tenants of the house, assume these were their own thoughts and feelings, and act upon them.

“In addition to the vibratory effect that individuals who are physically near can have upon us,” Master Fwap explained, “and the even stronger effect that people to whom we are emotionally close have, we are also affected by the collective consciousness of all of humanity’s vibrations.

“You see, every person’s mind acts like a radio transmitter: it constantly transmits the essence of their thoughts and emotions into the earth’s aura. Now that the earth’s population has grown well into the billions, there are so many people’s thought forms psychically flooding the earth’s aura that it has become highly toxic! Because of this psychic pollution of the earth’s aura, it has become very difficult even for individuals with a highly developed psychic facility to perceive things clearly.

“It might be easier for you to understand what I am talking about if you were to try an experiment,” Master Fwap said.

“Observe how many thoughts you think when you are around other people. Then go for a walk in the woods, on an empty beach, in the desert or on a mountain.

“When you perform this experiment, try not to walk on a trail or beach that people tend to walk on or visit frequently. As I mentioned before, a certain amount of a person’s thought forms are left in the physical locations that the person frequents. Instead, try walking on a trail or a beach that is not as well worn, or depart from the trail to a pure spot where no one has recently been, and spend a few minutes there by yourself.

“After you have spent ten or twenty minutes in a relatively pure spot,” Master Fwap continued, “observe your mind. You will probably notice that you are neither thinking as much as you were before, nor are you thinking the same types of thoughts that you were earlier, when other people were around you. This change in the quantity and quality of your thoughts has occurred because you have physically distanced yourself from others, and also because the natural elements in the forests, mountains, deserts, and near oceans and other large bodies of water, help shield you from the thought forms and auras of other human beings.”

“Master Fwap, I still don’t understand how all this relates to my question,” I said impatiently. “Why couldn’t the members of the Mystery School who died during the destruction of Atlantis, or afterwards in their boats, simply reincarnate, go into their other memories, and recall everything they had known in Atlantis?”

“You should be able to answer that question for yourself, now that I have explained how the aura works,” Master Fwap replied.

“I don’t know! It’s too confusing! Would you please explain it to me in a simpler way?”

Master Fwap smiled sympathetically. “It’s easy to understand. Just put all the facts that I have given you together.”

I remained silent. I didn’t have any idea how to answer my own question. After waiting patiently for my non-forthcoming response, Master Fwap sighed and proceeded to answer my question.

“During the age of Atlantis,” he said, “the low population density—and the resulting purity of the earth’s aura—made conditions ideal for discovering the secret meditation techniques for the first time. But the destruction of Atlantis happened to coincide with an overall rise in the population of other less technically and spiritually evolved civilizations on the earth.

“So by the time the Egyptian civilization had begun to flourish,” Master Fwap continued to explain, “the earth’s aura had already become so dense that it was impossible to discover the secret meditation techniques—as had been done so easily in the auric purity of the first age of Atlantis.

“This was the primary reason the Mystery School was formed. The first members of the Order, during the time of Atlantis, had psychically seen the subsequent ages of auric darkness that the earth was going to lapse into. They knew that the vibratory toxicity of these subsequent ages would make it impossible for reincarnating members of the Order to go deeply enough into their other memories, and recall what they had known in Atlantis, without knowing the secret techniques first.”

“So,” I inquired, “they needed the secret techniques to jump-start their other memories, and someone had to be around who knew the secret techniques to teach the reincarnating members of the Order how to use them after they were reborn into a new incarnation. Is that the idea, Master Fwap?”

“Exactly. That is why there must always be at least one member of the Order on earth to orally pass the techniques on to others who have recently reincarnated. Then, by employing the secret techniques, newly incarnated members, or whomever the techniques may be taught to, can go ahead and access their other memories, and recall everything from their past lives for themselves.”

“Master Fwap, how did all of this work in Atlantis? Were children born just knowing all of this because the aura of the earth was so pure?”

“In Atlantis,” Master Fwap responded, “children who were spiritually evolved from meditative practices in their previous lives were brought to the Mystery School for training by older members of the Order who psychically recognized them. At the Temple of Atlantis, the high priests and priestesses taught the children the secret meditation techniques, along with methods and ways of living that would increase their pranic levels and help them develop their psychic skills.

“The Mystery School continued to perform this service throughout the greater Egyptian civilization—which, as I mentioned before, was the second age of humankind—and later, on into the third age of humankind, when the Indian, Chinese, Japanese and Tibetan high cultures flourished.

“But the tremendous increase in the world’s population during the third age has made meditation and psychic perception—things that should be easy and come naturally to spiritually evolved people—difficult to practice and participate in.

“All of the billions of people who now inhabit our planet are putting a terrific strain not only on the earth’s natural resources, but also on its aura, making it difficult, if not impossible, even for evolved people to become aware of their past-life knowledge and talents.

“You must understand that enlightenment,” Master Fwap continued, “is a perfect state of mind. When you are enlightened, you hear and feel ecstasy—the music of the universe—all the time! Ecstasy is always present, but we are usually so psychically blocked up by our thoughts, our negative emotions, our ego’s machinations, and the auras of others, that we are completely unaware of it. Instead of feeling the innately enlightened and ecstatic nature of all things, we tend to get caught up in our thoughts, emotions and in the idiotic and idiosyncratic dramas that make up our day-to-day lives.

“To become enlightened, it is necessary to still your thoughts and emotions, and become empty,” Master Fwap said calmly. “This is the beginning of true meditation: to empty your mind of distracting ideas, feelings and ways of looking at things—which we in the Buddhist Order refer to as illusions—and instead allow your awareness to roam through the dimensions and planes of higher light that exist deep within your mind. This is one of the goals of higher Buddhist Yoga.”

After Master Fwap had explained all this to me, he talked in more detail about the progression of the Order through Egypt, India, China, Japan, and finally into Tibet. He said that everything had gone smoothly in keeping the secret teachings and techniques alive throughout all of the untold ages of humankind until very recently.

Master Fwap told me that in 1950 the Communist Chinese had unexpectedly invaded Tibet, massacred hundreds of thousands of Tibetan Buddhist monks, and destroyed or desecrated the Tibetan monasteries. All the living members of the Rae Chorze-Fwaz, with the exception of Master Fwap—who had managed to escape to safety in Nepal—were either executed or worked to death in Chinese forced-labor camps.

So, for the first time in the history of the Order, there was only one member left alive, Master Fwap. He alone had the full knowledge of the secret tantric techniques for rapidly attaining enlightenment.