Arbaline in Washington, USA
Hello Dearest One Being!
A Master Cylinder is so vast and on so many levels that none of these words can hope to truly capture what went on. There are so many things that I could say about 8th Gate, that it's hard to choose what to share. Below are just a few of the most memorable or significant things I experienced. My most special part of the Master Cylinder was of course being able to attend and share it with my True Love Alanah! We first met on the physical not long before 7th Gate, when it was too late for her to come to that Master Cylinder, so the 8th Gate is very special to both of us.
Those who remember me from 6th and 7th Gates may recall that I have a tendency to find tennis balls, which to me are like signs representing the unexpected playfulness of the Universe. Sure enough, on my very first day in Mallorca, on my first walk into Port d'Andratx, I was barely outside the hotel when I found a tennis ball on the ground!
No two Master Cylinders are the same, and the differences in and Newness of the 8th Gate became apparent quickly. One big change is Solara taking less of a central or primary role in the 11:11 Master Cylinders as we move through the Gates, so that more of the One Being can step forward. For example, we had some of our sessions facilitated by people other than Solara, e.g. Sebastian taught the Earth-Star Dance and Araya taught the Aslan Dance.
As an example of the unique energies present at a Master Cylinder, one dinner Alanah and I happened to sit next to Ongralea. That reminded Ongralea that she had seen Alanah and myself a couple hours ago at a bus stop leading to Palma. That was very unusual, since neither of us had left our rooms all afternoon. I asked if it was just people who looked kind of like us, but no, she was sure it actually was us! How Alanah and I were in two locations at once, and what the other versions of ourselves were doing is still a mystery! :)
Another "coincidence" was that Alanah and I checked into hotel room 4108. Interestingly, at my job back home I had just moved offices (my last day in my old office was my last day there before leaving for 8th Gate) and my old office was also in room 4108. Many are changing jobs, relationships, and residences at this time, where the above covered two out of three. (Living with Alanah also covers two out of three, but in a much stronger sense!)
Many people had powerful dreams during the Master Cylinder. At one point Sebastian mentioned some people having bad dreams, and that it's a natural thing. Although I hadn't talked to him about it, I had intense dreams the night right before that. I dreamed (for the second time at the Master Cylinder) of experiencing a big flood. I also dreamed of being on a steep mountain which had huge boulders breaking off and falling away. I never got washed away or fell down the mountain, but all these dreams did give a strong impression of the old leaving. The night before the Activation I dreamed of us dancing, while Alanah dreamed of a field of Aslans and a giant eagle!
During one session we each embodied our King of Kings or a Queen of Queens, and then walked around greeting others and recognizing them and ourselves as one. Doing that may seem unusual (and indeed many of the things we do in a Master Cylinder are highly creative) but I found it to be one of my favorite and most effective practices all week. The next morning at breakfast and for the rest of the day (and for the rest of the Master Cylinder for that matter) everybody else seemed newly radiant in an impressive way, as Queens of Queens and Kings of Kings!
Another seemingly simple thing that was memorable was when we learned the word Muani (pronounced Moo-An-Ee) which means "I Love you" in the ancient Inca language, and which we said many times during the week.
On two nights, Solara and several of us played rousing games of "Have You Ever". This is where you take turns asking the others have you ever done something, starting with a general question, and then getting more specific as it reveals a special experience in your life. It may seem like just a game, but I found it enjoyable to get to know others better, to appreciate their unique life events and to share my own, where often we've had similar experiences. It can't help but strengthen our One Being! Another one of my dreams involved playing "Have You Ever" some more.
At the Activation itself, a significant event for me took place during the Gateways of Initiation. While being part of the passage or Gateway for the rest of our One Being to pass through, I suddenly realized that we were literally the Gate itself. We don't just experience the 11:11 as something outside ourselves and find its energy in some other place, but rather we are the 8th Gate and activate it by embodying its energy! Interestingly, about the time everyone had been Initiated, the Sun came out and the cold wind disappeared.
The strongest energy I felt on a physical level was during the Lotus Dance. Specifically the final grounding done when the outer circle steps back, sends the energy out, and then finally grounds the energy as their arms fall just before stepping forward again. It felt like we were knee deep in liquid Love!
The Elements Dance we did was very different and new. It had the presence of the Dragons, the Lotus Heart circle, and of course that's when the 8th Gate actually Activated. What's more, usually the Elements Dance ends with everyone discarding their pareos in the middle, so the elements become One and everyone is wearing white. Here however we kept our pareos and the elements retained their identities, although blended together in brilliant colors. I found that significant, with the 8th Gate's focus on blending serving the One with personal fulfillment. The 8th Gate Master Cylinder featured people from all over the world, speaking many languages, with many cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints. In spite of all that, we all chose to come together, in alignment of essence, purpose, and destiny, to activate the 8th Gate!
Once everyone had stepped into One circle together, Solara, who hadn't physically been in the Elements Dance until now, except at the very beginning, entered it. After a short while, visibly moved, she reverently went to the center, picked up the White Dragon bundle in the middle like a newborn baby, and walked out.
During a Master Cylinder we often go off the map of the Known, and don't know whether a Gate will actually be activated until it happens. Some were initially wondering if what happened was a good or bad thing, whether we had succeeded or failed in the Activation. Solara happened to enter the circle right next to me, which enabled me to see right away that her tears (and she wasn't the only one with them at the time) were due to our Entering the Lotus World. This was soon confirmed by her comment that "It was a strange day, but we did it". :
The first thing we did after the Elements Dance was the Pulsating Star Dance. Interestingly this was also the first dance done at the 7th Gate Master Cylinder after the 7th Gate had really Activated, where it seemed to be a good way to stir and ground the new energies. My circle had 3 men and 3 women, where we happened to be positioned such that the 3 men and the 3 women would alternate going to the center. I found that a very effective energy for this Dance, and appropriate with the 8th Gate's focus on Kings, Queens, and True Love.
Alas no Master Cylinder lasts forever (although on another level we're continually doing the Dances!), when eventually we started leaving each other in the physical (at least for now) and returning to our respective countries, like Golden Lions marching out into the world in all directions. Even though some of us had an airport van pick us up at the early hour of 4:15 am, others came out and sang Ayoka to us, which was very sweet. :
Many thanks to everyone, and True Lotus Heart Love! MUANI!.... Arbaline of our One