From the author Kaarin, below
are some interesting observations uncovered about Yeshua
or tidbits related to stories in Bare Bones.
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One of the interesting points Yeshua makes about the University at Kapilivastu is that it was the same place that the Master Gautama Buddha grew up. He also said that the school was next to a pastoral lake. Curious, I browsed on information about Kapilivastu and found a spot called Tilaurakot in Lumbini, Nepal. It’s believed by many scholars to be the site of the palace and city in which the Buddha was raised. Yeshua said he recognized that this was the place he went to school.
It seemed at first that perhaps Yeshua was mistaken, because there was no lake near Tilaurakot, only a river. Then I remembered, it was 2000 years ago and topography can change. So, I quickly consulted Google Maps. This first picture is an aerial image of Tilaurakot and immediate surrounds, including the river:
As I looked at this image for several minutes, I realized that the terrain has natural features that suggest a lake may have been there at one time. The next image is of that same area, but filled in with blue as if the natural fit of the land were a lake at one time:
2. Shroud of Turin
In 1985 or 86, Yeshua told me that the Shroud of Turin was authentic; it was the shroud that wrapped him as he lay in the tomb after the crucifixion episode. He said that the process of letting go of his physical form caused an energetic likeness to form on the cloth; that this likeness was all that was left of his body when the process was complete.
Below is the iconic photograph of the face on the shroud next to the negative of the same image showing his face more clearly in the negative:
Now here is where the story gets interesting: Yeshua’s appearance to me is very distinct, and when he told me this shroud WAS the image of his face, I had a hard time envisioning it because it didn’t look like the man as I see him.
However, in 2011, a History Channel documentary aired called The Face of Jesus. The documentary is about how Ray Downing’s group of computer animation experts took the image on the shroud and extracted 3D information that they surmised was encoded on it.
When I saw the image Ray’s group created from that 3D information, I was floored. This face is almost exactly the face I know to be the face of Yeshua. Below is an image of the face from the documentary as I saw it for the first time:
I often use this image as the background on my desktop to remind me of Yeshua’s constant and beloved presence in my life.
3. Addiction Cure
While writing Bare Bones, I would often run into things Yeshua said about his life experience that challenged what I thought I knew of the world. One of those is his account of the healer being able to not only guide a person through opiate addiction withdrawal, but also to take away the desire for the substance. I took on faith Yeshua’s account from his memory, but I thought it odd that if a healer could do that 2000 years ago, why couldn’t we do that today? What knowledge has been lost to us?
Then, a few days ago, a friend of mine whose child is suffering from alcohol addiction, told me about a clinic in Mexico that uses a natural substance from Africa called iboga. I am not advocating the use of any mind-altering substance, however, the anecdotal evidence is that this substance, administered in a clinical setting, will reset the body to be as if the person had never been addicted. Apparently, it’s used in Mexico, Canada, Africa, New Zealand, and Europe for that very purpose. Most importantly to this story is that iboga reportedly works best with opiate addiction, the exact substance written about in Bare Bones.
Iboga is a Schedule 1 controlled substance in the USA.
It seems to me that if there is one substance and protocol in the world that can do that, there may be others. Either this is the substance the healer in Bare Bones used, or something like it to accomplish the same end, a complete reset of the body back to the pre-addicted state.
Once again, my faith in Yeshua’s words of his life experience proves to be well placed and borne out in our times.
4. Rape of Men by Women
Being a victim of sexual assault myself, and having heard many accounts of sexual assault in my counseling and spiritual work with others, I had no difficulty believing Yeshua’s account of a man being raped by a woman. However, when this part of Bare Bones was read by the first set of test readers, some were not so accepting. There seemed to be a pervasive feeling that it isn’t even possible for a man to be raped by a woman. So I set about researching the subject. What I found was not only eye-opening for my test reader’s, but affirming to me as the author.
According to RAINN, a national support group for victims of sexual assault:
“psychological outcomes can be severe for men because men are socialized to believe that they are immune to sexual assault and because societal reactions to these assaults can be more isolating and stigmatizing.”
Further research showed the following statistic, 1 out of 6 men will be or have been raped, most before adulthood. Of those, most are by male perpetrators, but a reported 6.3% are female perpetrators. It’s further estimated that this number is much larger in actuality, because shame and self-condemnation prohibits men from reporting female perpetrators even more so than they might be inclined to hide any sort of victimization.
Here is another quote from RAINN:
“Contrary to popular opinion, rapists don’t always use physical force or weapons to commit the crime. They may:
- threaten to hurt the victim or someone they care about if the victim does not cooperate.
- intimidate the victim with action, such as firing them from a job, or blackmailing them with information the victim does not want to be divulged.
- isolate them (take them to a place where there are no other people who might help the victim.)
- rely on alcohol or drugs to incapacitate the victim, so they have difficulty staying conscious or otherwise protecting themselves.
Women perpetrators of male rape use all the methods above to accomplish the crime. It does not matter how strong or intelligent a man is, what weapon may or may not be brandished, or what his physical size is in relation to the perpetrator. Overpowering or forcing acquiescence of the victim can be accomplished if effective use of one or more of the methods above is employed.”
Here again, we see confirmation of Yeshua’s account of this incident. The victim in Bare Bones was incapacitated by drugs. If you have difficulty believing this part of the story, I urge you to take a look at the research. RAINN is a good site, as well as the site 1in6.
I have this to say to anyone reading this that might be a victim: If you are a victim of a violent crime, such as rape, I urge you to get the help you need by first admitting that the crime occurred, and second to seek professional help for delayed psychological reactions that can impair your life. If you are a victim, it does not matter what your age, your race, your sexual orientation, or your gender is. It does not matter the age, race, sexual orientation, or gender of your perpetrator. What matters is you find the help you need and give yourself a chance for a happy and healthy future.
5. Yellow and Green – Bare Bones Colors
During the design phase for Bare Bones, I stressed to the designer that it needed to be pure yellow and a pure, natural-earth green, such as you now see on the cover. We went back and forth a few times particularly to get the green right. I chose these colors as yellow is like the life-giving sun (symbolism we use elsewhere in the book) bringing forth divine energy and the green bringing forth creative, earth energy, all of which I feel in abundance from Yeshua. In my mind these are Yeshua, the melding together of the heavens and the earth, the seen and the unseen, the foundations of the dualistic illusion we live in.
Fast forward to a month ago or so, a dear friend of mine, Karey, visited in a state of excitement. She had recently purchased a beautiful pendant (energy tool) that was made of Citrine and Moldavite. After she got home, she mused over how the colors of the two stones were the same as the yellow and green on the cover of Bare Bones. She began calling her necklace the Bare Bones tool.
Then just a few days ago, she visited again, this time excited over a passage she read in Angeles Arrien’s tarot handbook redefining the Thoth tarot deck. Karey had done a reading on Bare Bones and uncovered the ‘Two of Swords.’ If you know Tarot, you recognize this as the card of peace. I was overjoyed at Karey’s observation! Here is what anthropologist Angeles Arrien says about the symbolism of the colors on this card:
“Peace of mind … This is peace that goes to a very deep spiritual place which is represented by the yellow on the card, and a peace that is renewing and regenerating, which is represented by the green that is on this card.” **
How more perfect can these colors be? Peace is the overriding message of Yeshua’s teaching. He is the embodiment of peace – the inner peace that comes from embracing divine love. Thank you Karey for illuminating another facet of the Bare Bones book journey!