The channelled literature of Paul Selig - who receives clairaudient dictation from unseen intellects called the Guides - has quickly become the most important and celebrated expression of channelling since A Course In Miracles rose to prominence in the 1970s. Selig's three previous books - I Am the Word, The Book of Love and Creation and The Book of Knowing and Worth - have won a growing following around the world for their depth, intimacy and psychological insight. Now, Selig embarks upon an extraordinary new trilogy on the "Teachings of Mastery" with his inaugural volume: THE BOOK OF MASTERY. THE BOOK OF MASTERY provides a deeply practical prescription for heightening your abilities, aptitudes and sense of personal excellence. The Guides' teachings go much further, however, instructing you how to improve life for others and, ultimately, for global humanity. As the Guides themselves put it: "We will tell you this: No one who reads these books will be left unchanged. They will be like molecular systems that reinvigorate and realign and reclaim the reader to themselves in their worth, in their identity and, beyond that, in their physical realm. Underline physical realm if you like. Because the physical realm that we teach in is about to go back to the stone ages unless you all get it together."
Selig was born in New York City and received his master's degree from Yale. He had a spiritual experience in 1987 that left him clairvoyant. As a way to gain a context for what he was beginning to experience, he studied a form of energy healing, working at Marianne Williamson's Manhattan Center for Living and in his own private practice.
"Authentic straightforward truth straight from the source field." --Deepak Chopra
"What moves Selig's The Book of Mastery into the status of a classic is its spiritual insights into the Divine Self relevant to the fundamental questions human beings have asked about the nature of existence since time immemorial." --Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Spiritual Liberation
"Paul and his Guides somehow manage to transmit and then explain ancient gnostic revelations in simple language that anyone can understand." --Jeffrey J. Kripal, J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religious Studies, Rice University "Generosity and compassion flow from Paul. His gifts help me find deeper connections to myself and to the world. His guidance is powerfully freeing, and, to me, indispensable." --Joan Larkin
"In a world of would-be psychics making great claims for themselves with little evidence to back them up, Paul Selig is the real thing." --Rachel Pollack, author of Seventy-eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot
"Clear, compassionate, and at times ruthlessly insightful...this is no armchair New Age philosophy." --Jose Luis Stevens Ph.D., co-founder of the Power Path, psychologist, teacher, and author of Secrets of Shamanism, The Power Path, and Awaken the Inner Shaman
"Paul and his Guides somehow manage to transmit and then explain ancient gnostic revelations in simple language that anyone can understand." -- Jeffrey J. Kripal, J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religious Studies, Rice University "Generosity and compassion flow from Paul. His gifts help me find deeper connections to myself and to the world. His guidance is powerfully freeing, and, to me, indispensable." -- Joan Larkin
The first book in channeler Paul Selig's widely anticipated Mastery Trilogy leads you into an unprecedented journey of self-development, at once building your personal excellence and your ability to improve life for others.
FOREWORD RECEIVE THE HERO Receive the hero." The phrase is an invocation of energies into the human form commonly used by the Guides in the channeled work of Paul Selig. I remember well the first time I heard it. It was April of 2009, and I was visiting Paul in his apartment on Eighth Avenue in New York City at the recommendation of my friend Victoria Nelson. Victoria had just read the manuscript of my book, Authors of the Impossible , which is about how paranormal experiences are often structured like stories, and how these extraordinary events point to the paranormal potentials of language, of reading and writing. Victoria was working with Paul that spring on what would become I Am the Word , and she was seeing all sorts of connections between what I was writing and what was manifesting between the two of them over the phone between New York City and Berkeley. "You need to meet Paul, Jeff." I took Victoria''s advice seriously. I contacted Paul the next time I was lecturing at Columbia University, and the two of us met. I happened to be exploring the various comic book stores of the city on the same trip as part of my research for a book I was writing on the paranormal experiences of sci-fi and comic book artists and authors. When I sat down with Paul to meet the Guides and was told to "Receive the hero," the phrase hit me on a number of levels. That caught my ear. But that was just the beginning. Paul also "read" my wife, whose facial features he eerily somatized before me. He had never met her, never seen her, and yet here he was, "becoming Julie." That caught my eye. He also, I must observe now from 2015, read aspects of my own future, which have since come to be. That has caught my mind. Most of all, though, Paul has caught my heart. He is a gentle, funny, shy, sophisticated, but finally humble man who channels an extraordinary message--that we are always a Divine Being, a Christ, an Incarnated Self who also exists outside of space and time; that everything is God; that our small selves are not who we really are, despite everything we have come to believe or think from our specific religious, cultural, and familial histories. There is no inflation of Paul''s own ego here. Paul only claims to be the channel of this message. He remains a small self all the while, questioning the message, getting more than a little nervous about its implications, occasionally even "freaking out," as he often says. Still, it is not quite true that Paul is only the channel. As I write this foreword, I have just finished teaching a month-long workshop with Paul at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. He sent the manuscript of The Book of Mastery to press while we were here, while I read it each morning. Here, in Big Sur, I have seen up close and many times what this new book calls the master manifest through him. I have seen the master work, lovingly and powerfully, with dozens of individuals, "becoming" their significant others, as he did with my own wife, and "stepping into" their own conscious and unconscious selves in order to "read" their emotional and spiritual complexes in uncanny, seemingly telepathic ways. To the extent that he manifests the master in these moments, Paul demonstrates the central teaching of the Guides about mastery: that we have yet to claim who we really are, what we really are, and how we can truly serve. This is the message of the present book, the fourth in a growing series of channeled teachings. "To be a master," we are told, means "to change matter through your own conscious manifestation and expression." This is done through a new personal "alignment" with the higher dimensions of the self "up the mountain" and a particular kind of "out-picturing," which we might reframe as a kind of Divine imagination whose spiritual and material manifestations are anything but imaginary. Such mastery is not accomplished at the level of the personality. Again, it is not about divinizing or inflating the ego. It is done at the level of the Divine Self and its "union with all." Although I recognize this teaching as a modern reflection and refraction of countless similar teachings in the history of comparative mystical literature, I will make no pretense about fully understanding it, much less explaining it. That is the work of the book and its coded energies, its own paranormal powers of language, if you will. But I do understand now why Victoria wanted me to meet Paul six years ago. He and the Guides are authors of the impossible. They authorize the impossible as possible. As us. JEFFREY J. KRIPAL Big Sur, California 7 June 2015 The following are transcripts of channeling sessions conducted in New York City between January 11, 2015, and March 12, 2015. Paul Selig served as channel. Victoria Nelson was present via telephone from Berkeley, California. Several sessions were delivered during live-streamed seminars, and selected questions from these sessions have been included. INTRODUCTION Day One We will ask questions now to you and Victoria about what is to come. Is the willingness there to prepare yourselves for a new life? Because the text that is going to come through, and come through very quickly, is in preparation for a new life for you and for those who read it. You cannot be exempt from the teachings that come through because as you are the vessel, Paul, for the exchange with the reader, Victoria is the audience who is participatory to the teachings as they come. So both of you are, in part, engaged in a process that will continue for a lifetime after this text is finished. We have issues for you to contend with as we congratulate you, and all of you, in advance for the work on this text. This is the most important text of the three we have delivered so far,* and as we move beyond the third to this text we say "yes" to the reader who has said, "I am here." "I am here as I am, in my knowing, to congratulate myself for the life that I will live." The exchange of energy that happens here through this text will be the highest so far, and those who are attending to it must be prepared to withstand the changes that will come. This is not about convenience. This is not a convenient text to the personality self and the creations of the personality--those things you see before you that you identify yourselves as and through--because many of the things that you create in order to know yourself on this plane were prepared by you in a biased way to attend to the teachings that you have inherited for a millennium. Now the times have changed and the teachings must change as well. The preparation for this will come in several chapters because we must lay a foundation for each of you, each of you who attends to these teachings, to climb the mountain that is going to be before you. You don''t like to climb, you see. You want somebody to lift you by the scruff of the neck and place you at the top of the mountain. You want to be told that you are there already and you have no other work to do. We will tell you this: If you wish to climb the mountain, you will be met by us every step of the way. We do not leave our students behind. But what we will not do is pretend to carry you up the slope when you want to be sitting at the base doing what you''ve always done, which is to decide for yourselves that it cannot be done, will not be done, and, therefore, why bother. "They will do it for me," you say. "The teachers will do it for me." In fact, we will support you but we cannot do your work for you. "What is the work?" Paul is asking. The work is mastery, and this is the text of mastery, and what mastery means is that you can no longer blame another for your own lives, for your own dilemmas, for your own physical self, for your own creations. It means you claim purview of every avenue of your life and you walk the boulevard that is before you as the Divine One you are. Without action this text means nothing, and we will explain what that means: When you have a teaching that implies you have work to do, the work is not just the eyes on the page, the work is what happens when you attend to the teachings and put them in action in your lives. And what you must understand, each of you who reads this text, is that the assignments that you will be given will come in the form of your lives. Your life before you becomes your teacher and the opportunities to learn are put before you sequentially so that you may attend to your own consciousness as the master that you are. We do not placate you. We do not tell you you are fine, or that you are done, or you should go play in the pond and smell the flowers. There are times for that, yes, but there are also times for action. And to become the master of your own life has several tenets that are required by the reader. The first and foremost is, "I Am Here." The Divine Self as you who already knows her name, "I Am," is here, can only be here, can never be anywhere else but where you are. And the Divine Self as you who comes forward in this test of your own availability to see yourself as the master of your life will come to you with the answers you require. But as we teach you--and the teaching, "I Am Here," will be paramount to this class--you must understand that the one you are who knows her name, the Divine Self as you, will be calling you forward. The second thing we wish you to know is that you must not suffer. This is not a text of suffering, and those of you who would like to take this text and use it to harm yourselves--"I can''t do it right," "I will never understand it," "It cannot be so," "I must be foolish"--should put the book down now and come back to it when you have a good sense of humor, beca