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In this Issue:

> What's New?
> Gem of the Month
> Resources for Newcomers
> New & Updated Digests/Exercises
> Recently Published Transcripts: February 2005
> Please Notify Us About Typos, Broken Links, Or ...
> Monthly Musings - The Straight Little Sapling Redux
> Speak to Elias: Hold Your Own Private or Group Session
> Upcoming Elias Group Sessions - 2005 Schedule and Updates
> Order Video and Audio Tapes
> Order The Shift: A Time of Change
> Order Mindscapes Music CD
> Order The Cellophane Prophecy
> Public Email Lists

What's New?

> Over 1 million webpages served!

Since opening our cyberdoors in February 2002, we have served over 1,230,000 webpages to more than 74,200 visitors in over 120 countries. We also served over 3,500 visitors last month. Many thanks to all of you who continue to provide us with tremendous support, constructive suggestions, and email feedback!

> Upcoming Groups Sessions

See below for the Group E-fest in New Orleans, Louisiana in April 2005!

> DVD Archive Project Update

This is one of those “behind the scenes” projects whose goal is to ensure that the legacy of the Elias forum continues long after we’re gone. At last count, Mary had recorded over 1,700 sessions on videotape! Since DVDs take up less space, we purchased a DVD recorder last March, and began to transfer the ’95 sessions from Ron and Cathy Churchman’s video archive. We’ve finished through session 371.

> Support Our Work

We’d like to express our heart-felt appreciation to those of you who have made donations to help support our work. Thank you!

If you’d like to make a contribution to help support our projects and the website, click here.

> Kosmic Books & Music

Click to order. The Shift: A Time of Change compiled by David Tate.

This 365 page second edition of Elias excerpts features a beautiful new cover design, and an extra 70 pages of new information. A must-have for any collector and enthusiast.

Listen to Mindscapes. Mindscapes Music CD by Paul Helfrich.

A conscious creation music CD with over an hour of music on 22 tracks. Now available on Apple iTunes,, and Best Buy.

Read The Cellophane Prophecy. The Cellophane Prophecy by J. K. Greenfield (aka Jo Helfrich).

A hilarious spoof on the New Age classic The Celestine Prophecy.

> Reminders

Some folks have wondered why they haven’t received many transcripts during the last month, and we want to remind everyone that Bobbi Houle, who oversees all the transcription work, recently moved to a new home near Yosemite, California. So the flow of transcripts has been interrupted for a short period of time. As Bobbi settles into her new home, the transcripts are beginning to come out again.

Some of you have changed email addresses or have spam filters that block your reception of the newsletter and transcripts via email. If you haven’t received either in a while, you can always update your info on the registration page (there’s a link on the bottom of the home page), or just send a private email to Paul & Jo (newsletter) or Bobbi Houle (transcripts).

This is the third anniversary of the Elias forum newsletter. Happy Birthday!

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Best Wishes,

Paul & Jo Helfrich
Castaic, California, USA

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Gem of the Month

The Gem of the Month is a regular feature that provides an excerpt from a recent transcript that captures a snapshot of essential Elias.

This month’s gem is taken from the January group session in Castaic, CA:

DREW: “Can I ask a question about creating your own reality?”

ELIAS: “You may!”

DREW: “... I’ve recently had it explained to me in a way I hadn’t understood before, and before I accept that as the least distorted version, I wanted to run it by you.”

ELIAS: “Very well.”

DREW: “In terms of interacting with someone else by agreement, it was explained to me that the agreement of the other individual is their agreement to lend energy to me and that that energy or what I would objectively view as that person, the words they speak, the actions they do, everything that that person does is created by me.”

ELIAS: “Correct.”

DREW: “Everything they say, everything they do, the words coming out of your mouth...”

ELIAS: “Correct.”

DREW: “ my reality are my words?”

ELIAS: “Yes, but you are directly interacting with the energy.”

DREW: “But I’m the director of the movie.”

ELIAS: “Yes.”

DREW: “And the writer.”

ELIAS: “Yes.”

GEORGE: “And the actor.”

ELIAS: “Yes.”

PAT: “Then who are you?”

ELIAS: “You are directly interacting with another individual’s energy, or with my energy presently. My energy is directly being projected to you in interaction with you. You receive that energy and you configure that energy similar to how I am projecting it, for the most part. For as I have expressed many times, generally speaking you do not automatically reconfigure energy, but at times you do.

“Therefore, let us express in a general situation. I project my energy to you. You receive that energy, you configure it, you generate the actual physical manifestation of Michael and of myself speaking to you through Michael’s form. You create the words, you create the reality of it, you create the entire configuration of it just as you are creating every other individual within this room.”

DREW: “And everything they say to me are the words I give them.”

ELIAS: “Not the words you give them – every word that they say to you you are not giving them; you are creating all of those words in association with the image that the words are projected from.”

DREW: “But it’s my script.”

ELIAS: “Yes. But the wonder of the preciseness and perfection of this script of your play and of all of these words that you present to yourself is that each individual that you interact with, you have specifically chosen that one individual rather than billions of other individuals in that one moment to express those words to you, for you have chosen that particular individual, for you have drawn that individual’s energy to you rather than any other individual within your world – that one.”

DREW: “It’s casting.”

ELIAS: “Yes.”

DREW: “Thank you.”

ELIAS: “You are very welcome, my friend.” [session 1695, January 15, 2005]

Digests: find out more about you create your reality.

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Resources for Newcomers

New to the information? Want to share it with someone else? Here are some great pages to read and/or print out to share with friends and family:

> Introduction & Overview

> Acceptance 101

> Acceptance 102

> “the straight little sapling”

> “the secret of life”

> About Elias

> A Glossary of Elias’ Terms

> A Seth, Elias Comparative Overview

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New & Updated Digests/Exercises

The website is a work in progress! New transcripts come out almost every week that further expand the information offered to date by Elias. New excerpts are added to various Digests every month, and new Exercises, too, when new material is offered.

New & Updated! Exercises

> create a painting of your energy

New & Updated! Updated Digests

> accepting self
> alternate selves
> creature consciousness
> desires/wants
> disengage (“death”)
> distortion
> About Elias
> energy exchanges (Elias, Patel)
> fear
> intents
> love
> mass events
> perception
> Seth/Jane Roberts
> shift in consciousness
> transition
> truth
> waves in consciousness
> you create your reality

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Recently Published Transcripts: February 2005

Thanks to Bobbi Houle, Paul Tews, Margot Reed, Daryl Horton, Fran Wing, and Donna Friedman, new transcripts are published weekly. If you or someone you know wants to get ON or OFF the email list to receive new transcripts, contact Bobbi H. at Please specify a preference, either MS Word or Plain Text.

> Session 964, Tuesday, November 20, 2001
“Trauma of the Shift”
“Exercise: A Painting of Your Energy”

> Session 1185, Monday, November 18, 2002
“Addressing to a Fear”

> Session 1186, Tuesday, November 19, 2002

> Session 1187, Tuesday, November 19, 2002

> Session 1188, Wednesday, November 20, 2002

> Session 1189, Wednesday, November 20, 2002

> Session 1190, Thursday, November 21, 2002
“Dealing with Pain through Distraction”
“Perfection in Timing”

> Session 1191, Friday, November 22, 2002
“Exploring Dream Imagery”
“More on Political Focus”
Gramada Alignment”

> Session 1192, Friday, November 22, 2002

> Session 1695, Saturday, January 15, 2005
“Tsunamis in Their Many Forms”
“Looking at Preference, Opposition, Difference and Balance”

*unpublished by request.

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Please Notify Us About Typos, Broken Links, Or ...

Another special thank you to those of you who continue to send us reports of typos, broken links, or suspected errors. We greatly appreciate your efforts in helping to keep this HUGE online encyclopedia free of mistakes (even though “Elias says” there aren’t any :-) It is an ongoing effort and we appreciate you taking the time to let us know when you find something odd.

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Monthly Musings - The Straight Little Sapling Redux

Last month we explored Elias’ sapling story – the aphorism on accepting self and others. This month we’re going to explore the implications of the sapling story further, because its simplicity belies some of the more subtle ideas that Elias has presented to date. For example, is there just one way to be a straight little sapling? Is the straight little sapling some kind of goal, ideal, or what?

Becoming a straight little (fulfilled) sapling as opposed to a crooked (unfulfilled) sapling is the main point of Elias’ tale. But since we each have different intents, orientations, and desires, we each have different definitions of what is personally fulfilling. Seen in this light, there can be no single version of the straight little sapling, no single goal to be attained. For example, Elias talks about the nine essence families, three orientations, emotional/thought/political/religious-focuses, and so on.

Therefore, the straight little Sumari sapling may be quite different in its expressions than a straight little Vold sapling. Or a common-oriented little sapling may, in turn, express itself quite differently than a soft-oriented sapling. The same holds true for an emotionally-focused sapling in relation to a politically-focused sapling, and so on.

The permutations are truly astounding, and since there’s no single way to be a straight little sapling there’s lots of freedom to simply be who we are, and learn to work with our innate desires, intents, and orientations in relation to self and others. After all, saplings don’t live in isolation, but in relationship to other saplings, weather conditions, creatures, and the whole biosphere.

The straight little sapling is also a metaphor, and is symbolic of the idea of “it matters not” as the state of accepting self and others. However, it is easy to misinterpret the meaning of “it matters not”:

CURTIS: “I’ve been incorporating the ‘it matters not’ energy and trying to see things from a larger perspective, and it’s made me kind of wishy-washy and ambiguous about things, and not really...”

ELIAS: (Strongly) “I am understanding, and let me clarify. This is a misunderstanding and a distortion of what I have expressed throughout the entire time framework of this forum. I express to you, in the acceptance of a belief your expression shall be that it matters not, for you have removed the judgment. I have NOT expressed to you that nothing matters, which is quite different. There is purpose. There is experience. There is exploration. There is interaction and cooperation. The expression that it matters not is merely the identification of the removal of judgment, not that there is no matter.” [session 1368, June 07, 2003]

So how does our straight little sapling relate to a forest full of saplings? In other words, how does this metaphor scale up into interactions with others?

ELIAS: “Caring and concerning are not the same. Concerning is the judgment and the comparison, and it disguises itself – you disguise it – in many different manners that you deem to be good: ‘I am concerned with this individual for they are very unhappy and they are not accepting of their situation,’ or, ‘I am concerned with this individual for they are very ill and they are very sad,’ ‘I am concerned with this individual for they are generating choices that may be harmful to themself or to another individual.’ It matters not. (Emphatically) Not that nothing matters!

“‘It matters not’ is an expression of no judgment. These are their choices. You may recognize that they are not YOUR choices and they are not your preferences, and therefore you may choose not to generate similar experiences; but they are generating these experiences, and regardless of whether the individual may objectively express that they are unhappy with their choices, they are generating them. They may not like their choices and they may not even want their choices – for you may generate many choices that you do not necessarily want – but they value their choices.”

BALBINA: “And if they ask, ‘Help me’?”

ELIAS: “If an individual is inquiring and requesting your helpfulness, it is your choice in how you shall be responsive. I express to all of you that your most helpful expression is to be accepting of their choices without judgment, not to be fixing.

“If they are requesting input of information and you are genuinely paying attention to yourself and you are genuinely wishing to be compliant with their request and offering genuine helpfulness, the manner in which you may respond is to be supportive. And how may you be supportive? To share your experiences. Not to instruct, not to teach....” [session 1398, July 19, 2003]

Will every straight little sapling necessarily agree, then, with every other straight little sapling, given the many permutations of intent, desire, orientation, and so on?

“The type of intrusiveness that I am speaking to you of is the type of intrusiveness that devalues, the type that attempts to block choice, the type of irresponsibility that perpetuates trauma, that devalues the expressions regardless of whether you agree. I have expressed many times, you may be accepting and not be in agreement; you may be accepting and cooperating with each other and not agree with each other and not LIKE expressions of each other. But to intentionally express an energy to any other individual of devaluation of their self, to intentionally disregard the value of another individual is intrusive. And you do not necessarily devalue each other in violence, contrary to how it appears.

“You devalue in expressing ‘it matters not,’ in a distorted context. I have been expressing this term of ‘it matters not’ from the onset of my interactions with all of you, but I also have expressed the definition that I am not expressing that nothing matters. But in the expression of ‘it matters not,’ it is the lack of a judgment, the recognition that there is no judgment in association with certain choices or any choices, but not that choices do not matter, merely that they are not judged. But obviously they do matter, for the choices that you engage set your directions, and if you are incorporating certain choices in certain directions you may be expressing intrusiveness.” [session 1532, March 20, 2004]

If there are things that really do matter, like purpose, experience, exploration, interaction and cooperation, then is it even possible to attain the perspective of “it matters not”? Or is this metaphor also a koan, an intentional paradox meant to force the rational mind towards a wider awareness, a transrational perspective?

Elias recently outlined what I believe to be a simple solution to this relativistic, Zen-like paradox. He talks about being accepting while holding to individual preferences and opinions. For instance, since the belief system of duplicity isn’t going away during this shift in consciousness, the nature of duplicitous preferences and opinions aren’t going away either. There will always be some perception good and bad, beautiful and ugly, true and false, etc. But these beliefs are being redefined, morphing into something else along a spectrum of narrow worldviews to wider, more inclusive, less marginalizing worldviews.

“The expression of acceptance is the recognition that there are no absolutes, that you incorporate beliefs, they exist, and you recognize and allow yourself the choice of your preference in the moment, knowing that your preference is not absolute, is not truth. It is your preference in association with your beliefs in acknowledgment of them in the moment.

“This is what is meant, as I have expressed to you all previously, that you may be accepting of beliefs and also continue to express your individual opinions and preferences, which I am aware that as I have offered that information for the most part individuals either do not incorporate an understanding of that concept or do not hear it, period [my emphasis]. For your automatic association is that you shall eliminate the one belief system of duplicity and therefore you shall allow yourselves the ability to accept all of the other belief systems.

“No, you shall accept the belief system of duplicity, recognizing that you shall continue to express a good or bad in association with your reality, but knowing that that is your individual preference and opinion and that it is not truth and that it is not absolute, and therefore generate the acceptance of difference, recognizing that you choose your expressions and what you want and how you shall explore your reality in the manner in which you prefer, and that other individuals also generate the same. And in that expression, you each create differently.” [session 1124, July 05, 2002]

Since we are not doing away with the belief system of duplicity, conventional religious and scientific definitions of good and bad, beautiful and ugly, true and false are also being redefined. We can begin to see how the belief system of duplicity exists all along, but gradually widens its embrace to include diverse, relative definitions that aren’t fixed in stone tablets or based solely upon empirical facts. This is not a utopian vision either, but a practical view of the shift in consciousness, and how it may manifest more fully as enough people widen their awareness; we may well witness less conflict, dis-ease, war, crime, and other behaviors on an unprecedented global scale.

Again, as Elias points out, there will always be purpose, experience, exploration, interaction and cooperation that fuel our personal and collective value fulfillment. As always, it begins and continues within each of us in the Now.

“If you are inquiring as to, ‘What matters, Elias?’ – for I have expressed to you all so very often of what matters not! – I shall express to you, what matters is you and your perception and your viewing of self, for in this, as you allow yourself acceptance and trust, you offer yourself freedom, and within this expression of freedom, you are affecting of ALL of consciousness.” [session 683, August 20, 2000]

Thus, the shift in consciousness is also a process of collective emergence. It includes the birth pangs of new worldviews – integral worldviews – that are able to hold multiple, diverse perspectives in clear focus that see self and others, and all our choices, preferences, and opinions as unique and valid, though not as absolutes. As we straight little saplings widen our awareness, for the first time we grok that all our truths are at best true but partial – true for us in the moment, but subject to change with time and experience.

ELIAS: (Intently) “This is what you move into now within the action of this shift. You move away from your judgments of good and bad and you move into the acceptance of belief systems and the recognition that they ARE belief systems, and in this you neutralize their affectingness. IT MATTERS NOT. (Brief pause)

(Very intently) “If I shall express to any of you, within all of my engagements with you within physical interaction, any quote that shall be remembered, it shall become ‘It matters not,’ for your expressions are merely those of experience.” [session 302, July 26, 1998]

Shift Happens!

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Speak to Elias: Hold Your Own Private or Group Session

Mary Ennis holds private and group sessions. Rates are:

Private: approx. one hour phone or in person = $250 (includes audio tape)

Group: (50 or more people) = $1,500 plus travel expenses

Note: can now use your credit card through PayPal.

To schedule contact Mary Ennis:

Phone: 802-258-6574

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2005 Schedule and Updates

April 2005 Elias Group Session - New Orleans, Louisiana

Saturday, April 2, 2005 at 1:00 PM. Cost is $85.

Hosted by Lynda Symans, or (802) 257-9443.

Follow this link for more info.

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Order Video and Audio Tapes

Group sessions are available to everyone, and individual private sessions are available to the participant, or with the participant’s expressed permission. The proceeds go toward converting the existing videotape archive into a more stable DVD format, and other forum-related projects.

Now available from Ron Churchman:

$25 per session/video or DVD

$10 per session/audio

$25 current transcripts on CD-R. Available in MS-Word or text formats.


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New & Updated! Order The Shift: A Time of Change
compiled by David Tate

Click here to enlarge. Publication date 25 October 2004
Mind, Body, Spirit; Philosophy
365pp; paperback
UK publication date 25 October 2004
Published by Contact Publishing Ltd.

For more information, please contact

Click here to order.

At this time in our world we are all asking questions of ourselves and others such as, “What is my purpose?” and “What is truth?” and “What is death?” We are questioning the validity of our governments and our religious institutions. The Shift: A Time of Change offers the answer to these questions.

First time author David Tate has waded through the voluminous information delivered by Elias/Mary Ennis to compile a GEM of the Elias material and has shaped The Shift: A Time of Change into a definitive reference guide of the most popular topics of the Elias material.

All of the readers of the popular Seth/Jane Roberts books will identify with the information delivered by Elias/Mary Ennis in that it is channelled material. Like Seth, Elias is an essence who brings forth explanations of our world, ourselves and that we create our reality. The mantra, “You create your own reality,” was originated by Seth. Seth further explained that our beliefs create our reality. However, Elias clarifies that in order to change our realities we must accept our beliefs.

In The Shift, Elias delves deep into the fundamental questions we all have concerning truth, karma, beliefs systems and God.

“You are moving to the creation of a new expression of your physical reality as you know it. In this, not only your technology shall advance and be created differently, but all of your reality shall be altered and shall be different.”


The Shift: A Time of Change is a compilation of transcripts that have been delivered by Elias/Mary Ennis since 1995. The phenomenon of Elias began in 1995 and, through Mary Ennis, Elias has given private and group readings to people around the globe. This book encompasses the gems of that information that addresses everyone on the planet.

This is the first book within a series.


    The Shift
    Elias in his own words
Chapter 1     Your Purpose Is Experience
Chapter 2     The Shift
Chapter 3     A Shifty Question
Chapter 4     Why Are We Here?
Chapter 5     Who Am I and What Is Essence?
Chapter 6     What About God?
Chapter 7     What Is Truth?
Chapter 8     A Divine Plan
Chapter 9     Intent – Desire
Chapter 10   If It Isn’t Fun, Don’t Do It!
Chapter 11   You Shall Not Betray You
Chapter 12   Birth–Death–Transition
Chapter 13   Regional Areas of Consciousness
Chapter 14   Reincarnation
Chapter 15   Karma
Chapter 16   Belief Systems
Chapter 17   Duplicity
Chapter 18   Mass Belief Systems
Chapter 19   New Horizons
Appendix 1   The Sapling Story
Appendix 2   Glossary of Terms

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New & Updated! Order Mindscapes Music CD

“A picture is worth a thousand words, but a mindscape is worth a thousand pictures.”

Mindscapes Music CD

From the sublime to the ridiculous, the sacred to the profane, Mindscapes explore the boundless world of dreams and imagination. Now available from Paul Helfrich.

> Listen to all 22 tracks:

> Read an interview:

> Order online or by regular mail:

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Download individual tracks in mp3 format for 99¢ USD, or the entire CD, all 22 tracks, for $9.99 USD.

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New & Updated! Order The Cellophane Prophecy

The Cellophane Prophecy

Wickedly funny sendup of new age mega-seller, The Celestine Prophecy, a novel about a man who goes to Peru to find manuscripts that contain the secrets of life. His intentions are good – he wishes to share the manuscripts with the world – but his efforts are impeded by power-hungry factions, extremists, and high-ranking church officials.

In J.K. Greenfield’s parody, The Cellophane Prophecy, our hero’s intentions are not so good! Set up by an ex-girlfriend promising sexual favors, he goes to Italy to uncover manuscripts said to contain the secrets of life-secrets, he finds, like “If you stare at something long enough, it will glow.”

The book is a must for people who read The Celestine Prophecy and found themselves in need of a laugh, or even a subplot! Treat yourself and your loved ones to The Cellophane Prophecy.

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