Going Deeper: And Then Hopefully Rising Above

In Jean-Claude Koven's "Going Deeper: How to Make Sense of Your Life When Your Life Makes No Sense," we're told, "If you must quote, then quote from the depths of your own heart. If when you look into that sacred space you find nothing, then remain silent." When I read the last of the 436 pages in this fiction book, I was truly at a loss for words.

Don't get me wrong. I LIKED the book; I simply had no idea how to describe what had just been presented to me. It wasn't the message. It was the messenger. Not Koven, just the overall delivery. Not a bad delivery, just different. How, I wondered, was I ever going to find the right words to help those of you who are reading this to understand just what I was struggling to describe.

I confess. I actually resorted to doing something that I've NEVER done before. I read the reviews for "Going Deeper" on Amazon's website. And there IT was….the exact words I was sure didn't exist. I apologize to the reviewer known as Vortexjah (Nether Lands), but you said it best and, I quote, "A qualification like 'the Matrix meets the Hitch Hikers Guide (to the Galaxy)' is suggestive of its flavour…." Bingo! By the way - get use to seeing that word in print. It's a favorite for Koven's message.

When the interview question "How would you characterize the book?" is posed to him, Koven, who cleverly states that "the book wrote me," actually summarizes the book's message quite well in his response. He states, "Instead of focusing on the perennial questions--Who am I? and Why am I here?--it explores an even more basic set of questions: What is here? Who created here? Why was here created?"

Such are the questions that Larry, a divorced lawyer living in Los Angeles, tries to wrap his mind around while visiting Joshua Tree National Park just several days after the tragic events of September 11, 2001. During two-and-a-half body-mind-and soul-expanding days, Larry, along with his otherworldly talking companion named Zeus who's disguised as a dog, encounters Koven's amazing array of Alice-in-Wonderland-type characters. Such characters include, but aren't limited to, Rocky the rapping raccoon, an annoying invisible "what-what" bird, Patchouli the legendary crow of the Spirit People, the Council of Nine, Junie the Juniper tree, the Voice of the rocks, and an almost limitless crowd of suppressed personalities living within Larry.

What could this interesting mix of minds have to do with Larry? All of these characters guide him through an intricately woven "Phoenix Rising" experience. With their insight, Larry learns about the plight of the 70 million Wanderers incarnate on Earth (Larry being one of them), the eight densities or levels of Awareness that define the eight levels of Creation, and how the human condition of the third density is in the process of shifting into the fourth density of compassionate Love.

In-depth discussions amongst the characters focus on new terms and concepts. We learn about the "I's of Infinity" which include the egoic I, the soul I, and the God I. We listen in on conversations about how the balancing of physical or spiritual energy centers in our bodies that are known as chakras is necessary to help us make decisions that will shape our future existence. References are made to the Interdimensional Survival Manual (I.S.M.) that states "The Prime Mandate of all Creation is: WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME?"

Don't misunderstand though; this isn't just another selfish self-help book. While Larry comes to realize that "It isn't about the collective anymore…The time for collective action has passed…The fate of the world literally depends upon what (he) decide(s) to do.," he also learns about the Law of One whereby everything in the universe is one - the "I am you, you are me" concept.

The world's current state of affairs is simply defined as "the only possible conclusion." Every problem is interpreted as arising "…as the solution to a previous problem" and as Einstein stated, "No problem can be solved from the same level of Consciousness that created it." Thus, we are encouraged to examine our point of view, our present level of Awareness, because as we advance through the densities, the only thing that will really change is our Awareness, the point from which we view. As Larry is told, "When caught in a fog bank, you can always see more clearly by moving above it."

Any fiction book that contains a fourteen page glossary with words ranging from Akashic records to Wanders, a fifteen page index covering everything from the 9/11 terrorist attacks to Zeus, and a ten page section of suggested explorations including such topics as The Foundation for Mind Research, voice dialogue, and low level laser therapy is probably going to be a book like you've never read before; it will be something that you "must move above." Trust me, after reading a book that features an Afterword that's written by God but that's been channeled through someone else, your life will never be the same. After going deeper, it will be that much richer.

Larry, overwhelmed but uplifted by the insights he has been given, asks "…how do I know what to take seriously?" The Voice tells us to "Take it all seriously…There is nothing in all Creation that is not your teacher, provided you are present and open to learning…There is no need to travel to India in search of your guru." I would suggest that all you have to do is read Jean-Claude Koven's "Going Deeper: How to Make Sense of Your Life When Your Life Makes No Sense" and spend a few days with Larry and his friends in the Joshua Tree National Park.

Donna McLaughlin Schwender is the "soul proprietor" of One-Eared Dog, Ink. As a freelance writer living in upstate New York, she can be reached at schwender@aol.com.