Eyes of Sophia is a true love story which confirms the multi-dimensional nature of our existence. This story shows us that we really do co-create our lives in concert with a loving and organizing Divine Presence, Sophia, which speaks to us through our hearts. Too often we are easily intimidated by the authority and advice of the outer world and cease to trust these tender feelings which offer us continual and perfect guidance. The magical tapestry of events we experience when reading Eyes of Sophia is given credence by a series of extraordinary photographs and we are blessed with the revelation that, indeed, we can attain our hearts' desires.
In September of 1994 I took a photograph of Donna May and in the picture there appeared several extra eyes on her forehead. What led up to that event and what transpired afterwards is pure magic. We have come to know that the world is enchanted and that enchantment is what people seek to give meaning to their lives. This story was a gift to us which we now pass on to you.
Excerpt from Chapter 2. Enter Eucaladon
(Narration by Alan Chien; dialogue between Alan Chien and Donna May)
Groping for a summation, I proposed the following, ?Let me see if I have this. By living our lives we are writing our own story. It's a process and the process can be likened to the Tree of Life: desire, seed, tree, leaves and, we hope, the fruit. Isn't the Tree of Life also the Book of Life??
?Yes! And it's the process of growing that leads us to the fruit, and the fruit is wisdom. The process is simply the experience we have.
?But you had to do a lot of work to arrive at this point, didn't you? A lot of research. Tell me about it.?
?It seemed that the tree theme from Eucaladon was pretty important, but I couldn't get a clear and whole concept from the writings. So, like the word ?pentagram? had, the word ?tree? stayed with me. It was quite peculiar information to receive, but I couldn't write it off as unimportant until I was sure. I felt there was something going on, because this information just came into my head, not like when you put thoughts together ordinarily. It was just the same as taking dictation, you're writing it down, having no idea what would be said next.
?Because I couldn't get an insight on my own of the significance of ?tree?, I decided that night to simply look it up in the dictionary. When I found the entry for the word ?tree?, there was nothing that helped me. But, as I was about to put the dictionary away, my eyes dropped to the middle of the page and fell on ?tree of life?! I was surprised that ?tree of life?, specifically, was listed.
?The first definition was: ?A tree, the arborvitae,? which suggested nothing. The second definition was: ?A tree in the Garden of Eden whose fruit, if eaten, gave man immortality.? Then it referenced Genesis in the Bible. Neither of those two definitions were remarkable, except I hadn't thought of the tree of life in the Garden of Eden, even though it was familiar.
?The third definition, though, was something new. It was: ?The tree in the new Jerusalem whose leaves were for the healing of the nations.? The reference for that was Revelation 22:2 in the Bible. That caught my attention - tree, leaves and healing - all correlated to the writings. I remembered my mother's old King James Bible was packed in a box in the basement. Even though it was one or two o'clock in the morning, I rushed down to dig it out.
?I read Revelation, Chapter 22, verse two, then read the chapter from the beginning and down a few verses more. What I found was: ?Revelation, Chapter 22, The glorious state of God's servants.
1) And he shewd me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 ) In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits and yielded her fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3 ) And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
4 ) And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
5 ) And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.?
?It sure would've been great to have someone to turn to at that moment who could assure me it was really happening. I was all at once astounded, thrilled, puzzled, excited and even a little frightened. It was an eerie match, what Eucaladon said about the most beautiful tree, the tree being the life, the leaves representing what I was to offer to the world, his reference to the masses and then the tree in Revelation whose leaves were for the healing of the nations. In the question, remember, I was asking how I could be most healing to as many as possible. I couldn't help wondering if the masses referred to by Eucaladon and the nations referred to in the Bible were the same. I was stunned enough to question whether I was stretching things to make it all fit together. I knew in some way I still can't explain - some feeling way - that it was somehow very important. But, because back then I thought my answer would be revealed soon, completely and clearly, I kept paying attention and looking for more information.
?Of course, after that I read all of Revelation many times. I checked as many other books as I could find on anything related to the Tree of Life, which I found out is also known as the Kabbalah and which traditionally is passed on orally. It was familiar because Eucaladon had taught it to me, and just the same way it was originally taught.?
What could sum up Eucaladon's essence better than when he spelled out his name, then broke it up into three parts and instructed Donna to look it up, which seemed a rather round about way to get to the point. Nevertheless, the end result couldn't have been more fitting. ?Eu? means well, pleasant or beneficial. ?Cal? is short for calendar, of which the fifth definition was ?a guide.? Finally, ?Adon? in Phoenician or Hebrew (Adonai) means ?Lord.? This was Eucaladon: a beneficent, divine guide.
After two and a half years of further information from Eucaladon, he would send Donna her sweetest dream and show her the Tin Man, who was at that moment asking to find his heart.
?This book is an extraordinary account by two extraordinary people. Given the premise that Sophia's world lies hidden and invisible within this one the continual synchronicities abounding in this true story make sense, if not serving as proof of its existence. Though the account is extremely personal it touches the universal and thus becomes meaningful to anyone reading it. It's Donna's loving and enthusiastic eye that reveals it and Alan's charming and rational acceptance that gives it form. I marvel that I had the privilege of playing a small part in this unusual drama!"
?Alice O. Howell
Author of The Web in the Sea and The Dove in the Stone
?You and Donna have experienced, certainly at a feeling state, at least one other cognitive band of this total reality and you appear to have some space-time cognitive data in the form of your pictures to confirm that something extra-ordinary was happening.?
?William A. Tiller, PhD
Author of Science and Human Transformation
(written after viewing the photographs, September, 1995)
?This is a truly spiritual book, in which the presence of divine love allows the experience of human love to flourish. It can be read as a romantic story like Bridges of Madison County, but here the romance is allowed to flourish and lead to a sustained relationship, and there is an experience of divine grace as well as human passion."
Eyes of Sophia: A Dream Come True
By Donna May & Alan Chien
238 pages; Nonfiction; Paperback
37 Illustrations; 10 Photographs
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