I recently read a most intriguing and wonderfully written book by authors Stuart Wilson and Joanna Prentis, “The Essenes — Children of the Light.” Stuart Wilson is a writer and Joanna Prentis is a qualified hypnotherapist and past life therapist. The book is the result of their collaboration in the field of past life regression. Joanna conducted the sessions, held at the Starlight Centre in England, while Stuart transcribed the taped sessions and edited the material into book form.
Because of the importance and historical significance of the Essene story, I want to give as comprehensive a review of the book as possible, which will take a couple or three posts. I think you will be as enlightened at the end of the series as I was after reading the book.
It’s who they regressed that made the book intriguing — or rather who the regressed subjects were in a past life. Stuart, the co-author of the book, was the main life-regression subject, and Daniel Benezra was his name in this particular past life. The second subject was a woman the authors simply called “Rowena,” whose past life was lived as Joseph of Arimathea during the same time period as Daniel. Then there are a couple of other individuals who were regressed and interviewed. But Daniel and Joseph are the main two who offer candid insight into the life of the Essenes.
The interviews are most interesting and revealing, mostly of what was taking place as much as 150 years before the coming of the “Teacher of Righteousness,” the Messiah, in preparation for this historic and ritualistic event. It seems that the primary purpose of the Essene communities was to establish an energetic field of unconditional love that would provide vibrational support for Jesus’s mission and open at least one collective portal in human consciousness to receive the Teacher’s message, which I will come to is a future post of this series.
THE KALOO AND THE ESSENES
Stuart’s and Rowena’s past lives were lived at the time of Jesus and in the Essene Qumran community on the northeast banks of the Dead Sea. The Essenes were a rather secretive people whose main endeavor was to preserve the “Essene Way” and the secrets and knowledge handed down to them by the “Kaloo,” a very ancient race that was then going extinct. Also called the “Ancient Ones and the Wise Ones,” the Kaloo’s origin appears to have been the ancient and lost land of Atlantis, which sank beneath the ocean waters. The Essenes called it the “Old Land in the West.” Knowing their land was sinking, the Kaloo migrated to Egypt first and then spread out northward toward the Mediterranean Sea. They were known as the “wanders” and carried with them many secrets, much knowledge of ancient technology from their ancient world, along with wonderful machines. They didn’t have mechanical skills to operate and repair these machines, something the Essenes had plenty of and provided.
Daniel says that the Essenes descended from this dying race and that the Kaloo were the originators of the Essene communities, entrusting them with the preservation of this great knowledge and technology. It was more likely that they were their “spiritual successors, their inheritors,” he says. Stuart had also lived a past life around 100 BCE, at a time when the Essene communities were first being formed and populated by the “Children of the Light.” Even then, there was much anticipation of and preparation for the coming of the “Teacher of Righteousness.”
Part of this knowledge had to do with an early form of electricity. They brought these “jars” with them, which one can find images of in Egyptian hieroglyphic wall etchings. Is is believed that these “jars” were some kind of luminous devices (lights). The Kaloo were concerned that this knowledge of ancient technology did not fall into the hands of the powers that were ruling the world at that time, technology that would have made them even more powerful. Apparently they found the Egyptians trustworthy. They did not wish to be sought after, therefore they kept on the move wandering from place to place, so it was important that the Essenes spread the idea that the Kaloo were an ancient race that had long vanished from the face of the earth. They settled the Essene communities in remote and less-traveled areas along the Dead Sea so as not to attract attention. They were very secretive.
ITS TIME HAD COME
It is this knowledge that the Essenes were now interested in releasing out of secrecy and given to the world through Daniel and Joseph. Its time had simply come. Besides, it was safe now to reveal this knowledge. The communities were now disbanded, having completed their primary mission with the Teacher, and the community members had dispersed into the larger world where they were no long able to be found and persecuted and killed by the Romans and those who had put Jesus to death. These powers felt threatened by their very presence and their secretive manners, as well as their association as followers of Jesus. Besides, the interviewers were obviously from the future in these past life regression sessions. It was safe to let the truth and knowledge be known.
A very interesting and revealing perspective surfaced during the sessions that depicted the apostles and disciples of Jesus as part of his outer rather than inner circle. Except for Joseph of Arimathea and Mary Magdalene and Jesus’s immediate family. The inner circle around Jesus was within the members of the Qumran Essene community, which was the central hub around which the other communities oriented.
THE ESSENE COMMUNITIES
There were nine Essene communities in all situated along the western shores of the Mediterranean Sea: in the present State of Israel, at Alexandria in Egypt, and in Syria. The southern groups were nearer the Dead Sea and the northern groups were up near the Sea of Galilee. Mount Carmel in the north was closer to the Mediterranean coast. Qumran was the largest of the nine communities housing as many as two-hundred residents at times.
Philo of Alexandria wrote about the Essenes in 20 CE:
“Their lifelong purity, their avoiding of oaths or falsehood, their recognition of a good providence alone showed their love of God. Their love of virtue revealed itself in their indifference to money, worldly position and pleasure. Their love of man in their kindliness, their equality, their fellowship, passing all words.”
Daniel’s primary role in the Essene community was as a teacher and historian. He also traveled around collecting ancient manuscripts and scrolls for the library at Qumran. Joseph was a wealthy merchant who dealt in tin and other metals used throughout the then-known world. They were friends since early childhood and grew up together.
PREPARATION FOR THE COMING OF “THE TEACHER”
Excerpt from a session with Daniel:
Daniel: When Qumran was set up, the Kaloo began to found other communities amongst those open to the inner truth. Those who were open in their minds and hearts. One by one the communities were established. Not all of them flourished, and some had a most difficult time. Much work was done upon the energies of the Earth in preparation for the time when a great Teacher would come. The Teacher would need much support through a well-founded energy system. The Kaloo did all this and much more: they helped us, advised us, and visited the communities from time to time.
So the communities were set up, but because we were so secretive and kept ourselves to ourselves we began to arouse suspicion and hostility, especially among the Pharisees and Sadducees. These ones heard reports of our knowledge and feared that this might outstrip theirs, and be deeper and more profound than any knowledge they had. They feared that we might displace them from the position of power they held and they became intent upon acquiring our knowledge. That knowledge at any rate would remain safe. We guarded it carefully so that they would not get their unworthy hands upon it.
BRIDGE TO OUR PAST
Our history has roots in ancient civilizations and teachings. The way we think, our sciences, our music and art, our healing arts, our mathematics and physics, our religions and belief systems. These are all rooted in ancient civilizations and knowledge. When I was in seminary studying for the Roman Catholic Priesthood, we were literally brainwashed to see much of our religious history as something to be shunned and condemned. It was literally washed out of our brains and discarded — not that it was ever in our brains. We didn’t even study the Bible in seminary, which I thought very peculiar. Christianity, particularly the Catholic version of Christianity, has been put forward as THE form of religion the whole world should embrace, to the point of launching a war against those who would not embrace it. We’re still waging religious wars, if not in the battle field then in our political arenas where the religious conservative right wing battles the secular liberal left wing for control of the nation’s political system and policies that govern people’s lives. As we know, of course, it’s not about religion or politics. It’s about power and control. What has become of us?
Over the last couple of decades I have been revisiting these ancient teachings and learning about them. And I have to tell you that I am enjoying what I am reading in various books. What I am seeing in this book is that the Essenes and the Kaloo actually provided a bridge to out past which I think merits focused consideration. I offer you an opportunity to do just that in this blog series on “The Essenes, Children of the Light.” Like me, you may even find a resonant spot in your soul’s memory that says you were there . . . and that you are back to help finish the mission we incarnated for over two-thousand years ago.
Until my next post,
Be love. Be loved.
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Comments on: "The Essenes, “Children of the Light,” Part 1" (5)
Have you read ‘Jesus And The Essenes’ by Dolores Cannon? If not it’s definitely similar and worth looking into
Definitely something resonating. I believe you’d find a good read in Tricia McCannon’s ‘The Lost Years of Jesus’.
What’s the difference between the older version of the book and the new one on Amazon?
I don’t know.