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Energy Master Delves into Elves
An interview with Ashandra-Aah, visionary author of The Gate of Galithonel

Q. Is it a coincidence that you wrote this book about elves right about the time the first Lord of the Rings film came out? Any connection?

A. Probably. I had read LOTR – out loud – to both of my kids when they were little, as well as to my then-husband, who didn’t read very well. At that time, I had created different accents and voices for all the characters and was really into it. I was a big fan back then so that may have planted the seed. But it had been years since I’d thought about it until the film came out. So I guess the film kind of inspired me.

Q. That’s such a well-known trilogy. Did you feel like you were taking a risk writing in that genre?

A. Sort of… I mean, at first I was really intimidated by the “greats.” You know, the best selling authors like J.R.R. Martin and the like. But we all have our own voice, and learning to express that in an authentic way is what art is really about. I did notice that the genre tends to lean toward what is commonly referred to as “masculine” constructs of the world, especially in terms of war and violence. What I wanted to do was create a series that unfolds from both a more spiritual and “feminine” sensibility, if you will, and still be within the fantasy genre. In fact, the skeletal structure upon which all my stories hang is the characters’ earnest exploration of the real meaning of concepts such as love, peace, and justice.

Q. Case in point, the heroine in the book is a pacifist, isn’t she?

A. That’s right. The main plot revolves around an earth-woman who falls into a war-torn, medieval world and struggles with how to live out her principles amidst the possibility of those she loves being wiped off the planet. Can you imagine being presented with such a challenge? It’s mind-boggling that so many people have actually lived through that in the history of our planet.

Q. You mentioned spirituality being brought in. How does that show up?

A. Mostly in the elven culture. I created the elves as an archetype of our own potentiality on the planet: a race of beings reverently connected to, and aware of, all living things.

Q. They actually talk to trees and hear the animals, don’t they?

A. Yes. They do it through frequency modulation.

Q. What you mean by that is some sort of energy dynamics, right?

A. Right. The elves are energy masters. But their skill is far more advanced than we are currently comprehending in our own culture. The elves understand the universe operates vibrationally and they live in alignment with the various frequencies as needed. In The Gate of Galithonel I also divulge the secret of how they can live thousands of years and never get sick.

Q. I understand these concepts are based on your own work, to some extent. Is that correct?

A. Partially. Though it’s not wholly unique to me, I do something quite out-of-the-ordinary for a living. I am a shaman and Light Worker. What that means is I facilitate people’s healing by working directly at the level of their Luminous Energy Field, and this has something to do with the planetary and galactic bio-magnetic fields with which my elven characters interact.

Q. That’s sounds really interesting. Can you say a little more about that?

A. Well, that’s an awfully big subject for here… But, basically, even the physicists now get that we are all connected to each other and everything else by some sort of energy fields. The Toltecs visualized this energy as strands they called the Emanations at Large and taught that if you learned to “switch the channel” of your awareness, you could “tune in” to another channel which could be, say, a “tree-reality,” or a “rock-reality,” or even a whole different reality. This is sort of what the elves do, only they do so from a place of vibrational mastery. They actually have control of the rotational spin of their sub-atomic particles. The book doesn’t say that in so many words, of course. Since it’s medieval times, they don’t have that kind of vocabulary.

Q. So how do you use this in your healing work?

A. What I do in my healing work is two-fold. Firstly, I remove imprints from the luminous energy field. These are marks, stagnated energies, and other impairments, imprinted like a code or program upon the energy field of a person that, by feeding through the chakra system, continually play out in our lives as mental and emotional patterns, addictions; even physical illnesses and the like. The second thing I do is Light Body Activation, which actually raises the vibrational frequency one is holding in their energy field. This also increases the rate of spin, similar to the elven way of communicating with other living things.

Q. Thanks for that explanation. Now, let’s get back to The Gate of Galithonel… Your heroine, Kassanderae… She makes a controversial choice at the end of the book. Why did you have her make that decision?

A. In light of all my work with women, it’s a very controversial decision, but one that many people make every day unconsciously. I guess I had her choose that path for several reasons. One was precisely because people do make this choice every day — without comprehension as to the true nature of their choice. I guess I wanted to shine light on that subject so people who are living that out could become more consciously aware of what they are doing. Another reason was, in keeping the character archetypal in form, I had to have her go with the higher ideal. Besides – hey – life’s complicated and we’re complicated beings, so I didn’t want it to have a simplistic ending, as gratifying as that may have been for some of us who are hungry to have things happen a certain way. But we mustn’t give away the ending!

Q. Aren’t you concerned women may take your book literally and make unsafe choices?

A. A little bit. Which is why I included the Letter to the Reader at the end. And I do urge everyone to read that letter and take it to heart.

Q. Is it true you got the idea for this book from a dream?

A. Yup. I woke up one morning, having dreamt about elves, and said, “I should write that down.” And my friend said, “so do it.” So I did. And that, folks, is how a lot of great ventures get started. I was actually quite disabled at the time – bedridden, in fact. So it was no small feat to write. But I didn’t have anything better to do.

Q. And you’d never written a book before?

A. Nope. I have written a fair amount of poetry and music, though.

Q. I hear you were really in a lot of pain then. It must be gratifying to see a piece of art come out of a time of such suffering.

A. Very. I never dreamed I could write a book! Not a fictional one anyway. Anything over thirty pages always intimidated me. I broke that barrier after writing two master’s theses, but I still hadn’t written anything as long as a book. But I’m one of those people who’s never been called “boring,” and have been told my whole life I should write. So my disability was a gift that slowed me down enough to allow me to dredge the well of my creative self. I believe everything works together for our good, if that is our intention, and it has certainly been mine. So it’s all worked out for the better. My hope now is that my book will work in the world in some way for good as well. That’s why I put it out there, instead of letting it sit on the shelf.

Q. So what do you hope will come of it?

A. I don’t have any expectations at this point. I wish well for all beings, so now I trust that whoever is meant to find it will do so. We are, after all, all connected in the greater whole. So we shall see.

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