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IS ‘SQUARING CIRCLES’ A BOOK ON GEOMETRY?

cover - Squaring Circles

IS ‘SQUARING CIRCLES’ A BOOK ON GEOMETRY?

Like most of my generation, I was brought up to be modest and self-effacing. We were told to leave the praise to others and never blow our own trumpets. But O tempora! O mores! How times have changed. The revolution in book production, marketing and publicity means that nowadays all authors – from best-selling to non-selling – have to push themselves forward to be noticed. Not only do we have to blow our own horns, we have to get others to swell the chorus along with us.

Here’s a conundrum. Called upon to pick up a friend’s daughter from school recently, I was surprised to find myself the object of attention of a clutch of eight-year-olds. On the way home, my young charge revealed that she’d told her class I was ‘a famous author’. (They’d been reading ‘Harry Potter’ and the fantasy must have gone to her head).

             ‘No, no!’ I protested. You mustn’t say that.

             ‘But I’ve seen your book,’ she said, ‘and you’re on the internet.’

             ‘Yes, but I’m not famous.’

Scarce had the words left my lips than my inner voice whispered: Be careful what you wish for. Oh dear. I’d caught myself in a heinous act of subversion: namely, sending mixed messages to the universe. What’s the point of (quite understandably, surely?) wishing for huge sales on the one hand, while trying to maintain as low a profile as possible on the other?

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Uråsa church, Sweden. Bernt Fransson

Having spent months – years even – gestating a living, breathing book, we owe it to our creations to give them a decent chance of surviving and prospering. So here’s the opening reveille for Squaring Circles, due to enter the world on 26 September 2014.

BACKGROUND
The main character, Pandora, debuted in Transforming Pandora, which gives the backdrop of her life from the age of eighteen. Squaring Circles opens with her mother’s burial in a paddock in Glastonbury.

WHAT’S WITH THE TITLE?
You may well ask. One of the reasons I chose Squaring Circles was that the expression ‘to square the circle’ means ‘to find a way around a difficult problem’. Pandora encounters quite a few of these, the first at the very beginning, when her mother’s grave is disturbed. In an effort to find the culprit she turns detective, staying in Glastonbury, away from her family home. This is bad timing for her marriage, as her partner, Jay, is working closely with another problem – Gaby, a predatory singer who has designs on him. An extra complication arises when Pandora comes across Zac, an old flame, who offers her a tempting new job in a completely different sphere.

The title also relates to her social circles and how they could be healed or ‘squared’. Pandora’s present family circle includes Jay’s five children, three of them teenagers, unfamiliar to her until four years earlier. What’s more, a blood relative turns up whose identity has been kept a secret for over thirty years.

There are other circles, too: the Glastonbury community her mother was part of and the clients Pandora meets through the sound therapy work she does. And there is the Circle of Isis – a healing group her mother was involved with, which a scheming couple want to use for their own ends.

128px-Squaredcircle.svg[1]Finally, there’s a geometric connection. Rosemary, a character who also appears in the first book, describes herself as ‘a practical alchemist’ and practises her art within the Circle of Isis. A common symbol for alchemy is a circle within a square within a triangle, within a circle. If you look closely at the cover you can see all those shapes.

Have I convinced you that the title passes muster? I hope so. Just don’t ask me where the triangle comes in. Wait a minute, that must be the Jay, Pandora, Gaby triangle and the Jay, Pandora, Zac triangle. Thanks for helping me work that out.

There’s one more Pandora book to come, so now all I have to do is square the circle of what she does next and what to call it when she’s finished doing whatever she decides to do!

PANDORA’S DIVINE PURPOSE

 

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In 2005 I went on a trip to Egypt entitled ‘The Awakening of Divine Purpose’. I heard about it through Sandra Makein, a healer who was part of the organising team. She was a friend of Damian, the young channeller who would be taking us round the sacred sites and leading us in meditations and guided visualisations, while we tried not to faint in the searing heat.

The high point was the evening that Damian channelled each member’s individual divine purpose. The information was recorded and each of us subsequently received a CD, produced by Paul Foss,  which included, not only our divine purpose, but the whole group singing in the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid.

I have to say, that when I first heard the words Damian spoke, I couldn’t understand what the heck I was supposed to be devoting the rest of my life to. My channelling came from the Seraphim_-_Petites_Heures_de_Jean_de_Berry[1]Seraphim who declared that my mastery was that of ‘healing the atomic blueprint of all beings’. I had to ‘manifest forth unto the world sound codes of light to assist all beings to birth a memory of the original pattern of their atomic structure…to assist in the healing and transformation of cellular disorder…to perceive the sacred geometry that makes up their form.’       There was more in a similar vein, equally incomprehensible to me.

After the session, it was clear that everyone was dying to discuss their messages further. I managed to nab Damian the next day to ask him what it meant in practical terms, but the trouble is, channellers often don’t remember the communication itself. So I repeated what I could remember of it and he told me it was concerned with an aspect of healing connected to the body’s sacred geometry.

I had an ‘O’ level in maths but that hadn’t covered sacred geometry. On top of that, I felt strangely disappointed at the task I’d been given, which seemed to be hands-on healing. I’d previously attempted to give Reiki treatments, but the wooden treatment table had been a bad choice: too low and too heavy. My efforts might have benefited the recipients, but had resulted in back and neck ache for yours truly.

Enoch, William Blake

Enoch, William Blake lithograph

Fast-forward to 2011 when I had an urge to write a novel, Transforming Pandora, with a spiritual aspect. There is a supernatural character in that book called Enoch, who communicates with Pandora via automatic writing. The language I used for him was based on the elaborate language that came through when Damian channelled.

A year or so later, I started a second novel featuring the same main character. I wanted her to become a healer but I wasn’t sure in which modality. One day I was drawn to play the Divine Awakening CD. Then I googled some of the expressions the Seraphim had used and, finally, I began to understand what the words meant. They matched those used in reference Candle-shaped_Ornament_Purple[1]to the Violet Flame of St Germain when describing the way the flame blasts all negativity from the trillions of cells in the human body. I discovered that ‘the body’s sacred geometry’ refers to human DNA. A person’s ‘original blueprint’ refers to his or her original soul, which is a ‘spark’ of God/Source.

The other area which connected closely to the channelling was the healing properties of

Thai gong Badagnani at the English language Wikipedia

Thai gong. Badagnani at Wikipedia

sound. Hey presto, the light went on. I realised I had my answer and Pandora became a sound healer who incorporates Violet Flame invocations into her healing.

So nine years after the original channelling, it has all come to pass. As it turned out, it’s not me who’s the hands-on healer, but Pandora. Through her, I’m spreading the word, which is great news for my back.

When I asked Damian for permission to adapt the actual words of my channelling to use in the second book, Squaring Circles, he came up trumps. His reply was: ‘It is beautiful to see that what was seeded in Egypt is taking fruit.’

Oh, and by another stroke of luck, he agreed to provide the cover image.  

Squaring Circles is published on 26 September 2014.

Damian Nola is also known as Aminya Nanga Mai