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on 16 August 2009
If you have ever had doubts about the message that is generally presented about what Christ actually said and meant all those years ago as he engaged in his ministry, then read this book for a different perspective. It also gives a very comprehensive look into the lives of the Essenes, a religious group who seem to have been conveniently written out of the bible. Not only were they an important group, but it was with them that Jesus and John the Baptist did most of their early schooling, some of which is described in the book.
And if you are concerned about past life regression (particularly as a christian) and the obvious connotations with reincarnation, then bear in mind that Christianity only changed its view on this around 500 AD as it suited them not to believe in reincarnation any more.
Read this with an open mind. If you are seeking an understanding of how to be in closer syncronisity with God, then read this book. Think carefully on what it has to say. If you want further reading, read 'The Essenes - Children of the light' by Stuart Wilson and Joanna Prentis. This adds strong validity to all that is said in this book.
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on 17 February 2015
The notion in its entirety of exploring the souls personal history through regression utterly captivated me. Regression techniques provide us with the remarkable opportunity to converse with those whom are experiencing history as it is occurring. 
I found the following excerpt from one particular session totally flabbergasting: (Suddi, an Essene; conversing with Dolores) "It makes me curious. You are here, yet you are not here. I think you are not from....now. It is....you are here in spirit, but not in body." Like Dolores, I too believe that through phenomenal means she had somehow projected backwards through time and was able to communicate with this astute and enlightened man. 

I couldn't help but feel slightly dejected to learn that after the Yeshua material came to light that Katie began to feel afflictive. Seemingly things became especially awkward when Suddi began to divulge matters that were controversial and contradictory to what is contained within the Bible. It was suggested that such information may have conflicted with her old religious background. Personally, I am inclined to agree. I truly do empathise with those whom find information such as this highly emotive. For me Katies anxiety and resistance only validates the sheer indoctrination of some individuals within our society. In her case maybe avoidance proved much easier than that of acceptance, Abba only knows!

Dolores also wrote of the Dead Sea Scrolls that were discovered during the early 1950's. It is said that they contain an early version of our Bible and that what they had begun to decipher was too much for the conventional church to accept. I quote: "I wondered why, after all the glowing reports of the 'greatest discovery in the history of mankind', there were no later books written about further translations of the scrolls. It was as if a door had been opened and then suddenly slammed shut." 
There were at least 400 documents that had been pieced together and yet only 4 or 5 have ever been released. Why? Because in my opinion they held the truth, 'The Way' and they had to be made to disappear in order to successfully continue to oppress and manipulate mankind. I believe that the scrolls that were eventually published were hand picked in order to collaborate with our modern day Bible. Would that not be classed as a form of domination? It is our God given right to have access to this information. Wouldn't you agree? What on earth has been omitted/deleted or quite possibly warped over the centuries?

Suddi also informed Dolores that Yeshua in fact studied with various wise teachers from around the globe. This is how he learnt the mysteries of ancient teaching i.e. Miracle making. I have always believed that Yeshua was a highly evolved and enlightened being and this book only served to fortify my intuitions.

      

  
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Initially, I found this book less readable than the sequel "They walked with Jesus", but as I progressed the book became more and more readable and in fact fascinating.

Dolores regresses her subject, Katie, back to a life as an Essene, Suddi, at a time that proved to be contemporary with Jesus, though Suddi was born some years before Jesus. She talks to Suddi at different periods of his life, from the age of 12 to subsequent to his death when he was over sixty.

Suddi lives in the community of the Essenes at Qumran. At first, he describes his occupation as studying the laws of the Torah (the Jewish religious book) and Hebrew law, but later he teaches. The Essenes adhere strictly to the "law" (the laws of Moses) and the Torah.

The community obtains its water from two fountains. They have a complex water system within the community including two baths. They have two types of lights, one containing oil, which is lit, but also lights with no flame. These apparently contain dry cell batteries and work by means of a sort of electricity!

The Essenes are an advanced and liberal community. For instance, the members of the community are not obliged to stay there but can leave if so desired. They do not believe in blood sacrifices, and women are regarded as being on a par with men and entitled to the same education. The Essenes compile astrological charts to determine, for instance, whether persons are suitable for each other with regard to matrimony. They do not condone slavery, but some choose to do menial work for a time as an act of penance.

The community houses a library comprising a vast collection of scrolls in numerous languages. The library also contains a model of the solar system (orrery) that moves constantly. This includes ten planets, though the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) have not been discovered in the time of the Essenes (though apparently they have been!). These include one past Pluto which Suddi terms Juna, that is apparently not known to us as yet. Juna is explained to have a very erratic orbit in that it swings in and out and "does a kind of a loop around Pluto". The model's method of operation is not explained precisely, but Dolores thinks it might be a perpetual motion machine operated by centrifugal force. It is explained that the model was made by the Kaloo, members of a dying race from whom the Essenes are descended. They came from the West, settled in Egypt and then travelled towards Israel. The Kaloo were a wandering race, this being part of their destiny. Their knowledge included the fact that somewhere in the near future (Saddi's near future) there will come a Messiah.

The library also containes a great crystal in pyramid form. Suddi terms it "an energy increaser". It is about two foot square and of changing colours. Only one person in the community, the Master, is able to approach this crystal. A wall has been built around it for people's protection. Energy iss imparted by the students to the Master, Mechelava, and then into the crystal, and this energy can then be directed or focused on whatever it iss to be used upon. The knowledge of how to handle this crystal will be passed on only to one deemed responsible enough have this knowledge.

Even at the tender age of twelve, when the first interview or interviews with Suddi are made, he has an amazing knowledge and understanding. He informs Dolores that the Essenes are not a religious group, which would be inhibiting, but their function is to protect knowledge and keep it alive.

Suddi, whose native language is Aramaic, when older, tells Dolores of the 12 commandments. The two unknown to her (and us) are "Thou shalt not follow the ways of the path of Baal" and "Thou shalt do only unto others as they would do unto you" (Though I think Dolores here has made an error and it correctly should read "Thou shalt do only unto others as you would have them do unto you".)

A chapter describes Suddi's knowledge of meditation and the chakras, and another particularly interesting section of the book tells of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. These towns, or villages, were located close to the "Sea of Death" (the Dead Sea). Suddi states that radiation caused the explosion that led to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Pockets of pitch and tar were struck by lightning. When the explosion occurred, a large amount of salt would have been thrown into the air, thus accounting for Lot's wife "turning into a pillar of salt".

Also we are provided with new information about Daniel, David, Adam and Eve, Ruth and Joseph of "coat of many colours" fame. But it turns out that phrase was due to an incorrect translation. It was not a coat of many colours that Joseph was given but a coat with sleeves. (I've just seen on the net, on Wikipedia, that others now confirm that this was in fact a mistranslation, and the word meant a coat with sleeves as stated by Suddi,)

Much other new and fascinating information is presented to us by the knowledgeable Suddi.

But perhaps the most valuable section of the book is that on the life of Jesus, We are told about the Star of Bethlehem, whose appearance is witnessed by Suddi. It turns out that Suddi's two students, whom he taught for about five years from when they were about eight years old, were Benjoseph and Benzacharias, i.e. "son of Joseph" and "son of Zacharias", respectively, and thus none other than Jesus and his cousin John. They have also other teachers at Qumran and learn "mathematics, the study of the stars, the study of the prophecies, the mysteries".

This is a fascinating and extremely informative section, and includes a chapter on the preparation for crucifixion and one on the crucifixion and resurrection. Suddi witnesses the crucifixion from the after-death state and describes it to Dolores.

All Dolores' books are exciting and vastly informative. This one is one of her best, and I urge you to read it. I would award it ten stars if I could.
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on 2 August 2007
A very good introduction to Dolores Cannon's work. Easy to read. Suitable for all, irrespective of religious belief (or none). Best read with an open mind (blinkers removed). Start at the beginning and read right through to the end. Some people might have some of their long held beliefs challenged. Others may start to question and review their own personal beliefs. No bad thing in this day and age. This book gives an insight into the life and times of the Essene community, many aspects of which have yet to be uncovered by archaeological and historical investigation. Hopefully, in time, Dolores Cannon's work will be accepted as yet another strand of evidence in the search for the truth.
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on 6 March 2013
My advice is to buy this book and then buy "They walked with Jesus," by the same author. Both are like pure gold to me, and i am not a church goer, or a born again evangelist. I bought this because i am curious about Jesus,and somewhat dubious of the Bible's accuracy, and i wanted to learn more about him as a man and a healer, to hear more of his words and his true life,and these two books are fabulous in their detail and,in my opinion,in their authenticity.I am a natural sceptic but Dolores Cannon is an incredible woman and the work she has done and the books she has written about past life therapy are essential reading for our time. The Bible story of Jesus is not complete and so if you want to know more, then buy this book.I just wish she would write another on the subject if there is more material to be written. I would give this 100 stars if i could. Just be aware that it begins with an account of the Essene community first, and then moves on to the part they played in the life of Jesus. But there was a reason for Dolores doing that, and in my opinion it enriches all that follows.
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on 18 July 2015
This was interesting indeed. I did find Suddi-who was a teacher in the Essene community - rather judgemental, which surprised me. Also I was confused as to exactly when St Joseph died. At one stage we were told it was when Jesus was very young. Then we were told it was when Jesus was twenty and had grown into manhood. The information about the day to day lifestyle of the Essenes was very interesting.
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on 21 May 2015
This book is extremely interesting even if you are not religious in any way this book will enlighten you.
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on 21 August 2013
I came to the end of this book wanting more,it really had me curious to learn more about this group of people.And then it ended.....which l was not expecting so quickly!Still, very interesting.
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on 20 April 2016
An excellent book. This is the fifth book of Delores Cannon that I have read. I have just started reading another by her. They are all very well written and definitely open your mind.
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on 30 May 2010
A very good read, and gives you some true insight into Jesus and the Essenes,i enjoyed reading this book.
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