Learning to Distill
By Geoffrey Hoppe
I’m a Fermenter by nature, not a Distiller. I prefer wine to whiskey. When confronted with a challenge, I like to think it over for a while, letting my mental sugars and yeasts go to work, before making a decision. Fermenting, whether for food, drink or in life, seems so much more natural versus the fire of distilling.
Adamus is a Distiller. I assume that goes with his past life background as an alchemist – just add a massive dose of heat to change the perception of reality. He has long talked about distilling our communications in order to be succinct and clear. When I first started channeling Adamus he wagged his finger at me for using too many words to translate his thought packets. Like me, Tobias was a Fermenter and enjoyed his wine. For Adamus, I had to quickly learn to distill 1000 words into 100. This was not an easy task for a Fermenter.
In workshops and Shouds, Adamus will present a question to the audience and ask them to answer in 10 words or less. Most of the time the answers approach 50 words before Adamus interrupts and reminds them they have but 10 words for the answer, and even so they generally go 15 – 20 words long. Distilling is an art form mastered by few.
According to Adamus, our souls distill our life experiences into wisdom. I think mine ferments because it sure seems to take its sweet time for the wisdom portion. But I get the point. When we’re ready to release our experiences out of the gravitational orbit of our lives, the soul will take the juice of our experiences and turn it into celestial brandy. Brandy is made from distilled wine, further leading to my confusion between fermenting and distilling. Why take perfectly good grapes, turn them into wine, and then make brandy from it? Yeshua turned water into wine, not brandy. Whatever.
Adamus came to me at the beginning of the year with a request that the Crimson Circle team take the wealth of information from the Shaumbra library, dating back to 1999, and distill it into a few dozen palatable points. This was shortly before my interview with Alex Ferrari on the Next Level Soul program on January 31. I didn’t see the connection at the time. Since then, over 440,000 people have viewed the interview, and another 313,000 have watched Alex’s interview with Adamus from late March. In other words, over three-quarters of a million people have been touched by the messages. Quite a few have taken a deeper dive into the Shaumbra materials through the website. The new ones are not only watching Shouds and taking online classes, but we’ve seen more and more showing up for the live workshops and in-person Shouds. With all the new ones coming in, Adamus knew we needed a distilled version of the core wisdom to share with them.
Now the task was upon us: Come up with a few dozen key points that would represent Shaumbra’s journey over the years. The project was initially called “20 Tenets” but in the end it was changed to “21 Shaumbra Realizations.” Twenty-one seemed like a better number, and quite frankly we had a hard time counting to 20. It was imperative to include the word Shaumbra because these all originated from Shaumbra Masters on the planet. Even though they were channeled by Tobias or Adamus, Shaumbra deserves the credit because they lived and experienced them. We chose the word “Realizations” over Tenets or Truths or Maxims because that’s exactly what they are.
Distilling Round 1: The staff compiled hundreds of gems over a period of a few months. Finally, it came down to our first round of distilling. We had to whittle the list down to just 50. It was an excruciating task because every morsel was too tasty to spit out. We thought of ways around the challenge, such as having a primary list of 20 Realizations and a secondary list of a few thousand. I could feel Adamus’ finger starting to wag so we continued the difficult task of pruning our Tree of Enlightenment.
Round 2: After a lot of blood, sweat and tears, we had it down to about 50 masterly concepts. Going into Round 2 made Round 1 seem like child’s play. We tried cheating our way into the distillation process by combining two or three tenets into one but Adamus saw right through it, and I once again saw his wagging finger. Round 2 took over two months during which time the staff lobbied for their favorites and kept asking why it was so important to reduce the list to 20. What about 33? That’s a nice master number so it would sound cool to have 33, right? Wrong. Adamus reminded me of what happen to Yeshua when he was 33. I got the point, loud and clear.
We finally got the list down to 20 Realizations but after everything was agreed upon and approved, we found that we couldn’t properly count to 20. We actually had 21 on the final list. Adamus rolled his eyeballs but let it slide. I heard Kuthumi laughing his ass off in the background.
Round 3: We were exhausted from the distillation process but we still had a long way to go. Linda and I presented the 21 Shaumbra Realizations at the Light of the Merlin event in September, but now we had to write the brief descriptions to go with each Realization. Adamus said to keep it to 3 – 4 short sentences, or about 50 – 60 words. Jean Tinder, Vili Aguirre and I all labored away with the arduous task of writing and editing the descriptions. This proved to be even more challenging than Round 1 or 2. How can you possibly explain that energy is all yours, or that gravity can work in reverse, or that you have issues because you’re still getting something from them, in just a few sentences? These are massive concepts; each deserves a book of its own. The Delete button on my laptop became my companion during this process as I wrote, edited, deleted. Then deleted more. And more. I realized that distilling can be a form of torture. We finally finished the descriptive text for each Realization in early October.
Round 4: It was a relief to have the descriptions done. Now it was time to start formatting the 21 Shaumbra Realizations into a booklet and ultimately a video. I enjoy doing the graphic design work for many of the Crimson Circle projects. It’s like basket weaving for me, a welcome relief and creative break from the stress of managing the business end of things. I thought I’d knock out the graphics in a day, but I was sadly mistaken. I had to find images to accompany 21 metaphysical concepts, none that easily lent themselves to graphic interpretation. How do you depict something like “You are Your Own Oneness” or “Everything in Your Reality is Your Energy” in an image? It took hours to find graphic concepts for each Realization, and more time and internal debate to narrow it down to just one. The graphics had to have a similar feel to them; I couldn’t use a cartoon for one and a realistic photo for another. The graphics had to flow from page to page.
Next: I finished the booklet late last week. Even though the booklet itself is small – just 24 pages including the front and back cover – it was one of the biggest and most challenging projects we undertook in a long time. It felt good to have it done. Next, it was time to start putting this into video form to offer it on platforms like YouTube. Peter Orlando and I spent countless hours selecting video clips to accompany each Realizations, and we previewed hundreds of potential music tracks. Like the booklet, each element had to be just right. Even as I’m writing this article we’re still putting the final touches on the video. Everything will be released on or before the November 4 Shoud.
Through all of this, I developed a new appreciation for distilling. I came to realize the challenges and beauty of distilling. My Fermenter aspect likes to think things over, which is often an excuse for not doing anything other than shoving the issue into a barrel. Oftentimes the mental fermentation process only means the issue goes sour rather than turns into wine. Distilling can appear to be harsh, but it forces one to quickly get to the point and move on. There is a tremendous sense of clarity when issues or projects are distilled. This process made me realize that I already know the answers intuitively, but I’m just reluctant to apply the fire of distilling.
Congratulations Shaumbra. Our 21 Shaumbra Realizations will be released this week in PDF and video formats, and soon it will even be available in printed form. It’s been a long time coming… not just since the first of the year, and perhaps not just since 1999 when Crimson Circle was organized. It’s more like two thousand years of experiences distilled down to 21 points of Realization. Let’s toast the occasion with a glass of St. Germain, a French liqueur made from elderflower blossoms. Distilled of course, not fermented.