Lao-Tzu, Planetary Council Member From Pluto

Celeste Korsholm

INTRODUCTION

My first contact with the Planetary Council took place in 1991. I was taken in my etheric body to a meeting of these twelve magnificent ascended masters They are the ruling body of this solar system who work for the ascension of our family of planets. (See below for a complete list of the twelve Planetary Council Members and a brief discussion of their functions.)

The Planetary Council came to me individually in my meditations so that I could draw their portraits. They returned throughout the next few years to give me a great deal of information about the history and destiny of our solar system. I learned that our planets are similar to universities from which all earth-based humans have graduated. As we come from the Source and decide to experience the lower densities, we enter through star gates. Lyra, Orion, Sirius and the Pleiades are examples of interdimensional gateways where our higher frequencies of Light are gradually decreased to prepare for life in the denser third dimension.

On the way in or out of this solar system, all must pass through the Schools of Saturn. Here, the vibrations of all the other planets can be sampled in short, intensive courses. Some choose to return to the higher frequencies. Others really get to like it in the more physical dimensions and choose to hang around this solar system for aeons.

Most graduate from at least one other planet before volunteering for postgraduate work on Earth. An individual might major in communications at Mercury U. or fine arts at Venus U. That planet's frequencies are integrated, its lessons learned, and its prevailing body form becomes comfortable. Deep, undying affection develops for our Alma Mater. Years later, out of habit, graduates continue to appear at alumni gatherings in the same body form. Even highly evolved Jupiterians with radiant light bodies tend to show up in scales and tail. They still love to imbibe slimy green life essence when they "party" together.

In 1993, representatives from each planet began telling me "Tales From the Planets." These are entertaining, first hand experiences about the evolution of the planets. Jove whisked me off to Jupiter and gave me the first of these fascinating stories. Next came Croesus with his "Tales From Mars." The third group of stories came from Quetzalcoatl of Uranus. Lao-Tzu, the Planetary Council member representing Planet Pluto, began this fourth in the series, "Tales From Pluto."

Little is actually known about Pluto. Like all the other planets, it was named for a Roman god. In Roman mythology, Pluto was the son of Cronos and the brother of Zeus and Poseidon. The world was divided among the three brothers. Jupiter took the heavens, and Neptune, the sea. The underworld fell to Pluto. When Pluto's moon was discovered in 1977, it was named Charon. This continued the tradition of choosing names from Roman mythology. Charon ferried the souls of the dead over the River Styx to reach the entrance to Hades.

Pluto is not like the other planets. When the solar system was forming, uncountable billions of small planetesimals collected into larger bodies, called planets. The forces of heat, gravity, etc. were natural strange attractors in the chaos of star formation. Inner planets formed rocky cores as the intense heat condensed the heavier metals to the center, leaving the lighter chemical elements as liquid or gas. The outer planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, became the present gas giants as the cooler temperatures and lower pressures formed great collections of hydrogen, helium, and other gases.

Pluto is very different from the other outer planets. First of all, it is much smaller, about the size of Earth's moon. Although it is small enough to be a satellite, Pluto has its own orbit. Second, it is more like a comet than a planet. Some astronomers speculate that Pluto originated in the Oort Cloud, a circle of frozen debris just outside the solar system. This was confirmed by the Planetary Council. Third, the planet's 248 year orbit is strangely elliptical, sometimes inside, sometimes outside that of Neptune. The sun, at distances of from 2.8 billion to 4.6 billion miles away, looks like a pin head from the surface of Pluto. During its years at perihelion, it gets warm enough to have some methane atmosphere. In other seasons, it is frozen solid at only 72 degrees above absolute zero. Pluto is composed mostly of water ice. Its low gravity allows magnificent ice cliffs and caves to develop on the surface.

Pluto was discovered in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona. He was searching for "Planet X," a ninth planet that is believed to be orbiting the outer solar system. The discovery of tiny Pluto does not account for the strangely irregular orbits of Uranus and Neptune. Scientists are still hunting for the mysterious "Planet X."

The more astronomers learn about our solar system, the more they know that its history has been extremely violent. The "Big Bang" was only the beginning. Catastrophic events turned Uranus on its side, caused the bizarre orbit of Pluto, and created the asteroid belt. On our own planet, scientists can document at least eight complete reversals of Earth's poles. Ancient Mayan, Aztec, and Hopi legends describe the devastation of four previous worlds by fire, flood, or flip of the poles. The Bible story of Noah tells of the great flood that covered the whole world. Edgar Cayce, the "Sleeping Prophet," spoke of the sinking of the continent of ancient Atlantis. Earth and all the other planets have periodically been devastated by violent cycles of destruction.

Apollo, the ancient Greek god of the sun, explained that the Phoenix is the cause of much of this turbulent history. (See "The Phoenix, Symbol of Transformation," by Apollo through Celeste, Winged Star Publications, Sedona, AZ, 1993.) Almost every ancient civilization has a legend of the phoenix. Chinese, Sumerians, Egyptians, and Aztecs, all have fables about a fabulously beautiful bird that periodically sets itself afire in order to rise again from the ashes, reborn into a new life cycle. The phoenix is a universal, archetypal symbol of rebirth and transformation.

The Phoenix legend is based upon memories of real events periodically occurring throughout history. Apollo explained that Phoenix is the name of a tenth, as yet undiscovered, planet in our solar system. This huge planet's three thousand plus year orbit is at right angles to the plane of all the other planets' orbits. When visible from Earth, it can be observed in the Southern Hemisphere in the Phoenix Constellation. Its closest point to the sun, or perihelion, is the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars.

Like its mythological namesake, Planet Phoenix brings both destruction and creation, death and rebirth. It never actually hits the other planets, but its powerful magnetic force field can be dangerous. When the other planets are on the far side of the sun, the Phoenix can travel harmlessly through the solar system. At other times, Phoenix passes much closer to other planets and major disasters can occur. Planet Phoenix is "Planet X," the unknown element that astronomers are seeking to explain the anomalies of the solar system. It has caused many of the violent events in the past. Its part in the drama surrounding the formation of Pluto is included in "Tales From Pluto."

Other major influences originate outside the solar system. Periodically, groups from other star systems land on our planets. Refugees from the intergalactic wars looking for a new homeland or warriors seeking more conquests have invaded our space in the past. Some of these futuristic time travelers are highly evolved. Some are rebellious riffraff forced to leave their own planets. All bring with them their weaknesses and strengths. They create and they mis-create. Like the dregs of English society who were exported to settle the new continent of Australia, immigrants to this system are forced to adapt or die. Some really took advantage of the opportunity to change their ways and develop into responsible leaders of their new world.

Such a being was Cronos. He and his family group of refugees came to our solar system from Orion. More than anyone else, he is responsible for creating Planet Pluto. Cronos' story is told by his lifelong friend, Charon, in the first "Tale From Pluto." The second tale is provided by Ranya, a female warrior from Maldek, (a planet once orbiting between Mars and Jupiter). She gives a personal perspective on the final days of Maldek. Cronos continues to describe their adventures in creating a new planet as a penal colony for the survivors of Maldek. "Tales From Pluto" is completed by Lao-Tzu, the Chinese Taoist philosopher who incarnated in BC 550 and serves as the Planetary Council representative from Pluto.

CHARON'S TALE

As our story begins, a war rages between polarized forces of Light and Dark. Its shadowy menace has spread over the whole galaxy. Everywhere there is a division into separate belief systems. Those who choose to serve the Divine Plan for the good of all are divided from those who serve their own self interest. In the Milky Way Galaxy, peace-loving civilizations dedicated to the One Source, opposed warlike forces who control others for their own benefit. Our home planet, Styx, in the Orion star system, had long ago chosen to serve the Dark Forces.

Conditions on Styx have been steadily worsening. Always an independent, self-reliant race, our civilization pushed individualism to the extreme. Belief in the total free will of the individual and a philosophy of "might makes right" resulted in a total break down of organized society. Battling factions split into smaller and smaller groups. Hostility spread to every facet of life. Dependence on anything outside of the self, including a higher spiritual power, was considered weakness. No one could trust anyone else or relax his defenses for a moment.

Only my mother, Demeter, seemed immune to the all- pervading paranoia. Unlike the men of our tribe, she stubbornly maintained a deep friendship with another woman, Kore. These two indomitable women kept our families together. They were the ones who planned an escape from Orion. Telling no one, they plotted to steal a small intergalactic space ship, provision it, and seek a new life on some other planet. They waited until the last moment to present their escape plan to their husbands. They knew that the men would never leave Styx if they had any other choice. That day finally came. Reluctantly, with their whole world crumbling around them, the men agreed to the two women's scheme.

So it was that the two families stole a small space ship, loaded aboard their few remaining possessions, and set out on a long, hazardous journey. They were like a quarrelsome family of Vikings hastily setting off in mid-winter in a small, ill-equipped boat to cross the North Atlantic. They did not know where they were going or how to get there. All they could do was to go forward one day at a time.

During the long space flight, all were taxed to the breaking point. Deeply ingrained habits of non-cooperation made such close quarters for such long periods of time intolerable. To this was added the stress of an uncertain future. The two families dangled on the brink of annihilation more than once. Throughout it all, the women were the strong ones. Their mutual love and trust provided the emotional stability that the men lacked. As they shared the challenges of pregnancy, labor, and child rearing under such difficult conditions, the women grew closer yet. Their friendship gave them the strength to survive the continual friction among the men. The constant display of affection between our mothers eventually began to affect even our fathers. The two men learned to work out their conflicts with verbal arguments, however heated, rather than physical blows. They, too, became friends.

Fortunately, Cronos and I, Charon, were spared most of this. We were both born during the flight, only hours apart. From the beginning, we were inexorably bonded. Although Cronos was older by only a few hours, he was always the leader. Somehow he seemed to have inherited the best of both parents without their weaknesses. He had his father's strong will and his mother's loving heart. With his brilliant mind, he created complicated games that amused us for weeks in our crowded quarters. I marveled at his ability to make everyone laugh and give in to him. Many a time, Cronos' quick thinking saved us both from well-deserved punishments.

For all his charm, there was another side to Cronos that few ever understood. Behind his easy going manner, he hid a formidable will. Once he decided he wanted something, he would never give up until he had it. He could patiently scheme with relentless persistence until he accomplished his purpose.

After years of aimless wandering, we straggled into this solar system. Our scanners picked up evidence of intelligent life forms. Exhausted and almost finished, we approached the large, outer planet, the Phoenix. We made contact and asked for permission to land. When it was granted, we croaked out a ragged cheer, "Hurrah! Refuge at last!"

Cronos and I were young men when our group landed on Phoenix. As quickly as possible, we strove to get acclimated in our new home environment. Adaptation came much more slowly for the older generation because they had been through so many changes already. Their heritage of stubborn independence resisted any more alterations to the old ways. They found themselves increasingly isolated, strangers in a strange land.

It was easier for Cronos and me. With him taking the lead and me following closely behind, we adapted quickly to our new environment. Cronos particularly seemed to thrive in the stimulation of new ideas and new things to learn. Before long, he found places for us on the interplanetary liaison staff. All those years of safe navigation through the stormy seas of our family relationships turned out to be a great help in this new line of work.

Over the next few years, Cronos and I traveled throughout the solar system on secret diplomatic missions. I watched him astutely develop personal relationships with many influential people. Cronos had a natural genius for listening carefully until he found some common ground between opposing factions. Building on a consensus, he could turn an impasse into a basis for agreement. His reputation for discretion and effective arbitration grew.

Meanwhile, Phoenix was orbiting toward the sun. The entire planet's resources were focused on preparations for this potentially dangerous journey. There was much to do. Phoenix was responsible for alerting the leaders of the other planets of her arrival. All must coordinate their efforts to insure a safe passage for Phoenix among the other planets.

At perihelion, the closest point to the sun, Phoenix would come near Mars, Maldec, and Venus. Maldek was of particular concern because of its long nuclear war. Her internal structure was so weakened and her whole magnetic force field was so out of balance that Phoenix's proximity could easily trigger a planet-wide explosion. This could adversely effect the entire solar system. Something must be done!

One last attempt to stop the Maldek war is made by the Planetary Council. They send for Cronos. The Council knew that Cronos had a bold and imaginative solution to the Maldek crisis. Sometime ago, he had introduced his idea to the Planetary Council, but they originally dismissed it as impractical. Undiscouraged, Cronos persisted. He continued to ask advice of the concerned leadership. Bit by bit, he refined his proposal. The worsening situation finally forced the Council to reconsider Cronos' plan. They decide to let Cronos take his proposal to the Maldek leaders.

Down through the dark clouds and into the thick of battle fly Cronos and I. He needs all his considerable influence and charm to convince the leadership of the Dark and Light Forces to negotiate. Although both sides grudgingly agree to see Cronos, they refuse to meet with each other. He had to settle for separate conferences with the two antagonists.

RANYA'S TALE

I knew we couldn't hold out much longer. Our situation on Maldek was critical. At the time, I, Ranya, was a senior female commander in Lady Athena's Light Forces. I had just received the order from headquarters to meet with an ambassador from the Planetary Council. This turned out to be Cronos, from Phoenix. I went, as ordered, only as a courtesy to the Planetary Council. My instructions from Athena were to pacify the ambassador and get rid of him.

Since time immemorial, Maldek had been ruled by women. Like the Amazons of Greek mythology, women were the active, creative, decision-making leaders in our society. Our men were gentler and more nurturing. Although the women still bore the children, we left their care to the weaker sex, the men.

All that incarnation on Maldek, I was a soldier. I trained, learned to follow, and then to give orders. I was raiser-sharp in my abilities to solve problems, make decisions, and take calculated risks. At the same time, I could not tolerate indecisiveness and had no patience for the gentler side of life. That I left to the men in my life.

Into our harmonious environment came male aggressors from another star system. They decided to eliminate the women leaders and replace them with men. Many of our people chose not to resist these primitive-minded conquerors. They emigrated to other planets or passively accepted the new leadership. The rest of us decided to stay and fight. Athena was one of the leaders who chose to stand up for right and truth and tradition. She and her followers, including myself, believed totally in the justness of our cause. We vowed to fight to the death rather than yield.

During the last days of battle on Maldek, I lost so many of my crew that my heart was truly broken. They were dearer to me than myself. As I saw them die, one after the other, I, too, wanted to die. I cared nothing for my own safety and welcomed any assignment that took me into harm's way. All I wanted was to kill or be killed. So far, no matter how recklessly I threw myself into the thick of the battle, I continued unscathed. Others rallied around me and fell like flies while I remained invincible.

When I received the order to represent the Light Forces in a meeting with the Planetary Council's ambassador, I obeyed immediately. Even though male, Cronos, the ambassador, impressed me. Something about him soothed my frazzled mind. I found myself listening to his proposal in spite of myself.

It was Cronos' plan to divide Maldek's territory equally between the Dark and Light Forces. One side would control the three satellites while the other would rule Maldek itself. This would create a balance of power between us. Each would rule unopposed within its own territory, yet neither could exist without the other. Mutual dependence would necessitate peaceful coexistence. Interesting as it was, I couldn't even pretend to consider Cronos' plan. I had my orders. It was too late for rational compromises between Dark and Light. If we took the whole solar system down with us, so be it.

I shook my head at Cronos, "No, no deals!" Abruptly, I adjourned the meeting.

Cronos prepared to leave. At the last moment, he turned and called to me across the room. "If you change your mind, you will always be welcome on my ship, "The Pluto." As long as possible, I will wait for you just beyond Maldek's outermost moon. Good luck and good hunting!"

I raised my hand in a last salute, but said nothing. He would wait for me in vain.

Our forces threw everything we had into that last battle. All our ships, weapons, and personnel were committed in a desperate attempt to overcome the enemy. We held nothing back in reserve. Finally, an enormous explosion began a chain reaction that quickly spread throughout the planet. At the time, I happened to be in my fighter in the outer atmosphere. The blast carried me even further out into space. I watched helplessly as all I held dear disintegrated. Maldek was finished.

In this stunned condition, I was contacted by Cronos' ship. I did not respond because I could not. Since the end of my world was too much for my conscious mind to accept, I took refuge in a catatonic stupor. I wasn't aware of Cronos' crew taking the initiative and bringing my fighter aboard their large interplanetary space ship. In fact, I knew nothing for many months. When I slowly returned to consciousness, I had missed all the mopping up operations. It took me a long time to realize the full repercussions of the destruction of Maldek. By that time, I was living, not on a space ship, but on a whole new planet. I awoke to a new life on a new world.

CRONOS' TALE

I watched these cosmic events unfold from a vantage point out in space. As promised, "The Pluto" waited near the outermost moon of Maldek for any survivors. I saw Phoenix nearing Maldec. I knew the Malkek warriors were all too absorbed in their death struggle to notice its approach. Suddenly, the critical mass was exceeded. The strong magnetic force field of Phoenix, plus the nuclear explosions on the surface, plus underground seismic activity all combined to cause a gigantic explosion. Maldek fell apart. Pieces flew in all directions like shattered glass.

When the situation stabilized, Maldek was no more. The largest chunks of the planet settled into a new orbit becoming Earth and its moon. The rest of Maldek floated in a ring of debris between Mars and Jupiter, now called the asteroid belt. Nearby Mars was thrown further out away from the sun. It lost its atmosphere and surface water, becoming a frozen wasteland. Venus was forced closer to the sun where it turned into a burning furnace. A few parts of Maldek were hurled into orbit around the outer planets, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune.

In the meantime, my crew and I assisted the survivors as best we could. We risked our own lives in the process. Ranya was only one of many refugees who had nowhere else to go. We took them all aboard. Dark or Light Forces, it mattered not to me. I kept my promise to both sides that I would wait as long as possible near the outermost moon. At full capacity, we finally left the war zone and headed back to Phoenix.

During the journey to Phoenix, I had a chance to study the survivors from Maldek. They were in bad shape. Most of them would require years of physical and psychological reconstruction. Unpromising as they seemed, I still wanted to salvage something positive from this disaster. I still believed it might be possible to bring Dark and Light Forces together in a balanced society. If these passionate people could be motivated to work for instead of against each other, what miracles might be accomplished!

For the first time, I began to pray to the One Source for assistance. My Orion heritage didn't allow for such weak supplication, but I didn't care. This was something that I wanted with all my heart. Since I knew I couldn't accomplish it alone, I began to pray. I promised that I would openly serve the One Source if my dream was realized. To my amazement, I soon felt deep peace enter my heart. I knew that somehow, my prayer would be answered.

Our welcome on Phoenix was less than cordial. None wanted to care for those who had caused such chaos in the solar system. Still, I was amazed at how speedily my new proposal was accepted. I had conceived a plan to isolate the Maldek survivors from the rest of society. It was my intention to create a new planet as a penal colony for these beaten people. I hoped to blend Dark and Light extremes into a balanced harmony of opposites.

In no time at all, my plan was approved. All the equipment and personnel deemed necessary for such a mission, were soon supplied. We were unceremoniously dispatched before we could change our minds. With the defeated survivors of Maldek's wars and a few loyal followers, such as my friend, Charon, we set off on another adventure.

It was perfect timing for colonizing a new planet. There were plenty of possibilities. Unattached pieces of Maldek, disturbed comets, and loose debris of all kinds littered the space scape. The whole solar system was in a state of flux. Since the Planetary Council clearly forbid us from landing on any planetesimals claimed by anyone else, we had to find an otherwise useless piece of rock to inhabit.

For a while, we seriously considered one of the largest rocks, Triton. We decided against it for several reasons. First, we wanted a planet in its own orbit. Since Triton was already settling into an orbit around Neptune, it was off limits to us. Second, we weren't sure that our equipment could handle anything that immense. We wanted something smaller and more manageable.

As our ship approached the Oort Cloud, that circle of frozen debris drifting around the edge of the solar system, we had to decide quickly. Our choices dwindled with every passing moment. We finally settled on a very unlikely piece of real estate. It was a small, icy comet from the Oort Cloud. We used our great space ship to slow the planetesimal down just enough to free it from Phoenix's magnetic force field. For a breathless moment it wobbled and shook. Pieces were breaking up all around us and careening off into space. Would it hold together?

I chose this moment to pray in my loudest voice, "Oh God! Please help us!" Charon gaped at me as if I were mad. "You pray too!" I ordered. "We need all the help we can get!" I even went so far as to announce, "God! I promise to build a temple dedicated to you if you help us now!" I was desperate enough to try anything!

Well, God must have heard our shouting. Our new planet tottered into its own orbit like a baby taking its first steps. The ground under our ship slowly stabilized. We could breathe again.

"Congratulations, crew! We've done it! Welcome to Planet Pluto!"

After this brief moment of exhilaration, I quickly sobered. Our troubles were just beginning. All our wits and resources would be severely tested in the days ahead. In spite of my promise to God, I couldn't start building a temple for a long time.

Our first priority was the establishment of a base. Every individual must contribute if we were to survive. The warlike Maldek survivors had to be retrained and reprogrammed. The best therapy for them turned out to be hard work. With the constant physical exhaustion, they had little energy left over for philosophical discussions. Less and less it mattered whether you served the Dark Forces or the Light Forces on Maldek. We met crisis after crisis together. Gradually, adversity forged us into a team and friendship replaced enmity. My dream of creating a new civilization out of the remnant of Maldek became a reality.

God seemed to understand about the delay in building His temple. I knew He trusted me to keep my promise because I had gotten into the habit of talking with Him regularly. Sure enough, as soon as the major priorities of colonizing a new planet with the Maldek survivors were accomplished, I began to build the temple. I thought I was building it to keep my part of the bargain with God. Little did I know how important it would become to our emerging civilization. More than anything else, the temple made Pluto into a workable society. It turned out to be God's greatest blessing.

The temple grew naturally, step by step, like a lovely flower. It became a focus of the Light for the whole planet. From the outside, it looks like a crystal ice sculpture. Seven concentric circles surround a glowing center of intense white light.

Translucent arches reflect all the colors of the rainbow. One enters the outer red ring first. Once comfortable in this frequency, one can then move on into the orange ring. Next comes the yellow ring, then the green, the blue, the indigo, and the violet. Each ring emanates a higher frequency than the one before. Color by color, ring by ring, the consciousness is uplifted into higher and higher realms of perfection. Negativity is released and old scars are healed.

The highest frequency vibrates in the center white light. At first, only I, Cronos, could go into the center of the temple. In my enthusiasm for sharing my experience, I talked Charon into entering the white light with me. I didn't realize that he was not ready emotionally or energetically. Out of loyalty to me, he drove himself into the brilliant light. He shook violently and collapsed in excruciating pain. I dragged him out just in time. Inadvertently, I had caused my old friend great anguish. It took many years of our best medical care to restore him to good health.

I realized that careful preparation was necessary before the benefits of the temple could be enjoyed. No one should be forced to go into the Light against his free will. It was a lesson which I never forgot.

In the end, most of my people healed and evolved so that they could comfortably enter the high frequencies of the white light. Such direct communion with God is difficult to describe. Even words like "absolute bliss," "unconditional love," or "cosmic consciousness" are inadequate explanations. All limitations and feelings of separation disappear. Any questions or problems taken into the temple dissolve into an overwhelming sense of peace and oneness with the Source. On the way out of the inner sanctum, going through the colored circles in reverse order, we gradually return to the denser frequencies and the challenges of the outer world. But now the problems can be seen from a broader perspective. We have new, creative solutions to deal with them.

Time spent with the Source within the Rainbow Temple benefited not only the individual, but our whole society. It harmonized the opposing factions of Dark and Light into a balanced whole. It transformed incorrigibles into cooperative companions. Against all odds, we became one.

LAO-TZU'S CONCLUSION

I, Lao-Tzu, am a true product of Pluto's experience. When I lived in China around 650 BC, I never forgot the origins of my home planet. The wisdom gained from Maldek and Pluto's experiences helped me overcame great obstacles in my physical incarnation on Earth. From my humble peasant beginnings, I evolved into a philosopher, scholar, and historian of some importance in the emperor's court. I realized from a young age that I could talk directly with God, just as we did in the temple on Pluto.

Although my followers had no real understanding of what I believed, they tried to devise a philosophy based upon my theories. I was falsely credited with founding Taoism. They made up fictitious stories about me, put their thoughts into my mouth, and distorted my ideas into a philosophy of passive fatalism.

I believed in seeking God within, not as an escape from the world, but as a more effective way to solve the world's challenges. I withdrew from conflict to focus on union with the One Source. Soon I could return to deal with the problems in creative new ways. My followers only grasped the withdrawal part of my philosophy. They never understood that higher consciousness could be the source of effective change in the world.

In the Plutonian teachings, going within the Rainbow Temple of Spirit and focussing on calm, peaceful union with God suspends all judgments. This blissful nothingness is to be sought above all things. It is beyond words because all mental activity stops at the point of union. Those who have not experienced this higher consciousness find it incomprehensible. Those who have achieved union, cannot describe it to others. They only know that as one emerges from this ecstatic fusion, one suddenly has a new perspective on everything. Thus, cosmic consciousness becomes the source of creative new ideas for everyday life.

My admirers honored me, personally, instead of following my example. I could not teach others what they must learn for themselves. For this reason, I decided to leave the corruption of court life behind. Taking nothing and leaving no written teaching, I rode off into the mountains, never to be seen again. True to my Pluto philosophy, I was not concerned about what would happen after I left. I saw the world from a serenely detached point of view because I knew that good would inevitably triumph.

All aspects of the whole must be allowed to evolve without judgment in their own time. Light and Dark, good and evil, male and female, positive and negative are parts of the same whole. None are wrong since all individual choices eventually lead to an understanding of this wholeness. Moral judgment is therefore meaningless. These are the teachings of Pluto that I, as Lao-Tzo, tried to manifest on Earth.

The whole family of planets learned much from the destruction of Maldek. This tragedy had some very positive results. First of all, those involved were forever changed. They became the peaceful warriors, the strongest advocates for peace. Lady Athena, for example, became the Greek goddess of practical wisdom. She advised the Greek heros to use their wits rather than their brawn to meet challenges. Many other Maldek warriors have incarnated on Earth as passionate pacifists. These are the women with strong executive skills and no domestic interests. Totally liberated and self reliant, they are driven to make Earth a better place. Deep within, they remember Maldek. They vow never again to make the same mistakes.

Second, we learned that the battle between Light and Dark must never again be allowed to go to such extremes. It was clear that the solar system could not bear any more Maldek disasters. Ever after, the Planetary Council kept a close watch on any developments that threatened planetary destruction. For example, the Council very carefully monitors Earth's use of nuclear weapons. Earth-based humans may exterminate surface life forms if they choose, but the Council will not allow Mother Earth herself to be destroyed.

Many forces, both within and without the solar system, seek to divide and weaken us. It is up to us to overcome our differences and develop into a unified family of planets. Earth, like Pluto, is a precious jewel strung on a necklace around the sun.

All the planets are perfect in themselves, yet become more powerful united into one shining circle. We are a family of planets that is either strong together or broken apart to be scattered among the stars. Someday we will all know our union with the One Source and return to the Light. Until then, remember the Pluto experience. Let it illumine your journey home.

THE PLANETARY COUNCIL

  1. HORUS, (ancient Egyptian falcon-headed god of the sky), representing the Sun, co-ordinates the Planetary Council's activities with the higher Intergalactic and Christ Councils.
  2. HERMES, (ancient Greek messenger of the gods), representing Mercury, directs inter-planetary, intergalactic communications.
  3. ADONIS, (handsome youth of Roman mythology loved by Venus, goddess of love), representing Venus, directs the evolution of love and beauty.
  4. ENOCH, (ancient Hebrew scribe), representing Earth on the Planetary Council, directs prophetic communica tions.
  5. CROESUS, (wealthy Lydian king defeated by Persia in 546 BC), representing Mars, co-ordinates Planetary Council activities with the Ascended Masters in the Brotherhood of Light.
  6. ATHENA, (Greek mythology's goddess of war and wisdom), representing the asteroid belt, defends truth and justice.
  7. JOVE, (ancient Roman king of the gods), represent ing Jupiter, maintains the balance of the planets' magnetic fields.
  8. ZOROASTER, (6th century BC priest/reformer who brought monotheism to the ancient Middle East), representing Saturn, concerned with order, structure, and destiny.
  9. QUETZALCOATAL, (Aztec "feathered serpent" god of the sky), representing Uranus, works for religious and philosophical change.
  10. MERLIN, (5th century Welsh sorcerer of King Arthur's Court), representing Neptune, focuses upon scientific discoveries.
  11. LAO-TZU, (6th century BC Chinese philosopher who founded Taoism), representing Pluto, contributes detached wisdom.
  12. APOLLO, (Greek mythology's god of the sun) representing Phoenix, the catalyst for change.