Dear readers, tonight we conduct our interview in a hogan (a traditional Navajo dwelling) on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. We’re talking to a previously unemployed, pill-popping twenty-one year old who suffered from nightmares and PTSD, whose quest to sort out her life leads her to ancient conflict between the Illuminati and a Luminarian sect with origins to Atlantis.

It sounds as though your childhood was pretty messed up. If it’s not too painful, can you tell us about that?

Up until I was ten, things were pretty normal, at least in so far as a little kid can figure out what normal is. After the cave incident–that happened when I was ten–everything went downhill. My parents blamed my great aunt, each other, and me for what happened. I suffered from terrible anxiety–the doctors called it PTSD. I was put on endless meds and began popping pills like candy. Then my baby brother died in a car crash when my mother was driving me to a psychiatrist appointment, and that caused a whole other round of blame. I really wasn’t close to my parents and only realized later in life that my great aunt, Ooljee, was the only adult I felt comfortable with. I’ve pretty much been on my own since age eighteen and I was just barely getting by. It’s only since I went back to the cave and started my Circle training that everything began to fit into place.

What do you mean, ‘fit into place’?

I returned to this Navajo reservation to ‘confront my demons’ as my psychiatrist recommended, and I went back to the cave. That’s where the opening of my first chakra was supposed to happen when I was ten; that initiation was to start my Candelaria training. When it finally happened at age twenty-one, that’s when I began to embrace my destiny and stopped running away from my life. Things began to fall into place, and as my other chakras were opened, I became progressively more balanced.

What are you up to now?

That’s a good question. Even though I’ve completed my Circle training and am a fully realized Candelaria, I feel like a warrior without a weapon. This great War of the Two Serpents isn’t over. Sure, me and Bryson may have won a little skirmish, but the big plans to establish a New World Order haven’t changed. I should say presumably haven’t changed because we really don’t know how the Illuminati are scheming to accomplish that. So, at this point, I don’t know how to use my gifts, there’s no one to ask, and we don’t know how to fight the bad guys. The good news is that I feel great and genius-boy Bryson will figure out something.

What can you tell us about your latest adventure?

I got to travel to India, Australia, Greece, Egypt, Mexico and Peru on my journey to open all my chakras. I learned things about myself along the way and I managed not to get killed. That’s not to say Li didn’t try. Still, he does have my DNA and he’s got the resources and know-how to misuse that. I also realize that Ooljee must have carried a great burden, feeling responsible for all the problems she caused in my life, but she was just doing what she thought best. It’s funny how your opinion of people can change once you can ‘walk a mile in their moccasins’–that’s a Native American expression Ooljee used to say.

What did you first think when you learned about the War of the Two Serpents?

So many things about the world today began to make sense. Basically, one faction wanted to withhold knowledge as a means of control over the masses and another faction wanted to make this knowledge known and freely available. All these fake news and propaganda and mind control techniques have been employed through centuries as an exercise of power, a method of control and manipulation. Then when I learned our genes were corrupted to facilitate this control, and our path to spiritual enlightenment became severely handicapped, it helped me to understand so many of the problems humanity has struggled with since the dawn of civilization.

What was the scariest thing in your adventures?

Probably the opening of my third chakra in Australia. Intense…that tribal ceremony was…[stares with unfocused gaze]…brutal! Of course, that’s the one here [points to spot over her navel] that really controls the physical sensations of fear. That opening was the most traumatic for sure.

Tell us a little about Bryson.

Since I first met him, he’s always been solid. He believed in me in ways I didn’t believe in myself. Apart from the fact that he’s  a genius and an incredible hacker, he’s probably one of the most decent human beings I’ve ever met. He’s cute and funny too, in a nerdish way. This adventure has brought us closer together in more ways than one [wink and smile].

What does the future hold for you?

Don’t know. At the moment, I’m continuing all my kundalini yoga, meditation, and physical training exercises. Bryson thinks we need to do some genetic research of our own to find out if we can undo some of the corruption. I can tell you this: even though I love staying here, I can’t remain in this hogan. A Candelaria carries the flame of truth and you don’t shove a candle under a table if you want it to illuminate the darkness.

Can you share a secret with us, which you’ve never told anyone else?

Not really a secret, but I really like coffee––I mean seriously. Would you like me to brew us some?

Victor Acquista has become an international author and speaker following his careers as a primary-care physician and medical executive. He is known for “writing to raise consciousness.” His multi-genre works include fiction and nonfiction and often incorporate social messaging to engage readers in thought-provoking themes. When not pondering the big questions in life and what’s for dinner, he enjoys gardening and cooking. He is a member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America, and the Florida Writers Association.

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