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History of WingMakers.com

by Mark Hempel, Web Manager

The First Letter

WingMakers.com was launched November 1998. Its components came to me in an overnight
package. I had not solicited it, in fact, when I opened it up, I had no idea what was inside. I
found an envelope with a typewritten letter and a small case of CDs. The letter was very
specific:

“We would like to hire you to produce a website called WingMakers.com. We will
need you to acquire the URL and design the website according to the general sitemap
we have attached to this letter. We would like to launch this site as soon as you are
able to produce it—preferably before November 1, 1998. The enclosed CDs are divided
into four categories: Text, Music, Art, and Future. The Future disc is to be held for
publication at a later date (red label). The site map will correlate to the content
of the other discs, which contain blue labels.”

It was a long letter—four pages. It was signed Sarah. There was an email address that was
included and a check for payment. That was my initial experience of what has become known
as the WingMakers Materials.

After some degree of internal debate (I was very busy at the time), I did decide to produce
the website. There were several emails between Sarah and me, which helped me understand more
about the goals of the website, but because of time constraints, I didn’t take the time to study
or read the materials, although I did spend an hour or two admiring the artwork. The art I could
understand. It was the thing that, in a way, inspired me to take on the project.

I launched the site November 23, 1998. It was late in the evening, and I still remember seeing
my email inbox begin to fill. Slowly at first, but by the end of the first week, I had hundreds of
emails, and they came from every imaginable angle: Ministers, NASA employees, engineers,
spiritual students, university personnel and everywhere in between. That was when I decided I
better read these materials and find out what people were asking me about. Subjects like remote
viewing, ascension plans, black projects, ET reverse-engineering, cosmology, etc. I knew something
was up.

I spent several days, focused on reading. I still have my original notes, hand-written on the dot-
matrix printouts. Some were quite humorous. To be honest, very little of the material made sense
to me at that time. I was not a spiritual student or even a seeker. I was a workaholic. I was married
with young children, and very, very busy. It required too much of me… at least the philosophical
material and the Neruda interviews.

Over the years I acquired a degree of fluency with the materials, and yet I can still say that I don’t
understand them completely. They have many layers of meaning, and as James wrote in the
Collected Works of the WingMakers Vol. 1:

“Everyone must ultimately say to themselves, ‘I don’t know, but I will contemplate
the possibilities.’ It is in the contemplation that we feel our way to Oneness, and
likewise, it is in our lack of contemplation that we slide back to separation and ego
identity.”

The Early Years

I guess the contemplation of the WingMakers Materials is more important than understanding
them fully. For me, as I started to see the correspondence between James and some of the
enthusiastic learners who reached out to him, I came to realize that this was more about being
a practitioner than a believer or knowledge-seeker.

From 1998 to 2001, the WingMakers.com website sat on the Internet without any promotion or
method to really connect with anyone. James was still a complete unknown. Not even his name
was released. Then in 2001, the first product was released called First Source. It was a multimedia
CD-ROM that included many of the materials I had initially been sent, plus 60 minutes of music.
The First Source disc was something of a catalyst for WingMakers since it was the first time James
expressed himself in terms of both the music and his identity.

I was asked in late 2000 to update the WingMakers website, mostly driven, I think, by the release
of the First Source disc. I updated the look and feel of the site, added the ability to order a product:
First Source, and added some updated content.

In 2003, when I was asked to launch the Lyricus.org website, I began to see the larger picture of
how the WingMakers Materials were an aspect of a much bigger plan: the plan known as The
Grand Portal—the scientific, irrefutable discovery of the human soul. All of these materials
were part of this larger objective, which was to convey the human soul to humanity as a state
of experience, not simply a belief. This was what Lyricus did. It was like a special ops team that
incarnates on a planet to seed this objective within humanity once it had achieved a global
communication network.

The Lyricus website explains it this way:

“WingMakers is part of the mythological expression of Lyricus that typically accompanies
its first external expression within a species. It is the “calling card,” announcing its initial
approach as it treads softly among the species to which it serves.”

The Ultimate Objective

The treading softly part is what is meant by introducing a concept as potent as The Grand Portal by
an anonymous man who quietly builds profound websites and writes books, composes music, and
paints canvases of striking symbolism.

Imagine it for a moment—a repeatable method to demonstrate the existence of the human soul
that lives within each of us, that unifies us, that brings a new meaning to our lives. This is quite
different from what some see as technology becoming an integral aspect of the human being (eugenics,
transhumanism, bioengineering, etc.). The Grand Portal is not about the integration of technology
with the human instrument in order to build smarter, stronger, disease-resistant humans who live
long lives. It’s about the integration of the soul consciousness within the human instrument, and
the irrefutable proof that regardless of which faith we believe in, our ethnicity, our culture, our
genetics, our social standing, that every one of us has the same core, and at this core, we’re
connected.

James, in his own words, writes:

“The Collected Works of the WingMakers Volumes I & II is a constellation of materials that
sprawl across the websites I have created over the years, and while they may seem quite
comprehensive, I assure you that they are only the forerunners of a larger plan known within
these materials as The Grand Portal. The Grand Portal is the convergence of science and spirit,
of human and soul, of individual and species, and how humanity will discover its soul and
connection to spirit through a scientific understanding—not merely as a religious, or spiritual
article of faith.

“This irrefutable scientific discovery of the human soul will dramatically impact on human
culture, science, technology, and religion. Many people have wondered how the discovery of
an extraterrestrial civilization could impact on our society. How it would change our worldviews,
religions and even our governance. I suspect few of these people have deliberated on the similar
notion of what would happen if science could prove the existence of the human soul, and more
importantly, enable its discovery for the individual. What impact would this have on our global
society?”

In 2005-2006, James began to release a series of new e-papers that were focused
on a more down-to-earth path of living from the heart. It was about being a practitioner of what he called the Six
Heart Virtues: appreciation, compassion, forgiveness, humility, understanding and valor. For me,
this was when I realized that the framework of the WingMakers Materials was not simply knowledge-based,
it was action-based. You see, I never saw an organization being formed. Most spiritual
frameworks I was familiar with had organizations to achieve something, to take some action, to be
a cause for good.

The Long Path

If there was one thing missing for me in the WingMakers Materials, it was this. James was
anonymous; there was no organization, no real cause other than the distant Grand Portal discovery,
which, as fate would have it, would take place well after I died. With the issuance of these new
e-papers, I began to see a way to bring all of this into behaviors. It was a method of living that
made a lot of sense to me, and more importantly, it worked. We are, after all, first and foremost,
energetic beings. Our energy is a mixture of many things, but the heart and mind are the primary
orchestrators of our energy, which ultimately shows up in our behaviors.

James refers to this as behavioral intelligence. More recently in a phone interview I had with him
in April 2013, he spoke of the “long path.”

“Most people want to get rewarded quickly. They want to see results quickly. They want to
win accolades fast. In this time, more than ever before, because technology delivers answers
quickly with a voice command to Siri or a mouse click on Google. Solutions… now! The faster
the solution the more the ego is gratified. The quick solution, however, doesn’t bring a real
sense of wisdom or inner competence—there’s a hollowness to it… a fabrication. To secure
that sense of wisdom, you have to be willing to persist and be committed to the long path,
where you’re the conductor of the symphonic emotions created by your deeper heart and
higher mind.

“The long path is not for those who’re bound to the needs of the ego, because it’s the ego
that craves quick mastery, quick results… and the actual benefit of those quick results to
others is not the concern or objective. It’s the rewards of vanity and glamour, in their various
manifestations, that truly motivate the ego.”

I think James is right. I’ve seen this with my own eyes. Our culture creators try to seduce us to want
things fast and to want a lot of things (serial acquisition), and the prevailing social model is one of
glamour and affluence. Behavioral intelligence is not a quick path of believe this or believe that, it is
rather a path of action that requires us to conduct ourselves as expressions of the virtuous heart.

The Blending of Heart and Mind

In 2006 I did another update to the WingMakers.com website and upgraded the look and feel of user
interface, added more content and began to work on the EventTemples.com website. This new website
heralded a new branch in the Lyricus/WingMakers Materials. It was less to do with cosmology and the
big questions of life and the afterlife, and more to do with the very personal realm of how the individual
can build a love-centered life.

EventTemples is an experiential site where people can come together and share a frequency or heart
perspective with the universe. James wrote: “Our hearts are the key to navigating the unknown.” I think
EventTemples is part of that navigation, but on a more collective scale.

After launching EventTemples in 2007, the next website launch was SovereignIntegral.com. As James
explained it, this was more of a “rough sketch” of what was to come. I think he wanted to release a
placeholder in terms of content.

In early 2008, the Hakomi CDs began to get released, corresponding with the release of the e-papers
on EventTemples. 2008 was also the year when James had a layover in Minneapolis and spent his
layover in my home, where I managed to record an interview. This was in early April, and the interviews
were later released in both audio and text-based transcripts. These interviews were really the first
opportunity people had to hear James and get a sense of his personality.

The Spiritual Novel

The next website was SpiritState.com. This was a very ambitious undertaking and required me to bring
on expertise I didn’t possess. James had specified a variety of feature sets that didn’t exist on the web,
so we had to really think outside the box and develop new functionality. SpiritState was launched in later
2011 with The Dohrman Prophecy and The Ancient Arrow Project as its first books. The Dohrman Prophecy
was James’ new spiritual novel, and marked a turning point in his content development. It was as if the
spiritual novel was the new format he wanted to use to reach new audiences, and SpiritState and
Planetwork Press (James’ publisher) were the platform to make these new books available.

The novel Quantusum followed a year later. Quantusum is a novel very different from The Dohrman
Prophecy
—possibly James’ most spiritual complex and challenging, and a very powerful read. I was
getting a lot of email from readers that they hoped there would be a sequel to The Dohrman Prophecy,
and the way the novel ended, it seemed ripe for a sequel, but James veered to Quantusum, and then
requests to get a sequel for Quantusum began to come in.