As with all evolution, the Pneuma Yod Project, or PYP as they prefer to be called, started from a spark. In this case, the spark was ignited through an experience of terror and subsequent escape from said terror of the project’s founder Guy Juarez. This statement will not surprise anyone who has read “The Chronicles of Guy’s Alien Encounters.” For those of you that haven’t, you can read or download the book from either Guy’s personal site www.pneuma-yod.com or the 777 Center Home page. In a nutshell, in this shockingly, revealing and at times gut-wrenching e-book, Guy bares his soul, so to speak, and recounts his experiences that focuses on the time between 2000 through 2004, when he finally broke free to pick up the pieces of his life. It was his understanding of the help and guidance he received to help him break free that led to the laying of the first foundation stone of the PYP.
Guy’s escape from the terror that had become his life, led him to the 7 Keys Millennium Awakening Center in Lakewood, Washington. There he found kindred spirits he could share his story with, whom also had stories of their own. Hearing of a study group to uncover the Ancient Mysteries held at the center, Guy quickly signed up. Over the next year, he slowly began to see the benefit of self-discovery and how each person had a purpose on Earth. His purpose was obvious, to use music to touch peoples souls.
Music had always been a passion for Guy. He and his brother had started the band Mr. Nobody in the early 90s and quickly gained success, playing in bars and clubs every weekend throughout the Seattle area. In 2000, life was great for Guy; he was happily married with three children, he had steady work during the day to pay the bills, plus he was supplementing his income with his true love, music. Then he met a woman and within a year he had lost it all, his wife and family, band, music, and job.
After the 7 Keys closed in the summer of 2005, Guy continued his study with us in our home. Earlier that year he had joined the I.D.E.A Foundation for the Benefit of Humanity as a director, because the foundation’s goals were in line with his. He also began writing music again, but this time he was using it in a healing, transformative way. As fear had been such a strong presence in his life, Guy keyed in on addressing that emotion. Consequently, he wrote the powerful song “Because of the Fear”, to which two videos were produced. The first video, using the title of the song addressed fear from the material, physical perspective. However, the second video incorporating Tibetan gongs and called “Gongs of Change”, presented fear from the energetic perspective. Both videos are available on Guy’s site.
After producing the videos, the flood gates opened for Guy and he began writing and composing songs profusely. It seemed he was presenting a new song to us almost every week. We found them inspirational and deeply moving. For Guy, the songs were about his “journey to forces calling him to see something greater than himself.” So many things inspired him. For instance, after watching a YouTube video by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor about her experience when she had a stroke, he was inspired to write “Silent Mind.” Nonetheless, most of his songs were about what he was learning.
In 2007, Guy was ready to present his work to the world and after his web site Pneuma-Yod was set up, he began making some of his songs available for download. During this time, although he worked with a couple of ex-members of the Mr. Nobody band, he didn’t try to put the band back together. That door was forever closed. He was different and therefore his music was too. Still, the drive to share his music with the world was getting stronger, and the number of songs kept growing.
Following a mass e-mail we sent out to our former patrons of the 7 Keys in the fall of 2010, we received a reply from a young man who had been in the study group. His name was Dan Bogrand and after he conveyed a wish to continue studying with us, we invited him to our home. It soon became apparent that Dan supported the I.D.E.A Foundation’s goals and so he accepted our invitation to be a director. As expected, Dan and Guy bonded immediately, not only because of the same philosophy, but also because of their deep love for music. Expressing a desire to play the drums, Guy encouraged Dan to start practicing with him on a regular basis. At this time, Guy had signed with the record label TMG music group to produce a CD of his songs, which he had mixed in his home studio in a controlled environment. With this action, Guy laid the foundation stone for the Pneuma Yod Project, because the next step was to promote the CD, by playing in public.
Before we move onto the next phase, let’s take a moment to examine his choice of name for the project. The name evolved from Guy’s inward journey of self-discovery. Coming to understand the spirit is within us, he wanted to reflect this in the name. Pneuma is literally the Greek word for “breath”, but philosophically it is more akin to representing the Soul or Life-force. On the other hand, Yod, the tenth letter in the Hebrew Alphabet means Spirit and represents the spark within us all. By combining the two words, Guy wanted to convey the importance of both aspects in the human being.
Dan and Guy’s practice sessions were getting better and better and as the drummer, Dan became known as the “heartbeat” of the band. As their confidence grew, both were feeling they could play out in bars and clubs, but they both felt they needed a third member to build the next level in as they were calling it, “the temple of sound for the soul”. After all three is the minimum number needed to build a structure. The universe must have heard them, because shortly after Guy was in Starbucks one spring morning of 2011.
Standing in line for coffee, Guy noticed the young Barista standing behind the counter. When he reached the counter, the young man asked, “Are those guitar pegs?” Guy immediately knew what he meant; Guy had worn guitar pegs as earrings for most of his adult life. Introducing himself as Mark Larsen, after Guy affirmed his assessment, the young man offered, “I play guitar myself.” Considering his desire for someone to join the band that he and Dan were putting together, Guy smiled and said, “Great. Why don’t you come and play with us.” Mark did, and Guy later related to us that to say that Mark “played the guitar” was an understatement in the extreme. Emphasizing the point, he added “I think he is a prodigy.” At the time we had to take Guy’s word for it, although we knew that when it came to music he was usually brutally honest about a person’s talent, or lack thereof.
What neither Guy nor anyone knew at the time was that Mark also used music to heal and he had an understanding of music that went very deep for one so young. We would call him an old soul, because like Guy and Dan, music was so much more than just something pleasant to listen to for Mark. This understanding became clearly apparent, when we asked Guy to write and create the music for a meditation we were putting together for the summer Solstice of 2011 for the Bridge to Peace Project. As well as writing the music for the meditation, we also asked Guy to narrate the guided meditation.
The project had grown out of our connection with the work of Dr. Carl Johan Calleman. Early in 2011, we had read his book “The Purposeful Universe”, and realized how his work could be applied to promoting world-wide peace. After contacting him through our director and friend Leyland Carney, Dr. Calleman graciously consented to supporting the project by becoming a Close Associate of the I.D.E.A. Foundation.
For the meditation the three members decided to incorporate the powerfully healing 432 Hz as well as the Tibetan gongs and Solfeggio tones. The tones and the gongs together created such a unique and riveting sound. After Guy had written his guitar piece, it was no problem for Mark and Dan to find their inspiration and contribute their piece to the music. The result of their efforts was the truly moving and hauntingly beautiful arrangement that is the center piece for the guided meditation.
Following the meditation, the Pneuma Yod Project stalled for a short time, while Guy exorcized the demons, so to speak of his experience in 2004 through writing the e-book. The main result of writing the book was that Guy recognized the different “players” in the events. Through this, he understood that the “aliens” he encountered were merely trying to help him remember his purpose here; that is, to use music to help bring peace and harmony to the world, by touching people’s souls.
When the book was finished, Guy posted the link onto his Facebook page, which led to another important connection for us. While he was working on the book, he had connected with the so-called UFO community on Facebook, and through them had learned of the work of Dr. Carol Sue Rosin, and had friend requested her. On November 11 2011 having sent a message to Dr. Rosin, Guy was in the middle of writing to another friend when a box appeared on his screen indicating the former was responding by instant message. Carol related that although not intending to turn her computer on, “something” had moved her to do so. Discussing the serendipity of connecting on such an auspicious day ---11:11:11, as the world focused on Peace through multiple events, the serendipity of the contact was further reinforced for Guy on learning he and Carol shared the same birthday. The next day Guy sent Dr. Rosin a letter explaining our work and she again delighted him with an immediate response not only saying she felt they could work together, but also expressing a desire to speak with us. The rest as they say is history, we immediately bonded and began helping promote the Peace in Space Treaty banning all space-based weapons.
“Silent Mind” CD was released in early 2012 and the Pneuma Yod Project moved into full swing again. At first, it was unclear as to what direction they were going to take, but Guy felt they needed to take the next step by bringing the energy of the songs into the material plane by playing live.
Today, all three members see PYP as still evolving and envision the project growing and developing as other singers and or musicians are moved to help them build their temple of sound. They encourage anyone, so moved to contact them. Philosophy, and or beliefs are not a consideration, other than each potential member recognizes the truth that at the soul level, everyone on Earth wants to live in peace and harmony.
We await PYP’s first live performance with eager anticipation.