In the book you ask the question, “Are men necessary?” How did you end up answering that question from your own perspective?

Scott Blum: While I was writing, I was fascinated to learn that females have been out-numbering males in a statistically significant way for generations in the United States and most of Europe. This raises the question as to what the impact from an evolutionary perspective the decline of the male species will be.

Are we going through an evolutionary process of elimination or is the very concept of gender changing?

Scott Blum: During my research I came across some very convincing arguments that males were indeed being phased out, but as the writing of the book progressed, I became convinced that the death of the male species was not going to be a physical one, but a death of the patriarchic paradigm we’ve been experiencing during the past century. It is a popular belief that the Divine Feminine needs to be honored and exalted above all else, which is of course a necessary response to the current state of affairs in order to swing the pendulum in the opposite direction. However, the Divine Masculine which has also been ignored in recent history needs to be celebrated as well which is what unites them both. And whether or not we as individuals correspond to the traditional view of gender, or we choose to focus on the crucial task of integrating the male and female aspects within ourselves, ultimately it is the Sacred Marriage of the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine wherein true healing takes place.

There are several rituals from different spiritual backgrounds within the book. What do you think is the importance of ceremony and ritual in our culture today?

Scott Blum: With today’s modern lifestyle encouraging and facilitating hyper-individuality and ultimately self-imposed isolation, practicing rituals helps connect us to each other and those that have come before. By practicing the same rituals that our ancestors have, it allows us to draw strength from the entire history of our family line which helps to support us in a unity of mutual honoring. This energetic strength is at the core of the process known as ancestral healing which ultimately serves to allow each of us to take our own powerful place within our family line. However, rituals don’t need to be traditional to serve their purpose. Even if your aren’t able to participate in the ancient rituals of your relatives, creating your own rituals can be beneficial, whether it’s saying special words to loved ones before going to sleep, or taking a break to watch the sunset each day. What’s important is that you devote yourself fully to the moment and use that time to connect to something bigger than yourself. Soul contracts are a theme in all three of your books.

How is becoming a parent serving a soul contract?

Scott Blum: Ultimately, the goal of all soul contracts is to formalize our agreement with the universe about how we intend to make the world a better place after living here. Many of us spend a great deal of time during the first part of our lives learning our own personal lessons, but since the main reason for living is to share our wisdom with others, there is no greater experience we can have in this lifetime than bringing children into this world. It is the very nature of becoming a parent that insures that passing on our own personal gifts is not only a good idea, it’s necessary by design. So therefore, it is common that our soul contracts are already entwined with those of our children’s well before we are born, and the karmic lessons learned on both sides aren’t fully realized until everyone has played their respective roles.

Many of the characters in your books bravely face personal fears and anxieties in order to heal and grow. What is your advice for those of us who are stuck in a pattern of anxiety and fear?

Scott Blum: Many of us are stuck in unhealthy patterns primarily because we haven’t integrated our daily life path with our personal destiny. The universe has a perfect plan for each of us, and although we all benefit from the gift of free will, when we align ourselves with our personal destiny, the universe will reward us with substantial support. When we move in our destined direction that support ultimately makes our lives much easier to live on a daily basis, as opposed to when we’re trying to force our own ideas what our perfect life should be. Naturally, the challenge is to be able to identify what our personal destiny is, and conjure the courage to pursue it once it’s been made obvious to us. And for most of us, it is our intellect which is to blame for preventing us from identifying and embracing our true path. But once we learn to follow our heart and trust our intuition, it becomes easier and ultimately natural to recognize and embrace our personal destiny within every moment.

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