The Glow

BLUEWATER STATE PARK, NM

April 9, 2017 7:17 AM

As the movie finished, I clicked over to Amazon to see if anyone had reviewed The Serenity Technique. C. Larson had. And it was so beautiful, so insightful. Where Amazon asked Was this helpful? I clicked Yes and wished I could do more.

Filled with that odd glow of feeling appreciated, I went to sleep and fell into that vast, formless state—the place of Love and Awareness but no Time.

I awoke filled with insights and dumped them into the voice recorder on my phone. So many things—so many ideas to share—yet I (feel, know, sense) that I’m running out of time. The pressure, the desire, the futility. It’s disheartening.

With that residual feeling of dread, I pulled up The Serenity Technique on Amazon again.

No new reviews.

I felt the Contraction—the disappointment, the doubts, the pain.

And as I lay there in bed, in the Contraction, I applied The Serenity Technique and I saw the message slam down the pneumatic tube next to me:

WE HATE YOUR WORK WAYNE! YOU’RE A LOSER! GIVE IT UP! NO ONE CARES!

And I gave the message its due and I let it sit there in all its anger and hostility and I moved it to the OUTGOING tube and pressed the button and watched it vanish down through the imaginary office floor in my imaginary mental world.

Why does that hurt? I asked myself. Why do I care? And I felt the love for myself, for my message, for my being and reveled once again how long it’s taken me to love me/myself (whatever that is) and I felt that same glow that I felt when I went to bed last night.

And, feeling that loving glow, I looked out through the side window at the beauty: the lake softly glowing with the pre-dawn sky; the water still and glassy. The bed was warm and comfortable—made all the better by the cool morning air and I expanded into it all—through the glowing Love I felt within and for myself. And I felt the Love out-there-in-here all wondrously connected and I thanked—gratefully thanked—all the readers who’ve NEVER reviewed or shared my work over the years for helping me into this beautiful place this peaceful and radiant morning.

And feeling that loving, connected glow, I climbed out of bed and typed this post.

I’m so happy.

Why I Wrote The Serenity Technique

 

The 80/20 rule for marketing a book is this:

  1. Ask your readers to buy the book
  2. Ask them to review it
  3. Ask them to tell their friends about it

I hope you’ll do all three. My work goes nowhere without you.

Peace and Love,

Wayne

Maybe Next Life

One Place—Two Different Lives

One Place—Two Different Lives

MANZANO MOUNTAINS SP, NM

April 6, 2017 9:03 AM

I’ve decided not to write Through The Eyes of a Mystic—too self-centered. Too much like Fading Toward Enlightenment.

Anyway, here’s something I wrote a few weeks ago, something that was going to be in Through The Eyes of a Mystic. It’s a first (and probably final) draft, so please don’t judge it too harshly. … Read more…

Formless Awareness—Nirvikalpa Samadhi

My Yearly Brush With Snow

My Yearly Brush With Snow

MANZANO MOUNTAINS SP, NM

April 4, 2017 9:43 AM

I awoke to snow. A few moments (seconds, minutes, hours?) earlier I was in, what is often called in Sanskrit, nirvikalpa samadhi—formless awareness.

This happens about once a week now but last night’s was the most… clear. I am aware, but not of any thing. A radiant, outward flowing awareness with no destination or intention. No other. No me even.

But, upon awakening I was struck by how almost all accounts of this “state” (quotes because it lies below all experience), seem to miss a key point: Love. … Read more…

I’m On My Way

Entrance

Entrance

MANZANO MOUNTAINS SP, NM

April 3, 2017 9:04 AM

After uploading yesterday’s post, I found myself climbing behind the wheel. This often happens. I just find myself leaving. I didn’t know where I was going. I thought, “Maybe I’m going to Santa Fe. Maybe that BLM land I know of north of there. Maybe Albuquerque for some big city life.”

I didn’t know where. I just knew I was going.

As I started Serenity up, Paul Simon sang out over the radio: … Read more…

Free For 3 Days: The Serenity Technique

LAS VEGAS, NM

April 2, 2017 6:00 AM

My newest book, The Serenity Technique is free for the next three days: April 2 – April 4, 2017.

It was quite the experience writing and publishing a book in two weeks. I did manage to get it uploaded to Amazon on the day of my self-imposed deadline (March 31), but I wasn’t happy with a couple cosmetic things, so I put off announcing it until today.

I wrote The Serenity Technique because I often get emails asking how to deal with negative emotions from an enlightened state. … Read more…

The Mind Is Me Assumption

What I look like when my mind is blown.

What I look like when my mind is blown.

LAS VEGAS, NM

March 27, 2017 1:23 PM

The mind is me? Sometimes I’m amazed at how dumb smart people can be. Not Mark O’Connell—the author of the referenced article—but the people he interviewed for it.

Here’s an email I just sent Mark (minor corrections for my mind’s (see, two things: me and my mind) stupidity). … Read more…

Three Things

The Vent, the Wall, and the Windows

The Vent, the Wall, and the Windows

LAS VEGAS, NM

March 25, 2017 9:39 AM

In this morning’s feed, three articles struck me. Core Inner Ego stuff.

The lines that got me thinking:

  1. I will never compare my life to yours. That’s why I’m happy.
  2. Maybe the only thing I know in life: the more I help people, the more I have to give. It’s like a barrel of infinite water.
  3. Focus works. A sharp edge cuts through the clutter.

Maybe you’ll find something of value in them too.

Three Books and a Rejection

This Photo Has Nothing To Do With The Post

This Photo Has Nothing To Do With The Post

LAKE SUMNER SP, NM

March 20, 2017 4:58 PM

Okay. I’m officially working on two different books while keeping The Mystic in the back of my mind—churning.

Book 1: One Second Serenity

Book 2: Through The Eyes Of A Mystic

Book 3: The Mystic

Through The Eyes Of A Mystic is going to be a collection of “The Moment”-like posts. Short observations of the moment as seen from a mystic’s worldview.

I think what attracts people to spirituality is often their projection of what it is like to be awake/enlightened, so this book will just be a collection of what it is like. The everyday world seen through a mystic’s eyes.

But… but I want the book to be an all-new, never-before published collection of these accounts, so I’m ‘collecting’ them as I go (without sharing them here). The book will consist of about 30-50 (100?) of them.

What follows was an early ‘cheat’—an idea I could take previous blog posts and use those, or (as the example below) old stories from my past. I’ve since rejected this idea, but I kind of like where the story was headed. Maybe I’ll finish it sometime and use it as an introduction somewhere.

Anyway, this should give you an idea of the writing style and tone without breaking my “Never Before Published” promise. … Read more…

Fiction is HARD

My Office Before The Great Irish Invasion of 2017

My Office Before The Great Irish Invasion of 2017

LAKE SUMNER SP, NM

March 18, 2017 3:07 PM

I recently started posting to Medium—sort of a tryout to see if it was worth the effort—and in joining I started receiving a daily digest of some topics I am interested in.

Two articles on writing showed up a couple days ago—in the same morning:

I thought they were going to be click-bait, but two points stood out: … Read more…