The Dust Devil

Last Night's Camp

Last Night’s Camp

OUTSIDE GILA BEND, AZ

February 5, 2017 3:25 PM

As I made my way back to Phoenix, as I sought to find a place Morrissette had told me about, as I thought about visiting my family next week, just then a tall dust devil appeared in front of me and I recognized how far from anything I was and I thought, “I’m the only person who sees you,” and She whispered:

Everything is temporary. Everything but us.

And as the whirling column faded away into nothing, I whispered back, “I see you… I see you everywhere.”

Sometimes She sings it to me. Sometimes I sing it to Her: I See You.

I guess in the end… it’s all the same.

The Plant Whisperer

Plants Get The Best Views

Plants Get The Best Views

OUTSIDE AJO, AZ

January 30, 2017 2:02 PM

As I drove into town to upload some videos, I noticed a woman by the side of the dirt, desert road holding a hoe.

As I pulled up beside her, I rolled down the window and asked, “Are you the one who put up all those little wire cages around the plants I see along this road?” … Read more…

Mystics: The Rebels Of Spirituality

COTTONWOOD, AZ

January 12, 2017 9:45 AM

Historically, mystics have always had rather short life expectancies. They tended to die young because they were constantly saying stupid things that pissed people off.

Stupid things that somehow made a lot of sense.

So traditionally, the established authorities liked to kill mystics off before they became too big of a problem. Burn ’em, stone ’em, or crucify ’em, I don’t care! Just get rid of them!

Today’s version of this “Kill the Mystic!” mentality is to troll them online. … Read more…

The Moment (Outer Ego Aspect)

Windows Into Their World

Windows Into Their World

SISTERS, OR

September 22, 2016 1:10 PM

The Outer Ego Aspect is about our dynamic personas. It is not about defining ourselves, or presenting an image designed to manipulate the opinion of others. The Outer Ego Aspect is about communication—about speaking the other person’s language. It is about speaking from our heart, to theirs. Ultimately, it is about love.

From the book in progress… … Read more…

Barriers, Confidence, and Boundless Love

There are no Barriers between You and the Ocean

There are no Barriers between You and the Ocean

WILLAMETTE NF, OR

September 17, 2016 10:38 AM

Holding Myself Accountable To The Witness/Mystic.

When I catch myself taking my thoughts or emotions too seriously, I will access the Witness (no boundaries) while opening my Heart (Mystic). I will send Love to everything and everyone in my vicinity. I will be boundless Love.

No call. I want to focus on the book and I want you to become more confident in your abilities.

I met a man the other day who wanted to write an RPG (computer game), but he had a dozen excuses for why he couldn’t do it. Something was always wrong. Some barrier was always in the way. … Read more…

I Need To Remember

This Entire Life Behind Things

This Entire Life Behind Things

ON MT. HOOD, OR

August 19, 2016 5:59 PM

That’s the day I realized that there was this entire life behind things, and this incredibly benevolent force that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. Video’s a poor excuse, I know. But it helps me remember… I need to remember…

Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world, I feel like I can’t take it, and my heart is just going to cave in.

— Ricky Fitz (American Beauty)

The Suffering of the Bodhisattva

The Near, the Far, and the Middle. All in Focus. All at Once.

The Near, the Far, and the Middle. All in Focus. All at Once.

ON MT. HOOD, OR

July 19, 2016 10:38 AM

The Bodhisattva Vow is not a vow. This is a misunderstanding. To say that a person, upon enlightenment, took a vow to awaken all individuals is as silly as saying that, upon being born, you took a vow to eat food.

You feel a natural desire to eat. The bodhisattva feels a natural desire to help others awaken. … Read more…

Garth

A Light Stone On A Medicine Circle

A Light Stone On A Medicine Circle

UMPQUA NF, OR

JUNE 30, 2016 5:20 PM

Garth came down from his campsite—a campsite I hadn’t known was there 12 hours ago—and asked me how I’d slept and I knew She’d whispered to him in the night. Spiritual people tend to pick up on Her vibe. … Read more…

The Proposal and The Moment

The End: Of a Day, a Task, and a Daffodil

The End: Of a Day, a Task, and a Daffodil

OUTSIDE WILLIAMS, AZ

June 9, 2016 8:56 AM

I’ve just finished sending the book proposal (cover letter, synopsis, outline, and sample chapters) off to a few publishers. That’s a big task checked off the list and I’m relieved and I’m happy.

Yesterday, I woke up with the idea to add to the end of each Aspect’s chapter an entry titled, The Moment. Each will be a look at this moment as seen through the eyes of that Aspect.

I wrote one yesterday for the Soul Aspect as soon as I woke up. Later, in the coffee shop I’m sitting in right now, I wrote the one for the Mystic Aspect.

I enjoyed them so much that I might start doing these more often, posting them to this blog.

Since I’m sitting in the same coffee shop (same seat even), here’s what I wrote yesterday for the Mystic Aspect’s The Moment: … Read more…

Strengthening and Nurturing the Mystic Aspect

Morning Outside a College Town Coffee Shop

Morning Outside a College Town Coffee Shop

NEAR FLAGSTAFF, AZ

April 7, 2016 3:04 PM

I have a number of subgoals set up for the book: Outline; Introduction; Soul Chapter; Mystic Chapter; Clean Up; Book Proposal; Send to Publishers/Agents; (Write the rest of the book)…

Today I finished the first draft of the Mystic chapter. This is a turning point in the whole book process: The shift from raw writing to cleaning up and prepping. From here, it’s about getting the manuscript ready for submission to publishers and/or literary agents.

Below is the first draft of the final section of the Mystic Aspect. Standard first-draft disclaimer… … Read more…