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…

Solitude For Inspiration

The Abandoned

The Abandoned

W OF SOCORRO, NM

March 15, 2017 12:50 PM

Two weeks ago I purchased an annual camping pass for New Mexico state parks, but for the last couple of days I’ve been camped out alone on national forest land.

I find that solitude—particularly in nature—acts like a catalyst for inspiration. The stillness, the vastness, the peacefulness, … the energy—it stimulates the creative process. Through nature, Her whispers are more clearly heard and appreciated. Patterns arise and ideas clarify. … Read more…

The Fast

The First Thing I Saw This Morning

The First Thing I Saw This Morning

THE DESERT

February 22, 2017 3:54 PM

Something was wrong. Something was very wrong.

I paused the movie I was watching and looked at the actor’s eyes. His mouth had vanished.

When I looked at his mouth, his neck vanished.

My brain was going. It wasn’t working right. I’ve know for the last couple of days this was happening, but now it was affecting my vision. … Read more…

The Main Reason I Do All This

Why I Live This Way

Why I Live This Way

THE DESERT

February 18, 2017 2:21 PM

When someone writes to you and says…

Thanks for the wonderful book. It literally saved my life.

… that’s a powerful testimonial.

I hope you’ll take the time to read our dialog in its entirety: … Read more…

Trip To Florida

PHOENIX, AZ

February 7, 2017 10:07 AM

I’m flying out to FL tomorrow to visit the family for a week. No problems, just a… what do you call a family visit when you just want to see them? Anyway, I doubt I’ll be updating the blog during that time. … Read more…

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.

And I Said, “Sure.”

Where To Caress A Cactus

Where To Caress A Cactus

YUMA, AZ

January 31, 2017 5:33 PM

She said, “It’s time to leave.”

And I said, “Sure.”

She said, “Turn here.”

And I said, “Sure.”

She said, “Now drive.”

And I said, “Sure.”

And I came across a Poet and he said, “I was just heading out for a walk. Would you care to walk with me?”

And I said, “Sure.” … Read more…

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…