Spiritual Teachers, Transparency and the Internet

A Gateless Gate (at least for cows)

A Gateless Gate (at least for cows)

COTTONWOOD, AZ

January 10, 2017 11:06 AM

I came across this video this morning of David Bowie discussing the future of the internet back in 1999. At around the 1:50 mark he says, “there’s a new demystification process between the artist and the audience,” in reference to how the internet is affecting music.

The same, I hope, can be said for the future of spirituality, particularly the “worship” of many of today’s spiritual teachers. Francis Bennett recently posted his frustration with this very topic and I’ve been talking about it for years (my original(?) post on this subject was back in 2010). … Read more…

Giving and Getting

A Pleasant Little Stream

A Pleasant Little Stream

STREAM-SIDE, WEST WALKER RIVER, CA

October 18, 2016 3:34 PM

I placed two DVDs I had bought last night on an outdoor table where someone would find them. I had burned them to my computer and didn’t need them anymore. Then I walked next door to get some coffee.

As soon as I stepped up to the counter, the barista gave me a free breakfast sandwich because she’d made an extra one by mistake.

Sometimes it works that way: Do a good deed. Get a good deed. Usually not that fast though. It felt conscious. It felt grateful. Like I’d given Her a gift and She’d given me one right back. … Read more…

The I AM Trials

Day Use Only (Now)

Day Use Only (Now)

CARSON CITY, NV

October 11, 2016 4:42 PM

I’m always amazed when I see the hand of TaoGod working behind the scenes.

A major quality of the I AM Aspect is to view life like a dream. To see how inconsequential events ultimately are. To recognize the fleetingness of them. To deeply understand that nothing, nothing, can ultimately affect you. … Read more…

The Moment (The Self)

The Infinite Layers of Life

The Infinite Layers of Life

SUSANVILLE, CA

October 5, 2016 5:11 PM

For the Divine to see Herself, She requires separation. She requires you. Like a finger pushed below the surface of an aquarium, you are a finger of the Divine pushed into this manifest world. For you to survive so that She can see Herself, you need desires. Without desires, you would die. The Self Aspect—your essential me-vehicle—is largely about how you handle these desires. From the book, from earlier today… … Read more…

The Bird

Of Snow and Ice and Light

Of Snow and Ice and Light

EAGLE LAKE, CA

October 3, 2016 4:06 PM

I awoke to white. To a layer of snow and ice. It explains why I have the camp all to myself—everyone else is smarter than me. Or they are lousy photographers. Because when the weather is bad, the shooting is always so very good.

I climbed out of bed and dressed and stepped outside. It was cold, but not that cold, not enough to head back inside. The air was so still. What is it about mornings like this? The silence? The solitude? The beauty? I love them, I love the feel of them. She—the Divine, my Lover—lies so close, just below the surface, just below visual perception. It is mornings like this where the artist senses Her—sees Her. On mornings like this, the artist feels compelled to paint Her or write about Her or put Her to music. Or he lifts his camera in a futile attempt to capture Her beauty. … Read more…

The Moment (Inner Ego)

The Remains Of The Lover's Breakfast

The Remains Of The Lover’s Breakfast

HOOD RIVER, OR

September 7, 2016 10:35 AM

The Inner Ego Aspect is all about our core personality. Not our roles, not our beliefs. Not our Me-story. Deep, ingrained personality traits. Traits that are practically impossible to change on our own, yet still change all on their own. … Read more…

Why I’m Coming Back

A Vehicle For Participating In Life

A Vehicle For Participating In Life

JOHN DAY DAM, WA

July 16, 2016 10:12 AM

I’m not getting much done on the book. I’m not at peace. There’s too much pain being shared in the world right now… and I’m feeling it. Without peace, the book feels forced. So I’m not working on it.

I’ve heard a hundred times—thousands maybe—that the enlightened don’t need to reincarnate, that they only come back to help others (the Bodhisattva Vow).

That’s BS pure and simple. Not the Vow—the Vow is wonderful, even natural. The BS is the “I’m enlightened, I’m at peace with everything” thing.

They just made that up.

That or their definition of “enlightenment” means Dead.

Life—to live—isn’t so simple. … Read more…

What I Mean By “Less Of You”

The Road Less Traveled

The Road Less Traveled

CRANE PRAIRE RESERVOIR, OR

July 7, 2016 9:33 AM

“This is ridiculous,” the Brain said, “The spot is too sweet. Someone will be camped there. It’s stupid to go so far out of your way.”

As I pulled down the dead-end road and saw all the trees leaning in, and the road in disrepair, the Brain said, “Well, maybe only hunters use the camp in the fall. Maybe She was right.”

Just then, a white pickup truck (the mysterious pickup?) appeared down the road and the Brain shouted, “Ah ha! I was right. The camp is taken! You’re a fool Wayne, you’ve always been a fool! You need to start listening to me more. When will you learn?” … Read more…

You Are So Much More

Following The Path To Its Natural Conclusion

Following The Path To Its Natural Conclusion

UMPQUA NF, OR

July 4, 2016 11:12 AM

I wrote the following last night and this morning decided not to post it. Too much unprovable theory. Too much mind. Too much noise.

A few moments ago though, as I was sitting on a rock on the River, She whispered, “Someone needs to hear this.”

So here it is. Please don’t expect me to participate in any discussion of this (too much theory, to much mind, …). Not my thing. The only point that appeals to me is the last line:

You—whatever that is—are beyond this silly world. You are so much more.

Happy Independence! … 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…