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…

What Do I Stand For?

From One Comes Another

From One Comes Another

OUTSIDE AJO, AZ

January 21, 2017 11:36 AM

Over the last few days I’ve been loading up my brain with the goal of uncovering a sense of direction:

So with this “pre-loading” of my brain, I pulled away all me-thoughts (a benefit of the skill of enlightenment), expanded, felt the Love flow and went for a long walk in the desert. … Read more…

Waiting In Limbo

The Clouds Always Part

The Clouds Always Part

OUTSIDE AJO, AZ

January 19, 2017 5:02 PM

I’ve been in limbo for the last couple of weeks. Adrift and waiting for some sort of clarity are contrary to my core nature—my Inner Ego Aspect. I like projects and creating and a sense of direction and purpose.

But none of these are clear right now.

So I wait. … Read more…

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…