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…

The Mystic: Parts I & II

The Fall Expected

The Fall Expected

CABALLO LAKE SP, NM

March 11, 2017 1:01 PM

Here are the first two parts of The Mystic (first draft). As I mentioned a few days ago, this is my first attempt at a novel—fiction—so I’m curious about your thoughts.

Click here for the PDF.

Please try to forget everything you know about me as you read this. Try to see it through the eyes of a spiritual seeker who’s never heard of me or my work. Someone who’s read (and enjoyed) The Prophet, or Jonathan Livingston Seagull, or The Alchemist.

Then I’d appreciate it if you’d let me know what you think.

Attachments and the Quivering Me-Thing

Openings Closed Because of Attachments

Openings Closed Because of Attachments

LEASBURG DAM SP, NM

March 8, 2017 10:22 AM

In The Mystic, the major plot line is (will probably be) discovering and achieving the purpose of the Apprentice’s life. Initially—when the Apprentice first meets the Mystic—it will be to overcome her sorrow, but later it will be to overcome any attachments that contract her into a quivering Me-thing (I may not use those exact terms). … Read more…

The Subconscious Assumption

An Inspiring Place

An Inspiring Place

CITY OF ROCKS SP, NM

March 4, 2017 10:55 AM

A few moments ago I finished the core outline for The Mystic. This outline consists of the key points to be discussed and the way they fit into the story line.

I often gather my ideas by going for a long walk, focusing my mind on the Moment (sort of a walking mindfulness meditation), and waiting for the inevitable inspiration. … Read more…

A New Project

Making Camping Easier and More Accessible

Making Camping Easier and More Accessible

BLACK JACK CAMPGROUND, AZ

February 27, 2017 4:15 PM

Until a few years ago, I would often start an exciting new project only to drop it after a few days/weeks. It was usually around that time that the project would start to feel too much like work. My computer is filled with dozens of folders on projects like these.

What I do now, is ask myself, “If you won the lottery, would you still work on this project?”

If my answer isn’t yes, then I don’t do it. … 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…

Transitions

THE DESERT

February 17, 2017 10:18 AM

Doors and windows and stairs and bridges. These used to be some of my favorite subjects to photograph. They featured prominently in Fading Toward Enlightenment. I’ve often been drawn to them. Not always, but often.

Now I understand why. … Read more…

I Want I Want I Want

"That's All I Need"

“That’s All I Need”

PHOENIX, AZ

February 15, 2017 8:01 AM

It was the first time in about seven years that I had visited Florida where I wasn’t self-tasked with solving a problem.

Without an agenda—without a goal—there was time to enjoy the trip and the family and the warmth.

Why do we live so much for the future? Why do we believe it will hold something better than this moment? … 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.