A Parable: The Artist

A Metaphor for a Parable

A Metaphor for a Parable

JOHN DAY DAM, WA

August 4, 2016 5:22 PM

(From the book in progress.)

There’s a reason that history’s great spiritual teachers often used metaphors and parables in their teachings. The reason is: This stuff is really hard to explain.

Simply put, mental concepts—words and definitions—can’t explain what lies beyond mental concepts. And practically all things spiritual lie beyond mental concepts.

So how can I be expected to explain the relationship of the Nine Aspects of Being to you-whatever-that-is? How can I conceptualize into words what lies beyond concepts?

Attempting to explain the unexplainable is an age old problem. Over the thousands of years of trying, spiritual teachers seem to agree that there is only one, surefire way to do it:

You make something up.

Not a lie per se, but a parable… … Read more…

The Travelers

A Mystical Light On Redinger Lake

A Mystical Light On Redinger Lake

REDINGER LAKE, CA

JUNE 16, 2016 11:33 AM

Their names were Nan and Hans and they were from France and Holland and they had arrived on two motorcycles and they were admiring the lake but they didn’t think they’d camp here because they found it too open and exposed and I smiled because I now knew why She had me move my camp only half an hour earlier.

At the time, I didn’t know why She wanted me to move, but I’ve learned the futility of questioning and just did what She said.

“See that rock down there,” I said, pointing down the road to where I had been camped. “Right next to it is a path to a clearing, a clearing with a fire ring and easy access to the lake. Check it out.”

They camped there last night and this morning—just a few moments ago—Nan came up to me and hugged me and said they were so grateful that I’d shown them that secret, hidden site, that it made their whole trip, camping under the stars on this cool mountain lake.

And I smiled… because I was grateful too.

Enlightenment and the Family

The Only Shot I Could Get Without People In It

The Only Shot I Could Get Without People In It

LAKE ISABELLA, CA

June 11, 2016 7:26 AM

Being free, waterfront camping near a large city makes this a popular spot with families trying to stretch a dollar. Practically all the campsites near the river were taken… but not my favorite. After 450 miles of driving, She saved the site for me—or made it available just before I arrived.

I know I should be used to it by now, but I’m still surprised when—against all odds, She lines Life up. I’m always grateful though.

The banks of the river are filled with families and tents and kids and dogs. Young, financially struggling families escaping the heat of Bakersfield.

I’ve been thinking about families a lot lately. Maybe that’s why She guided me all the way out here to the busy and populated side of the Sierras… to think about families and Mystical Oneness and how they interact. … Read more…

If You Do Everything For Love…

NEAR FLAGSTAFF, AZ

MAY 31, 2016 9:20 AM

I’ve been saying this to people a lot lately. It’s like the key to happiness:

If you do everything for Love, then everything you do will make you happy.

I did a Google search on it. I figure someone’s got to have said it before. It’s so self-evident.

Nada. A search on “if you do everything for love” gets you Meatloaf’s “I would do anything for love” (I love Meatloaf, but that’s beside the point).

You want to know what’s holding you back from awakening? Just ask yourself as often as you remember:

Am I doing this for Love?

And if not, ask:

Why not? What is standing in my way?

I can guarantee that over the course of a few days you’ll come up with a long list, but your list of What Is Blocking My Love? will ultimately translate into these five, simple words:

Me-me-me-me-me.

Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! 😀

I love you.

Be happy. Do it for Love.

Love As A Guiding Principle

I Was Thinking Of You When I Took This Photo

I Was Thinking Of You When I Took This Photo

NEAR FLAGSTAFF, AZ

May 25, 2016 11:10 AM

I had completely forgotten about the Memorial Day weekend until I overheard a conversation in a coffeeshop. To avoid the “holiday desperation” that often comes with it, I’ve decided to wait it out here in Flagstaff where I know the terrain and the remote campsites. As a bonus, the extra few days will give me time to finish up the materials for the book proposal. Maybe even get it off to some publishers.

Which brings up the topic of this post. My guiding principle, my motto, my maxim, the way of living which I’ve been practicing since it was revealed a couple months ago:

Do everything for Love. Let TaoGod worry the details.

When you shift your motivations from one of “What can I get out of this?” to “I’m doing this for Love,” something amazing happens… … Read more…

Mystical Oneness Reminders

There's Beauty Everywhere

There’s Beauty Everywhere

NEAR FLAGSTAFF, AZ

May 23, 2016 1:12 PM

From the book in progress. Save these reminders to your phone and ask yourself them throughout the day. Don’t rush through them, really think about answering the questions. If the answer is ‘No’ to any one of them, ask yourself, “Why not?”

The smart have their theories, but the wise have their scars.Read more…

The Futility Of Trying To Prove God

Deaf Ears

Deaf Ears

NEAR FLAGSTAFF, AZ

May 20, 2016 11:38 AM

Wayne:  We’ve decided to remain at our Willard Springs location for the next 10 or so days. You know you’re welcome to visit/stay with us.

Associating with atheists/agnostics might do for you what a whetstone does for a knife.

Not a very appealing prospect, huh? Drive 20 miles out of my way for a futile endeavor? To try to prove the Divine is real? … Read more…

The Realignment

A New Perspective

A New Perspective

NEAR FLAGSTAFF, AZ

May 16, 2016 7:32 PM

I’m satisfied.

Here are the realigned Nine Aspects of Being. You can access them via the About menu also.

The Shadow was too limiting and the Ego was too broad and the two problems—once seen—resolved themselves into the Inner and Outer Egos.

The Ascetic always bothered me also (though I wasn’t sure exactly why). To find your core self, you don’t just need to surrender to an intelligent TaoGod, but to the general Source/Tao also. You need to surrender everything you can to find your core self. Ergo the Ascetic becomes the higher, shared Trans-Enlightened Self Aspect.

And then, it all came together. Three tiers with three Aspects each: A shared foundation Aspect, a Heart Aspect, and a Mind Aspect.

It’s funny how She works. I’m so very grateful.