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.

Get The Hell Out Of The Way

The Light and the Mural in the Coffeeshop

The Light and the Mural in the Coffeeshop

NEAR FLAGSTAFF, AZ

May 13, 2016 2:28 PM

“How’s your day going?” the guy behind the Jimmy John’s counter asked.

“Everything’s falling together wonderfully,” I replied, then followed up to his inquiring expression, “You know, I’ve found that if you just get the hell out of your own way, things often seem to work out all by themselves.”

Sort of my civilian version of “The less there is of you, the more there is of Her.”

And all is going well. I’ve been spending the days in coffeeshops, tweaking the manuscript to fit the recent insights. I’ll have an updated diagram of the 9 Aspects of Being (and explanation) soon. Letting it gel a bit.

Denying The Divine

Patterns of the Tao

Patterns of the Tao

NEAR FLAGSTAFF, AZ

May 9, 2016 10:18 AM

The main series of insights from the other night revolved around a previously hidden pattern in the 9 Aspects and a re-defining of two of them—the Shadow and the Ascetic Aspects.

As the mental reassembly of the Aspects came together, I started to contemplate what I meant by Mystic. In doing so, I got the great idea that the Divine isn’t required for one to be called a Mystic.

My logic went like this (keep in mind, it was around 3 in the morning): … Read more…

Core Strategies For Spiritual Development: Theories Fade… Scars Last

Same Rock. A Different Day.

Same Rock. A Different Day.

NEAR FLAGSTAFF, AZ

May 1, 2016 9:01 AM

I awoke to snow.

The snow is the reason the Great Nomadic Horde encamps just south of here, down in a lower, warmer elevation. It is dusty down there. And windy. And crowded. That is the cost of the Horde’s fear—dust and winds and crowds.

I’ve been up here in the higher elevations for a month now. Each evening, I park the van facing northeast. Each morning, I open the van’s cargo door and the solar system’s largest radiant heater shines in and warms the interior. I slide the easy chair forward, into the sun and bask in the warmth, drinking my coffee while watching the elk and the birds and the squirrels enjoy the Spring.

I have the woods to myself. No dust, no winds, no crowds.

Four weeks of beauty and peace and serenity. The cost of all this Beauty? Two days of snow.

And even the snow is beautiful.

The mind has its fears—the heart has its pleasures.

Below, an excerpt from the book, same section as yesterday, but the next topic… … Read more…

Core Strategies For Spiritual Development: Open the Mind AND the Heart

Just A Rock in the Woods

Just A Rock in the Woods

NEAR FLAGSTAFF, AZ

April 30, 2016 1:17 PM

I’ve been working diligently on the book, so there hasn’t been much to say. Every morning I’ve been heading into town to write, then I’ll head back into the woods for a quiet afternoon and a peaceful camp to sleep in. While I’ve probably made camp in at least a dozen different sites since I’ve been here, I have two favorites that I frequent the most—one about eight miles southwest of town, and one about eight miles northwest. With the van, there’s no problem finding a site, and often I won’t know where I’m going to camp until I’m driving out of town.

Here’s an excerpt I wrote for the book the other day. From the chapter The Basics, subchapter Core Strategies. Standard first draft disclaimer… … Read more…

Making It Personal. “Who Am I?” Done Right.

Dissolving and becoming absorbed into the flower.

Dissolving and becoming absorbed into the flower.

NEAR FLAGSTAFF, AZ

April 23, 2016 3:49 PM

Just before I “woke up,” I was sitting in my camp chair on Mt. Hood, practicing what I would later learn was called samyama. I would look at a flower, and try to become one with it. I would sit there, staring at it intently while actively trying to dissolve the perceived boundaries between the flower and myself. I would try to dissolve myself (me-me-me-me-ME!) and become absorbed into the flower.

While I could kind of get a taste of the feeling of Oneness, I wasn’t getting it in the sense I could say, “I got it!” Still, I could feel the “me” softening. In that same week, while sitting on a rock overlooking a brook, I challenged a frog to a meditation contest—and lost. This pissed me off like you wouldn’t believe, and I couldn’t get it out of my mind. How could a stupid frog be better at mediation that me(-me-me-me-ME)!

Soon after that, I “woke up” and the boundaries between “me” and “other” collapsed over the next three weeks. … Read more…