Mystics: The Rebels Of Spirituality

COTTONWOOD, AZ

January 12, 2017 9:45 AM

Historically, mystics have always had rather short life expectancies. They tended to die young because they were constantly saying stupid things that pissed people off.

Stupid things that somehow made a lot of sense.

So traditionally, the established authorities liked to kill mystics off before they became too big of a problem. Burn ’em, stone ’em, or crucify ’em, I don’t care! Just get rid of them!

Today’s version of this “Kill the Mystic!” mentality is to troll them online. … 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…

A Kinder, Gentler New Year

Less is More

Less is More

YUMA, AZ

January 1, 2017 00:01 AM

The less there is of you, the more there is of Love (and Kindness and Gentleness and Grace and …).

For the new year, maybe we should all focus on becoming less.

Let go of your fears and open.

Let go of your me-me-me worries and allow the Love to flow.

Let go of your self-concerns and act with kindness.

If you are going to resolve anything today, maybe you should keep it simple.

Maybe as simple as this:

Be less.

Happy New Year.

Unconditional Love

The Light And the Vastness

The Light And the Vastness

YUMA, AZ

Enlightenment is when the personal and the impersonal unite. When they unite, all boundaries are seen through and we experience a profound sense of Vastness.

For many, this Vastness feels alive. It feels like the source of Everything. It feels vibrant, like some undefinable Potential, vibrating with an irrepressible inner expectation. … Read more…

Consciousness During General Anesthesia

The Awareness of Nothing

The Awareness of Nothing

COTTONWOOD, AZ

November 30, 2016 4:14 PM

“Oh! You’re awake!” the startled nurse said as she quickly snatched a breathing tube out of my mouth.

“I just had a very cool experience,” I replied. … Read more…

Simple Solutions

Anti-Washboard Road Devices

Anti-Washboard Road Devices

COTTONWOOD, AZ

November 19, 2016 12:33 PM

We all love simple solutions. Simple solutions are easy to understand. Simple solutions sell well. They tweet well. They share well.

But simple solutions rarely solve complex problems. … Read more…

Free Review Copies Available (Sort of)

COTTONWOOD, AZ

November 16, 2016 11:15 AM

Until the end of November 24, 2016—Thanksgiving, about a week from now—I’m giving away review copies of Mystical Oneness and the Nine Aspects of Being.

Free (sort of).

Free as in no charge.

Sort of as in—unlike in the past (the wise have their scars)—I’ll be holding everyone who requests a copy accountable for actually posting a review. 🙂

Request your copy here.

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 First Rule of Truth Club

Toketee Falls, OR

Toketee Falls, OR

UMPQUA NF, OR

July 3, 2016 1:12 PM

Is a waterfall a thing? Or is it a concept, a box to enclose… something, something relatively constant yet always changing.

The first rule of Truth Club is: You don’t define Truth Club. … 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.