Attached Versus Connected

Naturally Connected

Naturally Connected

BLUEWATER STATE PARK, NM

April 16, 2017 12:30 PM

Attached is related to the past. Connected is related to the present.

Attached weighs you down. Connected lifts you up.

Attached contracts you. Connected expands you.

Through attachment, we cling in fear of loss. Through connection, we open through our natural love.

We use connection in both The Serenity Technique and Mystical Oneness to help us unite our inner being with the exterior world. We connect through love in The Serenity Technique, while we connect through imbuing in the Witness practices of Mystical Oneness. Both lead to a more intimate experience of life.

Less you, more love.

Less attachment, more connection.

Formless Awareness—Nirvikalpa Samadhi

My Yearly Brush With Snow

My Yearly Brush With Snow

MANZANO MOUNTAINS SP, NM

April 4, 2017 9:43 AM

I awoke to snow. A few moments (seconds, minutes, hours?) earlier I was in, what is often called in Sanskrit, nirvikalpa samadhi—formless awareness.

This happens about once a week now but last night’s was the most… clear. I am aware, but not of any thing. A radiant, outward flowing awareness with no destination or intention. No other. No me even.

But, upon awakening I was struck by how almost all accounts of this “state” (quotes because it lies below all experience), seem to miss a key point: Love. … Read more…

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…

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…

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…