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MT HOOD, OR—Many people assume that when your personal self drops, you stop having thoughts—ie: the mythical state of pure bliss. These are two separate things. When you stopped believing in the tooth fairy, your thoughts did not cease. Same

Posted in Best Of, Emptiness, Personal Self

How To Dramatically Increase Your Luck

CAMP 3 (or 4), MT HOOD, OR—I came down off my mountain to hang out with Randy the Mobile Kodger for the afternoon. When I told him I’d been thinking of using the term luck instead of synchronicity he spontaneously slid into his Southern Baptist Preacher

Posted in Best Of, Day in the Life, Duplex Personality, Ego Barrier, Emptiness, Path of Mystical Oneness, Personal Self, Radiance, Soul, Synchronicity, Techniques

The Subtle Senses Of Self

SOMEWHERE IN THE SIERRAS, CA—Some thoughts I’m fleshing out. Hopefully this will be enough theory for awhile. Sorry for the long posts. Instinctual self: Our genetically hardwired sense of self responsible for self/species preservation. Ego: The imaginary self consisting of

Posted in Emptiness, Enlightenment, Integration, Mystical Oneness, No-Self, Personal Self, Radiance, Soul

Negative Reinforcement

FRESNO, CA—When it comes to spiritual development, I’m a big fan of negative reinforcement. If it sucks, you’ll tend to avoid it. So un-Buddhist of me I know, but it works (I’m not a Buddhist). In this forum post, I

Posted in Ego Barrier, Personal Self


SHAVER LAKE, CA—Thursday, while in Fresno, I looked up the weather for Shaver Lake and saw rain on Saturday and snow on Monday. Still not sure where to go though, I flipped my coin and She said to head back

Posted in Best Of, Day in the Life, Duplex Personality, Personal Self, Soul, VanDwelling

Everything You Need To Know To Become A Fully Realized Mystic

WICKHAM CP, FL—By mystic I mean someone who realizes they are nothing and the Divine is everything. Everything you need to know to become a fully realized Mystic: State-Your-Name is blocking God Herself. When among others, when lost in self-interest, when

Posted in Mystical Oneness, Personal Self, Techniques


WICKHAM CP, FL—Grease, released in the movie theaters 35 years ago. I bought the DVD a couple of days ago and watched it tonight. “Summer Nights,” the definitive song on the difference between men and women and awakening relationships. Watch

Posted in Best Of, Personal Self

The Frog Master Practice

SOMEWHERE OUTSIDE SOCORRO, NM—With an unexpected morning off, I hiked up the hill above camp with no intention other than a little exercise and appreciation of nature. On the hike back down, I saw a rock in a clearing. I

Posted in Best Of, Personal Self, Techniques

Feeling Special

LEASBURG DAM SP, NM—Reader Joyce arrived at the park a few days back. Instead of heading to Thailand or India for an extended retreat, she decided to head to the American Southwest on a spiritual quest. She gave away or

Posted in Feel of, Personal Self, Reflections

Bad Things Suck

First Flat On 528

I bought a new home yesterday—a 22 foot 2006 Pioneer Travel Trailer.

While towing it back to Palm Bay, one of the tires blew.

I changed it with the spare.

Five minutes later the spare tire blew.

Ants bit the bejesus out of my feet as I disconnected the trailer and left it on the side of the highway.

I drove to the nearest RV dealer and they didn’t do tires anymore.

They referred me to a wonderful place though, Space Coast Industries, and they gave me a tire and hub (didn’t even ask my name).

I changed the tire…

and ants bit the bejesus out of my feet again.

I towed the trailer to Space Coast Industries and I’m having them replace all the tires.

The tires probably blew because my ball hitch is too low for the trailer, leaning the trailer forward and putting too much weight on the front tires.

A raised ball hitch is only $20 at Walmart.

I won’t get my trailer back until next week.

At the DMV today, it took me three trips to get my address changed and my trailer registered (post 9/11 bureaucracies hate nomads).

The DMV fees were $700 dollars.

It has been a very physically and emotionally exhausting two days.

My Point

Bad things happen to everyone.

If you take “bad things” personally, you suffer.

If you don’t take them personally, they are just painful stuff.

If you think you should always win, you suffer.

If you don’t think you should always win, “bad things” aren’t bad at all, they are just this.

All these events were physically and emotionally painful, but they weren’t personal. They didn’t happen to me, they just happened.

Taking things personally and making winning important are traits of the Mortal level.

They make your life suck.

Let go of the Mortal illusion.

Bad things happen.

Bad things are painful…

but they don’t have to suck

and you don’t have to suffer.

Posted in Personal Self

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