Maybe Next Life

One Place—Two Different Lives

One Place—Two Different Lives

MANZANO MOUNTAINS SP, NM

April 6, 2017 9:03 AM

I’ve decided not to write Through The Eyes of a Mystic—too self-centered. Too much like Fading Toward Enlightenment.

Anyway, here’s something I wrote a few weeks ago, something that was going to be in Through The Eyes of a Mystic. It’s a first (and probably final) draft, so please don’t judge it too harshly. … Read more…

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…

I’m On My Way

Entrance

Entrance

MANZANO MOUNTAINS SP, NM

April 3, 2017 9:04 AM

After uploading yesterday’s post, I found myself climbing behind the wheel. This often happens. I just find myself leaving. I didn’t know where I was going. I thought, “Maybe I’m going to Santa Fe. Maybe that BLM land I know of north of there. Maybe Albuquerque for some big city life.”

I didn’t know where. I just knew I was going.

As I started Serenity up, Paul Simon sang out over the radio: … Read more…

Free For 3 Days: The Serenity Technique

LAS VEGAS, NM

April 2, 2017 6:00 AM

My newest book, The Serenity Technique is free for the next three days: April 2 – April 4, 2017.

It was quite the experience writing and publishing a book in two weeks. I did manage to get it uploaded to Amazon on the day of my self-imposed deadline (March 31), but I wasn’t happy with a couple cosmetic things, so I put off announcing it until today.

I wrote The Serenity Technique because I often get emails asking how to deal with negative emotions from an enlightened state. … 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…

Fiction is HARD

My Office Before The Great Irish Invasion of 2017

My Office Before The Great Irish Invasion of 2017

LAKE SUMNER SP, NM

March 18, 2017 3:07 PM

I recently started posting to Medium—sort of a tryout to see if it was worth the effort—and in joining I started receiving a daily digest of some topics I am interested in.

Two articles on writing showed up a couple days ago—in the same morning:

I thought they were going to be click-bait, but two points stood out: … Read more…

Solitude For Inspiration

The Abandoned

The Abandoned

W OF SOCORRO, NM

March 15, 2017 12:50 PM

Two weeks ago I purchased an annual camping pass for New Mexico state parks, but for the last couple of days I’ve been camped out alone on national forest land.

I find that solitude—particularly in nature—acts like a catalyst for inspiration. The stillness, the vastness, the peacefulness, … the energy—it stimulates the creative process. Through nature, Her whispers are more clearly heard and appreciated. Patterns arise and ideas clarify. … 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…

The Subconscious Assumption

An Inspiring Place

An Inspiring Place

CITY OF ROCKS SP, NM

March 4, 2017 10:55 AM

A few moments ago I finished the core outline for The Mystic. This outline consists of the key points to be discussed and the way they fit into the story line.

I often gather my ideas by going for a long walk, focusing my mind on the Moment (sort of a walking mindfulness meditation), and waiting for the inevitable inspiration. … Read more…