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…

New Mexico Parks Pass

CITY OF ROCKS SP, NM

March 1, 2017 4:08 PM

I signed up for the New Mexico parks pass today. $225 for a year’s worth of camping. I doubt I’ll stay in NM for the whole year, but after three weeks, the camping is basically free. Plus, if you sign up toward the first of the month (as I did today), you get 13 months instead of 12.

Showers, water, trash pickup, toilets, picnic tables, clean sites, … I feel like I’m staying in a resort.

I’m so easy to please.

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 Fast

The First Thing I Saw This Morning

The First Thing I Saw This Morning

THE DESERT

February 22, 2017 3:54 PM

Something was wrong. Something was very wrong.

I paused the movie I was watching and looked at the actor’s eyes. His mouth had vanished.

When I looked at his mouth, his neck vanished.

My brain was going. It wasn’t working right. I’ve know for the last couple of days this was happening, but now it was affecting my vision. … Read more…