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Emergence of the Contemplative Shaman — Introduction

The properties of Divine wisdom —which include intuition, conscience, compassion, agape love, and holistic thought— are actually adaptive traits necessary for our survival in the fractured world that our cognitive intelligence created. Only this wisdom can bring us back into harmony with each other and with Nature. Continue reading

Aldous Huxley and the Perennial Philosophy

I will let Wikipedia handle the finer details of Aldous Huxley’s biography, and stick with the themes most pertinent to our inquiry. Though most famous for his early satirical and pacifist writing (Brave New World being his signature work), and later for his pioneering experiments in opening “the doors of perception” through conscientious use of … Continue reading

Pantheism and the Freedom of “Nothing Left to Lose”

It was suggested in a philosophy forum recently that pantheism might offer the only definition of God that is not disprovable. After all, the post reasoned, equating God with the universe makes it something only a solipsist would dispute (and actually, solipsism is the easiest kind of pantheism to explain, but that’s another idea for … Continue reading

Excerpt from “Birding in the Face of Terror” — Act IV

Pedro spent much of Act III ruminating on the very limited knowledge he had of the national crisis on the East Coast, and his incredulousness over the group leaders’ decision to keep the information from the fellow passengers. Only they, Pedro, and Betty Pickett know at this point. (She found out accidentally in Act III … Continue reading

Excerpt from “Birding in the Face of Terror” — Prologue

My name, you ask? You are dying to know, I can tell. For I have watched you. I have seen you warring against yourself since the beginning of time, spilling your own blood for the right to call me by the names of your choosing. Part of you has imagined me as legion, and built … Continue reading

Passage from “The Last Tempation of Christ”

While I was writing The Camerado Chronicles  in the summer of 2004, I picked up The Last Temptation of Christ at a used book store, not knowing how deeply it would influence the rest of that project, nor the short story that would emerge directly from it. Here is the scene that inspired the writing … Continue reading

Birding in the Face of Terror

Release date: 19 June 2020 Click here to purchase directly from ND Media How would our lives be different if we could weather the storms of tragedy and loss without fear? What if the fearlessness were not a result of isolation from others or insulation in false hope and comforting beliefs, but of full immersion … Continue reading

Conversation with a Friend

“Why doesn’t God just reveal Himself to us already?! I’m so tired of answering to this faceless, invisible being that gives us no clear instructions.”   I hear you. Alas, there is no mirror large enough To reflect the entire universe at once. Where would we put it?   “Ack! Why must you speak in these … Continue reading

Somewhere

Ever wonderhow many sunrisesyou have left in this life?If you are thinking of a number,please,stop whatever you are doing.You are not free here.Somebody owns the name you call yourself,and it isn’t you.This is what it means to sayyour days are numbered–in truth, they are numberless.The sun never sets on you.You feel like the fulcrum of a … Continue reading

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