Tag Archives: Owens Valley

The Reluctant Mystic

 We are fired into life with a madness that comes from the gods and which would have us believe that we can have a great love, perpetuate our own seed, and contemplate the divine. Plato Long before we do anything … Continue reading

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Insane for the Light: Psychosis and Mysticism

“Everyone has to have a spirituality and everyone does have one, either a life-giving one or a destructive one. No one has the luxury of choosing here because all of us are precisely fired into life with a certain madness … Continue reading

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Garden of the Gods

“You could face away from the barracks, look past a tiny rapids towards the darkening mountains, and for a while not be a prisoner at all. You could stand suspended in some odd, almost lovely land you could not escape … Continue reading

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The Dust Devil’s Curse

“Here you find the hot sink of Death Valley, or high rolling districts where the air has always a tang of frost. Here are the long heavy winds and breathless calms on the tilted mesas where dust devils dance, whirling … Continue reading

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Contemplative Cows

“What the Power of the Slowing taught me is what the Source of All constantly yearns for: that each one of us will know without doubt that we are loved, and that we are intimately, irrevocably part of the endless … Continue reading

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Remembering Manzanar

“All things whatsoever which deserve to be dreaded and revered for the extraordinary and preeminent powers which they possess are called the Kami.” Norinaga (18th Century Shinto Scholar) “There’s a belief that people die twice. Once, when you die, and … Continue reading

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Bread of Heaven, Pan del Cielo

“But a tree is what you make of it, and once, much was made of the pinyon.” Ronald Lanner, The Pinon Pine. In the shadows of the landmark El Tovar Hotel, at the very edge of the Grand Canyon, clusters … Continue reading

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