Friday, July 30, 2010


5,000 year old Callanish Stones, Notherwest Hebrides, Isle of Lewis, Scotland


We are being asked,
called, demanding of us
to become the shamans,
alchemist Merlins, that manifest
a new humane order
in our individual lives
and that of community,
state, nation, and world,
where stewarding our life
reflects how we care
for others as collective,
plus Earth, creatures, plants,
this whole Sacred Dream,
while believing in magic
enables anything as possible,
more probable, when engaged
by highly expansive ideals
resonating to soul's core
activating visionaries through ages.

Thursday, July 29, 2010


Roman Emperor 'Hadrian's Wall' ordered in A.D. 122 to separate Scotland from England.
Near Newcastle on the Tyne, England


A majority of older Americans
are invested in status quo
because retirement benefits are linked
to Wall Street and stocks,
that whole legalized gambling system
not written into our Constitution
yet implemented by power brokers
who want to keep money
and resources for exploitive ventures,
no matter the social distortions
arising from military industrial complex
ostensibly funded to protect assets,
their holdings, way beyond necessity,
meanwhile recipients feign false civility
occupying time with daily distractions
like major league sports teams,
entertainment, mongering their vices galore,
while denying their obvious culpability
a minority of people recognize.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Once just an image in my mind, motorcycling through the northern Highlands of Scotland.
My pony, BMW 1991 K75RT, ex-police bike.


Images arrive in mind
that induce certain feelings,
thoughts, which are familiar
from past living experiences,
or even previous life
perhaps sharing same residue,
some are newly original
having 'altered state' quality
both ethereal, and real,
yet off in future
where meaning is nebulous,
though exuding rare quality
as if fated destination
calls my participation forward
in no uncertain terms
through undeniable soul language,
saying if I reaccept
pre-birth pact with Source
I'll eventually fulfill Destiny.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


My 'lean to' sleeping quarters on first motorcycle trip through England and Scotland.
My rented Honda Pan European motorcycle performed beautifully.



Monday, July 26, 2010

For Granted

Mountain stream run off after winter rain on Scridain.
Isle of Mull, Scotland

For Granted

Miracles abound relentlessly
in magnificently prevalent
inexhaustible available diversity,
flooding while absorbed
within every pore,
speck, Creation allows,
that 'It's' persistence
inhabits pervading quintessential
omnipotent, omnipresent 'is-ness',
now rarely witnessed
like Ancestors before
as pure Essence,
inexorable Cosmic Flow
sustaining life, love,
every Sacred Dream's
evolving nature, which
becomes transparent veil
no awakened soul
takes for granted.

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Immersed in Monterey Bay at Seabright Beach, Santa Cruz, California.
(photo by Art Durand Photography)


We get on our path
after erratic distractions fall apart
from questioning truth and answers,
our illusory house of cards
filled with objects deemed necessary,
plus goals attained, societal accolades,
any number of comfort stories
that reassure our ego vanities
in charge of protective fortress
keeping marauding fear at bay,
yet, 'What we resist, persists.'
until spiraling soul purpose journey
refines itself at circling apex,
and distortions simply fall away
because we've become embodied Source
willing to walk naked, vulnerable,
into jaws of the Unknown,
witnessing boundaries dissolve, territory expand,
within courageously immersed Love interludes'.

Friday, July 23, 2010


The little village of Salen during the winter.
Isle of Mull, Scotland


Thoughts are like clouds
drifting through brain environment
often snagging on peaks,
mountaintop illusions deemed reality
born from emotional eruptions
ignited by inner judgments
that place wrongdoing blame
on world and people,
in contrast, there's joy
as ocean of possibility,
fluid, deep, rippling feelings
playfully reflecting magnificent sky,
the changing shimmering light
humans can bask in,
let soak into pores,
enlivening will to create
our own unique heaven
out of magical stardust
we, and dreams, are.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Change Course

A stream through the Highlands near the coast of northwest Scotland. 

Change Course

Most mornings I adapt
to thoughts, feelings presented
often contrary to plans
made the previous evening,
and that's a luxury
many people don't have,
or exercise, for happiness,
it's called 'claiming power',
being one's own boss
no matter society's constraints
plus ideas we entertain
about other people's judgments,
even our own inside,
yet when internal compass
is set True North,
toward Source of Joy,
then anticipation brings courage
for peering Unknown, boldly
instructing I change course.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


A bloom from the succulent below, in my garden.


We are primordial soup
of continuing cell evolution
electrically bumping against itself
sparking infinite Creation shifts
that spur new life
in form previously ethereal,
just dreaming a possibility
will begin cognitive motion
toward what wants experience,
'inception, birth, living, death,'
the cycle nothing escapes
on this physical plane,
where our responsibility becomes
willingness to manifest uniqueness
within all we do,
'You alone are you!'
never to be repeated
from Earth's multilayered DNA
always playfully adapting blooms.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

In Service

Gear mechanism at old water driven grain mill in town of Bunessan.
Isle of Mull, Scotland

In Service

There is reservoir of joy,
love, and expanding good feelings
that come from being channel,
a vehicle, for arriving beauty
born out of Infinite Mystery
when opening to 'What's needed?'
in any given life breath,
and best when not forced,
where 'allowance' becomes the mantra
opening to greater Cosmic Dance
than puny ego could imagine
as cogged karmic wheels interconnect,
like gears of fine watch
keeping time for unforeseen Destiny
playing out it's perfect Grace,
inspiring laughter about turning events,
how serendipity acts as lubrication
separating 'effort' from our 'doing',
'being' Tao, while in service.

Monday, July 19, 2010


A conspiring matrix of elements creating destined morning mystery.


Events often seem to transpire
for reasons beyond any understanding
when things anticipated fall away,
and then space gets filled
by unexpected turn of events
where if we follow Flow,
by paying attention Life's inclinations
or repeating message that resounds
within sensory Inner Guidance system,
then adventuresome curious child emerges
to join Great Mystery's matrix,
made of flimsy looking threads
yet are flexible and strong,
weaving interconnection which vibrates wildly
rippling sparks of electric energy
that begins manifestation wanting birth,
even if there's no idea
of how we'll be changed,
consumed, by conspiracy within Tao.

Saturday, July 17, 2010


Cleaning my magnificent purity in the outside shower.
(photo by Art Durand Photography)


When it boils down
to what is worthy
in how we live,
there can be quarrels
amid the many personas
that make up ego,
with it's frailty, stubbornness
wanting to be known
for doing something wonderful
extraordinarily so, for recognition
we didn't waste life
but stood up, acted,
performed for societal accolades,
yet the real acclaim
is the simple loving
of self for 'being,'
magnificent in our purity,
finally embracing miraculous embodiment.

Friday, July 16, 2010


 Dear loving friends, Deborah, Heidi, and Kevin.


Everyone, everything is expression
of diverse Great Mystery
which is good reason
to celebrate the rarity
each of us embody,
like preciously cut jewel
never to be repeated,
yet many find fault
in self, one another,
comparing inner and outer,
suffering by hosting thoughts
they should be different
interpreting some ache inside
as proving flawed nature
when often it points
toward gift to give
after healing internal split,
finding and filling hearts
with our love's uniqueness.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

When Over

Santa Cruz Wharf and Lighthouse at sunset view from Seabright Beach.
Santa Cruz, California

When Over

Everyone goes through it
at sometime in life,
we enter intense period
that challenges inner equilibrium
because of strife, illness,
limits being extremely tested
where ground beneath shakes,
what was true dissolves,
until new world emerges
from rubble of last
while it crumbles away,
and if we panic
we'll miss miraculous transformation
born from feeling emotions
through loss, pain, defeat,
by holding on tight
to once valued expectations,
unwilling to loosen grip,
let go, when over.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Daily Perfection

Winter sunset viewed from Santa Cruz Lighthouse.
Santa Cruz, California

Daily Perfection

When we pay attention
to 'is-ness' of life,
of what exists now
without any egotistical judgment
while inhabiting Soul perspective,
whether that's even possible
if everything is subjective
with corresponding opinion residue,
then worst human travesties
like war, genocide, famine,
ecological degradation, have place,
purpose, in evolutionary wave
longer than individual life,
becoming 'collective' clarion call
urging 'great sea change'
necessary for enlightened survival
as species embracing 'stewardship',
each generation inspiring next
through celebrated daily perfection.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Sunflower's spiraling life force design as it creates seeds for inevitable death and rebirth.
From my garden that Bonnie planted.


We are born of this
when our mother lets go
and umbilical cord is cut
sending us on individual way,
naked, with nothing but ourself,
this Soul imbedded, activated entity
combining mind, body, spirit, emotion
as protection messages immediately come,
swaddling wrap, clothes, controlled surroundings,
then more accumulation while aging
until we become our 'things'
identifying with 'experiences' being us
whether traumatic, dramatic, or loving
while education and society infiltrate
molding ego into false superiority
with escalating beliefs vying supremacy,
meanwhile organic tissue stores impact
every joy, wound, life seeds,
needing release for death, rebirth.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

New Territory

High atop 'Scridain' looking down on a herd of Scottish deer heading to new territory.
Isle of Mull, Scotland

New Territory

Sometimes a world arrives
different from normal routine
bringing an impacted punch,
unplanned pregnancy, heart attack,
death of loved one,
job loss or gain,
where instant readjustment begins
in most definitive way,
oftentimes a Great Turning,
like Earth's, is undetectable
and we wonder progress,
if cogs are aligning
in slow motion interconnection
to creatively prepare foundation
for launching rocket desire
through integrated exponential core,
finally able to handle
constraints' initial bursting while
sustaining new territory flight.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Get With It

Meditation cell in 'Columba's' rebuilt church on Isle of Iona, Scotland.

Get With It

Talk is cheap, plentiful,
dreams fly by relentlessly,
actions are often random
and motivated by goals
less than soul fulfilling
often admired by society
for lucrative monetary rewards,
somewhere, somehow within experience
an incident makes impact,
more like many combined,
giving inner impetus rise
to again awaken sleeper
who's so easily hypnotized
by life's sparkling illusions,
like gold in coffers
that capitalist magician uses
for keeping us captivated,
yet Spirit Light beckons
escape, 'Get with it!'

Friday, July 9, 2010

Sincere Heart

Bust of  'King Robert the Bruce of Scotland'

Sincere Heart

Touched life's preciousness recently
reminding mortality while sick,
plus nursing Wing dog
who's showing her age,
through aches, appetite loss,
it opened protected place
guarded by arrogant bravado
against my inevitable demise,
keeping fear at bay
as if ignoring adversaries
weakens them until disappearance,
now I welcome all,
becoming old, wise King
who wants peace, conciliation,
having things in order,
all words, concerns heard
before leaving this Existence,
meanwhile entering unveiled realties
naked sincere heart reveals.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Lost Opportunities

Reminded recently when bumping into Cindy.

Lost Opportunities

There is dissatisfaction aspect
in arrogant, striving humanity,
with sense of entitlement
for things being different
than what life offers,
here, now, in career,
home, health, intimate relationships,
and I'm often guilty
such as being blessed
to attract powerful women,
wonderfully diverse, beautiful goddesses,
who I loved willingly
then walked away from,
where yesterday, reminded thrice
of my good fortune,
and seemingly utter ineptitude
whenever being with someone,
while deeper reflection reminds
lessons about lost opportunities.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

No Control

Diminished castle on the Isle of Mull, Scotland.

No Control

How will it be
later in life, older,
not feeling optimally vibrant
having aches, pains, illness,
where now at 56
when sick I'm miserable,
feeling powerless to effect,
accelerate, my body healing
as brain enters sabbatical,
loses desire for willfulness
to orchestrate time usefully,
instead laying around, sleeping,
exiting this strange world
and it's paradoxical nature
that balances euphoric assimilation
with 'Oneness of Eternity'
alongside smallness when suffering
bodily weakness, diminished, fractured,
realizing I've no control.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


A memory. Self-portrait at Ardalanish coast, Isle of Mull, Scotland


When my body purges
from illness, bad food,
I'm reminded of mortality,
how vulnerable we are
just outside death's door,
and it brings tears
as soul breaks open
to feel life's preciousness
cherishing those I love
yet witnessing my protectionism
by ignoring the inevitable,
'All this shall pass.'
our world, myself, memories,
will be as nothing
in Great Mystery's forever,
paradoxically urging I stop
to appreciate everyone, everything,
while taking expressive action
inspired by pierced heart.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Following Through

My younger brother Keith 'following through' during a softball game.

Following Through

It's not very easy
keeping after the pursuit
of a desired goal
unless cherished social reward
whispers of the pleasure
completion will ultimately bring,
often times even harder
when effort is motivated
by intangible soul satisfaction
where benefits are unknown,
no guarantees of wealth,
accolades, respect, or 'success',
and driving urgent force
material gains spark fails,
leaving illusive inner guidance
to find rocket enthusiasm
for manifesting personal expression
in meaningful, content life
 'following through' action permeates.

Saturday, July 3, 2010


Outside monument/museum to King 'Robert the Bruce' of Scotland


This is a power
many people swear by
without wondering it's origin,
or what difference is
between ego oriented impetus,
that drives society onward
often fueled by greed
but also lesser desires
deemed admirable to attain
even if 'life affirming'
is not end result,
and one's Soul motivation,
the ethereal invisible commitment
which connects body, mind,
emotions, into integrated whole
exponentially greater in service
to humanity's highest expression
when individual efforts dovetail
with engaged sacred Will.

Friday, July 2, 2010

No Expectations

Didn't expect this at the Capitola motorcycle show. Its a Moto Guzzi.

No Expectations

I'm continuing to realize
this is big cog
in the karmic wheel
of Dharma and Tao,
without any preconceived notions
of what 'should be'
I flow freely through
life happenstance that shifts,
changes, becomes unpredictable reality,
along side rides freedom
unencumbered by ego's baggage
that is forever critically
confusing inner Soul discernment
with desire to control,
so when disturbance arises
to challenge foundational peace
judgment becomes the tool
trying to usurp power
'no expectations' benevolently bestows.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

There's Always More

Form, shape, color of stones and land mass at waterfall near cave on Mull's western shore.
Isle of Mull, Scotland

There's Always More

Life arrives fresh each day
through never ending space, time,
as sunrise, sunset dance opposites
giving humans way to distinguish
starts and stops, good, bad,
when comparing past to present
while future keeps rolling ahead,
sometimes though we become callous,
imagining 'Seen it all before.'
forgetting to ready our senses
for engaging some original experience,
a juxtaposition of startling circumstances
giving opportunity to awaken curiosity,
broaden our scope of Existence,
this miracle palette to paint
unique masterpiece of life upon,
where our 'word' becomes form,
action creates shape, emotions color,
enthralled thinking 'There's always more.'