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A Hitchhiker's Tao
Thumbing Your Way to Enlightenment
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Part of my quest, the drive that got me on the road, had to do with finding a commune to live on, where, in the event, I spent nearly five years. Living communally provides insight into the great enlightenment potential inherent in being together as a group. An individual or couple can never match the high one achieves as part of a group vibing as one. It was also a pioneering experiment in living in which we were way ahead of our time. It couldn’t last but left an indelible impression on our lives. Through the internet many of us have remained in contact.
The book also delves into recreational drugs as part of opening one’s mind to higher planes of existence. For many of us pot, mushrooms, peyote and acid served as springboards, if not catapults, into higher consciousness and for sure were a big part of living on a hippie commune.
Seven of the book’s ten chapters are based on specific
hitching adventures, the remainder fill out my life story and beliefs. It’s a
personal memoir which, in addition to mysticism and the occult, focuses on strong
advocacy for the environment and reflects my many years doing hands-on
community recycling. The above abetted by the good fortune of living in
Come along for the ride, it’ll be a fun trip
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Y3K is a look back from the future to the world’s looming social/ecological disaster – Entropy Gaia, the breakdown of all world systems – through the eyes of latter day environmental activists. It describes a world brought to its knees by indifference to the planet’s health and welfare, and the new ecotopian world that develops out of its ashes.
Will we return to the same old greed and callousness toward our Earth after the world’s near death experience or will we seek to create a new order, an enlightened view of life and its meaning and purpose? And what might that advanced lifestyle look like?
Y3K provides a periscope into
the future through the eyes of
one who spent five years living in a commune in southern
Living together is never a simple matter, and that is only magnified when dozens of people share the same living space. Yet when our vibes harmonized the energy was transcendental; it was far superior to the energy of any mere coupling. No amount of money could’ve replaced the warmth, camaraderie and oneness we enjoyed. It was a magical, mystical way of life.
We possessed little of the material plane but lived a glorious and fulfilling life nonetheless. Our mountain home wasn’t scenically spectacular but it was green, wholesome and natural. We enjoyed neither electricity nor flush toilets but that was immaterial to our happiness and well being.
The first part of Y3K provides a faithful account of commune life, updated for the thirtieth century only in technicalities. That lifestyle still holds fascination for many people, especially those who are frustrated and put off by the fundamental insanity of modern life. Y3K goes to the heart of how communal living works and is organized.
Y3K takes place one thousand
years in the future partly
because that’s the minimum time it takes to regenerate a
Y3K, in contrast, lets us imagine a natural world that is whole and intact; a landscape that is respected for the greatness therein, as opposed to the value of the lumber or material resources within.
Y3K conjures up a view of how humanity can live lightly on the earth in a way that’s no less fulfilling than the image we now have of what it takes to be happy.
When we think of the future do we see the planet covered with 200 story buildings? Given the option of a green, serene and beautiful environment is that steely, mechanical, hard-edged existence the one we would choose?
Y3K is a road novel that nearly circles the world through many unique urban and communal settings. It is a novel of activism, organizing and demonstrating, since even in a future ecotopia there will be those who wish to revert to the exploitative and destructive times of the past (today).
Y3K is a journey into the mind. It is a primer of spirituality; of mystical concepts and understanding: Manifestation, The Cosmic Mind and more are explored in depth. It includes a discussion of Biblical prophecy as it pertains to Entropy Gaia and hints for survival during the coming troubled times. It also explores the use of mind-expanding recreational drugs.
It’s a fun novel with moments of comedy. It also delves into relationships and has its share of love and sex. Furthermore, it challenges fundamental ideas about those essential human interactions and places them in the year 2999, in a context of an enlightened future.
Y3K is designed to open the reader’s eyes to the many possibilities of the future, both near term and long. It’s a fun ride; welcome aboard.
North of Kathmandu
at 13,000 feet
Goa, on India's West Coast
This is somewhat dated after
15 years, but the essence is the same: We will eventually have a single
Introduction, Table of Contents and Chapter 1. The Inspiration
Instant Runoff Voting for Oregon
Fair Vote Oregon
submitted to the 1999 Oregon Legislature
And finally a few favorite
stan at tripeast . com(put them together to send an email; they’ve been separated to foil email spammers)