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A Hitchhiker's Tao

Thumbing Your Way to Enlightenment

Available as an ebook from Smashwords.com

Sample chapters available at Smashwords


                                                                       Hitcher's Tao Cover        The Hitchhiker’s Guide is an exposition of mysticism and spirituality themed on my extensive experience thumbing around America - between 1968 and 1980 I did 60 to 70,000 miles. Probably half of that was done without money. I was on the road for weeks at a time –  sometimes in the dead of winter in very cold places; Montana, Wyoming, Colorado – without  a  penny in my pocket. It was a great test of faith, the first and last mile on the highway to  enlightenment. I added another 3000 miles or so in two nostalgia hitches in the  mid-twenty-oughts.

        

        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 Oregon where sustainability and healthy living are the goals of many.

        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 Oregon in the early 1970’s. To a great extent we lived off the land and in harmony with it and in the process we gleaned a glimpse of how the world could be.

    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 Pacific Northwest ancient forest. There is nothing in the world to compare with those grandest and greatest of trees. Today a scattering of ancient trees remain in a few parks and deep in the back country. Global warming brings increased heat and drought and the likelihood that much of what’s left of the world’s forests will be lost to fire and the elements.

    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.

Big Tree

Y3K front cover

 


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Archive

 


Parallel U - Living and Working in Cambodia

Slice of Life Cambodia and Life as an English Teacher in Southeast Asia's Latest Travel Hot Spot. Read my journal which began in 2001 and continued till 2006 at   Ratmachines.com....thanks Harald  

Now continued at my Cambodia blog


 

New Market, Phnom Penh

Overloaded Pickup, Rural Cambodia

 


 

JOURNEY TO THE EAST 
International Books-Coffee

Kunming , Yunnan Province, China – 1995-96.

The cafe is long gone but it will always hold only fond memories - if you were there please contact me via email.

Journey to the East


STRING OF PEARLS
City
of the Future 
Being revised: Currently unavailable in hard copy

Table of Contents, introduction, picture gallery and text


 

Nepal

North of Kathmandu at 13,000 feet
Mt. Ganesh, 26,000 ft. in the background

 

Goa

 

Goa, on India's West Coast

China

 

Guangxi Province
Southeast China

FAR OUT AND AWAY       On the Asia Travelers Trail - 1992

First time out at the age of fifty, join me on a year's journey through eight countries.


GLOBAL DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE   Many peoples - One world

This is somewhat dated after 15 years, but the essence is the same: We will eventually have a single world government.
Introduction, Table of Contents and Chapter 1. The Inspiration



Instant Runoff Voting for Oregon
Fair Vote Oregon  

STRUCTURAL LEGISLATIVE REFORM

Ideas for a radical restructuring of America's electoral systems


STAN KAHN for District 14 November 1998

Oregon State House of Representatives   Pacific Green Party

ELECTORAL CHANGES
submitted to the 1999 Oregon Legislature


And finally a few favorite

Links

 

Pacific Green Party

Commondreams Progessive News Center

Institute for Local Self-reliance

Jay Hanson's dieoff.org

Ratmachines

Alternet

Positive Futures Network

The Nation Magazine

Truthout

New Civilization Network


Adbusters

Cascadia Planet Environmental News 

Khmer440

Set Right Typography 

Fair Vote Oregon

Truthdig

Lonely Planet Travel Guides

Sunnyridge Commune 

Huffingtonpost

Ken Kesey

stan at tripeast . com(put them together to send an email; they’ve been separated to foil email spammers)