• Spiritual, Not Religious




No matter how intuitive you may be, how deep your understanding of spirituality, or how advanced your mental clarity, the fact remains that in your spiritual practice you will need to explore how the appropriate application of your individual talents, and resources, can help you create a life of joy, contentment, happiness, and wisdom.

Many of the basic ideas presented in this book are drawn from Zen and Taoism.  Both traditions are in alignment with what I call the “Wisdom Path.” They each approach spirituality through metaphor and poetic thought while guiding one to surrender rigid ideas of what “Is.” Each of these paths has subtle differences that dissolve once one masters either one.  Though I acknowledge each, it is best to ignore the differences between these two approaches from the beginning if possible. The intention here is to learn to live life fully, with little or no unnecessary struggle.  Doing this doesn’t require a label.

A core element of the “Awakened and Self-Aware Life” life is sitting in meditation, contemplating what is truly meaningful, and engaging in introspection.  I have integrated classic spiritual wisdom, and Zen thought in a framework I called Mystic Taoism.  Also integrated into the heart of this Path is the exploration of the altered states of consciousness associated with various aboriginal shamanic traditions. These unique states of consciousness often arise organically through deep introspection, meditation, and contemplation.

The Mystic Taoism Group on Facebook is a community of like thinkers. We not only integrate practices drawn from the great spiritual traditions but also include contemporary ideas related to Game Theory, Quantum Physics, meditation, trance states, and Artificial Intelligence, built on a foundation of Taoist explorations. Most of all the concept of the Wisdom Path is not static – It is a vibrant inquiry into “What Is” and what might be? Feel free to contact me if you wish to learn more about us. The aim of all of this is essentially the same – enlightenment or rather awakening.





In addition to meditation and the exploration of Zen kōans, one must also learn to conserve resources and balance them.  This can be of great value to an atheist or agnostic just as it may be for the deeply spiritual person. By merging many approaches, one is in a sense creating a post-modern monastery. Here one may enter a state of awareness where one has less stress, less anxiety, less greed, less concern for the mistakes of the past or expectations of the future, and a true and authentic sense of joy and happiness.

If you have an interest in spirituality, mindfulness, meditation, or Eastern thought I invite you to join our Mystic Taoism FaceBook Group by clicking on the Facebook Icon below