For now, the theme of my life seems to be the journey from one type of wilderness to another. I thrived in many ways in the wilds of Alaska, wandering the woods, fishing, hunting and exploring. All things change. After 18 years in the far north, I decided to go to school for a new career and drove over 3,000 miles to find myself wandering in a new kind of wilderness. One far more frightening to me than a moonless night on the tundra or a raging glacial river. This new wilderness was full of noise and lights and traffic and desperate people. It is not only a physical change of location, but a cultural and spiritual transition, a tremendous learning about myself and society.
Most of my life I have kept a personal journal and am feeling ready to do some more focused writing. I look at life as a journey and a school. My writing is about self discovery, my relationship with God and with Mother Earth.
My early life was dominated by play. As a youngster I rode my pony and played Indians with my best friend. I had young parents and they were with us outside for most of our activities, camping, fishing, riding horses and riding snowmobiles. I played sports in school and afterwards, I ran and skiied, rode bicycles, paddled canoes, went camping and hiking. I worked so that I could play. It was a rare weekend that I stayed at home.
My mid-life influence came from a good friend and Lutheran Theologian who would not answer any questions for me. He would only point towards things that would help me find my own answers. He helped me think outside the Christian "box" and allowed me free access to his library. Little did he know, he was the springboard for my leap to spirituality of a more universal type. I now live with and love, a man who is a Shaman, a metaphysician and a student of the Kaballah. With Native American roots and South American Shamanic experiences, Michael loves Yeshua (Jesus) more than anyone I ever knew. He has introduced me to a spirituality of such wonder and joy that I will never be the same and doubt that I can write it all down. However, that has been my endeaver over the last year and a half, to get as much of this experience down on paper as I can. My consciousness is awakening and so is my joy as I learn to leave behind all the things I don't need anymore and find those that are priceless.