February 8, 2016
I write this after presenting a 6 hour lecture / workshop in Sydney, Australia, titled Reconnecting. Speaking for 6 hours (with a couple of short breaks) was a great experience. I forget how many ideas I have explored in my work, until I have no choice but to recall them.
People often tell me they consider me an "expert" in esoteric and difficult subjects - such as the occult, psychic phenomena, extraterrestrials, Amazonian shamanism, and the ecological crisis we confront as a species. I don't think of myself as an expert or an authority - I don't like the idea of experts and authorities, in general. I see myself as a thinker or a philosopher. This job requires ceaseless questioning and constant uncertainty. In my work, I seek to develop an understanding of the world that integrates many subtle facets of reality, and also provides a positive vision of what humanity can do together - can become - in the future. It is an ongoing improvisation.
My friend Gary Gorrow, who runs the Conscious Club in Sydney and organized my workshop, did an interview with me. I posted it here. We jump into little questions about the meaning of life - is it a journey without a destination, or is there some meaningful evolutionary process underway? - and meander on from there.
On May 21, I will be giving a talk in London titled Shamanism, Psychedelics, and the Future of Humanity. Here is info on it. If you are near London, I hope you will come. Before that, I will be speaking at the OuiShare Festival, May 18 - 20, at the Cabaret Sauvage in Paris. This looks like it will be an awesome exploration of ideas and possibilities.
I am also very excited to be the guest lecturer on a small cruise ship that will be roaming around the Croatian coast this summer, from July 31 - August 7. I will give talks everyday on a range of subjects, including the evolution of consciousness, Buckminster Fuller and Sri Aurobindo, Rudolf Steiner and Ray Kurzweil. Bridging Heaven Earth has built this boat, which holds around 30 people, to host visionary thinkers who will present their lifetime of work and research to small and intimate audiences while visiting islands around Croatia. Please join us if you can.
Since the main subject of my current work is the ecological crisis - which I consider a collective rite of passage for humanity - it may seem contradictory to take a gig like this one. I brooded on it. Hopefully, the small amount of CO2 we use will be more than compensated for by the discoveries and the accelerated learning that takes place. I get a great vibe from the Bridging Heaven to Earth team. They are motivated by an authentic desire to promote new ideas and collective evolution.
My next book, How Soon Is Now?, will be published by Watkins Press in the US and UK in February 2017. I am currently cutting and revising the book, which has had a long and difficult gestation. I intend to publish some excerpts and outtakes in future newsletters. Here is one short excerpt I posted on my Patreon site. By the way, if you appreciate my work and want to help get it out to the world, Patreon is a great way to do so. I feel a huge amount of gratitude for those who have been supporting me through Patreon. It has allowed me time I needed to focus on writing and research. In the future, I will use proceeds for marketing my new book, creating videos and podcasts etc. If everyone who reads this were to contribute even just a dollar or two a month, I would have a lot of fuel to promote these ideas.
According to Chinese astrology, we just entered the year of the Fire Monkey. It promises to be one of the most exciting and intense in human history, with so many forces at play. I feel tremendous gratitude to be alive at this time, with all of you. I remain curious to see how our collective narrative - the new myth we are weaving together - will continue to unfold in the time ahead of us.
I hope to see you soon.