This video is a thank you gift to my beloved crowdfunding donors who contributed financially to my first novel, Other Wise.
Please forgive me for not sending out the thank you packages yet. They are coming! Other Wise continues to enthrall me and is coming along well. I have almost completed the third draft, and an ending has finally emerged….
Thank you for your trust, for supporting my freedom to create. Thank you for not limiting me to who I was before, a teacher and a painter, and for believing in me to try something new. Writing helps me access the “beginners mind” allowing art to take on a life of its own. I even began playing around with movement and music as well!
The money I received from the crowdfunding campaign enabled me to travel to Spain and visit two of my wonderful life teachers, Julio and Jorge, who the book is dedicated to. In recent months I have also deepened my meditation practice, which is where the book originally sprang from. This too was made possible in part to your financial assistance.
What is the self? This is the core question in the book, a question that causes so much hubris, pain, and confusion. Yet, within the asking is present a knowing. Along with encountering the unknown comes the integrity of surrendering to something greater than the personal self. This collective transition away from pride and grasping, towards reverence and courage, is part of the message that your donation supports.
I hope you enjoy the video. (Click link above). I made it specifically with my donors in mind. It is intended as a celebration of our mutual appreciation for each other and the inner connection every being shares beyond space and time with the grace and wisdom of each moment.
The video is devoted with thanks to:
Dale & Catherine Terbergh
Jean Pascal Monzies
Peter & Claudia Zahn
Linda McClean & Katherine Pantland
Leonore & Paul Sullivan
Peter & Yifat Sheen
Aidan Sofia Earle
Fred Simmons & Lesley Vogel
Elizabeth & Rob Earle
Barbara & Robert Sim
Bear & Susan Collins
You all have been very close to my heart while I finish writing this book. We are all on the healing path of awakening of becoming truly human, becoming “other wise.” Generating kindness and respect, such as you have shown to me through your generosity in supporting this project, is how we make steps on this path.
May your heart at peace and your mind be free from suffering.