A Sabbatical


It’s been about a month since I posted the last update. As I mentioned in comments, things changed shortly after that. Off the top, I’ll mention that shifts in consciousness take just a moment to “happen.” Then over time they become integrated and fully established. This is distinct from the schedule of unfolding of a life. Karma and purification don’t end with awakening. Rather, we change our relationship with them and can go deeper and more thorough. In April, I discovered, then cleared a mechanism for creating “smoke” energetically. This turned out to be a protective covering to help shield … Continue Reading…



Recently, a generous supporter of the blog donated funds to develop the podcast. I’ve taken a podcasting course and there is new recording gear and software. The new microphone changes the acoustics of my voice and reduces background noise. You’ll hear some changes in coming posts, including an updated intro and closing. Further updates are in the works. I have several articles close to completion but they’ll have to wait until next week, after the latest retreat. Topics include Who Am I?, Brahman, and The Fear of Joy. Of course, voice quality will also evolve as I get more practice. … Continue Reading…

Satsang in Utah


As regular readers know, I occasionally give talks in various venues like a conference or a church. Michael Speight, a fellow BATGAP interviewee, has invited me to give a 2 part-satsang near Ogden, Utah later this month. It’s scheduled for Friday evening April 26 and Saturday morning April 27 followed by a potluck lunch. If you are in the area, you’re welcome to join us. Contact Michael for details and directions through the Contact form on his website. [Update] We’ll be recording the talks so I should be able to share them later. Davidya



After a failed experiment with text-to-speech automation, I decided to tackle podcasting (spoken) articles. This has taken exploration and setup to work out recording, hosting, and distribution services. But it brings the articles to another market and supports “readers” who are better able or more inclined to listen. The player, along with a download link will usually show at the bottom of articles. On the website, you’ll see the purple mic Subscribe icon with the other subscribe buttons on the right. You can subscribe through iTunes (Apple), Google, Android, email, RSS, or your favorite podcast tool. I’ve added a new … Continue Reading…

Update on Commenting

Due to updated EU privacy regulations, WordPress implemented a cookie policy that lets you choose if you want to accept a cookie or not. Yet when that was implemented it was not enabled, breaking some comment functionality here. When you comment, if you are not logged in to WordPress somewhere, you’ll see a new checkbox. Please tick the box “Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.” This will set a cookie to remember you and will also show a moderation label (I moderate all comments) AND let you edit your comment for … Continue Reading…

YouTube Update


Just to let you know, I’ve migrated to a new YouTube channel associated with this web site. New videos, like my SAND18 talk, will be posted on this channel rather than the old personal one. I’ve added the relevant old videos as Playlists on the new channel. The YouTube icon on the right sidebar links to this new channel if you’d like to subscribe. You’ll also see the usual articles on new videos too.  Other Updates As requested, I’ve scheduled new articles every 2 days. There are articles currently posted for the next 3 weeks. I may mix in news … Continue Reading…


I recently read a great article on author web sites and realized the book and I were still semi-invisible and there were a few other issues with this site. The visibility has been upped, the banner changed, the tag line replaced, and a new “presentation” style of home page is added. The sidebar has been simplified and a link to the book added, the menu simplified with recommendations merged, a footer section added, and more. I also need a new head shot as the beard is off again. Took it off for full advantage of the Abhyanga (oleation massage) during … Continue Reading…

Going Off-line for a Spring Cleanse

From an Ayurvedic perspective, issues that have been building in the physiology come to a head at the change of seasons. Each season has its dominant dosha so when they change in the world, it can amplify imbalances within. As a result, Ayurveda recommends a cleanse in the spring and fall to re-balance the physiology and maintain health. This year, I’m doing the full deal including panchakarma (meaning 5 actions or treatments). As a result, for the first week of April I’ll be off-line and not responding to messages or comments. I’ll catch up after I get back. Meantime, I … Continue Reading…

Update on Security

Once upon a time on the Internet, you only needed to secure your website if you were selling there. Yet browsing any unsecured website, especially on public WiFi, can easily be snooped. To make your activity more secure, web browsers are increasing their warnings about ANY site that doesn’t have a security certificate. The little “i” beside the web address is soon to go red and add warnings. As a result, I’ve jumped through the hoops to add a security certificate to this site. “https” is now supported and you should see a green lock or similar beside the web … Continue Reading…

The Book Box

When my first box of books arrived near the beginning of the month, I decided to take a picture of it. I discovered an interesting lighting effect and took a short video, also offered at 1/3 speed. It looks to be dust particles catching the light to varying degrees at different focal planes. But it’s a very cool effect.

Our Natural Potential Book Launch Event

Our Natural Potential Book Launch Event

On October 11, the official launch date of the book Our Natural Potential, I’ll be holding a small celebration and talk. If you happen to be in the Comox Valley, you are most welcome to join us.If not, the book will be available through most suppliers that day. Have a little treat to celebrate with us. 🙂 The launch event: Courtenay library Oct 11, 2017 6 pm – 7:30 pm 300 6th St., Courtenay, BC in the Reading room. Directions I have more news to come of further developments.