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Walking This Path ~ An Exploration of Spiritual Perspectives

A New Path

I am embarking on a new adventure to explore various spiritual paths and beliefs, starting with my own notions. It will start with blog posts and will likely involve interviews with a wide range of seekers and thinkers. There could be a book or two. There could be a documentary.

Let’s see where this path takes us.

Spiritual Free Agent

My mother fled the farm and the Catholic church when she was 18. She raised us to be independent thinkers and make our own choices choice about religious or spiritual beliefs or lack thereof.

When asked, I will often give the following smart-ass answer:

I am an Existential Christ-ian Taoist Shaman with a Buddhist Interpretation. Or perhaps simply a Free Agent.

Greg Dixon

I say it mostly as a joke, though it begins to hint at a very broad range of enquiry and experiences.

A Pattern Emerges in the Rearview Mirror

Although I seldom had a plan, there are a few interesting patterns visible when look at the ground I have covered in my life:

  • Watched the interviews of Joseph Campbell by Bill Moyes on The Masks of God. I have the books in the locker.
  • Visited the headquarters of the Theosophical Society in Adyar, India where they have manuscripts from many different spiritual traditions and a tree descended from the Bodhi tree where Siddhartha achieved Enlightenment and became the Buddha.
  • Attended and done video projects with Unity churches, United Churches, and Anglican Churches.
  • Did projects with the Masons and Shriners.
  • Shot video of a Muslim marriage ceremony and related celebrations.
  • Read the Koran, The Book of Morman, the Tao Te Ching, the Tao of Pooh, some of the Old Testament, different translations of the New Testament, and tried reading the Bhagavad Gita. Not a master of any of the texts.
  • Visited the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple at Tirupati, India.
  • Toured Islamic sites in India.
  • Used a passage from Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet in my first wedding. There was a line about “Let there be space in your togetherness.”
    Indeed, there has been a few partners and over 5,000 Kilometres between us. We are still connected, though.
  • Been willing to try to understand the beliefs of any woman I was involved with.
  • Spent time in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malasia.
  • Have some Buddhist connections.
  • Spent a considerable amount of time with a Native artist shaman.
  • Have participated in and witnessed various Native ceremonies.
  • Am in awe of the natural world. As Albert Einstein said: “Not only is the universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think.”

Always a guest observer, never a member.

The Path Ahead

Image by Larisa Koshkina from Pixabay

There will be blogs and articles on topics that include things like:

  • New Thought and the Unity Movement
  • Why Christ-ian and not Christian
  • Prophets and Enlightened Masters
  • Why Taoism Resonates With Me
  • First Nation Wisdom On Multiple Levels
  • We Are All Related
  • Bizarre Interpretations of Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
  • Rumi, Kahlil Gibran, William Blake, and other writings.
  • Wonder of the Cosmos
  • The Miracle of Life
  • The Gardener
  • Why Many Eastern Traditions are Not Religions
  • The God of Your Understanding
  • Past Life Experiences

If you are inclined to dogma and fundamentalism, you will probably resist almost everything I will write about.

If you want to explore a range of perspectives, then this could be for you.

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San Diego and Southern California Video Montage

San Diego is a sparkling gem in Southern California. The video montage show many of the treasures in the the city and along the coast.

Balboa Park

We caught a performance on the glorious Speckels Organ, the world’s largest outdoor organ.

Balboa Park has many things to see and do.  We enjoyed the Botanical Building with its fabulous collection of California plants.

Coronado Beach

When we asked a park employee for dinner recommendations, she suggested a few restaurants on Coronado Island.

I had perhaps the best hamburger ever at the Tavern Bar & Grill.

RV parking in the San Diego area is expensive and Coronado Island is not build for RV parking.

However, we noticed parking along the beach with no obvious restrictions.

Awesome!

Since the beach faces South, we enjoyed a fabulous sunset and a fabulous sunrise.  I took my camera and tripod down to the beach and caught many great shots featured in the video.

Coronado California

Old Town San Diego State Park

Old Town is a fun and festive collection of historical buildings and restaurants and shops celebrating the Mexican heritage of San Diego.

The Wells Fargo building had a great display of the history of the the Wells Fargo Bank.  The company brought transportation, mail services, and banking services to the somewhat wild west. It is an amazing story of helping to build America.

The iconic Wells Fargo stagecoach on the display is a wonder of design and construction.

Mormon Battalion Historic Site

The Mormon Battalion Historic Site was a delightful surprise.  We knew very little about the Mormon role in building San Diego.  The excellent presentation that involved interaction between the audience, young women presenters, and multimedia displays took you along on the arduous and hazardous trek of the Mormon Battalion towards San Diego.

The people in San Diego were told a group crazed religious zealots were coming to fight them.

Instead there was music and dancing and the Mormons helped building San Diego.

After deserts, dangerous rocks, rivers, and rattlesnakes, there is a paradise of beaches and partying!

Oceanside Harbour

We paid for overnight parking at the splendid Oceanside Harbour.

See the beautiful waterfront images in the video.

Mission San Luis Rey de Franca

The Catholic Mission was established in 1798.

Laguna Beach

Next we stopped for breakfast at the Madison Square & Garden Cafe were I had the best breakfast pizza ever!

Crystal Cove State Park

Now this is what the California coast is all about!

Redondo Bay

We stopped to visit friends on their boat in Redondo Bay. That is California living at it finest!

More coming soon!

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By the way, all of the photos are available for licensing through me and eventually on stock photo agencies.

 

 

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