feel odd when I speak of "teaching"; it sounds grandiose. After all, who am I? Another guru, another healer,
another mind filled with spiritual helium convinced of the urgency of my task, my destiny? The answer to that question is fairly simple. I'm a writer. I'm an informed mystic, a person who has studied a lot of esoteric doctrine without taking myself or the doctrine too seriously. I have spent my life studying the subject of consciousness. My own consciousness has been the only available model, so I've worked through my experiences with the purpose of turning them into authentic understanding. Then I harness this hard-won understanding into my works of art.
Some of my experiences have been unspeakably dreadful. I lived "the dark night of the soul", but I think that every student has some kind of experience of darkness and suffering. That's the initiation into the schools of mystery, whatever schools to which you adhere. I don't adhere; I synthesize. In "The Gods Of The Gift"
you will find strong elements of Tibetan Buddhism, Jungian psychology and occult ideas from the likes
of obscure teachers like H.W. Percival. The book is fun, but it also requires a little bit of effort from
the reader. Not too much. If it's for you, you will know it. If it's not for you, boredom will set in and you'll
put it down before you've read very much. That's the way it goes. I have observed that a powerful idea has been reaching popular consciousness. This is the idea that our lives are created by our thinking. What we see outside of ourselves is a product of what goes on inside of ourselves. Thirty years ago books such as "The Secret" hadn't been written. The latter is a popular amalgamation of the works of several writers. It is an immensely succesful franchise that is built upon this premise that we create our realities by our thinking. This is a good thing. This is also the central theme of "The Gods Of The Gift". In my text, the idea has been elaborated and turned into an adventure story, a picaresque, a quest. It's taken thirty years to write. I am madly in love with this book. I hope you will be.