I 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? At one time there was some of that, but after spending some close-up time with a real live famous guru, I saw how harassed and miserable his life had become. I was completely put off the guru gig.
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 a "dark night of the soul" that lasted many years. I think that every student has some kind of experience of darkness and suffering. That's the initiation into the school of mystery, "The Way", "The Path" whatever we might call it, if we call it anything. Most of these names have grown tiresome and pretentious. The language of "spirituality" has become debased. I'm totally bored with it. Still, my commitment to this way of life is lasting and genuine.
In "The Gods Of The Gift" you will find strong elements of Tibetan Buddhism, Jungian psychology and Zen. There are also ideas from the likes of obscure teachers like H.W. Percival, Georges Gurdjieff and Rudolph Steiner. The book is fun, but it also requires a little bit of effort from the reader. Not too much. Now and then, between sword fights and being chased by a villain who is both lethal and hilarious, you might find yourself puzzling over a passage. Hopefully that puzzling will be enjoyable and the exquiste nature of the language should compensate for your discomfort.
You will know if this book is for you. 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 we create our lives 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 ridiculous oversimplification of an extremely complex mechanism. It's more about marketing than it is about providing any technology of dream fulfilment. It is an immensely successful franchise that is built upon this premise that we create our realities by our thinking. As absurd as these marketers of Thought Power may be, this premise is the central theme of "The Gods Of The Gift". It's right there in the first two pages. 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.