Artemis and Her Balloons

Four mulit-colored hot air ballons against a clear background


As some of you know, and many of you won't, the backstory to what I do is mostly contained within the Matrix.  There is more that one matrix to consider, however, and it's important to realize that the one that I'm specifically referring to is the training matrix that's found at Zen Mountain Monastery, and reflects a lifelong effort of the late John Daido Loori, Roshi.  Although I can't speak on his or his organization's behalf, I'm being quietly reminded of his own call to serve and the founding of his monastic setting that began in the early 1980s.

I'm being asked to consider alternate timelines when mirroring his own movement throughout space and time, and how his presence in Spirit continues to affect us to this very day.

And for those of you wondering, and for however briefly we worked online, I also have the pleasure of connecting with the late Bernie Glassman, who remains in Spirit as well.  Although this could be taken as a counter-intuitive effort by what is typically being taught in the context of American Zen, both venerable Roshi's can be found side-by-side and have encouraged me to share this with you.  Daido, for example, has appeared on more than one occasion in my writing, and although I barely knew him while he was here, there has always been a comparison made between myself, and his early style of spirituality.  Although he never taught it directly, he once mentioned the rubbish that is found in Castaneda's writing, and why it is so important to sit through the delusion, and into a clearer understanding of reality.

Daido also works directly with the whale energy that I recently published on the Sacred Syllable, he actually helped me reverse the Shark Tank, so to speak, and has been with us since shortly after his passing in 2009.  Whenever a person passes into Spirit, and if they're a relationship that is important to me, I always give them a few months of rest before asking them to share their knowledge with us.  A soul's journey always includes a refresh with their respective Source, prior to their ascension, if necessary.  Not all souls will ascend as we intend them, and it takes time to let go of our preconceived notions.

Artemis and Lavender