At any day, month and year, life already has assembled our experiences into a whole fabric attuning and preparing each of us for some particular action or path at hand. What at one moment seemed like a jumble of unrelated threads and themes, later intersects and overlaps to create the perfect mix of knowledge, connections and experience to accomplish life's next phase. So it seems to me, but only when I look back over my shoulder. More of life’s opportunities and turns make sense in hindsight, while our visions and intents make sense in foresight.

 "Life leads the thoughtful person on a road of many windings." Kung Fu Tzu

 

Retrospective

There are different life themes that a biographer or an autobiographer would each pick as more significant. The most interesting thread to me is something I can’t see, much less discuss: How my life experiences are working on the whole with others to produce the amazing transformation of human culture, life forms, and geologic change that has been occuring and is now in what seems to be a critical phase or earth evolution.

Spiritual practice is the core of all else for me. I have been very blessed to receive teachings and empowerments form many masters in various spiritual traditions. I have been a disciple of three especially gifted masters for over 36 years. With Matsuoka Zengaku Roshi, I practiced Zen and was introduced to the Zen arts. I was ordained a priest in the Soto Zen tradition in 1977 and received inka shomei or Master transmission from Matsuoka Roshi in 1986. From Goswami Kriyananda, I learned astrology, spiritual psychology, symbolism, Indian philosophy, and Kriya yoga and was ordained a Swami in 1983. With Boma Meitza Tulku, Master Quan, I practiced Vajrayana Buddhism and became a Lama in the Tibetan Nyingma tradition in 1998. From Master Quan I learned a system of spiritual healing and received the treasure teaching of the Spiral Dragon Dharma Gate with authority to teach.

 

 

Of the Ways (Daos) to focus, practice and serve Feng shui has been an important path encompassing consulting and education: Based on my teaching experience, I wrote FENG SHUI: ART AND HARMONY OF PLACE in 1993 which has sold over 15,000 copies. I’ve taught Feng Shui seminars throughout the country for city, state, and national governments, various corporations, and many professional architectural and design associations. I’ve also taught a regular series of Feng Shui courses through Pima Community College in Tucson and Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix. In 2001, I gave a three year professional level feng shui certification training called Deshi 21. In twenty two years of feng shui consulting, I have had the privilege of working with thousands of people to improve their land, estates, homes, apartments, gardens, offices, factories & manufacturing concerns, retail stores, hospitals, clinics, hospices, long term care facilities, housing & commercial developments, planned events, museums and public lands and parks. By improvement, I don’t mean only in an economic or aesthetic way. Feng shui, performed as a spiritual art, aims to remove obstacles and negativities and to attract the virtues of prosperity, health, long life, joy peace and perhaps spiritual realization.

 

Healing & health care is important for me as a practice, and for a while as my main career. At Northwestern University I studied for an MBA in planning, organizational design and health care management. I was a regional health planner for the City of Chicago, and later a hospital planner and manager at St. John’s Hospital in Washington State at the time Mount St. Helens erupted. In Orange county California I planned and constructed dialysis clinics for a for-profit corporation. On the alternative health care side, I helped found, and was first President of the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Seattle. Recently I served as Board Chair for the Asian Institute of Medical Studies in Tucson for seven years. Importantly for me I’ve had the excellent fortune to study the arts of healing from many skilled herbalists, Chinese Medicine doctors,body workers and subtle energy healers.

 

Working for hospitals and clinics connected me to design and construction management in addition to strategic planning and public policy planning which is where I thought I was mainly going. I found myself managing master site planning, architectural planning and the subsequent  renovation and new construction of hospitals and health care facilities. I also served on state and local health planning organizations when the United States seemed to be interested in creating a humane and efficient health care system. During the housing bubble in the US, but especially the new housing boom construction economy of Arizona, I became a a licensed realtor mostly to help my wife who is an excellent Arizona realtor.

 

An important expression of Zen practice is the Art of the the Ways. I studied Zen Calligraphy with Matsuoka Roshi, mostly observing and absorbing technique and enregy. Culturally, along with Zen practice comes many different arts as a way to demonstrate spiritual mastery and benefit others directly. As opportunity presented me with teachers, I learned and practiced Zen garden design , tea ceremony, ikebana (flower arrangement), qi gong and the martial arts. I became especially interested in the Japanese building, decorative and self-cultivation arts that extend feng shui in synergistic harmony. I’ve practiced Zen callighraphy or shodo as a way to bring energy art into the common work and living spaces to create an environment of easy and positive transformation.

 

Of the Ways, writing has been paramount for me, especially poetry. In 1976 I published a volume of poems entitled AND THE LAKE IS FULL OF WATER. I keep writing as long as mind is clear and there is a flow of rhythms seeking expression.

 

Prospective

My greatest accomplishment is neither achieved nor is it personal. There is a global collective transformation that was set in motion a few centuries ago but is gaining accelerating momemtum since the end of World War II. There is an excitement about being alive at the horizon of a great shift in evolution. There is also a dread as we see hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes cause widespread death, suffering and devastation that are accompanying this transformation. The convergence of multiple simultaneous mass influences are celebrated and dreaded in popular songs, corporate trend projections, public policy analysis, prophecy, astrological cycles, and breakthourghs in science, art and culture. We each wonder where is it all leading.