This past weekend I took a 2-day camping trip in the Rocky Mountains. With three other men, I camped at the confluence of the Big Thompson River and Fern Creek. After dinner on the first night, the four of us stood over the gorge to watch the turbid water surge below us. It was snow melt after a warm spell; probably the fullest the river will be all year.

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Four guys on a boulder, looking down at the water below us, enjoying each dother’s company, engaging in deep conversation about the future of the world. . . And the future of our own lives. . .

Looking at the rapids, I felt the surging of the life blood within my own veins. I felt the power in the river. It was not hard to imagine that it could power the electricity of a small town. And I felt that same power within my own body.

The next day, we hiked up to Fern Lake and on to Odessa Lake. The second half of the journey was through banks of melting snow. We’d heard cautionary tales of a park ranger losing the trail buried by snow. But we trudged on, called by the raw beauty of the mountains.

Even in June, Odessa Lake was half-frozen gray ice, spectacular beneath the peaks above.

Shortly after beginning our descent back to the campsite, we came across a rivulet, pouring over rocks and plants and through the trail. It was only several inches deep. Dare I drink from it?

I bent down on my hands and knees, sucked the frigid mountain water into my mouth, and swallowed. The snow melt cooled my warm body. Brain freeze!

I had kissed the earth. I had honored and respected her. I was part of her. And she was offering herself so freely.

The four of us had many words for the world we had walked into: majestic, spectacular, wonderful. . . For me, there is one simple word that describes the experience: real. It was real. The veneer of human civilization was gone around me and in me. I felt so myself and the world around me was so itself.

I know that I can’t hike in the mountains every day. But how my soul longs to return to what is real! To know that kind of connection with the world around me, with other people, and with the creative spirit that is within me.

In the presence of the rocks, the pines and the river, the four of us began to talk about The Big Reconnection—with the planet, with each other, and with a new future for the world.

I don’t believe it is practical or wise to return to a primitive lifestyle that gives up all technology. Or for me to permanently escape from the world as it is. But I do want to attune my life to the real, wherever I am. I want to live in a way that is real, and in a way that respects what is real in all peFallsAople and in all the forms of creation. I want to promote a reconnected way of living on this planet. I want to promote that for the people I meet, and as much as possible, for the whole world.

This is my life mission. It is worth giving all of myself to fully and it is relevant to every aspect of my life. I believe in it with all my heart and soul, and I am unabashedly telling the world about it. I am doing what I can to engage people in the experience of the real, through workshops and seminars, writing and speaking.

While this is my life mission and the way I am carrying it out is unique to me, I believe that it brings happiness and fulfillment to anyone if they embrace the real. This earth belongs to us all. The creative spirit is within us all. What is real connects us all. Isn’t a new and honorable relationship with the earth and with each other everyone’s life mission? Even though the way it is embraced is unique to each of us.

I believe that this is a supremely practical way to live. But it takes emotional and spiritual intelligence for a person to embrace it for themselves.

If this interests you, I invite you to join me for my workshop, Becoming a Sun: Emotional and Spiritual Intelligence for a Happy, Fulfilling Life. Have a profound and immediate experience of what is real in you, and in all people.

It is on July 12th to 16th in Loveland, Colorado at Sunrise Ranch. It will be an opportunity to embrace your life mission. And then live it for real.

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Kari Bye
Kari Bye
June 8, 2016 7:49 am

It is said that it is difficult for Norwegians to talk about faith, about God and religion. Perhaps it is because the important thing for them is to CONNECT with the life-spirit, rather than talk about it. And that is why they feel more at home in the mountains than in a church….
Thank you for this stunning story from Your world, David!!! I especially treasured these Words:
“In the presence of the rocks, the pines and the river, the four of us began to talk about The Big Reconnection—with the planet, with each other, and with a new future for the world.”

Michel Vaillancourt
Michel Vaillancourt
June 8, 2016 8:51 am

Dear David,

What a wonderful experience to be immersed in nature beauty and to harmonise with it spiritually, mentally, wholeheartedly and physicaly.A true blessing to touch this amazing energy and your description of it is attractive and uplifting.I know that this outstanding experience came with body aches, pushing our limits and having some muscles work that is not used to work that hard.Very inspiring as is the coming event, Becoming a Sun: Emotional and Spiritual Intelligence for a Happy, Fulfilling Life.
I really wish I could be with you for this creative event and become a Sun with You.I will be on my way back from a trip to Europe, a Cruse on the Baltic sea with my wife, making this meeting impossible at this time. I can only hold this event in my heart and that way touch your wonderful spirit of love and truth.

It is a privilege to be connected with you in this service to the world, creating awareness in peoples heart and mind.
Looking forward to your next post.
One with You,

June 8, 2016 11:50 am

Thank you, David, for sharing your beautiful story with all of us, and more importantly, to see and understand what it is you are conveying in a spiritual way your particular experience…unique to you.

While I don’t have the opportunity to go camping in the close-by mountains of NC and VA to witness the beauty of nature in myriad forms and colors, I do have the privilege of enjoying this same beauty in the surrounding area of where I live as I sit on my swing in the carport which I’ve partly converted into a patio with various plants, and bird feeders a little beyond the edge of the carport/patio. There is also a particular bird that, when I step out of the house onto the patio, starts singing to me and I whistle back—we go back and forth a little bit and have this beautiful musical melody going on between us. I can’t help but smile as we continue our song—so lovely to hear this happy bird on a tree limb.
There are trees and various types of wild plants across the way to enjoy—the only thing missing is a stream of flowing water, but regardless of that the river of Life is flowing in me; therefore, I can enjoy Nature in all its beauty. As this is so in the external sense, I continue to embrace my Life mission on earth, which is unique to me, and it includes all the variety of forms, colors, peoples and their different expressions.

With you, David, and many more, I embrace my Life Purpose, my Reality, my reason for being on earth.

June 8, 2016 12:02 pm

Nothing more real than the breath in me and that which Powews my breath which comes with me everywhere.

Moira McDougall
Moira McDougall
June 8, 2016 2:51 pm

Thank you David, for sharing your passion and vision. I feel welcomed into the Realness of our world, and challenge myself to find the REAL in each moment of my day…. starting today, each moment that I am recalled to REAL…
Love, Moira.

laurance mendes
laurance mendes
June 9, 2016 7:31 am

What a vivid image portrayed in your camping story. Technology as you is very useful, and I know the deep home experience from being in nature away from electricity. For me I look for the balance in it all, and for a different but full deep home experience by a computer, or shopping, or at home. Thank you.

Irene de Groof
Irene de Groof
June 10, 2016 3:17 am

Yesterday I was at the sea , thats the place wich allways nourishes me in times of happiness and in times when its deep down dark .
Lovely to be part of your experience and inviting me to be in that flow………. of me
And that keeps on happening ,
Even when I am asleep through my dreams ….great answers come in wich direction I need to go and what my mission is .
We dont have mountains here but nature is all around and in me It would be special to go with you all on a mountain trip , who knows when that can happen ?

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