Hi. I’m so glad you’ve stopped by. I love producing Convergence, and I hope you find it informative and fun.
My journey to today started a long time ago. From the time I was a youngster, I had a deep interest in Native American spirituality.
Growing up, I spent a lot of energy in theatre and music, but I went to college and studied computer science. I got a job and worked in high-tech, riding the Internet wave, for 25 years. As I got older, I began to realize that technology (and the money I could make working with it) just wasn’t satisfying.
I left high-tech in 2009.
I began studying and practicing shamanism in earnest in 2003. I studied with Michael Harner (core shamanism and advanced shamanic initiations) and Tom Cowan (celtic shamanism). Michael’s work threw me into the deep end of the pool. Tom’s work connected me with some long-latent love.
I’ve come to a gradual, deepening appreciation for the power of the sensate mind. In Vedic philosophy, they talk about the “chitta” mind and the “manas” mind. The chitta mind is the mind of concepts and cognition, ideas and models. The manas mind is the mind of sensation – essentially, where the sense organs dump the data from the outside world. You can think of these as left-brain and right-brain if that’s helpful.
What continues to emerge for me is just how deep the manas mind is. A few years ago I made a New Year’s resolution to be as confident, competent, refined, and articulate in my capacity to feel as I have been in my capacity to think. This commitment has paid off handsomely. Much of what you’ll find here on Convergence is the happy offspring of my thinking and feeling minds’ cooperation.
I currently live in Montara, California, just south of San Francisco on the awe-inspiringly beautiful California coast.
If you have any questions or would like to chat about anything you find here on Convergence, please reach out. I’d love to hear from you.