The Highway Shaman Wisdom Reading

for May 28, 2020


The words for today are Outside Influences, Courage and Affluence. The purpose of other people in our lives, is to encourage us, to help as they can, and to support us if they will. If they can’t or won’t, we need courage to find who will, to find the support and tools we need to live a satifying life. It’s time to say, as I’m now saying, “I’m affluent, wealthy with my art and writing; my knowledge and wisdom, my works of art, the abundance which I’m willing to share”. In the 5th Dimensional world we help each other to thrive. If you will help me to thrive, I will help you too. We call this love. 




OUTSIDE INFLUENCES: Other people or events playing an important role in an out come. 

REVERSED: Desires and decisions which are based on others’ considerations and expectations. Also the psychic influence of others on your thoughts and feelings.

COURAGE (Strength) – 

The path of man is arduous. The seed cannot know what is going to happen, the seed has never known the flower. The seed cannot even believe he has the potential to be a beautiful flower. Much courage will be needed.

“There is no point fighting against the challenges of life, or trying to avoid or deny them. They are there, and if the seed is to become the flower we must go through them. Be courageous enough to grow into the flower you are meant to be.”


Affluence, material abundance, mastery, financial security, inherited wealth and knowledge.

“I am now able to step back and observe the results of what I built through my dedication and hard work. I claim ownership of the castles I built that have taken form in the material world. I have achieved mastery and inherited treasures of knowledge and experience thanks to all I have been through. I smile appreciatively at my run of good fortune.”



(from my book Zen Wisdom for the 21st Century)


When we step back and look at our life from a fresh perspective; from an open-minded overview of what we’re doing: our job, where we live, the stress of the struggle to “make it,” the relationships we’re in . . . we can ask, 

“Is this where I’m thriving? Is this where I’m encouraged, loved and supported, living the life I was designed to live?”

I read about a globetrotting high-level corporate executive who was robbed at gunpoint in her hotel room, and barely escaped with her life. At that moment she realized that all her achievements, her so-called success and wealth, wasn’t making her happy. Having escaped death, she had a second chance; a chance to choose a new life. She quit her corporate job and became a Buddhist nun in Bhutan, volunteering to help people in need. (altruistism) She wrote a book about how happy her life turned out to be.

Society, our parents, encourages us to head down a path, maybe well thought out, or random. With an instilled fear of failure, we do what we need to do to get the job, and then get the promotions, make enough money to guarantee the husband or wife, buy that car and that house and accumulate stuff. And then what?  We decide to keep doing it, the good and bad of it, because . . . that’s what our parents did? What we’re supposed to do?

We can fall asleep in the job or marriage. That’s a choice. But what if one or the other get’s too painful to continue with? That’s when the obnoxious head of “truth” won’t go away. Wake up! Get real! Tell the truth! Walk away from the misery, you dumb shit. 

It’s okay to admit when you’re not happy. When you’re not fulfilled. That maybe you could quit this messed-up treadmill and choose something else. Another job? Another relationship? Another town? Maybe . . . some time alone to learn how to love myself? Maybe a life which really works.

This is how how we get to be brave. Courageous. To choose another river. Zen is about flowing in the river you belong in. Not being stuck in the rapids of what certainly feels like the wrong river. Everyone gets tired of fighting what isn’t theirs. Finally its time to ask, “Where should I be to thrive, being who I am?”

While the mind strives to rationalize, make sense out of entangled nonsense, Zen remains mindless, irrational; the voice that shouts “just do it,” make the right choice . . . for YOU. “Fucking do it!!!”

Standing on the cliff thirty feet above the pool, the “kids” are jumping and you’re thinking “no fucking way I’m jumping.” 

Zen says, “Get out of your mind! JUMP!!!!”

Zen says, “Find your place in the organic flow of life, and be there NOW.”

You don’t have to renounce your entire life. You can simply change it. You can  possibly rearrange what you’re doing, in order to thoroughly enjoy doing it. Right now. Today. That saying, “Do what you love and the money will follow,” will work for you!

In order for that to happen, you will need to journey into a realm of consciousness beyond beyond society’s definition of success; to a place beyond obeying others’ dogma and “should be/do” philosophies. A place to where you say, “Fuck it. This, over here, is where I want to be. This is what I want to be doing with my life. These are the people I want to be doing it with.” And so be it.

The art of letting go, is your journey Home.

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