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From the Journals of Dan Abernathy

April 27, 2020
Chronologies, Excerpts, Fragments and Reflections!
the Artistic Journals of Dan Abernathy

Contributing to the Chaos while
Living – Life – Large
As we are living in some crazy times now I feel the best way to combat them and heal yourself is by Soaking in Nature. Here is my last column where I describe what happened when I was doing so.

Natural Healing
 Humanity is a stream that has flowed for 1000’s of years through times of joy and through times of devastation. However, the headwater of this stream is pure and always spilled from an untouched source.

The wisdom of being who we are is being forgotten. Because of the addiction of materialism we have forgotten and ignored that the best things in life are not things. Perhaps it is the reason so many people are searching for the same thing the “Tin-Man”, sought.

IMG_6745It has become increasingly quick and easy to censor, denounce and criticize what is being shown to us as we are told what to see. Throughout all this social viewing we are not seeing what should be seen.

I open my eyes to see, but all I saw was a country filled with disorder and confusion. This imbalance seemed to suck the life from who I am. To tidy up this jumbled array of perplexity and derangement, I had to withdraw. I retreated to nature where nothing is judged, or seen for what it is not.

How lucky we are to be here in this small rural town of Pinedale. With so much around us twisted in chaos we are, in reality, very lightly touched. We are also living with a backyard that is intact.

We have, whenever needed, a healing modality that is beckoning us to come find the energy to be healed from the stress we are living in. It is real and each time I walk with the trees and breathe, my thoughts become calmer and my calmness grows taller.

The moment I left the situation that was created, “down country,” was the precise moment I chose not to be a part. I saw absoluteness. I tossed away the noise and littered the natural landscape with my judgment, fear and comparison. I fortified my foundation of calmness and strolled to a higher state of being. I walked into the realm of self-realization and then I knew that everything is going to be all right.

I hiked across the outlet and traversed the lingering snowdrifts, making my way to the top of a sagebrush-covered knoll. Looking north across the open water of the outlet and the frozen lake, I spotted a white dot in the distance. It was contrasting the pristine deep blue sky.

It was moving in a hypnotic pattern and coming towards the knoll I was standing on. Soon it grew into two white dots. I closed my eyes thinking my vision was blurred. When I opened them, the white dots suspended in this brilliant blue sky had transformed into a bald eagle.

The eagle was peacefully circling in figure eight patterns over the open water. I stood in awe as it glided near me and continued its flight down Pine Creek. I was spellbound, for I was not just looking, I was seeing.

The bald eagle, the symbol of freedom, conveys the powers and messages of spirit. It is man’s connection to the divine because it flies higher than any other bird. When a bald eagle appears it bestows freedom and courage to look ahead of what is.

In the Bible, Isaiah 40:30, reads “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.”

I felt a restored freedom of what is. I no longer allow myself to see and live in what society wants, and I cannot find fear. I stand in all my imperfections believing everything will be better.

As the world fills itself with fear, I will not. I will not let the power of the masses distort my peace. I will be safe and I will respect others, but I will do so with a greater calmness of being. I will continue to walk my path and be who I am, who I was and who I will be.

I am not an elitist. Among many things that do not need to be listed, I am a Reiki Master and a disciple of the Essential Way. It is my quest to live each and every day with mindfulness, compassion, kindness, love and gratitude.

Learning and expanding the mind is not just the accumulation of knowledge. True wisdom is the awakening of consciousness, the birth and activation through many different shades of being.

IMG_6756When opening up who you are with a clear mind and heart you become aware. This awareness may or may not have an effect on you, as we also must include personal choice. Just as I have chosen my way, I too honor yours. No matter what path that may be.

One of the most profound things that can be done is to look closely at your surroundings. See and appreciate what is there and what you have right now. Do this; really look and you will see. In one years time there will be nothing that is the same.

When this time of challenge and bewilderment has passed, what will truly matter is our kindness and how we have treated and respected each other. – dbA
You can find more, free spirited and unfiltered insight of Dan Abernathy and his wandering travels at

Chool Cast Episode 15
Cover_Episode_15Episode 15 of The Chool Cast features Living Live Large, the column of Dan Abernathy, music from the elusive Buck Frampton and an amazing essay delivered by Frank Quarters. There are also a couple of eclectic poems in the Oral Art of the Spoken Word. The show is going to evoke thought and evoke a smile.

Art Carneys For Playa Gigante
I have been amazed at the generosity of people. Even in the middle of these trying times I have received some donations for the people of Play Gigante. It fills me with gratitude. You can be assured that the hardships that we are experiencing here and greatly multiplied in this little fishing village.
Like I said before, each and every dollar that is brought in goes directly to the people. There are no administration fees removed or a fat check paid to a CEO for being a part. We are here for the people. It is that simple.
           These donations are not just about the amount; it is also about kindness and compassion. It is about feeling good inside when giving to someone with no other motive then to just help. I’ve had friends dig deep into their pockets for a few hundred dollars, and other friends, that could only afford $2.00, or $5.00. But they gave. They give just to help and it all touches my heart.
          All this help has been amazing and it cannot stop. Please go to my website and click on the link to Art Carneys for Playa Gigante. There is information there and the donate button is on the bottom of the page.
From all that I am I thank all that have donated, all that are donating and to the ones that are going to donate. To you all …. I Thank You!
Playa Gigante
This small fishing village of Playa Gigante, Nicaragua is severely struggling. Because of the political crisis in Nicaragua, the loss of tourism, and the unemployment is at an all-time high. Playa Gigante is a small fishing village located north of San Juan del Sur, on the Southern Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. The village has a small population of about 500 and they are some of the most gracious people I have ever met, but they are in trouble. With the fishing and tourism industry suffering greatly, the unemployment rate is rapidly increasing. These proud people are hurting. They need help feeding and caring for their families.
       If you are in possession of one of those kind souls and would just like to give a donation of love please contact me. Even the smallest amount will help greatly. I guarantee that each dollar received will be going to help these proud people. Not one dime will be spent on administration fees or salaries to a CEO. Please contact me if you would like to donate something or have any questions about helping. You can also go to my website, and click on the link, Art Carneys For Playa Gigante, it will take you to a Donation button.
         There will be a list of donations received. Please let me know when you make the donation if I can post your name and amount, or if you prefer I will keep it anonymous.

The Oral Art of the Spoken Word
I want to toss a plug into the air. I just had 2 poems excepted into an upcoming book. Last Call. It’s poetry from poets that are influenced by Charles Bukowski and echoes some of his style in their own work.
After my first book of Poetry, Looking for Security While Wearing a Loincloth, came out I was interviewed for the Newspaper in Jackson WY. When asked who my influences were, my response was Bukowski, Brandigan and Henry Miller. They taught me to have a style of freedom in your writing, which I have. I have no fear or worry to allow any uncensored thoughts escape in verse.

The Oral Art of the Spoken Word

Orate Feathers
It’s recited as a hymn,
releasing the unsayable
that once was perched
on the back of your tongue.

Its darkness
released into the breath
of lost souls
looking for the light.

As the hymn grows
louder and stronger,
the willing follow deeper
into an unfathomable void.

I calmly sit.
I quietly listen
to this melody
I cannot seem to follow.

All I can hear is screaming fear
from the flight of a canary
trapped in the chapel
its small ornate feathers
floating in the air.

Feathers that tumble
as it crashes against
the stained glass windows
wanting nothing more
than to be free.

I walked though the forest
and the ancient trees told me,
“Listen to the wind
as it will tell you the truth.”

I stood on an open ridge
and listened to the wind.
It spoke loudly
telling me,
“Listen to the silence
it speaks more truth.”

So I did.

I sit among large rocks
worn smooth
from listening to the wind.
Their silence told me
“Listen to your heart
as it hears what is being echoed
from your soul.”

Words from the collection, 2020 Poetry and Words
You can find more of my poetry on my website in the volumes of
Looking for Security While Wearing a Loincloth
I Don’t Shave on Sundays and
My Mind Has Forgotten to Age

From My Sketchpad

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