I’m just a normal dude philosophizing about life and culture while trying to inspire others to take their own journeys.

Andrew Haacke

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The Cross

Symbols from the Sauna: The Cross In one of many conversations at the YMCA sauna or steam room, one Donald told me what the Cross means to him. Donald helped explain that there are two distinct symbols of the Cross. As one of the central images of...

Spirits

Spirits, Sweat Lodges, Workshops, and a Very Strange Party Guest The Spirit of the House A week after I went into the forest with the Man, a friendly soul named Cris, who helped stage the house, conducted a sage smudge by wafting smoldering sage with an Eagle’s...

The Ego

My Ego, My Hero's Journey My Journey has been an ongoing battle to defeat my Ego, my desire for self-importance or recognition, the desire to be selfish and not offer assistance to others, to ignore sound advice freely offered by others but which the Ego prevents me...

The Journey Takes a Weird Turn

Lost in the Dark Night Across the Purdy Bridge, i drove along the slow, plodding road towards the relatively small but stretching Key Peninsula. The sign to the destined Penrose Point Park was nowhere to be found. Another park--Joemma Beach--appeared, however, so i...

The Psychedelic Hero’s Journey – Part 2

Into the Belly of the Whale I walked among the Ladies of Spirit for a time, smelling their sweet, healing aroma, and soon the Man appeared, taking his time in the forest. We talked of many things I can’t remember, for the Ego, the Ego that I dreamed had gone away in...

The Psychedelic Hero’s Journey – Part 1

I have been playing around with an idea popularized by Joseph Campbell's--the Hero’s Journey--for the last two years; picking it up, off and on as new meaning was discovered, but ultimately bereft of its full applicability to my life: how to manifest the lessons...