Hello friends,

I have always enjoyed the title of one of Alan Watts’ books – Cloud Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown. It speaks to me of the peace and rest that anonymity can bring. Public life holds a certain kind of helpfulness, however for an older person, public life can work contrary to the essences of that person’s journey. I believe the world is at a crisis point, a time when profound transition is possible – though not inevitable. I find that I must take a step through the Gate that these times have offered to me. I have taken several periods of “time off” over the years but none have lasted long enough for my silence to bear fruit.

I am going on an extended time of retreat and silence for the rest of the year 2020. Our simple home here in Mt. Shasta and the loving support of Nancy, provide the perfect setting for this retreat. When this unique year has past, I will reevaluate all of my options.

Nancy and I are fine. We are well, healthy, happy and at peace with our work. If you want to keep in touch, please go to Nancy’s blog – Earth Centered Living After 60  There you will find updates on our journey and a way of contacting Nancy. During this time I will not be receiving email. I will not be blogging.  I will be turning my attention to my life-long desire for an experiential, rather than merely intellectual, relationship with the Mystery, the Tao.

The flow of Tao is unpredictable, but I trust that when this exceptional year has past, we will find each other well, safe, and walking the path in peace and hope.

Blessings to us all.

6 thoughts on “Cloud-Hidden

  1. Wishing you all the best in your journey, Martin. I’ll be with you in spirit as I continue to read, apply, share, and teach your books in my life and in my yoga classes. Many thanks. 🙏🏻


  2. Bill, I will miss your postings, and your insightful way of looking at things. I wish I could see how this next part of the year goes for you, though I will read Nancy’s blog. You have given me food for thought about how do I want the rest of this year to go in my own life. So thank you for all that you have written. Take care


  3. We will miss you, Bill. May your retreat be fruitful. You have been trying to do this for at least several years. One of my qigong teachers went into a seven year retreat at the time I was learning from a student of his.


  4. Blessings to you too, Bill. Wishing you all the best on your journey and full of appreciation for the way you’ve
    helped many of us on ours.


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