I’m happy to announce a new design for this website. Since late 2018 I have begun a new creative phase in my life, preparing my scenic and landscape photos for sale and posting them on FineArtAmerica.com and www.Daveda-Lamont.pixels.com. In so doing, I decided it was time for a new look on MagicalMysticalYou.com. The new photo background you see on my home page is one I took in the high desert of Utah and enhanced through digital retouching and painting. I was on a trip to relocate from Los Angeles to New York with my husband-to-be. It was the dead of … Continue reading
Inseparability of Native American Spirituality and Everyday Life
I’m reposting this original article because I think it says best what I wanted to express on this subject. I did recently write a second article on this subject and you’re welcome to check it out as well.
I recently learned about this aspect of Native American life through the writing of Ohiyesa (Charles Alexander Eastman), a part Santee Sioux raised in a traditional Native American home, who later was educated as a doctor in American colleges. He wrote eloquently about Native American life in the early 20th century. He wrote that daily life and spirituality, as lived purely by original peoples, were not really even two elements tightly interwoven. Rather, the people viewed their existence and lived their lives AS a manifestation of spirituality and spiritual creation. To them, there was no difference; they were inseparable.
Here’s some food for thought – a different view than you usually hear about. Everyone agrees that the physical universe is solid and real. It contains awesome levels of energy, unimaginable reaches of space, and immense solidity of matter. It also persists through infinite expanses of time. Most physical objects last indefinitely until they are either blasted into bits and components by some sun exploding (or a kid with a hammer) – or just break down slowly into their physical components, which go on existing in a different form, like the carpet of moss lying underneath the forest floor, formed from … Continue reading
The prospect of death can be terrifying or depressing and for some can make living and life seem worthless. After all the greatness and creativity
and pleasure that human beings can enjoy and invest into life, it seems the greatest bad joke of the universe that our awareness and our participation in life can simply be cut off
Little-Understood and Mysterious, but Part of Us All Everyone has their own ideas of what dreams are, and what they mean – if anything! Dreams might be the most often discussed yet little understood phenomenon common to all humans – though animals also dream. Certain professions claim dreams as their exclusive turf to define and label – but seem to want to insist that dreams are always symbolic. That is nonsense. What Are Dreams? Though superficially dreams seem similar one to the next, not all are of the same character. Dreams can actually be many different things, from a random … Continue reading
American Indians have always had many ways of passing skills, knowledge and wisdom about life to their
children. America’s First People knew that observation, experience and practice were essential to prepare young tribe members to participate in
and excel in life. So, one of the most interesting and effective methods was to take each child out into the plains, mountains and forests to observe. An animal, its tracks, clouds, birds,
rodents—anything could be observed until the child attained …
A new interview of me has just appeared on the Phoenix Book Review site. In the discussion I talk about my writing and other things
close to my heart. Check it out!
Here is the link:
The reviewer is fiction writer Phoenix, who has herself written a fascinating fictional adventure containing a wealth of well researched detail about the Mandan, a North American tribe
whose roots in …
November 26, 2012
Laurie, a well known book blogger, recently reviewed The Way of the Eagle: An Early California Journey of Awakening and interviewed me on her site, “Laurie’s Paranormal Features.” I was
honored to be selected for a review on this busy and interesting blogsite.
Here is the link!
All the best,
I’m proud to announce that my novelette, Lost Without Love – A Hollywood Tale of the Future, just reached No. 28 on the Amazon Kindle “Future Romance”
list! You can get it for $2.99 for Kindle at this link:
And here is the link to the Amazon Kindle “Future Romance” list:
A little interlude of beauty while I work on the next piece…
For those who love the sky, eagles and hawks – this video is so unusual and beautiful – I found it very inspiring. These men are obviously pro bird handlers and seem very careful with the birds – I
don’t think we need fear for their safety. They all seem very at home with each other in the sky.
I am so happy to announce that my novella, The Way of the Eagle: An Early California Journey of Awakening, has won its third national award! It has been named Finalist in the 2012
National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA), in the Cross-Genre Fiction category.
In the interview we cover fascinating spiritual and visionary writing topics. Both Michelle and I are Founding Members of the Visionary Fiction Alliance, formed to promote and support …