Scrutinizing Script: Big Sur

Jack Kerouac is likely the best known of the beat authors. Up and risen in the 1950s, beatnik culture was considered fringe. Little was understood of it by the so called mundane outsiders. They reclaimed poetry by taking it “back to the streets” from what they considered stuffy, conventional living and sought freedom from what they considered oppressive, conventional culture.

Kerouac writes Big Sur after the success of his previous book, On the Road, which depicts a cross-country road trip of a group of friends. Not adjusting to his new found fame, he finds he needs to get away from the business of life, the city, and a very active party scene to recluse himself at his friend’s cabin, in Big Sur, California.


What he doesn’t count on however, is his need to escape himself. Years of binging and an overly imaginative mind is impossible to set aside and this story is his narration of the following few months. Presented as a stream of consciousness with minimal punctuation (as consciousness is I suppose), you’re amazed at the many detours and distractions it takes.

So even that marvellous, long remembrances of life all the time in the world to just sit there or lie there or walk about slowly remembering al the details of life which now because a million lightyears away have taken on the aspect (as they must’ve for Proust i his sealed room) of pleasant mental movies brought up at will and projected for further study—And pleasure—As I imagine God to be doing this very minute, watching his own movie, which is us.

He takes a thought or idea, then shoots off so far from topic you wonder how he’ll ever find his way back or where he’s going, but the beauty of it is, he always does. It always falls together in a strange albeit uncomfortable clarity. The ramblings of a madman and a beautiful mind can sometimes be confused as they are so clearly linked. In reading Big Sur, a certain type of person (myself included) may think, ‘Oh ya, I recognize this. It is both totally mad and completely beautiful…humm, who would have thought’.


‘You said in 1957 in the grass drunk on whiskey you were the greatest thinker in the world’—’That was before I fell asleep and woke up: now I realize I’m no good at all and that makes me feel free’

He slips into madness. You know it’s coming both because he tells you as much and because you see the signs. You see it in the mind-tangent that goes a little too far, getting stuck in the darkness just a little too long. You may see it coming because you recognize the patterns in yourself and see right where he’s reached the edge. The place where you normally catch yourself and pull back up for air—except he doesn’t. He not only allows you to join him in his journey down and back out again but invites you to. This, and his other reads, are not for everyone but those who would appreciate it, do so immensely.

Scrutinizing Script: The World Without Us

Scrutinizing Script: The World Without Us

In The World Without Us, Alan Weisman poetically describes his well-researched hypothesis of what would happen if humans were to disappear, for whatever reason, suddenly. Similar to the TV series that came after, this version is much better. Beautifully described, he begins with the most basic of our structures: our weather-proofed, leak-locked homes. When the electrical grid fails, and back-up generators eventually loose juice, what happens to the pumps, locks, and holds held at bay by them? Where does nature first invade?


by: El Mundo Magazine

Without humans to fight erosion or pull back weeds, how long will it take for our concrete spaces to turn green? What species would thrive, survive, or fail? What of animals? Our beloved domestics, how long would they last? And what of wildlife? Left to their own devices, without management or interference, would they do fair-well, or are we somehow part of their maintenance and well-being?

When we think civilization, we usually picture a city. Small wonder: we’ve gawked at buildings ever since we started raising towers and temples, like Jericho’s. As architecture soared skyward and marched outward, it was unlike anything the planet had ever known. Only beehives or ant mounds, on a far humbler scale, matched our urban density and complexity. Suddenly, we were no longer nomads cobbling ephemeral nests out of sticks and mud, like birds or beavers. We were building homes to last, which meant we were staying in one place. The word civilization itself derives from the Latin civis, meaning “town dweller”.

Weisman takes us to Africa (my favourite chapter), and explores the mass-extinction of megafauna and how it differs from what we experienced in North America (and why). He seemlessly and invigoratingly evaluates structures such as nuclear powerplants, canals, polymeres, and the oil industry.


Somehow he does all this while keeping us engaged, curious, and extremely humbled. What is reversible? How long will it take and what of our conquering will endure through time? He looks at all of these and (so much) more in a compelling, spell-bound manner, capturing you well into the night.

Scrutinizing Script: The Tenth Insight

Following the search for the first Nine Insights of The Celestine dbe88f7b6dc95f7db62def48fa1311a7Prophecies, there are whispers regarding a possible Tenth Insight. Charlene has gone missing. First character protagonist, John Woodson, has found it difficult maintaining the teachings of the manuscript since his return home but upon hearing of his friend’s disappearance, has flashes of insight and images of her. She’s gone in search of the Tenth Insight.

His search finds him in an Appalachian Mountains National Forest, which has been overrun by pilgrims, in search of the missing insight. He immediately meets David Lone Eagle, whose ancestors have always inhabited this land and have ancient wisdom on the topic, “The Tenth Insight is about understanding this whole awareness – the perception of mysterious coincidences, the growing spiritual consciousness on Earth, the Ninth Insight disappearances – all from the higher perspective of the other dimensions, so that we can understand why this transformation is happening and participate more fully.”

Autumn Mountain Sunrise

Autumn Mountain Sunrise

David mentions a strange hum in the woods that has him concerned and points John in the direction of an obscure part of the forest unknown to most visitors. He tells John to maintain his intuition. Observing the animals of the forest for signs, John quickly surmises things aren’t as they seem. There’s much secrecy throughout the woods, with Rangers escorting people out of certain areas and rumours of strange experiments.

This story touches on inter-dimensional travel and soul groups who give us energy in this incarnation, that we may remember our reason for coming to Earth. It also looks at the damage humans can do to when we play with things we shouldn’t. If you found The Celestine Prophesy far-fetched or bizarre, you may not like this one but I personally did.

Scrutinizing Script: The Celestine Prophecy

The Celestine Prophecy, is a novel, written by James Redfield. It begins with two the-celestine-prophecyfriends who have not seen one another in some time. Charlene has just returned home from Peru and is ecstatic. He’s more than a little confused. She’s just made an incredible discovery, a manuscript the government denies exists, describing a massive shift in human consciousness.

It’s divided into chapters, each dealing with a different ‘insight’ as to the progression towards this shit. A series of coincidences lead our hero to Peru where he’s greeted by the local police. Barely escaping with his life, he continues to follow the coincidences – messages from the universe – meeting many people along the way in his search for the insights.

The first deals with everything being made up of energy and the following few review the ways we interact with it. There’s the way we treat children, how to identify and overcome our control dramas, and considering our addictions to certain people. As individuals begin to gain each insight, humanity is expected to hit critical mass and shift into a new stage of enlightenment.


There are many who do not want the manuscript to be available to the masses and are fighting to suppress it. The church of course, is concerned with loosing authority, since the insights teach people how to decide for themselves, and it would seem they are willing to do anything to keep them hidden.

There’s a lot going on in this book. It offers some great teachings and is full of action. It’s surprisingly fast paced considering it has such an overall spiritual theme.

Scrutinizing Script: Love and Power

Love & Power: Lynn V. Andrews

Power is what drives us. It is what generates the energy we require to propel our lives through the direction Love & Powerand accomplishment of our goals. Love is the creative spark, the divinity inside us and connection to God that gives us the ability to live in the centre of our hearts. It is what keeps us true to ourselves as our goals begin to manifest. Without one, we never reach a desired destination. Without the other, we lack the ‘joie de vivre’ that makes it all worth while.

We are called upon to hold within us the truth that we are all part of a oneness. This oneness is not a static state, but a movement of power through the abyss of chaos and striving into the world of compassion and understanding and love. Without love, in a sense, there is no life. Love can be manifested in many ways. It can be for another person—and what a beautiful, wonderful gift that is—but the most important thing of all is the love of self. The love of self is the most magnificent realization that can be. You are made of love, because God is love, and you are God in the sense that you are a reflection of the creation of all that is.

Andrews has studies Native healing arts and Shamanism more than two decades with the tutelage of several powerful medicine women. In this book, she takes us through the process of recognizing both love and power, and honouring the necessity they hold in our lives. She shares with us the importance of courage to evolve and claim what is ours. To be who we are meant to be and not get caught up in what we are doing. She teaches through personal stories and in a sequencial, easy to grasp manner that is accessable and inspirational. Included in each chapter are reflective questions so grab a journal, a hot cup of tea (or some wine perhaps), and prepare yourself for some honest interaction and revelation.

Scrutinizing Script: The Four Agreements

Written by Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom is one of those books everyone should read. Trained in the Toltec tradition, Ruiz is a respected Medicine Man of the same lineage as Carlos Casteneda, one of the first people to write about Shamanism from a Western perspective. Unlike Castaneda however, Ruiz has done a great job of making the tradition accessible to everyone. It doesn’t matter if you have a spiritual practice or not, believe in God or not, are much of a reader or not, the wisdom is applicable to all.

The Four AgreementsI personally resonate with this book on a pretty large scale. It’s so simple and yet most of us miss the point until he reveals them to us. He explains how we are born with a clean slate and as we grow, we develop stories and ideas about ourselves and our environments, that we use to survive until essentially, our imagination has run away with us and we are trapped in a self-created hell.

Everyone talks about freedom. All around the world different people, different races, different countries are fighting for freedom. But what is freedom? In America we speak of living in a free country. But are we really free? Are we free to be who we really are? The answer is no, we are not free. True freedom has to do with the human spirit — it is the freedom to be who we really are.

He takes us through the four steps to freeing ourselves from this hell. There are no major lifestyle changes, no crazy yoga or meditations, just a shift in awareness and perspective. Ruiz is direct and to the point in an easy to read and enjoyable fashion. I really believe everyone should pick up this book.

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I honour you, Jenn

Scrutinizing Script: The Witch of Portobello

The Witch Of Portobello: A Novel, by Paulo Coelho, is the story of a woman unlike any other but in whom we still manage to see ourselves (maybe me more than most). She is every woman and completely one of a kind. Her greatest wish in life is to be a mother and to know God and she dares anyone to get in her way. She’s a take-no-prisoners, I-do-what-I-want-but-still-manage-to-offer-my-whole-heart kind of gal. She is both loved and hated and this is the story of her journey.

At that moment, I was behaving like a little girl who has just found out the world isn’t full of ghosts and curses, as grown-ups have taught us. It’s full on love, regardless of how that love is manifested, a love that forgives our mistakes and redeems our sins.

First off, I’ll say that people tend to either love or hate Paulo Coelho. He is often accused of being condescending and arrogant in his writing. I can see this. I don’t LOVE all of  his work BUT I do LOVE this particular piece. There are annoying undertones in how he so obviously lays things out but in this case, it isn’t a deterrent, not for me anyway.

The story begins quite sadly. Athena is a devoted Catholic. She goes to the church each morning and sings to the Mother Mary. Because she so badly wants to be a mother, she marries young and becomes one. Too young to be married, and overwhelmed by how his life has changed, her husband asks for a divorce. After which she is publicly humiliated and denied communion. She doesn’t understand why God should be with held from her. No longer having a place in the church, she leaves and never comes back.

And looking at Athena, Jesus might have replied: “My child, I’ve been excluded too. It’s been a very long time since they’ve allowed me in there.”

And here starts her whirlwind! She finds teachers and dances at every opportunity. She expresses herself in speech and movement and before she knows it, and completely unintentionally, she had a herd of people who want to learn from her.

Dance to the point of exhaustion, as if you were a mountaineer climbing a hill, a sacred mountain. Dance until you are so out of breath that your organism is forced to obtain oxygen some other way, and it is that, in the end, that will cause you to lose your identity and your relationship with space and time.

A world traveller, she and her son live in a number of places absorbing and learning. She captivates everyone who meets her (even the ones who loath her) and she is completely her own person. Exceptional at everything she does, she makes you feel like you can do anything and be exceptional too.

…the search for beauty isn’t always associated with anything practical and yet we still search for it as if it were the most important thing in the world.

This story is an exploration of spirit. If your spiritual connection seeks exploration and openness, The Witch Of Portobello: A Novel, is the perfect offering. If you’re faith is more structured and you adhere to dogma, I still recommend you read it, but you probably won’t like it 😉

Everything is worship if your mind is focused on the present moment.