Beginning at the age of twenty, Jake’s life was transformed by a series of mystical experiences. Mystical experiences do not happen because of good works, drug use, or ascetic practices; they only occur through the grace of The Beloved. These transcendental events unveil the egotistical mirage of the false self while revealing the unparalleled love and ultimate being of The Beloved. Or, as Thomas Merton, Trappist monk and author writes in Love and Living, “(The) superficial life of the ego-self is discarded like an old snake skin and the mysterious self of the spirit becomes more present and more active.”
After the completion of his formal studies, which includes a B.A. in Journalism and a M.A. in Writing and Consciousness Studies, Jake embarked on a nomadic journey that lasted for twelve years. During this time he lived and worked all over the world, including many contemplative periods at Christian, Buddhist, and Zen monasteries, working as a chef and restaurant manager at farm-to-table establishments, being a writer-in-residence and organic gardener at spiritual retreat centers, working as a journalist, and teaching writing to and mentoring at-risk youth for several renowned educational programs. He has also taught journalism, world religions, and writing classes at several colleges.
Due to his spiritual calling, Jake has dedicated my life to the holistic study of world religions and their mystical traditions, facilitating contemplative retreats, offering community lectures, creating organic gardens, and feeding people, including the homeless. This way has enabled him to build deep bonds with sincere teachers and seekers from all over the world who represent different beliefs and practices.
Jake’s path has also brought him into intimate contact with marginalized people in various locations. These specific experiences helped to open his heart in order to realize that there are no others—-just sons and daughters of The Beloved—-some of whom have no food or shelter. The Beloved has helped him to see those who are usually unseen by mainstream society. Many of Jake’s published poems, stories, essays, and books relate these formative interactions through literary means.
There is no one school or religion or organization that could have provided Jake with the transformational milieu that he has encountered during his many years of Nomadic Devotion. He is truly thankful for his unique path and the work that it offers. To paraphrase The Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18 Verse 9: That person who does holy work because it should be done, and surrenders selfishness and thought of reward, their work is pure, and is peace.
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This engaging collection of travel essays explores the environmental, cultural, and spiritual topography of North America through the rhythmic lens of a nomadic soul. Each of these essays present meaningful dialogues between the author and a cast of unique and marginalized local characters which explore what it means to be in-place, to feel out-of-place, and the idea/reality of home in a postmodern, materialistic world.
~This book was published by Nomadic Devotion Books and printed in the U.S.A. on 100% post-consumer recycled paper with plant-based inks.