Life As Play
Live compassionately, intuitively, spontaneously, and miracles will happen!
by Mark J Johnson
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 16 Dec 2020 | Archive Date 17 Sep 2021
Dao Publishing, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
This extraordinary journey is not limited to how playful life can be. It is a profound investigation into how to discover your innate divinity.
So, join Mark on his 50-year spiritual odyssey with some of the most fascinating spiritual teachers of the last half-century. His travels take him from the mountains of Pennsylvania to exotic temples in China and Tibet and eventually to the wild and dangerous hills of Malibu, California.
Mark chronicles his ten years training in an Advaita Vedanta center in Florida, then a year of visiting Suzuki Roshi in California just before the Roshi died. Then the Play began, with an intense 28-year apprenticeship to the powerful Daoist wizard he meets in Taiwan and convinces to come to the US.
Mark learned many valuable self-healing techniques in their Malibu clinic: how to heal oneself with high-frequency energies available to everyone; how to utilize deep breathing techniques for clearing and integrating our subconscious; the power of love, compassion, spontaneity, intuition, and inner stillness; how to recognize an Avatar if you are lucky enough to meet one; and how to activate your acupuncture meridians and auric energies. There are chapters on Feng Shui, Daoist sexual practices, the nine secrets to a life of Play, and much more.
The central message is that if an ordinary boy from central Pennsylvania can learn to live in an abiding state of Play, then surely you can too. And keep in mind that Mark will not rest until this book is in every hotel room in the world.
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“Mark is a real Taoist master. In this book he shares some of the most fascinating contemporary lives of spirit you will ever read about. He has something to teach us all about living life in a spontaneous, lyrical, and non-intentional way.”
—ALLAN COMBS author of Synchronicity, The Radiance of Being, and Consciousness Explained Better
“This book will have you throw away all your preconceived notions about spirituality. So beware, be very aware – this book may change your life.”
—BONNITTA ROY Associate Editor, Integral Review Journal
“Filled with wild, weird, and wonderful accounts of his interactions with numerous spiritual teachers, along with helpful summations of Taoist perspectives on feng shui, the energy body, sexual practices (and more!), My Life as Play is spiced with countless irreverent asides as well as pithy encapsulations of the wisdom of the ages: I agree almost completely with the old humbug, so he must be onto something!”
—G. WILLIAM BARNARD Professor of Religious Studies, Southern Methodist University; author of Exploring Unseen Worlds: William James and The Philosophy of Mysticism and Living Consciousness: The Metaphysical Vision of Henri Bergson
“The strength of this book resides in its down-to-earth, matter-of-fact tone. I especially appreciate the author’s self-deprecating candor and his novel perspectives on the ideas and individuals associated with the Western popularization of Eastern philosophy and spirituality.”
—MARK HARVEY, PhD Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina, Asheville
“The ultimate message is one I resonate with: if you are not having FUN on your path, whatever it is, you are an over-serious stick-in- the-mud, who, while getting your tough lessons in Earth Life, have missed the whole point of learning to be a Divinely Playful Human.”
—MICHAEL WINN Founder, Healing Tao USA
“This earnest, compassionate, knowledgeable, authentic, and often very funny seeker and guide, shares his odyssey of spirituality meeting the West. Yet, whatever the road, the purpose is the same: the truth is simple and playful, and as profound as anything. As his Daoist teacher put it, This spiritual path is NOT about freeing yourself from suffering and securing your own happiness. It is about participating in something far greater.”
—RUTH RICHARDS, MD, PhD Professor of Psychology (consciousness and spirituality), Saybrook University; Psychiatry Lecturer, Harvard Medical School
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