Welcome again to the Johnny Outlander blog! Some very interesting people have asked some interesting questions. Here is a quick set of answers. The Q&A:
What is Johnny Outlander.com? It is the name of the website for the book Johnny Outlander.
Who is Johnny Outlander? Johnny Outlander is the lead character in the book of the same name.
What is it about? Johnny Outlander is the story of a young man who is a loner, an outsider, an “outlander,” who finds his identity and his destiny in a strange town in Northern California where he discovers everything from huge redwood forests and grudge-bearing wolves to a futuristic DNA research center.
Is the character based on a real person? Check this one out for yourself. See the book’s dedication.
The term “Steward” keeps appearing in the blogs. What is that? This is the name given to all humans whose lineage goes back to the first caretakers on Earth, and is based upon the supposition than Man’s true purpose on this planet is to protect and sustain all animals and all life upon it.
Are Stewards real? Yes!
Tonight is the first full moon of 2019. It is also a Super Blood Wolf Moon, which is rare and amazing. The January moon is known as the Wolf Moon, sometimes the Old Moon. This one is “Super” because it is at the perigee, the point of orbit closest to the Earth, appearing larger because it is closer. It is a “Blood” moon because tonight is a full Lunar eclipse, and the moon glows red. All three phenomena at once — Super, Blood, and Wolf is why this is a rarity.
From our home in Northern California, the moon is eclipsing as I write this. Outside is cold and wet, and the moon is visible between cloud banks in the night sky. We have a fire literally crackling in the fireplace, with radiant embers keeping us warm. Our Siberian Husky, looking more than ever like a white wolf, stays out of the fire’s warmth. He was a rescue found roaming the mountains of Utah and is the most dignified dog I have ever known. Majestic comes to mind. Wolf like.
The moon is tinged red now, washed in the reflection from the Earth’s atmosphere. Still, it is strange and unsettling to see the full moon glowing the color of the embers, like an orb of fire hanging in the sky. So many peoples, so many cultures, have watched these moons over the millennia, reading omens in the stars and planets. In these skies we see our past, our present and our future. The Universe unfolds before us.
What planet is our home? [No, this is not a trick question.] Earth is our planet and the only home we have. Science fiction thoughts of origins and futures aside, Earth is at this moment the only home we have.
As Stewards of this Earth, we are facing a huge challenge. If any of us treated our houses as we treat this Earth, we would be living shoulder to shoulder, knee-deep in putrid waste, and slowly asphyxiating for lack of air. Harsh, yes, but unfortunately true.
Our oceans are warming 40% faster than we thought even five years ago. 95% of all old growth redwoods have been cut down, and Greenland (which is 80% pure ice) is melting more than twice as fast as was predicted just a few years ago. If Greenland melts, the seas will rise a full 23 feet. 50% of the world’s population lives on our planet’s coasts. Just imagine the devastation!And this doesn’t begin to deal with the already-accelerating issues of hurricanes, wild fires and the climate-related catastrophes of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis.
My point? We are Stewards. Our job is to protect this planet and all life upon it. We at Johnny Outlander, in conjunction with all other Stewards and animals who share this planet which is our home, need to step up, reach out, and do the job that has been ours since the dawn of time.
Find a way home to your destiny. It is time. We are in this together.
A very Happy New Year to you and yours. Given the state of the world, the climate, the government, and our increasing natural disasters, that is no idle greeting; it is a fervent prayer for the year ahead.
2018 was an extraordinarily difficult year on many fronts, for myriad reasons. Many of us faced anguishing personal issues and struggled through unimaginable disasters. We now look to 2019 to begin something positive, order out of chaos if you will.
Johnny Outlander, and those of us who bring him to you, are sincerely taking the stand that 2019 will be a better year, one in which we will begin the realization of the Stewards. Read back over the previous blog entries to understand the true meaning of “Steward” and why this term is always capitalized. All of us who love our planet, love and honor all life upon it, and listen intuitively to the world around us, are Stewards. Our duty awaits. Our honor precedes us. Our time is now. And, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you.
I was just asked if it is too late. Is it too late to help the planet, to save the animals, to save ourselves? Is it too late for the Stewards to recognize ourselves as such, to step forward and work together to change the course of the tidal wave of greedy consumption, blistering intolerance and monumental self-entitlement that is reaching tsunami proportions? No. It is not too late. This is no time to abandon ship to the doomsayers or knuckle under to those who abuse their real or assumed power. Life is hope, and where life exists so does hope. Remember: bumblebees can fly, even though by the physics of aerodynamics it is impossible for them to do so. Statistics are just numbers; they do not take into account the human spirit, and that of all sentient creatures. Life and the power of love is the most amazing and powerful force in the Universe. It defies all scientific paradigms.
As Stewards we must live in the present, not in the triumphs or failures of the past. One might say that every animal, every plant, every soul is counting on us to step forward, to do our jobs. We are many. It is incorrect to think that we are some small clique. We come in all sizes and shapes, all sexes, all national origins, all races, all religions and all educational levels. What binds us together is that we are Stewards and somewhere in our minds and souls we know that our purpose here is to protect and preserve our Earth. It is important to realize we do not stand alone. We stand with all other Stewards, remembering our birthright and our responsibility. And beside us are all the animals of this world who have waited for us to remember, who will help us in any way they can. We are all partners in this endeavor. Together, we can create our future.
It is time we do.
There is magic in the redwoods. In Johnny Outlander I write of the flow of energy and wisdom that Johnny finds in the redwood groves and of the life that radiates from these ancient trees, but there is so much more. We humans believe ourselves so complex in comparison to other life forms. But did you know that the genome of a redwood is ten times larger than that of a human being? Or that a redwood has six sets of chromosomes, compared to only two sets in people? Redwoods, and their inland cousins the giant sequoias, are some of the most complex and astounding life forms on Earth.
The tallest living thing is a redwood. In modern times they have been measured at a height of almost 380 feet, and who knows what the tallest ever was? Our redwoods once ranged from Canada to Southern California but, since 1850, we have cut down 95% of all old growth redwood trees. Only 5% remain.
Redwoods and sequoias are among the oldest of living things. Today there is a redwood we know to be at least 2,520 years old and a giant sequoia that is 3,240 years old. That redwood was a seedling half a millennium BEFORE the birth of Christ, and that sequoia was well over a thousand years old before the advent of the Christian Era. The largest and oldest of the redwoods were cut down over a century ago and who knows what ages they knew, what world history they survived. Much of it would have been before civilization as we know it…in a single tree.
Is it any wonder that the redwoods hold the energy of the Earth and the wisdom of the Universe? The next time you are near one, put the flat of your hands upon its bark or lean your forehead against the redwood trunk. Close your eyes. Breathe. Feel the energy and listen to the wisdom. These are magical forest giants. Protect them.
In answering a recent comment, it occurred to me that the relationship between Stewards and animals needs explaining. Our human purpose on this planet is to be its Stewards, basically to care for the Earth itself and all the life upon it. More specifically, our purpose is NOT to exploit and destroy our Earth, our resources, or the animals and plants that share this planet with us. We are caretakers, not a raiding scourge.
Over millennia, many of us humans, descendants of the original Stewards, have lost our way, forgotten who we are and why we are here. Enter the animals. They know and have always known about the Stewards, and even when we lost our way, they did not. They have always remembered and the animals have always tried to tell us. Animals seek out Stewards — they recognize Stewardship in us even when we don’t. When a person realizes — remembers or accepts — that he or she is a Steward, it is like a beacon light that animals recognize. Not only do our family pets and animal partners bond more closely and communicate more fully, but all animals try to attract our attention. They want to be heard and we need to hear them.
If you are a Steward, reading Johnny Outlander may well resonate with you. You may realize or remember your purpose. And the animals — all animals — will begin to communicate more clearly. Animals are far wiser than most give them credit for, and have a great deal to say to us. Our job is to listen.
Johnny Outlander is an adventure which will take you into worlds you have never known. From an isolated childhood in the concrete and manicured suburbs of Los Angeles, Johnny makes his way north to the other-worldly surroundings of old growth redwood forests. Here trees so large that Johnny feels “like a lost Lilliputian” hide an untouched world of primal energies, animals who have a great deal to say, and a motley group of people who all have something to hide.
Can you imagine a world where giant redwoods resonate with the energy of the Universe? Where wolves hold well-earned grudges? Where crows soar overhead as messengers? This is a world where instinct rules and where people are not what they seem.
Johnny finds a haven with an unknown and oddly talented grandmother who knows more about him than Johnny knows about himself. He arrives as a castaway in a strange land, only to find that the animals, the people, and the forest have been waiting for him.
Join Johnny on his journey. Read the adventure!
Intuitive communication is an intrinsic part of the book Johnny Outlander, and it will be helpful to take a look at what this is. Intuitive communication exists and is quite commonplace, despite what many people think. Yes, it includes actual wordless exchange of information, but it also includes myriad everyday occurrences experienced by all. Every mother who suddenly “knows” when something is wrong with her absent child, every dog who “magically” knows when his person is coming home, no matter how irregular the arrival, every out-of-the-blue thought about a long-lost friend who then astonishingly calls — all are examples of intuitive communication.
Some of us are better than others at catching or receiving these thoughts. Close relationships can help (i.e., mother/child) but having an open mind and the ability to clear needless chatter from one’s thoughts is better still. Absolutely anyone can improve their abilities in intuitive communication.
This is not magic. It is science, and one day will be universally known as such. Electricity and magnetism were once considered magic, not to mention such now-everyday occurrences such as flying, space exploration, or even computers and artificial intelligence. Yesterday’s magic is today’s mere science. And so it will inevitably be with “intuitive communication.”
Quantum physicists know that thoughts are “things,” that neutrinos, traveling at the speed of light, measurably react to the thoughts of the scientists observing them. At 186,000 miles per second, neutrinos could easily produce the “instant knowledge” associated with intuitive communication. In my opinion, they do. One day “neutrino knowledge” may mean the same thing as “intuitive knowledge” and we can all stop the reactive fear of the “magical unknown” and get about the real business of optimizing our scientific understanding and communications in the world.
In the short paragraph “About the Author” one accomplishment mentioned is that I taught classes in Intuitive Communication. I did more than teach, I worked as a professional communicator specializing in medical and psychological communication for people…and animals. My clients have included doctors, veterinarians, animal rescue workers, and animal welfare agencies and charities. I do not charge for these services and I no longer do this for the general public. It became overwhelming.
Over the course of the past decades, I learned repeatedly what every animal lover and every child born on the planet knows instinctively: animals are cognitive, sentient beings, whose intelligence is ridiculously underrated and whose concept of life often puts ours to shame. Yes, animals can tell us what toys and foods they like, where it hurts, and why they miss a lost companion, but they can and do communicate so much more. For years they have been trying to tell us that we are needed, that humanity is here with a job to do. They know we are supposed to be Stewards and they are trying very, very hard to tell us.
We, as people, tend to settle for surface responses, reasons, and stimuli. Open your hearts and minds and listen a little more carefully. The animals we rescue, we love, and with whom we share our lives are trying to tell us something much more profound.