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Rekindling the Inner Light: The Frank Waters Centennial, a rich collection of essays and papers about Waters, is available just in time to simplify your Christmas shopping with the unique.  Beginning with an entertaining essay by John Nichols, the book continues with contributions from Rudolfo Anaya, Vine Deloria, Jr., Denise Chavez, Tony Hillerman, and twenty others featured in the 2002 centennial honoring Waters’ birth on Judy 25, 1902, and his long lifetime of writing achievement.

As Vine Deloria explains to his reading audience in a moving foreword, “. . . this gathering was more than a centennial celebration.  It was as if we were all engaged in a dramatic presentation of a life fully lived, and our task was to build on what we had been given this weekend to enrich our own lives.”

Rudolfo Anaya wrote in his paper about mythos, “It is appropriate we gather to celebrate the man, his life, and his works.  Celebrate because the man did change the course of Southwest letters as he explored the myth consciousness of our land and people.  He not only influenced a generation of writers, but he brought world attention to our corner of mother earth.”

Deloria’s subjective foreword, followed by an objective introduction by John Nizalowski, sets up one of several contrasts that keep the book’s content moving.  Others are longer pieces followed by shorter pieces; varying writing styles, tone, and focus; and participants alternating between scholars and non-scholastic acquaintances or admirers of Waters’ work.

Examples of the varied content are Joseph Gordon’s piece about the influence of mountains upon Waters, questions about his background posed by Thomas Lyon, “Frank Waters Park” by Phil Davis, poetic personal reactions to the author by Imogene Bolls, and Denise Chavez’s essay on passion and obsession in two early Waters novels.

The title, deriving from an Albert Schweitzer quotation about being thankful for those who continue to inspire us when we most need it, is expanded upon in William Edelen’s paper.

Vivid color photographs of the event, taken by expert Holly Reed of Austin, help to share the impression that this had felt like a participatory “dramatic presentation.”   The 283-page book was edited by Barbara Waters, with design and business assistance from Mark Rossi.  It was published by Frank Waters Foundation Press, their second book, and funded in large part by the Torrence Trust and a New Mexico Arts grant.  It sells for $40 hardback and $20 paperback, plus shipping cost, and can be purchased locally at Moby Dickens Bookshop or the Foundation.

See detailed articles here about the public booksigning celebration on Sunday, November 30, at 3:00 p.m. in the Mabel Dodge Luhan House for Rekindling the Inner Light, Ann Jauregui’s Epiphanies, and the tenth anniversary of the Frank Waters Foundation.  Entertainment and refreshments will be provided.

Right from the start Rekindling the Inner Light is a collectors’ item that you will want for your own library and for gifts.  Fifty public libraries throughout the state will also receive copies as gifts.


                                                                                                                        Barbara Waters


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In a quiet moment of therapy,

a breakthrough comes ─ the miracle of the new.

In her new book, Epiphanies: A Psychotherapist’s Tales of Spontaneous Emotional Healing (Prima/Random House, 2003), psychotherapist Ann Jauregui writes that “epiphany” is defined by Webster’s as a “sudden insight into the reality or essential meaning of something.”

“But my favorite part of the definition,” says Jauregui, “tells us that the revelation is usually brought on by some simple, homely, or commonplace experience.  Something big is occasioned by something little, something easily missed.  And it unfolds from there in exquisite slow motion. ‘Look at this,’ you whisper as you see something about the universe you’ve never seen before.  ‘And look at this,’ you whisper, too, seeing yourself seeing it.  The universe is bigger than it was a minute ago, and so are you.”

In this intimate, lyrical integration of psychology and spirituality, Dr. Jauregui shares the stories of nine clients, casting light on moments that “just came,” bringing surprise, comfort, and joy.  “Shyly we venture out with these stories,” she writes, “into a world still in the thrall of a reluctant science and its cousin, a reluctant psychotherapy.

“Early on we know the bind.  An epiphany is supported by almost nothing on the street.  The transcendent experience that seems truer than anything has ever seemed before will not be believed by this world.  We hedge.  ‘If I speak of it,’ we say, ‘I will expose it to ridicule, or diagnosis, or ─ worst of all ─ the realm of the ordinary.  If I don’t speak of it, it will be hidden away, by me and from me.’  Yet even now, science is encountering astonishing non sequiturs of its own, surprises that beg us to reinstate all our stories and include them in our explorations.

“Above all, these are sacred tales.  And they are profoundly healing as they remind us of ─ and restore us to ─ our innate all-right-ness.”

Ann Jauregui, Ph.D., has been a practicing psychotherapist, consultant, and teacher for the past twenty years.  She is the cofounder of Marin Creek Center, a multidisciplinary center for the healing arts in Berkeley, California, an adjunct professor of the Graduate School of Professional Psychology of John F. Kennedy University, and Visiting Professor at the Wright Institute.  Her essays have appeared in Common Boundary, Dulwich Centre Newsletter, Institute of Noetic Sciences Review, and The Chrysalis Reader.

Dr. Jauregui and her husband, John, a primary care physician who shares her interest in an inclusive approach to wellness, boast of eight children and twelve grandchildren.  The family spends quiet and not-so-quiet time in Taos and the Sierra.

About Epiphanies

“A powerful and delightful account of the mind’s ability to gain spontaneous insight and to reorganize information in therapeutically successful ways.  Such events inevitably reduce stress and elevate emotional tone toward joy.  This is the stuff of conscious evolution.”  Edgar Mitchell, Apollo astronaut, founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences

   “Ann Jauregui draws with great imagination upon modern physics and cosmology to reconfigure the most basic assumptions of psychology.  She not only enhances the healing techniques of her field but deepens the ethical mission of therapy.”  Theodore Roszak, The Voice of the Earth

  “A brilliant and enchanting debut.  Like an atom, Epiphanies is both simple and complex, endlessly fascinating, and relevant to all living things.”  Body & Soul



Frank Waters, the Man Who 

Rekindled the Inner Light 

William Edelen


Being an ex-preacher, I have to find a text to wrap my presentation around, and today I have the absolutely perfect quotation.  In the words of Albert Schweitzer,


“Sometimes our light goes out but is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being.  Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light.”


To understand how and why Frank rekindled my inner light, you need to understand what it was like becoming a newspaper columnist for the first time in my life back in the early 1980s.  The Idaho Statesman of Boise, Idaho, starting publishing my weekly columns.  That paper covers all of Idaho and eastern Oregon and western Wyoming, a very large area, a very, very conservative area.  And yet the editor of the Statesman told me she wanted to use my columns with no strings attached.  “Say what you want to say,” was her counsel to me when I started.

 At this time I had my master’s degree in theology from my seminary on the University of Chicago campus, plus graduate work in anthropology from the University of Colorado.  So I thought, “What a joy it will be to raise the level of religious literacy in the very conservative state of Idaho.”

How naïve can you be?  I started writing my columns using the best scholarship known to me from my university work, plus my studies with Joseph Campbell.  Well, let me tell you it really hit the fan, as they say.  Letters to the editor started pouring in, burning me at the stake and crucifying me.  I tell you the truth, every day, every day there were anywhere from one to three letters to the editor telling me what a heretic, heathen, Satan, or infidel I was.  And from there it went downhill.

 I have a thick skin, but day after day of being so brutally attacked finally got to me.  Now comes the saving grace, however.  I had always been enriched by the writings of Frank Waters.  I started sending him my columns at a time when my inner light was not just flickering, it was almost completely out.  In a letter dated September 27, 1980, from Tucson, Arizona, came his answer.  He wrote:


“You are reaching such wide audience through the Idaho Statesman of Boise, the Herald of Everett, Washington, and the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, California.  Writing these regular columns and lecturing in addition to your church duties requires a great vitality.  You are helping to move the world in the right direction during these chaotic times.  Your columns and letters always pep me up.  Keep writing.  Love, Frank.”


Frank Waters had blown my flickering light back into a blazing flame.  And as Albert Schweitzer said, “Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled our inner light.”

Frank’s writings continue to rekindle my inner light, day after day.  At those times when my spirit sags, I go to my bookcase and pull out Mountain Dialogues, or Of Time and Change, or People of the Valley.  I take the book outside to the patio off my study.  There I feel the spirit of Frank everywhere present: in the shade of the tree; in the doves splashing in the bird bath; in the puffy, cotton candy clouds drifting against a crystal, smog-free sky; in my paisano, my fellow countryman roadrunner streaking through the yard.  And I know again that all is One, including Frank’s words and ideas that fill my mind, brain, soul, spirit.

I have lost count of how many times I have used a few of my favorite Waters paragraphs in my lectures and columns.  There is always a visible response from an audience, for instance, when I read aloud,


“[E]very place on earth bespeaks its own rhythm of life . . . every locality . . . has its own spirit. . . . There is no accounting for the mysterious magnetism that draws and holds us to that one locality we know as our heart’s home, whose karmic propensities or simple vibratory quality may coincide with our own.

                        Or when I read from his exquisite chapter on “Silence,”

It is my habit . . . to observe a time of meditative stillness each morning when the sun first tips the rimrock of the mountain range behind my adobe.  The place for it is always the same. . . .  Here I stand, sniffing the early morning breeze . . . like an old coyote, as if to assure myself I am in the center flow of its invisible, magnetic currents . . .  I offer my morning prayers.  Then, I give myself up to a thoughtless silence.”


All great spiritual traditions began with the vision quest of one lone individual who, in solitude and in silence, saw through the veil of the superficial into those realms and dimensions of reality that are of the timeless and eternal.

 Frank writes in Mountain Dialogues about the “evolution of consciousness” as the “Coming Sixth World.”  He writes, “We all stand today on the threshold of a new era . . . we must reestablish our relationship with all the forms of living nature.”  My own consciousness has been enlarged, and refined and expanded, through his words.  And my own inner light rekindled again, and again, and again. . . .


William Edelen was an adjunct professor of religion at University of Puget Sound and an ordained Presbyterian and Congregational minister for more than thirty years.  He still is a columnist and spiritual leader.

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