And Now a Few Words From Our Naked Readers

Upper floor terrace with hammocks and bamboo privacy screens.

Well, we have finally begun to settle into our home for the next two-and-a-half months here in Ecuador. I haven’t been focused on writing of any kind since my last post as I have been suffering from a cold and cough. Now that I am mostly better, my wife is now having to deal with the same illness. At least the weather is cloudy, cool, and uninviting making it so much easier to stay inactive. I won’t complain as our weather is significantly friendlier than what our family and friends are enduring back home in Canada and the U.S.A. I mean, how can I think of complaining when I still don’t have to wear clothing just to be warm.

My writing corner on our second story terrace.

I have finally returned to working on the third novel of the René Beauchemin series, not quite restarting from scratch, but close enough the what will emerge will be drastically different that my first several drafts. I am hopeful that by toning down the role of gods and goddesses, the result will be enjoyable for a larger reading population. Naturally, I won’t be removing any of the “naturist” aspects of the story, for they are too important for the purposes of linking this third story to the first two stories. And as in the first two books, psychology and meditation will continue to play important roles in the lives of the characters. As a writer, I find it important to use as many approaches to character development as I can. Since my characters are naturists, it is important that not only their bodies are clothing free, but their minds should undergo the process of becoming more authentic beings, hiding less and less of who they are as humans. And this is where I use a depth psychology understanding of how a human becomes more and more conscious of themselves and others.

In the past, I have brought parts of my stories here to share with my blog site readers. Typically when I did that, there was little interests shown with no comments added to the posts. Perhaps I don’t quite have the purposes of my blog site understood, at least from a reader’s point of view. What should be included in these posts and what should be left out? So, rather than assume, I am turning to you, my readers for a bit of input here. Is this the right place to bring parts of the novel to the attention of a reading public? Or, should I continue doing what seems to work the best, short articles on varied topics looking at the day-to-day world of naturism and those who are looking for answers to their own naturist agendas?

Naturist Novels are In

Books one and two in hand in the garden.

While I was visiting my daughter and her family, I picked up the books which had been sent from the printers to her place. Normally I would be quickly hitting book stores with the purpose of engaging in book-signing events. I sell most of my books this way – more than two hundred books sold last spring, summer and fall. However, with a long-distance hike venture beginning in less than a week, I will be delaying the book tour until after the first week in July. I will likely do two rounds with the books.

Book One, A Small Company of Pilgrims, is somewhat like a modern day “Canterbury Tales” with the setting being the Camino de Santiago. The protagonist has to deal with his issues of being exposed in public, and the problem with relating to women, especially when they aren’t wearing clothing.

Book Two takes the same protagonist and explores the relationship with the feminine. Some of the characters of the first book join the protagonist in supporting roles as he opens up to a life as a naturist in his home community and his family. Of course, a woman is involved [actually two women] and it gets complicated.

I hesitate to say more so that you can discover the bigger pictures that are captured in both books. The genre: naturism set as contemporary fantasy. Mythological figures [Celtic and Norse gods and goddesses, archetypes, and historical figures] are found as breathing characters in both books.

Just as a footnote, book three is in progress, about 80% done the first draft.  imagine that it will be available early next spring.

May Meditation Skyclad

My first outdoor meditation while at home in Canada for 2017.

It was sunny and calm this morning. The temperature was at 10 degrees Celsius as I returned to my corner in the garden that receives first morning light for meditation, the first time to meditate nude outdoors. I almost always meditate nude, but usually in the colder weather I find myself meditating nude in my office with a small electric heater to keep me warm. The office is the coolest room in the house for some reason and we typically keep the house at 18 Celsius. When I meditate clothed, it is because I am in a situation where privacy is sketchy, for example trying to meditate outdoors while at a textile campground with neighbours too close for comfort.

My home with the front garden in process of being created to an inner design.

Even thought the temperature was significantly lower outdoors, the direct sunshine with no wind made it feel infinitely warmer.

Later this morning I will be spreading wood-chip mulch on our front garden. Since the front is wide open to passing foot and vehicle traffic, I will be required to wear clothing. Regardless, it will be worth it as the front garden is turning out to be something that I am proud to have designed.

The Second Rene Beauchemin Novel

Second novel in the Rene Beauchemin series.

The cover of the second novel in the series that tells the story of René Beauchemin, features the original art of my daughter. In the story, René returns home to Ottawa where he tries to re-engage with his psychotherapy practice. He learns the identity of Freya as a Norse goddess, wife of Odin. Yet, he struggles with his attraction with her as a woman.

René journey of transformation continues with the appearance of yet another figure from his unconscious who strangely seems to be aware of the background behind the story. The appearance of another woman in René’s story only serves to complicate things for René.

On the naturist level, René shifts, with help from his friends, to being a full naturist who becomes comfortable with nudity in social situations. On the fantasy level, the tangled webs between reality, the Nordic and Celtic deities, and fantasy promise that the story will continue into future novels. On the psychological level, we get to see René in action as a therapist using Jungian psychology as his counselling foundation.

The book is available through a number of outlets:

  1. Createspace print book
  2. Smashwords eBook
  3. Amazon print book
  4. Amazon eBook

The First Rene Beauchemin Novel

First novel in the Rene Beauchemin naturist series

I am posting the new cover of my older book, the story of René Beauchemin who walks the Camino de Santiago along with a small group made up of imaginary people from René’s subconscious, as well as a Norse goddess and a Celtic god. Of course, the identities of these companions are not known by René who soon becomes known as the half-naked pilgrim.

It’s a journey of transformation for René on many levels. For my readers here, the transformation from reluctant half-naked pilgrim to being fully naked with his pilgrim partners while meditating is followed with all its twists and turns.

René, like many of us, appreciates his own nudity in the privacy of his own space, at home. Being nude in front of others is a difficult stretch because of the typical North American  association of nudity with sexual activity. This novel looks at the problem through a humorous, contemporary fantasy journey across the landscape of northern Spain, on the authentic trail of the Camino de Santiago.

The book is available through a number of outlets:

  1. Createspace print book
  2. Smashwords eBook
  3. Amazon print book
  4. Amazon eBook

Re-Emergence on the Prairies

On the edges of spring on the prairies.

It has been quite some time since I last posted here. I have returned to Canada following three months in Mexico along the Mayan Riviera, where I lived in a private studio with a private garden. For three months I lived mostly without the need to wear clothing. It was only when I left the confines of the studio and garden when I had to wear clothing, at least until I was by a small clothing-optional beach not too far from the small town where I lived beside the Caribbean Sea. I returned to my home on the Canadian prairies, in a small prairie town located less than two hours southwest of the city of Saskatoon. I returned home to snow and cold. For three months I was without clothes for the majority of the hours of each day.

However, that time has come to and end, it has retreated into the past as memories, some of which were captured in photos, some in journal entries, and the rest into a quiet, hidden spot deep within me. Like then, I find myself living in the moment, in the present tense. It is easy to get caught up in the past, rehashing the challenges, and reminiscing through rose-tinted lenses the pleasures. It is as equally easy to project into the future facing challenges that exist only in the realm of “maybe.” Oh, I do think about the future and my time and places for clothing free experiences, among many other hopeful expectations, don’t get me wrong. However, I know that the “future” thoughts are just that, projections of “maybe.”

Living in the moment is not all that easy to do. It is actually exceedingly difficult as our minds are prone to “think” outside the experience of the present. We worry, we wonder, we conjecture, we wander. Just the simple and necessary act of planning for an event [I am planning on attending a Jungian lecture and workshop in just over a week from now], has one begin thinking about people who might be met, things that may be discussed, and the list goes on and on. Once the plans are made, worries about weather that may prevent travel along with a host of other imaginary issues that lay waiting in the shadows to sabotage the event, flood the mind. Of course, none of it is real with the exception that a plan has been made. The rest is all about fleeing from the present into some chaotic no-man’s land.

All of above is why I meditate. It teaches me how to stay grounded in the present. I find myself either nude or clothed in various situations of my choosing. And wherever I find myself, I make myself present to the situation and the people. It’s a good place to start.

 

A Self-Respecting Naked Buddhist

Buddha on the journey to enlightenment.

Buddha on the journey to enlightenment.

Yes, Buddha, or should I say Siddhartha Gautama, would have looked like this not long after he began his journey to enlightenment. Like all those before him, that journey was marked by being skyclad, by meditation, and by deprivation. Today, Sadhu Nagas still continue this practice. Somewhere between then and now, the Digambara who stress the practice of nudity as an absolute prerequisite to the attainment of salvation.

Somewhere along his journey toward salvation, he decided that the traditional means of attaining salvation were just not enough. He abandoned the classical Hindu and Jainist rituals and carved his own path that he called the middle way. He came to reject nudity as being unseemly with the nude body being ugly and not suitable for polite company. As Buddha, he self-proclaimed as fully aware. Yet, he was still a man of his times, a time when nudity was not considered suitable in polite company. In other words, he didn’t want Buddhists to be in conflict with cultural norms. Another reason for his rejection of nudity was the fact that he was rejecting Hinduism and Jainism and he wanted his followers to be be distinctive in appearance and dress. Both reasons are sensible when the objective is to have Buddhism become mainstream. As far as nudity being objectionable in terms of ultimate moral truth, that would be a different story, one that Buddha never addressed.

Of course, Buddha also said that we each must carve our own path to enlightenment, not simply to adopt his path as our path. My path includes nude meditation and respect for the naked human body.

I want to bring in a different voice here, Radmila Moacanin who wrote in 1986 in a book that looked at Jungian psychology and Buddhism:

“the strength of Buddhism, namely the flexibility of its method s and practice, its emphasis on each individual’ s experience , not intellectual, philosophical knowledge alone , or blind faith. Nothing, no method is excluded that could lead to the ultimate goal of liberation.”

Blind faith, a rigorous following of a document as the “holy words” of a belief system, was not what Buddhism is supposed to be about.