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Gregory, foremost is a mystic/shaman, and only secondarily a poet. In becoming a mystic/shaman he has, in the parlance of Carlos Castaneda's shaman/teacher, Don Juan, "lost his shields," has lost his normal human defenses against the psychic, telepathic, and emotional emanations—positive and negative—of those with whom he interacts. Because of this, he lives in solitude and accordingly must remain anonymous.
The creation of this work is the culmination of a four decades-long mystical/shamanic journey deep into the Mystery, or what Joseph Campbell called the Mythos. It has been a journey that Campbell elucidated in his masterwork, The Hero With A Thousand Faces, and the writing of it is a small part of the stage of the journey that he labeled "the Return."
Like all mystic/shamans, the author, for the last forty years, has had to live and "journey" in two worlds: the mundane world of our ego-oriented material reality, and the "other" world of our Spirit-home, the Mystery. The outer details of his "journey" in the material world are too mundane and tedious to make interesting reading, while its counterparts in the Mystery are too extraordinary, and irrational—within the framework of our Western, rational, scientific worldview—for anyone to willingly believe.
The inner details—the ideas, the insights, the revelations, the understandings, the essence—of his "Hero's journey," are contained in this, and other poetic works, and represent what Campbell labelled "the boon," the raison d'être for the whole, long affair.
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The Muse and Man Press logo installed here in lieu of a picture of Gregory, represents a vision manifested 40 years ago to Gregory by his Muse. It is a stylised representation of a large bird enfolding a smaller bird with its giant wings. Symbolically, this represents the powerful spiritual being that his Gregory's Muse, embracing Gregory's smaller, personal Spirit. This Muse has not only been, Gregory's guide on his long, enlightening journey into the Underworld, but has been his co-creator in millions of words of prose and poetry that he has written over those 40 years--and is only now beginning to publish a small portion of.