Interview with W. Dutchak

What are you working on next?
My writing always proceeds from inspiration. (To IN-SPIRE: literally to breathe in, or to fill with breath or spirit.)
At the moment I am not physically working on a book, but nonetheless, inspiration is a continual process which, when one is open to it, leads to the opening of 'the flood gates' and the 'pouring out' of a multitude of blessings, and then the mind is set in motion to physically begin work on the inspired material.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To share a view of life that many people appear to be too busy to see.
Life, reality, is not in the 'outer world' nor is it in the imagination or beliefs that appear to bind people.
In my writing I explore the energies of thought in their various forms to fold back the veils of misperception about reallty.
This endeavour of revealing the trappings of the human thought system in common everyday interactions is a constant source of joy in my experience of life.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Each day is a new beginning. It is awakening to reality and not to the conditioned processes of mind. It is a new chance to enter total freedom - to commune with life of which one is a part.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
To be fully alive is to meet the challenge of whatever confronts one in the moment.

Living fully, every moment - this is not something that is planned or conceived in the caverns of the human mind.
It is odd that most people have not realized that psychological time, the time that one talks about and thinks of as related to their daily human problems, needs and ailments, is actually a conceptual construct. It is a figment of the imagination. This sort of time is just like a link in a chain which connects thoughts stored in memory into a chain of events, of perceived causes and effects that are purely imaginary. This manufactured chain of memories manifests a psychological 'feeling' or sense of time.

How do I spend my time? Here I will differentiate between psychological time and practical or chronological time as defined by the rotation of the earth and the movement of the earth around the sun (by which we define the lengths of our day, and year). Even this chronological time is a mental construct, however, it is based on commonly observed physical movements and we have found practical applications for this basic concept of time - thus making it useful to some degree in our life experience. The construct of psychological time, is however, a totally different matter.

The psychological sense of time is part of the mystery that I am always addressing in my writing, although it is not always referred to as time. The effects of psychological time on the human psyche appears in many guises in the domain of human experience. This includes all phobias, all feelings of limitation and the many misperceptions of reality that lead to human suffering.

In the practical sense of time, I engage in activities quite similar to that of the rest of the world.
Some of my activities include: playing classical guitar and violin, composing music, writing poetry, shopping for groceries,
cooking meals, washing the floor and vacuuming, mowing the lawn, shovelling the snow, visiting with our granddaughters, reading Agatha Christie's Poirot mysteries, digitally processing my photographs with GIMP on my LINUX powered computers,
and so on.

For the above sorts of activities there never seems to be enough time; and that is a comment of psychological time!
Can you see this elusive mental trap of psychological time (which does not actually exist)?
What is your writing process?
There are both highly technical and utterly simple descriptions/explanations of writing process.

In my case, I have realized that for me, a planned technical approach results in a barren or very sterile product. (For many years my job involved technical writing - engineering related, and technical course lessons).
The most satisfying work that has come through me involved passive states of mind where there is no 'forced' or premeditated agenda for production. Then the writing is as joy and it seems to flow naturally out of a domain of universal ideas.
Thankfully, I do not write for a living. I do it only to share my view of the world and freedom.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
From ages 2 to 9 I grew up in London, Canada. Ages 9-16 were experienced in the large, multi-ethnic, cosmopolitan city of Toronto, Canada. At age 16 my family moved back to a now much larger London, Canada, and it is in London that I completed my multi-faceted education, taking me from psychology, to politics, to physics, to teaching, to electronics engineering technology.
The first 2 years were actually lived on a small farm near the village of Lambeth, which is now part of London.

The environment of a large, multi-ethnic city like Toronto presented me with many unforgettable learning experiences as a child and young person. Hearing different languages spoken on the streets of Toronto was a daily experience. With different cultures come different approaches to the experience of life and the possibility of seeing things from completely different points of view. If one catches onto this freedom at a young age then the limitations of mental processes can be avoided with a freedom to observe with unencumbered spirit. This is a great bonus for creative writing because true "creativity" is not a product of mind, and definitely not a product of conditioned mental processes.

The smaller town of London was much quieter than the loud and boisterous Toronto. Such an environment of relative quietude is quite conducive to inner maturation in relation to the experience of life. It is the gentler, quieter environments that nurture the deeper connections of life experience. Places that afford solitude, like the village of Lambeth and the farm that we lived on, appear to have enhanced my grasp of some deep aspects of life experience. Several of my high school teachers also left some favourable impressions. I got the feeling that part of the secret to a joyful and productive life experience lay in loving what you were doing; not to satisfy desires or to ensure desired outcomes, but because it is literally the love of being what you are at the moment that is the only true expression of life.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story of impact that I particularly recall was in a grade 5 reader in grade school. It was a short story of a young boy who built a model airplane with a rubber band powered motor. It was a story of a child's joy of building and flying, and it captivated me.
There was a sense of joy and freedom in that story for me at age 9.
The second story that really captivated me was much longer. It was the novel "God is My Co-Pilot". I had joined the book club when I was in grade 8. It was more for social reasons than for reading. I also liked the idea of buying a brand-new paperback novel for only 25 cents at that time. I actually read the entire novel. Again it was a story of airplanes, but much more serious, a story of war, of life and death, of duty, and the freedom engrained in that word "flying".
Published 2016-07-01.
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Journal of Glimpses
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,560. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
Journaling of experiences that revealed significant insights in life's journey. Reading other people's insights often leads to a revelation of personal insights that may be similar or different. It is my hope that in your reading you may perceive glimpses that reveal some of the light of life. Perhaps you will begin journaling.
Mastery of Self - a Closer Look
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“Mastery of Self–an inquiry” investigated the nature of self and what Mastery implied. In this sequel the author unveils that which would benefit from mastery. The many topics discussed aim at revelation beyond intellectual understanding. See the naked self that we think ourselves to be. Get a taste of what Mastery could lead to.
Mastery of Self-an Inquiry
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What is the nature of self? What does Mastery imply? When one looks very closely at what it is that we are in essence, we cannot really come up with any reasonable answer. If we permit an 'idea' of mastery of self to be defined by limited thought then the imagination will come up with all sorts of "fantastic" explanations. Deeper inquiry reveals the invalidity of such explanations.
Watching Thought
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Thoughts and Time
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