Action pause: About Alex Walking
From the Introduction
”Alex Walking’ is a pen name. I deeply value my privacy. To that end, I’ve omitted many details that would allow me to be traceable.’
From Chapter 4
‘What Will and Won’t Be Here Now’
‘There’s an old saying that when it’s truth versus credentials, credentials usually win.
First, I must say that I wouldn’t expect an endorsement for this book from the teachers I name. They lived out their lives as celibates in the Theravadin tradition. But then, I didn’t write it for them.
Nonetheless, to support with credibility the truths I’m presenting, I will tell of my two primary teachers in Asia, and my time with them in the next chapters…
As for myself, all I’d like to say is I have a career in relieving the suffering of others. I do my best to do it gracefully. My professional skills stem from my successes in meditation. They place me at the forefront of my field. My occupation challenges me both mentally and physically while demanding I always be mindfully present. It deepens my understanding of the human condition and my empathy for others.
I like my way of life. It’s satisfying to earn a living by reducing some of the sufferings in the world, no matter how small a contribution that may be. It entails great responsibility and trust. My work makes me feel beneficially effective in my environment which is so important for a human being.
It has nothing to do with sex or drugs. It’s ‘right livelihood’ by any Buddhist’s definition.’
From Chapter 13
Medicine for Becoming
Other than cannabis, the entheogens I’m most familiar with are LSD and MDMA. That includes a few of MDMA’s close analogues, alas. I’ve taken LSD, at least, three hundred times. My first LSD experience was at a rock concert at sixteen, in and of an era.
MDMA, I’ve taken at least four hundred times. I’ve never been to a rave. Dancing it up with hundreds of my suddenly closest friends to electronic trance music, high on something that may or may not be MDMA, never had any appeal, even if it may be a lesson in empathy. I’ve been blessed in that 99% of my experiences with MDMA centred on ritualised tantric sex, as have many of my LSD trips.
There’s an old saying that when it’s truth versus credentials, credentials usually win.
Want Nothing; Fear Nothing: Be Free!