The Coyote Oak
Author: Carlisle Bergquist
What happens when dreams and reality collide? As a blue-silver ribbon of light drapes the horizon above
the Davidson's Kansas farm, they are about to find out. James, a road worn refugee from the music
scene, and his wife Andrea are struggling to find purpose, withdrawing to the country after snatching
failure from the brink of success. Pushed to the edge of sanity by extraordinary visions inexplicably
mauled with reality, they run heart-first through the gauntlet of mystical encounters, conflicts with
corporate greed, and a paradoxical, otherworldly shamanic being who unveils a world of healing reaching
far beyond them. Spiritual insights they will learn, like the first light of dawn, often appear from present
darkness and spiritual growth comes with responsibility. Woven with threads of personal experience and
imagination, The Coyote Oak: Burgeoning Wisdom cleverly soars along the blue-silver ribbon heralding
transformation as it stylishly portrays the interconnectedness of all life and the challenges of a
contemplative practice evolved beyond expectations
Creating always makes me tick. Whether it was the first song that I wrote when I was about four, building
straw forts in a hayloft, or getting a poem in the paper in grade school, somewhere along the line I got
hooked. Later, as I started to take it seriously, I made my way onto the stage, first as an actor, and then
performing the songs I wrote. I was lucky, no matter if I made a big splash or had to learn to swim out of
dangerous waters, I was paid to do what so many people wanted to do and I had fun at it. I jumped in with
both feet writing songs all day and playing music all night. I was always surprised when people thought I
should get a "real job." I've had plenty of those but the most "Real" thing I know is the connection I feel
when I'm creating something. When we shut-up and listen, it's where we cooperate with the Divine. It's
really the only thing happening here on this little blue marble and, like G. I. Gurdjieff, I've had many
meetings with remarkable men (and women). Along the way I studied music and drama at Univ. of So.
Cal and earned a B.S. in biology from Kansas Wesleyan Univ. Then, when my first album was ready for
release, the worst happened - Disco - and overnight I was a country-rock dinosaur. During my
readjustment to "real" life, I started creating landscape environments - still fun - and reading a lot. I had
been studying psychology, metaphysics, and esoteric texts for years to understand a number of unusual
experiences so...I decided to take that seriously and went back to graduate school. I received an M.A.
from John F. Kennedy Univ. in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and I continue Doctoral studies at
Saybrook Institute. Then the best happened! Music, psychology, mysticism, and academia all came
together when my doctoral research led to creating Vantage Quest. Now I am a practicing therapist
privileged to help others re-create their lives as well as an author, and producer of some unique CDs.
Through it all, I'm still creating.
CDs. Through it all, I'm still creating.