Charles (Charlie) Engel is a retired Teamster, having worked in trucking and package delivery for 35 years.
Charlie was born and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for nearly his entire adult life. As a “four decade” resident of Walnut Creek, Charlie lived at the edge of a mystical wonderland, The Shell Ridge Open Space. His experiences and insights have been shared in several stories, some of them on facebook and a popular Teamster forum.
As a religious freedom advocate, Charlie assisted a dear friend, Bob Swanson, in addressing matters of concern on behalf of the Sikh community. Bob also inspired Charlie to address problems in the workplace through means that were seldom used and/or recognized by his coworkers . As a Union reformer, he and friends addressed several “problems” in organized labor, many of them National in scope. Charlie and friends have written and collected several thousand pages of documents relating to their endeavors, the majority of which have not been shared with the public.
Charlie is currently enjoying retirement in Fort Bragg, California. He has nearly completed building a Temple which will serve as a gateway to alternate realities including shamanic realms.
Charles Engel can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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0:00 – 2:30 Introduction. Temple he is building and intentions for it. Relation of his interests to the nondual realm.
2:30 – 3:49 Connecting with nature spirits. Steven Doyle.
3:49 – 4:50 Going with flow as far as creating the Temple as a dedicated sacred space. Other uses for the Temple. Spirit House as space for ACIM and other discussion groups. http://spirithousehealing.org/home
4:40 – 9:38 What drives Charlie. Background as teamster and union reformer. His role in a lawsuit against UPS.
9:38 – 14:08 Introduction to Shell Ridge Open Space in Walnut Creek. http://www.walnut-creek.org/citygov/depts/ps/openspace/shellridge.asp Relation of his experience in the Open Space to building the Temple. More on development of the Temple and people interested in accessing it.
14:08 – 19:29 More on the Shell Ridge Open Space. Discussion about his late wife and parents. Relationship with his wife. The trees in the Open Space and how they speak to Charlie.
19:29 – 25:13 Nature of how Charlie’s life is unfolding. His nondual experiences. Some spiritual autobiography: Experimentation with psychedelics in the Sixties. Experience of the white light and love. Kundalini experience. Permanent change in perception. Remote viewing.
25:13 – 29:54 Desire to raise a family. Joined Mormon Church. White light/samadhi experience during a prayer for guidance and the associated nondual awareness. Amma mentioned. Nature of samadhi. Effect of nondual experiences.
29:54 – 32:40 Sikh friends into chasing miracles. Marian movement. Fear of miracles.
32:40 – 34:50 Entheogens. MAPS Conference. http://www.maps.org. Usefulness and danger of entheogens.
34:50 – 37:58 Charlie is asked what his greatest strengths are at this point in his life. People finding healing, finding oneness with nature and self. Nature of nondual relationship as dualistic, nature of talking about nonduality.
37:58 – 40:15 Charlie talks about his mother and father in relation to his understanding of the nondual. View of western civilization regarding nonduality. His friends. Ron Nadeau and Spirit House. http://spirithousehealing.org/home
40:15 – 43:14 Charlie is asked why he thinks northern California is a hotbed of nondual interest. Feeling blessed to live in that area.
43:14 – 48:21 Charlie is asked about the property he lives on. Talks about the power of his 70s style sound system for the Temple. Drum circle compared to a good amplifier. Ron Nadeau’s interest in sound healing and the Temple.
48:21 – 51:18 Charlie talks about his walks in the Shell Ridge Open Space and about the Space itself and how it reveals itself and how it saved his life.
51:18 – 53:16 Comparing life in the Open Space to life in the city. Charlie’s walks on the beach, now that he’s not living adjacent to the Open Space.
53:16 – 54:17 Charlie tells of an experience on Shell Ridge walking late at night. The moon.
54:17 – 55:20 An experience on Shell Ridge with fog.
55:20 – 57:23 The shaktipat experience with a coyote.
57:23 – 1:00:36 Drumming in the Open Space at sunset and what happened with coyotes.
1:00:36 – 1:02:52 With Steven Doyle and their drums, visiting the frog pond in the Open Space.
1:02:52 – 1:07:32 Crow stories. Comment on sychronicity.
1:07:32 – 1:11:46 Story of his bull mastiff Shaman and walking him through the Open Space late at night. Shooting star coincidences, including Amma http://www.amma.org. The nature of these interviews.
1:11:46 – 1:20:47 The story of the Father Tree. The Dog Tree. The Slide. The impact on high school students taken into the Open Space.
1:20:47 – 1:26:19 Charlie talks about sharing experiences in the Open Space as well as at his developing Temple, Dragonfly Den. The attitude of openness. Resonating with the heart-mind. The themes of intimacy, peace, healing, the nondual. The unsettling nature of stumbling on the nondual.
1:26:19 – 1:31:54 Charlie’s interest in his ancestors in the sense that they are alive in his psyche in some way. Shamanic attitude of time as not existing. Discussion group he belongs to and its diverse interests and openness. Charlie’s activities and interests as essential to health in older age.
1:31:54 – 1:35:15 Not hiding from “the dark stuff” in the world. Concern for younger generations. The difficult times people are facing. Healing the community.
1:35:15 – 1:38:55 Discussion about Randall who works with light and designed a certain kind of projector, a portal of sorts to shamanic realms. Charlie’s work as a portal and not getting in the way of the process of how things are developing around his work. The meanings of words and assuming the other person understands your meanings. Believing vs recognizing.
Writings and stories by Charlie Engel: