Tell us about a deep soul connection that you’ve experienced. I was in the Southern Sierras at a place called Huckleberry Meadows. I was walking along this path thinking I was alone—and there was a black bear walking along side of me about 5 yards away. The bear looked at me, grunted, and we both kept walking right next to each other for about 50 yards. It then headed back into the woods, leaving me to myself. I felt a very deep connection with nature and the bear when it was all done. Bears normally run off when humans are near, but we just walked together. My second wife and I also had a very special connection and still do even though we are no longer married. There have been others but I think now the human deep soul connection scares me. I am working on it!

Describe one of the most soul-opening moments of your life. When I gave my life to Christ! I was a meth addict in 1986; I weighed 150 lbs and had one foot in the grave. I was lead to Christ in a way that worked for me and the only way it could have worked for me. The way I that my life turned and the changes that occurred overnight and the following days were nothing short of a miracle.

There are time when I am playing one of my native American flutes that I know I have touched a deepness in me. The beauty that comes from playing at times moves me and also makes me sad. I play from the heart, meaning I get out of the way of myself and just play—and it’s like I am speaking words to the Creator.

When do you feel your most soulful? Photography, flute playing, walking in nature, walking with my dog. And of course being with someone I deeply love.

Where have you felt the most in touch with your own soul? There are many things that touch my soul. Watching an old couple walk hand in hand with a smile. Being in nature and all that it encompasses—the sights, sounds and smells reach me in a very deep way. Watching kids play before their values are changed by negativity. Watching people achieve their dreams always hits me deep.

What qualities do you feel a soulful relationship has? Freedom to love and be loved as you are. I would describe it like a deep kiss, the type of kiss that connects you in such a way that you connect with the essence of your partner. A soulful relationship is also a safe harbor but also one where the truth is shared both in pain, love and respect.

What do you feel your soul’s purpose is? I wish I knew! So many times I have felt like the boat tossed in the ocean without a rudder. Whatever the direction the wind came from, I was pushed opposite it. So here I am a day shy of 54 and still no real clue.