My Corner of the World

Hi, I’m Pat, glad you stopped by.

My intention is to post things here that will help you on your journey through life – your hero’s journey, as Joseph Campbell named it.  I’m most likely in the last fourth of my life – so have walked down a few paths and fell in a few holes in the road – lots of them more than once.  Maybe what I’ve learned along the way can help you.

I’ve studied a variety of subjects, so this site doesn’t really have an overall theme – more an eclectic mix of wisdom I’ve come across from lots of different sources.  Some of what you read here will be my original thoughts and ideas – some from people I admire.  I’ll always let you know the difference.

I work as an astrological counselor, writer and teacher.  I am currently teaching a monthly class – Alchemy, How to Turn Fear Into Love.   I also facilitate retreats from time to time.

I believe love is more powerful than fear and when we realize we are love – everything shifts.  I believe personal freedom and peace on earth are a by-product of being love.

Welcome to my corner of the world.

18 Responses to My Corner of the World

  1. SoundEagle says:

    Happy New Year to you, Pat!

  2. dan says:


    I simply wanted to say how much I enjoyed coming across your blog. I was taken especially by your idea of Alchemy – How to Turn Fear Into Love.
    I’ve come to believe that many of our challenges in the world are the result of the perversion of the definition of ‘love’ into a description of a romantic-only, lust-driven, and frequently consumption-based aversion. We love, but the same way many love a new car, a holiday south, a new book, or a charismatic personality.

    I have increasingly come to see ‘love’ in the way of Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido, who said ‘budo is love’ – complete and total acceptance of all that has been, all that is, and all that will be. Such love is not romantic love, but love as complete blending and connection with the world entire. His modern day martial art of Aikido is another example of an “alchemic path” – one that transforms fear to love. In his incarnation, his alchemy is based in large part on the argument that if you wish to manifest love, you must be able to show love when you are being threatened or attacked – hence a martial art being the basis of his path. I’ve come to realize after several years of aikido practice that we are ‘love’ – not the romantic definition – but ‘love’ that comes from our being connected with the universe and those who manifest within it. Such ”love” is truly rare these days, and one that we all must all cultivate by way of our own alchemic path.

    Pat, I look forward to your inspiring words and thoughts, and invite you to follow my blog at, where I’ve aimlessly attempted to share some of my own thoughts on Aikido and eastern wisdom.

    Be pleased to know that your posts have shifted my view of my own path as an alchemic path with the view of shifting and transforming fear to love.

    Thank you for sharing.

    • mountainpat says:

      Hey, Dan – Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment – glad you enjoy my blog. I agree on the definition of love. We normally define it way too narrowly – love as a verb (I love you). While those transitory feelings are a wonderful part of life, they are also not permanent and can bring suffering. Love as a noun (I am love) is a whole different deal! The verb is merely a reflection of the noun. Thanks for the link to your blog – I’ll go check it out. Hope all’s well in your world today. Love, Pat

    • SoundEagle says:

      Thank you very much for your heuristic comment here, Dan. For some reason, you seem to have been inactive on your blog since August 2015. May you find or cultivate more wisdom in 2017!

  3. Pinar says:

    Pat, finding your blog tonight was a Godsend. You, and your teachings/thoughts, are so authentic and welcomed. I am voraciously digesting your every word, and will buy your book tomorrow. I’d like to inquire about the one-on-one work you do that you mentioned?

    New fan,

  4. DougDoesLife says:

    I have nominated your blog for The Versatile Blog Award. To see the post, visit:

    I value your input on my posts, and find you writings to be thought provoking.

  5. Nice picture, too. Are you at home?

    • mountainpat says:

      Hey, Again – I am at home in the picture. We live in the mountains of Western NC, pretty much in the woods and cross a large creek to get home – can hear the water from our porch. I love it. Thanks for asking. Love, Pat

  6. Brian Alger says:

    Hello Pat,

    I enjoy your blog and I would like to nominate you for the Sunshine Award, a blogger-to-blogger award given to writers who inspire and add a little sunshine to people’s lives. I hope you will accept.

    For more information please visit If you do accept please note the four “rules” of acceptance. I hope you enjoy working with the award.

    Thanks for your great work.

    Kind regards,

    • mountainpat says:

      Hey, Brian –

      Thank you so very much for nominating me for the Sunshine Award. As you can probably see from my blog, I am very new to blogging – a few months. I love to read, study and write. I am really enjoying writing my blog – its really a gift. I’ll check out the rules of acceptance, as you suggest and will comply with them.

      Also, thank you for reading my blog, for your comments and for reblogging one of my posts. I have to admit I don’t even know how to reblog something yet! I’ll learn, just haven’t gotten that far.

      Also, thanks for your kind words. The encouragement is fantastic.

      Love, Pat

  7. SoundEagle says:

    Hi Pat,

    How do you do? It seems that SoundEagle is the second living being to click the “Like” button and the first to comment here.

    Thank you for introducing yourself with such free spirit and candour!

    Happy May to you and to your new blog! Since SoundEagle’s writing here is the very first comments on this “About” page since your blog’s inception, SoundEagle would like to wish you a new dawn and an even better year of learning and discovery in 2013 for you!

    SoundEagle hopes that you continue to do very well and find fulfillment in whatever you enjoy doing and savouring, especially through the belief that “love is more powerful than fear and that when we realize we are love – everything shifts”.


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