Sri G Michael Turner heads off into the sunset
(thanks to a correspondent, with updates below)

Hi Sarlo,

Don't know if this qualifies as dirt. There's at least some dust in here.

Looks like G. Michael Turner is hanging up the turban again. (see forwarded material below, sent to his email list) It's tough to lead souls to God Realization when you're preoccupied with parenthood. Truth be told, he's also in A.A. This may explain his difficulty in developing a genuine critical mass of followers who function as a community. His consciousness is elsewhere.

Michael's a nice guy. He's totally a spiritual lightweight. I'm sure he's very good at his office job.

[Forwarded from his list]:

Dear list members,

I received a request from Michaelji to send the following information to the list. Laura

(From Michaelji)
"Life,work and parenthood are leading me to take some extended time off from active writing and counseling in the SFS vein. While the inner master remains fully functional in guiding soul home to God, the human aspect (i.e. me) has its plate more than full. What this means, among other things, is that The Sonic Spectrum (both cyber and hard copy editions) is on temporary haitus - for how long I do not know. All I know is that I need an extended break to meditate, raise Benjamin and renew my spiritual batteries. I doubt that my break will be as long as Bilbo's after his trip to Rivendel, but it's going to be a while before I hold classes, offer initiation and write another article. If you don't mind, I would really appreciate it if you would let folks on the e-list know this so they don't think I've dropped off the face of the earth. "

His sites are as of this writing also down, which is unfortunate, because he did have a lot of useful information and even some honest history and assessments of many Sant Mat figures in his Sonic Spectrum project, also, i am told, a brief confessional of his drug and alcohol problems. Paul Twitchell and Darwin Gross especially came in for a harder look in the history articles, though Michael was clearly torn between tell-all and respect for his spiritual elders. 

And in an update, Michael himself has written me to explain his quasi-retirement in his own terms:

Hi - to paraphrase an old saying, rumors of my departure are somewhat premature.  While I am not actively teaching classes or giving initiation, I am still what I have always been, an open conduit and human instrument for the expression of the Holy Spirit.  I am currently taking time to apply my primary attention to raising my son, and integrating what I have learned in Sant Mat to my basic Christian beliefs and upbringing.  You might say I'm taking time to meditate, integrate and apply what I know and am to developing a new way of expressing and offering the eternal way of Naam in a new paradigm which is less focused on overt teaching (and the concomitant hierarchical teacher/student relationship) and more focused upon simply being an instrument for the expression of divine love on all levels, including human.

I hope this clarifies things.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at [...]

Peace and love in Naam Eternal, 

Michael

And finally . . . He's Back! Another letter from Laura, who runs Michael's list

Hello Spiritual Freedom Satsang members and friends,

I received an exciting email from Michaelji tonight.  He said "The wheel has turned full circle.  Time for personal healing and learning is done and it's time to be me again." He has asked me to pass on some information to all of you:

Satsangs will re commencing again very shortly. The exact schedule is not solidified yet but should be very soon. Some will probably be held in Tucson and some in Phoenix.

Satchat will resume in the near future once Michaelji gets his home email account up and running again. It will probably be on alternating weekends. Announcements will be made to the SFS list and also sent to all I have email addresses for.. 

October seminar/family reunion is definitely happening. More information on that will be announced as it is available.

The Sonic Spectrum (most likely cyber copy only) should be out in the next couple of weeks.

The next is a direct quote from his email:

"In other news, I've decided to officially put the outer SFS org to rest (as far as a physical org with a board of directors, etc), as it's more work than I can handle in a balanced fashion; but I will take care of the legal paperwork needed to trademark the Spiritual Freedom Satsang name.  I'm going to streamline things so it's simpler, more a matter of me communicating (and communing) with the Satsangis.  Initiation has begun again as well." 

Michaelji said  "I would like very much to talk to each and every one of you on the phone as soon as humanly possible."

If you know of any SFS members whose email address I might not have or who is not on computer would you please pass this information on to them. 

Love in Naam, 
Laura

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