Nothing happens unless first a dream. — Carl Sandburg.
In one way or another nearly everything I do seems connected to dreams or to dreaming or to living my dreams or supporting others in living theirs. Maybe it’s a Pisces thing.
Author. Poet. Photographer/Digital Artist. Teacher. Counselor. Coach. Intuitive. Mystic. Channel. They’re all hats I’ve worn or tried on at various times and in various contexts.
No matter which hat I’m wearing, the core process is a kind of dreaming. I sometimes refer to it as Danieling, an obvious play on the word channeling that essentially means channeling Me.
Danieling is what I do when I write, when I create a compelling image, when I connect with someone in some uplifting way, when I understand something with a sweeter clarity than I had before. It’s channeling me, but it’s an elevated, more guided Me whose mind is clear, whose heart is open, whose eye is always on the wide horizon, and whose tongue is always slightly in his cheek.
I sometimes blog as The Shower Channel, a “wet-behind-the ears oracle”who channels (in the shower and elsewhere) the answers to questions or guidance or ideas received in meditations where I pose questions to the collective Source of infinite wisdom, the stream of well being that is ever flowing.” The Shower Channel is just me, passing along what I hear from ME when I take the time to stop and ask questions I care about and then really listen for the answers. It’s something I believe we all do on some level when we’re being our best selves and speaking our highest truth.
The Shower Channel–and The Shower Team as I enjoy calling my multi-faceted, multi-presenced, and multi-playful connection to Source energy and wisdom–is all about asking for and receiving guidance, of opening to clarity and inspiration whether it manifests as a channeled response to a question, a poem, a picture . . . It is allowing myself to be who I really am when I am willing to “know with the Flow.”
My most recent novel, Ice On Fire: The Test of Our Lives, sequel to the Lambda Literary Award finalist The Rest Of Our Lives, was just released by Lethe Press in December 2015. My first book of poetry, Tricky Serum: An Elixir of Poems by Dan Stone, was released by Lethe Press in June 2011. My writing has been featured in numerous periodicals, including White Crane Journal and in anthologies such as Charmed Lives and Queer South.
My creative partnership with artist Cher Odum has resulted in a distinctive and original line of paintings and poetry. My own fine art photography and digital art, are currently available for viewing and purchase online at Fine Art America and in selected stores across the country.
Regardless of the role I’m asked to play, my aim is always to provide inspirational, empowering messages that point in the direction of each individual’s personal connection to Source or Spirit. I believe in every person’s power to create his or her own reality, and I am always ready to help you help yourself to a life that is more aligned with your own dreams and desires.
This site is all about dreams . . . about identifying, clarifying, creating, empowering, encouraging, supporting, and following dreams—mine and yours. If you’re a fellow dreamer with a dream that’s calling to you or you would like some friendly but focused support in finding the dreams that are calling to you or discovering what’s holding you back from them, I encourage you to get in touch with me.