An Update Message from Barbara Williamson

I took an extended vacation from blogging to update my book. The wonderful enhancements are reflected in a new cover design and title. Say hello to “FREE LOVE and The Sexual Revolution”!

This volume commemorates the birth of Sandstone Retreat and the pivotal role John and I played in the sexual revolution of late 1960’s and early 1970’s. People were crying to be freed from repressed sexuality, guilt, jealousy, possessiveness, alienation, lies and deceit. Once we gave them a taste of freedom, there was no going back.

The path of history is littered with revolutions. Most of them were fought by people who were oppressed by another and wanted desperately to oppress themselves. Look at the Puritans who fought and died for the right to chain themselves to a rigid social order. Republics overthrew monarchies, communists overthrew capitalists, and anarchists overthrew everything. Never before in history had anyone recognized the need for a sexual revolution that put the nature back in human nature.

There were many CEO’s and, other Entrepreneurs creating traditional business models but we were the first “socialpreneurs” to recognize that society was miserable and chaotic, and stifled personal growth and development. People toiled like lemmings, fixated on making the most money and dying with the most toys.
In the decade of 1950’s couples were forced to marry just to have sex! That was the cause of the divorce rate soaring to fifty percent of marriages, not a good solution!
Our goal at Sandstone was to understand people and set them free! John and I created a “Shangri La” setting that was truly magical. People came with their inhibitions and left with a restored nature.

Before I met John he had done research to discover why society was so unhappy and miserable. Working with many professionals they concurred it was from a distorted view of sexuality that strayed from nature’s proscribed pathway. The research also revealed that our culture was built on false assumptions crafted by living through the ego, which produces a false self. Our heart has a magnetic field 500 times more powerful than our brain, and produces a real self. Which would you prefer?

After John discovered the dire nature of his research he thought there must be others working on the problem but there was not another sole or organization concerned. It really scared him! He was a great problem solver, a Mr. Fixit! He contemplated, that he would need a partner for this lofty challenge. So I showed up at his place of business to sell him an insurance policy and he sold me a great destiny. The unique talents each one brought was necessary to make Sandstone Retreat a reality. Soon we were married and on the journey as life partners.

We accumulated enough assets to buy Sandstone Retreat and ultimately invested $500,000 of our personal money. It was a gift to society which we did not have any regrets. We created a new lifestyle for ourselves and model it to the world and the idea is still germinating at different levels.
Our sexual patrimony has been dragged through the dirt far too long by people who are titillated or horrified by natural human intimacy. My wish is you will buy the book and share its history with me. This information is as applicable today as it was 45 years ago.

MEMORIES

As the Nevada sun rouses itself from slumber I’m sitting in my living room jump starting the morning with a cup of coffee and a cuddle with Peggy Sue Lynx. What a way to enjoy the desert solitude! Peggy and I anticipate starting each day with an hour of meditation, interspersed with the intimate, healing sounds of ceremonial drumming which align with my bodily and spiritual rhythms. After seventy five years of searching for this degree of intimacy with nature, I pause to savor the experience. What a terrific feeling!

There are just the two of us now supporting one other. Our other family member and my life partner John joined the spirit world nearly two years ago; Peggy Sue and I have had to muster up all the strength possible. I found a message from John that embellishes our contributions over the span of forty seven years.
“Hello World”

We were—and still are—John and Barbara Williamson, a team that has survived many challenges, including one you speak of in hushed tones that lives under the name of “Death.” Though for now death complicates our relationship, we continue side by side on a wonderful journey that has led us through many realms over the past 47 years.

Together, through Sandstone Retreat and Tiger-Touch we have contributed needed changes within our culture. Some of these changes are still being assimilated. Some will never be. After all, not every grain of wheat lands in fertile soil.

At any rate, we are happy with our contributions. Perhaps in the long run they will be appreciated by others less inclined to investigate on their own.

We feel it only proper to record our most significant finding to date. That discovery determines how we humans bond with one another. Just as important is how we bond with non-human creatures. These bonds determine how much of our lives are spent with connections to the “animal” world and the balance of life on this Earth. That is the only route to “Peace on Earth” as the wise men of old envisioned it.

To read more in depth about our contributions order your copy of my story “An Extraordinary Life” sub: Love, Sex and Commitment at www.barbarawilliamson.org

I have included a link to the N Y Times final tribute to my amazing life partner John Williamson http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/us/john-williamson-dies-at-80-founded-sandstone-retreat.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

Welcome to my new blog!

My name is Barbara Williamson, author of An Extraordinary Life: Love, Sex, and Commitment. I’m so happy to have you as a visitor to my blog about my new book. This project is very special to me, and I hope to share some of that excitement with you here.

I’ll be using this blog to interact with you about An Extraordinary Life, expanding on some of the topics in it and blogging on some of the ideas related to my book. This is a great place for you to get to know me, and I’m looking forward to getting to know you, too. What did you think of An Extraordinary Life? What questions do you have for me? How do you relate to my book?

I’ll be returning here frequently with new posts and responses to feedback from you. Until next time, tell me a little bit about yourself.