I, the Dragon" is part autobiographical novel, part world history, a fierce exploration of psyche (creative imagination), soma (embodiment) and spanda (divine pulsation). "I, the Dragon" is the tale of a life-long journey into the wilderness of revelation, a saga of savage beauty offered up to the dark goddess. The narrative flow spans six decades. Borne with psychic gifts, a severely abused child escapes the hell of his "home" and plunges into a labyrinth of adventure. A feral creature, he lives on the run. Searching for soul sustenance, he sheds skins one after another: political activist, Dionysian, nihilist, Bhakti poet ... But that's just the beginning ...
"I, the Dragon" is a treasure map of previously uncharted wilderness left behind for those who seek mystical riches. "I, the Dragon" is a medicine pouch for those leaning forward into the Great Shift that we must undertake if our species is to evolve. "I, the Dragon" is a book of spells offering occult knowledge and powerful techniques for deepening your intimate relationship with the Mysterium itself. "I, the Dragon" is not only the story of a life-long journey into mystical revelation and healing, it is also partly a political, ecological, geopolitical and cultural history of the last six decades.
How did a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and physical neglect become a planet-circumambulating expert on security and intelligence? How did a forsaken boy who didn’t even finish grammar school end up a “Distinguished Fellow" in the engineering school of a major university? How did an acknowledged seer in the shadow realms of cyber war, terrorism and economic espionage transition into a teacher of yoga and meditation? What does the path of healing through somatic psycho-therapy look like from the inside out? How does one move through soul-shattering grief? When did the dark goddess come to reign over this wayfarer's life? What were the seven beasts that came to him over the years? What powerful medicines did they share?
"I, the Dragon" is a saga in the truest sense. A child imprisoned in a hellhole of madness and sexual abuse escapes into a life of adventure, becoming in turn a libertine, a nihilist, a planet-circumambulating seer in the shadow realms of espionage, cyber crime and terror, and ultimately a poet-philosopher offering a 21st century expression of occult truths and primal reality.
Like all great sagas, "I, the Dragon" is also a history of our times. The six-decade arc of the narrative spans Gaia's descent into Anthropogenic Climate Disruption and the Sixth Great Extinction and also America's crisis of democracy from the political assassinations of the 1960s to the Trumpster Fire, the Zombie Cult and the Death Eater Lords.
I had a joyful insight recently, a vision of just how this memoir might read to those (however few) who come across it in the future. I am grateful for how much this work captures, the feeling of these last six decades, i.e., the forward movement of herstory (formerly known as "history") and of planetary evolution itself, the best of times and the worst of times. I am also very grateful for just how much medicine I was fortunate enough to share in the folds of the narrative; powerful medicines offered to me by the dark goddess herself and by her agents here on Terra, rooted, winged, four-legged, slithering, swimming, molten rock ...
I hope you feel called to become one of the three hundred and thirty three beings in the magic circle of this limited edition. The Great Shift is upon us, this book may serve you well along the way.
Here are a few testimonials from gifted beings, performance artists, yoginis, burners, sorceresses, writers, allies in shared circles of influence:
- "Captivating, riveting. A wild ride of a read. The wisdom of an incredible man whose precious life was recovered from the heart and soul of a young boy." -- Helena Zera (@vyanayoga)
- "I'm so moved by your transparency... Your book is a gift. It will help heal many hearts. Including mine." -- Kim Amadril (@undertherug)
- "Richard Power is one of the most relevant writers of our time. As the world moves deeper into chaos, Richard presents his personal saga, 'I, the Dragon,' as proof that one can come from complete madness, see how madness is effecting humanity politically, economically, environmentally, and yet still find healing and the ability to love unconditionally." -- Brenna Geehan (@brennageehans), http://www.brennageehan.com
- "No words to describe what your words do to me. Thank you. You changed my life." -- Maya Luna, Dakini Poetess, https://www.depravedanddivine.com
- "Reading and re-reading Richard.... what has struck me most strongly about 'I the Dragon' is the beauty of the lyricism in some of the narrative passages... the content is yours (you lived it) yet I, the reader, own the breath, joy and tears that all rise with each turned page .... its a staggering work of memoir and literature, so much so I want to take this copy to Sligo, place it on W.B's grave stone, photograph it and send it to you...." -- Kevin McLaughlin, Burner, Photographer, Donegal, Ireland
- "'I, the Dragon: Chronicles of an Epic Life Among Humans' is more than an incredible work of art. Richard Power delivers a personal nakedness never before shown, one that breathes healing into the deepest shadow of torture and survival. A most important work, masterfully written in three styles: porn cult-classic, polished blade of a global security expert and literary philosopher-poet. An undercurrent exists throughout this book, taking us beyond the desolation of his experience. Power never fails to find a way that leads us all into a new green oasis." -- Mary Power, http://www.mpowerdance.net/
- "Yes, 'I, the Dragon' arrived just in time to begin savoring it in conjunction with blood blue moon. Which as we know is as it had to be. It is remarkable and anchoring and fracturing, all at once. A shard of reality in these illusion-filled times." -- Jennifer Ruth Keller (PhD, Standford University, Author of "Ordinary Oblivion and the Self Unmoored: Reading Plato's Phaedrus and Writing the Soul" Fordham University Press, 2014)
- "The first one hundred pages (which I read in a single sitting) chronicles the glamorous, sexual, political and intellectual journey of a boy born into a world of unspeakable abuse and horror. At twenty four years of age he boards a bus heading for San Francisco. I take a breath, shed more than a few tears and prepare to continue the journey. There are three hundred pages yet to experience ..." -- David Thompson
- "Richard Power is a dear friend, soul brother, true blue ally, real-life magician, 21st-century bard, fountain of authentic wisdom, and all-around extraordinary human. I am blessed to have him in my life and now the world is blessed to have his memoirs in the collective consciousness. 'Epic Life' is not an exaggeration! Richard's life and work is a channeled articulation of the most profound Truths about the human experience, conveyed with wit, brillianceii, poetry and pathos. I love this man SO MUCH. THANK YOU, dear wizard, from the bottom of my heart, for existing and for delivering this gift to a planet in desperate need. Grab your limited-edition copy by clicking on the link below and donating as generously as you are able." -- Sarah Hendlish (@sarah_dlish)
Proceeds from this campaign will fund audio books of both "I, the Dragon" and "Wyrds of Power: New Language for A New Reality" (my most important works) and also to promote public events and workshops throughout 2018.
2018 is a pivotal year in my work. If you resonate with my writings, if you feel my voice is important and should be heard, I encourage you to participate:
-- Richard Power