Kindred Spirit Way—where we strive to discover spiritual truth...
If you're not interested in a greater and deeper
understanding of life, this page is not for you. However...
if you want to find peace, overcome depression and make the world a
better place, perhaps it is.
What's important to understand is that spiritual truth is the same for
everyone, regardless of the faith you follow...or don't follow.
The following story is
true. The reason it's in here is to demonstrate the subtle manner in which
God brings us all into the fold. At the time my wife had just left me and
I was the father of three young children who would have been in the first,
second and third grades—but instead they were with me in the gold fields.
- It began as a dream that I was diving for gold in a
northern California river. In this dream I surfaced from the river
with a large gold nugget in my hand. "Here, Joyce," I said, handing
the nugget to my youngest child. "There's plenty more where this came from,"
It was December of ‘71 and I was the owner of a small mining
business in San Jose, California. I was also a practicing psychic.
Because of that I took my dream as an omen—I knew (as so many before me have
known) that gold was going to make me a rich man. Without a second
thought, I closed my shop, made an eight inch gold dredge and headed for the
mountains to become rich, if not famous.
Because I was a bachelor father my three children went with me.
We arrived on the banks of Oregon Creek, high in the Sierra Mountains, just
in time to pitch our tent on the already snowy ground at the beginning of
another week long snow storm. This ice bucket was to be home for the
next three months. Never have I been so consistently cold for so long
in my life. After finding virtually no gold there, we moved on to the
Yuba River. (What little gold we did find was lost while crossing the
stream's mossy rocks in a very shallow part of the creek. With a full
month's worth of mining in my pan, my feet suddenly shot up into the air,
slamming me down hard on my back. The pan crashed down hard shooting
those precious yellow contents out of the pan like they were dynamited; they
were scattered everywhere.)
Intuitively I knew the Yuba was where the gold would be. We
camped about 5 miles above Yuba City until early September.
It was next to impossible for any miner with the type equipment I
had to do as poorly as I did. During that nine-month period I found
less than an ounce of gold—about $130 worth at that time. However,
some wonderful things did happen on that trip—I developed a love for nature
and beauty. And…I discovered God.
It's hard to describe the loneliness of living like that.
Except for my kids, there was absolutely no human contact. I craved
adult contact. I needed the sound of human voices. Because of
the way our camp was situated, closed in between two steep mountains, I
couldn't even hear radio stations until about 9:00 in the evening.
Even then, the only station I could get was a religious program—talk about a
captive audience. Every evening would find me listening to the voice
of Garner Ted Armstrong as he brought "The World Tomorrow" to all who would
I never liked radio preachers. Too hell fiery. They
also spent far too much time asking for donations to keep their "radio
ministry" afloat. It was not unusual for them to spend twenty minutes
out of thirty asking for money. This guy was different, however.
He never asked for a dime. Instead, he offered free books and
literature. Because I was lonely and he was a different type of
preacher, I listened. He was also a very gifted and fascinating
speaker. I'd often argue with him in my mind, but I enjoyed listening
This was the beginning of my spiritual awakening. I'm sure it
was aided by laying out under the stars every night, surrounded by the
grandeur of God's mountains while being serenaded by the sound of the Yuba
river flowing by. Altogether it added to the genuineness of what I was
hearing. It allowed me to better appreciate the wonders of God's
universe—even though I had entered into the deep throes of financial
It was September before I finally came to my senses and realized I
wasn't going to be a rich man after all. I also knew my children
needed to be back in school. By this time, however, I was so broke I
couldn't leave. I had no place to go and, even if I did, I had no gas to get
there on. (It never dawned on me until I wrote this that we were
One evening after Garner Ted Armstrong was finished, I got out of
my sleeping bag and walked over to the river. Clad only in my under
shorts, I stood on top of the steep, sharp, rock cliff overlooking my dredge
below. The night was clear and beautiful. A billion stars lit
the sky and the moon reflected off the river. In contrast with all
this beauty, my foolhardiness had finally hit home. I began to cry
like a baby as I faced what seemed to be a hopeless situation. I
didn't cry just a tear or two. No! I bawled tears the size of
- And, I began to pray in earnest:
"God, I know I misinterpreted the dream and that I've been a fool"
was the gist of what I said, (although it took me about an hour to say it).
Then, perhaps, for the first time, I asked for help in getting out of there
and in finding a place to live. Finally, exhausted with nothing more
to say or do, I went to sleep.
The next morning I arose, fixed breakfast and was just starting
to put on my wet suit, when a man came by. "I know someone who's
interested in buying your dredge," he said. "Are you interested in
"I want $500 for it," I told him.
- He pulled out five hundred big ones and handed them
Within an hour my truck was packed, the dog and the rest of my gear
was in the back, my kids and I were in the front and we were on our way to
This event of raising the money happened so uneventfully and
naturally that I didn't even make the connection between my prayer the night
before and the buyer in the morning. Oh, sure, I remembered praying,
but I just assumed the man buying my dredge was just a lucky coincidence.
Big hairy deal, right? I mean, it wasn't like it was a miracle.
Or even an answer to prayer. Some dummy just wanted to buy my
Man was I lucky.
It's interesting. I followed a dream into near oblivion.
But, the dream wasn't wrong. I found the treasure I was seeking in my
dream, it just wasn't what I expected. And, as I told Joyce in my
dream, there was "plenty more where that came from."
I never forgot the relationship between God, man and nature that I
discovered while mining. At night when my children were asleep and I
was alone, I would become overawed by the immensity and beauty of God's
handiwork. So awe-inspired, I couldn't help but worship.
For years afterwards I hungered for
the isolation of the mountains, the song of the river, and the grandeur of
the night skies. I hungered for the connection I found by the river.
So, about fifteen years later, I gave mining another try. This time it
wasn't so important I succeed—I had no dream of excessive wealth. I
was going after the other treasure once again.
My son, Lloyd and I worked for a full year, and once again we were
camped along side a beautiful flowing river—the Klamath this time, not the
Yuba. I'm pleased to report we did much better. For me there is
no more lure of the yellow, and I don't care if I ever dredge again (though
once in a while I get a ‘twinge’. I now live in mountains like I
described earlier. What I had longed for since my mining days are all
around me. I have but to step outside and appreciate it.
During that last year when we once more lived in a tent, no one
came up and offered to buy my equipment. This time there was no need.
Below is one days work on the Klamath River, circa 1986