Stuart Wilde

The impact one person can have on a life is mind-boggling. At a time when I was in the pit of despair, I felt “inspired” to visit a New Age bookstore for the first time. How I found the courage to do that is a miracle in itself. I read the title of every book on every shelf in the entire store. I discovered whole sections of information I never knew existed. But nothing seemed to jump out and grab me with the desire to take it home.

I was literally down on my knees with my face almost touching the floor trying to read the books on the bottom shelf in this one area of the store and I came across the book, Affirmations, by Stuart Wilde. Now what you have to realize is that I grew up with a Southern Baptist mom. I’d never ever studied anything even remotely alternative, and here I was bowing down on my knees basically begging for answers and Stuart Wilde entered my life.

Once I’d read Affirmations, I came back for all the rest. I read every book he had out at the time. Then listened to every audio I could get my hands on. I can’t tell you how many times I listened to the crystal cave meditations in 33 Steps Beyond the Earth Plane. Like Stuart, I am able to go into a theta brain-wave state with my eyes open. I call it “clicking into theta.”

I found out from a friend that Stuart was going to be giving a talk in Princeton. I was living in Pennsylvania at the time and decided to make the drive to see him live. After the lecture, I discovered information on a table somewhere about his 8-day Warriors in the Mist training. It was a no-brainer to sign up to attend.

That’s me on the bottom left here with my Arban at Warriors in the Mist in the beautiful Sangre de Christo Mountains of New Mexico.

Stuart Wilde Serving Food at the Final Feast for Warriors in the Mist

As you would expect, it was an awesome experience full of wisdom, insight, mystery, lots of fun, and a fair bit of mayhem – just enough to take you out of your comfort zone in a way that only Stuart could pull off with as much flair. I made a few life-long friends there.

Me on our first day of horseback riding at Warriors in the Mist

Khris Krepcik, the hooded sage, whom Stuart became very close to, was in my Arban (the group we were divided into for the training). I believe it was the first time they ever met.

Again I’m on the left … hmm I wonder if that means something? LOL (Of course from my perspective facing the camera), I would have been on the right.

Our Arban won the overall competition despite the fact that we were all leaders and there seemed to be no followers. We had a very hard time agreeing on a course of action as we went through the various spiritual warrior training exercises throughout the week. We were able, finally, to work as a team during the competition and when it really mattered, we won.

I met a woman there doing what I considered to be a noble project – trying to assist an orca in captivity to return to her wild pod in the San Juan Islands. Soon after the training, I left my life as a corporate engineer and moved to the San Juans to co-found a non-profit with her for dolphins and whales.

I lived first on an island, then on a sacred mountain, after that in the high desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico (a place I fell in love with during Warriors in the Mist). I even lived on a million dollar yacht in the South Pacific for a while. In each of these locations, I spent hours communing with nature and meditating often.

I went from Stuart’s theta meditation and metaphysical teachings on to many more. Once I left the environment of the corporation, I began to delve very deeply into metaphysics, spirituality, inner peace, energetic and emotional healing, Divine connection, flowing with the Universe, receiving Divine insights and wisdom directly.

My life has been a glorious adventure and I’m now a bestselling author myself.

Now teaching my own students about advanced energy healing techniques, metaphysics, spirituality, personal empowerment, etc., I often share stories about Stuart and talk about things he taught me, as well as his version of modern-day Toaism. I come back to it again and again in my own personal evolution.

Stuart showed up at precisely the right time and when I jumped off the cliff with his help, I learned to fly.

I believe the image on the cover of his book, The Quickening, is based on this quote: “Come to the edge.’ ‘We can’t. We’re afraid.’ ‘Come to the edge.’ ‘We can’t. We will fall!’ ‘Come to the edge.’ And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew.” ~ Christopher Logue

I think of him often. It always makes me smile.

Much love to you Dear One wherever you are for all that you are and all that brought to my life.

Have a deLightful day,


P.S. If you knew Stuart Wilde, or just appreciated his wisdom, humor, and metaphysical finesse, leave a comment below letting us know how he impacted your life! And if you were in my Arban and in one of the photos above, PLEASE send me a message. I would love to reconnect with those I haven’t been able to keep up with over the years.  

* Stuart Wilde image used by assumed creative common license from Wikipedia.

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4 replies
  1. Rolando X Rodríguez
    Rolando X Rodríguez says:

    My name is Rolando X Rodriguez I think I was in your Arban. Since they could not spell my name they named me Renaldo.
    I browsed through Stu’s books before the last warriors in the mist. But the experience changed my life. When I attended the event I did not know what a chakra was. At the Inipi I was able to see everybody’s energy when we were chanting and at the Vision quest I started to talk to the animals and surrounding nature. I let my self go because I thought Hawk had used peyote at the Inipi. When I asked and he said and showed me he had only used tabaco. I thought I was going nuts, that night I could not sleep because I could see everything at night but with my eyes closed. What I saw (now I have some understanding) was the energy of the things that around me. That night I decided to go up the mountain with my eyes closed to try to understand. I did not understand anything at that time but I was able to go up the mountain and back with my eyes closed. He also taught me to get out of my body at the tent. I was scared because I had not done anything like this before. When I told Stu that I was open and I could not close. He told me to enjoy it and I did. I still have the Tolemac bottle that we won. I’m in London now for a week. I tried to find information on Stu in America without success. I found you and since apparently we were in the same arban I decided to contact you.

    • Takara
      Takara says:

      Rolando … it was so great speaking with you on the phone just now. Thanks for calling and bringing back such fond memories of my time at Warriors in the Mist. It turns out we weren’t in the same Arban. But we both went through a similar experience and, bonus, each of our Arban’s won the competition at the end. Best of luck finding others from your Arban. I look forward to further communication.

  2. Roger Greenfield
    Roger Greenfield says:

    Takara hi,

    My partner, Ros Greenfield was also on the last ‘Mist’. I was on the one three weeks earlier. Do you recall the exact dates you were there? Like you Stuart had a profound affect on my life. I subsequently did a number of other retreats with him. I was fortunate to be invited to Stuart’s memorial service following his passing. His twin Dee Dee made it a gloriously wonderful celebration of life. We felt him smiling…

  3. Clive
    Clive says:

    Hi there, it’s so great to read all this about Stuart Wilde and I’m also sorry that I’ve only discovered him so late! Is there any other way to learn the techniques that he taught? I can only hope to be part of something like his Warriors in the Mist one day.




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