Mountain Peak Michelle

Gary’s life had been gaining downhill momentum for years. In rare moments of reflection, he often described his earthly existence as the three D’s: divorce, disaster, and despair. One day, he heard tell of an eccentric guru named Mountain Peak Michelle from a spiritual seeker, who had heard of her from another. It was rumoured that she could help a person solve most, if not all, of life’s problems through her esoteric understanding.

In a last-ditch effort to save himself, Gary sold all of his belongs and set out to find her. After a long and arduous journey (the type we read of in books about Shangri-La), Gary finally reached the mountain peak cave in which Michelle resided. Winded and cold, he found her meditating in a lotus position. She appeared ninety years of age, if a day. For some strange reason, she was wearing a faux leopard-print dress. Before her eyes opened, she said, “Welcome, Gary, I’ve been expecting you.”

Dumbfounded, Gary gently sank to his knees in front of her. “How could you know?” he asked.

“The technique is really quite simple,” she said, with a smile.

“Please help me,” said Gary. “I feel so deeply lost. Whichever way I go leads to ruin. Why must I suffer so?”

Squinting, Mountain Peak Michelle leaned forward and said, “Because you know not What you are.”

Come again?” said Gary, perplexed.

Mountain Peak Michelle rolled her eyes, her head following in a slow corkscrew. “I said, ‘BECAUSE YOU KNOW NOT WHAT YOU ARE!’ ARRR YOU DEEEF?!”

Not at all,” said Gary. “I apologize. I just don’t understand.”

“This will go much better if you pay attention,” said Mountain Peak Michelle, as she wagged a finger at Gary.

Yes, M’am,” said Gary, with a bow of his head.

Have you been concerned, as are most humans, with getting?”

Yes,” said Gary, “very much. “I got more money–more cars, houses, and relationships; but the pleasures from them didn’t last. All of them brought only a brief respite from suffering.”

Mountain Peak Michelle set aside her immediate thought–“No $h@t, Sherlock!”–in favour of a wiser, more compassionate reply: “This is the way of the world,” she said. “If we chase happiness in circumstances and possessions, we will be chasing happiness forever. In Proverbs 4:7, it is stated: Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. When you discover What–not who–you are, your suffering will greatly diminish. Our main purpose here is to recognize our higher nature.”

Gary eyes were as big as Frisbees. “I climbed a mountain range for this!” he exclaimed. Abruptly, he stood, turned to Mountain Peak Michelle and said: “I came here for help. I thought you were going to give me something–anything!–that could help me!”

Looking softly at Gary, Mountain Peak Michelle calmly said, “I cannot possibly give you what you already ARE.” And with that, Gary turned and descended the mountain.


Note: For readers who may believe that Mountain Peak Michelle’s advice was trite at best, or seriously lacking any worthwhile content at worst, I offer this: Michelle was attempting to point Gary toward realization of the Substance of his Being. Such is often termed “enlightenment;” which means to awaken from the dream of personhood. A good way to begin this inner process is to be still (meditate) and know that I Am God.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,


Copyright © – 2022 – R. Arthur Russell

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4 thoughts on “Mountain Peak Michelle

  1. lol! soo funny. i like this character ‘Mountain Peak Michelle’, in her leopard-print dress. whoever said that in order to sit in a cave on a mountain top, you have to lose your sense of style?

    wonderf-full 🙏


    1. Thank you, Monica! I’m glad that you enjoyed the article. I was through the first few rewrites (that’s the way it happens for me) when the idea of the faux leopard-print dress demanded to be included! Wishing you a wonderful day!

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