There is a magical, enchanting and beautiful plot of land on this planet that has inspired many to change their lives and follow their dreams. This spot is about 20 miles west of Taos, New Mexico, and is the inspiration for one man, Michael E. Reynolds, who is on course to change the world. An ahead-of-his-time visionary and entrepreneur, architect, author, environmentalist and inspirational warrior, Reynolds is nothing less than brilliant. His book, A Coming of Wizards: A Manual of Human Potential, is written to explain his method of thinking behind his revolutionary “Earthship,” a beautiful, fully sustainable structure made mostly from garbage (cans, tires, bottles, and dirt for starters) and recycled materials for off-the-grid living.

Do not let the title fool you! A Coming of Wizards: A Manual of Human Potential is a unique text in that it covers the author’s history and personal story and his thoughts and views on world ecology, architecture, spirituality and physics. It also includes Reynolds’ poetry throughout. This book is very engaging and thorough. The author shares many diagrams to explain his concepts and also pictures of his Earthship structures in New Mexico from the simple to the more complex. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a more sustainable way to live, those who are environmentally conscious or those interested in radically changing society for the better.

Part one explains the author’s state of mind, the human condition and the basic way of thinking required for humans to reach their innate potential. In part two and three of this book, Michael Reynolds presents the “wizard Information”(essentially, divine or innate wisdom that can only be attained with a proper and open state of mind) along with a real and practical way of applying it in our lives. He then explains the wisdom gained that enabled him to begin his architectural work and then expand it, and the type of thinking required to manifest such a reality. Thus, this book is about finding and moving toward our human potential and learning to work with and not against planet Earth. In his own words, “the way to ride the energy to its full potential is to know the nature of the energy, so that it doesn’t control or harm us, and to also realize we cannot control it. We are talking about an alignment or a union, or a merging with energy. This is the way of the wizard. Control is the way of the ego.”

I had the pleasure of touring some Earthships recently on a trip I took to New Mexico. I also had the opportunity to not only view the Earthships, but also to spend a few nights in two different, beautiful ones! It was an experience I will never forget, and one of my goals now is to eventually live in an Earthship myself. Below, are some photographs from my visit:

A bit about the author, Michael E. Reynolds:

Michael Reynolds is a world famous architect who has spent the last forty plus years evolving the concept of “ home.” His vision is for the home to care for its inhabitants and not vice versa. With this logical goal in mind, he set out to design, build, refine and master the Earthship, which is now an affordable reality and can be built easily.  Designed with concepts that any person can adopt, these self-sustaining buildings can provide housing for all people on any place on the planet.

Review

A priceless book, in my opinion.

It is difficult to adequately describe something like ‘A Coming of Wizards,’ for it is more than your typical book; imagine trying to review a sacred text, like the Bible. From a literary standpoint, ‘Wizards’ is well-written, with a pleasing format and a clear, appropriate voice (and enough typos to make it human). Likewise, the overt subject matter is presented in an intelligent and engaging manner, and the text is threaded with a series of soulful illustrations that could nearly fill a book of their own. The author writes with sobriety, passion, and conviction, plus an admirable humility. Indeed, from a nuts-and-bolts perspective, the book is functional and readable (and, for me at least, enjoyable).

However, there’s more to ‘Wizards’ than its literary nature, for the book’s true substance lies in its profound wisdom. Namely, the reader is treated to a comprehensive collection of profound, cosmic ideas, which, in total, construct an entire worldview (one which is, most likely, a drastic departure from that possessed by most people). Furthermore, these heady concepts are discussed elegantly and articulately, with careful allegories and practical illustrations, as to present them with a levelheadedness that’s sorely absent from many such “esoteric” works (so-called). In the end, the author successfully conveys these impossibly large, broad-thinking concepts (or so I felt), with a rare balance of head and heart. If there’s a better primer for such an expansive, cosmic-minded way of thinking, I’ve not read it.

I came away from the book feeling equally encouraged, inspired, and informed (and more than a little entertained). Thus, I render ‘Wizards’ a deserved five-star rating. A true accomplishment, this one.

My sincere thanks goes out to this book’s author, subjects, and publisher. I am grateful for, and have benefited from, your work and service.

(And, an interesting footnote: this book echoed some of the deepest, most personal, and most crucial truths that I presently maintain. In fact, it gave voice to several ideas that I’d never heard spoken by anyone else, and with an eerie precision of description, sometimes using even the exact same terms that I use internally. Yet, most interestingly: I’ve maintained these truths for years or decades, long *before* ever reading the book, such that it would seem that myself and the author reached startlingly similar conclusions despite never meeting (and, while living generations apart, thousands of miles from one another). Nor was I even aware of the book’s contents beforehand, having purchased it on a random intuition, online. This doesn’t constitute objective proof of the ideas and concepts detailed in the book, of course; however, such independent correlation is certainly notable (as well as heartening on a personal level).)

Review

Do not let the title fool you! A Coming of Wizards: A Manual of Human Potential is a unique text in that it covers the author’s history and personal story and his thoughts and views on world ecology, architecture, spirituality and physics. It also includes Reynolds’ poetry throughout. This book is very engaging and thorough. The author shares many diagrams to explain his concepts and also pictures of his Earthship structures in New Mexico from the simple to the more complex. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a more sustainable way to live, those who are environmentally conscious or those interested in radically changing society for the better.