Each spring, a helicopter takes Laszlo Horvath up to a remote lookout station next to the Canadian Rockies, his home for nearly half a year. In late autumn, a helicopter returns to fly him back to the city, continuing the oscillating cycle between wilderness and civilization-a lifestyle Horvath enjoyed for thirty-five years. At the lookout, every three weeks a helicopter delivers food and supplies-first class service with a million dollar view. As Lookout Observer, Horvath's job is to detect forest fires and collect meteorological data. It's a role in which he is always watching and monitoring the forces of the natural world. And it is through observation that nature begins to expose bits and pieces of what is behind the veil. The twice-daily recording of cloud formations, for example, helps to tune into a rhythm of the natural world, the same rhythm as that of the rising and setting sun. Horvath is able to dive into the womb of nature and observe both her light and dark sides. In his latest book, Nature and the Lapis Stone, Horvath asks ultimate meaning questions: Why are we here? Where did we come from? Why the fear and suffering? What is the role of humans in the natural world? This book probes the visions of poets and mystics, astrophysicists and eco-psychologists, stirring the reader to new insights about the human predicament. Where there is vision, the people perish...so it has been written. While wilderness must be experienced to truly understand, Horvath still provides remarkable insight for those of us who cant spend six months at a time in the forest. Rather than providing answers to the ultimate meaning of life, Horvath presents a dialogue that allows the reader to focus on a middle space between wilderness and civilization where the soul and spirit, the heart and mind, the feminine and masculine, Eastern and Western thought merge in individual consciousness. Reviewed by Cindy Penn for WordWeaving
Laszlo Horvath is the author of The Bridal Chamber and Wilderness Alchemy.