About the Author Dr. Jerry Burgener
Dr. Jerry’s life has been as interesting as it has been varied. He has a Ph.D. in Human Learning and has worked in Schools, Mental Health Organizations, and as a Forensic Psychologist for the Department of Corrections. Besides providing treatment, he has trained other people in how to best help those in need. His techniques and approaches have been presented in print by news media and on national television.
Dr. Jerry will say his life experiences are equally important, bringing him to this point in time. He has skydived more than 1400 times, has 3,000 hours of flying airplanes and helicopters, scuba dives, repels, and is an avid motorcycle rider. Dr. Jerry trains horses, riding them in the Midwest, as well as the desert Southwest.
Relationships have been important for this lifetime. He has been married several times and “in love” with many more, as he has learned the power of connections in this life’s journey. Dr. Jerry has said, with a smile, "I have been in relationship school."
“We create our own universe,” Dr. Jerry says. “Our thoughts about ourselves, relationships, and life in general begin by the things we say and think, every moment of our life. These thoughts provide the structure for our reality and are powered by the emotions we feel. The people who are in our life have been drawn there by the pictures and thoughts we create.”
Dr. Jerry wants us to understand this concept of life and use it to shape the future we want. He writes a fictionalized account of his own struggle to learn these lessons in Desert Journey, available on this website.
About the Novel
“When will I find the love of my life?” or, “Why do I have so much trouble with my relationships?” These are two of the most frequently asked questions. Add to it, “What is the purpose of my life?” and you have the struggles most people face sometime in their life. Fortunately, we can learn from other person's journeys.
Dr. Jerry wrote a fictionalized account of his own personal struggles with balancing his spiritual journey and what seemed like a need for a relationship. Desert Journey chronicled his first step on the path of understanding and self-discovery.
While riding in the mountains of the desert Southwest, Dr. Jerry met one of his Spirit Guides, who helped him explore the life events that led him to that point of meeting one of his teachers. His Guide used past life regression to help him realize the continuum of experiences he had shared through out time with many of the people currently in his life.
Life lessons were often not easy, but necessary if the struggles of that life were to have a purpose. Dr. Jerry learned he could be happy, even when faced with difficulty, by changing how he looked at life and staying in the moment.
This book was an easy read, which at first I thought I'd dread, but as I coasted through the first chapter, I realized that it was entertaining and enjoyable and that I was curious to learn more about the characters in the novel. I enjoyed learning about Jerry's past experiences. Experiences that would form and shape him. Experiences that would bring him to the desert, where he would meet a man named Tom. Tom would push Jerry to live in the here and now and divert him from living in the past and future.
The imagery that is described in this book, encourages me as the reader to explore this notion that if I focus on the here and now, my overall demeanor and emotions will be happier and more pleasant. I enjoyed reading their interactions and I enjoyed learning about Jerry's past experiences. Exploring yourself and getting to know your true purpose, your desires, and essentially what is hindering you, it would seem that in most cases what is hindering you from achieving true happiness is the unwillingness to live in THIS moment.
Working on the second novel, Return to the Desert, review to follow soon.
Until Next Time,