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THE LIVES OF CARL ATMAN Morris Walker Pens Tale of Love and Life’s Purpose by Linda Sechrist


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less and unconditional love that transcends the boundaries of time, was no stretch of the imagination for Morris Walker, who has been deeply in love with his wife, Lynn, for more than 40 years. An author with a long history of writ- ing short stories, essays, articles, songs, poems, countless scripts and comedy routines, Walker, along with Lynn, their son Skye and daughter Amoris, trav- eled together and performed as The EarthWalkers, introducing their uplift- ing message about the environment to thousands of audiences nationwide. Walker has always been keenly

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should treat others in ways that we would want to be treated. Another of Walker’s lyrics wafts up from the past and he literally sings out his musical version of the concept: Do unto oth- ers as you would have them do unto you. “There is an ancient creed illuminating the trials we face. That

as you give your love, so measured is your grace.”

sensitive to the cycles of life, whether in the mineral, plant, or animal kingdom. With a song in his heart practically from birth, many of his lyrics have re- flected an unconscious knowing about cycles of birth and death. For example, “Time is just a manmade rule. In cycles we’re all cast. There’s nothing in this universe that will not always last.” Walker writes about the one

exception—love—the animating force that dances throughout lifetimes with the love of his life. Like the gracefully spiraling double helix in the DNA of every human cell, this love is the reason that the animating life force in Carl Atman continues to transcend lifetimes. Walker’s belief in soul mates

becomes obvious in one of the book’s themes—why we’re here and the meaning and purpose of life. The model for this belief is Lynn, who has been his shining North Star for the Golden Rule, which suggests that we

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A side story that Walker pursues is reminiscent of one of his favorite mov- ies, Groundhog Day. The 1993 movie starred Bill Murray playing the part of Phil Connors, a self-centered TV weath- erman who found himself in a time loop that repeated itself every day until he began to re-examine his life and priorities. “The movie was a microcosm of reincarnated lives and many of the other things that I learned about from Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings and his book Autobiography of a Yogi, which inspired me to write the book,” says Walker. Walker writes: “We continue to make the same mistakes until we get the life lesson right in this lifetime or the next. In the end, my life won’t have been about how much money I made or how famous I became as a result of writing books and music or entertain- ing. Rather, I hope it will be about the love and compassion I gave to my family and to others.” Through numer- ous lifetimes, Walker artfully crafts an interesting story that allows Carl Atman to learn this lesson, too.

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