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Open Spaces: My Life with Leonard J. Mountain Chief by your truly

In my book Open Spaces, I offer a personal and uncensored account of my time with Leonard J. Mountain Chief of the Blackfoot tribe of Native Americans. This experience was profoundly significant, and altered my perspective on many things regarding life, culture, mysticism, and ancient religion.

My Life-Changing Experience

Without giving too much away, my book details the transformative experience I had amongst the Blackfeet tribe in northwest Montana—far from the southern California landscape I referred to as home.

The beautiful landscape was as inspiring as the words spoken to me by the Blackfeet elder, whose wisdom was sincere and untainted by modernity.

In today’s fast-paced culture, it can be easy to forget that this beautiful nation was once populated by Native Americans deeply entrenched in their own fascinating religious and cultural traditions. I discovered one profound truth at the heart of the Blackfeet society—in order to be truly happy, we must return to our roots in nature and simplify our lives.

Mysticism in Northwest Montana

I spent time with Leonard J. Mountain Chief around the new millennium, when even the skeptics among us were fearful about the impacts the year 2012 would have on our lives. Many of us can recall the electric, fearful energy in the air around that time, as we wondered whether or not the world would might end at midnight on January 1, 2012.

This is not, as some might believe, simply a Eurocentric phenomenon. The year 2012 was equally important to other cultures. The Blackfoot elder taught me the significance of the new millennium in Native theology, and cast the curtain aside, allowing me to participate in their religious rituals and mystical traditions, in spite of their deep privacy and distrust of outsiders.

Share in the Experience

Although I first wrote about my experiences several years ago, this story remains deeply important to many people, and I highly recommend reading it if you are dealing with insecurities and fears about the state of modern society. The truths I learned from my “adopted father,” Leonard J. Mountain Chief, have resounded with readers throughout the years and brought comfort to many spiritual seekers.

I have recently released a newly revised edition of Open Spaces for you to enjoy. The hard copy is available on Amazon, and I would love to hear your feedback. How did the book affect you? What did you take away from it? In these uncertain times, it would bring me joy to know that my words and experiences are bringing peace to my readers.

Please share these stories with family and friends,

Jay North aka J. Mountain Chief

Open Spaces: My Life with Leonard J. Mountain Chief can be purchased at