Robert Osenenko has lived in Toms River and the New Jersey Pinelands Reserve most of his life. Robert is a member of the American Folklore Society. He is considered an expert in social psychology, and is a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. He is a recipient of ten military-related service awards, and has trained at the Centers for Disease Control. He is a decorated infantry combat veteran and a third generation war survivor. Robert Osenenko went to the State University of New York and Goddard College. His doctorate is in education.
Family Faith Land and Mysticism: The Spiritual Traveler Myth
This historical narrative is a story about the inherent and sustaining personal power found in American culture. World War II survivors were able to navigate and balance spiritual awareness and political reality. In the small town of Toms River located in the New Jersey Pinelands Reserve a small clique of believers with different religious background held clear and concise spiritual teaching that mystical events were not confined to religious practice alone. Once understood, mysticism could be used to rearrange physical events, the environment, fate, even politics. To discover it and unlock its complicated code a person needs to understand the context in which these events occur. This book offers a fascinating picture of the spiritual journey through the real life experiences of a rural family. It begins with a genealogy description of the family, their friends, and activities. On the farm a boy begins his initiation as he is mentored by community members in family life, the conflicts and subtlety of faith, his relationship to nature and the sustaining even protecting nuances of ancient Biblical intervention. Soon after leaving home he realizes he is in a real life test that could take his life. Does he carry yet another mutation of the spiritual traveler? In the background of the story are religious, typical, right wing believers such as fundamentalists who wish to take land and wealth. Over a period of years he goes to war himself like his tutors observing and receiving divine protection, fatalism and contradiction. While in combat his path crosses with those of the Cao Dai, Catholicism, and Buddhist monks. These events serve as the basis for the biggest challenge yet to come as he enters maturity and is tested. It is uncertain whether he will be able to invoke the teachings of his initial mentors and alter his fate as it becomes intertwined in a conflict against political and spiritual foe. Does he solve his problems by force? What does he do to survive? The biggest question confronting his destiny is to learn why these events seem to be similar to those described by his mentors and friends who have since died.