Howard Nylander started the journey that produced The Canyon Song over fifty years ago when, as a young boy, he gave up on humanity and vowed to “find God.” He began his career at twelve, working on cattle ranches in Montana, to escape abandonment, beatings with a mean leather whip, and verbal abuse.
Paramount in this journey is his wife, his Shiloh, who lovingly showed him the possibilities of other realities. Howard was once told he had the psychological profile of a serial killer, because of what he had experienced in his youth, and had “beaten the odds” by not being institutionalized. In 2003, he had a death experience, no heartbeat, no breath. He had experienced heart failure and a stroke due to Tachy Brady syndrome coupled with sleep apnea. It was then he realized he was not his body; that consciousness continues after death.
His current joy is found in studying all ancient scriptures, including the Tao Te Ching with the help of the understanding of Alan Watts, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Sufi mystic Hazrat Inayat Khan, and many others.
He and his wife of fifty-five years enjoy a quiet life at their little monastery along Middle Creek, deep in the back hills of East Tennessee. They still love to study the old ways, enjoy their motor home, as well as an occasional visit by their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.