This is the story of an extraordinary journey that begins for author James Westly back in 1977. He was at the time happily married and involved in a successful corporate business career in Philadelphia. But something was missing. He didn’t know quite what it was that he was searching for, but one day a small ad in the personals section of the newspaper caught his attention and started him on a path that totally changed his life.
In the months that follow he set out on a journey of self-discovery that would within a year’s time lead him to virtually withdraw from the world—to separate himself from his job, his house, his wife, his friends, and his material possessions. In the process he joined a retreat in Northern California and made a new life for himself there, where he began a profound intellectual, emotional, and physical transformation that opened up an entirely different way of living for him.
“His account of his journey into this new world reads like a novel. He tells his story with a mixture of eloquence and insight that is both breathtaking and inspirational. The journey ends happily, but it is not without its moments of conflict, crisis, and peril.”—Tom Hyman, author of Jupiter’s Daughter