A Peek at the Book's Intro

The Inward Journey

Who are you, really? Are you your name, your social security number, and your date of birth? Are you your appearance? The things you know or the possessions you have? Could it be that you are your goals and dreams, or the bonds you have developed with people you love? Is it your history—where you’ve been and what you’ve done?

And why are you here? What is moving you forward? What is pushing you along?

You get up every morning and go. You did it yesterday; you did it today; you can be certain you’ll try again tomorrow. You deal with whatever life throws at you. You keep on going. You strive.

There are days when you feel tired—exhausted, actually. The next step takes everything you’ve got. But you keep moving. There are rare moments when it all seems worth it, whether it’s a small victory or a big achievement. In the midst of the daily grind, have you ever stopped and asked: What am I really after?

There is a journey of inward growth toward discovery and nourishment, toward purpose and meaning.

Like a sprouting seed, you must grow your roots deep to sustain the stem that is developing upward in the external world. The deeper your internal roots grow, the taller your tree stands on this Earth, reaching out toward the heavens and going up as far as your nature decides. Down there and up here, there is understanding, and there is knowing.

Let us embark on this journey together, this journey into the self. Bring your best hopes and dreams with you. I think you’ll be excited to see where you end up. Master the self, and you will master life; know yourself, and you will know the universe.