A Note from the Author
I never thought I’d end up writing a “spiritual” book. When I was in my early twenties, after falling away from the church of my youth, I prided myself on my practicality. I extolled the virtues of reason, intellect, and common sense to anyone who’d listen—and especially to those up for indulging in that old taboo, the religion argument.
Since I always came to these scuffles well armed—and could quote and dissect Bible verses like the best of them—it pleased me when my opponents retreated into a corner. It also pleased me when, as a last-ditch effort, they invoked the “faith card,” as if that somehow trumped—and ended—the debate.
And my childhood branch of Christianity wasn’t the only religion that found its way into my crosshairs. I was always fascinated by belief systems in general, and therefore, spent a great deal of time researching many different faiths. I was trying to get a handle on what adherents believed—in an effort to possibly understand the origin of those beliefs.
So you can imagine my surprise when “the guy who thought he knew everything” was ultimately confronted by something he couldn’t easily explain. It forced me to reexamine my views—and to embark on a 12-year quest to get to the bottom of the mystery. This book is the result.
You’ll be reading all about it shortly, but first, please afford me a few moments to discuss some housekeeping details about my approach.
My goal was to chronicle everything as accurately as possible. The “Paul” chapters are memoir—presented in novelistic format. As a result, I’ve recreated conversations, meetings, and hypnosis sessions, based on memories, notes and journal entries, as well as the recollections of family members and friends. In certain instances—in order to protect the privacy of the people involved—I’ve changed names, locations or other identifying details; however, these alterations are clearly marked.
The “Jack” chapters are based on “memories,” too—albeit of a somewhat different sort. You should know that, while I was writing, I didn’t intentionally research things upfront. The images, words and details flowed to me, both during past-life regressions, and also as I banged away on my laptop, and it was only later that I took to the web to see if I could confirm the things I was seeing. The fact that this book exists at all is proof of—to my mind at least—the uncanny accuracy of the information.
But I’ll let you be the judge of that.
And finally, let me say thank you, in advance, for allowing me to share my spiritual journey with you.