When I was 20 years old and a junior at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., I read a book called, “Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah” by Richard Bach.
It struck a chord with me. It just felt so true.
I went through the rest of my 20s without picking up another book … mostly because I was a typical young man with a lot of other things I wanted to do, and also because I was a sportswriter who was consumed with sports throughout the 1990s … but perhaps I did not read anything else because nothing piqued my interest as much as Bach’s book did.
And then I had a life-changing moment.
As a graduate student at Chatham College in Pittsburgh, I was involved in an experiential program that allowed me to participate in a wide variety of holistic therapies. During one particularly vivid meditation, I saw and felt this amazing golden light move through me. Back pain that I been enduring for the prior year disappeared entirely and, much more interestingly, I woke up with a mental clarity that I had never perceived before. I have never lost the sense of peace that touched my heart that day.
Motivated to understand what I had experienced I began studying neurochemistry, then soon after came across quantum physics and the scientific idea that reality was … an illusion!
As a counselor, I began applying entanglement, superposition, the observer effect and so many other interesting details of quantum physics in my work with clients who were affected by addiction and mental health issues. Then I started exploring the world’s great religious traditions, only to discover that the science I had been learning clearly backed up the wisdom of history’s greatest spiritual teachers.
It is in helping others experience this exquisite union of science and spirituality that I have committed the rest of my professional life.