|Thoughts leading to the book
At an early age, I was mesmerized by the interior of an old style Catholic Church. Its symbolism, architectural wonder, and music left me in awe as to what it all meant. That feeling of wonder would be slowly eroded away by teachings of the devil and hell, and the wrath of God against all unrighteousness. I kept asking how we could create heaven on earth as the Lord's prayer implied. I was informed that I didn't understand, and that the devil still held sway over human affairs. I never stopped believing that it wasn't me who didn't understand.
One day a nun called me aside. She told me that I was asking questions to the wrong people. I needed to get alone with God and ask him the questions and let him provide the answers. That day would alter my perception of faith in the church. I realized that I would have to go beyond what the church was teaching me.
One Sunday afternoon while all my friends were away, I started to meditate on God. I wanted God to reveal himself to me in some way so I would know that it was God. In the process, I came to a mystical experience. Until this time, I was taught (and believed) that God was apart from reality. What the experience revealed was that God was the fundamental basis of all reality. God was not a being as we were accustomed to; God was a common denominator that filled the universe. Reality was the manifestation of that common denominator throughout creation, and we were all part of it. It was in identifying with that common denominator that we could understand the nature of things. I was only nine years old at the time.
I had no way to express this feeling. Any attempts to talk about it were met with remarks that implied that I was having some kind of mental breakdown. I would have to put the experience on hold, at least for the time being.
In school, the controversy between religion and science was driving a wedge between the two. And if that weren't bad enough, I watched my father go from a master carpenter to a delirious alcoholic despite his faith in God and belief in the church. When I left home, I didn't know what to believe. All I knew for certain was that science was able to explain what it claimed to know, and that religion didn't seem to be able to do the same. It was a problem that wasn't going to go away.
Eleven years after the mystical experience, I was taking a nuclear physics class. They were explaining to me how the universe was ordered. I had no trouble accepting what they were saying because I had seen it before. After eleven years, I was finally able to put a name to what I had previously experienced. I came to realize that the unified field theory of physics, and God, were one and the same.
As time continued, I pondered on this connection between what I had perceived as God and the unified field theory of physics. How was such an experience possible? How did I know before I knew? Somehow, I would have to figure this out as well.
When I met my first wife, I discovered a person who had similar experiences. She had been the victim of abuse. The effect that it had on her would be more than I had bargained for. Through her, I would come to experience a glimpse into the paranormal. I realized that I couldn't explain what I was experiencing by science alone. I felt that there was a voild that I needed to fill.
After my first wife's death I took a psychology course. That is when I learned about split-brain psychology. The two hemispheres of the brain don't think alike. It is these two different types of thinking that distinguish scientific from religious thought. This idea would serve as a Rosetta stone into the differences between science and religion. It would require considerable research to confirm my convictions.
In the years that followed, I felt guided by a higher power to discover what I was searching for. I read 42 books and used another 28 references to confirm my convicitons. The teachings of Eastern philosophy and mythology would give me many of the answers, and additional mystical experiences would fill in many of the missing pieces. The book that emerged will shed light on a subject that has been dimly lit for centuries. It will explain what the beliefs of religion are based on. And it will reveal many misconceptions in the process.
The final piece of the puzzle was the Mayan calendar. The Mayan calendar reveals secrets that are only now coming to light. The end of the Mayan calendar is not what the media is protraying it to be. The end of one world is a window into the next. This, and many other mysteries, are explored in the book.
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