Book Backstory

    The first inspiration to write a book came to me about 10 years ago when I randomly stumbled upon a book on spirituality while waiting for a bus. It was back at a very low point in my life; I was 20 years old and I had just fallen out with some friends over something I had done. It was something that I had felt needed to be done out of moral obligation, but they didn't see it that way until months later. I felt very betrayed and broken up over the whole thing and had decided to move back home for a while to get over it.

    As my bus wasn't for another hour or two, I decided to go for a walk to kill some time. I walked around for a bit and came across this quaint little cafe/bookshop that seemed very nice and inviting. I didn't even read books at the time, but for some reason I felt like I was drawn to the place. As I entered, the first thing I noticed was it had a very friendly, welcoming, almost familiar atmosphere; and I just felt very comfortable being there. As I browsed around the different books with an almost childish sense of wonder, I momentarily forgot about my problems and began to feel this incredible sense of freedom that I'd never felt before. It was actually the beginning of my first higher consciousness spiritual experience, but I just didn't know it yet.

 Feeling the way I'd been feeling up until that point; I boldly decided to plead to god, the universe or whatever to just: "Please give me something! Just give me some answers, please!!" Amazingly, just as I was saying those words in my mind; my hand was gliding through the books on the shelf in front of me when all of a sudden this book seemed to jump up out of nowhere. It was Deepak Chopra's "Seven Spiritual Laws of Success". When I remember back, the whole experience was so surreal; it felt like all my actions were being guided intuitively. I started reading the back of it and instantly knew it was exactly what I needed. I happily paid for the book and went on my way.
   

    Later on that day I sat on the bus reading it and I just could not put it down. Now I was a person who hadn't read a non-academic book since I was about 9 years old!, and all of a sudden here I am reading this book on spiritual philosophy that I can't put down. It was an incredible experience. I barely understood the book intellectually, but it was the way it made me FEEL that was incredible. It was like my soul had suddenly awakened from a really deep sleep, and it was more powerful than anything I had ever experienced. I can honestly say the experience changed my life. It helped me to feel a way that I'd never felt before; my true self, without the restrictions of my mind to inhibit me. So, it was that experience that first introduced me to the awareness of higher levels of consciousness, and which also planted the seed of possibility that I might actually write a book like that myself one day.

    The motivation to begin writing finally came 9 years later (I know, it took a while) around October 2011 when I was reading Eckhart Tolle's "The Power of Now" and "A New Earth" which I basically read as one book, reading one straight after the other. Amazingly, the exact same thing happened to me again; I began to experience the same higher levels of conscious awareness that I'd experienced 9 years ago; but this time I understood what was happening to me.

    The thing about experiencing these (extremely rare) higher states of consciousness (well, for me anyway) is that I seem to be able to gain access to a deeper level of intuitive knowledge about life, the universe and existence that seems to be totally new to me on one hand, but at the same time also seems to be knowledge that I've always known on a deeper level. It sounds totally paradoxical I know, but that's the only way I can describe it. Anyway, it was during this experience that I decided I was going to write a book that would potentially help others in the same way that I had been helped. And maybe they too might be able to experience what I was lucky enough to have experienced. Essentially, I wanted to write a book that would inspire people who were looking for answers by positively impacting how they perceived themselves in the world.

    Now, around the same time I had started planning the book; I had been listening to Steve Siebold's "177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class" which is an audio program about how the most successful people in the world think. In the program there's a part where they talk about floatation tanks and they also recommend to try one out if you ever get a chance, as they're supposed to be very good for relaxation and creativity. So, I thought "Why not?, and maybe I might even get a few ideas for my book too!"

Floatation Tank
    By the time I did eventually get around to going, I had already begun writing and was about 2 chapters in. I was getting to a point where I wanted to start taking the book to a deeper, more spiritual level; but I had absolutely no idea how I was going to do it. I'd been trying to come up with a new concept regarding our sense of identity and individuality, but I'd had a total writer's block anytime I tried to think of anything. Then I came up with a theory that the best way to deal with writers block would be to just stop trying and it would eventually come to me; just like when you try to remember something and your mind goes blank, if you stop trying it eventually comes back to you. Now I hadn't written anything in weeks and I was really starting to doubt my ability to come up with something useful. This was where the floatation tank came to my rescue.

    When the big day finally came, I was very excited as I had been really looking forward to it. I'd seen some videos on youtube about other peoples experiences, and they varied from "calm and relaxing" to "spiritual and mind blowing". So I decided to keep an open mind and be enthusiastically ready for whatever experience lay ahead of me.

    I was politely shown to the sauna-like room where the tank was housed by the friendly assistant, I remember thinking it looked like some sort of time machine or space capsule; and I noticed a sign on the wall that read "Expect Nothing, Except Nothing. Accept Nothing!" To be honest I didn't really know what it meant, but I guessed it basically meant don't have any expectations and just relax and go with the flow. So I had a quick shower and got in.

    As I closed the door and lay down into silky epsom salt filled water which was perfectly heated to my body temperature, I felt a tremendous sense of anticipation come over me. I switched off the light and closed my eyes.

    I remember reading somewhere that the tank is the only place in the world that comes close to the experience of being a baby in the womb because there's no other place you can go where all of your senses are free from external stimuli. Needless to say when I emerged from my session an hour later I had everything I needed to continue my book along with a totally profound sense of spiritual connection. The most important advice I could give to anyone trying the tank for the first time is to just let it all go, everything, just let it go. When you do finally let it all go, that's where it gets interesting because you transcend beyond habitual thought to an inner place of truth and wisdom. That quote "The kingdom of heaven is within you" is no more apparent than when having an introspective experience in the tank. I think anyone interested in spiritual connection and self discovery should try it because there really is nothing like it.

    So that's basically how I came to write the book. I will say this, it was one of the most challenging things I have ever done because it involved a whole lot of looking inside and being totally honest with myself, and at times it felt like I was never going to get it finished. But I did get it finished, eventually. And if there's anything I can take from that experience, it would be to just never give up. Even if it looks like there's no end to whatever you're going through, just keep going and you will eventually get through it. As long as you keep on focusing ahead to where you want to go, you will eventually get to where you want to go.

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