In 1947, an 11-year-old Larry Reavis has a dramatic encounter with Paramahansa Yogananda in Hollywood. This is the beginning of a story that continues with Yogananda teaching him, by means of intuition, to move the currents in the spine.

Decades later – after moving through fundamentalism and atheism – I joined Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), the organization that he founded. One year later I learned that this technique of moving the currents in the spine is called Kriya Yoga.

Normally, we don’t tell such stories, and for years I never even told my wife. However, I began to feel that I should do so back around 2005. I balked. But then a friend called to say that he was getting a strong message that I should write an autobiography. I had never told him any of my stories, so I thought he might be right. But again I got cold feet. So I wrote to SRF for advice. After a monk called to say that I should tell my stories, I bought two camcorders and began. Let the chips fall where they may.