While in his early twenties, after practicing Self-remembering
for a short time, Tom Anderson had a profound spiritual awakening,
a direct experience of the Self. Since then he has
continued the practice of Self-remembering and witness consciousness
on a minute-by-minute basis. He is the author of
an autobiography which describes his spiritual evolution from boyhood
to the present. He and his wife Pam live in northern Maine where he
practices dentistry. They have four grown children.
Hundreds and perhaps thousands of spiritual autobiographies have been written.
This one stands out because the author has made an unusually thorough effort to
explain how his spiritual experiences unfolded in order to help the reader
attain similar experiences. As a result the book can be read as a how-to manual
of wide scope and depth.
The book covers a period of about 30 years. It is sincere, earnest, unpretentious,
and whole-heartedly focused on helping the reader.
One of the most interesting sections describes the practice of self-remembering
which the author learned from books by Ouspensky and others in Gurdjieff's tradition.
After eight days of intense effort, the author had his first direct experience of the Self.
Such rapid results are unusual with any method of meditation. The author describes in
detail what he did to help bring this experience about.
The author writes about all parts of his life that influenced him spiritually. For
example, the first chapter, which is titled "How I Became A Seeker," discusses his
relationship with his high school girlfriend. Similarly, later chapters describe how
he dealt with conflicts at work by remaining conscious. These examples show how real
seeking takes place. It permeates our whole lives and influences everything we do.