"What a long, strange trip it's been...."
Those are the words and lyrics that come to mind in reading Jarod Rosen's Drowning In The Light: Memories Of The New Age. As he chronicles his life-long sojourn across the Americas in search of enlightenment, you cannot fail to be fascinated by his other-worldly experiences, which may well bring back the memories, music, art and incense of your own adventures.
With a perfect blend of dark humor and deep spiritual wisdom, the pages fly as we are transported from the late 1970s downtown N.Y. scene where Rosen collaborates with artist Keith Haring and others, to shamanic initiations in the mountains of Peru, to his heartfelt yet satirical observations of New Age culture in 1980's California. Rosen brilliantly articulates the pain and vulnerability one can experience searching for spiritual truth as he faces death, sanity and enlightenment head on.
"Who's reality is the real reality" is a question posed at any moment as he explores the light, vibration and consciousness that animates humans and the cosmos. Rosen unflinchingly pursues the knowledge of that light across mountains, rivers and the roads of America, creating what has been said to evoke Jack Kerouc's On The Road with Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist. And he pursues it almost to the point of death in 2015.
Jarod Rosen has a special message to those who might reject Western Medicine like he did, bent on naturally healing himself. As a developer of his own system of Energy Healing with years of research into esoteric subjects, Rosen's story is especially poignant. His message will have you deeply questioning your beliefs and his stories will have you laughing.
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