Personal, reflective, and gently investigative, these early essays have a raw, fresh quality which predates the more formal theory and practice of Peter Ralston’s two popular books, The Book of Not Knowing and Pursuing Consciousness. Many of the questions we might struggle with in life—identity in relation to others, authenticity in the face of belief systems, the draw we have to pursue ineffective self-serving urges, and our tendency to conceptualize rather than experience things—are described here in simple, almost conversational language. Attempting to grasp what authentic knowledge is, Ralston’s queries become a quest for how humans can develop a deeper sense of themselves as participants in the world.
"With gentleness and humor, Ralston leads us to see new dimensions of ourselves in the present and possibilities for further growth." -Ole Larson, Founder, Institute for Self Actualization
"Peter Ralston has found a clear way to communicate how we deal with confrontation: he confronts you with your personality and shows you very directly what is going on." -Guido Sleddens, martial arts teacher, Holland