Introduction (Why I Wrote This Book)

I made a promise to God and to Life itself, that if I made it out of the misery of lack and loneliness that I would use my life to share with others how I did it.

I became a runaway at age 15, yet occasionally I would come back home like a stray cat, so I suppose I was a runaway and a runback: an in-and-outer. It was in my late teen years, though, that I had my first awakening. One night, my dad shared with me, very privately, the story of his near death experience, something that was not openly talked about in the 70’s when it happened to him, nor in the early 1990s when he told me about it. Hearing of my dad’s near death experience implanted in me hope and curiosity about the meaning of life and afterlife.

It was 1994 when I started reading and learning about spirituality and philosophies beyond what was available through religion alone. Though still, for many years, I suffered with functional depression, countless heartbreaks, and living paycheck-to-paycheck. Then, on New Year’s Eve 2006, alone and overwhelmed, I contemplated suicide. I even wrote a suicide note, addressing it to my parents. Then my phone rang, I answered, and I heard my dad tell me, “You’re the strongest person that I know.” I chose not to end my life that night. Instead I wrote in my journal: “I am going to drill through the rock of this tomb and tell you all how I did it!” Right then, I made a decision to figure out—why, in my mid-thirties, I still had no clue about how to fix my life.

I committed to discovering all that I could about personal development and the sciences of the mind, body, and spirit. I noodled through my own theories and soon this lead me to quantum mechanics; I wondered if spirituality and quantum mechanics were really saying the same things. I researched the topic of contagious emotion and catchy energy. I read everything I could about the secrets of happiness, the meaning of life, how to find and keep love, and the pursuit of purpose. Then I began talking to people, hearing the stories of others, and testing the phenomenon that was emerging. I would write about it, sketch out ideas, and share with friends the philosophy of what I starting referring to as Viral Energy. Then I bounced my ideas off of the best doctors of psychology and psychiatry and quantum physics—formally interviewing them and confirming what I knew to be true because I felt it for myself. I became a seeker of happiness. I worked for it. Remember, this didn’t start as just fun for me; I was stuck in unhappiness and figuring out why was a matter of life and death. And so, I changed everything, starting with the very meaning of my life.

I have learned so much, the hard and long way. I have discovered a hidden code to life—it’s the magic of viral energy—and by understanding and utilizing it my spirit has moved from emptiness and loss, to true and lasting joy. Now, I’m sharing the magic and everything I’ve learned with you in this guide to supernatural happiness!

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