"If money doesn't buy happiness then what does? This was the question I had in mind during the final year of studying for my degree. I had a growing concern there was more to life than money and I had a strong desire to find answers to life's big questions. I wanted to be happy, not just in fleeting moments but continuously, and I wanted to explore what this meant. What does it mean to be happy? What does it mean to get the most out of life at every possible opportunity?
"This started a quest for information and comparative experience that lasted for seven years before experiencing what I can only describe as an epiphany of clarity. Suddenly everything I had learnt came together in a way that was so overwhelmingly beautiful, powerful and simple, I knew beyond any doubt I had found what I was looking for. After this experience, any further reading only seemed to re-qualify what I already understood. In a way, there was nothing new to be learnt, only different ways of describing the same concepts. The concepts themselves were now clear.
"Soon after this experience I felt that although I enjoyed my life, there was something missing. Something was missing, without which life seemed pointless and quickly I gained the urge to write. I had regular moments of clarity which were so inspiring, to let them pass without taking notes seemed only too wasteful. I wanted to record this wisdom clearly and concisely in up to date terms so anyone living in today's world could easily relate to it. In this way I have written 'Towards Personal Empowerment'."
Michael John Roberts