My New Memoir – The Jeweled Highway: On the Quest for a Life of Meaning

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Well, it’s finally happening – my memoir will be published on September 15th. It’s been a labor of love, to
say the least, and I’m deeply pleased that this chronicle is about to be published. It covers my early life
in the Celtic world, my youthful spiritual search in South America and in the counterculture, and my
experience of alternative community in the Seventies. It also deals with the many ways I have found to
express meaning through the worldwide network of holistic centers, the sequence of Esoteric Quests
conferences, and the ongoing work with the NY Open Center – still the world’s leading urban center of
holistic learning.


I wrote it to be fun and engaging. This is not a ponderous tome readers will have a hard time finishing.
The first two people to whom I gave the completed manuscript told me they literally couldn’t put it
down. In fact, one of them told me he has had that experience with only four or five books in his whole
life. So I couldn’t be more pleased – a writer can’t receive a much better complement than that.

Let me include here a few endorsements for the book:

“Written with a poet’s eye and a seeker’s urgency, Ralph White’s hunger for truth leads him down many
alleyways. He rewards the reader with hard-won wisdom.” — Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way

“If you want to know where we’ve been and where we’re headed in these times of great danger and
opportunity, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.” — Robert Thurman, author of Inner
Revolution; president, Tibet House

I’ll be writing more about the book in the near future. For the time being I would like to include the link
to Amazon if any readers would like to purchase it.

Or from the publisher at a discount here:

Below you can find a series of endorsements from some of my favorite people:

Praise for The Jeweled Highway

“Written with a poet’s eye and a seeker’s urgency, Ralph White traces his spiritual journey. His hunger for truth leads him down many alleyways. He rewards the reader with hard-won wisdom.”

— Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way

“A riveting, deeply joyful spiritual adventure demonstrating how a sustained wish for truth can attract a life strewn with inner meaning.”

— Jacob Needleman, author of An Unknown World: Notes on the Meaning of the Earth

“As a leading figure at the New York Open Center for three decades, Ralph White has introduced thousands of speakers, none more interesting than himself. In this gorgeously written memoir, the evocative images of his wide and deep life journey inspire us to do likewise — seek and find, again and again.”

— Robert McDermott, president emeritus, California Institute of Integral

Studies, author of Steiner and Kindred Spirits “Ralph White is talented, original, and uninterested in convention, and his life has been an adventure of the Joseph Campbell kind — a quest to find the secrets of life and then give them to his fellow citizens. He is one of those rare men who has said yes to life far more than he has retreated into safety.”

— Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul

“This Jeweled Highway of Ralph’s is really cool. I greatly enjoyed traveling on it through his vivid account of the challenging adventures, and the internal discoveries they spurred, which resulted in the no-nonsense, good-humored, and spiritually activated person he is today. He has served all of us — who insist against all odds upon a better world — so creatively as the sophisticated spiritual impresario of the historic, catalytic New York Open Center, a place where so many have opened their minds and hearts to see deeper and dream greater. In this highly readable memoir, he colorfully describes his ups and downs and brave wanderings through far-off landscapes of the earth and of the mind and spirit. If you’re one who wants to know where we’ve been and where we’re headed in these times of great danger and opportunity, I cannot recommend it highly enough.”

— Robert Thurman, Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Columbia

University, author of Inner Revolution and Infinite Life “What an extraordinary memoir. Ranks among the best books I’ve read in years! What a privilege to be so intimately invited into the inner life and breathtaking adventures of such a great seeker and person of action as Ralph White. He is a living ‘Center of Consciousness’ for the whole world.”

— Robert Sardello, co-director, The School of Spiritual Psychology, author of Silence: The Mystery of Wholeness

“What splendid adventures-in-life await within this book! What a true jewel that avoids all dogma and instead seduces us with outrageous explorations of the soul. What a timely literary miracle in this era of spirit-questing and esoteric regeneration.”

— David Yeadon, author of The Way of the Wanderer: Discover Your True Self

Through Travel “This is a brilliantly written autobiography of self-discovery from one of the foremost cultural creatives of our time. Like a contemporary Odysseus, Ralph White invites us to join him on his spiritual journey and absorb along with him the distilled wisdom of the human race that he encounters along the way.”

— Kyriacos Markides, author of The Mountain of Silence and Inner River

“The Jeweled Highway is a rare beast, a compelling book of spiritual vision and inspiration that is also an exciting adventure story — a ‘ripping great yarn’ — and a testament to human courage and the willingness to push into the farthest frontiers in search of wisdom and spirit. In offering this memoir of a life very well lived, Ralph White also takes us on the most important quest of our time: the journey into the heart and soul — and magic — of a world in transformation.

I enthusiastically recommend it!”

— David Spangler, author of Journey Into Fire and Apprenticed to Spirit

“The Jeweled Highway is not about one man’s personal quest into the mysteries of the unknown. It is about the innate human longing for the existential truth that originated with the first prehistoric utterance, was amplified through cavernous netherlands, and was embodied for centuries in forbidden books and secret societies the world over.”

— Alnoor Ladha, executive director of The Rules and board member for Greenpeace International, USA

“Like a skilled caravan driver, Ralph White leads us into the heart of the esoteric Western traditions — a luminous landscape forgotten by the spiritual tourists of Eastern wisdom ways — and reveals the jewels hidden there. His own inner and outer adventures uniquely qualify him as our insightful and big-hearted guide.”

— Mirabai Starr, translator of John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila, author of God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

“Ralph beautifully and vividly chronicles his journey of a meaningful life. For anyone on this path, his recollections are both inspirational and motivational as he helps the reader understand that life’s meaning can be searched for both through mystical experiences of intuitive guidance and through conscious, thoughtful choices. I am often asked about the history of the human-potential movement, and Ralph has adeptly captured the nuggets of what was taking place in the ’60s and early ’70s. It is a unique read — a story captured through the eyes of one of the successful founders of the holistic-center movement.”

— Cheryl Fraenzl, director of programs, Esalen Institute

I will also be doing a book launch at the Open Center on Tuesday, September 15th.

Obviously this is an exciting moment for me. I’ve edited a magazine, and introduced and edited books,
but this is the first time I’ve written my own book from cover to cover. As it’s a memoir, it is of course
deeply personal.

I would be delighted if you bought a copy. People tell me it’s an ideal gift!


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