The last seven years of my life have been dominated by a single task ~ writing and bringing to market the book that has been inside me for thirty years. Now that O Lanoo! has been successfully launched I have been reflecting on how the book came about.

I had a traditional Church of England childhood but Christianity seemed to play no part outside school and church services. I was far more interested in sport and reading, and often the books that attracted me were set in strange and exotic countries. The boundaries of my imagination were constantly being pushed back and in my teens I found myself looking at the philosophies and cultures underpinning these different life-styles. Fiction and fantasy gave way to more serious books, and I remember in particular a series of books written by a Tibetan monk called Lobsang Rampa. They provided detailed accounts of life in Tibet in the first half of the century, and gave a grounding in Tibetan Buddhism as practised by the masses and as taught by the high lamas. When I came across The Tibetan Book of the Dead I was already familiar with the concepts, and this in turn prepared me for Madame Blavatsky's The Secret Doctrine. Much of it was beyond me but I could grasp enough to know that this book drew together many of the different strands of belief that I had already accepted.

The Secret Doctrine, written towards the end of the nineteenth century, examines the entire history and mythology of the creation and evolution of the universe and mankind. Blavatsky quotes many of the early writings of modern religions and beliefs and demonstrates that they all, eastern and western, have common origins. She compares scientific theories of her day with religious thought and finds that what science cannot prove it denies. She suggests that were science and religion to be more accepting of each other the truth would become clear and unequivocal. Unfortunately, the story of mankind contained within The Secret Doctrine is obscured by detailed analysis and argument.

Over the years spiritual books gave way to financial and technical journals but Blavatsky's "bigger picture" remained with me. The concept of spiritual and physical evolution unfolding through karma and rebirth made sense of all that happened ~ triumphs and tragedies, joy and suffering, inevitabilities and accidents. I left the business world knowing that I wanted to share my knowledge and understanding.

As my life became simpler I immersed myself in The Secret Doctrine. I started to rewrite sections, realising that if I followed the sequence of Blavatsky's primary source, the Book of Dzyan, the history of the ages would be easier to follow. And without planning it, I found that my writing was poetical, reflecting the style of the original. The result is O Lanoo!, an epic poem of 10,000 words. It serves as an introduction to The Secret Doctrine but also stands as an inspirational book in its own right. I have tried to be faithful to Blavatsky's ideas whilst accepting that my late twentieth century perspective is different.

I believe that O Lanoo! is a book for everybody. Whatever religion or belief system an individual subscribes to, a clearer understanding of the bigger picture is helpful. If nothing else, I hope that the idea of unity running through O Lanoo! will serve as a reminder that we are all connected ~ with each other, with the universe, and with God.