All of us are mystics and prophets, says Kerry Walters, but this natural calling lies sleeping within us. We have played it safe by settling for a surface piety or conventional spirituality, instead of searching for a raw and unfiltered encounter with the divine. God is unknowable yet supremely experiential. If we dare go beneath conventionality and our carefully built images that make God distant and nonthreatening, we can reawaken the mystic within each of us and have a direct experience with the sacred.Walters draws on the tradition of the mystic emerging from the wasteland to help guide our modern spiritual journey into our own inner desert. Terrifying yet welcoming, filled with both danger and promise, this psychic wilderness is where our inner demons must be fought, our false self unmasked, and our souls reborn. We are then renewed as our original selves, fused with God. The essence of love is reaching out, so the final step in the process of rebirth is to reach out to others in compassion and empathy.