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NEW EDITION, June 2009
The Face Before I Was Born: A Spiritual Autobiography

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

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“Llewellyn caught the meaning, the subtle essence of the spiritual training. He understood the pressing urge, that Something within the human heart, which drives the human being mercilessly on and on, no matter the sacrifice, sometimes with superhuman effort, at least to try to reach the ultimate Goal.”

—Irina Tweedie, author, Daughter of Fire

Encouraged at last to tell his own story, Vaughan-Lee takes us on a magnificent inner journey home to the Beloved.


...a splendid autobiography... with special appeal for readers seeking their own spiritual perspective.

—Wisconsin Bookwatch

In The Face Before I was Born
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee describes the intoxicating intensity of his own spiritual journey which began when he was sixteen. Three years later he met his teacher and felt a sense of belonging beyond this world. The events that follow over the next twenty-two years tell of tremendous love, psychological breakdown, craziness, bliss, and the slow work of balancing the two worlds—the inner world of the spirit and the outer demands of everyday family life. This autobiography tells the ancient story of a spiritual transformation, one that took him into the terrifying depths and pushed him beyond every limit. As it made him vulnerable and empty, love showed him her hidden face.

It has been over ten years since the original publication of the book, and this revised edition includes a new introduction and new epilogue. Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee explains that little did he know when first writing this book that this journey was just the beginning, how the real pilgrim on the spiritual journey is not the person whose story he told. Now, he explains, he sees this journey from a deeper perspective, from that of the divine pushing Itself through into human consciousness, demanding to make Itself known. The new material included in this revised edition explores the continuing mystery of human experience and divine revelation.


344 pages, paperback, ISBN 13: 978-1-890350-18-5
$14.95 US, £11.95 UK, SFR 19.-- / Eur 16.--, *Bestell-Nr. LB 12