James Redfield studied Eastern philosophies including Taoism and Zen, while majoring in sociology at Auburn University. With a Master's degree in counseling, he helped abused adolescents for 15 years using ideas on intuition and psychic phenomena. He quit to synthesize his interest in interactive psychology, Eastern and Western philosophies, science, futurism, ecology, history, and mysticism by writing The Celestine Prophecy. It was a No. 1 New York Times Best Seller and by May 2005, it had sold over 20 million copies and been translated into 34 languages. The sequel, The Tenth Insight was a bestseller, too. He also authored The Celestine Vision: Living the New Spiritual Awareness and The Secret of Shambhala: In Search of the Eleventh Insight and co-authored God and the Evolving Universe. Because of renewed interest, especially by millennials, the new edition of The Celestine Prophecy has a 29 page breakthrough Afterword on how to apply the new spiritual abilities available to us now.