Redfield’s first book, The Celestine Prophecy, an adventure parable about a spiritual journey to Peru, was a global phenomenon. In 1995 and 1996, it was the top-selling American book in the world. The sequel, The Tenth Insight: Holding the Vision, was published in 1996. The two books combined to make Redfield the bestselling hardcover author in the world that year. The third book in the series, The Secret of Shambhala: In Search of the Eleventh Insight, was published in 1999. Redfield also cowrote the screenplay for the film version of The Celestine Prophecy, which premiered in April 2006. For more information, visit


Then the vision went into the future. It showed me highlights of everything that was going to happen to me creatively—everything that I was going to create and offer to the world over the next few decades. I saw myself developing my spiritual philosophy and writing books that would help awaken people all over the world to a deeper spirituality. I saw that I would be making at least one movie and presenting lectures on cultural evolution and spiritual development. Although it was essentially a vision of my possible future, it felt more like a memory of what I wanted to accomplish in this life.

The Celestine Prophecy author JAMES REDFIELD is transfixed by an unexpected “birth vision” while hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Photograph taken by Jasper Johal