DanDecember 1985, two days before the biggest holiday of the year, his life’s greatest transformation would happen. Dan Allen, then a 22-year-old cook in a small restaurant, found just what he was looking for. In the middle of all the noise and chaos, he’d finally found a reason not to go back to drugs, to put an end to the falsehood of guru shopping and still the back and forth yoyo-shift between happiness and sadness. Allen was intent on finding the truth.

Here is Dan Allen’s story.